Town of Rome, Maine

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To the Residents of Rome, 


The Town of Rome is limiting its services during the Governor's stay-at-home mandate, which extends to April 30, 2020.  The Town Office remains closed to the public.  Citizens may continue to access online services.  Voicemails will be checked throughout the day and calls will be returned as soon as possible.  The Clerk will report to the office intermittently to return messages and to assist with phone and mail in re-registrations.  Re-registrations may also be completed online.  The Town office number is 207-397-4011


Code Enforcement- Those wishing to get building permits or who have questions regarding projects should call Andy Marble (207) 397-3293 or email: townofromeceo@gmail.com


Tax Collector/Treasurer- The Office is closed but Tammy will be checking her voicemails (207) 397-5072 and her email: rometct@outlook.com 


Town Clerk/BMV- Julie will be checking voicemails (207) 397-4011 and emails: rometownclerk@outlook.com.  Julie will report to the office intermittently to to return messages and to assist with phone and mail re-registrations.


A reminder the Governor has extended registrations that expire during the State of Emergency until 30 days after the State of Emergency has been lifted.


Citizens with questions or concerns may contact the Selectmen at (207) 397-4011 or townofrome@live.com; Monica McCarthy (207) 716-6780, Lois Stratton (207) 397-5098 and Kelly Archer (207) 397-3421.  

The Belgrade/Rome Special Needs Food Pantry seeks volunteers in low COVID-19 risk groups (under 60 years of age, 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 rometownclerk@outlook.com.



RSU 18 February 2020 update from Dr. Cook!

New Addition to the Webpage - Dams Committee Info




After working with the
Belgrade Regional Dams Committee, we are pleased to introduce
a new section of the page designated to their work.
As their work progresses, meetings are held, etc., updates will be posted on the 

JOBS AT FIRSTPARK :: T-MOBILE

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

NEIGHBORS DRIVING NEIGHBORS

The Neighbors Driving Neighbors program offers volunteers providing rides for those who don't drive so they can more easily stay in their own home. Visit their website! And be sure to refer potential drivers or riders to their organization!

Recreation Committee hosts successful Community Dinner!

The Recreation Committee hosted a community dinner on October 26. The dinner was attended by approximately 84 people. Ham ,roast beef, turkey, the fixings, together with a wide variety of desserts were enjoyed by those in attendance.
Thank you to the volunteers and donors who helped make this event possible!
 

OUR ROME BEACH - GOOD PROGRESS !!

Volunteers work to restore the Friedrichs' Beach property to provide expanded lake access for Rome residents and taxpayers

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

NEEDED: Lines painted on the town basketball court

The Town Recreation Committee is getting a second back board, hoop and net for our basket ball court (at town hall). It will be a great resource for children and adults who want to play. It's a real court!

 

The court needs to have out of bound lines, three point lines, and foul lines painted on it. Of course it is an unusual size but so it goes.

 

If you have the skill to layout and paint these lines - we need you! Or if you know someone or a firm who could do this for us, please let us know


We want to get it done this summer. Volunteer work and donations are always welcome BUT we can pay too (and will if necessary). We want to get this done!

 

Contact Andy Cook 397-5332

 

And THANK YOU for helping us to make Rome a great place to live and a great place to grow up! 

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