Board President’s Request to Join our 2021 Annual Meeting

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, the RRA will hold it’s Annual Meeting by way of technology.  The Village of Roaming Shores has graciously permitted us to use their new upgraded technology and provide you, the members, an opportunity to participate in an informational meeting.  The instructions on how to join are listed below.

There was no need for an election. Two Board seats were up for election but only two members submitted their intent to run for those positions.  Rory Marshall will continue in his role as a Director and we welcome Robert McClintock to the Board as the “new kid on the block”.  Both Rory and Bob are committed to serving our community and will work hard to contribute their skills, talents and energies to make Lake Roaming Rock the best private lake in Ohio.

Please join me in thanking Dave Emick who has served as a Board of Director member since 2015.  These jobs are often thankless, and Dave deserves some time as a “private citizen”.  Dave will, however, continue in his role as president of the Fishing Club.  If you see Dave out and about, tell him thank you for his willingness to donate his time, talent, and resources to our “Shores” neighborhoods.  We are lucky to have neighbors who are willing to serve in these roles.

Saturday’s meeting will cover among other topics our plans to improve lake health and our focus on lake safety.  Both are a priority.  Our finances will be reviewed, and you will have an opportunity to hear about our clubs and committees.  A tremendous amount of work has been done in spite of the pandemic.  If you are unable to join the meeting a link will be available on our website with the information provided in the Power Point Presentation that will be used.

Should you have any questions or topics you would like addressed, please forward them to board@roamingshores.org.  We will try to answer some ad-hoc questions if possible but due to the technology, we can’t offer any guarantees.  Let’s all hope we are back to face to face meetings next year!!

Our private lake community is just that… a community.  A community is made up of people.  Please get involved, stay informed, maintain your sense of pride and enjoy our beautiful natural resources and our wonderful neighbors who make Roaming Shores a great place to live and play.  It is with pride I can say “Shores Strong”!

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May 5th & 19th County Vacant Land Sale

The Ashtabula County Auditor’s office will be conducting a vacant lot sale on delinquent properties in the county. Several Roaming Shores parcels will be available during this sale. As this is a Ashtabula Vacant Lot Sale, all backed Dues and Assessments prior to this sale are no longer valid, however, backed taxes and water/sewer are still valid.

Current RRA Property Owners: If you win a bid on a Roaming Shores property during this sale, you will be charged for this lot as an extra lot beginning with 2021’s billing. Currently, that rate is $304.

Non current RRA Property Owners: As with all property within the Roaming Rock Shores Subdivision, you will be charged a one-time New Member Impact Fee of $1,000 to be assessed as soon as you take possession of the property. Dues and Assessments for this property will be charged at the same rate as all single-lot/no home property. That rate is currently $750.

110 Rock Lane
310 Morgan Terrace
730 Rome Rock Creek Rd
1337 Lake Vue
1338 Lake Vue
1788 Morning Star Dr
1789 Morning Star Dr
2038 North Park Lane
2039 North Park Lane
2050 North Plaza Dr
2060 South Plaza Dr
2117 Flame Lake Dr
2480 Hayford Rd
2481 Hayford Rd
2505 Tupelo Dr
2506 Tupelo Dr

The properties listed have been foreclosed upon for delinquent taxes and are being offered for sale on two (2) occasions for the total amount of taxes, assessments, court costs, penalties and interest due.  The dates for these vacant land sales are May 5th and May 19th, 2021. Any lots not sold at these sales will be forfeited to the State of Ohio by Court Order and remanded to the County Auditor for sale in the near future at a Forfeited Land Sale.

The auction will be held on the front steps of the old courthouse by the park at the N/W corner of N. Chestnut and W. Jefferson Streets. If the sale is in the park, no seating will be provided and attendees should bring a chair if you need to sit down. In the case of rain that day, the sale will be moved to the Commissioners meeting room located on the second floor of the old courthouse, and seating shall be provided.  The Auditor’s office will be taking all necessary steps to protect the public in attendance during this Covid-19 pandemic.  We will follow the Ashtabula County Health Dept. and the Governor’s instructions concerning masks and other safety precautions.  If proper social distancing cannot be maintained, masks will be required.   In addition, the public will have temperatures taken and asked basic health questions. If you feel ill on that day, please do not attend.

The following rules and policies are established to help facilitate the auction. Any interpretation, or issue not specifically covered by these rules, will be decided by the Auditor. In order to promote professional decorum, the Auditor anticipates all persons participating in, or present at, the auction will be courteous and considerate of others.

  1. Attendance will be limited to seating capacity and is on a first-come basis. Seating will be reserved to registered bidders if our room becomes full. Registration will begin at 9:30 am and the first auction will begin at 10:00 am or shortly thereafter. A picture ID with current residence is required to register. Once registered, bidders will be given a bid card and any other information needed.
  2. Parcels withdrawn from the auction, for any reason, will be announced immediately prior to the day’s sale.
  3. Only the registered bidder will be permitted to use the bid cards and make bids, meaning no sharing of bid cards.
  4. Each property will be auctioned with a starting offer at taxes and assessments owed, court costs, and fees.
  5. Any parcel not sold at this auction will be offered at the second vacant land sale on August 24th for the same terms. Any parcel not sold will be offered at a forfeited land sale on a date to be announced.
  1. All sales are “As-Is” and “Buyer Beware.” Caution is advised. Many properties have characteristics which have prevented sales in the past. The County Auditor does not give any representation regarding possession, eviction, prior inspection, scheduled demolition, health code violation, or any other matter. The County Auditor will issue an “Auditor’s Deed.” A mobile home or other structure may be present and unknown to the Auditor.
  2. Properties in this sale shall not be sold to any person that is delinquent on any real property taxes in the State of Ohio. Further, purchasers are prohibited from having a current ownership interest in the property being auctioned. An affidavit to that effect must be signed by the successful bidder. Further, any transfer of the property to a prior owner within the next 3 years will be referred to the County Prosecutor and may result in an immediate forfeiture of the property back to the State of Ohio.
  3. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
  4. Fees are as follows:
    1. Deed fee: $45.00
    2. Transfer Fee: $0.50 per parcel
    3. Envelope and postage: $0.50 per parcel
    4. Recording Fee: $34.00 per deed of 2 pages, $8.00 for each additional page.
  5. Payment in full must be received by 3:00pm day of sale. Upon payment of a deposit of $250, the Auditor will issue a Certificate of Sale to the successful bidder.
  6. Deposits and payments may be made by business or personal check with prior approval of the Auditor. Otherwise they must be in cash, bank money order, or certified check, and made payable to the “Ashtabula County Treasurer.” ALL DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
  7. Failure to pay the balance by 3:00pm day of sale will result in forfeiting any deposit, or payment, in full and the matter will be forwarded to the County Prosecutor for possible action. Bidding with the intent to delay the sale or hindering the Auditor from completing the sale may constitute the obstruction of official business. Persons suspected of this may be referred to the County Prosecutor as well.
  8. Back-up bidder’s information will be taken at the time of the sale. If the successful bidder fails to pay any balance, the back-up bidder will be offered the option to step in as if the successful bidder (for the original winning bid amount).
  9. The Auditor will then issue the Auditor’s Deed, have it recorded with the County Recorder, and have it delivered to the purchaser. The conveyance of the real estate by the Auditor shall extinguish all previous title and invest the purchaser with a new and perfect title that is free from all liens and encumbrances, except taxes and installments of special assessments and reassessments not due at the time of the sale, federal tax liens, and any easements and covenants running with the land. If there is a federal tax lien on the tract of land at the time of the sale, the United States is entitled to redeem the tract of land according to law.
  10. The purchaser becomes the legal owner at the time the Auditor delivers the deed to the County Recorder.
  11. NOTE FOR ROAMING SHORES PARCELS:  ***Parcels located in Roaming Shores are buying into the Homeowner’s Association that carries a $1,000 new member fee and future charges of membership dues and water/sewer fees. *** 

Introducing: Strategic Advisory Committee

Roaming Shores community has experienced tremendous growth over the years.  With this growth is greater demand for resources and services to meet the needs of the RomeRock Association membership.  To effectively respond to the emerging issues of an expanding community and develop a long-term strategic plan, Rome Rock Association Board of Directors is taking action. 

A new interactive approach to administration is introduced with the announcement of the formation of a Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC).    Made up of Property Owner/Member volunteers, the SAC objectives and duties include –

1.)    Support the Board in an advisory capacity through research, individual expertise, and provide advisory recommendations topical issues

2.)    Create a long-term influence on the needs of the community that survives the short terms of the elected Board

3.)    Share in the responsibilities of making good decisions for our community

4.)    Serve as an effective communication vehicle with the Members 

There is clearly a need to effectively respond to the Membership desires and concerns while ensuring a long term, positive community direction. The Strategic Advisory Committee will be a vehicle to provide a broad base of information from which the elected board can make decisions. The SAC’s work on topical issues will result in a strategic plan that will reflect the needs of our community.

One of the first tasks assigned to the SAC was to develop a survey on the topic of RRA Amenities.  All RRA Members signed up for This Week in Roaming Shores newsletter email will be asked to participate in the brief survey.  The survey is the first of many actions designed to improve the enjoyment of our lake community.  Your participation will help the RRA continue to make the best possible community choices.  Thank you!

April 2021 Board Meeting Recap

The RomeRock Association Board of Directors held their April board meeting on Thursday, April 1 at the clubhouse with Louise Lisac, Rory Marshall, Scott Soble, Nadine Pope, Cheryl Fain and Rick Brothers present.  Dave Emick was unable to attend. Also present was Pat Sowry.

The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. and opened with Cheryl Fain giving the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the March meeting were approved and Treasurer, Scott Soble advised the board that collection of dues and assessments were on track with the 2021 budget.

 At 6:15 Barb Buckley joined the meeting to discuss opening of the pools for 2021. The pools will open on Memorial Day weekend. As COVID regulations are still in place as of this meeting, there will currently be no changes to our pool and beach operations that were implemented last season. However, as the State of Ohio’s mandates are revised and rescinded in the days leading up to the pool’s opening, these operations will be revisited.

Barb advised us that the 2021 Fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 3rd with a rain date of Sunday, July 4th. We will again ask that all residents maintain social distancing and wear masks where appropriate.

The fireworks are funded by our STARS Club under the leadership of Barb Buckley. Barb has done an amazing job of fundraising for the fireworks for many years. Last year no fund raisers could be held. The club funds the fireworks with donations and fund raisers when possible. Donations can be sent to the RRA office. The marina has donated an Aqua Lily Pad to be raffled off to help fund the STARS Club. Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased at the RRA office or Marina. Thanks Jennie and Sandro for helping us find a way to raise funds.

Our Roaming Shores 5K will be live this year on Saturday, July 3rd with staggered starts to allow for social distancing. Thanks to Jen Addair for her work organizing this event.

The annual shores Garage Sale will be held on Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th.  (Father’s Day Weekend) Be sure to sign up with the RRA office so your address is included in the list to be made available. More details will follow.

In our financial update Nadine Pope reported that we are currently reinstating expired liens and placing new liens on properties with delinquent dues and assessments. We have made quite a bit of progress since starting this collection drive and it is an ongoing process. We have tried to reach out to all of these property owners to let them know that these funds are extremely important to the association. They fund all areas of our community and it is unfair to those who pay on time to have to carry the load of those who do not.

Under Lake Management Louise explained that EnvroScience has submitted short term plan recommendations to improve the health and appearance of our lake by dealing with the harmful algae blooms and lowering phosphorous levels. Their recommendations will be taken under consideration and reviewed by a steering committee consisting of club representatives and board members before a decision is made. Please remember this is your lake and it is everyone’s responsibility to be sure they are doing everything they possibly can to keep it clean by not using harmful fertilizers, leaving a buffer zone between your property and the lake to prevent run off and never putting leaves or grass clippings in the lake. We all need to do our part.

Lake Safety – Rory Marshall reported that new buoys have been purchased to replace those that were damaged and all buoys will be relabeled to specifically reflect their purpose – i.e. NO WAKE, or HAZARD AREA. When members come to the office to purchase their boat usage stickers, they will be given a key chain with both the Marina and Lake Patrol telephone numbers. This is a joint project with the Marina to help boaters to be able to contact someone in case of an emergency on the lake. If you purchased your sticker before they were available, you can stop in and pick up your key chain. These key chains are to assist our Lake Patrol if you see unsafe behavior on the lake. The marina number will assist boaters with mechanical issues. In case of accidents on the water, always call 911 for help. We need to remember that our lake is a private lake and sharing of key fobs for entry to the lake is not permitted. These will be closely monitored this season, so please do not share with non members.

Another area of concern is guests on the lake. Please remember that the member is responsible for making sure their guests are properly trained in the operation of any watercraft that you allow them to drive on our lake. We had two serious accidents on our lake last summer and certainly don’t want to see that happen again. Please be sure to read our rules and regulations, especially our 10 Commandments of Boating, before you let anyone operate your equipment. The RRA will sponsor a Boater Safety Course to be held at the village hall on May 15th. Look in  our weekly E-Blasts for more details.

Under Amenities Jim and Sally Fell presented their ideas for a new Village Volunteer Club that would be manned by residents interested in beautifying the shores. Some ideas for the group are to sponsor planter boxes along the boulevard, spruce up the picnic tables by the club house, plant flowers by the club house and restain the covered bridge. This group is just in the planning stages and we want to thank Jim and Sally for taking the lead on this. There are many small jobs that our maintenance crew just can’t get to in their busy summer season. We’ll keep you posted on plans for this club.

Also under amenities, we are looking into the repaving of our tennis court and basketball courts. The tennis court would also be striped to use as a Pickle Ball Court. This will be another new club in the shores under the leadership of Marie and Steve Kaufman.

Our Strategic Advisory Committee is working to give the board input and future guidance by evaluating our amenities. What needs improvement, what are we doing right, what needs to be changed. We really want to make sure that we get the most benefit from the things we already have in place.

Cheryl Fain reported that the Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club will be volunteering at the Community Clean Up Day on May 1.

Under New Business The board voted to approve the Pickle Ball Club and to move forward with plans for an Entertainment Pavilion by the clubhouse that could house concerts and family movie nights. This effort will move forward after plans are approved and funds can be raised for its’ completion through donations.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Summer Help Wanted

The RRA is now accepting applications for its part-time summer positions. Note:
All applicants must be 18 or older. Please stop by the RRA Office during normal business hours (currently Tues. – Sat. 8am to 6pm) to pick up an application.

Maintenance: Mid-April 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.

Gate Guards: Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Will include nights and weekends. Gate Guards supervise pools; check for paid 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 visitorship, keep written logs, and note any trouble or injuries.

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.

2021 Boater Safety Course

Date: May 15, 2021
Time: 10am – 6pm
Place: Clubhouse

The RRA will be hosting an in-person Safe Boating Course at the Clubhouse on Saturday, May 15th beginning at 10am until 6pm. This course is open to RRA Members and their family.

Earn your Ohio boating certificate! This certificate, which never expires, is required for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, in order to operate any boat or personal watercraft over 10 horsepower in the State of Ohio.

The course lasts eight hours including the test, and is full of information for anyone who owns any type of watercraft or just enjoys being on the water. The course is limited to 30 participants who must be ages 12 and older. This course is $10 per person and must be prepaid. Signup at the RRA Office. Lunch included!

Please call the RRA Office at 440-563-3170 if you have any questions.

Other Education Options

Ohio has a Boating Education Requirement

Attention all boaters: Persons born on or after January 1, 1982 who operate a boat in Ohio powered by more than 10 horsepower* must provide proof of boater education. There are several ways to meet this requirement.

*Exemption: Individuals who possess valid merchant mariner credentials issued by the US Coast Guard with at least one endorsement of master or operator are exempt from Ohio’s education requirement.

Aqua Lily Pad Raffle

Tickets now available!

To help raise money for the STARS Club and the Fireworks Display, the club will be raffling off an Aqua Lily Pad that was generously donated by Sandro and Jennie D’Amicone of Roaming Rock Marina!

Raffle Tickets are only $5 and are available to purchase at the RRA Office (Tues. – Sat., 8am to 6pm) or by calling Barb at 440-645-7365.

Canada Geese Deposits

By Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Lake Management Committee

 Canada Geese are a valuable natural resource that provides recreation and enjoyment to bird watchers, hunters, and the public. But in recent years, flocks of local-nesting or “resident” geese have become year-round inhabitants of our recreational areas, waterways, and residential areas, where they can cause significant problems. You may have noticed our efforts throughout the year to harass and detour geese from our lake by using pyrotechnics (i.e. firecrackers, sirens, etc.) at dawn and dusk when geese gather on the lake.  

In January and February migratory geese are moving through our area with some of the breeding age geese breaking away from the flocks in early preparation of the nesting season.  These geese begin to pair up and separate themselves from the migratory flock.  By March resident geese are paired and begin to set up nesting territories laying their eggs in early April and incubating the eggs late in the month.  

Canada Geese deposit their feces anywhere the urge hits them.  They too often like the same areas we do – swimming beaches, lawns, docks, and boat launches.  During the day, a goose drops one pound of dung.  In addition to contributing to E. coli levels in the lake, geese are also major contributors of phosphorus and nitrogen in lakes and waterways that encourage algae and weeds to grow rapidly.  

Your Lake Management Committee thanks you for your efforts last year reporting nesting sites and harassing geese to move them along.  You’ve made a noticeable contribution to benefit our lake community.  Please continue to call the RRA Office at (440)563-3170 to report an unwanted goose nest on your property.

Love our lake and be lake responsible.

Road Ban Lifted 3/25

Due to our warmer than normal Spring, the Road Ban on heavy construction equipment has been lifted as of 3/25/21.

The purpose of the Road Ban is to prevent damage to our roads from heavy equipment during the Spring thaw.

2021 Annual Meeting to be Virtual

Due to COVID-19 and current State Mandates, this year’s Annual Meeting of the RomeRock Association will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, April 24th at 10am.

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At this meeting, the results from the election will be presented, the Treasurer’s Report for fiscal year 2020 will be presented, additionally, the Directors will report on activities of the past year. Please make an effort to attend as the growth and success of our Association depends on the active participation of its members.

Special office hours – April 24, 2021

On Saturday, April 24, 2021, the day of the annual membership meeting of RomeRock Association, the RomeRock office will close at 9:30 am to prepare for the Annual Meeting and will reopen one after the membership meeting ends.

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Lake Dam Status

Lake Level Updates:
None at this time

Current Valve Status: Closed

Reason: No immediate risk of high water event

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