Town of Rome, Maine

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Did your property suffer damage in the recent storm?

 
Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is seeking data on damage done by the recent storm. Individuals are asked to call 211 to report any loss. For more complete information, visit the MEMA News Page.

Thank you, Bill Garland of Modern Woodmen

 
Bill Garland of Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial graciously donated time and materials to replace and relocate the flagpole at the Community Center. Mr. Garland moved the pole to allow the flag to wave freely (without touching the tree branches) and finished it off with a new solar light.
The Town of Rome greatly appreciates Bill's generosity!

Fall Senior Supper Photos

 
The Recreation Committee hosted a senior supper recently. Check out the photos of the event, contributed by Dick Greenan.

Recreation Committee Update :: Friedrich's Beach Property

The Recreation Committee is working to revitalize the Friedrich's Beach Property on Great Pond. There are aggressive plans to accomplish more work at the property in the coming weeks and next year.

For more information, you may contact Recreation Committee member Tammy Lyons at [email protected]

Want to contribute? You can volunteer your time (coordinate with Tammy for available tasks), or you can donate to the cause by sending a check to: Town of Rome, Attn: Recreation Committee Beach Project, 8 Mercer Rd., Rome, ME  04963

Belgrade Lakes Association donates picnic table for beach project

The Belgrade Lakes Association (BLA) donated a picnic table to the Town of Rome for placement at the Friedrich's Beach property. The table was built by BLA board member and Rome Recreation Committee Andy Cook. The kind gesture will assist the Recreation Committee in rehabilitating the property to make it a better place for all Rome residents. Thank you, BLA!

Notice of Office Hours Extension

The offices of the Town Clerk and Motor Vehicles will begin new extended hours starting October 10, 2017. These hours will increase your access to the Town Office purposes. New regular hours will be:

Monday 12:00 - 6:00PM

Tuesday 12:00 - 6:00PM

Thursday 12:00 - 7:00PM

1st & 3rd Saturday of month 9:00 - 11:30AM


Office hours for the property tax collector and

code enforcement officer will not be changing.

September Update from Dr. Cook!
Information on Rome's interest in RSU 18 can be found on the

2017-18 Fall Lake Drawn Down Winter & Storage Activities

Please note: This PUBLIC NOTICE has been issued by the Belgrade
Area Dams Committee regarding the annual drawdown.
This notice includes plans and specifications related to the annual lowering of waters.
Are you a resident of Rome? If you have owned your property for at least one year, as of April 1, you may be eligible for various exemptions on your property taxes. You must apply for these exemptions. In 2017, if you qualified for a homestead exemption, your property taxes were reduced by approximately $179.60.
For more information on these programs, visit the Tax Collector Page under Tax Resources or visit Maine Revenue Services Page.

Cemetery Lot Fee Increase Announced

Effective September 1, 2017, cemetery lot fees at Brookside Cemetery (Wooster Hill Rd.) have increased to $500 per lot. One lot contains five full-size burial plots. Lots may be purchased with the Treasurer.

Local Loon Watch

Area loon watchers have reported a number of new chicks being hatched!
Long Pond, Great Pond, and North Pond all confirmed.

More photos of local loons here- courtesy of Dick Greenan

Return of the New Online Burn Permit Service !!

After emergency legislation was enacted, the Town is pleased to once again offer a free online burn permit service. Administered through Warden's Report, the service allows residents to notify local fire officials of an intent to burn, without going through the process of acquiring a hardcopy permit.
On days when burning is prohibited, the service will be disabled by local officials.
 

2017 Town Meeting

Full Results from Friday election of officials and referendum
Photos of the annual meeting, thanks to Dick Greenan

Congratulations to Messalonskee Girls Basketball Team!

2017 Maine Class A
State Champions!

Town Reports are now available!



Seasonal resident taxpayers may request a report mailed to them by emailing
[email protected] with name and mailing address. We will do our best to accommodate all requests, subject to budget constraints.

An electronic copy of the report is available here.

Congratulations to
Rome Fire Department
and Fire Chief Foss
on the recent award of the
SHAPE Award by Maine Department of Labor

Representatives from the Maine Department of Labor, Workplace Safety & Health Divisions recently presented Fire Chief Gary Foss and the Rome Fire Department the SHAPE Award. This award is given only to exemplary public sector employers after a thorough review and inspection of safety and health policies and procedures. This award aims to achieve lowering employee injuries and illnesses while providing for better employee morale and retention. Special thanks, also, to State Senator Rod Whittemore for joining us for this special recognition.
The Town of Rome is now online for motor vehicle and trailer re-registrations. As a reminder, all new registrations and plate changes must still be conducted through the Town Office.
ROME KEEPS KIDS WARM

Great thanks to those who supported this year's giving program! This year's program was another tremendous success- all because of our great neighbors! Last minute requests and inquiries may be submitted by contacting Tammy Lyons at 397-5072 or
[email protected]
 
We are pleased to have the new ballfield sign installed! Signworks (Farmington, ME) designed, fabricated, and installed the sign. The sign is part of a joint effort by the Board of Selectmen and Recreation Committee to improve the grounds at the Community Center.
Recreation Committee Fall Senior Supper
View photos from the event!
Special thanks to the man behind the camera, Dick Greenan!
2017 Dog Licenses are now available!
$25 late fee goes into effect February 1
Register soon to avoid the $25 late fee
Questions or concerns can be directed to Town Clerk Lois Stratton at
397-4011 or [email protected]

Cemetery Reminder:
The Town has a new cemetery cleanup policy. Please note that as of May 15 and October 15, any remaining decorations will be removed by the Sexton from burial sites. These decorations will be retained at the Rome Community Center for a period two weeks after cleanup for claiming. After that time, all remaining decorations will be disposed of.
Next time you're at the Town Office, check out these photos of the
ROME RANGERS!
The Rome Rangers youth baseball team was very successful in the 1980s.
The young Rome players and their families raised money to build the baseball field.
Special thanks to Rome resident (and former Rome Ranger) Wade Downing for sharing these photos with us!

The Rome Board of Selectmen and Rome Recreation Committee recently hosted a light reception to honor Rome's 2016 Spirit of America Award recipients. The award recognizes individuals and/or organizations for their exceptional volunteer service to the community. Alan LaBelle and Dick Greenan have invaluably served our community. As with all of our Town events, Dick has kindly taken and shared photographs. View them here!

Town of Rome Scholarship

The Town of Rome Scholarship has been approved by voters to award the top three 8th grade graduates with $50. This small token is shown as an encouragement by our townspeople for these students to continue to achieve. This year, 8th grade graduates Dylan Mercier, Alexander Pierce, and Erin Haggarty were awarded the 8th grade awards.


The Town of Rome also awards one $1,000 scholarship to the top Rome senior. This award is paid after the successful completion of the first semester of college. This award recognizes the hard work and achievement completed through childhood learning. This is also sent to inspire our top Rome learner as he or she begins the next adventure of higher learning. Julia Dudley is this year's scholarship recipient.

Check out this Morning Sentinel article featuring Julia!


All scholarship recipients were recognized at their respective recognition gatherings. The Town of Rome is proud of your accomplishments.

Congratulations, Julia, Erin, Alexander, and Dylan!

The Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce that Rome Fire has been awarded a $2,000 grant from Maine Municipal Association (MMA) Risk Management Services! The Board applied for the grant on behalf of the department to fund the purchase of an additional set of turnout gear. Last Fall, the Board voted to change insurers to MMA, which made grant opportunities like this available to the Town, two times per year.

MMA Grant Press Release

French's Mountain Fire, May 2016

On the afternoon of May 19, reports of smoke and fire were reported in the proximity of French's Mountain and Whittier Pond. Numerous fire departments responded to prevent this fire from becoming a local catastrophe. The Town extends its sincere thanks to responders from Rome, the many area departments, and the Maine Forest Rangers who assisted in controlling the fire.
Thank You!




Watson Pond Road Improvements:
Voters at the annual Town Meeting approved funding for reconstruction of approximately 2 miles of Watson Pond Rd. BRCA and Maine DEP joined the project in financial and advisory capacities.
Provided by Spirit of America Award recipient Dick Greenan

Morning Sentinel/Kennebec Journal article covering the
2016 Annual Town Meeting
Link to site           Article in pdf
Neighbors Driving Neighbors is a 501(c)(3) organization that looks to enrich our communities by coordinating volunteer drivers who assist those who don't drive, so they can more easily remain in their homes. For more information, please click here or email them directly at [email protected]

Neighbors Driving Neighbors is up and running!
The organization has already logged over 1,000 miles of transportation. Three residents, to date, have been served by NDN. If you or someone
you know may benefit from this program, please don't hesitate to
contact the organization's office via email.
The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has
issued a ruling in the case of
Global Towers Assets, LLC; Northeast Wireless Networks, LLC
v.
Town of Rome; Town of Rome Planning Board

In the January 8, 2016, decision, the Court ruled in the Town's favor, affirming the ruling of the district court.
The Court's decision is available in full here
Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel coverage of the decision
2015 Spirit of America Award reception was a great success! The Board of Selectmen recognized Doug Stratton, Keith Alexander, and Nicholas Alexander for their volunteerism in the Town of Rome. Over 40 people, including State Senator Whittemore and State Representative Gary Hilliard, gathered to honor the recipients.

Click here for photos of the event, courtesy of Dick Greenan
The Rome Trick-or-Treat event was a success- providing a safe place for 50 children to trick-or treat in the Town of Rome! Thank you to Mt. Philip Grange, Rome Fire & Rescue, and the Rome Recreation Committee for supporting the event. This event was an excellent public/private cooperation; this event was supported
100% through private donations.

Maggie Hickey trick-or treating at the Rome Fire Station

Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) News explores "Why Are So Many Maine Towns Named After Foreign Countries and Cities?"
Click to read about Rome and the many other Maine towns


The Rome Recreation Committee,
in cooperation with the Board of Selectmen, recently awarded the Boston Post Cane to
Frederick Weston, Jr.

Mr. Weston was recognized for being the town's oldest citizen. More photos of the event can be found by clicking here.

Special thanks to Dick Greenan for photographing the event!

The Town is in the process of building a page on this site to list local businesses and services. If you are interested in having your business listed on this page, please contact us with your business information at [email protected]


 

Summer 2015 road improvements made on Crystal Spring Lane.

Rick Labbe Construction, Crystal Springs Association, Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, and the Town of Rome teamed up to provide adequate ditching and slow water flow. This project benefits the town roads and will stem negative impacts of our local roads on Great Pond.

Rome Scholarship Fund Update


The Rome Scholarship Fund awarded four scholarships to some of Rome's top students at recent recognition events.


MollyAn Killingbeck, recent Messalonskee High School graduate was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the top Rome high school graduate. MollyAn will be attending Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA this fall.


Cameron Smith, Brianna Hobbs, and Alesha Cerrato were recognized as Rome's top three eighth-graders attending Messalonskee Middle School. Each of these students was recognized at a recent event and will receive an award of $50 from the scholarship fund.


Best of luck and wishes for continued success to MollyAn, Cameron, Brianna, and Alesha!

Clothes Closet in now open to the public!

A free Clothes Closet is now available to residents of Belgrade and Rome.  The Clothes Closet is open from 9:00am to 11:00am on the first Tuesday and the following Saturday of each month at Belgrade Bible Church,

744 Augusta Road, Belgrade.


For more information see the organization's flyer here.

Rome is situated in the north-westerly part of Kennebec County, 19 miles from Augusta, and 16 miles from Farmington. Vienna lies on the west, Mount Vernon on the west and south, Belgrade lies on the south and east; a portion of Smithfield, in Somerset County, lies on the east of the northern part, and Mercer on the north, and New Sharon in Franklin County on the west of the northern portion. Long Pond, in the southern portion, Great Pond at the south-east, and North Pond at the north-east, take up nearly half the surface area of the township. It was settled about 1780.


Among the early inhabitants were Benjamin Furbush, Tripp Mosher, Stephen Philbrick, Starbird Turner, and Joseph Halbo. These obtained their titles to their lands of Charles Vaughan, R.G. Shaw, Renel Williams.


It was first called West Pond Plantation, but was incorporated under its present name in 1804. Rome sent into the war of the Rebellion 103, and lost about 40. The town is much broken by hills and valleys, but furnishes excellent grazing, and has some superior farms. The principal rock is granite, and the soil in general is gravelly. There are two post-offices - Rome, near the center of town, and Belgrade Mills, at the south-east. The principal manufactures are a saw-mill and a grist-mill.


The Baptists and the Adventists each have a society and a church in the town. Rome has seven schoolhouses, valued at $1,400. The valuation of estates in 1870 was $149,731. In 1880 it was $129,857. The rate of taxation in 1880 is stated as being .003 on one dollar. The population in 1870 was 725. In 1880, the census gave it 606.


History of Rome, Maine

A Gazetteer of the State of Maine

By Geo. J. Varney

Published by B.B. Russell, 57 Cornhill, Boston 1886



Town of Rome, Maine

8 Mercer Rd.

Rome, ME  04963

Phone 207.397.4011

Fax 207.397.5877



1 Rome Rd, Rome, ME