Every town officer should know the provisions of the Open Meeting Law (1 V.S.A. §§ 311–314) and the Access to Public Records Law (1 V.S.A. § 315–320). The general rule to apply is that all the business you conduct and all the records you have are the public’s business, and every effort should be made to make meetings and documents available to the public.
There are several common sense exceptions to those rules (e.g., criminal investigations and personnel matters) that are spelled out in the Open Meeting and Access to Public Records Laws. For an outline of the requirements of these two laws, please see the VLCT Open Meeting Law and Access to Public Records Law posters available at your municipal clerk’s office or from VLCT.