Save the Date for Town Fair 2015

Town Fair is the annual conference of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. This event encompasses member training, annual meetings (VLCT, PACIF and VERB), as well as an exhibitor trade show. Town Fair 2015 will take place on Thursday, October 8, at the Killington Grand Hotel in Killington, Vermont. To learn more and to register, visit the VLCT Town Fair page.

 Lake Champlain TMDL

The long awaited Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) has just been posted here. If you have a stake in the water quality standards of Vermont, please take the time to read it!

Building Renewable Energy Generation while Protecting our Landscape

The deadline to submit the first round of written comments to guide the development of the next Comprehensive Energy Plan to the Public Service Department (PSD) was July 24. In hearings around the state, the PSD emphasized that they will continue to take comments as they work to update Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan. [Read more of Karen Horn's Advocacy Blog.]

KnowledgeWave

KnowledgeWave, a Microsoft Learning Partner located in South Burlington, has replaced its Log on to Learn program with the new KnowledgeWave Learning Site. More information is on our new KnowledgeWave web page, which is located under Marketplace.

GASB 68 Impacts on Municipal Financial Statements

Beginning with Vermont municipalities’ fiscal years ending June 30, 2015 – and which will continue for future fiscal years – a new government accounting requirement will affect the audited financial statements of those municipalities participating in the Vermont Municipal Employee Retirement System (VMERS). A portion of any VMERS “net pension liability” will need to appear as a liability on the balance sheets of participating municipalities. Even though VMERS is 98.32% of being “fully-funded,” the requirement will mean that the 450 municipal and school entities participating in VMERS will have to show a share of $9.127 million in net pension liabilities for their fiscal years ending in 2015. [Read more.]

Group Net Metering Agreement Template

The Template for Group Net Metering Agreements [Word docx] [pdf file] can help municipal and school district officials through the process of “going solar” and can be modified to suit specific goals and financial needs.

Open Meeting Law Resources and Training

The legislature significantly amended Vermont’s Open Meeting Law in 2014. See the Open Meeting Law page for resources.

Universal Recycling Law

Act 148 institutes new requirements and deadlines for the municipal management of solid waste. Materials from our Jan. 28 Solid Waste Management Workshop can help bring you up to speed.

Fair and Impartial Policing Policy

Interested non-police individuals can read PACIF’s model Fair and Impartial Policing policy here. It satisfies the requirements of Act 193 (S.184) of the 2014 legislative session.

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PACIF WorkStrong Wellness Consultations

This 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.