Your colleagues in local government who serve on the four VLCT policy committees and the VLCT Board of Directors recommend this 2015 VLCT draft Municipal Policy to guide action in next year's legislature. Now it is your turn! Please review the draft policy and propose any additional amendments that you believe are important. At Town Fair on Thursday, October 9, at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex, the amendments will be debated and voted on and the policy adopted. Each city and town has one vote. Make it count!
The legislature significantly amended Vermont’s Open Meeting Law this year. See below for a list of resources and announcements
• Vermont Open Meeting Law - this booklet provides an overview of the law as amended as well as guidance for entering executive session. It can be downloaded for free or purchased from the online bookstore. Due to the length of the amended law, this booklet replaces our former Open Meeting Law poster.
• VLCT's 2014 Open Meeting Law Frequently Asked Questions
• Vermont Digital Economy Project Municipal Websites Page
• Open Meeting Law and Public Records Act Workshop, September 10, Capitol Plaza
• Open Meeting Law Onsite workshops - MAC attorneys can come to your town to review how the law has changed and answer questions.
For more information or to schedule an onsite workshop, please contact Abby Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-649-7915, ext. 1926.
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.
On August 14, 2014, several municipal leaders convened the Vermont School and Municipal Leadership Conference on Education Property Tax and Funding Reform at South Burlington High School. The intent was not to propose a solution but rather to learn from and inform others. Visit the conference page for more information and links.
Due to the heavy rains on August 13, the 2014 Local Officials Golf Outing is postponed by three weeks. We hope the silver lining will be that more municipal employees, officials, and governing board members can join us after Labor Day at the Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington!
Our mission is to provide local officials with the education, training and professional assistance they need to fulfill their statutory duties.
Town Fair: Thursday, October 9.
Local Officials Golf Outing - Wednesday, September 3
Open Meeting Law and Public Records Act Workshop - September 10
Check here to register and to read a full event listing.
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.