This week, the maintenance department launched the new weed harvester to make sure that it will be ready for the lake’s weeds this year. Check out the album below for pictures of the launching.
FRIDAY – April 12, 2013 – 6 PM
GRAND RIVER CELLARS WINERY
5750 S. Madison (Rt. 528)
Please call or E-mail Marge if you plan to attend:
440-563-3769 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, May 4th, The Village of Roaming Shores will be having their Annual Cleanup Day.
Dumpsters will be located at the Clubhouse Parking Lot. Proof of RSV Residency or RRA Membership required!
Items not accepted include refrigerators & air conditioners with freon, automobile tires, oil and paint.
Once again election season is upon us. The following is my view of what the current Board has accomplished:
1. This is the first time in 45 years that the leadership of the Association has an affordable, well thought out program for cleaning the lake. We have purchased land, spent money on engineering, applied for permits and have quotes for the equipment. Despite rumors to the contrary, the board of Directors plans NO INCREASE in dues and assessments for 2013 or 2014.
2. The majority of the Board are experienced managers and business owners. They have demonstrated that they can identify, analyze, and implement significant cost savings for the Association. Consider the following:
- The Board eliminated the position of General Manager at an annual savings of $72,000 per year. (Note: The recently hired Director of Maintenance has an annual salary of $47,000/yr. This still results in a current savings of $25,000 per year in salary savings).
- The Board also developed a cash flow report that enables the Board to anticipate and plan expenditures to stay within our budget. As an example, for the last two years our financial residual (money not spent during the fiscal year) has increased to over $52,000 as of January 1, 2013.
3. The Board members are involved in the daily running of the Association. Tim O’Donnell and Rick Rumbaugh traveled to Wisconsin this last year to pick up the new Weed Harvester. They didn’t have to do that. They did it to save the Association $5000 in shipping costs!
4. Al Rubosky has had his students at the Vocational school re-roof the Sunset Park Pavilion and they will be finishing this Spring on the rebuilding of the Beach 2 Pavilion. By accomplishing this, Al has saved the Association a minimum of $10,000, probably much more.
5. The Administrative Committee, consisting of Tim O’Donnell, Al Rubosky, Barry O’Connell and Rick Rumbaugh, analyzed the maintenance Department and recommended hiring a Director of Maintenance. The Board agreed and we hired Dan Mullins on February 4th. The output of work from the maintenance men has practically doubled! In addition to snow plowing, they have built six new umbrella tables for use at the pools, rebuilt the trailer used to haul the lawn mowers around, repaired the large dump truck’s transmission, and replaced one tractor’s fuel injector system. We have never had so much work done by the maintenance group in such a short period of time. The point is simply this: we currently have a group of directors that are making a difference, they are analyzing problems, and they are solving the problems. They are involved!
6. The three incumbents who are running for re-election are all professional managers: Tim is the owner of a janitorial service, Barry is a retired Chemical Engineer and past President of a $75,000,000 manufacturing firm, Al is a teacher at the local vocational school and operates a contracting and building company. Do we really want to lose this talent on the Board of Directors?
7. The Board’s Administrative Committee is currently working on two projects that will generate over $25,000 in annual savings to the Association and will be completed by July of this year. The two projects are a review of employee medical benefits and a revised salary structure (with job descriptions) for part time help.
This is your opportunity to decide the future of the Association. Please consider each of the candidate’s strengths. And please do it wisely.
Barry O’Connell, President
RRA Board of Directors
On Saturday, March 23rd, about 34 students participated in the Boating Safety Committee’s Safe Boating Class held at the Clubhouse.
The course was taught by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, with help from some of our members and ODNR Watercraft Enforcement.
The course, as well as successful completion of a comprehensive test, are required by the State in order for those born after January 1, 1982 to operate a watercraft.
Thank you to Bruce Bower, Joe Palombi and Ed Baitt for organizing the event! Lunch was provided by Chicago Sub Shop out of Orwell, care of the RRA.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the RRA Office will temporarily be closed Saturdays & Sundays until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Are you looking for friendship and sportsmanship? Why not join the RR Fishing Club with over 55 members that enjoy our lake?
Our events for the year 2013 are:
- Big Bass and Big Fish of the Month: $25 prize money for each.
- Two Free All Species Tournaments: $25 prize money for 7 species.
- Biggest bass of the year is $50, plus a plaque.
- There will be a Bass Tournament and a Crappie Tournament; fees are $25 per boat.
Payoff for 1st and 2nd place.
- Free Kids Fishing Day with prizes for each kid, games and food.
- Food is provided at all events.
- Last of all, our famous Clam Back is in September.
For information, call:
Ed Baitt – 440-563-3377
Dave Emerick – 330-533-4571
Dave Flaum – 440-563-9107
Boating Safety Committee
By: Bruce C. Bower
Please read and understand the 2013 lake rules and regulations. If any questions, call me or come to a RRA meeting for clarification.
A couple of things come to mind to remind you of before the boating season goes into full swing. Check all your safety equipment! Remember that fire extinguishers do not last forever, it’s not worth 12 dollars to take the chance on an uncontrolled fire, buy a new one. After having participated in a couple of courtesy boat exams, the shortcomings usually are: malfunctioning lights, an insufficient number of PFD’s, an inadequate anchor and anchor line and the lack of a properly marked orange distress flag. Carry extra lines in case a towing situation arises.
For inboards, check your engine flame arrestor and engine blower ventilation system. Another suggestion would be to carry something, such as a bucket, to use as a bailing devise. It’s not required but sure would come in handy if needed.
Read the Ohio Boat Operator’s Guide or go to http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/ for more details on requirements and suggestions.
Think Safety, Bower out!
The winner of the final Early Bird Drawing for 2013 and recipient of $50 is Mr. & Mrs. Garry Meighan (Lot #1804)
Congratulations to you and all of our winners this year!
Roaming Shores- Robert L. Cowdrey, 62, passed away March 11, 2013 at home.
Born November 28, 1950 in Willoughby, Ohio the son of Eugene Cowdrey and Shirley Smith and was a lifelong area resident. He married the love of his life Tina VanKell in 1984. Robert worked as a utility maintenance worker for Roaming Shores for over 13 years. In his spare time, he loved spending time with his family and friends.
Robert is survived by his wife, Tina; sons, Heath (Sara) Buchanan of New York and Christopher Cowdrey of Roaming Shores; daughter, Christina Cowdrey of Roaming Shores; his mother, Shirley Warsing of Painesville; sisters, Gail Nau and Debbie Cowdrey of Painesville, and Susan Cassell of Perry; and his grandson, Jackson Buchanan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Cowdrey and his brother, Thomas Cowdrey.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 2 to 5 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Rock Creek Fire Hall, Main St., Rock Creek, OH.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the family.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula is handling arrangements.