You might want to start with 24 VSA §1061. It speaks to the conveyance of
real estate by a municipality. Language appears below.
Hope this helps.
Mary Jane Grace
Property Valuation and Review Div.
Vermont Department of Taxes
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24 VSA § 1061. Conveyance of real estate
(a)(1) If the legislative body of a town or village desires to convey
municipal real estate, the legislative body shall give notice of the terms
of the proposed conveyance by posting a notice in at least three public
places within the municipality, one of which shall be in or near the
municipal clerk's office. Notice shall also be published in a newspaper of
general circulation within the municipality. The posting and publication
required by this subsection shall occur at least 30 days prior to the date
of the proposed conveyance. Unless a petition is filed in accordance with
subdivision (2) of this subsection, the legislative body may authorize the
(2) If a petition signed by five percent of the legal voters of the
municipality objecting to the proposed conveyance is presented to the
municipal clerk within 30 days of the date of posting and publication of the
notice required by subdivision (1) of this subsection, the legislative body
shall cause the question of whether the municipality shall convey the real
estate to be considered at a special or annual meeting called for that
purpose. After the meeting, the real estate may be conveyed unless a
majority of the voters of the municipality present and voting vote to
disapprove of the conveyance.
(b) As an alternative to the procedures set forth in subsection (a) of this
section, the legislative body may elect to have the voters decide, at an
annual or special meeting warned for that purpose, whether the real estate
should be conveyed. If a majority of the voters of the municipality present
and voting vote to approve the proposed conveyance, the real estate may be
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this
section, the legislative body of a town or village may authorize the
conveyance of municipal real estate if the conveyance:
(1) Is directly related to the control, maintenance, construction,
relocation or abandonment of highways.
(2) Is directly related to the control, maintenance, operation, improvement
or abandonment of a public water, sewer or electric system.
(3) Involves real estate used for housing or urban renewal projects under
chapter 113 of this title.
(d) Subject to the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section,
real estate owned by a town, village or town school district may be conveyed
by an agent elected or appointed for that purpose, and the conveyance shall
be under the hand and seal of such agent. When the municipality fails to
elect an agent, or the office becomes vacant or the municipality is not
required by law to elect an agent, the legislative body may appoint such an
agent, and shall have the certificate of appointment recorded by the clerk.
(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to impair or affect the
authority or responsibility of any municipality or the legislative body
thereof with respect to any real estate held or acquired in a fiduciary
(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to impair or affect any
provisions in a charter of a town or village involving the conveyance of
real estate. (Amended 1993, No. 151 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)
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From: "Donald Howard" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 6:34 AM
Subject: Town Land Purchasing/Sale Policy?
Do any Towns have policies guiding the purchase or sale of Town land or
Town Administrator, Windsor