Town of Rome Invitation to Bid

Junkyard and automobile graveyard cleanup and removal of materials from 7.5 acre site including scrap metal, tires, vehicles and vehicle parts.  A Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 9AM at Rome Town Office, 8 Mercer Road, Rome with Mandatory Site Visit immediately following.  Contact townofrome@live.com, call us, (207) 397-4011 for more information, and review the bid document here.

NEW TOWN OFFICE ENTRANCE PROCEDURES IN EFFECT.

Reminder: Starting July 11th, all motor vehicles need to be registered. Please see the town clerk for more information.

We would like to feature our local businesses on the town website. Email romeselectmenassistant@gmail.com to provide your information to be listed under our local business page on the website.

RSU18 is providing the Free Summer Meals Program for all district children, 18 years or under, Summer Meals – breakfast and lunch may be picked up at the Rome Town office location. Monday – Friday 9-11 am. On Friday you may also pick up the weekend meals.

The Rome Recreational Committee has been busy in June, with building a Privy at the Rome public beach and painting the lines on the Rome basketball court. For more information click 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