The City of Caribou is looking for a volunteer to serve on the Caribou Planning Board. If interested, please apply with the City Clerk at 25 High Street. The application is below:
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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:
The results of the 2013 Caribou Municipal Election are as follows:
City Councilor 3 year term (Vote for 2)
|David A. Martin||713|
|Joan L. Theriault||700|
|James T. Cerrato||423|
City Councilor 1 year term (Vote for 2)
|Carol A. Pierson||776|
|Shane M. McDougall||467|
|Norma B. Milton||458|
Caribou RSU 39 (Vote for 1)
|Tanya L. Sleeper||423|
|Miles R. Williams||378|
|Phillip J. McDonough||279|
Caribou Charter Amendment 1 – Amending the terms of office to begin the first business day in January:
Caribou Charter Amendment 2 – Allowing a councilor to take all, a portion of, or none of their pay:
Caribou Charter Amendment 3 – Removing the requirement a Councilor must be current on all personal and real property taxes to serve on the City Council:
Many people drive by the residence every day but they don’t know the history. Many people indulge in America’s most popular fast food….the French fry….but they don’t think of Caribou, Maine. Well, Caribou is going to change that by celebrating Olof Powers Pierson, Caribou native and inventor of the frozen French fry, during OP Pierson Days, September 26-28th.
Pierson was born September 26, 1906 in Caribou. The son of Olof and Berdina Pierson, he graduated from Caribou High School in 1923 and attended MIT, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1929. Following his tenure at MIT, Pierson enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he earned the rank of lieutenant pilot. His aeronautical fettish evolved into him becoming the first president of the Portland Airport (Jetport now) and test piloting experimental craft. His passion for math, science and life in general brought him back to MIT where he earned his master’s degree in aeronautical engineering following his stint in the Army Air Corps.
Pierson had a brilliant mind and was always the inventor. One of his first projects was developing a prototype plant to reuse crankcase oil; a process that is still widely used today. But his international legacy came from his agrarian roots in The County. During World War II he was commissioned by the US Army to come up with a process to dehydrate potatoes for the armed services. Pierson was employed by the H.C. Baxter Company of Hartland, Maine where he worked as plant engineer in charge of new product development. While working on this project he eventually became tagged as “the father of the frozen French fry potato”. In 1947, Pierson and the H.C. Baxter Company, and the Snowflake plant in Corinna joined forces with Birdseye Co. of Caribou to produce and market the first package of frozen French fries.
Remembering his roots, Pierson left the H.C. Baxter company and returned to Caribou where he set his sights on aiding The County’s potato farmers with harvesting, storing and processing their crops. His impact on the industry was remarkable as he invented the steam peeler which is widely used by commercial food processors to peel root vegetables. He also created the shallow fat fryer which is used to produce America’s number one fast food…..the French fry. By the 1950’s Pierson was busy developing a workable potato washer, a potato top puller and an early version of the potato harvester.
Eventually, Pierson moved on to design the first French fry plant for McCain Foods in Florenceville, New Brunswick. Most of the folks in The County know McCain Frozen Foods as a multi-billion dollar international food processor and distributor. In an article in Memories of Maine magazine, Harrison McCain, then chairman of the McCain Foods in 1993 was quoted as saying: “I remember him (Pierson) as a very kindly, very bright man who was not quick to decide things. He went slower.” McCain noted that himself and his brother Wallace were always in a hurry to get things done, but said Pierson didn’t want to rush a good thing, “he had the right answers in the end. He had a very inventive mind, “ McCain said. OP Pierson was also responsible for Birdseye building their French fly plant in Caribou, bringing much needed jobs to the region along with a perfect market for local farmers.
But his inventiveness didn’t stop there. He also invented a little heating unit to aid farmers with potato storage. Most of us know that unit at the Silent Glow as it was produced by the Silent Glow Oil Burner Company. He also designed the pallet box, a common item used in farming today.
With his vast knowledge in dehydration, Pierson became a consultant with the United Nations Food Organization where he and his wife Frances and their family traveled internationally to work with foreign companies regarding plant design, storage, potato processing and equipment and machinery.
OP Pierson’s inventive mind and passion to help out local farmers transcends Caribou and has provided food to populations around the globe……so when you go to a restaurant and they ask…”do you want fries with that” you can thank Caribou native and inventor, Olaf Powers Pierson.
So, now that you know the rest of the story, we hope you jump on the band wagon and help celebrate our community heritage during OP Pierson Days, Sept 26-28th. Have an idea for an event….give us a call. Want to paint a potato barrel to commemorate our agrarian heritage….call the Caribou Parks & Recreation Department and reserve one of only 10 barrels from the Bradbury Barrel Company. Barrels will be available for $25 on a first come, first serve basis and once completed will be displayed at the Caribou Wellness Center.
Caribou is on the move……let’s celebrate one of Caribou’s greatest movers !!!
The City of Caribou accepts credit/debit cards from Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
The City of Caribou is Creating a Community Revitalization Committee. The goal of this committee is to create actionable items the City and Volunteer Groups can put into place to help revitalize our community.
The three areas of focus will be in the Downtown Area, including the Downtown Mall, High Street, and Bennett Drive districts, Housing Redevelopment, and Community Events. Some initial examples of activities include a Community Weeknight Event in the Downtown Area, improving the look and flow of the downtown areas, and improving the housing stock of the community.
The City is seeking anyone that has interest in any of these areas to join in this endeavor. All ideas are welcome as we work towards the common goal of revitalizing our City.
If you’re interested please contact Austin Bleess, City Manager, at 493-3324 x230 or via email at email@example.com. The first kick off meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 7pm in the City Council Chambers.
The Caribou Police Department will give informational talks about the drug “bath salts” and its effect on our community. Please call Chief Michael Gahagan at 493-3301 for more information.
The Code Enforcement Office
Will be closed the following weeks:
October 14 – 18th
November 11 – 15th
December 23 – 27th
The Code Enforcement Office
Is also closed EVERY Friday.
Welcome to the new website for the City of Caribou! We believe you will find this new site much easier to navigate and find the information you are looking for.
The Budget information is all listed under the City Council drop-down menu. You can also find City Ordinances, Council Agendas, and Council Minutes under that tab.
Please browse around and get to know our great city better!
If you find links that do not work or are unable to find information please contact the City Manager.