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Daily Cash Report
General (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: October 18, 2010 )

An example of a simple daily cash report for the City of Plainview.
Damages Police Do to Buildings in the Process of Searches in Exigent Circumstances
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the police are liable for damages done to private property that occur when they obtain entry to a building and seize a person's property under a search warrant or under exigent circumstances.
Dandridge Garbage Rate Study Addendum
(Created: 04/01/2001; Reviewed: July 19, 2006 )

Addendum to the original MTAS rate study for the City of Dandridge regarding the base and extra pickup rates.
Dandridge Solid Waste Collection Analysis
(Created: 01/01/2001; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Recommendations to the City of Dandridge include scheduling, rates and charges for the collection of commercial and residential solid waste.
Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2016; Reviewed: March 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of data entry operator from the city of Memphis.
Data Processing Director
Job Description (Created: 02/24/1998; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Data Processing Director.
Dayton, Tennessee Fire Protection Management Report and Recommendations
(Created: 01/29/2008; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

The complex arena of Fire Protection is one that typically requires research in numerous areas including personnel, apparatus, equipment and facility resources.
Dead Animal Pickup on Private Property: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 09/01/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about their policies and procedures for picking up dead animals from private property.
Deadline for Property Tax Levy
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/06/2009; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the tax levy being set not later than sixty days preceding the new fiscal year.
Deadlines for Certification of Building & Fire Inspectors
(Created: 07/03/1995; Reviewed: August 30, 2007 )

All deadlines for building and fire inspector certification went into effect July 1, 1995. The state Fire Marshals' Office intends to enforce this new law.
Deadlining Vehicles: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/1999; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

Five cities were asked their policies and procedures for removing vehicles from service when they are considered unsafe.
Deannexation and the Payment of Property Taxes
General (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the process of deannexation (also known as 'contraction') and about the payment of property taxes for those who reside in the area to be deannexed.
Deannexation of Territory
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2001; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how a city may deannex territory.
Debate Questions for City Council Elections
General (Created: 05/03/2007; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create debate questions for the candidates in a city council election.
Debt Reimbursement Resolution
Resolution (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: September 15, 2010 )

A resolution expressing official intent that certain expenditures to be incurred in connection with certain public works projects and related expenditures be reimbursed from proceeds of notes, bonds, or other indebtedness to be issued by the City of Morristown, Tennessee.
Declaratory Judgment Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/1995; Reviewed: October 24, 2005 )

MTAS was asked whether a district attorney general has the discretion to determine for himself whether a court having criminal jurisdiction is properly constituted and/or whether the judge has the proper qualifications of office.
Dedication and Acceptance of Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/31/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the dedication and acceptance of sidewalks.
Dedication of Streets That Are Essentially Private Driveways
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1999; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be advisable for the Town to take over the maintenance, or accept the dedication as city streets, certain private driveways.
Deducting Union Dues for Firefighters
General (Created: 03/13/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research cities' requirements to deduct union dues from firefighters.
Deducting Union Dues from Firefighters' Paychecks
General (Created: 06/25/2002; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an opinion regarding the deduction of union dues from firefighter's paychecks.
Defensive Driving Programs -- A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 09/01/2001; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

Cities were asked if they have defensive driving programs and if the trainers are certified.
Deferring Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2000; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to defer taxes on property annexed into the city but not yet receiving all city services.
Defined Benefit Retirement Plans and Benefits
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided examples of retirement plans from several cities and information from TCRS.
Defining School for the Purpose of Setting Speed Limits in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2004; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what a "school" is for the purpose of the school speed limit laws.
Defining Subdivisions Over Which the Metropolitan Planning Commission Has Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/1993; Reviewed: March 30, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a development is outside the control of the municipal planning commission due to some quirks in the language of the T.C.A. defining subdivisions the planning commission has jurisdiction over.
Definition of Grandfathering in the Sense of Allowing a Preexisting Use to Continue Despite a Later Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

"Grandfathering" is allowing an existing operation or conduct to continue legally when a new operation or conduct would be illegal.
Delegation of Governing Board Authority to Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/10/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is within the authority of the board of mayor and commissioners to appoint the city clerk/coordinator to the position of director of the human resources department.
Delinquent Business Tax
General (Created: 04/28/2004; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

Includes notice, forms, officer's return, and distress warrant.
Delinquent Business Tax and Garbage Fees
General (Created: 01/30/2003; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in collecting business tax and garbage fees.
Delinquent Personal Property Taxes : A Telephone Survey Conducted by -- the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Cities were asked who has the responsbility for collecting delinquent personal property tax and what method is used.
Delinquent Property Tax Seminar
General (Created: 02/23/2006; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

Presentations for TMAA on the municipal authority to levy and collect taxes, legal issues in municipal tax collection, and the tax collection suit.
Delinquent Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

Analyzes law governing right of city to waiver penalty and interest on property taxes.
Delinquent Property Taxes in Bankruptcy
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2006; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about collecting delinquent property taxes from taxpayers who are in bankruptcy.
Demand by a Former Police Officer for Payment for Unused Vacation and Sick Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/02/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a former police officer is entitled to accumulated vacation and sick leave pay upon leaving the city's employment because of past custom and practice of the Town.
Demolishing an Old Building That Shares a Party Wall with an Adjoining Building
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS advised city of potential liabilities in demolishing condemned building which shares "party wall" with adjoining property owner.
Demolition Bond in a Historic District
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/2001; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to require a bond to secure the demolition of a building within the historic overlay.
Demolition of Dilapidated and Unsafe Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/20/1998; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any legal way to require the local Farmer's Coop to demolish a large cattle feeding bin on its property.
Demolition of Unsafe Buildings
General (Created: 07/19/2011; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the demolition of unsafe buildings, associated utility connections, and historical significance of the demolition.
Denying a Business License to a Person Whose Business Establishment is in Violation of the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/08/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can deny a business license to a person whose business establishment is in violation of the city's zoning ordinance.
Department Assistant Directors in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/01/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

MTAS surveyed 11 cities regarding Assistant or Deputy Directors in a number of departments in their cities.
Department Heads Are At Will Employees Under City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can provide a means by which department heads under certain conditions can elect to not be at will employees if those department heads are at will employees under the city charter.
Department of Parks and Recreation Doing Business with a Certain Hardware Store in Which an Alderwomen, Who Also Oversees the Department, Has Some Monetary Interest
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/16/1991; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a conflict of interest arises from the department of parks and recreation doing business with a certain hardware store in which an alderwomen, who also oversees the department, has some monetary interest.
Dependent Healthcare Coverage
General (Created: 05/29/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on Healthcare Reform and dependent care.
Depositories for City Funds
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/1997; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

MTAS was asked why a city is not permitted to deposit city funds in credit unions.
Design Review Commission Resolution
Resolution (Created: 03/03/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A resolution creating a design review commission for the Town of Pittman Center.
Design-Build Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legal authority of municipalities to let design-build contracts.
Destruction of Court Records after Electronic Storage
General (Created: 06/09/2014; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for the citation that allows municipal courts to destroy records after retaining their records electronically, particularly with respect to records that must be kept permanently.
Determination of Domicile
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/2000; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

How to determine the zoning jurisdiction and domicile of a person whose residence is divided by a property line.
Determining Compensation Costs: An Approach to Estimating and Analyzing Expense
General (Created: 06/30/2003; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

E-book that includes information on anniversary-date merit plans
Determining Quorum Number Required to Pass Motions
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

An MTAS attorney response to a question regarding the number of aldermen required to vote and pass items on the agenda not related to the city's present alderman vacancy.
Determining That There is a Vacancy in the Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/1992; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who determines that there is a vacancy in the office of alderman when the alderman removes from the city (or district).
Determining Which Aldermen are Elected to Two-Year, and Which to Four-Year, Terms of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/19/1997; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Where a city having one ward wants to increase the number of aldermen, how does it determine which aldermen are elected to two-year, and which aldermen are elected to four-year, terms of office?
Detroit Living Wage Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/03/1998; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance which requires employers who contract with the city to pay their employees a sufficient wage.
Developing Your City's Archival Policy for Electronically Stored Information (2007)
(Created: 05/09/2007; Reviewed: May 9, 2007 )

This publication is intended to provide guidance, especially to smaller cities, in the creation and implementation of a practical and cost-effective archiving policy for electronically stored information (ESI).
Developing Your City's Archival Policy for Electronically Stored Information (2012)
(Created: 12/19/2012; Reviewed: January 2, 2013 )

This publication is intended to provide guidance, especially to smaller cities, in the creation and implementation of a practical and cost-effective archiving policy for Electronically Stored Information (ESI).
Development and Impact Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding development or impact fees.
Development of a Proposed Sewer System for Estill Springs
(Created: 08/06/2001; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

Recommendation that Estill Springs connect with a neighboring town's sewer system.
Difference Between an Ordinance and a Resolution
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/2001; Reviewed: January 15, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to explain the difference between an ordinance and a resolution.
Differences in Annexation by Ordinance and by Referendum
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/10/1993; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the different advantages, disadvantages and timetables of annexation by ordinance and by referendum.
Differential Tax Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/1998; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a political subdivision establishing differential tax rates within its jurisdiction.
Differential Tax Rates and Questions from the Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether differential tax rates within taxing districts and special services districts authorized under the Charter Government Unification Act would violate the Tennessee Constitution and several other questions by the Charter Commission.
Differential Tax Rates in the City, Reflecting Different Levels of Municipal Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/04/1991; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality could set differential tax rates in the city, reflecting different levels of municipal services.
Director of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Development Services.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 08/17/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Job description for the Director of Finance in a Tennessee city.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional for the City of Smyrna.
Director of Health
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Director of Health.
Director of Human Resources
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Human Resources.
Director of Library
Job Description (Created: 01/24/2005; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

A job description for the position of library director
Director of Utilities and Public Works
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

Job description of Director of Utilities and Public Works for the City of Smyrna.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2004)
(Created: 12/08/2004; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2007)
(Created: 12/04/2007; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2008)
(Created: 09/04/2008; Reviewed: September 4, 2008 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2010)
(Created: 01/15/2010; Reviewed: January 15, 2010 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2011)
(Created: 07/01/2011; Reviewed: September 22, 2011 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Disaster Response Documents
General (Created: 04/18/2011; Reviewed: July 25, 2017 )

A collection of documents that includes disaster cleanup bid documents, FEMA 322 Disaster Response, and USACE Scope of Work Example.
DiSC classic facilitator's kit
General (Created: 08/05/2003; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Materials to accompany a personality assessment test.
Disciplinary Appeals Processes in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS asked twenty-six cities about their disciplinary appeals process and the city manager's role in that process.
Discipline Policy
General (Created: 08/28/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a city with disciplinary action steps.
Disclosing Medical Information to Emergency Service Providers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether city employees could give consent for medical information to be disclosed to emergency service providers.
Discretion of Town to Refuse to Allow New Taps
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/1994; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen may refuse to allow new taps to the municipal water system outside the corporate limits.
Discussion of Comp-Time Use for Exempt Employees
General (Created: 08/30/2016; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to look at the practice of providing compensatory time for 'overtime' hours worked by exempt employees, including how widespread the practice is among cities, and the pros and cons associated with the practice.
Disease Management Program RFP or RFQ
General (Created: 02/08/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the use of an RFP for a 'Disease Management Program.'
Disinfection Options for Potable Water Systems
(Created: 11/09/2004; Reviewed: July 13, 2007 )

Disinfection methods are used to deactivate pathogens at the plant and to provide some level of protection in the distribution system.
Disinfection Options for Potable Water Systems
(Created: 07/12/2007; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

Disinfection methods are used to deactivate pathogens at the plant and to provide some level of protection in the distribution system.
Dismissing an Employee for Refusing to Take a Polygraph
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee can be dismissed for refusal to take a polygraph test.
Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Dispatcher.
Dispatcher, Lead
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lead Dispatcher.
Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor.
Dispatcher/Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Records Clerk/Dispatcher.
Disposal of Property Owned by a Municipal Airport Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/1997; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the disposal of property owned by a municipal airport authority.
Disposing of a PC
(Created: 05/03/2012; Reviewed: May 8, 2012 )

A municipality should have a written policy outlining the process for disposing of PCs, including the methods of removing all data from the hard drives.
Disposing of an Abandoned Vehicle
General (Created: 02/03/2016; Reviewed: July 6, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the process to dispose of a private vehicle that was abandoned.
Disposition of Confiscated Weapons
General (Created: 01/12/2004; Reviewed: September 27, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the disposition of confiscated weapons that had been collected over a period of years and for which the paper work either did not exist or was lost.
Disposition of Court Costs, Litigation Tax Revenues, and Fines
General (Created: 12/22/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a summary of distribution of court costs, fines, and litigation taxes.
Disposition of Proceeds From the Sale of Confiscated Vehicles
General (Created: 10/15/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the proceeds from the sale of vehicles seized for Driving Under the Influence or Driving on a Revoked Drivers License violations.
Disposition of Seized Cash
General (Created: 06/01/2004; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the proper procedures for storing cash seized by the police department.
Disposition of Unclaimed, Lost, or Abandoned Personal Property in Possession of Police Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1996; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what disposition a city can make of unclaimed, lost, or abandoned personal property in the possession of the police department, such as, but not limited to, money, bicycles, automobiles, etc.
Dispute Between Swimming Pool Owner and Bee Owner
General (Created: 07/31/2007; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about a swimming pool owner and a bee owner who are in a dispute over bees stinging people at a residential swimming pool.
Dissolution and Reinstatement of an Industrial Development Board
General (Created: 02/18/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an IDB is automatically dissolved if they do not meet and how an IDB might be reinstated.
Dissolution of Airport Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could abolish the airport authority that it created.
Distillery Locating in a City
General (Created: 11/22/2013; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a distillery may operate within the city limits of Ardmore.
Distinction Between Legislative and Non-Legislative Acts of a Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Rules of Parliamentary Procedure
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/06/1993; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an interpretation of a charter provision governing legislative actions of the board of mayor and alderman.
Distress Warrant Notice
Form (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

Drafting of notice to be mailed by city before issuing a distress warrant for collection of delinquent business taxes.
Distribution of Authority Between the City Administrator and the City Recorder-Treasurer
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/19/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the distribution of authority between the city recorder and the city administrator.
Distribution of Authority Over City School System
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/13/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked questions related to the city school system, particularly with respect to the distribution of authority over the system between the city governing body and city school board. Questions related to charging tuition and closing school buildings.
Distribution of Handbills and Advertising
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/07/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may pass an ordinance regulating the distribution of handbills or advertising within the City.
Distribution of Mulch Materials for the City of Athens
General (Created: 01/10/2006; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

It is the intent of the City of Athens to make these mulch materials, produced or collected by the Public Works Department, available to City of Athens residents and/or City of Athens employees for their personal use.
Distribution of Mulch Materials for the City of Athens
General (Created: 05/01/2000; Reviewed: January 4, 2007 )

It is the intent of the City of Athens to make these mulch materials, produced or collected by the Public Works Department, available to City of Athens residents and/or City of Athens employees for their personal use.
Distribution of State Shared Taxes
General (Created: 11/07/2003; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked why urban services district funds have to be used to pay for electricity to operate the town's only traffic light and whether State gas tax money that goes to the Highway Department could be used.
District vs. At-Large Elections
General (Created: 02/23/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with a presentation on the subject of district vs at-large elections.
Ditch on Private Property Carries Runoff From the Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1997; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether governmental entities are only liable for runoff from properties they maintain or from conditions they have created.
Divorced Employee Claimed He Was Married and Entitled to City-Sponsored Family Health Insurance Coverage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be appropriate for the city to terminate an employee who falsely claimed that he was still married and therefore, entitled to city-sponsored family health insurance coverage, when, in fact, this employee was divorced.
Do-It-Yourself City Street Paving: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 06/14/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities were asked whether their city performs DIY street paving and how they made their decision.
Document Copying Fees: A Survey Conducted for the City of Gallatin
Survey (Created: 07/19/2007; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked how much they charge the public for copies.
Document Imaging: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked whether they are using a document imaging system for records management purposes.
Does an Employee Have a Right to a Salary Increase by Virtue of Provisions Made in the Budget for Salary Increases
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee has a right to a salary increase by virtue of provisions made in the budget for salary increases.
Does the City Have to Operate a City Court?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has to operate a city court.
Does the City Have to Pay the County to Incarcerate Prisoners Arrested and Prosecuted for State Law Violations by the City?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has to pay the county to incarcerate prisoners arrested and prosecuted for state law violations by the city.
Does the Mayor Have the Right to Vote?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2006; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a mayor, as a member of a legislative body, can vote.
Does the Tennessee Open Records Law Require a City to Mail Any Record to a Newspaper?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/10/1999; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required under the Tennessee Open Records Law to mail to a newspaper information packets it provides to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, or any other city records.
Dog Park Creation and Regulation
Survey (Created: 11/18/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions about off-leash dog parks, including: use of a feasibility study; funding model; design guidelines; and, regulations or ordinances.
Donation by the City of Several Lots to Habitat for Humanity
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/2000; Reviewed: February 16, 2006 )

The city owns several lots which it has acquired though tax sales and would like to donate them to Habitat for Humanity.
Double Taxation
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/23/1999; Reviewed: August 7, 2018 )

Double taxation occurs when the two taxes are assessed on the same property or privilege by the same governing body during the same taxing period and for the same taxing purpose.
Dover: Management's Discussion and Analysis
(Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: February 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to develop MD&A for inclusion in FY2004 audit.
Downzoning of Residential Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/17/1994; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the "loss of property value" that property owners allege takes place as a result of donwzoning is quantifiable.
Drafting a Sewer Ordinance
General (Created: 11/05/2004; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

Guidelines for ordinance and statute drafting.
Drafting of Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to determine if an ordinance was properly drafted.
Drain Easements in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Nine Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out how they handle drainage easements.
Drainage Culverts and Ditches
(Created: 05/12/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review drainage structures, specifically stone lined ditches along city streets.
Drainage Easement and Enclosure
Survey (Created: 01/01/2000; Reviewed: September 27, 2010 )

Cities were asked about the ownership and control of drainage easements and their enclosures on private property.
Drainage Law and the Responsibility of the Design Engineer
General (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A PowerPoint presentation for the Tennessee section of ASCE.
Drainage Problems
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2001; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

Under the natural flow rule, water has a natural easement along its natural paths, and the upper and lower land owners must accept water that naturally flows, or that would have naturally flowed, onto the property in question.
Drainage Problems of Private Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law relative to drainage problems with respect to private property owners.
Drainage Problems: Private vs. Public
General (Created: 06/20/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about repairs and improvements to a damaged culvert that would be in order and legitimate use of public funds.
Drainage Work Notice
Form (Created: 06/17/2015; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This drainage notice letter template may be used to notify property owners that maintenance activities will be conducted on a drainage way that crosses their property.
Drainage Work on Private Property
General (Created: 03/08/2005; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide technical assistance on issue of public works department doing work on private property.
Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: The Fire Department's Role in Protecting the Public Water System
(Created: 03/01/2006; Reviewed: October 20, 2009 )

A revised state regulation concerning fire hydrants is causing concern for fire department leaders, providers of public water supplies, and public health officials across the state of Tennessee. The new regulation is the final result of the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act with the emphasis on contamination prevention.
Driveway and Street Curb Cuts Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/22/2003; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of providing a variance procedure for curb or driveway cuts.
Drought Management Planning Materials and Model Ordinance
General (Created: 06/23/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This is a collection of drought management plans, guidance, and a model ordinance for cities.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
General (Created: 09/05/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a drug and alcohol policy that adequately addresses the use of legal, prescription drugs.
Drug and Alcohol Testing of City Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether all city employees may be tested for drugs and alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Testing of Police Officers
General (Created: 04/02/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and draft a policy on drug and alcohol testing of policy officers.
Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
General (Created: 08/21/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create a model drug and alcohol testing policy.
Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy for the Town of Spencer
General (Created: 10/07/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an alcohol and drug testing program for the Town of Spencer.
Drug Enforcement Officer -- A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/2001; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Cities were asked if they have a classification or job description for a "Drug Enforcement Officer" and, if not, the title of the police officers who perform drug enforcement.
Drug Forfeiture Funds
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether money received from fines and forfeitures in drug cases may be used to make a contribution to a law enforcement association or for police training.
Drug Fund Manual
(Created: 05/01/2003; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

The Drug Fund is a special revenue fund where revenues and expenditures must be accounted for separately from the General Fund.
Drug Task Force Financial Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Drug Task Force Financial Officer.
Drug Testing by Governmental Employees of Applicants
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/30/1996; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Drug testing by governmental employees of applicants is an unreasonable search unless the position involves public safety.
Drug Testing Deadline Looms for Employees with Commercial Drivers' Licenses
(Created: 12/15/1994; Reviewed: June 21, 2002 )

Jan. 1, 1995 is the federal deadline for all cities with 50 or more employees required to have commercial drivers' licenses (CDLs) to institute drug and alcohol testing programs for those employees.
Drug Testing Deadline Looms for Employees with Commercial Drivers' Licenses
(Created: 11/06/1995; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

The Jan. 1, 1996, federal deadline is approaching to institute drug and alcohol testing for cities with fewer than 50 employees who are required to have commercial drivers' licenses (CDLs).
Drug Testing of Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may require board members to submit to drug testing.
Drug-Free Workplace: Contractor's Affidavit
(Created: 04/27/2001; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

An amendment to the Drug-Free Workplace Law requires employers contracting with state agencies or units of local government to prepare affidavits certifying compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Program.
Drug/Alcohol Consent and Acknowledgment Form
Form (Created: 08/12/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A form for an applicant to consent to and acknowledge that the applicant is scheduled to undergo drug and/or alcohol testing.
Dual Office Holding: City Manager and Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1997; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legally permissible for the City Manager to be employed as the city police chief at the same time.
Dunlap Beer Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/01/2019; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Warren Nevad authored this ordinance for Dunlap, Tennessee that established a Beer board and the procedures required for the board.
Duties and Responsibilities of a Fire Chief
(Created: 11/02/2000; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Discusses the duties and responsibilities of the Paris, Tennessee, Fire Chief.
Duties and Time Allocation for Street Department Employees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/28/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked several questions about the duties and time allocation for their street department employees.
Duties of Police Officers in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write regarding the duties of police officers in school zones.
Duties of the Mayor and Responsibilities and Authority of an Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/11/1993; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the duties of the Mayor and whether an alderman can be given responsibility over the police department as well as the authority to call a special meeting.

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