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Investment Services RFP

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INVESTMENT SERVICES

The City of Caribou seeks proposals for investment advisory and management services.  The proposer shall assign an investment representative who is available to the Finance Director or her designee to discuss any account problems and offer investment advice.

The City will have approximately $3,000,000 to invest which it would like to receive interest at a minimum yearly and keep the principle amount invested at all times.

Click here for a copy of the City’s Investment Policy which outlines the City’s parameters and guidelines in how the funds can be invested.

If you have questions please contact Wanda Raymond, Finance Director at 207-493-3324 x220 or via email at wanda@cariboumaine.org.

All proposals should be submitted directly to Wanda Raymond at 25 High Street, Caribou, ME 04736 or via email at wanada@cariboumaine.org by March 13, 2015.

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 no later than 9:00 am on March 6th. Details of the bid process is below.

Ad – Properties for Bid March 2015

Property #6          Property #7

Property #9          Property #10

 

Caribou Planning Board – Notice of Public Hearings

The Caribou Planning Board will hold two Public Hearings on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm in City Council Chambers, 25 High Street. The Hearings are to receive public comment on a proposed Manufactured Housing Ordinance and a Site Design Review Application from Facilities Inc. to add a residential unit in their existing office building at 7 Russ Street, Caribou, Tax Map 24, Lot 65A, Zoned C-2. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend and participate. The proposed Ordinance is below:

Manufactured Housing Ordinance

Caribou Public Library New Program Opportunities

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.

Public Safety Complex Study Committee

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 jfarrin@cariboumaine.org or 25 High Street, Caribou, ME.

 

November 2014 Council Survey

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.

YES NO
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)
 36%  64%
 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?
 53%  47%
 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?
 56%  44%

 

If you have questions or comments on the survey please contact the City Council. 

2014 Local Election Results

City Council 3 year term (Top 3 Elected)

Aiken, Gary 1804
Cerrato, James 1367
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
Umphrey-Tompkins, Jan 1257
Whitten, Katherine Guerrette 1171
Willey, Ronald 1731

Jefferson Cary Memorial Hospital Fund

Barnes, Kevin C.   2516

2014 Comprehensive Plan

See the link below to view the 2014 Comprehensive Plan.

2014 Comprehensive Plan

Caribou Heritage Day!

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
Alexander Cochran
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.