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Caribou Broadband Coalition Seeks Citizen Input

A coalition of citizens, business owners, and city officials has formed in Caribou to look at improving internet connectivity throughout the community. This volunteer group, named the Caribou Broadband Coalition, is hoping to see internet speeds of at least 100 megabits per second (Mbps) available at every home and business in Caribou. Gigabit internet speeds would also be likely.

Many people in Caribou currently have internet speeds of about 10 Mbps. At that speed it would take approximately 8.5 minutes to download a 45-minute television show in HD. If the internet speed was 100 Mbps it would take 50 seconds to download.

“We have seen our economy here in Caribou change over the decades,” said City Manager Austin Bleess. “By making faster internet more affordable here in Caribou jobs can be created anyplace in the world, but the workers can be located in Caribou.”

Citing conversations between the city and technology companies that have occurred over the past year, Bleess said that high speed internet is a must have for these companies. When companies have offices all around the world, high speed internet breaks down the barriers and connects Caribou to the world. Bleess stated 5 gigabyte files are not an uncommon size for technology companies. Transferring that file currently in Caribou would take approximately 30 minutes. With a 100 Mbps connection it would take 4.5 minutes, and with a gigabit connection it could be transferred in less than 30 seconds.

Residents of Caribou will start to see the first step of this project shortly. Surveys are being sent out to all residents in Caribou to gauge their interest in having faster and more affordable internet city wide. “By understanding what the citizens think about their current internet service we can see where the gaps are, and better understand what is needed to improve internet speeds here in Caribou,” said Mike Quinlan a member of the Caribou Broadband Coalition. This survey will remain open for the month of July.

 

As part of their work, the coalition has identified the following questions it first hopes to answer:

 

  1. Can we create a new revenue source to help our city operate?
  2. Can we provide a better more reliable product at lower price point?
  3. Can all required services of this new entity be sourced in Caribou

 

The coalition has created a roadmap that they are following to help answer these questions, gauge interest of residents, and look at all options that are possible to assist in achieving their mission.

 

To make this project as transparent as possible, citizens are encouraged to supply an email address in the survey to stay up-to-date.  The coalition will also share information on the status of the project online and through various media outlets.

 

If you’d like to take the survey now, or to learn more information  please go to: http://www.cariboumaine.org/broadband

 

Tax Acquired Properties for Sale by Bid

The City of Caribou is soliciting competitive sealed bids for the sale of the following tax acquired properties. Bids are due by 2:00 pm on August 4, 2016. Details of the bid process are below as well as bid packets on each property.

Ad – Properties for Bid August 2016

Property #1          Property #2          Property #3

Property #4          Property #5          Property #6

Property #7          Property #8          Property #9

Property #10        Property #11         Property #12

Property #13        Property #14        Property #15

Property #16        Property #17

Notice of Weed Control Spraying

Application for weed control will be made for the city sidewalks on July 16th – July 25th.  Materials are registered by the E.P.A. and will be applied by state certified/licensed applicators.  If you have question on this please call (207) 532-2684.

2016 Street Maintenance Schedule

As part of the regular street maintenance for the City of Caribou the following streets will be paved in 2016.

Alexander Ave McKinley St
Angle St Page Ave (Upper Section)
Caribou St Park St (West part of Street)
Coolidge Ave Pilgrim Road
Dorcas Ave Raymond Dr
Fenderson St Rose St
Grove St St. Anne St
Hammon St Sunrise Ave
Harvest Road Townview Road
Heritage Road Vaughn St
Home Farm Road Willow Drive

 

The following roads will be chipsealed as part of regular maintenance.

Alpha St Coffin Road
Beta St East Green Ridge Road
Fontaine Dr Green Ridge Road
Haines St Vance Road
Solar Drive Powers Road

 

The tentative start date is July 18th. The City will do its best to keep information on this page and on social media updated as to an expected schedule as the information because available.

RFQ – Solar PV Project

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR SYSTEMS AND POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT

 

The City of Caribou is soliciting Summary of Qualifications related to the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on a ten-acre parcel of land.  Installed systems would likely be financed through a power purchase agreement.   The City anticipates that firms would receive Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from electrical generation, and the City would purchase the generated electricity.

The full RFQ may be found here.

A listing of questions and answers on the RFQ may be found here.

Demolition Services RFP

RFP – Demolition Services

The City of Caribou is seeking proposals for the removal of buildings located on Tax Map 28, Lot 57, Map 27 Lots 74, 74A, 74B, 74C, 74E, and Map 25 Lots 2B and 146.   All work shall be done in accordance with the Scope of Work which is available online at www.cariboumaine.org and from the City Office. Bid forms are also available online or in the City Office.

Bids will be accepted at the City Manager’s office, 25 High Street, Caribou, until 2pm Wednesday August 3, 2016 at which time they will be opened and read. All bids shall be marked “Birds Eye Demolition”. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any bid.

The Scope of Work and Bid Form can be found in this packet.

Caribou City Council – Notice of Public Hearing

The Caribou City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, 25 High Street. The Hearing is to consider an Ordinance Regarding the Sale of Municipal Property. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Copies of the proposed Ordinance are available in the City Clerk’s Office at 25 High Street and below.

2016-9 Sell property

2016 Scholarships Available – Maine Association of Public Housing Directors

2016 Scholarship Application that is eligible to any Public Housing/Section 8/Low Income/Subsidized Housing Participant that has recently graduated High School or is currently attending an accredited institution of high education.

Three scholarships will be awarded, one for $1,500 and two for $1,000.

Applications are available through the Caribou Housing Agency.  Deadline is Friday, August 26, 2016.

MAPHD Scholarship

Caribou to host 2017 Moose Permit Lottery

Earlier today Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced that the 2017 Moose Permit Lottery would be held in Caribou.

“This fantastic event, which draws hundreds of people from around Maine and New England, is an excellent opportunity for people to see all that Caribou has to offer,” said City Manager Austin Bleess. “The City is honored to host such a great event.”

Often described as the “hunt of a lifetime” many people wait years to hear their name called at the lottery.  The lottery often receives nearly 49,000 entries, and draws entries from all 50 states and around the world. The lottery is a chance for those that entered to hear their name called, and realize the chance of a lifetime.

The City submitted an application to the Maine IF&W earlier this year and received local support from State Senator Peter Edgecomb for the application. Bleess cited the great leadership of Event and Marketing Coordinator Lydia Kieffer as the driving force behind the application.

Bleess stated “We are very excited to host the event in 2017, and we look forward to hosting a weekend full of activities around the permit lottery.”

CARIBOU RECOGNIZED FOR RETIREE RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Retirement is an opportunity for meeting new people and experiencing new things, and according to a new study Caribou is among the best places to do it in Maine. SmartAsset ranked the cities with the most recreational and social opportunities for retirees as part of their study on the Best Places to Retire. The index factors in the number of recreation centers and retirement centers available to seniors as well as what percentage of the city’s population they represent.

“Not only is Caribou the most affordable place to live in Maine, we are great place for seniors to retire to as well,” said City Manager Austin Bleess. “With the great events such as Thursdays On Sweden and the great venue of the Caribou Recreation and Wellness Center, Caribou is able to offer people of all ages great recreational and social opportunities.”

Bleess also pointed to the Take It Outside Series that the Caribou Recreation Department does. These programs help people be active. With events outdoors, such as bird watching, hiking, and snowshoeing and tours of area manufacturers and social interest trips these programs offer something for everyone.

The rankings used statistics of Recreation Centers and Retirement Centers per 1,000 people and the percentage of seniors. Using these data points Caribou was given a Recreation and Social Index of 19.89, which is the ninth highest in the state.

Bleess also stated “We work hard to provide opportunities for everyone here in Caribou. Because of these efforts we are quickly becoming a great recreational leader in Aroostook County. We look forward to building on these successes and continuing to make Caribou the best place to live, work and play in Maine.”

For a full look at the methodology and interactive map, people may visit the website: https://goo.gl/T8rQcJ.