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Caribou Planning Board – Notice of Public Hearing

The Planning Board is holding a Public Hearing at 5:30 pm on Wednesday August 6th, 2014 in the Council Chambers located at the Caribou Municipal Building, 25 High Street on an expansion at 15 Armco Avenue, Caribou for Porvair Filtration Group, Inc.  The expansion has received preliminary approval and construction authorization.  Site Design Review is required according to the ordinances of the City of Caribou.  Please direct any questions to: Tony Mazzucco, Assistant City Manager at 207-493-3324 ext 224 or tmazzucco@cariboumaine.org.

Kathy Mazzuchelli Retirement Party

Kathy Retirement

Join us on Saturday August 16th from 6pm to 8pm at the Caribou Recreation and Wellness Center as we celebrate the Retirement of Kathy Mazzuchelli.

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Caribou Planning Board – Notice of Public Hearing

The Planning Board of the City of Caribou will be holding a Public Hearing on a Site Design Application for 501 Main Street.  Commercial use of the property has been permitted under City Ordinance. A single family residential accessory apartment is proposed as part of the commercial project and requires Planning Board approval and a Public Hearing.  The Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on the Site Design Application on Wednesday, August 6th at 5:30pm in Council Chambers at the Caribou Municipal Building.  The purpose of the hearing is to take public input in order to act on the application for the inclusion of the single family accessory apartment, not the commercial construction itself.  For more information please contact Tony Mazzucco, Assistant City Manager, City of Caribou, 25 High Street, Caribou, ME 04736 or tmazzucco@cariboumaine.org.

Tax Acquired Properties for Bid

The City of Caribou is soliciting competitive sealed bids for the sale of three Tax Acquired Properties. Bids must be submitted in writing in a sealed envelope with the words “Property Bid # __” with the appropriate property # written on the outside of the envelope along with the Tax Map and Lot #’s. Bids must be submitted in Attention to: City Manager’s Office, Caribou City Office, 25 High Street, Caribou Maine 04736, no later than 2:00 PM on August 6, 2014 and will be opened publicly at 3:00 PM.

Details of the complete bid process and bid packages on each property are below:

Ad – Properties for Bid August 2014

Property #1

Property #2

Property #3

Public Hearing – General Assistance Overall Maximums

LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

The Caribou City Council will hold a public hearing, Monday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 25 High Street, Caribou, Maine.  The public hearing is to consider amendments to Appendix A – General Assistance Overall Maximums.  A copy of the General Assistance ordinance and the proposed amendment are on file at the General Assistance Office.

Jayne R. Farrin

General Assistance Administrator

 

Proposed Amendment in PDF Format

Code Enforcement & Tax Assessing Closed

The Code Enforcement and Tax Assessing Office will be closed August 4 – August 8.  Inspections will still be available.

Caribou Demonstrates How Going OUT is IN at Community Parks and Recreation this July

Month-long celebration highlights value of parks and recreation for local communities

If you’re feeling cramped and like you don’t get to spend enough time outside, you’re not the only one. Nearly three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air according to a new survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. That’s why this July, the Caribou Parks and Recreation Department and NRPA are challenging everyone to get out and visit their community parks and recreation during national Park and Recreation Month.

This year’s theme, “OUT is IN,” encourages individuals, families, friends and coworkers to do something outside every day that they would normally do inside. From picnicking in the park instead of sitting inside at a table  to sending an email or even holding a meeting outside, there are small ways you can make going OUT part of your daily routine. Supt of Parks and Recreation Kathy Mazzuchelli noted that, “Caribou’s parks and facilities offer ample opportunities to go OUTside, get INspired, change your OUTlook and get INvolved.

Mazzuchelli noted that most Caribou residents don’t realize that the extensive trail system around Caribou including the Bangor Aroostook Trail and the Aroostook Valley Trail provide some great hiking, off road cycling and wildlife sightings. She noted that most people think those trails are for snowmobiles and atvs but they are multiuse trails and provide some great opportunity for those folks wanting to get off the hottop.   In addition, there will be two Thursdays on Sweden St in July on July 17 and 31 which really prove that Out is better than In.   As a special feature for July there will be two music nights slated at the gazebo in Teague Park.   On Thursday, July 10, the Cullins Bros will be in Teague Park from 6-8 p.m. with some great old country songs and then on Thursday, July 24, Cameron Hill and Kenny Griffeth will serenade those that want to stop by.

While Caribou  celebrates  Park and Recreation Month the Parks and Recreation Department encourages local people of all ages to get involved by taking the OUT is IN 31 day social media challenge on Twitter and Instagram by posting photos of themselves doing typical inside activities outside with the hashtag  #JulyOUTisIN.

To learn more about getting OUTside and INvolved during Park and Recreation Month, stop by the Caribou Parks and Recreation office to pick up maps of trails and parks or visit their website at www.caribourec.org or join them of facebook.   You can also log onto www.nrpa.org/July to find some cook ideas to show that OUTisIN

The National Recreation and Park Associationis a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

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Thursdays on Sweden Street – Beach Party Night

July 17th – Beach Party Night with the Band Adequate

Forget the winter, come down and indulge in sun & sand. Wear your favorite fun in the sun outfit and boogie to some great tunes. Not sure but maybe Guns and Hoses will have some tropical treats!

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.