Election time for the Board of Directors is almost upon us. This year, there will be 2 open seats. If you are interested in running for the Board of Directors, you must present your written request, bearing the original signature, to the RRA Office no later than Tuesday, February 25th at 1pm. Qualifications for becoming and maintaining a Director are found in Article VIII, Section 2 of the By-Laws.
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 25th @ 1pm – Ballot Nominations must be turned into RRA Office
March 25th – Ballots must be mailed by the RRA Office before 1pm
April 22nd – Ballots must be received via US mail by 1pm
April 25th – Association Annual Meeting at the Clubhouse @ 1pm
In an attempt to include Members who are only out in the Shores on the weekends, this year, the RRA Board of Directors will be moving a couple of its regular meetings to Saturday mornings.
New Saturday Meetings
Saturday meetings will be held at 10am at the Village Hall (the Clubhouse is booked most weekends) and are currently scheduled for February 1st, May 9th, August 1st, and November 7th.
For the months of March, April, June, July, September, October, and December, the regular Board of Directors meetings will be held the 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm in the Clubhouse.
The Annual Meeting will still be held Saturday, April 25th at 1pm in the Clubhouse.
Last weekend, Roaming Rock Marina and the RomeRock Association participated in this year’s Cleveland Boat Show and Fishing Expo! Thanks to everyone from the Shores who stopped by to say hello! We also got to meet lots of new folks who are interested in our lake community!
The following information has been posted by the Ashtabula County Auditor’s Office. This sale includes properties in Roaming Shores. As this is a Forfeited Land Sale, all backed Dues and Assessments prior to this sale are no longer 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 2020’s billing. Currently, that rate is $279.
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 $680.
Please contact the RRA Office with any questions regarding Dues and Assessments at 440-563-3170. For questions regarding the Forfeited Land Sale, please contact the Ashtabula County Auditors office at 440-576-3783.
Forfeited Roaming Shores Forfeited Properties:
- 132 Roaming Way
- 187 Ashtabula Pt
- 188 Ashtabula Pt
- 192 & 193 Ashtabula Pt (consolidated)
- 353 Rome Terr
- 364 Rome Rock Creek Rd
- 685 Rome Rock Creek Rd
- 1602 Pierpont Dr
- 2138 Flame Lake Dr
- 2222 Deer Run
- 2485 Trellis Place
The properties listed have been foreclosed upon for delinquent taxes and have been offered for sale on two (2) occasions for the total amount of taxes, assessments, penalties and interest due. Having not been sold, the properties were forfeited to the State of Ohio by Court Order and remanded to the County Auditor for sale.
The auction will be held in the Ashtabula County Commissioner’s hearing room, sometimes referred to as the “Old Court House,” located at:
25 West Jefferson Street
Jefferson, OH 44047
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.
- 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 8:30 am and the first auction will begin at 9:30 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.
- Parcels withdrawn from the auction, for any reason, will be announced immediately prior to the day’s sale.
- Only the registered bidder will be permitted to use the bid cards and make bids, meaning no sharing of bid cards.
- Initially, each property will be auctioned with a starting offer at the lower of a) total delinquent taxes due, or b) current market value as determined by the County Auditor; plus fees.
- Any parcel not sold for the first offer will immediately be auctioned again “for the best price obtainable,” plus fees. Any parcel not sold will be re-offered at a future forfeited land sale.
- 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.”
- Forfeited Lands 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.
- ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
- Fees are as follows:
- Deed fee: $45.00
- Transfer Fee: $0.50 per parcel
- Envelope and postage: $0.50 per parcel
- Recording Fee: $28.00 per deed of 2 pages, $8.00 for each additional page.
- Payment in full –or- a minimum deposit of $250 per parcel must be paid upon end of auction. Upon payment of a deposit, the Auditor will issue a Certificate of Sale to the successful bidder.
- 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.
- The Certificate of Sale, along with any balance that may be due, must be delivered to the Auditor by 3:30pm day of sale. Failure to pay the balance by 3:30pm 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- The purchaser becomes the legal owner at the time the Auditor delivers the deed to the County Recorder
The winner of the first Early Bird Drawing for 2020 and recipient of $500 is Toth Family LTD (Lot #420)! Congratulations!
Next week’s drawing will be for $450. The sooner your Dues & Assessments are paid in full, the more drawings you will be eligible for!
The STARS Club is planning on hosting a Candle Dripping Party at the Clubhouse, Saturday, February 8th from 2pm to 4pm.
To ensure that we have enough supplies for the attendees, please RSVP to Barb at 440 645 7365.
We had a lot of fun during our last event a couple years ago! Make something decorative for your home or a nice gift for someone else.
We have candles that drip different colors when lit and will be using the wine bottles as the base.( You can also bring your own wine bottles if you have some that you particularly like.)
We will also be enjoying wine and appetizers while our candles are melting. Please BYOB.
Feel free to bring something to share.
By Louise Lisac – RRA Treasurer
There has been a flurry of commentary on social media regarding our RRA Early Bird Drawings implemented for those property owners who pay their dues early. I, too, also thought it seemed a little “crazy” to reward someone for paying early. However, once I learned the value of this process I am a believer that it makes financial sense to continue the practice.
The first thing to remember is that our association runs on a fiscal calendar year (January through December) but our fees cover May through April. Don’t ask me why this is the case I wasn’t around when it was developed. It is what it is and that’s why our dues and assessments are due in full by May 1, but we send the invoices out early in January. If some of our property owners did not pay early, we would be required to borrow money for operating expense. I did a calculation of the actual dollars that were paid last year (2019) and calculated what we would pay a bank if we borrowed the money at 5%. The calculated interest would be $3050. Our early bird contest pays $2750. I for one would rather our neighbors get paid instead of the bank.
Anyone is eligible to participate and each of you can decide whether it is worth it to you to pay early. If you choose to do so I have heard it said that you have a slim to none chance of winning. I guess that is true. If you win, it is slim. If you don’t it is none!!! (Chuckle now!)
Seriously, my thanks to those that pay early and my thanks to those who pay by the due date. Our Association does not make money. All the funds collected are used to maintain our community. Each of us who own property in Roaming Shores has made the legal commitment to participate in the financial responsibilities of our association amenities. Also, we will again be sending out a reminder notice on April 1 for those property owners who did not pay. It is not a delinquent notice but simply a reminder of the May 1 date. We found last year that the majority of our residents appreciated the reminder and it did generate payments plus saved some a late fee. Please don’t consider it offensive and know that it is being sent for a positive reason.
As always, we welcome the opinions, suggestions and involvement of all members.
The backbone of the Association is its maintenance department. Year-round these guys are either mowing, ditching, plowing, dredging, or tending to the other endless tasks that are either planned or unplanned.
As most of the trucks our maintenance department use to get the job done are on average 15 years old, the Association has been slowly upgrading its fleet. The newest addition just added this month is a 2019 F-250 it and wasted no time getting to work after our snowfall last week.
Living in northeast Ohio, we have all seen our share of extreme weather. Fortunately, snow storms and frigid temperatures are predictable and advance warnings give us extra time to be sure we are prepared. Carbon monoxide poisoning, car accidents, hypothermia, and frostbite are all heightened risks at this time of the year. Be sure your home is ready for the cold by repairing caulking, weatherstripping and insulation especially around pipes to prevent freezing. Be sure generators are working properly and are used only in safe locations. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replace the batteries if you did not already do so at daylight savings time. Gather extra supplies including food, water, medications and batteries in case you need to stay at home for several days. And, don’t forget food and medicines for pets. Keep emergency supplies in your car such as a blanket, flashlight, bottled water and non-perishable snacks. And, keep your gas tank at least one-half full. When you do go out, be prepared for the worst by wearing multiple layers of clothing and having a charged cell phone with you. Learn and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia, and seek treatment right away if needed. The link below provided by FEMA will offer many more suggestions for winter safety. The RSCPC wants you to stay warm and stay safe!
A frozen lake is just one more sign that winter has come to Roaming Shores. It presents a frozen snapshot of the beauty of the lake that has an almost alien quality to it. A lake’s “winter” season is not usually associated with December 21st to March 21st, but is often based on the dates that the lake becomes fully ice covered. Once the surface of the lake is frozen, the entire ecosystem under the ice changes to cope with the colder temperatures.
The microscopic animals (zooplankton) and photosynthetic organisms (phytoplankton) produce thick-walled resistant cells, which allows them to survive until spring. Some species of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) can survive at the cold temperatures by become cannibals and consuming other algae species for food they will not get from the sun. It is unlikely that they will form blooms since the conditions are not ideal, although it is not impossible.
If the algae do not completely become dormant, they may actually produce oxygen, which would be beneficial to the fish, who also share this space under the ice. If not, fish normally seek the warmer waters under the ice and can survive as long as the oxygen levels in the water are adequate. They likely migrate to the sections in the lake that are the deepest, to have the best chances for survival. Since they are not warm blooded, their metabolism slows and their activity level decreases, requiring less energy to survive. This continues until the ice melts and the water starts to warm up again.
Aquatic plants can actually handle the winter better than their terrestrial cousins if they are protected under the water. The main body of the plant dies, but the roots can survive. Some will form nodules, which can store energy while they wait for the sun to reappear. However, if they are exposed to the cold air, they may dry out and even the roots can then freeze. Lakes who perform a winter drawdown use this behavior as a method to reduce nuisance plants.
The most important aspect of the lake in winter is ice thickness. Remember, it may look solid, but with 450 acres of surface area, conditions may differ from one location to another. Some residents may use “ice cutters”, resulting in open water even if the rest of the lake is frozen. If you do venture out on the ice, use extreme caution and don’t do it alone.
(Some information presented in this article was extracted from Lakeline Vol 34, #4 (2014))
BE LAKE RESPONSIBLE And HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON