Notice: Amendment of Rules and Regulations

The Rules and Regulations of the RomeRock Association have been revised effective 4/9/24.

With the exception of the proposed rule modifying Road Bonds, which has been tabled, a simplified version of the amendments can be found here: Proposed Amendments (posted 2/26/24).

To read the full version of the amended Rules and Regulations, click the button below to review Resolution R1-424 and the revised version of the Rules and Regulations.

Lake Management Best Practices: Lawn Maintenance

By D.Ernes – Lake Management Committee

We are slowly transitioning from winter to spring. Our lawns are also transitioning from the dormant state, where it is an off shade of brown, into the lush green we all want to enjoy. The important thing we each need to realize is that if we are not careful, our efforts to get a green lawn will contribute to us experiencing a green lake.

Grass, and blue-green algae, both need phosphorus to grow. For our lawns, phosphorous may be introduced as a component of fertilizers. But is it necessary? An inexpensive soil test will be a good idea before you apply any fertilizer. It is possible that if the pH of the soil is out of balance, it can inhibit the grasses’ ability to absorb nutrients. If this is the case, it could lead to over fertilizing and the excess nutrient will just end up in the lake after rain events.

Luckily, over time, most commercial fertilizers have reduced or eliminated the level of phosphorous that is in their products. If one looks at the bags, the three numbers appearing on each bag is the level of Nitrogen-Phosphorous-Potassium. So, it is best to select products where the middle number is zero.

There have been a lot of articles stating that, for established lawns, it is not always necessary to add phosphorous to our lawns. This is especially true if one mulches the grass clippings, which returns the phosphorous the grass already contains back into the soil.

There may be a need to use phosphorous when first establishing a lawn. In this case, the use of Starter Fertilizers may come into play. Make sure that you do NOT select this type of product for an established lawn. Even when using Starter Fertilizers, an inexpensive soil test will let you know if it is even necessary. Also, when applying this or any fertilizer, proper application techniques (avoiding over spraying on impervious surfaces, and not applying it up to the waters edge) will help to reduce the likelihood of excess phosphorous in the lake.

When mowing your lawn, the best option is to mulch the grass clipping back into the lawn. If this is not desired, do not blow the clippings into the street or, more importantly, into the lake. The latter can incur a fine. If you see your neighbor or a lawn service employee discharging clippings (or debris for that matter) into the lake, talk to them and encourage them to use another approach. Use the compost site which is the best location for your yard waste.

These suggestions are valid whether you live on the lake or off. Our community is roughly 1500 acres. And we are the closest part of the watershed to the lake. If we all do our part, it will have an impact of the lake. Remember that every ounce of phosphorous that you add to the lake can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to eliminate. If you use a commercial company to handle the lawn treatments or maintenance, make sure that they follow practices to reduce their impact on our lake.

BE LAKE RESPONSIBLE

Geese Addling Program

By Gerry Dixon -Lake Management Committee

A successful Canada Geese control program is an essential part of lake management. Data collected over the last five years with the reduction of the geese population and lower bacteria at the beaches, suggest that our program is successful. The population if uncontrolled could become epidemic. Geese mate for life and return each year to the same location to nest. Their lifespan can be up to thirty years and the offspring return to the same location each year. Two geese typically have six eggs per year and the babies have six eggs for up to twenty years. If uncontrolled the rate of population growth in 4 years is thirty-six geese, in 8 years 1,296 geese, in 12 years 1,679,616 geese, and in 16 years, 2.8 trillion geese.

Each goose can consume up to four pounds of grass per day, creating about two pounds of fecal matter daily. During June and July, they lose their flight feathers, and during this time each goose produces 122 pounds of feces, in 16 years at the rate of population, 341trillion pounds of droppings can end up in our lake. This obviously not realistic, but it does show the impact on a community. According to Ohio Geese Control, “These droppings can be a health risk and can carry Salmonella spp., E. coli, and Listeria spp. And large flocks of geese can alter the ecology of your pond and create algae problems.”

Good news: there are natural enemies that control the geese population. Bad news: these natural enemies are not normally found in our lakefront community. Therefore, a geese control program is needed in our community. Roaming Shores has successfully reduced the population through implementation of Ohio Revised Code section 1531.02. in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The aim of the Lake Management Committee is to observe, preserve, and correct any lake problems. The geese control program is part of the Lake Management Committee objective to decrease the amount of nutrients and bacteria entering our lake. Previously, when this program was first implemented up to thirty nests were seen. Last year 13 nests were invalidated.

With the help of all lake owners, the Rome Rock Association is tracking all observed nests and recording actions taken. Please call the association at (440) 563-3170 or email the association at IT@roamingshores.org if you see any Canada geese nests. Please be informed, it is a federal crime to injure, move, or harm without the permission of the Division of Wildlife any bird or nest.

Help us to be Lake Responsible.

4/2/24 Dam Valve Opened – No Wake

Due to the amount of rain we have received with more on the way, the Village of Roaming Shores has opened the dam valve. Additionally, as the lake waters are high, the entire lake is No Wake until the lake waters recede. Once they do, the valve will be closed and lake traffic may return to normal.

As this is the off season, there are very few watercraft out on the water. Regardless, creating a wake while the lake water is high risks damage to docks and boats. Be cautious!

High lake waters bring more than just water. If you are out on the lake, remember to be extra cautious of debris that may be in the water and hidden due to the muddy conditions.

Check on your docked boats. If the lake water is high and there is not enough slack in your line, the line can snap and your boat can float away. However, make sure to not have too much slack to where your boat can end up on top of your dock. Make sure to have a dock line tied from your boat to the dock, otherwise when the lake level rises, your boat can actually float off the lift and out into the lake with the current. If you have canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, etc. on your dock, you may want to consider moving them further away from the shore.

If you are not a full time resident, consider calling your neighbors to check on your boats.

Help Wanted: 2024 Summer Positions

In anticipation of summer, the RRA is now accepting applications for its part-time summer positions.

Note: All applicants must be 18 or older (with the exception of concession stand). Please stop by the RRA Office during normal business hours (currently Mon. – Fri. 9am to 5pm. Beginning Saturday, March 30th the office will be open Saturdays 9am to 1pm) to pick up an application. $12 to $18/hr depending on job and experience.

Maintenance:

May to Fall. Part-time maintenance employees perform various duties including the upkeep of our common areas. Must have a clean driving record and be able to perform physical labor. Must be able to work occasional weekends.
(Rate: $14/hr starting)

Gate Guards:

Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Will include nights and weekends. Gate Guards supervise pools; check for valid membership cards; monitor restrooms, beaches, and grounds for vandalism or trash; check in party reservations, maintain radio contact with office to assist membership; watch pools for problems with chemicals, dirt, heat or mechanical operation; and monitor weather. They turn pool lights on and off, lock up both of the pools and restrooms at the end of the day. They also keep tally of visitors, keep written logs, and note any trouble or injuries.
(Rate: $12/hr starting)

Lake Patrol:

Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Will include nights and weekends. Candidates must be an experienced boater and have passed a State Approved General Boating Education Course. A clean driving record is also required. Training in first aid or experience in law enforcement is a plus.
(Rate: $15/hr starting)

Concession Stand:

This position is open to ages 16 and up. Perfect for High Schoolers. Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day 12pm to 6pm. Will include nights and weekends. Concession stand workers take orders, prepare food, handle payments, and track inventory at the concession stand.
(Rate: $12/hr starting)

Report Goose Nests

To maintain a safe environment and ensure our lake is safe for all members, please inform the association via email or calling 440-563-3170 of any nesting birds. In this manner, we can deter the proliferation of Canada Geese from Lake Roaming Rock. The population of geese if maintained through the Ohio Natural Resource Goose Damage Permitting System, works to keep the overpopulation from occurring.

The Ohio Natural Resources (ONR) writes, “Most people will welcome and start feeding the first pair of geese on their pond, but these geese will soon wear out their welcome. In just a few years, a pair of geese can easily become 50 to 100 birds. The feces will foul the areas around the pond and surrounding yards and damage the lawn, pond and other vegetation. Geese that are fed will lose their fear of humans and attack adults, children, and pets during the nesting season (March through June). DO NOT FEED GEESE. Feeding bread, corn, potato chips, popcorn and other human food items harms the geese and sets the scene for goose attacks on people.”

Ohio State University also writes “Degraded Water Quality – Large accumulations of feces near water can degrade water quality as rain wash the material into the water. Goose feces are high in phosphorus and nitrogen, nutrients that in excess can cause nuisance blooms of algae and aquatic plants in ponds and lakes. An excess of algae and submerged plants can lead to oxygen depletion at night due to plant respiration and can cause a fish kill.

In addition, goose feces can contain a variety of pathogens such as Giardia and Coliform bacteria, which can cause illness in humans. Large numbers of geese can elevate concentrations of these pathogens in pond and lake water, and accidental ingestion of such water can cause illness”.

With your help and ONR, we have used the Goose Damage Permitting System method for the past years and have found it works. Reductions in population, nest counts, and returning migrations are examples we realized. I encourage all our residents to continue with this effort and their notifications are important to our overall effort to keep our lake safe and healthy!

Gerry Dixon
Lake Management Committee

Special Board Meeting March 30th

The RRA Board of Directors will be holding a Special Meeting at the clubhouse at 10AM, Saturday, March 30th.   The meeting will be dedicated to lake water quality issues.   Our water quality experts from the Lake Management Committee, EnviroScience, and AquaDoc will discuss treatment and mitigation plans for the upcoming season and will be available to respond to questions.   An updated dredging plan and related developments will also be presented.  The Board is considering some additional plans for further deterring the ever-present goose population and will be seeking volunteers to assist in these efforts.

Please join us on March 30th to learn about the many initiatives aimed at keeping Lake Roaming Rock healthy and vibrant and discover how you can make a difference.

2024 Board of Directors Election Update

Nominations for this year’s Board of Directors election have been received. There were 2 open seats and only 2 nominations were received. Incumbent Bob McClintock has retained his seat on the Board and will be joined by newcomer, Marie Kaufman.

Rory Marshall did not seek reelection. He is currently the longest serving Board Member since his election in 2018. Rory will continue to serve until his term is up in April. We thank him for his service! As two nominations were received for the two open seats on the Board, there will be no need to mail ballots this year. The office will be mailing the Notice of the Annual Meeting by March 29th and the Annual Meeting will be held on April 27th at 1pm in the Clubhouse.

Proposed Amendments to Rules and Regulations

The RRA Board of Directors is currently considering several changes to its Rules and Regulations. These amendments include changes to wording, changes to fine structures, elimination of some rules, and as well as some new additions.

A list of these proposed amendments has been provided for the membership’s review and comment for the next 30 days prior to the Board’s vote. To submit to a comment on these proposed amendments, please email office@roamingshores.org or submit a letter to PO Box 8, Rome, OH 44085.

Support the Fireworks Fund!

The Annual Roaming Shores Fireworks show is made possible by generous contributions by our members from either donations to the STARS Club or participation in their many events.

Unfortunately this year, due to various economic factors, the cost to put on the show has gone up several thousand dollars. As of this writing, the STARS Club has only received a handful of donations to its fireworks fund this year.

Please, if you enjoy the fireworks on Independence Day weekend, please seriously consider contributing!

There are a number of ways you can donate. When mailing your Dues and Assessments, you may enclose a separate check made out to the STARS Club, you may donate to STARS directly at P.O. Box 417, Rock Creek, OH 44084, or you may donate via Venmo to @rsstarsclub.

Thank you!

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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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