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Closing Roads for Winter Maintenance – Notice of Public Hearing

The Caribou City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers, 25 High Street. The Hearing is to consider closing the following roads for winter maintenance: a portion of Brissette Road, a portion of McGraw Siding Road, Cedar Hill Lane, and the Kelly Road. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend. More information and a map depicting the portion of roads to be closed is available online at www.cariboumaine.org and at the Caribou City Hall.

Maps of roads to be closed may be found here.

Caribou Planning Board Notice of Public Hearing

The Caribou Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm in City Council Chambers, 25 High Street. The Site Design Review is for Daigle Oil Company’s application to install a diesel fuel operation on their property, located at 917 Presque Isle Road, Map 5, Lot 24A, currently zoned for R-C2. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

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

GET YOUR BUSINESS ON THE MAP

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 citymanager@cariboumaine.org.

City of Caribou 2016 Brush Removal Program

Due to the continued necessity to conserve resources, brush removal for 2016 will be limited to one pick up period during May 9th-13th.  Public Works will only make a single pass through the City.  All brush and leaves must be curbside by the morning of May 9th by 6:00 am. Pick up limited to one load per residence. The crews will only collect in a neighborhood once and will not make multiple passes.  Those in rural Caribou must call Public Works to let them know to come and pick up. Please call 493-4211. Any brush or leaves brought curbside after May 9th will not be removed by Public Works. The City asks for your cooperation to make this removal program as cost effective and beneficial as possible for the continued maintenance of our community. No alternative rain dates are planned.

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 gmarquis@cariboumaine.org 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.

 

Invitation to Bid for Airport Improvements

To Include: “Construct Taxilanes (Approx. 460’ x 25’) at the Caribou Municipal Airport, Caribou, Maine.”

Sealed bids for Airport Improvements at the City of Caribou will be received by the City Manager at the Caribou Municipal Airport, 12 Airport Drive, Caribou, Maine, on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. local time, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids submitted after this time will not be accepted. Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Construct Taxilane (Approx. 460’ x 35’) at the Caribou Municipal Airport, Caribou, Maine, AIP Project No. 3-23-0012-18-2016”.

The proposed work may include, but is not necessarily limited to: Full-depth construction of taxilanes to include new base and subbase gravels, asphalt pavement, common excavation, stormwater mitigation structures, fencing and other miscellaneous items.

Prospective bidders are strongly encouraged to attend a pre-bid project information meeting scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. local time at the Airport Terminal Building, 12 Airport Drive, Caribou, Maine.

All Requests for Information (RFI’s) must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., to the Engineer.

Drawings, Specifications, and Contract Documents may be examined at:

City of Caribou, 25 High Street, Caribou, Maine 04736;
Construction Summary of Maine 74 Gilman Road, Bangor, Maine 04401;
Associated Constructors of Maine, 188 Whitten Road, Augusta, Maine 04332;
Construction Summary of Maine, 2331 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04102

Copies of the above documents may be obtained from the office of Stantec Consulting Services Inc., by e-mailing Stantec at julie.dicker@stantec.com for an electronic copy, at no charge, or a CD for a non-refundable fee of Thirty-Dollars ($30.00) per CD, including postage & handling, or a hardcopy for a non-refundable fee of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) per set, including postage and handling. CD’s and hardcopies will be mailed upon receipt of payment. ALL CHECKS SHALL BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE “CITY OF CARIBOU”, and forwarded to Stantec Consulting Services Inc., at 25 Sweden Street – Suite B2, Caribou, Maine 04736. Partial sets, separate drawings or individual sections of the documents will not be distributed.

Bid security in the amount of at least five percent (5%) of the total bid must be submitted with the Bid. The bid security may be either a certified check or a proposal guaranty bond executed by a surety company authorized to do business in the State of Maine. Bid security shall be made payable to the City of Caribou. Late bids, unsigned bids, facsimile bids, or bids submitted without security will not be considered.

The successful bidder must furnish a 100 percent Performance Bond, and a 100 percent Labor and Materials Payment Bond, and begin execution of this contract within five (5) calendar days following the Notice to Proceed.
Construction under this contract will be funded by Federal Grant under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and will be subject to all applicable requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation / Federal Aviation Administration and the Maine Department of Transportation. Award of all contracts will be contingent upon receipt of Federal funding under the AIP.

Wages paid to employees must comply with the minimum established by U.S. Department of labor Wage Determination and CH 149, § 26-27D, M.G.L. The contractor must comply with the Davis-Bacon Act, Anti-Kickback Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standard Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order 11246.

The City of Caribou has an approved Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program for Airport Improvement projects which the successful bidder must comply with, the specific goals for this job being listed within the contract documents.

The City of Caribou reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive any technical or legal deficiencies, and to accept any bid that it may deem to be in the best interest of the City of Caribou and the Caribou Municipal Airport.

By:
CITY OF CARIBOU

Mr. Austin Bleess, City Manager

Thursdays On Sweden

Thursdays On Sweden is back for 2016!

The event runs from 6-9pm. As always there will be music, food, and vendors! It’s fun for the whole family, so come on down and say Howdy Neighbor!

TOS 2016 poster

Thursdays on Sweden Street Vendor Form Document pdf

 

Search for Unclaimed Property

Many are on the list for having unclaimed property. Check the list and see if you are on there!

http://www.maine.gov/treasurer/unclaimed_property/search/index.html

Caribou Announces Grant Funds for Façade Improvement and Slum and Blight Removal

The City of Caribou recently announced the funding for Façade Improvement Grants and Slum and Blight Removal. This is a new program for the City of Caribou, which is funded through the Downtown TIF District. As such all projects must be located within the Downtown TIF District. For 2016 the City has set aside $50,000 for each program.

“This is an exciting program for Caribou, as it helps business owners to improve their buildings both structurally and aesthetically,” said Austin Bleess, City Manager.

The programs are a proposed partnership between the City of Caribou and the private sector to remove blighted properties and to improve the facades of commercial and mixed use properties within our designated Downtown TIF District from our community and improve property values.

The Façade Improvement Grants may be used for a variety of façade improvements including, but not limited to, painting, window or door repairs/replacements, signage, awnings, tuckpointing, and storefront restorations.  Grant funds will be awarded on a competitive basis; Small and large projects are eligible for funding. The building must be used for 51% commercial/industrial purposes with no residential uses on the first level of the building.  The grant amount for each project would be capped at $7,500 or 50% of the project costs whichever is less.

The Slum and Blight Removal Grants can be used for the demolition and removal of blighted buildings. Applications would be ranked on the blighting influences on the neighborhood, the level of blight, and whether or not there is a reuse of the property that has been identified. The grant amount for each project would be capped at $10,000 or 50% of the project costs whichever is less.

Eligibility requirements include being the owner of the property, being current on all city taxes including Real and Personal Property Taxes, and all bills from the Caribou Utilities District. Properties that have been declared dangerous by the Caribou City Council in accordance with state law are not eligible for the grants.

The City has more information and application forms for these grants available on our website at www.cariboumaine.org/EconDev.