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Fun at the Boat Show!

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!

Ashtabula Forfeited Land Sale – Feb 5th

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 As this is a Forfeited Land Sale, all backed Dues and Assessments prior to this sale are no longer valid.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

Map of All Properties 

List of All Properties 

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Parcels withdrawn from the auction, for any reason, will be announced immediately prior to the day’s sale.
  3. Only the registered bidder will be permitted to use the bid cards and make bids, meaning no sharing of bid cards.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.”
  7. 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.
  8. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
  9. Fees are as follows:
    1. Deed fee: $45.00
    2. Transfer Fee: $0.50 per parcel
    3. Envelope and postage: $0.50 per parcel
    4. Recording Fee: $28.00 per deed of 2 pages, $8.00 for each additional page.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. 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.
  15. The purchaser becomes the legal owner at the time the Auditor delivers the deed to the County Recorder

Early Bird Drawings – Why have them?

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.

Winter Safety Tips from the RSCPC (Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club)

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!

https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

2020 Polar Bear Plunge February 29th

Roaming Shores Club House/Main Beach 13 Roaming Rock Blvd

Sign-in starts at 1pm and ends at 2:45pm DJ begins at 1pm and Plunge begins at 3pm

Any person that raises $55 is eligible to take the Plunge. Participants will get a t-shirt as a thank you.

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.

More Info & Sign Up

Our Facebook page is: Joey ThePolarBear (Roaming Shores)

This Year in Roaming Shores 2019

January

  • We entered January with mild temperatures but the month’s weather fluctuated wildly with cold, wind, and even a tornado in the county just south of us!
  • Friends and Neighbors began its Winter Dinner Nights.
  • Roaming Rock Marina and RRA participated in the Cleveland Boat Show at the IX Center in Cleveland. They’ll be back in 2020.
  • Roaming Shores Village Council voted to hold two monthly meetings.
 

February

  • The month began with sub zero temperatures, our resident groundhogs falsely predicted an early Spring.
  • The 14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge was moved to February, but that didn’t stop nearly 100 crazy folks from taking the plunge!
  • RRA Board Member John Lindemann resigned.
  • High Winds knocked out power for many.
 

March

  • An early March winter storm knocked out power prompting the RSPD to encourage residents to sign up for Swift911
  • The RSPD held a Woman’s Self Defense Course at the Clubhouse
  • 4 candidates ran for 3 open seats on the Board of Directors.
  • Paradise Bay held a Casino Bus Trip and also raised funds for the Fireworks Display
 

April

  • Friends and Neighbors held their last Winter Dinner Night of the season.
  • The split rail fence near the Clubhouse was replaced.
  • Men’s Golf began its season.
  • The Dredging Advisory Committee was formed.
  • The RRA held its Annual Meeting.
  • Rick Brothers retained his seat on the Board and was joined by newcomers, Cheryl Fain and Nadine Pope.
 

May

  • The month began with heavy spring rains which lead to the High Water/No Wake lights being turned on. Rains persisted throughout the month.
  • The Village hosted another successful Cleanup Day and Expo.
  • Paradise Bay held a Fish Fry Fundraiser benefiting the Fireworks. Another Fish Fry is being planned for 2020.
  • The Ashtabula County Metroparks revealed plans to build a new parking lot and trailhead facility for improved access to the Western Reserve Greenway Trail in the Village of Roaming Shores.
  • Jason Krippel and his crew at True Care Landscaping donated their time and material to spruce up the RRA Office.
  • Ladies Golf League kicked off their season.
  • The Fishing Club held their first tournament of the year.
  • The Water Aerobics Club began their summer season.
  • Lake Management began their lake water testing program for the year.
  • The Pools and Concession Stand opened for another season.
  • The Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club held a Family Water Safety Event.
 

June

  • June also began with heavy rains that raised the lake to a level where the High Water/No Wake lights had to be switched on. Another event took place mid-June.
  • The Fishing Club had a very busy month hosting their first tournament of the year, Kids Learn to Fish Day, a Rummage Sale, and Kids Fishing Day.
  • Fortunately, one of our very sparse days without rain fell during one of the Annual Garage Sale days
  • The Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club held a Senior Care 101 seminar.
  • Dredging on the south-end of the lake began.
  • The Ashtabula County Auditors Office began revaluation for tax year 2020.
  • The STARS Club held its first Winery Bus Tour of the year.
 

July

  • Independence Day Celebrations began in the Shores!
  • 127 signed for the STARS Club’s 2nd Roaming Shores 5K with 107 crossing the finish line!
  • 7 boats participated in the Roaming Shores Police Department’s Annual Cardboard Boat Race.
  • 13 teams entered the Annual Jason Scribben Memorial Volleyball Tournament held at Beach 1.
  • The Fireworks Display lit up the sky and capped off another amazing weekend!
  • Safety on the lake and enforcement became a hot topic following recklessness on the lake during the holiday weekend.
  • Members of the Dredging Advisory Committee formed the Environmental Advocacy Club.
  • The Village discussed future plans for the Boulevard.
  • In addition to constant rain, our area was hit with Excessive Heat Warnings.
  • The Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club held Vessel Safety Checks.
  • Roaming Rock Marina donated its proceeds to the Fireworks Fund for National Ice Cream Day.
  • RSPD reported a tragic and fatal accident involving a golf cart.
  • Yet another heavy rain event hit our area causing the High Water/No Wake lights to be switched on again. Our neighbors to the south received over 6 inches of rain!
  • The RSPD received several reports of black bear sightings.
 

August

  • Generous residents came together to raise money for a local resident who had been diagnosed with kidney failure.
  • The RRA Board of Directors held an Employee Appreciation Day.
  • RSPD held its 2nd Annual Golf Scramble.
  • The Fishing Club hosted another fun Ed Baitt’s Mixed Couples Tournament.
  • The STARS Club held a Taco Night at the Clubhouse.
  • An Informational Dredging Presentation was given by the Environmental Advocacy group at the Covered Bridge Pavilion.
  • Friends and Neighbors held a Potluck Supper at the Clubhouse.
  • Heavy rains and a sunny, hot summer contributed to elevated bacteria and algae counts in the lake.
  • The Village of Roaming Shores turned 40!
  • The southwest channel of the south-end of the lake was wrapped up with work progessing to the southeast channel.
  • Utility Superintendent Vic Virmala left the RSV Utility Dept after 10 years of service.
 

September

  • We reached the end of the summer season and the pools and concession stand were closed down for the year.
  • Jim Swartz resigned from the Board of Directors as he and his wife were moving to Michigan.
  • Ashtabula County held a forfeited land sale which auctioned off several delinquent lots in Roaming Shores.
  • The Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club held a Veterans Benefits Presentation.
  • The Environmental Advocacy Group and RRA Board agreed to split the expense of completing a sediment survey.
  • The Fishing Club installed a fountain in the Clubhouse Cove in memory of Ed Baitt.
  • Members of the RRA Board and staff attended the Fall OLCA conference.
  • Another month, another heavy rain event!
  • The STARS hosted their 1st Annual Rib Cookoff. The event was a success and sold out quickly. Dan & Danielle Fultz – Team Dan’s Backyard BBQ were the winners. This event will be returning 2020 and we’re looking forward to the result!
  • The STARS Club hosted a Wine Tasting Presentation with John Pallo presenting.
 

October

  • Summer got confused and hung around until Fall.
  • The Village hosted a meeting regard joining a Regional Water/Sewer District.
  • As the Fishing Club was unable to host the Annual Clam Bake, the event was picked up by the Polar Bear Club.
  • In addition to warning residents not to flush so-called disposable wipes, the RSV Utility Dept dealt with issues related to resident flushing injection syringes into their toilets/waste water system.
  • It was a cold, wet Halloween, but the ghosts and goblins had fun trick-or-treating.
  • RSPD Halloween events expanded to include its 1st Annual Pumpkin Races. In the evening, they held a Halloween Happening and Costume Contest at the Clubhouse.
 

November

  • Not to be outdone, November began with a wicked wind storm!
  • The lake lowering process began.
  • Frank Cicogna for the 2nd time since donating the Roaming Shores entrance signs revamped them.
  • During the General Election Roaming Shores voters passed the Police levy and re-elected Bob Cook to the Village Council joined by newcomer Gary Meighen.
  • RSPD held a Can the Cruiser event filling 2 cruisers with goods and raising money for those in need.
  • The new Greenway Trail Parking lot and Trailhead was completed by the Ashtabula Metroparks.
  • The Community Preparedness Club held a Winter Preparedness and Fire Safety Program at the Clubhouse.
  • The Village considered eliminating the ‘available for use’ fee assessed to vacant lot owners.
  • The STARS Club held a Holiday Winery Bus Tour on Black Friday.
 

December

  • Friends & Neighbors held a Tree Trimming Social Hour at the Clubhouse.
  • The Polar Bear Club hosted the Annual Breakfast with Santa.
  • The Toys for Tots bins at the RRA & RSV Offices, the Marina, and the Wright Place overflowed with presents for children in need thanks to the generosity of our many awesome donors!
 

In Memoriam:

Remembering those we lost this year…

  • Ron Davis
  • James Morgan
  • Bob Johnson
  • Gertrude Bozak
  • Doris Cook (longtime Shores News reporter)
  • Robert Crombie
  • Shelia Nieder
  • Kevin Zeller
  • Gertrude Bozak
  • Wilma Meddock
  • Bob Berndt
  • Cliff Eucker
  • Brian Knipper
  • Tom O’Keefe
  • Bill Enstrom
  • Mark Forgach
 

Looking towards 2020

We had a lot of fun in 2019 and 2020 will be no exception. Check out the planned 2020 Community Events proudly brought to you by our Clubs and the Roaming Shores Police Department.

See the RRA website for details. The success of our Clubs depends on the participation of our membership either as participants or organizers! If you’ve ever had an event or activity idea… or would just like to help out, consider joining a Club! Looking forward to a great new year!

Planned 2020 Events:

  • Jan 10th—Winter Dinner Night—Friends & Neighbors
  • Feb 7th—Winter Dinner Night—Friends & Neighbors
  • Feb 29th—Polar Bear Plunge—Polar Bear Club
  • Mar 13th—Winter Dinner Night—Friends & Neighbors
  • Apr 10th—Winter Dinner Night—Friends & Neighbors
  • Apr 25th—Annual Meeting
  • May 2nd—Cleanup Day/Expo ‘20
  • May 2nd—Ladies Golf Kickoff Brunch
  • May 8th—Potluck Supper—Friends & Neighbors
  • May 9th—Don Williams Fishing Tournament—Fishing Club
  • May 9th—Cub Scouts Crossover Ceremony
  • May 23rd—Pools & Concession Open
  • June 6th—Kids Learn to Fish Day—Fishing Club
  • June 12 & 13-Community Garage Sale
  • June 20th—Kids Fishing Day—Fishing Club
  • July 4th
    • Roaming Shores 5K—STARS Club
    • Cardboard Boat Races—RSPD
    • Jason Scribben Volleyball Tournament
    • Cornhole Tournament—STARS Club
    • Fireworks—STARS Club
  • July 5th—Fireworks Rain Date
  • July 10th—Potluck Supper—Friends & Neighbors
  • July 11th—Jack Cone Fishing Tournament—Fishing Club
  • Aug 8th—Ed Baitt Couples Fishing Tourn.—Fishing Club
  • Aug 14th—Potluck Supper—Friends & Neighbors
  • Sept 7th—Pools & Concession Stand Close
  • Sept 12th—Dean Blanton Bass Tournament—Fishing Club
  • Sept 12th—Rib Cookoff—STARS Club
  • Sept 26th—Wine Tasting—STARS Club
  • Sept 27th—Clam Bake—Polar Bear Club
  • Oct 31st
    • Pumpkin Races—RSPD
    • Trick or Treating
    • Costume Contest—RSPD
  • Nov 27th—Holiday Winery Bus Tour—STARS Club
  • Dec 4th—Tree Trimming—Friends & Neighbors
  • Dec 12th—Breakfast with Santa—Polar Bear Club

Club meeting dates:

  • Community Preparedness: 3rd Monday of the Month at 6:30pm @ Clubhouse (Jan and Feb meetings will be held the last monday)
  • Environmental Advocacy Group: Monthly on Saturdays at 9am @ RRA Office
  • Fishing Club: 2nd Monday April, May, Oct, Nov at 7pm @ Clubhouse & following Tournaments
  • Ladies Golf: 1st Thursday in May until the 4th Thursday in September @ Hemlock Springs
  • Men’s Golf: Last Thursday in April till Mid-September @ Hemlock Springs
  • Quilting Group: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 1:00pm @ Quilting Block on Route 45
  • Shores Hold’em: 1st & 3rd Fridays at 7pm @ Clubhouse
  • STARS Club: 2nd Wednesdays at 6pm @ Clubhouse
  • Water Aerobics: Monday – Friday from 9am to 10am at Pool 2 from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Onwards

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of the hard working individuals who volunteer their time, energy, ideas, monetary contributions, assistance of their families, and so much more for to the community of Roaming Shores! You are the folks that truly make a difference! See you in 2020!

Jen Addair
RomeRock Association Office Assistant, Webmaster, and Editor of This Week in Roaming Shores

 

Winter Dinner Nights Begin Jan 10th


Friends and Neighbors will begin their Winter Dinner Nights on Friday, January 10th at 6pm.

Winter Dinner Nights are held the 2nd Friday of the month from January to April (with the exception of February which will be the 1st Friday due to Valentine’s Day). They are a great way to kick the winter blues, skip the cooking, and get together with your Friends and Neighbors during the winter season.

Next Friday’s dinner will be held at 6pm at the Pasta Oven in Rock Creek. Please RSVP to Marge Morris at 563-3769 or E-Mail – mkm821@windstream.net so she can reserve enough tables for the event.

Snow Rules

Winter is here and the Association would like to remind residents that parking on the roads/and or berms on association-owned roadways is prohibited when the snow depth exceeds 2″ (two inches). This is necessary in order to facilitate the plowing and/or removal of the snow.

Village Ordinance 303.08 Impounding of Vehicles; Redemption reads:
(a) Police officers are authorized to provide for the removal of a vehicle under the following circumstances: (1) When any vehicle is left unattended upon any street, bridge or causeway and is so illegally parked so as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic, or so as to unreasonably interfere with street cleaning or snow removal operations.

Please help our plow drivers by removing your vehicles and all obstructions from the roadways.

Residents should make sure their mail boxes and posts are secure enough to withstand the winter snow plowing at this time. You may want to consider installing a snow shield in front of (not attached to) your mail box to help deflect the snow from the snow plows. Our drivers are highly experienced and our policy is to only repair the boxes we strike, not those simply pushed aside by the snow itself.

For garbage service, Waste Management asks all customers to please have the area and pathway around your container cleared of snow and ice.

Winterization Tip

Weekenders and Snowbirds: As you may recall, a few homes in the Shores fell victim to frozen pipes that burst last winter. Please remember to shut off your water when you’re winterizing your homes! You can do so at the water meter inside your house.
If you need assistance, you can contact the RSV Utility Dept at 440-563-3146.

Winter Preparedness and Fire Safety Program

Join the Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club (RSCPC) on at the Clubhouse on Saturday, November 16th at 4:00pm for a Winter Preparedness and Fire Safety Program.

There will be a Happy Hour with guest speakers from local fire and police departments and area businesses.  BYOB – mixers, ice and setups supplied.

Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. 

All attendees will receive a FREE raffle ticket to have a chance to win one of two gift baskets filled with emergency preparedness equipment and supplies!

11/1/19 Wind Storm

Last night’s wind storm affected knocked out power to a few homes on the East side. If you’re away and want to check on the status, you can do so here: http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/oh.html

Call 911 if there are any downed wires. Report any outages to the Illuminating Company 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877). If trees or limbs happen to fall in the roadway, contact the Association 440-563-3170.

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