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Qualification and Selection of Directors of the Industrial Development Corporation
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1992; Reviewed: June 29, 2006 )

MTAS was asked how directors of the Industrial Development Corporation are to be selected and what their qualifications to serve are.
Qualification as a Newspaper of General Circulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/22/1998; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain publication qualifies as a "newspaper of general circulation" for the purposes of complying with various public notice requirements and passage of ordinances.
Qualification Based Selection
(Created: 05/01/2002; Reviewed: June 13, 2006 )

This guide presents a simple, step-by-step procedure to aid Tennessee municipal officials in procuring engineering, architectural, land surveying and other professional services.
Qualification Based Selection (2007)
(Created: 04/03/2007; Reviewed: April 4, 2007 )

The purpose of this guide is to present a simple, step-by-step procedure to aid Tennessee municipal officials in procuring engineering, architectural, land surveying, and other professional services by using the QBS process.
Qualification Based Selection 2006
(Created: 06/13/2006; Reviewed: April 3, 2007 )

The purpose of this guide is to present a simple, step-by-step procedure to aid Tennessee municipal officials in procuring engineering, architectural, land surveying and other professional services by using the QBS process.
Qualification Based Selection: A guide for procuring design professional services in Tennessee
General (Created: 07/02/2019; Reviewed: December 11, 2019 )

This guide for procuring professional design services was created through the cooperative effort of the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Working Group, a group consisting of representatives from various State agencies, professional societies, and private individuals. The purpose of the QBS Working Group was to create a document outlining the process for the procurement of professional design services using Qualifications Based Selection in a manner that complies with state law and benefits both design professionals and public bodies alike. Through five public meetings from April to December, 2018, the QBS Working Group considered its goal of providing guidance. Working from a document created by Sharon Rollins for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) (an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service that assists municipalities with technical consulting, training and field services) as a guide, the QBS Working Group adopted the attached document as its final product for the purpose of achieving its goal of providing guidance to design professionals and public bodies. A second document is attached. This is the appendices of the QBS document which provides sample forms to used in the process of acquiring the services of design professionals.
Qualification Based Selection: An MTAS Guide for Procuring Professional Engineering Services in Tennessee (2009)
(Created: 09/02/2009; Reviewed: September 2, 2009 )

The purpose of this guide is to present a simple, step-by-step procedure to aid Tennessee municipal officials in procuring engineering, architectural, land surveying, and other professional services by using the QBS process.
Qualification Based Selection: An MTAS Guide for Procuring Professional Engineering Services in Tennessee (2010)
(Created: 07/08/2010; Reviewed: July 23, 2010 )

The purpose of this guide is to present a simple, step-by-step procedure to aid Tennessee municipal officials in procuring engineering, architectural, land surveying, and other professional services by using the QBS process.
Quality Assurance Program for Enforcement and Inspection Programs
General (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 3, 2020 )

This is a template for a sample quality assurance program for enforcement and inspection programs that meets the criteria for such a program as identified in Section 1024C of the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).
Question About Notice of Meeting Where Appointment of Commissioner to the Water and Sewer Board Took Place
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/06/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

When a commissioner was appointed to the Water and Sewer Board, the joint board claimed that the appointment is not valid as no notice was given of the meeting at which the appointment was made.
Question on Open Burning
General (Created: 08/09/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about open burning within the city limits.
Question on Sunshine Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1994; Reviewed: March 21, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it violated the Sunshine Law for the recorder, at the Mayor's behest, to call aldermen to discuss city business.
Questions About Amending a Proposed Ordinance Between Readings and the Secretary of the Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/1998; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a proposed ordinance can be amended between readings and whether the secretary of the planning commission is a public officer.
Questions about Appointments to Boards and Committees
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/14/1994; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions about appointments to boards and committees in general and specific questions about the Board of Water Commissioners in particular.
Questions about NIMS (National Incident Management System)
General (Created: 09/30/2005; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city has to do the training and pass the resolution and who receives the compliance documentation.
Questions about the Industrial Board Building a Subdivision and Requiring Building Inspections between Leases on Rental Properties
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/1992; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the Industrial Board can build a subdivision and about the passing of a municipal ordinance to require building inspections between leases on rental properties.
Questions Arising When No City Manager Is Currently Serving
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the relationship between the city manager and the city under the general law manager-commission charter and the question of whether the city can appoint a temporary city manager who does not have the 12 month protection under the charter.
Questions on 20% Annexation Trigger
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/17/1993; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the 20% annexation trigger in the incorporation provisions of the general law mayor-aldermanic charter refer to land area or population.
Questions on Beer Permits and Brown-Bagging
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/11/1994; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to beer permits and brown bagging.
Questions on Businesses Selling Liquor
General (Created: 04/14/2003; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city board could change the hours for selling liquor; if local businesses are required to close at 3:00 AM; and if minors are required to leave places where liquor is sold at 10:00 PM.
Questions on Cable Service
General (Created: 08/26/2014; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the state franchise process for cable and video services and approaches to address a situation in several subdivisions that effectively limits wired cable and video service choices.
Questions on Capital Outlay Notes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/1994; Reviewed: October 30, 2009 )

MTAS was asked two questions on capital outlay notes.
Questions on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/15/1999; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about municipal streets.
Questions on Mobile Homes and FMLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1993; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can pass an ordinance requiring a principal residence built in an R-1 Zone to have a minimum of 1,500 square feet and to have a concrete foundation and whether the Family and Medical Leave Act should be adopted by ordinance rather than resolution.
Questions on Personnel Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/09/1993; Reviewed: May 22, 2006 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to personnel issues.
Questions on Property Sold for Delinquent Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/1997; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked which of a mortgage and a tax lien on property sold for delinquent taxes is superior.
Questions on Stormwater Management
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/29/1999; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to find legislation allowing cities to assess a fee for stormwater management, containing population restrictions and whether the municipality can set a fee based on property size, etc. for stormwater mitigation.
Questions Regarding Liquor-by-the-Drink Referendums in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/11/2002; Reviewed: March 1, 2006 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding liquor-by-the-drink referendums in Tennessee.
Questions Related to Overtime Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1997; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a full-time city employee who is also a volunteer firefighter is entitled to overtime compensation when his combined hours as a city employee and as a volunteer firefighter exceed 40 hours, whether a full-time firefighter who works in the water department on Saturdays is entitled to overtime for hours worked in excess of the hours he is permitted to work during his work period, and where a city employee does dissimilar work, how his overtime compensation is calculated.
Questions Related to the Relationship between the Housing Code and the Slum Clearance Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to the interplay between the city's building codes and its Slum Clearance Ordinance.
Questions Related to Workers' Compensation
General (Created: 04/20/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to workers' compensation.
Questions Relative to Removal and/or Ouster of a Municipal Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/1991; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions relative to removal and/or ouster of a municipal officer under both the City Charter and Tennessee Code Annotated.
Quorum and Override Provisions
General (Created: 12/16/2004; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked the number of votes needed to pass an ordinance and to override a Mayoral veto.
Quorum Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Several quorum issues arose when a city councilmember resigned and two other members did not attend the next three special called meetings.
Quorum with Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/2001; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor counts toward a quorum and may the mayor vote.
Quorum, Tie Votes, and Roberts Rules
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1992; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain proposed measure before the city council passed, or was there a tie vote on the proposed measure which the mayor could break.

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