March 2021 Board Meeting Recap

The RomeRock Association Board of Directors held their March board meeting on Saturday, March 13th at the Village Office with Louise Lisac, Rory Marshall, Scott Soble, Nadine Pope, Cheryl Fain and Rick Brothers present.  Dave Emick was unable to attend. This was a zoom meeting available to all members to attend virtually. The meeting was attended by approximately 35 residents.

The meeting opened with Cheryl Fain giving the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Louise Lisac began the meeting with the President’s comments. She is hopeful that we will be able to meet in person in the near future, but at this time, we still must follow Covid guidelines. Our Annual meeting will be held virtually this year on Saturday, April 24th.  The meeting will be held at the Village Hall and a small audience will be allowed to attend in person. Details concerning this will be published in future eblasts. Louise also addressed clubhouse rentals which are still currently on hold due to Covid guidelines. Our clubhouse does not fall into the classification of a restaurant or banquet hall, so those guidelines do not apply. Louise thanked members of the Polar Bear Club for finding a way to hold the plunge on a limited basis, because the funds raised are so important to our local students.

The February meeting minutes were approved, as were the January and February Treasurer’s reports. Payment of dues and assessments decreased substantially in February and  treasurer Scott Soble urged everyone to be sure to pay them before the May 1 deadline.

Randy Ruebel, our Maintenance Manager, was present to give an overview of what our maintenance department has been doing over the winter. In addition to snow plowing, maintenance and repairs are being done on much of our equipment. Roads are being cold patched and roadsides cleaned up from snow plowing. Plans for early spring are to remove the bathroom located at Lunar and Sunset and to put a new roof on the bathroom at the site of old pool 4. This building is now being used for storage. The seawall by the clubhouse will be replaced in early spring as well as some tree removal and stump grinding by the clubhouse.

Under legal Louise reported that the association has used the expertise of our legal counsel, David King and that of Kaman and Cuismano, a legal firm that specializes in homeowner associations, to be sure that we are correctly following Covid guidelines. It is much safer to reach out to experts to be sure we are handling things appropriately.

In our financial update Nadine Pope answered a question concerning delinquent accounts sent in by a resident. We are unable to provide an exact amount of delinquent dues and assessments because the 2021 payments are technically not past due until after May 1 and the total due is reflected on the bills. We are currently compiling a list of delinquent accounts that will have liens placed on their properties and reinstating liens that have expired. Our legal counsel is contacting some delinquent members as well. After May 1, we will be sending out collection letters. We have made a good deal of progress with collection over the past two years, and it is an ongoing process. These funds are extremely important to the association. They fund all areas of our community and it is unfair to those who pay on time to have to carry the load of those who do not.

Under Lake Management Louise explained the process taken to decide on hiring EnviroScience as our lake advisor. They have a long history with and a wealth of knowledge about our lake. They also do not sell product, but just recommend what is needed. They are currently reviewing past studies and will come up with a short term plan to treat symptoms and a long range plan to bring our lake back into a healthy balance.  A steering committee representing the RRA Board with two board members and representatives from Lake Management, the Fishing Club and the EAC will review all suggestions that will ultimately be sent to the board with the steering committee recommendations. Louise also noted that RL lots will need to act as buffer zones for our lake and will no longer be mowed by the association.

Dave Ernes advised us that it is up to all of us to help. Our properties. both on and off lake, have to act as buffer zones for things that go into and affect our lake. Our water testing procedure will remain the same this year with results being posted on the web site as soon as received and included in the following Monday’s eblast.

Lake Safety – Rory reported that new buoys have been purchased to replace those that were damaged and all buoys will be relabeled to specifically reflect their purpose – i.e. NO WAKE, or HAZARD AREA. When members come to the office to purchase their boat usage stickers, they will be given a key chain with both the Marina and Lake Patrol telephone numbers. This is a joint project with the Marina to help boaters to be able to contact someone in case of an emergency on the lake. They will be available after next week. If you have already purchased your sticker, you can stop in and pick up your key chain. We need to remember that our lake is a private lake and sharing of key fobs for entry to the lake is not permitted. These will be closely monitored this season, so please do not share with non members.

Another area of concern is guests on the lake. Please remember that the member is responsible for making sure their guests are properly trained in the operation of any watercraft that you allow them to drive on our lake. We had two serious accidents on our lake last summer and certainly don’t want to see that happen again. Please be sure to read our rules and regulations, especially our 10 Commandments of Boating, before you let anyone operate your equipment.

Louise thanked Dave Emick for his service to the board. He will retire from the board at the end of April but will still be active as president of the Fishing Club. Rory Marshall will continue to serve on the board for another three year term and he will be joined by Robert McClintock. Mr. McClintock told us he is looking forward to becoming involved in his community and hopes to make it his full time residence in the near future.

 Louise also welcomed Wendy Carley, our new part time office employee. Wendy will be helping with the operation of our office and serving as back up for Jen and Pat when they are not able to be there. Welcome Wendy.

Under Amenities Rick reported that we will be discussing pool openings and any changes in restrictions at our April meeting. We are hopeful that by then there will updates in Covid guidelines. We are getting information for resurfacing the tennis and basketball courts and will be looking at creating pickle ball courts. Rick is also planning to begin having New Member Orientations quarterly once restrictions are lifted. This will allow people who are new to the shores to meet with current residents and get information about our clubs and amenities.

Under the EAC (Environmental Advocacy Club), Dawn Longo is the new president and the club will have a report at our annual meeting. Thank you to Chris Lisac for leading this group during his time as president.

Our Strategic Advisory Committee is working to give the board input and future guidance by evaluating our amenities. What needs improvement, what are we doing right, what needs to be changed? We want to thank Joe Eardley and Steve Kaufman to leading this group. It’s still brand new but already a great benefit to our community.

Cheryl reported that the Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club will be meeting virtually on Monday to discuss future programs.

Louise reported that a new club is being formed. It doesn’t have an official name yet, but we’ll call it the Neighborhood Cleanup Club for now. Jim and Sally Fell are heading this up to help make our community more beautiful. Help with painting picnic tables, weeding flower beds – things of this type that there isn’t always time for our maintenance crew to do in the summer when they’re busy with mowing and taking care of the pools and the lake. More information will be available soon.

Under STARS club – we are hopeful that we can have our annual Fireworks over the 4th of July weekend. Thanks to all who have donated. No association funds are used for the fireworks. Please donate if you are able. Jen Addair is coordinating this year’s 5K Run and it appears it will be held in person with staggered starts. More information will follow soon.

Under New Business, upon recommendation of our lake advisor, the board voted to allow RRA members in good standing to contract with AquaDoc for invasive weed control in 2021.

The question was asked about having a Spring Clean up Day. The village has let us know it will be held on May 1 in the clubhouse parking lot. More information will follow.

Please remember that the Board takes your questions and comments seriously and will respond.

The meeting adjourned at 11:20.

President’s Comments – March 2020

Welcome to our quarterly Zoom Meeting.  We are hopeful that sometime soon we will be able to resume face to face meetings.  The mass gathering mandate is still in effect.  Please know that our property owner association is not a public entity but a private entity and thus subject to specific rules.  I spoke with legal counsel last week and Ashtabula County has failed to respond to a request to make property owner associations an essential business.  

Because of this we will hold our Annual Meeting thru Zoom technology and not in person.  A power point presentation will be part of the program.  The meeting will be held in the Village Hall and will determine how many people can legally attend in person. Reservations will be made on a first come, first serve basis.  Please watch the E-blast for more information.  A mailing will also be sent to each member with specific information.  Since there were two board seats available and only two members applied for those positions we do not have any election items to deal with.

Questions regarding Covid procedures include Clubhouse rental.  You may have read or heard about catering changes but remember our clubhouse is not a restaurant or a banquet hall.  It is simply an amenity that is available for our members.  Upon advice from our legal council we will not rent out the clubhouse until mandates have changed.  Our own Shores clubs can use the facility but it is their responsibility to ensure appropriate social distancing.

I want to thank your board members for facing head on the challenges not just with Covid but with tackling the hard decisions that are necessary to ensure we continue to invest in our neighborhoods and lake community.  They make tough decisions and I want to assure all of you there are no personal agendas….only a desire to do what is right for our membership. They have been meeting on a regular basis and developing plans for lake safety and lake health. 

I also want to thank our Mayor, Jennie, and Village Council for allowing us to use their facility and technology to make these meetings possible.  As our Mayor has said, one lake, one community. We all need to work together to make Roaming Shores the best lake community in Ohio.  Please get involved.  There are many Clubs and Committees that could use your talent and your time.  It’s a great place to meet some neighbors as well.

On a closing note, I want to ask everyone to consider donating to the Polar Bear Plunge this year.  During this Covid Pandemic it is not open to the public but the kids who benefit from the Scholarship dollars that are raised from this event need the money more than ever.  If you are able, please be generous and help this organization make this year’s event not only fun for those that are able to participate but make it meaningful for those that benefit from the dollars that are raised.  My thanks and appreciation to the members of this club for not just taking the easy way out and canceling it but for finding a creative way to make it happen.

Tips from the EAC

“no-wake zones” at Roaming Shores


Definition of a “wake” by Eric Sparks, published May 04, 2017:
“A ‘wake’ is the waves created as a vessel travels through the water. A ‘no-wake zone’ is an
area where vessels are expected to travel at slow (idle) speeds to minimize the
wake…..Public safety is often the primary reason for establishing and enforcing no-wake
areas, and that is why most no-wake zones are near boat launches, docks or residential
areas. While public safety is the reason many of these zones are established, the reduction
of wakes in these areas also has benefits for the waterfront property owners and the
environment”


The Environmental Advocacy Club (EAC) recognizes that our lake is unique and so are the needs
for placement and enforcement of “No Wake Zones”. From the origins as Rock Creek, our Lake is
narrower than an average lake in Ohio. Maintaining this lake, which is traversed by boats with
unlimited horsepower engines, is complex. First, Roaming Rock Lake is the largest privately-owned
lake in Ohio, and it is our responsibility to maintain it. Second, with two major arms (plum Creek Arm
& Sugar Creek Arm) and over ten smaller coves there are numerous waterways that require special
piloting for safety. Third, continual water flowing from Rock Creek and the lake’s coves is sediment
rich. Wakes are waves and the waves in “No Wake Zones” are causing shoreline erosion and stirs
up bottom sediment, which contribute to poor water quality. This is critical information because idle
speed or minimal steerage speed is necessary to prevent stirring up bottom sediment in these
shallow areas.

In a paper written by David N. Nedohin and P. Elefsinotis “The Effects of Motorboats on Water
Quality in Shallow Lakes” proved that motorboat activity creates enough disturbance on the
bottom sediment
to release the stored phosphorous into the overlying water. A more detail report
by Timothy R. Asplund with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and University of
Wisconsin Report: “Boats may interact with the aquatic environment by a variety of mechanisms,
including emissions and exhaust, propeller contact, turbulence from the propulsion system, waves
produced by movement
, noise, and movement itself. In turn, each of these impacting mechanisms
may have multiple effects on the aquatic ecosystem. Sediment resuspension, water pollution,
disturbance of fish and wildlife, destruction of aquatic plants, and shoreline erosion are the major
areas of concern”.

While the EAC is not advocating reducing or restricting further boating use on our lake to help with
lake quality, we are asking that all boat owner please observe the “No wake Zones”. Presently, 30-
50% of boats in these areas leave visible waves. In order to have a healthier lake we all can do a
small part to eliminate shoreline erosion and improve lake quality at least in the areas designated.

2021 Early Bird Drawing #8

The winners of the 8th Early Bird Drawing for 2021 and recipients of $150 are Andrew and Jennifer Call (Lot #1072)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $100. There are only 2 drawings left!

Virtual RRA Directors Meeting March 13th

The Board of Directors has scheduled a virtual meeting for interested members Saturday, March 13th at 10am. Because there is still a restriction of mass gatherings greater than ten people, there will be no in-person opportunities for attendance. Our Association is a private entity and is subject to the Ohio mandates put in place to stop the spread of Covid. Please feel free to forward any comments, questions or suggestions to board@roamingshores.org.

Additionally, we will take member comments at the end of the meeting. To participate, please email board@roamingshores.org; include your name, lot number, and email address. While we wish we could accommodate everyone, a maximum of ten member participants is in place due to time restraints. We will email your scheduled time for comment. Please keep all comments to three minutes or less. Thank you. The entire board is looking forward to spending a little virtual time with all of you. As always, we are committed to respond to any and all comments, questions or concerns received from members. We can’t wait until we can all get together on a regular basis. None of us is happy with this “new normal” and don’t want to keep it around a minute longer than needed. RRA Quarterly Saturday Meeting – March 13th – 10am

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2021 Early Bird Drawing #7

The winner of the 7th Early Bird Drawing for 2021 and recipient of $200 is William Randorf (Lot #493)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $150.

Nutrient Budget Model

By David Ernes – Lake Management Committee

In order to reduce the incidence of algal blooms, one must reduce the nutrient load that feeds it. But first you need to know where to focus your efforts.  That is where a Nutrient Budget comes into play, something we recently contracted for Lake Roaming Rock. This is basically a modeling study whereby the various sources of nutrients (primarily phosphorous and nitrogen) are characterized. This includes measurements for both the internal sources (mainly from legacy sediment), watershed sources (run-off and stream inflows) as well as waterfowl and precipitation contributions. The results indicated that the former two constitute the major sources.

The internal loading portion was determined by collecting surface sediment samples from three location in the deeper areas of the lake, followed by analysis of the types of phosphorous detected. The results found elevated levels of phosphorous bound to iron that can be released under low oxygen conditions such as observed for our lake. This means that by reducing this source of phosphorous we can substantially reduce the growth of algae. The overall load from the sediment can be used to make cost-benefit calculations for various remediation approaches available such as aeration, alum, and others.  Several recent articles discussed these approaches.  The data also showed that the organic content of this sediment was only 11-13%, considered to be low. This means that the level of lake “slime” (a term often used to describe the degrading mass of leaves, plants, etc. on the lake bottom) often targeted by some vendors, may not be as effective for our lake.

The external loading is primarily from the watershed. This represents over 40,000 acres of land, 86 times the size of the lake. Literature data indicates that 42% of the watershed is agricultural.  In more detail, this area is subdivided into 86 defined sub-watersheds. From the modeling data for each, it is possible to identify sections of the watershed showing higher nutrient loadings. In this way, we can focus our efforts for nutrient reduction. This is important as the estimates suggest that 62% of the total phosphorous load to our lake is from the watershed.

With the recent appointment of our Lake Advisor, plans are advancing for them to make recommendations for short-term treatments for 2021 as we move to the ultimate long-term goal of improving our greatest asset. This Nutrient model is one more tool to be used to select the one(s) best suited for our lake. Remember…

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2021 Early Bird Drawing #6

The winner of the 6th Early Bird Drawing for 2021 and recipient of $250 is Robert Cater (Lot #1895)! Congratulations!

Next week’s drawing will be for $200.

2/22/21 Boil Alert Lifted

Update: We have just received the lab results back. The Boil Alert that was enacted after last week’s water main break on Rome Rock Creek Rd has been lifted. The affected households no longer need to boil drinking water. Thanks again for your patience and to our hard working crew!

RSCPC Pantry Update

As many of you may remember, when COVID began the Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club (RSCPC) with the help of Denny Crandall and Howard Tuttle established two free community pantries at the Clubhouse and at Pool Two. The pantries were quickly and generously stocked by the residents of Roaming Shores. At one point, the shelves at Pool Two were so full the pantry literally collapsed! Anyone in the area in need of groceries for any reason was welcome to help themselves. Some residents even donated home sewn masks and children’s books and toys. All of these items found useful homes with appreciative neighbors. As the weather warmed up, it was not possible to continue leaving food in the pantries. Michelle and Craig at the Pasta Oven kindly stepped in to offer space in the restaurant’s foyer to house the pantry. 

Today, nearly a year after quarantine began, the free pantry is still in use at the Pasta Oven. Members of the RSCPC regularly check the shelves, and the employees at the Pasta Oven are happy to run outdoors to accept curbside donations of non-perishable food items if you do not want to get out of your car! Anyone in the area who needs groceries is welcome to help themselves. Please limit your donations to non-perishable items within their expiration dates…no homemade or alcoholic items, please!

The free community pantry is available whenever the restaurant is open (Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM). For more information, contact the RSCPC club secretary at 440-485-0688, by email at marie.kaufman@gmail.com, or by calling the Pasta Oven at 440-563-9529.

Lake Dam Status

Lake Level Updates:
Wake lights have been turned off

Current Valve Status: Closed

Reason: Lake level has returned to normal levels

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