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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tax Collector/Treasurer- The Office is closed but Tammy will be checking her voicemails (207) 397-5072 and her email: email@example.com
Town Clerk/BMV- Julie will be checking voicemails (207) 397-4011 and emails: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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!
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,
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
Town of Rome COVID-19 Resource Page: romemaine.com/covid-19
OFFICE HOURS and COVID-19
Effective March 16, 2020, the Rome Town Office is closed to the public. In-person transactions will not be processed at the Town Office. Essential business can be conducted electronically, by phone or by mail.
For assistance, please call
Waste Management's Transfer Station on Airport Road remains open regular hours:
Sat 7:30 am-4:00 pm
Please check motor vehicle tab regarding registrations expiring during the state of emergency.
April 13, 2020 - The Board of Selectmen will meet at 6 pm via Zoom online. See Selectmen tab for details or email email@example.com
April 20, 2020-Rome Town Office will be CLOSED in observance of Patriot's Day.
May 25, 2020-Rome Town Office will be CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day.
July 2, 2020- Rome Town Office will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
September 7, 2020 Rome Town Office will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
October 12, 2020 Rome Town Office will be closed in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.
November 11, 2020 Rome Town Office will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
November 26, 2020 Rome Town Office will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
December 24-25, 2020 Rome Town Office will be closed in observance of Christmas Eve / Christmas Day