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"Barry Brady Act" : a report with recommendations for Tennessee municipalities on Public Chapter 490
Report/Study (Created: 10/05/2019; Reviewed: April 1, 2020 )

An MTAS report with recommendations regarding the implementation of the 2019 "Barry Brady Act." The Barry Brady Act or Public Chapter 490 amends T.C.A. § 7-51-201 by adding subsection (d) which outlines specific types of cancers that are presumed to have been acquired as the result of employment in the fire service and the eligibility requirements for firefighters seeking to be covered by the presumption. This public chapter outlines specific employment, pre-employment, and annual medical monitoring that a firefighter must undergo in order to be covered by the presumption.
"Barry Brady Act" Pre-Employment Physical Medical Examination Waivers
Form (Created: 10/03/2019; Reviewed: April 1, 2020 )

These forms are templates for a city to consider when developing their own waiver forms for potential firefighters to waive the inclusion of cancer screening regarding the employment related firefighter cancer rebuttable presumption established by the Barry Brady Act as part of a pre-employment physical examination, or for current firefighters to elect to have the physical examination. MTAS recommends that cities discuss this with their city attorney before implementing any waiver.
10 Most Common Audit Findings For Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 07/08/2019; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

A series of articles from MTAS discussing the most common audit findings for Tennessee cities and towns as reported by the Tennessee State Comptroller's Office.
1990 Census Update
(Created: 04/16/1991; Reviewed: )

Includes a list of Tennessee cities, their 1990 populations, and the census impact on state shared taxes.
1994 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 03/06/1995; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information.
1994-95 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 05/05/1994; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

A summary of what cities can expect to receive from the state shared taxes for the 1994-1995 fiscal year.
1995-96 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

A summary of what cities can expect to receive from the state shared taxes for the 1995-1996 fiscal year.
1995/96 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 05/03/1996; Reviewed: June 24, 2002 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information.
1996-97 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 05/01/1996; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

A summary of what cities can expect to receive from the state shared taxes for the 1996-1997 fiscal year.
1996/97 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 06/16/1997; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

This report contains a summary of the survey as well as the means to request specific information.
1997-98 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 06/05/1997; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

A summary of what cities can expect to receive from the state shared taxes for the 1997-1998 fiscal year.
1998-1999 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 04/30/2009; Reviewed: April 30, 2009 )

A summary of what cities can expect to receive from the state shared taxes for the 1998-1999 fiscal year.
1999-2000 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 05/05/2000; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey for 1999/2000 is complete and shows salary increases for city employees grew at a rate slower than 1998/1999.
1999-2000 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 04/30/2009; Reviewed: April 30, 2009 )

A summary of what cities can expect to receive from the state shared taxes for the 1999-2000 fiscal year.
20 Days of Leave for Deployed Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/03/2010; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if an employee who has not completed the city's probationary period is deployed, is he entitled to the 20 days of leave.
2000 Legislative Changes of Interest to Local Law Enforcement
(Created: 10/06/2000; Reviewed: September 13, 2001 )

The 2000 legislative session resulted in numerous changes that affect law enforcement in Tennessee. This publication highlights some of the more important changes.
2000 Legislative Session Paves Way for E-Commerce
(Created: 12/04/2000; Reviewed: January 24, 2006 )

Action taken by the Tennessee General Assembly during the 2000 legislative session revises methods by which state and local governments may conduct business electronically and collect money.
2000-2001 Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 03/30/2001; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

This report contains a summary of the survey as well as the means to request specific information.
2000-2001 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 07/12/2000; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

The Tennessee General Assembly adopted the state budget for fiscal year 2000-2001. Based on this budget, cities can expect to receive the following revenues.
2001-2002 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 07/31/2001; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

A summary of what cities can expect to receive from the state shared taxes for the 2001-2002 fiscal year.
2001/2002 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 03/15/2002; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey for 2001/2002 shows that salary increases for city employees rose less than during 2000/2001. This report contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information.
2002 IRS, Social Security and Medicare Tax Changes for Election Officials and Workers
(Created: 04/08/2003; Reviewed: January 9, 2006 )

One of the tax law changes in 2002 pertaining to the Social Security Administration deals with the taxable threshold for wages paid election officials and workers.
2002-2003 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 07/11/2002; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

The Tennessee General Assembly adopted the state budget for fiscal year 2002-2003. Based on this budget, cities can expect to receive the following revenues.
2002/2003 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 03/31/2003; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey for 2002/2003 shows salary increases for city employees rose significantly over 2001/2002 data. This report contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information.
2003-2004 State Revenue Estimates
(Created: 06/04/2003; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

The Tennessee General Assembly adopted the state budget for fiscal year 2003-2004; adopting revenue and spending bills that call for no new tax increases, but state shared revenues going back to cities and counties were cut by an estimated $35.5 million.
2003/2004 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 03/03/2004; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey for 2003/2004 shows salary increases for city employees rose significantly over 2002/2003 data. This report contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information.
2004-2005 State Shared Taxes and Appropriations
(Created: 05/24/2004; Reviewed: June 13, 2005 )

Based on revenue projections for FY 2004-2005, cities are expected to receive approximately $96.46 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004.
2004/2005 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 04/21/2005; Reviewed: May 3, 2006 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey for 2004/2005 is complete and shows salary increases for city employees rose significantly over 2003/2004 data. This report contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information.
2005-2006 State Shared Taxes and Appropriations
(Created: 06/09/2005; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

Based on revenue projections for FY 2005-2006, cities are expected to receive approximately $101.36 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005.
2005/2006 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 04/27/2006; Reviewed: April 27, 2006 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey for 2005/2006 shows salary increases for city employees rose significantly over 2004/2005 data. This report contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information. (To request a report from the salary survey, please contact MTAS at the address at the bottom of this page.)
2006 Legislative Changes Impacting Municipal Courts and Municipal Code Enforcement
(Created: 07/25/2006; Reviewed: July 20, 2006 )

The General Assembly made changes in laws during the 2006 legislative session that affect municipal courts and municipal code enforcement.
2006-2007 State Shared Taxes and Appropriations
(Created: 05/30/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2006 )

Based on revenue projections for FY 2006-2007, cities are expected to receive approximately $109.60 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2006.
2007 Social Security Changes Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA)
(Created: 02/02/2007; Reviewed: February 2, 2007 )

Social Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 3.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2007.
2007-2008 State Shared Taxes and Appropriations
(Created: 06/19/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2007 )

Based on revenue projections for FY 2007-2008, cities are expected to receive approximately $111.20 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007.
2013 Workers' Compensation Reform Act
General (Created: 12/13/2013; Reviewed: August 10, 2018 )

Effective July 2014, Tennessee's new Workers' Compensation Reform Act goes into effect. The new law is considered favorable to employers and involves a more efficient claims resolution process and lower administrative costs, and it also establishes a panel of judges that will take cases out of the crowded court.
2014 Goals Planning Retreat: City of Fayetteville, Tennessee
(Created: 02/15/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for the City of Fayetteville.
2019 Court Cost Data
General (Created: 12/17/2019; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

A list of the court costs for selected Tennessee cities.
2019 Fair Labor Standards Act final rules released
General (Created: 10/18/2019; Reviewed: October 18, 2019 )

The U.S. Department of Labor has set a new standard salary level in the Fair Labor Standards Act of $684 per week/$1,368 biweekly/$1,482 semimonthly/$2,964 month (equivalent of $35,568 per year). The Department has also set the Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) annual compensation amount at a new level of $107,432. The new salary rates are effective January 1, 2020. This hot topic from MTAS reviews the history of the new rules and also discusses discretionary bonuses and incentive payments rule changes.
2019 Projected COLA Adjustment Survey
Survey (Created: 04/02/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Seventeen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out about their proposed 2019 COLA numbers.
911 Dispatch Service Agreements: A Survey Conducted for the City of Crossville
Survey (Created: 12/07/2006; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Thirteen cities were asked if they have an agreement with the county for 911 dispatch services and questions related to that agreement.
A Resolution of the Town of Bean Station, Tennessee Amending Their Personnel Policies to Provide Insurance for Certain Long-Term Employees
Resolution (Created: 04/25/2019; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

Bean Station, wanting to retain and motivate the best employees and provide incentives for them to stay with the city, passed a resolution granting a benefit to those who stay at least 20 years.
A Resolution of the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee Amending Their Personnel Policies by Adding a Section on the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) Devices in Town Vehicles
Resolution (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

This resolution, authored by Pat Hardy, allows the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee to amend their personnel policies in order to add a section about the use of GPS devices in town vehicles.
A Resolution of the Town of White Pine, Tennessee Adopting an Updated Set of Personnel Policies and Procedures
Resolution (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

The Town of White Pine, Tennessee has adopted a set of Personnel Polices and Procedures as required by the State of Tennessee and as necessary for the hiring, retention and management of a quality workforce.
A Short Review of Water and Wastewater Rates and Fees
General (Created: 05/12/2020; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

A review of important variables that influence the setting of rates and fees associated with water and wastewater services in Tennessee municipalities.
Abandoned or Suspended Construction
General (Created: 12/20/2013; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

When construction on a residential structure fails inspection and the contractor chooses to walk away from the job, what action can the City take to have the structure either (1) removed, or (2) brought up to code and is the action against the contractor who pulled the permit and/or the property owner for which the contractor is employed?
Abandonment by the City of Certain Service Drives
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/1993; Reviewed: April 20, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether, upon the abandonment by the city of certain service drives, the city has the obligation to restore the property, including removal of the pavement.
Ability of a Municipality to Operate a Cable Television Franchise Within Its Corporate Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/11/1990; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the ability of a municipality to operate a cable television franchise within its corporate limits.
Ability of City Recorder to Serve as City Manager
General (Created: 12/20/2002; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Recorder may serve concurrently as City Manager.
Ability of City to Regulate Sales of Ephedrine
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/22/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to research a city's ability to regulate sales of ephedrine, an over the counter drug used as an ingredient in methamphetamine.
Abolishing City Juvenile Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the abolition of courts in general and municipal courts in particular, and more specifically, home rule municipal courts during the term of the judge.
Abolishing the City School System
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2007; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how the city school system can be abolished.
Abolishing the Insolvency Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/10/1996; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked why the 1939 insolvency board, contained in Tennessee Code Annotated, section 67-5-2601, was abolished by Public Acts 1992, Chapter 926.
Abolishing the Water Board and Transferring the Operation of the Water System to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/1993; Reviewed: July 18, 2018 )

City wishes to adopt an ordinance abolishing the water board and transferring the operation of the water system to the board of mayor and aldermen.
Absence of a High School in the City May Prevent the Sharing of High School Bond Revenues with the County
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/06/1996; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the sharing of revenue between the county and city schools, particularly revenue from a school bond issued to finance additions and renovations to the County High School.
Absent Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/22/2000; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how the board of aldermen could fill the position of an alderman who had been absent from several meetings with no excuse.
Acceptable Use Policies
General (Created: 10/26/2006; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

Acceptable use internet policies for The University of Tennessee and The State of Tennessee.
Acceptable Use Policies for The State of Tennessee and The University of Tennessee
General (Created: 05/30/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2007 )

Two sample policies for acceptable use of computer and network resources.
Acceptance of Gifts
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/2007; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how cities accept and refuse gifts.
Accepting a Bid from the Low Bidder If the Specifications Contained in the Bid Proposal Are Not Met
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/07/1997; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can accept a bid for a garbage truck from the low bidder if the garbage truck does not meet the specifications contained in the bid proposal.
Accepting Land, Gifts, or Donations from Property Owners to the City for Parks
General (Created: 07/30/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked several questions about property owners transferring property to the city for open space and parks.
Accepting Payment of Utility Bills in Pennies
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/2005; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city had to accept payment of utility bills in pennies.
Accepting Property to be Used as a Park Exclusively for Senior Citizens
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/04/1993; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can accept a grant of property to be used as a park with the condition that it be exclusively a park for senior citizens.
Accepting Streets in a Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/22/2010; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could use special assessments to pay for streets in a subdivision in a city where the builder of the subdivision defaulted on his street bond and the city had not accepted the streets.
Accepting the High Bid
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing competitive bidding requirements for purchases by cities.
Accepting the Resignation of a Council Member
General (Created: 04/22/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the procedure for accepting the resignation of a council member and for the appointment of a new council member.
Accepting the Second Lowest Bid on a Construction Project
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/12/2006; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can reject the low bid and accept the second lowest bid on a certain construction project.
Accident Reports: Public Documents or Not?
(Created: 10/04/2000; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

The confidentiality of motor vehicle records does not include accident reports.
Accommodating Nursing Mothers in the Workplace (2010)
(Created: 01/14/2011; Reviewed: January 14, 2011 )

This publication will guide you through state and federal laws that accommodate nursing mothers in the workplace.
Accommodating Nursing Mothers in the Workplace (2011)
(Created: 09/08/2011; Reviewed: September 22, 2011 )

This publication will guide you through state and federal laws that accommodate nursing mothers in the workplace.
Accountant
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: July 18, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Accountant.
Accounting Clerk
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: August 15, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Accounting Clerk.
Accruing Leave While on Workers' Comp Leave
General (Created: 07/18/2012; Reviewed: May 1, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about an employee accumulating other leave time while on workers' comp leave.
Achieving a Quorum at a City Council Meeting at Which the Resignations of Aldermen are Accepted
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions about achieving a quorum at the meeting at which the resignations of aldermen are accepted.
Acquiring a Fee Simple Title to Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/1998; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city even acquired a fee simple title to the property condemned, but never used by the city, for use as a fire station.
Acquiring a Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how a municipality can acquire a utility district.
Acquiring Insurance for the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/03/2011; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required to competitively bid the purchase of insurance for its employees and officers and whether the city can hire the services of a financial advisor or insurance broker to acquire the insurance.
Actuarial Services Resource List
General (Created: 06/25/2017; Reviewed: August 15, 2018 )

A list of vendors performing actuarial work for GASB 45 benefits.
Ad Placed with a For-Profit Newspaper May Be Beyond the Authority of the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/11/1993; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City should be paying for an advertisement to appear on the "Devotional Page" of the newpaper.
ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA): Back to Basics (2011)
(Created: 06/15/2011; Reviewed: June 15, 2011 )

The ADAAA ensures protections for people with disabilities whose conditions have been denied as ADA eligible through years of Supreme Court ADA interpretation.
ADA Amendments Act of 2008: Back to Basics (2009)
(Created: 03/25/2009; Reviewed: February 18, 2010 )

The ADAAA ensures protections for people with disabilities whose conditions have been denied as ADA eligible through years of Supreme Court ADA interpretation.
ADA Changes Regarding Service Animals
(Created: 08/22/2012; Reviewed: August 22, 2012 )

In the latter part of 2010, the Department of Justice made many changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One set of changes was with service animal regulations, and the modifications became effective on March 15, 2011.
Addition of Documents to the Minutes of the Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a commissioner, without the approval of the city commission, can add printed or written material to the minutes of the commission.
Addition to the Model Charter for Interference with the Duties of the City Manager
General (Created: 02/29/2012; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

A proposed provision that can either be inserted into a general law or home rule charter, or be added to a city manager model charter, for a sanction for the interference with the duties of the city manager.
Addressing Dilapidated Structures and Saving Historic Buildings
Ordinance (Created: 05/14/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

When demolition is not a desired outcome, adoption of a slum clearance ordinance or adoption of a demolition by neglect ordinance may allow the city to address dilapidated structures in the downtown and save historic buildings.
Addressing Tall Weeds and Grass
General (Created: 08/21/2014; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS provided several documents to assist the city in enhancing its code enforcement program for tall weeds and grass.
Adequate Facilities Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

This request focuses on the validity of a county's Adequate Facilities Tax, which the General Assembly authorized for that county by private act two years ago.
Adequate Public Notice of Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about posting notices for regular meetings.
Administrative Assistant (1)
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant under supervision of Utilities Superintendent.
Administrative Assistant (2)
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant to the Assistant City Manager for Finance.
Administrative Assistant (3)
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant to the City Manager.
Administrative Assistant (Purchasing/Personnel/Communications)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant for purchasing, personnel and Communciations.
Administrative Assistant to the City Manager
Job Description (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant to the City Manager.
Administrative Assistant/Accountant
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant/Accountant.
Administrative Hearing Officer Survey
Survey (Created: 04/23/2012; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

Eight cities were asked several questions about their administrative hearing officer program.
Administrative Inspection Warrant
Form (Created: 08/21/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to create an administrative inspection warrant form.
Administrative Inspection Warrants (2010)
(Created: 06/01/2010; Reviewed: June 2, 2010 )

This publication interprets and explains the statutory administrative inspection warrant process for code enforcement at the municipal level.
Administrative Judge in Contested Cases Before Municipal -- Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/1990; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked who may be appointed to act as an administrative judge or hearing officer in contested cases before municipal boards.
Administrative Powers of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/2009; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can temporarily move personnel from the parks and recreation department to the public works department without the prior approval of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary.
Administrative Secretary for Public Safety
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary for Public Safety in the Police Dept.
Administrative Secretary I for the Department of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary I for Development Services.
Adopting a Plan of Services before Annexation
General (Created: 10/02/2014; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS provided several examples of plans of services for a city.
Adopting an Annexation Ordinance to Repeal a Previous One
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/1997; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may adopt an ordinance repealing its previous annexation ordinance.
Adopting Building Codes and Building Code Amendments by Reference
(Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: January 23, 2006 )

Cities adopting building codes by reference must adopt the complete codes by ordinance. Includes sample ordinances
Adopting Building Codes and Building Code Amendments by Reference (2008)
(Created: 10/20/2008; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

Cities adopting building codes by reference must adopt the complete codes by ordinance. Includes sample ordinances and resolution.
Adopting Building Codes and Building Code Amendments by Reference (2012)
(Created: 03/08/2012; Reviewed: March 8, 2012 )

Cities adopting building codes by reference must adopt the complete codes by ordinance. Includes sample ordinances and resolution.
Adopting State Misdemeanors by Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalitites have the right by ordinance to adopt the misdemeanors of the state.
Adoption of an Ordinance to Require Non-Resident Property Owner Voting by Absentee Mail Ballot
General (Created: 03/13/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS explained that the decision to require a mail ballot only, or to leave voting requirements unchanged, is a policy decision that rests exclusively with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Adoption of Policies and Procedures to Remove a Member -- from the Board of Zoning Appeals
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/22/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of zoning appeals (BZA) can adopt polices and procedures under which a member of the BZA can be removed.
Adoption of Up-to-Date Building and Fire Codes
(Created: 09/23/2005; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

State and local governments should use the codes published by the International Code Council, the National Fire Protection Association, and Underwriters Laboratories as their building standards.
Adult Business Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/08/2006; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

A sample ordinance providing for the licensing and regulation of adult-oriented businesses.
Adult Oriented Establishment License and Permit
Form (Created: 12/04/2008; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide an example of a license and permit for adult oriented establishments.
Adult Use Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

Review of an adult use ordinance.
Adult-Oriented Businesses
Ordinance (Created: 03/22/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance providing for the licensing and regulation of adult-oriented business establishments.
Advanced Court Clerks Training Material
General (Created: 06/14/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Includes traffic school guidelines and moving traffic violations points.
Adventures in Annexation: Adventure Guide to Annexation for a Municipality
General (Created: 12/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

This MTAS online "Adventure Guide" provides instruction on each step of the annexation process for Tennessee municipalities. (MTAS Adventure Guide series)
Advertising Liquor Products and Political Advertising -- In and Around Retail Liquor Stores
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/1994; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a newspaper can allow advertisement by retail liquor stores in accordance with ABC rules and regulations.
Advertising on Police Cars
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can sell advertising on city police cars.
Advice on Important Decisions Facing the Town
General (Created: 07/24/2012; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS offers advice to the mayor pro tempore on four important decisions facing the Town of Tracy City.
Advisability of Installing Speed Bumps on Some City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/12/1997; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is advisable for the city to install "speed bumps" on some city streets.
Advisory Charter Commission
General (Created: 06/10/2004; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

The Charter Commission's proposed advisory charter committee is formed to assist the city council in reviewing the charter.
Advisory Committees and the Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2009; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether persons or committees appointed by the city manager to advise him fall under the Open Meetings Law.
Affidavit of Code Official
Form (Created: 08/14/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to create a form for an affidavit of a code official.
After Incident Citizen Satisfaction Survey Program
Survey (Created: 12/14/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A template for a program to measure customer satisfaction with the emergency service provided by the fire department. The program package includes a sample survey form, an Excel spreadsheet to compile the results, directions on entering the survey results into the Excel spreadsheet, and a sample memo to announce the program to fire department personnel.
After-Hours Reconnect Service for Water and Electric Service: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 07/23/2008; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

Ten utilities were asked questions about after hours reconnect services on the topics of staffing, dispatcher, trucks, and charges.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2000; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide a synopsis of the age discrimination employment act.
Age Limit on Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/2009; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to restrict the mobile homes that come into the city to a certain age.
Agencies to Notify Following Annexation in Tennessee
General (Created: 08/15/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS responded to a question from Eagleville regarding who must be notified following the annexation of territory into the corporate city limits.
Agreement for Design and Construction of Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sewer Mains to Be Conveyed to the City
General (Created: 01/09/2008; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

contract between developer and city for wastewater treatment plant to be built by developer and conveyed to city.
Agreement for Operations, Maintenance and Management Services of Wastewater System
Form (Created: 06/25/2010; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to review and revise contract between town and utility district for wastewater system operations.
Agreement for Reimbursement for Cost of Training and Equipment in the Event of Employment Termination
General (Created: 08/21/2019; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

A sample agreement for fire departments to use as part of the on-boarding process. An understanding between the department and the employee in the event of a termination within the first two years, the city will be reimbursed for training and equipment provided during this time.
Agreement for Reimbursement for Cost of Training, Salary and Transportation in Event of Resignation
Form (Created: 04/09/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A sample contract for recovering the cost of training officers when they leave the police department.
Agreement for Sewer Service Outside Corporate Limits
General (Created: 06/26/2007; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a model sewer service agreement for areas outside the city limits.
AIDS in the Workplace
General (Created: 01/22/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

If an employee is suspected on having AIDS, what are the employee and employer notification responsibilities?
Airport and New Charter
General (Created: 07/20/2011; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for follow-up information about creating a new charter for the airport authority.
Airport Authority and Airport Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1993; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the differences between an airport authority and an airport board.
Airport Authority and City Roles
General (Created: 12/22/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about clarifying the roles of the city and the airport authority.
Airport Manager Position Survey for the City of Lebanon: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about the position of Airport Manager.
Alcoa Utilities: Electric Rules and Regulations
General (Created: 05/20/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

This document includes the rules and regulations of Alcoa Utilities.
Alcoholic Beverage Distance Requirements
Survey (Created: 06/24/2005; Reviewed: August 15, 2018 )

Twenty-three cities were asked about their codes pertaining to distance requirements on sale of alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic Beverage Sales on Election Days
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A Tennessee city requested information on whether or not it is legal to sell alcoholic beverages on election day. The author responded to the question letting the city know that neither the General Assembly nor the ABC have restricted sales on election days.
Alcoholic Beverages On Premises Consumption
General (Created: 01/05/2002; Reviewed: June 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information and technical assistance in developing ordinances for on premise consumption of alcoholic beverages as permitted by state law and approved by referendum.
Alcoholic Beverages Questions Related to Residency Requirements
General (Created: 04/06/2014; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the petition residency requirements for a local option election for liquor sales and whether a person obtaining an alcoholic beverage license from the state is required to be a Tennessee resident.
Alcoholic Beverages Sold Near Residential Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/06/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if an unoccupied house qualifies as residential property related to the sale of beer within 300 feet of the building.
Alderman Accepting Employment as a City Employee
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legally permissible for an alderman to also accept employment as a city employee.
Alderman Appointed Commissioners over Departments of the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/2010; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the function of individual aldermen appointed commissioners to supervise the departments of the city and whether the secretary-treasurer of the city can give pay raises to employees.
Alderman Declines Salary
General (Created: 02/09/2015; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman may decline a salary.
Alderman Operating a Municipal Vehicle as a Police Car and Stopping Citizens
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1991; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman is authorized to make traffic and other stops in a vehicle equipped with flashing blue lights.
Alderman Salaries : Mandatory vs. Optional
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2000; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the salaries of aldermen are mandatory or optional.
Alderman Serving as the Fire Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/1993; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman can keep a seat on the board and also be the fire chief.
Alderman Serving as the Manager of the Utility District When the City Is Negotiating with the Utility District for a Buy-Out
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1993; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman who is the manager of the utility district has a conflict of interest if the city is negotiating with the utility district for a buy-out.
Alderman Vacancy
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/08/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

Is a vacancy created on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen when an alderman moves outside the city?
Alderman Voting for Himself as Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman who the board of mayor and aldermen intends to appoint the mayor, can vote for himself for that position.
Alderman's Use of Appointing Power
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/10/1997; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman nominated to the position of vice-mayor can vote for himself and whether the board of mayor and aldermen can appoint its members to act as department heads.
Alderman's Wife Co-Owns an Insurance Agency That Will Bid on Obtaining a Hospitalization Insurance Contract with the Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/1990; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman has a conflict of interest when his wife co-owns an insurance agency that will bid on obtaining a hospitalization insurance contract with the Town.
Aldermen as Officers under Charter and Personnel Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/29/2006; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether aldermen are considered officers for the purpose of applying a provision in the city's personnel ordinance.
Aldermen Decline to Accept Salary and Then Demand Payment of Salary
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2010; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the aldermen of the city can decline to accept the salary prescribed for them by the municipal code and then subsequently demand the payment of that salary.
Alexandria Water/Wastewater Board Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/28/2016; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

An ordinance establishing a regional water/wastewater advisory board for the Town of Alexandria and surrounding counties.
Algood Public Facility Recreation Assessment
(Created: 11/15/2005; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate outdoor recreational facilities and look at options for the current city hall/police complex.
All Consumers of Publicly-Provided Utilities Must Pay for What They Receive at the Same Rate Charged to Others for a Like Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1999; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility is precluded from collecting back charges, even though the failure to collect is due to the utility's inadvertence.
All-Terrain Vehicle Park Advisory Committee
Resolution (Created: 12/12/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

This is a sample resolution to help cities create a citizens' advisory committee to serve in an advisory capacity to the town commission and as a research and discovery entity devoted to the proposed all-terrain vehicle park in an effort to benefit the community.
Allocation and Distribution of Beer Tax Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/09/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked the effect on a city's share of beer tax monies of a golf course partially located within the city limits but under the ownership of a person/entity from an adjoining city.
Allocation of the First One-Half of the Local Option Sales Tax by the County to the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1992; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the first half of the sales tax must be apportioned among the school system and whether the county could allocate these funds to school debt retirement.
Allowing Non-Resident Property Owners to Vote by Absentee Ballot
General (Created: 02/06/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there are Tennessee cities that prevent property rights voters from voting on election day.
Allowing the Discharging of a Firearm at Legitimate Firearm Training Schools and Firing Ranges
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/08/1997; Reviewed: November 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to supply a sample ordinance that would have the effect of excepting or excluding legitimate firearm training schools and firing ranges from the general prohibition in the Municipal Code Section, which precludes the discharging of a firearm by an unauthorized person within the corporate limits.
Alteration of Election Dates
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/13/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

May the election cycle be changed, so that City and County elections are held on the same days?
Alteration of Mayor's Duties
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/2005; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can alter the mayor's duties via charter or by personnel policies.
Although Cities May Terminate Utility Service for Nonpayment, Such Authority Does Not Amount to a Lien Against the Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/1991; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about authorizing the filing of a lien against property to collect delinquent sewer bills.
Ambulance Bill for Injured Prisoner
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/21/2007; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

City asks who must pay ambulance bill for prisoner who was injured when getting out of city's patrol car when being transported to county jail for booking.
Amending a Private Act Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/13/1992; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the process of amending a private act charter.
Amending an Agenda During a Meeting to Add Items That Did Not Appear in the Meeting Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/16/2012; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

This opinion from the Tennessee Open Records Counsel addresses the practice of amending an agenda during a meeting.
Amending an Annexation Ordinance Between Second and -- Third Readings to Add Territory to the Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/1992; Reviewed: April 23, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can amend an annexation ordinance between second and third readings to add territory to the ordinance. [Note: Resolutions are now used for annexations. Ordinances are not. See an MTAS legal consultant for more information.]
Amending City Charter to Where Certain Officers Serve at the Will of the Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/1995; Reviewed: June 29, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may amend its Charter to where certain officers serve at the will of the board.
Amending Comprehensive Growth Plans
(Created: 05/04/2005; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

Includes the steps to follow in amending a comprehensive growth plan.
Amending of the City Charter by the General Assembly without the Approval of the Local Governing Body
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/19/1995; Reviewed: June 29, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the General Assembly may amend the City Charter without the approval of the local governing body.
Amending Ordinance before Final Reading in Deannexing
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1991; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether in deannexing certain territory the city may pass, on first reading, an ordinance that describes the territory by reference to the appropriate tax plats if, before final passage, the ordinance is amended to include a precise metes and bounds description.
Amending Ordinances Between Readings
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/1998; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to what extent ordinances can be amended between readings.
Amending the Budget
General (Created: 06/23/2011; Reviewed: June 24, 2011 )

MTAS was asked about the process for amending the budget and if tax information from a business is an open record.
Amending the Charter to Elect All Aldermen At-Large
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/1995; Reviewed: June 29, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could amend the charter so that all aldermen are elected at-large.
Amending the Minutes of Municipal Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/1993; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked who has the right to amend the minutes of municipal meetings and under what conditions they can be amended.
Amending the Zoning Ordinance
General (Created: 10/11/2005; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to outline the requirements and procedures for amending the zoning ordinance.
Amendments to the General Law Mayor-Aldermanic Charter
(Created: 08/31/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

Summary of changes to the general law mayor-aldermanic charter enacted after the 1991 charter revision.
Amendments to the General Law Mayor-Aldermanic Charter
(Created: 12/21/2005; Reviewed: November 9, 2006 )

Summary of changes to the general law mayor-aldermanic charter enacted after the 1991 charter revision.
Amendments to the General Law Mayor-Aldermanic Charter
(Created: 11/08/2006; Reviewed: November 17, 2006 )

On July 1, 1991, municipalities operating under the general law mayor-aldermanic charter received a completely revised charter. Since that revision, there have been several amendments to the charter, which are summarized in this publication.
Amendments to the General Law Mayor-Aldermanic Charter
(Created: 01/20/2004; Reviewed: December 21, 2005 )

Summary of changes to the general law mayor-aldermanic charter enacted after the 1991 charter revision.
Amendments to the General Law Mayor-Aldermanic Charter (2007)
(Created: 11/03/2007; Reviewed: March 29, 2010 )

On July 1, 1991, municipalities operating under the general law mayor-aldermanic charter received a completely revised charter. Since that revision, there have been several amendments to the charter, which are summarized in this publication.
Amendments to the General Law Mayor-Aldermanic Charter (2010)
(Created: 05/17/2011; Reviewed: February 14, 2012 )

On July 1, 1991, municipalities operating under the general law mayor-aldermanic charter received a completely revised charter. Since that revision, there have been several amendments to the charter, which are summarized in this publication.
Amendments to the Original Appropriations Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/18/1993; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the budget and appropriations process, specifically, whether the city recorder may expend more money than what has been appropriated in the budget without City Commission approval.
Americans With Disabilities Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/30/1991; Reviewed: May 15, 2006 )

Alternative methods of accommodation will need to be provided, if requested.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): An Updated Employer Guide for Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 09/04/2012; Reviewed: September 4, 2012 )

This publication incorporates the MTAS 2011 Technical Bulletin, ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA): Back to Basics; the focus is primarily on the employment and applicant accommodation process.
Amortization of Signs
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2008; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether amortization of signs could be required in Tennessee.
An Ordinance Establishing Qualifications for the Position of City Judge for the Town of New Market, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 08/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The Town of New Market, Tennessee required an ordinance establishing qualifications for the position of city judge.
Analysis of Greene County and Greeneville Solid Waste RFP Results
(Created: 08/31/2004; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

The RFP asked for three bids: one for transportation only, the second for disposal with transportation, and the third for disposal only.
Analysis of the 1953 Tennessee Home Rule Amendments (2nd ed.)
General (Created: 05/01/1976; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

Since the first edition of this work was published in 1956, a number of pertinent cases have been decided by the Tennessee courts. The second edition includes these cases along with the original material still considered to be relevant.
Analysis of the Interlocal Agreement on Communications
(Created: 05/31/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide an analysis of an interlocal agreement on communications.
Analysis of the Lien Provisions of TCA
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/2007; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city or county can refuse to accept tax payments or payments on delinquent property taxes, if liens it has against the property are not paid at the same time.
Analysis of the Need For a City Administrator for the City of Centerville, Tennessee
(Created: 01/30/2001; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

The City of Centerville should hire a city administrator to manage the everyday operation of city government.
Analysis of the Need for a City Manager
(Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to demonstrate the need for a City Manager for the City of Harriman.
Analysis of the Term Citizen
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/2007; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked what the word 'citizen' in the City Charter means with respect to the eligibility of a person to be selected by the board of mayor and aldermen to fill a vacancy on that board.
Analysis of Water and Sewer Costs for Billing to a Prison
(Created: 06/27/2006; Reviewed: October 20, 2009 )

MTAS was asked for assistance with calculating the cost of water for billing to a prison.
Animal Control
(Created: 10/18/2001; Reviewed: December 19, 2001 )

An overview of animal-control procedures and statutes
Animal Control and Animal Shelter Regulatory Information
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Resources to answer questions regarding animal control and animal shelter regulations.
Animal Control Attendant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Animal Control Attendant.
Animal Control in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Seven Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out how animal control is managed.
Animal Control in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

The MTAS Research and Information Center contacted several Tennessee cities to find out if they have animal control and how it is handled.
Animal Control in Wartrace, Tennessee: A Review
(Created: 11/21/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review ordinances and regulations relating to the control of dogs and make recommendations to improve enforcement of the town's animal control program.
Animal Control Law Revised by Legislature
(Created: 08/15/2001; Reviewed: May 21, 2009 )

The Tennessee General Assembly recently enacted a new law that repeals the Dog and Cat Humane Death Act [Part 3] in its entirety. It was replaced with Chapter 70, referred to as the Non-livestock Animal Humane Death Act.
Animal Control Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Animal Control Officer.
Animal Control Services Contracting: an MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 05/16/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Six cities were asked about contracting out their animal control services; includes sample contracts.
Animal Regulations
General (Created: 08/21/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the number of dogs that may be lawfully maintained and the corresponding sections of city codes, as well as examples of dog licensing regulations.
Animal Shelter Operations Update
Survey (Created: 08/15/2018; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

The Research and Information Center team surveyed three selected cities to update a survey requested by the city of Cleveland, Tennessee.
Annexation Always a Hot Topic in Tennessee Cities and Towns
(Created: 02/07/1994; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

This is a compilation of recent annexation events in Tennessee. It includes information sent in by various municipalities -- complaints, briefs, cases, etc. -- supplemented by material already in the MTAS annexation files.
Annexation and Amending an Urban Growth Boundary
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/2015; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked several questions about annexation and amending a UGB.
Annexation and the Sale of Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1993; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can prohibit the on-premises sale of beer by an establishment that held a valid on-premises permit at the time it was annexed into the city, when the city does not permit on-premises beer sales.
Annexation By Municipality Into Another Municipality's Growth Boundary
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/29/2005; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can annex territory in the UGB of another municipality by ordinance.
Annexation Handbook for Cities and Towns in Tennessee II
(Created: 02/14/2007; Reviewed: February 28, 2007 )

The purpose of this handbook is to help municipalities determine whether a contemplated annexation makes sense from a number of related perspectives and to blend the "old and new" annexation law so that its readers will have an accurate picture of annexation law in Tennessee today.
Annexation Handbook for Cities and Towns in Tennessee III
(Created: 11/25/2014; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

The Annexation Handbook III has three purposes: 1) Provide a guide to answer the question of whether a contemplated annexation is even legally possible; Public Acts 2014, Chapter 707, made the answer to that question problematic over the short term, and perhaps over the long term. 2) To help municipalities determine whether a contemplated annexation makes sense from political and economic perspectives. Public Acts 1998, Chapter 1101 is responsible for a significant long-term financial obligation of cities to counties when the former annexes property in the latter. But annexation has many financial impacts on both the annexing cities and the annexed territory, including the cost of providing services to the annexed territory. 3) To reconcile the 'old' and the 'new' annexation laws, the latter generally wrought by Public Acts 1998, Chapter 1101, and Public Acts 2014, Chapter 707.
Annexation of Bar Holding a County Permit On-Premises Beer Permit
General (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the implications, if any, resulting from the annexation of a business holding a county on-premises beer permit as it relates to the city's requirement setting a maximum percentage of sales allowed from the sale of beer.
Annexation of Contiguous Properties
General (Created: 09/29/2014; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS explains that land proposed for annexation must be adjoining the existing city, without intervening space between the land proposed for annexation and the existing city.
Annexation of Noncontiguous Parcels
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/1996; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of annexing parcels that are not contiguous to either the former municipal limits nor to any of the tracts that were annexed that do adjoin city limits or tracts contiguous to them.
Annexation Outside Urban Growth Boundaries
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/23/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

A summary of the steps to be taken for a city's annexation of property outside the urban growth boundary.
Annexation Process and Resolution
Resolution (Created: 09/23/2008; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist the City of Fayetteville with annexation procedures.
Annexation Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/08/2003; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS was asked questions that involve complexities and nuances of relatively new legal provisions that have not yet been tested in court.
Annexation Questions Pertaining to Notice Provisions Related to School Systems and Recording Minutes
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2006; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

TCA requires 30 days notice to the county school system in advance of the public hearing on the plan of services; the Open Meetings Law requires a record of the persons present.
Annexation Resolution
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/16/1994; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

An annexation resolution should contain an accurate description of the territory in much the same manner as a deed description.
Annexation Study for a Proposed Annexation of 196 Acres Along Greenhaw Road in Franklin County, Tennessee
(Created: 03/29/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An annexation study prepared for the City of Winchester.
Annexation Study for the Town of Bell Buckle
(Created: 12/16/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

An annexation study and plan of services, where a developer has agreed to pay for line extensions.
Annexation Study for Winchester
(Created: 02/02/2010; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

Annexation study for a proposed annexation of 196 acres along Greenhaw Road in Franklin County, Tennessee.
Annexation Study Two for the Town of Bell Buckle
(Created: 07/08/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to prepare documents necessary to annex 173.35 acres of land into the Town of Bell Buckle.
Annexation Study Update
General (Created: 07/05/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an updated annexation study for the Town of Bell Buckle.
Annexation, Refuse Collection, School Zones, and Maximum Rate Differential for Outside Water Customers
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/19/1990; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about annexation law, refuse collection by a private collector, flashing yellow lights in a school zone, and the maximum rate differential a municipality can charge outside water customers.
Annexing an Area Without the Citizens' Approval
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/17/1995; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the voting rights of citizens owning land within a municipality, but residing outside of the city limits.
Annexing and Zoning Property in the Same Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2003; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can annex property and zone the same property in the same ordinance.
Annexing Territory Without Providing Sewer Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2004; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can annex territory without providing sewer service.
Annual Benchmarks, Public Works & Utilities, FY 2014
Survey (Created: 03/16/2015; Reviewed: January 27, 2017 )

MTAS surveyed eight cities about solid waste collection, streets and drainage maintenance, fleet maintenance, water treatment, wastewater treatment, water distribution, and wastewater collection.
Annual Contract for Mowing Developed and Vacant City-Owned and Abandoned Property (Re-Bid)
RFP (Created: 07/13/2011; Reviewed: January 20, 2012 )

An example of an annual mowing contract.
Annual Contract for Mowing Privately-Owned Developed and Vacant Property (Re-Bid)
RFP (Created: 07/13/2011; Reviewed: January 20, 2012 )

An example of an annual mowing contract.
Annual Reporting Requirements of the State Division of Local Finance
(Created: 10/01/2002; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

Cities that issue short-term debt (notes) must annually submit their budgets to the DLF for approval before the budget becomes official.
Annual Reporting Requirements of the State Division of Local Finance
(Created: 08/28/2007; Reviewed: October 30, 2009 )

Cities that issue short-term debt (notes) must annually submit their budgets to the DLF for approval before the budget becomes official.
Anonymous Complaints of Code Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

A better policy than simply not investigating anonymous complaints would be to respond to them on a case by case basis depending on the indicia of reliability in the complaint.
Appeals from Decisions of the City's Board of Zoning Appeals
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/1998; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked where appeals from decisions of the city's Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) go.
Appeals of Building Code Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/22/2000; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a person appealing a fine for a building code violation needs to pay the fine during the pendency of the appeal.
Applicant for Beer Permit at Site in Proximity to Church
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1996; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked this question: Where a church located itself within 300 feet of an establishment selling beer and that establishment subsequently went out of business, is an applicant for a beer permit at the same establishment entitled to the permit.
Applicant tracking system survey
Survey (Created: 05/09/2019; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities to determine the use of applicant tracking systems, software/platform in place, and the method used to procure the system in use.
Application for a Use on Review for the Siting of a Cellular Tower
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/22/1998; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a use on review application for the siting of a cellular tower is treated as an ordinance that requires approval on two readings by the city council, or whether the application requires approval only after a single hearing by the city council.
Application for Building Permit, City of Loudon, Tennessee
Form (Created: 01/02/1993; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

An example of a building permit application that includes a schedule of fees and diagram of the proposed building.
Application for Certificate of Public Purpose and Necessity for Industrial Parks
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/09/2000; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there are any required procedures that the Town's Industrial Development Board must take in order to be granted a Certificate of Public Purpose and Necessity from the Building Finance Committee of the state Department of Economic and Community Development for an industrial park project.
Application for Employment
Form (Created: 10/05/2004; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide an application form for employment.
Application for Massage Technician
Form (Created: 02/10/2004; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

An application form for a massage technichian.
Application for Wastewater Service
Form (Created: 07/14/2004; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for an application form for wastewater service.
Application of FLSA to Police Academy Training
General (Created: 02/24/2003; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

The Wage and Hour office of the Department of Labor has determined that all time spent in training at the police academy is compensable time.
Application of Jackson Law to Private Landfill
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2007; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Jackson Law applies to a landfill developed by private companies and used for the disposal only of solid waste generated by the companies.
Application of Municipal Budget Law of 1982
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the Municipal Budget Law of 1982 applies to a city.
Application of Nepotism Policy to Employee Whose Brother is Elected to Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/2003; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a Town's nepotism policy applies to an employee whose brother is elected to the City Council.
Application of Sunshine Law to Certain Personnel Processes
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if certain procedures in the process of hiring a police chief are subject to the state's Open Meetings Law or Sunshine Law.
Application of the Municipal Purchasing Law to Confidential -- Purchases with Drug Fund Money
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/1996; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the restrictions in the Municipal Purchasing Law apply to the purchase of undercover and/or informant services, and drug equipment, with "drug fund" money.
Application of the Preexisting Nonconforming Use Law on Certain Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/30/2006; Reviewed: August 16, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions with respect to the application of the preexisting nonconfoming use law on certain property.
Applying City Zoning and Building Code Regulations to County Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1994; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can apply its zoning and building code regulations, including that requirement that the county obtain a building permit and pay building permit fees, to county buildings.
Applying Tennessee's Preexisting Nonconforming Use Law to Fireworks Establishments
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/12/2003; Reviewed: August 16, 2008 )

MTAS was asked whether Tennessee's Preexisting Nonconforming Use Law applies to fireworks establishments and what police powers a municipality can exercise against such establishments.
Appointed Board Members Voting for Mayor and Vice-Mayor Where These Positions are Elected Among the Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS addresses a request for information concerning whether or not appointed aldermen can vote to elect the mayor and vice mayor when these positions are elected from among the board members.
Appointing a City Administrator
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/29/1994; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the provisions of the general law mayor-aldermanic charter providing for a city administrator apply to the City and whether the City can appoint a city administrator.
Appointing a Member of a Three-Way Tie to the Vacant Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain member of a three-way tie is entitled to appointment to the vacant office of alderman.
Appointing a Member of City Council to Run the Police Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a member or members of the city council can be appointed by the city council to run the police department.
Appointing a New Mayor
General (Created: 05/24/2011; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked who will be Mayor if the current Mayor resigns his seat.
Appointing an Alderman to Fill the Vacancy Left by an Appointed Alderman Who Did Not Run for Reelection
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/07/1990; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an aldermanic position that should have been up for reelection in the most recent municipal election.
Appointing Members to Boards and Commissions
General (Created: 09/20/2010; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the appointment process for various boards and agencies of the city.
Appointing the Director of the Regional Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/2012; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether the director of the regional planning commission was appointed by the planning commission or by the city's governing body.
Appointive City Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/07/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what city and county positions were offices for the purposes of a charter provision prohibiting a city officer from holding other offices.
Appointment of City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/2000; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be proper for a City to appoint a new City Judge who is not a resident of the County in which the City is located.
Appointment of Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen as Members of the Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/11/1994; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can appoint members of the board of mayor and aldermen as members of the planning commission.
Appointment of Temporary Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2006; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked who appoints a judge to serve while the city judge is temporarily absent and whether the quailfications for the temporary city judge and the permanent judge are the same.
Appointment of the Mayor by Board of Commissioners by Secret Ballot
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/1993; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the appointment of the mayor by board of commissioners can be made by secret ballot.
Appointment of the Mayor to the Office of City Administrator
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/30/2001; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can assume, or be appointed to, the office of city administrator.
Appointments Made by a Lame Duck Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1993; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a "lame duck" mayor may make appointments to boards and commissions when these board and commission positions will not come up for reappointment until after the newly elected mayor takes office.
Appointments to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/05/1998; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked what is the term of appointment of a commissioner appointed on November 17, 1997, to fill the vacancy of a commissioner who was elected at the city election in June 1995, but who resigned in November 1997.
Appointments to the Water and Sewer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/1994; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether appointments to the water and sewer board have to be made in accordance with the Tennessee Code Annotated.
Apprentice Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Apprentice Lineworker.
Appropriating Funds for the Use of a Recreation Committee
General (Created: 07/30/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for clarification on appropriating funds for the use of a recreation committee.
Appropriation Agreement and Resolution Providing Funding for a Non-Profit Charitable Organization
General (Created: 09/08/2014; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS provided an agreement based on T.C.A. ' 6-54-111 that authorizes the city to appropriate funds for the financial aid of nonprofit charitable or civic organizations, as well as a resolution providing funding for a non-profit charitable organization.
Appropriation Agreement with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce for Program Support
General (Created: 01/30/2014; Reviewed: January 30, 2014 )

An agreement based on T.C.A. ' 6-54-111 that authorizes the city to appropriate funds for the financial aid of nonprofit civic organizations and that sets forth guidelines specifying the purpose for which the funds may be used by the organization.
Aquatic Centers: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 09/15/2005; Reviewed: February 10, 2010 )

Six cities were asked about revenues and expenditures of their aquatic centers.
Architectural Zoning Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to examine the extent to which a municipality has the authority to adopt architectural zoning regulations.
Are Accident Reports Held by the City Public Records or Confidential?
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/1996; Reviewed: September 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether accident reports held by city are public records or confidential.
Are students at a local university automatically qualified as residents of the city for voter registration purposes?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/08/2019; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

Attorney Elisha Hodge wrote this document regarding residency as a student of the University of Tennessee and what it means for voter registration.
Asking an Employee to Cover Up Tattoos and Piercings
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can ask an employee to cover up tattoos and piercings.
Assessing a Local Litigation Tax in Municipal Court Cases
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/02/1992; Reviewed: March 14, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the City may assess a local litigation tax in municipal court cases.
Assessing Costs of Serving Warrants as Part of Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/1996; Reviewed: July 25, 2002 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town may charge defendants the same fees for serving warrants as the Sheriff would charge.
Assessment Center for a Fire Chief Position
(Created: 05/22/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

Includes the introduction, overview, and executive summary from a report on the assessment center process.
Assessment Center for a Police Captain Position
(Created: 08/09/2000; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

Includes the introduction, overview, and executive summary from a report on the assessment center process.
Assessment Center Job Analysis Form
Form (Created: 06/27/2000; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS created a job analysis form to complement the Assessment Center process.
Assessment Center Letter
General (Created: 10/18/2005; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct an Assessment Center for a Fire Dept Shift Commander position in coordination with Civil Service Board.
Assessment Center Process
General (Created: 06/01/2000; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

An Assessment Center is not a place--it is a method of evaluating candidates using standardized techniques under controlled conditions.
Assessment of Impact Fees by Home Rule Municipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to research authority and process for home rule municipality to assess impact fees against developers.
Assessment of Litigation Tax in City Courts
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/1999; Reviewed: February 27, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the assessment of litigation tax in city courts.
Assignment and Use of Cellular Telephones
General (Created: 07/16/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Cell phone policies and procedures for the City of Bristol.
Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (2006)
(Created: 03/09/2006; Reviewed: )

Grants are awarded each year on a competitive basis to applicants that address AFG program priorities, demonstrate financial need, and demonstrate the community benefit to be derived from their projects. Persistence is the key to successful funding.
Assistant Chief of Police (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.
Assistant Chief of Police (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.
Assistant Chief of Police (3)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.
Assistant City Administrator
Job Description (Created: 08/25/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant City Administrator for the Town of Dandridge.
Assistant City Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager.
Assistant City Manager for Development Services
Job Description (Created: 03/03/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager for Development Services.
Assistant City Manager: Development Services
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager in Development Services.
Assistant Civil Engineer
Job Description (Created: 07/31/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Civil Engineer.
Assistant Fire Chief & Training Officer Sample Job Description
Job Description (Created: 06/04/2018; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Protects life and property by performing firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials response, and other duties as assigned. Serves as department training officer and department safety officer. Responsible for the overall direction of fire department operations and administration in the absence of the fire chief.
Assistant Fire Chief and Training Officer Job Sample
(Created: 06/04/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Sample job description for Assistant fire chief and training officer, prepared by Dennis Wolf.
Assistant Golf Pro
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Golf Pro.
Assistant Manager: Information Services
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Manager: Information Services.
Assistant Purchasing Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Purchasing Manager.
Assistant Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 04/01/2007; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Assistant Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of assistant superintendent of water and sewer.
At Large Elections of School Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/28/2001; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether school board members may be elected at large under a private act amendment to the city's charter.
At Will Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/2009; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether city employees were at will employees or had a property right in their employment under the city's personnel policy.
At-Large Electoral Systems and Voting Rights
(Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

The issue here is not whether the municipality intended to discriminate, but whether there was and is discrimination.
Athens Rain Garden Program and Grant
General (Created: 04/08/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

A brochure on building a rain garden and how public works can help with excavation and bedding materials.
Attempting to Block the School System from Building Ball Fields on the Theory That They Would Be a Nuisance
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/09/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the County School Board is subject to the city's zoning ordinance with respect to the baseball/softball field it wishes to build on school property.
Attention Cities - Heads Up on Solid Waste!
(Created: 02/18/1994; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

Summary of Solid Waste responsibilities.
Attorney General Finds Administrative Hearing Officer Act Provides Adequate Due Process
(Created: 08/15/2012; Reviewed: August 15, 2012 )

A recent opinion by the Tennessee Attorney General alleviates the primary concern of cities waiting to implement an administrative hearing officer program.
Attorney General Opines Local Regulation of Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine Unlawful
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Amid a surge of interest in recently-passed local government legislation to require a prescription for the purchase of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products, the Tennessee Attorney General has opined that such local regulation is in violation of Tennessee law.
Auction Services Request for Proposals
RFP (Created: 04/04/2014; Reviewed: April 7, 2014 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an auction services RFP for the City of Jefferson City.
Audio Tapes of Board Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/1995; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it was necessary for the city to give the public access to audio tapes of board meetings.
Auditor Communication, Did You Know?
(Created: 07/01/2010; Reviewed: July 1, 2010 )

Municipal elected officials and municipal management should be aware of the communications that auditors should make related to the annual audit.
Authority of a City to Hold a Run-off Election under Its Current Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/31/1995; Reviewed: June 29, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the City had authority to hold a run-off election under its current charter.
Authority of Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/09/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether aldermen have a legal authority to manage town departments and employees in those departments.
Authority of an E-911 Board Regarding Towing
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2000; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Does the E-911 board have the authority to establish the rules and regulations under which wreckers will be dispatched within the city?
Authority of Board of Public Utilities in Relation to the Authority of the Board of Mayor and Commissioners
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/09/2005; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to delineate how the authority of the governing body and the utilities board fit together.
Authority of City Judges with Concurrent Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2001; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a mechanism for a municipal judge to order the county sheriff to transport prisoners to and from the municipal court.
Authority of City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

If the city manager suspended a fireman without pay and the city commission has voted to reimburse the employee for the time he was suspended, can the city manager refuse to pay this?
Authority of City Official or Commission to Appoint Volunteer Fire Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/2007; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city commission or the city manager may appoint the volunteer fire chief and volunteer fire-fighters under a general law manager-commission charter.
Authority of City to Hold Binding or Nonbinding Referendum on Raising Property Tax for Library Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/25/2004; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the City could hold a binding or nonbinding referendum on an increase in property taxes to fund the City's participation in a library.
Authority of City to Levy Whatever Tax Rate It Considers Necessary to Fund Municipal Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1999; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can levy a property tax above $1.75 when the city's charter limits the levy to that amount.
Authority of City to Prohibit Ticket Sales Along City Streets Leading to Speedway
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/1998; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can prohibit the 'scalping' of tickets on city streets.
Authority of City to Prohibit Volunteer Firement From Running Red Lights and Using Sirens
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/31/1995; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the authority to prohibit volunteer firemen from using sirens on their automobiles and from running red lights and violating other traffic laws during the course of responding to fire calls.
Authority of City to Use a Local Referendum in Specific Instances
General (Created: 04/25/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A city's use of a referendum is limited to thirteen specific instances in the State of Tennessee.
Authority of County Relative to Rural Self-Contained Wastewater Systems
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/2006; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked what authority a County has relative to self-contained wastewater systems located in the county but outside the City and other incorporated municipalities.
Authority of County to Tax the Residents of the City for Garbage Collection or Disposal Services If It Does Not Provide Those Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/1991; Reviewed: July 20, 2006 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding the authority of the County to continue taxing the residents of the City for garbage disposal services if the City contracts with a private disposal service to dispose of all of its municipal solid waste.
Authority of Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the court clerk has authority to issue warrants, sign subpoenas, issue mittimus, and perform other functions.
Authority of Interim City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/05/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if an interim city manager has the authority to appoint a police chief.
Authority of Local Governments to Provide Supplemental Medical Insurance for Retired Officials/Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1994; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the authority of local governments to provide supplemental medical insurance for retired officials/employees.
Authority of Mayor in Relation to the Industrial Development Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/20/1992; Reviewed: August 20, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor has any authority conferred upon him by the City Code in relation to the Industrial Development Board.
Authority of Mayor to Hire Municipal Employees
General (Created: 07/14/2014; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the authority of the mayor to hire a part-time police officer without the approval of the city council.
Authority of Municipalities to Enact Age-Restricted Elderly or Retirement Housing
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/24/1993; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City could enact an amendment to the zoning ordinance to provide for retirement or elderly housing, and impose an age restriction on such housing.
Authority of the City Court to Impose Fines
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2012; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze several questions related to the authority of the municipal court to impose fines.
Authority of the City to Dispose of Property in Ways Discretionary to the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/05/1998; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether city has the authority to dispose of property in ways discretionary to the city.
Authority of the City to Impose Sewer Hook Up Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1992; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding the authority of the City to impose sewer hook up charges and the reasonableness of how those charges are imposed on new customers.
Authority of the Design Review Commission to Review the Aesthetic Design of Single Family Residential Housing in the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/07/1994; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the Design Review Commission has the authority to review the aesthetic design of single family residential housing in the city.
Authority of the Mayor to Hire Municipal Employees, Specifically His Grandchildren and His Wife
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/1992; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding the authority of the mayor to hire municipal employees, specifically his grandchildren and his wife.
Authority of the Mayor to Introduce Legislation
General (Created: 12/10/2013; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the authority of the mayor to introduce legislation for formal consideration of the city council.
Authority to Accept and Quit Utility Easements
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2008; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked questions relating to the acquisition and quitting of utility easements by cities.
Authority to Call Special Meetings
General (Created: 06/24/2004; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor, City Administrator, or other Aldermen can call a special meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Authority to Carry Firearms
General (Created: 10/20/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an alderman serving as commissioner of safety or police and carrying a firearm in that capacity.
Authority to Issue Arrest and Search Warrants
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/1999; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who may legally issue a search or arrest warrant.
Authority to Levy Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/1997; Reviewed: July 25, 2002 )

MTAS was asked whether it is within the power of the board of mayor and aldermen or of the city judge to impose court costs.
Authority to Set and Collect a City Litigation Tax After the Enactment of the Municipal Court Reform Act
General (Created: 08/22/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether or not a city still has the authority to set and to collect a city litigation tax after the enactment of the Municipal Court Reform Act.
Authority to Set Forfeitures in Municipal Ordinance Violation Cases
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/01/2006; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the distinction between fines, forfeitures and penalties and apply that distinction to the question of whether the city judge or the city council has the right to set forfeitures.
Authority to Set Water, Sewer and Gas Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/2003; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the governing body of a city can delegate to the utility board the authority to set water, sewer and gas rates.
Authority to Suspend Driver License
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2003; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal court, without concurrent general sessions jurisdiction, has the authority to confiscate or suspend a person's driver license.
Authorization of a Sealed Bid for the Purchase of Property to be Done at Public Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/1995; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the authorization of a sealed bid for the purchase of property would have to be done by ordinance of the board of mayor and aldermen at public meetings.
Authorization to Round Property Taxes and Penalties
Resolution (Created: 01/03/2007; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

A resolution authorizing the city to round property taxes and penalties to the nearest dollar.
Auto Dealers Failure to Collect City Sales Tax
General (Created: 06/10/2004; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Auto dealers inside the City are not collecting sales tax revenue upon the sale of a vehicle; the dealer instructs the customer to just pay the county court clerk when tags are purchased.
Awarding of Construction Contract and Competitive Bidding
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2009; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the process used by the school board for awarding the school construction contract conformed to the law governing competitive bidding in Tennessee, especially with respect to the RFP process.
Back Pay for Former City Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/09/2001; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Is a former city police officer entitled to back pay from the city in an amount equal to the insurance premiums that the city would have paid toward his health insurance?
Backing Up Heavy Equipment: MTAS Research and Information Center Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

Fifteen cities were asked about the safety methods they employ to reduce risks associated with backing up heavy equipment.
Bad Check Procedure
General (Created: 07/29/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to write a procedure for collecting on bad checks.
Ballot Question Used for a Referendum for -- Annexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/20/1993; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to supply a ballot question to use for a referendum for annexation.
Band Uniforms
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/2000; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if it would be proper for a city to make an appropriation to the local public high school for the purchase of band uniforms.
Baneberry Purchasing Limits Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/18/2015; Reviewed: December 18, 2015 )

This ordinance sets purchasing limits for a city with a general law manager-commission charter.
Banking Services: A Survey by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 05/16/2008; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked about banking services, including issuing an RFP and the number of accounts in their contract.
Bargaining with Unions by Tennessee municipalities
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/2000; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

What can and what cannot the city do with respect to negotiating, or entering into, agreements with, firefighter unions?
Barring Aerial Spraying within the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/16/1991; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how to bar aerial spraying within the city limits.
Basic Benefit Survey: MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 11/20/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Eleven cities were asked several questions about their employee benefit plans.
Basic Benefits for Police Officers in Selected West Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/10/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Four cities and counties were asked several questions about their compensation and benefits for their police officers.
Basics of Marriage in Tennessee
General (Created: 08/01/2010; Reviewed: July 6, 2016 )

This publication outlines the statutory provisions relative to who can marry, issuance of the marriage license, who can perform a marriage ceremony, how to perform a marriage ceremony, and other related matters. Includes many sample forms, such as application for license, marriage license, certificate of marriage, as well as a sample marriage ceremony.
Basing the Award of Bids on Local Preferences
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/23/2005; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is lawful for the city to base the award of competitive bids on the preference for local contractors or providers of goods and services.
Bay County Launches Website about Half-Cent Sales Tax Projects
General (Created: 09/26/2016; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

This website provides a good example of what happens when a county or city wants to have a referendum that raises the limit; plus, the local government wants to know how to publicize the referendum without paying to support one side or the other.
Bean Station Sewer System
General (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: March 16, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to provide assistance with decisions related to a new sewer system for the Town of Bean Station.
Bed and Breakfast Regulation: MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS asked five cities how they regulate bed and breakfast establishments through zoning ordinances, parking and signage regulations, and fire safety.
Beer and Tobacco Store Wants to Sell Alcohol
General (Created: 09/29/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the new wine in grocery stores law relates to the ability of a beer and tobacco store to commence the sale of alcohol and what items may be offered for sale in a liquor store.
Beer Board Authority to Suspend or Revoke Beer Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/2006; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the beer board has the authority to suspend or revoke a beer permit when an officer's actions are in question.
Beer Board Information
General (Created: 03/11/2014; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

A collection of materials on beer boards and bylaws, including: sample codes provisions establishing a beer board (Bristol, Kingsport, and Nashville); sample beer board rules and procedures (Kingsport, Nashville, and Oak Ridge); a sample beer board handbook (Bristol); and a sample beer board set of bylaws (Bristol).
Beer Board Member Holding a Beer Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/1992; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a beer board member may hold a beer permit.
Beer Board Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/23/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS responded to questions posed by beer board concerning decision to be made after permit holder charged with offense.
Beer Definition Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/05/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

An ordinance changing the city's definition of beer to coincide with state definitions and altering distance regulations for beer sales.
Beer Establishments in Annexed Areas
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/11/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can permit beer establishments in annexed areas to continue selling beer without jeopardizing its general prohibition against the sale of beer.
Beer License and Proximity to Day Care Center
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/23/2001; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if a beer license would be granted to an establishment that is in close proximity to a day care center.
Beer License for a Liquor Store
General (Created: 06/19/2014; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the new wine in grocery stores law and what actions are required of the city to allow a package liquor store to commence the sale of beer as of July 1, 2014.
Beer License Renewal
General (Created: 01/28/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the City Recorder has the authority to renew an annual beer license.
Beer Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/21/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2016 )

This ordinance amends a previous ordinance pertaining to alcoholic beverages and beer.
Beer Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/13/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the issuance of beer permits to an establishment which violates the distance regulation by virtue of the movement of a church, school, etc. into the prohibited distance after the establishment was issued a beer permit.
Beer Permit Applicants and U. S. Citizenship
General (Created: 10/30/2013; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether applicants for beer permits must be U.S. citizens.
Beer Permit Change of Ownership
General (Created: 09/09/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS provided guidance in the process to be followed for a beer permit issued to two owners when one owner desires to be removed from the permit.
Beer Permit for a Grocery Store in a Shopping Center
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/1993; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain grocery store in a shopping center located in the city is entitled to a beer permit since the boundary line of the city divides the shopping center and a large piece of county property upon which is located the county jail and a public soccer complex.
Beer Permit Regulations in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/25/2018; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

Tennessee cities with a population of 10,000 or more were surveyed to find out what distance regulations they have for approving a permit to sell beer.
Beer Permit Revocation
General (Created: 11/08/2004; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could revoke a beer permit for a business.
Beer Permits and Fees in All Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/17/2017; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS researched the beer permit fees and privilege tax for beer that may be charged to municipalities in Tennessee.
Beer Permits and Fees in All Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/23/2016; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

The MTAS Research and Information Center collected beer permit and fees information for all of the cities in Tennessee.
Beer Permits for a City Festival
General (Created: 05/19/2015; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample temporary beer permits for a city festival in the downtown area.
Beer Permits for Contiguous Serving Areas and Use of One Permit for Two Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/2011; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about beer permits for contiguous serving areas and the use of one permit for two businesses located in the same building.
Beer Permits for Golf Courses
General (Created: 10/22/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to identify several options for allowing beer sales on golf courses.
Beer Permits, Workers Compensation, and Street Damage Caused by Trucks
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/07/1994; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked a distance regulation question for a beer permit, whether it is the city's responsibility to insure that a contractor has workers' compensation prior to issuing a building permit, and whether cities can recover damages to streets from truck owners and operators.
Beer Permits: Restrictions on Fees, Taxes, Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/2000; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether there are any limitations on the fees, charges, and costs a city beer board can levy on applicants for licenses.
Beer Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

An analysis of the law governing the age of persons authorized to sell beer or loiter in establishments that sell beer.
Benchmarking Projects
(Created: 01/31/2009; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

Includes 13 municipal benchmarking studies, plus links to 10 additional studies.
Benefits Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 07/25/2005; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Benefits Coordinator.
Bereavement Policies: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/29/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Six cities were asked their bereavement policies for municipal employees.
Bicycle Patrol Policy and Training Topics
General (Created: 05/17/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A policy for establishing a police bicycle patrol and lesson plans for ten training topics.
Bid Data on Current Municipal Public Works Projects
(Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: October 2, 2006 )

This publication is intended as a reference for city officials, public works engineers, purchasing agents, consulting engineers, and architects who need cost information on Tennessee public works and construction projects.
Bid Specifications for Residential Garbage Collection
RFP (Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to compile a list of qualifications for a contractor to manage residential garbage collection.
Bidding for Contract Meter Reading
General (Created: 04/28/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

Two questions related to bidding for contract meter reading.
Bidding Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to review a law on bid acceptance.
Bids for Fire Truck
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of the bidding process the city used to purchase a fire truck.
Bill of Rights for Water Quality Control Act Permit Applicants
(Created: 06/19/2008; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

The Tennessee Legislature recently enacted protections for permit applicants under the Water Quality Control Act.
Billing and Collection Agreement
General (Created: 08/05/2011; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

An agreement that allows the utility district to bill and collect sewer charges and to terminate service for nonpayment.
Billing for Emergency Services When There Is No Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/2009; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could bill for emergency services rendered to persons outside its municipal limits when there is no contract between the city and the county and no contract between the city and the person receiving the emergency services.
Biofuels Toolbox
General (Created: 03/27/2008; Reviewed: August 20, 2018 )

A presentation on biofuels, ethanol, and hybrids.
Biomonitoring for the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit
(Created: 10/01/2002; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

Biomonitoring is one requirement of the NPDES permit for a large number of publicly owned treatment works.
Biomonitoring for the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) (2008)
(Created: 05/15/2008; Reviewed: March 9, 2010 )

Biomonitoring is one requirement of the NPDES permit for a large number of publicly owned treatment works.
Blending or Infusing Beer with Other Non-Alcoholic Beverages
General (Created: 06/05/2014; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if the state regulates the blending or infusing of beer with other non-alcoholic beverages.
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
General (Created: 08/06/2018; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

The following Exposure Control Plan (ECP) has been developed to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens according to OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1030, “Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.” This exposure control plan is an element of our safety and health program and complies with TOSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens, 1910.1030, requirements. The information contained in this publication is not considered a substitute for the OSH Act or any provisions of OSHA standards. It provides general guidance on a particular standard-related topic but should not be considered a definitive interpretation for compliance with OSHA requirements. The reader should consult the OSHA standard in its entirety for specific compliance requirements.
Blount County Emergency Management Multi-Agency Table Top Exercise Terrorism Event
(Created: 11/30/2005; Reviewed: December 8, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to assist Alcoa Fire Department with EMA table top exercise to meet Homeland Security grant acceptance requirements.
Blue Lights on Personal Cars
General (Created: 02/27/2001; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the propriety and legality of a city's police officers' use of blue lights on their personal cars when acting in their off-duty capacity as sworn peace officers.
Board and Committee Term Limits in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not boards and committees have term limits and what are the limits for those committees.
Board Appointments or Dismissal Confirmations for Certain Staff Positions
General (Created: 12/13/2013; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen should play an increased role (hiring or dismissal) in one or more staff positions in order to provide employee protection for 'whistleblower' actions.
Board Member Responsibilities and Job Description
General (Created: 02/06/2008; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

MTAS was asked questions relating to an alderman's responsibilities and job description.
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Has the Power to Correct the Minutes
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is within the authority of the board of mayor and aldermen to delete from the recorder's minutes certain language before the board adopts the minutes.
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting with the City Attorney to Discuss Pending Litigation in a Closed Session
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/1992; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen may meet with the City Attorney to discuss pending litigation in a closed session.
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Serving as the Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2004; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen may also serve as the beer board.
Board of Zoning Appeals Grants Variances for Mobile Homes That It Does Not Have Authority to Grant
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/1995; Reviewed: August 20, 2018 )

MTAS was asked what recourse the city has when the board of zoning appeals grants variances for mobile homes that it does not have authority to grant.
Board Restricted to the Discussion of Business Stated in the Call of a Special Called Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether, in a special called meeting of the board called by the mayor, the board is restricted to the discussion of business stated in the call.
Body Armor Policy
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The city will provide personal body armor (bulletproof vest) to each full-time police officer and provide guidance in the use of the equipment.
Bond Resolution Repeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2001; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Right of the city to repeal bond resolution following the filing of petition for an election on the bonds but before the election is held.
Bonding of Mayor and Town Recorder
General (Created: 02/09/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS responds to an inquiry regarding whether the mayor and town recorder must be bonded.
Bonuses for Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether city may give board members bonuses.
Booking Persons Charged with Crimes Before They Are Released
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/26/2007; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether police could always book persons charged with crimes before they are released.
Borrowing Funds for School Construction
General (Created: 04/09/2002; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality could borrow money to help finance the construction of a new county elementary school.
Bradley County and the City of Cleveland Fire Protection Study
(Created: 02/20/1996; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

This fire study analyzes the possibility of a functional consolidation of fire protection services between the Bradley County Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Cleveland Fire Department.
Breaking a Tie in the Election of an Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how a tie in the election of an alderman is broken.
Breaking a Tie in the Election of an Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2014; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how a tie vote in the election of an alderman is broken.
Breaking a Tie Vote for Two of the Commissioners
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/04/1990; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to breaking a tie vote for two of the commissioners.
Brentwood Assessment Center: Library Director
(Created: 03/20/2000; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to help develop procedures to be used in the selection of a Library Director for the city's public library.
Bringing Swimming Pool and Swimming Pool Restrooms into Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1994; Reviewed: August 7, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city should bring its swimming pool and swimming pool restrooms into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by the installation of a swimming pool lift and certain restroom facilities.
Bristol Library Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 05/11/2015; Reviewed: May 11, 2015 )

An information profile for the position of library director; includes a description of the library and its services, plus the position advertisement.
Bristol, Tennessee Subdivision Incentives Review
(Created: 10/01/2001; Reviewed: September 1, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review incentives related to subdivision development for the City of Bristol.
Broad Emergency Powers Given to Any Fire Chiefs
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/26/1992; Reviewed: February 27, 2006 )

MTAS was asked if broad emergency powers are given to county as well as city fire chiefs.
Brown-Bagging Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked where the city has no brown bagging regulations can a restaurant that does not hold a beer license allow brown bagging.
Brush and Debris Pickup in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/08/2018; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to an MTAS request for information regarding brush and debris pick up.
Brush Chipping Interlocal Agreements
General (Created: 05/07/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to create an amendment to interlocal agreements for brush chipping, shredding, and/or grinding wood, brush, and other yard waste.
Brush Collection Policies: an MTAS Survey
General (Created: 03/28/2008; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Examples of brush collection policies from various cities.
Budget and Charitable Contributions in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/20/2019; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Eleven Tennessee cities were contacted to find out what their general fund operating budget and planned charitable contributions were in fiscal year 2019.
Budget Manual: An MTAS Guide for Municipal Budget Development and Execution
(Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: February 17, 2010 )

This manual gives a "big picture" look at budgets.
Budget Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: August 20, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Budget Officer
Building a Fire Hall in an R-1 Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/26/1990; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the local volunteer fire department can build a fire hall in an R-1 area.
Building Access/Security and Employee Time & Attendance Policies, Procedures and Products Survey
Survey (Created: 01/17/2017; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked questions about safety policies and procedures relating to office doors and access points; the use of flex-time; and, methods, products, and vendors for capturing employee time and attendance.
Building and Property Maintenance Code Enforcement: The Nuts and Bolts
(Created: 09/17/2012; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

This report reviews and presents local and state provisions for effective building and property maintenance code enforcement procedures and MTAS recommendations. While this report discusses administrative and enforcement provisions of the various codes, it does not discuss the technical provisions of the various codes.
Building and Property Maintenance Codes Review (Columbia, TN)
(Created: 09/24/2007; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

This study reviews the organization and operation of the City of Columbia's building and property maintenance division.
Building and Property Maintenance Standards Report (Loudon, TN)
(Created: 10/22/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

The City of Loudon requested that MTAS review present codes and make recommendations for improvement.
Building and Property Maintenance Standards Review (Lake City, TN)
(Created: 12/31/2003; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

This report outlines recommendations for enforcement of standards; codes and recommended inspection and enforcement procedures; and recommended implementation provisions.
Building Codes Employee Classification System
Job Description (Created: 08/03/2017; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

A building codes employee classification system that includes job descriptions and pay grades with minimums and maximums for each position.
Building Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

Job description for the position of Building/Codes Inspector.
Building Competitive Clusters in Biofuels: The IPS Way
General (Created: 04/06/2011; Reviewed: August 20, 2018 )

A presentation for the 2011 Annual Southern Consortium of University Public Service Organizations (SCUPSO) Conference.
Building Inspector and Building Permits
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/2001; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked several questions relating to building inspectors, building permits, and citing delinquent city water/sewer customers to city court.
Building Inspector Certification
General (Created: 07/28/2003; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

If a city has adopted a building code and issues building permits, it must employ a certified building inspector.
Building Inspectors in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/01/2020; Reviewed: June 1, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding whether they have a building inspector on staff, and if not, do they contract for those services.
Building Officials and Inspectors Salary Information: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 09/01/2007; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Five cities were asked salary information for several building, codes, and inspection positions.
Building Permit Fees and Plan Review Fees for Gallatin: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 08/10/2007; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

Eight cities were asked about their building permit fees and plan review fees.
Building Permit Issued by Mistake
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/2001; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if a building permit, issued because of a mistake in a zoning map, may be revoked.
Burning Permit Sample Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 02/04/2004; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in revising an open burning permit program.
Burying Bodies in the Backyard
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/25/2009; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a person who has died and wanted to be buried in his backyard (in the city) can actually be buried there.
Business Office Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Business Office Supervisor.
Business Tax Collections for FY '04 for Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 03/07/2005; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

Ten cities were asked their net revenue for business tax collections for FY '04.
Business Tax Exemption
General (Created: 09/16/2008; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about business tax exemption and business licenses.
Business Tax Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/22/2004; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an ordinance levying a business tax for the Town of Spencer.
Business Tax Paid in One County While Operating in a Second County
General (Created: 06/01/2004; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about an ice cream vendor from Knox County selling ice cream inside the City of Caryville without a Caryville business license.
Cable Television Franchises and Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/2000; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

The cable television company in question does not have the authority to use the city's streets without a franchise issued by that city.
Cable TV
General (Created: 01/28/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a city can regulate cable television rates.
CAD GIS Analyst 1
Job Description (Created: 10/26/2004; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Job description for a CAD GIS Analyst.
CAD GIS Analyst 2
Job Description (Created: 10/26/2004; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Job description for a CAD GIS Analyst.
Calculating Call Waiting Bonuses and Premiums for Overtime Compensation Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1996; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how call waiting bonuses and premiums are calculated for overtime compensation purposes under the FLSA.
Calculating Overtime Pay for Firefighters and Police
General (Created: 05/08/2012; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify how to calculate pay for non-exempt law enforcement and fire protection personnel.
Call-out and overtime compensation for utility workers survey
Survey (Created: 06/09/2017; Reviewed: August 1, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities on compensation of utility employees for call-out and overtime work.
Calling for a Referendum Without a Petition
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/1996; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city council could call for a referendum on the question of liquor-by-the-drink without a petition being filed.
Camouflaging Telecommunications Towers
Ordinance (Created: 07/30/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Three sample ordinances that provide information on camouflage requirements for towers and antennas.
Can a City Employee Run for Office on the City's Governing Body?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/1998; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city employee can run for office on the city's governing body.
Can a City Sell T-shirts on the Internet?
General (Created: 11/20/2014; Reviewed: November 21, 2014 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may sell items on the Internet, specifically, whether the city may sell T-shirts on the Internet.
Can a Municipal Attorney be the Municipal Judge?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/13/1994; Reviewed: March 1, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal attorney can be the municipal judge.
Can a Municipality Require Double Wides in Residential Areas to Have a Foundation?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/20/1993; Reviewed: March 6, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can require double wides in residential areas to have a foundation.
Can a Municipality Temporarily Operate a Business Sited on Land Purchased or Condemned by the Municipality for Public Purpose?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/05/1998; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can be a landlord pending the termination of leases on certain land it is considering buying in the vicinity of the glide path for the airport.
Can a New Board of Mayor and Aldermen Fire the Recorder?
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1990; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a new board of mayor and aldermen could fire the recorder.
Can Cities Surrender Their Zoning Powers by Interlocal Agreement?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/2006; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether cities can surrender their zoning powers by interlocal agreement under Public Chapter 1101.
Can Facebook images be used as evidence for municipal violation and citation?
General (Created: 10/31/2017; Reviewed: December 11, 2019 )

MTAS responds to a question regarding whether images on Facebook be used as evidence for municipal violation and citation.
Can Municipal Judge Hear Violations Grounded in State Law?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/30/1993; Reviewed: July 25, 2002 )

MTAS was asked whether the municipal judge can hear violations grounded in state law, or only ordinance violations.
Can the City Attorney Also Serve as the City Judge?
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney can also serve as the city judge.
Can the City Council Meet in a Closed Meeting to Discuss a Grievance Filed by a City Employee?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/1992; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council can meet in a closed meeting to discuss a grievance filed by a city employee.
Can the City Either Prohibit or Regulate Blasting by a Certain Rock Quarry?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1993; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can either prohibit or regulate blasting by a certain rock quarry for the purpose of preventing damage to houses within the vicinity of the quarry.
Can the City Enact Term Limits on Aldermen by Ordinance?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/13/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can enact term limits on aldermen by ordinance.
Can the City Make Appropriations to Nonprofit Organizations?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/08/1994; Reviewed: October 28, 2009 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can make appropriations to nonprofit organizations and, if so, what is the proper procedure.
Can the City Make Driving While Using a Cell Phone a Municipal Offense, Where the Use of a Cell Phone While Driving is Not Otherwise a State Driving Offense?
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/2012; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can adopt an ordinance making the offenses of driving while using a cell phone illegal, where T.C.A. 10-7-307, which contains the Rules of the Road and other state traffic offenses, does not make such offenses state misdemeanors.
Can the County Sheriff Increase the Cost of Housing Prisoners Arrested by the City?
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the county sheriff can, on his own initiative, increase the cost of housing prisoners arrested by the city for the violation of state law or municipal ordinances.
Can the Mayor Make Motions?
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can make motions.
Can the Mayor Veto the Appointment of an Alderman by the Board?
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1994; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can veto the appointment by the board to fill the office of alderman.

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