The Most Northeastern City in the United States.

Caribou Heritage Day!

Last year we called it O.P. Pierson Days and we had a great time. Since we will be celebrating a different “pioneer” each year, we changed the name to Caribou Heritage Day. The name sounds a bit stodgy, but it is going to be a blast!  Take a look at the poster!

Caribou Heritage Day
September 27, 2014
This year celebrating
Alexander Cochran
Brought to you by the City of Caribou and
the Caribou Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Antique car show at the Downtown Mall, Music, food by Guns & Hoses, vendors: 11am – 2pm!
  • Sign ceremony for Cochran on Water Street: 3pm!
  • Live music at the Caribou High School with food by the Caribou Athletic Boosters: 6pm – 8:30pm!
  • Fireworks at the Caribou High School: 8:30pm!

See you there!

Request for Bids for Bulk Wood Pellets

The City of Caribou is requesting sealed bid proposals for “Bulk Wood Pellets” to be used as heating fuel in a wood pellet boiler. An exterior silo with the ability to receive blown-in or dumped pellets is used to store the bulk pellets.

Bids should include pricing for “premium” grade pellets, with full specs available on our website. It is projected that the City will have a need for approximately 219 tons of pellets annually.

All sealed bid proposals shall be submitted to the Caribou City Office with “WOOD PELLET BID” marked clearly on the front of the envelope. Please mail or deliver to Austin Bleess, City Manager, 25 High St, Caribou, ME 04736 no later than 2 PM, on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at which time they will be opened and read.

 For more information and bid form: Pellet Bids 2014

Please call 207-493-3324 x230 with any questions.

Library Board Members Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Library Board of Trustees.  If you want to give back and serve your community and library then pickup an application in the City Clerk’s Office or print one here:  Application for Standing Committee. Submit to the City Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on October 3, 2014.  

Nomination Papers Available for Various Elective Positions

Nomination papers for various elective positions in the City of Caribou are available beginning Monday, August 11, 2014, in the City Clerk’s Office in the municipal building.

Three 3-year term seats will be available on the City Council.

One 1-year term seat will be available on the City Council (term ending December 31, 2015)

Two 3-year term seats will be available on the Eastern Aroostook RSU #39 Board.

One 3-year term seat will be available on the Jefferson Cary Memorial Hospital Fund.

Anyone striving to hold an elective city position must be a registered voter in Caribou and must have nomination papers signed by at least twenty-five other registered Caribou voters.  The completed nomination papers must be filed with the City Clerk, no later than 5:00 on September 19, 2014, in order to be placed on the ballot in November.

Jayne R. Farrin

City Clerk

City of Caribou Awarded Medals Recognizing Achievements in Addressing Childhood Obesity through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized the City of Caribou for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).   LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity through five goal areas.


“We congratulate and commend Caribou for your efforts to improve the health of your community’s children and families,” said NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor of Saint Paul, Minn. “Through the leadership and dedication of local elected officials in cities, towns and counties across the country, we are beginning to see a measurable decrease in obesity rates and a cultural shift towards health.”


Eightmedals were awarded to Caribou for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity.  These medals were awarded because of Caribou’s achievements in promoting healthy living, healthy eating and physical activity.


Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Kathy Mazzuchelli commended the collaborative effort with Cary Medical Center and Parks and Recreation staff to instill good nutritional habits in young people and promoting activities that engage both youth and adults.   Mazzuchelli noted that Cary Medical Center staff have come into afterschool youth programs to highlight nutrition, hydration and the importance of exercise and have developed wonderful and very informative interactive presentations for youth.


All LMCTC sites have the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal to which they commit to as part of the initiative. Medals are awarded to local elected officials based on achievements in each of the following five goal areas:


  • Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings
  • Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served
  • Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Expanding access to meal programs before, during and after the school day, and/or over summer months.
  • Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity


NLC is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties and other nonprofit organizations, to assist local elected officials who join LMCTC as they implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded NLC a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including those participating in LMCTC.


More than 440 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC. Each month, NLC recognizes local elected officials who achieve key benchmarks for the five LMCTC goals. Since July 2012, NLC has awarded 1,754 bronze, silver, and gold medals to recognize local elected officials across the country for their LMCTC progress. Caribou is the only municipality in Aroostook County participating in the LMCTC program.

For more information about LMCTC and Caribou’s accomplishments, visit


The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.


Council Survey Results from June 10, 2014

On June 10th, 2014 the City Council conducted a survey outside the polls for the Primary Election. The results of that survey are below.


Do you believe the City of Caribou currently offers:

  1. Adequate services for a City its size     320  -  65%
  2. More services than necessary    67     -  13%
  3. Should provide more services for its citizens     107  -  22%

If you believe services should be reduced in order to save money please circle any areas you feel should be looked at:

Police Dept.  63
City Administration (Hours open to the Public)    97
Parks and Recreation Dept.  81
Library   64
Fire and Ambulance  40
Public Works (Street Maintenance & Snow Plowing) 60


1.   Do you favor the continuance of brush removal once a year by the Highway Department?

  • Yes: 384 – 75%
  • No: 127 – 25%


2.   Do you want to see the sidewalks plowed during the winter:

  • All of them:    246 – 50%
  • Just one side of the street:     243 – 50%


3.  Should the city consider:

  • turning the street lights all back on:     159 – 32%
  • leave them as they are now:       282  – 56%
  • turn a few more off:      61  – 12%


5.  Usage of the pool has dropped about 65% over the last 5 years.  Should the city consider closing the swimming pool for good?

  • Yes:  199 – 40%
  • No: 297 – 60%


8. Do you think the Library:

  • Should stay open as is: 357 – 70%
  • Consider being open shorter hours And fewer days: 154   30%


9.  Do you think the Rec. Dept:

Should stay open as is: 385  – 77%

consider opening with shorter hours and fewer days:  116-  23%


10.  Do you think the city office should consider reduced operating hours?

  • Yes:      169 – 34%
  • No:    330  – 66%


11. Do you think tax payer dollars should continue to be used to supplement the Chamber of Commerce budget?

  • Yes: 183 – 36%
  • No: 324 – 64%


12. Do you think tax payer dollars should continue to be used to support snowmobile trails and groomer equipment?

  •  Yes   291 – 57%
  • No    216 – 43%


13.   Should the city continue to operate the Airport:

  • Yes     331 69%
  • No     150  31%


Do you live:

  • In town 338
  • In the Country188


Do you work in Caribou? 155


Do you rent: 54

Do you own a home: 394

Are you Retired:  51


Approximately 526 people completed the survey.  Of those, not everyone voted on each question.  Percentages are based on number of votes each question received.

Office Building For Sale

The City currently owns 26,000 square feet of office space in Downtown Caribou that is for sale.

The Building is 26,800 square feet not counting the basement area. It has dual backup generators one 65 KW and one 50KW, with redundant wiring. There are multiple T-1 lines and other connections. The server room is approximately 20’ x 40’ with chilled elevated floors and halogen extinguishers. The building has a replacement value well in excess of $2 million as per construction tables.

There is a reception office at the main entrance, a large reception area in the front lobby. There is a series of offices around the perimeter of the building on the first floor surrounding the main server room. The second floors has offices and cubical space, an employee training area within that can seat approximately 100 persons. There are also kitchen facilities on the second floor. The building is fully sprinkled, has an alarm system wired to the police and fire departments and a host of other amenities. Directly across the street from the back entrance is a City owned parking lot that has approximately 100 parking spaces. Within two blocks of the building there are well over 300 parking spaces in city owned parking lots. This has accommodated at times greater than 100 persons working within the building at any one time and when they were working on a 24 hour basis.

More information is included in this site profile package.

The building is for sale for $250,000. For more information on this building please contact Austin Bleess at 207-493-3324 x230 or via email at

Manufacturing Space Available

The City of Caribou currently has available for rent 25,000 square feet of Manufacturing Space located just off US Route 1. The building has three phase power, has a full fire protection system, and is move in ready. The building comes with air compressors, air conditioning, and public water and sewer.  More information is included in this site profile package.

This building is available for lease at very competitive rates for new and expanding businesses. For more information on this building please contact Austin Bleess at 207-493-3324 x230 or via email at


Thursday’s On Sweden – 2014

Thursday’s On Sweden kicks off June 12!

2014 TOS Poster

Click here for a PDF version of the flyer.

Public Hearing Notice – Dangerous Buildings

Owners and Interested Parties are hereby notified that the Municipal Officers of the Caribou Maine will hold a hearing on June 9, 2014 at 7pm at the Caribou City Council Chambers, 25 High St, Caribou, Maine to determine whether the industrial buildings/structures owned by you and located on land owned by Nasiff Land LLC and associated with Caribou Tax Account Numbers 2715, 2714, and 2547 with the City of Caribou Maine and shown on Map 28, Lot 57, Map 27, Lots 74, 74A, 74B, 74C, 74E and Map 25, Lots 2B, 146 of the 2013 Tax Maps of the City of Caribou, Maine on file at the Tax Assessors Office, 25 High Street, Caribou Maine, is dangerous or a nuisance within the meaning of 17 M.R.S.A. § 2851.

If the Municipal Officers find that the buildings/structures is dangerous or a nuisance, they may order appropriate corrective action, including but not limited to demolition and removal of the buildings/structures. If their order is not complied with by the deadline stated in their order and no appeal is taken, the Municipal Officers may take the corrective action at municipal expense and recover all expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, by means of a special tax or civil action. This hearing is your opportunity to present evidence as to why the building/structure is not dangerous and to oppose any corrective action ordered by the Municipal Officers.

Dated May 12, 2014.