Green lawn, healthy lake

By  Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Lake Management Committee

Nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, are key ingredients in lawn fertilizer.  When it rains, fertilizer applied to lawns can wash into nearby storm culverts and streams that flow into our lake.  Nutrients contribute to algae blooms, excess weeds, rob the water of oxygen, and threaten underwater life.

Best management practices for the health of your lawn and Lake Roaming Rock:

  • Skip the spring fertilizer, especially if your lawn is healthy.  Fertilizing lawns in spring promotes excessive top growth at the expense of roots.
  • Sharpen lawnmower blades.  A dull blade tears and weakens the grass, opening it up to disease.  Many local hardware stores or garden shops can sharpen your blade for you.
  • Raise the cutting height of the mower.  Taller grass shades out weeds and needs less water.  A three-inch cut length is ideal for most lawns.
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn.  They provide free fertilizer all season long.

If fertilizer is necessary:

  • Follow the directions on the fertilizer bag.
  • Learn about soil testing.
  • Do not apply phosphorus to lawns unless a soil test indicates that it is needed.
  • Clean up any fertilizer on driveways or other impervious surfaces.
  • Keep fertilizer applications 10 to 15 feet away from waterways.
  • Do not apply fertilizer if heavy rain is expected.

Love the Lake and be lake responsible.

SUP?

Boating Safety Committee
by: Bruce C. Bower

No, this is not an inner city colloquialism for “what’s up”, It’s the hottest thing in water craft called stand up paddle boarding. It looks like a surfboard, but the people stand up and use a long paddle to propel and steer. They may go both clockwise and counterclockwise if within the 75 foot no-wake zone. So, what I’m leading to is that if a powerboat comes around a blind curve, where you have no long line of sight inside the no-wake zone, it could be a disaster! The 75 feet from shore is a safety zone for canoes, kayaks, sup’s, row boats and any other craft that is NOT making a wake. And the SUP/Yak pilots should stay within that 75 foot zone.

There still is no decision on the age of passengers on a jetski. I noticed last year of a trend starting to take VERY young infants/children for a ride. First off there are not yet available, to my knowledge, of proper PFDs made for kids under 30 pounds.
It should be a concern to the adult driver about the protection of the youngster, one would wonder if the adult driver is thinking about the “what ifs” of a mishap. A one year old child most likely will not remember when mommy or daddy took the baby for a thrill on a jetski, so just who is getting pleasure from this frivolous activity?

Remember, no-wake after 8:00 PM on fireworks night, hopefully ODNR will be at our lake to help out our Patrol Boat.
My dear neighbors, think the worst and prepare for it, have fun, but nobody wants to be involved with the pain and suffering of an accident. As always, call me if you have comments or criticisms. 440.563.4108 or 216.906.2301

Bower out.
Think Safety!

STARS Winery Bus Tour Recap

The STARS Club hosted its 1st Winery Bus Tour earlier this month. The club set out hoping to fill 22 seats on the Jolley Trolley, but ended up needing (and filling) a second bus to capacity! Since we had such a great response, future tours will be planned. Keep an eye out for an announcement.

The group’s first stop was Grand River Cellars for some food and tastings. The buses then made rounds between M Cellars, Saint Josephs Vineyard, and Red Eagle Distillery. All wonderful and unique in their own way.

Thank you to Barb Buckley and Jack McMillin for organizing the event!!

Hopefully we’ll have nicer weather next time… even though a winter tour would be nice, too 😉

Event Pictures

Annual Community Garage Sale 2018

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It’s time to start planning for the Annual Roaming Shores Garage Sale! This year, the event will again be held 2 days, Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th from 9am-4pm.

If you are planning on participating in the Garage Sale, please fill out the form below. We will add your address to a list with a street map so that visitors will know where to find you. Signs will also be available at the RRA Office that may be posted to your mailbox or at the end of your street.

If you do not want people parking in front of your property, please post No Parking Signs.

Note: If you are having a garage sale, you are not required to sign-up.

I plan to have a Garage Sale during the Annual Roaming Shores Garage Sale…

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Friday, June 15thSaturday, June 16th


6/13/18 note: New registrations will only be included on the website. The paper version is now in the process of being printed.

The following addresses have informed us that they are participating in the Community Garage Sale this weekend:

West Side:
49 Roaming Rock Blvd
55 Roaming Rock Blvd
68 Rockaway
75 Rockaway (Sat. only)
104 Rockaway
109 Rock Lane
130 Rock Lane
151 Rome Rock Creek Rd
199 Ashtabula Point
258 Morgan Terrace
279 Morgan Terrace (Sat. only)
283 Morgan Terrace
313 Morgan Terrace (Fri. only)
350 Rome Terrace
355 Rome Terrance
391 Jefferson Pt
408 Geneva Pt
636 Thrush Dr (Fri. only)
637 Oriole
806 Rome Rock Creek Rd
850 Rome Rock Creek Rd
940 Long Shadow
969 Long Shadow
974 Long Shadow
980 Long Shadow
1059 Lode Star
1067 Evening Star
1082 Evening Star

East Side:
1133 Lake Vue
1150 Gemini Court
1288 Morning Star
1359 Lake Vue
1475 Belvista Ct
1510 Morning Star
1559 Lake Crest
1563 Sugar Creek
1566 Sugar Creek
1578 Sugar Creek
1588 Pierpont (Fri. only)
1591 Soncere
1668 Pierpont
1738 Morning Star
1848 Morning Star
1856 Morning Star
1857 Morning Star
1860 Morning Star (Fri. only)
1878 Morning Star
1885 Beaver Circle (Fri. only)
1887 Beaver Circle
1907 Beaver Dam
1933 Morning Star
1952 Calabria
1972 Calabria
2053 North Plaza
2062 South Plaza
2150 Deer Run
2166 Morning Star
2195 Deer Run
2219 Deer Run
2225 Fox Run
2259 Morning Star
2292 Morning Point
2401 Plum Creek Dr (Sat. only)
2447 Plum Creek Dr (Sat. only)

North Side (Roads off of Hayford Rd):
2435 Cherrywood Terrace
2474 Hayford Rd
2508 Tupelo Dr
2569 Damview

Found: Floating Dock

Are you missing a floating dock? If so, please contact the Association office at 440-563-3170.

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!

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.

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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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