October Lake Level Control Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes

October 9, 2013

Members present include Bud Tharp, Gil Kandrac, Walt Samson, and Chairman Rick Gainar. Also present was RRA Board Member Dell Rogers.

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

Items discussed:
1. Walt Samson led a conversation in order to focus the work and discussions of the sub-committee. Many years of committee experience has taught Walt that nothing usually get accomplished until a goal is clearly defined.
2. A list of benefits that various bottom-withdrawal siphon systems provide is to be created so that committee members can rank the importance of each benefit. Our goal will be to detail and cost a specific siphon design that will accomplish at least the more important benefits. The design will eventually be presented to the Board for their action.
3. No report from the Lowrey/Martin work group on their investigation of the water/sewage lines that cross a cove near the dam. We will need to understand the effect a freezing, winter drawdown would have on these lines.
4. The Kandrac/Emick/Gainar work group is working to install a small model siphon near the principle spillway in order to begin sampling lake water from the approximate area in the lake where the actual siphon would draw water. The Village has given access to the work group so they can proceed. Materials have been purchased and are ready to install.

Our next meeting is scheduled on November 13, 2013 at 2:00PM. Our regular meeting date is the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2:00PM so mark your calendars!

Meeting was adjourned at 3:45PM

by RD Gainar on October 9, 2013

“Passing the Gas Through Fracking” Rescheduled

The Oil, Gas and Mineral Educational Meeting scheduled for September 19, 2013 has been cancelled due to medical issues of key speakers. An announcement will be made at a later date once re-scheduling has occurred.

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Roaming Shores Village

Lake Lowering


Take note: The RRA Board voted to begin lowering Lake Roaming Rock on October 14, 2013. We will try to keep it lowered until the end of January. Please plan on removing your boat from the lake before it gets too low. Many property owners use this opportunity to perform work on their docks and seawalls.

Winter Hours Begin on Sunday

This Sunday (September 8th), the RRA Office will begin its Winter Hours. The office will be open Wednesday – Saturday, 8am – 6pm.

2013 Algal Toxin Testing Program

Roaming Shores Lake Management Committee
2013 Algal Toxin Testing Program


Note: An orange warning sign will be posted at the beaches at 6.00 ppb.


Your Lake Management Committee is concerned with the unusual rash of erroneous information being disseminated concerning the levels algal toxins in our lake this year and cautions residents to be skeptical of information presented without supporting data.  Your Lake Management Committee’s water testing program monitors water quality at our two beach areas during the hot, summer months and advises that all test results received so far have been well below any level of concern or alarm.  The detailed results to date of this year’s algal toxin testing appears in the Lake Management section of the Association’s website (www.roamingshores.org).  Should these test results approach the level of suspected danger, we will post caution signs at the beaches for your safety.  Of course, common sense tells us not to swim in any waters that contain unusual amounts of algae.  Please enjoy our beautiful lake and have a safe summer.

Pool 1 Bonus Week

For the week of September 3rd – 8th, Pool 1 at the Main Beach will be open one more week with different hours. If you would like to get one last swim in before the end of the season, the pool will be open from 10am – 8pm.

Lake Level Control Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes – August 14, 2013

Members present include Bud Trarp, Dave Emick, Louise Lowery, Gil Kendrac, Sally Flash, Walt Samson, Dave Flaum, and Chairman Rick Gainar.  Also present were RRA Board Members Del Rogers and John Martin.

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

Items discussed:

  1. Advantages of a bottom-withdrawal siphon spillway including improved weed control, less algae and sediment, clearer water, improved fishery, less wear on the dam, less risk of blockage to the emergency drain port, flood mitigation measures, scheduled drawdowns, less phosphorus and other nutrients and methyl-mercury buildups.  Disadvantages including impact on downstream waters and thermal instability were also discussed.  This open-ended discussion included a basic description of how a siphon works and some of the issues involved in coordinating the project with Roaming Shores Village.
  2. Need to create a work group to investigate the water/sewage lines that cross the cove near the dam in order to understand the effect a winter drawdown would have on the lines.  Louise Lowrey and John Martin volunteered to work on that project and report their finding to the committee.
  3. Need to create a work group to install a small 5/8” garden hose siphon near the principle spillway in order to begin sampling lake water from the approximate area in the lake where the actual siphon would draw water.  A history of the water quality will be sampled and recorded.  Rick Gainar and Dave Emick volunteered to initiate this project.

Members requested copies of the various lake studies and other background materials.

While meetings are regularly scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, conflicts required our next meeting to be rescheduled on September 25th at 2:00pm.

Meeting was adjourned at 3:45PM

Lake Sediment Control Sub-Committee minutes – August 14, 2013

Attendees:  Barry O’Connell, Carolyn Tharp, Louise Lowrey, Rick Gainar, Rachel Morris, John Martin, Dell Rogers

Meeting started at 7:00pm at the RRA office.

Item 1. Introductions and back grounds of attendee’s experiences.

Item 2. All attendees expressed concern regarding level of nutrients and sediment coming into the lake.

  1. A discussion of the different studies and, their sources with the group strongly recommending that every source of information be evidence based and authoritative.

Item 3. The need to define a methodology that will lead us to a solution that best fits our lake sediment and nutrient loading issues was discussed.

  1. Suggested process / methodology for going forward.
  • Create a data base of past and present relevant research related to sediment and nutrient loading of the lake.
  • Identify appropriate local, state, and federal resources including Universities, nonprofit organizations, extension offices related to clean water.
  • Identify sediment source
  • Map  and characterize sediment by analyzing
    • Chemical
    • Physical
    • Biological/Biochemical elements contributing to unacceptable lake conditions.

Thanks to:

  1.  Rachel Morris for her input and helping in defining the steps for our suggested process.
  2.  Barry Oconnell for input and insight to pass studies and flow rates.

Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday September 11, 2013 at 7:00pm RRA Office

Meeting ended at 8:30pm

Lake Depth Improvement Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes – June 18, 2013

Members present include Ron Morris, John Ball, Jim Schwartz, Mike Ritter, and Chairman Ed Baitt.

Meeting called to order at 7:30PM at the RRA Clubhouse.

Items discussed:
1. Need to obtain a mechanical scoop-dredging rig similar in design to the one currently used at Lake Lakengren. The rig should be owned by the RRA since the ability to lower the lake level via a siphon spillway is still at least a year or more off and it will be used over the equipment’s lifetime. Use of this rig does not require the lake level to be lowered so dredging can begin as soon as it is in place. Other equipment can be used when the lake level can be controlled. The dredging rig would include 2 backhoes, 1 truck, 3 hopper barges, and 1 spud barge and would cost an estimated $200,000. Our own workboat can be used but will need a motor upgrade to a 60hp 4-stroke Mercury outboard motor. A bid was received and reviewed from B&R Construction, Inc. for building the spud barge.
2. The committee intends to dredge only the channel of each cove to allow property owners the ability they once had to boat to the main body of water. Accordingly, the committee will scoop out sediment from the channel near the back of several coves to learn how long it would take for the sediment to return. This may give us an idea of how often the coves channel would need to be dredged. RL50 and RL54 will be sample dredged first.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:15PM

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