2014 VLCT Town Fair


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2014 VLCT Town Fair

Oct. 09, 2014

  • Location: Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Jct., VT
  • Time: 8:00am — 4:00pm
  • Event Code: 2103
  • Sponsored by: VLCT, VLCT PACIF, Health and Unemployment Trusts
  • Contact: Lisa Goodell
  • Contact Email: info@vlct.org
  • Contact Phone: 802-229-9111
  • Contact Fax: 802-229-2211
  • Cost: $50.00/person; $60 after Sept. 12 Early Bird Deadline
  • Registration Deadline: Early Bird: Sept. 12, 2014; On-site Registration required after Sept. 24 .

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2014 Town Fair

Location: Champlain Valley Expo, Essex, Jct., VT
Date: October 9, 2014

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Schedule of Events & Session Descriptions:  


8:00-11:00      Registration

8:00-11:00      Meet and Greet at the Conversation Café, sponsored by People’s United Bank
Enjoy a continental breakfast and conversation with your peers.

8:00-3:30        Visit the Exhibit Hall

8:00-3:30        VLCT PACIF’s NEW WorkStrong Program Demonstrations!

Stop by the VLCT Risk Management Services booth to participate in a WorkStrong Program demonstration


9:00-10:00      Concurrent Sessions


Health in All Policies: Helping Vermonters Stay Healthy where they Live, Work, and Play
Research shows that factors such as housing quality, education, employment, and access to safe places to exercise can be as important to people’s health as access to medical care. Coupled with escalating health care costs, this understanding is prompting many states to look for ways to promote collaboration between the health field and sectors that have not traditionally been seen as playing a critical role in American’s health – such as transportation, land use planning, education, environment, and economic development– to address pressing public health challenges. Dr. Chen will describe the elements of a Health in All Policies approach for Vermont and the role of Health Impact Assessments in optimizing the public health impact of projects and policies in our towns and cities. He will show how to structure such initiatives, and facilitate a discussion regarding the opportunities, approaches, and challenges involved in adopting this approach in Vermont. Dr. Harry Chen, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health

Mock Unemployment Hearing
In this entertaining and educational session, we will stage an unemployment hearing after which the audience will evaluate the evidence and testimony. Nicole Laws, Client Relationship Manager, Equifax Workforce Solutions

Understanding Your Town’s Independent Audit Report – a Breakdown for Lay People
Audited financial statements contain a wealth of information about a government’s financial condition, but few people understand what they say. In this session, we will discuss the various components of audited financial statements and what they mean. Special emphasis will be placed on the requirements of Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s Statement No. 34 and its emphasis on the management discussion and analysis, and a summary of noteworthy items written in language that the lay person can understand. Bill Hall, Senior Financial Consultant, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

Telecommunications Facilities in Your Town and Applications to the Public Service Board
A new law makes host municipalities automatic parties in the Section 248a (application for telecommunication facilities siting) process. In this session, we will describe the Public Service Board process and how municipalities can most effectively present their recommendations for siting. Jim Porter, Senior Policy and Telecommunications Director, Department of Public Service

Is Your Community Ready for the Next Flood? – Flood-Ready Website
Learn how to get the most up-to-date information to improve your community’s flood resilience by visiting www.floodready.vt.gov. This new website features easy access to data on flood risks and a map portal that can help you prepare your municipal plan. The site also contains key contacts, post and pre-disaster funding opportunities, and other useful information to help your community be flood ready. Ned Swanberg, CFM, Mapping and Planning Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources; Milly Archer, CFM, Water Resources Coordinator, Vermont League of Cities and Towns


10:30-12:00 Concurrent Sessions


Annual Meetings of PACIF and the Unemployment Insurance and Health Trusts
Learn about your Trusts’ performance over the last year, elect new officers, and review financial reports.

Statewide Parcel Mapping: What will it Mean for Towns?
Representatives of several state agencies and departments, as well as nonprofits and professional organizations, have been meeting since last fall to discuss the idea of a statewide parcel data program. What does this mean? How would it be funded? What are the implications for town officials? Attend this presentation/discussion to learn more and to share your perspective on how to create and maintain consistent, up-to-date parcel data for every town in Vermont. Leslie Pelch, GISP, Outreach Coordinator, Vermont Center for Geographic Information

Open Meeting Law Compliance: Changes from the 2014 Legislative Session
In this workshop, VLCT attorneys will comprehensively review the Open Meeting Law including recent changes, current requirements, and best practices for compliance. Garrett Baxter, Senior Staff Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center; Sarah Jarvis, Staff Attorney II, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center; Gwynn Zakov, Staff Attorney I, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

Keeping it Local: From the Local Roads Program to the Local Technical Assistance Program
Representatives from Vermont’s Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will describe the transfer of the Vermont Local Roads Program to VTrans and discuss plans for training and technical assistance. They will also take your comments on how best to meet local governments’ needs. Chris Cole, Director of Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development, and other VTrans representatives

Understanding the Vermont Shoreland Protection Act
The new Shoreland Protection Act that took effect on July 1 regulates activities within 250 feet of the mean water level of lakes greater than 10 acres in size. Learn what is allowed under the new law, how it is administered, and the municipal responsibilities for towns seeking delegation authority to issue permits for development in the protected shoreland area. Susan Warren, Lakes and Ponds Program Manager, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

 Emerging Liability Trends in Law Enforcement
Over the last two decades, U.S. law enforcement agencies have been the subject of intense public scrutiny. The very nature of police work – such as the use of force, high-speed pursuits, and arrest – lends itself to complaints and lawsuits. Law enforcement officers must be familiar with laws that relate to police liability and discipline, and that they may be held accountable for decisions made by a court having jurisdiction over them.  This session will help officers and agencies to assess their level of risk-exposure by examining court decisions that have interpreted acceptable standards of conduct by officers. Jack Ryan, Esq.,  Co-Director, Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute; Nancy Sheahan, Esq., McNeil Leddy & Sheahan; Joseph Farnham, Esq., McNeil Leddy & Sheahan

12:15-1:45      Annual Turkey Dinner and Awards Presentation


1:45                 VLCT Grand Raffle Drawing and others

1:30-4:00        VLCT Annual Meeting and Adoption of the 2015 Municipal Policy
VLCT’s municipal policy for the upcoming legislative session will be discussed, debated, and adopted by the membership at this meeting. One voting delegate per member city or town should participate. In accordance with VLCT bylaws, all members are welcome to attend and speak, and non-members may observe and speak when recognized by the group.


2:00-3:30        Concurrent Sessions


The TMDL - Vermont's Plan for a Clean Lake Champlain
Phosphorus pollution is the greatest threat to clean water in Lake Champlain. Sources of phosphorus include discharges from wastewater treatment facilities, stormwater runoff from developed lands, roads, agriculture and timber operations, and streambank erosion stemming from channel instability. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Vermont are currently in the process of launching a new phosphorus reduction plan, the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), which will cap the amount of phosphorous allowed to enter the lake from each of these sectors. In this session, we will explore the process for implementing the TMDL, what resources will be needed to make the plan successful, and what additional demands it might place on Vermont’s cities and towns. David Mears, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Environmental Protection

Model Solar Contract for Municipalities
Solar panels are popping up all over the state, and both residents and solar developers are approaching towns with renewable energy proposals. While some towns and schools have contracted for solar projects, others may have questions about the legal and financial issues as well as technical aspects of solar energy systems. In this workshop, we will review a new model contract/power purchase agreement for towns and schools interested in leasing or buying renewable energy systems located on or off town property. Officials from towns that have implemented solar energy projects will also share their experiences. Ethan McLaughlin, Esq., Gravel & Shea, PC; Ed Adrian, Esq., Monaghan Safar Ducham, PLLC; Town officials, TBD