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Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/20/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer.
Laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control for Small Wastewater Laboratory
(Created: 12/31/2009; Reviewed: February 8, 2010 )

This manual is intended to be a guide for wastewater laboratory analysts in setting up their own quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) programs.
Laboratory Technician
Job Description (Created: 07/10/2003; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Laboratory Technician at a wastewater plant.
Laborer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Laborer.
Laborer, Skilled
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Lakeland, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 09/30/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer two questions: 1) Where should Lakeland place its next fire station? and 2) How many fire stations might Lakeland need in the long term?
LAN Administrator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of LAN Administrator.
Land Clearing Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/19/2005; Reviewed: September 26, 2005 )

An ordinance for land clearing for the City of Huntsville.
Land Swap between the City and Owner of Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/15/2008; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can enter into a land swap agreement with private parties, and what rules govern such transactions.
Landfill Application and Service Agreement
Form (Created: 10/03/2013; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

An example of a landfill application and service agreement from the Town of Greeneville, Tennessee; includes rates for landfill tipping fees, roll off rental and pull charges, and solid waste "garbage" collection.
Landfill Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landfill Operator.
Landowner Removing and Selling Dirt from the Earthen Berm Which Is Part of the Drainage Ditch Structure
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/05/1991; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City's interest in a drainage easement along either side of a drainage ditch is sufficient to protect against the landowner removing and selling dirt from the earthen berm which is part of the drainage ditch structure.
Landowner's Liability under Tennessee's Natural Flow Rule
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/24/2009; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether under Tennessee's natural flow rule, a landowner is liable for flooding caused by vegetative growth in a watercourse that crosses his land.
Landscape Architect
Job Description (Created: 04/15/1970; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job descriptions for Landscape Architect, Associate Landscape Architect, Senior Landscape Architect, Supervising Landscape Architect.
Landscape Architect/Project Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 02/01/2000; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landscape Architect / Project Coordinator.
Landscape Ordinance Manual
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

The purpose and intent of this manual are the following: to promote the scenic quality of the community; to improve the appearance of parking areas and property abutting public rights of way; to protect property values; to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality; to provide transition between incompatible land uses; and to provide relief from traffic, noise, heat, glare, dust, and debris.
Landscape Planner / Horticulturist
Job Description (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landscape Planner / Horticulturist.
Landscape Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2000; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landscape Technician.
Lateral Transfer Survey Results
Survey (Created: 05/25/2007; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Thirteen jurisdictions responded to a survey asking whether they have a policy for lateral transfers.
Law Enforcement Off-Duty Employment, or Moonlighting
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether FLSA applies regarding overtime, what the city's liability is regarding worker's comp, and about general city liability. Includes opinions from TML, DOL, and TAG.
Law Governing Competitive Bidding by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/1996; Reviewed: February 20, 2006 )

MTAS was asked what law governs competitive bidding by the city.
Law Governing Private Acts Disguised as General Laws, as Related to Incorporation Procedure
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/22/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a particular act, if passed by the General Assembly, would withstand a legal challenge.
Law of Recall Elections in Tennessee and in the United States
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1995; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the courts have jurisdiction to determine whether the reason for the recall cited in the petition, that certain members of the city council sought to be recalled, violated the Sunshine Law, is "true."
Laws Applying to Municipal-Sponsored Festivals and Fairs
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/2008; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about prohibiting fund-raising activities at the festival, prohibiting the sale of merchandise that does not qualify as arts and crafts, and restricting the kinds of merchandise that property owners abutting the festival sites can sell that compete with the arts and crafts sold at the festival.
Laws Governing City Budgets Changed
(Created: 03/17/1994; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

A city's ability to choose which budget law it follows was removed when the General Assembly passed Chapter 448, Public Acts of 1993, applying the general budget law to several additional cities. The general budget law, formally known as the Municipal Budget Law of 1982, is detailed in Tennessee Code Annotated '6-56-201 et seq.
Laying a Motion on the Table While a Vote Is Being Taken
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2008; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions pertaining to the effect of the motion adopted by the board of mayor and aldermen to lay a measure on the table.
Lead Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 12/10/1991; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Lead Dispatcher.
Lead Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lead Lineworker.
Leadership Retreat for the Athens Fire Department
General (Created: 01/09/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a management retreat for the fire department Captains and Lieutenants as part of their annual training.
Learning Projects of Municipal Elected Officials: an Executive Summary
(Created: 03/02/2017; Reviewed: March 2, 2017 )

The researcher, supported by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, interviewed 41 municipal elected officials in East Tennessee to determine what they learned about during CY2015 in order to fulfill their role as a mayor, vice-mayor, or city councilmember/alderman.
Lease Agreement for a City-Owned Building
General (Created: 04/16/2014; Reviewed: April 28, 2014 )

MTAS was asked for a sample lease agreement for a city-owned building that is currently being operated as a senior center.
Lease versus Purchase of Public Facilities: Pros and Cons
General (Created: 10/15/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

This article lists the advantages and disadvantages of leasing a public facility.
Lease with Airport and Appointment to Electric System Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/09/1993; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a lease with a "fixed base operator" at the municipal airport that is due to expire must be publicly bid and how members to the Electric System board are appointed.
Leasing a Garbage Truck
General (Created: 01/21/2015; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can lease a garbage truck without permission from the Comptroller's office
Leasing City-Owned Facilities for Communications Equipment
Survey (Created: 04/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Twenty-one Tennessee officials were surveyed to find whether or not the cities lease space to companies to place communications equipment on public facilities such as water towers or a city owned communication tower.
Leasing of Municipal Cemeteries
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/17/2006; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether a city could lease a cemetery to a private business.
Leave Accrual for Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 07/07/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Forty-two cities were asked several questions about annual and sick leave for their exempt and non-exempt employees.
Leave Equivalency Schedules for Employees Working Different Schedules
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided equivalency schedules for employees with different work schedules and total annual hours.
Leave for Training Due to Voluntary Military Promotions
General (Created: 07/24/2012; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether USERRA protects the rights of any American who wishes to serve in the armed forces regardless of voluntary promotions, which may equal more time away from work.
Leave Request Form
Form (Created: 03/10/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The Town of Spencer requested a form for leave requests.
Lebanon Adequate Facilities Tax Act
General (Created: 05/20/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide advice and to draft a private act on levying adequate facilities tax.
Lebanon Mayoral Powers Under City Charter
General (Created: 11/26/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

The City of Lebanon requested an ordinance requiring the Mayor's appointments to require Council approval for dismissal.
Legal considerations involved in the hiring decision : or, Do I really have to hire that person?
General (Created: 02/28/1988; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

An outline of federal and state laws affecting the hiring process.
Legal considerations involved in the hiring decision : or, Do I really have to hire that person?
General (Created: 02/28/1988; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

An outline of federal and state laws affecting the hiring process.
Legal Effect of a Cut-Off Policy That Does Not Meet Legal Muster on the City Where the Utility District Collects the City's Sewer Bills
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/2007; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a utility district's utility cut-off police met legal muster.
Legal Effect of Warning Signs
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/2009; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legal effect of "Slow Children Playing" and similar warning signs.
Legal Effect on the City for an Illegally Issued Building or Zoning Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/09/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable for the cost of moving a mobile home illegally placed in an R-2 zone, but placed there pursuant to a building permit erroneously issued by the building inspector to the owner of the mobile home.
Legal Fees and Court Costs of a City Employee
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/21/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pay the legal fees and court costs of an employee who was placed on pretrial diversion for misuse of city funds.
Legal Implications of a Municipal Charter Change
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to outline the legal implications of a municipal charter change authorizing the city to enter into a contract with the city manager that would contain a severance pay clause.
Legal information regarding group homes of varying types in both state and federal law
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/02/2017; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

Legal information regarding group homes of varying types in both state and federal law.
Legal Question on Commercial Driver's License
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/28/2014; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for guidance on drivers with a CDL who failed a medical examination for a health card.
Legal Requirement for an Architect to Design Public Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is necessary for a licensed architect or engineer to draft the plans for a new fire hall.
Legal Services Employment Agreement
Form (Created: 10/25/2004; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a model contract for a city attorney employment agreement.
Legality of "Donut Hole" Annexations
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: November 20, 2008 )

MTAS was asked whether donut hole annexations are legal.
Legality of "Strip Annexing"
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1997; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of "strip annexing" (also called "corridor annexing" or "flagpoling") in a city.
Legality of $5.00 Fee in Situations Involving Payroll Deductions
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/1997; Reviewed: October 10, 2005 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can set a $5.00 fee in situations involving payroll deductions for cases involving garnishments, drug testing and damage to city property.
Legality of a Business Owner to Put Iron Rods on the Edge of a Highway
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/2011; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the owner of a certain business to have put several iron rods into the pavement on the edge of a highway, which, presumably, the owner of the business thinks is the eastern limit of that highway, when the right of way is undoubtedly wider than the pavement.
Legality of a Christian Cross Located on Top of a Water Tower
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/11/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an arrangement, where a local bank leased with the Town for water tower space and placed a Christian cross on top of the tower, is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Legality of a Combination Design-Build Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions related to "design-build" proposals to convert a building to a city hall.
Legality of a Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/27/2011; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is an enforceable contract between the city and a certain company under facts related in an opinion to city.
Legality of a Contract of Employment Entered into by the Utility Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/10/2004; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Utility System's employment contract with a person to be the CEO and president of that system is legal and whether the mayor may appoint an alderman to be a member of the utility system.
Legality of a Garbage Contract by City with One Company
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a garbage contract by city with one company.
Legality of a Municipality Enacting a Container Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/16/1994; Reviewed: April 16, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for a municipality to enact a container ordinance.
Legality of a Municipality Providing a Subdivision Developer with Free Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/1990; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the town to accept 50 foot rights of way from the developer of a subdivision in exchange for its agreement to build streets on those rights of way.
Legality of a Proposed Ordinance Governing Permissible Signs
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1997; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a proposed ordinance governing permissible signs in a city.
Legality of a Separation Allowance Made to a Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/1990; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the board of mayor and aldermen to approve the payment of a "separation allowance" to a police officer.
Legality of Annexing a Piece of Property by Referendum
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/2012; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether it is legal for the city to annex by referendum a certain rock quarry several miles from the city as the roads meander.
Legality of City Contracting with Utility District Water System to Collect City's Sewer Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/1990; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city and the utility district can contract for the utility district to cut off the water of the city's delinquent sewer customers without the contract also providing for the utility district to handle the city's sewer service billing.
Legality of City in Accepting a Certain Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city acted legally in accepting a certain street.
Legality of City's Grievance Procedure for ADA Complaints
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/1997; Reviewed: May 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's grievance procedure for ADA complaints is legal.
Legality of City-County Sales Tax Allocation Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/1992; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to determine whether there is any way for the city to get out of the contract under which the city waived its share of the sales tax to the county for a term ending upon the payment of a 2.4 million bond issue.
Legality of Crosses on the Property of a Church Where Each Cross Represents Abortions in the United States
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a number of crosses on the property of a church in a residential zone of the County, each cross representing a certain number of abortions in the United States, are illegal signs.
Legality of Election of Police Officer to Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/27/1996; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked questions related to the latest city election in which a police officer was elected to the office of alderman.
Legality of Fire Department Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2004; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research the legality of inspection fees and certain services.
Legality of Freeholder Requirements for Running for Municipal Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1994; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether freeholder requirements for running for municipal office are legal.
Legality of Hiring an Employee Without Advertising the Job Opening in the Local Paper
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/1993; Reviewed: March 6, 2007 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to hire an employee without advertising the job opening in the local paper.
Legality of Open-Ended Sales Tax Sharing Agreement with -- County
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/1995; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the term of the contract between the City and County for the distribution of the city's share of the sales tax.
Legality of Ordinance Permitting the Carrying of the Army or Navy Pistol in the Open Hand
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an ordinance that prohibits the carrying of a variety of weapons "with the intent to go armed," except the "army or navy pistol in the open hand."
Legality of Ordinance Requiring Each Business within a Town to Obtain a Privilege License
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town's proposed ordinance requiring each business within the town to obtain a 'privilege license' is legal.
Legality of Requiring Police Officer Candidates to Move into the City If They Are Hired
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/1998; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to require police officer candidates to move into the city if they are hired.
Legality of the County Charging a Tipping Fee
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is illegal "double taxation" for the county to charge a tipping fee.
Legality of the Enforcement/Penalty Clauses of the City's Proposed Sign Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/02/1998; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the enforcement/penalty clauses of the city's proposed sign ordinance are legally sound.
Legality of the Spouse of a City Councilperson Selling Goods to the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/09/1997; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for a business owned by the spouse of a city councilperson to sell goods to the city, if the spouse is the sole proprietor or the controlling stockholder of the business.
Legality of the Window Sign and Awning on a Store Selling Alcoholic Beverages
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of the window sign and awning on a store selling alcoholic beverages in a city.
Legality of Using a Facsimile Signature on a Check
General (Created: 11/16/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2011 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of using a facsimile signature during the absence of one of the authorized signatures on a check.
Legality of Using City Employees and Inmates from the County Penal Farm at a Civic Festival
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/1994; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of using city employees and inmates from the County Penal Farm at a civic festival.
Legality of Utility Service Contract Between State and City
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/28/1997; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the contract between the Tennessee Department of Corrections and the City under which the latter provides the former's prison with water, sewer, and gas services is invalid because the state turned over the operation of the prison to a private company.
Legality of Video Games and Video Poker Games
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/2000; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of video games and video poker games.
Legality of Wrecker Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research the legality of a wrecker ordinance.
Legislation Affecting Human Resources
(Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

During the 2000 legislative session, the Tennessee General Assembly passed two public acts that affect the area of human resources.
Legislation Clarifies and Simplifies E-Commerce Procedures for Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 11/26/2001; Reviewed: October 30, 2009 )

The 2001 legislative session resulted in several changes that affect electronic business in Tennessee. This hot topic highlights some of the more important changes.
Legislation Creating MTAS
General (Created: 04/15/1949; Reviewed: July 6, 2016 )

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) was created in 1949 by Public Act of the General Assembly.
Legislation Shortens Time to Correct Negative Changes in Net Assets for Water and Wastewater Facilities
(Created: 05/27/2009; Reviewed: May 27, 2009 )

MTAS recommends that municipal management and finance officials should carefully review the operations of their water and wastewater systems to ensure compliance with the new requirements of the act.
Legislative Liason
Job Description (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Legislative Liason serving in the Department of Information Services.
Legislators Give Nod to City Employee's Political Activities
(Created: 05/17/1996; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

The General Assembly recently passed legislation that gives local government employees the same rights as other citizens of Tennessee to participate in political campaigns and run for elected office.
Legislature Declares When Ordinances, Resolutions to Be Used
(Created: 02/08/2011; Reviewed: February 14, 2011 )

The General Assembly passed a new law that sets out enactments by municipal governing bodies that must be done by ordinance.
Legislature Declares When Ordinances, Resolutions to be Used (2009)
(Created: 06/23/2009; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

The General Assembly passed a new law that sets out enactments by municipal governing bodies that must be done by ordinance.
Legislature Makes Significant Changes to Drug Fund
(Created: 04/25/1997; Reviewed: September 3, 2004 )

The Legislature recently made some significant modifications to state forfeiture laws and the expenditure of drug funds.
Legislature Rules College Degree Counts Toward Certification Process of City Clerks and Recorders
(Created: 03/11/1996; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

New legislation that recently passed through the Tennessee General Assembly assures that a college degree would help satisfy the required education hours.
Legislature Sends a Message to Cities with Electronic Mail: You Must Have a Written Policy
(Created: 06/15/2000; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

On or before July 1, 2000, most Tennessee governments that operate or maintain an e-mail system must adopt a written policy about monitoring e-mail communications.
Length of Term of Members of the Utility Board Who Are Also Members of the City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/15/2007; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council can replace a member of the utility board who was a member of the city council but was not re-elected to office.
Lenoir City Municipal Operations Review
(Created: 04/14/2004; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a pre-budget review of the city's operations in an effort to identify areas for possible revenue enhancements and expenditure reductions, including staffing requirements.
Lessening of Street Standards: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/1999; Reviewed: July 21, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked whether they will lessen standards for pavement width, right-of-way width, or allow a smaller or no cul-de-sac.
Let Me Tell You a Story: How an Annual Report Will Benefit Your Fire Department
(Created: 04/24/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2012 )

A fire department annual report is an excellent tool for a fire department to use to tell its story to the community and to build community support for its efforts and needs.
Letter for Employee with Salary Issue
General (Created: 07/31/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A recently hired salaried employee worked a significant number of hours for a community event. MTAS provided options on how to address this issue.
Letter of Employment
Form (Created: 10/01/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a letter of employment to give to employees when they are employed. The letter would give the employee basic information about salary, benefits, probationary status and other matters that need to be clear to the employee upon accepting employment with the city.
Letter to City of Eagleville, Tennessee Regarding Annexation Notifications with Statutes
General (Created: 08/15/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A letter authored by Jeff Broughton, responding to a request from Eagleville, Tennessee regarding a list of agencies to notify following the annexation of territory into corporate limits.
Levying a Hotel-Motel Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/2010; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is legally entitled to levy a hotel-motel tax.
Levying a Hotel-Motel Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/1998; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

The city can levy a hotel-motel tax through a private act unless the county has already levied a county-wide hotel-motel tax.
Levying a Privilege County School Tax on Residential Development
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2006; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions with respect to Public Acts 2006, Chapter 953, which, among other things, authorizes counties to levy a privilege county school tax on residential development.
Levying an Amusement Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/1994; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town can levy an amusement tax.
Levying Personal Property Taxes on Privately-Owned Property at the Airport
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/1995; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may assess personal property taxes against property at an airport outside city limits.
Levying Taxes to Fund the Operation of City Schools and the Methods of School Consolidation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/24/1991; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Council can give the school board the authority to levy taxes to fund the operation of city schools and what the methods of school consolidation are in Tennessee.
Liability and Ownership of Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the city owns the sidewalks and is liable for damages and injuries caused from their disrepair.
Liability Exposure of EMTs and Paramedics Not Subject to Governmental Tort Liability Limits
(Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: September 17, 2001 )

In a recent Tennessee Supreme Court case, the court found that local government emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are excluded from the coverage of the Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA).
Liability for Codes Inspections
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/23/1996; Reviewed: February 13, 2017 )

MTAS received questions regarding the adoption of plumbing codes in a city.
Liability for Private Sprinkler Systems
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about potential liability that could be imposed on the Town for certain deficiencies in private sprinkler systems that the Town is thinking of mandating by ordinance.
Liability for Sewer Back-Ups
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/25/2011; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality is liable for sewer back-ups that cause damage to private property.
Liability of City Council for Mispaid Salaries
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/2004; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the liability of the members of the city council for mispaid salaries.
Liability of City for Damages under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/29/2012; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the limits of liability of a municipality under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act (TGTLA) are, where the city has insurance in excess of the limits of that Act.
Liability of City for Water Going Down Driveway at a Certain Residence
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/10/2010; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has any liability for water running down the driveway of a certain house in the city, which the owner claims is the result of the paving of the street in front of the house that elevated the street to the level of the driveway, which until the street was paved was about 1-1/2 inches above the level of the street.
Liability of the City for the Failure to Abate an Alleged Nuisance That It Has Not Created and is Not on Municipal Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/29/1993; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has any liability for the failure to abate an alleged nuisance that it has not created and is not on municipal property.
Liability of the City for the Operation of a City Landfill
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/1996; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could be held liable by an adjoining property owner for the operation of a city landfill.
Liability of the Contractor/Manager of the State Correctional Institute for Any Real Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1998; Reviewed: April 16, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a corporation would be liable for any real property taxes as the contractor/manager of the state correctional institute(s).
Liability Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City should maintain a drainage easement on private property, whether the issuance of a building permit somehow obligates the city to the applicant relative to liability, and about the statute of limitations under the TGTLA.
Librarian's Pay and Benefits
General (Created: 01/28/2004; Reviewed: April 16, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how to resolve pay issues for the librarian where the City pays for 26 hours of the librarian's salary each week but objects to excessive holiday and vacation pay for the librarian.
Library Organization and Supervision
General (Created: 07/25/2012; Reviewed: April 16, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the everyday supervision of library personnel, including the library director.
Library Staff In-Service Days: A Survey Conducted for the City of Harriman
Survey (Created: 11/01/2006; Reviewed: February 14, 2007 )

Eight public library systems were asked whether they close for staff development or training.
Licensing Building Trade Personnel: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 11/08/2005; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

Thirty exempt cities and forty-one non-exempt cities were asked whether they license building trade personnel.
Lien Use and Collection: A Survey Conducted for Chattanooga
Survey (Created: 02/28/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

Seven cities were asked about utilizing the lien provision of state law for recovering costs related to slum clearance and for overgrown lot clearance.
Liens for Demolition and Clean Up
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/1991; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

A clean-up lien that followed behind the first lien would also put the former ahead of mortgagees and any other lien holder.
Liens for Slum Clearance and Clean Up
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1991; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has to file a lien for slum clearance and clean up.
Life Safety Code 101: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 10/01/2007; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Thirty-one cities were asked whether they have adopted the life safety code.
Limited Ability to Decide Issues through Initiative and Referenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/08/1996; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for a group of citizens to gather up a petition to change the number of aldermen and call for a referendum on the issue.
Limiting Increases in Water Rates to Those Based on the CPI
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/09/2011; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility board can agree to a contract clause that limits increases in water rates to those based on the consumer price index.
Limiting the Location of Beekeeping through Zoning
General (Created: 07/24/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a city passing regulations directly aimed at the keeping of honey bees.
Line Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Line Supervisor.
Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lineworker.
Linking Pay to Performance: An Approach to Designing a Merit Pay Plan
General (Created: 06/30/2003; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

E-book on establishing, managing, and evaluating a merit pay plan.
Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/11/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Analyzes law governing the sale of liquor-by-the drink in municipalities, including the distinctions in the law between liquor-by-the-drink and retail package liquor sales.
Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review the city's Code of Ordinances regarding whether the city was authorized to issue a license for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises.
Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 11/13/2008; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

The town passed liquor by the drink and requested assistance in developing ordinances, resolutions and other information.
Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 11/20/2003; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to outline the process of establishing liquor by the drink, including the option of packaged liquor stores.
Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 11/05/2010; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

A comprehensive review of alcoholic beverage laws and regulations that may affect a city upon passage of liquor by the drink, a resolution opting out of the extension of hours of sale, and recommended ordinance amendments.
Liquor by the Drink Laws
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: October 30, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether liquor by the drink ordinances are valid or necessary under state law.
Liquor by the Drink Petition
Form (Created: 09/16/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

Liquor by the drink petitions must include the address of the election commission to which it is addressed.
Liquor by the Drink Revenue from Selected Tennessee Cities: a Telphone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 01/01/2002; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

Cities allowing liquor by the drink were asked about restaurants which had opened since the law was passed and the revenues received.
Liquor Sales from a Liquor Store Drive-Up Window
General (Created: 02/24/2015; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the State allows liquor sales from a liquor store drive-up window.
Liquor sales on Sunday and sales of beer at retail liquor stores
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/2018; Reviewed: December 11, 2019 )

MTAS responds to the following questions: At what time can restaurants sell liquor by the drink on Sundays; the time for a retail store to sell off-premises liquor on Sundays; and can a retail liquor store sell beer?
Liquor Store Survey
Survey (Created: 06/17/2004; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

Twenty-five cities were asked whether they permit liquor stores and if they restrict the number of permits.
List of New City Halls
General (Created: 04/12/2004; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to compile a list of new (around five years or newer) city halls.
Listing of Debts and Assets for GASB Compliance
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/08/2003; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city should list the assets and debts of the Utility Board when compiling the accounting sheets required by GASB.
Litigation Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 02/11/2002; Reviewed: March 3, 2010 )

Includes a litigation ordinance and a letter explaining the application of the litigation tax.
Litigation Taxes
General (Created: 10/25/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Answers a question about the legality of a city collecting local litigation tax, as well as the state litigation tax, from city court defendants.
Live Fire Training by the Fire Department in Acquired Structures
General (Created: 11/03/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who accepts liability when a house is used for live fire training.
Livingston's Community Visioning Process
(Created: 10/19/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate a community visioning process for the City of Livingston.
Loan by the Municipality to the Industrial Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/18/1993; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalities can spend city funds to build a "spec building" for industry either through the Industrial Board or directly.
Local Approval of General Laws of Local Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2007; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

A letter urging compliance with the State Constitution.
Local Collection Efforts
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/09/2001; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

An opinion regarding the hiring of an outside firm to collect unpaid utility bills.
Local Gasoline Tax Usage
General (Created: 06/18/2014; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the gas tax can be increased locally and used as a potential source of funds to improve local streets.
Local Government Electronic Technology Act of 2009
(Created: 06/01/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2009 )

This act requires local governments to file a plan with the office of the Comptroller of the Treasury before implementing any new electronic technology with a financial component.
Local Government Exemption Authorization
Form (Created: 09/13/2010; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

A form for the city to provide notice to the Dept. of Commerce that it has adopted and is enforcing a particular code or the code outlined in an adopting ordinance or resolution.
Local Government Public Works Standards and Specifications (2007)
(Created: 11/15/2007; Reviewed: January 25, 2010 )

This document was developed to provide Tennessee cities with guidelines for construction projects. It includes guidelines for construction standards, materials specifications, design criteria, and contract documents to be used for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water distribution systems.
Local Government Public Works Standards and Specifications (2012)
(Created: 08/21/2012; Reviewed: January 22, 2013 )

This document was developed to provide Tennessee cities with guidelines for construction projects. It includes guidelines for construction standards, materials specifications, design criteria, and contract documents to be used for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water distribution systems.
Local Licensing of Contractors
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1993; Reviewed: April 4, 2012 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalities are authorized to license contractors who hold a state general contractor's license.
Local Merchant Sues to Have Beer Permit Issued
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/11/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A city presently has an ordinance prohibiting the sale of beer, but a local merchant contends this ordinance is invalid and thus a permit should be issued.
Local Opt-out Prohibiting Handguns in Municipal Parks
(Created: 06/23/2009; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

This publication details the requirements of the new law and the process cities must undertake to prohibit handguns in parks they own or operate. A sample resolution is attached.
Local Option Sales Tax Referendum Information
General (Created: 05/11/2009; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Includes slides from a PowerPoint presentation, information on strategy, and a brochure created by Cleveland.
Local Option Sales Tax Revenue Sharing Agreements
General (Created: 04/04/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for some examples of local option sales tax revenue sharing agreements.
Local Option Sales Tax Tri-Fold Brochure
General (Created: 12/15/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to develop an educational pamphlet on increasing the city's local option sales tax.
Local Preference in Purchasing Policy
General (Created: 01/26/2015; Reviewed: January 26, 2015 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may include a five percent bonus for local providers/contractors to give a slight advantage to a local provider.
Local Sales Tax Handbook
(Created: 08/28/2007; Reviewed: August 28, 2007 )

Any county by resolution or any city by ordinance can levy the local sales tax at a combined rate up to 2.75 percent.
Local Sales Tax Rates for Tennessee Cities (April 1, 2017)
General (Created: 04/01/2017; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

Alphabetical list of Tennessee cities with their local sales tax rates from the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Document also includes a list of cities a local sales tax rate that is greater than the county in which they are located. Document is dated April 1, 2017.
Locating an Interpreter
General (Created: 06/07/2012; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to find a Mandarin Chinese interpreter.
Location of a Cemetery
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/02/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any state law that prohibits the location of a cemetery within two miles (or any other distance) of a city.
Longevity Pay Survey Results
Survey (Created: 02/01/2017; Reviewed: February 1, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities and airport authorities were asked about bonuses paid for longevity.
Look at the Americans with Disabilities Act
(Created: 07/25/2007; Reviewed: July 25, 2007 )


Look At the Americans with Disablities Act - A Guide to Compliance for Tennessee Local Governments (3rd Edition)
(Created: 04/01/1992; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )



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