Town Health Officers - Rutland


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Town Health Officers - Rutland

Mar. 29, 2017

  • Location: Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington, Rutland, VT
  • Time: 8:30am — 3:00pm
  • Sponsored by: VLCT Municipal Assistance Center; VLCT PACIF
  • Contact: Lisa Goodell
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: (802) 229-9111
  • Contact Fax: (802) 229-2211
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Online registration is closed. Please register onsite. 



9:00      Registration (coffee and light breakfast provided)


9:30      Welcome and Overview of the Day

              Lillian Colasurdo, Public Health Policy Advisor, Vermont Department of Health

9:35      Duties of a Town Health Officer, Part 1

              In this opening session, we will discuss the statutory authority of the town health officer and the local board of health. We will pay particular attention to defining a “public health hazard,” the tools needed to conduct a proper investigation, enforcement options, and writing effective health orders.

              Lillian Colasurdo, MELP, JD, Public Health Policy Advisor, Vermont Department of Health


10:30    Break


10:45    Duties of a Town Health Officer, Part 2

              Our presenter will further explore the first session’s topics.

              Lillian Colasurdo, MELP, JD, Public Health Policy Advisor, Vermont Department of Health


11:45    Lunch (provided)


12:45    Updated Tips from a Town Health Officer

The Director of Code Enforcement and Town Health Officer for the City of Burlington is responsible for overseeing rental housing inspections for nearly 10,000 rental units. In this session, he will review best practices for conducting these inspections and identifying violations of the rental housing health code.

Bill Ward, Director of Code Enforcement and Town Health Officer, City of Burlington


2:00      Break


2:15      Basics of Rental Housing and Vermont Landlord-Tenant Laws

              Rental housing inspections can often lead a town health officer to trying to navigate landlord-tenant issues. In this session, you will learn the basics of rental housing laws in Vermont and some best practices for responding to public health issues.

Angela Zaikowski, Esq., Principal, Vermont Apartment Owners Association

Jonathan Bond, Director, Mobile Home Program/ Vermont Tenants, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

3:25      Complete evaluations and Conclusion

Please Note:

Early Bird Registration and Cancellation Deadline is Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Registrations received after this date will be charged an extra $10.00 per person.

Our cancellation policy requires that you notify VLCT in writing by the event's registration deadline to receive a refund of your registration fee.

For a full refund, please cancel in writing by the registration deadline. Please note that, for your convenience, you may pre-register without paying. However, if you do not attend the workshop, and have not cancelled your registration in writing or via email by the deadline, you will be billed for the full cost of the workshop.

Cancellation for events, even for sickness, that comes after the deadline cannot be refunded because VLCT will have already incurred all the costs for attendance including space rental, meal guarantees and packet generation.

Please mail payment to VLCT, 89 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602.