December 2012

The GHCA presented a special award to Barbara Flinn at the annual meeting in May.  As a way of saying thank you for over 20 years of sustained commitment to the GHCA, pill check search the lovely clock and plaque recognizes her service as past president, treasurer, and current Board member.

The GHCA presented a special award to Barbara Flinn at the annual meeting in May.  As a way of saying thank you for over 20 years of sustained commitment to the GHCA, pill check search the lovely clock and plaque recognizes her service as past president, treasurer, and current Board member.

Greater Hyannis Civic Association Board Meeting Report – December 11, stuff
2012

The following topics were discussed at the December Board of Directors Meeting.

JoAnn Buntich, for sale Director of the Growth Management Neighborhood Mapping team, spoke about getting volunteers from the GHCA to help map and describe the various neighborhoods in Hyannis.  Once this mapping is complete, Growth Management will be better able to focus on where support is needed. Several GHCA members volunteered.

Richard Murphy, President of Homeless not Hopeless made a presentation about the progress of this organization.  They are enjoying an 85% success rate of getting homeless people off the street and living and working in a productive manner.  The organization is focused on education of the homeless, ie., “homeless prevention through education,”  teaching them how to live together, work, handle a check book, and other very ordinary things most people do every day, but which these folks have never had a chance to experience. They have 3 homes and are presently renovating a 4th home on East Main Street which will be a large women’s home.  Richard invites all to visit and see the work they are doing.

Richard Gallagher, Commissioner and Chairman of the Hyannis Fire Department Building Program made a presentation about the progress and current status of the plans for the new Hyannis Fire Station.  Several others on the project also attended including Bob Mitchell, the chief architect, and people from project management, the Hyannis fire chief, and the lead EMT.  The present Hyannis Fire Station was built in 1965, and since then, the science of firefighting and the laws and regulations surrounding safety in fire stations has changed to the degree that the old building is obsolete.  Additionally, Hyannis has changed and much more is required from our fire fighters and EMTs.   Design development will be complete on 3/15/13, and estimates will then be developed. This is a needs-driven process where design plans are put together first, the then the job is priced-out, so at this point there is no budget. Richard and all the team expects and wants public input on the specification of the new fire station, and more public meetings will be held over the next year for this purpose.  The GHCA has two Board members who are integral members of the building program team.

Old business was then discussed.

The Harbor Lighting event in Bismore Park during the Hyannis Christmas Stroll is the GHCA’s only fund raising event, and it was a very good success this year.  We served chowder, cookies, chips, hot chocolate, and coffee which were donated by The Gourmet Brunch, Oceans and Cape Cod Potato Chips.

Thanks to very generous grants from the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, the Steamship Authority and the Hyannis Marina, there was an ornament-making tent for the kids, and cash prizes were awarded to the winners of the boat and business decorating contest as follows:

First place in the Large Boat Category was “Never Ends” owned by Troy Wood. Second place was “Marmalade” owned by Ian McColgin. The winner of the Small Boat category was “The Colonel” owned by Anders Olsen. Second place was the Cape Cod Maritime Museum’s catboat “Sarah” and third place was “Our Beach Stickah” owned by John Dougherty.

Oceans was the winner in the Business category, with The Black Cat coming in as runner-up.

The Landlords, Rentals, and Regulations task force met on December 6th with the Town Council, and is now preparing for the January 17 Town Council meeting.  It was decided to meet in smaller groups with the Councilors, other Barnstable Civic Associations, and interested citizens to address concerns raised at the December 6th meeting by re-working a few of the proposed ordinances,

The Hyannis Armory – RFPs are due back January 15.  There is a committee of 5 people who will review the RFPs and the GHCA has committed one person to this committee.