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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 Comprehensive Plan

See the link below to view the 2014 Comprehensive Plan.

2014 Comprehensive Plan

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.

Office Building For Sale

The City currently owns 26,000 square feet of office space in Downtown Caribou that is for sale.

The Building is 26,800 square feet not counting the basement area. It has dual backup generators one 65 KW and one 50KW, with redundant wiring. There are multiple T-1 lines and other connections. The server room is approximately 20’ x 40’ with chilled elevated floors and halogen extinguishers. The building has a replacement value well in excess of $2 million as per construction tables.

There is a reception office at the main entrance, a large reception area in the front lobby. There is a series of offices around the perimeter of the building on the first floor surrounding the main server room. The second floors has offices and cubical space, an employee training area within that can seat approximately 100 persons. There are also kitchen facilities on the second floor. The building is fully sprinkled, has an alarm system wired to the police and fire departments and a host of other amenities. Directly across the street from the back entrance is a City owned parking lot that has approximately 100 parking spaces. Within two blocks of the building there are well over 300 parking spaces in city owned parking lots. This has accommodated at times greater than 100 persons working within the building at any one time and when they were working on a 24 hour basis.

More information is included in this site profile package.

The building is for sale for $250,000. For more information on this building please contact Austin Bleess at 207-493-3324 x230 or via email at citymanager@cariboumaine.org.

Manufacturing Space Available

The City of Caribou currently has available for rent 25,000 square feet of Manufacturing Space located just off US Route 1. The building has three phase power, has a full fire protection system, and is move in ready. The building comes with air compressors, air conditioning, and public water and sewer.  More information is included in this site profile package.

This building is available for lease at very competitive rates for new and expanding businesses. For more information on this building please contact Austin Bleess at 207-493-3324 x230 or via email at citymanager@cariboumaine.org.

 

Supporting Community: Empowering Kids To Be Successful

No one is sure who loses more sleep worrying about the decisions they have made…..parents or children.    Today’s parents have a more difficult time monitoring, disciplining and protecting their children.   Social media has created a whole new world and one that is difficult to navigate both for parents and young people.   Fortunately the Community Alcohol and Drug Education Team (CADET) and the Power of Prevention Program will be hosting a program for parents on Wednesday, March 26th at the Caribou Middle School entitled:  Empowering Kids to Be Successful.

Empowering Successful Kids:  Raising confident, caring young people takes intentional actions.   Positive actions by parents, teachers, neighbors, faith leaders and an entire community can help kids identify their “SPARK”!    “Sparks” is a metaphor for describing how young people experience talents, interests, or strengths that make them feel really happy, energized, and passionate, and that give them real purpose, direction or focus.  Research shows that kids who thrive have two important supports:  knowledge of what their sparks are and adults who support the development of those sparks.  So what are you doing to support the young people in your community?

The best supportive role that most adults can play is simply as a source of encouragement.   On Wednesday, March 26th, positive youth development expert, Lori A. Hoffner will share with us the impact of a strength-based approach using the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Asset Framework.  The evening will help parents, teachers, neighbors, faith based organizations, clubs , service organizations, youth sport coaches and any other individuals or groups that work with children to learn how they can empower local youth.

Hoffner was the Executive Director of PACCT, a small non-profit in Jefferson County, Colorado, for 11 years.   PACCT is an organization dedicated to the success of youth and community.  Following the tragic shootings at Columbine High School in 1999, Hoffner, through her leadership with PACCT was invited to help with the creation of Columbine Connections Resource Center, a community center dedicated to the healing of those impacted along with SHOUTS, a teen drop-in center for the youth of the community. She worked closely with leaders from mental health organizations, the school district, local law enforcement and park and recreation agencies. Lori is highly regarded as a network agent for community collaborations.

Hoffner’s experience in a variety of community roles has provided her with a wide range of situations where a unique set of strategies were required to address the issue(s) at hand. These experiences led to the development of Supporting Community giving Hoffner the opportunity to share her message and successes with communities and organizations nationwide.

Come join us at the Caribou Middle School at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th to learn how an entire community that provides intentional actions, support and encouragement can help all our young people THRIVE !

Citizen input wanted for Community Development Block Grant Applications

The City of Caribou is seeking citizen input on Community Development Block Grant applications. The City of Caribou is planning on submitting letters of intent for CDBG grant applications in the areas of Economic Development, Micro-Enterprise Assistance, Housing Assistance, and Workforce Development. Information on applicable projects and conditions are available through the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Office of Community Development at www.meocd.org.

Citizens interested in submitting ideas to the Community Development Advisory Committee can do so through via email by contacting Tony Mazzucco, Assistant City Manager/CDBG program administrator at tmazzucco@cariboumaine.org. Citizens interested in joining the Community Development Advisory Committee, which in Caribou also serves as the Community Revitalization Committee, should contact Austin Bleess, City Manager, at citymanager@cariboumaine.org or by calling 493-3324 ext 230.

The City of Caribou Community Development Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 6:30pm to review proposals and vote on which proposals the City will submit letters of intent for. All meetings are open to the public and citizen input is highly desired.

The City of Caribou is looking forward to submitting Public Infrastructure and Downtown Revitalization CDBG grant applications in 2015 and ideas for submissions in those categories will be accepted as well.

Notice to Contractors – Installation of Heat Pumps

The electrical wiring of Heat Pumps must be done by Licensed Electricians.  The State of Maine has issued a memorandum of understanding which allows non-electricians to install the electrical wiring and components of mini split heat pumps. This memorandum does not apply in Caribou. See the link below for details:

Notice to Contractors on Installation of Heat Pumps