When Governments Cooperate - State Government Municipal Day

WhatRegister for St Johnsbury

A day of workshops for Vermont's local officials. Register for a FULL or HALF day. It's your choice!  Attend for a half-day (morning or afternoon) for just $15. Stay for the full day with lunch provided for only $25. NOTE: Those who register for a half-day are welcome to join us for the lunch break, but you must bring your own bag lunch.


Tuesday, October 29


ANR Regional Office at 374 Emerson Falls Road, St Johnsbury.


Pay via check or credit card.  Pre-registration is required via EventBrite and space is limited. 


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8:00 – 8:30 Registration, Coffee and Pastries

8:30 – 9:00  Opening Remarks, Intro to Permit Specialists

9:00-9:45  Get Stoked! Heating your Town’s Buildings with Automated Wood Heat
Emma Hanson (Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation) & Andrew Perchlik (Department of Public Service)

Learn how to improve your town’s bottom line by switching from fossil fuels to automated wood heat! Automated wood heat is the local, renewable fuel that creates jobs and retains local wealth. Fully automated systems allow buildings to be heated with the same hands-off convenience as propane or oil, but without all the fossil fuel negatives. This presentation will focus on options for municipal buildings and schools, and also touch on residential options. We will cover costs, rebates, financing, and the many benefits to Vermont’s forests and economy

9:45-10:30  The Latest News on Management of Recyclables, Food Scraps, and Trash
Mia Rothlein, Josh Kelly, Emma Stuhl, Anne Bijur, Karen Knaebel (Department of Environmental Conservation)

Trash, recycling, litter, and the materials we use have become hot topics, but the national news doesn’t always reflect what’s happening in Vermont. In this session, ANR’s materials management team will talk about the state of recycling in Vermont, how Vermonters are getting ready for the 2020 ban on trashing food scraps, and exciting local waste reduction projects. You’ll also learn about statewide resources that will help your residents and staff navigate the world of waste, such as transfer station operator trainings, free special recycling programs, and new handouts. Bring your questions and ideas as we explore ways to move Vermont closer to its goal of keeping 50% of unwanted materials out of the landfill.

10:30-10:45  Break

10:45-11:30  Testing Automated Vehicles in Vermont
Joe Segale (Agency of Transportation)

Is your town willing to help bring self-driving cars to Vermont? During its 2019 session, the Vermont General Assembly approved the testing of automated vehicles, often referred to as self-driving cars, on local and state highways. You will learn about automated vehicle technology and hear the latest on its development and testing around the country. You will also learn about the requirements in Vermont’s automated vehicle testing law and the role of municipalities in the test permit approval process.

11-30-12:15 Where Land & Water Meet: Wetland, Shoreland, and Lake Encroachment Regulations
Shannon Morrison, Laura Woods, Lindsay Miller, Tina Heath (Department of Environmental Conservation)

Join us to discuss real-life scenarios of land use regulation where land and water meet. Both the Wetland Rules and the Shoreland Protection Act come into play when we address development along water bodies. This workshop will cover the history of wetland and shoreline degradation, the importance of natural resource protection, the effects of regulation on new and existing development, and how to navigate scenarios that involve multi-program jurisdiction.

12:15‐1:00 Lunch
Provided only if you registered for the full-day training. Those who registered for a ½ day are welcome to join us during this time, but you must bring your own bag lunch.

1:00-1:45  The Decline of Ash Trees and How Your Town Can Still Plan for Resilient Canopy Cover

Elise Schadler, Joanne Garton (Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation)

Ash trees in public spaces are quickly gaining attention as an invasive insect, the emerald ash borer, moves through Vermont. Foresters are applying best practices to plan for the impact of emerald ash borer on ash in the forest while also working with municipalities to share approaches, costs, and lessons learned about ash tree management in town rights-of-way, town forests, and other public spaces. Understand how your town can inventory or survey its public ash trees, plan for their future uses, keep your wood local, and educate private landowners as to how and why the town will manage ash trees in light of emerald ash borer.

1:45-2:30 The Intersection of Municipalities and Agriculture in Vermont
Nina Gage, Ari Rockland-Miller, Kaitlin Hayes, Alissa Matthew (Agency of Agriculture, Foods and Markets)

Do you have questions about agriculture in your community? What are farms required to do to protect water quality? How do you know if an operation is truly a farm, or if a structure is truly a farm structure? Do you have questions about the 2018 Accessory on-Farm Business Process? Are you unsure what the implications for agricultural land might be when Act 250 is activated? If you are interested in developing and further understanding the relationships between farms, communities, and towns, come and ask Agency of Ag Staff your questions.

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:30  Parcel Data & Web Maps and What You Can do with Them
Tim Terway (Agency of Digital Services)

By the end of 2019, all Vermont municipalities will have had their parcel data digitized, “standardized” and joined with the grand list. Come to this session to learn about plans for maintaining this parcel data, ways to access and use it, and novel applications now available   This workshop will also invite you to explore how you can use mapping data available from different agencies and departments through the Vermont Open Geodata Portal. We’ll demonstrate themes of data available and how you can use them with different web mapping tools such as the Vermont Interactive Map Viewer, ANR Atlas, ArcGIS online, and more. Come to this workshop to learn about these tools and data as well as how they could help your municipality.

3:30-3:45  Using BioFinder for Land Use Planning
Monica Przperhart & Jens Hilke (Department of Fish & Wildlife)

In this workshop, you will learn how to use the BioFinder to get prioritized natural resource information about your town to better inform your town’s land use planning process. Participants will walk through a step-by-step example of using this free, online tool for accessing inventory information. Then, we will access Vermont Conservation Design data that further helps prioritize what elements are most important to consider in each town's planning process with particular focus on requirements in Act 171, the Forest Integrity Bill, relating to forest blocks and wildlife connectors. We’ll discuss how to interpret inventory data and how to use BioFinder to learn more about each of the elements discussed. Case studies of successful integration of natural resource information into a town’s planning process will be highlighted using parcel data.

Julie Moore
Agency Secretary

Peter Walke
Deputy Secretary

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Montpelier, VT 05620-3901

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