December 2021 Board Meeting Recap

The RomeRock Association held their December meeting on December 4th at the clubhouse with the following members present: Scott Soble, Rory Marshall, Bob McClintock, Louise Lisac and Nadine Pope. Also present was Pat Sowry. 

President, Scott Soble called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. Louise gave the invocation and led us in the pledge. The November minutes were approved. The November Treasurer’s report was not completed and will be available for review at the January meeting. Scott welcomed the large group of residents in attendance and assured them that there would be time during the meeting for their questions and concerns to be addressed. 

Under Legal, Scott reported that our legal counsel will prepare a final report as to whether lot #275 could be sold, should the board find it necessary to do so.  It is a matter of concern to many residents that an RL lot could possibly be sold, but Scott assured those present that the board was only researching the possibility of selling one lot should the need arise financially. 

Under Financial and Collection, Nadine reported that she was pleased with the response to our efforts to collect past due member accounts and that the board would continue to make this a priority in the New Year. Members who pay their fees should not be responsible for carrying the debt of those who do not. 

Dave Ernes reported for Lake Management that the final report of the flow study should soon be available. Once completed, Dave will write articles for the weekly eblast explaining the results. Testing procedures for next year may be changed. We are working with AquaDoc to have a larger presence on the lake so they can monitor it more closely and are considering having them do the weekly testing. He also explained that he is preparing a RFP (request for proposal) to be sent out to potential companies for the fish study to be done next spring. Dave also briefly discussed biomanipulation, which could naturally help the lake rid itself of algae by having the food chain of the lake allow the zooplankton to eat the harmful algae. Many ideas are being considered for the long term health of our lake. 

Under Lake Safety, Rory reported that the committee would be meeting with Chief Roskos  to discuss the availability of training for police officers, so we can finally have a police presence on the lake next summer. A resident questioned safety on the lake due to overcrowding and that many unregistered boats were on the lake. Jim Fell, who worked on Lake Patrol, assured the resident that both RRA employees and Lake Patrol had canvassed the lake and issued citations to members without current stickers. Members who allow friends to use their key fobs contribute heavily to unregistered boats on the lake. Rory also felt having a gate guard at the ramp entrance deterred unregistered boats. This was done last July 4th and may become a more common practice in the future. Rory also reported that a Boater Safety Course will again be offered next spring. 

Under Board of Review, Mike Peterson reported that the board heard one appeal last month and that it has be settled. 

Under Administration, Nadine reported that the board will conducting interviews along with Darren and Randy for a new maintenance employee. The maintenance department has begun servicing equipment and has many projects to complete during the winter months when not plowing snow. It is their plan to refurbish many of our picnic tables so they will be available once the new entertainment pavilion is completed. 

Under Amenities, Bob reported that some quotes are coming in for the remodeling of the bathrooms at Beaches 1 and 2. As we know, contractors are running severely behind schedule due to lack of availability of materials. This was the case last year when we contracted to have the tennis/pickle ball court resurfaced. This project will be requoted early in 2022 to make sure it is part of the contractor’s schedule early in the year. 

Steve Kaufman reported for the Strategic Advisory Committee. He will no longer be co chair once he assumes his duties on Village Council, but will still be a member and hopefully liaison between the village and the board. The committee is gathering information for a 10 year plan and beyond, but find it difficult to get many members to respond to their attempts to gather input necessary to make recommendations. 

Fishing Club president, Dave Emick approached the board about the possible installation of a handicap dock near the clubhouse. He would like to raise the club dues $5.00 per year to start a fund for the construction of this dock. The board agreed that this is a good plan but because it involves ADA, we need to research what it entails before any construction can begin. We will get back to Dave at our January meeting with more information concerning this project. 

There were no other club reports. Nadine, however, wanted to be sure to thank Friends and Neighbors, the Polar Bear Club and all those who helped decorate the clubhouse for Christmas. They did a wonderful job. 

Under New Business the board passed a motion to suspend theThree Meeting Rule for anyone who wishes to run for the Board of Directors in 2022. Because of the pandemic, many residents were unable to regularly attend board meetings. 

The board then opened the meeting for Members Comments

There was concern at the possibility of selling an RL lot, which Scott explained was only a possibility should the need arise. There was also concern about the lack of maintenance of RL lots, which are not being mowed to provide a buffer zone for run off into the lake. The board will look into modifying this procedure so the lots will be more usable for members. 

Residents of Flame Lake are concerned about low water levels. Maintenance Manager, Randy Ruebel will address this concern. 

There was concern about lack of signage on the take back lots that are for sale. The board will be replacing the signs in the spring, so they are more visible and include the necessary contact information for interested parties. 

Residents were also concerned about the short dredging season this past summer. They were made aware that this was done to be able to properly evaluate the treatment of the lake for blue green algae. Scott assured them that although the dredging plan has not been finalized, there will be a longer dredging season in 2022. We are working with lake management to determine the final plan. 

Scott thanked everyone for coming today and hopes everyone realizes that the Board listens and is trying to address their questions and concerns in a timely manner. 

The meeting adjourned at noon. Our next meeting will be January 8th at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse. 

Nadine Pope, Secretary  

2021 Breakfast with Santa

The Polar Bear Club will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 11th at the Clubhouse.

We would like to invite you to come have breakfast with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas!  Every child will receive a gift from Santa when he arrives. The party is free to all children and grandchildren of Roaming Shores residents, age 12 and under.

We will be serving pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and mixed fruit.  We will also have an assortment of beverages.

Registration is required with a cutoff date of Friday, December 3rd.  To reserve your seats, please email the Polar Bear Club at: joeythepolarbear@yahoo.com

When registering, please leave all of the following information:

  1. Family name
  2. Children’s name, age and gender
  3. Number of adults attending and
  4. Preference of 9:00am or 10:00am reservation (due to amount of people attending we have decided to split attendance into two start times)

The Polar Bear Club will send an email confirmation that you are registered for the event within 48 hours.

Thank you and looking forward to seeing everyone there!

November 2021 Board Meeting Recap

Just a short recap of November’s RRA Board Meeting. I wasn’t able to be there, so thank you to Pat Sowry and Cheryl Fain for filling me in on the details. Scott Soble, Cheryl Fain, Rory Marshall, Louise Lisac and Rick Brothers were present, along with Pat Sowry.

The October Minutes and Treasurer’s report were approved as presented. In his President’s Report, Scott welcomed back Louise Lisac from her leave of absence. She and husband Chris have just returned from their adventure touring across the United States in their RV. We are so happy that they have returned safely and that we once again have Louise’s expertise and dedication on the board. Scott also congratulated all those elected to Village Council, Mayor and Fiscal Officer. The board looks forward to continuing a close working relationship with the village. Scott also advised us that our legal counsel has completed title searches on RL lots that could potentially be sold and we should have his legal opinion by our next board meeting.

Dave Ernes gave us a report for Lake Management concerning this year’s program for algae control. We will also soon have data from the stream entries and their impact on our lake. The completed reports are being finalized and will be shared with members as soon as they are available. In 2022 we will also be compiling data from a fish survey to determine the health of the fish in our lake. Chris Lisac also reminded everyone NOT to put grass and leaves in the lake.

Rick Brothers discussed the remodeling of the pool bathrooms, as well as installation of Vending Machines at both pools. We are also scheduling several summer concerts to be held once the construction of the Kathy Crandall Memorial Pavilion is completed late next spring.

The 2022 RomeRock Association Budget was approved as well as an increase of fines for putting leaves and grass in the lake. The first offense will cost $500, second offense, $1000 and third offense $2000. Please avoid these fines by being a good association member and Not blowing your leaves or grass into our lake. We are all working very hard to improve the health and appearance of our lake. Assessments and late fees for 2022 were also approved.

Snow Rules

Flurries are back in the forecast, winter is coming, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind residents of our snow rules.

At this time, residents should make sure their mail boxes and posts are secure enough to withstand our winter snow plowing operations. Wood posts and mounts can rot over time. You may also want to consider installing a snow shield in front of (not attached to) your mail box to help deflect the snow from the snow plows. Our drivers try not to hit mailboxes, but they do occasionally get knocked down due to heavy, wet snow. Our policy is to only repair the boxes we strike.

The Association would like to remind residents that parking on the roads/and or berms on association-owned roadways is prohibited when the snow depth exceeds 2″ (two inches). This is necessary in order to facilitate the plowing and/or removal of the snow. Please help our plow drivers by removing your vehicles and all obstructions from the roadways.

The Village has an ordinance against plowing snow out into or across the roadways. Please make your plow drivers aware of this rule. 

For garbage service, Waste Management asks all customers to please have the area and pathway around your container cleared of snow and ice.

Winterization

Weekenders and Snowbirds: Don’t fall victim to frozen pipes this winter! Please remember to shut off your water when you’re winterizing your homes. You can do so at the water meter inside your house. If you need assistance, you can contact the RSV Utility Dept at 440-805-9018 .

Watercraft Winterization

The warmer temperatures helped extend our enjoyable time on the lake well into the Fall, but time has come to put the boats away for the season.

Boaters, please remember to grab your state registration off of your watercraft before winterizing. Valid registrations are required when registering your watercraft with the RRA.

RSV Hydrant Flushing to Begin 11/4/21

11/5/21 Update: The flushing of the hydrants on the West side is being delayed until Monday, Nov 8th.

Notice of Hydrant (Fire) maintenance for the Roaming Shores Village water system will begin Thursday November 4th and will continue until all Hydrants have been flushed.   The estimated completion date is Saturday November 6th.   During the maintenance period, hydrants will be flushed and tagged for repair or replacement.   This process of periodically flushing fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity.  This allows employees of Roaming Shores Village Utility Department (RSVUD) to test hydrants for flow and operations.  Flushing, although it may appear to waste water provides RSVUD the means to clean refresh the entire water distribution system.  By discharging a large volume of water through a fire hydrant, water flow within the pipeline is increased.  This increased flow scours the inside of the pipeline, removing and then transporting silt and mineral deposits out of the water system.  These procedures are necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system.  During the flushing process, it is not uncommon for a yellow, brown, or reddish tint to appear in the water.  Harmless mineral deposits settle in the water mains and flushing the hydrants stir the deposits sometimes causing a brief discoloration of the water.

We will be starting on Mill Creek Rd and working our way down Forman Rd. to our Water testing building next to Village Hall.  From there we will then work our way across the north side of the Lake and down the East side around to the water tower.  The West side of the Lake will be the last section starting on the north end and working to the water tower.

Here is what you should do if hydrant flushing is taking place in your neighborhood:

  • If possible, avoid using water while the hydrant flushing is taking place. By not using water from the tap (cold or hot) or running appliances that use water (dishwater and washing machines), you can prevent discolored water from entering your household plumbing system altogether.
  • If you encounter discolored water following hydrant flushing, run the cold water taps only.  DO NOT use hot water taps throughout you home at bathroom sinks, tubs, kitchen faucets, etc. for 5 – 15 minutes or until water clears.  This allows discolored water to work its way out of your household plumbing system.  By not using your hot water taps, this should prevent discolored water from entering your hot water system.   If you do experience discolored water on your hot side, flush in the same manner as the cold system.
  • Don’t do laundry while or shortly after flushing is taking place. The discolored water can sometimes stain fabrics. Wait until water runs clear at your taps before using your washing machine and wash a load of dark clothes first.
  • If laundry appears to be stained, keep articles wet.   DO NOT DRY….  Rewash load using a stain/rust remover (such as a product called “Rust Out”).   Do not use bleach on the stained laundry as bleach will “set” in the stain.
  • If after flushing your water pressure or volume seems low, clean faucet screens to remove silt and mineral sediments that could be obstructing water flow.  For more information or if you experience water quality problems lasting more than four hours following hydrant flushing, please contact Duane Helms (440) 805-9018.

Valve to be Opened for Dam Maintenance

Boaters take note, the dam’s valve is planned to be opened this week to drop the lake level approximately 1ft to 1.5ft in order to perform maintenance on the dam’s spillway. A lowering such as this can take about a week under dry conditions. This amount of lowering should have minimal effect on the ramp. We will keep you posted.

11/5/21: The Village anticipates that with the rate of lowering, the needed lowering level should be able to be achieved by Monday, Nov 8th.

Help Wanted: Full-Time Maintenance

The RomeRock Association, the Property Owners Association of Roaming Shores, Ohio, is accepting applications from persons interested in a full-time position in its maintenance department.

Necessary skills, Knowledge and Abilities

The selected candidate must be skilled in the operation of heavy machinery including excavating equipment and dump trucks, with and without snowplows, in all weather conditions. Must possess the ability to operate a variety of light and medium motorized and non-motorized hardware tools. CDL and/or mechanical experience is a plus. Qualified candidate must have a clean driving record.

Desirable Traits:

  • Dependable
  • Able to work independently
  • Good hands on people skills
  • Attention to detail

Job Type:

Full-Time

Schedule:

Normal Shift: Monday through Friday, 7am to 3:30pm. Will be required to work overtime and various weekends and/or Holidays seasonally or during emergencies.

Compensation

$15 – $18/hr depending on experience.

Great Benefit Package:

  • Paid Vacation
  • Health Insurance
  • Good working conditions

Application Process:
Resumes can be either faxed, e-mailed or mailed to: RomeRock Association P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085 E-Mail Fax: (440) 563-5667

Clubhouse Decorating Party – Nov 28th

Join your Friends and Neighbors and the Polar Bear Club on Sunday, November 28th from 2pm to 5pm as they invite you and your family to the Clubhouse to help decorate for Christmas! Pizza, pop, and water will be provided. Please bring a decoration to donate as our current decorations are older and falling into disrepair.

During this decorating party, a table will be set up for children to make a Christmas Card to share with the 12 men and women who will be deployed from Youngstown Air Force Base during the Holiday Season. The club is asking for donations to cover the 12 $20 gift cards that will be included with these cards. Thank you!

Holiday Bus Tour Nov 26th

Update: This event is SOLD OUT

The next winery bus tour will be held on Friday, November 26th. After a day of Black Friday shopping (or recovery from Thanksgiving), what better way to unwind than getting your friends and/or family together for a lovely tour of our local wineries decorated for Christmas?! The wineries for this tour are being finalized. The tour will take place from 4pm to 8pm.

You must be over 21 years of age. If you’re interested in participating in this event, please text or call Barb at 440-645-7365. The price per seat for this tour are $30/each and must be prepaid. The price helps cover the cost of the bus and proceeds go towards the fireworks fund!

You can drop off payment at the RRA Office or mail a check made out to STARS Club to P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085

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