Nik Atsalis Former Barnstable Town Councilor

Nik Atsalis Former Barnstable Town Councilor Former Precinct 4 Town Councilor

01/25/2024

ZBA did not approve the special
permit for a drive through at the proposed Wendy’s restaurant at 715 West Main Street (Former Santander Bank location).

10/10/2023

“Arista Hyannis LLC has applied for a Special Permit in accordance with Section 240-25(B)(22) and 240-25(C)(10) Drive-Through for a proposed restaurant."
(The restaurant is allowed by right, the drive-through requires a Special Permit)

The result of the May 10th ZBA meeting was that a peer review of the traffic study was going to be completed, and Arista would come back to the ZBA to discuss its findings. That is now scheduled to happen at Town Hall on October 11 at 7:00pm.

As I did at the May 10th meeting I do plan to attend and speak at public comment to share my concerns about the drive-through which are consistent with residents who I’ve spoken with. Please note , the decision to grant the special permit rests with the ZBA. If you cannot make the meeting, written comments can be submitted to the ZBA Administrative Assistant, [email protected], and the Principal Planner, [email protected]

https://town.barnstable.ma.us/BoardsCommittees/ZoningBoard/Agendas/2023/ZBA_AG-101123_October_11,_2023.pdf--

RT 28 Sewer Construction Update
09/27/2023

RT 28 Sewer Construction Update

09/21/2023

Below is an item from the the Town Manager’s Sept 21 communications to the Town Council related to beach raking permits at Covell’s and Craigville Beaches. Nina Coleman, Director Natural Resources Division , has been the point person on this since the issue was brought to our attention in the Spring. Her efforts have resulted in these permits being secured.

“The Natural Resource Division is pleased to report that they have secured Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) permits for raking Craigville and Covell’s Beaches. The permit allows for spring beach cleanups as well as every-other week beach raking in July and August. Further, the town will have the opportunity to accomplish emergency wrack removal after storms. When drafting the permit staff made sure to claim all present and future events and activities associated with beach maintenance. The MESA permit is good for 5 years and will allow for beach raking and beach activities at Craigville and Covell’s through the summer of 2028. During this winter, the Natural Resources Division will file similar MESA permit applications for beach raking at Dowses and Kalmus.”

Route 28 East Sewer Expansion ProjectSewer Construction Resumes within Route 28.  Please Share,
09/07/2023

Route 28 East Sewer Expansion Project
Sewer Construction Resumes within Route 28. Please Share,

LIFEGUARD STAFFING UPDATE.  Please share.  FYI, the town was short staffed with LG’s to begin with this year which has b...
08/17/2023

LIFEGUARD STAFFING UPDATE. Please share. FYI, the town was short staffed with LG’s to begin with this year which has been a trend here, and other towns, the past few years. With current lifeguard staff going back to school these beaches will not have lifeguards on duty.

Centerville Old Home Week Activities Continue Today.
08/12/2023

Centerville Old Home Week Activities Continue Today.

HEADS UP!
08/10/2023

HEADS UP!

Centerville Playground Update. Please share.
08/09/2023

Centerville Playground Update. Please share.

New video with the Director of Natural Resources updating residents about beach raking. Detailed and informative. Please...
07/22/2023

New video with the Director of Natural Resources updating residents about beach raking. Detailed and informative. Please share.

07/19/2023

Recent update on beach raking. Please share.

July 20th Town Manager Update:
"On July 14, 2023 Nina Coleman, Director of Natural Resources, notified me that
the draft Beach Management Plan for the Protection of Piping Plovers at
Craigville and Covell’s Beach for Massachusetts Endangered Species Act
(MESA) had been returned to the Town of Barnstable for review.
Upon approval, the permit will be good for 5 years and will allow such activities
as:
i. The town could rake for seaweed/debris removal before April 1.
ii. The town could rake for litter control bi-weekly starting July 1st.
iii. The town could remove excessive storm wrack for “health concerns”
at any time of the year.
iv. The town could install beach amenities and host special events.

All these activities will require Natural Resources staff to monitor Piping Plovers
and report to Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) at the
end of the season. Director Coleman will provide an recorded update regarding
this draft plan. Staff will also proceed with Beach Management Plans for other
areas requiring MESA permits in Barnstable."

07/17/2023

A quick reminder.

On July 3rd the town’s Director of Natural Resources received word that our
Request for Interim Approval for Beach Raking &Wrack Removal at Covell’s and Craigville Beaches was approved by Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program (MA Division of Fisheries &Wildlife). As a result Raking took place on July 4th at Craigville & Covells. The permit is for Raking every other week and/ or health concerns.

Some folks are commenting about the abundance of seaweed that’s accumulated on both wrack lines over the past few days at Craigville and Covell’s. Seeing that there has been some stormy weather recently, seaweed on the shoreline isn’t a new phenomenon. It would be refreshing if the same people who express concern about raking the seaweed that’s brought onto our beaches naturally express similar concern toward lazy, entitled, beachgoers who leave their trash behind. It’s a daily occurrence that is far worse than seaweed that’s washed ashore. Fortunately, our town has a recreation staff who ends up picking up after those irresponsible and selfish people every morning. Thank you to our recreation staff.

07/03/2023

Just received word that our
Request for Interim Approval for Beach Raking &Wrack Removal at Covell’s and Craigville Beaches has been ok’d by Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program (MA Division of Fisheries &Wildlife) has been Ok’d. Raking at Craigville will start at 5:00am, then Covell’s, on July 4th. The permit is for every other week and/ or heath concerns.

06/30/2023

Videos of Craigville and Covell’s were taken Friday (6/30/23) afternoon.

06/18/2023
There appears to be misinformation being shared on certain social media platforms on a number of town topics. One exampl...
06/10/2023

There appears to be misinformation being shared on certain social media platforms on a number of town topics. One example is beach raking. If you’d like accurate information and updates on this, and other town matters, please contact me, your Town Councilor or the Town Manager.

We recognize the challenges with the raking issue that we face from the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Below is the accurate update from the Town Manager that was provided at our last Town Council meeting, June 1. Since this was first brought to our attention in April I have been and will continue to monitor this issue by staying in regular contact with the Town Manager since he is the day to day point person for handing this matter and responsible for directing staff. This issue is not something decided and voted on by the Town Council. Take a few minutes to read the Town Manager’s update below.

“As reported in previous Town Manager communications, Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program notified the town in April 2023 of the requirement to file Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA) permits in order to rake beaches that are located in nesting shorebird endangered species priority habitat. The south side beaches that fall into this category are Dowses, Kalmus, Craigville and Covell’s. Fortes Beach also has endangered species protection requirements. To remain compliant with the Endangered Species Act the town will cease ranking these beaches until permits are secured. Specifically, the Town does not want to be cited for a “take” which includes harming, harassing or negatively affecting the habitat of an endangered species. The intent of the MESA permit is to clarify requested beach activities (such as raking, grading, planting, ball playing and events) and propose mitigation strategies so that the town cannot be accused of a “take.” In other words the permit will protect the town from potential legal actions related to the Endangered Species Act, as all beach activities would be claimed under this permit. Each of our south side beaches are unique and some are more complicated than others to obtain the MESA permit. Therefore, we have selected Craigville as our first beach to pursue a permit. At this time we are actively writing the MESA permit for Craigville and we are working with National Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) to negotiate the terms of the permit in order to stay under the “take” threshold. In addition, we have embarked on an educational outreach program. Channel 18 has created a video on seaweed, endangered species and beach raking. The video can be found on the Channel 18 YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/kCcFwifHPfI. The intent of the video is to assure the public that our beaches, while not being perfectly groomed, will be taken care of this summer. As explained in the video, the active wrack at the tide line has never been raked orremoved. The high wrack lines that were deposited by winter storms were removed this spring prior to communications with NHESP. If we have another storm deposited high seaweed line, we can potentially work with the state to remove excess seaweed for health reason. Our staff will also remove trash from the beaches as in the past and your assistance to keep our beaches free of trash is always appreciated. In other words, our beaches will still be very desirable places to recreate this summer as we work through theMESA permitting processes. We will keep you advised as we progress on this effort.”

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05/30/2023

Beautiful weather, and a great turnout made today’s Memorial Day Ceremony one to remember.

Thank you DPW team for repairing the flag pole at Memorial Park in Centerville. Thank you Debra for letting me know that...
05/27/2023

Thank you DPW team for repairing the flag pole at Memorial Park in Centerville. Thank you Debra for letting me know that it needed attention. Now it’s ready for the upcoming Memorial Day activities in the village.

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03/27/2023

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The subcommittee of the Cape Cod Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on the following Project on Monday, March 27, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (Continued by the Subcommittee on 3/7/23) At this meeting, the subcommittee will discuss the following Project and may vote to make a recommendation to the f...

In case you missed it. Sagamore bridge maintenance work start today. Please share.
03/20/2023

In case you missed it. Sagamore bridge maintenance work start today. Please share.

Construction Updates.Please Share.
02/13/2023

Construction Updates.
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