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Vermont League of Cities and Towns
2018 Annual Business Meeting
Diamond I and II, Hilton DoubleTree
South Burlington, Vermont
October 3, 2018
Minutes

President Cloud called the meeting to order at1:25p.m. and introduced Maura Carroll to provide a brief report on the key VLCT organizational highlights of 2018.

President Cloud then introduced Ed Chase, Westford Moderator, and the Chairs of the Municipal Policy Committees. President Cloud appointed Mr. Chase as moderator for the portion of the meeting addressing municipal legislative policy.

Moderator Chase introduced the governing rules of the Annual Meeting. By motion duly made and seconded, the reading of the articles was waived and the rules adopted.

Moderator Chase introduced the minutes of the 2017Annual Meeting. On motion duly made and seconded, the reading of the minutes was waived and the minutes adopted as printed.

Moderator Chase reviewed the adoption process for the Municipal Policy. President Cloud offered the Municipal Policy Guiding Principles for consideration and adoption. Moderator Chase introduced Miro Weinberger, Chair of the Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, who presented the committee’s recommendations. Moderator Chase introduced Rebecca White, Chair of the Transportation Committee, who presented the committee’s recommendations. Moderator Chase introduced Charles Safford, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, who presented the committee’s recommendations. Moderator Chase introduced MaryAnn Goulette, Chair of the Quality of Life and Environment Committee, who presented the committee’s recommendations. Moderator Chase introduced Bill Fraser, Chair of the Water Quality Committee, who presented the committee’s recommendations.

By motions duly made and seconded, the five sections of the 2018 Municipal Policy and the Guiding Principles were amended and approved.

Moderator Chase relinquished the meeting to President Cloud. Retiring member Brendan Whittaker of the VLCT Board of Directors was recognized by President Cloud and received recognition from meeting attendees for his service.

Nominating Committee Chair Jared Cadwell presented the report of the Nominating Committee. By motion duly made and seconded, the report of the Nominating Committee was approved and the following officers and Board members were elected:

President, term expires October 2019
Dominic Cloud, City Manager, St. Albans (pop.6,918)

Vice-President, term expires October 2019
Miro Weinberger, Mayor, Burlington( pop.42,417)

Board of Directors, two-year terms expire October 2020
Peter Elwell, Town Manager, Brattleboro (pop. 12,046)
William Fraser, City Manager, Montpelier (pop. 7,855)
Sandra Pinsonault, Town Clerk, Dorset (pop. 2,031)
Ted Simmons, Selectboard, Orwell (pop. 1,250)
Kenneth Linsley, Selectboard Chair, Danville (pop. 2,196)

Newly elected officers and members of the VLCT Board of Directors were recognized by the President and those in attendance.

On motion duly made and seconded, the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the membership in attendance:

  • “Resolved: that the Vermont League of Cities and Towns condemns in the strongest possible terms, discrimination in all its manifestations, that is publicly or privately directed against public officials in particular, or generally toward any and all people.”

On motion duly made and seconded the following language was offered to amend the Vermont Constitution and was also unanimously adopted:

  • “Resolved: that the Vermont League of Cities and Towns calls on the legislature to amend Chapter1, Article 1 of the Vermont Constitution to read ‘That all persons are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending (of) life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. Slavery and involuntary servitude in all forms are prohibited.’”

No further business was brought before the Annual Meeting.

By motion duly made and seconded, the Annual Meeting was adjourned at 4:01p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Maura Carroll
Executive Director

Board or Committee: 
VLCT Board of Directors
Board/Committee Meeting Date: 
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

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