The Most Northeastern City in the United States.

Tax Acquired Properties for 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 December 8, 2016. Details of the bid process and on each property is below:

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Property #1

Property #2

Property #3

 

 

Caribou Housing Agency is Accepting Applications

Waiting List is OPEN and is VERY SHORT for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (aka Section 8)

Eligible participants pay 30% of their monthly adjusted income towards a rental unit of their choice.

Application available on line at:

http://www.cariboumaine.org/index.php/departments/caribou-housing-agency-2/applicant-information/how-to-apply/

Or in office at:

Caribou Housing Agency

25 High Street

Caribou ME  04736

Phone:  (207) 493-4234

Fax:  (207) 376-0178

E-Mail:  housing@cariboumaine.org

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Interested in serving on a Board or Committee?

Volunteers are needed for several of Caribou’s Boards and Commissions.

If you want to give back and serve your community then pick up an application in the

City Clerk’s Office or print one here.

Submit to the City Clerk’s Office by December 30, 2016.

Boards and Committees include:

  • Planning Board
  • Library Board
  • Board of Assessors
  • Recreation Committee
  • Nylander Board

2017 Dog Licenses are Available

Purchase your dog’s 2017 license before January 1, 2017 and have your dog’s tag number entered into a raffle for a $50.00 gift certificate to the Veterinarian of your choice.

Sponsored by the Caribou Police Department

2017 Snowmobile Stickers Available

City Clerk’s Office

City Office

25 High Street

Eastern Aroostook RSU 39 New Elementary School Project Straw Poll

The citizens of Caribou, Limestone, and Stockholm are invited to attend an informational meeting and straw poll for the concept design of the new elementary school (Pre K -8) to be located in Caribou.

November 17, 2016

Informational Meeting 6:00 P.M.

Straw Poll 7:00 P.M.

 Caribou Performing Arts Center

Questions can be directed to:

Laurie Chapman

lchapman@rsu39.org

496-6311

Caribou Public Works Leaves Pick Up

The Caribou Public Works Department will begin picking up leaves left by curbside in the City next Wednesday, October 19th. Leaves must be curbside for pick up – leaves only, no brush.

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.

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

 

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.”