Association Meeting Highlights

Association Meeting Highlights – August 2014

by Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Secretary RRA

The RomeRock Association Board of Directors met on August 6, 2014 with all Directors present. Approximately 20 residents were also in attendance.

President Dell Rogers remarked on how well the office move went and will now direct the Board to consider a permanent site for the RRA office. The start of our dredging project is still awaiting receipt of the permit required from the Corp of Engineers. Tom Sopko reported on the county’s progress in establishing a “land bank” designed to return tax delinquent properties to new, productive ownership and invited Members who are interested in purchasing such properties to complete the county’s application to start the process.

Rick Gainar reported that the Legal Committee is recommending that $72,500 be moved from our reserve fund to the Legal Expense account in anticipation of the Association’s defense against the lawsuit brought by Barry O’Connell, Joseph W. Petraus, Pat Long, and the members of the Neighbors For A Better Roaming Shores, Inc. In addition, the Legal Committee is currently considering the possibility of legal action applicable to the illegal act of the unauthorized selling of our old weed harvester for scrap, which had been refurbished by our maintenance staff and was near operational status.

Maintenance Director, Dan Mullins, reported that the maintenance crew is still working to clear culvert drains in addition to setting-up the dredge barges for the lake-wide dredging project. The Association’s portion of the Callender Road project is complete and now awaits the County’s work to install a drainage pipe under the road and make the sharp corner at Rome-Rock Creek Rd. safer for motorists. The pool pump at the west beach had been replaced.

The Lake Management committee reported that HAB testing on 8/5/2104 again indicated that toxins were, so far, well below levels of concern. The Sediment/Nutrient Control Sub-Committee’s Rachel Morris, described the current “simple” process her technical group developed to identify types of algae found in our lake. The process identified the algae in a recent July bloom to be predominately Spirogyra, a non-toxic, green algal common in even clean eutrophic water. Rachel invites any other residents with technical backgrounds to join the Committee.

Sally Flash described the four Promotion Club up-coming events for September including a Social for gathering of residents on 9/5 at the Clubhouse, 9/19 Music by Tom Todd (bring the family!) at the Clubhouse, Bike Ride every Monday, Promotion Club Board meeting 8/13, and a workshop to support next year’s fireworks on 10/8. Marge Morris reminded us of the 8/15 pot luck dinner (eye of round prepared by Gloria & Joe Palombi), and Ed Baitt described the Fishing Club’s Annual Clam Bake on 9/14. Doris Carver announced that the Quilting Club moved its meeting place to the Quilting Block on Rt. 45 and Callender Rd.

In the business segment of the meeting, all Directors approved the Legal Expense budget change and the Board’s October meeting change of date from 10/2 to 10/9. A discussion of whether to continue to print the annual calendar or rely on the website calendar occurred.

Member comments and questions included a suggestion to revive the new resident welcoming committee in order to get basic community information to new residents, fish testing update, sediment trap update, water testing at the dam, and space requirement for the RRA office.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM. Association Board’s next meeting will be on September 4. Hope to see you there!

 

Association Meeting Highlights – July 2014


by Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Secretary RRA

The RomeRock Association Board of Directors met on July 3, 2014 with all Directors present except Ed Baitt and Ron Morris. Approximately 17 residents were also in attendance.

President Dell Rogers described the immediate concern of structural issues involved in the RRA Office building. Employees and records will be temporarily relocated as soon as possible to office space rented in Rock Creek (old medical center). In coming months the Board will determine whether to replace or relocate the final location of the RRA Office. Dell commented on the algae, mud and debris in the lake and reminded concerned residents that the pools and beach areas are available as an alternative. This year’s road resurfacing is complete and expects that gravel will settle with the hot summer weather. Dell reminded residents that the RRA is not responsible for water in your basements but will continue to maintain collapsed or blocked culvert pipes when brought to our attention.

Dell encouraged a safe holiday reminding us that fireworks are both dangerous and illegal in Ohio and to refrain from alcohol consumption while boating or driving. Our entire lake will be “no wake” after 8:00PM on the 4th of July.

Maintenance Director, Dan Mullins, and the maintenance crew spent most time preparing for our dredging operations, assessing drainage issues and maintaining pools and grounds. Dan sees favorable results from the installation of a “geese-away” light on the east beach and plans a similar installation on the west beach.

In his Lake Management report, Rick Gainar described this year’s lake tributary testing program and HAB testing program and the fact that toxins were, so far, well below levels of concern. Jim Swartz reported that the manufacturing of our dredging equipment remains on time and expects delivery of the barges July 10 or 11.

Sally Flash described the four Promotion Club events for July including the July 4th fireworks celebration, Bike Ride on July 7, Picnic-in-the-Park luncheon on July 9, and the July 18 Promotion Club Social at the Clubhouse.

In the business segment of the meeting, all Directors approved the $34,417.15 final payment for the balance due for our dredging equipment and the “Hoyle” Club’s name change to “Shores Holdem”.

Member comments and questions included a suggestion to organize a Bike Ride within the community so kids can attend, identification of the water testing lab and areas tested, and a thanks to the Board for allowing Members to speak on meeting topics.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:49PM. Association Board’s next meeting will be on August 7, so mark your calendars. Hope to see you there!

Association Meeting Highlights – June 2014

by Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Secretary RRA

The RomeRock Association Board of Directors met on June 5, 2014 with all Directors present. Approximately 22 residents were also in attendance. President Dell Rogers remarked that, on the advise of council, the Board decided to pursue a counter claim against The Neighbors for Better Roaming Shores, J. Petraus, B. O’Connell, and P. Long in response to their lawsuit.
Maintenance Director, Dan Mullins, and the maintenance team spent some time repairing the Walk-Over Bridge near the Clubhouse, completing the siding on last year’s project on the pavilion at the east beach, and, of course, debris removal due to recent, heavy storms. Roads and culverts also commanded much attention.

In his Lake Management report, Rick Gainar described this year’s lake HAB testing program and the fact that toxins were, so far, well below levels of concern. Dell Rogers remarked on his Sediment/Nutrient Subcommittee’s efforts to design a brochure of suggestions for residents to limit phosphorus from entering the lake from our own properties. Ed Baitt reported that the manufacturing of our dredging equipment remains on time and that the Building & Facilities Committee is reviewing options for a solution of a structural problem at the RRA Office.

Club Reports included Marge Morris’ reminder of the Friends & Neighbor’s potluck dinner at the Clubhouse at 6:00pm on June 20 and invites all to attend. The Fishing Club’s Don Williams Memorial fishing tournament will be on June 8. Carol Delly reviewed planned events for this year’s fireworks show on 7/4 and asks that boaters have their boats in place at the buoys by 9:45pm. Sally Flash reminded us of the Social event at 7:00pm on 6/6 at the Clubhouse and an important Promotion Club meeting coming up on 6/11 at 7:00pm at the Clubhouse to evaluate new activities.

In the business segment of the meeting, all Directors approved a $56,479.15 payment of the balance due for our dredging equipment. Bruce Bower graciously accepted the Board’s motion as Chairman of the Safety Committee. All Directors approved this year’s HAB toxin water-testing program by EnviroScience for $5,610.10.

Member comments and questions included an update of our project to recover or write-off bad debts, location of HAB testing sites and specific toxins tested, pool covers, water clarity testing, noise from loud music during rental events at the Clubhouse, required shutdown of the east beach for the fireworks event, and flooding problems during heavy rain events.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm. Association Board’s next meeting will be on July 3, so mark your calendars. Hope to see you there!

Association Meeting Highlights – May 2014

by Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Secretary RRA

The RomeRock Association Board of Directors met on May 1, 2014 with all Directors present except John Martin and including new Directors Jim Swartz and Ron Morris. Approximately 15 residents were also in attendance. President Dell Rogers congratulated and welcomed the new Directors and announced the Board officers that were elected in the executive meeting after April 26th Annual Meeting. The officers are Dell Rogers – President, Jim Swartz – Vice President, John Martin – Treasurer, and Rick Gainar – Secretary.

Maintence Director, Dan Mullins, and the maintenance team spent some time opening up outdoor restrooms, installing culvert pipes, delivering driveway base material to our Crosby-Cook Building, rounding up residents boats/docks that floated off after ice out, road clean-up and moving the dredge work boat to our marina to have the new outboard installed. Dan also stated that he still has summer positions available in the Maintenance Department and hopes to hire qualified residents who may be interested.

In his Lake Management report, Rick Gainar reviewed the April 23-24 Ohio Lakes Management Association (OLCA) meeting he attended including discussions with 6 other private lakes managers who are planning to mechanically dredge this year. No lake managers were planning to hydraulically dredge. Rick also described the Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) brochures available at the RRA Office to residents interested in learning the facts about HAB instead the inaccurate information in being sensationalized by some. Ed Baitt reviewed the current progress on our barges at the builder’s site and reports the project on time and within budget for dredging to begin this summer as planned.

Club Reports included Marge Morris’ reminder of the Friends & Neighbor’s potluck dinner at the Clubhouse at 6:00pm on May 16 and invites all to attend. The Fishing Club’s Don Williams Memorial fishing tournament will be on June 8. The Club is planning to place perch in Flame Lake this year.

In the business segment of the meeting, Directors discussed the Aqua-Doc sales brochure sent to residents and whether residents are aware of the $1,000 fine for unauthorized application of chemicals into our lake.

Member comments and questions included need to review chemical-use fines, rules and procedures, better control over lawn fertilizer companies working in the Shores, and drainage problems at Callendar Road.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm. Association Board’s next meeting will be on June 5, so mark your calendars. Hope to see you there!

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