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Rome Police & Fire Department Fund Partner on LUCAS Device for EMS Services

The Town of Rome Police Department and Rome Fire Department Fund recently purchased a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System. Please see the attached media release for additional details.  

Adams County Board approves “Clean Water Now” referendum

On May 15, the Adams County Board voted 14-5 to approve adding a Clean Water Now referendum question to local ballots on November 8.

An advisory referendum question will give Adams County residents a chance to express their support for more action by local and state governments to protect drinking water as well as Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes. The question will read: “Should the State of Wisconsin establish a right to clean water to protect human health, the environment, and the diverse cultural and natural heritage of Wisconsin?”

“Whether you work, live or play in Adams County, water quality affects everyone,” said Petenwell And Castle Rock Stewards President Scott Bordeau. “This referendum will also show others in the state our local commitment to water quality. Special thanks to the Land and Water committee members who helped get its approval and onto the county board’s agenda.This is a good fit with PACRS mission of improving water quality for Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes of the Wisconsin River and for future generations.”

Wisconsinites raised concerns about the urgency of protecting our water during the Speaker’s Water Quality Task Force hearings in 2019, but the proposals from the task force fell short and the legislature has not taken meaningful or urgent action on the 13 bills that were proposed.

“We expect more counties to add the question to their ballots this fall,” said River Alliance of Wisconsin Water Advocates Organizer Johnson Bridgwater. “Adams County is one of many communities that need our state leaders to do more to ensure water is protected for drinking, fishing, recreation, and a strong economy.”

Adams County joins a growing number of counties that have added the Clean Water Now question to local ballots. In spring 2021 elections, voters in Marquette County (73%), Portage County (77%) and Wood County (76%) approved referendum questions. In spring 2022 elections, Eau Claire (79%) and La Crosse (86%) Counties approved the question. It’s clear that clean water is important to Wisconsinites, regardless of political party.

The Clean Water Now campaign is a county-level, non-binding referendum to show unity around the pressing need to address critical water issues. It is an opportunity to let Wisconsin’s policy leaders know that having clean water is an issue that voters across the state want them to provide.

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Media Release by River Alliance of Wisconsin

Adams County Well Testing Program

Adams County Land & Water, in partnership with UW-Stevens Point Water & Environmental Analysis Lab, will be offering a well testing program to community members in the townships of Monroe, Rome, and Leola. This program will provide community members with an excellent and inexpensive way to keep their families safe while learning about the quality of their drinking water and groundwater resources. The first 50 participants to register IN EACH TOWNSHIP, will receive a free $60 sampling kit. After the first 50 registrations, participants will have to pay the full $60 for a sampling kit.

For additional information and/or to register to participate check out, Adams County, WI – Well Testing Program. Thank you!

Spring Yard Cleanup Reminders – burning permits, restrictions on oak cutting, dead timber & brush removal

Planning a little spring cleanup around the yard?  Spring is Wildfire Season in Wisconsin and debris burning is the leading cause of wildfires in Wisconsin.  If you decide to burn, get a free DNR burn permit.  Please see the attached flyer for additional details.  

It’s also important to remember the upcoming oak harvesting guidance to help reduce the spread of oak wilt. Town ordinance adopts the DNR restricted period of harvesting oak trees from April 1 to July 15. Please see the attached oak harvesting guidelines developed from the DNR and refrain from cutting oaks during the restricted season to reduce the spread of oak wilt.
If your property received a dead timber & brush warning letter in spring of last year (2021), we ask that you make arrangements for any dead, diseased or down trees and/or brush to be removed from the property by April 30th. As a high wildfire risk municipality we appreciate everyone’s cooperation in keeping our forest strong and community safe. Thank you!

Camping Permits are NOW Available!

Please see the attached flyer for how to obtain your 2022 camping permit!

Amendments to the Town Code on Camping Regulations

AMENDMENTS TO TOWN CODE

CAMPING REGULATIONS

 

At its June 17, 2021 meeting, the Town Board approved amendments to the Town’s Zoning ordinance regulating camping in the Town.  The following provides a brief explanation of the changes:

First, there were no changes made to camping regulations within Lake District (LD) Zoning.  Camping regulations remain the same for Lake District-zoned parcels. 

Second, camping regulations were extended for all other zoning districts which allow camping in the Town.  These include R-1, R-1C, R-2, R-4, R-5 and FR zoning districts.   Within those districts, going forward, any parcel will need to abide by the camping regulations found in Town Code Sec. 360-9C in addition to the applicable district’s existing use regulations related to number of camping units.  Campers will need to purchase an annual camping permit for $25 and the camping season of April 14 to November 30 will apply to the properties.  Off-season camping is allowed with a $10 permit for no more than two occurrences for a cumulative total of no more than 21 days during the off-season of December 1 through April 13.  Additional guest camping units are permitted with a $20/per unit guest camping permit.  Permits must be displayed below the address sign.  Additionally, campers will have to meet the water/septic requirements as outlined in Town Code Sec. 360-9C.  Lawfully existing camping units as of the effective date of the ordinance amendments may be considered a nonconforming use for camping season and Town water/septic requirements.

We appreciate your cooperation as we share these amendments to the Zoning ordinance with the community.  As a reminder, camping permits are available at Town Hall and at Pritzl’s Trading Post (at the customer service/post office desk).  If there are questions, please feel free to contact the Town.

Town of Rome Strategic Plan Overview 2014-2024