VERMONT LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Virtual Meeting - 12:20 p.m.
1. Call to order by President; Introduction of new members and guests, if any. (12:20)
2. Additions and Deletions to the Agenda (12:25)
Action Suggested: Board members should review the agenda, including adding or deleting items, moving items to and from the consent agenda, and having the President, board members, and staff identify items to be added under “Other Business.”
3. Consent Agenda Items (12:30)
Action Suggested: Approve all items in gross and without debate or amendment. A single member can demand a separate vote for any of the series offered. Items voted separately require a separate motion to approve and may be fully debated and amended at the end of the agenda.
a. Approve Minutes of January 20, 2022.
b. Approve Minutes of January 25, 2022.
c. Accept Personnel Report.
d. Approve Nextiva VOIP Contract.
e. Approve Rural Innovation Strategies Contract (TIF Contract).
f. Approve Rural Innovation Strategies Contract Amendment ($10,000 TIF Contract)
g. Accept Organizational Update.
4. Expansion of Benefit Offering Discussion: Pet Insurance (12:35)
Action Suggested: The Board should consider if VLCT wishes to offer staff and members pet insurance in 2022/2023. David Martin from Pet Partners, Mark Williams from NIS Benefits, and Sally McKenzie of Hickock and Boardman will present an overview of the product and answer clarifying questions. (See attached summary of product).
a. Pet Partners Insurance Employer Brochure
b. Pet Partners Insurance Proposal for VLCT
5. Qualified Immunity Overview (12:50)
Action Suggested: No action is requested.
Guest Phil Woodward (PACIF General Counsel) will explain what qualified immunity is, how it is used, its impacts to PACIF, and the concerns he has with the legislative proposal before the Vermont Legislature. Board members may ask clarifying questions at end of presentation.
6. The Case for Ending Qualified Immunity (1:10)
Action Suggested: No action is required. James Lyall, Executive Director of the Vermont ACLU is invited to share why the ACLU is advocating for S. 254. Board members may ask clarifying questions at end of presentation.
7. Police Reform: Is Removing Qualified Immunity the Best Approach? (1:30)
Action Suggested: No action is required. Wilda White of Wilda White Consulting and the Vermont Department of Public Safety will share her perspective on police reform. Board members may ask clarifying questions at end of presentation.
8. Break 1:50
9. Board Discussion About Qualified Immunity (2:00)
Action Suggested: The Board may wish to appoint a committee to consider updating VLCT’s 2020 Perspectives on Police Reform – and charge the committee with bringing the Board any changes for consideration.
a. Perspectives on Police Reform
10. Updated VLCT Statement of Equity and Racial Justice (2:30)
Action Suggested: Adopt the amended VLCT Statement of Equity and Racial Justice. VLCT Equity consultant and the Equity Committee were charged with reviewing the 2021 statement and making any recommended changes.
a. Revised VLCT Statement of Equity and Racial Justice
b. Original VLCT Statement of Equity and Racial Justice
c. Statement of Equity and Racial Justice Marked Up
11. VLCT Investment Policy (2:45)
Action Suggested: Adopt the draft VLCT Investment Policy.
a. Draft VLCT Investment Policy
12. Committee Appointments / Treasurer Appointment (2:55)
Acting in her power as President, Jessie Baker appointed Mayor Miro Weinberger, Jessie Baker, Ken Linsley, and Mary Ann Goulette to the nominating committee. Action Suggested: Appoint Jessie Baker to the Joint Budget Committee. Appoint Bill Fraser to the Budget Committee.
Elect Bill Fraser as Treasurer.
13. Executive Director Evaluation (3:00)
Action Suggested: No action suggested. Jessie Baker will update the Board on the plan for conducting the Executive Director’s evaluation.
a. Executive Director Evaluation
14. Other Business (3:05)
15. Adjourn (3:15)
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