9-14-19 High Water/No Wake

Update: The High Water/No Wake Lights have been turned off. Please boat safely!

Due to the amount of rain water we have received last night, the entire lake is currently NO WAKE. No wake indication strobe lights are located on the Clubhouse, at Beach 2, and at the Marina. If the lights are flashing, the lake is NO WAKE.

Creating a wake while the lake water is high risks damage to docks and boats. Be cautious!

High lake waters bring more than just water. If you are out on the lake, remember to be extra cautious of debris that may be in the water and hidden due to the muddy conditions.

Check on your docked boats. If the lake water is high and there is not enough slack in your line, the line can snap and your boat can float away. However, make sure to not have too much slack to where your boat can end up on top of your dock. If you have canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, etc. on your dock, you may want to consider moving them further away from the shore.

If you are not a full time resident, consider calling your neighbors to check on your boats.

Once the water recede to normal levels, we will turn off the No Wake lights.

Veterans Benefits Presentation

Calling all veterans and their spouses!  Thank you for your service.  You may want to mark you calendar and plan on attending!

A representative from the Ashtabula County Veterans Service Commission will be at the clubhouse on September 23rd to present information to our community about services available to our veterans and their spouses. Dinner will be served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. This is a free presentation and dinner in partnership with the Roaming Shores Emergency Preparedness Committee.

History of Concerns About Water Quality, Erosion, or Dam Safety 1966-2016

RRA Member Carolyn Tharp compiled a report on lake management to highlight moments during the first 50 years of The Shores when lake management and concerns were mentioned. This report was approved to be posted here on the website at the Sept 5th meeting of the Board of Directors. It is linked below and is also listed under LMC Reports on our Lake Management pages.

Clam Bake is Back!

The 2019 Roaming Shores Clam Bake will be hosted by the Polar Bear Club on Sunday, October 20th beginning at 3pm.

Tickets are $20/each and must be purchased in advance. Includes clams, chicken, corn, roasted red gluten free potato, clam chowder, bread, salad and dessert. 

Chicken Dinner (no clams): $12
Extra clams: $9

You can purchase tickets from Mindy at 330-507-4917 or Chris at 440-812-3976. For Chris, please call after 4pm. You can also get tickets at the Marina or RRA Office.

RRA Winter Hours

Due to the Ohio Lake Communities Association’s Fall Conference which will be held Sept 18th & 19th, the RRA Office will delay switching its Winter Office Hours until Sunday, Sept 22nd. Please note that the Office will be closed for the Conference on Sept 18th & 19th.

Winter Office hours beginning on the 22nd will be Tuesday – Saturday, 8am to 6pm. These hours will remain until mid-April.

Residents needing a key for the compost site on our closed days should make arrangements beforehand.

Board of Directors Vacancy

At the Sept 5th Board of Directors meeting, the Board accepted the resignation of Jim Swartz who will be moving from the Shores to Michigan to be closer with his family. Jim has been a Board Member since 2014. He and his wife Pat have been very active in the community as well as serving on various Committees and Clubs in the Shores. Thank you for your service!

There is now a vacancy on the Board. Any RRA member in good standing wishing to be considered for the position should register that intention at the RRA office. The RRA Board will consider all interested individuals, hold interviews, make a selection, and appoint the new board member.

Qualifications for becoming and maintaining a Director are found in Article VIII, Section 2 of the By-Laws.

Be Prepared, Not Scared. September is National Preparedness Month

The new Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club (RSCPC) wants to remind Shores residents that September is National Preparedness Month. The FEMA flyer linked below contains links to useful articles related to preparing for disasters and other emergencies. Please take a moment to review the information contained on the FEMA website. Proper preparation is the key to keeping you, your loved ones and your property safe.

Watch your Shores news for more details about the RSCPC’s winter preparedness and fire safety event to be held at the clubhouse on November 16, 2019

Columbus, OH – September is National Preparedness Month. It is a great time for Ohioans to take steps now to ensure they are better prepared for any disaster.

“It’s never too late to plan and prepare for disasters,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere, at any time, often without any warning. National Preparedness Month is a good time for individuals and organizations to take steps to be better prepared for the next disaster.”

“Take a few moments today and make plans to protect your loved ones,” said Sima Merick, Executive Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. “Knowing what hazards or severe weather events could impact your area; making and practicing your emergency plans; updating your disaster supply kits – these are just some things everyone can do to be self-sufficient, and to enhance community resilience.”

Don’t think disasters happen in Ohio? Think again. Ohio was hit with 21 tornadoes Memorial Day and the next morning, 15 in the Dayton area, including two EF-3 tornadoes. A Presidential Disaster was declared for 11 Ohio counties for storms from May 27-29. Governor Mike DeWine earlier this month authorized the use of the State Disaster Relief Program to help communities in nine Ohio counties impacted by several severe weather incidents between April and July of this year. Another seven counties are eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Association after storms led to severe flooding in Auglaize County and adjacent counties May 17.

The theme for this year’s Ready campaign is: Prepared, Not Scared. If you know what to do and are prepared for emergencies or disasters, you’re less likely to be scared.

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized annually to promote family and community disaster/emergency planning, not only in September, but throughout the year. NPM is designed to raise awareness and encourage people to prepare themselves for emergencies that could impact their homes, jobs, schools, and communities.

In coordination with FEMA’s Ready campaign, Ohio EMA and ReadyOhio encourage households, county EMAs, businesses, schools, and places of worship to be prepared, and not scared, by participating in NPM’s weekly themes for 2019:

Week 1 (Sept. 1-7)                 Save Early for Disaster Costs

Week 2 (Sept. 8-14)               Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

Week 3 (Sept. 15-21)             Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters

Week 4 (Sept. 22-30)             Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

During National Preparedness Month, Ohio EMA is going to show how to build an emergency preparedness kit on a budget. This safety campaign is dubbed #PrepOnABudget. Ohio EMA will show that you can build a disaster preparedness kit without breaking the bank, buying items that cost about $1 a piece. Follow Ohio EMA on Facebook, Twitter and watch on Nextdoor as they put together a disaster preparedness kit $1 at a time. For more, go to www.ema.ohio.gov.

Additional NPM Actions for Emergency Preparedness:

  • Organize disaster supply kits for your home and vehicles. A supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need, in the event of an emergency. Most items in a basic kit are inexpensive and easy to find. And you might already have a lot of the items in your home. After a disaster happens, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Your disaster kits should have enough food, water, and other essential items to sustain everyone in your home (including pets) for at least three days.
  • Take time to learn life-saving skills – actions you can take to prepare for and protect against disasters and severe weather events. Install smoke, carbon monoxide and natural gas detectors, and test them monthly. Know how to turn off utilities, like water and gas. Talk to your landlord or building manager about evacuation routes and fire safety. Know two ways out of your home in case of a fire and practice evacuation plans.
  • Check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards that might impact your home or community, such as flooding, tornadoes or home fires.
  • Consider the costs associated with disasters. Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used in any crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place. Have small bills on hand because ATMs and credit cards may not work after a disaster when you may need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel or food.

Visit ReadyOhio for additional information on NPM’s weekly themes and Ohio’s Disaster Preparedness on a Budget.

1st Annual STARS Club Rib Cook-Off

The Rib Cook-Off is on! We have cooking teams set and are looking forward to tasting the result! All we need is you!

The event will begin at 6pm on Saturday, September 14th at the Clubhouse.

Your $18 entry fee gets you a People’s Choice ballot, 2 bones from each team, side dishes, n/a beverages, and dessert. Please BYOB. We’re selling tickets at the door until we run out of ribs.

The winner will be added as the 1st entry on the Roaming Shores Rib Cook-Off Plaque and a portion of the proceeds from the event!

Come hungry!

Dredging Update

Dredging is progressing along the southwest channel of the south end of the lake.

The equipment hit the water right after the pools opened for the season and already over 400 loads of sediment have been removed from the lake. Our plan is to start attacking the southeast channel when work is completed on the southwest channel. Aside from a few mechanical breakdowns with the push-boat and general maintenance to the scows, everything has been going smoothly.

The channel is now open from R.L. 21 to Lot 1116.

Ashtabula County Forfeited Land Sale – Sept 16th

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.

Roaming Shores 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.
  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

Office Info:

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085

Located at 1875 US Route 6, Roaming Shores, OH 44085

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Tuesday – Saturday
8am – 6pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday


Office: (440) 563-3170
Fax: (440) 563-5667

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