Friendly Reminder to Remove Election Related Signage

FRIENDLY REMINDER TO ALL ROME RESIDENTS

All signs related to the November 3rd General Election should be removed from yards and road right of ways within 24 hours of the election per State Statute 112.04(2) and Town of Rome code sections 320-20H(3) and 360-124A(1).

 Please remove all election related signs!

If you have any questions regarding the sign removal policy please contact Town of Rome Zoning Administrator Greg Broniec at 715-325-8019 or by email at zoning@romewi.com.

Thanks for your cooperation!


Town Offices Open by Appointment Only Starting November 20th

MEDIA RELEASE 

For Immediate Release 

Contact Jami Gebert, Town Administrator, 715-325-8025 or gebert@romewi.com 

Rome, WI (November 16, 2020) – To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Rome Municipal Building, Police Department and Rome Water Utility will be closed to the public, except by appointment, beginning Friday, November 20, 2020, until further notice. 

Town staff will be available by phone or by appointment for assistance.  Visit www.romewi.com and click on Departments for a listing of staff, phone numbers, and emails.  There is a 24/7 drop box available in the Town Hall vestibule to exchange any needed correspondence to staff or departments. 

The Transfer Site operations will remain uninterrupted and is open 9 AM to 4 PM on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The 6’ social distance must be maintained throughout the site and masks are encouraged. 

Due to the advance notice needed for the meeting, the Town’s Annual Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting scheduled for November 19, 2020, at 6 PM will still occur.  Masks and social distancing will be required at the meeting.  Town Board Meetings will decrease to one per month from December to March and public is encouraged to participate by Webex, which is posted at the top of every agenda.    

Please continue to visit the Town’s web site and Facebook page for updates.  We appreciate the entire community’s patience, support, and understanding now and throughout 2020.  Please stay safe, be kind, and remain well.

 

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Lido Conservancy Project

The Lido Conservancy is an 850-acre conservation project, brought to life by the restoration of a lost golf gem and 17-20 single family homesites.  The attached is a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Proposal for the new Lido Conservancy development by the owners of Sand Valley.  The attached plan has been recommended from the Plan Commission to the Town Board for approval.  Please consider Subscribing to Updates on the Town’s web site, https://romewi.com/subscribe-to-updates/, to receive updates on any Town Board agendas or Town committee meeting agendas.  Questions regarding the project can be referred to Greg Broniec, Zoning Administrator, at (715) 325-8019 or Jami Gebert, Administrator, (715) 325-8025.

Click here to see a copy of the Lido Conservancy PUD Proposal.

Conceptual Site Plan


Free COVID-19 Drive-through Testing at the Fire Department

Free COVID-19 Weekly Drive-through Testing continues this Friday, even with the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, at the Rome Fire Department from 1 PM to 3 PM.  The testing was cancelled at the Adams County Fairgrounds this week, but will still be held on Friday from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Rome Fire Department.  Visit register.covidconnect.wi.gov to pre-register. 


Face Coverings Mandatory in Town Hall starting August 3rd

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact Jami Gebert, Town Administrator, 715-325-8025 or gebert@romewi.com

Chief Taub, Rome Fire Department, 608-616-2946 or taub@romewi.com 

 

Rome, WI (July 24, 2020) – Effective Monday, August 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m., Rome Town Hall will be placing additional restrictions in place due to COVID-19.  These restrictions are in order to keep the public and Town employees safe.

 

Face coverings will be mandatory to enter Town Hall. If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided for you. If you cannot or do not wish to wear a face covering in Town Hall, please call the appropriate Town department and arrangements can be made for assistance.  A listing of Departments can be found at www.romewi.com under Departments, or call 715-325-8023 for assistance.

  

Face coverings will also be required if attending any Town related meeting being held in the Community Room.  Again, if you do not have a face covering, one will be provided for you.  The Town meetings will continue to be held the Community Room until further notice and a Webex audio/visual option will be made available for anyone uncomfortable with participating in person.

 

Exceptions for mandatory face covering may include children under age five, and persons who should not wear face coverings due to medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or for whom no other accommodation can be offered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Additionally, persons who have upper-respiratory chronic conditions, silent or invisible disabilities, or are communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and communication cannot be achieved through other means.

 

Per the Wisconsin Elections Commission regulations, face coverings will not be required for voters on election days this fall.  Face coverings are still strongly encouraged in Town Hall and will be available.

  

Additionally, due to the increase in cases being experienced in Adams and surrounding counties, the Community Room will continue to be closed to meeting groups and activities.  This closure of the Community Room will be until further notice.

 

The Town strongly urges residents to continue following recommended guidelines such as maintaining social distance, washing hands thoroughly, and avoiding touching your face. Residents are cautioned to use public amenities, such as playground equipment, at their own risk, knowing that COVID-19 remains a threat in the community.

 

Adams County Public Health continues to post updates both on the County’s web site, https://www.co.adams.wi.us/covid-19 or on Facebook @Adams County Health & Human Services Division of Public Health.

 

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Lester Public Library of Rome Re-Opening Plan – Level 4

Starting on Monday, August 3rd, the library will be adjusting our hours of operation. The library will be open Monday thru Friday from 10:00am-5:00pm for all ages. We will not be open on Saturdays.

Library Service Level 4 to begin on August 3rd, 2020.

  • Library open with limited hours, fully staffed.
  • Library programs will be approved by the Library Director on a case-by-case basis if they can be done following protocols and staff is comfortable doing so.
  • Number of people in the building at one time to be limited to 50.
  • Furnishings/toys/games/crafts are not available to the public. They are in storage to encourage proper social distancing.
  • Patron computer time will be limited. One 45 minutes session, per person per day. Patrons can call the library to reserve a computer time.
  • Staff and patrons are encouraged to use PPE and recommended hygiene practices.
  • If needed, Library Director may limit amount of time people may be in the building.
  • Curbside service will continue to be available. Call the library to schedule a pickup time.
  • Drinking fountains will not be available to the public.
  • Community and Study rooms will not be available to the public.
  • Outside bookdrop will be open for all returned materials. Inside bookdrop will be closed and returns will not be allowed at the front desk.
  • All materials will be quarantined for 96 hours before being checked in.
  • The library will not be accepting donations during this time.

If you have questions or need assistance, please call the library at 715-325-8990 or email Renee at rdaley@romepubliclibrary.org


Commitment to Fertilizer Ordinance, Local Area Preferred Applicators

Missed the State of the Lakes Lunch?  View the presentations by clicking on the link below:

 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact Don Ystad, 14 Mile Creek Watershed Committee Chair, 262-894-9423 or dystad@gmail.com

 COMMITMENT TO FERTILIZER ORDINANCE

LOCAL AREA PERFERRED APPLICATORS

 

Rome, WI (March 22, 2019) – The Town of Rome is committed to improving the water quality of the lakes and streams within our boundaries.  As part of this commitment the Town, in conjunction with the 14 Mile Joint Watershed Committee, launched a Preferred Fertilizer Applicator Recognition Program.  Licensed Professional Fertilizer Applicators who provide services in the Town of Rome were asked to join the effort by committing to adhere to the Town’s Fertilizer Ordinance.  Below is a list of preferred applicators, who have pledged to follow best practices for lake quality and signed the commitment to the fertilizer ordinance.

 

Preferred Fertilizer Applicators:

·         NatureScape

·         Paul’s Lawn Care

·         Rapid Quality Lawn & Landscaping

·         Schalows Nursery

·         Spring-Green Lawn Care

·         Stay Green Sprinkler Systems

 

If you’ll be using a fertilizer service during the 2019 season, please consider using one these applicators.  If your lawn care provider is not listed, please ask them to sign the commitment.  Any additional companies who sign the commitment will be periodically added to the Preferred Applicator list, which will be kept on the Town of Rome’s web site.  Additionally, if you prefer to apply your own lawn fertilizer, we would strongly encourage you to review the fertilizer ordinance and use the Preferred Applicator methods.    

 

To review the Fertilizer Ordinance in it’s entirely, please visit https://www.romewi.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/9-CHAPTER-09-OFFENSES-AND-NUISANCES.pdf, and scroll to section 9.09.  

 

Disclaimer – The Town of Rome makes information available on its website and in media releases to enhance public knowledge and to provide a better understanding of the Town and its government.  This release is not advertising for any of the above-listed businesses, and the Town of Rome does not guarantee the work of the companies.  All information contained herein is supplied “as is” and the Town of Rome disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, related to said information, including but not limited to, accuracy, the completeness or suitability of said information, and any implied warranties of any provider or information contained in this release for any particular purpose.

 

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14 Mile Joint Watershed Committee is a public led advisory committee that was reconfirmed by the Tri-Lakes Management District at its 2017 Annual Meeting.  It is made up of private citizens representing Lakes Camelot, Sherwood, Arrowhead and Petenwell, as well as citizens at large, representatives of the Town of Rome, Wisconsin DNR, and Adams County Land Conservation.  The objective of the committee is to improve water quality in our Town’s lakes and streams, realizing that there are a number of contributing factors including, but not limited to upstream agriculture, shoreline erosion, fertilizer application, septic systems and water flow.

 

The committee seeks to build upon various groups to partner in its endeavor to improve water quality and the health of the lakes and streams in the 14 Mile Watershed.  Groups identified to lead this effort include the following: Lake Sherwood Property Owners Association, Lake Camelot Property Owners Association, Lake Arrowhead Property Owners Association, Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards, Town of Rome and Adams County.

 

Synopsis of the Town of Rome Fertilizer Ordinance    

· Only use lawn fertilizers with 0% phosphorus or other compound containing phosphorus, such as phosphate.  · Only use lawn fertilizers labeled as containing less than 20% slow release nitrogen.  · Don’t apply lawn fertilizer when the ground is frozen.  · Be careful not to apply fertilizer to impervious surfaces including parking lots, roadways, and sidewalks.  · Buffer zones of 35 feet are required by state law for lakes, streams, wetland and ponds and fertilizer should not be applied to the buffer zones.  · Lawn clippings cannot be discharged into any drainage ditch, lake, stream or creek.

 

Remember these Best Practices in Fertilizing your Lawn     

· Soil tests should be done every three years to support fertilizer applications.  · Lake friendly slow release granular fertilizer should be used; quick release granular or liquid fertilizer should not be used.  · Nitrogen applications should be limited to 1 pound and 8 ounces per 1,000 square feet per application.  · Applications of lime will assist plants to take up more nutrients.  · Limit fertilizer applications to three times per year unless soil samples call for additional applications.  · If clippings are not bagged, two annual applications should be considered.  · If lake water is used for irrigation, two annual applications should be considered.  · Fertilizer should not be applied within 24 hours of forecasted significant rainfall.  Irrigation systems should not be operated within 24 hours of a fertilizer application except for a lite application to introduce the fertilizer to the ground surface.