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Mail Inserts and ISO Credit
General (Created: 07/15/2018; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

Dennis Wolf responded to a request for information from Murfreesboro regarding ISO credit for a residential fire safety program.
Maintaining Health Insurance Coverage on a City Employee's Dependants While the Employee is on FMLA Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city must maintain health insurance coverage on a city employee's dependants while the employee is on FMLA leave.
Maintaining or Improving a Roadway That Has Been Abandoned by the State
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1995; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about maintaining or improving a roadway that has been abandoned by the State.
Maintaining the Appropriate Level of Unrestricted Fund Balance in the General Fund
General (Created: 07/02/2014; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about determining the appropriate level of unrestricted fund balance to maintain in the general fund.
Maintaining the Unused Portion of the Right of Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has the legal obligation to maintain the unopened portion of a municipal street right-of-way.
Maintenance and Operation of Street Lighting on Interstate Highways
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pay the county for the operation of certain street lights on the interstate highway system outside the city.
Maintenance of a County Road
General (Created: 07/08/2015; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of spending city funds to improve a road outside of the city limits.
Maintenance of Private Streets
General (Created: 10/08/2002; Reviewed: April 16, 2020 )

The citizens of Winchester wish the City to improve and maintain 23 private streets constructed by a developer.
Maintenance Worker
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Maintenance Worker.
Making a Lawful Donation or Contribution to Civic or Charitable Organizations
General (Created: 08/21/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the conditions under which a city may make a lawful donation or contribution to civic and charitable organizations for various purposes.
Making a Motion Concerning an Item That Is Not on the Agenda
General (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011 )

MTAS was asked whether a board member may make a motion concerning an item that is not on the agenda without being recognized by the chairman.
Making a Prospective Appointment to Fill the Office of City Council Member
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council may make a prospective appointment to fill the office of the member of city council who has announced his resignation to take the office of county mayor.
Making the Mayor Follow the Agenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how the city council can make the mayor follow the agenda and otherwise conduct meetings as prescribed by Roberts Rules of Order.
Management of City Parks
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what powers the city has to pass regulations governing the use of the city park if there is a contract between the city and a non-profit management organization.
Management of Personnel Records (2007)
(Created: 12/07/2007; Reviewed: July 8, 2008 )

MTAS recommends that every city in Tennessee maintain its personnel records in a central location and that such records be under the custodianship of a trained employee or employees, depending on the size of the city.
Management of Personnel Records (2009)
(Created: 12/14/2009; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

MTAS recommends that every city in Tennessee maintain its personnel records in a central location and that such records be under the custodianship of a trained employee or employees, depending on the size of the city.
Manager Information Services
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Manager Information Services.
Manager of a Bank in Which the City Has a Payroll Account, Checking Account and Several CDs, Serving as Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1994; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a conflict of interest for the manager of a bank in which the city has a payroll account, checking account and several CDs, to be an alderman, or for the city to continue such accounts in the bank.
Managing Infiltration Inflow in Wastewater Collection Systems
(Created: 04/20/2006; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

An overview of I/I problems caused by ground water and surface or rainwater.
Managing Infiltration Inflow in Wastewater Collection Systems
(Created: 12/01/2001; Reviewed: April 11, 2005 )

An overview of I/I problems caused by ground water and surface or rainwater.
Managing Infiltration Inflow in Wastewater Collection Systems (2007)
(Created: 02/11/2008; Reviewed: February 11, 2008 )

An overview of I/I problems caused by ground water and surface or rainwater.
Managing Infiltration Inflow in Wastewater Collection Systems (2012)
(Created: 05/11/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2012 )

An overview of I/I problems caused by ground water and surface or rainwater.
Managing the Drug Fund
General (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

PowerPoint and handouts from a class on managing a drug fund.
Mandated Asset Forfeiture
Form (Created: 07/15/2019; Reviewed: April 6, 2020 )

A form to be used for reporting all asset forfeiture proceeds to the Tennessee Comptroller at the end of the fiscal year.
Mandated Minimum Hiring And Training Standards For Public Safety Dispatchers
(Created: 06/13/1996; Reviewed: September 17, 2001 )

Beginning July 1, 1997, all public safety dispatchers who receive requests for emergency aid by telephone (call takers) or radio, or who dispatch emergency aid resources by radio or other telecommunications devices must have completed a course of study approved by the State of Tennessee Public Safety Committee.
Mandatory Electronic Filing of Statements of Disclosure
(Created: 11/05/2007; Reviewed: November 6, 2007 )

With the passage of the Comprehensive Governmental Ethics Reform Act of 2006, all popularly elected local public officeholders and candidates for local public office must file a Statement of Disclosure of Interests with the Tennessee Ethics Commission.
Mandatory Retirement Age for Police and Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the mandatory retirement age is for police and firefighters.
Mandatory Retirement and Local Governmental Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information addressing mandatory retirement of local governmental employees.
Mandatory Retirement for Public Safety Employees
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Mandatory Retirement of Fire Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was whether the fire chief could be mandatorily retired.
Manufactured/Modular Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can enact local ordinances that would have the effect of excluding manufactured or modular homes from being situated inside the city's corporate boundaries, or by regulating such by zoning or land-use planning from land designated for residential use.
Market Pricing: Methods to the Madness
General (Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

E-book that includes the steps necessary to determine the going market rate for jobs in a competitive environment.
Marketing & Operations Manager
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Marketing & Operations Manager
Marketing and Special Events Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Marketing and Special Events Manager.
Marketing Projects
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: April 5, 2010 )


Maryville Fire Department Overtime Study
(Created: 03/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an analysis relating to the city's current overtime provisions for its fire department
Maryville Police Department Home Fleet Program
(Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The purpose of this study was to analyze the feasibility of a home fleet (take home car) program.
Mason Water Plant Questions
General (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

Questions and concerns about the Town of Mason's water plant expansion and tank/distribution additions.
Massage Parlor and Technicians Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/26/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

An ordinance regulating massage parlors and technicians.
Massage Parlor License Application
Form (Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

This massage parlor license application for Thornton, Colorado includes a checklist, the application, authorization, background, zoning referral, and city code section.
Master Firefighter (Virginia Beach)
Job Description (Created: 12/01/1989; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Master Firefighter.
Master Patrolman Program
General (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

The Master Patrolman program would compensate an officer for attaining a certain level of achievement.
Material on the Regulation of Adult Bookstores
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide material on the regulation of adult bookstores in Tennessee.
Maximum Fee For Bad Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 25, 2017 )

A legal opinion on the maximum that a city can charge for a bad check.
May City Attorney Serve as City Judge?
General (Created: 11/21/2002; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney may also serve as the city judge.
May the City Commissioners Meet With the City Manager and the Candidates for the City Manager Position Without Public Notice of the Meeting?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city commissioners may meet with the city manager and the candidates for the city manager position without public notice of the meeting.
Mayor Can Vote to Break a Tie or to be a Member of the Quorum
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/29/1993; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked, if four alderman are required to make a quorum and several resign, leaving only three, whether the mayor may act as an alderman.
Mayor Has No Authority to Hire an Attorney at City Expense to Defend Him in a Civil or Criminal Action
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2004; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can hire counsel at city's expense to defend certain actions regarding his compensation.
Mayor Hires Family Member of Alderman as New City Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1991; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor could hire a family member of one of the Aldermen as the new city clerk.
Mayor Making Nominations
General (Created: 02/21/2007; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is proper for the Mayor to make nominations.
Mayor May Vote to Break a Tie
General (Created: 03/10/2005; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the Mayor may vote to break a tie during the meeting that is to be conducted for the purpose of filling vacancies.
Mayor Not Counted for Quorum Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/21/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor is counted for quorum purposes.
Mayor Pro Tem to Hire Consulting Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/30/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review ordinance permitting mayor pro tem to hire consulting attorney.
Mayor Refuses to Take an Oath of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1991; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, if the mayor refuses to take an oath of office, his seat is considered vacant.
Mayor Responsible for Appointing an Individual to Fill a Temporary Vacancy in the Office of Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/1997; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the duties of the mayor and the appointment of certain public officers to vacant positions, under the Mayor-Aldermanic form of government.
Mayor Serving as Unpaid Volunteer Reserve Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor may legally serve as an unpaid volunteer reserve police officer.
Mayor Voting on the Ordinance Adopting the Budget When That Budget Proposes an Increase in Salary for the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/1992; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a mayor may vote on the ordinance adopting the budget when that budget proposes an increase in salary for the mayor and/or aldermen.
Mayor Voting Twice to Break a Tie
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/16/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor could vote to fill a vacancy on the board creating a tie vote and then vote again to break the tie.
Mayor Wishes to Appoint One of the Aldermen to the Planning Commission When the Mayor and One of the Aldermen Are Already Members of the Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can appoint members of the city's governing body to the planning commission as "citizen" members of that commission.
Mayor's Appointment of Himself as a Member of the Electric -- Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/13/1993; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor may appoint himself a member of the electric board, subject to the confirmation of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Mayor's Appointment of Staff
General (Created: 04/10/2012; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for clarification on the appointment of the fire chief and assistant fire chief under the city's charter and municipal ordinances.
Mayor's Authority Relative to the Authority of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1995; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked two questions related to the mayor's authority relative to the authority of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Mayor's Authority to Set Employee Schedule
General (Created: 10/14/2003; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Councilmember asked for opinion on Mayor's authority to set employee schedules.
Mayor's Authority to Veto a Motion
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/2003; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research a mayor's authority to veto a motion.
Mayor's Compensation and COLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/2010; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the language in the city charter either entitles or authorizes the mayor to cost of living increases.
Mayor's Duties and Authority Under a Private Act Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/05/1990; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the mayor's duties and authority under a private act charter.
Mayor's Obligation to Carry Out the Will of the Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/1993; Reviewed: October 28, 2009 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor can refuse to sign a contract that the Board of Aldermen have voted to approve.
Mayor's Replacement of Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/2011; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the tenure of the planning commission members and other issues.
Mayor's Right to Make Motions and Speak on Matters before the City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/06/2010; Reviewed: July 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor may make motions and speak on matters on issues on which he has the right to vote.
Mayor's Right to Vote or Make Motions
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2008; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had the right to vote or make motions.
Mayor's Salary
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

The Tennessee Constitution has a provision prohibiting the General Assembly from adopting a local or private act that would alter a local officer's salary before the end of the term
Mayor's Salary and COLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/18/2008; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor is entitled to COLA under Article XI, Section 9 of the Tennessee Constitution, and if he is now, whether he must pay back COLA's paid to him.
Mayor's Salary and Compensation Are Not the Same Thing
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/2002; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the salary and compensation of the mayor.
Mayor's Vote in a Tie
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has the authority to vote in the case of an abstention.
Mayor's Voting in Planning Commission Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/20/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has a voice on the planning commission when he has appointed a substitute under TCA 13-4-101 or 6-54-112.
Mayor's Voting Rights
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

Can a mayor vote twice to break a tie?
Mayor-Aldermanic Government
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/1998; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about Mayor-Aldermanic Government.
Mayoral Elections in Council Manager Cities: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/19/2007; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Fifty-one cities were asked whether their mayor is elected from the board or by the people.
Mayoral Proclamation
General (Created: 06/23/2016; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A proclamation of the City of Dunlap Mayor and Board of Commissioners Declaring June 9, 2016, as Dakota Hudson Day in the City of Dunlap, Tennessee.
Mayoral Staffing in Selected Tennessee Cities: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked questions about the staff of the mayor and the budget for that staff.
McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

A city cannot pass a model of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act for local application.
McMinnville Goal-Setting Report
(Created: 04/17/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

The McMinnville City Council and City staff met to establish a set of goals to help guide the city's efforts over the next several years.
McMinnville Sales Tax Referendum
(Created: 07/22/2002; Reviewed: February 26, 2006 )

Education program for the sales tax referendum.
McMinnville, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

McMinnville requested a comprehensive management overview of the fire department. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
McMinnville, Tennessee, Fire Station Study
(Created: 09/28/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the city's distribution of fire stations and to determine whether the city needs a third fire station or if relocating one or both of the existing stations would provide adequate coverage. The study reviews the current roster of fire apparatus and makes recommendations on the city's fire apparatus needs. The scope of this study includes a review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and fire service best practices regarding deployment of resources.
Meaning of a Full Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what a 'full board' is within the meaning of the personnel regulation of the city that entitles an employee to appeal a personnel action to the 'full board.'
Meaning of Majority Vote for Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a majority of the body is required to vote in the affirmative for approval of a matter, or if a majority of the quorum is sufficient.
Meaning of Residence for Purposes of Voting in Municipal Elections
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/1992; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the meaning of residence for purposes of voting in municipal elections.
Measuring Methods Used in Beer Distance Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/10/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what measuring methods are used in beer distance regulations when a city's ordinance does not provide for those methods.
Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Mechanic.
Mechanic (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Mechanic for Streets, Sanitation, and Parks.
Mechanic I
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Mechanic I.
Mechanic, Chief (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Chief Mechanic for Water and Wastewater.
Meeting ADA Standards for City Hall
General (Created: 01/03/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to explain the compliance of a city hall with the ADA.
Meeting Agenda Process
General (Created: 05/06/2014; Reviewed: May 20, 2014 )

MTAS was asked how to formalize and manage the city council meeting agenda preparation and distribution.
Meeting of a Committee or Group of Aldermen Without First Advertising Their Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/26/1992; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a committee or group of aldermen may meet, without first advertising their meeting in a newspaper of general circulation.
Meeting Population Threshold Necessary for Incorporation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/1993; Reviewed: May 15, 2006 )

New municipalities in Tennessee may incorporate pursuant to either the mayor-aldermanic charter or city manager-commission charter, either of which require that the territory to be incorporated include five hundred citizens who are actual residents of the area.
Meeting Residency Requirement When Alderman Moves Outside the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman vacated his seat by moving outside city. The charter is silent on residency requirement and permits nonresident property owners to vote in elections.
Meetings of the Board of Directors of The Health, Education and Housing Facility Corporation of the City Subject to Public Meetings Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/1995; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the meetings of the Board of Directors of The Health, Education and Housing Facility Corporation of the City are subject to the Public Meetings Act.
Member of Board of Mayor and Aldermen Serving as City's Housing Director
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/15/1992; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether having a member of the board of mayor and aldermen serving as the city's housing director would present a conflict of interest in violation of applicable law.
Member of the City Commission Serving as a Volunteer Fireman and Being Compensated for Fire Calls
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/12/1991; Reviewed: December 14, 2005 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a conflict of interest for a member of the city commission to serve as a volunteer fireman when volunteer firemen of the city are compensated for fire calls.
Member of the City Council Running for the Office of Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a member of the city council can run for the office of mayor without resigning from his present office.
Membership of the Industrial Development Board
General (Created: 08/15/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the membership of the Industrial Development Board.
Membership of the Planning Commission and Whether the Offices of the City Attorney and City Administrator Are Compatible Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/03/2009; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the membership of the planning commission can be reduced and whether the city administrator can hold the office of city attorney.
Memorandum of Understanding for the Operation of a Community Garden
General (Created: 03/15/2011; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

An MoU for the purpose of defining the rights and responsibilities of each party with respect to the operation of a community garden.
Memorializing in City Hall: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 09/30/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked about the practice of placing plaques, framed photos, etc. in the city council chamber or meeting room to honor or memorialize individuals. Includes sample policies and inductee form.
Memphis Code on Panhandling
Ordinance (Created: 12/11/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

The purpose is to regulate and punish violations of the act of panhandling, rather than the status of the person.
Mental Evaluations for City Employees: Tennessee Enters Into a Consent Decree with the United States Department of Justice
(Created: 08/15/2003; Reviewed: July 14, 2006 )

The State of Tennessee has entered into a consent decree with the United States Department of Justice to settle an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case contesting the validity of several statutes concerning the minimum qualifications for certain public safety employees.
Mental health return to duty evaluation form survey
Survey (Created: 05/26/2017; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities to determine if those cities employ the use of a mental health return to duty evaluation form.
Merger of Harriman Utility Board and Wolfe Branch Utility District
General (Created: 01/18/2005; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

An article on the merger of HUB and Wolfe Branch Utility District resulting in service area being expanded.
Merger of Municipal Utilities
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/2001; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to explain the legal process for merging the water systems of two cities.
Meter Order Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Meter Order Clerk.
Meter Reader
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Meter Reader.
Meter Reading Productivity in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/15/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

MTAS asked fifteen Tennessee cities about their meter readers and what the responsibilities are in that job.
Metered Sprinkler Systems: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 05/01/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

MTAS asked nine cities if they require separate water meters for fire sprinkler systems in business and industry and if there are written policies or guidelines.
Method the City Uses in Paying Worker's Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/1997; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it was legal for the city to pay an injured employee their regular paychecks for up to fourteen calendar days afer the day of injury and require the employee to return to the city any worker's compensation benefits they may have received.
Methods of Breaking a Tie in an Election for Mayor or Alderman
General (Created: 03/10/2011; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to provide for a special election in the event of a tie vote in an election for either Mayor or Alderman.
Metropolitan Government
(Created: 10/12/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A report on the process of consolidation in Tennessee, as well as the pros and cons of consolidated government.
Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County Safety Policy
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: January 31, 2017 )

Safety policy for Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County.
Military Leave and School Patrol Officers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/06/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Twelve cities in Tennessee were surveyed regarding employees who deploy on military leave and whether or not they accrue benefits while gone. Those surveyed were also asked about School Crossing Guards and what benefits, if any are available to them.
Military Reservist Leave Question and Answer
General (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: August 29, 2011 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee, who has not completed the city's probationary period and is deployed, is entitled to the 20 days of leave.
Minimum Space Regulations for Dwellings in Subdivisions
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/17/1995; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can specify a minimum square or cubic footage, or similar minimum space regulations, for dwellings in its subdivision regulations.
Minority Set-Aside Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the County Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Guidelines.
Minority Set-Asides
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/27/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether minority set-aside quotas or set-aside goals are legal on the part of Tennessee municipalities.
Minority Set-Asides
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an agreement between a city and a developer of a large construction project may specify a percentage of subcontracts on the project to be awarded, or set aside, for minority contractors.
Minority Voters and a Combination District/At-Large Election System
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/08/1990; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether such a combination district/at-large system can survive a challenge that it discriminates against minority voters.
Miscellaneous Local Taxes and Fees
(Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: January 7, 2010 )

Third volume in a TACIR report focusing on local government finance.
Misuse of City Equipment in Political Campaigns
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2006; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the fire chief may take the city's fire engine to a political rally for the city attorney.
Mixed Drink Tax and Location of Retail Package Stores
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/03/1994; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how the 15% mixed drink tax is divided and, in the case of a countywide liquor referendum, do the retail (package) liquor stores have to be located inside the city.
Mixed Residential/Commercial Development
General (Created: 06/03/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information about cities that are using mixed residential/commercial development.
MMA Level III Practicum: A Proposal for the Development of a Central Citizens Customer Service Center
General (Created: 03/03/2006; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

These documents were created by attendees at a MMA Level III class, which requires a practicum for completion of the class.
MMA Level III Practicum: Best Practices for Disciplinary/Grievance Procedures
General (Created: 03/27/2006; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

These documents were created by attendees at an MMA Level III class, which requires a practicum for completion of the class.
Mobile Homes as Preexisting Nonconforming Uses
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2012; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can adopt regulations that allow mobile home owners to rebuild on the original footprint of a structure destroyed by fire, or other reasons.
Model Cable Franchise Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: March 9, 2010 )

Ordinance regarding the establishment of a cable television franchise.
Model Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Response Policy
Form (Created: 12/05/2016; Reviewed: December 6, 2016 )

This model policy was created to provide procedures for personnel to follow for the safe investigation and mitigation of reported carbon monoxide (CO) incidents.
Model Distribution Public Awareness Plans
General (Created: 06/20/2006; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

Includes the APGA plan and a version that has been customized by the TGA for use by individual utilities in Tennessee.
Model Employment Application (2012)
Form (Created: 05/21/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An employment application for municipal employees, revised May 2012.
Model Fire Sprinkler Ordinance
Form (Created: 12/03/2019; Reviewed: December 3, 2019 )

This is a model fire sprinkler ordinance for both commercial and residential property. Fire sprinkler systems save lives, property, and reduce the potential for large fires in the community, thus protecting the tax base.
Model Identity Theft Policy and FACTA Compliance
(Created: 09/17/2008; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

Includes background information on FACTA, model identity theft policy, and resolution.
Model Juvenile Fire Setter Standard Operating Procedure
General (Created: 11/13/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

The purpose of this guideline is to establish a consistent procedure in partnership with community resources for the screening, education and referral of youths who have been identified as misusing ignition sources (matches, lighters, or fireworks) or starting a fire, either unintentionally or maliciously.
Model Landscaping Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 08/21/2008; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a model landscaping ordinance and found several examples.
Model Municipal Debt Policy
General (Created: 10/31/2011; Reviewed: June 24, 2011 )

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the City. (NOTE: Bold language or similar statements are required by the State of TN Comptroller's Office. Italicized language is recommended along with other components in GFOA's Model Debt Policy.)
Model Ordinance Amending Home Rule Charter and Suggested Ballot Questions
Ordinance (Created: 11/05/2007; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

An ordinance amending a home rule charter and suggested ballot questions.
Model OSHA Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/31/2013; Reviewed: November 29, 2018 )

Ordinance to establish an updated occupational safety and health program plan, devise rules and regulations, and to provide for a safety director and the implementation of such program plan.
Model Personnel Policy: Letter, Checklist, and Resolution for Small Cities
General (Created: 01/15/1998; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

Instructions for creating a resolution establishing personnel policies for small cities.
Model Personnel Rules and Regulations
General (Created: 06/23/2005; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

The MTAS model personnel rules and regulations, which include sample charter provisions establishing a personnel system, ordinances adopting the rules and regulations, and sample rules and regulations.
Model Personnel Rules and Regulations
(Created: 07/01/1988; Reviewed: August 15, 2006 )

A model manual of personnel rules and regulations.
Model Personnel Rules and Regulations: Appendices
(Created: 07/01/1988; Reviewed: August 15, 2006 )

Appendices A-C of the model manual for personnel rules and regulations.
Model Personnel Rules and Regulations: Appendix D, Sample Personnel Rules and Regulations
General (Created: 09/03/2004; Reviewed: August 15, 2006 )

Sample rules and regulations for the manual for personnel rules and regulations.
Model Press Release for Fire Hydrant Inspections and Flow Testing
Form (Created: 10/04/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

The model press release may be customized and used by any fire department to inform residents and business owners in their community that the fire department will be conducting inspection, maintenance, and flow testing of fire hydrants in the community.
Model Private Act Charters
General (Created: 01/07/2010; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Two models of private act charters: one for a council-manager city and one for mayor-aldermanic with administrator option.
Model Public Records Policy
General (Created: 01/19/2017; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

Pursuant to the requirements of Public Chapter 722, Acts of 2016, the Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel released the Model Public Records Policy with accompanying material.
Model Resolution Directing Payment of Tax Equivalents
Resolution (Created: 04/02/2004; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to create a resolution for payment in lieu of taxes.
Model Safety Policy
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Model safety policy for local governments.
Model Stormwater Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

A model ordinance for the operation and maintenance of stormwater facilities.
Model Stormwater Ordinance 2011: Written for the 2010 Small MS4 Permit and Construction General Permit Reissuance
Ordinance (Created: 09/08/2011; Reviewed: September 19, 2011 )

The Model Stormwater Ordinance, as written, is not a stand-alone document. No Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP's) are incorporated in the body of the ordinance. Rather, the Model Ordinance adopts BMP Manuals by reference The Model Ordinance will not be complete without the adoption by reference of these BMP manuals.
Model Stormwater Utility Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/29/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A model ordinance that creates and funds a stormwater utility.
Model Succession Plan
(Created: 12/10/2009; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Includes a model succession plan and a succession plan for McMinnville.
Model Water Conservation Resolution and Water Curtailment Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/15/2008; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

The model water curtailment ordinance and water conservation resolution are intended to be used as templates by a city council when they are preparing such documents for their city.
Modified Light Duty Programs
Survey (Created: 10/01/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Sixteen Tennessee cities responded to questions about whether or not they have a modified/light duty program in place for employees.
Modified vs Manager Commission
General (Created: 08/31/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to discuss the differences between the manager-commission form of government and the modified manager-commission form of government.
Monitoring Conversations Between Utility Employees and Utility Customers
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/15/1996; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act of 1994 prohibits the monitoring by supervisors of utility employees of conversations between those employees and utility customers where the monitoring is done for the purpose of insuring that the utility employees provide polite and efficient service.
Moral Turpitude
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if DUI and passing a bad check are offenses involving moral turpitude.
Moratorium on Building Permits and Changes in Zoning Pending a Comprehensive Review of the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1997; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

Prior to the moratorium, one couple had entered into negotiations to sell their property to commercial concerns; MTAS was asked whether the city could go ahead and give them assurance that the property would continue under its present zoning so that they could complete the sale.
More USFA Grant Money Available This Year
General (Created: 01/16/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

The United States Fire Administration (a division of FEMA) is working on the details for a much larger FY02 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
More Visits from IRS Expected
General (Created: 08/30/2002; Reviewed: February 15, 2012 )

A recent reorganization of the Internal Revenue Service is expected to result in more visits to cities from IRS personnel, who will be concerned with withholding of Medicare, Social Security, and other federal taxes for municipal employees and officials.
Morristown City Administrator Job Description
Job Description (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Administrator.
Morristown Civil Service Review
(Created: 01/12/2007; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to examine the Morristown Civil Service system and make recommendations for improvements.
Morristown Fire Department Driver Training Standard Operating Guideline
General (Created: 12/30/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This document includes: information on EVOC timed evaluations and station skill sheets for the practical, fire apparatus driver/operator; forms to request to qualify and to certify as a driver trainee; a driver trainee checklist and fire apparatus operator practical checklist; certification for out-of-grade pay; and request for upgrade pay.
Morristown Fleet Management Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017 )

Eight cities responded to an MTAS survey about their fleet management, including number and types of vehicles, work bays, and lifts, plus information on staffing, work orders, calls for service, and routine maintenance.
Morristown Police (or Fire) Chief Annual Evaluation
Form (Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

This form may be used for the annual performance appraisal of the police or fire chief.
Morristown, Tennessee, Fire Services Study
(Created: 09/30/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the entire fire department and make recommendations related to fire department management, operations, resources, and enhanced level of services. The scope of this study included review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and best practice management of the fire department.
Mosquito Control: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/01/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Seven Southeastern cities were asked questions about budget, equipment, and chemicals used for mosquito control.
Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law and City Vehicles
General (Created: 01/28/2002; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City's buses are exempt from the amended Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility law that went into effect January 1.
Motor Vehicle Privilege Tax
General (Created: 01/07/2014; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the motor vehicle privilege tax or wheel tax.
Mount Juliet City Manager Resume Review Worksheet
Form (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Resume review form for position of city manager.
Mountainous Residential District Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 09/24/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided a file copy of draft regulations for a new R-M2 mountainous residential district, plus several examples of adopted hillside development regulations and zoning ordinances.
Moving a Building to Another Piece of Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain city resident could move a building to another piece of property without a building permit and includes surrounding issues that arose from that question.
Mowing Survey
Survey (Created: 11/01/2004; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Seven cities were asked several questions about right of way mowing and the number of employees involved.
MS4 Stormwater Documents 2010
Form (Created: 10/05/2010; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This collection of stormwater documents includes: Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report; Phase II Stormwater Permit Notice of Intent (NOI); and NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
MS4 Stormwater Documents 2016
Form (Created: 10/06/2016; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This collection of stormwater documents includes: NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems; Rationale Sheet; Addendum to Rationale (NOD); Phase II Stormwater Permit Notice of Intent (NOI); an MTAS 2016 Model MS4 Notice of Intent (NOI) that has been reviewed by TDEC; and Form for Annual Report.
Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Fire Services Study
(Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide analysis of the best fire service options for Mt. Juliet.
Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 06/30/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS conducted this study by a review of submitted documentation, field study work involving interviews with Mount Pleasant personnel, physical inspection of the fire station and equipment, and a tour of the service area. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
MTAS Compensation Philosophy and Plan: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked about their compensation philosophy and plans.
MTAS Comprehensive Management Review Checklist
Form (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A model for the MTAS comprehensive management review (CMR).
MTAS Fire Department Personnel Survey
Survey (Created: 09/21/2010; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Fifteen cities were asked several questions about firefighter schedules and compensation.
MTAS Firefighter Meals: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 03/31/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities were asked whether the shift can transport the fire engine to a restaurant for a meal and whether an employee may use a city vehicle to pick up food for the whole shift.
MTAS Golf Course Survey
Survey (Created: 02/21/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Four cities were asked several questions about their golf courses, including operations, funding, green fees, usage by local colleges and high schools, and number of rounds of golf played in FY 2012
MTAS Guidance on the Limited Reuse of N95 Respirators
General (Created: 04/02/2020; Reviewed: April 27, 2020 )

With the severe shortage of N95 respirators, many municipalities and other organizations are faced with the dilemma of reusing N95 respirators, using a lessor form of protection, such as a surgical mark, trying to make their own mask or respirator, or going without any respiratory protection.
MTAS Health Insurance Benefits: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked 31 questions about their health insurance coverage for municipal employees.
MTAS Large City Model Personnel Policies
General (Created: 08/09/2017; Reviewed: October 30, 2017 )

The model personnel policies are intended for larger cities.
MTAS Model Municipal Debt Policy
General (Created: 04/27/2011; Reviewed: June 24, 2011 )

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the City.
MTAS Moves Salary Survey Online
(Created: 06/08/2007; Reviewed: June 15, 2007 )

MTAS has initiated the first phase of our new 'Online Salary and Benefit Survey Project.'
MTAS Near-Miss Reporting Standard Operating Procedure Template
Form (Created: 04/12/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

This MTAS template to report near-misses can be customized to meet local needs.
MTAS on Robert's Rules of Order
General (Created: 05/17/2019; Reviewed: May 17, 2019 )

A series of brief, instructive articles explaining the use Robert's Rules of Order for cities and towns in Tennessee. The series starts with the history of the Robert's Rules parliamentary procedures and delves into everything from making a motion to adjourning a meeting.
MTAS Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey (1993)
(Created: 03/30/1994; Reviewed: February 16, 2009 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information.
MTAS Small City Model Personnel Policies
General (Created: 06/30/2017; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

The model personnel policies are intended for smaller cities.
MTAS' Customer-Focused Approach to Public Service Creates Significant Economic Impacts for Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 05/08/2003; Reviewed: July 6, 2016 )

The activities of MTAS align with the University's goals for service to Tennessee.
MTAS/CTAS ADA Compliance Officer Training 2018
(Created: 06/05/2018; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

Materials from an MTAS/CTAS statewide class designed for those city and county staff with ADA compliance responsibilities. Information resources includes the extensive class handout as well as the class slide presentation.
Municipal Airport Survey
Survey (Created: 03/14/2005; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

Three cities were asked about the number of employees, their job titles, and whether there are written job descriptions for these positions.
Municipal Alcoholic Beverage Inspection Fees and Wholesale Liquor Tax Surveys
Survey (Created: 10/31/2009; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS completed two surveys asking cities about municipal alcoholic beverage inspection fees and wholesale liquor tax.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act
(Created: 05/01/2003; Reviewed: July 25, 2006 )

The TGTLA provides that municipalities can be sued for injuries caused by their employees only in a limited number of areas and immunizes municipal employees or limits their liability for injuries they cause in certain cases.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act (2009)
(Created: 01/29/2009; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

Legislature creates liability for cities for failure to safeguard confidential information on laptop computers and other removable storage devices.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act Tort Limits Increase July 1, 2007
(Created: 03/07/2007; Reviewed: March 15, 2007 )

The TGTLA provides that municipalities can be sued for injuries caused by their employees only in a limited number of areas and immunizes municipal employees or limits their liability for injuries they cause in certain cases.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Tort Liability Act Made Simple
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

Details the effects of the Tennessee Tort Liability Act regarding municipal and personal liability.
Municipal Banking Services Must Now Be Evaluated Every Four Years (Public Chapter 277 of 2019)
General (Created: 10/15/2019; Reviewed: March 18, 2020 )

MTAS resources and guidance on Public Chapter 277 of 2019 which requires a contract for banking services be based on the evaluation of proposals, which should be documented for audit purposes. Attached are a Q & A and a sample quote for banking services for use by Tennessee municipalities. Also included here is a link to the MTAS City Byte, an online short course, on the topic.
Municipal Banking Services: Public Chapter 277 of 2019
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, reviews Public Chapter of 277 of 2019. This law stipulates that municipal banking services must be evaluated at least every four years and proposals must be from at least two banks. The statute also requires a contract for banking services be based on the evaluation of proposals, which should be documented for audit purposes. The law was effective July 1, 2019 thus banking services must be evaluated within the next four years or when the current contract expires whichever is sooner. (MTAS City Byte series)
Municipal Biodiesel Production Programs (2011)
(Created: 03/08/2012; Reviewed: March 8, 2012 )

Small-scale production of biodiesel by municipalities has been conducted successfully by several cities in Alabama and appears to be a concept that can be duplicated in other municipalities across the state and nation.
Municipal Biodiesel Production: Foundations and Best Practices (2009)
(Created: 11/06/2009; Reviewed: January 21, 2010 )

Small-scale production of biodiesel by municipalities has been conducted successfully by several cities in Alabama and appears to be a concept that can be duplicated in other municipalities across the state.
Municipal Bonds
General (Created: 09/11/2012; Reviewed: September 11, 2012 )

Local governments generally should consider using bond issues for large, long-term debt of more than $1 million and for longer than 12 years. The various types of municipal bonds include general obligation bonds, special tax bonds and special assessments, revenue bonds, industrial revenue bonds, and double-barrel bonds.
Municipal Boundaries
General (Created: 05/16/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in determining municipal boundaries.
Municipal Code Citation
Form (Created: 07/26/2007; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

A citation form to be used by the City of Smithville for offenses that are not traffic related.
Municipal Code Violation Fines and Court Costs: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Hohenwald
Survey (Created: 08/01/2003; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Ten cities were asked the amount of their fines and court costs for municipal code violations.
Municipal Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/22/2005; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

A job description for the position of municipal codes inspector.
Municipal Contributions to County Schools Located Within the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/17/1990; Reviewed: October 30, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the county school district could reduce expenditures to schools located within the city that may be receiving city contributions.
Municipal Contributions to High School Newspapers
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/17/1994; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on municipal contributions to high school newspapers and the like.
Municipal Court Administrator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Municipal Court Administrator.
Municipal Court Appeals in Tennessee (2012)
(Created: 11/13/2012; Reviewed: November 13, 2012 )

This publication answers several questions about city court appeals and includes a sample appeal bond form.
Municipal Court Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Municipal Court Clerk.
Municipal Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/19/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city judge may waive municipal court costs.
Municipal Court Costs and the Authority of Municipal Judges to Jail Offenders for the Violation of Municipal Ordinances
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/30/1993; Reviewed: March 3, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to provide material on the issues of municipal court costs and the authority of municipal judges to jail offenders for the violation of municipal ordinances.
Municipal Court Fines
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/1994; Reviewed: October 21, 2005 )

MTAS was asked for an opinion when a defendant refuses to pay the fine pending appeal.
Municipal Court Judge Survey
Survey (Created: 08/17/2011; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Seventeen cities were asked several questions about the position of city judge, including salary and number of hours worked.
Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004
General (Created: 01/05/2005; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions about the requirements of the 'Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004' as it pertains to city court.
Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004
(Created: 01/31/2005; Reviewed: July 17, 2006 )

The Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004 becomes effective March 1, 2005, and brings significant change to municipal courts.
Municipal Court's Enforcement of Misdemeanors Against State Law as Violations of the Municipal Code
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/28/1997; Reviewed: October 21, 2005 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal court could enforce, as a blanket provision, misdemeanors against state law as violations of the municipal code.
Municipal Courts Manual
(Created: 04/01/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2006 )

This guide was developed for municipal courts with the authority to enforce municipal ordinances.
Municipal Courts Manual
(Created: 05/12/2006; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

This guide was developed for Municipal Courts with the authority to enforce municipal ordinances.
Municipal Courts Manual (2007)
(Created: 04/17/2007; Reviewed: )

This guide was developed for municipal courts with the authority to enforce municipal ordinances.
Municipal Courts Manual (2012)
(Created: 10/16/2012; Reviewed: January 22, 2013 )

This guide was developed for municipal courts with the authority to enforce municipal ordinances.
Municipal Courts Survey
Survey (Created: 10/08/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked several questions about citations: the number of citations issued; whether the citations are paper or electronic; the number of unpaid citations; whether the city has a litigation tax; and, the total court costs per citation.
Municipal Courts: Court Clerk Training Fall 2009
General (Created: 05/17/2012; Reviewed: May 17, 2012 )

This document was a class handout.
Municipal Gas System Tax Equivalent Law of 1987
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/31/2007; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can refuse to share the in lieu of tax paid by the city's gas system to the city.
Municipal Handbook (2007)
(Created: 04/17/2008; Reviewed: April 18, 2008 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government in Tennessee.
Municipal Handbook (2008)
(Created: 08/25/2009; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government in Tennessee. Updated through July 2008.
Municipal Handbook (2010)
(Created: 03/01/2011; Reviewed: March 1, 2011 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government in Tennessee. Updated through July 2010.
Municipal Handbook (2011)
(Created: 02/22/2012; Reviewed: February 22, 2012 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government in Tennessee. Updated through July 2011.
Municipal Handbook (2012)
(Created: 03/04/2013; Reviewed: March 4, 2013 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government in Tennessee. Updated through July 2012.
Municipal Handbook 2002
(Created: 04/17/2007; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government.
Municipal Handbook 2003
(Created: 07/01/2004; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government.
Municipal Handbook 2004
(Created: 01/19/2005; Reviewed: March 20, 2006 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government.
Municipal Handbook 2005
(Created: 10/30/2006; Reviewed: February 13, 2007 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government in Tennessee.
Municipal Handbook 2006
(Created: 04/18/2007; Reviewed: April 18, 2007 )

A comprehensive manual on municipal government in Tennessee.
Municipal Impact of the Proposed Anderson County Local Option Sales Tax Referendum Study
(Created: 09/08/2005; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

A financial impact study of the effect of a county wide referendum on a sales tax increase upon Oak Ridge, Clinton, Lake City, Norris, and Oliver Springs.
Municipal Judge, Without Concurrent Jurisdiction, Hearing State Misdemeanor Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2002; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS researched the ability of a municipal judge, without concurrent jurisdiction, to hear state misdemeanor charges.
Municipal Liability for Community Service Probationers
(Created: 07/01/2004; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

This report considers potential liabilities that local governments in Tennessee face when they use probationers to perform community service.
Municipal Liability for Drainage Problems
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/1993; Reviewed: September 8, 2006 )

MTAS was asked several questions concerning possible municipal liability for drainage problems.
Municipal Liability for Injury Resulting from a Municipally-Owned Dam
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1990; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about municipal liability for injury resulting from a municipally-owned dam.
Municipal Liquor Inspection Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/1997; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the records that liquor wholesalers provide to the municipality under the law authorizing municipalities to impose a liquor inspection fee are open to the public.
Municipal Lobbying: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 12/07/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS asked twenty-three cities questions about their use of lobbyists.
Municipal Officers, Municipal Employees, Ministerial Officers, and General Supervision
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the difference between an officer and an employee, what is a ministerial officer, and what does the term "general supervision" mean with respect to a mayor's right to exercise general supervision over certain city officers or employees.
Municipal Ordinance Making Failure to Appear in Court a -- Separate Offense
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/14/2000; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be advisable for the city to pass an ordinance that would make the defendant's failure to appear in court a separate violation carrying a penalty up to $500.00
Municipal Personnel Report: Recruitment and Selection of Managerial and Professional Personnel
(Created: 08/28/2006; Reviewed: August 28, 2006 )

This publication provides local governments with basic information and a general framework for recruiting and selecting managerial and professional personnel.
Municipal Personnel Report: Recruitment and Selection of Managerial and Professional Personnel
(Created: 09/01/2002; Reviewed: August 28, 2006 )

This publication provides local governments with basic information and a general framework for recruiting, interviewing, and selecting managerial and professional personnel.
Municipal Personnel Report: Recruiting and Selecting Management and Professional Personnel
(Created: 08/12/2008; Reviewed: August 14, 2008 )

This publication provides local governments with basic information and a general framework for recruiting, interviewing, and selecting managerial and professional personnel.
Municipal Police Department Staffing Levels for Tennessee Cities in 2005
(Created: 04/20/2006; Reviewed: February 24, 2009 )

Provides information on police staffing levels in Tennessee cities.
Municipal Purchasing Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1993; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can enlarge or reduce the project size by up to 25% with the same unit price.
Municipal Purchasing Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/1996; Reviewed: March 2, 2006 )

MTAS was asked what law governs competitive bidding by the city.
Municipal Regulation of Gas Companies
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/1993; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

A city can require a gas company to pay a franchise fee and impose other conditions upon the operation of the gas company within the city.
Municipal Regulation of Pet Stores
Ordinance (Created: 12/03/1996; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS drafted an ordinance to answer questions about the municipal regulation of pet stores.
Municipal Regulations Governing Blasting
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1993; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 68-44-110 et seq. preempts any municipal regulations governing blasting.
Municipal Swimming Pools and Admission Fees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Collinwood
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about admissions charges for municipal pools, rate of pay for lifeguards, salary for pool managers, and rates for private party rental.
Municipal Travel Policy
(Created: 02/11/2005; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

State law requires all municipalities with populations less than 100,000 to adopt and file with the state comptroller a travel policy that covers expense reimbursement for elected and appointed officials.
Municipal Travel Policy
(Created: 12/18/2007; Reviewed: December 18, 2007 )

State law requires all municipalities with populations less than 100,000 to adopt and file with the state comptroller a travel policy that covers expense reimbursement for elected and appointed officials.
Municipal Travel Policy (2008)
(Created: 12/08/2008; Reviewed: January 7, 2009 )

State law requires all municipalities with populations less than 100,000 to adopt and file with the state comptroller a travel policy that covers expense reimbursement for elected and appointed officials.
Municipal Travel Policy (2010)
(Created: 11/16/2010; Reviewed: November 17, 2010 )

State law requires all municipalities with populations less than 100,000 to adopt and file with the state comptroller a travel policy that covers expense reimbursement for elected and appointed officials.
Municipal Utility Donations to Non-Profit Corporations
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2014; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a town can donate utility funds to a non-profit corporation and if there are any limits on the frequency and amount of such donations.
Municipal Utility Rate Survey (MURTS) (2003)
(Created: 03/01/2004; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

MURTS is a survey of rates charged by municipal utilities in 2003.
Municipal Utility Rate Survey (MURTS) (2008)
Survey (Created: 10/31/2008; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

MURTS is a MTAS survey of water, wastewater, and garbage rates charged by municipal utilities in 2008.
Municipal Water Usage: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 05/01/2002; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

Eleven cities were surveyed to determine whether the volume of water sold over a five-year period increased or decreased.
Municipal Work on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/22/2002; Reviewed: August 7, 2018 )

Analyzes the law governing right of a city to spend money to make improvements on private property.
Municipalities Can Prohibit Moonlighting That Is Incompatible with -- Their Municipal Employment
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/06/1993; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the Municipal Code prohibits municipal employees from accepting outside employment without the permission of the city manager, and provides that such permission will not be granted where the public and private employment are incompatible.
Municipalities Enacting an Auto Decal Charge
General (Created: 04/06/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to review the auto decal charge implemented by the City of Chattanooga and advise whether it was feasible for this town to implement.
Municipalities Have No Authority to Selectively Waive the Penalty and Interest Imposed by Ordinance on Delinquent Tax Payments Absent a Specific State Statute
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/15/1992; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has the authority to waive the penalties and interest it generally imposes on delinquent tax payments.
Municipalities Have the Authority to Regulate Passenger-for-Hire Vehicles
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/1996; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about taxicab regulations.
Municipalities Required to Adopt Codes of Ethics
(Created: 07/25/2006; Reviewed: August 1, 2006 )

Public Chapter No. 1 of the Extraordinary Session of the 2006 General Assembly requires municipalities to adopt a code of ethics by ordinance; includes disclosure of personal interest form.
Municipalities Required to Adopt Codes of Ethics (2008)
(Created: 01/29/2009; Reviewed: January 29, 2009 )

T. C. A. ' 8-17-103 requires municipalities to adopt a code of ethics by ordinance.
Municipalities with general sessions courts jursidiction
General (Created: 04/02/2001; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

This is a list which shows the cities with municipal courts that also have general sessions courts jursidiction.
Municipalities Without a Zoning Ordinance Seek to Prohibit Wildcat Trailer Parks from Springing Up
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/1994; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what actions may be taken by municipalities that do not have a zoning ordinance and seek to prohibit wildcat trailer parks from springing up.
Municipality After Adopting Home Rule May Continue to Operate Under Its Existing Charter, or Amend the Same, or Adopt and Thereafter Amend a New Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/1996; Reviewed: June 29, 2006 )

MTAS was asked what the status of Private Act X is, on Private Act Y, particularly with respect to the home rule charter of a city.
Municipality May Have to Return Money Paid By a User Who Was Billed for Sewer Service When No Sewer Service Was Provided or Available
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/02/1993; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has to return money paid by an outside water user who was also billed for sewer service when no sewer service was provided or available.
Murfreesboro Fire Department 2010 Annual Report
(Created: 02/04/2011; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An example of an annual report from the Murfreesboro Fire Department.
MUTCD and Engineering Study for Traffic Light
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/04/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Citizen ran a red light and alleges that he cannot be convicted of running the light because the installation of the light was not supported by an engineering study as required by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
Mutual Aid and Emergency Assistance 2002 Update
(Created: 11/21/2002; Reviewed: November 22, 2002 )

This bulletin outlines when, where and how a town or city may act beyond its corporate limits without exposing the municipality and its employees to potential additional liability and includes model agreements and policies that will help give your city the greatest protection possible under current law.
Mutual Aid Assistance in Tennessee: A Collection of Resources from MTAS
General (Created: 04/09/2020; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

A collection of resources on mutual aid assistance in Tennessee. The collection includes MTAS Hot Topics, a legal opinion from former MTAS Legal Constant Dennis Huffer, a full text document of Public Chapter 743, and two mutual aid assistance agreement templates.
Mutual Aid Update: FEMA Reimbursement of Mutual Aid Costs Under Certain Conditions.
General (Created: 12/17/2011; Reviewed: April 9, 2020 )

FEMA will reimburse mutual aid costs under certain conditions.

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