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Hair Length and Styles for Female Police Officers
Survey (Created: 11/14/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked about their policy on hair length and style for female police officers; includes sample policies.
Half Cent for Better Roads
General (Created: 09/22/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A website designed to share information with citizens about a proposed half cent sales tax increase; includes interactive map and FAQs. http://bayhalfcent.com/
Halloween Ordinance and Slum Clearance Ordinances
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/24/1991; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to provide a comprehensive ordinance geared specifically to Halloween and to determine the notice procedures used by municipalities that have adopted slum clearance ordinances.
Hamilton County Government Group Health Plan Request for Proposal
RFP (Created: 06/26/2007; Reviewed: February 18, 2010 )

An RFP for proposals for HMO, POS and PPO products, both fully-insured and self-funded; includes certificate of compliance.
Handicapped Access, In-Lieu-Of Tax Payments, Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required to provide handicap access to the second floor walking track in its new recreation building, if the Electric Company can change its monthly in-lieu of tax payments to a single annual payment, and whether the City can put 'liquor by the drink' back on the ballot during the next election since the measure was approved in the last election.
Handicapped Parking
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/16/1992; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the law governing handicapped parking .
Handicapped Parking at City Parking Meters
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether TCA permits disabled and handicapped persons who display the appropriate license plate and/or placard to park in handicapped parking spaces beyond the time limits prescribed by a city ordinance for the parking space.
Handicapped Parking, Doubling Parking Meter Fines, and Vicious Dogs
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/1999; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked questions about handicapped parking, doubling parking meter fines, and vicious dogs.
Handling Employee (fire, EMT, paramedic, police officer) Exposure to COVID-19
General (Created: 03/22/2020; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

MTAS advice on what to do if an employee (firefighter, EMT, paramedic, police officer, etc.) has close contact to a COVID-19 positive patient, to a patient that is suspected of having COVID-19, or to a patient exhibiting respiratory distress symptom.
Harriman Charter Amendment
(Created: 02/05/2002; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

A resolution to amend the Harriman city charter.
Harriman Utility Board Management and Analysis: Management's Discussion and Analysis
(Created: 04/29/2004; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to provide narrative discussion and analysis of the financial activities of HUB.
Harriman Utility Board Management's Discussion and Analysis
(Created: 12/01/2003; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to assist the utility with drafting the MD&A for the annual audit.
Harriman, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 08/31/2015; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS conducted this CMR by review of submitted documentation, field study work involving interviews with Harriman personnel, physical inspection of the fire stations and equipment, and a tour of the service area.
Harrogate Liquor by the Drink and Privilege Tax Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/16/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

An ordinance of the City of Harrogate, Tennessee repealing the prohibition of liquor by the drink sales and adopting a privilege tax on the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Harrogate, Tennessee Fire Protection Management Report and Recommendations
(Created: 01/29/2008; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The city council asked MTAS to look at the fire department and report if they should have an ISO review as well as make recommendations on how the department could be improved.
Hatch Act: Guidance From Federal Government
General (Created: 07/20/2017; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

Hatch Act Modernization Guide for State and Local Employees
Hazardous Materials Incident Reimbursement Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/10/2011; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

A sample ordinance for the reimbursement of costs associated with a hazardous materials incident.
Health Benefits Consultant RFPs
RFP (Created: 06/28/2016; Reviewed: June 30, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of requests for proposals (RFPs) for a health benefits consultant.
Health Care Benefits for Those Working Over 30 Hours per Week
General (Created: 08/31/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked when it will become a requirement for cities to offer medical benefits to everyone working over 30 hours per week.
Health Care Reform and W-2 Reporting Guidance
General (Created: 10/08/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information about Form W-2 for Health Care Reform reporting.
Health Insurance
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: April 30, 2017 )


Health Insurance Benefits to Family Following a Line of Duty Death
Survey (Created: 10/18/2016; Reviewed: February 14, 2017 )

Thirty-five cities responded to an MTAS survey asking whether the city provides health insurance benefits to qualifying survivors in the event of a line of duty death.
Health Insurance Coverage for City Employees: a Telephone Survey Conducted -- by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/07/2002; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

Cities were asked questions about the health insurance coverage options they provide for employees.
Health Insurance Premiums as Salary for Municipal Elected Officials and Employees (2006)
(Created: 08/23/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

In some Tennessee cities, compensation is awarded to mayors and board members in lieu of health insurance coverage.
Health Insurance Premiums as Salary for Municipal Elected Officials and Employees (2010)
(Created: 05/27/2010; Reviewed: September 22, 2011 )

In some Tennessee cities, compensation is awarded to mayors and board members in lieu of health insurance coverage.
Health Insurance Waiting Periods in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A survey of selected Tennessee cities regarding waiting periods for health insurance for municipal employees.
Heard Without Shouting: Promoting Civility in Citizen Engagement
(Created: 08/05/2009; Reviewed: January 15, 2010 )

A summary of the work UT MTAS has completed as a Public Policy Institute.
Heart, Lung and Hypertension Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/1996; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to define a "fireman"/ "firefighter" within the meaning of the Heart, Lung and Hypertension Act.
Heavy Equipment Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Heavy Equipment Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Heavy Truck Traffic Regulation
General (Created: 07/15/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on heavy truck traffic regulation.
Helicopter Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/14/2000; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of helicopter regulation.
Helping Tennessee Cities to Deal with Escalating Health Insurance Costs
(Created: 11/06/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The City of Cowan requested MTAS assistance in helping to reduce the increase in health insurance premiums.
Henderson Solid Waste Collection Review
(Created: 04/26/2004; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

A review of solid waste collection and alternatives for future solid waste collection and disposal.
Hendersonville, Use of Time Clocks Survey
Survey (Created: 02/27/2014; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked several questions about their use of time clocks for employees to track their daily time.
High Potential for Conflict of Interest for the City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/30/1992; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city manager has a potential conflict of interest because of the contract between the city and the partnership of which he is a part.
HIPAA Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information
(Created: 12/11/2002; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued modifications to HIPAA rules by establishing standards, requirements, and implementation specifications to protect the confidentiality of health information.
HIPAA Training Acknowledgment Form
Form (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

A form to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of the Town's HIPAA policy and training on that policy.
Hiring a City Administrator
General (Created: 05/13/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the advantages of hiring a city administrator.
Hiring a City Manager
(Created: 05/13/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in the process of hiring a city manager.
Hiring a City Manager
Form (Created: 02/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in hiring a replacement city manager. Includes an evaluation system for council members to review the cover letters and resumes.
Hiring a City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can hire a city manager when there is no provision in the charter for such an officer or employee.
Hiring a New Building Inspector
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/12/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

Because the building inspector has failed to receive certification from the state fire marshall, MTAS was asked how the city should proceed with regard to inspecting the buildings where construction is in progress and hiring a new inspector.
Hiring Minors Age 16 and 17
General (Created: 07/09/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a city's responsibilities when hiring minors age 16 or 17 for a fulltime seasonal position.
Hiring New Firefighters and Promoting Firefighters
General (Created: 04/08/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Includes information on volunteer firefighters.
Hiring Questions about Applicant Pool and an Applicant with Known Disabilities
General (Created: 08/13/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for advice when there is a very small applicant pool and one applicant has a known disability that might affect his or her ability to perform the job.
Historic Business Licenses Are Public Records
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether business licenses are public record if they are more than seventy years old.
Historic Planning Commission: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Sixteen Cities were asked about residents petitioning to approve an historic zoning designation or overlay
Historic Preservation Committee Powers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/2000; Reviewed: March 24, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be advantageous for the Historic Preservation Committee to become a 501 corporation.
Historic Weapon Use: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 11/18/2013; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Five cities were contacted about re-enactments, inspecting and firing historic weapons, use of black powder, and liability insurance.
Historical Commission By-Laws
General (Created: 07/15/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to help prepare by-laws for the LaFollette Historical Commission.
Historical Zoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/01/2000; Reviewed: March 24, 2010 )

MTAS was asked questions about the authority of local historic zoning commissions.
Holding a Referendum for the City to Create a Municipal School District
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/2011; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding a referendum to create a municipal school district.
Holding Dual Offices
General (Created: 01/23/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if there is a prohibition either in the city's charter or in state law that prevents a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen from also serving as either a county commissioner or a register of deeds.
Holding Multiple Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2000; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the same person can hold multiple local government offices.
Holiday Compensation for Public Safety Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 02/20/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eleven cities were asked how they compensate full-time and part-time firefighters for holidays and how these policies compare to police patrol employees.
Holston Business Development Center: A Report to the City of Kingsport, Tennessee
(Created: 09/30/2015; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was engaged to conduct a review of the Holston Business Development Center (HBDC) for the purpose of identifying future directions due to the pending retirement of the executive director.
Home Deliveries of Pizza and Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/03/1999; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is permissible for the Beer Board to allow a restaurant that delivers pizzas also to make home deliveries of beer to accompany the pizza orders.
Home Rule Charters in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 05/10/2005; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Assistance to Mt. Juliet included a survey of thirteen Tennessee cities about Home Rule.
Home Rule Cities Cannot Impose Taxes Except by General Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/15/1996; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any provision of the proposed City Charter represents a "hidden" method by which the city can impose additional taxes on city residents.
Home Shopping Network Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/07/2003; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether home shopping revenues are included in "gross revenues" within the meaning of the city's cable TV franchise.
Horticultural Program Assistant
Job Description (Created: 03/01/1995; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Horticultural Program Assistant.
Horticultural Technician
Job Description (Created: 01/01/1991; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Horticultural Technician.
Hotel-Motel Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/09/2002; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked what the city needs to do in order to implement a hotel-motel tax.
Hotel-Motel Tax
General (Created: 08/05/2005; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for information on the use of hotel/motel tax revenue.
Hotel-Motel Tax
General (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may enact a hotel-motel tax if the county already has one.
Hotel-Motel Tax Cap
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/2009; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a cap on the hotel-motel tax.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/01/2015; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

This document includes those cities that responded to MTAS's request for information regarding the collection of a hotel-motel tax. It is not a comprehensive list of all Tennessee cities. Fifty-five cities responded that they do collect a hotel-motel tax, with an average reported tax rate of 4.5%; 112 cities responded that they do not collect this tax.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2007)
(Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: November 2, 2007 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2008)
(Created: 09/30/2008; Reviewed: October 15, 2008 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2009)
(Created: 08/26/2009; Reviewed: August 26, 2009 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2010)
(Created: 11/18/2010; Reviewed: November 22, 2010 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2011)
(Created: 08/05/2011; Reviewed: August 19, 2011 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2012)
(Created: 07/12/2012; Reviewed: July 16, 2012 )

This report discusses how cities levy the hotel-motel tax, limitations on levy of the tax, exceptions, collecting the tax and estimating proceeds from the tax, and includes a list of Tennessee city and county hotel-motel tax rates.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 10/17/2006; Reviewed: )

This revenue source may help municipalities increase their tourist promotion activities or supplement general fund revenues.
Hotel-Motel Tax Increase Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/31/2003; Reviewed: February 18, 2010 )

A hotel/motel ordinance to increase the tax from 3 to 5%.
Hotel-Motel Tax Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/06/2003; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

An ordinance levying a privilege tax upon the occupancy in any hotel or motel or any place in which rooms, lodgings or accommodations are furnished to transients for a consideration.
Hotel/Motel Tax
General (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may enact a hotel/motel tax where the county has already enacted one.
Hotel/Motel Tax from the Residents of Motels Who Rent Their Motel Rooms by the Week or Other Period
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to a hotel-motel tax from the residents of motels who rent their motel rooms by the week or other period.
Hotel/Motel Tax in Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 11/01/2005; Reviewed: March 28, 2006 )

The proceeds from the hotel/motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in the ordinance, private act, or general law authorizing or levying the tax. Includes sample ordinance.
Hotel/Motel Tax in Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: November 1, 2005 )

The proceeds from the hotel/motel tax can be used for most general purposes, ranging from economic and tourist development to retirement of outstanding debt.
Hotel/Motel Tax in Tennessee Municipalities.
(Created: 03/21/2006; Reviewed: October 26, 2006 )

This revenue source may help municipalities increase their tourist promotion activities or supplement general fund revenues.
Hours for Beer Sales When Private Club Also Holds Liquor License
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether or not the hours for liquor sales set by the ABC apply to the hours for beer sales when the City has not approved liquor sales.
Hours of Sale of Liquor-By-The Drink
General (Created: 07/11/2001; Reviewed: March 1, 2006 )

Chapter 727 of Public Acts of 2000 added new language to 57-4-203(d) which permits the ABC to change the hours of sale of liquor-by-the-drink through an administrative rulemaking, but that each municipality that wants to retain the TCA hours can opt out of the changed rules by passage of a simple resolution, and can also opt back in later with the same procedure.
Hours of Service Under FMLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/31/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the application of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
How Any City Can Conduct a Utility Rate Study and Successfully Increase Rates (2008)
(Created: 03/20/2008; Reviewed: March 27, 2008 )

A guide to conduct utility rate studies and successfully implement rate increases.
How Any City Can Conduct a Utility Rate Study and Successfully Increase Rates (2011)
(Created: 04/27/2011; Reviewed: April 27, 2011 )

A guide to conduct utility rate studies and successfully implement rate increases.
How Any City Can Conduct a Utility Rate Study and Successfully Increase Rates (2012)
(Created: 04/26/2012; Reviewed: January 22, 2013 )

A guide to conduct utility rate studies and successfully implement rate increases.
How Does a Municipality Collect Fines and Costs?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1991; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked how a municipality collects fines and costs.
How is Hemp Impacting Your Municipality?
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, will explore recent changes in legislation that made hemp-based products more accessible and how that accessibility is impacting municipalities. (MTAS City Byte series)
How is residency of a voter or of an officeholder determined?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1998; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the residency of a voter or of an officeholder is determined.
How Property May Become Right of Way Without Formal Dedication and Acceptance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/2003; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research the manner in which property may become right of way without formal dedication and acceptance.
How the City Complies with the FLSA Regarding Overtime Pay for Firefighters
(Created: 01/06/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to how Lenoir City complies with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act concerning how the city pays for overtime.
How To Conduct a City Council Meeting Based on Roberts' Rules of Order
(Created: 07/16/2008; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

A guide to conducting city council meetings that includes the duties of the mayor and the city recorder, handling of motions, and keeping the minutes.
How to Decide What People Get Paid : Secrets from the CompDoctor
General (Created: 10/06/2017; Reviewed: October 6, 2017 )

E-book compilation of articles by the authors on pay strategy, job analysis, job evaluation, market analysis, perofmance management, and general HR/compensation management. Authors are consultants with the Arthur J. Gallager & Company's Public Sector and Higher Education Compensation Consulting Practice.
How to Enforce Slum Clearance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/1996; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a summary of a city's slum clearance ordinance.
How to Incorporate a New City in Tennessee
General (Created: 07/01/2000; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Procedures and forms required for incorporating a new city in Tennessee.
HR Director Recruitment
General (Created: 06/15/2011; Reviewed: June 17, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to review the resumes for the position of Human Resources Director.
Human Resources: Independent Contractor or Employee?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/2015; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a specific individual is an employee of the city or an independent contractor.
Humboldt Fire Department Salary and Organizational Plan
(Created: 11/06/2001; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Salary scale and organizational plan for the Humboldt Fire Department.

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