Category Archives: Landlord-Rentals & Regs

Rental Regulations – Update July 2011

Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

 

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

 

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

 

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

See you on the 4th .

 

 
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence
Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

 

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

See you on the 4th .

 

 
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence
Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

 

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

See you on the 4th .

 

 
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence
Decorate your Boat, Business or Home along the Hyannis Harbor.  Participate in the Boat Parade that brings Santa to the Hyanis Harbor.  Chowder, chili, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available for sale.  Free Entertainment.   Click here to download the registration form
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

 

See you on the 4th .

 

 
Voices of the Village – Coordinating Committee

It has been six weeks since the May 17th general meeting of the Voices of the Village sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.  As you can see from our weekly articles, the task forces are making great progress.    The task forces are coordinated by a committee composed of Greater Hyannis Civic Association board members – Bill Cronin, GHCA president, Deb Krau, GHCA Vice President, Ralph Krau, GHCA Executive Secretary,  board members Bob Ciolek and Laura Cronin and member Irene Aylmer.  The coordinating committee provides assistance to moving the task forces forward and helping to eliminate duplication.

In addition under the leadership  of the Neighborhood Task Force, the Voices of the Village will have a float in the town’s 4th of the July Parade.   In thinking of the parade theme “Family, Fun, Freedom”,   it became obvious that Veteran’s Park in Hyannis perfectly represented the theme.  So it will be depicted on our 32 foot float in the parade.  Show your support of Hyannis by joining the group marching with the float.  You can meet the float on Old Colony Rd at about 3:45 pm.

The Greater Hyannis Civic Association will again be running its Decorate Your Bike, Carriage, Wagon Contest on the 4th of July.  The contest will begin at 3:15 PM with registration on the village green near the band shell.   The contest is open to all children 12 and under.  After the judging and awarding of prizes, the kids will join the parade and lead our float down Main Street.  As always parents are welcome to be in the parade with their  children.  Remember bike helmets are required to be in the parade.  Another great opportunity for family fun in Hyannis.  

Under the leadership of the Marketing Task Force and with the kind donation by Penguin Digital Designs, Main St, Hyannis,  the Greater Hyannis Civic Association now has a website – www.hyanniscivic.com.    It’s a great place to keep track of the accomplishments of the Voices of the Village task forces and to see the other events and happenings of the Civic Association.

See you on the 4th .

 

 
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence
         Marketing Hyannis Task Force- July Update

            The Marketing Hyannis Task Force decided, as part of its charge, to assist the Greater Hyannis Civic Association in its efforts to become an effective community voice for Hyannis, Hyannisport and West Hyannisport.  Those communities have much to offer and the Association needs to be in a position to highlight their attractiveness, strengths and character.  To assist in that effort the Marketing Task Force, led by Beth Marcus, Co-Chair of the Task Force, Deb Krau of the Association, Betsy Young of the Marketing Task Force and with the considerable assistance of  Paula Hersey of Penguin Digital Design from Hyannis, created a new and very impressive web site for the association.  To see the web site and keep up to date with Association events and the Voices of the Village, please go to www.hyanniscivic.com

            Additionally, both the leadership of the Association and that of the Marketing Hyannis Task Force know that there is strength in numbers and the Greater Hyannis Civic Association needed to grow its membership.  A number of initiatives are underway and it is heartening to know that the organization has already grown by slightly over 30% since the first Voices of Village meeting earlier this year.  Residents of the three communities served by the Association are encouraged to join and participate in its activities. 

            All of this action has also prompted an interesting discussion about whether the name of the organization was appropriate and what precisely is meant by the idea of “civic” engagement with the community. 

            The Greater Hyannis Civic Association was formed to educate and inform the residents of the three communities it serves with respect to issues affecting the quality of their lives.  It was believed that the residents needed a civic forum – a voice – to embody and amplify their collective concerns.  Further, it was believed that the Town’s commercial interests, as a group, were well represented, but it was important for area residents to have an organizational vehicle to influence policies and issues affecting residential homeowners.   

            Civic engagement means paying modest attention to issues affecting the community and your neighborhood.  It does not require you need to become an expert but it does mean that you make a meaningful effort to develop a basic understanding of the issues of concern to yourself and your family and to pay reasonable attention to general matters of community concern.  An engaged citizen does not just ask for government to solve problems; rather, the citizen chooses to invest some time to work on improving one or two issues of personal concern.  A civic commitment is also a civil commitment.  An engaged citizen listens to other opinions and does not mock and disparage alternative points of view.  Knowing that the best answer to resolving problems generally requires a broad consensus, whenever possible true civic spirit tries to find common ground with people offering differing perspectives.

            After discussion, the Association has chosen to keep the word “Civic” in its name and continue to be an organization that encourages its growing number of members to pay attention, get involved, and choose to make a difference on Town issues of consequence
Voices of The Village- Landlords-Renters& Regulations Task Force Update:

It is hard to believe it has only been three months since we began the Voices of The Village call to action last April, and it’s only another 3 months to  October when we regroup with everyone again. It’s been a busy start to summer for all of the groups, and we appreciate all o f the hard work and effort that has been spent on bringing these many initiatives to life; and the VOV Landlords-Rentals & Regulations is no different. Here’s what we’ve been doing:

Back in May, we broke into sub-groups to tackle key areas; this enabled us to divide and conquer the different aspects of each area, and spread the work load. While our larger Task Force started out strong, over 25 members, the subsequent meetings have been scarcely attended, but nonetheless, the work is moving forward.

Review of Ordinance & Regulations: We have been reviewing various sections within our existing ordinances, as well as other Towns; and have drafted some changes we hope will clarify and assist in easier enforcement. These proposals are discussed and challenged at each meeting, to help make them better and more robust. Once reviewed, we will set up meetings with specific Town Department heads and other appropriate officials, to go over the proposals with them for feedback and suggestions. Then we’ll take them on the road, to other Civic Associations for their input, before going to the Council for final approval.

Dedicated Resource and Phone Tree: these two groups were merged together and we have the outline for a Phone Tree directory of “Who Do You Call – For What”, which will be made up of Town FAQ’s along with answers of who you call and the number. This will be part of our GHCA “How-To” book for residents. We have developed a proposed job description and Tasks List for the Central Call & Dedicated Resource position. Our next step is to review the proposal with the Town Manager, and get feedback which will determine our next steps.

Identification of Abandoned properties and the Landlord Manual – have made less progress, while there appear to be many properties or issues people would like to address, we need to do the appropriate research and document the properties to see if they are truly abandoned, vs. neglected; and that takes people to execute, which we have been  lacking at our meetings. This will be our next focus.

We have set regular meeting dates and times through the summer in our hope to attract more people to the meetings, and add strength to our numbers to get things accomplished. We meet every other Wed., 7PM at the Police Dept. Headquarters on Phinney’s Lane. (Next Dates: 7/27/11, 8/10/11, 8/24/11, 9/07/11, and 9/21/11). We can use your help, if you’d like more information, please contact Greater Hyannis Civic Association at GreaterHyannis@aol.com or via our website www.hyanniscivic.com

Rental Property Regulations Task Force

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

Voices of the Village – Rental Property Regulations Task Force

A funny thing happened in Hyannis back in late April that many of us were not sure was possible: The Greater Hyannis Civic Association called a community-wide meeting to discuss how to improve the quality of life in our town … and 300 people showed up! That’s 300 concerned, angry, fed-up citizens with a common will not just to complain, but to actually put forward the effort needed to do something about the troubling state of affairs in which we now find ourselves.

One of the results of that April meeting was the development of five specific task forces to target the problems that afflict our community and develop creative solutions. Of those groups, the Rental Property Regulations Task Force was formed to address out of control rental properties and, in turn, positively change the dynamic in all our neighborhoods.

Our task force has identified five specific areas where we believe our efforts should be concentrated:

1) The Town of Barnstable needs to develop criteria to specifically identify what, for lack of a better term, we will call “problem” properties. Whether it is an absentee and negligent landlord, unruly tenants, overcrowding, excess vehicles or an illegal apartment, the town must keep comprehensive records for enforcement purposes.

2) A comprehensive review of existing regulations and ordinances is also underway to determine their adequacy and what improvements can be made to close any gaps that allow negligent activities to continue. But the existence of a comprehensive regulatory structure will do nothing to alleviate our problems unless we demand strict enforcement.

3) In these lean economic times, our town regulatory employees are stretched thin. We believe that new and tougher regulations on rental properties can be instituted, with existing staffing levels, by redirecting enforcement towards violators and away from those property managers who have demonstrated consistent compliance. A graduated, but significant, increase in fines for non-compliance, specifically earmarked for this program, will make it self-sustaining.

4) Review currently enacted legislation in other Massachusetts communities dealing with abandoned and neglected properties. Some of these towns maintain abandoned properties and place a hefty charge back on the property owner, making neglect cost ineffective.

5) Propose a new and well-advertised town phone number to act as a “clearing house” for all non-emergency calls to report rental property issues, and this number can be called anonymously. Persons savvy in the inner workings of the town regulatory departments, who will coordinate immediate response by the proper authorities, would man this line.

As you can see, this is an enormous undertaking and we are just beginning down this long road to injecting responsibility back into the landlord-tenant-neighborhood equation. But if we want to take our community back to that place we may now have lost, then this is the road we must have the will to travel.

Stay tuned and let us know what you think by sending your ideas to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association at greathyannis@aol.com.

 

 

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

Voices of the Village – Rental Property Regulations Task Force

A funny thing happened in Hyannis back in late April that many of us were not sure was possible: The Greater Hyannis Civic Association called a community-wide meeting to discuss how to improve the quality of life in our town … and 300 people showed up! That’s 300 concerned, angry, fed-up citizens with a common will not just to complain, but to actually put forward the effort needed to do something about the troubling state of affairs in which we now find ourselves.

One of the results of that April meeting was the development of five specific task forces to target the problems that afflict our community and develop creative solutions. Of those groups, the Rental Property Regulations Task Force was formed to address out of control rental properties and, in turn, positively change the dynamic in all our neighborhoods.

Our task force has identified five specific areas where we believe our efforts should be concentrated:

1) The Town of Barnstable needs to develop criteria to specifically identify what, for lack of a better term, we will call “problem” properties. Whether it is an absentee and negligent landlord, unruly tenants, overcrowding, excess vehicles or an illegal apartment, the town must keep comprehensive records for enforcement purposes.

2) A comprehensive review of existing regulations and ordinances is also underway to determine their adequacy and what improvements can be made to close any gaps that allow negligent activities to continue. But the existence of a comprehensive regulatory structure will do nothing to alleviate our problems unless we demand strict enforcement.

3) In these lean economic times, our town regulatory employees are stretched thin. We believe that new and tougher regulations on rental properties can be instituted, with existing staffing levels, by redirecting enforcement towards violators and away from those property managers who have demonstrated consistent compliance. A graduated, but significant, increase in fines for non-compliance, specifically earmarked for this program, will make it self-sustaining.

4) Review currently enacted legislation in other Massachusetts communities dealing with abandoned and neglected properties. Some of these towns maintain abandoned properties and place a hefty charge back on the property owner, making neglect cost ineffective.

5) Propose a new and well-advertised town phone number to act as a “clearing house” for all non-emergency calls to report rental property issues, and this number can be called anonymously. Persons savvy in the inner workings of the town regulatory departments, who will coordinate immediate response by the proper authorities, would man this line.

As you can see, this is an enormous undertaking and we are just beginning down this long road to injecting responsibility back into the landlord-tenant-neighborhood equation. But if we want to take our community back to that place we may now have lost, then this is the road we must have the will to travel.

Stay tuned and let us know what you think by sending your ideas to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association at greathyannis@aol.com.

 

 

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

Voices of the Village – Rental Property Regulations Task Force

A funny thing happened in Hyannis back in late April that many of us were not sure was possible: The Greater Hyannis Civic Association called a community-wide meeting to discuss how to improve the quality of life in our town … and 300 people showed up! That’s 300 concerned, angry, fed-up citizens with a common will not just to complain, but to actually put forward the effort needed to do something about the troubling state of affairs in which we now find ourselves.

One of the results of that April meeting was the development of five specific task forces to target the problems that afflict our community and develop creative solutions. Of those groups, the Rental Property Regulations Task Force was formed to address out of control rental properties and, in turn, positively change the dynamic in all our neighborhoods.

Our task force has identified five specific areas where we believe our efforts should be concentrated:

1) The Town of Barnstable needs to develop criteria to specifically identify what, for lack of a better term, we will call “problem” properties. Whether it is an absentee and negligent landlord, unruly tenants, overcrowding, excess vehicles or an illegal apartment, the town must keep comprehensive records for enforcement purposes.

2) A comprehensive review of existing regulations and ordinances is also underway to determine their adequacy and what improvements can be made to close any gaps that allow negligent activities to continue. But the existence of a comprehensive regulatory structure will do nothing to alleviate our problems unless we demand strict enforcement.

3) In these lean economic times, our town regulatory employees are stretched thin. We believe that new and tougher regulations on rental properties can be instituted, with existing staffing levels, by redirecting enforcement towards violators and away from those property managers who have demonstrated consistent compliance. A graduated, but significant, increase in fines for non-compliance, specifically earmarked for this program, will make it self-sustaining.

4) Review currently enacted legislation in other Massachusetts communities dealing with abandoned and neglected properties. Some of these towns maintain abandoned properties and place a hefty charge back on the property owner, making neglect cost ineffective.

5) Propose a new and well-advertised town phone number to act as a “clearing house” for all non-emergency calls to report rental property issues, and this number can be called anonymously. Persons savvy in the inner workings of the town regulatory departments, who will coordinate immediate response by the proper authorities, would man this line.

As you can see, this is an enormous undertaking and we are just beginning down this long road to injecting responsibility back into the landlord-tenant-neighborhood equation. But if we want to take our community back to that place we may now have lost, then this is the road we must have the will to travel.

Stay tuned and let us know what you think by sending your ideas to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association at greathyannis@aol.com.

 

 

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

Voices of the Village – Rental Property Regulations Task Force

A funny thing happened in Hyannis back in late April that many of us were not sure was possible: The Greater Hyannis Civic Association called a community-wide meeting to discuss how to improve the quality of life in our town … and 300 people showed up! That’s 300 concerned, angry, fed-up citizens with a common will not just to complain, but to actually put forward the effort needed to do something about the troubling state of affairs in which we now find ourselves.

One of the results of that April meeting was the development of five specific task forces to target the problems that afflict our community and develop creative solutions. Of those groups, the Rental Property Regulations Task Force was formed to address out of control rental properties and, in turn, positively change the dynamic in all our neighborhoods.

Our task force has identified five specific areas where we believe our efforts should be concentrated:

1) The Town of Barnstable needs to develop criteria to specifically identify what, for lack of a better term, we will call “problem” properties. Whether it is an absentee and negligent landlord, unruly tenants, overcrowding, excess vehicles or an illegal apartment, the town must keep comprehensive records for enforcement purposes.

2) A comprehensive review of existing regulations and ordinances is also underway to determine their adequacy and what improvements can be made to close any gaps that allow negligent activities to continue. But the existence of a comprehensive regulatory structure will do nothing to alleviate our problems unless we demand strict enforcement.

3) In these lean economic times, our town regulatory employees are stretched thin. We believe that new and tougher regulations on rental properties can be instituted, with existing staffing levels, by redirecting enforcement towards violators and away from those property managers who have demonstrated consistent compliance. A graduated, but significant, increase in fines for non-compliance, specifically earmarked for this program, will make it self-sustaining.

4) Review currently enacted legislation in other Massachusetts communities dealing with abandoned and neglected properties. Some of these towns maintain abandoned properties and place a hefty charge back on the property owner, making neglect cost ineffective.

5) Propose a new and well-advertised town phone number to act as a “clearing house” for all non-emergency calls to report rental property issues, and this number can be called anonymously. Persons savvy in the inner workings of the town regulatory departments, who will coordinate immediate response by the proper authorities, would man this line.

As you can see, this is an enormous undertaking and we are just beginning down this long road to injecting responsibility back into the landlord-tenant-neighborhood equation. But if we want to take our community back to that place we may now have lost, then this is the road we must have the will to travel.

Stay tuned and let us know what you think by sending your ideas to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association at greathyannis@aol.com.

 

 

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

Voices of the Village – Rental Property Regulations Task Force

A funny thing happened in Hyannis back in late April that many of us were not sure was possible: The Greater Hyannis Civic Association called a community-wide meeting to discuss how to improve the quality of life in our town … and 300 people showed up! That’s 300 concerned, angry, fed-up citizens with a common will not just to complain, but to actually put forward the effort needed to do something about the troubling state of affairs in which we now find ourselves.

One of the results of that April meeting was the development of five specific task forces to target the problems that afflict our community and develop creative solutions. Of those groups, the Rental Property Regulations Task Force was formed to address out of control rental properties and, in turn, positively change the dynamic in all our neighborhoods.

Our task force has identified five specific areas where we believe our efforts should be concentrated:

1) The Town of Barnstable needs to develop criteria to specifically identify what, for lack of a better term, we will call “problem” properties. Whether it is an absentee and negligent landlord, unruly tenants, overcrowding, excess vehicles or an illegal apartment, the town must keep comprehensive records for enforcement purposes.

2) A comprehensive review of existing regulations and ordinances is also underway to determine their adequacy and what improvements can be made to close any gaps that allow negligent activities to continue. But the existence of a comprehensive regulatory structure will do nothing to alleviate our problems unless we demand strict enforcement.

3) In these lean economic times, our town regulatory employees are stretched thin. We believe that new and tougher regulations on rental properties can be instituted, with existing staffing levels, by redirecting enforcement towards violators and away from those property managers who have demonstrated consistent compliance. A graduated, but significant, increase in fines for non-compliance, specifically earmarked for this program, will make it self-sustaining.

4) Review currently enacted legislation in other Massachusetts communities dealing with abandoned and neglected properties. Some of these towns maintain abandoned properties and place a hefty charge back on the property owner, making neglect cost ineffective.

5) Propose a new and well-advertised town phone number to act as a “clearing house” for all non-emergency calls to report rental property issues, and this number can be called anonymously. Persons savvy in the inner workings of the town regulatory departments, who will coordinate immediate response by the proper authorities, would man this line.

As you can see, this is an enormous undertaking and we are just beginning down this long road to injecting responsibility back into the landlord-tenant-neighborhood equation. But if we want to take our community back to that place we may now have lost, then this is the road we must have the will to travel.

Stay tuned and let us know what you think by sending your ideas to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association at greathyannis@aol.com.

 

 

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
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Voices of the Village – Rental Property Regulations Task Force

A funny thing happened in Hyannis back in late April that many of us were not sure was possible: The Greater Hyannis Civic Association called a community-wide meeting to discuss how to improve the quality of life in our town … and 300 people showed up! That’s 300 concerned, angry, fed-up citizens with a common will not just to complain, but to actually put forward the effort needed to do something about the troubling state of affairs in which we now find ourselves.

One of the results of that April meeting was the development of five specific task forces to target the problems that afflict our community and develop creative solutions. Of those groups, the Rental Property Regulations Task Force was formed to address out of control rental properties and, in turn, positively change the dynamic in all our neighborhoods.

Our task force has identified five specific areas where we believe our efforts should be concentrated:

1) The Town of Barnstable needs to develop criteria to specifically identify what, for lack of a better term, we will call “problem” properties. Whether it is an absentee and negligent landlord, unruly tenants, overcrowding, excess vehicles or an illegal apartment, the town must keep comprehensive records for enforcement purposes.

2) A comprehensive review of existing regulations and ordinances is also underway to determine their adequacy and what improvements can be made to close any gaps that allow negligent activities to continue. But the existence of a comprehensive regulatory structure will do nothing to alleviate our problems unless we demand strict enforcement.

3) In these lean economic times, our town regulatory employees are stretched thin. We believe that new and tougher regulations on rental properties can be instituted, with existing staffing levels, by redirecting enforcement towards violators and away from those property managers who have demonstrated consistent compliance. A graduated, but significant, increase in fines for non-compliance, specifically earmarked for this program, will make it self-sustaining.

4) Review currently enacted legislation in other Massachusetts communities dealing with abandoned and neglected properties. Some of these towns maintain abandoned properties and place a hefty charge back on the property owner, making neglect cost ineffective.

5) Propose a new and well-advertised town phone number to act as a “clearing house” for all non-emergency calls to report rental property issues, and this number can be called anonymously. Persons savvy in the inner workings of the town regulatory departments, who will coordinate immediate response by the proper authorities, would man this line.

As you can see, this is an enormous undertaking and we are just beginning down this long road to injecting responsibility back into the landlord-tenant-neighborhood equation. But if we want to take our community back to that place we may now have lost, then this is the road we must have the will to travel.

Stay tuned and let us know what you think by sending your ideas to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association at greathyannis@aol.com.