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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! NTRA Board Committees Are Short Members
Posted on April 1, 2024 7:00 AM by Jack Espinal, Board President
Categories: NTRA Business
NTRA committees are seeking new members. These committees advise the NTRA Board of Directors and provide information that helps the Board make decisions that impact everyone in each of our neighborhoods. They also take on projects to maintain and improve the New Town experience.
No experience is required for committee membership. All you really need is an interest in our community and fresh ideas that can help New Town be a better place in which to live. Tenants are welcome on several Committees as non-voting members.
Generally, Committees meet for about an hour once a month, either face-to-face at our Association meeting room or by Zoom.  Committee members may even join by Zoom if they are out of the area. Meetings generally last about an hour and ideas and recommendations for the Board of Directors are discussed and developed. In addition, plans for upcoming New Town initiatives are made.
The following is a list of the seven NTRA committees with membership needs:
  • The Activities Committee has room for one more voting member, but welcomes all interested New Town residents to join them. Activities needs members to help plan and conduct social activities throughout our community.  They plan many of the events that you see advertised in New Town. If you like planning and conducting social events, this is the committee for you.
  • The Asset Management Committee (AMC) needs three new members. This committee along with NTRA's Community Manager evaluates the exterior appearance of each home in New Town and provides exterior maintenance guidance and suggestions to the homeowner. They ensure that the standards in our governing documents are met and homes maintained in order to keep our community attractive and a desirable place in which to live.
  • The Communications Committee has only one member and desperately needs a quorum. The Communications Committee publishes the monthly Town Crier, and maintains the NTRA Facebook page and website. If you enjoy writing or have social media talent, the committee needs your skills. Committee members write and edit articles for publication from New Town residents.
  • The Emergency Preparedness Committee is short two voting members. This committee maintains New Town’s emergency preparedness plans and helps the community prepare for possible future emergencies including hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. The committee works closely with James City County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.
  • The Finance Committee is short three voting members. The Finance Committee helps the NTRA Board determine the financial requirements for our association. They find and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for the best places to invest the NTRA reserve accounts. Their goal is to find the highest possible rate of return on investments that will have a minimal risk on the funds value. They also make recommendations for and help prepare the yearly NTRA budget. If you have a financial background and are interested in the Association’s funding and investments, this committee is a perfect place for you to use your expertise and have a positive impact on our community.
  • The Landscape Advisory Committee (LAC) is short members as well. The LAC is one of our more active committees and is concerned with the landscaping throughout New Town. They plan and execute yearly gardening projects to improve our community. After Board approval they coordinate and participate in the installation. Recently the committee received a James City County grant to improve the Lydias Park play area and remove trash from throughout New Town. They have also planted irises, daffodils, and mums in Roper Park along Casey Boulevard. If you like plants and gardening this is a committee for you. 
  • The Pool Committee is short four voting members. One of the NTRA’s best assets is the community’s swimming pool.  It is actively used during the summer by the majority of our residents. The committee advises the Board on the use of the pool and helps prepare it for the swimming season. If you enjoy swimming in the pool or just lounging on the pool’s deck, please consider joining this committee and help manage our swimming pool.
Thankfully, the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) is fully staffed. This committee reviews applications submitted by homeowners who wish to make changes to the exteriors of their home. They ensure that the changes are in line with the New Town Design Review Board documents and keep a consistent and attractive look throughout our community.
WE NEED YOU!! If you have an interest in participating in one or more of these committees, please email the NTRA Board Secretary at and indicate your interest. You will be contacted by the Committee Chairperson and be provided more information about the committee, its current projects, and meeting times and places.
Please help our community by joining a committee. Your ideas and efforts will help maintain New Town as a fun, pleasant, and an exciting place in which to live.
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