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Package Liquor v. Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

The General Assembly has passed a body of statutes regulating the sale of both package liquor and liquor by the drink.
Pain Management Clinic Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/18/2010; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

An ordinance requiring permits to operate Pain Management Clinics in Tampa, Florida.
Pain Management Clinic Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/04/2010; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

An ordinance requiring the registration of Pain Management Clinics in Pinellas County, Florida.
Panhandling Ordinance, City of Orlando
Ordinance (Created: 09/11/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

A panhandling ordinance from the City of Orlando, Florida.
Parity of Pay for Police and Fire Personnel
General (Created: 01/02/2004; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about parity of pay for police and fire personnel.
Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals.
Park Rules and Regulations (Renton, WA)
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/1998; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance establishing rules and regulations for parks.
Parking Fines: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/1999; Reviewed: March 16, 2006 )

Cities were asked the fines charged for parking illegally in metered spaces, handicapped spaces, and a fire lane.
Parking Lot/Walking Trail Sealcoat & Pavement Marking Projects
RFP (Created: 12/01/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

This project provides sealcoat specifications for city parking lots and walking trails.
Parking Meters
General (Created: 05/21/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of using parking meters in order to control hours of downtown parking.
Parks and Facilities Fees
Survey (Created: 09/01/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Twelve Tennessee cities were asked about their fees for park and facilities usage and who handles them.
Parks and Recreation Budgets and Number of Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Winchester
Survey (Created: 11/01/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about the budgets and number of employees in parks and recreation as well as their city budgets.
Parks and Recreation Department Positions and Salaries: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 01/01/2002; Reviewed: March 7, 2007 )

Cities were asked about positions and salaries for employees of their Parks and Recreation Department.
Parks and Recreation Director
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Smyrna.
Parks and Recreation Director (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Parks and Recreation Director.
Parks and Recreation Director (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Recreation and Parks Director.
Parks and Recreation Fee Survey
Survey (Created: 05/26/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their parks and recreation department, budget, and staffing.
Parks and Recreation Funding and Staffing: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the Town of Smyrna
Survey (Created: 09/30/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their parks and recreation budget, staffing, and pavilion rental fee.
Parrottsville Amended and Proposed Budget FY2008
General (Created: 06/06/2007; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to assist the governing body in preparing a budget.
Partial Payments of Property Taxes and Citations
Ordinance (Created: 12/20/2013; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city needs to have an ordinance to accept partial payments for property taxes and citations; includes sample ordinance and resolution.
Participation of the Volunteer Fire Department in a Fund Raising Project
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/31/1992; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Volunteer Fire Department can legally participate in a fund raising project.
Passage of New Mayor-Aldermanic Charter Repeals the Old -- Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/1992; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the passage of the new mayor-aldermanic charter had the effect of repealing the old charter and when that repeal took effect.
Passing a Resolution Authorizing Volunteers to Provide Fire Protection Within the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/1993; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of some residents of the City forming a volunteer fire department and contracting with the City to provide services.
Passing an Ordinance Restricting Areas Industry Can Be Located In Without Passing a Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/1994; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a town could pass an ordinance restricting areas industry could be located in without passing a comprehensive zoning ordinance.
Passing Regulations on Structures and Excavations in Street Rights-of-Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/01/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether cities in Tennessee can pass regulations on structures and excavations in their street rights-of-way and on private property that abuts their street rights-of-way .
Passing Weight Limits on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/1994; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town can pass weight limits upon its streets.
Paving Eight Streets under a Bid for the Reconstruction of Another Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/1994; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pave eight streets under a bid that was never accepted for the reconstruction of another street, but which had a separate paving price component.
Pay for Seasonal Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/1993; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City could pay umpires, scorekeepers, and others working just the summer months by the game rather than hourly wages or a specific salary.
Pay Plan Issues and Salary Adjustments
General (Created: 05/24/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about giving a 2% raise to all employees being paid less than $40,000 and a one-time $500 bonus payment to everyone else.
Pay Raise for Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/03/2001; Reviewed: September 15, 2005 )

Can the city by ordinance provide for graduated raises in the mayor's salary during his term, if the graduated salary schedule is passed prior to the mayor's next term of office?
Paying City Commission Members for Serving on Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether city council members can be paid extra compensation for service on the beer board.
Paying Employees for Vacation Time While They Are Absent for Military Service
General (Created: 04/21/2010; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about allowing employees on military leave to use accrued vacation or annual leave with pay during military service.
Paying Firefighters a Separate Hourly Rate for Performing Building Inspections for the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/1995; Reviewed: July 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could pay its firefighters a separate hourly rate for performing building inspections for the city.
Paying for New Court Software
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/13/2007; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the City may pay for new court software and whether a $10.00 charge may be levied per ticket for these purposes.
Paying for Relocation of City-Owned Utility Lines
General (Created: 01/31/2008; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked who pays for changes made by a contractor who has a contract with the State.
Paying for the Relocation of Utility Lines Located in the Street Right-of-Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/19/1997; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city or the electric Coop is required to pay for the relocation of the Coop's utility lines located in the street right-of-way, in connection with the widening of the street.
Paying Interest on Contractor's Performance Bonds Deposited in Cash and Taking up Business Not Contained in the City Council Agenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1996; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

MTAS was asked whether a city is required to pay interest on contractor's performance bonds deposited in cash and, at regular meetings, can the city council take up business not contained in the agenda.
Paying Members of the City Governing Body Salary in Lieu of Health Insurance
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked where the city provides health insurance for members of the board of mayor and aldermen but some of the members chose not to take that insurance coverage, can the city offer other benefits to those members, up to the amount that it costs the city for health insurance for the members of the board who take that coverage.
Paying the Mayor and/or Aldermen a Per Diem Expense
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/1995; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pay its mayor and/or aldermen a per diem expense.
Paying the Total Costs of Medical Insurance for Municipal Employees and Their Dependents.
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/1992; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town is authorized to pay the total costs of medical insurance for municipal employees and their dependents.
Payment in Lieu of Insurance Coverage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can end a program under which several city employees received in pay the equivalent of the cost of their insurance coverage under the city's health insurance program.
Payment in Lieu of Medical Insurance Benefits for Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/14/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City may provide extra pay for Board members who choose not to take medical insurance provided by the City
Payment in Lieu of Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/07/2005; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain PILOT agreement between city, county and IDB was valid.
Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) by Water, Sewer and Electric Utilities for Selected Tennessee Cities
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

A chart of selected cities and their utility taxation rates.
Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) by Water, Sewer and Electric Utilities for Selected Tennessee Cities for FY01 (Update 1)
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

A chart of selected cities and their utility taxation rates.
Payment of Accrued Sick Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1994; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Several employees have resigned and are now requesting the city pay them for unused sick leave.
Payment of Fees, Fines, and Taxes by Credit Card
Survey (Created: 12/01/2000; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Survey asking cities if they accept credit cards for payment of fees, fines, or taxes.
Payment of Illegal Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/17/2002; Reviewed: February 16, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to draft an opinion on the authority of the Mayor to sign checks and bill councilmembers for illegal expenditures.
Payment of In Lieu of Taxes by a Municipal Water System
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/15/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal water system can pay in lieu of taxes.
Payment to Mayor Based upon Alleged Claim
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/02/2004; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a payment to the Mayor of $13,398.00 authorized by resolution of the City Council and based upon an alleged claim against the City and the former Mayor was legal.
Payments in Lieu of Insurance Premiums
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/23/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what to do about illegal salary payments to mayor and employees.
Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)
General (Created: 10/04/2016; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for information on payments in lieu of taxes and whether the city should be receiving such payments.
Payroll Taxes for a Severance Payment
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked how to process payroll taxes for a severance payment.
Peddler Ordinance Amendment
Ordinance (Created: 02/05/2002; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )


Peddlers
General (Created: 04/25/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

A comparison of the business licenses and permits required for transient vendors, peddlers, solicitors, charitable solicitors, and street barkers.
Pedestrian Crossing Policies and Guidelines
General (Created: 08/18/2016; Reviewed: August 30, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of policies and guidelines for mid-block pedestrian crossings.
Penalties That Apply to the Violation of Various Water Quality Acts in Tennessee/Citizens Suits
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

Penalties regarding water quality violations as found in the Water Quality Control Act of 1977 and Tennessee Code Annotated.
Penalty and Interest on Property Taxes in Bankruptcy -- Proceedings
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/2001; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can compromise and settle penalty and interest on property taxes (or even the taxes themselves) in bankruptcy proceedings?
Penalty for Bad Check Used for Tax Payment
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2013; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

When a county is collecting taxes for a city, which statute applies when a bad check is used for payment?
Pension and Health Insurance Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 10/31/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Eighteen West Tennessee cities were asked whether they provide pension benefits and health insurance to their full time employees and to the mayor.
Pension Benefits Alienated for Embezzlement
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can withhold the payment of pension benefits to a terminated employee, so that such funds may be applied as restitution for embezzlement by the former employee.
Pension Benefits for Rehired or Elected Employees
Survey (Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked what happens to the pension benefit when an employee retires at normal retirement age, begins to draw pension benefits, and is later elected to office or is rehired by the City.
Per Diem Compensation for Members of the Board of Commissioners
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/1996; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pay per diem compensation to members of the board of commissioners.
Percentage of Property Taxes Collected by Selected Tennessee Cities and Counties: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/01/2004; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

Two counties and eight cities were asked the percentage of property taxes they collected for FY 1999/2000 throught FY 2002/2003.
Performance Appraisal Sample Documents
Form (Created: 04/22/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of performance appraisal or evaluation forms.
Performance Correction Notice
Form (Created: 01/13/2004; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a performance correction notice for the City of Dunlap.
Performance Evaluation Survey
Survey (Created: 04/01/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Thirty-six cities, counties, and departments were asked several questions about how they use performance evaluations.
Performance Evaluation Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017 )

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey about the types of evaluation forms or methods used, software, statistical scoring method, whether validity of instruments or process used is determined, requirements for presence of measurable performance criteria, minimizing rater bias, merit increases, plus questions related to performance assessment of the city manager.
Performance Evaluation/Staff Development Form for Employees in Non-exempt Classifications.
Form (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

A form used by Mercer University to aid supervisors in staff training and evaluations.
Performing a Marriage Ceremony
General (Created: 01/20/2015; Reviewed: January 20, 2015 )

MTAS was asked whether a vice-mayor may officiate at a wedding ceremony.
Performing Criminal Background Checks on Potential Employees
General (Created: 07/02/2004; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to perform criminal background checks on potential employees of the Town.
Period of Redemption for Property Sold for Delinquent Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/1998; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can give a piece of property to the person who owned the property before the city purchased the property at a delinquent tax sale following proper notice of the sale to the property owner, the period of redemption passed, and following which, the person produced receipts showing that he had paid the taxes for which the property was sold at the delinquent tax sale.
Permanent Utility Easement and Temporary Construction Easement
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/2011; Reviewed: June 6, 2017 )

Several questions are raised in this opinion, including, do the property owners who granted the easement have any remedy against the city and are there issues of liability of the electrical cooperative to the city and to the owners of the property.
Permit Fee Schedules: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the Town of Graysville
Survey (Created: 03/01/2004; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

Four cities were asked to provide a copy of their building permit fee schedules.
Permitting Fire Department Pumpers to Connect to Hydrants During a Fire
General (Created: 08/01/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked why the fire department pumpers are not permitted to connect to hydrants during a working fire.
Person Has Challenged the Authority of the City to Cut Off His Water for Nonpayment
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/29/1991; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what legal authority a city has to cut off utility service of those who fail or refuse to pay for such service.
Personal Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/18/2017; Reviewed: April 3, 2020 )

Pursuant to the ethics policy adopted by the municipality, this model ethics code personal interest disclosure form is required to be filled out and submitted to the city recorder when a municipal employee or official must exercise discretion over a matter that he/she has a personal interest in that affects, or a reasonable person might believe affects, the employee or official's exercise of discretion.
Personal Liability of Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/04/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if individual members of the board could incur any personal liability through their legislative activities.
Personal Property Taxes in Maryville
(Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to research several issues relating to collection of personal property taxes and prepare a report listing relevant statutes, charter provisions and options available to the city for collection of the taxes.
Personal Protective Equipment Survey: Meter Readers
Survey (Created: 01/18/2005; Reviewed: March 9, 2010 )

Twelve cities were asked questions about boots and other protective equipment that may be required for meter readers.
Personnel Authority of City Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2000; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Judge has the authority to appoint, discipline, and remove the court clerk and deputy court clerk.
Personnel Information Form
Form (Created: 05/21/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A sample form to be used for compliance with government record keeping and reporting requirements.
Personnel Issues in the News
(Created: 12/11/2000; Reviewed: March 24, 2005 )

The following Hot Topic summarizes pertinent information, key legislation, and Supreme Court rulings that took place during 2000.
Personnel Issues That Made the News
(Created: 02/19/1999; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

The following Hot Topic summarizes pertinent information, key legislation, and Supreme Court rulings that took place during 1998.
Personnel Policies
General (Created: 03/17/2005; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

Personnel policies and procedures for the City of Red Bank.
Personnel Policies and Procedures of the City of Columbia, Tennessee
(Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to help create personnel policies and procedures for the City of Columbia.
Personnel Policies Regarding the Hiring of Felons
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding policies related to the hiring of felons.
Personnel Policy on Use of Recording Devices
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A sample policy which prevents employees from tape recording conversations with other employees.
Personnel Powers of City Manager v. Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1998; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any individual member of the city council, or the city council as a body, has the authority to require the city manager to dismiss or to take any other personnel action against a city employee, or to give orders or instructions to city employees.
Personnel Rules and Regulations [and] Employee Handbook: City of Mount Pleasant
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Personnel rules and regulations and employee handbook for the City of Mount Pleasant.
Personnel Rules and Regulations: Town of Signal Mountain
General (Created: 01/17/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Personnel policies for the Town of Signal Mountain.
Personnel Rules and Regulations: Town of White Pine
General (Created: 04/23/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An employee handbook for the Town of White Pine (updated in 2010).
Personnel Rules for Part-Time Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/15/2000; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about employee benefits concerning an elderly part-time employee.
Persons Under 21 in a Commercial Establishment That Earns the Majority of Its Revenue from the Sale of Alcohol
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1990; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of an ordinance disallowing persons under 21 years of age on property on which a commercial establishment earns greater than 50 percent of its revenue from the sale of alcohol.
Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks: What You Need to Know Now
General (Created: 12/01/1991; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

This second edition of the publication is intended only as a guide to assist you in determining what is required of you under the Act.
Phase II Report Form Model
(Created: 09/29/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with Phase II program revisions and annual report.
Phase II Storm Water Permit Application
Form (Created: 10/02/2002; Reviewed: September 27, 2010 )

Includes blank application and sample of filled-in application.
Physical Agility Testing and Holiday Time Off
Survey (Created: 08/03/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked questions about physical agility testing for police officers and firefighters, as well as whether the city provides any form of holiday time off when an employee is required to work a holiday.
Physical Fitness in Public Safety (2000)
(Created: 09/01/2000; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

Cities should develop a medical and physical fitness testing program to better serve the public safety needs of their citizens and protect the lives of police and fire fighters.
Physical Fitness in Public Safety (2010)
(Created: 06/01/2010; Reviewed: June 1, 2010 )

Cities can develop criteria or standards for medical examinations and physical testing that are job related, and if the testing is task related, the probability of successful defense in the event of a court challenge should be considerably improved.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Protection Management Study
(Created: 05/09/2006; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This fire study addresses how well the department is presently functioning as compared to national standards, federal requirements, and benchmarking industry standards.
Pilot Light Lighting by City Crews
General (Created: 10/18/2001; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

MTAS was asked if city personnel should enter onto private property to light pilot lights.
Pin-Hole Leaks in Copper Lines Under Concrete Floors
General (Created: 03/20/2007; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information on pin-hole leaks in copper lines under concrete floors.
Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/01/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A sample ordinance prohibiting the ownership, harboring, or possessing of pit bulls.
Pit Bulls Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/26/2004; Reviewed: September 11, 2006 )

An ordinance on pit bulls for the City of Jefferson City.
Pittman Center Purchasing Limits Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/12/2011; Reviewed: August 17, 2011 )

An ordinance setting purchasing limits for the Town of Pittman Center.
Placing a Group Home for the Mentally or Physically Handicapped in a C-2 Zoning Classification
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/1990; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about a request to place a group home for the mentally or physically handicapped in a C-2 zoning classification.
Placing Flashing Lights in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city was responsible for placing flashing lights in the school zones located within the city on state controlled access highways.
Plan of Service Provisions of Chapter 1101 Applied to a 1961 Annexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a plan of services adopted in connection with an annexation done in 1961 is binding upon the city.
Planned Purchase of Real Estate by the City from a Member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 07/02/2015; Reviewed: July 14, 2015 )

MTAS was asked about the process to follow when the city plans to purchase real estate from a member of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Planner I
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Planner I.
Planner II
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Planner II.
Planning and Platting
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/2000; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

Offers opinions on the governing authority of a Regional Planning Commission and the necessity of platting.
Planning and Zoning Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/1996; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding planning and zoning issues.
Planning and Zoning under Chapter 1101
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/2001; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked the impact of Chapter 1101 on the planning and subdivision authority of cities.
Planning Board Member Compensation: A Telephone Survey Conducted for the City of Cookeville
Survey (Created: 09/30/2005; Reviewed: March 8, 2010 )

Twelve cities were asked whether they have planning boards and, if so, what the compensation is for the board members.
Planning Commission Application and Review
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/31/2003; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the Planning Commission may charge an application or review fee for plats that are submitted for approval.
Planning Commission Meeting Procedures
General (Created: 03/06/2006; Reviewed: March 29, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether discussion may take place at any time, irrespective of the making of a motion.
Planning Commission Members
General (Created: 07/25/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked three questions about the membership of the planning commission.
Planning Commission Terms
General (Created: 02/28/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

According to TCA '13-4-101, the terms of appointed members shall be of such length as specified by the City Council, provided that the term of one member expires each year.
Planning Committee Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/2003; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to research the potential liabilities of a city with regard to subdivision development located outside the city boundaries that had initial approval of, and oversight from, planning commission.
Planning Director
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Planning Director.
Plant Operator Trainee
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 27, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Plant Operator Trainee in Water and Wastewater.
Police & Public Safety Fitness for Duty Testing 2010
Survey (Created: 06/29/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Twenty cities responded to a survey about fitness assessments for police officers as part of the employment process.
Police and Fire Department Annual Physical Exam Survey
Survey (Created: 08/11/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Twenty-five cities and airport authorities were asked whether their police and fire departments require annual physical exams and if there are rewards or incentives given.
Police Association Dues Paid Through Payroll Deduction : A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS asked several cities whether they currently deduct association dues for police employees.
Police Captain
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Captain (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Captain (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Car Advertising Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2002; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a contract proposed by company under which police car would be provided to city for $1 for 3 years, on the condition that company be able to place advertising on the vehicle, and purchase it back from the city for $1 after 3 year period.
Police Chief Is Not a Certified Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/1996; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

A "grandfathered" police officer who did not subsequently become certified and who has a break in service for any reason is required to become certified upon his reemployment as a police officer.
Police Chief Resume Review Process
General (Created: 11/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Criteria and a rating sheet for evaluating resumes of police chief candidates.
Police Department 12-Hour Shift Proposal
(Created: 12/05/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A proposal for the Police Department's request to transition to a 12-hour shift.
Police Department Accreditation Programs
General (Created: 09/04/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the accreditation programs of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA).
Police Department and City-Wide Budgets
Survey (Created: 01/01/2002; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Cities were asked for police department budgets and the total budgets for the city.
Police Department Budget and Staffing: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/31/2004; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked their police department budgets and the number of full time and part time officers employed.
Police Department Conducting a Forfeiture Sale
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/01/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a police department can conduct a forfeiture sale under T.C.A. 40-33-107.
Police Department Request for Extra Duty Form
Form (Created: 01/28/2016; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A sample form used by the City of Cleveland Police Department when a citizen or organization requests a police presence at an event or function.
Police Department Staffing Levels and Budget Information in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A survey of Tennessee cities regarding police staffing levels, police general fund budget and drug fund information.
Police Department Staffing Levels for Tennessee Cities
General (Created: 02/13/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

An annual spreadsheet with police staffing levels for every Tennessee municipal law enforcement agency that reports crime data to the TBI.
Police Department Survey
Survey (Created: 08/16/2000; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

311 Tennessee cities responded to a survey related to police personnel and jurisdiction.
Police Detective
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Detective.
Police Dispatching Services in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/15/2019; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

Selected Tennessee cities were asked how police dispatch services are handled in their departments.
Police Employee with Seizure Conditions
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The city is concerned about the employee being able to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job, and in particular, his ability to drive a vehicle.
Police Escort for Funeral Processions
Survey (Created: 07/01/2000; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Cities were asked if their police departments provide funeral escorts and, if so, have they assigned more personnel since the Chattanoogal funeral lawsuit.
Police Feasibility Study : Town of Huntsville, Tennessee
(Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The Town of Huntsville inquired about the feasibility of establishing police services to its residents.
Police Lieutenant
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Lieutenant.
Police Major
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Major.
Police Officer
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Police Officer (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Police Officer Certification
General (Created: 03/18/1998; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Certification requirements of police officers and part-time, or reserve, police officers.
Police Officer Disciplinary Appeals: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the -- MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/2001; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Cities were asked about disciplinary actions and appeals by police officers, as well as their promotion policy related to rank of the officer.
Police Officer Holiday Compensation: a Telephone Survey Conducted by -- the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Cities were asked the number of paid holidays given to police officers and how officers are compensated for working a holiday.
Police Officer Oath
Form (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Oath of office for a police officer.
Police Officer Recruitment and Retention
Survey (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Nineteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out about their police department recruitment and retention policies.
Police Officer Serving as Codes Enforcement Officer
General (Created: 03/26/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a police officer may be assigned additional duties as a codes enforcement officer.
Police Officer Wages and Benefits
Survey (Created: 04/19/2004; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Eleven cities were asked about the salaries and benefits of their police chiefs and officers.
Police Officers Using Radar
General (Created: 10/22/1997; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether police officers must be certified as radar operators before using the radar to identify and apprehend speeders.
Police Officers Who Have Not Been Certified Should Be Strictly Limited to Twenty Hours a Week
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1996; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked, where several police officers have not attended the Peace Officers Standard Training (POST) course, exactly how many hours can these officers work under Tennessee law.
Police Opening Locked Car Doors for Motorists
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether unlocking car doors for motorists is in the official line of duty of police officers.
Police Overtime Concerning the Care of Canines
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/14/2000; Reviewed: September 3, 2004 )

MTAS was asked about police overtime concerning the care of canines.
Police Personnel Salaries for 2006
General (Created: 04/18/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

This e-book shows the minimum and maximum average salaries for selected police positions in local governments around the country by population size and geographic division. The Excel spreadsheet includes the salaries reported by each responding local government.
Police Record Clerks in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/19/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about the salary and job description of their police records clerk position.
Police Records Management System
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: January 17, 2002 )

Requirements for a police department computer system.
Police Salaries: A Survey Conducted for Crossville
Survey (Created: 08/01/2007; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Ten cities were asked about police salaries and salary increases.
Police Staffing by City
General (Created: 08/02/2005; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

A compilation of paid and volunteer law enforcement officials organized by city.
Police Training Rooms for Public Use
Survey (Created: 01/01/2019; Reviewed: March 27, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding the public use of police training rooms.
Police Uniforms/Uniform Allowances in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS asked twelve cities whether they supply police uniforms or uniform allowances and the amount of the allowance.
Police Vehicle Replacement Standards: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 02/16/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Three cities were asked their policies for replacing police vehicles
Policies and Procedures for the Use of the Time Clock for Non-Exempt Employees
General (Created: 12/12/2005; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide policies and procedures for clocking in or punching a time clock.
Policy Against Harassment and Bullying
General (Created: 04/26/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The purpose of this policy is to reaffirm the City of Sedona's policy against any form of harassment including sexual harassment, harassment based upon race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. It also affirms the City of Sedona's zero tolerance policy towards bullying.
Policy for Rehiring Former City Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 01/10/2017; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Fourteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their policies for rehiring former employees and how their previous employment factors into their benefits and longevity.
Policy Governing the Wearing of Tennis Shoes on the City's Track
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/06/1997; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the recreation director has the right to establish a policy governing the wearing of tennis shoes on the city's track.
Policy of Forbidding Employees From Carrying Weapons in the Workplace
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/16/1994; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the new law pertaining to the carrying of weapons, the so-called "Wild West" Act, overrules this policy.
Policy on Use of the City Attorney(s)
General (Created: 02/10/2011; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

The City of Gustavus, Alaska, created a policy and procedure for queries to the City Attorney.
Policy Regarding the Right of the Police Department to Search the Lockers It Owns and Furnishes for Patrol Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1993; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to conduct warrantless searches of the lockers.
Political Sign Provisions in Sign Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/10/2006; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions related to political sign provisions in a city's sign ordinance.
Pond Owner Alters the Flow of Water onto an Adjacent Property Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/24/1993; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a pond owner who believes the city is altering the flow of water into her pond should file suit against the city rather than construct a levee which alters the flow of water onto an adjacent property owner and thus makes her liable for damages.
Pool Room Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

While a number of cities still have pool and billiard parlor regulations, many provisions in them, and perhaps the entire regulations themselves, would not withstand legal scrutiny today.
Population Threshold for Package Stores and Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 01/08/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city was eligible by statute to advance the prospect of allowing alcoholic beverage sales in the city limits.
Port Authority Question
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/1991; Reviewed: June 29, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether both the city and the county have to approve Private Acts 1988, Chapter ___ before it is effective.
Possible Conflicts of Interests and Purchase of Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2005; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an opinion on conflict of interests and property purchase.
Post Office and Fees v Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/04/2010; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

US Post Office refusing to pay tank maintenance fee and garbage fee, asserting these are taxes, and they are immune.
Posting of Charters on Municipal Web Sites Now Required
(Created: 05/19/2008; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

Public Chapter No. 808 requires each Tennessee municipality and county to post, no later than Jan. 1, 2009, its charter of incorporation on a Web site maintained by the municipality or county.
Potential Conflict of Interest Between City Officials and Chamber of Commerce
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/1996; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an aldermen should abstain from voting on an appropriation to the local chamber of commerce and whether the city attorney should resign from his position as the non-paid vice president and assistant treasurer of the chamber of commerce.
Potential Conflict of Interest with a City Council Member and a State Grant That Would Help Improve His Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/07/2008; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain city council member would have either a statutory or common law conflict of interest in some city improvements financed by a state grant that would help improve his property.
Potential Liability Arising from Sinkhole Problems
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/24/1993; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has any potential liability arising from sinkhole problems.
Potential Liability of Municipality for Certain Solicitation Activities of Charitable or Civic Groups
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1998; Reviewed: January 13, 2009 )

MTAS was asked about a municipality's potential liability for injuries resulting from, or in connection with, a charitable or civic group's solicitation of contributions on city property.
Potential Liability of Municipality for Certain Solicitation Activities of Charitable or Civic Groups
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1998; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about a municipality's potential liability for injuries resulting from, or in connection with, a charitable or civic group's solicitation of contributions on city property, especially on city streets at traffic control devices such as stop signs and stop lights.
Potential Liability of the City in Hiring a Policeman
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1993; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the potential liability of the city in hiring a policeman who has a past misdemeanor conviction.
Potential Liability Problems with Municipal Swimming Pool
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/1994; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write a lease agreement to avoid potential liability problems with a municipal swimming pool.
Potential Removal of Officer Under Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2004; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

A city inquired about the removal of a commissioner under the charter provision permitting the removal of an officer.
Potential Tort Liability Due to a Street Design
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/1996; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town has potential tort liability due to a street design.
Potential Tort Liabilty of City for Dangerous Conditions on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/27/1999; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the potential tort liabilty of a city for dangerous conditions on city streets.
Potential Water Loss from Fire Service Supply Lines
General (Created: 07/15/2002; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the loss of water from private unmetered fire lines installed inside a manufacturing facility.
Potentiality That an Insufficient Number of Candidates Will Qualify for the Open Board Seats
General (Created: 04/02/2014; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what to do if, in the upcoming municipal election, an insufficient number of candidates qualify for the four open board seats, and whether the city recorder may also run for alderman.
Power of Board of Zoning Appeals
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/1991; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of zoning appeals has the power of review over planning commission site plan approval.
Power of Eminent Domain and Related Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/27/1992; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked several questions concerning the power of eminent domain and related issues.
Power of Municipal Judge to Order Traffic Offender to Attend Specific Driver Safety Classes
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a municipal judge may order traffic offenders to attend a city operated course for traffic offenders.
Power of Subpoena
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen, sitting as the beer board, have the power of subpoena with respect to hearing beer ordinance violation cases.
Power of the City to Enter into Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/1995; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has to pass an ordinance in order to enter into contracts.
Power of the Mayor under the Manager-Commission Charter
General (Created: 08/12/1999; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions concerning the power of the Mayor under the Manager-Commission Charter.
Power of Utility Board over Utility Workers
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1993; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility board may regulate the wearing of vulgar t-shirts, impose grooming standards, and regulate the bringing of firearms onto utility board property by utility board personnel.
Powers and Functions of Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2000; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This city's Board cannot take away any power granted to the mayor through the charter but can enact new ordinances to take away powers previously granted to the mayor.
Powers of a Mayor Who Has the Power of General Supervision
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/2012; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to the power of the mayor and the difference between an officer and an employee.
Powers of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/14/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about what powers the mayor has with respect to officers and employees of the city.
Pre-Annexation Agreement between the City of Fayetteville, Tennessee, Fayetteville Public Utilities, and Lincoln County, Tennessee, for Sewer Improvements to Enhance Economic Development and Job Growth
General (Created: 11/30/2013; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a pre-annexation agreement for the extension of a sewer by the public utilities into the county.
Pre-Annexation Agreement between the City of Woodbury, Tennessee, and _____________ and Related Improvements to Be Constructed Thereto
General (Created: 05/09/2014; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a pre-annexation agreement for the extension of a trunk sewer line.
Pre-Employment Testing of Clerical/Administrative Support Candidates
Survey (Created: 08/16/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked questions about their pre-employment testing of clerical/administrative support candidates.
Pre-Existing Non-Conforming Use Law Applies to Business Signs
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1996; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the pre-existing non-conforming use law applies to signs.
Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use Law Applied to Residential Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/14/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a mobile home used as rental property comes within the protection of Tennessee's pre-existing non-conforming use law.
Pre-Paid Legal Survey
Survey (Created: 08/26/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Thirty-one cities, counties, and departments were asked several questions about their use of pre-paid legal services.
Precedence of Two Irreconcilable Charter Provisions
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/22/2006; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

MTAS was asked which of two irreconcilable provisions of a charter take precedence.
Preparing for Media Interviews
(Created: 01/17/2007; Reviewed: January 17, 2007 )

This publication will help municipal officials prepare for news media interviews and provide strategies for successful outcomes.
Prescriptive Easements with Respect to Sewer Line
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/15/2002; Reviewed: June 6, 2017 )

Where a certain sewer line was run on private property 70 or so years ago, but the easement for the line was never recorded, does the city have an easement for the line?
President Signs Law Amending the Family and Medical Leave Act (2008)
(Created: 02/13/2008; Reviewed: February 14, 2008 )

The expansion of FMLA as provided by the NDAA more than doubles the amount of protected leave some veteran families are entitled to under the act.
President Signs Law Amending the Family and Medical Leave Act (2010)
(Created: 03/11/2010; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

The expansion of FMLA as provided by the NDAA more than doubles the amount of protected leave some veteran families are entitled to under the act.
Preventing a Person From Using a Private Well to Supply Water Needs
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/15/1994; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can prevent a person from using a private well to supply his water needs.
Preventing Encroachment on the City Right of Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/19/1996; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the city enforces its ordinance preventing encroachment on the city right of way "with signs, for sale cars, and some large, brick driveway entrance structures."
Primer on Performance Measurements for Municipal Public Works Departments
(Created: 04/03/2007; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

This publication defines performance measurement and related terms as they apply to public works tasks.
Primer on Performance Measurements for Municipal Public Works Departments 2006
(Created: 02/27/2006; Reviewed: April 3, 2007 )

Defines performance measurement and related terms as they apply to public works tasks.
Principal Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Principal Clerk.
Principal Methods for Cities to Promote Private Business
General (Created: 01/10/2006; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the principal methods authorized by Tennessee statutes for municipalities to contribute money towards the promotion of private businesses.
Priority of Liens on Property That Is Foreclosed for Debt and/or Sold for Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/1998; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

State, county and municipal taxes clearly become a first lien on taxable property of every kind and description, and that lien is superior to any other lien.
Priority of Municipal Real Property Tax Liens over Interests of the Mortgagee
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/1999; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a lien for unpaid real property taxes has priority over a mortgagee's interest in the property.
Private Act Authorizing the City to Levy Special Assessments for Water and Sewer Improvements
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/1994; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to help with a private act authorizing the city to levy special assessments for water and sewer improvements.
Private Sewage Disposal Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 09/21/1999; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

An ordinance regulating private sewage disposal and requiring use of public sewers when available.
Privilege Taxes
General (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Information to aid in writing an ordinance regarding privilege taxes.
Probationary Employee Entitled to Pay for Military Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a probationary police officer, who had guard training on the weekend, is entitled to military leave and payment for work he missed during training.
Probationary Employees
General (Created: 09/17/2004; Reviewed: May 16, 2006 )

MTAS was asked if the city needed to extend the probationary period for a police officer who was injured and on worker's compensation.
Procedure for a Larger Municipality to Annex a Smaller Muncipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/28/2003; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to research the procedure for a smaller city to be taken over, or annexed, into a larger city.
Procedure for the Sale of Surplus Property by Municipalities
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/20/1997; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any set procedure for the sale of surplus property by municipalities.
Procedure of Making a Motion
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a motion has to receive a favorable majority twice, once to become a motion, and once when the motion is actually voted on.
Procedure to Follow When Taking Action Against Owners of Dilapidated Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/19/2002; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

The ordinance addressing dangerous buildings was reviewed and a procedure to be followed was outlined.
Procedures for Considering and Adopting a Budget
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/2005; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what procedures the Town should use in considering and adopting a budget.
Procedures for Surrender of Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2003; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to explain the procedure for abolition of the city general law charter and dissolution of city affairs.
Procedures for Taking Special Censuses for Population Certification by the Local Planning Assistance Office
General (Created: 05/31/2005; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

Explains the three circumstances under which a special census may be taken.
Procedures to cancel a public hearing and a work session
General (Created: 01/26/2018; Reviewed: December 11, 2019 )

Responses to questions regarding procedure to cancel public hearing for zoning designation and a work session.
Proceeds of Bonds Issued by the County School Board and the Tax Levied to Retire Those Bonds
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/11/1990; Reviewed: January 7, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the city's ability to waive receipt of the proceeds of bonds issued by the county school board and the constitutionality of exempting the City from the tax levied to retire those bonds.
Process for Swearing-In the Mayor and Board
General (Created: 08/21/2014; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS explains how the city charter provision sets forth the process for the swearing-in of members of the city's governing body.
Procurement of Architect, Engineer, or Construction Services
General (Created: 11/11/2013; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may seek qualifications and experience data from a single architectural, engineering, or construction services firm, when procuring these professional services.
Producer
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Program Producer for Citizens Information Television.
Professional City Management Letter
General (Created: 06/15/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS prepared a letter to explain why a city should have a professional city manager.
Professional Privilege Tax Licensing Boards 2014: Professional Services Used by the State of Tennessee
General (Created: 10/23/2014; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

An occupation tax is imposed on those persons with an active Tennessee license or registration to practice any of the professions in this listing.
Professional Services Rendered by Weightlifter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/1998; Reviewed: July 30, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether T.C.A. ' 12-4-106 prohibits local governments from competitively bidding contracts for certain types of professional services.
Programmer Analyst
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Programmer Analyst.
Prohibiting a Police Officer from Moonlighting as a Security Guard
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1993; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Police Department Manual prohibits a police officer from moonlighting as a security guard at the Community College.
Prohibiting an Employee/Department Head From Doing Business With the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/1993; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about prohibiting an employee/department head from doing business with the city.
Prohibiting Brown-Bagging in Establishments with No -- Liquor or Beer Permit Follow-Up
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can prohibit brown bagging in establishments that have no liquor or beer permit, but which sell what are popularly known as set-ups.
Prohibiting Brown-Bagging in Establishments with No Liquor or Beer Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/1992; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can prohibit brown bagging in establishments that have no liquor or beer permit, but which sell what are popularly known as set-ups.
Prohibiting by Ordinance the Broadcasting of Meetings of the City's Governing Body
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/21/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can prohibit the broadcasting of meetings of the city's governing body.
Prohibiting Development of Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may restrict development of private property until a new school site is chosen.
Prohibiting the Continued Existence of Non-Conforming Uses If Ownership of the Property is Transferred
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/1995; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions regarding the proposed ordinance which would prohibit the continued existence of non-conforming uses if ownership of the property is transferred.
Prohibiting the Erection of a New Billboard on the Site of an Old One
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1996; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a town can prohibit the erection of a new billboard on the site of an old one.
Prohibiting the Practice of Hypnotism
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/2005; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can adopt and enforce an ordinance prohibiting the practice of hypnotism.
Prohibiting Three Axle Vehicles on a Certain City Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1997; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can prohibit three (and more) axle vehicles on a certain city street that is the exclusive service road for a mobile home dealer in Georgia?
Prohibition Against Collective Bargaining
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/20/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a brief opinion with respect to the authority of local governments to enter into collective bargaining agreements with various employees.
Prohibition Against Political Activity by City Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/19/1991; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City should grant the city recorder a leave of absence in order for her to run for political office against the mayor in the upcoming mayoral election or require her to resign her position prior to becoming a candidate.
Project Checklist
Form (Created: 05/03/2004; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

A checklist designed for utility construction projects.
Proof of Financial Responsibility
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2002; Reviewed: November 15, 2005 )

MTAS was asked to provide information on the law governing the authority of police to make custodial arrests and/or issue citations in lieu of arrest in cases involving the failure of a motor vehicle driver to show proof of financial responsibility under TCA 55-12-139.
Propane for Tennessee Fleets: A Primer for Municipal/County Officials
(Created: 01/30/2013; Reviewed: January 30, 2013 )

This technical bulletin examines the basics of propane as a viable alternative transportation fuel for local government fleets in Tennessee.
Proper Application of Payment Made by Customer to Utility Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/22/1998; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked the proper method to disburse the funds the utility received from a customer who had tendered a bad check for utility service and then later made another payment, not large enough to cover both debts.
Proper Disposal of Needles and Sharps
General (Created: 08/10/2000; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

Residents should dispose of needles and sharps by placing them in glass or plastic bottles or containers.
Property Acquisition and Manager's Tool Box Survey
Survey (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a survey regarding property acquisition and whether or not the city has developed a Manager's Tool Box containing policies, procedures, forms or a purchasing card.
Property and Evidence Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 12/30/1996; Reviewed: July 6, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Property and Evidence Supervisor.
Property Annexed Before and During Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2002; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the application of a city's building and utility codes to annexed property before and during construction.
Property Maintenance and Slum Clearance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/28/2010; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for property maintenance and slum clearance information. Includes slum clearance ordinance.
Property Maintenance Code Adoption
Ordinance (Created: 08/05/2005; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in preparing an ordinance adopting the International Property Maintenance Code, 2003 Edition.
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/07/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

The Town of Huntland requested a property maintenance or slum clearance ordinance.
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/03/2003; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance establishing the minimum regulations governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 09/07/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to draft a property maintenance program for the City of Decherd. Includes ordinance, resolution, maintenance checklist, inspection warrant, and notice of lien.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 11/12/2010; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 03/29/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Owner Has Begun Constructing a Motel Under Which a City Sewer Line Is Situated
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/1998; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

Where the owner of the property has begun constructing a motel under which a city sewer line is situated, MTAS was asked whether the city should seek an injunction from the court to halt all construction.
Property Ownership Qualification to Run for Office
(Created: 02/08/2001; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

The provision in Alamo's charter requiring property ownership to run for office is unconstitutional.
Property Rights in Employment
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2005; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide employees greater property rights in employment than is provided in the charter.
Property Rights of Members of Utility Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/12/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to research and draft an opinion on the property rights of utility board members
Property Standards Inspector I
Job Description (Created: 06/08/2010; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

A job description for the position of Property Standards Inspector I for Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Government.
Property Tax Abatement for Hospital Real Property and Equipment
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/02/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Jellico Community Hospital (JCH) is currentlly a nonprofit corporation that operates the hospital in Jellico, TN and is the only hospital in that city. The city is looking into leasing the hospital to a for-profit entity.
Property Tax Discount Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 06/20/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Two sample ordinances providing for a discount for early payment of ad valorem real property taxes.
Property Tax Exemption For Medical Arts Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1995; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether leaseholds owned by doctors in a building built by the County and attached to the County Hospital are assessable property for property tax purposes.
Property Tax Freeze Program and Ordinance
General (Created: 11/06/2008; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

A program and ordinance to provide tax relief for elderly low-income homeowners.
Property Tax Letter
General (Created: 03/31/2008; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a resolution establishing a taxpayer's bill of rights.
Property Tax on Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2009; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the collection of property tax on mobile homes that are affixed to real property, requiring the owner of the mobile home to pay the tax prior to moving the home, in light of the state law making the mobile home park owner liable for the tax.
Property Taxes on Adjacent Lots
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/28/2000; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

Steps are provided to aid the City Recorder in making an accurate record of corrections on tax records.
Proposal for Limited Law Enforcement Services
General (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to review options for limited law enforcement services, such as contracting police services and a two-person police force for small cities.
Proposed Adoption of a Sales Tax Increase
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze three questions related to the proposed adoption of a sales tax increase.
Proposed Annexation along Highway 321
General (Created: 09/12/2002; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review the proposed annexation along Highway 321 within Lenoir City's urban growth boundary.
Proposed Debt Policy Review for Chattanooga
General (Created: 11/30/2011; Reviewed: December 12, 2011 )

MTAS reviewed Chattanooga's dept policy for conformance with the MTAS Model Debt Policy.
Proposed Gift of Real Property from County School Board to City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/2005; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the City may receive a gift of real property from the County School Board.
Proposed Handbill Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/09/1993; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a proposed handbill ordinance for its legal soundness.
Proposed Moratorium on Rezoning City-Owned Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2002; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a city could enter into an agreement with a developer to refrain from rezoning city-owned property for commercial use for a period of five years.
Proposed Personnel Policy
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/2002; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a proposed personnel ordinance.
Proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD) for a Mobile Home Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/1996; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked several questions with a respect to a proposed planned unit development (PUD) for a mobile home park.
Proposed Rezoning of Certain Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/1996; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any legal way the remaining homeowners in the neighborhood can be assured their neighborhood is safe from future rezoning if the rezoning of the property in question is approved.
Proposed Sales Tax Referendum Earmarking the Proposed Increase for Economic Development
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/1998; Reviewed: October 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked three questions arising from a proposal that the city increase its sales tax.
Proposed Water Line Project for the Town of Monterey
(Created: 03/12/2001; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

Addresses concerns regarding a proposed water line project to serve a new county middle school under construction within the city.
Propriety of a Municipality Donating Money to a Religious Cause in Return for Free Counseling Services to Police Officers and Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1997; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the propriety of a municipality donating money to a religious cause in return for 'free' counseling services to police officers and firefighters.
Propriety of City Attorney and City Judge Being Employed by Same Law Firm
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/1999; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the propriety of an elected city judge and the city attorney holding these municipal offices while working for the same law firm.
Propriety of the City Continuing to Pay the Salary to a Former -- Mayor, Now Deceased, During the Period of His Illness and Incapacitation
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2000; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the propriety of the City continuing to pay the salary to a former Mayor, now deceased, during the period of his illness and incapacitation.
Propriety of the City Contracting with Its Employees for Goods and Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/01/1996; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the city contracting with its employees for goods and services.
Propriety of the City's Giving Away Free Taps from the Municipality's Sewer System to a School
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/1997; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the propriety of the city's giving away free taps from the municipality's sewer system to a school.
Propriety of the Inter-Local Solid Waste Authority Collecting Solid Waste and Imposing Fees for Such Service on Businesses Not Currently Utilizing the Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1998; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a business that contracts with another waste disposal company for solid waste pickup could be legally mandated to pay the fee levied by the Authority and have its solid waste disposed of by the Authority.
Propriety of Write-In Ballots in an Upcoming Election
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/16/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the propriety of write-in ballots in the upcoming election in a city.
Pros and Cons of Home Rule Charters in Tennessee
General (Created: 03/07/2005; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide assistance to this committee that was established by the City of Mt. Juliet to study home rule.
Protecting Fire Department Infrastructure
(Created: 03/23/2016; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

This document contains some information on suspicious activity reporting and protective measures for fire departments to take to help secure the fire department's personnel and assets.
Protection of Single-Wide Mobile Homes as a Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, and under what conditions, single-wide mobile homes have protection as a preexisting nonconforming use.
Protective Clothing: Selection, Care and Maintenance [Sample Policy from Helotes, TX Fire Department]
General (Created: 04/10/2018; Reviewed: December 13, 2019 )

A sample procedure from the Helotes, TX Fire Department for the selection care and maintenance of protective clothing for fire services. Material is used with permission of Fire Chief Scott Moreland, Helotes, TX.
Providing City Water Service Inside a Utility District's Service Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city utility system can provide utility service to property inside the utility district, under both federal and state law.
Providing Door-to-Door Garbage Pick-Up in a Mobile Home Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/1993; Reviewed: October 30, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the town can refuse to provide door-to-door garbage pick-up in a mobile home park on the ground that the court is a commercial enterprise.
Providing Fire Services to Unincorporated Areas
General (Created: 12/11/2012; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about options for providing fire services to unincorporated areas near Clinton.
Providing for a Referendum on Property Tax Increases
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a home rule municipality can adopt a charter amendment authorizing a public referendum on tax rates.
Providing Health Insurance to the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/03/1994; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide health insurance to the city attorney.
Providing Police Services After Authorizing Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 07/28/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town is required to provide police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, following the successful passage of a referendum authorizing liquor by the drink or liquor package stores within the town limits.
Providing Proof of Automobile Insurance
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/2001; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked if a city may make the violation of Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 55-12-139 a municipal ordinance violation.
Provision in a General Law Charter is Not General Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/09/1993; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a provision in a general law charter is general law.
Provision of Insurance to Municipal Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/2001; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can provide health insurance to the department heads and/or their families, to the exclusion of all other city employees?
Provision of Water Service in Newly-Annexed Area Currently Served by a Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/07/1998; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an annexing municipality can take over areas already serviced by a utility district and provide water utilities to their own residents.
Provisions for Uniforms for City Employees
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 10, 2019 )

Seven Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they reimburse for, provide an allowance for or purchase uniforms for any city employees.
Proxy Voting by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1992; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether proxy voting by the board of mayor and aldermen is allowed.
Public Acts Affecting Cities
(Created: 07/13/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2002 )

A summary of several acts passed by the 1995 Tennesee General Assembly.
Public Acts Affecting Cities
(Created: 09/07/2001; Reviewed: September 6, 2001 )

A summary of several acts passed by the 2001 Tennesee General Assembly, including business regulation of adult businesses, elections, emergency services, finance, industrial development, planning and zoning, property taxes, weapons, and zoning.
Public Acts Affecting Cities
(Created: 07/01/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2002 )

A summary of several acts passed by the 1997 Tennesee General Assembly.
Public Acts and the Legislative Process in Tennessee
(Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: February 26, 2006 )

The purpose of this report is to inform city officials about the legislative process and how public acts are passed.
Public Art Policy and Procedures
General (Created: 09/27/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Guidelines and procedures for public art adopted by the City of San Luis Obispo; includes ordinance and resolutions.
Public Arts Sample Contracts
Form (Created: 04/08/2015; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

Several examples of public art contracts between the city and the artist.
Public Building, Infrastructure, and Facility Naming Policy
General (Created: 12/31/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This document outlines the policy of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners with respect to the naming of public buildings, infrastructure, and facilities owned by the City of Johnson City.
Public Buildings Maintenance and Staffing: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Kingsport
Survey (Created: 01/01/2004; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked for job descriptions of custodians of public buildings and the number of square feet of public buildings that custodians are required to maintain.
Public Chapter 779 Water and Sewer Rate Study
(Created: 08/14/2008; Reviewed: August 18, 2008 )

MTAS will be assisting the Water and Wastewater Funding Board in surveying cities about water rates, sewer rates, and tap fees, as well as sanitation and recycling efforts, following the MURTS format.
Public Chapter No. 425 and Its Effects on Unmanned Traffic Enforcement Cameras
(Created: 07/20/2011; Reviewed: July 20, 2011 )

Effective July 1, 2011, cities must conduct a traffic engineering study prior to the installation of a new unmanned traffic enforcement camera and adhere to posting and ticketing provisions.
Public Employee Owning a Retail Liquor Store
General (Created: 04/17/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a public employee, such as a firefighter, can own a retail liquor store.
Public Fire Safety Education Report
Form (Created: 11/13/2019; Reviewed: November 13, 2019 )

Form created by MTAS to document public fire safety education programs for the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Public Health, Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness & Response Act of 2002
(Created: 02/25/2003; Reviewed: February 24, 2003 )

This bill requires most water systems to conduct an assessment of vulnerability and to prepare an emergency response plan.
Public Hearing for Annexation Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/22/1997; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked three questions about the annexation ordinance passed on first reading by a city.
Public Hearing on Beer Permit Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/17/2003; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a city must hold a public hearing before issuing a beer permit, after citizens complained about the lack of a hearing.
Public Libraries Positions Salaries: A Survey by Linebaugh Library and the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 09/01/2001; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

Cities were asked for salary ranges of positions in their public libraries.
Public Notice and Budget for the City of Townsend
General (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Public notice information and budget for FY2009-2010 for the City of Townsend.
Public Pay Phones
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/17/1998; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about public pay phones.
Public Policy Institute Year of Discovery: Building Capacity for Citizen Dialogue
(Created: 07/11/2008; Reviewed: May 11, 2010 )

'A year of discovery' best describes the first year of Public Policy Institute (PPI) activity at the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)
Public Property Naming
Survey (Created: 09/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions regarding the naming of public property.
Public Purpose Doctrine
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/10/2009; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city and church sharing in the costs of constructing a fence on an easement.
Public Records Resolution
Resolution (Created: 11/08/2006; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

A resolution providing for the maintenance, preservation and protection of public records, and establishing procedures for accessing and copying open public records.
Public Relations Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 01/14/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Public Relations Coordinator.
Public Safety Directors: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/1999; Reviewed: November 29, 2006 )

Cities were asked if they have a public safety director and the salary range for that position.
Public Safety Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Public Safety Officer.
Public Safety Retirement Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2016; Reviewed: February 16, 2017 )

Nine cities responded to an MTAS survey about their retirement plans for their police and fire employees.
Public Sector Retirement Bridge Supplement Usage in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/15/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding the offering of the supplemental bridge benefit for retiring public safety employees (T.C.A. 8-36-211). Questions also cover participation in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) and mandatory retirement ages for public safety employees.
Public Services Department Organization Chart
General (Created: 01/08/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An organizational chart of municipal services, including public works and utilities.
Public Works and Utility Projects Over $25,000
Survey (Created: 03/01/1999; Reviewed: January 25, 2006 )

Survey asking cities if they do any kind of construction projects with city personnel that exceed $25,000.
Public Works Contract Requirements
Ordinance (Created: 08/01/2005; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and recommend other municipal requirements relating to the administration of contracts for public works or improvements; includes resolution and ordinance.
Public Works Department Model SOP Outline
General (Created: 08/16/2007; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

An outline of a model operating procedure (SOP) for a public works department.
Public Works Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Public Works Director.
Public Works Facility Ribbon Cutting
General (Created: 04/09/2003; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An article summarizing the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Collierville Public Services Complex.
Public Works General Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 10/13/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

A job description for the position of General Supervisor in the Public Works Dept. of Bluff City.
Public Works Organizations and Staffing Levels
(Created: 06/19/2007; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about general organization, typical functions, and recommended staffing levels for municipal public works departments.
Public Works Performance Evaluation Forms
Form (Created: 04/05/2006; Reviewed: October 22, 2018 )

Sample performance evaluation forms for truck drivers and operators, mechanics, and skilled laborers. Note that the basic parts of the form are the same for all employees. 'Factor K - Essential Function of Employee Position is the factor that is unique to each position.
Public Works Permit Applications
Form (Created: 07/08/2011; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide permit applications for the Public Works Dept. of Fayetteville.
Public Works Project Constructed by Civic Group
General (Created: 11/11/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions regarding TCA '62-2-107 and whether the statute requires an architect or engineer prepare plans and specifications for the open-air pavilion with bathrooms that is proposed to be constructed in a city park by a civic organization using private funds.
Public Works Skill Matrix
General (Created: 01/28/2011; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

The City of Lawrenceburg created a public works skill matrix for evaluating employees.
Public Works Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Public Works Supervisor.
Publication of a City Newsletter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/1993; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the publication of a city newsletter.
Publishing the Entire Legal Description or Summary of Certain Property to Be Rezoned in a Notice of Public Hearing Advertisement
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1997; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether it is necessary for a city to publish the entire legal description of certain property to be rezoned in a Notice of Public Hearing advertisement in the local newspaper.
Purchase by Councilmember Through City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/13/2003; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research laws implicated when councilmember makes personal purchase through city, receiving discounted price and avoiding sales tax.
Purchase of a Piece of Property from an Alderman by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1995; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can buy a piece of property from an alderman.
Purchases or Lease-Purchases over $2,500 Must Be Publicly Bid
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/09/1993; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can replace a lease-purchase police car that was totaled in an accident under the prior contract.
Purchasing and Conflicts of Interest
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/11/1999; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Director of the Senior Citizen Center's use of city funds to purchase the magazine subscriptions from her daughter for the Center constitutes a conflict of interest.
Purchasing Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Purchasing Assistant.
Purchasing by Water System and Setting Rates for Customers Outside the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/08/2005; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the purchasing requirements that apply to a city's water system and about setting rates for customers outside the city.
Purchasing Card Policy
General (Created: 02/05/2014; Reviewed: February 10, 2014 )

A purchasing card policy that is appropriate for smaller cities.
Purchasing Card Procedures for the City of Franklin, Tennessee
General (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

A sample policy governing the use of city-issued credit cards.
Purchasing Guide for Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

This guide is designed to clear up questions about purchasing and to save cities money.
Purchasing Guide for Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 04/01/1992; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

By following a purchasing guide, municipalities will ensure that taxpayers know how their money is being spent, city workers are adequately protected from unwarranted criticism, and vendors have equal opportunity to solicit city business.
Purchasing Guide for Tennessee Municipalities (2008)
(Created: 09/30/2008; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

This guide is designed to answer questions about purchasing and to save cities money. Includes sample forms and ordinances.
Purchasing Law and Sales Tax Liability
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can 'split' purchases for goods or services to bring purchases under dollar limits contained in the city's purchasing law and whether a contractor who installs material purchased by the city for city projects is required to pay the sales tax on such material.
Purchasing Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Purchasing Manager.
Purchasing Procedures
General (Created: 10/07/2003; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

An example of purchasing policies for a small city.
Purchasing Procedures
General (Created: 10/07/2003; Reviewed: March 3, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to prepare purchasing policies and procedures for the Town of Spencer.
Purchasing Specialist
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Purchasing Specialist.
Purchasing Supplies from a Business Owned by a Utility Board Member
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/27/1997; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can purchase supplies from a business owned by a utility board member.
Purchasing Thresholds in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019 )

Nine Tennessee cities were survey to find out what their government's purchasing threshold is and whether or not it was changed following the update to the law in 2015.
Purchasing Used Police Vehicles
General (Created: 08/04/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information to the city on purchasing used police vehicles without competitive bidding.
Purchasing without Bidding from the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)
General (Created: 01/20/2017; Reviewed: January 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about purchasing a specialized vehicle, without bidding, from the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA).
Purging of the Local Election Rolls
General (Created: 07/15/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to remove non-residents from the election roll.

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