The May 23, 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 May 22, 2024 to: Council/Agenda-Comment.asp                                                                    


This is the final workshop on water resources in the Town of Barnstable. This workshop focused on Surface, Freshwater, and Coastal Resources.


Town Council President Felicia Penn called the meeting to order and Town Clerk Ann Quirk took the Roll Call. Town Council Vice President Craig Tamash introduced Army Veteran Jim Lichwell, a resident of Centerville, who served from 1976 to 1979 as a Pharmacy Specialist at the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Lichwell returned to school to become a Registered Nurse through the GI Bill. He worked at Worcester State Hospital and has volunteered at the Royal in Cotuit. Mr. Lichwell offered a Moment of Silence in honor of Navy veteran Gage Michael Flanagan who died suddenly on October 2, 2021 while serving active duty in the Navy in Point Loma, CA. He was born on Nantucket and graduated from Barnstable High School in 2018. While in high school, he was a member of the lacrosse and wrestling teams.



Rob Steen, Assistant Director of Department of Public Works, facilitated.


Surface, Freshwater, and Coastal Resources



Gerard Martin, Southeast Regional Director, Mass Department of Environmental Protection

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Andrew Gottlieb, Executive Director, Association to Preserve Cape Cod

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Eduard Eichner, Principal / Water Scientist, TMDL Solutions LLC

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Zee Crocker, Executive Director, Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Amber Unruh, Senior Project Manager for Special Projects, Water, Barnstable Department of Public Works

PowerPoint Presentation may be viewed here.


Councilors asked questions following each presentation.

Questions submitted from the public were answered by Assistant DPW Director Rob Steen and Health Division Director Thomas McKean.


The next regularly scheduled Town Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 6, 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: The meeting Agenda will be available on the Town of Barnstable’s website (