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February 28, 2020

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Cape Air’s New Plane Takes Flight

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.

February 28, 2020

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Barnstable Municipal Airport Signs Southern Airways Express

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.

February 26, 2020

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Town proposes a $39 million Capital Improvement Budget for Fiscal Year 2021

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.

February 6, 2020

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Barnstable, MA $10,855,000 General Obligation Bonds Net 1.69%; $2,052,950 Taxable Bond Anticipation Notes Net 1.88%

Debra M. Blanchette, Town Treasurer, announced that the Town of Barnstable received competitive bids from bond and note underwriters on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, for a $10,855,000, 20-year bond issue and a $2,052,950, 1-year taxable note issue. Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC was the winning bidder on the Bonds with an average interest rate of 1.69%. Piper Sandler & Co. was the winning bidder on the Notes with a net interest cost of 1.88%. The Town received a total of nine (9) bids on the Bonds and five (5) bids on the Notes.  Bond and Note proceeds will be used to finance various capital projects.

Prior to the sale, S&P Global Ratings, a municipal bond credit rating agency, affirmed the Town’s ‘AAA’ bond rating, the highest rating attainable. The rating agency cited the Town’s very strong economy, very strong management with strong financial policies and practices, strong budgetary performance, very strong budgetary flexibility, very strong liquidity, strong debt and contingent liability profile, and strong institutional framework as positive credit factors.

The bids for the Bonds and Notes were accepted at the offices of the Town’s Financial Advisor, Hilltop Securities Inc., at 54 Canal Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

January 30, 2020

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Cape Cod Five Opens New HQ in Hyannis

The Cape Cod 5 Leadership Team on Tuesday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony onsite at its new $45 million headquarters on Route 132 at Attucks Lane in Hyannis.

All of the bank’s operations staff members will be housed at the three-story, 80,000-square-foot HQ5, whose 11-acre campus also includes an adjacent Hyannis Route 132 Banking Center and the Cape’s first underground parking garage.

The new building will office approximately 300 bank employees who previously worked at four different administrative offices.

A statement released later on Tuesday relayed the bank’s deepest appreciation to the Cape Cod Commission, Town of Barnstable, Barnstable Police Department and Barnstable Fire Department for their help in making the new campus a reality.

August 16, 2019

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On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cape Cod Hospital, CCHC this year will break ground on a new $180 million 6-story patient care tower at the Hyannis hospital.

The Cape Cod Hospital (CCH) patient care tower, which will be located on the southwest end of the hospital and will become the new main entrance area to the hospital, will advance the organization’s ability to provide locally accessible and high-quality care by enhancing key service areas, like cardiac, cancer, intensive care, women’s health and medical surgery.

The new patient care tower will:

  • Add 40 new cardiac and medical beds
  • Offer new cancer care facilities
  • Expand intensive care space by 20 percent
  • Add new patient welcoming and patient registration area
  • Include educational space
  • Allow for future growth, with the 5th floor finished at a later date.

The new patient care tower is expected to create 80 new jobs at CCH, 250-300 construction jobs over the course of the three-year project, and multiples of support jobs in the community.

July 19, 2019

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Town of Barnstable Selected for the Opportunity Zone Program

The Town of Barnstable was selected for the Opportunity Zone Program created by the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. More information can be found here:  https://www.businessbarnstable.com/opportunity-zone

February 7, 2019

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Barnstable, MA $10,540,000 General Obligation Bonds Net 2.52%; $2,052,950 Taxable Bond Anticipation Notes Net 3.05%

Debra Blanchette, Town Treasurer, announced that the Town received competitive bids from bond and note underwriters on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, for a $10,540,000, 20-year bond issue and a $2,052,950, 1-year taxable note issue. Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC was the winning bidder on the Bonds with an average interest rate of 2.52%. Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. was the winning bidder on the Notes with a net interest cost of 3.05%. The Town received a total of 9 bids on the Bonds and 3 bids on the Notes. Bond and Note proceeds will be used to finance various capital projects.

Prior to the sale, S&P Global Ratings, a municipal bond credit rating agency, affirmed the Town’s ‘AAA’ bond rating, the highest rating attainable. The rating agency cited the Town’s very strong economy, very strong management with strong financial policies and practices, strong budgetary performance, very strong budgetary flexibility, very strong liquidity, strong debt and contingent liability profile, and strong institutional framework as positive credit factors.

The bids for the Bonds and Notes were accepted at the offices of the Town’s Financial Advisor, Hilltop Securities Inc., at 54 Canal Street in Boston, Massachusetts.