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Safe Widths for On Street Parking for Brookside Drive, Edgewood Street and North High Street in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 01/09/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Mount Pleasant, Tennessee contacted the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) with concerns about safe widths for on street parking parking on the following streets: Brookside Drive, Edgewood Street and North High Street. Police Chief Michael Hay and MTAS consultant John Chlarson conducted a field investigation of the streets in questions. The report includes recommendations.
SAFETEA-LU Transportation Funding for Tennessee Cities
(Created: 04/03/2007; Reviewed: April 4, 2007 )

Cities may receive a share of these funds for needed transportation projects by participating in the planning process that identifies transportation needs and allocates project funds.
SAFETEA-LU Transportation Funding for Tennessee Cities 2006
(Created: 01/31/2006; Reviewed: April 3, 2007 )

Cities may receive a share of these funds for needed transportation projects by participating in the planning process that identifies transportation needs and allocates project funds.
Safety Boot Reimbursement for Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/29/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about their policy for purchasing or subsidizing safety boots for city workers.
Safety Boots and Safety Records: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 06/24/2003; Reviewed: January 11, 2010 )

Ten cities were asked whether they purchase safety boots for street and sanitation workers and whether good safety records are rewarded.
Safety Director
Job Description (Created: 10/20/2008; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Safety Director.
Safety Incentive Survey Program
Survey (Created: 02/07/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Fifteen cities were asked several qustions about safety incentive programs.
Safety Policies Survey
Survey (Created: 04/02/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked several questions about their safety policies, safety committee, safety director, and safety incentives.
Safety Policy
(Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: February 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to create a safety policy for the Town of Jasper.
Safety Policy
General (Created: 10/03/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a safety policy for the employees of the Town of Spencer.
Safety Program Director
Job Description (Created: 10/29/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Safety Program Director for the City of Erin.
Salaries and Pay Raises for E-911 Dispatchers
Survey (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: February 23, 2006 )

Survey asking cities for the current salary range for E-911 dispatchers and pay raise information.
Salaries for Municipal Judges with General Sessions Jurisdiction
Survey (Created: 11/30/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Fifteen cities were asked whether their municipal court also has general sessions court jurisdiction, salaries for the judges, and whether the position of judge is fulltime.
Salaries of Juvenile Court Judges
Survey (Created: 08/19/2010; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Sixteen counties were asked about the employment status and salaries of their juvenile court judges.
Salary and Compensation for Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2002; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the compensation of municipal officers in general and the mayor in particular.
Salary Increase for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 11/22/2013; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can increase the salaries of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in the fiscal 2015 budget with a municipal election taking place in April 2014; includes a sample ordinance.
Salary Increase for the Mayor During His Present Term of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/27/1994; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor could receive a salary increase during his present term of office.
Salary Increases for Elected Officials
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the governing body of the City can give itself a pay increase under a recent amendment to its charter.
Salary Information for City Engineers and Public Works Directors in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/15/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

MTAS received a request to compile salary information for City Engineers and Public Works Directors in a number of cities across the state.
Salary Information for Municipal Court Judges with General Sessions Jurisdiction
General (Created: 11/22/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for salary information for municipal court judges who have general sessions jurisdiction.
Salary Information for Planning and Inspections: A Survey Conducted for the City of Gallatin
Survey (Created: 06/29/2007; Reviewed: March 8, 2010 )

Seven cities were asked for salary information for ten positions in the areas of planning and inspections.
Salary Range for Maintenance Plumber: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 09/05/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

10 cities were asked whether they have a maintenance plumber.
Salary Survey Paralegal Employees
Survey (Created: 01/18/2005; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

Fifteen cities were asked about employment and salaries of paralegals.
Sale and Regulation of Beer
General (Created: 10/22/2004; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation to assist Woodbury in considering the regulation and sale of beer.
Sale Hours for Beer and Alcohol
General (Created: 12/17/2015; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the sale hours for beer and alcohol and who notifies beer vendors of the expanded hours for beer sales.
Sale of Alcoholic Beverages, Including Beer, on Election Day
General (Created: 10/29/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the sale of alcoholic beverages, including beer, on election day.
Sale of Beer by Municipalities
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can itself hold a beer permit.
Sale of Beer Within the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions that pertain to the sale of beer within the city.
Sale of Confiscated Property: Revenue Disposition
General (Created: 08/01/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for clarification of the disposition of revenues from the sale of confiscated property.
Sale of Food at Special Events
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a city has the right to restrict street vendors to particular businesses during festival days.
Sale of Surplus Property
Ordinance (Created: 04/07/2014; Reviewed: May 20, 2014 )

MTAS was asked to provide draft code provisions to guide the sale and disposal of surplus property or unclaimed property.
Sales Hours of Peddlers
General (Created: 10/02/2014; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the sales hours of peddlers in several cities, plus provisions on fees, bond requirements, and permit duration.
Sales Tax and Transient Vendors Permit Relative to Special Events
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/03/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a community college can collect sales tax on the sales made by temporary vendors during special events sponsored by the college on college property and whether the City is entitled to collect from such individual vendors the transient vendors permit fee.
Sales Tax Ballot
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a proposed ballot question raising the sales tax.
Sales Tax Distribution Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has any legal way to terminate the contract between the city and the county for the distribution of the city's share of the sales tax that presently goes to the county.
Sales Tax on Merchandise Sold by City at an Annual Festival
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/2016; Reviewed: October 28, 2016 )

If a city sells t-shirts at a festival for a temporary period on an annual basis, these sales do not constitute 'engaging in business' in Tennessee, and would not be subject to the sales and use tax.
Sales Tax Referendum Process and Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/15/2016; Reviewed: October 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to explain the sales tax referendum process; an ordinance calling for a referendum is included.
Sales Tax Revenue: How to Get Your Fair Share (2005)
(Created: 08/25/2005; Reviewed: January 22, 2013 )

The best way to maximize your city's local sales tax is to review the state's record of business locations (situs report) and correct any errors.
Sales Tax Revenue: How to Get Your Fair Share (2013)
(Created: 02/05/2013; Reviewed: February 11, 2013 )

The best way to maximize your city's local sales tax is to review the state's record of business locations (situs report) and correct any errors.
Sample Application for Water/Sewer Availability Letters
Form (Created: 08/20/2019; Reviewed: August 20, 2019 )

Three sample applications for water/sewer availability letter.
Sample Assessment Questions for Accounts Payable Clerk Position
General (Created: 07/31/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examination questions for those applying for an accounts payable clerk position.
Sample Beer Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/13/1994; Reviewed: June 11, 2008 )

MTAS was asked to create a sample beer ordinance.
Sample Building Dedication Policy
General (Created: 03/24/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

A sample policy regarding building plaques.
Sample City Code Provisions Restricting the Number of Alcoholic Beverage Permits
General (Created: 12/11/2009; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to compile a list of cities with restrictions on the number of alcoholic beverage and beer permits that can be issued.
Sample Codes of Conduct for Public Safety
General (Created: 04/20/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for sample codes of conduct for public safety after incidents of police or fire department employees being arrested for DUI, public intoxication, or assault.
Sample Criminal Background Check Policy
General (Created: 06/25/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Tennessee Code Annotated ' 68-102-308 allows fire departments to conduct criminal background checks on both current and potential employees and volunteers, provided the department has a written policy in place.
Sample Declaration of Emergency for Tennessee Municipalities
Form (Created: 04/15/2020; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

A sample declaration for use in Tennessee municipalities to declare an emergency under Tennessee Code Annotated § 58-8-104(a) in order to be eligible for emergency funding.
Sample Demolition by Neglect Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of demolition by neglect ordinances to aid the city in adopting a similar ordinance as a regulatory tool to cause the repair of historic structures within the community.
Sample Disciplinary Policy for Fire Departments
General (Created: 08/28/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This is a sample disciplinary policy that can be adopted by any fire department.
Sample Dress Code (Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure)
(Created: 07/07/2017; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

A template dress code policy for use in a municipal fire department standard operating procedure.
Sample Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies
General (Created: 09/26/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS supplied several sample drug and alcohol testing policies.
Sample Fingerprint Record Notification Form
Form (Created: 08/21/2018; Reviewed: December 12, 2019 )

MTAS created a sample fingerprint record notification form to be used with municipal employees in departments other than law enforcement. The required federal privacy act statement is also included and should be provided along with the notification form.
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
(Created: 11/28/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

This is a sample policy to serve as a template for a specific policy based on local needs. In October of 1996, the Department of Safety began issuing handgun carry permits pursuant to T.C.A. § 39-17-1351. While Tennessee allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to carry handguns in places where they are not otherwise prohibited by law, an employer has the right to set policy for the workplace. There is debate on this issue, but the consensus of most municipal governments is to prohibit guns in the workplace except for commissioned law enforcement officers and similar employees with a need to go armed in the performance of their duties.
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
General (Created: 10/09/2018; Reviewed: October 9, 2018 )

This is a sample policy to serve as a template for a specific policy based on local needs. In October of 1996, the Department of Safety began issuing handgun carry permits pursuant to T.C.A. § 39-17-1351. While Tennessee allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to carry handguns in places where they are not otherwise prohibited by law, an employer has the right to set policy for the workplace. There is debate on this issue, but the consensus of most municipal governments is to prohibit guns in the workplace except for commissioned law enforcement officers and similar employees with a need to go armed in the performance of their duties.
Sample Fire Department Physical Ability Test
General (Created: 08/08/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The sample physical ability test is a model for cities to use when creating their own test. Cities and fire departments should review and modify this sample policy to meet local needs.
Sample Fire Department Risk Management SOP
Form (Created: 05/15/2015; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This fire department sample risk management policy is designed to be customized for local needs.
Sample Fire Department Social Media Policy
Form (Created: 12/20/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to Fire Department members to clarify the boundaries between appropriate and inappropriate use of social media by fire department personnel and to provide guidelines on the management, administration, and oversight.
Sample Forms for Contraband Weapons to Be Titled to the Police Department and Exchanged or Sold by the Police Department
Form (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Sample forms giving police departments the title to contraband weapons and allowing the exchange or sale of such weapons.
Sample Hazardous Materials Route Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/05/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A sample ordinance for Tennessee cities to use, limiting flammable liquid, gas and hazardous materials carriers to certain truck routes.
Sample Interview Manuals for Personnel Director, City Manager and City Recorder
General (Created: 06/01/2004; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The attached sample interview manuals provide guidance on the interview process as well as sample interview questions for personnel director, city manager, and city recorder.
Sample Interview Questions
General (Created: 05/22/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

A collection of sample interview questions in a variety of subject areas.
Sample Job Description for City Arborist
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

Sample job description for the position of city arborist from the City of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sample Language for Workers' Compensation
General (Created: 08/30/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample language for workers' compensation.
Sample Naloxone Hydrochloride Administration Standard Operation Procedure
General (Created: 07/20/2017; Reviewed: January 29, 2020 )

This is a sample policy to be used as a template for a fire department to create a specific policy for their fire department. Though Tennessee law allows a properly trained individual to administer naloxone for a suspected opioid overdose, the fire department should check with their medical director BEFORE implementing a naloxone administration SOP and should follow the medical director’s advice.
Sample Ordinance for Adopting Regulations Governing Wind Energy Facilities
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2018; Reviewed: May 20, 2020 )

A sample ordinance cities can use when adopting regulations that govern wind energy facilities.
Sample Personnel Forms to Download
Form (Created: 08/08/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on the I-9 form and sites that provide personnel forms that can be downloaded.
Sample Petition and Court Order to Destroy Confiscated Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
Form (Created: 09/06/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Forms for the petitioning to destroy and an order to destroy confiscated drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as an affidavit for the supervision of the destruction of confiscated drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Sample Policies for Background Checks
General (Created: 11/20/2015; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS provided several sample policies and forms related to the background check process.
Sample Policy for the Wearing of the Fire Department Dress Uniform by Retired Members
General (Created: 04/03/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This is a sample policy covering the wearing of the dress uniform by retired fire department personnel. The fire department should customize this policy to meet local needs.
Sample Policy for Transgender Use of Restroom Facilities
Form (Created: 04/12/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Sample policy for transgender use of restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, and sleeping quarters in fire stations. This sample policy may be customized to meet local needs as long as the customization is non-discriminatory.
Sample Purchasing Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 05/21/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the maximum purchasing limit is without bidding for a city and for examples of ordinances that establish purchasing policies.
Sample Rejection Letters
General (Created: 04/09/2008; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample application rejection letters.
Sample Resolution Adopting a Public Records Policy
Form (Created: 11/02/2017; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

MTAS created a sample resolution for Tennessee municipalities to use in order to adopt a public records policy that will provide economical and efficient access to public records as provided under the Tennessee Public Records Act ('TPRA') in Tenn. Code Ann. ' 10-7-501, et seq. by July 1, 2017. The sample resolution adopting a public records policy includes a public records policy, a public records request form, and a public record request response form. (updated 11/2/2017)
Sample Resolution to Name a Bridge
Resolution (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A resolution created for Estill Springs which can be adapted by other cities for the use of naming a bridge.
Sample Respiratory Protection Program Template
Form (Created: 06/11/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

General Industry standard 1910.134 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires that a Respiratory Protection Program shall be established whenever respirators are required to be used in an occupational setting. This program is a guideline to prevent employee overexposure to atmospheric contaminants and oxygen deficient atmospheres which are potentially harmful to health.
Sample RFPs for Collection Agency Services
RFP (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS provided several examples of requests for proposals for collections agency services and a sample form.
Sample RFPs for Managed Information Technology Services
RFP (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

MTAS provided several examples of requests for proposals for managed IT services.
Sample RFPs for Vending Services
RFP (Created: 05/19/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2015 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample requests for proposals for vending machine services.
Sample Skateboarding Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 02/23/2007; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

A compilation of ordinances related to skateboarding.
Sample SOP/SOG for Forced Entry into Unoccupied and Secured Properties
Form (Created: 06/29/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This sample policy was created to establish procedures for forced entry into secured properties during emergency responses and may be edited to meet local needs.
Sample Surplus Property Resolution
Resolution (Created: 01/16/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS Management Consultant Warren Nevad authored this resolution for the Town of Centertown, Tennessee regarding property belonging to the town that needs to be disposed of.
Sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Procedures
Form (Created: 10/19/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Two sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) procedures are provided. One is created by MTAS and the other is from the City of Murfreesboro, TN, which was reviewed by MTAS staff.
Sample Tobacco and Electronic/Vapor Cigarettes Policy
General (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 24, 2017 )

A sample policy for cities wishing to prohibit the use of tobacco products on (or in) any city-owned property.
Sample Volunteer Firefighter Shift Staffing Policy
(Created: 01/19/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a fire department might receive credit from the ISO for volunteers who ride out at the fire station. Two key points to an acceptable written policy are the establishment of work shifts and receiving prior approval before working a shift. More information is provided in the attached letter.
Sample Water Rescue Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
General (Created: 08/08/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

MTAS has created three sample water rescue standard operating procedures (SOPs) for cities to revise and adopt for their use. SOP 1 establishes a standard structure and guideline for all fire department personnel operating at incidents involving water rescue operations. SOP 2 provides procedures and guidance when responding to emergency calls involving a water rescue incident while ensuring the safety and well-being of both rescuers and victims. SOP 3 addresses procedures detailing operation of agency boats and watercraft.
Sample/Draft Unbiased Policing Policy
Form (Created: 10/20/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The purpose of this General Order is to reaffirm this department's commitment to unbiased policing, clarify the circumstances in which race or affiliation can be used as a factor to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause, and to reinforce procedures that serve to assure the public that we are providing service and enforcing laws in a fair and equitable manner.
Samples of City Codes Regarding Chickens
Ordinance (Created: 04/08/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to compile some chicken ordinances that have regulatory provisions in them.
Samples of City Codes Regulating Noise Decibels
General (Created: 06/07/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what other cities were doing as far as permissible decibel levels of noise.
Samples of Contracts for Equipment Rental and Materials Purchase
General (Created: 07/01/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Samples of contracts used by the Public Works Department of Paducah, Kentucky, for purchasing materials and renting equipment.
Samples of Fowl and Chicken Regulations in Tennessee Cities
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examples of fowl and chicken ordinance regulations in Tennessee cities.
Sampling of Long-Serving Mayors
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 16, 2017 )

MTAS is frequently asked to supply the names of the longest-serving mayors in the state.
Sand for Wastewater Drying Beds
(Created: 04/01/1998; Reviewed: June 15, 2007 )

Drying beds for wastewater sludge require a specific type of sand in order to dewater the sludge quickly.
Sand for Wastewater Drying Beds
(Created: 05/08/2007; Reviewed: June 19, 2007 )

Drying beds for wastewater sludge require a specific type of sand in order to dewater the sludge quickly.
SARS Alert: CDC Exposure Guidelines Issued
General (Created: 04/03/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) encourage all fire departments that provide EMS or respond to medical calls to review this information and take appropriate infection control measures to limit the spread of this disease.
Saving E-mails
General (Created: 01/02/2002; Reviewed: December 24, 2009 )

MTAS was asked how long a city must keep e-mail messages.
Schedule of Capital Assets
General (Created: 06/30/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to develop a capital asset inventory for Bradford.
Schedule of Capital Assets
General (Created: 06/30/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a report of capital assets for the general fund.
School Board Membership
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/10/1996; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked questions about school board membership.
School Consolidation Salaries
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/17/2002; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, in the event of a merger between city and county schools, county teachers who earn less than city teachers would be entitled to raises and additional benefits, so their earnings would be the same as the city teachers.
School District Management and Debt
Survey (Created: 07/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Three Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not the school district is managed by the city and debts.
School Funding Authority of School Board and City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/01/2007; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the private act that provides for a referendum on school budget where there was an impasse between board of education and the city's governing body is superseded by general law on the subject of local school funding.
School Resource Officer
Job Description (Created: 10/23/1995; Reviewed: July 6, 2010 )

Job description for the position of School Resource Officer.
School Safety Division Patrol Officer
Job Description (Created: 03/01/1997; Reviewed: July 6, 2010 )

Job description for the position of School Patrol Officer.
School Security
Job Description (Created: 03/01/1997; Reviewed: May 21, 2010 )

Job description for the position of School Security.
School Zone Issues: The Town of Trezevant
(Created: 11/29/2010; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

In this study, the main issue is the safety of the children who walk to and from school; secondary concerns were those of vehicles needing to turn against the traffic flow.
Scire Facias and Capias Warrants
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/19/2002; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about failure to appear warrants, scire facias and capias issued in municipal court.
Scotts Hill Water System Service Zone Rate Review
(Created: 04/11/2003; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

Scotts Hill requested a change to their rate structure to charge different rates to different service zones out of the city limits to take distance and extra expense into account.
Scotts Hill, Tennessee, Fire Management Study
(Created: 09/28/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The study request resulted from a desire for Scotts Hill to evaluate the possibility of improving its ISO rating from a Class 7 to a Class 5. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the entire fire department and make recommendations related to fire department management, operations, resources, and enhanced level of services. The scope of this study includes a review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and best practice management of the fire department.
Search of City Employee's Office by Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2003; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor may search employees' offices for possible disciplinary action.
Searching a City-Owned Vehicle without a Search Warrant
General (Created: 08/20/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether city-owned vehicles are subject to search by law enforcement personnel and whether a city employee driving the city-owned vehicle can refuse to let the officer search without a search warrant. Includes a sample administrative policy on vehicle and equipment searches.
Searching Patrons and Baggage for Weapons as a Condition of Entry to the City's Swimming Pool
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/01/1994; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether patrons, and/or the baggage of patrons, of the city's public swimming pool can be searched for weapons as a condition of their entry into the facility.
Second Developer Tapping into Line Extension
General (Created: 06/29/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about an extension where one developer is paying for the extension and another developer is allowed to tap the extended line free of charge.
Second Notice Water Bills:A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

Cities were asked whether their water departments send out second notices on past due bills.
Second Phase of Minimum Wage Increase
(Created: 09/19/1997; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

The second phase of the minimum wage increase went into effect of September 1, 1997. Under the act, employees, unless specifically exempt, must receive a minimum wage no less than $5.15 per hour for all hours worked.
SECOPA 2011: Waste to Energy Options for Local Governments
General (Created: 09/22/2011; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

A presentation for the annual Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.
Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance.
Secretary, Public Works, Operations
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: February 2, 2006 )

Job description for the position of Secretary, Public Works, Operations.
Securing Dangerous Weapons Sample Policy for Fire Deparments
General (Created: 04/04/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

This sample policy provides guidelines on how a fire department might address a situation where a person carrying a dangerous weapon, such as a firearm, requires medical treatment and/or transport.
Securing the Closing of a Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the owners of abutting properties can secure the closing of a certain road between another boulevard and the railroad right of way over the objections of the city.
Selected City Codes Regulating Livestock and Fowl for the City of Ethridge, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 11/26/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examples of municipal codes from several Tennessee cities that regulate livestock and fowl.
Selecting a Police Officer in a Closed Meeting Held Without Public Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1992; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a committee consisting of the mayor and some members of the city council can select a police officer in a closed meeting held without public notice.
Selection Process for Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/28/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and explain the procedure for selecting commissioners for a water utility district.
Self-Assessment of Gas and Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Operator Public Education/Awareness Programs
General (Created: 10/30/2003; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

Pipeline operators public education program self-assessment form.
Selling Beer in Establishments with Pool Tables: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Five cities were asked whether they allow onsite beer sales in establishments (restaurants, sports bars) that have pool tables and how it is regulated.
Selling Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 10/15/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS provided guidance to a city that has businesses interested in selling liquor by the drink.
Selling Police Dog to Handler
General (Created: 04/26/2001; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of selling or giving a police dog to its handler.
Selling Surplus City Property: Suggestions for an Ethical and Transparent Process
(Created: 08/24/2012; Reviewed: August 22, 2012 )

This publication covers the disposal of surplus items of equipment and materials; includes sample resolutions and surplus property nomination form.
Selling the Right of Way to a Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to sell the right of way to a street that it plans to close?
Selling Underground Gas Infrastructure
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/1993; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Utility District can sell the underground gas infrastructure in the western half of its service area to the City, and the City contemporaneously sell that infrastructure to an investor-owned gas company.
Selmer Utility Relocation Cost Estimate
General (Created: 07/18/2005; Reviewed: May 17, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to figure cost estimate for HWY 64 West Utility Relocation Project.
Senior Accounting Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Job description for the position of Senior Accounting Clerk.
Senior Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior Administrative Secretary.
Senior Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior Clerk in Parks and Recreation.
Senior Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: March 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of senior data entry operator from the city of Chicago.
Senior Director Human Resources and Policy Compliance
Job Description (Created: 05/13/2010; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Sr. Director Human Resources & Policy Compliance for the City of Knoxville.
Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 10/23/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist.
Senior Internal Auditor
Job Description (Created: 08/29/2013; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

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

Job description for the position of Senior Planner.
Senior Programmer Analyst
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Senior Programmer Analyst.
Separate Pay Plans for Police and Fire Personnel: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked whether they have pay plans for fire and police personnel that are different from other city employees.
Service Department Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Service Department Supervisor working with electric meters.
Service Order Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Service Order Clerk.
Servicing Grinder Pumps : A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/2001; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

Cities were asked if they service grinder pumps what they charged for this service.
Serving City Warrants Outside the City for Municipal Ordinance Violations Committed Within the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1994; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can serve city warrants outside the city for municipal ordinance violations committed within the city.
Serving on Both a Municipal Governing Body and a County Governing Body
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/22/1994; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a member of a municipal governing body can be a member of a county governing body.
Serving on City Council and School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/14/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a person can serve as both a member of the city council and the city school board.
Setback Requirements for Residential Property in Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether set-backs in approved and recorded platt, or present subdivision regulations and zoning ordinance applied to a certain piece of residential property upon which the owner and builder had completed the footers.
Setting a City'sTax Rate Before Adopting Budget
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/17/2001; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city is required to set a tax rate before it adopts a budget.
Setting a Split Tax Rate in Municipalities Located in More Than One County When the Counties Have Different Reappraisal Cycles
General (Created: 09/27/2016; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

To have a single, uniform property tax rate across the city, one of the counties must alter its reappraisal cycle to coincide with the other county.
Setting Differential Tax Rates Favoring Greenbelt Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/1995; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can set differential tax rates favoring greenbelt property.
Setting the Salary of the City Judge So That It Increases in Increments Over the Life of His Eight Year Term
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/1998; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can set the salary of the city judge so that it increases in increments over the life of his eight year term.
Setting Up a Municipal Court
Ordinance (Created: 05/22/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Three ordinances and one resolution used by Powells Crossroads to set up a municipal court.
Seven Deadly Sins of Fire Departments
General (Created: 05/06/2009; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Created as part of a TAMCAR presentation.
Seven Questions Relative to Beer Regulation
General (Created: 06/04/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to answer seven questions relative to the regulation of beer in Smithville.
Several Questions about City Council Procedures
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1999; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about city council procedures.
Severance Package Contract with a City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/28/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the right of a city to enter into a severance package contract with a city manager.
Severance Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1999; Reviewed: October 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalities are entitled to levy severance taxes.
Sevier Solid Waste Inc. (SSWI) Study
(Created: 06/19/2003; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

A solid waste study for the Sevier Solid Waste Inc., which includes Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Sevier County.
Sevierville Early Retirement Data
Survey (Created: 06/25/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS conducted a written survey of Tennessee cities to research early retirement programs.
Sewer Availability Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2001; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality may charge a fee for sewer availability even though the potential customer has not connected to the sewer and is not receiving sewer service.
Sewer bill adjustment for residents who irrigate during dry months.
Survey (Created: 01/01/2001; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

Telephone survey asks cities/utilities if they make adjustments to sewer bills for residents who irrigate during dry months.
Sewer Charge Based on Water Consumption
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/2008; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could charge for sewer service solely on the basis of water consumption.
Sewer Charges
General (Created: 01/26/2000; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to assess a user charge to residents whose property is served by a sanitary sewer, but who are not connected to the wastewater system.
Sewer Collection Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in the collection of wastewater debt.
Sewer Extension
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/28/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether, if the sewer lines and service are extended to serve an elementary school located outside the municipality, the city may be compelled to make the service available to others.
Sewer Lift Station Safety Procedure Survey
Survey (Created: 10/31/2013; Reviewed: February 23, 2017 )

Five cities were asked several questions about sewer lift stations with dry wells and the classification of the space as a "permit required" or a "non-permit required" confined space.
Sewer Rate Study
(Created: 06/28/2006; Reviewed: February 1, 2017 )

MTAS was requested to review the financial operation of the sewer fund and recommend any changes as to rates or the rate structure.
Sewer Service Availability
General (Created: 09/15/2006; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about sewer service availability and billing.
Sewer System for Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2003; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a sewer system for a subdivision can be provided through a franchise or contract with a private operator.
Sewer Tap Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/1994; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked under what authority municipalities charge sewer tap fees.
Sewer Tap Fees and Sewer Extensions
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city and a developer may enter into an agreement to provide sewer extensions and recover the cost through sewer tap fees.
Sewer Tap On Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/29/1994; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

When people default on the sewer tap on fee, leaving the city to pay the bill, can the city secure the debt with a lien on the property without resorting to its special assessment private act?
Sexual Harassment Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/07/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance dealing with sexual harassment for the Town of Wartrace.
Shelby County Trustee Property Tax Proposal
General (Created: 07/18/2005; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to review the trustee's tax collection proposal.
Shelbyville Power, Water, & Sewage System FY 2004-2005 Budget
(Created: 11/23/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to help prepare a budget for the Electric, Water, and Sewer departments for the city of Shelbyville.
Shelbyville Rally Preparation Response
General (Created: 05/26/2020; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

The City Manager of Shelbyville, Tennessee contacted Management Consultant Honna Rogers inquiring how to prepare for a rally being held in the city.
Sheriff's Law Enforcement Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/31/2001; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

An analysis of the duties of the sheriff relative to transportation of prisoners and mental patients and the sheriff's general law enforcement authority.
Sheriff's Legal Obligation to Accept Prisoners
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/28/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the obligation of a sheriff to accept and house prisoners arrested by municipal officers.
Shift Differential Pay for Water and Wastewater Plant Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/1999; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

Six cities were asked whether a shift differential is paid to water and wastewater plant employees and how they are compensated for working weekends and holidays.
Shift Fire Training Officer
Job Description (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Shift Fire Training Officer.
Should Your City Consider Privatization?
(Created: 06/21/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2006 )

Many cities have come to see privatization as a means of saving money and improving the quality of the services they provide to the public.
Should Your City Consider Privatization? (2008)
(Created: 03/18/2008; Reviewed: April 5, 2010 )

Many cities have come to see privatization as a means of saving money and improving the quality of the services they provide to the public.
Should Your City Consider Privatization? (2011)
(Created: 03/07/2011; Reviewed: March 8, 2011 )

Many cities have come to see privatization as a means of saving money and improving the quality of the services they provide to the public.
Sick Leave at Retirement Survey (Non-TCRS)
Survey (Created: 08/09/2013; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Eleven cities were asked whether their employees are allowed to accrue sick leave; the maximum amount of sick leave employees may accrue; and upon retirement, whether employees may sell their sick leave back to the city, use their sick leave towards retirement, etc.
Sick Leave Bank
General (Created: 02/24/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Information on creating a sick leave bank with examples from six cities, including forms to be used.
Sick Leave Banks: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Murfreesboro
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked several questions about sick leave banks.
Sidewalks for Disabled Citizens
General (Created: 09/04/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether citizens can compel a city to provide a sidewalk in front of their homes.
Sign Control
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/28/2002; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing limitations on municipal regulations on political signs.
Sign Ordinance and Pay Increase for City's Governing Body
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/20/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city's sign ordinance for political signs and whether the city can make a private act increasing the pay for the members of its governing body retroactive.
Sign Regulation of Banners and Balloons
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions related to sign control of banners and balloons.
Sign Regulation of Church and School Signs
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/05/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked what kind of control cities can exercise over church and school signs.
Signal Mountain Delinquent Utility Bills Survey
Survey (Created: 02/11/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Six cities were asked who collects delinquent utility bills and about the payment for these services.
Signal Mountain MACC Strategic Plan
(Created: 07/12/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in developing a five-year strategic plan for Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC).
Signal Mountain MACC Updated Strategic Plan
(Created: 09/26/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

After a second meeting with the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC), goals, objectives, and a mission statement were updated.
Signal Mountain Strategic Plan
(Created: 04/04/2011; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate the council and the city manager reviewing the previous strategic plan that was developed approximately two (2) years ago; conducting a review of town strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis); developing goals and objectives; and developing a revised mission and vision statement.
Significant Statutory Provisions and Case Law Affecting Liability of Governmental Entities, Engineers, and Developers for Drainage
General (Created: 09/27/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation for professional engineers about drainage liability.
Signs Advertising Beer Sales
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/11/1997; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's beer ordinance can prohibit beer establishments from having signs advertising beer sales.
Siting Telecommunications Towers: Suggestions for Protecting the Public Interest
(Created: 01/07/2008; Reviewed: January 7, 2008 )

A city should have a strategy in place before it considers a request from a telecommunications service to erect a tower.
Siting Telecommunications Towers: Suggestions for Protecting the Public Interest
(Created: 03/19/2008; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

A city should have a strategy in place before it considers a request from a telecommunications service to erect a tower
Sixth Circuit Upholds Brentwood Sign Ordinance
General (Created: 03/02/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

The ordinance limited the size of billboards to a face area of 120 square feet and a height of six feet, including the length of any supporting pole.
Skateboard Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/02/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An ordinance regulating play vehicles containing wheels on streets, sidewalks, and other public places.
Skateboard, Roller Skates and Coasters Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2003; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An ordinance on the safe operation of skateboards, roller skates, and coasters.
Skates and Skateboarding Ordinanace
Ordinance (Created: 12/27/2000; Reviewed: January 26, 2006 )

An ordinance dealing with the safe use of skates and skateboards.
Skilled Laborer
Job Description (Created: 12/10/1991; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Sleep Time and Breathing Apparatus for Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/08/2000; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about sleep time for firefighters and the testing of breathing apparatus for firefighters by the city itself instead of by a subcontractor.
Sleep Time Deduction for Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/08/1992; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the sleep time deduction for firemen requires five consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Slum Clearance and Garbage Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2000; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can clean up pieces of private property in the city with the permission of the property owner and whether the city can classify waste, administratively treat classes of waste differently, and charge different rates for the collection and disposal of the different classes of waste.
Slum Clearance Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/2001; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Under the Slum Clearance Ordinance, the city has the authority to require the demolition of dangerous dwellings used or intended to be used for human habitation, and to demolish such dwellings itself by a variety of methods.
Smithville Drug Testing
General (Created: 02/13/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Courses of action in dealing with employees who test positive for controlled drugs.
Smithville FMLA, Police Reorganization, and City Attorney
General (Created: 11/20/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for advice on FMLA and health insurance premiums, reorganizing the police department, and the city attorney.
Smithville No Smoking Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/23/2003; Reviewed: June 22, 2012 )

An ordinance to prohibit smoking in public facilities.
Smithville Rules of the Road
General (Created: 12/19/2001; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked for assistance with enforcing traffic violations in city court.
Smoke Detector Placement and Installation
General (Created: 05/10/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Includes PowerPoint presentation on installation guidelines.
Smoking in the Workplace
General (Created: 12/18/1989; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

This bulletin explores the need to regulate employee smoking on the job; why employees feel their rights are being infringed upon; legal issues associated with workplace smoking; policies and practices in effect across the country; and steps to develop a successful policy.
Smoking in the Workplace
General (Created: 12/18/1989; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

This bulletin explores the need to regulate employee smoking on the job; why employees feel their rights are being infringed upon; legal issues associated with workplace smoking; policies and practices in effect across the country; and steps to develop a successful policy.
Smyrna Assistant Computer Technician, Part-Time
Job Description (Created: 04/30/1999; Reviewed: November 11, 2005 )

Job description for the part-time position of Assistant Computer Technician.
Smyrna Community Services, Town Centre, and Golf Course
(Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for Smyrna's Community Services, which oversees the Smyrna Town Center and the Smyrna Golf Course.
Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department Study
(Created: 12/05/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for the Parks and Recommnedations Dept. of the Town of Smyrna.
Sneedville Fire Resolution for Minimum Training Standards for Firefighters
Resolution (Created: 12/22/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A resolution of the board of mayor and aldermen of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, adopting minimum training standards for firefighters.
Sneedville Tractor Bid Specifications
RFP (Created: 08/08/2016; Reviewed: August 10, 2016 )

Bid specifications for the purchase of a four-wheel drive front loader with bush hog, bucket, cab, and snowblade.
Social Media and Open Records Laws
General (Created: 08/03/2012; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about records retention and the Open Records Act as it applies to social media pages.
Social Media as a Tool for Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 12/23/2010; Reviewed: January 21, 2011 )

This publication will provide your city with information relative to social media for purposes of communicating with employees, interacting with your community, and using social media as a hiring tool. Includes sample social media policy.
Social Media Policies
General (Created: 11/19/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS provided several examples of social media policies.
Social Media Specialist Job Description
Job Description (Created: 01/18/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A sample job description for a Social Media Specialist downloaded from the Metro website.
Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service: State and Local Compliance Issues for 2000
(Created: 01/07/2000; Reviewed: July 24, 2006 )

The purpose was to clarify employee taxation and reporting issues with local government agencies before the end of the calendar year reporting to minimize employer exposure to penalties for noncompliance.
Social Security and Medicare Budget Data for Fiscal Year 2003-2004
(Created: 12/10/2001; Reviewed: July 25, 2006 )

A summary of the Social Security Administration's social security/medicare wage and tax data for the 2002-2004 budgets.
Social Security Changes Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) (2008)
(Created: 01/28/2008; Reviewed: January 28, 2008 )

Social Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 2.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2008.
Social Security Changes Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) (2009)
(Created: 01/12/2009; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

Social Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 5.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2009.
Social Security Coverage for Local Government Employees
General (Created: 10/18/1991; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

OBRA placed new requirements on local governments for withholding Social Security taxes on wages paid to employees.
Social Security Coverage for Local Government Employees
General (Created: 10/18/1991; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

OBRA placed new requirements on local governments for withholding Social Security taxes on wages paid to employees.
Social Security Fact Sheet: 2003 Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments
(Created: 04/08/2003; Reviewed: July 25, 2006 )

Social Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 1.4% percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2003.
Social Security/Medicare Changed for Election Officials and Workers
(Created: 03/20/1995; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

According to Public Law 103-296, cities may not have to withhold Social Security/Medicare from election officials/workers who earn less than $1,000 per calendar year prior to the calendar year 2000, and less than the adjusted amount for calendar years after 1999. The law, which became effective Jan. 1, 1995, changed the "exclusion rule" amount from $100.
Soddy-Daisy Exempt Employee Criteria
General (Created: 08/16/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS Management Consultant Honna Rogers was asked about making the Director of the Senior Center in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee an exempt employee who supervises volunteers.
Solar Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/12/2011; Reviewed: April 23, 2018 )

An ordinance regulating solar system installations.
Soldiers and Sailors' Civil Relief Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/1991; Reviewed: February 27, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether provisions in the Soldiers and Sailors' Civil Relief Act, regarding interest and penalties for nonpayment of property tax, applies to municipal property taxes.
Solemnization of Marriages in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/1998; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a state licensing requirement for designated persons to perform/solemnize a marriage in Tennessee.
Solicitation Roadblock Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/03/1997; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance regulating solicitations at street intersections.
Solicitation Roadblocks
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/22/1993; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the new law on solicitation roadblocks immunizes municipalities from accidents occurring as a result of solicitation roadblocks.
Solicitations of Religious Proselytizers
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/2002; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to research a law governing right of cities to regulate solicitors, particularly religious proselytizers.
Solid Waste Analysis
(Created: 12/19/2001; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

The objectives of this project are to calculate municipal per customer solid waste costs, highlight solid waste funding and collection mechanisms.
Solid Waste Collection & Disposal
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )


Solid Waste Collection & Disposal
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )


Solid Waste Collection & Disposal
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: April 30, 2008 )


Solid Waste Collection & Disposal
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: April 25, 2006 )


Solid Waste Collection Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/2004; Reviewed: January 18, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the conditions under which a city can waiver or correct mistakes in a bid.
Solid Waste Collection Salaries: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 11/01/2003; Reviewed: July 19, 2006 )

Seven cities were asked the salary of four personnel positions in solid waste collection.
Solid Waste Disposal Agreement and Request for Proposals for Solid Waste Disposal Service
RFP (Created: 11/24/2009; Reviewed: March 17, 2017 )

An RFP and an agreement for solid waste disposal in the Town of Greeneville.
Solid Waste Disposal Fees
General (Created: 04/14/2010; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can impose any permit fees or other fees on a private solid waste facility and operator.
Solid Waste Disposal Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1993; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the citizens of the city are subject to the solid waste disposal fees, even if a private disposal service is used.
Solid Waste Regional Boards and Solid Waste Authorities
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/1996; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to advise what the state statutes said regarding regional boards and authorities and the city's relationship with these entities.
Solid Waste Transfer Station
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2002; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a contract provision between a town and a waste services provider, requiring all garbage collected in the town and county to be deposited at the county transfer station is valid and enforceable.
Solid Waste/Transfer Stations Survey
Survey (Created: 09/22/2014; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked about solid waste collection and disposal services, use of city crews or contractors, annual tons of refuse collected, disposal points, tipping fees, and annual operating costs for transfer stations.
Solids Disposal at Wastewater Plants
Survey (Created: 10/31/2001; Reviewed: July 6, 2010 )

Cities were asked to estimate the cost of solids disposal at wastewater plants per dry ton.
South Pittsburg Police Department Administrative Review
(Created: 10/15/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

An adminstrative review for the South Pittsburg Police Department.
Sparta, Tennessee, Fire Management Study
(Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to review the capabilities of the Sparta Fire Department and make recommendations for improvement where possible.
Special Assessments
General (Created: 10/15/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to summarize the process of using special assessments for making street improvements.
Special Education for Annexed Students
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/31/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether a city school that had been a county school that had been annexed into the city had the responsibility for the special education of children in that city school immediately upon the effective date of the annexation
Special Event Regulations and Forms
Form (Created: 06/17/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on special events, plus, a few examples of policies, applications, permits, ordinances, and forms.
Special Meetings Requirements for the Ratification of Private Acts
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether there are special public notice and hearing requirements for the adoption of private acts by the city's governing body.
Specifications and Bid Document For Recreation Equipment and Installation of Same
RFP (Created: 10/14/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an RFP for recreation equipment for the Town of Parrottsville.
Specifications and Contract Documents, Town of LaGrange, 2009 Paving Projects
RFP (Created: 06/03/2009; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Bids are for pothole repair and double bituminous surface treatment (chip/seal).
Specifications for a 75' Heavy Duty Aerial Ladder
RFP (Created: 04/16/2002; Reviewed: March 14, 2014 )

Specifications to cover the furnishing and delivery of a complete, equipped 75' heavy duty aerial ladder truck.
Specifications for a Four-Wheel Drive Front-End Loader
RFP (Created: 12/31/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Specifications to describe a four-wheel drive front-end loader.
Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
Specifications for a Zero-Turn Rotary Mower
RFP (Created: 05/21/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide specifications for a zero-turn rotary mower.
Speech to Tennessee Association of Development Districts
General (Created: 02/20/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2018 )

Information on fire grants for 2001 and 2002.
Speed Bumps
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/30/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on speed bumps.
Speed Limits in and Around Schools
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1994; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about speed limits in and around schools located within the City.
Spending Public Funds to Promote the Passage of a Referendum
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/13/1993; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can spend public funds to promote the passage of a referendum on the question of whether the city should establish its own E-911 system.
Splitting the Authority to Operate the Parks and Recreation System Between the Recreation Commission and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/1991; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can split the authority to operate the parks and recreation system between the recreation commission and the board of mayor and aldermen.
Splitting Work into Components to Circumvent Competitive Bid Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about splitting work into components to circumvent competitive bid requirements.
Spot Zoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/21/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Zoning Appeals exceeded its authority in granting a use variance to the purchaser of a house in a R-3 zoned area when this individual plans to open a beauty parlor in the single-family home, but does not intend to live there.
Spouse of a City Council Member Employed by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/1998; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a conflict of interest for the wife of a city council member to be employed by the city.
Sprinklers for Nursing Homes
General (Created: 12/09/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Material that the Fire Service Coalition is giving to legislators on sprinklers for nursing homes.
Staffing Levels for Police Departments
General (Created: 04/08/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about recommended staffing levels for police departments.
Staffing of City Police Departments in Tennessee
General (Created: 10/01/2004; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

A breakdown by gender of police officers in city police departments.
Stalling of an Application for Rezoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the legal effect of, and the solution to, the stalling of an application for a rezoning.
Standing of Adjoining Property Owners to Request Rezoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked who, with respect to a life tenant and the remainderman, has standing to request the rezoning of the property.
Standing of Property Owners to Challenge Annexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/1990; Reviewed: March 8, 2006 )

In twelve counties persons owning property within or bordering areas proposed to be annexed by municipalities have standing to challenge the annexations; in the remaining 83 counties, only persons owning property within areas proposed to be annexed by municipalities have such standing.
Starting a City Library
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/1993; Reviewed: September 8, 2006 )

MTAS was asked how the city starts its own library.
Starting a Municipal School System in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2016; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for an explanation of the process for starting a municipal school system in Tennessee.
Starting Salaries for Police Officers in Selected Tennessee Cities: a -- Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/01/2002; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Cities were asked the starting salaries of their police officers.
State Aid Resolution
Resolution (Created: 05/19/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

A Resolution to Authorize the City Recorder of the Town of Vonore to Account for All Municipal Street Aid Funds in the Town's General Fund.
State and Federal Reimbursement Rates for Travel
(Created: 06/05/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2002 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state reimbursement rates for travel.
State DOT Authorized to Pay Full Costs of Utility Relocations
General (Created: 05/28/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

The General Assembly has passed legislation authorizing the Commissioner of Transportation to reimburse public and private utilities the full costs of relocating caused by state road projects, subject to funding.
State Issues for the Upcoming Session of the General Assembly
General (Created: 11/20/2002; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

A presentation for Coffee County Leadership on state issues for the upcoming session of the General Assembly.
State Law Regarding the Regulation of the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1991; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for the state law regarding the regulation of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the city, and in what respects a city's beer ordinance needs updating.
State of Tennessee Mileage Rate Effective July 1, 2009
(Created: 06/18/2009; Reviewed: March 8, 2010 )

Summary of changes in the 2009 state reimbursement rates for mileage.
State of Tennessee Property Tax Freeze Program
(Created: 09/12/2007; Reviewed: September 13, 2007 )

MTAS suggests that municipalities defer action on any ordinance implementing the tax freeze program until after the final rules have been developed. Includes a sample resolution that creates a study committee to consider the impact of such a program prior to adoption.
State of Tennessee Standard Chart of Accounts: Classification by Fund, Function, & Object
General (Created: 06/22/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

The municipal version of the current chart of accounts for the State of Tennessee; updated by Brad Harris, October 12, 2012.
State Requiring Municipalities to Relocate Utilities at Their Expense
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/1990; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked a question regarding the Town's ability to avoid the agreement entered into with the State Department of Transportation regarding certain road improvements within the Town.
State Revises Travel Reimbursement Rates
(Created: 12/23/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2002 )

Summary of changes in the federal and state reimbursement rates for travel.
State Sales Tax Rate Increased Effective July 15, 2002
(Created: 07/12/2002; Reviewed: July 12, 2002 )

The state sales and use tax on non-food items increases from 6 percent to 7 percent on July 15, 2002.
State Shared Taxes and Appropriations (2008-2009)
(Created: 05/30/2008; Reviewed: May 29, 2008 )

Based on revenue projections for FY 2008-2009, cities are expected to receive approximately $112.46 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008.
State Shared Taxes and Appropriations (2009-2010)
(Created: 06/26/2009; Reviewed: December 18, 2009 )

Based on economic projections for FY 2010, municipalities are expected to receive approximately $102.47 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009.
State Shared Taxes and Appropriations (2010-2011)
(Created: 06/11/2010; Reviewed: June 11, 2010 )

Based on economic projections for FY 2011, municipalities are expected to receive approximately $104.02 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010.
State Street Aid Fund
General (Created: 08/02/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether State Street Aid Funds could be used to take water samples at stormwater system outfalls.
State Street Aid Fund Expenditures: On the Road to Understanding
(Created: 01/01/2003; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

The Tennessee Legislature has authorized the state to distribute a portion of proceeds from the state gasoline and motor vehicle fuel tax to incorporated cities and towns to use for maintaining and improving municipal streets.
State Street Aid Fund Expenditures: On the Road to Understanding
(Created: 07/08/2005; Reviewed: February 27, 2006 )

The Tennessee Legislature has authorized the state to distribute a portion of proceeds from the state gasoline and motor vehicle fuel tax to incorporated cities and towns to use for maintaining and improving municipal streets.
State Street Aid Fund Revenues and Expenditures on the Road to Understanding (2007)
(Created: 03/07/2007; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

The Tennessee Legislature authorized the state to distribute a portion of the proceeds from the state gasoline fuel taxes to incorporated cities and towns for use on municipal streets. The current allocation to cities is based on $28.49 per capita.
State Street Aid Fund Revenues and Expenditures on the Road to Understanding (2010)
(Created: 10/29/2010; Reviewed: November 1, 2010 )

The Tennessee Legislature authorized the state to distribute a portion of the proceeds from the state gasoline fuel taxes to incorporated cities and towns for use on municipal streets. The current allocation to cities is based on $26.08 per capita.
State Street Aid Fund Revenues and Expenditures: On the Road to Understanding (2011)
(Created: 07/25/2011; Reviewed: July 29, 2011 )

The Tennessee Legislature authorized the state to distribute a portion of the proceeds from the state gasoline fuel taxes to incorporated cities and towns for use on municipal streets. The current allocation to cities is based on $26.65 per capita.
State Street Aid Fund Revenues and Expenditures: On the Road to Understanding (2012)
(Created: 09/17/2012; Reviewed: September 17, 2012 )

The Tennessee Legislature authorized the state to distribute a portion of the proceeds from the state gasoline fuel taxes to incorporated cities and towns for use on municipal streets. The current allocation to cities is based on $25.54 per capita.
State Tax on Amusements
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/20/1994; Reviewed: May 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has to collect any kind of tax on tickets to productions at the city's performing arts center.
State Tax Rate on Utility Sales to Manufacturers (2003)
(Created: 02/26/2003; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

The manufacturer sales tax rate has become an issue as cities are updating their utility billing systems for the increased state sales tax.
State Tax Rate on Utility Sales to Manufacturers (2012)
(Created: 11/02/2012; Reviewed: November 2, 2012 )

State law limits both state and local sales taxes on water, gas, electricity, and other energy sources used by manufacturers. Your city needs to ensure that your utility billing system reflects these different rates. The streamlined sales tax act is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2013.
State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/22/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An ordinance adopting by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road, and repealing non-applicable sections of the municipal code.
State's Financial Crisis
(Created: 12/01/2001; Reviewed: April 26, 2010 )

A report and PowerPoint presentation on the financial crisis in Tennessee.
State-Shared Taxes and Appropriations (2011-2012)
(Created: 04/29/2011; Reviewed: April 29, 2011 )

Based on economic projections for FY 2012, municipalities are expected to receive approximately $104.93 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011.
State-Shared Taxes and Appropriations (2012-2013)
(Created: 06/10/2012; Reviewed: June 6, 2012 )

Based on economic projections for FY 2013, municipalities are expected to receive approximately $106.25 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012.
State-Shared Taxes and Appropriations (2012-2013) (Revised)
(Created: 07/17/2012; Reviewed: July 17, 2012 )

Based on economic projections for FY 2013, municipalities are expected to receive approximately $106.30 per capita for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012.
State-Shared Taxes and Appropriations (2014-2015)
General (Created: 02/27/2014; Reviewed: February 28, 2014 )

MTAS finance consultants compared the 2013/2014 state shared revenue per capita projection to actual amounts reported by the Tennessee Department of Revenue through February 2014. The remainder of the 2014 fiscal year was estimated to calculate a comparable figure. An early projection for 2014/2015 was calculated using the comparable figure with estimated revenue growth figures of 2 - 2.85 percent released by the state.
Status of a Beer Permit Issued to a Person Now Deceased
General (Created: 09/23/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to address the status of a beer permit that was issued to a person who is now deceased.
Status of a Letter of Credit
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2009; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the status of an irrevocable letter of credit provided to the city by a developer who subsequently went bankrupt.
Status of Existing Tiny Towns
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2004; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Both the first and second 'tiny town' laws have been declared unconstitutional by the Tennessee Supreme Court and various Tennessee Courts of Appeal.
Statute of Limitations in Unrecorded Easements
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/2010; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the statute of limitations is on claims that a utility line was built across a piece of property where the utility easement was not recorded.
Statutory Construction: Conflicting Statutes/ More Specific Statute Given Effect
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/14/2000; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

Specific statutory provisions generally will be given effect over conflicting general provisions.
Statutory Exception Regarding the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages
General (Created: 03/13/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

The four excepted counties based on population at the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census, rendering moot the threshold requirements for a city to have been incorporated for five or more years with a population of 925 or more people to conduct a referendum authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages, are Benton (12,100 - 12,200), Henry (23,500 ' 24,000), Madison (65,000 ' 70,000), and Humphreys (13,500 ' 13,600). In Humphreys County, a city must also have a 1970 population of 1,230 ' 1,250 to be afforded this exception.
Steps to Successful Utility Construction
(Created: 07/01/2004; Reviewed: July 27, 2006 )

This analysis of why utility construction can go bad near the end offers possible remedies.
Steps to Successful Utility Construction (2006)
(Created: 07/27/2006; Reviewed: )

SCORE members believe that projects can be improved by enhancing the administrative skills of project owners, that is, the city or utility.
Steps to Successful Utility Construction (2009)
(Created: 07/31/2009; Reviewed: August 17, 2009 )

SCORE members believe that projects can be improved by enhancing the administrative skills of project owners, that is, the city or utility.
Stimulus Law Affecting COBRA Extended Until February 28, 2010
(Created: 03/16/2010; Reviewed: March 16, 2010 )

Workers who were involuntarily terminated between September 2008 and February 28, 2010 are eligible for up to 15 months of COBRA premium assistance.
Stimulus Law Affecting COBRA Extended Until May 31, 2010
(Created: 04/23/2010; Reviewed: April 23, 2010 )

Workers who were involuntarily terminated between September 1, 2008 and May 31, 2010 are eligible for up to 15 months of COBRA premium assistance.
Stimulus Law Under COBRA/PHSA
(Created: 06/02/2011; Reviewed: June 2, 2011 )

Local governments follow the rules via the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), which essentially mirrors COBRA.
Storm Cleanup Agreement
General (Created: 07/23/2003; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to draft an Agreement to clean up tornado debris on private property.
Stormwater Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 07/18/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Coordinator.
Stormwater Fees, Ordinance Enforcement Options, and Other Special Stormwater Issues
General (Created: 02/14/2006; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A handout that was part of a presentation for Southeastern Stormwater Management Group on funding options and stormwater regulations enforcement issues.
Stormwater Funding Survey: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/30/2007; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

Seventy-three cities were asked questions about their stormwater fees.
Stormwater Management Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/17/1994; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable for the drainage of stormwater from someone's property onto property belonging to someone else and whether the city has any legal obligation to develop a stormwater management program.
Stormwater Management: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/1999; Reviewed: September 8, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their budget, funding, rate structure, and staffing for stormwater management.
Stormwater Program Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 02/17/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Program Coordinator.
Stormwater Technician
Job Description (Created: 03/21/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Technician.
Stormwater Technician Series
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job descriptions for the positions of Stormwater Technician I and II.
Straight Line Method as a Measuring Method for Beer -- Sales Distance Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1995; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can adopt a measuring method for beer sales distance regulations other than a straight line method.
Strategic Plan for the City of Winchester
General (Created: 08/25/2010; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist the city council and city administrator in identifying and discussing community strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as part of the strategic planning process; outlining specific prioritized goals and objectives; and in developing a mission statement for the city.
Strategic Plan, City of Sparta, Tennessee
General (Created: 03/17/2003; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

This one-page strategic plan is designed to be used as a marketing tool to focus the energies of the city on implementing the plan.
Strategic Planning
General (Created: 07/14/2011; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

A letter explaining the benefits of strategic planning for the city.
Strategic Planning Sessions with the City Council of Columbia
General (Created: 09/29/2001; Reviewed: January 26, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to assist the City of Columbia with strategic planning sessions.
Strategic Planning, City of Sparta, Tennessee
General (Created: 12/11/2002; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to assist the City of Sparta in determing how best to develop a strategic plan.
Street Access Issue
General (Created: 04/01/2003; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an unusual situation related to street development and land use.
Street Closure
General (Created: 01/07/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about closing a public street or to relocate a public street for the purpose of the county constructing a jail facility at or near the present street location.
Street Excavation Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/09/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

An ordinance providing for street cut permits, standards and procedures for the City of Iron City, Tennessee.
Street Improvement Funding for Tennessee Cities
(Created: 08/01/2003; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

This report discusses street projects available for Tennessee cities, the transportation planning process for cities, transportation programs that may assist cities, and participation in a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
Street Improvement Funding for Tennessee Cities
(Created: 03/01/2004; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

This report discusses street projects available for Tennessee cities, the transportation planning process for cities, transportation programs that may assist cities, and participation in a Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Street Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for advice on whether the city should accept a street that is not paved or improved and then spend municipal revenues to bring the street up to standards or whether the city should adhere closely to the street acceptance policy dictated by the city's subdivision regulations
Street Paving
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: January 25, 2006 )


Streets, Sanitation and Parks, Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation, and Parks.
Streets/Sanitation Superintendent or Equivalent Position: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked questions about the position that is responsible for supervising streets and sanitation.
Structure and Powers of the City's Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1992; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the structure and powers of the City's utility board.
Study of Fire Defense Needs for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
(Created: 03/31/1988; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

This fire study developed recommendations for meeting present and future public fire defense needs of the City through improvements in the fire department and possible modifications to the building and fire codes to allocate fire protection responsibility between the public and private sector.
Study Session Agenda
General (Created: 04/22/2010; Reviewed: March 29, 2011 )

A sample study session agenda for the City of Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Subdividing and Selling City Land
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether or not a Town may subdivide a 27-acre parcel into one-acre lots and then sell the lots at public auction.
Subdivision Created by Division of Land Created by Road Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2010; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a particular road configuration created a subdivision and whether the city could obtain a street right of way that would create a subdivision without creating that subdivision.
Subdivision Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/20/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the authority of a municipality to: require annexation as a condition of providing utility services, provide incentives for development within the municipality; and the effect Chapter 1101 had on zoning and subdivision regulation.
Subdivision Plat Approval
(Created: 08/27/2007; Reviewed: August 29, 2007 )

Public Chapter 137 gives municipal planning commissions 35 days after initial consideration to approve or disapprove a subdivision plat.
Subdivision Regulation by Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/26/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to research jurisdictional issues concerning subdivision regulation.
Subdivision Regulations
General (Created: 07/15/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS provided several examples of Tennessee cities' subdivision regulations.
Subdivision Storm Sewer Pipes: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked questions about the type of materials used for storm sewer pipes in subdivisions.
Subpoena Power of City Councils
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has the authority to issue subpoenas to compel people to appear and testify before the city council.
Subrogation
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/08/2002; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

Researched subrogation claim asserted by insurance company and determined company is not entitled to any funds, unless and until city is compensated in full for loss.
Substance Abuse Policy
General (Created: 04/20/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write a substance abuse policy for the City of Winfield.
Substance Abuse Survey in Parks and Recreation
Survey (Created: 12/17/2004; Reviewed: January 31, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked how they handle substance abuse for commercial driver license positions and public health and safety positions in Parks and Recreation.
Sufficient Publication of Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/07/1996; Reviewed: October 30, 2006 )

MTAS was asked what is sufficient publication of notice of adoption of the city code and of certain penal ordinances.
Suggested Operating Procedures of the Williamson County Rescue Squad
(Created: 04/17/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This manual is for the use of every member of the W.C.R.S., to help each person better represent the fire profession and the squad.
Suggestions for Downtown Parking
General (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to look at the parking situation in downtown Dandridge and come up with some suggestions.
Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport (SBK) Animal Services Examination 2016
(Created: 03/24/2016; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS and CTAS conducted this study to determine whether the SBK model, a combined multi-city and county cooperative animal services function, is working, to make recommendations for improvement, and to determine whether current facilities are adequate. The study includes some national standards information and a methodology for comparing an animal shelter to those and other standards.
Sullivan County/Kingsport Animal Services Study
(Created: 04/07/2009; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS and CTAS were asked to jointly study animal shelter and animal control services in Kingsport, Sullivan County, and two additional cities within the county.
Summary of 2015 Public Acts
(Created: 07/22/2015; Reviewed: July 28, 2015 )

This training document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
Summary of 2015 Public Acts of Interest to HR Professionals
(Created: 08/05/2015; Reviewed: August 14, 2015 )

The TN Legislature passed a number of bills of interest to HR professionals. MTAS extracted and compiled a listing of those 2015 Public Acts that cover all areas of HR and all sectors (municipal, county, state, and schools).
Summary of 2017 Public Acts
General (Created: 07/19/2017; Reviewed: February 14, 2019 )

This training document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations
Summary of 2018 Public Acts (Includes "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018")
General (Created: 08/30/2018; Reviewed: July 1, 2019 )

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee. Also included is the "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018" document co-authored by Hodge and Chad Jenkins, Deputy Director, Tennessee Municipal League.
Summary of 2019 Public Acts
General (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: July 1, 2019 )

This document summarizes the 2019 public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Summary of a Classification/Compensation Plan
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a summary description of a classification/compensation plan.
Summary of Research on the Use of Compressed Schedules by Police Agencies
(Created: 07/10/2009; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in researching how police agencies use compressed work schedules.
Summary of the Distribution of State Sales and Use Tax
General (Created: 09/29/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked three questions: 1. What factors are used to calculate state shared sales tax?; 2. Do the factors change or stay the same?; 3. What population number is used?
Summary of the Incorporation Process
General (Created: 10/08/2015; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information to a territory that wishes to incorporate.
Sunshine Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether meetings between the Mayor and a member of Council to discuss the preparation of the City's budget would violate the Sunshine Law or Open Meetings Law.
Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 01/31/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Superintendent of Stores
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Stores in Utilities.
Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Water and Sewer.
Support Services Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Support Services Manager in Finance.
Supreme Court Limits Civil Penalties Over $50
(Created: 11/01/2001; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Municipal civil penalties in excess of $50 violate the Tennessee Constitution if their purpose is punitive rather than remedial.
Supreme Court: Damages not Available under ' 1983 Against Cities for Wireless Tower Violations
General (Created: 04/01/2005; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

The U. S. Supreme Court in a unanimous decision held that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 does not allow damages under 42 U.S.C. ' 1983 against cities for violating restrictions on zoning authority set forth in that Act.
Surrender of a City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/1995; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions concerning the surrender of a city's charter.
Surrender of Aldermanic Charter and Adoption of Manager-Commission Charter
General (Created: 08/29/2005; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

This paper discusses the surrender of a board of mayor and alderman charter and the adoption of a manager-commission charter under provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated.
Survey of Added Garbage Collection Charge for Back Door Pick Up
Survey (Created: 02/13/2003; Reviewed: January 18, 2010 )

Seven cities were asked about additional charges for garbage collection pick up.
Survey of Charter Provisions Regarding Vacancies on Council
Survey (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

Nineteen cities were surveyed to determine what they do when there are mayoral or council vacancies.
Survey of City Managers with Employment Contracts
Survey (Created: 07/11/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Fifty cities were asked whether they have employment contracts with their city managers.
Survey of Promotional Pay Increases and Workers Compensation Policies
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Survey looks at how increases related to promotions are applied to the employee's salaries and policies related to workers compensation.
Survey of Recent Movers to North Georgia: Who and Why
(Created: 05/04/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Includes a tax comparison of Chattanooga in Hamilton County with Ringgold in Catoosa County.
Survey of Solid Waste Collection
Survey (Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: July 17, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a survey of solid waste collection practices in selected cities.
Survey of the Tennessee Personnel Management Association
Survey (Created: 05/28/2002; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

The membership of the Tennessee Personnel Management Association was surveyed about the use of purchasing agents.
Survey on Use of Concrete Sealers on Damaged Sidewalks
Survey (Created: 04/13/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Six cities responded to a survey asking about the use of concrete sealers on damaged sidewalks.
Survey Results on Various Personnel Topics
Survey (Created: 07/21/2014; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Eighteen cities and counties were asked about police and fire work schedules, holiday pay, personnel committees, and salaries for pre-treatment technicians and inspectors, park operations supervisor, and head groundskeeper.
Surveying Citizens: A Handbook for Municipal Officials Who Want to Know What Their Citizens Think (1995)
(Created: 12/01/1995; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

Citizen surveys have proven to be an accurate and affordable way to determine what a large group of people think.
Surveying Citizens: A Handbook for Municipal Officials Who Want to Know What Their Citizens Think (2010)
(Created: 11/30/2010; Reviewed: June 2, 2011 )

Citizen surveys have proven to be an accurate and affordable way to determine what a large group of people think.
Suspending a Driver's License
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/2016; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal court may suspend a person's driver's license for non-driving violations.
Suspending or Firing the Present City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/19/1999; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has the singular authority to suspend or fire the present city attorney.
Swimming Pool Regulations
General (Created: 06/11/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on the regulation of swimming pools. Includes two sample ordinances.
Systems Software Analyst
Job Description (Created: 01/20/1998; Reviewed: August 2, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Systems Software Analyst.

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