Selectboard meeting, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Below is BCTV’s video of the Vernon Selectboard meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Click here for the agenda. Scroll down for the agenda with video timestamps. Final approved minutes.

00:00 – Call to Order, Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance

00:25 – Additions to Agenda

00:57 – Chair’s Remarks

02:04 – Guests

02:08 – Public Comments

02:14 – Reports: Treasurer

02:58 – Reports: Treasurer – Clear Choice Medical Services

11:05 – Reports: Treasurer – CDL Requirements for Town Drivers

13:08 – Reports: Highway Dept

14:55 – Reports: Treasurer – Investment of Town Funds

44:40 – Reports: – Planning Commission

45:10 – Reports: – Planning Commission (Appointment of Jessica Freeman-Earp)

46:00 – Reports: – Planning Commission (BDCC Collaboration)

54:55 – Approval of Minutes

55:55 – Bills and Warrants

56:58 – New Business: Cemetery Deeds

1:01:00 – New Business: Server Purchase

1:02:30 – New Business: Windham County Humane Society Contract

1:09:34 – New Business: Municipal Roads Grants-In-Aid Pilot

1:11:55 – New Business: VLCT Board Nominations

1:12:30 – New Business: NorthStar License Transfer

1:15:12 – New Business: Fireworks Contract

1:18:54 – Old Business: RFP for Town Attorney

1:21:53 – Old Business: Contract for Law Enforcement Services

1:24:00 – Old Business: Right to Farm Signs

1:28:45 – Old Business: Dog Ordinance

1:43:29 – Public Participation

1:43:34 – Correspondence

1:46:12 – Town Administrator’s Report

1:46:20 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule


Black Gum Swamp videos

Two new videos about Vernon’s Black Gum swamps are available via BCTV. First, here is video of the April 28 guided hike to the swamps featuring commentary by William C. “Bill” Guenther, Windham County Forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation; Laura Lapierre, Wetlands Program Director, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation; and
Bob Zaino, State Lands Ecologist, Barre Office. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dep’t, Wildlife Division.

And here is video of the informational hearing held on May 8 by Laura Lapierre, Wetlands Program Director, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Thanks to BCTV producer Russ Grabiec for putting these together!

Selectboard will consider updates to the town Dog Ordinance.

In response to community concerns, the Vernon Selectboard will be reviewing and revising their current Dog Ordinance over the next few months. Selectboard Chair Josh Unruh encourages public participation in the process. “We are hoping to address resident concerns and update our local ordinance to conform to state law. Toward that end we want to give the public ample opportunity to weigh in on the process and be part of the final product.”

Current regulations prohibit “Running at Large”, but there is no leash law in Vernon. Unruh says that plans do not include instituting a leash law, but public input will go a long way toward a final ordinance that will protect the health and safety of residents.

A copy of the proposed ordinance can be viewed or downloaded here or picked up at the Town Clerk’s Office.  The Vernon Selectboard meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Town Offices, located at 567 Governor Hunt Road. The public is invited to share comments at any regular meeting. Comments can also be emailed to the Town Administrator at

Selectboard meeting, June 6, 2017

Below is the video of the Selectboard meeting of June 6, 2017, as recorded by BCTV. Click here for the agenda for this meeting. Scroll down for and agenda with video time-stamps. Click here for draft minutes.

00:27 – Additions to Agenda

00:57 – Chair’s Remarks

00:59 – Guests

01:05 – Public Comments: non-Agenda Items

01:10 – Executive Session: Town Clerk

02:07 – Return to Meeting

02:19 – Department/Committee Report: Highway (Fuel Bids)

05:59 – Department/Committee Report: Highway (Relining Culvert)

09:39 – Approval of Minutes

10:15 – Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants

11:40 – New Business: Hemlock Road Width

24:46 – New Business: RFP for Town Attorney

27:26 – Old Business: Contract for Law Enforcement Services

47:51 – Old Business: Right to Farm Signs

50:32 – Old Business: Dog Ordinance

1:05:10 – New Business: Fire Dept Executive Session

1:05:53 – Return to Meeting

1:06:02 – Public Participation: Agenda Items Only

1:06:08 – Correspondence

1:07:32 – Town Administrator’s Report

1:12:13 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule

1:12:32 – Adjournment