Find resources for municipalities on topics such as continuity of operations, financing, open meeting law, remote meetings, and more.
Resources are available on the following topics to assist communities and municipalities:
Weekly Q&A Webinar for Municipalities
A weekly question and answer webinar with Deputy Secretary Ted Brady covers best practices, new tools, and resources for municipalities on the ACCD website. This event is jointly hosted by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) and ACCD.
COVID-19 FAQs for Municipal Operations
The Vermont League of Cities and Towns offers updated FAQs for municipalities on recent guidance and its legal and practical effects on general municipal operations, as well as information related to municipal services such as dog licensing, access to public records, town office closures and re-openings, and processing zoning applications.
For Employers: Responding When an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
Businesses should be prepared to respond if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. Refer to guidance from the Department of Health to find:
- What information employers can begin collecting right away
- When employees with COVID-19 and close contacts can return to work
- Resources and support for employees
- Cleaning and disinfecting resources
COVID-19 Recovery Visits: From Recovery to Renewal and Resilience
The Local Support and Community Action Team of the Governor's Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force is launching a series of virtual forums, facilitated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, in every county across the state to: Share challenges and ideas for community recovery; connect to others working to respond, recover and build long-term resilience; and meet with a “visiting team” of state, federal, business and nonprofit leaders. All are welcome to participate in their county's forum and registration is required. If you need assistance or have questions about the forum or how to join, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Municipal Emergency Property Tax Borrowing Program
This program, which went live on June 15, 2020, helps towns that need to borrow on a short-term basis to manage the cash flow effects of statewide education property tax deferrals, or delays in receiving such taxes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program authorizes the State Treasurer to pay the interest that municipalities incur between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. The Vermont Legislature appropriated up to $2.7 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund for the program. Visit the State Treasurer's website for more information.
SBA Announces $10 Billion for CDFIs to Participate in PPP
The Small Business Administration has announced that it is providing $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). These funds will help to ensure that the Paycheck Protection Program reaches all communities in need of relief during COVID-19.
Public Right of Way Guidance
ACCD worked with VTrans to provide guidance on the use of public rights of way for restaurants and retail businesses. The guidance lays out considerations and steps to ensure social distancing to enable a wider restart of retail operations and restaurants, in a way that does not increase the risk of auto-related injuries, addresses pedestrian safety and accessibility, and shares items towns and businesses should consider when using the street during these times.
Survey for Creative Sector Recovery
The Vermont Arts Council is looking for feedback from the creative sector regarding needs, response, and recovery. Businesses and arts organizations can take this survey to provide input.