At 6 pm on June 18 New Town‟s developer-controlled Board of Directors (BOD) convened for the last time via Zoom.
Randy Casey-Rutland, of Town Management, described how this special meeting being held on Zoom, would work. Members of the outgoing BOD (Ken Allen, Robert Casey, Larry Salzman, John Marston, and John Wright) would be visible and audible on screen, along with Susan Tarley, Association attorney, representatives of Town Management and Chuck Stetler, RAB chair. NTRA members were invited to join as participants, but would not be seen or heard. They could submit questions using the Chat feature.
Report on Election
There were not enough votes to pass the First Amendment, which was intended to correct the inadvertent designation of some Savannah Square homeowners as members of the New Town Commercial, rather than Residential, Association. Voting may continue electronically until September 5th, Casey-Rutland said, and urged everyone to focus efforts on convincing homeowners that have not voted, to do so. He stressed that it is in the best interest of Savannah Square homeowners to be aligned with the NTRA. Approving the amendment offers the most straightforward way to correct the situation, but if necessary, other means can be pursued.
Larry Salzman asked participants to join him in observing a few moments of silence in appreciation of two former BOD members, John McCann and Bob Keith, who contributed so much to the development of New Town.
He announced the five members of the NTRA Board of Directors and their terms of service:
2.5-Year Term: Jean Brown, Savannah Square; Chuck Stetler, Charlotte Park
1.5 Year Term: Larry Burian, Village Walk; Rick Fisher, Abbey Commons; Angela Lesnett, Village Walk
Each new Board member said a few words about his or her background and reasons for wanting to serve on the Board.
Several members of the developer-controlled BOD reflected on reaching this significant moment.
John Wright commented that working with so many talented people had been a great
experience and led to many wonderful friendships.
Robert Casey expects that few people realize how much work it has taken to get to this point
where the management of New Town is being put in the hands of residents. “It has been a
privilege to work with people that reside in New Town. I give thanks to all those who have been
involved in getting us to this moment.”
Larry Salzman shared, “When we started this venture, this property was the Casey family farm.
In 2002 we broke ground with the goal of building a great place to live, work and play. Now,
years later I feel we’ve not only created a wonderful place to live, work and play, but also, a
forward-thinking, progressive community. Many thanks to our lawyers, bankers, management
company, and all others who helped us along the way. To all I say, ‘Job well done!’”
Acting BOD secretary, Tim Grueter, stated that minutes of this meeting would reflect that at 11:59 p.m., on June 18, 2020, Robert Casey, Lawrence Salzman, John Marston, John Wright and Robert Allen resigned from their NTRA BOD positions; and, that the minutes would continue on Friday, June 19, at 10 am with an organizational, rather than a business session of the homeowner-controlled NTRA Board of Directors.
On Friday morning the Special Meeting continued with a new lineup in the ZOOM photo windows. The five elected Directors – Jean Brown, Larry Burian, Rick Fisher, Angela Lesnett, and Chuck Stetler joined Susan Tarley, Association attorney, and Tim Grueter of Town Management.
Election of Officers
After discussing strengths and/or experiences of each, the following officers were named:
Chuck Stetler, President, has extensive institutional knowledge;
Jean Brown, Vice-President, a strong advocate for the needs and concerns of residents;
Rick Fisher, Treasurer, someone already familiar with NTRA financials;
Angela Lesnett and Larry Burian, Officers-at Large, available to fill in as needed. Both have previous training and experience.
Dave Holtgrieve, Secretary. This choice frees all five elected directors to engage fully with discussions at BOD meetings. In addition to elected Directors, NTRA members in good standing may serve in various capacities as BOD officers or assistants.
The Directors will attend a Legal Seminar under the auspices of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), an organization that provides training for HOA boards. Susan Tarley will schedule their training for June 25, with July 1 as an alternate date.
Monthly meetings will be on the 4th Thursday at 6PM, via zoom at this point. The next monthly meeting is July 23rd with links to be provided on the NTRA website calendar.