City Council

Member of the Board of Electric/Light Commissioners

Position Description for Member of Board of Electric/Light Commissioners

The board of electric/light commissioners is created by the Burlington City Charter § 226, with the following duties and authority assigned by charter or council resolution:

  • To exercise any of the city’s powers relating to the electric plant, improvements to the plant, or electric service that are delegated by resolution of the city council;
  • To annually approve and submit to the mayor a budget recommendation for the electric department;
  • To approve or delegate to the General Manager the authority to approve short term (five years or less) contracts for the purchasing and selling of electric capacity and energy;
  • To approve or delegate to the General Manager the authority to enter into contracts involving an expenditure of less than $100,000 or a duration of one year or less (and to itself approve contracts of more than $100,000 and in excess of one year in duration);
  • To issue regulations relating to the City’s electric system;
  • To approve any recommendation by department management for and recommend to the Mayor and City Council an increase in electric rates;
  • To report to the City Council at least once per year indicating the commission’s short and long term planning for electric power and energy supply;
  • To hear electric department employee grievances to the extent provided in the City’s personnel policies.

Members of this board must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a legal voter of the City of Burlington;
  • No more than two-thirds of the members shall be from the same political party.

Members of this board will be appointed for a three-year term. 

Historically, this board regularly meets on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 5:30 pm.

In addition, members of this board will be expected to:

  • Attend all scheduled meetings, or if a meeting must be missed, let the chairperson know ahead of the meeting if they will not be able to attend;
  • Review any materials provided to the board ahead of time;
  • Notify the chairperson and/or the city staffperson assigned to the board of any accommodation for a disability that may be required in order for the person to serve;
  • Act from a spirit of cooperation and with respect towards other board members, staff members, and members of the public appearing before the board;
  • Avoid actual or apparent conflicts of interest or bias;
  • Comply with all aspects of the Vermont Open Meeting and Access to Public Records laws;
  • When deciding a controversy or responding to a request, conduct themselves in a fair and impartial manner;
  • Consider fairly the interests of all individuals and organizations whose interests may be affected by their actions as a city official.