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Cable Franchise Fees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 05/01/2003; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked how much they pay for cable franchise fees and who provides their cable service.
Cable Television Coordinator : A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS -- Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

Cities were asked if they have a cable television coordinator and the salary range for that position.
Cable Television Franchises and Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/2000; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked if a city can regulate cable television rates.
CAD GIS Analyst 1
Job Description (Created: 10/26/2004; Reviewed: April 30, 2008 )

Job description for a CAD GIS Analyst.
CAD GIS Analyst 2
Job Description (Created: 10/26/2004; Reviewed: April 30, 2008 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a new board of mayor and aldermen could fire the recorder.
Can Cities Surrender Their Zoning Powers by Interlocal Agreement?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/2006; Reviewed: August 20, 2018 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can make appropriations to nonprofit organizations and, if so, what is the proper procedure.
Can the City Make Driving While Using a Cell Phone a Municipal Offense, Where the Use of a Cell Phone While Driving is Not Otherwise a State Driving Offense?
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/2012; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can veto the appointment by the board to fill the office of alderman.
Can the State Pass General Laws in Conflict with a Home Rule Charter?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/04/1991; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

The City has a home rule charter that calls for an appointed school board while the Governor's proposed school legislation mandates an elected school board.
Cancellation of a Utility Easement
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/10/1995; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the release of a utility easement should be accomplished by ordinance.
Candidate Running for Two Municipal Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/2010; Reviewed: June 2, 2010 )

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: December 19, 2016 )

Members of county and city school boards of education must be residents of and elected from the districts they represent.
Canine Expenses Paid for by Drug Fund
General (Created: 10/23/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Drug funds may be used to pay for the expenses associated with caring for the drug dog.
Canine Team Policy
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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.
Capital Asset Accounting System
(Created: 09/05/2006; Reviewed: September 5, 2006 )

This publication provides direction in accounting for and properly reporting assets in governmental funds.
Capital Asset Accounting System
(Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: September 5, 2006 )

This publication provides direction in accounting for and properly reporting assets in governmental funds.
Capital Asset Accounting System (2007)
(Created: 08/29/2007; Reviewed: February 17, 2010 )

This publication provides direction in accounting for and properly reporting assets in governmental funds.
Capital Asset Accounting System (2010)
(Created: 08/18/2010; Reviewed: August 18, 2010 )

This publication provides direction in accounting for and properly reporting assets in governmental funds.
Capital Budgeting: MTAS/CGT Course Participant Manual
General (Created: 08/01/1990; Reviewed: August 20, 2018 )

This participant manual from an MTAS/CGT course contains information and worksheets to help you learn how to implement a capital budgeting program.
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.
Career Ladder Survey
Survey (Created: 12/31/2009; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked several questions related to career ladder programs.
Carroll County (TN) Non-resident Voting Cities
General (Created: 08/28/2018; Reviewed: December 12, 2019 )

MTAS responded to question from an UT County Technical Assistance Service consultant regarding the non-resident voting rights for cities in Carroll County, Tennessee.
Caryville Municipal Code Personnel Policies and Procedures
General (Created: 05/29/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Personnel policies and procedures for the City of Caryville.
Case Law on Police Liability for the Use of Mace and Other Aerosol Defensive Weapons
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/22/1993; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about case law on police liability for the use of mace and other aerosol defensive weapons.
Cashier
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: February 16, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Cashier for the Utilities Department.
Casualty/Liability Insurance Bid
RFP (Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: March 14, 2006 )


Caught in the Middle of Leadership
General (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

Middle management in the fire service can be quite a balancing act.
Cell Phone Policies: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 12/08/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked questions about their cell phone policies for their employees.
Cell Phone Use Policy
General (Created: 01/01/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A policy covering the use of cellular telephones by municipal personnel.
Cellular Phone Request for Proposal
RFP (Created: 08/01/1999; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

RFP to provide cellular telephone service, equipment (replacements as needed), and maintenance for approximately 105 mobile phones in use by various City departments, including the Murfreesboro Police Department.
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)
Census Counts (1990)
General (Created: 08/28/1990; Reviewed: January 28, 2010 )

In 1990, cities were required to contest a low census count within fifteen days of receipt of the population figures by registered mail.
Census Figures Help Cities Redistrict
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

Description of the processes involved in redistricting due to census figures.
Census Figures Help Cities Redistrict (2008)
(Created: 10/23/2008; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

Description of the processes involved in redistricting due to census figures.
Census Figures Help Cities Redistrict (2011)
(Created: 03/25/2011; Reviewed: March 21, 2011 )

This publication describes the process involved in redistricting due to census figures.
Census Figures Help Cities Redistrict (2011)
(Created: 04/29/2011; Reviewed: May 3, 2011 )

This publication describes the process involved in redistricting due to census figures.
Central Business Improvement District (CBID)
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/08/1998; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the Central Business Improvement District (CBID) is a taxing district.
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.
Certification of Radar Operators
General (Created: 08/26/2003; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked if there is any state law or regulation requiring police officers to be certified in radar operation.
Certification Pay: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/1999; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

Cities were asked if incentive pay was given to employees who attained certification in a job-related or other field, or for earning an associate or Bachelor's degree.
Certification Requirements for Municipal Clerks and City Recorders
General (Created: 06/03/2003; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked questions regarding certification requirements for municipal clerks and recorders.
Certified Building Inspector
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/2003; Reviewed: January 19, 2007 )

MTAS was asked whether a city must employ a certified building inspector for code enforcement.
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 8, 2017 )

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.
Chairperson of Municipal Airport Authority Also Working for the Airport Fixed Base Operator
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1993; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a conflict of interest for the chairperson of the municipal airport authority to also work for the airport fixed base operator.
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.
Challenge of Municipal Election
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/30/2003; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

Although it is a violation of the Tennessee Code for an elected official to serve as a registrar in an election, such circumstances will not lead to an invalidation of the election results.
Chancery Court Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/2002; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney can hold the position of chancery court judge.
Change of Election Date
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/13/1997; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the correct procedure for changing the current election date in a town from May until some other date.
Change of Salary During the Term for the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/20/1992; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a Private Act City could change the salary for the Mayor during the term of office.
Changes Affecting the I-9 Form
(Created: 01/08/2008; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

When employers complete the employee verifications, they must use the Form I-9 with a revision date of June 5, 2007, for all employees hired on or after Nov. 7, 2007, as well as for any existing employee who requires re-verification.
Changes Affecting the I-9 Form (2005)
(Created: 01/24/2005; Reviewed: August 16, 2007 )

New legislation (H.R. 4306) makes some modification to the documents acceptable to verify employability under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
Changes in Federal and State Lodging Reimbursement Rates for Travel
(Created: 09/13/2007; Reviewed: September 14, 2007 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state lodging reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in Federal and State Reimbursement Rates for Travel
(Created: 12/19/2005; Reviewed: )

Summary of changes in the federal and state reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in Federal and State Reimbursement Rates for Travel
(Created: 05/15/2000; Reviewed: August 30, 2007 )

Reimbursement rates for Federal & State Travel
Changes in Federal and State Reimbursement Rates for Travel (2008)
(Created: 09/18/2008; Reviewed: September 22, 2008 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state lodging and meals reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in Federal and State Reimbursement Rates for Travel (2009)
(Created: 09/15/2009; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state lodging and meals reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in Federal and State Reimbursement Rates for Travel (2010)
(Created: 10/26/2010; Reviewed: November 1, 2010 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state lodging and meals reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in Federal and State Reimbursement Rates for Travel (2012)
(Created: 05/22/2012; Reviewed: June 5, 2012 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state lodging and meals reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in Federal Reimbursement Rates for Travel
(Created: 01/12/2001; Reviewed: September 6, 2001 )

Details increases in federal and state reimbursement rates for business miles driven.
Changes in Federal Reimbursement Rates for Travel
(Created: 12/20/2001; Reviewed: March 18, 2002 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in Federal Reimbursement Rates for Travel
(Created: 09/09/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2005 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in Federal Reimbursement Rates for Travel
(Created: 12/08/2003; Reviewed: December 8, 2003 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in Federal Reimbursement Rates for Travel
(Created: 12/18/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2002 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state reimbursement rates for travel.
Changes in the Rate and Distribution of the Business Tax Effective September 1, 2002
(Created: 08/21/2002; Reviewed: July 18, 2006 )

2002 Tenn. Pub. Acts 856 (the Tax Reform Act of 2002) amends the business tax law, requiring businesses to pay fifty percent more in taxes when renewing business licenses.
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.
Changes to Peddlers and Solicitors Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2001; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to review a city's peddlers and solicitors ordinance.
Changes To the 1983 Purchasing Law
(Created: 06/30/2006; Reviewed: October 22, 2007 )

During the 2006 legislative session, the General Assembly amended this law to broaden its coverage and to authorize cities to increase the dollar amount for which advertising and competitive bidding is required.
Changes to the Cooperative Purchasing Agreement Law
(Created: 09/02/2010; Reviewed: September 2, 2010 )

During the 2010 legislative session, the General Assembly amended the state's purchasing law to give cities limited authority to enter into cooperative purchasing agreements with local governments that are located out of state.
Changes to the State and Local Sales and Use Tax Return: Effective July 15, 2002
(Created: 08/05/2002; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

Because the sales tax rate increase became effective July 15, 2002, reporting sales may be complicated due to the fact that a municipality may have taxable sales from July 1-14 at the old state rate of 6% and sales from July 15-31 at the new state rate of 7%.
Changes to the Tennessee Municipal Purchasing Law of 1983 (2007)
(Created: 06/29/2007; Reviewed: June 29, 2007 )

This session the state legislature enacted Public Chapter No. 84, removing the universal application language of the 2006 bill and returning the applicability of the Municipal Purchasing Law to its original scope.
Changing a City's Election Date From October Back to September
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/1994; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can change its election date from October back to September.
Changing an Employee's Employment Status
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2009; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS analyzed several questions related to legal implications associated with changing a certain employee's employment status.
Changing City Attorney to Two Year Appointment and City Manager Review in Public Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/03/2018; Reviewed: December 12, 2019 )

MTAS responds to questions regarding how to change the city charter to place the city attorney on a two year appointment similar to the city judge and then whether the city manager review must be done in a public meeting.
Changing Election Dates
General (Created: 12/21/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to change a city's election date to correspond with the county election in August.
Changing Election Dates and Terms
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/17/2001; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to review proposals for changing the date of city elections to the date of general state elections in November of even-numbered years
Changing the Agenda of a Special Meeting During the Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/2006; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council can change the agenda of a special meeting during the meeting.
Changing the City's Personnel Policy to At Will Employment
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1993; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether changing the city's personnel policy to at will employment will have an adverse impact upon a suit by a police officer for unlawful termination.
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.
Changing the Number of Members on the Board of the County Solid Waste Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1996; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the County Solid Waste Authority can change the number of members on the board.
Changing the Status of the Department Heads to Serve at the Will and Pleasure of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/1996; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may change the status of the department heads to serve "at the will and pleasure" of the Mayor.
Charges for Copies of Accident Reports and Incident Reports
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/2012; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

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 a Franchise Fee
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/2005; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could charge a franchise fee to an electrical utility that provides the city with electric service, when the franchise, which contained no provision for a franchise fee, expired many years ago, and both parties had continued to operate under same terms as the old franchise.
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 Amendment for Vacancies
Resolution (Created: 02/21/2005; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a charter amendment for vacancies in the office of Mayor or Councilmember.
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 Commission Letter
General (Created: 08/11/2003; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether citizens should be encouraged to contact elected officials or city staff in responding to service requests and problems, whether the council should be increased from 7 to 9 members to allow more contact by council with citizens, and what are the advantages of a popularly elected mayor vs. a mayor elected by the council.
Charter County Form of Government
(Created: 06/01/2011; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information about the home rule charter county form of government.
Charter of the Town of Normandy, Tennessee
General (Created: 05/29/2001; Reviewed: January 15, 2010 )

Charter of the Town of Normandy, Tennessee with accompanying letter.
Charter Provision Barring a Municipal Officer Ousted from Office from Forever Holding Another Municipal Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1990; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a charter provision barring a municipal officer ousted from office from forever holding another municipal office.
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.
Charter Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/05/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a residency requirement for certain officers added to the charter is enforceable against persons employed by the city before it was adopted, whether it may be enforced now 3 years later, and whether this constitutes "cause" for dismissal as required for these positions.
Charter Revision of the City of Winchester, Tennessee
General (Created: 01/11/2011; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with the revision of the Charter for the City of Winchester
Charter Surrender
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/13/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

An elected official contacted MTAS to inquire about a private act city surrendering its charter.
Charters Change for Three Types of General Law Cities
(Created: 04/04/1995; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

Effective immediately upon its signing Mar. 17 by Gov. Sundquist, a new law made two significant changes in the uniform city manager-commission charter.
Chattanooga Police Department Staff Reduction Study
(Created: 04/02/2002; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to do a study of police staffing, which resulted in a recommendation for considerable staff reductions in light of the City's need to reduce costs in order to balance the budget.
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 of Police Selection Process
General (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Step-by-step approach to the selection of a chief of police.
Chief of Police Selling Vending Machine Items to the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/25/1992; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a conflict of interest for the chief of police to sell vending machine items to the city.
Chief Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of chief wastewater plant operator.
Chief Water Plant Operator.
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

Job description for the position of chief water 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: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a citation form to be used by the city for offenses that are not traffic related.
Citation to Court for Traffic Violation Using Unmanned Camera
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The city has asked whether a municipality has the authority to cite someone to court for violations identified using unmanned traffic enforcement cameras.
Citations in Lieu of Arrest and Ordinance Summonses
General (Created: 10/28/1999; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

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: January 3, 2017 )

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 Providing Matching Contributions for Deferred Benefit -- Plans for Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by -- the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

Ten cities were asked about the match ratio and limits on the amount of contribution made by the city.
Cities Required to Extend Health Insurance Coverage to Former Employees and Dependents
(Created: 02/13/2003; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

The COBRA law creates an opportunity for people to retain health insurance by requiring employers to extend the coverage that the employee or dependent had immediately before qualifying for continuation coverage.
Cities That Allow Non-Resident Voting
Survey (Created: 02/06/2017; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

In a search of the MTAS charters database and commercially-produced charters, forty cities that allow non-resident voting were identified. Information about how the mayor is elected and the voting rights of the mayor was also collected.
Cities That List Agendas and Minutes on Their Websites
General (Created: 04/12/2004; Reviewed: March 5, 2007 )

MTAS was asked to identify which cities list agendas and minutes on their websites.
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.
Cities' Ability to Offer Cable Service as Joint Venture
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/2003; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may create and operate a cable television franchise.
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.
Citizen Can Attempt Change of Private Act Charter
General (Created: 02/12/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

State law provides that any citizen can submit a private act charter change proposal to the State Legislature.
Citizen Initiatives, Home Rule Charters, and Possible Modifications to Private Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/1991; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding citizen initiatives, home rule charters, and possible modifications to a private act.
Citizens Cited for Municipal Ordinance Violations Who Refuse to Appear in City Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/1993; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

MTAS was asked what the city could do about citizens who had been cited for municipal ordinance violations who refused to appear in city court.
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 Alderman Running for a County Commission Seat
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/1993; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city alderman may run for a county commission seat and retain his aldermanic seat.
City and County Distance Regulations for Beer Permits
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/27/1994; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether beer permit applicants must meet only city, and not county, distance regulations.
City Appropriations to the YMCA
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/1999; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding the city's annual gift to the YMCA.
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 as a Member of the Chamber of Commerce
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/10/1993; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can be a member of the Chamber of Commerce, which membership costs the city $350 per year.
City as Exclusive Electric Provider Within the Corporate Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/2006; Reviewed: September 22, 2011 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can take over the electric service in the city from an electrical cooperative.
City Asked to Issue a Capital Outlay Note to Pay Its Bill for the Design of a Sewer Project That the City Killed
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/20/1990; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can issue a capital outlay note to pay its bill for the design of a sewer project that the city killed.
City Assumes Operation of the Presently Quasi-Independent Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/2010; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

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 Attorney and City Judge Work for the Same Law Firm and Have Offices Next Door to Each Other
(Created: 02/21/2000; Reviewed: March 1, 2006 )

An article answering questions about negative consequences because of this private-sector association.
City Attorney and City Manager Survey
Survey (Created: 05/11/2016; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

Twenty cities were asked whether they have a city attorney, paralegals, and a city manager, as well as questions about the city attorney's annual budget and salary, plus, if the city manager has a contract.
City Attorney Representing Person from Whom City Police Seized Motor Vehicle
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/2008; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney had a conflict of interest when he represented persons in motor vehicle seizures made by city police officers.
City Authority over Housing Authority Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/2011; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

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: April 21, 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 Can Function as a General Contractor
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/23/1993; Reviewed: July 6, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can itself function as a "general contractor" in building an addition to its own school.
City Can Require Developers to Dedicate a Portion of Each Development to the City for Park Land
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/1993; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could require developers to dedicate a portion of each development to the city for park land or if a fee in lieu of dedication could be charged.
City Can Require the County to Obtain Permits for Sewer Extensions and Can Charge the County for Such Permits
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the County can provide sewer service inside the city without the city's permission and whether the city can charge the County any kind of fees or charges to provide sewer service inside the city.
City Cemetery Policies and Charges: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 06/01/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked what their policies and charges are for cremains and infant burial plots.
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 Explained for Newly Elected Councilmember
General (Created: 08/19/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

The purpose of the city charter is briefly explained for a newly elected councilmember.
City Charter Signatures
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/25/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if signatures on a charter are directory or mandatory.
City Clerks and Recorders Certification Regulations Summarized
(Created: 10/17/1994; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

Chapter 648 of the Public Acts of 1994 adds a new law requiring municipal clerks and recorders to become certified by completing 100 hours of education.
City Commissioner / Bail Bondsman
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2001; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

Is it legal for a city commissioner to be a bail bondsman?
City Commissioner Obtaining Scrap Asphalt from the County
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/20/1994; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable for "scrap asphalt" obtained by a city commissioner from the county.
City Commissioner or City Recorder Serving as Volunteer Firefighter
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/2006; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

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: March 6, 2017 )

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 Appointing One of Its Members Acting City Administrator
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/2007; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city council may appoint one of its own members acting city administrator.
City Council Control over Appropriations to, and Expenditures of, the County Chamber of Commerce
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/18/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how much control the city council can exercise over appropriations to, and expenditures of, the County Chamber of Commerce.
City Council Meetings
Ordinance (Created: 04/03/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to develop a policy for the city council of Madisonville to regulate and manage its meetings as an amendment to the municipal code.
City Council Rules of Procedure
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/15/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council did appoint a certain person as police chief.
City Council Serving as School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2008; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the city council acting as the school board and their noncompliance with Title 49.
City Council to Make Promotions of Police Officers from the Civil Service Eligibility List
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/1997; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council can make promotions of police officers from the civil service eligibility list following its refusal to follow the recommendations of the chief of police and after the chief of police withdraws his recommendations.
City Council Vacancy
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/2000; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the necessity of filling a city council vacancy.
City Council Vote
General (Created: 05/14/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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 Councilman Working for the City Power Board to be the Union Steward Who Negotiates for the Union Against the Utility
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/1992; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a conflict of interest for a city councilman who works for the City Power Board to be the union steward who negotiates for the union against the utility.
City Councilmember Conflict of Interest
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: January 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a prohibited conflict of interest for a newly-elected city council member to continue to repair equipment owned by the Water, Wastewater and Gas Board
City Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to make the city court clerk's position an appointive one.
City Court Hearings and City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/1993; Reviewed: October 21, 2005 )

MTAS was asked whether the city court can hear municipal ordinance violations and public drunkenness cases, and whether there is any legal drawback to the mayor or aldermen being city judge.
City Court Judgments Are Not Stayed During Appeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/06/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the judgment of a city court is suspended pending appeal.
City Courts
General (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

City judge is dismissing court cases without charging court costs.
City Donation to a Charitable Organization
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/09/2003; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

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 Election Expenses for FY 98/99: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 11/01/1999; Reviewed: July 18, 2006 )

Cities were asked how much they spent on city elections for FY 98/99?
City Employee Positions and Salaries: An E-mail Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Johnson City
Survey (Created: 02/17/2003; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

Seven cities were asked about several municipal employee positions, whether they are exempt or non-exempt and a salary range for each.
City Employee Refuses to Sign the Authorization for Alcohol and Drug Testing Consent Form
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/1996; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city employee is entitled to refuse to sign the Authorization for Alcohol and Drug Testing Consent form.
City Employee Volunteering as a Reserve Police Officer
General (Created: 03/16/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city employee 'volunteering' his/her time as a reserve police officer.
City Employees as Councilmembers
General (Created: 01/31/2000; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether city employees are eliglible to run for and hold office as city councilmembers.
City Engineering Department Fees Survey for the City of Maryville: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 11/01/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about requiring permits and fees for retaining walls, right-of-way excavation, temporary street closure, temporary sidewalk closure, and stormwater.
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 Entering into a Lease/Purchase Agreement Without Obtaining Approval from the State Director of Local Finance
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/1998; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may enter into a lease/purchase agreement for the installation and eventual purchase of certain lighting poles and fixtures without having to obtain approval from the state director of local finance.
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: September 24, 2018 )

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 Government Donations to Boys' and Girls' Clubs: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Sevierville
Survey (Created: 09/01/2003; Reviewed: February 16, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked the amount of funding they donate to the Girls' and Boys' Clubs, as well as the number of years of commitment.
City Hall Building Plans
Survey (Created: 10/01/2001; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

Cities were asked the age, the number of square feet, and the cost per square foot of their city hall.
City Hotel-Motel Tax Rates as of June 2006
Survey (Created: 08/23/2006; Reviewed: February 25, 2008 )

A survey of fifty cities provides hotel-motel tax rates, based on 2005 information.
City Hotel-Motel Tax Rates as of September 2007
Survey (Created: 09/01/2007; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

A survey of fifty-eight cities provides hotel-motel tax rates, including 2005, 2006, and 2007 information.
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: June 26, 2017 )

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: June 26, 2017 )

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: June 26, 2017 )

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: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city judge could refrain from taking office until eight months after the election.
City Judges: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/1999; Reviewed: March 1, 2002 )

Cities were asked if they have a city judge, whether the judge is appointed or elected, if the judge has general sessions powers or duties other than conducting court, and salary.
City Laid Sewer Service Lines on Property It Had Not Condemned
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/31/1995; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has any defense to a complaint filed against the city alleging that the city laid sewer service lines on property it had not condemned.
City Liability and Authority in Private Gated Subdivisions
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/1995; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding the issues involved in allowing private, secured subdivisions.
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
Job Description (Created: 10/19/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Manager.
City Manager
Job Description (Created: 05/14/1998; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Manager
City Manager
Job Description (Created: 03/01/1999; Reviewed: July 24, 2008 )

Job description for the position of City Manager.
City Manager Car Allowance
Survey (Created: 08/31/2013; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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 Contracts
Survey (Created: 01/01/2001; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

Survey asking cities if the position of City Manager or City Administrator has a contract and a severance package.
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
Form (Created: 06/01/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a form for the evaluation of a city manager.
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: 01/01/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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 Evaluation Forms
Form (Created: 04/03/2015; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide several examples of evaluation instruments for the position of city manager.
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 Political Activity
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/15/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a city manager who endorses candidates for city commission.
City Manager Salaries and Benefits: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/1999; Reviewed: November 29, 2006 )

MTAS surveyed thirteen cities about the salary and benefits package for their 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 May Charge Differential Rates Within the City So Long As the Rates Are Reasonable
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1993; Reviewed: October 2, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can charge different, higher sewer and water rates to certain areas of the City and charge a twenty-five percent surcharge to connect to the municipal water and sewer system in this same area.
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: May 15, 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 Alcoa 2011 Plan, Community Goals Setting, Environmental Scan
(Created: 05/20/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

The purpose of this report is to provide data for use by the functional task forces as they seek to develop a long-term series of goals, objectives, and strategic actions for achieving these, for the City of Alcoa.
City of Alcoa Conflict of Interest Policy
General (Created: 05/20/2002; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write a conflict of interest policy.
City of Alcoa Cost Containment or Reduction Study
(Created: 03/01/1993; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

This study has attempted to review the City of Alcoa's operations and offer suggestions regarding alternative ways of maintaining services for less cost.
City of Algood, Tennessee Employee Handbook
General (Created: 04/19/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An employee handbook for the City of Algood.
City of Athens Fire Department Management and Operations Study
(Created: 02/27/1997; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

This fire study was conducted so that recommendations could be made on ways and methods of providing the highest possible level of fire protection in the most cost effective manner consistent with modern technology.
City of Bartlett Personnel Policies and Administrative Procedures Guide
General (Created: 03/27/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review and revise the personnel policies for the City of Bartlett.
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 Bluff City Request for Proposals for Automated Fixed Speed Photo Enforcement Program
RFP (Created: 01/29/2009; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

An RFP for speed limit control cameras.
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 Bristol Code Enforcement Study
(Created: 02/01/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

This study focuses on a few basic code enforcement functions: deteriorated structures, weedy lots, junk vehicles, and clutter (accumulations on properties).
City of Chattanooga Division of Codes & Inspection
(Created: 01/18/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to do an inspection and codes division organizational study.
City of Chattanooga Fire Department Management Study
(Created: 06/30/1997; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

MTAS was asked to conduct the first comprehensive fire study of the Chattanooga Fire Department.
City of Chattanooga Fleet Study
(Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: June 17, 2017 )

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 Chattanooga/Hamilton County Solid Waste Task Force
(Created: 07/31/1999; Reviewed: June 4, 2015 )

This document summarizes the key findings of the task force: a review of current collection and recycling operations; disposal practices and costs; information on waste to energy disposal; materials handling; source reduction; composting; and paying for collection and disposal of solid waste.
City of Clarksville Combined Management Study
(Created: 03/01/2000; Reviewed: August 14, 2017 )

This strategic plan may serve as the foundation for Mission Driven Budgeting, allowing individual departments to build their mission, core functions, goals, objectives, and performance measures so they align with the city's strategic plan.
City of Cleveland Finance Department Banking Service Proposal
RFP (Created: 02/28/2001; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

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 Cleveland Fire Department Management and Operations Study
(Created: 02/08/1996; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

This fire study was conducted so that recommendations could be made on ways and methods of providing the highest possible level of fire protection in the most cost effective manner consistent with modern technology.
City of Columbia Fire Department Management and Operations Study
(Created: 03/05/1996; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

This fire study was conducted so that recommendations could be made on ways and methods of providing the highest possible level of fire protection in the most cost effective manner consistent with modern technology.
City of Columbia Grease Control Program
(Created: 06/19/2007; Reviewed: May 1, 2008 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a grease and oil control program for the wastewater collection system.
City of Columbia Growth and Development Review Process
(Created: 03/11/2008; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

This Report reviews the city's growth and development review process including engineering, planning and zoning, and building and property maintenance inspection.
City of Columbia Solid Waste Collection
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: July 17, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the City of Columbia's solid waste residential and commercial collection operations and make recommendations for improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
City of Cowan Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
General (Created: 10/13/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to update the city's drug and alcohol testing policies.
City of Crossville, Tennessee 2019-2020 Strategic Planning Retreat
Report/Study (Created: 06/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The City of Crossville held a strategic planning retreat at Cumberland Mountain State Park on May 16, 2019. The purpose was to develop four (4) goals for fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.
City of Dover Fire Department Management and Operations Study
(Created: 10/07/1995; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

This fire study was conducted so that recommendations could be made on ways and methods of providing the highest possible level of fire protection in the most cost effective manner consistent with modern technology.
City of Dresden Fire Department Fire Management Study
(Created: 12/10/1993; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study provides several recommendations to enhance fire protection for the City.
City of East Ridge Fire Protection Alternatives Study
(Created: 04/23/1993; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study presents six fire protection alternatives that may improve fire services for the City
City of East Ridge Solid Waste Collection Study
(Created: 04/02/2002; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide an evaluation of a solid waste collection system with recommendations for modifying collection frequency, methodology, and funding.
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 Fairview Contract Documents & Specifications for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Service
(Created: 05/30/2011; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information on options for solid waste collection/disposal.
City of Fairview Strategic Plan
(Created: 01/17/2011; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

This report will review the SWOT Analysis, goals and objectives and the mission and vision statements developed, and will list prioritized goals with specific objectives for achieving the identified goals.
City of Fairview Street Department Review
(Created: 03/28/2011; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide a review of the Street Dept. for the City of Fairview.
City of Fairview's Personnel Rules and Regulations
General (Created: 04/26/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A personnel manual for employees of the City of Fairview.
City of Fayetteville Sales Tax Referendum (Draft Report)
(Created: 11/07/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Education program for promoting the sales tax referendum.
City of Fayetteville Sanitation Study
(Created: 09/22/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness for the City of Fayetteville's residential and commercial solid waste collection operations and to advise on rate schedules.
City of Fayetteville Strategic Plan
(Created: 10/31/2011; Reviewed: November 10, 2011 )

This report summarizes the prioritized goals and objectives developed from the SWOT analysis and the mission and vision statements of the city.
City of Gallatin Economic Development Review
(Created: 08/31/2007; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with an economic development review for the City of Gallatin.
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 Gatlinburg Vehicle Replacement Study
(Created: 04/30/2011; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

The City of Gatlinburg requested that MTAS develop a vehicle study and replacement funding plan for city vehicles/equipment.
City of Goodlettsville Engineering and Public Works Departments
(Created: 09/30/2010; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review the organizational structure, management and leadership, staffing levels, operational practices and overall efficiency of the Engineering Services and Public Works departments and make recommendations for improvements.
City of Harrogate Purchasing Procedures
General (Created: 04/05/2002; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

Puchasing procedures with the mayor acting as the purchasing agent for the city.
City of Harrogate Revenue Study
(Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was requested to conduct a revenue study for the City of Harrogate in order to provide information on the current levels of revenue generated by the city, identify the maximum levels that could legally be charged, and identify potential new sources of revenue.
City of Harrogate Travel Policy
General (Created: 04/08/2002; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to write regulations to govern travel on official business for the City of Harrogate and which would apply to all city personnel and elected and appointed officials.
City of Huntingdon Fire Protection Enhancement Study
(Created: 05/06/1993; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study provides several recommendations to enhance fire protection 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 Jellico Solid Waste Study and Equipment Replacement Ordinance
(Created: 11/14/2003; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

This solid waste study includes an ordinance establishing a solid waste vehicle and equipment replacement program.
City of Johnson City Organizational Structure Analysis
(Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a study of the organizational structure of Johnson City.
City of Johnson City Structure of Utilities Review
(Created: 06/15/2005; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to take a look at the structure of the Johnson City Water and Sewer Services Department.
City of Knoxville Division of Building Permit Review and Inspections Operations Assessment
(Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

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: February 22, 2010 )

An RFP for the City of Knoxville to provide life and disability insurance to all eligible employees.
City of LaVergne
General (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

Water and sewer billing for apartment buildings with one main meter should also include a charge per unit.
City of LaVergne Fire Department Management Study
(Created: 06/17/2014; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a comprehensive fire study of the LaVergne Fire Department.
City of Lawrenceburg Public Works Organization Review
(Created: 01/28/2011; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review the provision of public services typically provided by a public works department and recommend an organizational structure that would be more efficient and less costly for the city to operate.
City of Lawrenceburg Solid Waste Study
(Created: 03/15/2008; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review the application of solid waste rates and fees, review revenue and costs, and review the feasibility of using fully automated equipment for solid waste collection.
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 Lexington Fire Protection Enhancement Study
(Created: 03/30/1993; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

This fire study was conducted so that recommendations could be made on ways and methods of providing the highest possible level of fire protection in the most cost effective manner consistent with modern technology.
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 Manchester Fire Department Management and Operations Study
(Created: 01/27/1997; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

This fire study was conducted so that recommendations could be made on ways and methods of providing the highest possible level of fire protection in the most cost effective manner consistent with modern technology.
City of Manchester Water and Wastewater Rate Evaluation
(Created: 07/01/2001; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the water and wastewater financial operations for the City of Manchester.
City of Maryville Hazard Communication and Right-to-Know Program
General (Created: 04/25/2007; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

The purpose of this program is to ensure that information concerning the hazards of all chemicals in the workplace is transmitted to employees.
City of Maryville, TN Information Technology Support Report
(Created: 04/15/2003; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

A report that reviews the technology support functions, makes recommendations for improvements, and establishes benchmarks for performance for its information technology program.
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 McMinnville Codes Enforcement Nuts and Bolts
General (Created: 02/19/2004; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

The City should provide for effective administration of codes and should take steps to improve the code enforcement program.
City of McMinnville, Tennessee, Personnel Policies and Procedures
General (Created: 09/10/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

These policies and procedures have been prepared to provide orderly and uniform policies and procedures for employees to follow in their service to the City of McMinnville, Tennessee, with the objective of providing important information to employees, answering questions about City employment, explaining certain employee policies, and establishing written policies for certain personnel practices followed by the City.
City of Memphis Land Development Office: A Comprehensive Review: Draft
(Created: 05/01/2000; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was requested to do a study of the Land Development Office in the Engineering Department of the City of Memphis.
City of Memphis Solid Waste Collection: Downtown Area
(Created: 01/01/2000; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was requested to look at solid waste collection in the Memphis downtown area.
City of Morristown Engineering Department
(Created: 11/12/2010; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a study of the City's Engineering Department and related functions.
City of Morristown Fire Department Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 08/24/1994; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

In this fire study, MTAS was asked to determine the best location of the new fire department headquarters.
City of Morristown, Tennessee, Contract Documents & Specifications for Brush Pick-up, Transporting and Processing/Disposal Services
RFP (Created: 11/30/2010; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

This project provides an RFP for brush collection and disposal.
City of Morristown, Tennessee, Request for Proposals for Curbside Recycling Collection, Transporting and Processing Services
RFP (Created: 12/19/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

This project provides an RFP for curbside recycling collection, transporting and processing services.
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: January 9, 2017 )

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 Mount Pleasant Property Maintenance Review
(Created: 07/06/2009; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

This report outlines recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards; inspection and enforcement procedures; and recommended implementation provisions.
City of Mount Pleasant Solid Waste Study
(Created: 05/18/2010; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a solid waste study for the City of Mount Pleasant.
City of Mt. Juliet Comprehensive Management Review
(Created: 06/30/2008; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

The City of Mt. Juliet requested that MTAS prepare a CMR.
City of Murfreesboro Fleet Service Evaluation
(Created: 06/01/2001; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS' assistance was sought on developing an implementation plan for fleet management.
City of Newbern Fire Department Management Study
(Created: 12/15/1993; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study provided recommendations on how the Department should be organized, operated, and managed.
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 Norris Water and Wastewater Fund Rate Study
(Created: 03/31/2010; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate current water and wastewater financial statements, to prepare projections for revenues and expenses, and suggest any changes to the city's current water and wastewater rates in order to keep the operations on a sound, self-sufficient financial basis.
City of Oak Ridge Citizen Satisfaction Survey
Survey (Created: 10/01/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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: May 9, 2017 )

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 Portland Economic Development Review
(Created: 02/16/2011; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with an economic development review for the City of Portland.
City of Pulaski Fire Department Management Study
(Created: 06/14/1994; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a comprehensive study of the Pulaski Fire Department.
City of Ramer Water and Sewer Fund Utility Rate Structure with a 30% Increase
(Created: 04/09/2003; Reviewed: March 16, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to do a rate study for Ramer and write a resolution to establish a schedule of user fees for customers of the municipal water utility.
City of Red Bank Technology Policy
General (Created: 09/28/1999; Reviewed: February 25, 2010 )

An employment agreement dealing with use of Internet and E-mail on city computers.
City of Rockwood Refuse Collection: An Evaluation of Alternatives
(Created: 06/30/2006; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS worked with the City of Rockwood to gather information and evaluate the city's residential and commercial refuse collection operations.
City of Rockwood Utility Department Review
(Created: 10/31/2011; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

This review looks at various aspects of the water, sewer and natural gas utility. The process used in this review includes brief observations/visits, review of third party reports, review of operational reports and direct questions to the staff.
City of Sevierville Fire Management Analysis Recommendations
(Created: 10/31/1993; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study of a combination department provided four recommendations for the City.
City of Sevierville Study of the Public Building Authority
(Created: 05/31/2013; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to study the Public Building Authority (PBA) of Sevierville and make recommendations.
City of Shelbyville Refuse Collection Study
(Created: 07/06/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness for the City of Shelbyville's residential solid waste collection, and implementing a refuse collection/disposal fee.
City of Smithville General Sessions
General (Created: 10/05/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

The City of Smithville requested a letter and recommendation that in the event that it gives up general sessions jurisdiction that it will revert to a municipal court without current jurisdiction. A sample ordinance for rules of the road is also included.
City of Smithville Title VI Compliance Manual
General (Created: 11/07/2002; Reviewed: February 26, 2006 )

MTAS prepared an updated Title VI Manual, ordinance, and language contact for use when citizens speak languages other than English.
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 Smithville, Tennessee: An Ordinance Amending Title 9 of the Smithville Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 05/06/2002; Reviewed: May 1, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to review the city's peddlers and soliciters title and to recommend changes to include in a new ordinance.
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 South Pittsburg, Tennessee, FY 2003-2004 Budget Narrative
(Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a budget narrative for South Pittsburg to facilitate a collaborative decision-making process.
City of Sparta Sales Tax Referendum
(Created: 07/22/2002; Reviewed: February 26, 2006 )

Education program for the sales tax referendum.
City of Spring Hill Comprehensive Management Review (CMR)
(Created: 04/12/2010; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a CMR on building codes, property maintenance codes, planning, and zoning.
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 Spring Hill Revenue Study
(Created: 04/04/2008; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide a quick review of the present levels of revenue generated by the city and identify the maximum levels that could legally be charged.
City of Springfield Request for Proposals Contract Management of the Legacy Golf Course
RFP (Created: 11/13/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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 Sweetwater Fire Department ISO Improvement Study
(Created: 12/04/1995; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study was conducted to achieve an improved ISO rating.
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 Tullahoma Economic Development Review
(Created: 04/30/2004; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist the City of Tullahoma with an economic development review.
City of Tullahoma Planning and Codes Department Comprehensive Management Review
Report/Study (Created: 08/04/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to perform a comprehensive management review by the Tullahoma City Manager. The report assesses the operational effectiveness of the City of Tullahoma's Planning, Building Inspection and Property Maintenance division, including the stormwater permitting process.
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 of Winchester Comprehensive Management Review
(Created: 06/01/2004; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

Includes a CMR for Winchester and a summary listing of the items recommended by MTAS that have been implemented.
City of Winchester Delinquent Taxes
General (Created: 06/14/2001; Reviewed: January 26, 2006 )

The amount the City of Winchester charges for delinquent taxes is set forth in the city charter.
City of Winchester Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt / Non-Exempt Employee Status Report
(Created: 10/20/2010; Reviewed: March 3, 2017 )

MTAS prepared an Employee Exempt ' Non Exempt Status Report based on interpretation of Fair Labor Standards Act requirements, current pay records, and job descriptions provided by the city.
City of Winchester Sales Tax Referendum (Draft Report)
(Created: 04/03/2003; Reviewed: February 26, 2006 )

Education program for promoting the sales tax referendum.
City Parks and Security: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: February 21, 2017 )

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 Police Manual
General (Created: 09/20/2004; Reviewed: November 10, 2005 )

Policies and procedures for the Police Dept. of Smithville.
City Police Manual, Police Department, Town of Huntland, -- Tennessee, Rules, Policies, and Procedures
General (Created: 11/12/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided a police manual prepared specifically for Huntland.
City Police Manual: Police Department, City of Elkton, Tennessee, Rules, Policies, and Procedures
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Manual for the City of Elkton's Police Department.
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 Certification Update
(Created: 09/01/2002; Reviewed: September 16, 2002 )

Municipal clerks and recorders are required to become certified by completing 100 hours of education and maintain the certification by obtaining 18 hours of continuing education every three years.
City Recorder Certification Update
(Created: 08/20/2004; Reviewed: April 2, 2007 )

Municipal clerks and recorders are required to become certified by completing 100 hours of education and maintain the certification by obtaining 18 hours of continuing education every three years.
City Recorder Certification Update
(Created: 04/03/2007; Reviewed: April 3, 2007 )

Municipal clerks and recorders are required to become certified by completing 100 hours of education and maintain the certification by obtaining 18 hours of continuing education every three years.
City Recorder Certification Update (2008)
(Created: 09/29/2008; Reviewed: March 21, 2010 )

Municipal clerks and recorders are required to become certified by completing 100 hours of education and maintain the certification by obtaining 18 hours of continuing education every three years.
City Recorder Certification Update (2010)
(Created: 10/23/2010; Reviewed: October 22, 2010 )

Municipal clerks and recorders are required to become certified by completing 100 hours of education and maintain the certification by obtaining 18 hours of continuing education every three years.
City Recorder Class Training Material
General (Created: 11/28/2006; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

Includes city recorder duties, state and federal websites, and classroom exercise.
City Recorder Duties : Beyond the Basics
General (Created: 11/28/2006; Reviewed: August 17, 2018 )

The custom class was produced to identify city recorder duties, explain why they vary from city to city, identify state laws that apply to every city, and to demonstrate where to find MTAS, state, and federal resources. Provided here are the presentation, exercise worksheets (participant and instructor versions), and list of state and federal websites of interest to city recorders.
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: September 25, 2018 )

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 20, 2017 )

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: September 25, 2018 )

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 Requiring the Gas Utility to Relocate Their Gas Lines, at Their Expense, for Municipal Street Improvements
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/19/1993; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City could enact an ordinance requiring the gas utility to relocate their gas lines, at their expense, for municipal street improvements.
City Responsibility for Property Line Pin
General (Created: 11/08/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about a situation related to a property-line 'pin' that was covered in a recent street paving.
City Sales Tax Contributions to Local County School System: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 10/24/2006; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

Twenty-three counties were asked about agreements with cities in the county where the city gives up a portion of the sales tax for the school system.
City School Board Wishes to Establish a Scholarship Fund Exclusively for Minority High School Students
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/09/1998; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City School Board can establish a scholarship fund exclusively for minority high school students.
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 Tax Sale
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/26/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for information regarding a city's authority to conduct its own tax sale.
City Treasurer Duties and Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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 Undertaking Drainage Work on Private Property
General (Created: 10/29/2013; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the city undertaking drainage work on private property; includes discussion of public purpose doctrine, waters of the state, and natural flow rule.
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: May 14, 2020 )

The MTAS Research and Information Center team worked to find out which Tennessee cities 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 Websites, Agendas, Minutes, and Credit Card Payments
Survey (Created: 02/01/2007; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

A survey of one hundred sixteen cities with websites to determine which post their agendas and minutes and which can accommodate credit card payments.
City Wishes to Amend Its Lease Agreement to Give the Lessees an Additional Five Year Option
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/03/1994; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can amend its lease agreement, giving the lessees an additional five year option, without violating the Tennessee Purchasing Law.
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 Wishes to Raise Hotel-Motel Tax Where County Has Such a Tax in Place
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2002; Reviewed: September 29, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can raise the hotel-motel tax where the county has such a tax in place.
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 Elderly Housing Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/2007; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to proceeds from the city's Elderly Board, which was established and dissolved under T.C.A.
City's Financial Assistance in Site Preparation for a Manufacturing Company
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/1994; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the City's ability to financially assist in site preparation for a mobile home manufacturing company.
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 Nepotism Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/1996; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's nepotism ordinance is triggered when the brother of a city employee runs for, and wins, city office.
City's Payment of a Fine Against a City Employee
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2001; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to pay a fine levied against an employee related to the conduct of city business.
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 Responsibility to Maintain Private Drives That Were Annexed into the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/1993; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the city's responsibility to maintain private drives that were annexed into the city in 1969.
City's Right to Annex in Its Urban Growth Boundary
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/2009; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

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 Right to Provide Water Service in an Annexed Area That Is Within the Utility District's Service Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/25/1994; Reviewed: March 3, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's right to provide water service in an annexed area that is within the Utility District's service area is controlled by Consolidated Utility District v. City of Murfreesboro.
City's Sewer Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/2004; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze three administrative questions relative to the board of water and sewer commissions.
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's Solicitation Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/07/2008; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review the city's solicitation ordinance to determine whether it would pass legal muster.
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: March 22, 2010 )

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 Charter Revision
Resolution (Created: 03/18/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

A charter amendment for the Town of Newport pertaining to the civil service system for police officers and firefighters.
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 Property Technician: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/1999; Reviewed: September 3, 2004 )

MTAS asked ten cities if they have the position of Civilian Property Technician and what the salary is for that position.
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.
Classification & Compensation (Generic)
RFP (Created: 09/17/2001; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

A generic proposal for developing a municipal classification and compensation plan.
Classification and Compensation of Water and Wastewater Employees
(Created: 01/22/2002; Reviewed: October 20, 2009 )

MTAS was asked whether the distribution/collection side of water and wastewater should be classified in the same grade as the operations/treatment side.
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.
Cleaning Sewer Laterals
Survey (Created: 02/01/2001; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

Survey asking cities if they clean the sewer lateral from the house to the street and the cost of such a service.
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.
Clerks' and Recorders' Certification Requirements
General (Created: 10/10/2003; Reviewed: March 21, 2010 )

There are three kinds of certifications for City Clerks and Recorders.
Cleveland Beautification Survey
Survey (Created: 04/28/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

The Tree Board in Cleveland conducted this survey and had 442 responses.
Cleveland, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Protection Management Study
(Created: 06/01/2006; Reviewed: February 23, 2015 )

This study was originally conducted to prepare the department for the next ISO inspection and to determine a future station location; the scope was later expanded to include performance measurement.
Clinton Utilities Board Water/Sewer Rate Evaluation
(Created: 03/11/2004; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate current water and sewer financial statements, prepare projections for revenues and expenses, and suggest any changes to the city's current water and sewer rates in order to keep the operations on a sound, self-sufficient financial basis.
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: March 8, 2010 )

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.
CMR Board Member Type Questions
Form (Created: 01/06/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A form to help guide board member interviews in comprehensive management reviews.
Coalmont Charter Question
General (Created: 08/04/2005; Reviewed: January 26, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to determine what type of government the city has and if they are complying with charter requirements.
Cocke County Fire Department Report
(Created: 06/30/1991; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

The purpose of this fire study is to provide information on whether the county should establish a county-wide fire department or choose another system of fire protection.
Code Adoptions by Cities in Tennessee
General (Created: 07/29/2005; Reviewed: March 6, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how other jurisdictions have presented new fire/building code adoptions to the community, builders, architects and engineers.
Code Enforcement Issues
Survey (Created: 12/01/2000; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

Survey asking cities if their building permit charges are based on dollar value or square footage and which department enforces violations regarding bulk rubbish disposal.
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: April 17, 2017 )

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 Enforcement: A Survey Conducted for Graysville
Survey (Created: 02/28/2007; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

Nine cities were asked who enforces the property maintenance and building codes and how these individuals are compensated.
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.
Coffee County Leadership
(Created: 11/07/2001; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

Presentation on state budget situation for Coffee County Leadership.
Coffee Leadership: State Issues
(Created: 09/19/2003; Reviewed: January 23, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation for Coffee County Leadership on State issues affecting local governments.
Collecting an Inspection Fee from Retail Liquor Stores
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/1992; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about possible defenses of the City to a suit by several retail liquor merchants seeking rebates for alleged overpayment in inspection fees charged.
Collecting Back Property Taxes Due to Clerical Error
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/09/2007; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked what the statute of limitations is on a clerical error in the office of the county property tax assessor that saw a piece of property within the City left off the city's property tax rolls.
Collecting Delinquent Business Taxes and Defendants' Refusal to Pay Municipal Court Fines
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/17/1996; Reviewed: October 2, 2006 )

MTAS was asked for information on how a city collects delinquent business taxes and on remedies a city has for defendants' refusal to pay municipal court fines.
Collecting Delinquent Personal Property Taxes from a Business That Won't Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/13/1993; Reviewed: October 2, 2006 )

MTAS was asked how to collect delinquent personal property taxes from a business that won't pay.
Collecting Delinquent Property Taxes
General (Created: 02/24/2012; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

This content was presented by Douglas Gordon, Assistant City Attorney, Knoxville Law Department, at the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association in Brentwood, in 2012.
Collecting Fines
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/11/1992; Reviewed: March 14, 2006 )

MTAS was asked the best way to collect fines levied by the city.
Collecting Monthly Utility Bills and Disconnecting Service When the Bills Are Not Paid
General (Created: 02/10/2003; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a procedure for getting a promissory note backed up by a deed of trust on real property that the customer owns in an effort to collect a delinquent water bill.
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: March 20, 2017 )

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 Delinquent City Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/1996; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if the city may handle the collection process, including the tax sale.
Collection of Delinquent Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/1993; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how far back a city may go to collect delinquent taxes, whether the city may authorize partial payments of delinquent taxes, and whether the city may forgive or waive penalty and interest accrued on delinquent taxes.
Collection of Delinquent Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/1999; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the collection of delinquent property taxes.
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 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a municipal court can collect fines.
Collection of White Goods (Discarded Household Appliances) A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: July 19, 2006 )

Cities were asked about their policies and fees for picking up discarded appliances from residential routes.
College Student Voter Registration
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

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: December 23, 2016 )

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.
Collegedale Police Department Administrative Review
(Created: 10/22/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

This review was prompted by the impending retirement of the Public Safety Director and consists of an evaluation of the Department's structure and operations.
Collegedale Retiree Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 02/19/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked several questions about their policy on providing health benefits to retirees.
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.
Combined State and Local Option Sales Rates for the Contiguous Counties
General (Created: 04/01/2001; Reviewed: April 21, 2010 )

A PowerPoint map of Tennessee showing the sales tax rates paid by border counties and their contiguous counties across the state line.
Combining Two Utility Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/2001; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether or not the City may merge the two utility boards currently in existence.
Commercial Development in Historic Districts -- A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/2001; Reviewed: January 19, 2010 )

Cities were asked if they give low interest loans or tax credits to commerical developers in the historic districts of their cities.
Commercial Drivers License and Ordinance Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2008; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a person with a CDL who violated a traffic ordinance could be diverted to traffic school.
Commercial Sanitation Fees
(Created: 11/27/2007; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

This project studies commercial garbage rates and makes recommendations for increases.
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: October 27, 2016 )

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: May 31, 2017 )

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: May 14, 2020 )

Thirteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not there is a Communication Director/Public Information Officer on the city staff.
Communications Director
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Communications Director.

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