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Gallatin Golf Course CMR
(Created: 07/20/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A comprehensive management review of the Gallatin Golf Course.
Gallatin Leisure Services Study
(Created: 08/14/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An evaluation and recommendations for the Dept. of Leisure Services of the City of Gallatin.
Gallaway, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Gallaway requested a comprehensive management overview of the fire department. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
Garbage Fee Collection
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/2004; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether water or gas services can be discontinued for nonpayment of garbage fees.
Garbage Truck Bid Notice
RFP (Created: 11/21/2003; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop bid specifications for manual side and rear loader 14 cubic yard garbage truck.
Gas Authority Entering into an Agreement Binding the Parties to Arbitration
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/21/1993; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Gas Authority may enter into an agreement with a marketing company that obligates the parties to submit to binding arbitration.
Gas Fund Evaluation & Recommendations
(Created: 10/01/2004; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to calculate the natural gas rate and whether or not to keep the gas system and how to set rate.
Gas Pipeline Company Wishes to Bore Under City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/1995; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a gas pipeline company can bore under city streets without the permission of the city for the purpose of making gas pipeline installations in the city.
Gas Tap Fees
Survey (Created: 09/15/2005; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

Eight cities were asked about the fees associated with hooking up new customers to the gas system.
Gas Tax Distribution
General (Created: 01/16/2018; Reviewed: December 17, 2019 )

MTAS responds to questions regarding how the city will receive the new "gax tax" fund.
Gas Utility Franchise Fees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 01/01/2000; Reviewed: January 17, 2006 )

Cities were asked if there is a franchise agreement between the gas utility and the city and the cost of the franchise fees.
GASB 34 Forms
Form (Created: 05/07/2004; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was requested to provide assistance to Morrison on the implementation of GASB 34; includes a resolution and forms for keeping records.
GASB Statement 34
(Created: 12/18/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2007 )

The results of GASB 34 affect the audit report primarily by requiring new disclosures, a new required supplementary data section, a narrative analysis of the audited financial statements and additional financial reports.
GASB Statement No. 45
(Created: 03/31/2007; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

An overview of the new financial reporting standard issued by the Government Accounting Standards Board concerning postemployment benefits other than pensions.
GASB Statements Number 33 and 36
(Created: 09/18/2002; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

The focus of these statements is when and how to record revenue.
Gated Community Proposal
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/22/2000; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Considers the question of allowing a gated community to close its public streets in the evening.
General Assembly Enacts Laws Affecting Municipalities
(Created: 05/24/2002; Reviewed: May 24, 2002 )

This Hot Topic Bulletin summarizes the new Public Acts to date that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
General Fixed Asset Accounting
(Created: 04/01/1992; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )


General Fund: Fund Balance Policy
General (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

The Fund Balance Policy is intended to provide guidelines during the preparation and execution of the annual budget to ensure that sufficient reserves are maintained for unanticipated expenditures or revenue shortfalls.
General Information on PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) Agreements
General (Created: 05/17/2017; Reviewed: December 12, 2019 )

MTAS was asked for information on the basics and limitations of PILOT agreements.
General Questions Regarding ADA Compliance
General (Created: 07/16/2018; Reviewed: December 12, 2019 )

MTAS was asked the following questions: "How the city’s utilities – gas, electric, water/wastewater – should handle ADA compliance?" and "What does the city need in regards to procurement procedures, zoning ordinance and municipal codes?"
General Sessions Judge Serving as City Attorney
General (Created: 10/23/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a general sessions judge in the county may also serve as an attorney for a town in that jurisdiction.
General Sessions Judge Serving as the City Judge for Additional Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1993; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the general sessions judge can serve as the city judge for a salary in addition to his general sessions judge salary.
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
(Created: 10/01/2012; Reviewed: October 1, 2012 )

The purpose of GINA is to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment.
Germantown Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures
(Created: 07/08/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An SOP from the Germantown Fire Department.
Getting an Issue on the Ballot
General (Created: 07/07/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a citizen goes about getting an issue on the ballot.
Getting to Know and Maybe Love Your Municipal Charter
(Created: 12/01/1996; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

Explains what a charter is, what it does, and how it may be changed.
Getting To Know and Maybe Love Your Municipal Charter
(Created: 07/31/2008; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

Explains what a municipal charter is, what it does, and how it may be changed.
Gettting a Liquor-by-the-Drink Referendum on the Ballot
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/17/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the council needs to pass a resolution to get a liquor-by-the-drink referendum on the ballot.
Gift and Gratuities Acceptance Policies
General (Created: 07/26/2015; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examples of gift policies or acceptance of gratuities policies.
Gift Cards Given to City Commissioners at Christmas
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/19/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

During a visit to Charleston, Tennessee, MTAS attorney Elisha Hodge was told that City Commissioners are given grocery store gift cards for Christmas along with the rest of the city's employees. While the card is intended to be used for a Christmas meat but it is just a gift card given. This likely counts as a gift or additional income that wouldn't wouldn't be allowed.
Gift of City Property to an Employee
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/26/2000; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City may give a retiring city official the vehicle he was using for department purposes, as a retirement present.
GIS Manager Salary and Job Description Survey
Survey (Created: 12/15/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

This survey was conducted to gather salary information and job descriptions for GIS staff in selected cities. Responses from 10 cities are included as well as sample job descriptions.
GIS Salaries Survey
Survey (Created: 04/05/2011; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Sixteen organizations were asked about the salaries for GIS positions.
GIS Survey
Survey (Created: 09/01/2000; Reviewed: November 29, 2006 )

Tennessee cities were asked whether they are using GIS, how long GIS has been in place, how it is being used, and staffing requirements.
GIS Use for Public Works Management
(Created: 03/30/2010; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

This report examines public works entities' use of GIS, budgets, funding, resources, technical support and other pertinent information, broken down by both size of entity and region.
GISt of GIS: The Geographic Information System Handbook
(Created: 04/01/1994; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )


Giving a Fire Truck to a Citizen and the Right of a Citizen to Vote at a Commission Meeting
General (Created: 04/10/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2012 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of the city commission giving a fire truck to a citizen and the right of a citizen to vote at a commission meeting.
Giving a Property Owner Adequate Legal Notice That He Owed Delinquent Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/1996; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a property owner got adequate legal notice that he owed delinquent property taxes and of the delinquent tax sale.
Giving Adequate Public Notice of a Open Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1999; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about giving adequate public notice of a open meeting.
Giving or Selling City Property to a Private Cemetery Association
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can give to a private nonprofit cemetery organization, property to be used as a cemetery.
Goals and Objectives Plan for the Town of Bell Buckle
General (Created: 06/13/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with strategic planning, focusing on four areas: protect health and safety and maintain basic services; enhance community attractiveness and charm; support economic growth and community sustainability; maintain fiscal integrity and administrative efficiency.
Golf Carts and ATVs on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/15/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can authorize golf carts and all terrain vehicles (ATVs) to operate on city streets
Good Service Request Systems Keep Customers Happy (2006)
(Created: 07/17/2006; Reviewed: July 18, 2006 )

Automated service request systems are proven to be cost-effective, labor-saving devices that greatly enhance management efficiency.
Good Service Request Systems Keep Customers Happy (2009)
(Created: 10/29/2009; Reviewed: October 29, 2009 )

Automated service request systems are proven to be cost-effective, labor-saving devices that greatly enhance management efficiency.
Good Service Request Systems Keep Customers Happy (2012)
(Created: 11/02/2012; Reviewed: November 2, 2012 )

Automated service request systems are proven to be cost-effective, labor-saving devices that greatly enhance management efficiency. By using the chief components outlined in this report, your city can develop an efficient automated request system.
Good Service-Request Systems Keep Customers Happy
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: January 17, 2006 )

Essential elements to ensure a successful system handling daily service requests and complaints.
Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 08/31/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Goodlettsville requested a comprehensive management overview of many city departments including the fire department. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provisions of the Social Security Administration
(Created: 03/11/2005; Reviewed: March 11, 2005 )

The GPO and WEP are two provisions of the act that reduce the Social Security benefits of non-covered workers who become entitled to Social Security either through a spouse or by working the requisite amount of time in a covered position.
Grading Permit Policy for the City of Athens
General (Created: 02/19/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2017 )

The intended purpose of this policy is to safeguard life, limb, property and public welfare by regulating clearing, earthwork, excavation, and other land disturbing activity and by requiring temporary and permanent provisions for its control.
Grading Permits and Hillside Development : a Telephone Survey Conducted by -- the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/01/2002; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

MTAS asked several cities about approval and enforcing of grading permits.
Graffiti Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/28/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An ordinance prepared by the Town of Smyrna defining graffiti, dealing with its removal, authorization to use municipal funds, and violations.
Graffiti Removal Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/2012; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of an ordinance or other action to institute an order of maintenance aimed specifically at graffiti, under which the city could go in and cover or remove the graffiti and levy the costs against the property owner.
Grandfathering Fireworks Stands Annexed into the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/14/1994; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can "grandfather" fireworks stands annexed into the city?
Grant Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2017; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grant Coordinator.
Grant of a Franchise to a Water Utility Necessary for the Utility to Operate Within the Municipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/04/1990; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the grant of a franchise to a water utility is necessary for the utility to operate within the municipality.
Grant Writer / Administrator
Job Description (Created: 04/01/2000; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grant Writer / Administrator
Grant Writers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/31/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Thirteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they employ a full-time grant writer.
Granting a Retail Liquor License
General (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: June 6, 2011 )

MTAS was asked about granting a retail liquor license when the city limits the number of licenses by population.
Granting an Exclusive Contract for Garbage Collection
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/13/1991; Reviewed: February 27, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to look closely at the manager-commission charter to determine whether there is authority to grant an exclusive contract for garbage collection in the City.
Grants Analyst 2
Job Description (Created: 09/11/2017; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grants Analyst 2 from the State of Tennessee.
Grants Specialist
Survey (Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grants Specialist.
Grants Specialist, Senior
Job Description (Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior Grants Specialist.
Gratuitous Payment for Increased Price of Gasoline Under Garbage Collection Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/20/2006; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can compensate a contractor for the increased price of gasoline it has taken for the contractor to perform a contract for the city.
Grease Traps in Restaurants
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a restaurant is required to install a grease trap under the city's ordinance governing pretreatment of sewage.
Green Waste Questionnaire
Form (Created: 03/14/2014; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Several counties and cities entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to participate in a feasibility study to determine best options for addressing green waste. The purpose of this questionnaire is to collect information about green waste volume and current management practices for use in the feasibility study; includes preliminary response data.
Greeneville Tipping Fees
General (Created: 04/16/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

This project evaluates tipping fees for the solid waste transfer station and demolition landfill, as well as use of the Reserve Fund.
Greeneville Water Commission Management & Operation Review
(Created: 11/30/2008; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a CMR for the GWC.
Greeneville Water Commission Water Rate Study
(Created: 08/29/2008; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS evaluated Greeneville Water Commission's (GWC) current water financial statements, prepared projections for revenues and expenses, modeled water rates and made recommendations.
Greeneville Water System Question
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if there is another water system that is owned by the city but operated by a separately elected Board, such Board having full authority to operate the system.
Grievance Hearings and Rights of At Will Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what rights at will employees have to a grievance hearing on adverse employment actions, and what right such employees have to be represented by counsel.
Gross Revenues under CATV Franchise Agreements
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/2003; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a franchise agreement with a cable company and conduct legal research on what constitutes "gross revenues" as that term is used in agreements.
Groundskeeper (Assistant)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper, Assistant.
Groundskeeper (Assistant)
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

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

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

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper (Head) for the City of Smyrna.
Group Health Insurance Renewal
General (Created: 08/14/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in interpreting the city's health care insurance options.
Group Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may impose regulations on group homes for the mentally handicapped located in residential areas.
Growth Plan Participation
General (Created: 09/04/2001; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

The City of Monteagle has the right to participate in the development of a growth plan for Franklin County.
Growth Plan Policy Requires Joint Development Board
(Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: September 17, 2001 )

Cities need to be aware that forming a Joint Economic and Community Development Board is part of the growth plan process. Certain grants will be unavailable to counties and cities if a board is not established by July 1, 2001.
Growth Policy, Annexation, and Incorporation Under Public Chapter 1101 of 1998: A Guide for Community Leaders
(Created: 09/01/1998; Reviewed: May 15, 2006 )

This guide covers countywide planning, annexation, plan of services in annexed areas, incorporation, tax revenue implications of annexation, and miscellaneous provisions.
Gruetli-Laager Police Department
General (Created: 11/22/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town of Gruetli-Laager that operates under the general law Mayor-Alderman Charter is required to have a police department.
Guarantees Accepted from Residential Developers Survey
Survey (Created: 11/26/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

Several cities were asked questions about how the guarantees they accept from residential developers are utilized.
Guide to Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 07/16/1987; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

This Technical Bulletin is the second update to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The information presented in the bulletin represents changes and updates regarding compliance with the FLSA in Tennessee cities.
Guide to Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 10/01/1986; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

The application of the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to municipal government has proven to be one of the higher impact items with which Tennessee Cities have been required to deal with over the past several years. This publication will provide you with a comprehensive look at the Fair Labor Standards Act and its overall impact on your municipality.
Guidelines for Taking Minutes at Meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 05/13/2011; Reviewed: October 25, 2011 )

MTAS was asked about who should take meeting minutes and how minutes may be amended.
Guidelines Governing Municipal Truck Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can amend its truck weight ordinance to prohibit through truck traffic from using Road A to Road B inside the city, and exempt from the ordinance trucks leaving the landfill, delivery and pick-ups at a certain business.
Gun Stoppers Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/07/1995; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a search based upon an anonymous tip.
Guns in Parks: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 08/18/2009; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Summary of the results of a survey about opting out of the provision to make guns legal in parks.

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