2016 Lister of the Year
Shirley Fecteau-Highgate, Richard Bowen-Braintree, Rose Warner-Johnson, Louise Ferris-Burt-Bethel,
Pauline Moore-Manchester, Pat McNall- Fairfax, Janice Arnold-Grand Isle
2016 Michael P. Cyprian Lister of the Year
2016 Steve Jeffrey Lister of the Year Education Grant
Janice Arnold, Lister
Town of Grand Isle
Lister’s must be many things.
While in the office:
Accurate – during repetitive and sometimes monotonous analysis
While out in the field:
Punctual – for appointments and deadlines imposed by the State and Towns
Surefooted – to navigate unfamiliar, uneven and challenging terrain during inspections
Open minded – when encountering any number of surprises during inspections
Listers must also possess:
Total recall for the minute details gathered in the field
Saint like patience in dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly personalities encountered every day.
Wisdom to differentiate between the good, the bad, and the ugly
Cat like reflexes required when encountering the bad and the ugly
Superior Logic in distinguishing the difference between “git off’a my property” and the muzzle of a shotgun
Above all Listers must be diligent and thorough
The Lister whom we refer to today is a long time Town employee, a fixture if you will, you know – the one who knows every property and who owns it.
This Lister is passionate about the facts. Sometimes a little too passionate, often answering questions before they are completed. Frequently reminded to wait for the whole question to be asked before responding. Impatient, in a good way, comes to mind.
Way back in the 70’s, back when cows, dogs and sheep were counted, maintaining the Grand List was hard work. There were no such things as computers. The Grand List, and everything that goes along with it was done by hand, with the aid of only an adding machine and whatever schooling the Lister possessed.
This Lister also knows how to just sit for a spell if you were and reminisce about all the years gone by. Have you ever heard the story about the Lister who went to a house and asked if they had any dogs? You know the one where the lady answers “no” undeterred by the barking dog beside her. Credit this Lister, who, by the way, has also held the office of Assistant Town Clerk.
Fast forward to the late 1990. Medical issues forced this Lister to relinquish the position with the Town only to be beckoned back 3 ½ years and 5 surgeries later by a Town which was much in need of a Lister to return a muddled Grand List to its previous glory.
The Selectboard knew they needed help and they knew the skills they wanted in a Lister – accuracy, attention to detail, proof reading skills, someone possessing a knowledge of the Grand list. And they knew just where to find her.
Any town would be fortunate to have such a dedicated and knowledgeable Lister assisting townsfolk, minding the Grand List, and sharing the knowledge and experience she possesses with others. I know Grand Isle is.
By now some of you, and hopefully Janice Arnold, will know who is the VALA 2016 Lister of The Year.
Janice embodies all the Lister traits I just described. She knows her stuff and she has the Towns best interests at heart.
And it is fun to hear her reminisce about those years gone by.
Nomination by Sue Lawrence, Lister Town of Grand Isle.
2015 Lister of the Year
2015 Michael P. Cyprian
Lister of the Year Award
Town of Pawlet
VALA established the Michael P. Cyprian, Lister of the Year Award in 1991 to honor Listers and Assessors who demonstrate fairness to all, dedication, helpfulness, worked to improve the listing process and pursued better education for the assessment community,
The award is named for Michael P Cyprian who was the ‘Ultimate Lister’. He was active in his town, volunteering his expertise on many committees. He was well trained as a Lister and chose to become a professional appraiser. His integrity, his unquestioned fairness, and his ability to communicate with the townspeople, his sense of humor, and his high level of professionalism marked Michael’s eleven years as a Lister. He was an active VALA member and offered much Lister training.
The 2015 winner personifies the legacy of Michael P. Cyprian. Charles grew up in his home town and brings 80 years of personal historic information, as well as previous generations. His vast knowledge of the history of the community has been invaluable in solving parcel map questions, deed research, and finding boundary lines in the field.
Charlie, as he will know be recognized, has been a lister in the town of Pawlet for 16 years. Charlie has been tireless in improving, and educating the town officials and the public in the assessment process. Charles is a campaign for lister education, and continues to attend training classes. He has keen sense of lister procedure, duties, and responsibilities. He takes those responsibilities to heart, even outside the Lister office.
Charlie is continuing to encourage the town to stay on the cutting edge of technology with mapping, and was a driving force in setting up the GIS mapping for the town
Charlie is community minded, serving on the Cemetery Board, in the Grange, the church, school board, and senior groups.
Charlie has a farming background, and is very knowledgeable about the farming community in Pawlet. He has been very interested in the Vermont Current Use Program, and has collected data from Pawlet to determine the impact of OPAV and development rights on property owners.
His friendly demeanor encourages his fellow residents to discuss questions or problems they may have with their assessment to ensure accurate assessment values for the properties.
The other Pawlet Listers enjoy working with Charlie with his knowledge about the Town of Pawlet, its residents, and history.
Charles Mason will be the first annual recipient of the
“Steven Jeffrey Lister of the Year $250.00 Education Grant.”
John Fike, VALA President