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Vacancies in Office
General (Created: 04/06/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what election procedures should be followed should the mayor resign prior to the upcoming November election.
Vacancy by Failure to Meet Residency Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

The residency requirement is enforceable for candidates and office holders.
Vacant and Unsafe Structures SOP
Form (Created: 12/07/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This sample policy, which will apply to all vacant and abandoned buildings within the fire department's jurisdiction, can be modified to meet local needs.
Validity of a Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/2000; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the validity of a zoning ordinance passed under a series of abnormal circumstances.
Validity of an Arrest by a Policemen in Another Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/28/1992; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked a question concerning the validity of an arrest by one of a city's policemen in another jurisdiction.
Validity of Beer Advertising Ordinance Provision
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/02/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to research beer sign restriction.
Validity of the City Charter's Durational Residency Requirement for a Candidate for the Office of Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/17/1998; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked for an opinion as to the validity of the city charter's durational residency requirement (two years) relevant to qualifications for a candidate for the office of mayor.
Vanleer Volunteer Fire Department Handbook for 2012
General (Created: 12/12/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with the creation of a volunteer fire dept. handbook for the Town of Vanleer.
Variance Application
General (Created: 12/04/2006; Reviewed: March 26, 2007 )

A building and zoning variance application for the City of New Hope.
Various Issues Faced by City Court Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2011; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about various issues faced by city court judges, including levying daily fines, procedure for dealing with property code violations, and collections of unpaid citations.
Vehicle Accident Prevention Policy
General (Created: 08/12/2003; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

The City of Chattanooga needed to manage specific fleet risk exposures City-wide through a uniform vehicle accident prevention policy.
Vehicle Forfeitures
General (Created: 12/07/1999; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked what and how much the town can recover from the sale of confiscated vehicles.
Vehicle Use Policy Survey
Survey (Created: 10/07/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Four cities and one county were asked whether they have a vehicle use policy in place.
Vehicles Held by the Police Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/2014; Reviewed: February 3, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the proper procedure to follow for a vehicle held by the Police Department, which was used in the commission of a crime and was discovered abandoned on the side of a road.
Venue for Municipal Ordinance Violations and Sheriff Enforcing Municipal -- Ordinances
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/2001; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the venue for municipal ordinance violations and whether the sheriff may enforce municipal ordinances.
Veterans Differential Pay
Survey (Created: 12/13/2004; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked several questions about paying a differential to veterans deployed on military leave.
Veterans' Preference Survey Results
Survey (Created: 01/04/2010; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Twelve cities and one airport authority were asked whether they give veterans' preference points and questions related to granted preferences.
Veto Power of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2001; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Does the Mayor have the power to veto the board's action?
Vetoing Individual Appropriations
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/2000; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor has the power to veto individual appropriations in the budget of the Town.
Vice-Mayor's Elevation to Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2006; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Under general law mayor-aldermanic charter, if the mayor resigns, does the vice-mayor become the mayor?
Vicious Dog Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2009; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An ordinance of the Town of Baileyton adopting vicious dog regulations.
Vicious Dogs
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/29/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in writing an ordinance to regulate dangerous dogs in the city.
Video Poker Machines in Beer Establishments
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/28/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can prohibit video poker machines in establishments that sell beer.
Viewing Investigative Records in Open Criminal Cases
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2003; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether municipal officials enjoy any special privilege to view the records in open criminal investigations.
Violation of Tennessee Open Meetings Law by the City Council's Publication of a Newsletter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/16/2003; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the application of theTennessee Open Meetings Law to the City Council's publication of certain material in the newspaper and to review the powers of the mayor.
Violations of the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/1992; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about violations of the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws by the city.
Voiding of Annexation and Refunding of Certain Taxes Already Collected
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/19/2017; Reviewed: July 19, 2017 )

An MTAS legal opinion regarding the refunding of selected taxes in the case of a city voiding previously annexed areas.
Volunteer Fire Department Personnel Issues
(Created: 11/28/2011; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

MTAS consultants met with the town to discuss personnel records, compensation, and fund raising activities of the volunteer fire department.
Volunteer Fire Dept. Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

An ordinance recognizing the Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department as the official fire department for the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee.
Volunteer Fire Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/25/2011; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding the city's finance of the volunteer fire department and the city's access to the records of the volunteer fire department.
Volunteer Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 03/08/1999; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Volunteer Firefighter.
Volunteer Firefighter Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 08/12/2013; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

Several cities were asked whether their volunteer or paid-on-call firefighters receive any monetary compensation.
Volunteer Firefighter Minimum Performance Standards and Incentives
General (Created: 01/31/2003; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Financial or other incentives may be given to volunteer firefighters who meet monthly performance standards.
Volunteer Firefighter Running for Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/28/2005; Reviewed: August 16, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a volunteer firefighter may run for office on the city's governing body.
Volunteer Firefighters and ISO Rating
General (Created: 05/14/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of a volunteer fire department changing to a paid on call fire department.
Volunteer Firefighters and the Line-of-Duty Death Payment
General (Created: 10/04/2004; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the line-of-duty death payment for volunteer firefighters.
Volunteer Firefighters Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 04/27/2015; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS asked eleven cities whether they provided monetary compensation to volunteer firefighters and their chief.
Volunteer Fireman Aspiring to Serve on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 03/15/2007; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify whether or not an employee, including a volunteer fireman, can serve on the board of mayor and aldermen.
Volunteer Fireman Signing a Waiver for Injuries That May Derive From Having Facial Hair
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/1997; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a volunteer fireman can be made to sign a waiver for injuries that may derive from having facial hair.
Volunteer Firemen (and Other Volunteers) Running for Local Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether volunteer firefighters are city employees.
Volunteer Firemen Seeking Election to Serve on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 04/16/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a volunteer firefighter may serve on the city board.
Volunteer Insurance Coverage Survey
Survey (Created: 09/16/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Members of an HR ListServ were asked whether volunteer workers are insured and what policy covers them if they are injured while volunteering.
Volunteer Receiving Health Benefits and Dust Control
General (Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a volunteer recreation director receiving health benefits and about dust from a gravel quarry.
Volunteer Workers at a Golf Course
General (Created: 03/23/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether volunteers at a golf course could be compensated with free golf games.
Vote Required to Override Mayor's Veto I
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/07/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a mayor's veto of a resolution was properly overridden.
Vote Required to Override Mayor's Veto II
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify whether a mayor's veto of a resolution was properly overridden.
Vote to Decrease Commissioners' Salaries
General (Created: 10/20/2003; Reviewed: April 17, 2020 )

Mayor requested opinion on validity of a vote that decreased commissioners' salaries.
Vote to Increase Commissioners' Salaries
General (Created: 10/26/2010; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether commissioners may vote themselves an increase in salary.
Votes Required to Fill a Vacancy on the City Board
General (Created: 01/25/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to advise a city on a quorum for filling vacancies on the City Board.
Voting and Veto Powers of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/27/1990; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor is a voting member of the Board of Mayor and Alderman, and if not, whether the mayor has veto power over the decisions of the Board.
Voting Base Required for Election of Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked from what voting base the vote is counted when a city charter provides that candidates be elected from districts and reside in districts, but does not say whether they are elected at large or by district.
Voting by Speaker Phone
General (Created: 06/25/2004; Reviewed: May 25, 2010 )

Mayors and council members are not permitted to vote by speaker phone at a scheduled meeting when all requirements of the Open Meetings Act have been met.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Resident Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by private act can permit non-resident property owners to vote in city elections.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Residents Who Own Property in the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/16/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether non-residents who own property in the city limits could vote in city elections.
Voting in City Elections by People Who Reside Outside, But Who Own Property Inside the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1994; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether people who reside outside, but who own property inside the City, can vote in a city's elections.
Voting in Municipal Elections
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/16/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked under what conditions can people who live outside the city, but own property inside the city, vote in city elections.
Voting Rights Act and a Proposed Reapportionment Plan in the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/22/1992; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a proposed reapportionment plan in the City would open the city to a suit under the Voting Rights Act.

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