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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 Planning Board – Notice of Public Hearings

The Caribou Planning Board will hold two Public Hearings on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm in City Council Chambers, 25 High Street. The first Hearing is for final review of a Site Design Application for Daigle Oil Company to install a diesel fuel operation on their property, located at 917 Presque Isle Road, Map 5, Lot 24A, currently zoned for R-C2. The second Hearing is for final review of a Site Design Application for Griffin Used Auto, for use of an existing garage and parking area for the sale of used automobiles, located at 960 Access Highway, Map 15, Lot 70, Zoned for R-3. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

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.”


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:

City Clerk’s Office & GA Office

Are Closed for Training on September 13, 2016

2017 ATV Stickers

Are Available in the City Clerk’s Office

Notice of Water Main Construction – Main Street

Notice of Water Main Construction – Main Street, Caribou, Maine

The Caribou Utilities District will be replacing water main on North and South Main Street in Caribou, Maine after May 9, 2016. The Utility work will be performed for the Caribou Utilities District by two different contractors. Sargent Corporation, Inc. of Stillwater, Maine and Trombley Construction, Inc. of Presque Isle, Maine.

New water pipe will be installed on North Main St. from Water Street to Westwind Drive by Sargent Corporation, Inc. and on South Main Street from Fort Street to Highland Avenue by Trombley Construction, Inc. Individual water services will be replaced for most customers. It is expected that the work will be completed in about 12 weeks. There may be short periods of time when water service will be temporarily interrupted for some customers. There is no planned shutdown of the overall water system. The District will strive to keep any unscheduled interruptions to a minimum. The contractors may provide temporary water service to some or all of the homes and businesses involved prior to construction.

If you have any special needs or have medical equipment, which relies on a continuous water supply, please notify the District so that accommodations may be made.

This work is being done to improve and upgrade utility infrastructure in the area. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this construction. Some traffic interruptions and noise may be expected. If you should have any questions regarding this project please call the District office at 496-0911.

Alan Hitchcock
General Manager


The City of Caribou has partnered with Google on a project entitled “Let’s Put Caribou On The Map”. The project has the singular focus of getting local business info online and on the map.

caribou on the mapAccording to Google only 37% of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine–that’s a lot of missing information. And with 4 out of 5 people using search engines to find local info like business hours and directions, it also means a lot of missed opportunities for local businesses.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Caribou,” said Austin Bleess, City Manager. “Anything we can do to help increase their visibility helps not only the businesses, but the consumers in our community and throughout the area.”

To assist businesses in getting more exposure the City of Caribou is hosting an interactive workshop to help businesses manage their information as it appears across Google Search and Maps.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 8:30am at the Caribou Public Library and is expected to last about an hour and a half. The workshop is free and open to all Caribou businesses. Pre-Registration is requested, but not required.

There will be computers available for business owners to utilize to update their business information on Google. Wifi is also available for those wishing to use their own devices.

For questions or to pre-register please contact us by calling City Hall at 493-3324 x7 or via email at

Public Comment Period Open

April 15, 2016

The City of Caribou is releasing for public comment a draft environmental assessment (EA) that proposes to convert federal protection from an existing Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) parcel, Teague Park, to new land nearby.

The City of Caribou is accepting public comments on the draft until 5pm on Monday, May 16, 2016.

You may submit your comments by emailing Gary Marquis, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, at or by mailing your comments to:

Caribou Rec and Wellness Center
55 Bennett Dr
Caribou, ME 04736


The Draft Environmental Assessment may be found here.