Town of Rome, Maine

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The Town Clerk received The precinct Infection Protection Kit today from the Secretary of State to help us run a safe election by following the guidelines set forth to avoid the spread of COVID-19. These items will be used by the poll workers and the area will be disinfected many times throughout the day. If you choose to vote in person with us on July 14th we will be practicing all safety guidelines. If you would rather vote at home you can request an absentee ballot online from the Town Website and by calling 397-4011.   

The absentee ballots for the July 14th Democratic Primary Election, Republican Primary Election and Special Referendum Election are available. Call the Town Clerk at 397-4011 to request an absentee ballot or the Town Website has a link. The party ballots have front and back, the referendum is front only.  

RSU 18 June 2020 Rome School Board Director’s update 

The budget vote is Tuesday July 14th ,2020   


The Rome Recreational Committee has been busy in June, with building a Privy at the Rome public beach and painting the lines on the Rome basketball court.  Recreational Page
 RSU 18 is providing the Free Summer Meals Program for all district children, 18 years or under, Summer Meals - breakfast and lunch may be picked up at the Rome Town office location. Monday - Friday 9-11 am.  On Friday you may also pick up the weekend meals.

 Here is the new procedures to enter the building.  

1. You can not enter thru the front like you use to.
2. Enter by side entrance. There are blue markings on the ground and railings for social distancing (6Ft)
3. Only 5 in the building at once.
4. Please wear a mask.
5. No public restrooms at this time, sorry.
6. Hand sanitizer is available.
7. Tax Collector has a walk up window during office her hours.

Please use caution in the parking lot as there may be people waiting in line.

 Don’t forget Mileage and proof of insurance. If you do not have all the paperwork you need you will have to get back inline. Please come prepared.

Thank you we can not wait to see you all again.!!!

Updates on Covid 19   Link

To request absentee ballots Link

Updates on Boat registrations Link

Updates for Out of state campers and Real Estate agents on shorelines   Link

NEIGHBORS DRIVING NEIGHBORS is holding an on-line auction July 1 through August 1 as a replacement to our popular July Live Art and Dessert Auction and our tasty August breakfast buffet.  During this time of social distancing, creative safe fundraising is a priority.  We hope you will support our ongoing mission as we continue to adapt to changing times in any one or all of the following ways:

 · Click on this auction link: to participate in our auction

· If you like to donate an object for the auction, please let me know and I will help you do so

· Forward the auction link to others

· Continue checking the auction website as we’ll be adding things almost daily!

Returning to Your Maine Home/Camp, Spring + Summer, 2020

Welcome back, summer residents!   Please know your neighbors are standing by to help you comply with the Governor’s order to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. No doubt you stocked up for your trip, but if you’ve forgotten something and need to shop in those first 14 days, call a local store to pack up, pay  by credit card, and ask friends, neighbors or Neighbors Driving Neighbors     to pick up and deliver to you. 

Click here for List of Stores for ordering online link

NEIGHBORS DRIVING NEIGHBORS is here to help our summer friends and neighbors comply with their 14-day quarantine by delivering take-out orders from participating local grocers with 24 hours notice.  
 the COVID-19 

New services are now available, to see updated list of new services 

click here: Link

Neighbors Driving Neighbors volunteers are offering deliveries instead of rides in keeping with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.  For more information about Neighbors Driving Neighbors, Visit their website! And be sure to refer potential drivers or riders to their organization!

The Belgrade/Rome Special Needs Food Pantry seeks donations and volunteers in low COVID-19 risk groups (< 60 years old, symptom free and practicing safe social distancing) who are available on Tuesdays from 8:30 am-11:30 am.  Task could include stocking shelves, packing bags and walking them out to clients' cars.  If you can help, please leave your name, phone number and email address with the Rome Town Office at 397-4011 or email it to


Rome has made a significant investment in FirstPark to help create jobs for our townspeople. Well, the jobs are there! T-Mobile is looking for new employees. It is clean, indoor, call center work with good wages and benefits. It's less than a 30 minute commute from Rome Corner! If you are interested, contact Greg Zimba at T-Mobile, 133 FirstPark Dr, Oakland, ME 04963, (207) 859-8000 ext. 3

Rome - a great place to live, a great place to grow up – and one reason is our beautiful beach. It is just off Route 225, across from the Baptist Church. There is a picnic table, a bench, good views, and a sandy beach. There is an easy grade from the beach into Great Pond water, perfect for smaller people.

On Saturday, June 23, our volunteer team made the beach even more pleasant. Water infiltration steps were built from the lawn to the beach, the beach periphery was mulched, hemlock dead falls were cleared, the access trail was mulched, native flowering bushes were planted along with lilies, the parking lot trees were cleared, and the cistern was made child safe. Our beach looks good, is fun, and feels safe. It is clearly getting plenty of respectful use embracing the “carry in-carry out” philosophy, fishermen are enjoying the lake access, and some are enjoying picnics.

Special thanks to our Saturday volunteers (some of whom are in the picture): Trevor Eastman, Alan LaBelle, Tom Chase, Carroll Bubar, Roger Davis, Lois Stratton, and Andrew Cook. They were a good hardworking team with heavy road and tree work done by Carroll, Roger, and Tom, carpentry, mulching and plantings done by Alan and Trevor, load hauling expertly handled by Lois and lift and haul work done by Andy.

We will soon have the parking lot stumps pulled and the area graded. New signage will be installed in July. We plan to have the rip rap installed before the end of summer. This will complete phase one of the beach upgrade. If you would like to make a pair of benches, give Andy Cook a call (397-5332).

There is plenty of firewood on the north end of the parking area cut to length. If you would like some, come and get it. We ask that when you take some wood, take some the trash branches with you too (they are in a huge obvious pile) and dispose of them for us. Every piece of fire wood and branch removed is good progress for the town!

If you would like to donate to help with the costs of improving this property, you may do so by sending donations to: Town of Rome, Attn: Recreation Committee, 8 Mercer Road, Rome, ME  04963. To participate in future volunteer efforts, you may contact Andy Cook and he can add you to the distribution list.

Thank you for your support!

The Rome Recreation Committee

Fall Community Supper Photos

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

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!
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 Fees

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

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.

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.

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