2014 RRA Dues & Assessments

The RRA will be mailing your 2014 Dues & Assessments by the end of the week. Please contact the RRA Office (440-563-3170) if you do not receive your statement. Dues and Assessments are due by May 1, 2014. Unless you have purchased, sold, or consolidated a lot, your Dues & Assessments will be the same as last year.

This year we have switched to a new system for all Membership information. Please look over your statement carefully. You will notice several changes to your statement, the most notable being the design. You can now simply tear off and return the bottom portion of your statement with your payment. For those of you that own more than one lot, each lot will have its own statement. Please make sure to return the bottom portion of the statement for each lot when sending your payment.

Joint Owners: Please note that instead of a .2 (or .3) following your lot number, your Joint Owner status will be indicated by the letter J (or J3) following your lot number.

Credit Cards: If you choose to pay via credit card, you may fill out the back portion of the statement (note: there is a mandatory 5% convenience fee for paying by credit card).

Early Bird Drawing: The RRA will again be having its Early Bird Drawing. Each account paid in full before 5pm each Thursday between January 9th and March 13th will be eligible for weekly drawings for cash prizes. These prizes start at $500 and are reduced by $50 per week until the reward becomes $50. Full payments by 5pm on January 9th provides eligibility for ALL TEN DRAWINGS.

Installment Payments: If you are having difficulty paying your Dues and Assessments all at once, the RRA accepts incremental payments. Please note that there will be a 10% late fee applied to the remaining balance after May 1st, 2014. Please do not wait until after May 1st to start making incremental payments. You will not receive membership cards until your Dues & Assessments are paid in full.

Membership Cards: This year, Membership Cards will be mailed back in April regardless of when you pay your Dues & Assessments. This will help prevent cards being misplaced prior to your 2013 Membership Cards expiring. Your 2013 Membership Cards are valid until April 30, 2014. If it is more convenient, you can email your list of those needing 2014 Membership Cards to IT@roamingshores.org. Be sure to include names, relation to property owner, age, and whether each person resides with you.

If you mailed your Membership Card list last year, we should have them on file. You may contact me at the email address listed above to confirm recipients or inform me of any changes.

With Sympathy: Harry W. Hajek

Many long time residents are sure to know of Harry Hajek. He helped to found the Men’s Golf League here in Roaming Shores. He was a great man and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with his family.

From The Star Beacon:

AURORA — Harry W. Hajek, age 95, passed away at Anna Maria of Aurora nursing facility, Aurora, Ohio, on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

He was the son of Anton and Bertha Hajek and was born August 2, 1918, in Cleveland, Ohio. Harry was married to his wife Rose on May 27, 1947.

Harry excelled in several sports at John Adams High School and received recognition for playing tennis. He was an avid golfer and bowler until the age of 89. He was instrumental in starting a golf league for Roaming Shores and was their treasurer for many years.

Harry, at the age of 20, joined the Merchant Marines and saw much of the world while aboard the ship The Henry C. Paine. His working career involved various computer and management positions.

After retirement, he and his wife built a home in Roaming Shores. They traveled the world together visiting every continent except for Antarctica.

He is survived by his niece, Terri (Jeff) Wilde; niece, Janice (Richard) Oster; cousins, Virginia McMonagle, Jerry Dvorak, LaVern Dvorak and Betty Dvorak; as well as several great-nieces and nephews.

Harry is now reunited with his wife, parents, brother Jaro, and nephew Richard.

A Funeral Service, officiated by the Rev. Jody Baker, will take place 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20th, at the Rock Creek Union Cemetery Chapel, Stiles Ave., Rock Creek, Ohio 44076.

Visitation will be held prior to services from 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel.

Arrangements handled by PAINE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 140 E. Main St., Orwell, Ohio. Obituary and condolences at www.painefuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.

Letter from Marty Hilovsky of EnviroScience

Dear Friends and Residents of Roaming Shores:

My name is Marty Hilovsky and I’m President of EnviroScience, a Stow Ohio environmental consulting firm. For the past ten years I’ve had the privilege of working for your community doing a variety of lake management studies and tasks.

I was asked to sit in on a public meeting held by the Association’s Lake Management Committee to discuss plans for dredging sections of the lake. There were a number of great questions from the public as well as a spirited debate among members and the Committee about the proposed dredging method.

During the meeting I was asked about several items, and I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify a couple of my comments. One of those questions had to do with a siphon system which could be utilized to withdraw high nutrient water from the lake depths and discharge it to Rock Creek. While I expressed the opinion that Ohio EPA would discourage installation of a siphon, such a system could have a dramatic positive impact on the overall water quality of Lake Roaming Rock. For this reason, I believe members of the Lake Management Committee should at least take the next step and explore the potential for a siphon directly with the Surface Water group at Ohio EPA in Twinsburg.

The other comment that I’d like to make involves my recommendations, or lack thereof, regarding the dredging methods being proposed. As most of the community is aware, the dredging technique being proposed has changed over the past year. It’s important to keep in mind the purpose of the dredging. I believe the primary reason to dredge is solely to improve lake access. Dredging is unlikely to improve water quality or the overall health of the lake, and for that reason, I’ve avoided making value judgments about the dredging that is being proposed. Questions discussed at the October 28th meeting like how much should we dredge, how much should we dredge, and how much can we afford are all questions that the entire community should weigh in on and which the Association’s Board of Directors must decide.

The most important point that I’d like to make is that I hope residents of Roaming Shores don’t lose sight of the fact that each of you is fortunate to live on such a beautiful and healthy lake. Despite the issues we all tend to focus on and the arguments that develop, the lake has better water quality than most Ohio lakes, and continues to provide you with excellent opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. As you also know, it has a top notch fishery that 90% of other Ohio lake front owners only wish they had.

In closing, I would join with one of your neighbors who at the meeting expressed the hope that the community is able to put the divisive issues aside and come together to work toward the betterment of the lake.

With Sympathy: James Gilchrist

From the Star Beacon:

ROAMING SHORES — James H. Gilchrist, age 83, of Roaming Shores, Ohio, passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

Born April 12, 1930, in Bellshill, Scotland, he was a son of the late Margaret (Cook) and James Gilchrist and married May Murray in Motherwell, Scotland, on August 16, 1952.

James worked as a pipefitter at Uniroyal. He served in the Scots Guards.

He was a former member of Chapel United Methodist Church.

James enjoyed spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed attending and watching his grandchildren participate in many sports and extracurricular activities. Traveling with his family was always a great joy.

He is survived by his wife, May Gilchrist of Roaming Shores; sons, James (Janet) Gilchrist of Centerville, Ohio, and Iain (Debbi) Gilchrist of Roaming Shores; grandchildren, Alec, Allison, Kyle and Amanda; and brother, Tom (Elspeth) Gilchrist of Blackpool, England.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert.

Private services were observed.

Donations in James’ name may be made to The American Cancer Society, 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106-2204.

Arrangements are being handled by THE BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 26 River St., Madison, Ohio 44057. Obituary and condolences at www.behmfuneral.com and starbeacon.com.

The Annual Fall Turnover Algae Bloom

by Richard D. Gainar, CEBS
Chairman, LMC

Did anyone notice the huge algae bloom during the last week of October? That’s because the lake “turned over”. “Turnover” is an annual phenomenon in deep, stratified lakes like ours. Cold, dense water holds at the bottom of the lake during warm weather while lighter, warm water floats nearer the surface above it. The fuel that spikes the algae bloom is phosphorus, the primary enemy of good water quality. While there was only 28 ug/L in the surface water before the turnover, the bottom water contained a much higher 490 ug/L. Phosphorus is released from the organic lake sediment (decayed weeds, leaves, dead algae, etc.) by de-oxygenated water and is held during summer months at the bottom of our lake by the denser water. Every year when the weather cools the top water to a temperature below that of the bottom water, the lake “turns over” mixing all that phosphorus throughout the water column giving algae that annual shot-in-the-arm resulting in a major bloom.

At our November 7th Association meeting a resident provided some test results that seemed to indicate that algal toxin levels in the waters of three coves were well above acceptable levels. However, the subsequent testing of the same waters by our consultants using official Ohio EPA sampling protocol indicated no detectable levels of toxins. It may be that a difference in sample collection techniques accounted for the difference. Nonetheless, residents need to understand that higher toxin levels may be associated with algae scum and should avoid coming in contact with it when possible.

Christmas Events

Promotion Club Tree Trimmingchristmas-tree

On Friday, December 6th, the Promotion Club will be hosting a Tree Trimming Social Hour at the Clubhouse. Each family is requested to donate an ornament to decorate the Christmas Tree.

Polar Bear Club Breakfast with Santa

On December 14, the Polar Bear Club will be hosting Breakfast with Santa at the Clubhouse from 9am – 11am (Santa appears at 10am).

The party is free for all Children and Grandchildren (12 years old and younger) of Roaming Shores Residents. Each child will receive a gift from Santa. Registration is required with a cutoff date of December 7th. You can register by emailing the Polar Bear Club at joeythepolarbear@yahoo.com. Please make sure to indicate:

  1. Number of Adults
  2. Number of Kids
  3. Name, Age, and Gender of each kid

Donations are highly welcome to help cover increasing costs to host this event.

Rome Fire Dept Children’s Christmas Party

Come Visit Santa & tell him what you would like for Christmas

Join us in welcoming Santa!
Visit with Santa while enjoying Christmas music & refreshments
Hosted By: Roman Candles Auxiliary
When: Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 1-3pm
Where: Rome Volunteer Fire Department
(The Corner of Rt. 6 & Rt. 45)
Children 12 & under

With Sympathy: Francis M. Chevalier

Francis M. Chevalier (1934 – 2013)
Obituary from the News Herald:

Francis M. Chevalier, 79, a resident of Painesville for 50 years, passed away Nov. 16, 2013, in Painesville.
He was born May 20, 1934, in Reedsville.
He was a member of Rome Rock Fishing Club and was employed by Chardon Rubber.
Survivors are his wife, Gertrude (nee Buchanan); children, Michael, Deborah, and Scott; siblings, Ferra Lou, Florence and Lana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Lydia (nee Barber) Chevalier; and daughter, Christy Lynn.
A memorial service will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at 6778 Ravenna Road in Painesville.
Arrangements by Blessing Cremation Center, 440-352-8100, www.vitonero.com.

11/18/13 Power Outages

Update: All Power should be restored.

From First Energy:

As of 8:45 AM, approximately 660 Ashtabula County customers are without power following last evening’s strong winds and heavy rains.

Hardest hit communities are as follows:

  • Roaming Shores – 237
  • Conneaut – 202
  • Austinburg – 176

There also are scattered outages throughout the county.

Most affected customers should have their power restored by Noon today, if not sooner by this evening, hopefully by dinnertime.

FirstEnergy customers may now enroll to receive outage updates via text messages on their smartphones (an Outage App). Please see the Fact Sheet that explains the enrollment process. Customers also can can report outages the traditional way by calling 1-888-544-4877.

November Lake Management Committee Report

Lake Management Committee Report
by Richard D. Gainar, CEBS
Chairman, LMC

The Lake Depth Improvement Sub-Committee workshop meeting was held on October 28 in the Clubhouse to discuss the details of our Dredge Plan. Members of this committee made a formal presentation to approximately 75 residents in attendance that asked many good questions and commented on their concerns. The Committee’s slide presentation and handouts are currently available on our website for those who weren’t able to attend.

The Dredge Plan has 3 phases. In-lake sediment traps will first be excavated in the back of 10 major coves to first limit additional sediment from entering the lake. Professional lake studies have historically advised us to control incoming sediment before dredging for obvious reasons. This initial phase of the operation is currently underway and will be completed by this spring. The second phase involves dredging the river channels in major coves where river channel water depth is less than 5 feet. The third phase repeats this process removing sediment beyond the river channels. The total cost of phases 1 & 2 of the Dredge Plan is less than $350,000 and will be completed in about 2 years starting next spring.

Presentations by the committee members and our EnviroScience consultant, Martin A. Hilovsky, dispelled a number of misconceptions about the relationship between water quality and dredging. One of the most significant things residents learned at the meeting was that removing sediment from shallow coves, either hydraulic or mechanical, does little to improve water quality – it merely improves water depth. Your Lake Management Committee’s plans focus spending of your dollars on activities that actually improve our lake water quality. Accordingly, the presentation also included a discussion on activities of the other two LMC sub-committees that are charged with improving water quality (Lake Sediment/Nutrient Control Sub-Committee and the Lake Level Control Sub-Committee). The objective of our Dredge Plan is simply to restore lake access to those cove residents that once had such access.

Although the Dredge Plan presented was much less costly than the previous plan, it is also slower to remove sediment. Several residents were concerned about the mounting sediment buildup even though it doesn’t contribute to water quality issues. The Dredge Plan addresses this issue in its first phase of operations. Significant sediment traps are currently being dug from shore in all major coves and will be expanded during phase #2 operations within the lake. The goal here is to stop additional sediment from further accumulations. With incoming sediment controlled, we can take our time (and spend much less money) to remove sediment that has already entered the lake.

Another misconception discussed involved the fact that, due to liability concerns, no Association sponsored dredge operation, whether hydraulic or mechanical, should operate within 30 feet of any resident’s docks. Any movement of lake soil, either real or imagined, near the shoreline may inspire some residents to sue the Association for damages, and the Association is advised against accepting such a risk. That means that regardless of the dredging plan, residents will need to hire a contractor to clear sediment close to their dock. Some residents asked that if proper waivers were obtained from interested residents, could the Association act as an insured contractor using our scoop-dredging rig to clear dock areas. We will investigate this suggestion.

Although your current Lake Management Sub-Committees (19 current members) are only 3 months old, I’m sure you will agree that considerable planning and progress has already been made. In addition to being critical, these members also invest their time and best efforts to work on evidence-based solutions to water quality issues.

November Lake Level Control Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes

Lake Level Control Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes
November 13, 2013

Members present include Gil Kendrac, Dave Flaum, Dave Emick, Todd Gress, and Chairman Rick Gainar. Also present was RRA Board Member Dell Rogers.

Meeting called to order at 2PM at the Association Office.

Items discussed:
1. Discussed the recent lake turnover event that occurred on or about 10/24/2013 and the subsequent algal bloom. O2 and temperature data collected on 10/4/2013, while the lake was still stratified, was compared to data collected after the lake turnover on 10/24/2013. Before the turnover temperatures ranged from 21.5ºC at the surface to 12.5ºC at 31-foot level while dissolved oxygen ranged from 10.4 mg/L to 0mg/L at the 17-foot level and below. After the lake turnover temperatures remained constant throughout the water column at 5.2ºC. Dissolved oxygen was also nearly constant ranging from 1.6 mg/L at the surface to 0mg.L at the 29-foot level.
2. Lake turnover is an annual event at Roam Rock Lake. So is the subsequent, massive algal bloom that follows this event after a few days time. The lake turnover event causes the phosphorus that was released from the organic sediment but held at the lake bottom all year, to mix in the entire water column.
3. We discussed the model siphon that a team of committee members recently installed at the dam using a length of garden hose. Dissolved oxygen data is currently being collected from lake water 5-feet off the bottom. Phosphorus data collection will soon follow.
4. No report from the Lowrey/Martin work group on their investigation of the water/sewage lines that cross a cove near the dam. We will need to understand the effect a freezing, winter drawdown would have on these lines.
5. A discussion ranking 13 advantages of a siphon spillway determined that the committee felt that less phosphorus & nutrients, improved weed control, and ability to maintain lake level for emergency repairs were among the most important. A siphon design with the ability to keep up with 100% of expected water flowing into the lake would be necessary.

Our next meeting is scheduled on December 11, 2013 at 2:00PM. Our regular meeting date is the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Association Office so mark your calendars!

Meeting was adjourned at 3:45PM

by RD Gainar on November 14, 2013


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