VLCT 2014-2015 Municipal Calendar

The 2014-2015 VLCT Municipal Calendar will be mailed in mid-July. In the meantime, you can download and print this single-page July and August excerpt.

2014 Changes to Vermont’s Open Meeting Law

The legislature significantly amended Vermont’s Open Meeting Law this year. In a new document, the VLCT Municipal Assistance Center answers more than two dozen Frequently Asked Questions about the law, explaining the recent changes to it and providing information about existing requirements. A Vermont Open Meeting Law page that will include many resources is under developement. MAC is scheduling regional trainings on how to comply with the changes to the Open Meeting Law and updating our Open Meeting Law poster and Model Rules of Procedure (available as [pdf] or [Word]). We will notify members about workshop dates and when the new documents are available. For more information, please contact Abby Friedman at afriedman@vlct.org or 800-649-7915, ext. 1926.

The 2014 Legislative Wrap-up

is now posted here. Table of Contents titles link to their respective articles.

PACIF's Newest Police Policy

This new model policy concerns Fair and Impartial Policing.

If Your Group Had an HRA in 2013, You Must Pay the IRS by 7/31/2014

Employers that were self-insured or had a Health Reimbursement Arrangement in 2013 must pay the updated annual PCORI fee of $2 per participating employee with IRS Form 720 by July 31, 2014. Here is our letter explaining it to VLCT members, and here is this year's tax form with the necessary fields highlighted in yellow.

Please Golf with Us on August 13th

VLCT invites municipal employees, officials, and governing board members to the 2014 Local Officials Golf Outing on Wednesday, August 13 at the Green Mountain National Golf Club in Killington. The informative registration form has been emailed to all VLCT member municipalities.

Total Worker Health Introduced at Vt Safety Conference on May 16

Presenters included VLCT's own Heidi Joyce and Fred Satink. Click here for Heidi's presentation.

What's in a One-to-One PACIF WorkStrong Wellness Consultation?

This new YouTube video gives a quick overview of one way we are helping PACIF members' employees get serious about wellness. Studies show that healthy workers are injured less often and recover more quickly than unhealthy ones. In each One-to-One Wellness Consultation, Heidi Joyce spends 30 minutes with a single employee to get a handle on his or her wellness status and develop customized strategies for improving. Members just need to schedule several consultations for a single day so Heidi can share her know-how and enthusiasm.


Municipal Assistance Center

Our mission is to provide local officials with the education, training and professional assistance they need to fulfill their statutory duties.

Event Calendar and Registration

There are no workshops scheduled until Fall - watch for the schedule. Don't forget Town Fair, this year a Champlain Valley Fairground on Thursday, October 9th.

Check here to register and to read a full event listing.



2014 Weekly Policy Highlights

VLCT Advocacy's Weekly Policy Highlights are now posted here.

Want a little video with your pdf file? Then watch VLCT's new series of online videos. Each Friday during the legislative session, we'll summarize legislative issues that most impact Vermont's cities and towns.