Town of Rome, Maine

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HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURES

Please note the following office closures:

Tax Collector/Treasurer will be closed December 21-26
Town Clerk/Motor Vehicle Reg will be closed December 21-January 1

Want to keep your name out of the Town Report?

The Tax Collector is offering a friendly reminder that all property taxes not paid by December 31 will be listed in the Town Report. This may include residual interest on your account. If you are in question about your balance, please call Tammy at (207) 397-5072.

Online Dog Licensing Available




Online dog licensing services are offered in  with the State of Maine.Dog licenses expire December 31 of each year.

State of Maine Dog Licensing Service

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 27. The dinner was attended by approximately 80 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!
October Update from Dr. Cook!
Information on Rome's interest in RSU 18 can be found on the

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.

Recognizing Those in our Community

 
Many in our community have joined together to improve the Friedrichs' Property (Rome Beach). The Recreation Committee has planned to revitalize the property and give all Rome residents access to the lake. This is a special spot on Great Pond for all in Rome to enjoy!

A special thank you to our seasonal neighbors Robert Dowd & Margaret Schmidt (Madison, WI) who graciously donated the new signs installed on the property. A nice touch to the revitalization project. Thank you, Robert & Marge!

BID TAB FOR TAX-ACQUIRED PROPERTY RELEASE

The Board of Selectmen held the bid opening for the release of the Town's interest in tax-acquired property on July 23. The bid tabulation is available here. Unsuccessful bidders may pick up their deposits from the Tax Collector or the Town Clerk.

NEW OFFICE HOURS FOR CLERK & MOTOR VEHICLES OFFICE
effective July 9, 2018

The Office of the Town Clerk and Motor Vehicle Registration will begin new, expanded hours, starting July 9. Town Clerk Abby DiPietro will hold office hours Monday - Thursday 10:00AM - 5:00PM and the
1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month 9:00AM - 11:30AM.
You may reach her at (207) 397-4011 or rometownclerk@outlook.com
This does not change the office hours of the Tax Collector/Treasurer

2018 Tax Rate Set at 9.28 mils

2018 Tax Bills were mailed July 2, 2018

3% Discount due date August 1, 2018

The tax rate for Rome in 2018 has been set at $9.28 per thousand. The rate represents an increase from a rate of $8.97 in 2017. This rate represents increases in all major factors of the tax rate: municipal, county, and education. The municipal budget was approved at the 2018 Town Meeting. County budgets were proposed and represent an increase of approximately $15,000. The school budget was voted on by referendum in June. The first payment on the school's recent bond for a new track/field facility and building upgrades is included.

NOTICE: Property tax payments may be made by US Mail or during the office hours of the Tax Collector Monday 6-8PM, Tues/Thur 9AM-1PM.

The Clerk's office is unable to accept property tax payments.

 

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! 

Photos from the 2018 Annual Town Meeting
Courtesy of resident photographer, Dick Greenan
Results of March 9, 2018 Municipal Election
First Selectman: Richard LaBelle (65)
Second Selectman: Lois Stratton (69)
Third Selectman: Malcolm Charles (64)
Town Clerk: Abby DiPietro (86)
Road Commissioner: Carroll Bubar (81)
Treasurer: Tammy Lyons (83)
Tax Collector: Tammy Lyons (84)
School Board Director: Andrew Cook (81)
North Pond Road Reconstruction Referendum
75- Yes  15- No  1- Blank

Online Boat Registrations

We are pleased to announce the availability of online boat registration. This is available on all re-registrations.

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 rometct@outlook.com

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!
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
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.
 
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

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!

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:
During construction seasons 2015-2016, the entire length of Watson Pond Road was reconstructed and paved. Through the generous support of residents and taxpayers, this long-awaited project was completed without incurring municipal debt.

The Board of Selectmen continue to work closely with the Road Commissioner to create a long-term road improvement and maintenance plan for the town.
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 neighborsdrivingneighbors@gmail.com

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 townofrome@live.com


 

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