Goosebusters: Good job so far!

By Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Lake Management Committee

I have begun to see goslings hatching out around May 1st. We did a pretty good job neutralizing the goose nests that were located earlier thanks to the support and reports we received from many concerned residents. Now and through June is the time to be vigilant in watching for goslings and begin harassing them the day they show up. The longer you wait, the harder our job is to get rid of them.

According to Geoffery Westerfield of the ODNR, harassing the goslings is very important for limiting the number of resident geese on our lake during the rest of the year. Separating the goslings from their parents even for a short time is an effective form of harassment. Geoffery advises that whenever you can, try to separate goslings from the adult geese by stepping between them shooing the goslings away from the adults by waving your arms and making loud noises (do not make contact). If you harass the goslings and adults together it is less effective and can even be counterproductive. Your goal is to send the message to the adult geese that your property is not a safe place to raise their young and to the goslings that Lake Roaming Rock can be a scary place.

“Don’t stop anywhere short of the geese leaving your property”, says Geoffery. Simply chasing them to the water or the neighbor will not keep the geese off of your property (and is actually also counterproductive). Consistency and persistency is still key. Geese will “shift” around the property, especially those without goslings. Keep up the consistent and persistent harassment.

June 1st is an important date. Geese will begin to molt (i.e. lose their flight feathers) around June 1st. If you don’t harass them off the property by that date, it becomes very difficult to remove them and you will likely be stuck with the geese till mid-July.

Geese excrement is a contributor to the E. coli levels in our lake. In addition, it provides excess nutrients that feed the algae and weeds. We love our geese, but a few less wouldn’t hurt either. Thanks for being lake responsible!

Compost Site Update

The Village’s Compost site is available for use by residents, once again. Keys to open the gate will be available at the Village Hall during office hours. Please make arrangements ahead of time with the Village if you plan on using the facility during the weekend. Remember, the compost site is a free service offered for residents.

The site is for the disposal of yard waste only! Please do not leave yard debris at the site in plastic bags.

Tennis Court Instructor Wanted

We have had inquiries at the office if there was anyone in the Shores who would be able to give tennis lessons to residents (mainly to children). If you would be able to help or have a recommendation, please contact the office.

Auditor’s Auction May 16th

The County Auditor will hold a Forfeited Land Sale on May 16th. Of the over 50 parcels being auctioned, 7 are in Roaming Shores.

  • 65-001-40-011-00: 315 Morgan Terr
  • 65-002-20-055-00: 364 Rome Rock Creed Rd
  • 65-011-20-027-00: 2125 Flame Lake Dr
  • 65-012-10-025-00: 2222 Deer Run Dr
  • 65-013-30-044-00: 2485 Trellis Pl
  • 66-014-30-078-00: 1602 Pierpont Dr
  • 67-001-30-065-00: 187 Ashtabula Pt

All properties sold are “as-is.” The buyer is responsible for all Taxes, Dues & Assessments, etc. that are still owed.

Note: If you are a current member of the RomeRock Association, you will not owe a new member impact fee.

Registration opens at 8:15am, the auction starts at 9:00am.

Location: The Commissioner’s Building
2nd Floor
25 West Jefferson St
Jefferson, OH 44047

There are several other vacant lots in Roaming Shores that are in the process of being foreclosed on. We will announce a sale date once it is known.

5K Preregistration Discount for 5K ends June 1st


Attention racers! The Roaming Shores 5K will be held on June 30th (the day of the Fireworks). Those registered by June 1st can take advantage of discounted registration and will be guaranteed a shirt or tank top. Limited shirts will be available race day.

The 5K is a great athletic event for both seasoned pros and beginners! The race will be professionally timed by Stasny Road Racing using ChronoTrack; real-time results and social media updates!

A common question we get is whether you can walk the 5K and the answer is YES!

Online Registration

Paper Registration

Proceeds from the race will benefit our local Safety Services and the STARS Club, which organizes several events in the Shores and the annual Fireworks Display!

Thank you to our Sponsors for their generous contributions!

Platinum Sponsors

 

Gold Sponsors


C&L Lawn Service, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

Crandall Connection
Ziegler Heating Co.
The Gibson Family

Annual Meeting Closing Comments

Closing Comments
Annual Meeting, April 28, 2018
Tom Sopko

First of all let me apologize for not being at the Annual Meeting. Unfortunately, Grandparents Day, which is out-of-state, is conflicting with the Annual Meeting. Grandparents day is a very important family event, just as the Annual Meeting is important to our Members. Thank you Jack McMillin for filling in.

As you all know I am not seeking reelection. I will be moving on to handling pressing family matters. So let me say a few things about your Association that I know have already been said, but I would like to re-emphasize:

This Board has made decisions that I believe looked out for your personal interests as a Member. I know that many of you may not feel that way, but rest assured that the Board had the entire paid Membership in mind, when making decisions, all 1150+ of you, and that number does not include your family members or guests, which would bring the total to well over 3000. Some of the decisions made will never be evident to Members, due to privacy, legal, and property value issues. I hate to say “Trust Us”, but you will have to “Trust Us”.

I also hate to say, “it’s all about Money”. I know that Money isn’t everything, but it does power the Association. As you just saw, we have accomplished a lot while maintaining a balanced budget. We have reduced the interest payments on debt as well as reduced the principal on debt; we have built a new Office; we are dredging at no additional cost; we continue to improve existing amenities and we started a reserve fund so that surprises do not require extra assessments. And we could do more if everyone paid, so please understand why we are such sticklers over verifying you are a paid member to use amenities. But, we do not have the Money to enclose a swimming pool, build a gym, or rake the weeds from each and every lakefront lot. The Association is not about deficit spending like our Congress. However, if you want these types of amenities, it is possible; it will just take more assessment Money.

And in regards to Money, please try to keep things in perspective. Your Board manages about $4,000 per day, or $1.2million for the year. Every decision will not be perfect for everyone. To move along expeditiously, decisions cannot include every Member, that is why you have a Board. Try to remember that $10,000 spent is less than 1% of the annual budget.

Being a Board Member is very time consuming. Remember the Board is made up of unpaid volunteers. And the Board lives by the same Rules and Bylaws as does every other Member. \

Speaking of the Board, you have a great Board and they deserve your support and respect. The Board is a work together group and is not a rubber stamp-yes-man group. Most decisions are not unanimous. Board Members respect one another and move on to the next issue whether or not they got their way on a previous issue. And I would like to thank the Board for this. It is what makes it a pleasure to be on a Board.

Also, remember our employees, Dan Mullins; and the Office staff, Pat and Jen; the Maintenance Staff; and the Summer Help. These are the people who make it possible to have pools, pavilions, volleyball and tennis courts, dredging and other amenities.

I would also like to thank our clubs and standing committees. Their work and social commitment to the Shores are the backbone of this Association.

Let’s not forget our Attorney, David King. David has helped us in recent years through many legal issues and has kept us out of a lot of legal problems, especially in today’s litigious prone society. For me it’s been an interesting four years, probably business as usual for David.

And I would especially like to thank the new Village Management. “It takes two to tango” and the Association finally has a dance partner. Let’s work to continue this relationship. And let’s not forget that the other lake associations envy our position, because there are things that can be best handled by a private corporation, like the Association, and there are things that can be best handled by a public entity, like the Village. Everyone has their role and it needs to be nourished and developed. And let us not forget, we are all both Members of the Association and we are all residents of the Village.

Lastly, I would like to thank you the Member for your support of the Board and the Association. If I could ask you to do one more thing, it would be to support a club. If you can’t find a club you like, start a club and rally for your club’s support.

I would like to thank each Member and their families for attending today. And if I could embellish a line about living at the Shores from last year’s Annual Meeting:

It’s not perfect, but it is Great.

Join the Board and your neighbors for refreshments in the kitchen area. Your new Board will need to excuse themselves in about 30 minutes for a brief meeting to elect your Officers for the 2018-2019 program year.

Election Day Info

This Tuesday, May 8th is the Primary Election for the State of Ohio. For residents of Roaming Shores, your polling place is the Clubhouse (13 Roaming Rock Blvd). Polls will be open across the state from 6:30am to 7:30pm. Remember to exercise your right to vote!

Click the button below to view sample ballots based on your precinct and political party.

2018 Annual Meeting Recap

The Annual Meeting of the RomeRock Association took place on Saturday, April 28th. The meeting was well attended with almost every seat in the Clubhouse filled. Members who attended learned the results of the election, the state of the Association, heard the Association’s plans for the future, and took the time to address their comments and concerns to the Board. After the meeting attendees enjoyed pizza from Paradise Bay and cookies from Cantini’s.

The results of the election were:

  • Dave Emick: 156
  • Rory Marshall: 205
  • Tony Vavpetic: 150

Dave Emick retained his seat on the Board joined by newcomer, Rory Marshall. Congratulations! Thank you to Tony Vavpetic for your interest in joining the Board of Directors. Outgoing Director Tom Sopko did not seek reelection. Thank you for your service, Tom!

Annual Meeting this Saturday


The RomeRock Association will be holding its Annual Meeting this Saturday, April 28th at 1pm in the Clubhouse.

The Annual Meeting is the biggest RRA meeting of the year. The Treasurer’s report for fiscal year 2017 will be presented, the Directors will report on activities of the past year and plans for the current year. Refreshments and food will be served at the Clubhouse following the meeting.

Please make an effort to attend as the growth and success of our association depends on the active participation of its members!

**Please note, the Office will close at 11am on the 28th to set up for the Annual Meeting and will not open until an hour after the Meeting is adjourned.

2018 Dues and Assessments Due May 1st

Dues and Assessments are due by May 1st. Please note this date! Accounts that are not paid in full by the due date will be charged a late fee of 10%! Invoices were sent out in January. If you did not receive your Dues and Assessments or have misplaced your bill, please contact the RRA Office at 440-563-3170. Not receiving your bill does not exempt you from payment.

All boats in the water and at docks after April 30, 2018 are required to have 2018 RRA Boat Decals affixed. When coming to the office to purchase your RRA Boat Decals, remember to bring both your Title and State Registration!

Payment Options:

Bank Bill Pay:

Many banks offer their customer’s bill pay on their website. You can set the RomeRock Association as a payee. If you use this option to pay your Dues, please make sure that your lot numbers are listed on the check (you can set your account number to your lot number(s)).

Mail:

You can send your payment via US Mail to P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085. Checks and credit cards/debit cards are accepted. (If paying by credit/debit card please use form on the back of the return portion of your statement, there is a 5% fee).

In Person:

Checks, credit cards/debit cards and cash are accepted at our office location (1875 US Route 6). There is a 5% convenience fee for credit/debit cards. Our office hours are 7 Days a Week, 9am to 5pm. We also have an after-hours drop box.

Online
The RomeRock Association offers owners the ability to pay dues online through our payment processing partner, PayLease. Using PayLease will allow you to:

  • Pay online with a credit/debit card or electronic check**
  • Make a one-time or recurring payment
  1. Visit the RRA Website (roamingshores.org/RRA1/) and click the button on the side that says “Pay Dues and Assessments Online”. Direct Page (http://www.roamingshores.org/RRA1/pay-dues-and-assessments-online/) Or visit PayLease.com
  2. Follow the instructions to search for and select your property.
  3. Enter your contact information, and create a password to create your account. Your account number is your lot number and it must be 4 digits. Ex. Lot 123 would be 0123.
  4. To add additional lots, under Manage Accounts (middle of screen), click Add Account, under link another account—put in your account number (4 digits) then type @RRA right after the number, then your last name, and then Submit.
  5. Once registered, you can process a one-time payment and/or set up Auto Pay.
  6. If you set up an account last year, please use your same login information.

**Note: There is a fee accessed for paying online. 3% is charged for using a credit card/debit card and $2.95 for an electronic check (electronic checks differ from personal checks. Personal checks can be mailed or paid in-person). Paylease assesses a fee for each account (lot).

If you have questions regarding your account balance, please contact The RomeRock Association at 440-563-3170. For questions regarding PayLease or your online payments, please contact PayLease Support at 1-866-729-5327.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085

Located at 1875 US Route 6, Roaming Shores, OH 44085

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