Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Members Present: President Miro Weinberger, Vice President Peter Elwell, and Members Jessie Baker, Dominic Cloud, Bill Fraser, Mary Ann Goulette, Elaine Haney, Delsie Hoyt, Ken Linsley, Sandy Pinsonault, George Putnam and Charles Safford.
Others Present: Jill Remick, Director, Property Valuation and Review, Vermont Department of Taxes; VLCT staff members Karen Horn, Abigail Friedman, Trevor Whipple and Maura Carroll.
Agenda Item #1: Call to order by the President. President Weinberger called the meeting to order at 3:06 p.m. and welcomed all to the meeting.
Agenda Item #2: Additions and Deletions to the Agenda. On motion duly made by Member Safford and seconded by Member Pinsonault, the Board unanimously voted to approve the agenda with the addition of two items under other business, one regarding appointment of members to a committee and the other a request from the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.
Agenda Item #3: Consent Agenda Items. On motion duly made by Member Linsley and seconded by Member Putnam, the Board unanimously voted to approve the consent agenda.
Agenda Item #4: Implementing the Tax Department’s Grand List Software. Tax Department Director of Property Valuation and Review Jill Remick offered an update on the department’s progress with vendor selection for the new grand list software and discussed potential roles for VLCT as the department prepares to roll out the decision and the software.
Agenda Item #5: Organizational Update. Maura Carroll offered an update on ongoing organizational projects, including the ongoing work of the Customer Relations Management System, the scheduling of Municipal Assistance Center Spring workshops, setting dates for the Cybersecurity Committee and getting volunteers from the VLCT and PACIF memberships, working on the formal sponsorship program, preparation of the annual reports and the hiring of a new workers’ compensation trainee.
Agenda Item #6: Other Business. The Board discussed giving President Weinberger the authority to appoint two members on behalf of VLCT to serve on the Joint Cybersecurity Committee, once the names of interested parties are gathered.
On motion duly made by Member Safford and seconded by Vice President Elwell, the Board unanimously voted to delegate authority to the President to appoint members to the Joint Cybersecurity Committee.
Trevor Whipple, Law Enforcement consultant for VLCT PACIF, brought forward the suggestion by Commissioner Mike Schirling of the Vermont Department of Public Safety that a variety of entities be involved in a Model Policy project to develop model policing policies for the state’s law enforcement agencies. The Board discussed the issue, offered some suggestions for consideration by the group and asked that the item be placed on the March Board agenda for further discussion. On first review, the Board is supportive of the concept of pursuing these model policies.
Vice President Elwell asked that a debrief of Local Government Day be placed on the March agenda while the issue is fresh in the minds of participants.
Karen Horn thanked the Board members for attending the activities of Local government Day and provided an update on tax increment financing developments, the self-governance bill and progress of the cannabis tax. She also responded to a question about the E-9-1-1 Board.
The Board unanimously agreed to adjourn at 3:51 p.m.