Vermont League of Cities and Towns

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John Newton's family goes back more than 200 years in West Hartford.

And the family's story can be tracked in the West Hartford Cemetery, where family members from six generations are buried.

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A raucous crowd at the Statehouse Wednesday demanded more local control over the siting of large scale renewable energy projects.

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Steven Jeffrey is outgoing executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. He's held that position for over thirty years. On his way out, we're talking to him about Vermont's local governments and the issues they face, and how the state's towns and cities have changed over the years.

Screen shot / Town of Braintree

The town of Braintree's website went online nine years ago this month.  The site gives basic information about town services; lists upcoming board, committee and commission meetings; posts announcements; and prominently displays meeting minutes. But all of that could go away, because one group is having trouble getting its minutes posted in the five days dictated by Vermont's recently updated Open Meeting Law.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Substantial changes to Vermont’s open meeting law go into effect next week. Among the changes: for the first time towns with websites will have to meet specific posting requirements.

But some towns are considering taking down their websites rather than run the risk of not meeting the mandates.

The Vermont League of Cities and Towns sent out a recent recommendation to its members: