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About Town of Barnstable

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.

Key Projects

2019-132 Pump Station Rehabilitation Program

The Rendezvous Lane Pump Station was constructed in 1975, and is past the end of its design life. The station operates using outdated technology, which uses compressed air to eject sewage from the pump station through a force main and into the receiving sewers on Route 6A. The pump station and its electrical components are located well below the 100-year flood zone elevation, and in recent years, the area surrounding the Rendezvous Lane Pump Station has become completely inundated with floodwater on several occasions. In January of 2017, seawater infiltrated the pump station creating major electrical and mechanical issues. WPCD staff worked through freezing temperatures for several weeks to restore the station to proper working order. It is only a matter of time before another similar flooding event occurs, as these flooding events have been occurring more frequently in recent years. In addition to these issues, the Rendezvous Lane Pump Station has no on-site backup generator and requires a portable generator to restore the station during power outages. Unfortunately, the station is impossible to access when the area is inundated with floodwaters. As part of the WPCD Pump Station rehabilitation program, this project has been fast tracked as a top priority due to the likelihood of failure (extremely high), and the consequence of failure (sewage backing up into homes or into Barnstable Harbor). The new station will be designed for maximum coastal resiliency, moving all vital components outside of the 100-year flood zone.

To be funded by $1,160,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 3.37% of the 2020 Capital Budget

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2019-109 Repair & Extend Mary Dunn Way from Steampship Authority Parking Area

This proposed two-phased project will provide an improved Airport Access Road on the East side of the airfield and will respond to a number of actions and objectives to meet target goals. Each phase will be handled as a separate project. Phase I (the subject of this project) will include the area from Mary Dunn Way at the current parking lot leased to the Steamship Authority to the current Gate Mike (M). This stretch of road has a mix of failing asphalt and drainage (a number of flooding events have made the road impassible) with potholes and narrow lanes. Phase II will provide an Airport Access Road on the East side of the airfield from the current Gate Mike (M). Phase I design and permitting is complete (with the exception of sanitary sewer) as it was subject to a previous capital project that was deferred. The existing surface of the Phase II project is an unimproved dirt road with millings from rubblization of past pavement projects used as a base. Phase I will include the installation of new pavement, security fence and drainage improvements. It will also incorporate existing utilities as well as an extension of those utilities including sanitary sewer to serve potential future hangar buildings as may be permitted.

To be funded by $1,000,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 2.91% of the 2020 Capital Budget

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2019-148 School Administration Building Mechanical Cooling

Phase II construction funding for School Administration Building system upgrades, including: • Mechanical/Headend upgrades at Lower Level, • Emergency generator, cooling plant, sprinkler and hot water system equipment replacement, • Renovation and expansion of the existing basement mechanical room and egress paths to accommodate a replacement emergency generator and replacement of the 30 ton cooling plant including the head-end upgrade of the sprinkler service, • Removal of the old concrete mounting pad, • Replacement of the existing electric hot water heater with a new gas fired hot water heater and thermostatic mixing valve, • Relocation of the gas service from the electric room into the mechanical room to resolve a major code violation, • Installation of new fire rated walls and ceilings throughout the basement level, including rated door improvements along the access ways. This is a public safety issue needing attention, • Limited first floor interior reorganization of space (HR), new finishes, ADA access rest room improvements and new lighting; and • Mechanical/electrical service distribution, replacement, and energy conservation improvements throughout including new electrical service, HVAC controls, ventilation, communications, plumbing and related HVAC improvements, and new elevator.

To be funded by $996,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 2.90% of the 2020 Capital Budget

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2019-124 Bumps River Bridge Repairs

Repairs to the bridge pilings, deck, rails, and other elements. Inspections by MassDOT and analyses performed by our consultant have identified necessary maintenance and safety repairs.

To be funded by $900,000 of the February 2020 Bonds - 2.62% of the 2020 Capital Budget

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