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N95 Respirators and Respiratory Protection Q & A: A Hot Topic for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/30/2020; Reviewed: March 30, 2020 )

With the shortage of N95 respirators, which is the type of respirator recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for respiratory protection against the coronavirus, MTAS has received questions about the reuse of N95 respirators and alternate types of respirators and masks. This hot topic provides information on N95 respirators and other types of respiratory protection. MTAS does not recommend or endorse any products. Cities should use this information as a resource when making decisions for their operations.
National Awards Programs Highlight Municipal Strengths
(Created: 06/01/1997; Reviewed: September 6, 2001 )

A MTAS Technical Bulletin (June 1997) listing various municipal awards programs with a description of the award, when applications are due, and contact information.
National Flood Insurance Program
General (Created: 02/07/2002; Reviewed: April 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to provide information on the National Flood Insurance Program.
National Guard's Weekend Drills are Considered Training
(Created: 11/20/1998; Reviewed: September 17, 2001 )

Affects employees and officers (subsequently called "employees") who are members of the Tennessee National Guard or any other reserve unit of the United States armed forces.
Natural Gas Franchise
Ordinance (Created: 04/19/2004; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

An ordinance to provide natural gas service to the City of Crossville.
Natural Gas Franchise Fees in West Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/01/2004; Reviewed: March 9, 2010 )

Four Utility Districts were asked whether they pay franchise fees to the cities they serve.
Natural Gas Operator Qualification Resolution
(Created: 09/12/2005; Reviewed: March 9, 2010 )

A resolution approving a natural gas system's operator qualification program.
Natural Gas Primer for Elected Officials
(Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

This publication provides basic information to municipal elected officials concerning natural gas as it relates to a municipal gas system or local distribution customer (LDC)
Need for a City Administrator
(Created: 06/05/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist theTown of Spencer in converting to a city administrator form of government.
Need for Professional Management
(Created: 08/28/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A report addressing the issue of employing professional managers or administrators who have municipal experience.
Need for Professional Management Experience
General (Created: 05/26/2009; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

The purpose of this letter is to increase awareness of the issues that need to be considered when hiring a city administrator.
Negotiating Price with the Low Bidder When There Is Only One Bid on a Municipal Purchase
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/04/1997; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can negotiate price with the low bidder when there is only one bid on a municipal purchase.
Nepotism and Step-Children
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/1999; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether step-children should be added to the list of those who are precluded from being employed under the same line of supervision in the city.
Network Services Manager or Equivalent Position: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/01/2001; Reviewed: November 29, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked questions about the position of network services manager and who has the responsibilities of web sites and telephone communications.
Network Systems Administrator
Job Description (Created: 10/01/1998; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Network Systems Administrator.
Network Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

A job description for the position of Network Technician from North Kansas City, Kansas.
New Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Their Effects Upon Records Retention
(Created: 01/10/2007; Reviewed: January 10, 2007 )

The underlying importance of these amendments is that electronic communications must be added to every city's current retention schedule.
New Audit Standards: What Do They Mean to Local Governments?
(Created: 06/28/2010; Reviewed: June 28, 2010 )

Because state law requires that municipalities be audited, the financial statement audit must be performed in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.
New Charter and Regulation of Massage Parlors
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2013 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the regulation of massage parlors and the impact of Charter changes on city court.
New City Council Reverses Vote of Old Council on Beer Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

The city council, acting as the beer board, voted to issue a beer permit in violation of the city's 2,000 foot rule; following that meeting, a new city council took office and reversed the vote of the old council.
New Domestic Violence Abuse Statute Mandates Arrests in Domestic Abuse Situations
(Created: 07/18/1995; Reviewed: September 3, 2004 )

The legislature intends that the official response to domestic abuse stresses enforcing the laws to protect the victim.
New Expense Accounts for Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/20/1998; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor and Board may properly vote to give themselves a specific ($40.00) "expense account" in addition to the salary they already receive, to become effective during their current terms of office.
New Fee for Cash Bond Forfeitures in City Court
(Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: June 28, 2010 )

The state legislature recently created a new fee to be collected by the city when a defendant posts a cash bond for a municipal traffic violation.
New Financial Disclosure Required for Tax Abatements
General (Created: 12/05/2016; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

A tax abatement per GASB may not be the same as the legal definition of a tax abatement in Tennessee law, but remember that GASB's definition is for external financial reporting purposes.
New Fire Station Design Standards
General (Created: 09/08/2003; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS received a question on the construction of a new fire station.
New Fund Balance (2011)
(Created: 06/20/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2011 )

GASB 54: Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions raises several issues related to the way cities now define governmental funds. The implementation date is for periods beginning after June 15, 2010, which means FYE 6/30/11. Includes a fund balance policy and a sample minimum fund balance policy.
New Fund Balance (2012 Rev.)
(Created: 05/30/2012; Reviewed: June 5, 2012 )

GASB 54: Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions raises several issues related to the way cities now define governmental funds. The implementation date is for periods beginning after June 15, 2010, which means FYE 6/30/11. Includes a fund balance policy and a sample minimum fund balance policy.
New Governmental Auditor Independence Requirements: What Cities Need to Know
(Created: 02/24/2003; Reviewed: September 19, 2009 )

Tennessee has adopted the 'Yellow Book' as guidance for auditors in conducting audits of local governments and every municipality is required to have an audit performed annually by an independent auditor.
New Inter-basin Water Transfers Act
(Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: September 20, 2001 )

The Tennessee Legislature, at the request of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), has created a new state law entitled the 'Inter-basin Water Transfer Act.' The new rule becomes effective Oct. 1, 2000.
New Law Requires Countywide Growth Plan and Limits Annexation and Incorporation
(Created: 06/12/1998; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

Changes in annexation and incorporation include a required countywide land use planning process that limits annexations and incorporations to certain areas and subjects them to new restrictions. The law also gives counties a major new role in the annexation planning process and in annexation and incorporation decisions. It also preserves their revenues in newly-annexed and incorporated territories.
New Officials' Tips
General (Created: 06/06/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS consultants ranked their top fifteen tips for new officials.
New Regulations Will Apply to Small Stormwater Discharges
(Created: 01/13/1998; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to propose a major new rule that will require permits for small stormwater dischargers in urbanized areas of 50,000 or more, various commercial operations, and construction sites of less than five acres.
New Reporting Requirement for Traffic Courts
(Created: 07/17/2008; Reviewed: October 29, 2009 )

The purpose of the law is to create a database of traffic offenders who have had their traffic offenses dismissed upon completion of a driver improvement class or traffic school.
New Requirements for Public Swimming Pools
(Created: 07/12/2012; Reviewed: July 16, 2012 )

Existing public swimming pools must meet 2010 accessibility standards by January 31, 2013; newly constructed or altered pools should follow standards on or after March 15, 2012.
New State Requirement to Report Unaccounted-for Water
(Created: 06/14/2007; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

On May 24, 2007, Governor Phil Bredesen approved House Bill 743, which addresses unaccounted-for water.
New Withholding Tables for 2001
(Created: 07/09/2001; Reviewed: July 25, 2006 )

New income tax withholding tables are effective June 30, 2001. The new tables may reduce the amount of income tax withheld from employee wages.
New Youth Sports Concussion and Head Injury Law Effective January 1, 2014
General (Created: 12/11/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Public Chapter 148 passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in April 2013 and effective on January 1, 2014, requires all cities that have 'youth athletic activities' to comply with guidelines issued by the Tennessee Department of Health concerning risk and symptoms of concussion and head injuries.
Newly Elected Official’s Guide to Taking Office
General (Created: 11/14/2019; Reviewed: November 14, 2019 )

You just won an election for your municipal office. Now what? We address some common questions of when and how you take office, who may administer your oath, and what information should be included the oath of office in this document. Sample oath templates for boards, judges and other offices are included for Tennessee municipal use.
NFPA 1582: Standard on Medical Requirements for Firefighters and Fire Department Physicians
Form (Created: 09/24/2019; Reviewed: September 24, 2019 )

This is an NFPA sample form for conducting a physical medical examination for a firefighter.
NFPA Rules Governing Exits from Existing Business Occupancies
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/1997; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the NFPA Rules governing exits from existing business occupancies, such as city and town halls.
NIMS (National Incident Management System)
(Created: 09/14/2005; Reviewed: July 27, 2010 )

An explanation of five steps that local governments must complete before October 1, 2005. Includes a resolution to adopt the NIMS.
Nolensville, Tennessee, Fire Services Study
(Created: 09/28/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this fire study is to answer two questions: 1. What options are available to the Town of Nolensville regarding the provision of fire protection, emergency medical response, and related emergency services for the town? 2. Can MTAS provide a recommendation for a fire protection plan for the Town of Nolensville at build-out?
Nominating Procedures by Ordinance for Candidates for Public Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/1993; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a town could set forth nominating procedures by ordinance for candidates for public office in the town.
Nomination for Filling the Vacancy on a City Council
Form (Created: 07/13/2015; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

The City of Kingsport requested a nomination form for filling a city council vacancy.
Nomination for Municipal Office by a Political Party If the Charter Provides for Nonpartisan Municipal Elections
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/1993; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a political party can nominate candidates for municipal office even if the charter provides for nonpartisan municipal elections.
Non-Compliance with Governor Lee’s Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21 and 22: Guidance for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/25/2020; Reviewed: April 2, 2020 )

Guidance for municipalities on a course of action for business owners who may refuse the guidelines of Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21, and 22.
Non-Metered Water Usage (2011)
(Created: 01/19/2011; Reviewed: January 21, 2011 )

Recent changes in state law have mandated that all city-owned water systems that experience water loss must measure and account for it by predetermined categories.
Non-Resident of a Town Holding the Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a non-resident of the town can hold the office of alderman.
Nonresident Voter and General Law Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/08/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city chartered under general law, mayor aldermanic form, may amend charter to allow nonresidents owning property in the city to vote in elections.
Nonresident Voters
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

The nonresident voter provision contained in a city manager commission general law charter must have been adopted by the city by 2/3 vote when the population fell within the stated bracket, which the city now exceeds.
Norris Citizen Survey
Survey (Created: 07/18/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An example of a citizen survey on the topics of annexation, taxation, and growth.
Norris City Manager Evaluation
Form (Created: 02/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create an evaluation form based on requirements from the city's charter and code.
Northeast Guide for Estimating Staffing at Publicly and Privately Owned Wastewater Treatment Plants
(Created: 06/29/2009; Reviewed: April 4, 2017 )

The guide and Excel spreadsheet may be downloaded from: http://www.neiwpcc.org/technicalguides.asp
Notice of a Special Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/29/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

How long in advance is the notice of a special meeting required to be given to the public?
Notification Necessary to Advertise Meetings of the Solid Waste Planning Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1992; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the Tennessee Open Meetings Law and the kind of notification necessary to advertise meetings of the Solid Waste Planning Board since they will be meeting in several locations.
NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permitting
(Created: 12/01/2000; Reviewed: September 8, 2006 )

These regulations, which may affect about 70 municipalities in Tennessee, require implementation of stormwater management controls to prevent discharge of pollutants into receiving waters.
Nuisance Abatement
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/2003; Reviewed: April 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how a city should deal with recurring problems at a residence involving underage drinking and other illegal activities.
Number of Board Members in Selected Cities
General (Created: 02/27/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A listing of the number of board members in eighty cities with populations between 2,400 and 7,600.
Number of Salaried Mayors, City Administrators and Managers by Population of Cities
Survey (Created: 09/24/2007; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to for statistics on the number of salaried mayors, city administrators and city managers of cities in Tennessee.
Number of Votes Required to Adopt Private Acts That Are Local in Effect
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/30/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a private act passed when there were two aye votes cast for its passage, one nay vote was cast against its passage, and one alderman abstained from voting.
Numbers of Police Officers for Five Tennessee Cities Population 4,500 to 5,000: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Cities were asked the number of fulltime sworn officers and parttime officers.

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