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RFP – Development of a Broadband Strategy, Solution, and Business Plan

The City of Caribou, Maine is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to determine need, feasibility and justification for providing affordable broadband high-speed fiber infrastructure to business and residents with a minimum symmetrical speed of 100 megabits per second, but preferably 1 gigabit per second.

This project will result in the production of a Broadband Business Plan containing a strategies and solutions, preliminary engineering and construction cost estimates, organizational and operational recommendations for future network implementation projects, and funding strategies for potential projects. The desired outcome of this planning effort is to provide a tool for the City to implement an installation plan to serve the City with fiber, connect businesses, and implement fiber to the homes (FTTH). This can be done as a single-phase rollout or in multiple phases, and the assessment should address this issue. If there is new or emerging technology such as wireless technology that can provide the same end result that should be a part of the recommendations. The City, specifically, has an interest in making high-speed fiber internet service available to all residents and businesses at an affordable price.

All proposals are due 2:00 p.m. local time on September 23, 2016. Four (4) hard copies and one (1) complete electronic version are required. Faxed proposals will not be accepted.

Vendors assume the risk of the methods of dispatch or delivery chosen. Office hours for receipt of mailed or expressed proposals are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (EDT).

The full RFP may be viewed here.

Caribou City Council – Notice of Public Hearings

There will be two Public Hearings on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, 25 High Street. The Hearings are to receive public comment on an Ordinance amending General Assistance guidelines and an Ordinance regarding the sale of municipal property. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend. The proposed Ordinances are available in the City Clerk’s Office at 25 High Street and below:

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2016-11 Sell Property

Nomination Papers Available

Public Notice

City of Caribou

 

Nomination papers are available for the November 8, 2016 Municipal Election beginning August 15, 2016 at the City Clerk’s Office in the municipal building.  The deadline to return nomination papers is 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2016.  The following seats are available:

 

Two 3-year term seats will be available on the City Council.

One 3-year term seats will be available on the Eastern Aroostook RSU #39 Board.

            One 3-year term seat will be available on the Jefferson Cary Memorial Hospital  

            Fund.

 

Anyone striving to hold an elective city position must be a registered voter in Caribou and must have nomination papers signed by at least twenty-five other registered Caribou voters.

Jayne R. Farrin

City Clerk

 

RFP for Annual Independent Financial Auditing Services

The City of Caribou, Maine invites qualified independent public accountants to submit proposals for the performance of an audit of its financial accounts and records covering a term of three fiscal years for the purpose of rendering an auditor’s opinion regarding the fairness of applicable financial statements and compliance with applicable legal provisions, in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.

All proposals are due by 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

For an RFP Bid Package please Click Here or call Wanda Raymond, Finance Director at 493-3324, Ext 220.

Previous annual audits may be found here. 

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 by 2:00 pm on September 7, 2016. Details of the bid process are below as well as bid packets on each property.

Ad – Properties for Bid

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Property #6      Property #7      Property #8

Property #9      Property #10    Property #11

Property #12    Property #13     Property #14

Property #16    Property #17     Property #18

 

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.

RFQ – Solar PV Project

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR SYSTEMS AND POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT

 

The City of Caribou is soliciting Summary of Qualifications related to the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on a ten-acre parcel of land.  Installed systems would likely be financed through a power purchase agreement.   The City anticipates that firms would receive Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from electrical generation, and the City would purchase the generated electricity.

The full RFQ may be found here.

A listing of questions and answers on the RFQ may be found here.

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

 

2016 Scholarships Available – Maine Association of Public Housing Directors

2016 Scholarship Application that is eligible to any Public Housing/Section 8/Low Income/Subsidized Housing Participant that has recently graduated High School or is currently attending an accredited institution of high education.

Three scholarships will be awarded, one for $1,500 and two for $1,000.

Applications are available through the Caribou Housing Agency.  Deadline is Friday, August 26, 2016.

MAPHD Scholarship

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.”