MINUTES OF THE JULY 2, 2014 VALA DIRECTORS MEETING
The meeting was called to order by President John Fike at 9:00 a.m. A quorum was present.
The Secretary’s minutes of the May 7, 2014 were approved on a motion by Louise Ferris-Burt. The motion was seconded and passed.
The Treasurer’s report was given and Lisa Truchon made a motion to approve the report. The motion was seconded and passed.
The President reviewed his report and commented on some of the legislative changes. Lisa reported that she is ready for conducting an audit with Treasurer, Pauline Moore.
John Vickery commented on the Ratio Studies Class which will be held August 11-13—20 are needed to sign up and only 8 have registered thus far. This class will be required for Lister Certification level 4.
Transition Committee—Todd stated that Camilla will not consider taking over the Presidency at this time as she is involved in reappraisal but might consider Vice President which means Todd could move up to President. The By-Laws should be revised to include wording that the past President would be in an advisory capacity to the new President.
Todd also stressed that it is critical to get new younger Listers. The alternatives are that towns could vote out Listers and hire an assessor or the State could do assessments from the state level.
Other comments included but not limited to:
- The proximity of the President to Montpelier should be considered.
- Listing is a more sophisticated job than it used to be
- The name of Lister is detrimental
- Listers operate the only asset in the town
- Listers manage the asset for 2% of the town budget
- World-wide issue—lack of qualified people
- Getting other town officials to recognize the value of Listers
- Problem will get more acute—average age of Listers 55-65
Membership: Penny reported on a membership campaign—approximately 160 packets were mailed out to towns and professional organizations that are not currently in VALA. Response has been brisk with $2125 received and 27 new members. Follow-up letters will be sent out acknowledging receipt of dues. There is a need to encourage participation and find out areas of expertise of new members. County reps need to be more active and keep in touch with the towns in their county. More discussion followed.
Annual Meeting: Date for the Annual Meeting is September 19th at the White Church in Bethel. A caterer has been secured for lunch and hopefully cookies. The meeting will be publicized starting mid July.
There will be a change in format –perhaps an interactive session, Q&A , or possibly break into groups.
Lisa moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded and the meeting adjourned at approximately 10:00 a.m.