Board Buzz

BOARD BUZZ - June 2024 - Jack Espinal, President
Posted on Jun 1st, 2024

In January 2024 the New Town Residential Association (NTRA) Board of Directors met with the President and Vice President of its Chesapeake Bay Management (CBM) and provided them with a comprehensive evaluation of their company’s performance.  This evaluation listed multiple deficiencies and management shortfalls.  The Board emphasized the fact that New Town was not receiving the quality and level of service that our community expected from a professional manager.  At that time the Board formally asked to have our community’s manager replaced and also to have the vacant administrative assistant position filled.  We were advised that it would be difficult and time-consuming to find a qualified new manager.  However, CBM agreed to immediately begin a search for a replacement manager.
During the next four months CBM interviewed several candidates for both positions, but did not find qualified and/or acceptable candidates for both positions.  At the beginning of May, Mr. Jim McEvoy was assigned to the New Town manager position and shortly thereafter Demetria Canaday was hired as the New Town administrative assistant.
Jim has extensive previous management experience in hotel, resort, and property management positions. Most recently he was the manager of seven smaller homeowners’ associations in the Williamsburg area where he successfully worked with seven separate Board of Directors and managed multiple large projects for those communities all at the same time. This experience has prepared him well to work with New Town’s six neighborhoods and unique challenges. Jim has hit the ground running and has already impressed the Board and several members of the community with his great attitude and desire to improve our community. Jim lives in Norge, Virginia and it will be nice having a local resident managing our community.  
Jim will be in the NTRA meeting room (5118 Center Street) every Tuesday morning between 10 and 12.  If you’re in the area, please stop by even if it is just to say hello. When you see him supervising landscaping or other projects in our community, please welcome him as well.
Look for more information about both Jim and Demetria here in this month's Town Crier .
Other Updates
Board member Sommer Wrona has been working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regarding the repair of the sinkhole located on Olive Drive adjacent to the stormwater retention pond.  VDOT has contracted for the concrete drain repair meeting the pond. This work will be performed in the near future and when it is complete the Olive Drive pavement will be repaired.
Opening of the NTRA swimming pool has been delayed due to problems with the filtration pump drawing excessive current and tripping circuit breakers which began the day before the scheduled pool opening.  The likely problem has been identified as the breaker disconnect box which is being replaced.  Since the filtration system and the associated chlorination system were not functioning reliably, the swimming pool has remained closed.  The pool will be opened as soon repairs are complete. The operational difficulties with the pool have resulted in rescheduling the pool pizza party to Saturday, June 15, 2024.
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