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Up for Bid

The City of Caribou is soliciting competitive sealed bids for the sale of a 1990 KME Truck with a 445 hp. DETROIT 892 and an Allison automatic transmission. The truck has 23,891 miles on it and a 3,000 gal. Poly water tank with a 1,000 gal. a minute pump and new tires. The truck is being sold as is and has no warranties expressed or implied. The truck is retired from firefighting and cannot be registered as a firetruck.

The truck can be viewed before bidding by contacting the Fire Chief at 493-4215.

Sealed bids will be accepted until April 15th at 1pm. Bids should be dropped off in the City Manager’s Office and must be clearly marked on the outside 190 KME Truck Bid.

The City of Caribou reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bid proposals which are deemed to be in the best interest of the City.

Public Hearing Notice for CDBG Grant Application

Public Hearing Notice The City Caribou

The City of Caribou will hold a Public Hearing on April 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Caribou City Council Chambers, 25 High Street, Caribou to discuss an application being submitted to the State of Maine CDBG program for an Economic Development Program Grant. The purpose of the grant application is to provide assistance to Virtual Managed Solutions for a planned expansion. Public comments will be solicited at this Hearing and will be submitted as part of the application.

All persons wishing to make comments or ask questions about the grant application are invited to attend this Public Hearing.  Comments may be submitted in writing to:  25 High Street, Caribou, ME 04736 at any time prior to the Public Hearing.  TDD/TTY users may call 711. If you are physically unable to access any of the City’s programs or services, please call (207) 493-3324 x230 so that accommodations can be made.

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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.

 

Council Survey Results from June 10, 2014

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:

  1. Adequate services for a City its size     320  –  65%
  2. More services than necessary    67     –  13%
  3. 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
Library   64
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.