Special Town Council Meeting – Thursday, April 11, 2024

The April 11, 2024 Special Meeting of the Barnstable Town Council was conducted in person. The meeting was physically closed to the public.


Due to the limited capacity of the Hearing Room, public access was remote only, as follows:

The meeting was televised live via Xfinity Channel 8 or 1070 or High-Definition Channel 1072 or could be accessed via the Government Access Channel live stream on the Town of Barnstable’s website:



The Public was asked to submit written questions in advance until 12:00 PM (noon) on April 10, 2024 to:

https://tobweb.town.barnstable.ma.us/boardscommittees/towncouncil/Town Council/Agenda-Comment.asp                                                                    


This is the second of several workshops on water resources in the Town of Barnstable. This workshop focused on PFAS contamination. Future workshops will focus on surface (fresh water) and coastal resources.


Town Council President Felicia Penn called the meeting to order and Town Clerk Ann Quirk took the Roll Call. President Penn led the Pledge of Allegiance. Next was the Moment of Silence.




Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) Contamination in Barnstable

Daniel W. Santos, P.E., Director of Public Works




PFAS Legislative Update from Sen. Julian Cyr (Video)


Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)

John Beling, Deputy Commissioner, MassDEP

Gerard Martin, Southeast Regional Director, MassDEP

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Silent Spring Institute: Dr. Laurel Schaider, PhD, Senior Scientist, Environmental

Chemistry and Engineering

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Barnstable County: Beth Albert, Administrator, Barnstable County; and
Paul Ruszala, P.E., Manager, Assets and Infrastructure, Barnstable County

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Cape Cod Gateway Airport: Katie Servis, Manager, Cape Cod Gateway Airport; and

Bryan Massa, Licensed Site Professional, HRP Associates, Inc.

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Tom Cambareri, Hydrogeologist, Former Director, Water Resources, Cape Cod Commission


Barnstable Municipal Water Board: Sam Wilson, Chair and
Hans Keijser, Water Division Supervisor, Town of Barnstable

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Barnstable Fire District Water Department: Superintendent Sean Anderson and

Assistant Superintendent Ronald Tivey


Centerville Osterville and Marstons Mills (COMM) Water Department: Craig Crocker,

Superintendent of the C-O-MM Water Department, and Water Commissioner Peter Hansen


Cotuit Water Department: David Churbuck, Water Commissioner

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Councilors asked questions following each presentation.


The next regularly scheduled Town Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2024. The public is able to view through Xfinity High Definition Channel 1072 (or Xfinity Channel 8 or 1070) or Live Streaming on the Town of Barnstable’s website. Real-time public comment may be addressed to the Barnstable Town Council utilizing the Zoom video link or telephone number and access meeting code which will be included on the Agenda. Written Comments may be submitted to:  https://tobweb.town.barnstable.ma.us/boardscommittees/towncouncil/Town_Council/Agenda-Comment.asp. The meeting Agenda will be available on the Town of Barnstable’s website (www.townofbarnstable.us).