We're Looking for Long-Serving Local Officials

Have you served in Vermont local government for more than 50 years? If so, we'd like to talk to you in regard to VLCT's year-long 50th anniversary celebration, for we think you should be recognized for your long service to Vermont! Please contact VLCT News Editor David Gunn at dgunn@vlct.org or 229-9111. Alternatively, if you know of someone who has served Vermont local government for more than half a century, please tell us and we'll follow up. Thank you!

Remaining March MAC Workshops – Register Today!

  • March 29 and 30, Town Health Officers Workshops: an overview and refresher for new and experienced town health officers, selectboard members, code enforcement officers, and town managers or administrators.

To register and see detailed agendas and locations, click here.

The VLCT Timeline Continues

In last month’s issue of the VLCT News, our timeline cruised through the ’80s and ’90s. This month we look back at Tropical Storm Irene before bringing you to present day at the League. The timeline begins on page 10 of our April newsletter.

 

Looking Forward by Looking Back

The 50th year of VLCT’s service to Vermont’s cities and towns continues! Throughout the year, we will revisit our history and report on news of festivities commemorating the people and the events of VLCT and how local government has helped define our organization during the past 50 years. We have a lot to share, and hope that you will add any memories and accomplishments you have as well. We celebrate all of you who make a difference in local government every day and work to make your communities better, more efficient, and more responsive to their residents. As we move though the year, we will also look ahead to what may be in store for the next 50 years and how can we help local government prepare for innovation, change, and progress. —Maura Carroll, Executive Director, VLCT

 


     

    Weekly Legislative Report

    A link to the March 24 edition of VLCT Advocacy’s Weekly Legislative Report is here.

    Seeking Volunteers? This Could Help.

    VLCT's new Call to Local Service brochure template is now available for members to customize and use, hopefully in time for Town Meeting. Instructions are here. Developed by a team of VLCT staffers as a new way to help League members get more citizens involved in local government, this trifold brochure, laid out in MSWord, is part educational handout, part signup sheet, and all ready to customize with your municipality's details.

    Vermont’s Paid Sick Leave Law Effective January 1, 2017.

    Most Vermont employers must comply with Act 69 (21 V.S.A. §§ 481 et seq.), the paid sick leave law that provides for a minimal amount of accrued, paid leave for many employees. For more information please see:

  • Are you sure your town is in compliance with Vermont’s new Paid Sick Leave mandate? (from the Feb. 2017 VLCT News) and updated Act 69 Paid Leave FAQs.
  • Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) mandatory workplace poster available for free from VDOL as well as part of VLCT’s 2017 workplace poster packet available for purchase from the VLCT Bookstore.
    • Please contact MAC with questions about the law and how to make sure your personnel policy is up-to-date. Call or email Jill Muhr, Human Resources Consultant at 800-649-7915 or MAC-HR@vlct.org.

      Current Risk Management Resources

    • The recording of our January 19 webinar "To the Log and Beyond: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About OSHA Recordkeeping" can now be viewed by any Vermont municipal official or employee who is responsible for filing workers' compensation claims or who keeps records of employee injuries. Use this link to register and access the recording.
    • PACIF members can again apply for Grants and Scholarships in 2017. Applications for Round 1 of the 2017 Grants Program are being accepted now through April 30. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, but no less than 30 days before the desired training is to take place. All must have a convincing claim-reducing element. Please use the new 2017 guidelines and applications on our Grants and Scholarships webpages.
    • PACIF Loss Control has updated its "Drug and Alcohol Testing Manual" and renamed it to the more accurate and comprehensive "Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations Manual".


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PACIF WorkStrong Wellness Consultations

This YouTube video gives a quick overview of one way we are helping PACIF members' employees get serious about wellness. Studies show that healthy workers are injured less often and recover more quickly than unhealthy ones. In each One-to-One Wellness Consultation, Heidi Joyce spends 30 minutes with a single employee to get a handle on his or her wellness status and develop customized strategies for improving. Members just need to schedule several consultations for a single day so Heidi can share her know-how and enthusiasm.