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Saturday, March 30, 2019 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Event Location: 
Holiday Inn
476 Holiday Inn Drive
05045 Rutland , VT
Early Bird: $60.00 PACIF Members; $90.00 VLCT Members; Add $10.00 after the registration deadline.
Registration Deadline: 
Friday, March 22, 2019


This training provides selectboard members, city councilors and village trustees with the skills they need to manage the affairs of their town by focusing on the fundamentals of municipal governance, legal requirements and current issues they will face. Held shortly after Town Meeting Day, the Selectboard Institute is an essential primer for newly elected members and a “tune up” for returning members.



8:30 AM

Registration Opens (light breakfast provided)



Welcome and VLCT Overview

Maura Carroll, Executive Director


Selectboard Roles and Responsibilities

In this session, Municipal Assistance Center attorneys will provide a broad overview of the legal authority of the selectboard and show you where to find the laws that determine the scope of your authority and statutory duties. Topics will include Dillon’s Rule; the selectboard’s roles and responsibilities; and the relationship between the selectboard, town employees, and other elected and appointed officers.

VLCT Municipal Assistance Center Attorneys

Garrett Baxter, Senior Staff Attorney

Carl Andeer, Staff Attorney II

Susan Senning, Staff Attorney I






Municipal Assistance Center Overview

Abigail Friedman, Director, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center


Let the Sunshine In: Transparency and Openness in Local Government

 In Vermont, matters of local government frequently invoke the Open Meeting Law, the Public Records Act, and conflicts of interest requirements, sometimes simultaneously. In this session, our attorneys will summarize each of these so-called “sunshine laws” (that is, laws that require openness in and access to government) and the legal obligations they create for selectboards.

VLCT Municipal Assistance Center Attorneys

Garrett Baxter, Senior Staff Attorney

Carl Andeer, Staff Attorney II

Susan Senning, Staff Attorney I




Risk Management Services Overview and Updates

Joe Damiata, Director, VLCT Risk Management Services


Rapid Round Robin Topic Mini Sessions 

Each of these short presentations will provide high-level overviews of current issues and best practices, as well as available resources and services for legislative body members and colleagues. Each 20-minute mini session will repeat three times so attendees can go to each one.


Municipal Road General Permit Status Overview and Update

In this session, our speaker will provide updates and answer questions regarding the MGRP. You will learn about annual reports, fees, training and grant opportunities, and the new Department of Environmental Conservation road erosion inventory app and how to use the new implementation table database and related maps to review your town’s inventory data.

Jim Ryan, Municipal Roads Program Coordinator, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation


Human Resources 101

In this session, attendees will be briefed on the responsibilities and risks involved in managing a municipal workforce. Our speaker will introduce some best practices and explain how the VLCT-PACIF Human Resources Consultation Program and other HR-related services help members carry out these vitally important duties.

Jill Muhr, VLCT-PACIF Senior Human Resources Consultant


Local Law Enforcement

Does your municipality provide law enforcement services, contract for services, or have a constable? This session will explain the responsibilities and risks involved in managing law enforcement functions.  We will discuss several legislative mandates, best practices and how the Law Enforcement Consultation Program can aid municipalities navigate the ever-changing world of law enforcement in Vermont. You will also learn of available resources and the efforts already in place to support first responder physical and mental wellness.

Trevor Whipple, Law Enforcement Consultant, VLCT Risk Management Services




Legislative Update

Karen Horn, Director, VLCT Public Policy and Advocacy

3:00 PM

Complete Evaluations and Event Conclusion