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Learn about Town of Barnstable, including Featured News, Key Projects, and The Team.
Centrally located in the heart of the Cape Cod peninsula, the Town of Barnstable is the region’s ‘Hub’ for commerce, transportation, healthcare and education.
Home to the Cape’s airport, the Regional Transportation Center for bus and rail travel, plus two ferry terminals, Barnstable truly is the gateway to all of Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
Established in 1639, historic Barnstable is surrounded by the waters of Cape Cod Bay to the north and Nantucket Sound to the South, and is comprised of seven villages: Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, and West Barnstable, each with unique cultural and historical qualities.
Barnstable offers a plethora of rich natural resources: host to 15 beaches, working and scenic harbors, conservation lands, biking/hiking trails, two municipal golf course, fishing and shellfishing, fresh water ponds and streams, historic properties and landmarks. For locals and visitors alike, wherever you turn you are surrounded by a quality of life unmatched by any other.
Barnstable has both the Cape’s largest year-round (45,000) and a summer seasonal population (150,000). It is also within close proximity to Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island (1 hour); Hartford, Connecticut (2 hours); New York (4 hours) and easy driving distance for the entire Northeast Corridor. Vehicle traffic over the bridges in the summer averages over 125,000 cars per day.
The village of Hyannis is the center of commercial activity not only for the Town of Barnstable but for the entire Cape region. The Cape’s only major enclosed mall is located in Hyannis along with a large number of national chain stores and restaurants. Alternatively, downtown Hyannis offers an ambiance well suited to unique locally-owned specialty shops, artist galleries, restaurants and bistros. Cape Cod Hospital is also located in Hyannis and Cape Cod Health Care is the largest employer in the town and region.
This ambiance is also found in the other village centers of Barnstable as well. While smaller in scale than Hyannis, they feature a quaint, historic, seaside charm that is prevalent in this area.
After years of development, Cape Air’s new airplane, the Tecnam P2012 Traveller, took to the skies over the weekend for its first commercial flight. The plane that Cape Air has been flying for decades is the Cessna 402, a slightly smaller, less powerful plane that holds one less person. There’s now five on the ground in Hyannis. Cape Air’s plan is to have 20 by the end of the year and acquire 10 to 15 more a year for the next five years.
The commuter airline Southern Airways Express is scheduled to begin service in Barnstable on April 17, with four flights daily to and from Hyannis and Nantucket. Southern Airways Express will be the fourth passenger carrier to fly out of Barnstable Municipal Airport.
Town Manager Mark Ells has submitted his recommended Fiscal Year 2021 capital budget to the Town Council which includes 49 projects totaling $39 million. Funding for the plan includes using $5.9 million is reserves, $2.6 million in grants, $900,000 of remaining funds in completed projects and $29.8 million in new borrowing authorizations.
Public hearings on the capital plan will begin March 19th at 7 PM in the James H. Crocker, Jr. Hearing Room in Town Hall and continue on April 2nd, if necessary.
Major projects include Phase II of the Barnstable High School sports fields upgrades, extending Mary Dunn Way at the airport, rehabilitation of the solids handling building at the wastewater treatment plant, continuation of the channel dredging program, design and permitting of sewer extensions, and various public roads and public facility improvements.
This project is a continuation of a 3 phase plan to improve the athletic playing fields at Barnstable High School (BHS). The FY20 appropriation would be used for the engineering and planning segment of Phase 2 Field Improvements. This phase includes improvement to the varsity softball, junior varsity baseball field (s) and practice soccer/field hockey/lacrosse fields. The work would consist of leveling/grading/reorientation of current fields and improvements to natural turf surfaces and irrigation system.
To be funded by $250,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 0.73% of the 2020 Capital Budget
This is a multi-year project, which includes upgrades and improvements to district telephone, video surveillance, and door entry systems. The upgrades would include centralized VOIP telephone systems and integrated video surveillance/door entry systems. The new systems will be designed to operate on the district’s network. Initially our efforts will focus on the district phone system followed by surveillance and entry.
To be funded by $500,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 1.45% of the 2020 Capital Budget
Design and construction for addition of Marine Environmental Lab at BHS. The lab would be located using two outside classrooms (1505 & 1506). The facility would include the necessary equipment, ( water tanks, pumps, filters, tables and HVAC )
To be funded by $1,000,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 2.91% of the 2020 Capital Budget