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 However, as the State of Ohio’s mandates are revised and rescinded in the days leading up to the pool’s opening, these operations will be revisited.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.