|This rainy Saturday gives me a chance to put off outdoor work and get this out to you. And if you know me at all, I would rather be outside.
6A There has been a flurry of work on the sidewalks along Route 6A. This seems to take up a lot of my time, but it is worth it.
The new crossing at Harris Meadows Rd. is mostly done, with just the addition of signs and electrical connections left to finish.
The three small sidewalk repairs have been finished. One was to alleviate a section that collects rain water and the other two were to address tripping hazards.
You may have also noticed a survey crew working on the 2 miles of road west of the Village. They are doing preliminary work for design of new sidewalks. The hope is to keep DOT moving forward and to survey, design and permit this section of State road so it is shovel-ready for construction when funds are available.
At the Barnstable Village Water District meeting this week our new water superintendent, Sean Anderson, shared that he has been able to hire the same surveying/design company the Town is using for Commerce Road. This town project includes widening the culvert, raising the road height, and building sidewalks from George Street to 6A. There are water pipes that need to be replaced under Commerce Road, and they will need to be designed to span the culvert crossing at Marispan Creek. The synergy of using the same company as the town means we will able to piggyback on the engineering work they have already done, which is a cost savings and, it makes common sense.
I attended the Barnstable Water District meeting and the Barnstable Fire District Prudential committee meetings this week. Dave Mason was voted in as the new chair of the Water District Committee, congratulations. The redesign of the new water treatment plant is almost at 50% complete and the bids for construction will go out in the early fall. An interesting note is that we are able to keep the costs of chemicals for water treatment down as we are part of a County-wide bulk purchasing program.
The Fire Department landscaping improvements will begin after July 4th. Many of the plants are being donated while most of the labor will be donated by our fire fighters. Thanks to Chief Beale and his crew.
On Wednesday the 14th, I was able to join many in the community as we celebrated Amanda Converse on her well-deserved recognition as the recipient of the 22nd Annual Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year Award. The distinguished award ceremony, held at the historic 1717 Meetinghouse in West Barnstable, was a testament to Amanda’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the Cape Cod community. To learn more about the award, visit https://www.capecod.gov/MOWAward.
At the Town Council meeting this week we passed the School Operating Budget. Barnstable Land Trust was recognized for reaching the milestone of protecting land in Barnstable for 40 years. Present were Jackie Barton, the first Executive Director and Janet Milkman who presently heads BLT. Thanks to you both and the many other residents who have worked so hard over the years. The final vote was given to accept Conservation Restrictions on the last 3 parcels in the Brazelton property along Commerce Road. This culminates over ten years of work between BLT and the Brazelton, Magruder and Lowell families to protect almost 40 acres of land. Thanks to all involved for your effort and perseverance.
|Finally, on to some local events:
June 19th, Monday: Juneteenth
Monday June 19th is a State and Federal holiday, and consequentially Town facilities and offices will be closed, including Town Hall and the Transfer Station.
“Juneteenth is a day of profound importance that celebrates both the freedom of African Americans from enslavement and the beginning of the journey to Equality for all Americans It was proclaimed a federal holiday on 2021. On June 19. 1865, state level enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) finally reached the last state, Texas.” (Zion Union Heritage Museum)
June 19th is a holiday and therefore a legal shellfishing day. Good early morning tides!
|June 22nd, Thursday: Sandy Neck Design Review Meeting
Review of Preliminary Designs for Sandy Neck Beach Facility Coastal Resiliency Project
The Town of Barnstable invites interested individuals to join us for an informational meeting to review an updated conceptual design for the Sandy Neck Beach Facility Coastal Resiliency Project.
The informational session will be held:
IN-PERSON on Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 6:00 PM
Location: Harborview Conference Room, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630
For those unable to attend, the meeting will be recorded and later posted on Barnstable Channel 18 at:
https://www.youtube.com/@BarnstableChannel18, for anyone to view.
This meeting is a follow-up to the April 5, 2023 presentation, where conceptual designs for long term
coastal resiliency at the Sandy Neck Public Beach Facility were reviewed with the public. The April 5, 2023
meeting can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5d_gPd1Fd0&feature=youtu.be
If you have any questions or wish to receive project updates, please contact Amber Unruh, Senior
Project Manager – Special Projects, at the Department of Public Works at 508–790-6400 or
|June 21st, Wednesday: Barnstable Gateway Airport
Invites you to a Public Information Meeting for the Cape Cod Gateway Airport Environmental Review for Improvement Projects
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
2:00 PM (virtual – Zoom) and 6:00 PM (in-person)
In-Person: Jim Crocker Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, Barnstable Town Hall,
367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
The purpose of this public meeting is to provide members of the community with an
update on the Cape Cod Gateway Airport environmental review process for airport
improvement projects. The meeting will provide an update of the ongoing and future
environmental review phases of the 2022 Master Plan projects and allow attendees to offer
comments or questions. To learn more about the project, review related materials, or find
contact information, please visit the project website at https://flyhya.com/environmental-