News & Notices

Library will Reopen on Wednesday, June 3rd

The library is happy to announce that we will reopen to the public on Wednesday, June 3. In order to serve the public and still follow safety guidelines, we will have restrictions in place until further notice. We ask for your patience and understanding during this time. If you have questions or concerns, please call the library at 715-325-8990 to talk to Renee or one of the staff.  

New Library Hours: We will be open Monday thru Friday, no weekends.  

9:00am- 12:00pm- Adults (18 and older) in the library ONLY
12:00pm-1:00pm- Library closed for cleaning
1:00pm-4:00pm- Library open to families and all ages
4:00pm- closed to the public
 

Library Service Level 3 (DPI Guidelines) to begin on June 3, 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 10.
  •        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, since we have fewer computers in use. One 45 minute session, per person per day.  Patrons can call the library to reserve a computer time.
  •        Staff and patrons encouraged to use PPE and recommended hygiene practices.
  •         If needed, the 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.         
  •      Bathrooms and 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. Staff will not allow returns at the front desk.

Library Service Level 4 and 5 (DPI Guidelines). 

Will begin on dates deemed appropriate by Library Director, based on Town, County, State, or Federal Agency reports/recommendations.

 

Town of Rome Welcomes Brad Martinson as New Director of Public Works

Rome, WI (May 27, 2020) – The Town of Rome is excited to announce Brad Martinson will be joining the Town as the new Director of Public Works.  Brad will oversee public works/roads, Transfer Site, buildings & grounds, cemeteries, and parks, including Dyracuse.  He replaces Jon Sonnenberg who retired in September. 

Brad has an Associate’s Degree in civil engineering technology and served as the Wood County Highway Engineer Technician for eight years.  Brad currently serves as the Highway Shop Superintendent for Wood County Highway, a position he has held since 2012.

“The Town is eager to have Brad aboard!  Brad’s experience in equipment and machinery operations, along with engineering and management skills were an excellent match for this important leadership position which handles a variety of related and vital duties in the Town,” said Town Administrator Jami Gebert.

Brad is a lifelong central Wisconsin resident, and resides in Port Edwards with his wife, Kerri and two children.  Outside of his career in local government, Brad enjoys running, hunting, camping, and trapping.

Brad will start with the Town on June 8, 2020.  Join us in welcoming Brad.   

 

Do I need a Burning Permit? Information from the WiDNR

In order to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Wisconsin, we are taking proactive measures by suspending all DNR burning permits until further notice. Therefore, all burning debris in barrels, piles on the ground and grass or wooded areas with annual burning permits in DNR protection areas is prohibited at this time.

Small campfires for warming or cooking only are allowed, but discouraged.  Eliminating ignition sources on the landscape reduces wildfire risk, smoke for vulnerable populations and person-to-person contact. Emergency responders and firefighters have an increased need to take pandemic precautions so they remain available to continue to protect the public from wildfires and reduce the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Curbside Pickup Service at the Lester Public Library of Rome

The library will continue to offer curbside pickup for patrons. The staff will fill your holds placed as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

At the moment, van delivery amongst the libraries is running on a very limited basis. You can search the catalog for Rome items at https://www.romepubliclibrary.org/. Please make sure you pick Lester Library of Rome as your “home” library. 

  • Pickups MUST be scheduled.
  • No library staff/patron face to face interaction.
  • Requests can be made by accessing LinkCat, phone or email at rdaley@romepubliclibrary.org
  • A maximum number of 3 items may be checked out on each library card. This may change in the future.

Scheduling

Please call the library at 715-325-8990 to schedule a pickup. We will be taking calls Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm.

Pickup Times

Pickup times will be scheduled every 15 minutes. If you miss your scheduled pickup time, your items will be removed from your account and returned to the shelf. Materials will be checked out to the patron account prior to pickup. At your scheduled time, patrons will pick up their items on a table located by the bookdrop entrance. Weather will play a factor in offering curbside pickup. If it is raining or inclement weather, we will suspend the service.

Outside Bookdrop is Open

The outside library bookdrop is open for patrons to return materials. When returning, please do not rubber band or bag items, this may cause them to get stuck. The inside bookdrop is CLOSED and we will not accept any returns inside of the library.

Please note we are NOT accepting donations at this time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates specific to the new Emergency Order #28 Safer at Home

 

MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jami Gebert, Town Administrator, 715-325-8025 or gebert@romewi.com
Leah Eckstein, Adams County Health Officer, 608-339-4376 or leah.eckstein@co.adams.wi.us
Chief Lauby, Rome Police Department, 715-325-8020 or lauby@romewi.com
Chief Taub, Rome Fire Department, 608-616-2946 or taub@romewi.com

Rome, WI (April 20, 2020) – The Town of Rome understands that the government closest to you affects your life the most, and that is never more true than in times of crisis. The Town is also not unique in having to make tough decisions during this State of Emergency. Property owners have contacted the Town with concerns both on remaining Safer at Home and discouraging us from administering Safer at Home. As leaders, sometime the best option is to simply state we don’t know what will happen next, but that we want to keep people as safe as possible during this pandemic while continuing the provision of critical public services to support the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The new Emergency Order #28 released by the Governor on April 16, 2020, extends Safer at Home until May 26th. The order states, “Individuals are strongly encouraged to remain at their primary resident or home. Travel to second homes or residences should be avoided if possible.” The Town of Rome echoes the order and strongly encourages residents with secondary or seasonal properties to stay at their primary residence.

Free will, however, is a powerful thing and with great power comes great responsibility. If you chose to travel, we implore you to be safe, kind, and well, meaning please quarantine for 14-days upon arrival, especially if you plan to stay at a seasonal or secondary home for the remainder of the order. If you chose not to quarantine, please take efforts to social distance yourself from others. We especially stress this in common locations, such as the Transfer Site, and strongly advise you to use services like curbside pickup for items like groceries.

The effects of COVID-19, and how to slow the spread in our communities have undoubtedly caused great anxiety across our state and country. As a recreational community we know residents and visitors want to enjoy spring and have properties ready for the summer season. But as a community with the average age of 62, and limited health care resources, we want to keep people as safe as possible. Please think about the health care workers, first responders, police officers, and essential workers keeping our communities safe and moving forward. If you choose not to limit movement and social distance for them, do it for your parents, grandparents, or those in your own life important to you that are over age 65 or have underlying health conditions.

Please remember COVID-19 is the enemy in this global pandemic and not municipalities or community leaders looking to keep the public safe. The current belief is that community spread is a main factor in how COVID-19 infection spreads and social distance is key to slowing the spread of infection. As a whole, we are STRONGER TOGETHER and that means working together to keep each other safe.   

Please see the below updates specific to the Town of Rome:

  •  Town Hall will remain closed through May 25, 2020 and reopen Tuesday, May 26, 2020, subject to extension of the Safer at Home order. Please contact Town Hall staff by phone for assistance, staff are either in the office daily or are working from home.
  • The Transfer Site will remain open regular hours 9 AM to 5 PM on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The 6’ social distance must be maintained throughout the site.
  •  If you need assistance sheltering in place, the Rome Fire Department is able to assist with running errands and delivering items to property owners. 
  • The temporary suspension on camping permits will end April 30th.  The Town will allow campers to be placed on lots starting April 24th, but ask for no overnight stays until April 30th.  We have made available on our web site, www.romewi.com, under How Do I? a credit card link and instructions on how to purchase your Vacant Lot Camping Permit and will deliver the permit to the display case on your property.  We have also coordinated with Pritzl’s Trading Post and camping permits can be purchased at the store, but we encourage those not in the immediate area to use their convenient curbside service for pickup, please call ahead to arrange.     
  • We will be opening Dyracuse Recreational Area on Saturday, May 2nd.  Social distancing will be enforced at the park, the playground and shelter areas will be closed, and those using the facility are also strongly encouraged to bring supplies needed to limit social interaction.
  • We continue to strongly encourage second and seasonal residents to stay Safer at Home.

The Town of Rome knows that any disruption to our way of life is difficult. We aren’t the first to recognize that change is hard.  Through kindess, working together, being patient, and helping each other stay safe, we can get through this together.

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 Positively applying the tools of government to serve and protect our people, strengthen our community and promote prosperity.

Advisory to Seasonal and Second Homeowners released by Adams County

Fire Department able to assist those Sheltering in Place

The Town of Rome Fire Department remains committed to the safety and health of our residents during this crisis. As the current best practice is to shelter in place, we would like to help those that are at a higher risk to better be able to do so.

If you are at risk due to age or prior conditions and you would like someone to aid you by delivering necessities please reach out directly, preferably via text, to Chief Taub at 608-616-2946.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help Fire Department staff in achieving this goal please reach out via email: taub@romewi.com, and we will contact you if and when you are needed. 

It is important that we come together during this crisis and remember to take care of ourselves and our families and our neighbors. This is a marathon and not a sprint. 

Be safe, keep your hands clean, utilize physical distancing, and help us flatten the curve.

Chief George Taub

 

ATTENTION: ALL ACTIVITIES IN TOWN HALL CANCELLED

ATTENTION: Due to COVID-19 all activities in the Rome Town Hall are cancelled until further notice.  

2020 Election Information

The New Police & EMS Building is Now Open!

Join Supervisor Jerry Wiessinger on a tour of the Town’s new Police & EMS Building!