Board of Health (508) 862-4644 health@town.barnstable.ma.us

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“In these unprecedented times, our first priority is the health and well-being of our community and the Town of Barnstable is hard at work providing critical services.  Here at Town Hall we are working remotely and our virtual office is open for business.”

List of Town of Barnstable Building Closures
Updated JUNE 23, 2020

Town Manager Directive #3M – The closure of Town Facilities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In response to the need to implement precautionary measures to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Town will be closing the following facilities until further notice.

  1. The Barnstable Adult Community Center
  2. The West Barnstable Community Center
  3. The Centerville Community Center
  4. The Osterville Recreational Building
  5. The Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) (for recreational activities)
  6. The Burgess House and Barn
  7. The Paine Black House
  8. Guyer Art Barn
  9. The Gallery on 50 Pearl Street
  10. Barnstable Police Department Substations (Main Street, Hyannis, and Osterville-West Barnstable Road, Marstons Mills)
  11. Barnstable School Administration Building
  12. Marine & Environmental Affairs Building
  13. Sandy Neck Gate House

In light of the Governor’s implementation of the Phase II reopening plan, I have approved the conditional reopening of a number of Town facilities, including the Bismore Park Visitor’s Center, Playgrounds (subject to the installation of proper signage), Burgess Park Frisbee Golf Course, Barnstable Golf Courses, Skate Parks, Hyannis Comfort Stations, and Artist Shanties. Effective June 27, 2020, Hathaway’s Pond Beach will reopen.  Facilities will remain open as long as facilities can remain in strict compliance with the State’s Public Health guidance.

These precautionary measures are unprecedented and reflect the seriousness of this issue.  In addition to preventing gatherings, they will allow the Town to focus their resources on a smaller number of core facilities.  The Town understands the challenges these closures place on our community, but feel them prudent given the current developing situations.

These precautionary measures are unprecedented and reflect the seriousness of this issue.  In addition to preventing gatherings, they will allow the Town to focus their resources on a smaller number of core facilities.  The Town understands the challenges these closures place on our community, but feel them prudent given the current developing situations.

Town Clerk’s Office

A drop off location for paper applications has been established in the front vestibule at 367 Main Street.    

If your request does not need immediate attention, please use the drop off location for nomination papers, birth, death, and marriage certificates established in the front vestibule at 367 Main Street.  Please submit your request in the lock box and call us on 508-862-4044.

Instructions for Making an Appointment with Staff

If you would like to make an appointment with a staff member, please call 508-862-4044. 

Appointments will not be made with any person experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath; anyone tested positive for COVID-19; anyone who has been exposed to a tested positive COVID-19 case; or anyone directed to self-quarantine. 

Staff will ask you to confirm you do not meet any of these criteria upon making the appointment and upon arrival at the appointment.

MEMORANDUM

To: Ann Quirk, Town Clerk

Department Heads

Records Access Officers

cc: Mark S. Ells, Town Manager

Andy Clyburn, Assistant Town Manager

Lynne Poyant, Director of Communications

From: Karen L. Nober, Town Attorney

Re: Public Records Requests

Date: March 22, 2020

Discussed below are the timeframes for responding to public records requests.  Please note that the definition of “Business Day” in 950 CMR 32.02, the public records regulations, specifically excludes “Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, or other weekdays where a custodian’s office is closed unexpectedly” (emphasis added).  Due to the COVID-19 emergency, during the period March 16-May 4th, 2020, all Town buildings, with the exception of Town Hall and 200 Main Street, were closed to the public and employees, and currently remain closed (“Fully Closed Offices”).  Town Hall and 200 Main Street remain open, but in a very limited fashion:  to the public by appointment only, and to a small number of employees who are performing essential functions. 

Accordingly, public records requests that were submitted on or after March 16, 2020 (actual date dependent on closure date of specific building), to Records Access Officers (RAOs) whose offices are in Fully Closed Offices should not be deemed “received” until such time as those buildings are reopened to employees, and the “clock” for responding will not begin to run until the first business day after such receipt.  I will prepare a notice to this effect for posting on the Town website.  Upon the reopening of any of these offices to employees, the RAO should respond to the requestor in writing to acknowledge receipt of public records requests that were submitted while the offices were closed, including noting the date of receipt, i.e., the date the office reopened, in an email or letter to the requestor, and should use the attached Form Response Letter 1 (which incorporates the points discussed below). 

Public records requests that are received by RAOs whose offices are in Town Hall or 200 Main Street should acknowledge receipt of such requests with a letter or email that states that additional response time of at least 15 business days will be required (i.e., for a total of 25 business days after receipt of request), but that given the unique and unprecedented circumstances involving the COVID-19 virus, including the fact that only a small number of employees are physically present in the office, it will likely take longer than 25 business days for the Town to respond, and therefore, the requestor will be contacted to see if the requestor and the Town can reach a mutually agreed upon extension of the applicable deadlines.  The letter should further state that if no agreement can be reached, the Town reserves its rights to petition the Supervisor of Public Records for additional time to respond.  (See attached Form Response Letter 2.)

Public Records Timeframes

Under G.L. c. 66, § 10(a) and 950 CMR 32.06(2)(a), an RAO is required to permit inspection or furnish a copy of any “public record” as defined by G.L. c. 4, § 7(26) within ten (10) business days following receipt of the request.

Under G.L. c. 66, § 10(b) and 950 CMR 32.06(2)(b), if the municipality is unable to do so within 10 business days, the RAO must so inform the requestor in writing within 10 business days of receipt of the request and must, among other things, identify a reasonable timeframe in which the municipality shall produce the requested records, provided that such timeframe shall not exceed 25 business days following the date of the initial receipt of the public records request.  This means that the RAO must respond in some fashion within 10 business days after receipt of the request and may inform the requestor that an additional 15 business days is needed to respond (for a maximum response time of 25 business days).

Alternatively, the RAO may contact the requestor to see if the requestor will agree to a response date beyond 25 business days.  I recommend reaching out to requestors as soon as possible.  If the requestor agrees, that agreement should be confirmed in writing.

In addition, 950 CMR 32.06(4) sets forth the process for submitting a petition to the Supervisor of Public Records requesting an extension of time beyond the 25 business day timeframe discussed above.  Such petitions must be in writing and emailed to the Supervisor of Public Records at pre@sec.state.ma.us within twenty (20) business days after receipt of a public records request, with a copy provided to the requestor.  The petition must include a brief narrative detailing why an extension of time is necessary.  It should be noted that submitting such a petition does not change the requirement that some type of response be sent to the requestor within 10 business days after the date of the request.

Payments

Effective immediately, the Treasurer’s Office will be accepting payments either through mail or payments may be placed in the drop box located outside Town Hall next to the walkway leading to Town Hall. No cash is to be mailed or left in the drop box.

Tax Title Accounts

Account information will be available by calling the Treasurer’s office at 508-862-4661 or 508-862-4656. Taxpayers will be advised to:

  • mail in checks to Town of Barnstable, Treasurer’s Office, 230 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
  • leave check payments in the outside drop box located next to the walkway leading to Town Hall

UPDATED 4-24-2020

TREASURER’S OFFICE

The Treasurer’s Office will be accepting payments either through mail or payments may be placed in the drop box located outside Town Hall next to the walkway leading to Town Hall. No cash is to be mailed or left in the drop box.

For Tax Title account information please call the Treasurer’s office at 508-862-4656. Payments for liened parcels that are in Tax Title may be mailed to:

Town of Barnstable, Treasurer’s Office, 230 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

COLLECTOR’S OFFICE 

The Collector’s Office is closed to the public at this time and the administrative staff will be working remotely until further notice. While a “Shelter in Place” directive has not been issued at this time, the administrative staff will be staggering times in the office to address items that cannot be accomplished remotely to reduce the number of people working in close proximity to each other and to implement social distancing.

If you have any questions regarding real estate, personal property, motor vehicle and boat excise taxes and sewer utility bill payments, please call the Tax Collector’s Office at 508-862-4054 or email to taxcollector@town.barnstable.ma.us

 Payments

BARNSTABLE, MA – Town Manager Mark Ells, acting under newly granted authority by the Legislature and Governor, is announcing the extension of due dates for the following real estate and personal property bills, motor vehicle excise bills, water and sewer utility bills, and exemption and deferral applications:

Fourth Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills:

  • Original Due Date:  May 1, 2020
  • New Due Date:  June 1, 2020

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes:

  • Any bills issued with a DUE DATE of March 10, 2020, or later are now due on June 1, 2020, regardless of the due date printed on the bill  

During the COVID-19 emergency, the office of the Treasurer/Collector is closed to the public. However, there are several payment options available:

  1. Mail checks using the envelope provided or to the Town of Barnstable, PO Box 40, Hyannis, MA 02601
  2. Online thru the Town of Barnstable website under Quicklinks/Pay bills online
  3. Leave check payments in the outside drop box located next to the walkway leading to Town Hall. Please do not leave any cash in the drop box, checks only.

If you have any questions regarding property, excise and sewer bill payments, please call the Tax Collector’s Office at 508-862-4054.

Abatement Applications

Abatement forms are available on the town’s website at https://www.townofbarnstable.us/Departments/Assessing/

Completed forms can be mailed to Town of Barnstable Assessor, 367 Main. St. Hyannis, MA 02601.

Property Information

Inquiries regarding property values can be requested by email to assessor@town.barnstable.ma.us or you can call 508.862.4022 or 508.862.4020.

Forms

All other forms are available at https://www.townofbarnstable.us/Departments/Assessing/

Permit applications will continue to be accepted and processed according to local and state requirements.  Applications and associated materials should be submitted electronically to the extent legally possible. 

Instructions for Dropping Off Permit Applications

  • Include a contact name, and telephone number and/or e-mail address.
  • Do not submit payment with the application.  It will be collected at a later time. 
  • There will be a minimum 48 hour delay between the time an application is dropped off and when it is officially received. 
  • A staff member will contact you to confirm receipt of the application and with comments and/or instructions and to arrange payment of fees.

Instructions for Making an Appointment with Staff

If you would like to make an appointment with a staff member, please call or e-mail the contact listed. 

Appointments will not be made with any person experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath; anyone tested positive for COVID-19; anyone who has been exposed to a tested positive COVID-19 case; or anyone directed to self-quarantine. 

Staff will ask you to confirm you do not meet any of these criteria upon making the appointment and upon arrival at the appointment.

At the request of the Water Pollution Control Division, please do not flush any disinfecting wipes down the toilet.  These wipes clog sewage pumps inside of the Town’s sewage pumping stations. This requires our staff to manually remove the wipes from the pump in order to put the pump station back into operation.  Flushing wipes down the toilet endangers the health and safety of Town employees and increases the risk of a sewage overflow, putting public health at risk. Please discard all used wipes into a trash can!

HOW TO OBTAIN A RECREATIONAL SHELLFISH PERMTON-LINE/MAIL 

To: Recreational Shellfish Permit Holders in the Town of Barnstable

From: Amy Croteau, Shellfish Constable

RE: Shellfish Permit Grace Period

Thank you for your interest in the Town of Barnstable Recreational Shellfishery. Due to the Marine Environmental Affairs Department being closed to the public, 2019 recreational shellfish permits were acknowledged as valid through May 1, 2020.

We are pleased to announce a new online system for obtaining your 2020 recreational shellfish permit. To obtain a shellfish permit, you will need to email: MEA@town.barnstable.ma.us the following information:

Your name:

Mailing Address:

Local Address (if different from mailing address):

Phone Number(s):

Email Address:

Date of Birth:

Additional names of HOUSEHOLD members (over the age of 17):

Your height:

Your weight:

Do you have a 2019 Barnstable Recreational Shellfish Permit?

Are you a resident of the Town of Barnstable? (please send attachment with proof of residency- see list of adequate documentation below. Utility bills are not acceptable).

Are you a Veteran? (please send attachment with proof if you are a first time shellfish permit applicant)

Approved proof of residency includes: current real estate tax bill, property rental agreement (minimum 6 months), or valid Massachusetts operator’s license in combination with Massachusetts vehicle registration, both listing a residential dwelling within the Town of Barnstable. PO Box and/or a copy of a utility bill are not acceptable for proof of residency.

Please note there is a convenience fee if you choose to pay online. We can also process your permit by mail if you wish to print and return your invoice with a check made payable to the Town of Barnstable and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

For any questions, please email: MEA@town.barnstable.ma.us

Please stay 6 feet apart from each other and from our dedicated shellfish constables who will continue to check harvest limits using safety precautions.  If you have any questions please leave a message on our voicemail 508-790-6272.  Stay safe.

UPDATE (5-18-2020)

TO NOTICE OF ADDITIONAL CHANGE FROM TOWN OF BARNSTABLE TRANSFER STATION & RECYCLING CENTER

Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Transfer Station & Recycling Center will be opening seven (7) days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Transfer Station & Recycling Center will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020.

Also effective Tuesday May 26, 2020, the Recycling Area at the Town of Barnstable’s Transfer Station will be reopening. Basic recyclables will continue to be accepted by the source separated method. All users of the Recycle Area MUST wear a mask and maintain social and physical distancing.

The Swap Shop, Bottle Redemption Shed, and Food Waste Shed will be closed. The acceptance of chargeable recyclable items will be reopened. These items include but are not limited to mattresses, TVs, white goods, and toilets. Payments for these items will be accepted BY CHECK, CREDIT, or DEBIT ONLY. Cash payments will NOT be accepted. All payments will be completed through the window at the Gate House.

The Construction & Demolition (C&D) Area will be accepting material with restrictions. All vehicles disposing of C&D material will be required to weigh the material on the scale. The Gate Attendant will direct the vehicle on how to proceed via the intercom system. Payments for C&D material will be accepted BY CHECK, CREDIT, or DEBIT ONLY. Cash payments will NOT be accepted. All payments will be completed through the window at the Gate House. A

Reminder: The Transfer Station is an essential operation to residents of the Town of Barnstable. The Office at the Transfer Station and Recycling Center will be by appointment only beginning May 26, 2020. All customers allowed into the Office MUST wear a mask. Staff will be available to answer phone calls at 508-420-2258. Gate House at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center will be closed to the public. All transactions will be performed through the window at the Gate House beginning May 26, 2020. All customers at the window MUST wear a mask. These measures follow the recommended guidance of social and physical distancing. The Town and Transfer Station employees are working to limit the amount of disruption these changes may cause. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding throughout this serious situation. Stay safe and healthy, P.J. Kelliher P.J. Kelliher | Supervisor Solid Waste Division | Barnstable DPW

The Airport Administrative Office is closed to the public at this time and the administrative staff will be working remotely until further notice; however, the terminal building is open for scheduled service and car rentals. While a “Shelter in Place” directive has not been issued at this time, the administrative staff will be staggering times in the office to address items that cannot be accomplished remotely to reduce the number of bodies working in close proximity to each other and to implement social distancing.

If you need an emergency appointment with an administrative staff member, please contact us by email bma.officemailbox@town.barnstable.ma.us.

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue adjusting to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

The Town of Barnstable knows how important recreation is to our residents and their quality of life. Just like the game of golf, the staff is using a strategic approach, with State Guidance, to creating an opportunity to resume play on our municipal golf courses, Hyannis Golf Course and Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course starting Friday, May 8th.  

The sport of golf relies on good sportsmanship and following the rules, and so will our ability to provide a safe environment for our members and staff.  The rules and guidelines below will be strictly enforced and it is our belief that the love of the game will motivate our members to follow them each time they visit the course. This will ensure an enjoyable round of golf we all have dearly missed these past few months. 

We are excited to announce that our golf courses will be open starting Friday, May 8th.

At this time, we are open to members only, and without riding carts.

For those who have not yet purchased their 2020 Annual Pass, you can do so online via the below link:

https://www.barnstable.golf/product-category/aps/

 Tee times are mandatory.

Please understand we are dealing with a large volume of transactions right now and it may take some time for your account to become active.

GOLFING GUIDELINES
PHASE ONE – PLAY “TOUCH FREE” GOLF

  1. Only currently active Passholders are permitted to play.
  2. Tee Times are required for all play.Please do not come to the golf course without one. This includes early back nine play.
  3. Carts are not currently available.
  4. Players should remain at their vehicle until 15 minutes before their tee time.
  5. Do not touch / remove flagsticks.
  6. Make your presence visually known to staff.
  7. The clubhouse is closed. Grab and Go food may be available on the turn.
  8. Portable toilets are available.
  9. The practice facilities are still closed.
  10. Be prepared – There will be no drinking water available. Bring what you need, and take home what you bring.
  11. Forgo traditional handshakes.
  12. Head directly to vehicle after play.

Please understand that this is a very fluid / trial type situation, and these guidelines are subject to change.

Please check the news ticker at the top of our website – www.Barnstable.Golf – for updates.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. Sincerely, your friends at Barnstable Golf.

Dear Sandy Neck ORV Beach Patron,
We wish to thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the Off‐Road Vehicle (ORV) beach
closure during this trying time. We hope that everyone is remaining safe and healthy.

As we begin to  move towards the summer season, it is apparent that this year at Sandy Neck Beach will be vastly
different than what you have experienced in the past. With that being said, we are working hard to
come up with a solution that will provide recreational opportunities to our patrons and guests while at
the same time ensuring the health and safety of everyone within the park. In order to accomplish this,
we plan to re‐open the ORV Beach this season with a phased approach that requires a number of
restrictions and additional guidelines in place. It is imperative that we closely follow the safety measures
put in place through Federal, State and Local governments.

We are in a difficult situation with a narrow beach and COVID‐19 distancing requirements. This will
greatly reduce the amount of vehicles we can accommodate at any one time. In addition, social
distancing is unobtainable in the Gatehouse, so all permit purchases must occur via the mail or the
drop box at the Gatehouse. Expect at least 2‐days for a permit to be issued.

The following restrictions will also be in place at Sandy Neck Beach until further notice:
 Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when moving about.
 Maintain social distancing of at least 12 feet between groups when seated on the beach.
 Wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible.
 Limit your group to 10 people or less.
 Behave appropriately with others and staff ‐ we are all in this together.
 Park a distance of 18 feet between vehicles (30 feet for campers).
 Beach curfew will be 8:00am‐9:00pm.
 No campfires.
 No organized games/ball playing.
 No ORV vehicles in the parking lots.
Campers:
 Per the Governor Order #33, self‐contained vehicles can camp on the beach starting May 25.
You are welcome to day trip with your self‐contained vehicle (8:00am‐9:00pm) until this date.
 Park a distance of 30 feet between campers.
 Please park your chase vehicle within your camper activity area (18 foot distance rule does not
apply to chase vehicles).

The Town of Barnstable is taking the current situation very seriously and will not tolerate any action that
may compromise the health and safety of staff or other beach patrons. Failure to comply with these
restrictions will result in fines, ejection from the beach and/or revocation of your Off Road Beach
(ORV) permit. As a reminder, ORV Permit holders are responsible for all guests and members of their
group. If it is found that the public as a whole cannot adhere to these new restrictions and guidelines,
additional measures may need to be implemented including further restrictions and potentially the
closure of the ORV beach.

Gatehouse: 508-362-8300
MEA Office: 508-790-6272

In these unprecedented times, our first priority is the health and well-being of our community and the Town of Barnstable is hard at work providing critical services.  Here at Planning & Development, we are working remotely and our virtual office is open for business.

Regulatory Boards, Committees and Commissions that are supported by Planning & Development continue to meet remotely.  For instructions on how to participate in these meetings, please check the posted agenda prior to the meeting at h.  As always, meetings can be viewed on Channel 18 and online.

When contacting staff in the Planning & Development Department, first attempt to reach us by e-mail. 

Town Hall

Elizabeth Jenkins, Director

elizabeth.jenkins@town.barnstable.ma.us, 508-862-4735

Liz Hartsgrove, Assistant Director

Elizabeth.hartsgrove@town.barnstable.ma.us, 508-862-4068

Jen Englesen, Office Manager

Jennifer.englesen@town.barnstable.ma.us, 508-862-4678

Access to Town Hall is currently by appointment only.  See https://barnstablehealth.com/town-hall/ for more details on the current status of Town buildings and services.

200 Main Street: Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Historic Commissions

Conservation: Darcy Karle, darcy.karle@town.barnstable.ma.us, 508-862-4093

Planning/Zoning/Historic: Paul Wackrow, paul.wackrow@town.barnstable.ma.us, 508-862-4703

As a precautionary measure to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, public access to Town Offices at 200 Main Street is by appointment only. 

Permit applications will continue to be accepted and processed according to local and state requirements.  Applications and associated materials should be submitted electronically to the extent legally possible. 

A drop off location for paper applications has been established in the front vestibule at 200 Main Street.    

Instructions for Dropping Off Permit Applications

  • Include a contact name, and telephone number and/or e-mail address.
  • DO NOT submit payment with the application.  It will be collected at a later time. 
  • There will be a minimum 48 hour delay between the time an application is dropped off and when it is officially received. 
  • A staff member will contact you to confirm receipt of the application and with comments and/or instructions and to arrange payment of fees.

Instructions for Making an Appointment with Staff

  • If you would like to make an appointment with a staff member, please call or e-mail the contact listed. 
  • Appointments will not be made with any person experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath; anyone tested positive for COVID-19; anyone who has been exposed to a tested positive COVID-19 case; or anyone directed to self-quarantine. 
  • Staff will ask you to confirm you do not meet any of these criteria upon making the appointment and upon arrival at the appointment.

Site Plan Review

Maggie Flynn, Permit Coordinator,

margaret.flynn@town.barnstable.ma.us, 508-862-4679

If you are looking to file for Site Plan Review, please contact Maggie Flynn, Permit Coordinator, prior to submitting an application.  All applications should be submitted by email to Maggie.

Economic Development

Gloria McPherson, Planning & Economic Development Coordinator, gloria.mcpherson@town.barnstable.ma.us, 508-862-4701

We understand that in this unprecedented time, our business community is facing fear and uncertainty. The Economic Development Division is gathering and disseminating information that can be of help to our local businesses.  Visit

www.town.barnstable.ma.us/departments/economicdevelopment/ for ongoing updates.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture Coordinator, Melissa Chartrand

Melissa.chartrand@town.barnstable.ma.us, 508-862-4767

Although social distancing is trending for the moment, we are busy planning plenty of activities, programs and events to provide art-FULL days in the Town of Barnstable, year round!


At this time we continue to accept artist shanty applications for the few spots that remain this season; finalize activities scheduled to take place in Hyannis HyArts Cultural District for the summer and fall; maintain our ArtsBarnstable.com website and social media pages, and are available Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm to answer your calls and emails about our town’s arts and cultural programs.

Take advantage of getting to your must-read list, go through your old vinyl collection, have a living-room dance party and spend quality downtime with loved ones!


From our wide variety of theaters, museums, galleries, art centers, village libraries to local musicians, visual artists, writers, poets and more, sharing their talents and resources with you on-line, there are so many ways for your mind, body and soul to stay nourished in these most unprecedented times.  We are a strong, resilient community and together we will meet these challenges, recover and thrive, and embrace the ‘next normal’ together.

Parking

Mona Solmonte, mona.solmonte@town.barnstable.ma.us, 508-862-4613

In an effort to assist our community during the COVID-19 emergency, Parking Management has temporarily suspended all late fee assessments on Town of Barnstable issued parking citations issued on and beyond March 1, 2020.

Payments and appeals for parking citations continue to be accepted online at:

  • Payment of parking citation – payvats.com
  • Appeal of a parking citation  – appealvats.com

The Parking Management team is committed to assisting our community and is available to help with any questions you may have. Please contact us at parking@town.barnstable.ma.us

Town Council Meeting – Thursday, April 2, 2020
Barnstable Town Council
Hyannis, MA
VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
7:00 PM
President: Paul Hebert (Precinct 3)
Vice President: Jessica Rapp Grassetti (Precinct 7)
Town Councilors: Gordon Starr (Precinct 1), Eric R. Steinhilber (Precinct 2), Britt Beedenbender (Precinct 4), David W. Bogan (Precinct 5), Paul C. Neary (Precinct 6), Debra S. Dagwan (Precinct 8), Tracy Shaughnessy (Precinct 9), Matthew Levesque (Precinct 10), Kristine Clark (Precinct 11), Paula Schnepp (Precinct 12), Jennifer L. Cullum (Precinct 13)
Town Manager: Mark S. Ells
Assistant Town Manager: M. Andrew Clyburn
Town Clerk: Ann Quirk
Town Council Administrator: Cynthia Lovell
In accordance with the Governor’s Order Assuring Continued Operation of Essential Services in the Commonwealth, Closing Certain Workplaces, and Prohibiting Gathering of More Than 10 People the April 2, 2020 Town Council Meeting and Public Hearings on the Proposed FY2021 Capital Improvements Plan Budget shall be physically closed to the public to avoid group congregation. Alternative public access to this meeting shall be provided in the following manner:
1. The meeting will be televised via Channel 18 and may be accessed the Channel 18 website at
http://streaming85.townofbarnstable.us/CablecastPublicSite/watch/1?channel=1
2. Real-time public hearing testimony and public comment can be addressed to the Town Council via email. Please include full name when emailing comments and questions via email to Council@town.barnstable.ma.us starting at 7:00pm on April
2nd. Emails will be read aloud at the meeting by the Town Council Administrator. The period for real-time email comment will be closed once no emails are received for a period of 3-minutes. If your comments are for one of the Capital Improvement Plan’s Public Hearings, please reference the Agenda Item Number in the subject line of the email so that it can be read at the appropriate time.
3. Real-time public testimony and public comment can be addressed to the Town Council via phone call. You may call 508-862-4610 and will be put into the meeting during the appropriate time.
4. Real-time public hearing testimony and public comment can be addressed to the Town Council using the Zoom link or telephone number and access code for remote access below. Please note: You will not be able to watch the Town Council meeting through Zoom while waiting to speak during Public Comment or a Public Hearing.
See item 1 above on how to view meeting. You will be placed into a “waiting room” where you will wait to be invited into the meeting. When it is your turn for comment, you will be limited to 3 minutes.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/648789511 (via computer, with or without video)
Telephone Number: 888 475-4499 US Toll-free (via telephone)
Meeting ID: 648 789 511

UPDATED 4-6-2020

Town Manager Mark Ells, acting under newly granted authority by the Legislature and Governor, is announcing the extension of due dates for the following real estate and personal property bills, motor vehicle excise bills, water and sewer utility bills, and exemption and deferral applications:

Water and Sewer Utility Bills:

  • Any bills issued with a due date of March 10, 2020, or later are now due on June 1, 2020, regardless of the due date printed on the bill  

If you have any questions regarding property, excise and sewer bill payments, please call the Tax Collector’s Office at 508-862-4054 or email to taxcollector@town.barnstable.ma.us 

Questions regarding water bills can be directed to the Town’s Water Supply Division at 508-775-0063.

UPDATED 5-1-2020

From Marine & Environmental Affairs:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic, the Town of Barnstable Marine and Environmental Affairs Department is implementing the following social distancing guidelines for Town of Barnstable municipal marinas until further notice.

Please adhere to the following guidelines when visiting the Town of Barnstable municipal marinas. Protecting yourself while at Town of Barnstable municipal marinas:
 Members of the public are not allowed to access docks without permission from the Harbormaster at Town of Barnstable municipal marinas. Marina dockage access is only permitted to slip holders or transient slip holders.
 Slip holders should stay at least 6 feet away from others while transiting the docks. Slip holders should not raft or beach their vessel near others.
 Only persons from the same household should be together on a boat at one time.
 Please refer to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Emergency and Environmental Affairs memorandum for guidance on “For Hire boating” or “Commercial Boating”. This is available on the Town of Barnstable Harbormaster website.
 Staffing will be limited and is by appointment only. Staff will take all necessary precautions to abide by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing measures.
 As of May 6, 2020, Governor Baker has issued an order to wear cloth face coverings in public settings.
 Gatherings or loitering of more than 10 people on town property will not be tolerated. Failure to abide by guidelines may result in the closure of municipal marinas.
 Bathrooms will be closed.
 Please be vigilant when accessing town docks. If slip holders are currently accessing a town dock, wait and access when social distancing, i.e., staying at least 6 feet away from others, can be achieved.
 Please go directly to your vessel and get safely underway. When returning to your dock please safely tie up your vessel and exit the docks.
 Washing down vessels is still allowed. However, slip holders need to be respectful of space and time.
 All Town of Barnstable rules, regulations and laws still apply.

UPDATED 5-1-2020

Pumpout Program Advisory

Due the ongoing COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic, the Town of Barnstable Pumpout services will take place on a contactless basis until further notice. 

Please adhere to the following guidelines when requesting Pumpout services.

Boat-to-Boat Service:

  • All Pumpout requests shall be made electronically by sending an email request to

Pumpout@town.barnstable.ma.us. Your request should include your name,  phone number, vessel name, type (sail or power), color, location of discharge deck fitting (port or starboard, forward, aft or amidships), and total capacity of the holding tank (if known).  If your vessel is on a dock or pier, the discharge fitting must be on the outboard side and there should be able area for the Pumpout boat to operate safely.  Once received, an operator will make contact with you during normal business hours to schedule service.  No person(s) may be onboard a vessel while Pumpout service is being conducted.

  • Pumpout Operators will leave a business card stating the date and time your vessel was serviced.  Operators will also send an email stating the same to the email from which service was requested.
  • Please consider time, weather and other tasking when submitting your request for Pumpout service.  In an effort to maintain personal health and safety for staff and vessel owners, staff will take any and all necessary precautions when providing Pumpout service.

Bismore Park Pumpout Service:

  • Hail the dockmaster on VHF channel 16 or 09 prior to entering the Inner Harbor.  Once you have raised staff on the radio they will switch you to another operating frequency.  If you cannot raise staff on VHF call (508) 790-6327.
  • Advise the Dockmaster that you are requesting a Pumpout.  They will advise if the system is clear of other vessels and then direct you to the bulkhead.
  • In the interest of health and safety of both staff and the boating public, Dockmasters WILL NOT be handling lines or assisting in docking of vessels. 
  • When you arrive at the bulkhead, all deck fittings will be waiting on the bulkhead in a bucket.  Once you have secured the fitting into the discharge port and connected the hose, the Dockmaster will engage the pump.
  • Please let the Dockmaster know the name of your vessel and the total capacity of your holding tank.
  • The Dockmaster will talk you through the process from an appropriate distance.  At no time will Dockmasters come to your vessel and assist with Pumpout operations.
  • It is highly recommended that you supply your own gloves for Pumpout operations.
  • Bismore Park Pumpout service will be available from 0800-1600 daily

Barnstable Harbor Pumpout Service:

  • Hail the Dockmaster on VHF channel 16 or 09 prior to transiting the entrance channel.  Once you have raised staff on the radio they will switch you to another operating frequency.  If you cannot raise the Dockmaster on VHF please call (508) 326-1836.
  • Advise the Dockmaster that you are requesting a Pumpout.  They will advise if the system is clear of other vessels and then direct you to the slip.
  • In the interest of health and safety of both staff and the boating public, Dockmasters WILL NOT be handling lines or assisting in docking. 
  • When you arrive in the slip, all deck fittings will be waiting on the dock in a bucket.  Once you have secured the fitting into the discharge port and connected the hose, the Dockmaster will engage the pump.
  • Please let the Dockmaster know the name of your vessel and the total capacity of your holding tank.
  • The Dockmaster will talk you through the process from the bulkhead.  At no time will Dockmasters come to your vessel and assist with Pumpout operations.
  • It is highly recommended that you supply your own gloves for Pumpout operations.
  • Barnstable Harbor Pumpout service will be available by appointment only.

5-5-2020
Leisure Program Announcement

COVID-19 continues to impact programs and services Barnstable Recreation provides to the community. 

The Leisure Program registration slated for May 12th is now postponed to May 28th. 

While we await updated recommendations from the CDC and the Governor’s Office regarding social distancing guidelines, we are currently developing a modified Leisure Program called the “All Day Summer Fun Club” that will run from July 6th – August 14th. The cost of the six-week program will be $850. Hours of operation will be from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

As information becomes available, we will be ready for whatever guidelines are recommended for us. 

Safety is always our number one priority. We look forward to being back with everyone soon and will update all summer programming in the near future. 

Thank You and Be Well.

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, as a precautionary measure to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and in the interest of the health and well-being of our employees and the residents of the Town of Barnstable, most town buildings are closed to the public.  It is our hope that we will re-open to the public on Monday, April 6th.  We are making adjustments to our business operations to ensure resources are focused where the need is greatest.  Please understand the fluid nature of this situation and that we are reassessing and adapting our response as needed to this developing situation.  Public access to 200 Main Street and the Town Hall Offices is now by appointment only. 

Information on how you can work remotely with Town Offices is below by department. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding throughout this serious situation.