Annual Meeting Recap


The Annual Meeting of the RomeRock Association took place on Saturday, April 26th. The meeting was well attended with every seat in the Clubhouse taken! Members who attended learned the results of the election, the state of the Association, heard the Association’s plans for the future, and enjoyed pizza from Paradise Bay.

Ron Morris and Jim Swartz were elected to the Board of Directors replacing outgoing Directors Rick Rumbaugh and Gary Stamm. Thank you for your service!

To view the PowerPoint Presentation that was shown at the Annual Meeting, including the Lake Management Committee and Dredge Plan, please click here

2014 Boating Information

Boaters, if your boats are in the water, they need their 2014 RRA boat decals affixed.

You may purchase RRA Boat Decals at the RRA Office located at 3330 S. Main (RT 45) in Rock Creek. You must bring your Title AND Registration to purchase boat decals. (Only originals or certified copies accepted).


Your Dues & Assessments must be paid in full first before purchasing 2014 Boat Decals.

Type of Boat Fee
Watercraft Over 10HP $95
Watercraft Under 10HP $70
Jetski $95
Over 5 Watercraft Additional $100
Non-Powered Watercraft Free (ensure lot number is on ALL watercraft)
Key Fob $10 (One Time)
$25 (Replacement)

State Registration expiring in 2014? You must renew first. We will not register boats that are set to expire this year.

boat sticker placement



Found: Floating Jet Ski Dock

Update 4/16/14: Owner Found

Are you missing a blue floating jet ski dock? Please contact the Office 440-563-3170.

Dredging at Grand Lake St. Mary’s

by R.D. Gainar CEBS – Lake Management Committee Chairman

Your Lake Management Committee is committed to evidence-based management practices but is also careful to consider comments made by residents.  Questions continue to be raised comparing the dredging activities at Grand Lake St. Mary’s (GLSM) to our lake water quality activities by a very few residents who continue to favor and promote the former $2+ million plan to hydraulically dredge the shallows to “improve water quality”.  However, evidence suggests otherwise so I contacted the ODNR to ask Mr. Scott D. Fletcher, Deputy Chief, Ohio State Parks & Preserves a few questions about the dredging activities at GLSM.

Q: At Roaming Shores all lake front property, with the exception of a few recreation lots owned by the homeowners association are privately owned.  Is there any lake front property privately owned at GLSM’s?  If so, are these property owners contributing to the program costs?

A: Grand Lake St. Mary’s has a substantial amount of privately owned shoreline.  There was no direct cost to property owners; however, there was a significant amount of private money raised locally to support some demonstrations of promising technology, to develop strategic plans for remediation efforts and to provide for public education.

Q: I am confused by the relationship between your use of dredging and chemical treatment to control phosphorus.  Your consultants at TetraTech advise that dredging should only be used in strategic places, such as mouths of tributaries where there is significant nutrient buildup because the cost disparity of dredging as compared to chemical treatments ($17,894/ha vs. $564/ha).  It would seem to me more efficient and effective for you to skip dredging altogether and instead invest those funds in chemical treatment.  Even if you dredge the entire lake in your attempt to control internal release of phosphorus, you would still need to deal with DRP coming in from the watershed.  Are you dredging primarily to increase the lake depth as opposed to controlling internal phosphorus release?

A: Excellent questions.  Regarding dredging, the purpose of the program is actually to maintain navigation for safe boating.  This is dictated by the funding source (gas tax) that’s used to operate the dredging program.  As such our efforts focus on channels, the mouths of navigable streams and other areas that primarily support boating.  The minimal benefit in reducing nutrients in the lake as a whole is a net positive one, but not the focus of the dredging program.   If were using dredging to address the nutrient issue we would probably focus on the deepest portion of the lake and not the shallow areas where most of the work is currently done.

Q: What percentage of the lake has currently been dredged?

A: Off the cuff I would estimate that the percentage of the lake that is dredged in any single year is probably less than 1%.  A program that includes three dredges that generates about 300,000 cu. yds. of material on the 12,500 acre lake is a limited, targeted program.

Q: If you could do only one thing to improve the water quality at GLSM’s
what would that be?

A: We would stop the inflow of excess nutrients to the lake.  Controlling the watershed is the key to remediating the conditions
in the lake.

Lake Management Plan

by R.D. Gainar, CEBS
LMC Chairman

For those of you who were unable to attend the Lake Depth Control Sub-Committee meeting on October 28, 2013 describing the Dredge Plan, you also missed a presentation and discussion of our Lake Management Plan. The following are highlights of the Lake Management Plan:

The first step of the Plan involved reorganizing the Lake Management Committee into separate groups to allow more residents to participate and to focus attention on phosphorus and nutrients, the primary cause of poor water quality. The heart of our Lake Management Plan to improve water quality involves the work of three committees. The Lake Level Control Sub-Committee’s focus is on phosphorus that is internally released in our lake while the Lake Sediment/Nutrient Control Sub-Committee’s focus is on phosphorus transported into our lake from the watershed. A third committee, the Lake Depth Improvement Sub-Committee, in addition to dredging our shallow coves, will excavate sediment traps in the back of major coves. These traps will limit the amount of sediment from coming into the lake.

A major component of the Lake Management Plan is to organize a “clean up your own backyard” campaign to educate residents on things they can do to prevent nutrients from entering the lake. It is unreasonable to request nutrient limiting actions outside our community unless we are first willing to do all we can to limit transport of nutrients into our lake from our own properties surrounding the lake. Another component of this Plan is to organize a campaign to lobby our elected state and federal leaders in support of bills that seek to curb fertilizer runoff in our watershed, improve water quality and nutrient management of agricultural operations, and other legislation such as Ohio Senate Bill 150. You will hear more about these programs this summer.

Our lake water-testing program will continue providing valuable data such as phosphorus, dissolved oxygen and clarity measurements to our consultants and committees so they may continue to made responsible, evidenced-based decisions. Testing for algal toxins will resume again next summer as these threats continue to plague all lakes in Ohio.

I think you will agree that much has been accomplished in the short time these Lake Management Committees have been working. However, there is much to do. So if you would like to learn about your lake and participate in its improvements, you are encouraged to join your Lake Management Committee.

With Sympathy: Reed Schulze

Our hearts go out to the Schulze family who tragically lost their son Reed. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

From the Star Beacon:

ROAMING SHORES — Reed G. Schulze, age 19, of Roaming Shores, died tragically in a car accident on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Born August 1, 1994, he was the beloved son of Eric and Laurie (Tanski) Schulze and brother of Rachel Schulze.

Reed loved spending time in the outdoors, farming, hunting, fishing, and camping. He loved working on vehicles and equipment, especially diesel engines. He was an avid reader. Reed became an Eagle Scout at the age of fifteen. Reed attended St. John School and Grand Valley, and he graduated from Grand Valley in 2012. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Reed was always willing to lend a helping hand. His charming smile and infectious laugh brightened any room. Reed’s quick wit and loyalty will be remembered by many.

Reed is survived by his parents, Eric and Laurie (Tanski) Schulze; sister, Rachel Schulze; grandparents, Ron and Diane Tanski; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Erwin and Joyce Schulze; and his uncle, Kurt Schulze.

Funeral Mass officiated by the Rev. Gregory Fedor will be celebrated 11 a.m., Saturday, March 22nd, at St. Mary Church, 103 N. Maple St., Orwell, Ohio. All are invited to a funeral dinner in the St. Mary Hall immediately following the Mass.

Calling Hours will take place on Friday, March 21st, from 4 to 8 p.m., at PAINE FUNERAL HOME INC., 140 E. Main St., P.O. Box 26, Orwell, Ohio 44076. Additional Visitation will take place at St. Mary Church, on Saturday, March 22nd, from 10 a.m. until time of Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA). Donations can be made at the funeral home or mailed to the Paine Funeral Home, Inc. Envelopes will be provided at the visitation.

Obituary and condolences at and

Early Bird Drawing #10

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #10 for 2014 and recipient of $50 is Steven Shutts (Lot #1403)

Congratulations to you and all of the winners of the Early Bird Drawing this year!!

Reminder: Dues & Assessments are due May 1st.


March Lake Level Control Sub-Committee Meeting

Lake Level Control Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes
March 12, 2014

Members present include Dave Emick, Tim Langer, Gil Kendrac and Chairman Rick Gainar. Also present were Dell Rogers and Ed Baitt.

Meeting called to order at 2PM at the Association Office.

Items discussed:

  1. Rick Gainar described the development of the Lake Roaming Rock Data Base on which Walt Samson and Rick are currently working. It is an MS Excel spreadsheet containing all lake measurements and samples taken over the years. The database will function as a repository for lake information – past and future from which data may be extracted for analysis in other programs or reports.
  2. Rick described the stream-testing project he and Rick Herd are currently developing. The goal of this project is to obtain information on the amount of nutrients entering the lake via the tributaries as opposed to internal loading.
  3. The Pine Lake Restoration Project was reviewed. Pine Lake (Alberta, Canada) is a large, stratified lake in Canada experiencing excessive algae and nutrient loading. The first Canadian hypolimnetic withdrawal (siphon) system was installed in 1998 and proved to be effective but did not improve conditions as much as they wanted due to external loading of nutrients from the watershed.

Our next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:00PM. Our regular meeting date is the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Association Office so mark your calendars!

Meeting was adjourned at 3:30PM

by RD Gainar on December 13, 2013

The 2014 Polar Bear Plunge


22 inch thick ice, freezing temps, and snow couldn’t stop over 130 Polar Bear Plungers from braving the icy plunge into Lake Roaming Rock last weekend!

Participating were Jefferson Area High School, Pymatuning Valley High School, Grand Valley, and other brave adults and residents!

Together, they raised over $6,741 for the Jeffrey B. Meddock Memorial Scholarship Fund, Jefferson Falcon Academic Boosters, Grand Valley Elementary PTO, and Roaming Shores Breakfast with Santa.

For pictures and video of the Plunge from:
Roaming Shores Polar Bear Plunge on Facebook
Rome Fire Department
Ashtabula Current
Star Beacon

Early Bird Drawing #9

The winner of Early Bird Drawing #9 for 2014 and recipient of $100 is Spiros Gonakis (Lot #1813)


Next week’s drawing is the final drawing for 2014, it will be for $50. Good luck!

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