Please use this page as a reference for some of the Association’s most frequently asked questions. Have a question that hasn’t been answered on this page? Please Contact Us.
Board of Directors Questions
Bylaws Article VIII, Section 1
The property, business and affairs of the Association shall be managed by its Board of Directors. Except as may be otherwise provided by law, the Articles of Incorporation, the Amended Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, or these By-Laws, all authority of the Association shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall have all powers permitted by Ohio law to be exercised by a nonprofit corporation and all powers conferred upon or permitted to be exercised by an owner’s association of a planned community as defined and provided for in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 5312. Without limiting the general authority of the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors shall be authorized and empowered to:
(a) To engage the services of a manager or managing agent and to delegate all or any portion of its authority to discharge its responsibilities to the manager or managing agent.
(b) To borrow money and incur indebtedness for the purpose and use of the Association; to cause to be executed, issued, and delivered for the indebtedness, in the Association’s name, promissory notes, bonds, debentures, or other evidences of indebtedness; and to secure repayment by deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, hypothecations, or otherwise.
(c) To assume any obligations, enter into any contracts, or do any acts incidental to the transaction of the Association’s business or the attainment of its corporate purposes.
(d) To sell, convey, alienate, transfer, lease, assign, exchange, and otherwise dispose of, and to mortgage, pledge, hypothecate, and otherwise encumber, the real and personal property of the Association.
(e) To purchase, hold, lease, or otherwise acquire real and personal property on behalf of the Association.
(f) To establish committees as deemed appropriate, and to delegate to any committee any of the powers and authority of the Board in the management of the business and affairs of the Association.
(g) To adopt and amend rules and regulations as it deems advisable concerning the maintenance, conservation, use and enjoyment of the various properties, facilities, and common areas owned, leased, controlled or maintained by the Association, including, without limitation, the establishment of charges for admission to or the use thereof.
(h) To adopt and amend rules and regulations as it deems advisable for the health, comfort, safety and general welfare of the members.
(i) To adopt rules, regulations and standards concerning the examination and copying of the books, records and minutes of the Association, including, without limitation, the type of documents subject to examination and copying, the times and locations at which the documents may be examined and copied, and the fees for the copying of documents.
(j) To adopt, assess, enforce and collect fines and penalties for violations of the Rules and Regulations of the Association.
(k) To enforce compliance with any term, provision or covenant of the Amended Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, the Rules and Regulations of the Association, and these By-Laws, including, without limitation, the power, right and authority to do any of the following if, after giving not less than fourteen days written notice of any breach or violation to the lot owner or occupant, such lot owner or occupant has failed to alleviate, terminate, or proceed with due diligence to alleviate or terminate such breach or violation:
(i) Enter upon the lot to summarily abate and/or remove any violation or breach, or to take such steps as may be necessary to cure the violation or breach, and to charge to the lot owner the costs incurred to remedy same and any damages to which the Association may be entitled;
(ii) Obtain injunctive relief and/or damages from any court of proper jurisdiction; and
(iii) To suspend or restrict membership rights and privileges, including, without limitation, voting rights and the right to the use and enjoyment of the facilities, properties and common areas owned, maintained or controlled by the Association.
(l) Take all actions deemed necessary or advisable to comply with all requirements of law, the Articles of Incorporation, the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, and these By-Laws.
Bylaws Article VIII, Section 2
(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.
The lake is private access. The boat ramp near the marina is gated and can only be opened by Members-in-good-standing who have purchased watercraft decals for the calendar year. The lakebed of Lake Roaming Rock is owned by the RomeRock Association. The water is owned by the State.
Covenants & Restrictions #7
There is a 21ft limit on powerboats and 28ft for pontoons. Sailboats over 21 feet and hand powered racing shells over 35’ will be considered by the RomeRock Board of Directors on an individual basis.
Rules and Regulations Watercraft Section 3 Specifications
You may purchase a key fob to open the gate. You must be a Member-in-Good-Standing. You are not permitted to launch any unauthorized watercraft. Your marina may launch your watercraft for you, ensure your current registration from the State and RRA are affixed prior to launching.
Yes, however you as the owner are responsible for any rule infractions incurred by your guests. Educate everyone you allow to use your watercraft of Ohio Boating laws and the RRA rules. Everyone born after Jan. 1, 1982 is required to successfully complete either a safe boater course approved by the national association of state boating law administrators or a proctored or non-proctored proficiency examination that tests knowledge of information included in the curriculum of such a course, and has received a certificate as evidence of successful completion of the course or examination.
I have a question about new construction, accessory buildings, home improvements, fences, etc. who do I contact?
Please contact the office to confirm your anticipated date is available. We provide an online calendar as a guide, but it is not the most up-to-date listing. Dates are held only when a deposit is received. There is an unofficial hold period when we know the deposit payment is in transit.
When you unconsolidate your lots, all savings in Assessments from the time of consolidation must be repaid along with an administrative fee. A new deed will need to be created and recorded. You cannot unconsolidate if there is a structure over your property lines. All structures would need to be removed.
For Association-owned roads, the RRA will install the culvert and cover it with dirt or anchor it (depending on the project and type of driveway). Driveway culverts must be a minimum 30ft. The cost is the responsibility of the property owner. See Culverts for details.
Dues and Assessments Questions
Invoices for Dues and Assessments are sent out annually after the first of the year. They can be paid in installments or all at once no later than May 1st. We provide options for in-person, drop off, mail, and online payments. There is a fee for using electronic means of payment.
Non-payment of Dues and Assessments are subject to late fees, liens, collections, foreclosure, court action, or forfeiture as the situation warrants. Selling your property does not eliminate back fees; they go with the property with the exception of bankruptcies and/or foreclosures.
Bylaws Article II, Section 14
Property in the Association is your personal responsibility. If you no longer wish to own your property, you are welcome to sell privately or through a realtor. Lot takebacks are very rarely accepted and must be approved by the Board of Directors.
With regard to the Dues and Assessments, no. The rate of Dues and Assessments is set by the number of lots you own, their consolidation status, and whether there is a home on the lot. See Rates for details. If you don’t own a watercraft, obviously, you are not required to purchase a watercraft decal.
Dues are set at $60/year and can only be changed with a 2/3 majority vote of the Membership. The amount of Assessments is set by the Board of Directors. Any increase shall be limited to no more than 10% plus the inflation rate (based upon the Cost of Living as established for a 12 month period ending September 30th of each and every year by the Department of Commerce.)
Bylaws Article II, Section 10
All property in Roaming Shores is either privately owned by Members or is owned by the RomeRock Association. You must be accompanied by a Member-in-Good-Standing or fishing from the Member’s property or watercraft. If you are not a Member and are on private property without permission, you are trespassing.
General RomeRock Association Questions
The RomeRock Association (RRA) is the not-for-profit property owner’s association of the Roaming Rock Shores subdivision (i.e. Association) located in Roaming Shores in Ashtabula County, Ohio. The RRA makes and enforces rules for its residents and property owners. Those who purchase property within the Roaming Rock Shores subdivision automatically become members and are required to pay Dues and Assessments. See Dues and Assessments section for more information.
The RRA has 3 governing documents, the Covenants and Restrictions, Bylaws, and Rules and Regulations. The Covenants and Restrictions are the founding documents and rules of the Roaming Rock Shores subdivision established by its original developer. The Bylaws explain the organization, process and procedures of your RomeRock Association. The Rules and Regulations explain your privileges and help offer protection to all members.
The RRA is responsible for the maintenance and operation of its amenities and facilities including the beaches, pools, common areas and the lake; and Association-owned roads (road shoulder berms, plowing, culvert installation, etc.). See Roads for additional information.
The Village of Roaming Shores is the government municipality of Roaming Shores. The Village of Roaming Shores provides full-time law enforcement, zoning and building code enforcement, drinking water, wastewater treatment, and operation and management of Lake Roaming Rock’s dam.
The RomeRock Association used to be the sole governing entity up until 1979 when the Village of Roaming Shores was founded. By being able to obtain government grants, the Village of Roaming Shores is better equipped to operate a police department, wastewater plant, and enforce building/zoning codes. By owning the recreational facilities and being able to control access to the lake, the RomeRock Association can keep these facilities private whereas government-owned properties must be public.
When you purchase property in the Association (with or without a house) you automatically became a member of the RRA. Upon payment of all fees and the filing of required membership documents, you are then able to enjoy all RRA facilities.
Bylaws Article I, Section 1B
Yes, however, if you title your property deed to a corporation or LLC, you must complete both Corporate Membership paperwork and a regular Membership Application. Corporate Memberships may only assign one person/married couple as a RomeRock Association member. Note: If you own multiple properties under both a corporation or LLC and under a person, the two are considered separate entities and are charged as such.
Bylaws Article I, Section 1E
Joint Owner Questions
Any lot that is jointly owned by more than one person. Spouses shall be considered one member. Each joint owner will be charged a New Member Impact Fee. All joint owners will be charged Dues ($60). Only one assessment shall be charged for the first two joint owners and the full amount of the assessment shall be charged to each additional joint owner in excess of two.
1st Joint Owner – $60 (Dues) + All Assessments
2nd Joint Owner – $60 (Dues)
3rd (and any further) Joint Owner – $60 (Dues) + All Assessments
Bylaws Article II, Section 5
There are no limitations to the number of Joint Owners allowed on a property HOWEVER, note the joint owner charges in the previous question. All joint owners must be paid in full in order to be eligible for Membership privileges. Voting privileges are only granted to one joint owner per year; the eligible member will be rotated each year.
Bylaws Article VI, Section 2
Membership Cards Questions
Unfortunately, there are cases where well-meaning Members knowingly or unknowingly bring the children of delinquent Members to our facilities. While this may seem unfair to these children, it is also not fair to Members who pay their Dues and Assessments.
A babysitter card can be issued to a person over the age of 15 who is ineligible for a card of their own for the purpose of bringing the child of a Member to our facilities. The babysitter cannot be a Member-not-in-good-standing with the RRA. The babysitter card can only be used to admit the Member’s children, no other guests are permitted. The children must have their own cards when signing in.
New Member Impact Fee Questions
The New Member Impact Fee is a fee assessed on each transfer of a lot or any interest in a lot in the amount of $1,000.00 for each new member acquiring a lot or an interest in a lot. This fee is essentially a buy-in which is your contribution to our current infrastructure. This fee helps keep our Dues and Assessment rates lower.
Bylaws Article II, Section 13
Any person, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, joint venture, trust, unincorporated association, club, organization, or other business or legal entity that is not an existing member at the time of acquiring a lot or an interest in a lot.
Bylaws Article II, Section 13
Note: If an existing member puts a property in the name of a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, joint venture, trust, unincorporated association, club, organization, or other business or legal entity that they own, this entity is still considered new and will be subject to the fee.
While the majority of the roads in Roaming Shores are owned by the Association (26 miles), there are roads that are owned by the Village of Roaming Shores (Roaming Rock Blvd, Flame Lake Dr, and portions of Morning Star Dr and Rome Rock Creek Rd [county maintenance]), Township owned (Hayford, Knowlton, Callendar (east), and Ashtabula County owned (Rome Rock Creek Rd).
Special Membership (Rental) Questions
Special Members are essentially renters. There are 2 classes of Special Membership. Class I – The Property Owner gives up their rights to their only lot/home (minus voting rights [see Special Membership section in the Rules and Regulations for details/exceptions]. Dues and Assessments must be paid in full. Renter pays the fee for any watercraft decals.
Class II – The Property Owner owns more than one unconsolidated lot or home and gives up their membership rights on the extra property/home. Dues and Assessments must be paid in full. Renter pays the fee for any watercraft decals.
Violation of any Rule or Regulation by the Special Members, family members, or Guests, while upon Association property may, at the discretion of the General Manager or Association officer result in limitation or revocation of Special Membership.
Call the Association at 440-563-3170. The Association keeps a list of addresses needing the harvester and passes it along to the maintenance department. The harvester then heads out to the problem areas. As the harvester does not travel very fast. Each day it is out, it focuses on a particular cove or area (or more as time allows).