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Facilities Maintenance: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Kingsport
Survey (Created: 03/01/2004; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

Five cities were asked several questions about the number of public facilities and the employees who provided service to those facilities in the areas of HVAC, plumbing, locksmith, carpentry, electrical repair, and painting.
Facilities Management
(Created: 10/31/2014; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the city's management structure for facility maintenance because of the city's major capital investment in its facilities and the ongoing operational costs associated with their maintenance and repair.
Facilities Usage Policies and Procedures: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/15/2005; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked about allowing park facilities or community centers to be used by concert venues or large events that are not city sponsored.
Facility Naming Policies
General (Created: 06/15/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of facility naming policies.
Failure of the Local Government to Substantially Comply with the Public Hearing Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/1998; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the failure of the local government to substantially comply with the public hearing notice and other procedural requirements prescribed by the state law is jurisdictional rather than directory.
Failure to Provide Proof of Automobile Insurance a Municipal Ordinance Violation
(Created: 01/21/2002; Reviewed: August 9, 2005 )

Tennessee Code Annotated requires drivers of vehicles charged with various state and local traffic violations, or involved in traffic accidents, to produce proof of automobile insurance and a city may make the violation of that statute a municipal ordinance violation.
Fair Credit Reporting Act
(Created: 09/10/1999; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

Do you conduct background and credit checks on new hires? If you do, the amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1997 (FCRA) may make this practice unlawful if you haven't been getting the applicants' written permission.
Fair Credit Reporting Act (2010)
(Created: 01/13/2010; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

The provisions of FCRA, CRECA and FACTA directly affect those cities that use outside agencies to secure information about applicants and employees.
Fair Credit Reporting Act (2011)
(Created: 01/18/2011; Reviewed: January 19, 2011 )

The provisions of FCRA, CRECA and FACTA directly affect those cities that use outside agencies to secure information about applicants and employees.
Fair Credit Reporting Act (2012)
(Created: 11/15/2012; Reviewed: February 4, 2013 )

The FCRA requires employers who use outside agencies to perform credit or other background checks (including criminal, reference, or driving record checks) to comply with comprehensive notice, consent, and disclosure obligations both prior to doing the checks and after the results are reported.
Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption Tests
Form (Created: 11/28/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop forms for FLSA exemption "tests" for use in cities.
Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption Tests
Form (Created: 10/26/2015; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to develop forms for FLSA exemption "tests" for use in cities.
Fair Labor Standards Act Impact on Cities
General (Created: 04/03/1985; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

This Technical Bulletin discusses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Garcia v. San Antonio Transit Authority (February 19, 1985), which reversed the 1976 National League of Cities v. Usery decision.
Fair Labor Standards Act: An Overview and Update
(Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2005 )

This document covers what the FLSA requires, who is and is not covered, hours worked and compensation, overtime pay, record keeping and penalties.
Fair Labor Standards Act: Revised and Updated (2009)
(Created: 06/18/2009; Reviewed: June 18, 2009 )

This document details the specifics of the act: what the act requires, who is covered and who is not covered, hours worked and compensation, overtime pay, record keeping, and penalties.
Fair Labor Standards Act: Revised and Updated (2011)
(Created: 02/14/2012; Reviewed: February 14, 2012 )

This document details the specifics of the act: what the act requires, who is covered and who is not covered, hours worked and compensation, overtime pay, record keeping, and penalties.
Fair Labor Standards Act: Revised and Updated (2012)
(Created: 12/20/2012; Reviewed: February 22, 2013 )

This document details the specifics of the act: what the act requires, who is covered and who is not covered, hours worked and compensation, overtime pay, record keeping, and penalties.
Fair Pay Initiative (Section 13(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act): The Executive, Administrative, Professional, and Computer Employees Exemptions Revisited-1
(Created: 06/08/2004; Reviewed: August 18, 2005 )

The Fair Pay Initiative nearly triples the salary threshold for overtime, establishes that exemptions do not apply to certain jobs, and identifies those employees who must be paid a minimum wage and premium overtime wages.
Fairview, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 04/30/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer this question: Where should Fairview place its fire stations to provide coverage for the City of Fairview and Fairview's response district based upon the maximum five-mile coverage area allowed by ISO?
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: A Summary for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/24/2020; Reviewed: March 24, 2020 )

A summary of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (signed into law March 18, 2020) to assist employers and employees during the pandemic.
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993: Major Developments Since Enactment
General (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An update of the FMLA, including major case law.
Family Medical Leave Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/23/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Has an employee exhausted her leave under the FMLA, if the leave was given orally and not in writing?
Family Medical Leave Act (2010)
(Created: 04/30/2010; Reviewed: May 3, 2010 )

The FMLA was passed in 1993, amended in 2008 to provide leave entitlements for military families, and updated in 2009 by the Department of Labor.
Family Medical Leave Act ... an Updated Guide
(Created: 02/29/2012; Reviewed: March 19, 2012 )

This publication will attempt to provide your city with an overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) including recent amendments, legislative history and the intersection of FMLA with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act).
Farmer's Market Insurance in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Ten cities in Tennessee were surveyed regarding farmer's markets and insurance for the vendors.
Farmers' Markets in Tennessee Cities
General (Created: 04/13/2015; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on what a city needs to know to host a farmers' market inside the city limits, including rules, regulations, and vendor applications.
Federal and State Standard Mileage Rates Announced
(Created: 01/10/2006; Reviewed: )

Summary of changes in the 2006 federal and state reimbursement rates for mileage.
Federal and State Standard Mileage Rates Announced (2008)
(Created: 03/05/2008; Reviewed: March 6, 2008 )

Summary of changes in the 2008 federal and state reimbursement rates for mileage.
Federal Brownfields Legislation Can Help Cities to Eliminate Decay
General (Created: 01/29/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act will help cities by providing funding to clean up and revitalize brownfield sites.
Federal Grants Available to Fire Departments: Successful Funding for Tennessee Fire Departments (2007)
(Created: 04/02/2007; Reviewed: April 3, 2007 )

The federal government will provide several opportunities for grant funding to fire departments again this year.
Federal Mileage Rate Effective January 1, 2009
(Created: 01/07/2009; Reviewed: January 9, 2009 )

The optional standard mileage rate decreased to 55 cents per mile for all business miles driven after December 31, 2008.
Federal Mileage Rate Effective January 1, 2010
(Created: 12/15/2009; Reviewed: March 8, 2010 )

The optional standard mileage rate decreased to 50 cents per mile for all business miles driven after December 31, 2009.
Federal Mileage Rate Effective January 1, 2011
(Created: 12/15/2010; Reviewed: December 17, 2010 )

The optional standard mileage rate increased to 51 cents per mile for all business miles driven after December 31, 2010.
Federal Mileage Rate Effective July 1, 2011
(Created: 07/12/2011; Reviewed: July 15, 2011 )

The optional standard mileage rate increased to 55.5 cents per mile for all business miles driven on or after July 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011.
Federal Mileage Rate Increase Effective July 1, 2008
(Created: 07/10/2008; Reviewed: July 11, 2008 )

The optional standard mileage rate increased to 58.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2008, through December 31, 2008.
Fee for Municipal Delinquent Tax Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/23/2004; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney filing suit for collection of delinquent real property taxes is limited to a 10% fee.
Fees and Policies for Grinder Pumps in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/06/2019; Reviewed: November 6, 2019 )

MTAS surveyed a number of Tennessee cities regarding their fees and policies for grinder pumps.
Fees for Building Inspections: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/2001; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

Cities were asked if they charge building inspection fees or related fees and the amounts of these fees.
Fees Sent to State by City Courts
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about fees/costs sent to the State for violations tried in city court.
Filing Suit for Collection of Delinquent Real Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the procedure for collecting delinquent property taxes when the county taxes have been paid.
Filling Two Vacancies in the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/15/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of how two vacancies in the board of mayor and aldermen are filled.
Filling Vacancies in the City's School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2006; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the school board chairman's appointment to fill the vacancy on the school board was legal.
Filling Vacancies on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen by Appointment
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/07/1993; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether an appointment made by the Board to fill a vacancy created when no one ran for an expired aldermanic seat was an appointment for two or four years.
Filling Vacancies on Your City Council
(Created: 05/27/2011; Reviewed: May 27, 2011 )

This publication presents an argument in favor of cities adopting succession plans.
Film Royalties: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 12/21/2009; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked whether they pay any type of royalty or permission fee for showing movies at special events.
Final Regulations: Volunteers and the Affordable Care Act
General (Created: 02/17/2014; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

In summary, hours worked by a volunteer who does not receive (and is not entitled to receive) compensation in exchange for the performance of services are not treated as hours of service for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Finance and Administrative Limited Organizational Review for Bartlett, Tennessee
(Created: 02/18/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

The purpose of this review was to analyze the current organizational chart and positions within the Department of Finance and Administration.
Finance Review of Parks and Recreation Dept. of Chattanooga
(Created: 06/02/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This review of the Parks and Recreation Department, focuses specifically on three areas of Recreation, the POWERHOUSE, Aquatics, and the Recreation centers.
Financial and Operational Issues for a Sewer Line to Serve the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.
(Created: 08/26/2005; Reviewed: October 20, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to assist Spring City with financial and operational issues regarding the sewer line being constructed to serve the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.
Financial Audit Advertisement
Form (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

A sample advertisement for an auditor who is qualified to perform a financial and compliance audit.
Financial Liability of Town as the Result of an Electric System Equipment Failure
General (Created: 05/15/2014; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

The town, as the customer, is being asked to pay for an as yet undetermined amount of electricity over an undetermined period of time by the electric distributor and wants to know how far back the utility can bill a customer for usage.
Financial Responsibility Act
General (Created: 12/19/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2010 )

MTAS was asked for information on the State's new Financial Responsibility Act.
Financial Review of Non-City Athletic Leagues
General (Created: 02/06/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has an obligation to conduct any type of financial review of non-city athletic leagues.
Finding Money (2012)
(Created: 10/02/2012; Reviewed: October 2, 2012 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee (2008)
(Created: 08/13/2008; Reviewed: August 15, 2008 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee (2010)
(Created: 01/31/2010; Reviewed: February 8, 2010 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee (2011)
(Created: 12/23/2011; Reviewed: January 17, 2012 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money For Municipal Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee
(Created: 02/01/2003; Reviewed: August 8, 2005 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee
(Created: 04/20/2006; Reviewed: June 29, 2007 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee
(Created: 07/16/2007; Reviewed: July 19, 2007 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Fines and Court Costs Survey in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 04/11/2003; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

Eight cities were asked about fines, court costs, and litigation tax.
Fines for Traffic Violations and Fees for Mandatory Driving School
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/22/2001; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

It is permissible for a court to both impose a fine and order an offender to attend and pay the fees for safe driving school.
Fines for Violation of Town Ordinances
General (Created: 04/02/2007; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how much the fine can be and if a separate fine can be assessed for each day of a violation.
Fire (and Police) Departments Liable for Negligent Response
(Created: 05/27/2003; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

Under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act, municipalities are liable for the negligence of their employees, with some exceptions; one of those exceptions is 'discretionary functions."
Fire Chaplains
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there has been a case where a fire chaplain program has been challenged on establishment clause grounds.
Fire Chief
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief for the City of Smyrna.
Fire Chief (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire Chief (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire chief is in the driver's seat
General (Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

An article answering the question regarding the responsibility and scheduling of the Fire Chief's position in a fire department.
Fire Chief Sample Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 09/12/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A collection of several sample job descriptions for the position of fire chief; includes job descriptions for fire chiefs of a volunteer fire department.
Fire Code for the City of Lebanon
(Created: 06/29/2000; Reviewed: July 27, 2010 )

Recommends that the City of Lebanon adopt the "Standard Fire Prevention Code."
Fire Department Accreditation: A New Way of Evaluating Efficiency and Effectiveness of Fire Departments
(Created: 09/26/2006; Reviewed: July 27, 2010 )

Accreditation is a way to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of a fire department by determining community risks and fire safety needs, accurately evaluating the organization's performance, and providing a method for continuous improvement.
Fire Department Accreditation: A New Way of Evaluating Efficiency and Effectiveness of Fire Departments (2012)
(Created: 04/25/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2012 )

Accreditation is a way to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of a fire department by determining community risks and fire safety needs, accurately evaluating the organization's performance, and providing a method for continuous improvement.
Fire Department Assessment for the Etowah Fire Department
(Created: 08/16/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct an ISO study for the City of Etowah, exploring the dispatch center, the water supply, and the fire department.
Fire Department Assessment for the Kingston Fire Department
(Created: 07/31/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist the Kingston Fire Department in preparing for an ISO inspection.
Fire Department Budget and Staffing: A Telephone Survey Conducted for the City of Harriman
Survey (Created: 09/01/2004; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked questions about their fire department budget and number of full-time and part-time fire fighters.
Fire Department Budgets: A Survey Conducted for Jasper
Survey (Created: 01/26/2007; Reviewed: July 27, 2010 )

Nine cities were asked whether they have a full time paid fire chief and the fire department budget for FY2007.
Fire Department Major
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Fire Department Executive Officer with the rank of Major.
Fire Department Operations for Non-Fire Types
General (Created: 05/01/1995; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

Ray Crouch developed an MTAS cross-training class that was delivered at Montgomery Bell Park, May 1995.
Fire Department Recognition Bill
General (Created: 02/26/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This information from a TFCA flyer answers questions about the Fire Department Recognition Bill.
Fire Department Schedule
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Proposed 28-day schedule for a fire department working a 24/48 shift pattern, including meal time deduction and kelly day.
Fire Department Sick Leave Policies
Survey (Created: 05/25/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

TPMA sent out a survey to determine how municipalities handle sick leave for Fire Department employees and received fourteen responses.
Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure: Fire Department Vehicle Safety, Emergency and Non-Emergency Response, Safe Emergency Operations on Roadways
General (Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This procedure identifies requirements for the implementation of a safe Fire Department vehicle operations program.
Fire Department Training Records
General (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Fire Department records for training and personnel are open for inspection upon demand during any reasonable hours.
Fire Department Training Requirements and Training Budget Comparisons
(Created: 01/02/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to answer questions on standard procedures for fire departments and provide information on educational expenses and other policies.
Fire Drills in Schools and ISO Credit
Form (Created: 01/21/2020; Reviewed: April 3, 2020 )

Section 1000 of the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule evaluates the community risk reduction efforts in a community. Part of Section 1032B1, Fire Safety Education in Schools, evaluates fire safety efforts in schools, including the conducting of monthly fire drills. This section requires that “Each school must conduct 1 fire exit drill, in accordance with the general criteria of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, or the ICC International Fire Code each month that the campus is in session.”
Fire Hydrant Charges Expensed to General Fund
Survey (Created: 07/31/2002; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

Update of 1994 survey with 22 cities contacted.
Fire Hydrant Color
General (Created: 10/17/2001; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

A letter giving specifications for fire hydrant colors.
Fire Hydrant Flow Test Results Calculator
General (Created: 02/26/2015; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

This spreadsheet may be downloaded to calculate the results of fire hydrant flow tests.
Fire Hydrant Installation, Maintenance, and Fees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 04/30/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions about fire hydrants and the utility districts to which they are attached.
Fire Hydrant Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/24/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

An ordinance adopting by reference the NFPA fire hydrant color coding standards and establishing certain standards for fire flows and hydrants and use of some existing fire hydrants.
Fire Hydrant Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/04/2003; Reviewed: March 1, 2006 )

An ordinance adopting by reference the NFPA fire hydrant color coding standards and establishing certain standards for fire flows and hydrants and use of some existing fire hydrants.
Fire Hydrant Rental
General (Created: 05/14/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal and what is a reasonable fee for the general fund to pay the water fund a 'rental fee' for fire hydrants.
Fire Inspection Quality Assurance Survey
Form (Created: 01/24/2020; Reviewed: April 3, 2020 )

This form is a sample survey that cities can use as follow up after a fire code compliance inspection.
Fire Inspector
Job Description (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Fire Inspector.
Fire Inspectors in the Codes Department
General (Created: 07/17/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any municipalities in the state have fire inspectors in the codes department rather than the fire department and, if so, how that works.
Fire Inspectors: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

MTAS asked eight cities whether they have a fire inspector and the salary range for that position.
Fire Investigator Mentor Program
General (Created: 11/14/2008; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This Fire Investigator Mentor Program has been endorsed by the Tennessee Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and recognized by the IAAI as an excellent program in training and qualifying new fire investigators.
Fire Loops
General (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on public vs. private fire loops connected to public water system.
Fire Performance Management Worksheets for Shelby County
(Created: 12/09/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS and CTAS collaborated on this project for Shelby County Government Fire Department.
Fire Positions Exempted from Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Mandatory Retirement at Age 60
Survey (Created: 09/01/2017; Reviewed: October 30, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities to determine if their battalion chief or shift caption positions are exempted from the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System mandatory retirement for public safety positions at age 60.
Fire Protection Charges: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/1999; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

Cities were asked if they have a fire protection charge, if it is a charge per hydrant, and the amount of the charge.
Fire Protection Charges: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Columbia
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

Nine cities were asked about charges for extrication, hazardous materials cleanup, false alarms, and fees for fire code inspections.
Fire Protection Improvement Report, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
(Created: 11/14/2005; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A follow-up report of conditions related to the management and operation of the Signal Mountain Fire Department.
Fire Service Evaluation
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

The Insurance Service Office (ISO) serves Tennessee insurance companies by evaluating cities' fire defenses for insurance rating purposes.
Fire shift commanders and assistant chief salary and overtime
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Fifteen Tennessee cities were surveyed regarding their fire departments and the levels of authority in them.
Fire Shift Supervisor Survey
Survey (Created: 12/04/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eight cities responded to this survey that asks about the position that is responsible for the supervision of two or more fire stations and their crews.
Fire Station Location Study Model
(Created: 05/31/1989; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

This fire study serves as a guide and model for the proper, clinical study of a local government's fire/rescue station coverage and acts as an instruction manual and template for the general management consultant's application.
Fire Stations and Coronavirus Precautions: A Hot Topic for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/27/2020; Reviewed: March 27, 2020 )

Firefighters understand the concept of hot, warm, and cold zones in fire stations when it comes to keeping turnouts and fire contaminated gear out of the living areas of the station. But what about viruses and other pathogens? The practices used for fire contaminated gear do not work with pathogens. Therefore, firefighters need to practice more extensive contamination control to reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus while at the fire station.
Fire Subscription Service
General (Created: 08/17/2015; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of creating a four-to-five mile radius around the corporate limits within which the town would offer fire protection services on a subscription basis.
Fire Support Specialist
Job Description (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A sample job description for a fire support specialist.
Fire Support Specialist
Job Description (Created: 11/13/2019; Reviewed: November 13, 2019 )

A sample job description for a Fire Support Specialist.
Fire Truck Inspection Cost
General (Created: 11/25/2003; Reviewed: March 1, 2006 )

MTAS was asked what it will cost to have a ladder truck inspected.
Fire Watch Policy
Form (Created: 02/08/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This sample fire watch policy provides for the continuous presence of a trained person, who maintains a constant fire watch, while the required fire protection system is out of service.
Firearms for Fire Personnel
General (Created: 12/16/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a Fire Chief and other members of a Municipal Fire Department may carry firearms.
Firearms in Parking Lots
General (Created: 05/21/2015; Reviewed: May 21, 2015 )

As enacted, this bill creates a cause of action against an employer for discharge or adverse employment action based solely on transportation or storage of a firearm or firearm ammunition in an employer parking lot.
Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter.
Firefighter 1 Training
General (Created: 11/03/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the requirements for a Firefighter to become certified as a Firefighter 1.
Firefighter Certification
General (Created: 10/11/2002; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a legal requirement to have firefighters certified.
Firefighter Driver
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Driver.
Firefighter Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Mechanic.
Firefighter Minimum Training Law: Public Chapter 512 - 2009
(Created: 08/17/2009; Reviewed: August 17, 2009 )

The law does three things: (1) establishes a 16-hour class that must be taken by anyone who enters the fire service before they can respond to any emergency, (2) requires that every firefighter complete a basic firefighter class, as defined by the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy, within three years of joining a fire department, and (3) provides exceptions for firefighters who already have five years of experience.
Firefighter Physicals and Janitorial Staff Survey
Survey (Created: 10/09/2018; Reviewed: October 9, 2018 )

MTAS Human Resources Consultant Richard Stokes designed and executed this survey regarding firefighter physicals and janitorial staff in May 2018.
Firefighter Professional Negotiations Act
General (Created: 02/27/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

A summary of the cost of collective bargaining for firefighters in Tennessee.
Firefighter Vacation Accrual in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: October 30, 2019 )

MTAS asked a number of Tennessee cities how they handle vacation accrual for firefighters.
Firefighters as Auxiliary Police Officers and Dispatcher Psychological Assessment Survey
Survey (Created: 01/10/2020; Reviewed: January 10, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities and towns regarding allowing firefighters to serve auxiliary police officers and also the psychological assessment of dispatchers.
Firefighters Driving on a License from Another State
General (Created: 04/03/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, in Tennessee, firefighters are required to have a valid Tennessee driver's license to operate vehicles and work in the full capacity of a fire fighter.
Firefighters Must Have Key to Fire Station
General (Created: 09/19/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

If a fire station is locked when not occupied, then all firefighters must have a key.
Firefighters on 24-Hour Shift Survey
Survey (Created: 08/08/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Thirty-one cities were asked whether their firefighters on 24-hour shifts were paid by the hour or on a salaried basis.
Firefighters Vacation Accrual Summary Report
Survey (Created: 03/23/2010; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eighteen cities were asked about vacation leave for full-time employees of the fire department.
Firefighters' Pay Under Military Leave Statute
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/07/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to compute 20 days of military leave for firefighters, who generally work 24 hour shifts.
Fireworks Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/21/2005; Reviewed: October 24, 2006 )

An ordinance to regulate the sale and use of fireworks.
Fireworks Sample Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/19/2006; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

An ordinance to add Chapter 4, "Fireworks," to Title 7 of the City of ______ Municipal Code.
Firing the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/29/2000; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for whom the City Attorney works and if the City Attorney may be fired.
First NFPA Fire Inspector Training Scheduled
(Created: 11/08/1994; Reviewed: June 19, 2002 )

Because certification of fire inspectors is now required by the state, a training session is being offered for the NFPA exam.
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager for the City of Smyrna.
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager.
Fitness Program Survey
Survey (Created: 05/06/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twenty-four cities and departments were asked about fitness programs available to their employees; requested by Knox County Personnel.
Five Basic Steps for Registering a Domain Name for Your Municipality (2008)
(Created: 10/31/2008; Reviewed: November 10, 2008 )

An explanation of how a city may register a domain name for a Web site.
Five Basic Steps for Registering a Domain Name for Your Municipality (2012)
(Created: 11/08/2012; Reviewed: November 13, 2012 )

An explanation of how a city may register a domain name for a website.
Flea Market Dealers
General (Created: 02/03/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Registering dealers at a multi-vendor open-area flea market that routinely occurs along the Tennessee border and probably has multi-state vendor participation.
Fleet and Materials Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fleet and Materials Manager.
Fleet Maintenance and Operations Schedules
Form (Created: 07/12/2012; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Seven checklists for preventive maintenance and inspections.
Fleet Maintenance Services Survey
Survey (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS asked six cities about charging the city's various departments for fleet services.
Fleet Management Tips for Municipal Decision Makers
(Created: 11/20/2012; Reviewed: November 20, 2012 )

This publication informs municipal decision makers on how to manage and fund fleet operations; includes a sample vehicle replacement plan.
Fleet Management: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 11/24/2008; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their fleet management practices.
Floral Arrangements
General (Created: 01/08/1998; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A policy for sending floral arrangements or fruit baskets to municipal employees.
FLSA and Exempt Employees
General (Created: 09/29/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide documentation allowing city to send employees home when they have worked 40 hours in workweek.
FLSA Claims
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/2002; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether as part of a settlement of an FLSA claim, an employee can sign an enforceable waiver of rights.
FLSA Firefighter Definition Revised (2001)
(Created: 02/09/2001; Reviewed: March 14, 2012 )

Clarification of an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding the definition of "an employee in fire protection activities."
FLSA Firefighter Definition Revised (2012)
(Created: 03/20/2012; Reviewed: March 20, 2012 )

Clarification of an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding the definition of "an employee in fire protection activities."
FLSA Overnight Travel Compensation
General (Created: 04/08/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A summary of the FLSA requirements for compensation associated with overnight travel.
FLSA Questions on Bereavement and Overtime
General (Created: 02/01/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Questions on recognizing bereavement leave as hours worked and hours worked over 8 in a day.
FLSA Reminder: Congress Increased Minimum Wage
(Created: 06/18/2009; Reviewed: June 18, 2009 )

This is a reminder that the FLSA increases the minium wage from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour, effective July 24, 2009.
FLSA Reminder: Congress Increased Minimum Wage (2008)
(Created: 07/17/2008; Reviewed: July 17, 2008 )

The FLSA has been amended to increase the federal minimum wage in three steps.
FLSA Update No. 1
General (Created: 02/25/1987; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

This is the first in a series of updates that will be published regarding significant changes made to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
FLSA: New Legislation Lessens Impact
General (Created: 11/07/1985; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

Signed into law November 4, 1985, new legislation postponed the application of FLSA' s overtime and recordkeeping requirements until April 15, 1986, and precluded liability for any violations of those requirements occurring before that date.
FLSA: The Continuing Saga
General (Created: 09/24/1985; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

Although the FLSA is basically a single law requiring the payment a minimum wage and overtime, the enforcement of the act is often complex and perplexing.
FMLA and Extended Leave of Absence: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/14/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twenty-three cities were asked about their FMLA policies and extended leave of absence policies.
FMLA Forms Now Updated by DOL
Form (Created: 06/05/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

For those of you who maintain hard copies of FMLA sample forms, as provided by the Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division, you will need to destroy outdated revisions, and replace with the newly issued (Effective June 1, 2015) forms.
FOG programs in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 03/08/2019; Reviewed: March 8, 2019 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a request for information on their local FOG programs and the fees that may be associated with the program.
Forcing the City to Accept and Maintain Private Streets Located in Privately Owned Residential Developments
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can be forced to accept the dedication and ongoing maintenance responsibility for private streets, street lights and storm sewers located within condominium and planned unit developments.
Forcing the City to Increase the Size of Water Lines in a Trailer Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1995; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can be forced to increase the size of water lines in a trailer park.
Forestry Inspector
Job Description (Created: 11/16/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Forestry Inspector
Forestry Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 11/15/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Forestry Supervisor
Form for Operating a Business in the City of Lebanon
Form (Created: 06/15/2000; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A form to help the city deal with new businesses, providing the applicants with notice to comply with the city's zoning laws.
Form for requesting water and sewer services availability
(Created: 05/08/2018; Reviewed: May 8, 2018 )

A form used by the Metro Water Services department for the public to request the availability of water and/or sewer services to properties serviced by the department. An additional form from Henry County, GA is included a reference document.
Form of Petition for Liquor Sales
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/12/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a form of petition for package liquor sales and liquor-by-the-drink sales.
Forming a Municipal Industrial Development Corporation
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/1993; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the advantages and disadvantages of forming a municipal Industrial Development Corporation.
Forming a New Police Department
General (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the benefits of forming a new police department versus contracting with the county for police services.
Forms for Beer Permit and Beer Permit Application
Form (Created: 03/27/2003; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a sample beer permit application and a sample beer permit.
Forms for Health Insurance Bid Request, Dental Insurance Bid Request, and Life Insurance Bid Request
Form (Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: May 22, 2006 )

Forms to accompany What Every City Needs to Know about Health, Dental and Life Insurance.
Forms of Payment Accepted for Plans Review and Permits Survey
Survey (Created: 10/14/2015; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS asked ten cities about the forms of payment accepted from general contractors and subcontractors for plans review and building permits.
Forms to Accompany Capital Asset Accounting System
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Includes a sample capital asset disposal record, a capital asset ledger card, and a model resolution to establish a threshold that dictates when expenditures may be capitalized.
Forms to Accompany the Drug Fund Manual
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Includes sample forms, description of the forms, and a sample drug fund budget.
Formula Rate of Interest Changes to 8.00 Percent on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 07/02/2004; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

The rate in effect for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004, and ending June 30, 2005, has been set at eight percent (8.00%), which is a decrease from last year.
Formula Rate of Interest Changes to 8.25% on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 06/27/2003; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

The rate in effect for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2003, and ending June 30, 2004, has been set at eight and one-quarter percent (8.25%), which is a decrease from last year.
Four Issues Facing City
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1995; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may make charitable contributions to Habitat for Humanity; whether the board of mayor and aldermen may vote on resolutions or ordinances at a regularly scheduled meeting that are not on the agenda; what constitutes a violation of the Public Meetings Law; and whether it is appropriate for a member of the board of mayor and aldermen to also serve as a city officer.
Four Questions from Tracy City
General (Created: 08/12/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions about probation, speed signs, signal lights, and a junked car ordinance.
Four Questions on Deannexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2005; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked four questions relative to annexation and to annexation agreements between cities.
Four Questions on the Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/14/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what "adequate notice" means under the Open Meetings Law; whether three hours was adequate notice of a meeting; what is the effect of action taken at a meeting in which a violation of the Open Meetings Law occurred; and does an illegal meeting make the minutes illegal.
Fowl Ordinance Comparison
Survey (Created: 04/01/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

The Town of Signal Mountain asked twenty-four cities whether they had an ordinance regulating chickens within the city limits.
Franchise Fees
General (Created: 04/28/2004; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about charging a water franchise fee for a service area being served by the utility district but that is within the city limits.
Franchise Fees and Electric Cooperatives
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to research the power of the city to require an electric cooperative to pay franchise fees.
Free Speech Rights of Municipal Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether government employees have unfettered First Amendment rights under the federal constitution.
Free Water and Sewer Service Provided to School
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to provide water for free to a public school, and posed further questions about the enforcement of the agreement with the county and school district.
Frequency of Election : Local Option
General (Created: 02/15/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Information was requested on the frequency of elections for liquor by the drink.
Fringe Benefit Survey for Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 01/31/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A city asked how much other cities in Middle Tennessee are paying in fringe benefits.
FTC Issues Final Rules Clarifying Fair Credit Reporting Act Requirements (2006)
(Created: 01/18/2006; Reviewed: )

The provisions of FCRA, CRECA and FACTA directly affect those cities that use outside agencies to secure information about applicants and employees.
FTC Suspends Enforcement of FACTA Red Flags Rule
(Created: 11/05/2008; Reviewed: November 10, 2008 )

Enforcement of the FACTA Identity Theft Red Flags Rule has been suspended until May 1, 2009.
Fuel Reduction Task Force Report
(Created: 11/18/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A summary of the 5%, 10%, and 15% fuel reduction plans submitted for the departments of Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Wastewater.
Fuel System for Aviation Usage
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: March 8, 2010 )


Full Time Police Officer Wishes to Be Hired As Part Time Recreation Director
General (Created: 05/08/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

An employee works 43 hours a week as a police officer and wants to be hired for an additional 20 hours a week as the recreation director.
Full-time Mayor and Benefits: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 11/19/2007; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked if they have a full-time mayor and the salary and benefits for that position.
Function and Duties of a Home Rule Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Basic introduction of charter commission candidates to the functions and duties of the charter commission.
Funding for a 911 Center
General (Created: 05/24/2011; Reviewed: June 17, 2011 )

MTAS was asked whether a city had to contribute to the 911 center.
Funding for Phase II Stormwater Management: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/20/2004; Reviewed: May 3, 2006 )

Thirty-one cities were asked to update information about stormwater fees they are charging.
Funding for Phase II Stormwater Management: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Franklin
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Thirty-one cities were asked about stormwater fees they are charging.
Funding for Phase II Stormwater Management: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Franklin
Survey (Created: 04/01/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twenty-seven cities were asked questions about their budget, funding sources, and fees for Phase II stormwater management.
Funding Volunteer Fire Departments
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1996; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a county's method of funding volunteer fire departments and contracting with municipal fire departments is illegal.
Funeral Escorts: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/01/1999; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Ten cities were asked whether their police departments would provide free escort for all funerals.
Furnishing Around the Clock Police Protection Due to the Presence of a Liquor Store in Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/28/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town must furnish around the clock police protection due to the presence of a liquor store in town.
Future of Public Finance, Trends and Challenges
General (Created: 06/14/2005; Reviewed: February 3, 2010 )

A PowerPoint presentation on public finance.

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