Fall Dinner Nov 12th

Friends and Neighbors had a great turn out for its last Fall Dinner! Mark your calendars for the next dinner at 6pm on Friday, November 12th at The Winery at Spring Hill. Entertainment for the evening will be Fred Brazer. Pay on your own.

Our group dinners are a great way to meet your “friends and neighbors” for an evening of food and fellowship at a local restaurant. Newcomers are encouraged to attend!

RSVP is required as we need an accurate number for seating. Please text/call Marilyn Morris at 440-563-1653. Hope you can come join us!

October 2021 Board Meeting Recap

The RomeRock Association Board of Directors held their October board meeting on Saturday, October 2nd at the clubhouse with Scott Soble, Nadine Pope, Cheryl Fain, Bob McClintock and Rick Brothers present.  Also present was Pat Sowry.

President, Scott Soble called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. and it opened with Cheryl Fain giving the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

The minutes of the August meeting were approved and Treasurer, Bob McClintock reviewed the August Treasurer’s Report, which was also approved.

Scott advised those present that there were no legal issues to report at this time. He is, however, working with our legal counsel regarding the feasibility of selling an RRA lot to help raise funds for improvement of our infrastructure.

Under Financial and Collection, Nadine reported that over 60 letters have been sent to members with delinquent accounts during August and September. These letters, sent by both the RRA and our legal counsel, have resulted in about $35,000.00 in payments made to date. Some accounts were paid in full, while others have set up payment plans with the association. The association will continue to monitor all such accounts and if payment is not made, turn them over to our legal counsel for collection. It is not fair to those who pay their dues and assessments to allow these accounts to remain delinquent.

Under Lake Management Dave Ernes explained that the Vodoguard C treatment worked well on our lake this summer. The delay in obtaining the necessary permit also delayed the lake treatment. A spot treatment was attempted later in the summer with mixed results. Now that dredging has begun, samples are being taking to determine the effect that dredging has on the phosphorous levels in our lake. Please remember this this was a test year. Many residents are unhappy that dredging did not start until after Labor Day but this needed to be done to determine what our dredging policies should be going forward. Dave also reported that communication with residents will hopefully be improved next season. He was extremely pleased that toxin levels were much lower this year and algae blooms appeared much later. We are trying to accomplish two things, improve the health of the lake and complete the necessary dredging. More information will be available as soon as the testing results are reviewed.

Lake Safety –Rick reported that thankfully there were no incidents causing injury on our lake over the summer. Both he and Rory are grateful to our Lake Patrol. We had staffing issues this year, along with many other businesses, and hope to be able to increase our Lake Patrol presence on the lake next summer, as well as have a police presence on the lake. Both 2020 and 2021 classes for our police officers were cancelled due to COVID. Remember though that safety on the lake is everyone’s responsibility. Please read the lake safety rules and be sure anyone who uses your watercraft are properly trained to operate it.

Under RRA-RSV Liaison Cheryl reported recent developments from Village Council Meetings. Mayor Jennie also thanked those who attended last week’s meeting and reminded them that there is a special meeting on Tuesday, October 5th to discuss the village recycling site.

Yvonne Gibson reported that Board of Review has no current cases.

Under Building and Facilities Bob reported that upgrades to the bathrooms at both pools are being looked into. This was one of the priorities from our recent amenities survey. The pump house at pool one will also be replaced. It is the original pump house and much too small to house our necessary equipment. Scott also reported that the Kathy Crandell Memorial Pavilion is nearly funded, all through donations. Construction will begin as soon as materials from vendors are delivered. It is our hope to schedule our first concert in June, 2022.

Under Administration Nadine reported that she Scott and Bob met with Maintenance Supervisor Randy Rubel to go over his requests to be included in the 2022 budget. They also met with Jen Addair and Pat Sowry to discuss and updates planned for next year. They try to meet with employees each month to review any issues or concerns that may have arisen.

Under Amenities Rick reported that the Pickle Ball Club has become very active. They are using the basketball court at Sunset Park to play several times weekly. Rick will be working with Bob to develop a plan to upgrade the bathrooms at the pools. Nadine also noted that the contractor hired to resurface the tennis courts failed to begin the project after several weeks of promises. Randy will reach out for quotes after the first of the year so we can schedule a reliable contractor to do this project early next spring. Once completed it will have one tennis court and two pickle ball courts.

Cheryl reported that the Community Preparedness Club worked with Police Chief Roskos and several hundred volunteers at an event to package meals for those in need. Cheryl even was on Channel 19 when they covered the volunteer event.

Dawn Longo reported for the Environmental Advocacy Club. She reported that there were nearly 40 members at the August 14th meeting. The EAC is working closely with Lake Management to improve both the health of our lake and our dredging capabilities. She noted that it will take time to develop the long range plan but is encouraged by what has been accomplished so far.

Under New Business the board passed a Resolution removing Nicole Swinteck from the Board of Review at her request and adding Glenn Jackson, Cindy Massey and Marie Kaufman.

Several members in attendance voiced their displeasure at the late start for dredging at the South end of the lake. Dredging was begun after Labor Day this year in an effort to see the effect it has on phosphorous in the lake. Scott explained that this was a test year and the maintenance department will continue dredging there this year as long as weather allows.

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, November 6th at 10 a.m at the clubhouse.

Leaves a Falling

Dave Ernes – Lake Management Committee 

Once again it is time for the annual falling leaves article. By the time this article is published, we may be days or weeks away from the time when the trees become a painting of fall colors. The problem starts once they fall.  

Every year, it is a good idea to remind residents that blowing their leaves into the lake is wrong, and that you can be fined. (The fines range from $100 for first offense to $300 and loss of membership rights for the third.) This also applies to grass clippings and other lawn debris. 

Why is this the case? Because leaves are high in nutrients. The Planet Natural Research Center web site states that 50-80 percent of the nutrients that trees absorb end up in their leaves. If the leaves end up in the lake, they will decompose, releasing their stored nutrients that are then available in the fall or next spring to trigger algal blooms. 

If you think this is an issue just for those living on the lake, leaves accumulating in the drainage culverts in off-lake properties can breakdown and the resulting high nutrient “tea” will flow into the lake through fall rain events.  

What you CAN do:  

  • Most articles suggest that you mulch your leaves when mowing.  Mowing more often in the fall will allow your mulching mower to do the hard work for you. When they are mulched into small pieces, the nutrients can be extracted much easier by water or rain and become absorbed by the soil (not the lake!) reducing the need to use as much commercial fertilizer in the spring. And it’s free! 
  • The common answer of course is to bag your leaves each fall.  You can always have your landscaper do it for you, or a young student looking for some quick cash. Whoever does it, they should all follow the guidelines of the Association. 
  • If you do collect the leaves, and don’t want to use them to protect your plants or to produce compost, you can dispose of them, along with other fall debris, in the Compost Site rather than the trash. This site is a great Roaming Shores resource! (A key can be obtained from the RRA office or Village Hall during normal hours. Special arrangements can be made to keep the key during off-hours.) 

As we move forward with our efforts to reduce nutrients entering the lake, every effort we do is money saved. Remember, with everyone doing their part, we will get to our goal that much faster because it’s always best to … 

Be Lake Responsible 

Ashtabula Forfeited Land Sale – Oct 29th

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.

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.

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.

List of Roaming Shores properties

List of all properties

Map of all properties

The properties listed have been foreclosed upon for delinquent taxes and are being offered for sale on one (1) 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 on Wednesday, October 29th at 9am registration, 10am auction start in the Ashtabula County Commissioner’s hearing room, sometimes referred to as the “Old Court House,” located at:

The auction will be held at the Jefferson Community Center located at:

11 East 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. In order to help us comply with
  2. Covid Safety Guidelines, we ask that only one person per household attend the sale, Seating will be reserved to registered bidders if our room bec

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.”

Road Repair and Maintenance

This year, the RRA allocated $120K in the budget for the maintenance and repair of our private roads. We currently have approximately 26 miles of association owned roadway. The question has been asked, why did we choose to use Chip and Seal vs Traditional Paving this year? The reasons are as follows:

  1. Our road budget only enables the RRA to asphalt less than one mile of road per year. It would take approximately 30+ years to fully repave every road and the useful life of asphalt is far less than that. Meaning, we would be repairing surfaces well before the total project was completed. Repaving all roads would cost the community $4-5M which is not available in our limited budget and would require a major homeowner assessment. We do not have the borrowing power for that level of major infrastructure project, so it would have to be paid upfront by Roaming Shores residents.
  2. Chip and Seal allowed us to coat and repair 4.2 miles of our roads this year. With the current plan, all needed road repairs could done within 5 years, possibly faster, without requesting additional funds from the community. As the Chip and Seal lifespan ages out over 5 years, we can continue repeating the process. This is all with our current allocated budget funds in today’s dollars.

We understand that this process causes initial dust issues, which nobody likes. It is also not the ideal solution in a perfect world with unlimited funds. However, it is our obligation as a board to use the community funding and resources as effectively and responsibly as possible. It is also our obligation to look for long term solutions and potentially this could solve some of our road challenges. The success will be reevaluated in the spring after winter plowing and we will keep everyone informed.

The board appreciates the community support as the goal is always to do our best for Roaming Shores.

The RRA Board of Directors

2021 Halloween Parade

October 30th – 3pm to 5pm


Due to the overwhelming number positive responses that we received in reference to last year’s Halloween event and in lieu of our Trick-or-Treat after party at the clubhouse we have decided to move forward with another Halloween Parade in 2021.

On October 30th at approximately 2:30 motorcade participants (candy throwers) will begin to line up on Plum Creek Drive. At 3:00 the motorcade will depart the area and follow a predetermined route through the Village of Roaming Shores. During the Parade, participants will disperse treats to all costumed viewers standing along the route.

Also during the Parade, four costume contest judges; located at the very front of the motorcade, will judge all of those individuals who are dressed in a costume. A $20.00 prize will be awarded to the (8) eight best costumes and to (2) two of the best decorated vehicles/floats in the motorcade. An additional $25.00 prize will be awarded to the overall best in show costume, vehicle or float.

Those participating in the motorcade Lineup will begin at approximately 2:30 and will depart at 3:00. It will take approximately an hour to complete the entire route.Motorcade participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicle and/or a pull behind float. Those participating as viewers: Safety is our first concern, please be extremely cautious and stay off of the roadway until the motorcade has passed.Be sure to have some sort of large sign with your address numbers on it to hold up as the judges pass by. After the drive-by, we will go to the address to distribute prize money and photograph the costume contest winners.Those residing off the per-determined route should make arrangements to utilize a portion of a neighbor’s yard, a vacant utility right-of-way or an RL lot.

If you are unable to participate in the motorcade, donated candy and monetary donations will be accepted at the RRA office located on RT6 or at the Roaming Shores Village Hall located on Hayford Road during normal business hours. All monetary donations will be utilized to purchase candy to be distributed during the Parade.

We look forward to seeing you on the 30th !

Be sure to swing by the RSPD’s canopy at the tennis courts after the parade and during Trick-or-Treat for a hotdog, hamburger or cup of cider! Trick-or_Treat will be from 5pm to 7pm.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the RRA at IT@roamingshores.org or the Village of Roaming Shores Police Department at rspd@roamingshorespd.org

Rib Cook-Off Recap

The 3rd Annual Roaming Shores Rib Cook-Off sponsored by the S.T.A.R.S. (Social Times At Roaming Shores) Club was another triumph success & sold out within 2 weeks of presale tickets! With the 2020 Winner as going to COVID, everyone was ready to participate, eat, have fun & socialize! It was a fun & friendly rival among the 8 teams and they were able to sample each other’s mouthwatering fall-off-the-bone delicious ribs! This year’s winning team is Smokin’ Pyro with Ken Clark as the Head Chef and team members Chris Sukalac, Brad Wieck, and Casey Clark. They get their name on the plaque, bragging rights for a year, $100 (double their entry fee) & returns next year as a judge on Saturday, September 3, 2022! Start getting your Rib Cook-off Team together! Juicy Bonez” Team with Tom Graham, Kathryn Christoph, Jo Jenkin, and Larry Somrac is the 2021 People’s Choice winner. They got a bottle of Vodka to celebrate!

Our judges this year were Dan Fultz our previous winner, Mayor Jennie D’Amicone representing the RSV, and Board Member Cheryl Fain representing the RRA.

Thank you to our other amazing chefs and their teams:
John Hanyock & Vicki Miller
Polar Bear Club – Bryan Fier and Chris Plickert
SBIR ADANAC – Brian Cannon
A.R.B.R.T – David, Barb, Scott Emick and Deanna Edwards
Set to Stun – Dave Hughes & Howard Tuttle
Satterlee – Jon Satterle

A big thank you to those who donated gift baskets, Melinda Fier, Polar Bear Club, Marie Kaufman, John & Mary Lou Watt, Barb Buckley and Sandro & Jennie D’Amicone of Roaming Rock Marina.

Thank you to all for your generous support, to our volunteers for your efforts and for donating your time and last, but certainly not least, to the S.T.A.R.S. Club! Check out the album below for more pictures from our event!

Algal Toxin Retest Results

In response to the high algal toxin reading reported Thursday, we worked with our Lake Advisor to retest the two beaches. This was only done for the algal toxins; the bacteria test was not repeated. The results show that BOTH Beach 1 and Beach 2 are now below the EPA Advisory limit for algal toxin (microcystin). Based on the rapid change in results after only three days, it is now suspected that the previous high value was the result of a sampling error, but we cannot confirm this independently. After discussing the test results with our Advisor, they suggest that we remove the Advisory signs and return to a normal lake condition. It is still advisable for everyone to avoid contact with an active algal bloom anywhere on the lake. This is especially true for those most susceptible, including small children, those who are immune compromised, and pets. Enjoy your weekend.

Testing is conducted at the two beaches on Monday morning of the designated week. Results may not indicate the conditions on the lake at other locations or times. Bacterial levels may be elevated following a rain event. It is also advisable to avoid direct contact with an active algal bloom.

Microcystin Algal Toxin   E.coli Bacteria
West Beach 1 East Beach 2   West Beach 1* East Beach 2*
         

Note: An asterisk indicates that posting of a warning sign has been recommended.

                No data available
  Results below advisory levels
  Results exceed advisory level
  Toxin level above elevated advisory level AVOID CONTACT WITH LAKE

If you have any questions please contact the Lake Management Committee at romerocklmc@gmail.com.

 

Follow-up After Treatment

Some of our residents have reported seeing clumps of green and brown slime on the water surface. There are also reports of odors. Both of these are the result of the recent Vodaguard C algae treatment. In the main part of the lake, this is slowly dissipating. It is not dissipating as quickly in the coves and some protected areas. At this point, we have been told to not attempt to rake or stir up the clumps. Also, avoid contact with any floating clumps you may see. Hopefully, the forecast for rain will help to alleviate the situation. It is unfortunate that the attempt to fix one problem resulted in another. We are working with our lake advisors, Enviroscience and AquaDoc and will use this knowledge as we move forward.

As always, it is not a good idea to swim or come in contact with an Algal bloom, regardless if it is dead or active.

The Board and LMC

Polar Bear Club Clam Bake Oct 2nd

Mark your calendars! The Polar Bear Club will be hosting a Clam Bake and Chicken Dinner on Saturday, October 2nd. Tickets are available at the Marina, RRA Office, or or call Melinda Fier at 330-507-4917. Tickets are sold in advance of the event and sales will close September 18th.

Clam Dinners are $25.00 – Chicken Dinners are $20.00. Extra clam tickets will be available for $10.00.

Club members are doing the cooking and they are full half chickens this year. Seating will be 4:00pm and 4:30pm. We purchased 2 large clam pots and have a third donated. Dinner includes 12 clams, chicken, corn on the cob, baked potato, dessert, salad and bread.

Mail checks to RSPBC
C/O Melinda Fier
62 Rockaway Drive
Roaming Shores, OH 44085
330-507-4917

Clam Bake Raffle Items

During the Clam Bake, the Polar Beat Club will be raffling off an RRA logo Cornhole Board and a Paddleboard. Tickets at $1/each or 6 for $5 and will be available at the Marina, RRA Office, or call Melinda at 330-507-4917.

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