Update: We have just received the lab results back. The Boil Alert that was enacted after last week’s water main break on Rome Rock Creek Rd has been lifted. The affected households no longer need to boil drinking water. Thanks again for your patience and to our hard working crew!
As many of you may remember, when COVID began the Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club (RSCPC) with the help of Denny Crandall and Howard Tuttle established two free community pantries at the Clubhouse and at Pool Two. The pantries were quickly and generously stocked by the residents of Roaming Shores. At one point, the shelves at Pool Two were so full the pantry literally collapsed! Anyone in the area in need of groceries for any reason was welcome to help themselves. Some residents even donated home sewn masks and children’s books and toys. All of these items found useful homes with appreciative neighbors. As the weather warmed up, it was not possible to continue leaving food in the pantries. Michelle and Craig at the Pasta Oven kindly stepped in to offer space in the restaurant’s foyer to house the pantry.
Today, nearly a year after quarantine began, the free pantry is still in use at the Pasta Oven. Members of the RSCPC regularly check the shelves, and the employees at the Pasta Oven are happy to run outdoors to accept curbside donations of non-perishable food items if you do not want to get out of your car! Anyone in the area who needs groceries is welcome to help themselves. Please limit your donations to non-perishable items within their expiration dates…no homemade or alcoholic items, please!
The free community pantry is available whenever the restaurant is open (Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM). For more information, contact the RSCPC club secretary at 440-485-0688, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Pasta Oven at 440-563-9529.
The winner of the 5th Early Bird Drawing for 2021 and recipient of $300 is Ken Rafter (Lot #642)! Congratulations!
Next week’s drawing will be for $250.
February 4, 2021
The meeting was called to order by Louise Lisac at 6 p.m. Cheryl Fain gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Secretary, Nadine Pope called the roll. Louise Lisac, Rory Marshall, Scott Soble, Nadine Pope, Cheryl Fain and Dave Emick were present. Rick Brothers was unable to attend.
Police Chief Will Roskos joined the meeting to discuss lake safety and police presence on Lake Roaming Rock. Once again, due to Covid, the chief feels that water safety training classes for his officers will be cancelled in 2021. Until the officers are certified in water safety, we will not be able have a police presence on our lake. Having police on the water is extremely important to both the chief and the RRA directors. In the event that the classes are once again cancelled, we will spend 2021 doing all necessary preparation, so once the training can be completed, we can have officers on the lake. The Lake Patrol boat will need to be fitted with special radios, signage and lights. We will need to have an agreement between the village and association outlining the use of the Lake Patrol Boat and determine the funds necessary to be budgeted for this project.
The chief also wanted to discuss updated parking regulations in a proposed village ordinance. He reviewed the areas of concern with the board and advised them of the need to ensure that vehicles parked on the side of the roadway allow room for emergency vehicles and normal traffic and that all construction zones are well identified and use cones and flaggers when necessary. The board agreed that these safety measures were necessary. The chief will continue to keep the board posted.
Motion: by Scott Soble, seconded by Cheryl Fain to approve January minutes – all approved
Motion: by Dave Emick, seconded by Louise Lisac to approve the December, 2020 Treasurer’s Report – all approved.
Scott Soble also reported that collections for the month of January were higher than those of January 2020. The board feels the Early Bird Drawing is a huge motivation to pay dues and assessments early.
Legal – Louise Lisac reported that the contract for EnviroScience to act as our Lake Advisor will be signed and returned to EnviroScience on Friday. The board, our maintenance manager, Randy Ruebel and representatives from various committees will meet with EnviroScience via zoom during the week of February 15th.
Financial update – Nadine Pope reported that our legal council has been given an updated list of collection letters to be sent to some members with delinquent accounts. He will also reinstate liens on some of the properties where previous liens have expired. If these properties are sold, then the RRA can recoup some of the delinquent dues and assessments.
Lake Management – Our plan for improving lake health will be formulated with our new Lake Advisor, EnviroScience.
Lake Safety – The next meeting will be February 18th at 5 p.m. Louise advised Rory Marshall that Randy Ruebel will contact him regarding relabeling the buoys appropriately and placement of extra buoys at hazardous curves.
Amenities – No current report but the board would like to schedule a meeting in the near future to discuss items such as the resurfacing of the basketball and tennis courts and upgrading the appearance of areas, such as flower beds and signage.
Personnel and Compensation – The committee met with maintenance manager, Randy Reubel earlier today to review pricing for culvert installations, fees for tree removal from the lake and probable succession of equipment replacement over the next several years. The committee also met with our office staff to discuss scheduling interviews for hiring a part time office employee.
Dredging – The plan for 2021 will be discussed and implemented with our Lake Advisor, maintenance manager and directors.
There were no club reports.
Old business: none
New Business: Dave Emick suggested installing an ice rink to provide some winter recreation. Better use of open land, not currently being utilized in any way, was also discussed. The board will follow up with this discussion during an upcoming meeting of the Amenities Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
The winners of the 4th Early Bird Drawing for 2021 and recipient of $350 is Kevin and Jessica McCrory (Lot #1098)! Congratulations!
Next week’s drawing will be for $300.
The winners of the 3rd Early Bird Drawing for 2021 and recipient of $400 is John Dumot & Kim Hollandsworth (Lot #1841)! Congratulations!
Next week’s drawing will be for $350.
Election time for the RomeRock Association Board of Directors is at hand and a slate of candidates will soon be presented to the membership.
To qualify as a candidate, you need the desire to give some time to the administration of your property owners’ association and be an active member (not delinquent). You do not have to be a full-time resident of Roaming Shores.
Two positions are to be filled. All terms are for three years.
To be eligible to have your name added to the slate, you must have attended three (3) regular board meetings in the past year*; and present your request in writing with original signature. You will then be sent additional paperwork to fill out and the campaigning rules. Please include a statement of 100 words or less. This information may be used, all or in part, during election time.
*Note: Due to COVID-19 and the Board’s inability to hold in-person meetings throughout 2020, the 3 regular board meetings requirement has been waived.
Bylaws Section 2. The qualifications for becoming and remaining a Director of the Association are as follows:
(a) A Director must be at least 21 years of age and a United States citizen;
(b) Each Director shall be an Active Member of the Association or an officer or director of the corporation, limited liability company, or other business or legal entity which is an Active Member of the Association;
(c) Any Active Member may become a candidate for the Board of Directors by presenting to the Association a written request to be placed on the ballot, which request must be delivered to the Board of Directors or its designee at least sixty days before the annual meeting of the Active Members and bear the original signature of the member requesting to be placed on the ballot;
(d) Only one person from each household (which is hereby defined to include all persons who share the same residence) shall be eligible to serve as a Director;
(e) No member who has been convicted of a felony as defined by the laws of Ohio shall be eligible to serve as a Director;
(f) The Active Member must have attended at least three regular meetings of the Board of Directors within the last twelve months; and
(g) The Active Member must complete a questionnaire and execute such form as are prescribed the Board of Directors agreeing and promising: (i) to act in the best interests of the Association at all times; (ii) not to knowingly make, cause, or permit to be made any false statement about the Association or its directors, officers, employees or agents; (iii) not to knowingly make, cause, or permit to be made any statement that is likely to be injurious to the reputation or goodwill of the Association; and (iv) not to disclose or permit to be disclosed confidential information, including matters discussed in executive session, personnel matters, contracts under negotiation, and all communications with legal counsel. It shall be cause for disqualification or removal should any candidate or Director be found to have provided false information or to be in violation of any of the foregoing.
- Feb. 24, 2021 – 1:00 P.M. deadline to have name placed on ballot
- Mar. 26, 2021 – Ballots must be postmarked prior to 1 P.M.
- April 21, 2021 – Balloting closed at 1 P.M.
- Time Arranged – Committee counts ballots at Clubhouse
- April 24, 2021 – Annual Meeting at 1 P.M.
Please consider seriously your part in protecting your investment.
By David Ernes – Lake Management Committee
As many of you know, our lake is stratified. This means that below about fifteen feet, the lake temperature drops rapidly, as does the level of dissolved oxygen. Under these low oxygen conditions, the phosphorous normally bound to other minerals in the sediment, predominantly iron, is released into the water just above the lake bottom. During the spring and fall lake turnover, and other conditions of increased agitation, this phosphorous mixes with the water throughout the lake, resulting in a surge in nutrients. This can eventually result in an algae bloom. In recent article, we discussed the use of alum to cap the sediment, preventing the release of this phosphorous. Another method that can be used to minimize this release is aeration.
Aeration, also referred to as circulation, involves the use of compressors to force air through weighed tubes connected to bubblers situated on the lake bottom. The released air bubbles add oxygen and, with sufficient pressure, mix the lake water, disrupting the stratification. The subsequent increased oxygen content restores the balance between phosphorus and the sediment minerals keeping it trapped. Also, an increase in lake bottom oxygen accelerates the breakdown of the organic matter (leaves, dead vegetation, etc.) by beneficial bacteria. The fish can also access the improved lake oxygen levels, which is beneficial to their health.
Aeration is best done on the deep areas of a lake where it is stratified, so this type of aeration does not directly impact the coves or the smaller inlets. Over time, aeration may be felt more broadly, as the lake reaches equilibrium.
This past fall, representatives from EverBlue Lakes visited our community to make a presentation, which included an overview of their system optimized for larger lakes. The presentation also included their systems for “muck” digestion and for watershed remediation.
In the past few articles, we have presented some of the options being evaluated for our lake. There are many more options out there. But to control algal blooms, which many consider as our main objective, the most common involve the use of chemicals to kill the algae or options to control the nutrients from the lake sediment using alum, and aeration.
Another option not discussed is to control the nutrients from the watershed. This is more complicated. However, remember that our property is part of this watershed. So, do your part so that you can say that you too are trying to ….
BE LAKE RESPONSIBLE
The winner of the second Early Bird Drawing for 2021 and recipient of $450 is Dale & Kathleen Pentek (Lot #119)! Congratulations!
Next week’s drawing will be for $400. The sooner your Dues & Assessments are paid in full, the more drawings you will be eligible for!
When: March 20, 2021
Where: Roaming Shores Clubhouse
Note: Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s event is open only to officers, members and one representative from each school
On March 20th, the officers and members of the Polar Bear Club will be holding our 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Please know it is the intention of this club to honor our long standing commitment to the Local Schools and their scholarships, charities we support. We respectfully ask for your help.
The event will be open only to the officers, members and one representative from each school due to the COVID restrictions on the use of the club house. We will Facebook the event on Fans of Roaming Shores and live from Joeythepolarbear Facebook page. Due to the state-wide ban on gatherings over 10 people, we ask that there are no spectators on site during the time of the event.
To assist us in our efforts, we are taking orders in advance for our annual plunge t-shirts and hoodies. T-shirts will sell for $15 and hoodies $30 each. Payment in advance is required at the time of order and the last day we can accept an order is Feb. 26th. Please include sizes. Make checks payable to RSPBC and mail to 62 Rockaway Dr. Roaming Shores, OH 44085. Any individual who wishes to donate to this years’ plunge, please mail your check to this same address. Questions, 330-507-4917.
Money raised will benefit the Jeffrey B. Meddock Memorial Scholarship at Pymatuning Valley Schools, Grand Valley Schools student programs in memory of Emily Plickert, Jefferson Area Local Schools Academic Boosters and the Roaming Shores Kids’ Breakfast with Santa event.