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Wednesday, December 04, 2019 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Event Location: 
Capitol Plaza
100 State Street
05602 Montpelier , VT
$60 PACIF, $90 VLCT
Registration Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

This workshop is intended for all local officials involved in drafting, amending, adopting, repealing, or enforcing municipal ordinances. From regulating dog and junk ordinances to updating zoning bylaws and new rental housing health code violations, writing accurate tickets and complying with enforcement requirements is critical for municipalities. Selectboard members, municipal managers and administrators, zoning administrators, health officers, animal control officers, and custodial and enforcement officials are all encouraged to attend.


8:30     Registration Opens (light breakfast provided)


8:55     Welcome and Overview

            Abby Friedman, Director, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center


9:00     Effective Ordinance Drafting and Adoption

This session will present best practices and required processes for drafting and adopting ordinances.  We will focus on what ordinances municipalities can adopt, the essential elements of an ordinance and what they mean, and the statutorily required process for adopting, amending or repealing an ordinance.

            Garrett Baxter, Senior Staff Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center


10:15   Break


10:30   Enforcing Local Ordinances in the Judicial Bureau

Many cities and towns have adopted ordinances to regulate dogs, solid waste, parking, and speeding. Enforcing violations of these regulations is critical. This session will review requirements for how “enforcement officials” issue municipal tickets for violations and file them with the Judicial Bureau as well as best practices and tips for complying with state law governing the process for enforcing civil ordinances.

Trevor Whipple, Law Enforcement Risk Management Consultant, VLCT PACIF


12:00   Lunch

1:00     From the Docket: Lessons Learned from the Judicial Bureau

The Vermont Judicial Bureau has statewide jurisdiction over civil violations where the penalty is $800 or less. In this session, our speakers will explain how the Judicial Bureau operates and help bridge the gap between municipalities as users of the Judicial Bureau and the judges and staff who make the court work. Please bring your questions for a lively discussion.

            Hon. Howard A. Kalfus, Presiding Judge, Vermont Judicial Bureau

            Daniel P. Richardson, Esq., Partner, Tarrant, Gillies & Richardson


2:15     Break


2:30     Judicial Bureau or Superior Court?

The Judicial Bureau does not have the authority to issue injunctions, impose a penalty for continuing civil ordinance violations greater than $800, or to fine or imprison an individual for contempt. Actions such as these must be brought in Superior Court. Which ordinances should be enforced in the Judicial Bureau and which should be enforced in Superior Court? Can an ordinance be enforced in both? Our speaker will tell you how to decide which venue is the best fit for your ordinance.

James F. Carroll, Esq., Carroll, Boe and Pell, P.C.


3:30     Complete Evaluations