City Council

Member of the Church Street Marketplace Commission

Position Description for Member of Church Street Marketplace Commission

The Church Street Marketplace Commission is created by Charter §§ 322- 324 with the following duties and authority:

  • To have such powers as may be delegated by the City Council;
  • To contract for improvements, maintenance and management of the Marketplace;
  • To recommend to the planning commission the imposition of restrictions on the height, use and exterior appearance for buildings fronting on the Marketplace;
  • To issue permits and licenses relative to Marketplace activity;
  • To do all things necessary to carrying out the purposes for which the Marketplace District was created.

Members of this board must meet the following criteria:

  • All nine must be legal voters of the State of Vermont
  • Not less than five must be legal voters of the City of Burlington;
  • Two members must be proprietors or managers of retail businesses that are within the Church Street Marketplace District, but do not need to be residents of Burlington;
  • Two members must be proprietors or managers of retail businesses that are within the downtown improvement district, one of them being located within the downtown improvement district but outside the boundaries of the Church Street Marketplace, but do not need to be residents of Burlington

Members of this board will be appointed for three (3) years and shall serve from the first day of July following their appointment and until their successors are duly appointed and have qualified.

Historically, this board regularly meets once a month.

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 staff person 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;
  • When deciding a controversy or responding to a request, conduct themselves in a fair and impartial manner;
  • Comply with all aspects of the Vermont Open Meeting and Access to Public Records laws;
  • Consider fairly the interests of all individuals and organizations whose interests may be affected by their actions as a city official.