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E-911 Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/10/2005; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

In emergency communications districts (E-911 Districts), how many votes on the board of directors are required to pass measures?
E-911 Cooperative Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/25/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an E-911 agreement appears to have been legally entered into by the city and the county and whether its durational period appears to be both consistent with the Interlocal Cooperation Act and reasonable.
E-mail and Open Records Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Open Records Law applies to e-mail sent by a city official.
E-mail Distribution By City and City-Wide Wifi Analytics Disclosure
General (Created: 01/12/2017; Reviewed: December 13, 2019 )

MTAS responds to questions regarding emails distributed by the city to residents and the legal risks of installing wireless internet connections in a downtown area of the city.
E-Verify and Local Governments (2010)
(Created: 07/28/2010; Reviewed: August 5, 2010 )

E-Verify is the electronic employment eligibility verification system that all federal contractors must use to verify the employment authorization of employees performing work under a federal contract.
E-Verify and Local Governments (2011)
(Created: 08/29/2011; Reviewed: August 31, 2011 )

E-Verify is the electronic employment eligibility verification system that all federal contractors must use to verify the employment authorization of employees performing work under a federal contract.
E911 Director Salaries for Selected Tennessee Counties: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: November 29, 2006 )

Six counties were asked how their E911 service is administered and the salary range for the position of E911 director.
Eagleville Letter on Fire Services
General (Created: 04/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Letter to follow up a meeting, covers several issues including whether the fire department is a city department, budgeting and firefighter fund raising activities, employee status of volunteer firefighters, where to maintain firefighter personnel records, compensation for volunteer firefighters, and how to report that compensation.
Early Retirement Incentives Survey
Survey (Created: 01/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Several cities, housing authorities, and an airport authority were asked about their early retirement incentive programs.
Early Voting by Absent Councilmember
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/30/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be permissible for a city councilmember to vote by absentee vote or by means of an early vote at the council meeting scheduled while he will be out of town.
Easements by Prescription
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2000; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked a question on easements involving replacement of the fifty-year-old sewer lines along the property boundary of a landowner in the city.
Economic Development
General (Created: 12/13/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

Recommendations for the University of Tennessee to help improve economic development in Tennessee cities.
Economic Development Assessment
Form (Created: 04/01/2009; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

An economic development assessment survey form.
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 01/19/2004; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/14/2016; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Economic Development or Industrial Recruiter: A Survey Conducted by E-Mail by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 06/01/2003; Reviewed: March 17, 2010 )

24 of 110 cities contacted by email responded to several questions about those positions responsible for recruiting industries.
Economic Development Recruiter: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/2000; Reviewed: March 17, 2010 )

Cities were asked if they have the position of Economic Development Recruiter and if there is a salary range and job description for this position.
Economic Development Review of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County, Tennessee Joint Industrial Board
(Created: 03/31/2010; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an economic development review, which is intended to review the organization, operations, and strategies that may assist in promoting economic development.
Economic Development Review: City of Millington
(Created: 07/01/2000; Reviewed: March 17, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to review the changing economy, as it affects the West Tennessee Regional Business Center; the site selection process; a marketing strategy; and the development of an industrial access road
Economic Development Task Force Recommendations
General (Created: 06/25/2003; Reviewed: March 17, 2010 )

The critical factor in successful economic development is to provide the resources that industry needs to sustain a profitable operation.
Economic Development Training
(Created: 02/19/2004; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a training program on economic development for presentation at the city's annual planning conference
Education Funding as It Relates to the Distribution of the County Property Tax and Wheel Tax Revenues
General (Created: 06/26/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

The county may direct that wheel tax revenues be used to support the county school system, thereby allowing the county to reduce the property tax levy dedicated for school purposes. MTAS was asked about the impact of such a change on county revenues received by the school system and school maintenance of effort issues.
Education Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/23/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to research the sharing by county of certain education funds.
Educational Assistance Survey
Survey (Created: 01/24/2017; Reviewed: January 24, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked several questions about educational assistance opportunities, tuition reimbursement, and requirements for employees to participate in their educational assistance programs.
Educational Pay Supplement Program (City of Brentwood)
(Created: 05/30/2018; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

A sample policy from the city of Brentwood on providing pay supplements for fire and police employees who want to obtain additional education and training.
Effect of the Mayor's Veto
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/2002; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the mayor's veto power.
Effective Council Meetings Course Manual
General (Created: 11/11/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Course manual for City University Course.
Effective Date of the Incorporation of a City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1999; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked when the incorporation of a city is considered effective.
Effects of the Amendments to the Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004.
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/03/2008; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions pertaining to the history and the effects of the amendments to the Municipal Court Reform Act.
Elected City Treasurers or City Recorders: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

Twelve cities were asked about compensation and benefits for elected city recorders or city treasurers.
Elected Official Acknowledgement of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
Form (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

A signature form for use by elected officials who receive and read the town's ethics policy.
Elected Official Seeking Reimbursement for Calls Made on His Cell Phone by the Police Department During a Snowstorm
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an elected official may be required to repay money that the city reimbursed him for allowing the police department to use his cellular phone during a snowstorm in the course of police business.
Electing a Vice-Mayor
General (Created: 06/20/2003; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to go about electing a Vice-Mayor.
Election of Aldermen by Voters of the Wards the Aldermen Represent
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Aldermen should be elected by the voters of the wards they represent or whether they are elected at large but have a ward residence requirement.
Election of Aldermen from Wards
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what a city needs to do to restrict the election of aldermen required under the charter to be elected from wards to the voters within the boundaries of the wards.
Election of Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/31/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the court clerk of a municipal court that has and exercises concurrent jurisdiction is required to be elected.
Election of Municipal Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/28/1992; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether Barrett requires the clerk of a municipal court exercising concurrent jurisdiction to be elected.
Election of Municipal Judges with Concurrent General Sessions Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1998; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can provide for the election of the city judge in the April city election.
Election of the Design Review Commission and Its Powers Relative to the Municipal Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/30/1994; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions concerning the election of officers of the Design Review Commission and the powers of the Commission relative to the Municipal Planning Commission.
Election Plan
General (Created: 01/29/2001; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

This election plan sets up staggered four-year terms with a minimum of extensions and this extension applies equally to every elected position.
Election without Mayoral Candidate
General (Created: 01/22/2014; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an upcoming city election and the potentiality that the ballot will not include a mayoral candidate.
Electric Franchise
Ordinance (Created: 04/19/2004; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

An ordinance granting a non-exclusive electric franchise to a utility.
Electric System Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 02/14/2005; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description and management responsibilities for the position of Electric System Director.
Electrical Inspection Staff and Volume
Survey (Created: 10/02/2015; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS asked eight cities about the number of electrical inspections they conduct per year and the number of FTE electrical inspections.
Electrical Operating Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Electrical Operating Superintendent.
Electrical Service Pole Rental Charges and Residential Rates: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: September 18, 2006 )

Cities were asked what they charge other utilities for pole rental and what their residential rate for electricity is.
Electrical Technician
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Electrical Technician.
Electronic Citation Fee Authorized: Adopt Ordinance to Collect $5.00 Fee for Five Years (Revised)
General (Created: 06/23/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Cities may adopt ordinances by majority vote of the legislative body to collect a $5.00 fee for both written and electronic citations prepared by a law enforcement officer, according to Public Chapter 750, effective July 1, 2014.
Electronic Media Usage Policy and Social Media Policy
General (Created: 06/16/2009; Reviewed: December 24, 2009 )

Policies created by Roanoke County to govern the use of electronic media and social media by officials and employees of Roanoke County.
Electronic Personnel Files Survey
Survey (Created: 01/11/2005; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Twenty-three cities were asked whether they had electronic personnel files as well as questions about hardware and the conversion process.
Eleventh Amendment Immunity
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether state immunity under the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to municipalities with respect to application of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Eligibility of Chamber of Commerce Employees for City-Provided Benefits
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A legal opinion was requested of MTAS addressing whether individuals who work for the local Chamber of Commerce are legally eligible for benefits provided to employees of the city.
Eligibility of School Superintendent for Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2009; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city school superintendent is a city employee and eligible to serve as a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Eliminating the Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements in the 2012 International Building Code and International Residential Code
General (Created: 08/23/2016; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is permissible to eliminate the carbon monoxide detector requirements in the 2012 IBC and IRC and if that complies with standards adopted by the State Fire Marshal.
Elimination of Commercial Garbage Subsidy
General (Created: 01/15/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the City subsidy of private commercial solid waste carriers.
Elizabethton Electric System Discussion
(Created: 03/01/2001; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Considers restructuring or reorganizing the city's Electric System.
Elizabethton Electric System Study
(Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a "general overview" study of the Elizabethton Electric System.
Elizabethton Electric System Study Update
(Created: 08/25/2004; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

This is an update of an MTAS study conducted July of 2002.
Elizabethton New Structure of Utilities Classification and Compensation Analysis
(Created: 09/14/2011; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

This analysis is based on a proposed re-structuring of the City's utility divisions, including the water, wastewater, and electric departments.
Elizabethton Overtime Study
(Created: 11/01/2000; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to look at the City's overtime load and to make recommendations which ensure that overtime is worked when necessary for the adequate provision of services, and that when worked, overtime is done so in a manner which best balances the cost to provide the service with the extenuating circumstances of the situation.
Elizabethton Police Wages Comparison 2003
(Created: 03/13/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a police wages comparison and career ladder and incentive program analysis.
Elizabethton Risk Manager Position Analysis
(Created: 12/01/2000; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

The purpose of this analysis is to determine the correct classification and compensation of the new Risk Manager position.
Elizabethton Water/Sewer Manpower Analysis
(Created: 12/01/2000; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

The purpose of this analysis is to examine the manpower levels of different cities in the water and sewer distribution/collection departments and to compare those with the City of Elizabethton.
Emergency Bid Procedures
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/1994; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the absence of an emergency purchase provision in the city charter permits the city to rely upon the one contained in the Municipal Purchasing Law of 1983.
Emergency Call-In Duties
General (Created: 03/27/2000; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

In order to maintain the safety and functionality of the City of Athens infrastructure and right-of ways, it will be necessary periodically for public works employees to be called in for duties after regular working hours during emergency or otherwise adverse situations.
Emergency Communications
General (Created: 01/30/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance to resolve a 911 Communications complaint.
Emergency Communications District Act
General (Created: 01/10/2014; Reviewed: May 2, 2014 )

MTAS was asked for information about the Emergency Communications District Act and the Lincoln County Emergency Communications District.
Emergency Debris Management RFP
RFP (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

The City of Fort Lauderdale issued a request for proposals for emergency debris management.
Emergency Debris Removal RFQ
RFP (Created: 09/14/2004; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

The City of Ocala issued a request for quotation for debris removal.
Emergency Management Agency Director Salary Information
Survey (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: April 3, 2013 )

Six counties were asked about the reporting structure and salaries of their Emergency Management Agency Directors.
Emergency Management Director Survey Results
Survey (Created: 03/29/2016; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Twenty-nine cities and organizations were asked whether they have an emergency management director and salary information for that position.
Emergency Management for Municipalities in Tennessee
General (Created: 02/12/2009; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city should have an emergency management director.
Emergency Medical Services Executive Director
Job Description (Created: 10/04/2012; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of the Executive Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Emergency Personnel Annual Physicals and Overtime Pay Questions
General (Created: 09/17/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether annual physicals are mandatory for police and fire personnel and about overtime pay.
Emergency Purchasing Provisions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2003; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked what an "emergency" is within the meaning of the Municipal Purchasing Law.
Emergency Right of Way Press Release Template
Form (Created: 05/15/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

This is a resource for a local fire department to use to raise community awareness of the need for drivers to yield to emergency vehicles and to move over for stopped emergency vehicles.
Eminent Domain and Necessity of the Taking
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/16/2007; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on any recently tried condemnation suits.
Eminent Domain in Tennessee
(Created: 12/18/2007; Reviewed: December 18, 2007 )

A comprehensive guide to the laws governing eminent domain in Tennessee.
Eminent Domain in Tennessee....an attorney's guide
(Created: 01/25/2005; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

A comprehenseive guide to the laws governing eminent domain in Tennessee.
Eminent Domain in Tennessee: An Attorney's Guide
(Created: 12/01/1992; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

A comprehensive guide to eminent domain in Tennessee.
Eminent Domain Proceedings to Acquire Property for a Maintenance Garage When the Property Is Owned by a Member of the City Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1993; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality may institute eminent domain proceedings to acquire property for a maintenance garage when the property is owned by a member of the city commission.
Eminent Domain/Condemnation
General (Created: 01/12/2005; Reviewed: July 24, 2006 )

Text of a presentation on eminent domain and condemnation.
Employee Abusing Prescription Drug Hydrocodone
General (Created: 09/06/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about testing under reasonable suspicion and grounds for termination of an employee in a safety sensitive position who is abusing his prescription for hydrocodone by crushing and snorting it.
Employee Benefit Survey
Survey (Created: 08/11/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Twenty-seven cities were asked questions about pay in lieu of vacation policies, vacation accrual policies, cash payment of unused sick leave at retirement,
Employee Benefits & Salaries in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Thirty-seven cities were asked questions about TCRS retirement contributions, holidays, leave, and directors' salaries of parks and recreation and community relations.
Employee Benefits Report
Survey (Created: 12/08/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Nineteen cities were asked several questions related to annual leave, sick leave, bereavement leave, longevity pay, and education benefits.
Employee Cell Phone Policy for Brentwood
General (Created: 11/04/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Policy for monthly cell phone allowance for the City of Brentwood.
Employee Compensation Basics: Developing the Direct Pay Component of Total Compensation
General (Created: 06/30/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

E-book that includes discussion of how fixed pay and variable pay work together to attract, retain, and motivate employees.
Employee Firearms Resolution Model
Resolution (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

This document is a sample resolution Tennessee cities can use with regards to employees carrying a firearm.
Employee Handbook Information
General (Created: 09/09/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the benefits of having an employee handbook; includes two examples of handbooks.
Employee Health Insurance
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/13/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about health insurance benefits provided by the City to the recorder, employees, and the city manager.
Employee of the Police Department Who Also Serves as a Part-Time Magistrate
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/1996; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an employee of the police department who also serves as a part-time magistrate.
Employee Political Activity
General (Created: 01/08/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

An employee may participate in political elections in the same manner as other citizens except when he is on duty, in uniform, or in a City vehicle.
Employee Safety Measures
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to address several personnel safety issues.
Employee Seeking Promotion Treated Like Other Candidates
General (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any protection of the candidacy information of an employee who is seeking a promotion.
Employee Service Awards for Retirement and Employee Recognition Programs: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Sixteen cities were asked about employee recognition programs and service awards for retiring personnel.
Employee Termination Survey Results
Survey (Created: 01/24/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked the number of full time employees who were separated from their organization in 2009, 2008, and 2007 and their departments.
Employee Testing Survey and Results
Survey (Created: 05/19/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an employment testing survey to determine if Tennessee cities conduct pre-employment testing for police, fire, and public safety dispatch applicants; includes the responses of the fifteen participants.
Employees Subject to Summary Dismissal by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked which among certain personnel in the city occupy at will positions of employment subject to summary termination by the mayor.
Employers Asking for Social Media Passwords
(Created: 09/18/2012; Reviewed: September 17, 2012 )

Improper use of social media information on applicants and employees may result in claims alleging discrimination, negligent hiring, violation of privacy, and open record conflicts.
Employing an Alderman as a Part-Time Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/1997; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman can be employed by the city as a part-time police officer.
Employing Minors in Establishments That Sell Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether minors may be employed in establishments that sell beer.
Employment Agreement between the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee, and a Wastewater Treatment Operator
General (Created: 06/14/2012; Reviewed: April 4, 2017 )

The town wishes to employ an individual for a period of one year in order to determine if they are capable of operating the Town's wastewater treatment plant, a highly regulated facility which must be operated to exact regulations as required by state, local, and federal agencies.
Employment Agreement for City Administrator
General (Created: 06/19/2006; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

An employment agreement between the Town of Pittman Center and the City Administrator.
Employment Agreement for City Manager
General (Created: 12/14/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An employment agreement between the city and the city manager.
Employment Contract City Manager
General (Created: 01/01/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An employment contract for the position on City Manager.
Employment Contracts between City Manager and Department Heads
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1993; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Commissioners of the City may enter into an "employment agreement" with the Chief of Police.
Employment Law Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to employment law and the potential liability of board members.
Employment Testing Services
General (Created: 09/03/2004; Reviewed: October 12, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to compile a comparative list of companies offering employment tests.
Encryption of Radio Signals
General (Created: 03/29/2001; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

Encryption will keep eavesdroppers from being able to listen to radio transmissions as they happen, but official recordings of the transmissions are public records.
Energy Code Adoption by the State of Tennessee and Its Effects on Cities (2009)
(Created: 11/13/2009; Reviewed: November 12, 2009 )

This Hot Topic analyzes the new energy code legislation; describes what the state of Tennessee is doing to prepare for implementation of this law and how cities can prepare; and outlines the resources MTAS will provide to assist cities in this process.
Energy Code Adoption by the State of Tennessee and Its Effects on Cities (2010)
(Created: 09/17/2010; Reviewed: September 16, 2010 )

This Hot Topic analyzes the new energy code legislation; describes what the state of Tennessee is doing to prepare for implementation of this law and how cities can prepare; and outlines the resources MTAS will provide to assist cities in this process.
Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program in Tennessee
(Created: 02/05/2013; Reviewed: February 11, 2013 )

This publication examines the elements, goals and project outcomes of the State of Tennessee Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG), as well as the environmental and economic benefits associated with local governmental implementation of this program.
Energy Issues in Tennessee
General (Created: 10/17/2001; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

The State of Tennessee's Department of Economic & Community Development requested ideas and recommendations for state energy programs, policies and initiatives.
Enforceability of Beer Ordinance Licensing Requirements
General (Created: 04/25/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the current status of beer permits issued by the town and the future enforceability of the beer ordinance licensing requirements.
Enforcement of Building Code on a Project under Construction -- at Time of Annexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1992; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether newly annexed property is subject to the city's building code.
Enforcement of Floodplain Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and write an opinion on enforcing a floodplain zoning ordinance.
Enforcement of Out-of-State Custody Orders
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/22/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a police department has the authority to enforce a custody order from another state.
Enforcing a Residential Zoning Classification on Annexed -- Properties
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1997; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about enforcing a residential zoning classification on two parcels of real property that were annexed some time ago by a city.
Enforcing City Water Conservation Measures
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2007; Reviewed: January 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what legal action can the City take against outside water users who fail to make the 'asked for' water conservation steps, short of cutting off their water?
Enforcing Compliance with Posted Street Numbering
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1991; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether other cities have ordinances that guarantee posting of street numbers.
Enforcing False Fire Alarm Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the false alarm ordinance, levying a $150 "service fee" on businesses after third false alarm, is enforceable.
Enforcing Municipal Ordinances Outside the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1996; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it may enforce its ordinances dealing with tall grass, junk cars, and dangerous buildings within one mile of the city limits.
Enforcing Stormwater and Pretreatment Ordinances through the Administrative Process, Including the Use of Civil Penalties
General (Created: 02/07/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the authority of cities to use the administrative process to impose penalties for stormwater and pretreatment violations.
Engineer Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineer/Codes Official.
Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 06/26/2003; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official.
Engineering Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Assistant.
Engineering Fees
General (Created: 06/13/2006; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for information on determining engineering fees.
Engineering Technician (1)
Job Description (Created: 08/02/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Technician for the City of Belmont.
Engineering Technician (2)
Job Description (Created: 07/01/1999; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Technician for the City of Maryville.
Englewood Debt Management Policy
General (Created: 09/20/2011; Reviewed: September 20, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to customize the model debt policy based on a percentage of expenditures.
Enhancing the Economic Vitality of the Central Business District
General (Created: 12/11/2015; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS provided several approaches that have been successfully employed in other Tennessee cities to accomplish this objective.
Ensuring Effective Municipal Service Delivery to Diverse Constituents: Preparing Tennessee Cities to Serve Changing Communities
(Created: 12/05/2015; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

The purpose of this MTAS-sponsored research study is three-fold, 1) identify current diversity initiatives (e.g. training programs, resources, and programming) within Tennessee municipalities that prepare local government employees to serve diverse populations, 2) identify existing service delivery initiatives that serve diverse local constituents in Tennessee municipalities (e.g. language materials, etc.), 3) identify future diversity-related training and resources most beneficial to the municipality in serving diverse constituents. The central research question is, 'In what ways can Tennessee municipalities better prepare to serve an increasingly diverse public?'
Ensuring That the Disabled Employee(s) Can Take the Same Smoking Breaks Other Employees Have
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1998; Reviewed: June 22, 2012 )

MTAS was asked whether a disabled municipal employee legally can demand a 'smoking area' in an otherwise smoke-free public building.
Enterprise Software Survey
Survey (Created: 11/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked about the software package and vendor they are using for managing the utilities department, finance functions, a local school district, and fleet.
Entitlement of the City to In Lieu Of Taxes from an Electric System
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/1995; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to in lieu of taxes from an electric system with respect to the system's property in the city.
Entry Level Firefighter Job Description
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A job description for an entry level firefighter for the City of Dayton.
Entry Level Police Officer Salary
Survey (Created: 10/31/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Four cities responded to an MTAS survey about their salary range for an entry level police officer.
Environmentalist or Equivalent Position: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: February 25, 2010 )

10 cities were asked questions about personnel handling environmental compliance.
Equal and Uniform Tax Rate
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/29/1996; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the town could set up separate taxing districts based on whether the residents of an area received water and sewer services from the town.
Equipment Operator (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Equipment Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Equipment Purchased by an Industrial Development Corporation Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/19/1995; Reviewed: May 22, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an Industrial Development Corporation Board could purchase equipment for a local manufacturer with its bonds and then lease the equipment to the industry then, once the bonds were paid off, the Board would allow the industry to retain the equipment.
Equipment Purchases by the Joint City/County E-911 Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1993; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board could accept one of two offers to furnish equipment or if it must advertise and accept bids.
Escorted funeral processions
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2000; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Should a city allow funeral-home escorts at funeral processions?
Essentials of the Pension Protection Act
(Created: 04/08/2008; Reviewed: April 10, 2008 )

Through the Pension Protection Act, Congress attempts to provide workers with enhanced security by strengthening funding requirements and administration of defined benefit pension plans. The PPA also contains provisions for defined contribution plans such as 401(k) plans, IRAs, 457 plans and 403(b) plans.
Establishing a City Court
General (Created: 08/01/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Regarding the establishment of a city court, the city should notify the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in writing. After the names of the judge and clerk are in the AOC system, they will receive notices of conferences and training classes.
Establishing a Debt Policy and a Fund Balance Policy for the Town of Altamont
Ordinance (Created: 09/14/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to provide ordinances to establish a debt policy and a fund balance policy for the Town of Altamont.
Establishing a Parks and Recreation Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/1992; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about establishing a parks and recreation board.
Establishing a Planning Commission and Initiating Zoning within the Corporate Limits
General (Created: 09/09/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information about the requirements for creating a planning commission and initiating zoning.
Establishing a Regional Airport Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1996; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how municipalities and/or counties establish a regional airport "commission" with respect to the Metro. Airport.
Establishing a Separate E-911 System for the City When There is a County-Wide E-911 System
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/1993; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can establish a separate E-911 system when there is a county-wide E-911 system.
Establishing an Economic Development Program
General (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

The City of Medina requested MTAS to assist in establishing an economic development program.
Establishing Voting Districts in the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/09/1994; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about establishing voting districts in the city.
Establishment and Operation of a Public Library
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/07/2000; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

The city in question cannot vary from TCA provisions regarding the establishment and operation of its public library.
Establishment May Sell Guns and Off-Premises Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/2004; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the beer board may refuse to issue an off-premises beer permit to an establishment which intends to sell guns as a part of its business.
Establishment of a City Environmental Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the establishment of an environmental court in the city and the organizational implications such a court would have on the existing city court.
Estimate of Tennessee Cities Using an Annual Evaluation Process
General (Created: 01/10/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to estimate the number of cities who conduct annual evaluations on their employees.
Estimating the PILOT for Municipal Gas Systems
(Created: 12/05/2006; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to determine the proper allocation of gas system in-lieu of tax for the Town of Whiteville from the City of Bolivar.
Etowah, Tennessee, ISO Review
(Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This report will cover the review of communication, the fire department, and the water system following the recommendations of ISO's Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).
Evaluating an On-Call System
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/1991; Reviewed: September 12, 2005 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate an on-call system for firefighters.
Evaluating an RFP/RFQ for Consulting Services
Form (Created: 08/31/2015; Reviewed: September 9, 2015 )

This RFP evaluation scoresheet is a template that can be modified for projects other than selecting consulting services.
Evaluating Solid Waste Collection for Commercial Refuse and Cardboard Collection
(Created: 09/29/2006; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate commercial garbage collection and cardboard collection and evaluate sanitation rates.
Evaluation of City Manager
Form (Created: 12/11/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

This is a form that can be used to evaluate a City Manager in any town or city in Tennessee.
Eviction Notices
General (Created: 12/18/2006; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS assisted in writing an eviction notice and a request to vacate to the tenants in a city-owned building.
Evidence Technician
Job Description (Created: 12/30/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Evidence Technician.
Example of a Monthly Administrative Report
(Created: 12/11/2013; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an example of a monthly administrative report that a city manager might present to the mayor and city council.
Examples of Vehicle Use Policies
General (Created: 08/21/2013; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some samples of vehicle use policies.
Excavation Safety Policy Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/07/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance establishing an excavation safety policy for the Town of Wartrace.
Excess Funds in Public Improvement Bond
General (Created: 01/08/2014; Reviewed: January 21, 2014 )

MTAS was asked whether excess funds that remained from a public improvement bond called to complete required subdivision work should be returned to the surety company.
Exclusive Franchises for Sewer Treatment Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

There is sufficient authority for this town to grant an exclusive franchise for sewer service to one entity.
Executive Director/Manager Salaries in Selected Airports in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 08/12/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Six airport managers were asked questions about their budget and the salary of their executive directors and managers.
Executive Secretary City Manager's Office
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary City Manager's Office.
Executive Secretary II
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II for Engineering and Development Services.
Executive Secretary II Administrative Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II/Administrative Assistant.
Executive Summary: Cities of Alcoa & Maryville & Blount County Solid Waste Issues Study
(Created: 07/26/2002; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

A summary of a solid waste study conducted by MTAS and CTAS; a full report in hardcopy is in the MTAS library.
Exempt and Non-Exempt Cities Under the State Fire Marshal's Building and Fire Code
General (Created: 10/31/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the difference between an exempt and nonexempt city under the State Fire Marshal's Building and Fire Code.
Exempting Property from Taxation
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/2001; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can exempt a certain person's property from taxation for 99 years, in consideration of his gift to the city of property.
Exemption from Application of the State Fire Marshal's Minimum Statewide Standards under T.C.A. '68-120-101
General (Created: 03/27/2014; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the town is authorized to issue building permits and conduct inspections on the new county elementary school.
Exotic Animals Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if Tennessee has an exotic animals law and if private property owners are prohibited from keeping pythons.
Expending Municipal Funds to Relocate Sewer, Water, and Gas Mechanical Equipment at the Request of a Property Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/1995; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of expending municipal funds to relocate sewer, water and gas mechanical equipment at the request of a property owner who wishes to backfill his property.
Expenditure for Spouses
General (Created: 01/12/2015; Reviewed: January 13, 2015 )

MTAS was asked whether it is an allowable expenditure for a city to pay dinner charges for elected officials and their spouses at a one-time Christmas event and whether a city may pay for a picnic for employees and their spouses.
Expunged Records
General (Created: 09/05/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the meaning of expunged records.
Extending Contract Terms
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can renew their contract with a solid waste disposal company without having to open it up to competitive bidding.
Extending Fire Service on a Contract Basis Outside Corporate Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/1993; Reviewed: April 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town could extend fire service on a contract basis outside corporate limits and, if so, whether this would increase the town's liability exposure.
Extending or Advancing Sick Leave to an Employee Who Needs Surgery
General (Created: 09/06/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can extend or advance sick leave to an employee who needs time off for surgery and has used up all her leave to date.
Extending Sewer System, Deeding Property to the City, and Using the Name of the Police Dept. on Materials Distributed by a Private Organization
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/12/1991; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can extend their sewer system and compel property owners outside the municipality to connect to that system, whether a city can accept donated property, and whether a private organization can use the the city's police on their literature to raise funds for drug awareness programs.
Extending the Term of Municipal Officers to Effect Changes in Election Dates or to Accomplish Staggered Terms
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/20/1995; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can extend the term of municipal officers to effect changes in election dates or to accomplish staggered terms.
Extending the Terms of Office of Appointed Staff Members to Coincide with the Mayoral Election
General (Created: 01/09/2014; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a one year extension of the terms of office of specific staff members to align the commencement of those terms with the next mayoral election.
Exterior Lighting Regulations: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/1999; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about the regulation of exterior lighting on commercial property.
Extraterritorial Arrests
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked under what authority police officers have the right to arrest and pursue defendants outside the territorial limits of the city.
Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/25/1992; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

The City's zoning ordinance remains in effect until the Town either enacts its own zoning ordinance or by ordinance rescinds the City's zoning.

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