This past year many residents expressed concern over water quality of Lake Roaming Rock as well as the safety of those enjoying the recreational activities our lake provides. The Board of Directors has heard those concerns and has been working hard in the background to address both short term and long – term solutions to these challenges.
Financial stewardship includes reviewing all expenses and finding ways to save money and ensure we are doing these as efficiently as possible. The Board has worked with our team members to do just that. We have been challenging ourselves and our team to look at things with a fresh approach and not stick to just doing what we have always done.
Our 2021 Budgeting process indicated we need funds to invest in our lake for both water quality and for safety. The decision to raise our association assessments was not taken lightly. In the end we felt it was necessary to increase the yearly amount each property owner pays to live in our private lake community. The percentage of increase is the same for each property owner but the total amount is different because of lots, homes and consolidated lots. At the end of the day the average increase for property owners is $70 per year. Some may be a bit higher and some may be lower but the average is $70 per year which is about $6 per month.
We did increase our boat fees for 2021 so those that use the lake with watercraft also subsidize the expense of keeping our lake healthy and safe. Unfortunately, lake stewardship is an ongoing responsibility.
We also have older equipment that needs replaced and we can’t afford to lose sight of road maintenance, upgrading our pools and recreational areas as well as our buildings and properties.
We have implemented a new Strategic Advisory Committee comprised of property owners who have volunteered their time and talents to address short term and long term infrastructure needs
We have also planned a lake management roundtable discussion early in January. Participants will include representation from our Board of Directors, our Lake Management Committee, the Environmental Advocacy Group, the Fishing Club, the Marina and the Strategic Advisory Committee. We also plan to invite representatives from our Village Council. Our goal is to have a plan in place for spring implementation. The plan will be developed with input from multiple stakeholders under the direction of a professional lake advisor.
It is important for every property owner within Roaming Shores to understand a lake community loses property value if it doesn’t have a viable lake. We all own the responsibility to maintain the beauty and health of Lake Roaming Rock and the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Association Board of Directors is made up of seven property owners who are willing to devote their time and energy for our community. Terms are three years and each year a minimum of two board seats are up for reelection. The term starts following the scheduled April Annual Meeting. Any property owner that is willing to run for this seat should provide their intentions to the Association Office by February 24, 2021.
Normally each candidate is required to attend three monthly board meetings in the year preceding the election. Due to the pandemic, board meetings were not open to the public. Because of this a resolution was passed at the December 2020 board meeting waiving the three- meeting requirement.
A Board member does not get paid not do they get any financial benefit of any kind for their service. They do, however, get the satisfaction of knowing they are serving the community in which they have invested.
RRA Board President