The RomeRock Board of Directors held their August board meeting on Thursday, August 6th at the clubhouse. Due to the restrictions on gatherings of over 10 people, the meeting could not be open to Members. The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. All directors were present. Cheryl Fain gave the invocation. Minutes of the July meeting were approved, as was the June Treasurer’s report. Nadine Pope advised us that on August 1 approximately 130 letters and statements were sent out to property owners who were delinquent. This was at least the third statement that they have been sent in 2020, with no response. It is important for property owners to realize that when they don’t pay their dues and assessments, we are not able to meet our financial responsibilities. We have much more than just the lake to maintain. In addition to dredging, mowing, maintaining the pools and buildings, we have 26 miles of roads that need to be patched and plowed. Roadsides need to be ditched and culverts installed. In addition, our equipment must be maintained, repaired and eventually replaced. Your dues and assessments are needed for these things and many more and payment is necessary for us to operate.
Long time association employee, Randy Ruebel, our Maintenance Manager, updated the board on dredging, ditching and culvert installations. He let us know that after heavy rains sediment from the lake cannot be moved to the dump site because it is impossible to get it in with a truck. A track hoe would be needed to move it more efficiently. He also has a backlog of ditching and culvert installation requests. There has been an unusually large number of requests this season and required ditching needs to be done first. He also let us know that the weed harvester has been operating. He has to wait until he receives at least three calls in the same area before sending it to a location because of the time involved. If you need the harvester to come to your area, you need to call the office at 440-563-3170 to put in your request.
Our president, Louise Lisac, told us that upon advice of our legal counsel, because we are unable to hold a public Annual Meeting in 2020, letters will be mailed to all members in good standing which will include the 2019 financial report and the annual President’s report. Information will also be included in this letter inviting members to attend a quarterly zoom meeting, the first one scheduled for, Saturday, September 12th. State of Ohio COVID mandates still require there be no mass gatherings of more than 10 people and it doesn’t appear that this will change quickly. We look forward to when we can once again meet in public, but until that happens, Zoom technology will be utilized to better communicate with all residents and provide an opportunity for resident comments. More information concerning this meeting will be included in your letter.
Lake Management reported that they will be conducting a new nutrient study and purchasing a new oxygen meter for the lake. They are also researching what we hope will be effective ways to deal with the algae that we are seeing in our lake. Several of our directors have recently visited Chippewa Lake to see their results in dealing with this problem. Dave Ernes and his committee are working very hard to ensure we have a healthy lake.
Lake Safety reported that our lake patrol stopped 8 boats and 12 jet skis in July. Four citations and 11 warnings were issued. Boaters and those on jet skis need to be sure they observe the no wake areas. The lake safety committee is reviewing the boating rules and regulations and will be updating them over the winter. Boaters and those on jet skis, who do not obey safety rules need to know there will be consequences. We also want to remind everyone who was born after January of 1982, that it is necessary to complete an accredited Boater Safety Course before operating a boat or jet ski.
Dave Emick reported for the Fish Club that Josh Baitt caught the longest fish in July. It was a 38” grass carp that weighed in at 44 lbs.
Cheryl Fain reported for Community Preparedness that the food pantry at beach 2 has been removed and the one at beach 1 has books and toys. Donations of food can be taken to the shelves in the vestibule at the Pasta Oven.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.