Hi JP,
Thank you for getting back to me. 
The informal public informational meeting is for a special town meeting, but it is not by Australian ballot.  It is a floor vote.
Thank you again,
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Subject: Re: minutes at public meeting prior to special town meeting

Hi Susan.


Is this the public informational hearing required when using Australian ballot (17 VSA 2680(g))?  If so, the election law just passed by the legislature clarifies that the board is responsible for the minutes at that hearing.  Here is the language from the statute and a link to our unannotated election law.




(g) Hearing.


(1) Whenever a municipality has voted to adopt the Australian ballot system of voting on

any public question or budget, except the budget revote as provided in subsection (c) of this

section, the legislative body shall hold a public informational hearing on the question by posting

warnings at least 10 days in advance of the hearing in at least two public places within the

municipality and in the town clerk's office.


(2)(A) The hearing shall be held within the 10 days preceding the meeting at which the

Australian ballot system is to be used. The legislative body shall be responsible for the

administration of this hearing, including the preparation of minutes.


Feel free to contact me directly if you have other questions or need further clarification.






JP Isabelle

JD- VLS 2011

Elections Administrator

Vermont Office of the Secretary of State

128 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05633

Phone: 802-828-2304

Fax: 802-828-2496



From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Susan Underwood
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Subject: minutes at public meeting prior to special town meeting


Newbury is having a special town meeting on 9/26 and an informal informational meeting on 9/21/17. 


As town clerk, I have always taken the minutes at town meeting and special town meetings.


The selectboard has their own minutes clerk for selectboard meetings.  (Thankfully)


Is there a protocol for whom takes minutes at an informal informational meetings?  The selectboard wants minutes to be taken at the informal public meeting in addition to the special town meeting.


I appreciate any and all responses!