Shellfishing Reopens Notice

UPDATE: October 30, 2017 

EFFECTIVE: Opens at Sunrise Tuesday October 31, 2017


EFFECTIVE 0800 on October 26, 2017 the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has issued a rainfall closure for the harvest of shellfish in the Town of Barnstable with the exception of Popponesset Bay.  The closure will be in effect until rescinded by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.



For updates & additional information contact MEA Supervisor, Douglas Kailweit 508-790-6272
8:30a-4:15p, M-F or email MEA Director,




Upcoming Precinct 7 & Town Council Meetings November

Town Council Shoestring Property Committee – Wednesday Nov 1, 6pm, Town Hall

Cotuit Water Commissioner’s Meeting – Wednesday Nov 1, 6pm, Freedom Hall

Town Council Zoning & Regulation Review Committee – Thursday Nov 2, 6pm, Town Hall

Town Council Meeting – Thursday Nov 2, 7pm, Town Hall

Town Council Committee to Assess Homelessness – Monday Nov 6, 6pm, Town Hall

Election Day  2017 – Tuesday Nov 7, Vote 7am-8pm, Freedom Hall 

Precinct 7 Monthly Open Meeting – Wednesday Nov 8, 3-5pm, Cotuit Library

Cotuit Prudential Committee Meeting – Monday Nov 13, 4:30pm, Freedom Hall

Cotuit Fire Commissioner’s Meeting – Tuesday Nov 14, 5:30pm Freedom Hall

Cotuit Water Commissioner’s Meeting – Wednesday Nov 15, 6pm, Freedom Hall

Town Council Asset Management Advisory Committee – Thursday Nov 16, 6pm, Town Hall

Town Council Meeting – Thursday Nov 16, 7pm, Town Hall

Town Council Committee to Assess Homelessness – Monday Nov 20, 6pm, Town Hall

CC Commission Public Meeting re:414 Main St., Cotuit Cell Tower – Tuesday Nov 21, 5pm, Freedom Hall

Town Council Appointments Committee – Tuesday Nov 21, 5:30pm, Town Hall Cancelled

Cotuit Prudential Committee Meeting – Monday Nov 27, 6pm, Freedom Hall  Cancelled

Cotuit/Santuit Civic Association General Meeting – Tuesday Nov 28, 7pm, Freedom Hall

Town Council Roads Committee – TBD

Town to Hold Proposed Fee Change Hearing


A public hearing on changes to various, permits and program fees that will take effect January 1, 2018 for FY 2018 within the Town of Barnstable will be held on November 7th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the New Town Hall Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  Information is available on the Town website or in the Town Managers Office from 8:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m., located at the Town Hall 2nd floor, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.  Proposed Fee Changes HERE

Massachusetts School Building Authority Project at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School

VOTE – Tuesday October 24, 2017 12-8pm

UPDATED- View 8/15/17  Q & A HERE

The Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich is proposing to demolish the existing technical school and construct a new facilty with an estimated cost of $128 Million (Updated 8/1/17). The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) will provide a grant of approximately 32% or $38.4million and the Regional School District (RSD) will issue a bond for the remaining 68% or $89.6 million payable by the twelve Towns that make up the RSD.

The Town of Barnstable’s  FY18 assessment from the RSD is $3,535,665 and enrollment is 183 students. This equates to approximately $19,320 per student. Based on current enrollments the assessment would increase to $5.22 million, or 47%, resulting in a new per student cost of $28,525.  Barnstable students currently comprise approximately 29% of the student population at the RSD which would result in an estimated increase in the town’s assessment of $1.68 million.

The Town would have either to cut its operating budget by $1.68  million and redirect these funds to the RSD assessment or raise property taxes to cover the increase. The allowable increase in the tax levy under Proposition 2 1⁄2, including the estimated new property tax growth, is approximately $3.7 million. The $1.68 million increase in the RSD assessment consumes nearly one-half of the Town’s tax levy growth leaving $2 million to cover the cost increases in the rest of the Town’s $157 million operating budget, as well as any possible reductions in revenue sources such as state aid and other local receipts.


The Town can fund this increase in the RSD assessment so that it does not affect the available resources for the rest of the Town’s operating budget by seeking to authorize a debt exclusion override, exempting the increased assessment of the RSD from the limits of Proposition 21⁄2. This would add the $1.68 million increase in the RSD assessment on top of the allowable tax levy increase under Proposition 21⁄2. Town of Barnstable has scheduled an election for a Proposition 2 1⁄2 Debt Exclusion override vote on  September 19, 2017 with the polls open from 7AM – 8PM. This vote is to see if the voters will approve a debt exclusion for this project. A majority of voters in town is needed to approve this tax levy override option.

View Q&A regarding the debt exclusion and how your tax bill will be impacted HERE


The ballot election seeks to authorize Cape Cod Tech to borrow for the construction of the new facility. This vote will take place in Barnstable and the other eleven district towns on October 24, 2017 with the polls open from 12PM – 8PM. (Note polls open only 8 hours) The election is governed by the district’s regional agreement and Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71 Section 16 (n).

View Cape Cod Tech info page HERE