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U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance: A Money-Saving Purchasing Source Available to Tennessee Cities
(Created: 05/30/2003; Reviewed: March 16, 2009 )

There is a pooled purchasing organization of U.S. cities and counties that could potentially offer local Tennessee governments very competitive prices on commonly purchased supplies and equipment.
Uitlity Board Employee Running for City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2000; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a person who is currently an employee of the City Utility Board and a member of the School Board may run for the City Council.
Unaccounted for Water A Real Drain on Your Water System
General (Created: 12/04/2000; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

Utilities must constantly monitor and maintain their system and accounting procedures to maintain an acceptable level of unaccounted for water.
Unauthorized Raises
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/2002; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board has to honor unauthorized raises.
Unclaimed Property Reporting Due May 1, 2002
(Created: 04/22/2002; Reviewed: October 30, 2009 )

Tennessee law regarding unclaimed property requires entities, including municipal governments, to file annual reports with the State of Tennessee Treasury Department by May 1 of each year for all tangible and intangible property that is presumed abandoned.
Uncompensated Public Officials' Personal Information Not Protected Per Tennessee State Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/17/2019; Reviewed: August 5, 2019 )

If council members are uncompensated, they cannot be considered "public employees" whose information is protected pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-504(f). Hodge, the Tennessee Open Records Counsel at the time of this letter, also offers suggestions for improved processes in filling the request in question.
Unconstitutional Requirements of Candidacy
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/2000; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what a city should do when a candidate for public office is in arrears for payment of taxes.
Unconstitutional Restrictions on Charitable Solicitations
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/02/1992; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the constitutionality of prohibiting solicitations after dark and placing "prior restraints" on such solicitations (such as a fifteen day waiting period during which time the police chief does a background check on the applicant).
Unconstitutional Since 1953 to Incorporate Municipalities by Private Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/10/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

The General Assembly is required by general law to provide the exclusive methods by which municipalities may be created, merged, consolidated, dissolved, and their boundaries altered.
Undue Interference by Commissioners
General (Created: 05/13/2010; Reviewed: May 20, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about interference by commissioners in a Manager-Commission Charter.
Unemployment Insurance for Volunteer Firefighters
General (Created: 07/23/2012; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the city must pay unemployment insurance on its volunteer firefighters.
Unemployment Insurance: Premium Paying vs. Reimbursement
(Created: 03/27/2008; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

Cities may designate themselves as either a "premium-paying" or a "reimbursement" employer; however, a municipality's choice has implications for its annual budget.
Unemployment Insurance: Premium Paying vs. Reimbursement
(Created: 11/01/2002; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

Cities may designate themselves as either a "premium-paying" or a "reimbursement" employer; however, a municipality's choice has implications for its annual budget.
Unemployment Insurance: Recent Legislative Changes
(Created: 07/23/2009; Reviewed: July 30, 2009 )

The 2009 legislative session brought about some changes in Tennessee's unemployment law. In June, the Tennessee Legislature passed into law HB 2324/SB 2315. This legislation imposed an additional 0.6% (.006) premium and revised certain provisions of the Employment Security Law, including provisions governing the taxable wage base. These changes affect all municipalities that are 'premium paying' employers.
Unemployment Insurance: Who Is Not Covered? (2008)
(Created: 09/24/2008; Reviewed: September 25, 2008 )

Unemployment insurance is a program that provides up to 26 weeks of benefits to Tennessee workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Unemployment Insurance: Who Is Not Covered? (2010)
(Created: 10/04/2010; Reviewed: October 4, 2010 )

Unemployment insurance is a program that provides up to 26 weeks of benefits to Tennessee workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Unemployment on Temporary Workers
General (Created: 07/16/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about temporary city employees filing and receiving unemployment from a city that is an Unemployment Reimbursing Employer.
Unified Communications Agreement Addendum
General (Created: 10/01/2008; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

An agreement for emergency communications services exists between Hamilton County Emergency Communications District, Hamilton County, Chattanooga, East Ridge, Collegedale, Red Bank, and Signal Mountain. This addendum is to apply a cost adjustment plan.
Uniformed City Police Officers Moonlighting for Private Businesses Located Outside the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/03/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The practice of allowing police officers to moonlight while dressed in uniform and carrying city weapons may subject the city to tort liability.
Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act
(Created: 10/15/2001; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

Up-to-date information on employee military leave for employees who are National Guardsmen, in the Reserve, are planning to enlist, or are drafted.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (2007)
(Created: 09/12/2007; Reviewed: September 14, 2007 )

Up-to-date information on employee military leave for employees who are National Guardsmen, in the Reserve, are planning to enlist, or are drafted.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (2009)
(Created: 06/11/2009; Reviewed: June 12, 2009 )

Up-to-date information on employee military leave for employees who are National Guardsmen, in the Reserve, are planning to enlist, or are drafted.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (2010)
(Created: 12/08/2010; Reviewed: December 17, 2010 )

Up-to-date information on employee military leave for employees who are National Guardsmen, in the Reserve, are planning to enlist, or are drafted.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (2012)
(Created: 05/22/2012; Reviewed: May 22, 2012 )

Up-to-date information on employee military leave for employees who are National Guardsmen, in the Reserve, are planning to enlist, or are drafted.
Uniforms, Safety, and Public Image
General (Created: 10/14/1999; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

The City of Athens may provide and require certain uniforms, footwear, and equipment designed to promote safety and to protect employees as well as convey the proper image to the public.
Unilateral Changes in Water Billing Practice
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/29/2003; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal utility may make a unilateral change in its water billing practice relative to apartment complexes in which there are multiple individual customers.
University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service's Recommended Guidance to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Minimum Monitoring Requirements for NPDES MS4 Program Effectiveness and Compliance
(Created: 03/14/2008; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This publication provides guidance to TDEC's minimum monitoring requirements for NPDES MS4 program effectiveness and compliance.
Unlawful Parking in Spaces Designated for Disabled Drivers
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/09/2011; Reviewed: August 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether or not city courts, without criminal jurisdiction, may hear cases for unlawful parking in spaces designated for disabled drivers.
Unmarked Police Automobiles
General (Created: 10/06/2003; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the practice of using unmarked police automobiles.
Unpaid Military Leave and 401K Contributions: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/22/2008; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked whether they pay 401K contributions for personnel on unpaid military leave.
Updated Guide to COBRA (2009)
(Created: 01/31/2009; Reviewed: February 23, 2009 )

An overview of COBRA, which mandates that most group health plans offer a continuation of health insurance when employees and beneficiaries would otherwise lose group health coverage.
Updated Guide to COBRA (2010)
(Created: 02/28/2010; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

An overview of COBRA, which mandates that most group health plans offer a continuation of health insurance when employees and beneficiaries would otherwise lose group health coverage.
Updated Guide to COBRA (2011)
(Created: 08/10/2011; Reviewed: August 10, 2011 )

This guide is updated to include information about health care reform, also called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as new reporting requirements for employers.
Updating Code Sections
Ordinance (Created: 11/11/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to update code sections reserved for state courts and for an ordinance to respond to "disruptive/noisy homes."
Updating Occupational Safety and Health Programs
(Created: 11/26/2003; Reviewed: November 26, 2003 )

This Hot Topic presents a brief review of certain provisions of the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972, as amended, that are applicable to local governments. Includes model ordinance to provide guidelines and procedures for an occupational safety and health program.
Updating Personnel Safety and Health Issues in the Municipal Code
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether certain ordinances contained in municipal code that address personnel safety and health issues are required to be in the municipal code.
Upper Cumberland Resource Agency Assessment
General (Created: 03/26/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city was obligated to pay an annual assessment to a development district.
Urban Forester
Job Description (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Urban Forester.
Urban Forester
Job Description (Created: 08/02/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Urban Forester.
Urban Forester II
Job Description (Created: 04/02/1998; Reviewed: July 21, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Urban Forester II.
Urban Forestry Management
(Created: 02/20/2009; Reviewed: February 10, 2010 )

Topics covered include the economic and environmental benefits of urban forestry, how to start an urban forestry program for your community, roles of tree boards and staff, identifying potential community stakeholders, technical assistance providers, and best management practices in urban forestry.
Urban Forestry Workshop Course Material
General (Created: 08/21/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A course manual, lesson plan, and PowerPoint presentation on urban forestry.
Use of 12 Hour Shifts in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 01/10/2020; Reviewed: January 10, 2020 )

A survey regarding the use of 12 hour shifts in selected cities.
Use of a Committee System
General (Created: 08/07/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review and make recommendations on operating with committees.
Use of Acquired Structures for Training (2012)
(Created: 04/26/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2012 )

Live fire training in an acquired structure is very valuable as it provides firefighters with some of the real life experience they need to be effective firefighters. Many communities do not have access to a training facility with a dedicated live fire building or smoke house, so using an acquired structure can provide a local opportunity to train under realistic conditions.
Use of Acquired Structures for Training (2013)
(Created: 03/11/2013; Reviewed: March 11, 2013 )

Live fire training in an acquired structure is very valuable as it provides firefighters with some of the real life experience they need to be effective firefighters. Many communities do not have access to a training facility with a dedicated live fire building or smoke house, so using an acquired structure can provide a local opportunity to train under realistic conditions.
Use of Adequate Facilities Tax Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/18/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether Adequate FacilitiesTax Revenues can be used to pay indebtedness for past sewer projects.
Use of an Ordinance to Shorten Terms of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/2000; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

This city has no authority to shorten the terms of the incumbent mayor and commissioners, including the use of an ordinance to change the election date.
Use of Beer License By a Person Other Than the License Holder
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/16/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the owner of an establishment can sell beer under a beer permit held by the previous owner of the establishment who will continue to be an employee of the establishment.
Use of Brass Knuckles
General (Created: 09/16/1997; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Brass knuckles, slap jacks, black jacks, and other weapons weighted with leads are too dangerous to use in a non-deadly force situation.
Use of Camcorders/Video Cameras in City Council Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/22/2002; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Council may ban, by ordinance, the public from bringing video cameras into and videoing city council meetings.
Use of City Equipment
General (Created: 12/11/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Personnel policies related to use of city-owned telephones and vehicles.
Use of City Funds to Advocate for an Outcome in a Referendum on Metropolitan Government
General (Created: 08/29/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how city funds can and can't be used for a metro committee and a future metro vote.
Use of City Right-of-Way for Communications Equipment
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/05/2017; Reviewed: October 5, 2017 )

A legal opinion from MTAS answering questions related to the use of poles in city right-of-way to mount communications equipment including backhaul towers.
Use of City Vehicles
General (Created: 05/29/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An example of an amendment to the personnel policies to include the use of city vehicles.
Use of City-Owned Motor Vehicles
General (Created: 02/01/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a policy for the use of city vehicles.
Use of County Law Enforcement Services in the Absence of a Municipal Police Force
General (Created: 01/04/2017; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about using county law enforcement services within the corporate limits of the town in the absence of a municipal police force.
Use of Financial Advisers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/23/2020; Reviewed: January 23, 2020 )

Five Tennessee cities participated in a survey regarding whether or not they use a financial advisor.
Use of Funds from Increased Garbage Collection Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can increase its monthly garbage collection fees and use the increase for purposes other than garbage collection.
Use of Inmate Labor and Responsibility for Medical Expenses
General (Created: 02/19/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about immunity for the municipality with regard to any injuries sustained by a county inmate while on work detail for the city.
Use of Municipal Property as Community Garden in the city of Harrogate, Tennessee
Form (Created: 04/01/2020; Reviewed: April 2, 2020 )

Forms related to the operation of a community garden on municipal property in the City of Harrogate, Tennessee. Includes resolution to adopt rules and regulations for the community garden, the garden rules and regulations, and a community garden waiver, release and hold harmless agreement.
Use of Outside Agency for Temporary Employees: MTAS Survey Conducted by Richard Stokes
Survey (Created: 06/23/2006; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Thirty-five organizations were asked whether they used temporary agencies to fill vacancies.
Use of Polygraph and Personal Information in Police Applicant Interviews
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/07/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of asking personal questions of police applicants when administering polygraph tests.
Use of Profits from Vending Machines in Municipal Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/1990; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether revenues from vending machines in public facilities in local governmental entities are "public funds."
Use of RFPs for Purchasing Goods and Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/2006; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may use requests for proposals for purchasing goods and services.
Use of the City Drug Fund
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can use the drug fund to pay the salary of an officer assigned to the judicial task force, and can it use the drug fund to pay the overtime pay of the police officer who cares for the "drug dog."
Use of the Semi-Colon under the Rules of Statutory Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/16/2005; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to interpret a provision of the charter that turned on the use of semi-colons.
Use of Town Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/04/2000; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

It is illegal for city employees to do work for anyone other than the city, and city equipment cannot be used for the benefit of a private business.
Use of Translators in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/10/2020; Reviewed: January 10, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding the use of translators and the offering of translation services.
Use of Vehicles Owned by the Police Department
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Establishing policy and procedure for the most efficient use of motor vehicles of the police department.
Use of Volunteers: Administrative Risks
Form (Created: 04/16/2008; Reviewed: February 17, 2010 )

A guide to minimizing the risks of using volunteers; includes statement of understanding, release of liability, and parental consent form.
Use of Water Department Revenues to Purchase Warning Sirens
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2005; Reviewed: January 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of using water department funds to purchase warning sirens.
Use of Water Utility Revenue
General (Created: 01/15/2003; Reviewed: January 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the lawful use of utility revenues.
USFA FIRE Grants: A New Source of Funding for Fire Departments
(Created: 03/09/2001; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

A first-ever appropriation by Congress will provide $100 million in grants to directly assist local fire departments across the country.
USFA Grant Program
General (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

Training on the USFA Grant Program.
Using a Knuckle Boom for Brush and Extra Trash Collection: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/1999; Reviewed: July 17, 2006 )

Eight cities were asked if they use a knuckle-boom and whether they have had complaints about ground damage.
Using a Referendum to Put Before the Voters a Question of Retail Beer Sales
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/1999; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about using a referendum for the purpose of putting before the voters the question of whether a town should allow retail beer sales in the city's corporate limits.
Using a Sales Tax Rebate as an Incentive for Retail Stores to Locate in the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can give prospective new retail stores a sales tax rebate as an incentive to locate in the city.
Using a Utility Service Applicant's Credit Report to Determine Amount of Utility Deposit
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can use a utility service applicant's credit report as a basis for determining the size of the applicant's utility deposit.
Using City Hall to Solicit Charitable Contributions
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could allow the city hall to be used as collection point for solicitations by various private groups.
Using County's Bid Prices in City
General (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Letter on legality and procedure to use County's bid asphalt unit prices to buy asphalt for small projects in Parsons.
Using Inmates and Probationers for Public Service Work Projects
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Loss control guidelines provided by the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool
Using Inmates and Probationers for Public Service Work Projects
General (Created: 05/01/2000; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

Section of the Loss Control Guidelines for Public Works and Utilities concerning the use of inmates and probationers for public service work projects.
Using Polygraph Tests on Personnel Who May Have Had Contact with Missing City Funds
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/06/1994; Reviewed: September 12, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether it may pursue an issue of missing funds as a personnel matter by using polygraph tests on any personnel who may have had contact with the missing funds.
Using Sick Leave to Supplement Workers' Compensation Benefits
General (Created: 07/13/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether employees may use sick leave to supplement workers' compensation benefits.
Using Special Assessments for Sidewalk Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/10/1996; Reviewed: July 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether special assessments can be used for sidewalk construction.
Using Surplus Revenues for Any Municipal Purpose
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/1991; Reviewed: January 24, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the City may use surplus revenue from its municipally-owned gas system for other municipal purposes that are not connected with the gas system.
Using Tax Increment Financing in Tennessee
(Created: 01/05/2012; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

This study includes the history, background, explanation, advantages and disadvantages used to support economic and industrial development, and alternatives to using TIFs in Tennessee; two case studies are included.
Using Tax Revenues for Lighting on Interstate that Runs through the City under the Theory That It Promotes Tourism
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/2012; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can use some of the revenue it derives from the hotel-motel tax to provide lighting for the interstate inside the city limits.
Using the Accumulated Funds Arising from the City's Share of the Sales Tax for Whatever Municipal Purposes the City Deems Necessary
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1992; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether proceeds from city's share of the 1% sales tax levied by the county are restricted to industrial development.
Using Tranquilizer Guns on Stray Dogs
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/28/2000; Reviewed: November 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether city police could use tranquilizer guns to 'shoot' stray or loose dogs in order to catch them.
Utilities and Public Works, Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Job description for the position of Director of Utilities and Public Works.
Utilities Board Agreement With Water Cooperative
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2005; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city utilities board could enter into contract with a water cooperative.
Utilities Crew Chief
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Utilities Crew Chief for the city of Dandridge.
Utilities Distribution and Collection Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Utilities Distribution and Collection Supervisor.
Utilities Must Charge Reasonable Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1999; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for the definition of the term 'reasonable rates' within the meaning of the utility statutes and cases in Tennessee that require utility rates to be reasonable.
Utilities Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Job description for the position of Utilities Superintendent.
Utility Billing Issues
(Created: 01/01/2001; Reviewed: February 1, 2017 )

A study of legal cases which pertain to differential water and sewer rates, dealing with unpaid utility bills, and the authority to charge fire hydrant fees.
Utility Bills
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/2002; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

Analyzes law regarding the legality of city collecting utility bills for private utility, and cutting off city-supplied utilities for unpaid private utility bills.
Utility Board Employee Running for Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/14/1993; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a conflict of interest for a utility board employee to run for or to be the mayor.
Utility Board Membership Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/2000; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the requirements are for membership on the City Utility Board.
Utility Board Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/2011; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the requirement that a person be a resident of the city as a condition of holding a city office is a continuing requirement.
Utility Board Setting Water and Wastewater Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/2009; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility board has the right to set water and wastewater rates.
Utility Board Setting Water Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's utility board can be given the authority to set water rates.
Utility Connections and Extensions
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2002; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide extensive legal information on utility connections and extensions.
Utility Control of Water Meter Size
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/2001; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is legally obligated to install a 1" water meter in a city building, based on the findings of a water demand study.
Utility Customer Complaints and the Utility Management Review Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/07/2007; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any method for bringing complaint before utility concerning water and sewer service provided to city residents by local utility district.
Utility Customer Using Profanity When Dealing with Utility Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/16/1991; Reviewed: October 30, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether or not a customer of the gas, water and sewer service could be barred from using profane language when dealing with its employees and whether his utilities could be cut off for non-payment of his bill.
Utility Cuts - City Street Repair Policy for the City of Athens
General (Created: 03/05/2001; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

The purpose of this procedure is to clearly define the process for receiving utility cut repair requests from the Athens Utilities Board (AUB) and making repairs to such utility cuts on City maintained streets by the City of Athens Public Works Department.
Utility Deals Involving Discriminatory Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/04/1997; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

A city official is alleged by a construction company to have made some representations to the owner of the company that it did not have to pay for water that it used for the construction of a local bypass.
Utility District Board Operations Related to Municipal Planning Commission Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/30/2007; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility district board is exempt from municipal planning commission regulations and whether or not their rates are regulated by the Tennessee Regulatory Agency.
Utility District Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/19/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

An ordinance granting a non-exclusive franchise to a utility district to provide water and sewer service.
Utility District Wants to Run Its Water Line in the Same Easement Granted by the City to a Private Gas Company Through Its City Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/01/1998; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked where the city permits a private gas company to construct a gas line through a city park, will it have to permit a utility district to construct its water lines through the same easement or the same park.
Utility Easements Reserved by the Developer of a Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/11/2000; Reviewed: June 6, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about utility easements reserved by the developer of a subdivision.
Utility Extension Policies: Who Pays?
General (Created: 07/24/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

The purpose of this article is to present differing municipal practices of utility extension procedure and funding strictly for undeveloped land within city limits.
Utility Extensions
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/1996; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the relationship between the governing body and the utility board of the city, whether utility extensions are required to be approved by ordinance, and whether the city is required to approve every contract by ordinance.
Utility Franchise Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/2001; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal utility board may enter into a franchise agreement with a utility corporation without the city being a party to the agreement.
Utility Management Review Board's Jurisdiction to Hear Consumer Complaints About Service Being Provided by Small Utility Districts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/1990; Reviewed: July 30, 2007 )

MTAS was asked about the Utility Management Review Board's jurisdiction to hear consumer complaints about service being provided by small utility districts.
Utility Manager Employment Agreement Severance Clause
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/10/2020; Reviewed: January 10, 2020 )

The city of Jellico has asked whether clause 4(d) “Severance Pay” of a January 2017 employment agreement between the Jellico Electric & Water System (JE&WS) and the utility manager is enforceable.
Utility Manual
(Created: 05/01/2002; Reviewed: February 27, 2006 )

The purpose of this manual is to provide cities with a better understanding of funding water and sewer utility operations.
Utility Manual (2006)
(Created: 10/31/2006; Reviewed: October 31, 2006 )

The purpose of this manual is to provide cities with a better understanding of funding water and sewer utility operations.
Utility Manual (2011)
(Created: 04/30/2011; Reviewed: May 4, 2011 )

The purpose of this manual is to provide cities with a better understanding of funding water and sewer utility operations.
Utility Manual (2012)
(Created: 08/31/2012; Reviewed: September 4, 2012 )

The purpose of this manual is to provide cities with a better understanding of funding water and sewer utility operations.
Utility Operating with 3 Member Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may operate a water and sewer utility with a 3 member commission, as opposed to the 5 member commission provided for by Tennessee law.
Utility Policies
General (Created: 06/27/2011; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide utility policies to the city.
Utility Rate Breaks for the Elderly
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can give utility rate reductions or exemptions to the elderly.
Utility Services in Annexed Areas
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/2002; Reviewed: March 8, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the right of a city to provide utility service in annexed areas over the objections of a utility district.
Utility Systems and In Lieu of Tax Payments
(Created: 02/26/2001; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Report on the authorization of tax equivalency payments for utility systems.
Utility Worker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Utility Worker.
Utility Worker Helper
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Utility Worker Helper.
Utility Worker Helper
Job Description (Created: 12/10/1991; Reviewed: May 21, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Utility Worker Helper.

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