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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.
Need for a City Administrator
Report/Study (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
Report/Study (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 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 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 Officials' Tips
General (Created: 06/06/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS consultants ranked their top fifteen tips for new officials.
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.
Nolensville, Tennessee, Fire Services Study
Report/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?
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.
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-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.
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
Report/Study (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.
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.

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