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Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Event Location: 
Lake Morey Resort
1 Club House Rd
05045 Fairlee , VT
Cost: 
Early Bird: $60.00 PACIF Members; $100.00 VLCT Members; Add $10.00 after the registration deadline.
Registration Deadline: 
Friday, March 16, 2018

Registration is not yet open for this event.

Description:

This workshop will give selectboard members the tools they need to manage the affairs of their town by focusing on the fundamentals of municipal governance and current issues facing selectboards.

Agenda:

8:30

Registration Opens (light breakfast provided)

9:00

Welcome and VLCT Overview

Maura Carroll, Executive Director

9:15

Selectboard Roles and Responsibilities

In this session, we will give you a broad perspective on the legal authority of the selectboard. Topics include Dillon’s Rule, the roles and responsibilities of the selectboard, and the relationship between the selectboard, its employees, and other elected and appointed officers.

Garrett Baxter, Senior Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

Sarah Jarvis, Staff Attorney II, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

Carl Andeer, Staff Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

10:15

Break

10:25

Municipal Assistance Center Overview

Abby Friedman, Director, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

 

10:40

Understanding and Following Vermont’s Open Meeting Law

Vermont's Open Meeting Law applies to all “public bodies” – which include municipal boards, commissions, and committees. Each of those entities must publicly notice meetings, produce and post agendas, ensure that meetings are open to the public, properly manage public participation at those meetings, and take and post minutes. This session will describe the requirements of Vermont’s Open Meeting Law and allow time for questions and answers about the practical application of the law.

Garrett Baxter, Senior Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

Sarah Jarvis, Staff Attorney II, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

Carl Andeer, Staff Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

11:45

Risk Management Services Overview

Joe Damiata, Director, VLCT Risk Management Services

12:00

Lunch

12:30

Legislative Update

Karen Horn, Director, VLCT Public Policy and Advocacy

Gwynn Zakov, Municipal Policy Associate, VLCT

1:00

 

Vermont Clean Water Act Requirements Update

The deadline for municipalities to institute several Vermont Clean Water Act requirements is rapidly approaching. In this session, we will review Municipal Roads General Permit timelines and fees as well as the reissuance process for those municipalities subject to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit. We will also report on the current status of the general permit required for existing impervious surfaces of three or more acres.

Neil Kamman, Senior Policy Advisor, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

1:50

Break

2:00

Special Topics for Selectboard Members – Concurrent Sessions

 

  1. Maintaining Local Highways - How to Save Money and Improve Road Crew Safety

Municipalities must comply with state and federal regulations for road maintenance and employee safety. In this session, we will review best practices and strategies for ensuring compliance with regulations, avoiding costly insurance claims, and spending highway budgets effectively. We will also discuss training programs and cooperative opportunities to support local road crews.

Stu Johnson, Branch Manager, Vermont Local Roads Program, Vermont Agency of Transportation

Fred Satink, Manager, Underwriting, Safety & Health Promotion, VLCT

 

  1. Human Resources 101

Most towns can’t afford to hire their own human resources manager so this very important responsibility ends up being carried out by one or shared by several selectpersons. This session will provide an overview of the responsibilities and laws involved in managing a municipal workforce.

Jill Muhr, Human Resources Consultant, VLCT

 

2:50

Managing Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest – real or perceived – are inevitable, especially in small towns. To help elected and appointed municipal officials manage these conflicts, MAC developed a model policy regarding conflicts of interest and ethical conduct. In this session, we will summarize the model policy and touch upon the legalities and best practices for managing conflicts of interest when they arise.

Garrett Baxter, Senior Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

Sarah Jarvis, Staff Attorney II, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

Carl Andeer, Staff Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center

 

3:30

Complete Evaluations and Event Conclusion