To plan for the future, a committee of residents from Rome and Belgrade have been meeting to discuss our Fire/Rescue options. One option is merging our departments. Ultimately, whatever happens will be determined by voters in both towns. To help assure our recommendations take into consideration the wants and needs of our community, we have developed a brief survey. Please take a few minutes to share your opinion and ideas through this survey, and please feel welcome to reach out to anyone on the committee for more information. Go to the Fire & Rescue web page on the town webpage for more background information.
Rome committee members Gary Foss, Ed Pearl, Lincoln Nye, and Andy Cook
A table of books is available at the Town Office for your enjoyment. Feel free to pick up a book or two and bring them back when you're done!
If you'd like to donate books for the program, you can drop off your good quality books at the Town Office.
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.
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!
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!
Maggie Hickey trick-or treating at the Rome Fire Station
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,
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