Town of Rome, Maine

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Town of Rome Recreation Committee Christmas giving tree delivery.

RSU 18 October 2019 Update from Dr. Cook!

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 


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


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!

Annual Town Report Receives Recognition
from Maine Municipal Association

The Town of Rome has been awarded the Excellence Award by the Board of Judges in the 2018 Maine Municipal Association Municipal Report Competition. The award is given to the top three reports in five different population categories. Rome placed third in its population category!

Reports are available at
the Town Office
An electronic copy of the report is available here.


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.

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
The Town of Rome is 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.

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!

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
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!

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!
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
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
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

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!


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.

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