Safe Boating Class

Safe Boating Course to be held on March 23
Boating Safety Committee
By: Bruce C. Bower

The Safety Committee is planning a Safety Course to be held Saturday, March 23 2013. The course will be taught by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, with help from some of our members and ODNR Watercraft Enforcement. If the student passes a comprehensive test, the state requirements will be met for operating a boat. For people born after Jan 1, 1982 it is necessary to have this certificate of completion and carry it with you, while operating a water craft. It will be an all day affair at the Clubhouse at little or no cost to the students. All ages of students will be welcome. Come and sharpen your skills and knowledge of boating. The class will begin at 8:00 am sharp and possibly last till 5:00 pm. Lunch will be provided be the Association.

In order to plan for the written material needs and the lunch, please register by phone by 3/10/13. Call me at 440.563.4108 or Joe Palombi at 440.563.3399. Leave a message stating your name, phone number and the number of students you wish to enroll. We will call you back to verify, I’m a weekender so don’t panic if I don’t get back to you immediately.

Snow Safety

In order to ensure the roads are not a hazard for other drivers, emergency vehicles, and our snow plows, do not park on the roads when there is a possibility of snowfall. Not only is it dangerous, it is against the RRA Rules & Regulations to park on the road when snowfall exceeds 2 inches.

Also note that the RSV has a regulation against plowing snow out into or across the roadways.


The Rome Fire Department would like to remind everyone that that there is increased risk for home fires when you turn on your home heating system for the first time this year. However, many of these fires are preventable and citizens can reduce their risks of becoming a fire casualty by identifying potential hazards and following simple safety tips.

Winter storms can wreak havoc on our daily lives. Besides making travel difficult and interrupting electric service, the storms also cause an increased possibility of residential fires.  The use of candles, heating sources and makeshift cooking methods can significantly increase the chances of a fire occurring. But, by following some basic safety tips, you can protect yourself and your family when severe weather strikes.

The Rome Fire Department offers these tips:

Heating Safety

  • Use kerosene heaters and space heaters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Alternative heaters need their space. Keep anything combustible at least three feet away.
  • Make sure your alternative heaters have ‘tip switches.’ These ‘tip switches’ are designed to automatically turn off the heater in the event they tip over.
  • Do not use the kitchen oven range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of toxic fumes.
  • Never refill a space heater while it is operating or still hot.
  • Refuel heaters only outdoors.
  • Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, and at least three feet away from combustible materials. Ensure they have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation.

Generator Safety

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines when using generators.
  • Use a generator or other fuel-powered machines outside the home. CO fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors.
  • Use the appropriate sized and type power cords to carry the electric load. Overloaded cords can overheat and cause fires.
  • Never run cords under rugs or carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord may go unnoticed.
  • Never connect generators to another power source such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or ‘backfeed’ can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker.

Electrical Safety

  • If your home has sustained flood or water damage, and you can safely get to the main breaker or fuse box, turn off the power.
  • Assume all wires on the ground are electrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds.
  • Look for and replace frayed or cracked extension and appliance cords, loose prongs, and plugs.
  • Exposed outlets and wiring could present a fire and life safety hazard.
  • Appliances that emit smoke or sparks should be repaired or replaced.
  • Have a licensed electrician check your home for damage.

Additional Tips

  • Be careful when using candles. Keep the flame away from combustible objects and out of the reach of children.
  • If the power goes out, make certain that all electrical appliances, such as stoves, electric space heaters and hair dryers, are in the OFF position.
  • Make certain that your home’s smoke alarms are in proper working order.
  • Some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home’s electrical service and could be inoperative during a power outage. Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least once a year.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • All smoke alarms should be tested monthly. All batteries should be replaced with new ones at least once a year.
  • If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow, ice and debris for easy access by the fire department.

Wishing everyone a Safe Holiday Season

Rome Fire Department

President’s Corner – December 2012

The Manzo property is now owned by the Association, as are two other properties located along Lake Vue Drive between Ketchum Road and U.S. Route 6. DMRA’s (Dredged Material Relocation Areas) will be constructed on two (2) of these properties. Engineering on the design of one these DMRA’s should be completed in January and the design will be submitted to the Army Corp of Engineers and the EPA for approval. Once that approval has been obtained, The Association will begin the competitive bidding process for the construction of the DMRA and obtain the necessary building permits. Once the bids are received the Board will update and review the dredging cost estimate.

During the title search for the purchase of the Manzo property, An Easement Deed owned by Mr. Manzo was discovered that crossed 4 lot owner’s properties, RL 39 and Morning Star Drive. This easement was unacceptable to us. As a result, the negotiations continued for an extended time period until Mr. Manzo agreed to file a Quit Claim deed to all of the property owners affected. In short, these property owners no longer have an easement going through their respective properties.

In other dredging related news, six weeks ago three of our board members visited an Ellicott facility. The main reason for the visit was to enlist their engineering assistance to determine what would be required to pump the sludge farther distances. The dredging equipment we were considering could pump only 7500 feet, not quite enough to dredge all locations in the lake without extensive pipelines running through residential areas and several more DMRA locations. We received their proposal late in November. While the new proposal accomplishes the pumping length requirement we were after, it also costs more. As of this writing several board members are reviewing the financial impact of this proposal on the dredging program and developing different planning scenarios. Nothing has been decided at this point in time.

As of the end of November the Projected Cash Flow Report indicates the following year-end financial numbers:

Projected Revenues: $1,099,128
Projected Expenses: $756,604
Projected Capital Expenses: $336,454
Projected Residual: $6,070

Barry O’Connell, President
Board of Directors

Calabria Culvert Work

One of the culvert pipes underneath Calabria Lane is receiving a much needed replacement this week by our maintenance department. The culvert had a small section collapse. The result was several sink holes forming. The culvert is being replaced to correct this problem and keep the road from eroding away. Click the album below to see some of the work being done.

Lake Lowering Progress

We have gotten a few calls from out-of-towners wondering about the lake level. Currently, the lake has been lowered roughly 4ft. The above picture was taken from the Rt 6 bridge. The lake is a few weeks away from reaching its winter pool.

President’s Corner – November 2012

On 11/16/12, two Board Members, Tim O’Donnell and Rick Rumbaugh, began their trip to Wisconsin to pick up the new weed harvester.  They volunteered to make the 14 hour trip (one way) to save the Association some $4500 in shipping charges.  They deserve a lot of credit for taking the time and making this effort for the community.  Thank you, Tim and Rick!

Work continues on the rebuilding of the beach 2 and the Sunset Park pavilions.  Al Rubosky and his students are progressing nicely.

The purchase of the Manzo property has been delayed because of title issues uncovered by the title company.  We hope to have this resolved in the near future.

Normally, I do my best to keep politics out of the “President’s Corner” because I believe the President’s Corner is a means to inform our members of the actions of the Board of Directors and the current status of our various projects.  However, I feel compelled to in this case.

At the OLCA meeting at Lakengren, Rick Gainar, Gary Stamm and I were discussing the mechanical dredging project together with the dredging supervisor.  We were asking him questions and we all listened carefully to his answers.

In the October Board meeting, Mr. Gainar was explaining to the members what he learned from attending that OLCA meeting at Lakengren. There were only approximately 25 members in attendance at our Board Meeting.  He gave his report which was correct as far as describing the system they are now using (Mechanical Dredging) and that they had tried hydraulic dredging with an old dredger that followed cables which were suspended from one side of the lake to the other, and decided that it was too costly to maintain. (We never planned to use that type of dredger, our judgment was that it would not work on our lake) He also gave an accurate description of the capital costs (approximately $84,000) of the mechanical system they are now using. Their goal was to remove 100 tons of sludge per day with their existing system which included four (4) people.

He forgot to mention that they were using this system on a very small lake (5 acres at most) and the distance from the excavator to the point of removing the sludge from the barge to the tilt bed truck was approximately 200 feet.  Using this system on a 500 acre lake like ours will markedly increase the need for more barges ,more work boats, more tilt bed trucks and most importantly, more operators (men) to move the sludge a greater distance.  To accomplish the same rate of sludge removal (100 tons per day) in our lake would conservatively add a minimum of 3 additional work boat operators and one additional tilt bed truck driver, making a total of 7people. Assuming $20.00 per hour wage rate with 7 people for an 8 hour day to remove 100 tons of sludge, the cost is $11.20/ ton.

Hydraulic Dredging will use 2 operators at the same wage rate for 2 hours and it will remove the same 100 tons.  The cost for hydraulic dredging is (2 x 20 x 2)/100 = $0.80/ ton.  Note: the hydraulic dredger has a capacity of 800 tons per day.

There are presently 345,000 tons of sludge (not to mention the 20,000 tons that enter the lake yearly) currently in the lake.  Would you rather spend a total of $3,864,000 to remove the sludge mechanically or $276,000 to remove it hydraulically?

I believe, once again, that the board has made the correct decision in choosing hydraulic dredging.

Holidays are rapidly approaching.  The Board of Directors, Pat and Jen, and the maintenance staff wish all of you a happy and safe holiday season.

As of the end of October, the Projected Cash Flow Report indicates the following year end financial numbers:

Projected Revenues: $1,106,400
Projected Expenses: $750,026
Projected Capita expenses: $326,367
Projected Residual: $30,005

Barry O’Connell, President

RRA Board of Directors

New Weed Harvester

The RRA’s 20 yr old weed harvester finally met its end towards the end of the boating season this year. It simply could not be welded back together any longer. This weekend, RRA Board Members Tim O’Donnell and Rick Rumbaugh made the long journey to pick up a new harvester. Thank you to Tim and Rick, whose efforts saved the Association very costly delivery charges. The new harvester will be ready for duty next season. Be sure to call the office to put your lot on list (I’ll post a reminder once summer draws closer, of course).

Breakfast With Santa

This year’s Christmas party, being hosted by the Polar Bear Club, will be held on Saturday, December 8th from 9am to 11am at the Club House. Come have breakfast with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas! Each kid will receive a gift from Santa when he appears at 10am. You can also join in our other Christmas activities including decorating an ornament to take home. We will be serving French toast, sausage, scrambled eggs and mixed fruit. There also will be an assortment of beverages.

The party is free to all children and grandchildren of Roaming Shores residents, ages 12 and under.

Pre-registration is required, as we have limited seating in the clubhouse. When registering, please let us know how many kids and adults will be in attendance, along with the ages and gender of the kids for gift purposes. Please contact us by December 1st to allow us time to purchase necessary quantities.

To reserve your seats for the Christmas party, please contact the Polar Bear Club at: or call 440-563-9067


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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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