Shores Strong!

Leave what you can.  Take what you need!
 
Mini Food Pantry locations are now at the Clubhouse Parking Lot and at Beach 2 by the pool!

Kathy Crandall making the first generous donation to our neighborhood food pantry cupboards! A huge thank you to both Kathy and Dennis Crandall as well as both Howard Tuttle and Christina White for making this possible! Roaming Shores, what a great place to live because of wonderful people! Now we need your help to spread the word!

The mini pantry movement is a grassroots, crowdsourced solution to immediate and local need. Whether a need for food or a need to give, mini pantries help neighbors feed neighbors, nourishing neighborhoods.  It allows for neighbors to put non perishable food  in the cupboard and it allows for neighbors who need the food to help themselves and feed their families.   It is totally on the honor system and is a self help program.  Simply take your non perishable items at your convenience and put them on the shelves.  If you need to feed yourself and/or your family, do not hesitate to take the food and use it in your home.  They will be open 24 hours a day and have no locks.

We live in an amazing community with truly amazing neighbors!  This COVID-19 attack has left all of us reeling from uncertainty to reeling from financial changes.  Many of us have felt like there is little we can do to change things. From a high level that’s true,  but from a local level each one of us can make a difference.  Several of our own have made that difference a very positive one!
 
Christina White, a local resident who has worked in the past with the Community Preparedness Club setting up informational seminars. Christina contacted me and suggested we consider installing a local food “cupboard” where residents could leave non perishable food for other residents who need it right now.  This type of movement is taking place all over our country.
 
Not to be outdone, Dennis Crandall and Howard Tuttle, came to the rescue and provided the “cupboards”.  A big thank you to them for their prompt generosity and action.
 
The Roaming Shores Community Preparedness Club will sponsor and monitor the program.  Please spread the word!  This is for all of us!  It is blessed to be a giver!  It is blessed to be a receiver!  That’s what community is all about!   While we can’t invite each other to dinner, we can invite our neighbors to take what is needed to fix a nourishing meal for themselves and their family.
 
In addition, you may leave small toys, books or puzzles for some added entertainment.  A small supply of bags and boxes will be at each location for your convenience.
 
Spread the word to your Shores neighbors and friends!
Let everyone know of this neighborhood sharing program!  Any suggestions or questions can be emailed to lakeroamrockprepared@gmail.com or contact me directly at lowreylouise@gmail.com.

Goosebusters: Good job so far!

By Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Lake Management Committee

I have begun to see goslings hatching out around May 1st.  We did a pretty good job neutralizing the goose nests that were located earlier thanks to the support and reports we received from many concerned residents.  Now and through June is the time to be vigilant in watching for goslings and begin harassing them the day they show up.  The longer you wait, the harder our job is to get rid of them. 

According to Geoffery Westerfield of the ODNR, harassing the goslings is very important for limiting the number of resident geese on our lake during the rest of the year.  Separating the goslings from their parents even for a short time is an effective form of harassment.  Geoffery advises that whenever you can, try to separate goslings from the adult geese by stepping between them shooing the goslings away from the adults by waving your arms and making loud noises (do not make contact).  “Don’t stop anywhere short of the geese leaving your property”, says Geoffery.  Simply chasing them to the water or the neighbor will not keep the geese off of your property (and is actually also counterproductive).  Geese will “shift” around the property, especially those without goslings.  Keep up the consistent and persistent harassment. Your goal is to send the message to the adult geese that your property is not a safe place to raise their young and to the goslings that Lake Roaming Rock can be a scary place.

June 1st is an important date.  Geese will begin to molt (i.e. lose their flight feathers) around June 1st.  If you don’t harass them off the property by that date, it becomes very difficult to remove them and you will likely be stuck with the geese till mid-July.

Geese excrement is a contributor to the E. coli levels in our lake.  In addition, it provides excess nutrients that feed the algae and weeds.  We love our geese, but a few less wouldn’t hurt either.  Thanks for being lake responsible!

 

General Information During COVID-19 Situation (Updated 5/15)

Check this page for the latest

RomeRock Association Information

Contacting us

The RRA Office Hours are 9am to 5pm 7 Days a Week. No walk-ins will be accepted. You will need to schedule a time/day to come down to the office. If you do come to inside the office, face masks are required. Please leave a message on our answering machine if you call and we’re not able to answer. You can always email us, as well.

Dan Mullins – Operations Manager
Pat Sowry – Office Manager
Jen Addair – Office Assistant, Communications (please direct boat registration questions to me)
Rick Brothers – Board President

Dues and Assessments

While Dues and Assessments are due by May 1st, the Board of Directors has voted to not assess late fees until July 1st. To those who would like to register their watercraft with the RRA, your Dues and Assessments must be paid in full first. You can mail your payment to P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085, use the blue dropbox on our office’s porch, utilize your bank’s bill pay option, or Pay Online (follow the directions at the bottom of the page).

RRA Watercraft Decals

The Online RRA Watercraft Decal system seems to be working out really well so far. Remember to include the numbers that come after OH (or your appropriate State’s lettering) e.g. OH1234AB.

The RRA will send out an invoice via PayPal once all of the necessary information has been received. You don’t have to pay via PayPal, but we will not send out decals before we have receipt of your payment. You must have your Dues and Assessments paid in full before the RRA can process your decals. 2019 decals are now valid until 5/22/2020. If your State Registration is expired, you must work with ODNR for your voucher letter first before being permitted to have your watercraft in State waters. That includes Lake Roaming Rock. 

ODNR Registrations: If you are still waiting on your State registration, Haines Marine in Andover is able to process Ohio watercraft registration, once again. They are located at 6431 State Route 85, Andover, Ohio 44003 440-293-5156. If you’re in Lake County, we’ve received word that Great Lakes Boat Works in Painesville is processing registrations, as well 440-354-2628.

Going out on the lake is a great way to practice social distancing while also enjoying time outside of the house, however, if you do go out, State laws, the RRA Boating Rules, and Common Sense still apply.

Common Areas

For safety reasons, the playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts have been closed.

The Clubhouse is closed to all Group functions. This includes all Club meetings, Board Meetings, Committees, etc. All current rentals are being refunded on a week to week basis. There will be no new rentals of the Clubhouse for 2020 accepted at this time.

We are just as hopeful as you are that our summer fun will be unaffected by COVID-19. However at this time, we can make no promises as to when our Common Areas will be reopened for use. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. These are extraordinary circumstances.

Pools

Despite being a “private” lake community, our pools (and any pool not on a private residence, i.e. your own personal home) are defined by the Ohio Revised Code as a Public Swimming Pool. When our pools can be reopened is up to the State.

5-14 Update: Pools can reopen May 26th. We are awaiting guidelines to be posted by the State and pending approval from the RRA Board of Directors and the Ashtabula County Health Dept. Guarantees will not be made whether we will open ON the 26th. Please be patient, prior to the announcement on May 14th, it wasn’t clear if we were going to be able to open the pools at all.

Membership Cards

5-14 Update: We will begin mailing out Membership Cards to all who Approved Members who have paid their Dues and Assessments in full. If you prefer to have us hold your cards for pickup, please let us know ASAP. Cards will be mailed the week of the 18th.

Roaming Shores Village Information

Residents are encouraged to either mail (PO Box 237, Roaming Shores, OH 44084), drop off your water/sewer bill in the outdoor mailbox near the Village Hall front door (2500 Hayford Rd), or pay on-line. If you would like to start paying your bill on-line, contact Leeann at 440-563-3132 or Email to help you set it up.

  • Village main phone #: 440-563-3132. Email Leeann
  • Water/Sewer Emergencies: 440-563-3146
  • Water/Sewer Billing: 440-563-3132. Email Leeann
  • Zoning/Village Administrator: 440-805-9018. Email Carl
  • Village Mayor: Email Jennie
  • Roaming Shores Police Dept (non-emergency): 440-563-3135. Email
  • Emergencies: 911

Compost Site

The Compost Site located off of Route 6 across from Lake Vue Dr is owned and operated by Roaming Shores Village. You can call the Village at 440-563-3132 to make arrangements to get a Compost Key.

Cleanup Day Postponed

Due to COVID-19, Village Council has voted to postpone its Cleanup Day which is normally held the first weekend in May. The current plan is to reschedule for Fall on September 29th.

Aquatic Weed Control at Private Docks

Roaming Shores Lake Management understands that aquatic plants can offer many benefits in our lake, and some native plant growth is essential in maintaining a balanced ecosystem.  However, aquatic vegetation can quickly turn into nuisance growth when invasive plant species, most significantly Eurasian watermilfoil, crowd out native species, and thus negatively impact enjoyment of boating, fishing, swimming, and beauty of our lake.  Watershed infusion of excessive nutrients over the past several years has exacerbated the problem.  Our Board of Directors has received many complaints from residents indicating that weed growth needs attention to help ensure the future of the lake.  After much research and review, the following program was approved at our Rome Rock Association meeting on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Aqua Doc is a well-known, licensed, experienced, and reputable company based in Chardon Ohio.  It provides a variety of services throughout the state of Ohio including weed control for both private lake communities and the state of Ohio waterways, including the Metro Parks System and ODNR-managed waterways.   Aqua Doc has been approved to provide weed management services for any lakefront property owner who chooses to utilize their services for the 2020 summer season.  Please note this is the ONLY aquatic weed treatment permitted in our lake.  Private use of herbicides in our lake is prohibited and subject to a $1000 fine.

The services will begin in May and be repeated monthly during June, July and August.  Aqua Doc will provide a season cost quotation to each lakefront property owner based upon the length of their lakefront according to County real estate records.  Treatments are calculated out 30 feet from dock.  The nuisance weeds particularly targeted are those that are submerged and grow to form mats on the water.  Algae is not controlled by these products.  Contact herbicides will be used which rapidly breakdown into basic carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen and are non-detectable after 24 hours.  They are approved by the EPA after 10 years of laboratory and field testing by both the EPA and a third party.  They are reregistered and tested every 15 years.  The products will be applied in low dosages and have been determined by the EPA to be safe for fish and humans.  There is no swimming restriction required after application of the products; however, Aqua Doc recommends allowing 1-2 hours of no boating or swimming in the area of application to enhance weed absorption and control effectiveness.  Because the products are contact herbicides, lot owners should not use the treated water to irrigate lawns, etc. for 72 hours after application.

We need a minimum of 50 residents to sign up for this service.  THIS IS NOT A TREATMENT FOR OUR ENTIRE LAKE!  Our lake is 550 acres.  Each 50 resident sign up averages .0006% of our total lake.  The agreement for this service will be between the property owner and Aqua Doc.  Aqua Doc will calculate the total cost for your specific lot in the manner listed earlier.  There is no additional markup, and any questions or comments will be between the property owner and Aqua Doc.  Please understand, this is not a magic bullet for our lake and will not address the algae issue.  It is only weed management and will continue to be augmented by utilizing our weed harvester for channel areas. 

An informational meeting originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4, was cancelled because of our Governor’s mandate.   In lieu of this we encourage all residents to submit their questions to the association office or email them directly to lake management at  romerocklmc@gmail.com.

You may contact the Association office to sign up for this service.  Aqua Doc is also sending letters to each lake front property owner informing you of how this will work and providing additional information.

We continue to focus on all aspects of a healthy lake including weed management, aquatic life, sediment control and water quality.  Additional programs and activities are being reviewed.  Thank you for your interest and your commitment to our entire lake community!  This program will be reviewed and evaluated at the end of this year to determine how well it worked for everyone.

We want to thank our Lake Management Committee for their efforts in finding effective, environmentally appropriate, cost effective ways to enhance and preserve the most important asset of our lake community, Lake Roaming Rock.  We also want to thank you, the members for your shared commitment to this same cause.

A Message from your RRA Board of Directors

This is very difficult time for everyone.  What is happening now is worldwide and the impacts will be felt for a very long time.  It is not “Business as Usual” for anyone.  It is up to all of us to keep our community safe and minimize any negative financial impact as best as possible.  The phrase “We are in this together” is certainly true.  Your property owner’s association is committed to honor this phrase in both spirit and practice.  Our goals are simple, safety first for both our residents and our employees.

There are many uncertainties and long-term plans cannot be certain and will reflect the changes imposed by our state and Federal governments.  Social distancing is a requirement and until that ban is lifted no public spaces will be open including pools.

We are doing what you are doing in your own households; reviewing what needs done and how best to do it.  Until the pandemic situation has ended, our employees will continue to function for basic tasks only.  There will be no long-term maintenance tasks or purchases in the next 90 days.

Our Mayor, Jennie, has said many times…”One lake, one community”, that has never been more important.  We are working with the Village in the best interest of all residents.   We need your help as well.  Please honor the mandates from our Governor.  Do not feel you are exempt from either the rules or the virus.  You are not!!!!  Listed below are the actions and updates of Your Board at this time:

Dues & Assessments –  If you can, please pay your dues as scheduled by the May 1 due date.  If you can’t, we understand and will not assess any late charges until July 1, 2020.  About 40% of you have already paid and for that we are very grateful.  Your Association is not-for-profit and all money collected is put back into the community.  Thank you for understanding the importance of this.

Current Priorities –  The 2020 budget was pretty tight.  We did this so we would not have to raise dues.  We are reevaluating each and every dollar to ensure they are spent appropriately with the understanding that funds will be reduced this year because of the pandemic.  Other revenue streams such as clubhouse rental and outstanding collections will also be reduced.  The Board is working with Association Management to focus spends on safety issues and general maintenance, like grass cutting.  We are also looking at some creative ways to generate income that will also provide benefits to our residents. 

Lake Updates – Our lake is a great place to practice social distancing but please be mindful of safety issues.  Last year we experienced a great number of complaints regarding violations of both ODNR laws and RRA regulations.  Our lake safety committee has been working all winter on a new program which included working with our Village Police and the ODNR to provide a presence on the lake.  Unfortunately, these enhancements cannot go into place until the world returns to normal.   Each one of us needs to use common sense.  Not one of our hospitals would appreciate the burden of taking care of someone who is hurt because of a foolish accident.  Please review all rules and regulations.  Make sure any watercraft powered by more than 10 hp operated by anyone  born on or after January 1, 1982  has completed a boating course approved by the National Association of State Boating Association Administrators (NASBLA) or completed a proficiency exam approved by the ODNR Division of Watercraft.   All 2019 RRA boat decals have been extended by 30 days and will not expire until May 22, 2020.  However, make sure you get your 2020 boat decals.   We have made this process much easier but the decals cannot be issued until your dues and assessments are current.

Monthly Board Meetings – These are still being held but are being done through software that allows us to meet using phone and laptop technology.  It is always harder to convene this way and not meet face to face but your directors are making the best of it and will continue to focus on all association business.  Unfortunately, we do not have a way to include you, the members.  Until such time as the public meeting ban is cancelled, we have not choice.  Please feel free to direct your questions and comments through our website.

Annual Meeting – This, too, has been affected by the public meeting ban.  We will continue to monitor the situation and reschedule it for later this year if possible.  In the meantime, we will be publishing our annual President’s report and our annual financial report.  Watch for these later this month.
 
Reporting Problems and Questions –  Please call the office or send an email. You may not reach a person directly but someone will contact you.  Our team members may be working staggered hours so be patient about your response.  If it is an emergency, please contact the appropriate authorities.

Thank you all for your commitment to our community.  You are the heart and soul of Roaming Shores and what makes it an awesome!  We appreciate your understanding and your willingness to do whatever it takes to get us through these challenging days.  Stay safe, stay healthy!!!

4/1/2020 High Water/No Wake Light Turned Off

The lake waters have finally receded enough to turn off the High Water/No Wake lights. As always, take caution after such rain events as hidden debris in the water is always possible after big rain events.

Never create a wake within 75ft of shore. Not only is it a rule, it’s inconsiderate to your neighbors and can cause damage and erosion.

Thank you and be safe!

Roaming Shores Easter Coloring Contest

Are you ready for something fun? I certainly am!

The Roaming Shores Polar Bear Club, Stars Club, and RomeRock Association, are pleased to sponsor a Roaming Shores Easter Coloring Contest.  While respecting our Governors request to self-quarantine, we will be doing this electronically. 
 
There will be 7 different age brackets.  1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16 -18, over 18.  Winners of each bracket will be mailed a cash prize of $10.00.  2nd place winners will receive a cash prize of $5.00. 
 
Click the picture below to download.  After coloring, please take a picture and text to 330-507-4917.  You may also scan and email it to Min3100@aol.com.  If you are unable to print this picture at home, please text or call Melinda at 330-507-4917 and one will be mailed to you.  A stamped return envelope can be included if requested.  Please include the child’s name, age, address, and phone number.  Each entry will be assigned a number and participants remain anonymous during judging. 
 
We will accept entries through Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020.  Entries will be submitted on the 13th for judging and winners notified by Wednesday, the 15th. Judges will be Rick Brothers (President RRA Board of Directors), Leann Moses (Treasurer, Clerk), and Jennie D’Amicone (Mayor of Roaming Shores).

Addling Goose Nests

By Richard D. Gainar, CEBS – Lake Management Committee

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) are a modern success story for wildlife management.  At one time, numbers of Canada Geese were in decline.  However, time and the actions of various wildlife agencies have brought their numbers in Ohio to well over 100,000 individuals.  Unfortunately, this dramatic increase in population has resulted in some negative consequences including contributing to excess nutrients and bacteria in our lake which encourage nuisance weeds and harmful algae. 

Did you ever wonder how the geese that are congregating on our beaches and in your backyard are affecting the ecology of our lake?  Considering each goose can produce 1 to 2 pounds of droppings each day, and a typical Canada Goose may poop 28 times a day, it doesn’t look good for homeowners – or our lake.

By April we have seen geese pair up to select nesting sites typically found near the lake within direct sight of the water.  To limit geese production your Lake Management Committee notes these nest sites for a timely visit by ODNR-licensed individuals to addle the eggs.  Addling is a humane process to prevent eggs from hatching while encouraging geese to continue incubating their eggs and not renesting.  If eggs or nest are removed before the goose has satisfied the nesting instinct, it will simply build another nest and lay additional eggs.

Egg addling (through shaking, oiling or puncturing eggs) and nest removal are effective tools for reducing reproduction of Canada Geese in urban areas.  Association residents that discover goose nest on their properties or nearby recreational areas could report the sites to the RRA Office (440-563-3170) to arrange for egg addling.

You will be hearing much more about geese conflict management and damage prevention strategies from your Lake Management Committee this summer including some techniques to help keep them moving along out of our area. 

Love our lake and be lake responsible.

RRA Office Closed due to “Stay at Home” Order

RRA Office

The RRA Office is closed during the “Stay at Home” order. However, we are performing our office functions remotely. We are still processing payments, collecting the mail, checking the dropbox, paying the bills, etc. We will now be processing RRA Decals and Membership Cards remotely, as well. Details below. We are also working on processing our Property Owners Information Forms. If you haven’t done so yet, please complete your form online.

The RRA Board of Directors will be holding a teleconference in place of their normally scheduled meeting this week to discuss many issues related to COVID-19 and its affects on the Association.

If you have Association-related questions, you can email Jen at IT@roamingshores.org, Dan at dmullins@roamingshores.org, or Board President Rick Brothers at djman78@aol.com.

Our mailing address is PO Box 8, Rome, OH 44085. We also have a dropbox on our office porch.

Common Areas

For safety reasons, the playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts have been closed.

The Clubhouse is closed to all Group functions. This includes all Club meetings, Board Meetings, Committees, etc. All current rentals are being refunded on a week to week basis. There will be no new rentals of the Clubhouse for 2020 accepted at this time.

We are just as hopeful as you are that our summer fun will be unaffected by COVID-19. However at this time, we can make no promises as to when our Common Areas will be reopened for use. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. These are extraordinary circumstances.

Watercraft Registration

Members are now able to request their RRA Watercraft Decals online. Make sure to read our registration procedures completely before submitting your request.

If you are registering a new (brand new or new to you) watercraft for 2020, we will need you to provide proof of ownership.

The basic rundown of the process is:

  • Collect your watercraft information and select the form based on # of watercraft you are registering.
  • After you submit your form, the RRA will confirm your information and add up your total.
  • If you still owe Dues and Assessments, your decals will be held until payment it received.
  • The RRA will send an invoice via PayPal for the amount owed.
  • Once we receive confirmation you have paid in full, we will mail your decals.

Note: Your 2019 RRA Decals are valid until 4/30/2020 – Now 5/22/2020

Dues and Assessments

You don’t have to come to the RRA Office for Dues and Assessments payments, you can mail a check or money order to P.O. Box 8, Rome, OH 44085, you can utilize your Online Bank’s Bill Pay feature, Pay Online, or drop off a payment in the big blue dropbox located on our porch.

Membership Cards

Due to the COVID-19 situation and our facilities currently closed. We are holding onto Membership Cards but are distributing them to anyone who would like their cards now and have their Dues and Assessments paid in full. Just email us if you would like your cards sent out now. If you purchased watercraft decals, your cards will be included when we send out your decals.

Lake Safety

Going out on the lake is a great way to practice social distancing while also enjoying time outside of the house, however, if you do go out, State laws, the RRA Boating Rules, and Common Sense still apply.

Lost and Found Lake Items

With such a high water event, it’s inevitable that things are going to be lost and found on the lake. Sandro and Jennie of Roaming Rock Marina have opened up their back deck as a “Lost and Found” for items that have washed away. Simply drop off or pick up any items you may have lost or have found on the lake due to the high water event. Thank you!

Compost Site

Arrangements for getting a compost site key can be made by contacting the Village at (440) 563-3132 or Email.

Protecting our Sewer System

Hopefully everyone has been made aware now the damage “flushable” wipes do to our sewer system. With more people wiping surfaces down with disinfecting wipes and the odd scenario surrounding toilet paper shortages (had to say it) please remember to only flush toilet paper.

Stay well, everyone! Follow the RRA on Facebook for the most timely updates.

RRA Office Closing Due to Gas Leak

Due to a gas leak the RRA Office is closing. The gas is shut off, but we won’t have heat until it the leak is repaired. With this coinciding with the situation surrounding COVID-19 we cannot at this time say when we will reopen. We are in the process of creating a system for accepting online Boat Registrations. Stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

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

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

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