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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: June 8, 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: July 7, 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.
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.)
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?
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.
Acceptance of Gifts
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/2007; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how cities accept and refuse gifts.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to review a law on bid acceptance.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 Exemption
General (Created: 09/16/2008; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about business tax exemption and business licenses.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Candidate Running for Two Municipal Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/2010; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a single individual can be a candidate for two municipal offices on the same ballot.
Candidates for School Board Seats Must Be Residents of the District They Represent
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/2012; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Members of county and city school boards of education must be residents of and elected from the districts they represent.
Canine Team Policy
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

The purpose of this policy is to establish the mission of the canine team, establish procedures for the use of the canine team, and outline the responsibilities of the canine handler.
Caps on Compensatory Time
General (Created: 07/16/2012; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the amount of compensatory time that an employee may accumulate.
Car Allowance Policy
General (Created: 11/12/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with the creation of a car allowance policy for the City of Morristown.
Car Allowance Survey
Survey (Created: 01/30/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twenty-one cities responded to a survey about whether they have car allowances, who is eligible for car allowances, and the amount of the car allowance.
Caught in the Middle of Leadership
General (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Middle management in the fire service can be quite a balancing act.
Cellular Phone Use Policy
General (Created: 12/13/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The purpose of this policy is to offer guidance in the use and application of City of Rogersville owned phones.
Census 2020: Resources for Your City
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

This MTAS "City Byte", a short online tutorial, provides a concise overview of what Tennessee cities and towns need to know regarding the Census 2020. (MTAS City Byte series)
Certain Employee Records Subject to the Open Records Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2000; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee's medical information contained in a first injury report was confidential and therefore not subject to disclosure.
Certificate of Compliance for Wine in Grocery Stores
Form (Created: 01/11/2016; Reviewed: March 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to supply a certificate of compliance for selling wine in grocery stores.
Certificate of Compliance: Retail Package Store
Form (Created: 04/20/2011; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

A sample of the Certificate of Compliance form that most cities/towns use for their Certificate of Compliance.
Certificate of Occupancy
Form (Created: 05/05/1993; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

An example of a certificate of occupancy from the City of Shelbyville.
Certified Municipal Finance Officer Program: An Impact Analysis
(Created: 01/29/2016; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

This study examines whether the CMFO program improved municipal financial practices. The results indicate that the CMFO program has improved municipal financial practices by reducing the number of municipal financial errors in Tennessee cities.
Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities
General (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: October 16, 2018 )

For use in the distribution of state shared taxes to incorporated municipalities.
Certifying Election Results before Swearing In Newly Elected Officials
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/2012; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked when elected officials may be sworn in after a recent election.
Chainsaw Use Standard Operating Procedure Template
Form (Created: 05/15/2020; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Dennis Wolf created this template for Tennessee fire departments to use for training firefighters to use a chainsaw in the course of their work.
Chalking Tires for Parking Enforcement Is Unreasonable Search
General (Created: 04/30/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

MTAS Legal Consultant Elisha Hodge notifies Tennessee municipalities that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit opined that the practice of marking tires with chalk, in order to monitor how long a vehicle is parked in a parking space for the purpose of enforcing parking restrictions, is an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Chancery Court Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney can hold the position of chancery court judge.
Changes to Pay Schedule
General (Created: 08/23/2012; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about transitioning to a new payday date; the work week currently ends on Saturday, but Friday is payday.
Changing an Employee's Employment Status
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2009; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS analyzed several questions related to legal implications associated with changing a certain employee's employment status.
Changing the Agenda of a Special Meeting During the Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/2006; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council can change the agenda of a special meeting during the meeting.
Changing the Mayor's Salary
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1991; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality may set the mayor's salary by amending the current budget (approved on July 1), and making the amendment retroactive to July 1.
Charges for Copies of Accident Reports and Incident Reports
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/2012; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

This opinion from Tennessee Open Records Counsel addresses the amounts that a local government law enforcement agency is permitted to charge for a copy of accident reports and incident reports.
Charging Non-Users a Garbage Collection Fee and Requiring Garbage Collection Recipients to Use Only the City Garbage Collection Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1993; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge garbage collection service recipients a garbage collection fee even if they do not use the service and whether the city can require garbage collection recipients to use only city garbage collection service.
Charging the Inside Tax Rate with Respect to Property in One City in the County and the Outside Rate with Respect to Property in Another City in the County
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/1992; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the county can charge the inside tax rate with respect to property in one city in the county, and the outside rate with respect to property in another city in the county.
Charging Time for Employee Court Appearance
General (Created: 07/03/2012; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to pay a new employee for a personal court appearance when the employee has not yet earned vacation time.
Charitable Donation Policy
General (Created: 10/17/2014; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS provided several examples of charitable donation policies.
Charter and Conflict of Interest Questions
General (Created: 01/26/2006; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about Private Law Charters, whether city employees may run for elected office, and about conflict of interest.
Charter Provision Requires Mayor to Sign Warrants But Is Silent as to Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2000; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a 'warrant' is the same as a check for the purposes of a charter provision requiring the mayor to sign warrants, but is silent as to checks.
Charter Provisions Favoring Local Bidders
General (Created: 02/24/2009; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about retaining charter provisions favoring local bidders.
Charter Question about Property Taxes and Enforcing Ordinances
General (Created: 06/03/2004; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for a written explanation about the Town's authority to enforce its ordinances in relation to assessing or not assessing a property tax.
Charter Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/07/2003; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked questions concerning limiting the power of the mayor to vote on the board, requiring city officers to resign prior to running for another office, and forbidding family members from holding office at the same time.
Chattanooga/Hamilton County Area Recreation Services: Meeting the Recreational Needs for the Future through Partnerships and Cooperation
(Created: 05/31/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This report includes an inventory of existing recreation facilities in Hamilton County and its municipalities; discusses the increasing needs for recreation services and benefits of partnering of recreation services; and points out the need for strategic recreation planning.
Chicken Manure Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/18/2008; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

An ordinance regulating the use of chicken manure as a yard or field fertilizer within the city.
Chief Accountant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: July 18, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Chief Accountant under the Utilities Department.
Chief Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of chief mechanic of the water and wastewater treatment plants for the City of Smyrna.
Chief of Police (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

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

Job description for the position of Chief of Police.
Chief of Police Insists He Is Entitled to a Leave of Absence to Run for Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1998; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is legally required to give the chief of police a leave of absence to run for office of sheriff of the county.
Chief Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of chief wastewater plant operator.
Church Hill Methadone Treatment Clinic Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/21/2009; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

An ordinance for the consideration of a methadone treatment clinic or facility and substance abuse treatment facility.
Citation Form for Offenses That Are Not Traffic Related
Form (Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a citation form to be used by the city for offenses that are not traffic related.
Citations in Lieu of Arrest and Ordinance Summonses
General (Created: 10/28/1999; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to prepare citations in lieu of arrest and ordinance summonses.
Cities Conducting Games or Contests for Money
General (Created: 08/04/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can sponsor a contest that charges registration fees, with part of the proceeds being donated to the regional library and part of the proceeds used for prizes.
Cities May Confer Employee Status for Purposes of the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act to Another City Pursuant to a Valid Interlocal Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1996; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions regarding a sample Interlocal/Mutual Aid Agreement.
Cities Providing Civil Leave and Paid Leave for Organ and Blood Donors: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 05/01/2002; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

Ten cities were asked their policies for granting leave for organ and blood donors.
Cities Providing Fire Service Outside Their Limits
General (Created: 12/19/2011; Reviewed: April 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a County may contract with a City for fire protection for a specific area outside the town limits.
Cities That Operate Gas Departments
General (Created: 03/12/2014; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information about cities that operate gas departments and the Tennessee Energy Acquisition Corporation (TEAC).
Cities with Recall Provisions
General (Created: 01/23/2006; Reviewed: January 29, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to determine which Tennessee cities have recall provisions.
Citizen Advisory Board Handbooks
Survey (Created: 05/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The MTAS Research and Information Center surveyed five Tennessee cities to find out if they provide a handbook to their citizen advisory boards.
Citizens Information Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Manager.
Citizens Information Services Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Coordinator.
Citizens Information Services Office Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Office Assistant.
Citizens Information Television Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Manager.
Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator.
City Administrator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Administrator.
City Administrator Employment Agreement
General (Created: 05/03/2013; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

This employment agreement applies to someone who is an employee of the city and has moved up to the administrator position.
City as a Landlord Pending the Termination of Leases
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/23/1996; 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.
City Assumes Operation of the Presently Quasi-Independent Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/2010; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to how a city assumes operation of the presently quasi-independent utility board.
City Attorney
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Attorney.
City Authority over Housing Authority Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/2011; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked questions about city authority over housing authority board, termination of housing authority board members, and any power city may have to enact policy changes in housing authority.
City Authority to Name State Highway
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city has the power to name a portion of a state highway located in the municipality, when a bill is introduced in the state legislature designating a name for the highway.
City Cemetery Policies and Charges: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/30/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked the cost of a burial plot in a city cemetery.
City Charter Signatures
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/25/2001; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if signatures on a charter are directory or mandatory.
City Commissioner or City Recorder Serving as Volunteer Firefighter
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/2006; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a member of the city's governing body could be a volunteer firefighter.
City Constructs Its Own Building and Uses Volunteer Labor
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1995; Reviewed: February 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the legal implications are of the city building a fire hall, partly with volunteer labor, and partly through subcontracting out particular jobs.
City Contract with Unlicensed Contractor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked where a city has let a bid on a certain construction project (resurfacing a tennis court), the project is in progress, the contractor notifies the city that his contractor's license has been suspended and offers to reduce the cost of the project to less than $25,000, can the city legally accept his offer.
City Council Agenda Formats
General (Created: 09/19/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Four sample city council agendas and one study session agenda are included.
City Council Serving as School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2008; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the city council acting as the school board and their noncompliance with Title 49.
City Council Vote
General (Created: 05/14/2003; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked the effect of a vote of the city council on a resolution in which three members voted 'yes,' two members voted 'no,' and one member abstained from voting.
City Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2001; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to make the city court clerk's position an appointive one.
City Court Judgments Are Not Stayed During Appeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/06/2009; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the judgment of a city court is suspended pending appeal.
City Donation to a Charitable Organization
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/09/2003; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may make an appropriation to a charitable or civic organization that is religious in nature.
City Donations to Non-Profit Organizations
Survey (Created: 01/28/2015; Reviewed: January 28, 2015 )

Twenty-two cities were asked if they had stopped making donations to non-profit organizations and whether there is a written policy supporting this decision.
City Drug Testing
General (Created: 08/06/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the legalities of drug testing and for sample policies for the City.
City Employee Volunteering as a Reserve Police Officer
General (Created: 03/16/2001; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city employee 'volunteering' his/her time as a reserve police officer.
City Entering into a Contract with the YMCA to Allow City Residents to Use Their Pool
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/23/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may enter into a fifteen year contract with the YMCA to allow city residents to use their pool.
City Establishes a Public Sanitary Sewer System
Ordinance (Created: 09/02/2014; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided an ordinance to adopt wastewater regulations and an agreement between the city and a utility district.
City Financed Scholarship Program for City Residents
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/07/2007; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can give college scholarships to the citizens for only one particular college.
City Gas Department Wishes to Loan the General Revenue Fund an Amount Necessary to Construct a Municipal Garage
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/1993; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city gas department could loan the general revenue fund an amount necessary to construct a municipal garage.
City Issues a Building Permit for a Project Which Causes a Drainage Problem
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1996; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable when it issues a building permit when the project to which the building permit pertains causes a drainage problem.
City Judge Appointment Procedures
General (Created: 04/17/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

The City of Brentwood developed a procedure for appointing a city judge.
City Judge Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 02/10/2017; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Seventeen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their city judge, including the number of hours worked, salary, and benefits participation.
City Judge Compensation and Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 08/20/2007; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

Fifteen cities were asked several questions about the compensation and benefits package for their municipal judge.
City Judge Issuing State Warrant and Admissibility of Video Tape in DUI case
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/18/1993; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city judge (who has concurrent jurisdiction) can issue a state warrant for a person who passes a school bus, upon the affidavit of the school bus driver, who doesn't know who was driving the car and whether a video tape of persons arrested for DUI is admissible at trial of the defendant.
City Judge Signing a Search Warrant in a State Case
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/2004; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city judge can sign a search warrant in a state case, where the judge does not exercise concurrent jurisdiction.
City Judge, Vacancy, and Appointment of Special Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/24/2009; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city judge can hold two judgeships and use temporary appointments of special judges to fill a vacancy..
City Judges' Terms of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/17/2000; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city judge could refrain from taking office until eight months after the election.
City Liability for Liquidated Damages on a Terminated Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/1991; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town is required to pay $10,000 in liquidated damages when it terminated a contract with a company.
City Manager Car Allowance
Survey (Created: 08/31/2013; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

Five cities were asked whether they provide a take home car or a car allowance for their city manager and the amount of any monthly car allowance.
City Manager Compensation Survey 2014
Survey (Created: 02/03/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked how they compensate their city managers; results include salary, car allowance, and deferred compensation.
City Manager Employment Agreements and Severance Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the former city manager's rights to severance pay are under the contract.
City Manager Evaluation Cover Letter
General (Created: 07/13/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Information to aid in completing an evaluation of a city manager.
City Manager Evaluation Form
Form (Created: 06/01/2000; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide a form for the evaluation of a city manager.
City Manager Evaluation Form
Form (Created: 01/01/2012; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

This form allows the city manager to be rated on leadership, fiscal management and budgeting, service delivery and administration, citizen and community relations, personal and professional qualities, and city council relations.
City Manager of Irving: Classification Specification
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for City Manager for the City of Irving.
City Manager Orientation
General (Created: 05/20/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS services and other information explained to a new city manager.
City Manager Performance Evaluation
Form (Created: 01/09/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in developing a format agreeable to all council members and use it complete a performance evaluation of the city manager.
City Manager Serving as Ex Officio Member of the City's -- Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1999; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city manager can serve as an ex officio member of the city's utility board.
City Manager's Authority Over Personnel Administration
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council has the authority to require the city manager to 'hire back' a fireman who resigned, ostensibly on the grounds that the city manager refused to permit him to 'moonlight' as a building inspector for a city when he was already moonlighting as a building inspector for the county.
City Managers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/27/2020; Reviewed: August 7, 2020 )

Thirteen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding their city manager salaries.
City Managers with Employment Contracts
Survey (Created: 07/11/2007; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

Fifty cities were asked whether they have employment contracts with their city managers.
City May Purchase Insurance from the Municipal Liability Pool
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1998; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

When the city requests bid proposals for insurance, is it required to accept the lowest bid, or can it purchase the insurance from the Municipal Liability Pool?
City Mechanic Certification Incentives
Survey (Created: 12/05/2017; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS surveyed ten cities to find out if they offer incentive pay to city mechanics for obtaining certification to inspect, maintain and repair emergency vehicles.
City Noise Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1996; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's noise ordinance is "vague."
City Obtains a Certificate of Public Purpose and Necessity Before Borrowing Funds to Buy Land for an Industrial Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2000; Reviewed: July 24, 2007 )

MTAS was asked whether a city must obtain a certificate of public purpose and necessity before borrowing funds to buy land for an industrial park.
City of Belle Meade Ordinance Prohibiting Left-Hand Turns from Jackson Boulevard onto Harding Road
Ordinance (Created: 03/31/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The City of Belle Meade determined that hazardous conditions exist which required a change to the traffic pattern at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Harding Road.
City of Brentwood Fire Department Annual Report FY2004
(Created: 08/20/2004; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An example of an annual report from the Brentwood Fire Department.
City of Chattanooga Division of Codes & Inspection
(Created: 01/18/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to do an inspection and codes division organizational study.
City of Chattanooga Fleet Study
(Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a study of the city's fleet operations.
City of Chattanooga Procurement Instruction Manual
General (Created: 03/13/2014; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

This manual establishes the policies and procedures required to be followed by the City of Chattanooga's (City) departments and agencies in fulfilling procurement and related logistical responsibilities within the delegated limits when performing procurement functions. The manual as written, serves as a user's guide for City employees and officials when implementing authorized purchasing procedures.
City of Cleveland Finance Department Banking Service Proposal
RFP (Created: 02/28/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

The initiation of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is intended to result in the selection of a financial institution that can provide the City of Cleveland with the highest quality and most flexible services for the lowest cost to the public.
City of Elizabethton Municipal Golf Course Study
(Created: 12/18/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This study includes golf data from all Tennessee municipal golf operations, a literature review, and an examination of the organizational structure, operations, and finance of the Elizabethton golf operation.
City of Gallaway, Tennessee, Contract Documents & Specifications for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Service
RFP (Created: 02/28/2011; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist the City of Gallaway with the contract documents and specifications for solid waste collection and disposal service.
City of Harrogate Purchasing Procedures
General (Created: 04/05/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Puchasing procedures with the mayor acting as the purchasing agent for the city.
City of Jackson Fire Department: Past, Present, Future [Fire Department Annual Report]
(Created: 12/31/2009; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An example of an annual report from the Jackson Fire Department.
City of Knoxville Division of Building Permit Review and Inspections Operations Assessment
(Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

This assessment review will focus on organization and staffing; adopted codes and appeal boards; licensing and fees; operating and permitting procedures; plan review and inspection services; comparison with other cities and the survey reviews.
City of Knoxville, Request for Proposals, Basic Life, AD&D, Basic Dependent Life, Supplemental Life and Long Term Disability Insurance
RFP (Created: 04/26/2006; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

An RFP for the City of Knoxville to provide life and disability insurance to all eligible employees.
City of Lewisburg Water & Wastewater: MTAS Management and Operational Assessment
(Created: 01/10/2014; Reviewed: January 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a management assessment of water and wastewater operations, note any cost-saving opportunities, conduct a review of water and wastewater rates, and make recommendations.
City of Manchester Board Evaluation
Form (Created: 08/14/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

This evaluation form is designed to help the Board understand the expectations of the city administrator in his relationship to the Board.
City of Manchester City Administrator Evaluation 2001
Form (Created: 08/14/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

This evaluation form is designed to determine the effectiveness of the city administrator.
City of McMinnville 2013 Strategic Goals
(Created: 01/25/2013; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

The purpose of this retreat was to learn about municipal governmental resources and develop four (4) goals for 2013.
City of Morristown, Tennessee, Contract Documents & Specifications for Brush Pick-up, Transporting and Processing/Disposal Services
RFP (Created: 11/30/2010; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

This project provides an RFP for brush collection and disposal.
City of Mount Juliet Planning Commission Annexation Study: Royal Oaks Service Area
(Created: 03/01/2001; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

Study regarding the feasibility of Mt. Juliet's annexation of the Royal Oaks Service Area.
City of Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 12/03/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

An ordinance authorizing residents of existing dwelling units within the city to make monthly payments as a means of paying the cost of tap fees for connecting to the city's sanitary sewer service and providing for a method of collection.
City of Niota Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Agreement
General (Created: 08/15/2017; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

A contract between city of Niota and the Environmental Management Group to provide personnel to operate and maintain the wastewater plant.
City of Oak Ridge Citizen Satisfaction Survey
Survey (Created: 10/01/2000; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Citizens of Oak Ridge were asked questions about their quality of life and city services.
City of Oak Ridge Strategic Plan Update Issues
(Created: 09/28/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

This report discusses strategic planning, identifies a group of comparable cities, reviews property tax rate percentiles, and presents an analysis of basic services in the City of Farragut with those provided by the City of Oak Ridge from public funds.
City of Smithville, Tennessee: A Resolution
General (Created: 10/17/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

Requested that MTAS prepare amendments to the current private act charter as it pertains to a city court.
City of South Pittsburg Position Paper
(Created: 06/07/2001; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to assess the current condition and prepare for the future of the City of South PIttsburg, using the SWOT model.
City of Spring Hill Effective Utility System Operation
(Created: 10/25/2008; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

As utility departments grow and increase the number of customers, operating and capital budgets and service capacities have to be increased in order to provide adequate utility service.
City of Springfield Request for Proposals Contract Management of the Legacy Golf Course
RFP (Created: 11/13/2015; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

The City is seeking proposals from all interested firms to provide management services for the daily operations and maintenance of the golf course.
City of Tracy City Court Cost Computations and an Ordinance Establishing City Court Costs
Ordinance (Created: 06/01/2012; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

This report outlines a method for calculating municipal court costs using audited data, pay records, and reasonable estimates, plus, an ordinance establishing city court costs, including cash bond forfeiture fee and a city litigation tax.
City of Tusculum Certified Municipal Finance Officer Job Description
Job Description (Created: 05/16/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2012 )

Job description for the position of Certified Municipal Finance Officer for the City of Tusculum.
City of Whitwell Fire Department
General (Created: 10/09/2001; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

MTAS was asked the minimum age and physical requirements for volunteer firefighters.
City of Winchester Administrative Review
(Created: 08/17/2010; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

The purpose of this report is to review the administrative structure, adequacy of staff and operating efficiency at department levels and to ensure that the city has the best administrative structure and staffing level to provide effective and efficient services at a reasonable cost for the future.
City Parks and Security: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Cities were asked to provide information about the number and types of parks they have, as well as budgetary and security information.
City Permits for Mass Gathering Events: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 07/31/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Six cities were asked several questions about permits for special events and mass gatherings.
City Planner
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Planner.
City Planner Salary, Contracted Grant Writers, Retirement Plans and Supplemental Bridge Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 04/27/2018; Reviewed: October 22, 2018 )

A survey of selected cities to gather city planner salary information, whether contracted grant writers are in use, and the offerings of retirement plans including supplemental bridge benefits.
City Planning Assistant
Job Description (Created: 03/31/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The City of Spring Hill, Tennessee provided MTAS with a job description for their City Planning Assistant. An employee to provide support to the Planning Director with planning activities and the development review process. He or she will also be responsible for administrative functions within the department. The planning assistant will also process and track maintenance and performance bonds and application data.
City Psychologist Usage
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about their use of a psychologist in their municipality.
City Recorder
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Recorder.
City Recorder Job Description with CMFO
Job Description (Created: 01/12/2017; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of city recorder that includes a requirement for obtaining the State Certification for Municipal Clerks and Recorders and the Certified Municipal Finance Officer Certification within three years employment.
City Recorder Serving as Vice-Mayor in the Absence of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about (1) the calculation of a quorum when the recorder is the vice-mayor; (2) functions of the vice-mayor in the absence of the mayor; (3) when is the mayor "absent"?
City Recorder/CMFO Salary Range in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/15/2018; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

Seven Tennessee cities with a population of less than 2,000 citizens were surveyed to find out what the salary range is for their City Recorder/CMFO employee.
City Recorder/Finance Director
Job Description (Created: 11/09/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

A job description for a position that combines the duties of City Recorder and Finance Director.
City Recorders Serving as Court Clerks
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city recorders can also be the court clerks in two cities.
City Recorders: Elected or Appointed (updated 2017)
Survey (Created: 07/08/2008; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

A spreadsheet of elected and appointed Tennessee city recorders arranged by type of municipal charter. (updated 2017)
City Regulation of Commercial Poultry Production Houses
General (Created: 11/18/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS provided information regarding city regulation of chicken houses and the domestic use of poultry and foul. A follow-up letter provides an example of a zoning ordinance that bans poultry production houses within the city limits.
City Required Contractor License: A Survey of Selected Cities in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 09/30/2016; Reviewed: April 24, 2017 )

A survey of ten cities regarding whether they require a contractors' license and their cost.
City Responsibility for Property Line Pin
General (Created: 11/08/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about a situation related to a property-line 'pin' that was covered in a recent street paving.
City School District Admits Children Who Live Outside the City and Charges Tuition
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the City School District may admit children who live outside the city and charge tuition.
City Surveyor Position in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

Selected cities were surveyed regarding whether they have a city surveyor position and compensation for that position.
City Treasurer Duties and Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/2000; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Questions regarding 1) the city treasurer receiving a pay raise during the term in office and 2) combining the offices of city treasurer and purchasing agent.
City versus state regulation of sale of beer and liquor
General (Created: 02/22/2018; Reviewed: December 11, 2019 )

MTAS was asked "what is the distance requirement (from church, school, public gathering place) for the State of Tennessee regarding sale of liquor and sale of beer (on-premise)?" The following information addresses the authority to regulate distance requirements.
City Websites, Agendas, Minutes and Credit Card Payments
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

A survey of Tennessee cities regarding which have websites, publish council agendas and meeting minutes and whether or not the cities will take a credit card from a citizen paying a bill.
City Wishes to Prohibit Double Wide Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/1993; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could write any ordinance that would permit the city to prohibit double wides.
City's Ability to Condemn an Easement Across Railroad Tracks to Construct a Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/1992; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

The authority granted to municipalities to condemn property to establish streets and highways also allows condemnation across railroad tracks so long as use of the land for railroad purposes is not destroyed.
City's Authority to Pay for Advertising of Businesses Within -- the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city and various merchants can jointly fund billboard space advertising certain private businesses in the city.
City's Gas System Contributing Revenues for the Repair of the City's Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1996; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's gas system can contribute revenues for the repair of the city's streets.
City's Purchase of Automotive Repairs
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/13/1999; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's purchase of automotive repairs is a professional service exempt from competitive bidding required by the Municipal Purchasing Law and the city's competitive bidding policies.
City's Right to Annex in Its Urban Growth Boundary
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about a city's right to annex in its UGB where the UGB was effectively blocked by another city's streets.
City's Share of the State Beer Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can prohibit the sale of beer and if that decision would jeopardize the city's share of the state beer tax.
City-Owned Golf Courses: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the Town of Smyrna
Survey (Created: 10/31/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked several questions about their city-owned golf courses, including age, funding, green fees, and number of rounds of golf played in FY 2006.
Civic Center Event Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Civic Center Event Coordinator.
Civic Center Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Civic Center Manager.
Civil and Criminal Liability under TOSHA
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Although Tennessee municipalities are not directly subject to OSHA and OSHA standards, Tennessee's Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972 (TOSHA) does apply to municipal governments.
Civil Service Board Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

The Mayor and Board of Alderman must follow the wage scales, rosters and regulations established by the Civil Service Commission when making any decisions concerning a police officer's pay and position.
Civil Service: Some Pros, Cons and Suggestions for Reform
General (Created: 10/05/2006; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the pros and cons related to civil service and to offer suggestions for improvements.
Civilian Ride-Along Programs
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A civilian should meet certain eligibility requirements to participate in a municipal police department's ride-along program.
Clarification of Provisions of the Municipal Finance Officer Certification and Education Act of 2007
General (Created: 07/07/2010; Reviewed: July 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to explain CMFO options for the Town of Oakland.
Classified and Commercial Driver Licenses Chapter 1340-1-13
General (Created: 04/16/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Commercial driver licenses are not required for drivers operating emergency vehicles.
Classifying Employees in Labor and Management Categories
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/1991; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in classifying employees in labor and management categories.
Clean Cab Concept SOP Template
Form (Created: 06/01/2020; Reviewed: July 9, 2020 )

The purpose of this form is to provide guidelines for all fire department members to follow which will assist fire department personnel in protecting themselves from potential toxins and carcinogens by minimizing exposure from cross contamination through maintaining a "clean cab" environment.
Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Clerk.
Clerk III - Accountant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: August 9, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Clerk III Accountant.
Cleveland Beautification Survey
Survey (Created: 04/28/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

The Tree Board in Cleveland conducted this survey and had 442 responses.
Clinton, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 11/30/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the city's distribution of fire stations, determine if the locations are adequate, determine if a fire station or stations should be relocated, and determine the optimal location for an additional fire station. The scope of this study included review of distribution requirements in the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, NFPA requirements, and fire service best practices regarding deployment of resources.
Closed Meetings with City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/30/2007; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's governing body can meet with its attorney to discuss pending litigation without first holding a regular or special meeting that complies with the notice requirements of the Open Meetings Law.
Code Enforcement Notices and Forms
Form (Created: 07/18/2008; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

Notices for the inspection of property, for slum clearance, and for overgrown lots.
Code Enforcement Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/04/2005; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether persons who have the authority to issue ordinance citations and summonses are "police officers" within the meaning of the state law governing the appointment and training of police officers.
Code Enforcement on Buildings Partially Within City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/11/1996; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

Where a building is located partially in the city and partially in the county, does the city's building permit and inspection system apply to the entire building?
Code of Ethics for City Officials and Employees
General (Created: 08/21/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on a code of ethics and workplace bullying.
Code of Ethics Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/08/2006; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to put the model ethics policy into ordinance format for the Town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
Collecting State and Local Litigation Tax on Actions Filed in Municipal Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked when the city must collect state and local litigation tax on actions filed in municipal court.
Collection of Costs Related to Solid Waste
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a private act city could bill cost of solid waste regulation, collection and disposal under provision in TCA 67-5-301(c) that authorizes such costs collected as special assessment to property owner as provided in general law mayor aldermanic charter. That question lead to several other questions regarding the collection of costs related to solid waste regulation, collection and disposal by taxes, user fees, special assessment to property owner, and other charges, as provided by all three general law charters.
Collection of Fines and Costs While Decision is on Appeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/02/1993; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked what action the city can take against a pallet manufacturer who is in violation of the fire code.
Collection of Municipal Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how a municipal court can collect fines.
College Student Voter Registration
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Analyzes law governing the conditions under which students in colleges in Tennessee can register to vote in cities in the locations of their colleges.
Collegedale Building and Property Maintenance Study: A Guide for Building Construction and Property Maintenance Code Enforcement
(Created: 06/01/2012; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

This report summarizes the building inspection program and outlines recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspections and enforcement procedures, including recommended implementation provisions. This report includes recommended procedures for using the administrative hearing officer program and miscellaneous building and property maintenance code implementation forms.
Columbia, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 04/30/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer three questions: 1. Station 3 is obsolete: Where should Columbia relocate Station 3?; 2. Where should Columbia place its next fire station(s)?; and 3. What are the EMS drive time zones for each fire station?
Combined Annual Vacation, Sick, and Personal Leave Study
(Created: 04/02/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

This report reviews the history of the present combined leave policy of the city, outlines the present cost of the program and presents alternatives for the city's consideration.
Combining Two Utility Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether or not the City may merge the two utility boards currently in existence.
Commission Form of Government
General (Created: 06/22/2006; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to address the advantages and disadvantages associated with changing the City to a commission form of government.
Commissioner of Public Works
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Job description for the position of Commissioner of Public Works in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Commissioners Take Oath of Office from Person Not Qualified to Issue Oaths
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the legal status of city's officers who have been administered oath of office by person not authorized to administer such oaths.
Commissioning Fire Investigators
General (Created: 04/16/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a fire department should grant commissioned peace officer status to the department's fire investigators for conducting fire and arson investigations.
Committed Fund Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/15/2012; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

A model ordinance based on GASB 54 requirements that creates a committed fund balance in order to ensure fund availability for the purchase of a specific item.
Communication Director/Public Information Officer in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/01/2017; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Thirteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether the city employs a communication director/public information officer.
Communications Director (Gallatin, TN)
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

This job description was written for the Director for Administration & Communications in Gallatin, TN. The purpose of the position is to captivate and engage current and new audiences with the city.
Communications Equipment on Publicly Owned Facilities
Survey (Created: 11/30/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Fifteen cities were asked about leasing space on public facilities, such as water towers, to for-profit companies.
Community Center Lease Agreement
Form (Created: 01/14/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a lease agreement for the rental of the Town Community Center.
Community Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Community Development Director.
Community Improvements Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Community Improvements Coordinator.
Community Planner II
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Community Planner II.
Companies Who Can Do Compensation Studies
General (Created: 02/05/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

A list of consulting companies in the South/Southeast who can do compensation studies.
Compensation and Health Insurance for City Boards and Commissions
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/10/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS analyzed questions relating to compensation for various officials and for the provision of (and elimination of) health insurance to the city's officers and employees.
Compensation for Serving on Committees
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/1992; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen can compensate aldermen and others appointed to committees for their service as committee members.
Compensation of Police Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the ten minutes during which police officers attend mandatory roll-call can be calculated for the purposes of overtime compensation and what, if any, is the rate of compensation due non-exempt police officers for work between 160 and 171 hours when their work period is 28 days, and their regular schedule during that work period is 160 hours.
Compensation of the City Recorder
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/2005; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city recorder is entitled under Tennessee Law to compensation based on the collection of property taxes.
Compensation Policy Required by Law
General (Created: 04/02/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether cities are required by law to have a compensation policy.
Compensatory Time for FLSA-Exempt Employees
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey on compensatory time for FLSA-exempt employees, including the rate, the circumstances, pay out at separation from employment, cap on number of hours that can be accrued, and time frame in which compensatory time must be used.
Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 05/19/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist.
Composition and Authority of the City Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/11/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the composition of the board can be changed and whether the board has the authority to deny a beer permit to an applicant that meets the requirements set out in the beer ordinance
Comprehensive Fire Management Study Survey Form
Form (Created: 09/06/2011; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

A checklist for an MTAS Comprehensive Management Review (CMR) of fire organizations.
Condemnation of Property with Deed Restrictions or Covenants
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/2017; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if the city condemns property that has deed restrictions or covenants requiring that the property only be used for residential development, if such restrictions are lifted or nullified by the condemnation.
Conditions for the Return of a Biting Dog to Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/09/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked what options the city has under its animal control ordinance to impose some conditions on the return to the owner of an animal that bit a person and seriously injured him or her?
Conditions of Abandoning a Street
General (Created: 02/15/2011; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can abandon a street and what happens when a street is abandoned by a city.
Conditions of the Deed Abandoning the Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1993; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can attach conditions to the abandonment of the street.
Conditions Under Which the City Can Give Local Preference on Bids
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 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.
Conducted Energy Weapon (M26 Taser) Policy
General (Created: 06/26/2003; Reviewed: June 10, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to supply policies and procedures for police use of tasers.
Confidentiality of Certain Internal Investigative Notes/Reports
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/1997; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS researched the issue of whether the records of an internal investigation (non-criminal at this point) by the police department of one its employees is subject to the Tennessee Public Records Act or whether it falls within a statutory exception to the Act or is otherwise privileged against disclosure.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/07/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

This Conflict of Interest form should indicate whether the person has a financial or other interest or other interest in, or acts as an officer or a director of, any outside entity who's financial or other interests would reasonably appear to be affected by their work with the city.
Conflict of Interest Provision in City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/2009; Reviewed: June 10, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city charter could have a conflict of interest provision stronger than Tennessee's two conflicts of interest laws.
Conservation Easements on Recreational Property Owned by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/18/2011; Reviewed: June 10, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the provisions of T.C.A. apply to the execution of conservation easements on city-owned property.
Consolidation of City and County Governments: A Look at the History and Outcome-Based Research of These Efforts
General (Created: 08/21/2019; Reviewed: August 21, 2019 )

This research is available in the two attached documents on the history of consolidation and the pros and cons of consolidation.
Constitutionality of Changes to Home Rule City Charters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the changes to a City's home rule city charter, which are the product of a referendum by initiative of the voters, legal.
Construction and Garage Sales on Sundays
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/2006; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could prohibit or limit the hours of construction and of garage sales on Sunday.
Construction and Sale/Leaseback of Public Works Project by Municipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/10/1999; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the proposed school construction is a "public works project" and whether the municipality has ample authority to buy real property for a public works project and then lease such property to another governmental entity.
Construction Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/26/2007; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job descriptions for the position of construction inspector.
Construction without a Building Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2008; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain building within the city was legally constructed, and if the answer was no, what legal remedies were available to the city.
Continuation of a Nonconforming Commercial Use in a Residential Zoning District
General (Created: 11/14/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

A commercial building was constructed prior to the advent of zoning in the town; the proposed commercial use is a used car lot, but the present zoning is R-1.
Continued Medical Insurance at Retirement in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 10/07/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding whether retired employees are offered continued medical insurance.
Contract between City and Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/2009; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the application of Tennessee's Conflicts of Interest Law and the doctrine of Common Law Conflicts to an Alderman's contract with the City.
Contract Documents & Specifications for Residential Recyclable Materials Collection and Delivery
RFP (Created: 03/25/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

Includes an RFP, contractor's proposal, contract, and performance bond for the City of Maryville.
Contract Documents & Specifications for Wood Waste Pick-Up, Transporting and Processing/Disposal Services
RFP (Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

This project develops an RFP and investigates sources of disposal of wood waste from electrical line trimming operations.
Contract Documents and Specifications for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Service for Curbside Recycling, Transporting and Processing Services
RFP (Created: 06/07/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

An RFP for refuse and recycling collection.
Contract for Consolidated Law Enforcement
General (Created: 11/02/2004; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to review a police services contract with the county sheriff's office and created a new one.
Contract for the County to Maintain the City's Streets in Exchange for Payment
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/1990; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the county and the city have the legal right to enter into the contract for the former to maintain the latter's streets in exchange for payment for such maintenance.
Contract Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen can compel the mayor to sign a certain "contract."
Contract to Contribute to the National Guard Armory
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/2004; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city was liable on a contract to contribute to the national guard armory.
Contract with Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/21/2004; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about a proposed contract between the City (and other county municipalities) and the County Municipal Water District.
Contracted Towing Company Rates in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Eight Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if the police departments contract towing companies to haul away motor vehicles following traffic accidents.
Contraction/Deannexation of Property by Ordinance
General (Created: 02/26/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there can be spot deannexation of a parcel of land while leaving the other surrounding parcels inside the Town limits.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/1992; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city building inspector should issue a building permit for the construction of a certain restaurant in the city.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1992; Reviewed: March 6, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the contractors licensing law.
Contractors Sue the City for Breach of Contract and Quit Work on the Plant
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/1993; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

The city is faced with a lawsuit, a deadline from the State Department of Environment and Conservation as to when it must be in conformity with state environmental laws, and an unfinished sewer treatment plant.
Contractual Agreement for Wastewater Testing
Form (Created: 07/16/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write a contract to perform wastewater testing.
Contradictory Provisions of City Charter Related to Sidewalks
General (Created: 05/20/2005; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the owner or the city is required to construct sidewalks.
Convenience Petition
General (Created: 07/12/2005; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

A petition that the County Mayor find and declare that the public convenience and necessity require that the exclusive franchise of Claiborne Utility District, Claiborne County, Tennessee to provide wastewater service within the City of Harrogate 'City's' boundaries be modified.
Convention Center Management Agreement Among the Convention Center Corporation and John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc.
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

Contract regarding convention center management.
Converting Two Way Streets to One Way Streets
General (Created: 03/19/2007; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate city streets for conversion from two way to one way and to provide guidance on traffic flow, signage, and parking.
Conveyance of a Portion of the City Building to the Utility Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/19/2006; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could sell parts of a building to its various departments to satisfy the city's debt to the department.
Corridor Annexation
General (Created: 10/06/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a possible annexation of a right-of-way connecting the corporate limits to a larger piece of property outside the city, with no other property to be annexed along the right-of-way.
Cost of Maintaining Fire Hydrants
General (Created: 02/26/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the annual cost of maintaining fire hydrants.
Cost of Relocating a Water Line
General (Created: 08/17/2016; Reviewed: August 17, 2016 )

MTAS was asked who is responsible for the cost of relocating a water line, if the utility district owns the water line and the Town caused the relocation of the water line.
Cost of Training Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

Is the contract entered into by a city and a police officer for the reimbursement of cost of training to city in event officer quits before expiration of two-year term enforceable against the officer?
Cost Recovery of Hazardous Materials Clean-Up and Response
General (Created: 02/05/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide information on the cost recovery involving hazardous materials spills.
Costs of Multiple Charges
General (Created: 05/12/2003; Reviewed: July 1, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether an offender charged with two different charges on the same ticket is charged with two court costs or just one.
Councilmember Acting as City Judge, in Absence of Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2005; Reviewed: July 1, 2020 )

City council member who acted as special judge when city judge was unavailable in past, cannot continue to act as special judge after effective date of Municipal Court Reform Act, which has a section prohibiting city officials or employees from holding office as judge.
Councilmember Running for Mayor
General (Created: 02/12/2003; Reviewed: July 1, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a sitting councilmember can run for the office of Mayor without resigning his current council seat.
Counting Meal Time for Firefighters Towards Overtime Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2007; Reviewed: July 1, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about meal periods for firefighters who work shifts of less than 24 hours.
Counting of Board Votes
General (Created: 08/10/2004; Reviewed: July 1, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how a board vote of two for, one abstention, and one passing is to be recorded.
County Assessor Service Fee Survey
Survey (Created: 07/31/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017 )

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey about agreements with the county regarding the sharing of the costs of reappraisal of property within the city limits.
County Beer Permits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a county beer permit issued to beer establishments in the town are valid permits, and whether the town has the authority to regulate the hours of Sunday beer sales
County Funding of Roads
General (Created: 06/29/2016; Reviewed: June 30, 2016 )

MTAS was asked three questions: (1) Whether a county highway department is restricted in spending its gas tax revenues to only outside municipalities; (2) Whether a county can legally earmark a portion of county property taxes collected within a municipality to roads outside the municipality; and (3) Whether a county is required to have a public hearing before final passage of the budget.
County Gift of Real Property to a City
General (Created: 07/27/2005; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the county could give a parcel of land to the city.

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