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It's Not Too Late to Achieve a Good Census Count in Your Tennessee Municipality

An MTAS Hot Topic providing resources on the 2020 Census impact on local finances and resources for getting a message out encouraging participation in the decennial count.

2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance

A memo from MTAS on the 2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Program

Sample Agreement for Building Code Inspection Services Between Johnson City, TN and Elizabethton, TN

A sample agreement for the building inspector from Elizabethton, TN to enforce the NEC 2011 for Johnson City, TN on a temporary basis. Agreement includes terms for the hourly wage and mileage payments.

Sample Municipal Airport Minimum Standards

Sample municipal airport minimum standards shared by Rockwood, TN, Elizabethton, TN and Greeneville, TN.

Tennessee Open Meetings Act Violation

MTAS was asked how a governing body can cure a violation or alleged violation of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act (TOMA).

An Ordinance Adopting an Unclaimed Property Policy

A sample ordinance that can be used by any city or town in Tennessee that explains how officials can dispose of unclaimed property.

Mount Carmel Mayoral Analysis Report

MTAS was asked to weigh in on the possibility of Mount Carmel changing the term of the mayoral office from the current 4 years to 2 years.

Sample Ordinance to Change Board Meeting Dates

An ordinance that can be used by a city or town to authorize the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to set the date for their regular meetings.

Sample Ordinance to Increase Number of Beer Permits

An ordinance for use by a city or town in Tennessee to amend their municipal code by adding additional beer permits.

MTAS Guides To Water Systems for Tennessee Municipal Elected Officials

These six guides are part of a series created by MTAS for elected officials in Tennessee municipalities. Each guide is an overview of the tools used and the some of the requirements as specified by the State of Tennessee. Topics covered are corrosion, turbidity, microbiological issues, disinfection, disinfection byproducts and cross-connections.

Summary of 2020 Public Acts

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.

County to City Dispatch Charges Survey

MTAS surveyed eighteen cities whose E-911 communications are handled by the county they are located in. Representatives of each city were asked about service cost and the formula used to determine the charge for each city.

Ordinance for Disposal of Animal Waste

A municipal ordinance to amend Title 10, Chapter 2 of the Niota code regarding the disposal of animal waste.

Municipal Government Intern Job Description

A job description to be used by any city or town when creating and recruiting for a municipal government intern.

Resolution for Adopting Minimum Training Standards for Firefighters

MTAS Fire Consultant Steve Cross authored this resolution that can be used by any Tennessee city regarding the adoption of minimum training standards for firefighters.

Freedom to Protest: Guidance for Managing Demonstrations in Tennessee Towns and Cities

MTAS guidance on freedom of speech, freedom to assemble and how to handle demonstrations. This is a video resource. (Created June 25, 2020; 7:07 minutes in length)

Tennessee Fire Department Personnel Survey

Ten Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding the staffing numbers in their fire departments.

Longevity Pay Benefits in Selected Tennessee Cities

A survey of selected cities regarding whether they offer a longevity pay benefits and details on how that is provided.

Town of Mount Carmel Certified Municipal Finance Officer Job Description

Job description for the position of Certified Municipal Finance Officer for the Town of Mount Carmel, Tennessee.

Building Inspectors in Selected Tennessee Cities

A survey of selected cities regarding whether they have a building inspector on staff, and if not, do they contract for those services.

Clean Cab Concept SOP Template

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.

Personal Safety for Fire Investigators

A standard operating guideline is recommended for all fire investigators or those involved in the duties of fire and explosion scene investigations.

TCMA Member Forum Discussion on Fiscal Year 2021 Pay Increases

Twenty Tennessee cities responded to a survey regarding whether or not there would be any pay increases for city employees in FY 2021.

City Manager Salary for Selected Tennessee Cities

The MTAS Research and Information Center staff surveyed thirteen Tennessee cities to gain information on city manager compensation and whether or not that job is a contracted position.

City Managers in Selected Tennessee Cities

Thirteen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding their city manager salaries.

Chainsaw Use Standard Operating Procedure Template

Dennis Wolf created this template for Tennessee fire departments to use for training firefighters to use a chainsaw in the course of their work.

A Short Review of Water and Wastewater Rates and Fees

A review of important variables that influence the setting of rates and fees associated with water and wastewater services in Tennessee municipalities.

Water System Capacity Development--Business Plan (Financial Self-Assessment Manual)

A worksheet for water systems to assess their financial situation through looking at income versus expenses over a three year period. This document was developed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Water Supply. It is available here as a supplement to the MTAS guide titled "A Short Review of Water and Wastewater Rates and Fees."

Payment of "Hazard Pay" During COVID-19 Pandemic in Selected Cities in Tennessee

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding whether or not their employees are eligible for hazard pay during a crisis or emergency declaration.

Use of Hydrogen Peroxide for Coronavirus Disinfection

MTAS received an inquiry about the use of hydrogen peroxide as a disinfecting agent for the coronavirus as an option to bleach because of bleach’s corrosive potential and irritating odor. MTAS researched this question and provides the following information. MTAS does not recommend or endorse any product, and the products mentioned here are for illustration only. MTAS recommends that municipalities do their own research and select products and procedures that meet local needs.