The Caribou City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, 25 High Street. The Hearing is to receive public comment on a proposed ordinance amending downtown parking lot restrictions. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend and participate. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available below and in the City Clerk’s Office, 25 High Street.
The Caribou Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm in City Council Chambers, 25 High Street. The Hearing is to receive public comment on a proposed Nuisance Property Ordinance. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend and participate. To review the proposed Ordinance, click the link below:
Programs will be offered year round and follow the Caribou school system schedule. Programs will start on January 19, 2015.
Little Explores (ages 0-5): Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Adventures (ages 6-8): Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Tweens & Teens (ages 9-18): Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Beyond the Book (All ages are welcome): Friday 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
*Beyond the Book: All ages are invited to enjoy stories, games, and poetry.
To sign up for programs, please call Katherine Wilcox-Bosse, Youth Service Librarian, at (207) 493-4214 and you can also like us on facebook.
The Caribou City Council is looking for citizens who may be interested in serving on the Public Safety Complex Study Committee. As part of the updated Caribou Comprehensive Plan this committee was recommended to look at the need for a new building for the Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department. A combined facility with the Caribou Police Department may ultimately prove the best fiscal option and solve two problems with one facility.
Anyone interested in serving on this committee should complete a Volunteer Application and submit it to City Clerk Jayne Farrin at email@example.com or 25 High Street, Caribou, ME.
The following are the results from the Council survey conducted at the polls on Election Day, November 4, 2014. Approximately 3,000 Caribou residents voted that day and 1,284 of them took the Council survey. Below are the responses of the 1,284 people that took the Council Survey.
|1. Do you favor the continuance of brush removal once a year by the Highway Department?||81%||19%|
|2. Do you want ALL the sidewalks plowed during the winter at an additional cost of approx. $25,000?||62%||38%|
|3. Do you want ALL the street lights to be turned back on at the additional cost of approx. $50,000?||41%||59%|
|4. Do you think the city office should stay open later a couple of evenings a week and close early one afternoon?||49%||51%|
| 5. Do you think the city should spend $69,000 (after grants & donations) to build a new splash pad?
(Total cost would be about $250,000)
|6. Do you agree with the secession movement that the rural area should secede from the compact area of Caribou?||22%||78%|
|7. Nylander Museum patrons’ usage is minimal. Do you think the city should close the Nylander Museum?||44%||56%|
|8. If the Nylander Museum is closed, do you think the city should sell the building?||63%||37%|
|9. Have you attended a Thursdays on Sweden event, either this year or last?||65%||35%|
|10. Do you plan to attend a Thursdays on Sweden event next year?||78%||22%|
| 11. Do you think tax payer dollars should be spent to support non-profits and charities such as the Red Cross,
Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, Aroostook Council for Healthy Families and the like?
| 12. To help avoid a tax increase, the vacancies at the Library, Highway Dept. and Police Dept. may not be
filled. Are you in agreement with this?
If you have questions or comments on the survey please contact the City Council.
City Council 3 year term (Top 3 Elected)
|McDougall, Shane M.||1813|
|Smith, Jody R.||1721|
City Council 1 Year Term (Top 1 Elected)
|Steward, Tiffany J.||2375|
School Board 3 Year Term (Top 2 Elected)
|Murphy, Nancy Houghton||808|
|Whitten, Katherine Guerrette||1171|
Jefferson Cary Memorial Hospital Fund
|Barnes, Kevin C.||2516|
See the link below to view the 2014 Comprehensive Plan.
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
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!
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 www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org.
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.
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:
- Adequate services for a City its size 320 – 65%
- More services than necessary 67 – 13%
- 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
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.