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Complete review of non-general law charters of Tennessee cities and towns for selected provisions
General (Created: 11/03/2017; Reviewed: November 3, 2017 )

A review of home rule, metropolitan and private act charters to identify selected criteria including the election of recorder or treasurer, employment a manager or administrator, elected city judge, employ a city attorney, interaction between board and staff, recall provisions, elections by ward or district, and compensation of elected officials.
Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act
General (Created: 06/18/1985; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

Information has been obtained from the U. S. Department of Labor that enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act will begin in October 1985.
Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 05/19/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist.
Composition and Authority of the City Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/11/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the composition of the board can be changed and whether the board has the authority to deny a beer permit to an applicant that meets the requirements set out in the beer ordinance
Comprehensive Fire Management Study Survey Form
Form (Created: 09/06/2011; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

A checklist for a CMR of fire organizations.
Comprehensive Fire Protection Management Study, Greeneville, Tennessee
(Created: 12/01/2005; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a comprehensive fire management study and present it to the city board.
Comprehensive Internet and Electronic Mail Use Policy
General (Created: 04/05/2002; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

A comprehensive internet and electronic mail policy to provide direction to the employees who use the internet and e-mail system while at work.
Comprehensive Management Report for the Town of Monterey
(Created: 07/01/1999; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

The Town of Monterey requested that MTAS prepare a comprehensive management report.
Comprehensive Management Review (CMR): The City of Spring Hill Water and Sewer Department
(Created: 04/30/2009; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

A review of the utility department of the City of Spring Hill.
Comprehensive Management Review Follow-Up for Mt. Juliet
(Created: 06/20/2011; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a follow-up review of to identify accomplished and unaccomplished recommendations that came out of a CMR in 2008.
Comprehensive Management Review for the Town of Mountain City
(Created: 02/28/2006; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

The Town of Mountain City requested that MTAS prepare a comprehensive management report.
Comprehensive Management Review for the Town of Smyrna
(Created: 07/08/2011; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to complete a CMR for the Town of Smyrna
Comprehensive Management Review for the Town of Trezevant, Tennessee
(Created: 05/03/2007; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a CMR for the Town of Trezevant.
Comprehensive Management Review: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS LIbrary for the City of Parsons
Survey (Created: 04/02/2003; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

Five cities were asked questions about the staffing of police, fire, water/sewer, public works, and city staff.
Compressed Natural Gas for Tennessee Municipal Fleets: A Primer for Municipal Officials (2011)
(Created: 08/30/2011; Reviewed: August 30, 2011 )

This technical bulletin presents the economic and environmental benefits of compressed natural gas along with case studies and siting tips for compressed natural gas stations.
Computer Information Systems Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: August 16, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Computer Information Systems Manager
Computer Operations Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Computer Operations Supervisor.
Computer Systems Specialist: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: November 15, 2005 )

Ten cities were asked to provide job descriptions and salary information for the position of computer specialist or technician.
Concurrent Jurisdiction of Municipal Court with General Sessions Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/08/2000; Reviewed: July 25, 2002 )

MTAS was asked to help grant a municipal court concurrent jurisdiction with the general sessions court.
Condemnation of Easements Outside the Corporate Limits for the Installation of Sewer Lines to Serve Sewer Customers Inside the Corporate Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/18/1998; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether property owners across whose land such easements run and who want sewer service must agree to be annexed.
Condemnation of Property with Deed Restrictions or Covenants
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/06/2017; Reviewed: October 6, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the city condemns property that has deed restrictions or covenants requiring that the property only be used for residential development, if such restrictions are lifted or nullified by the condemnation.
Conditions for the Return of a Biting Dog to Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/09/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what options the city has under its animal control ordinance to impose some conditions on the return to the owner of an animal that bit a person and seriously injured him or her?
Conditions of Abandoning a Street
General (Created: 02/15/2011; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can abandon a street and what happens when a street is abandoned by a city.
Conditions of the Deed Abandoning the Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can attach conditions to the abandonment of the street.
Conditions That Run with the Land Still Apply to Later Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/1993; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

Conditions imposed in order to obtain a variance are not personal to the landowner but instead attach to the land.
Conditions Under Which the City Can Give Local Preference on Bids
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2004; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is lawful for the city to base the award of competitive bids on the preference for local contractors or providers of goods and services.
Conducted Energy Weapon (M26 Taser) Policy
General (Created: 06/26/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to supply policies and procedures for police use of tasers.
Conducting a Special Census
(Created: 12/06/2007; Reviewed: March 29, 2010 )

There are many things to consider before conducting a special census, including: the cost, time, and human resources involved in conducting the census; correctly scheduling the census; and determining who will conduct the census.
Conducting Effective Roadblocks (2001)
(Created: 12/14/2001; Reviewed: November 14, 2005 )

Roadblocks should be conducted in such a manner that will sustain the prosecution of charges brought against persons arrested in the operation.
Conducting Effective Roadblocks (2010)
(Created: 01/07/2010; Reviewed: January 7, 2010 )

Roadblocks should be conducted in such a manner that will sustain the prosecution of charges brought against persons arrested in the operation.
Confidentiality of Business Tax Returns
General (Created: 09/09/2004; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the confidentiality of business tax returns.
Confidentiality of Certain Internal Investigative Notes/Reports
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/1997; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS researched the issue of whether the records of an internal investigation (non-criminal at this point) by the police department of one its employees is subject to the Tennessee Public Records Act or whether it falls within a statutory exception to the Act or is otherwise privileged against disclosure.
Confidentiality of Employee Drug Testing Results
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/10/2007; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the results of an employee drug test are confidential under Tennessee law.
Confidentiality of Municipal Employees' Personal Information
(Created: 06/03/2008; Reviewed: June 9, 2008 )

The scope of the confidentiality of municipal employee personal information is expanded to include home telephone numbers, personal cell phone numbers and residential street addresses.
Confidentiality of Settlement Agreements
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/1991; Reviewed: September 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked a question relative to the confidentiality of settlement agreements.
Confirming Appointments by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2005; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee or officer appointed by the mayor, but subject to confirmation of the board, can be confirmed by means other than formal action of the board.
Conflict Between a City Ordinance and the T.C.A.
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/06/1997; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked for an opinion regarding a possible conflict between T.C.A. Section 13-4-101(a), as amended, and a city ordinance addressing membership on the municipal planning board.
Conflict Between a General Law of the State and the City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/16/1996; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the charter is exempt from the general law.
Conflict of Interest
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/2001; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor's business should be prohibited from doing any work for the city.
Conflict of Interest Between Members of Governing Bodies Who Are Also Members of Private Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/10/1994; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether members of governing bodies who are also members of private boards to which the city gives gifts or otherwise provides municipal funds should vote on matters pertaining to those private boards.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/23/2020; Reviewed: January 23, 2020 )

This Conflict of Interest form should indicate whether the person has a financial or other interest or other interest in, or acts as an officer or a director of, any outside entity who's financial or other interests would reasonably appear to be affected by their work with the city.
Conflict of Interest for an Employee of the City's Utility System to Run For and Hold the Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/12/1996; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain employee of the city's utility system could run for, and hold, the office of alderman.
Conflict of Interest Provision in City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/2009; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city charter could have a conflict of interest provision stronger than Tennessee's two conflicts of interest laws.
Conflict of Interest Where a Water System Operator Owns a Private Business Operating Boring Equipment
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/17/2011; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there was a conflict of interest where a city water system operator also owns a private business operating boring equipment and contracts with water system customers to provide extensions for water connections.
Conflict of Interest Where Mayor Is an Employee of a Private Organization That Is Funded 100% by City Money
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/2003; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

If the mayor becomes an employee of the organization, he could avoid common law conflict of interest issues by abstaining from voting on any matters affecting the organization.
Conflict of Interest with Utility Board Member's Business
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/31/2006; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze conflicts of interest questions relative to potential purchases made by the utility board and by the city from a business owned by a member of the utility board.
Conflict of Interest: Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1995; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor could enter into to a contract to construct a building for the Water System and whether he may vote on any appropriation of money to the Water System that comes before the City Commission.
Conflicting Charter Provisions Governing Park Board -- Appointment
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/23/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify conflicting charter provisions governing park board appointment.
Conflicts of Interest
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/18/2002; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to potential conflicts of interest in the city.
Conflicts of Interest in Tennessee
General (Created: 02/29/2008; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

In connection with the ethics portion of an MTAS EOA class, this handout on both statutory and common law conflicts of interest was developed.
Conflicts of Interest Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/2004; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor, who is a medical doctor, may perform the medical examinations on applicants for city jobs and bill the city for such examinations and whether an alderman, who is a veterinarian, may treat the city's drug dog and bill the city for such treatment.
Congress Increased Minimum Wage (2010)
(Created: 11/11/2010; Reviewed: November 11, 2010 )

President Bush signed a spending bill that amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to increase the federal minimum wage in three steps.
Congress Increases Minimum Wage
(Created: 06/27/2007; Reviewed: June 29, 2007 )

President Bush has signed a spending bill that amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to increase the federal minimum wage in three steps.
Conservation Easements on Recreational Property Owned by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/18/2011; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the provisions of T.C.A. apply to the execution of conservation easements on city-owned property.
Considerations for Any City Thinking About Developing a New Sewer System
(Created: 07/24/2008; Reviewed: March 5, 2010 )

Ask lots of questions and get answers you can live with before building a centralized sewer system.
Considering a New Resolution That is Essentially the Same -- as a Previous Resolution that Failed to Pass
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/19/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may consider a new resolution that is essentially the same as a previous resolution that failed to pass.
Consolidated Government and Charter Committee
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/1993; Reviewed: January 13, 2010 )

MTAS was asked for some information on the formation of consolidated city-county (Metro) government in Tennessee.
Consolidating Utilities Under One Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if and how the water, sewer, gas, and electric systems of the City may be combined into one board using the Board of Public Utilities.
Consolidation of City and County Governments
(Created: 04/11/2005; Reviewed: January 15, 2010 )

Two documents on the history of consolidation and the pros and cons of consolidation.
Consolidation of City and County Governments: A Look at the History and Outcome-Based Research of These Efforts
General (Created: 10/22/2018; Reviewed: April 22, 2019 )

Two documents on the history of consolidation and the pros and cons of consolidation.
Consolidation of City and County Governments: A Look at the History and Outcome-Based Research of These Efforts (2009)
(Created: 09/08/2009; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

Two documents on the history of consolidation and the pros and cons of consolidation.
Consolidation or Merger of the Utility District with the Municipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/1986; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be necessary to consolidate or merge the district with the municipality if the municipality and the district enter into an agreement for the allocation and conveyance to the municipality of all public functions, rights, duties, property, assets and liabilities of the district.
Constitutionality of Changes to Home Rule City Charters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the changes to a City's home rule city charter, which are the product of a referendum by initiative of the voters, legal.
Constructing and Maintaining Sidewalks Along Residential or Commercial Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/1991; Reviewed: August 24, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the City is required to construct and maintain sidewalks along residential or commercial property and, conversely, whether property owners are required to construct sidewalks in front of their property line along the adjacent street.
Construction and Garage Sales on Sundays
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/2006; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could prohibit or limit the hours of construction and of garage sales on Sunday.
Construction and Sale/Leaseback of Public Works Project by Municipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/10/1999; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the proposed school construction is a "public works project" and whether the municipality has ample authority to buy real property for a public works project and then lease such property to another governmental entity.
Construction Inspection for Publicly Owned Municipal Infrastructure
Survey (Created: 04/08/2004; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

Twenty Southeastern cities were asked several questions about construction inspection activities.
Construction Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/26/2007; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job descriptions for the position of construction inspector.
Construction without a Building Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2008; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain building within the city was legally constructed, and if the answer was no, what legal remedies were available to the city.
Contesting an Annexation Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2005; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about severing annexations in lawsuit.
Continuation of a Nonconforming Commercial Use in a Residential Zoning District
General (Created: 11/14/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

A commercial building was constructed prior to the advent of zoning in the town; the proposed commercial use is a used car lot, but the present zoning is R-1.
Continuation of Library Service
General (Created: 06/16/2011; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a review of options about continuing library service after the expiration of a sales tax agreement.
Continued Medical Insurance at Retirement in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/20/2019; Reviewed: August 20, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities regarding whether retired employees are offered continued medical insurance.
Continuing Budget Resolution
(Created: 06/09/2006; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

A resolution to adopt a continuing appropriation and budget.
Contract and Agreement between the Lewisburg Water and Sewer Board and the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities
General (Created: 07/21/2011; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

A sample contract and agreement between the Lewisburg Water and Sewer Board and the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities.
Contract between City and Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/2009; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the application of Tennessee's Conflicts of Interest Law and the doctrine of Common Law Conflicts to an Alderman's contract with the City.
Contract Between City and County for the County to do the City's Street Maintenance
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/29/1997; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a legal method to make the county road superintendent deal with the mayor if he does not want to do so.
Contract between Harpeth Valley Utilities and the City of Franklin
General (Created: 03/29/1978; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

A sample contract that allows Franklin to buy water from Harpeth and Harpeth to sell water to Franklin.
Contract Between Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and Debix Inc. for Purchase of Identity Theft Protection Services
General (Created: 01/14/2008; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

This identity theft protection was purchased for persons whose personal information was accidentally disclosed by the city.
Contract Between Property Owners and Town to Have Culverts Built
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/30/1993; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether property owners who agreed to pay would have an inverse condemnation claim since they entered into a contract with the town to have the culverts built.
Contract Between the City School Board and the Director of Schools
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/2006; Reviewed: August 7, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to analyze two questions relative to the legality of a contract between the city school board and the director of schools.
Contract Documents & Specifications for Residential Recyclable Materials Collection and Delivery
RFP (Created: 03/25/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

Includes an RFP, contractor's proposal, contract, and performance bond for the City of Maryville.
Contract Documents & Specifications for Wood Waste Pick-Up, Transporting and Processing/Disposal Services
RFP (Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

This project develops an RFP and investigates sources of disposal of wood waste from electrical line trimming operations.
Contract Documents and Specifications for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Service for Curbside Recycling, Transporting and Processing Services
RFP (Created: 06/07/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

An RFP for refuse and recycling collection.
Contract Evaluation for Provider of Software and Data Entry for Court Management
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/11/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a proposed contract from a provider of software and data entry for a court management system.
Contract for Consolidated Law Enforcement
General (Created: 11/02/2004; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a police services contract with the county sheriff's office and created a new one.
Contract for the County to Maintain the City's Streets in Exchange for Payment
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/1990; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the county and the city have the legal right to enter into the contract for the former to maintain the latter's streets in exchange for payment for such maintenance.
Contract Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen can compel the mayor to sign a certain "contract."
Contract on the Part of the Utility District to Install Sewer Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1997; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a letter from a certain engineering firm constitutes a contract on the part of the utility district to install sewer service.
Contract to Contribute to the National Guard Armory
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/2004; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city was liable on a contract to contribute to the national guard armory.
Contract with Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/21/2004; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about a proposed contract between the City (and other county municipalities) and the County Municipal Water District.
Contraction/Deannexation of Property by Ordinance
General (Created: 02/26/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there can be spot deannexation of a parcel of land while leaving the other surrounding parcels inside the Town limits.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/1992; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city building inspector should issue a building permit for the construction of a certain restaurant in the city.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1992; Reviewed: March 6, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the contractors licensing law.
Contractors Sue the City for Breach of Contract and Quit Work on the Plant
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

The city is faced with a lawsuit, a deadline from the State Department of Environment and Conservation as to when it must be in conformity with state environmental laws, and an unfinished sewer treatment plant.
Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing relative powers of board of commissioners and of city manager to terminate police chief, and certain procedural matters related to that issue.
Contracts for the Purchase or Sale of Water
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/06/1998; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what provisions of T.C.A. might apply to contracts for the purchase or sale of water.
Contractual Agreement for Wastewater Testing
Form (Created: 07/16/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write a contract to perform wastewater testing.
Contradictory Provisions of City Charter Related to Sidewalks
General (Created: 05/20/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the owner or the city is required to construct sidewalks.
Contributions to Nonprofit Organizations
General (Created: 03/12/2010; Reviewed: March 30, 2010 )

The mayor and finance staff should be aware of state law as well as recommendations from the Comptroller's Office that govern donations to nonprofit organizations.
Controlling Mosquitos in Selected East Tennessee Cities -- A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Cities were asked if they spray chemicals for mosquito control, what equipment is used and what considerations are made for people who are sensitive to chemicals.
Convenience Petition
General (Created: 07/12/2005; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

A petition that the County Mayor find and declare that the public convenience and necessity require that the exclusive franchise of Claiborne Utility District, Claiborne County, Tennessee to provide wastewater service within the City of Harrogate 'City's' boundaries be modified.
Convention Center Management Agreement Among the Convention Center Corporation and John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc.
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Contract regarding convention center management.
Converting Two Way Streets to One Way Streets
General (Created: 03/19/2007; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate city streets for conversion from two way to one way and to provide guidance on traffic flow, signage, and parking.
Conveyance of a Portion of the City Building to the Utility Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/19/2006; Reviewed: November 14, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could sell parts of a building to its various departments to satisfy the city's debt to the department.
Coopertown Strategic Planning 2000
(Created: 04/24/2000; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to assist Coopertown in stragegic planning sessions to identify community values, develop a Mission Statement for the Town, and develop Goals and Objectives based on the mission statement.
Copyright Law and 'On Hold' Music
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/31/2011; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether "on hold" music and other material played over city's phone system is a violation of the copyright laws.
Corridor Annexation
General (Created: 10/06/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a possible annexation of a right-of-way connecting the corporate limits to a larger piece of property outside the city, with no other property to be annexed along the right-of-way.
Cost Effective Fire Protection
General (Created: 06/26/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Options for cost-effective fire protection for the citizens of Vanleer when they are at work and away from home.
Cost of Maintaining Fire Hydrants
General (Created: 02/26/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the annual cost of maintaining fire hydrants.
Cost of Relocating a Water Line
General (Created: 08/17/2016; Reviewed: August 17, 2016 )

MTAS was asked who is responsible for the cost of relocating a water line, if the utility district owns the water line and the Town caused the relocation of the water line.
Cost of Training Agreements
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1992; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide samples of cost of training agreements.
Cost of Training Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2002; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Is the contract entered into by a city and a police officer for the reimbursement of cost of training to city in event officer quits before expiration of two-year term enforceable against the officer?
Cost Recovery of Hazardous Materials Clean-Up and Response
General (Created: 02/05/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide information on the cost recovery involving hazardous materials spills.
Costs of Multiple Charges
General (Created: 05/12/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an offender charged with two different charges on the same ticket is charged with two court costs or just one.
Could Rezoning be Considered Spot Zoning?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/1993; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the rezoning of a certain tract of land constitutes spot zoning.
Council Orientation and Strategic Planning
General (Created: 05/07/2011; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with council orientation and the facilitation of a strategic plan.
Council Procedures
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked several questions about city council proceedures.
Council's Ability to Hire a Consulting Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/17/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Council has the authority to hire a consulting attorney.
Councilman's Wife Bidding on Catering Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2003; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a councilman's wife can bid on a catering contract to provide a Christmas Dinner to employees.
Councilmember Acting as City Judge, in Absence of Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2005; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

City council member who acted as special judge when city judge was unavailable in past, cannot continue to act as special judge after effective date of Municipal Court Reform Act, which has a section prohibiting city officials or employees from holding office as judge.
Councilmember Running for Mayor
General (Created: 02/12/2003; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a sitting councilmember can run for the office of Mayor without resigning his current council seat.
Counting Abstentions in a City Council Vote
General (Created: 07/21/1999; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how to count abstentions in a city council vote.
Counting Abstentions in the Tally of Votes to Fill the Vacant Office of an alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how abstentions count in the tally of votes to fill the vacant office of an alderman.
Counting Abstentions on Measures Voted on by the City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/24/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how abstentions are counted with respect to measures voted on by the city council.
Counting Leave Against an Employee's 12 Weeks of FMLA Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/31/2007; Reviewed: March 6, 2013 )

MTAS was asked what notification/designation procedures must be followed by an employer to count sick leave and annual leave against an employee's 12 weeks of FMLA leave.
Counting Meal Time for Firefighters Towards Overtime Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about meal periods for firefighters who work shifts of less than 24 hours.
Counting of Board Votes
General (Created: 08/10/2004; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how a board vote of two for, one abstention, and one passing is to be recorded.
Counting the Mayor as a Member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for the Purpose of the 2/3s Vote Required to Locally Approve Private Acts
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor is counted as a member of the board of mayor and aldermen for the purpose of the 2/3s vote required to locally approve private acts.
Counting Votes on the City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

Where the mayor and four aldermen were present on a vote, and two aldermen voted yes, one voted no, and two abstained or did not vote, did the vote pass?
County Adequate Facilities Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2001; Reviewed: July 24, 2007 )

Determining the validity of levying a county's adequate facilities tax on certain new developments to defray the county's cost of building facilities necessitated by the new developments. Applying the tax to new industrial development is questionable.
County Assessing the City for E911 Support
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/28/2010; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a county can assess a city for E911 support, beyond the local telephone service charge provided for in the Emergency Communications District Law
County Assessor Service Fee Survey
Survey (Created: 07/31/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017 )

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey about agreements with the county regarding the sharing of the costs of reappraisal of property within the city limits.
County Beer Permits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a county beer permit issued to beer establishments in the town are valid permits, and whether the town has the authority to regulate the hours of Sunday beer sales
County Board of Sanitation
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/23/1991; Reviewed: June 29, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the county board of sanitation is properly constituted.
County Funding of Roads
General (Created: 06/29/2016; Reviewed: June 30, 2016 )

MTAS was asked three questions: (1) Whether a county highway department is restricted in spending its gas tax revenues to only outside municipalities; (2) Whether a county can legally earmark a portion of county property taxes collected within a municipality to roads outside the municipality; and (3) Whether a county is required to have a public hearing before final passage of the budget.
County Gift of Real Property to a City
General (Created: 07/27/2005; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the county could give a parcel of land to the city.
County Jail Must Accept Persons Arrested on State Misdemeanor or Felony Charges by Municipal Police Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1997; Reviewed: August 30, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the county jail must accept persons arrested on state misdemeanor or felony charges by municipal police officers.
County Mayor Serving on the Industrial Development Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/11/2010; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the county mayor may serve on the IDB.
County Regulation of Solid Waste Collecting in the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/09/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the county can establish a solid waste convenience center inside the city without the city's permission, whether the county can prohibit the city from collecting garbage within the city, and whether the county can prohibit the city from using a certain garbage truck to collect garbage.
County Taxes Have Priority Where There is a Deficiency in a Tax Sale
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/30/1994; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether county or city taxes have priority where there is a deficiency in a tax sale.
County Taxing Rental Property Owned by the Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1996; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the county can tax rental property owned by the utility district.
County Zoning Ordinances
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a county zoning ordinance can permit the expansion of pre-existing non-conforming uses to adjacent land
County's Authority to Condemn Territory Within a Municipality's Corporate Boundaries Without Its Consent
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1999; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a county may condemn property within an incorporated territory, for the purpose of building a road without the city's consent.
Court Clerk Fees in Delinquent Tax Lawsuits
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/2013; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

Whether relying on the county trustee to collect delinquent property taxes or pursuing tax collection without the county, cities are plaintiffs in delinquent tax suits in which properties are sold under court order to satisfy tax liens. In a recent opinion, the Tennessee Attorney General explains the fees which court clerks may claim in such lawsuits.
Court Clerk Salaries and Case Loads: an MTAS survey
Survey (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked about the salaries and case loads of their court clerks.
Court Comparative Data 2012 and 2013
Survey (Created: 05/13/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

The City of Franklin surveyed seventeen cities about the frequency of court sessions, staffing, monthly average of citations, court costs, fees, and fines, payment methods, and software used.
Court Comparison Survey 2010
Survey (Created: 08/24/2010; Reviewed: August 24, 2010 )

Fifteen courts were asked several questions regarding payments, staffing, citations, court costs, traffic school, parking, and court software.
Court Comparison Survey 2012
Survey (Created: 04/26/2012; Reviewed: May 17, 2012 )

Sixteen courts were asked several questions regarding payments, staffing, citations, court costs, traffic school, parking, and court software.
Court Cost Survey 2011
Survey (Created: 10/20/2011; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Oak Ridge surveyed sixteen cities to ask their total court costs. It is not known whether the information includes litigation taxes, as some survey costs were obtained from city websites.
Court Costs for Municipal Ordinance Violations A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/2001; Reviewed: November 27, 2001 )

Cities were asked the court cost for municipal ordinance violations.
Court Costs Taxed
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/2002; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a general sessions court judge can tax costs against the city when officers fail to properly execute warrants.
Court Costs That May Be Charged for Expungements by Courts with General Sessions, Juvenile, or Criminal Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/2011; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about costs for expunging records in a municipal court exercising general sessions, juvenile, or criminal jurisdiction.
Court Docket Records
(Created: 11/11/1999; Reviewed: March 14, 2006 )

Answers questions concerning recordkeeping for civil and criminal court cases.
Court Fines and Court Costs
Survey (Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: September 6, 2001 )

Cities were asked who sets court fines and costs and the amount of court costs.
Court Liason Programs
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

The Court Liaison Program is a cooperative effort of the local police department, the District Attorney General's office and the General Sessions Court Judge to reduce police overtime costs.
Court Order--Minority Voting Rights
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/04/2002; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the effect of a prior judgment on minority voting rights.
Court Reform and Your Municipal Code
General (Created: 07/24/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A list of offenses you may have in your municipal code that provide penalties that exceed the jurisdiction of your city court.
Court Rules Four-Year Statute of Limitations Applies in Certain Civil Rights Cases
(Created: 05/17/2004; Reviewed: July 18, 2006 )

This ruling affects records retention schedules for personnel.
Court System Survey Results
Survey (Created: 08/01/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Twenty-one cities were asked questions about the court administrator and assistant to judge, as well as the staffing level of the court system.
Cowan-Winchester Drug Testing Agreement
General (Created: 07/21/2003; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an agreement for Cowan to use Winchester's drug testing program for testing its employees.
Creating a Property Right with an Appeals/Disciplinary Process
General (Created: 06/27/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city should have an appeal process in place or operate as an at-will employer.
Creating an Economic Development Body
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/07/1991; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can legally create a certain economic development body.
Creating an Industrial Board
Resolution (Created: 01/31/2005; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Includes a resolution, charter, and by laws for an industrial board.
Creating an R-2 Zone and Designating Appropriate Areas in All Zones R-2 Upon Request.
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1993; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether can the Town can create an R-2 zone, the function of which is to serve multiple family housing and mobile home parks, etc., and to designate appropriate areas in all zones R-2 upon request.
Creating Effective Citizen Advisory Committees: Using Short-Term Advisory Committees to Help Resolve Local Problems
(Created: 07/29/2009; Reviewed: July 30, 2009 )

Citizen advisory committees are citizen panels that are appointed to investigate or review a single issue and that are disbanded once recommendations on that issue have been delivered to the governing body.
Creation of An Additional Municipal Court Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an amendment to the city's charter will be required if the city wishes to appoint another city judge with the jurisdiction to hear only municipal ordinance violation cases.
Creation of Metropolitan Government
General (Created: 08/18/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the Town of Woodbury could stop a proposed effort to implement metropolitan government in Cannon County, Tennessee.
Creation of Special Relationships between a Citizen and Police Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/05/2012; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what is required for a "special relationship" to be established between a citizen and police officers, in the context of the question of whether a police department's agreement to do a neighborhood drive-through check of a homeowner's property in a neighborhood in which recent crime has occurred creates a "special relationship."
Credit Cards Used to Pay Taxes and Other Fees
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Several Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they allow citizens to pay taxes or fees with a credit card.
Crime Scene Investigator
Job Description (Created: 01/01/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Crime Scene Investigator.
Criminal Background Check Authorization
Form (Created: 03/14/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a criminal background check employment application supplement.
Critical Need for Volunteer Incentive Programs
General (Created: 08/23/2005; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

Volunteer incentive programs must be developed by each fire department to insure that the drop out rate is reduced to the lowest level possible.
Crossville Water Rate Study
Report/Study (Created: 07/02/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Rate increases were recommended to cover projected debt and fund higher depreciation costs.
Cumberland Gap, Tennessee Fire Protection Management Report and Recommendations
(Created: 01/29/2008; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to take a look at the fire department and make recommendations on how it could be improved.
Current Topics Affecting Municipal Governments: Tennessee Sexual Offender and Violent Sexual Offender Registration, Verification, and Tracking Act of 2004
General (Created: 08/09/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

A powerpoint presentation; this is not a full overview of the entire registry issue, only about the payments and registration of offenders and limitations on spending the proceeds.
Customer Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Customer Records Clerk in Water Systems Services.
Customer Service Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of customer service supervisor for utilities and public works for the City of Smyrna.
Customer Service Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Customer Service Supervisor for Utilities and Public Works.
Customer Service Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: June 21, 2018 )

A job description for the position of Customer Service Technician
Customer's Right to Water Service Can Vary from State to State
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/07/1993; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a landlord can be denied water service for unpaid tenant water bills.
Cutting Off Utilities at Condemned Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/2009; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to the right of the city's utility board to cut off utility service at property condemned by the city's codes department.
Cutting Off Water to Customers for Nonpayment of Sewer Bills
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2012; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could cut off water to customers for nonpayment of sewer bills when it did not own or operate the water system, only the sewer system.
Daily Cash Report
General (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: October 18, 2010 )

An example of a simple daily cash report for the City of Plainview.
Damages Police Do to Buildings in the Process of Searches in Exigent Circumstances
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the police are liable for damages done to private property that occur when they obtain entry to a building and seize a person's property under a search warrant or under exigent circumstances.
Dandridge Garbage Rate Study Addendum
(Created: 04/01/2001; Reviewed: July 19, 2006 )

Addendum to the original MTAS rate study for the City of Dandridge regarding the base and extra pickup rates.
Dandridge Solid Waste Collection Analysis
(Created: 01/01/2001; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Recommendations to the City of Dandridge include scheduling, rates and charges for the collection of commercial and residential solid waste.
Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2016; Reviewed: March 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of data entry operator from the city of Memphis.
Data Processing Director
Job Description (Created: 02/24/1998; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Data Processing Director.
Dayton, Tennessee Fire Protection Management Report and Recommendations
(Created: 01/29/2008; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

The complex arena of Fire Protection is one that typically requires research in numerous areas including personnel, apparatus, equipment and facility resources.
Dead Animal Pickup on Private Property: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 09/01/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about their policies and procedures for picking up dead animals from private property.
Deadline for Property Tax Levy
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/06/2009; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the tax levy being set not later than sixty days preceding the new fiscal year.
Deadlines for Certification of Building & Fire Inspectors
(Created: 07/03/1995; Reviewed: August 30, 2007 )

All deadlines for building and fire inspector certification went into effect July 1, 1995. The state Fire Marshals' Office intends to enforce this new law.
Deadlining Vehicles: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/1999; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

Five cities were asked their policies and procedures for removing vehicles from service when they are considered unsafe.
Deannexation and the Payment of Property Taxes
General (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the process of deannexation (also known as 'contraction') and about the payment of property taxes for those who reside in the area to be deannexed.
Deannexation of Territory
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2001; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how a city may deannex territory.
Debate Questions for City Council Elections
General (Created: 05/03/2007; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create debate questions for the candidates in a city council election.
Debt Reimbursement Resolution
Resolution (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: September 15, 2010 )

A resolution expressing official intent that certain expenditures to be incurred in connection with certain public works projects and related expenditures be reimbursed from proceeds of notes, bonds, or other indebtedness to be issued by the City of Morristown, Tennessee.
Declaratory Judgment Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/1995; Reviewed: October 24, 2005 )

MTAS was asked whether a district attorney general has the discretion to determine for himself whether a court having criminal jurisdiction is properly constituted and/or whether the judge has the proper qualifications of office.
Dedication and Acceptance of Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/31/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the dedication and acceptance of sidewalks.
Dedication of Streets That Are Essentially Private Driveways
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1999; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be advisable for the Town to take over the maintenance, or accept the dedication as city streets, certain private driveways.
Deducting Union Dues for Firefighters
General (Created: 03/13/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research cities' requirements to deduct union dues from firefighters.
Deducting Union Dues from Firefighters' Paychecks
General (Created: 06/25/2002; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an opinion regarding the deduction of union dues from firefighter's paychecks.
Defensive Driving Programs -- A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 09/01/2001; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

Cities were asked if they have defensive driving programs and if the trainers are certified.
Deferring Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2000; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to defer taxes on property annexed into the city but not yet receiving all city services.
Defined Benefit Retirement Plans and Benefits
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided examples of retirement plans from several cities and information from TCRS.
Defining School for the Purpose of Setting Speed Limits in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2004; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what a "school" is for the purpose of the school speed limit laws.
Defining Subdivisions Over Which the Metropolitan Planning Commission Has Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/1993; Reviewed: March 30, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a development is outside the control of the municipal planning commission due to some quirks in the language of the T.C.A. defining subdivisions the planning commission has jurisdiction over.
Definition of Grandfathering in the Sense of Allowing a Preexisting Use to Continue Despite a Later Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

"Grandfathering" is allowing an existing operation or conduct to continue legally when a new operation or conduct would be illegal.
Delegation of Governing Board Authority to Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/10/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is within the authority of the board of mayor and commissioners to appoint the city clerk/coordinator to the position of director of the human resources department.
Delinquent Business Tax
General (Created: 04/28/2004; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

Includes notice, forms, officer's return, and distress warrant.
Delinquent Business Tax and Garbage Fees
General (Created: 01/30/2003; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in collecting business tax and garbage fees.
Delinquent Personal Property Taxes : A Telephone Survey Conducted by -- the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Cities were asked who has the responsbility for collecting delinquent personal property tax and what method is used.
Delinquent Property Tax Seminar
General (Created: 02/23/2006; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

Presentations for TMAA on the municipal authority to levy and collect taxes, legal issues in municipal tax collection, and the tax collection suit.
Delinquent Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2002; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

Analyzes law governing right of city to waiver penalty and interest on property taxes.
Delinquent Property Taxes in Bankruptcy
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2006; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about collecting delinquent property taxes from taxpayers who are in bankruptcy.
Demand by a Former Police Officer for Payment for Unused Vacation and Sick Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/02/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a former police officer is entitled to accumulated vacation and sick leave pay upon leaving the city's employment because of past custom and practice of the Town.
Demolishing an Old Building That Shares a Party Wall with an Adjoining Building
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS advised city of potential liabilities in demolishing condemned building which shares "party wall" with adjoining property owner.
Demolition Bond in a Historic District
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/2001; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to require a bond to secure the demolition of a building within the historic overlay.
Demolition of Dilapidated and Unsafe Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/20/1998; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any legal way to require the local Farmer's Coop to demolish a large cattle feeding bin on its property.
Demolition of Unsafe Buildings
General (Created: 07/19/2011; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the demolition of unsafe buildings, associated utility connections, and historical significance of the demolition.
Denying a Business License to a Person Whose Business Establishment is in Violation of the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/08/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can deny a business license to a person whose business establishment is in violation of the city's zoning ordinance.
Department Assistant Directors in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

MTAS surveyed 11 cities regarding Assistant or Deputy Directors in a number of departments in their cities.
Department Heads Are At Will Employees Under City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can provide a means by which department heads under certain conditions can elect to not be at will employees if those department heads are at will employees under the city charter.
Department of Parks and Recreation Doing Business with a Certain Hardware Store in Which an Alderwomen, Who Also Oversees the Department, Has Some Monetary Interest
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/16/1991; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a conflict of interest arises from the department of parks and recreation doing business with a certain hardware store in which an alderwomen, who also oversees the department, has some monetary interest.
Dependent Healthcare Coverage
General (Created: 05/29/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on Healthcare Reform and dependent care.
Depositories for City Funds
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/1997; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

MTAS was asked why a city is not permitted to deposit city funds in credit unions.
Design Review Commission Resolution
Resolution (Created: 03/03/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A resolution creating a design review commission for the Town of Pittman Center.
Design-Build Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legal authority of municipalities to let design-build contracts.
Destruction of Court Records after Electronic Storage
General (Created: 06/09/2014; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for the citation that allows municipal courts to destroy records after retaining their records electronically, particularly with respect to records that must be kept permanently.
Determination of Domicile
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/2000; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

How to determine the zoning jurisdiction and domicile of a person whose residence is divided by a property line.
Determining Compensation Costs: An Approach to Estimating and Analyzing Expense
General (Created: 06/30/2003; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

E-book that includes information on anniversary-date merit plans
Determining That There is a Vacancy in the Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/1992; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who determines that there is a vacancy in the office of alderman when the alderman removes from the city (or district).
Determining Which Aldermen are Elected to Two-Year, and Which to Four-Year, Terms of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/19/1997; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Where a city having one ward wants to increase the number of aldermen, how does it determine which aldermen are elected to two-year, and which aldermen are elected to four-year, terms of office?
Detroit Living Wage Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/03/1998; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance which requires employers who contract with the city to pay their employees a sufficient wage.
Developing Your City's Archival Policy for Electronically Stored Information (2007)
(Created: 05/09/2007; Reviewed: May 9, 2007 )

This publication is intended to provide guidance, especially to smaller cities, in the creation and implementation of a practical and cost-effective archiving policy for electronically stored information (ESI).
Developing Your City's Archival Policy for Electronically Stored Information (2012)
(Created: 12/19/2012; Reviewed: January 2, 2013 )

This publication is intended to provide guidance, especially to smaller cities, in the creation and implementation of a practical and cost-effective archiving policy for Electronically Stored Information (ESI).
Development and Impact Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/10/2020; Reviewed: January 29, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding development or impact fees.
Development of a Proposed Sewer System for Estill Springs
(Created: 08/06/2001; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

Recommendation that Estill Springs connect with a neighboring town's sewer system.
Difference Between an Ordinance and a Resolution
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/2001; Reviewed: January 15, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to explain the difference between an ordinance and a resolution.
Differences in Annexation by Ordinance and by Referendum
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/10/1993; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the different advantages, disadvantages and timetables of annexation by ordinance and by referendum.
Differential Tax Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/1998; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a political subdivision establishing differential tax rates within its jurisdiction.
Differential Tax Rates and Questions from the Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether differential tax rates within taxing districts and special services districts authorized under the Charter Government Unification Act would violate the Tennessee Constitution and several other questions by the Charter Commission.
Differential Tax Rates in the City, Reflecting Different Levels of Municipal Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/04/1991; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality could set differential tax rates in the city, reflecting different levels of municipal services.
Director of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Development Services.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019 )

Job description for the Director of Finance in a Tennessee city.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional for the City of Smyrna.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional.
Director of Health
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Director of Health.
Director of Human Resources
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Human Resources.
Director of Library
Job Description (Created: 01/24/2005; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

A job description for the position of library director
Director of Utilities and Public Works
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

Job description of Director of Utilities and Public Works for the City of Smyrna.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2004)
(Created: 12/08/2004; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2007)
(Created: 12/04/2007; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2008)
(Created: 09/04/2008; Reviewed: September 4, 2008 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2010)
(Created: 01/15/2010; Reviewed: January 15, 2010 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Directory of Tennessee Municipal Officials (2011)
(Created: 07/01/2011; Reviewed: September 22, 2011 )

A directory of Tennessee cities that includes personnel and municipal data, such as number of employees, population, charter form, size in square miles, and election date.
Disaster Response Documents
General (Created: 04/18/2011; Reviewed: July 25, 2017 )

A collection of documents that includes disaster cleanup bid documents, FEMA 322 Disaster Response, and USACE Scope of Work Example.
Disbanding Oakdale's Fire Department
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

An ordinance disbanding the Town of Oakdale's Fire Department.
DiSC classic facilitator's kit
General (Created: 08/05/2003; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Materials to accompany a personality assessment test.
Disciplinary Appeals Processes in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS asked twenty-six cities about their disciplinary appeals process and the city manager's role in that process.
Discipline Policy
General (Created: 08/28/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a city with disciplinary action steps.
Disclosing Medical Information to Emergency Service Providers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether city employees could give consent for medical information to be disclosed to emergency service providers.
Discretion of Town to Refuse to Allow New Taps
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/1994; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen may refuse to allow new taps to the municipal water system outside the corporate limits.
Discussion of Comp-Time Use for Exempt Employees
General (Created: 08/30/2016; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to look at the practice of providing compensatory time for 'overtime' hours worked by exempt employees, including how widespread the practice is among cities, and the pros and cons associated with the practice.
Disease Management Program RFP or RFQ
General (Created: 02/08/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the use of an RFP for a 'Disease Management Program.'
Disinfection Options for Potable Water Systems
(Created: 11/09/2004; Reviewed: July 13, 2007 )

Disinfection methods are used to deactivate pathogens at the plant and to provide some level of protection in the distribution system.
Disinfection Options for Potable Water Systems
(Created: 07/12/2007; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

Disinfection methods are used to deactivate pathogens at the plant and to provide some level of protection in the distribution system.
Dismissing an Employee for Refusing to Take a Polygraph
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee can be dismissed for refusal to take a polygraph test.
Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Dispatcher.
Dispatcher, Lead
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lead Dispatcher.
Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor.
Dispatcher/Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Records Clerk/Dispatcher.
Disposal of Property Owned by a Municipal Airport Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/1997; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the disposal of property owned by a municipal airport authority.
Disposing of a PC
(Created: 05/03/2012; Reviewed: May 8, 2012 )

A municipality should have a written policy outlining the process for disposing of PCs, including the methods of removing all data from the hard drives.
Disposing of an Abandoned Vehicle
General (Created: 02/03/2016; Reviewed: July 6, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the process to dispose of a private vehicle that was abandoned.
Disposition of Confiscated Weapons
General (Created: 01/12/2004; Reviewed: September 27, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the disposition of confiscated weapons that had been collected over a period of years and for which the paper work either did not exist or was lost.
Disposition of Court Costs, Litigation Tax Revenues, and Fines
General (Created: 12/22/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a summary of distribution of court costs, fines, and litigation taxes.
Disposition of Proceeds From the Sale of Confiscated Vehicles
General (Created: 10/15/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the proceeds from the sale of vehicles seized for Driving Under the Influence or Driving on a Revoked Drivers License violations.
Disposition of Seized Cash
General (Created: 06/01/2004; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the proper procedures for storing cash seized by the police department.
Disposition of Unclaimed, Lost, or Abandoned Personal Property in Possession of Police Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1996; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what disposition a city can make of unclaimed, lost, or abandoned personal property in the possession of the police department, such as, but not limited to, money, bicycles, automobiles, etc.
Dispute Between Swimming Pool Owner and Bee Owner
General (Created: 07/31/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a swimming pool owner and a bee owner who are in a dispute over bees stinging people at a residential swimming pool.
Dissolution and Reinstatement of an Industrial Development Board
General (Created: 02/18/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an IDB is automatically dissolved if they do not meet and how an IDB might be reinstated.
Dissolution of Airport Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could abolish the airport authority that it created.
Distillery Locating in a City
General (Created: 11/22/2013; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a distillery may operate within the city limits of Ardmore.
Distinction Between Legislative and Non-Legislative Acts of a Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Rules of Parliamentary Procedure
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/06/1993; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an interpretation of a charter provision governing legislative actions of the board of mayor and alderman.
Distress Warrant Notice
Form (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

Drafting of notice to be mailed by city before issuing a distress warrant for collection of delinquent business taxes.
Distribution of Authority Between the City Administrator and the City Recorder-Treasurer
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/19/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the distribution of authority between the city recorder and the city administrator.
Distribution of Authority Over City School System
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/13/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked questions related to the city school system, particularly with respect to the distribution of authority over the system between the city governing body and city school board. Questions related to charging tuition and closing school buildings.
Distribution of Handbills and Advertising
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/07/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may pass an ordinance regulating the distribution of handbills or advertising within the City.
Distribution of Mulch Materials for the City of Athens
General (Created: 01/10/2006; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

It is the intent of the City of Athens to make these mulch materials, produced or collected by the Public Works Department, available to City of Athens residents and/or City of Athens employees for their personal use.
Distribution of Mulch Materials for the City of Athens
General (Created: 05/01/2000; Reviewed: January 4, 2007 )

It is the intent of the City of Athens to make these mulch materials, produced or collected by the Public Works Department, available to City of Athens residents and/or City of Athens employees for their personal use.
Distribution of State Shared Taxes
General (Created: 11/07/2003; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked why urban services district funds have to be used to pay for electricity to operate the town's only traffic light and whether State gas tax money that goes to the Highway Department could be used.
District vs. At-Large Elections
General (Created: 02/23/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with a presentation on the subject of district vs at-large elections.
Ditch on Private Property Carries Runoff From the Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1997; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether governmental entities are only liable for runoff from properties they maintain or from conditions they have created.
Divorced Employee Claimed He Was Married and Entitled to City-Sponsored Family Health Insurance Coverage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be appropriate for the city to terminate an employee who falsely claimed that he was still married and therefore, entitled to city-sponsored family health insurance coverage, when, in fact, this employee was divorced.
Do-It-Yourself City Street Paving: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 06/14/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities were asked whether their city performs DIY street paving and how they made their decision.
Document Copying Fees: A Survey Conducted for the City of Gallatin
Survey (Created: 07/19/2007; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked how much they charge the public for copies.
Document Imaging: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked whether they are using a document imaging system for records management purposes.
Does an Employee Have a Right to a Salary Increase by Virtue of Provisions Made in the Budget for Salary Increases
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee has a right to a salary increase by virtue of provisions made in the budget for salary increases.
Does the City Have to Operate a City Court?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has to operate a city court.
Does the City Have to Pay the County to Incarcerate Prisoners Arrested and Prosecuted for State Law Violations by the City?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has to pay the county to incarcerate prisoners arrested and prosecuted for state law violations by the city.
Does the Mayor Have the Right to Vote?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2006; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a mayor, as a member of a legislative body, can vote.
Does the Tennessee Open Records Law Require a City to Mail Any Record to a Newspaper?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/10/1999; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required under the Tennessee Open Records Law to mail to a newspaper information packets it provides to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, or any other city records.
Dog Park Creation and Regulation
Survey (Created: 11/18/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions about off-leash dog parks, including: use of a feasibility study; funding model; design guidelines; and, regulations or ordinances.
Donation by the City of Several Lots to Habitat for Humanity
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/2000; Reviewed: February 16, 2006 )

The city owns several lots which it has acquired though tax sales and would like to donate them to Habitat for Humanity.
Double Taxation
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/23/1999; Reviewed: August 7, 2018 )

Double taxation occurs when the two taxes are assessed on the same property or privilege by the same governing body during the same taxing period and for the same taxing purpose.
Dover: Management's Discussion and Analysis
(Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: February 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to develop MD&A for inclusion in FY2004 audit.
Downzoning of Residential Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/17/1994; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the "loss of property value" that property owners allege takes place as a result of donwzoning is quantifiable.
Drafting a Sewer Ordinance
General (Created: 11/05/2004; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

Guidelines for ordinance and statute drafting.
Drafting of Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to determine if an ordinance was properly drafted.
Drain Easements in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/23/2020; Reviewed: January 23, 2020 )

Nine Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out how they handle drainage easements.
Drainage Culverts and Ditches
(Created: 05/12/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review drainage structures, specifically stone lined ditches along city streets.
Drainage Easement and Enclosure
Survey (Created: 01/01/2000; Reviewed: September 27, 2010 )

Cities were asked about the ownership and control of drainage easements and their enclosures on private property.
Drainage Law and the Responsibility of the Design Engineer
General (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A PowerPoint presentation for the Tennessee section of ASCE.
Drainage Problems
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2001; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

Under the natural flow rule, water has a natural easement along its natural paths, and the upper and lower land owners must accept water that naturally flows, or that would have naturally flowed, onto the property in question.
Drainage Problems of Private Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law relative to drainage problems with respect to private property owners.
Drainage Problems: Private vs. Public
General (Created: 06/20/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about repairs and improvements to a damaged culvert that would be in order and legitimate use of public funds.
Drainage Work Notice
Form (Created: 06/17/2015; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This drainage notice letter template may be used to notify property owners that maintenance activities will be conducted on a drainage way that crosses their property.
Drainage Work on Private Property
General (Created: 03/08/2005; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide technical assistance on issue of public works department doing work on private property.
Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: The Fire Department's Role in Protecting the Public Water System
(Created: 03/01/2006; Reviewed: October 20, 2009 )

A revised state regulation concerning fire hydrants is causing concern for fire department leaders, providers of public water supplies, and public health officials across the state of Tennessee. The new regulation is the final result of the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act with the emphasis on contamination prevention.
Driveway and Street Curb Cuts Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/22/2003; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of providing a variance procedure for curb or driveway cuts.
Drought Management Planning Materials and Model Ordinance
General (Created: 06/23/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This is a collection of drought management plans, guidance, and a model ordinance for cities.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
General (Created: 09/05/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a drug and alcohol policy that adequately addresses the use of legal, prescription drugs.
Drug and Alcohol Testing of City Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether all city employees may be tested for drugs and alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Testing of Police Officers
General (Created: 04/02/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and draft a policy on drug and alcohol testing of policy officers.
Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
General (Created: 08/21/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create a model drug and alcohol testing policy.
Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy for the Town of Spencer
General (Created: 10/07/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an alcohol and drug testing program for the Town of Spencer.
Drug Enforcement Officer -- A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/2001; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Cities were asked if they have a classification or job description for a "Drug Enforcement Officer" and, if not, the title of the police officers who perform drug enforcement.
Drug Forfeiture Funds
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether money received from fines and forfeitures in drug cases may be used to make a contribution to a law enforcement association or for police training.
Drug Fund Manual
(Created: 05/01/2003; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

The Drug Fund is a special revenue fund where revenues and expenditures must be accounted for separately from the General Fund.
Drug Task Force Financial Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Drug Task Force Financial Officer.
Drug Testing by Governmental Employees of Applicants
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/30/1996; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Drug testing by governmental employees of applicants is an unreasonable search unless the position involves public safety.
Drug Testing Deadline Looms for Employees with Commercial Drivers' Licenses
(Created: 11/06/1995; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

The Jan. 1, 1996, federal deadline is approaching to institute drug and alcohol testing for cities with fewer than 50 employees who are required to have commercial drivers' licenses (CDLs).
Drug Testing Deadline Looms for Employees with Commercial Drivers' Licenses
(Created: 12/15/1994; Reviewed: June 21, 2002 )

Jan. 1, 1995 is the federal deadline for all cities with 50 or more employees required to have commercial drivers' licenses (CDLs) to institute drug and alcohol testing programs for those employees.
Drug Testing of Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may require board members to submit to drug testing.
Drug-Free Workplace: Contractor's Affidavit
(Created: 04/27/2001; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

An amendment to the Drug-Free Workplace Law requires employers contracting with state agencies or units of local government to prepare affidavits certifying compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Program.
Drug/Alcohol Consent and Acknowledgment Form
Form (Created: 08/12/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A form for an applicant to consent to and acknowledge that the applicant is scheduled to undergo drug and/or alcohol testing.
Dual Office Holding: City Manager and Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1997; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legally permissible for the City Manager to be employed as the city police chief at the same time.
Duties and Responsibilities of a Fire Chief
(Created: 11/02/2000; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Discusses the duties and responsibilities of the Paris, Tennessee, Fire Chief.
Duties and Time Allocation for Street Department Employees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/28/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked several questions about the duties and time allocation for their street department employees.
Duties of Police Officers in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write regarding the duties of police officers in school zones.
Duties of the Mayor and Responsibilities and Authority of an Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/11/1993; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the duties of the Mayor and whether an alderman can be given responsibility over the police department as well as the authority to call a special meeting.
E-911 Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/10/2005; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

In emergency communications districts (E-911 Districts), how many votes on the board of directors are required to pass measures?
E-911 Cooperative Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/25/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an E-911 agreement appears to have been legally entered into by the city and the county and whether its durational period appears to be both consistent with the Interlocal Cooperation Act and reasonable.
E-mail and Open Records Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Open Records Law applies to e-mail sent by a city official.
E-mail Distribution By City and City-Wide Wifi Analytics Disclosure
General (Created: 01/12/2017; Reviewed: December 13, 2019 )

MTAS responds to questions regarding emails distributed by the city to residents and the legal risks of installing wireless internet connections in a downtown area of the city.
E-Verify and Local Governments (2010)
(Created: 07/28/2010; Reviewed: August 5, 2010 )

E-Verify is the electronic employment eligibility verification system that all federal contractors must use to verify the employment authorization of employees performing work under a federal contract.
E-Verify and Local Governments (2011)
(Created: 08/29/2011; Reviewed: August 31, 2011 )

E-Verify is the electronic employment eligibility verification system that all federal contractors must use to verify the employment authorization of employees performing work under a federal contract.
E911 Director Salaries for Selected Tennessee Counties: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: November 29, 2006 )

Six counties were asked how their E911 service is administered and the salary range for the position of E911 director.
Eagleville Letter on Fire Services
General (Created: 04/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Letter to follow up a meeting, covers several issues including whether the fire department is a city department, budgeting and firefighter fund raising activities, employee status of volunteer firefighters, where to maintain firefighter personnel records, compensation for volunteer firefighters, and how to report that compensation.
Early Retirement Incentives Survey
Survey (Created: 01/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Several cities, housing authorities, and an airport authority were asked about their early retirement incentive programs.
Early Voting by Absent Councilmember
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/30/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be permissible for a city councilmember to vote by absentee vote or by means of an early vote at the council meeting scheduled while he will be out of town.
Easements by Prescription
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2000; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked a question on easements involving replacement of the fifty-year-old sewer lines along the property boundary of a landowner in the city.
Economic Development
General (Created: 12/13/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

Recommendations for the University of Tennessee to help improve economic development in Tennessee cities.
Economic Development Assessment
Form (Created: 04/01/2009; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

An economic development assessment survey form.
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 01/19/2004; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/14/2016; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Economic Development or Industrial Recruiter: A Survey Conducted by E-Mail by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 06/01/2003; Reviewed: March 17, 2010 )

24 of 110 cities contacted by email responded to several questions about those positions responsible for recruiting industries.
Economic Development Recruiter: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/2000; Reviewed: March 17, 2010 )

Cities were asked if they have the position of Economic Development Recruiter and if there is a salary range and job description for this position.
Economic Development Review of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County, Tennessee Joint Industrial Board
(Created: 03/31/2010; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an economic development review, which is intended to review the organization, operations, and strategies that may assist in promoting economic development.
Economic Development Review: City of Millington
(Created: 07/01/2000; Reviewed: March 17, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to review the changing economy, as it affects the West Tennessee Regional Business Center; the site selection process; a marketing strategy; and the development of an industrial access road
Economic Development Task Force Recommendations
General (Created: 06/25/2003; Reviewed: March 17, 2010 )

The critical factor in successful economic development is to provide the resources that industry needs to sustain a profitable operation.
Economic Development Training
(Created: 02/19/2004; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a training program on economic development for presentation at the city's annual planning conference
Education Funding as It Relates to the Distribution of the County Property Tax and Wheel Tax Revenues
General (Created: 06/26/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

The county may direct that wheel tax revenues be used to support the county school system, thereby allowing the county to reduce the property tax levy dedicated for school purposes. MTAS was asked about the impact of such a change on county revenues received by the school system and school maintenance of effort issues.
Education Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/23/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to research the sharing by county of certain education funds.
Educational Assistance Survey
Survey (Created: 01/24/2017; Reviewed: January 24, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked several questions about educational assistance opportunities, tuition reimbursement, and requirements for employees to participate in their educational assistance programs.
Educational Pay Supplement Program (City of Brentwood)
(Created: 07/18/2018; Reviewed: July 18, 2018 )

A sample policy from the city of Brentwood on providing pay supplements for fire and police employees who want to obtain additional education and training.
Effect of the Mayor's Veto
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/2002; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the mayor's veto power.
Effective Council Meetings Course Manual
General (Created: 11/11/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Course manual for City University Course.
Effective Date of the Incorporation of a City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1999; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked when the incorporation of a city is considered effective.
Effects of the Amendments to the Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004.
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/03/2008; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions pertaining to the history and the effects of the amendments to the Municipal Court Reform Act.
Elected City Treasurers or City Recorders: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: March 5, 2006 )

Twelve cities were asked about compensation and benefits for elected city recorders or city treasurers.
Elected Official Acknowledgement of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
Form (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

A signature form for use by elected officials who receive and read the town's ethics policy.
Elected Official Seeking Reimbursement for Calls Made on His Cell Phone by the Police Department During a Snowstorm
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an elected official may be required to repay money that the city reimbursed him for allowing the police department to use his cellular phone during a snowstorm in the course of police business.
Electing a Vice-Mayor
General (Created: 06/20/2003; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to go about electing a Vice-Mayor.
Election of Aldermen by Voters of the Wards the Aldermen Represent
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Aldermen should be elected by the voters of the wards they represent or whether they are elected at large but have a ward residence requirement.
Election of Aldermen from Wards
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what a city needs to do to restrict the election of aldermen required under the charter to be elected from wards to the voters within the boundaries of the wards.
Election of Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/31/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the court clerk of a municipal court that has and exercises concurrent jurisdiction is required to be elected.
Election of Municipal Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/28/1992; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether Barrett requires the clerk of a municipal court exercising concurrent jurisdiction to be elected.
Election of Municipal Judges with Concurrent General Sessions Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1998; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can provide for the election of the city judge in the April city election.
Election of the Design Review Commission and Its Powers Relative to the Municipal Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/30/1994; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions concerning the election of officers of the Design Review Commission and the powers of the Commission relative to the Municipal Planning Commission.
Election Plan
General (Created: 01/29/2001; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

This election plan sets up staggered four-year terms with a minimum of extensions and this extension applies equally to every elected position.
Election without Mayoral Candidate
General (Created: 01/22/2014; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an upcoming city election and the potentiality that the ballot will not include a mayoral candidate.
Electric Franchise
Ordinance (Created: 04/19/2004; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

An ordinance granting a non-exclusive electric franchise to a utility.
Electric System Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 02/14/2005; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description and management responsibilities for the position of Electric System Director.
Electrical Inspection Staff and Volume
Survey (Created: 10/02/2015; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS asked eight cities about the number of electrical inspections they conduct per year and the number of FTE electrical inspections.
Electrical Operating Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Electrical Operating Superintendent.
Electrical Service Pole Rental Charges and Residential Rates: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: September 18, 2006 )

Cities were asked what they charge other utilities for pole rental and what their residential rate for electricity is.
Electrical Technician
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Electrical Technician.
Electronic Citation Fee Authorized: Adopt Ordinance to Collect $5.00 Fee for Five Years (Revised)
General (Created: 06/23/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Cities may adopt ordinances by majority vote of the legislative body to collect a $5.00 fee for both written and electronic citations prepared by a law enforcement officer, according to Public Chapter 750, effective July 1, 2014.
Electronic Media Usage Policy and Social Media Policy
General (Created: 06/16/2009; Reviewed: December 24, 2009 )

Policies created by Roanoke County to govern the use of electronic media and social media by officials and employees of Roanoke County.
Electronic Personnel Files Survey
Survey (Created: 01/11/2005; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Twenty-three cities were asked whether they had electronic personnel files as well as questions about hardware and the conversion process.
Eleventh Amendment Immunity
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether state immunity under the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to municipalities with respect to application of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Eligibility of School Superintendent for Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2009; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city school superintendent is a city employee and eligible to serve as a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Eliminating the Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements in the 2012 International Building Code and International Residential Code
General (Created: 08/23/2016; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is permissible to eliminate the carbon monoxide detector requirements in the 2012 IBC and IRC and if that complies with standards adopted by the State Fire Marshal.
Elimination of Commercial Garbage Subsidy
General (Created: 01/15/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the City subsidy of private commercial solid waste carriers.
Elizabethton Electric System Discussion
(Created: 03/01/2001; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Considers restructuring or reorganizing the city's Electric System.
Elizabethton Electric System Study
(Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a "general overview" study of the Elizabethton Electric System.
Elizabethton Electric System Study Update
(Created: 08/25/2004; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

This is an update of an MTAS study conducted July of 2002.
Elizabethton New Structure of Utilities Classification and Compensation Analysis
(Created: 09/14/2011; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

This analysis is based on a proposed re-structuring of the City's utility divisions, including the water, wastewater, and electric departments.
Elizabethton Overtime Study
(Created: 11/01/2000; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to look at the City's overtime load and to make recommendations which ensure that overtime is worked when necessary for the adequate provision of services, and that when worked, overtime is done so in a manner which best balances the cost to provide the service with the extenuating circumstances of the situation.
Elizabethton Police Wages Comparison 2003
(Created: 03/13/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a police wages comparison and career ladder and incentive program analysis.
Elizabethton Risk Manager Position Analysis
(Created: 12/01/2000; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

The purpose of this analysis is to determine the correct classification and compensation of the new Risk Manager position.
Elizabethton Water/Sewer Manpower Analysis
(Created: 12/01/2000; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

The purpose of this analysis is to examine the manpower levels of different cities in the water and sewer distribution/collection departments and to compare those with the City of Elizabethton.
Emergency Assistance and Mutual Aid in Tennessee
(Created: 06/11/2004; Reviewed: September 2, 2005 )

The Emergency Assistance Act of 2004 is a complete overhaul and vast improvement in mutual aid and other emergency assistance in Tennessee.
Emergency Assistance and Mutual Aid in Tennessee: 2004 Update
(Created: 09/01/2005; Reviewed: April 5, 2012 )

For occurrences that your city cannot handle, you may use the Mutual Aid and Emergency and Disaster Assistance Agreement Act of 2004 to get help.
Emergency Bid Procedures
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/1994; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the absence of an emergency purchase provision in the city charter permits the city to rely upon the one contained in the Municipal Purchasing Law of 1983.
Emergency Call-In Duties
General (Created: 03/27/2000; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

In order to maintain the safety and functionality of the City of Athens infrastructure and right-of ways, it will be necessary periodically for public works employees to be called in for duties after regular working hours during emergency or otherwise adverse situations.
Emergency Communications
General (Created: 01/30/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance to resolve a 911 Communications complaint.
Emergency Communications District Act
General (Created: 01/10/2014; Reviewed: May 2, 2014 )

MTAS was asked for information about the Emergency Communications District Act and the Lincoln County Emergency Communications District.
Emergency Debris Management RFP
RFP (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

The City of Fort Lauderdale issued a request for proposals for emergency debris management.
Emergency Debris Removal RFQ
RFP (Created: 09/14/2004; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

The City of Ocala issued a request for quotation for debris removal.
Emergency Management Agency Director Salary Information
Survey (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: April 3, 2013 )

Six counties were asked about the reporting structure and salaries of their Emergency Management Agency Directors.
Emergency Management Director Survey Results
Survey (Created: 03/29/2016; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Twenty-nine cities and organizations were asked whether they have an emergency management director and salary information for that position.
Emergency Management for Municipalities in Tennessee
General (Created: 02/12/2009; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city should have an emergency management director.
Emergency Medical Services Executive Director
Job Description (Created: 10/04/2012; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of the Executive Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Emergency Personnel Annual Physicals and Overtime Pay Questions
General (Created: 09/17/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether annual physicals are mandatory for police and fire personnel and about overtime pay.
Emergency Purchasing Provisions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2003; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked what an "emergency" is within the meaning of the Municipal Purchasing Law.
Emergency Right of Way Press Release Template
Form (Created: 05/15/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

This is a resource for a local fire department to use to raise community awareness of the need for drivers to yield to emergency vehicles and to move over for stopped emergency vehicles.
Eminent Domain and Necessity of the Taking
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/16/2007; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on any recently tried condemnation suits.
Eminent Domain in Tennessee
(Created: 12/18/2007; Reviewed: December 18, 2007 )

A comprehensive guide to the laws governing eminent domain in Tennessee.
Eminent Domain in Tennessee....an attorney's guide
(Created: 01/25/2005; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

A comprehenseive guide to the laws governing eminent domain in Tennessee.
Eminent Domain in Tennessee: An Attorney's Guide
(Created: 12/01/1992; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

A comprehensive guide to eminent domain in Tennessee.
Eminent Domain Proceedings to Acquire Property for a Maintenance Garage When the Property Is Owned by a Member of the City Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1993; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality may institute eminent domain proceedings to acquire property for a maintenance garage when the property is owned by a member of the city commission.
Eminent Domain/Condemnation
General (Created: 01/12/2005; Reviewed: July 24, 2006 )

Text of a presentation on eminent domain and condemnation.
Employee Abusing Prescription Drug Hydrocodone
General (Created: 09/06/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about testing under reasonable suspicion and grounds for termination of an employee in a safety sensitive position who is abusing his prescription for hydrocodone by crushing and snorting it.
Employee Benefit Survey
Survey (Created: 08/11/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Twenty-seven cities were asked questions about pay in lieu of vacation policies, vacation accrual policies, cash payment of unused sick leave at retirement,
Employee Benefits & Salaries in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Thirty-seven cities were asked questions about TCRS retirement contributions, holidays, leave, and directors' salaries of parks and recreation and community relations.
Employee Benefits Report
Survey (Created: 12/08/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Nineteen cities were asked several questions related to annual leave, sick leave, bereavement leave, longevity pay, and education benefits.
Employee Cell Phone Policy for Brentwood
General (Created: 11/04/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Policy for monthly cell phone allowance for the City of Brentwood.
Employee Compensation Basics: Developing the Direct Pay Component of Total Compensation
General (Created: 06/30/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

E-book that includes discussion of how fixed pay and variable pay work together to attract, retain, and motivate employees.
Employee Firearms Resolution Model
Resolution (Created: 01/24/2020; Reviewed: January 24, 2020 )

This document is a sample resolution Tennessee cities can use with regards to employees carrying a firearm.
Employee Handbook Information
General (Created: 09/09/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the benefits of having an employee handbook; includes two examples of handbooks.
Employee Health Insurance
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/13/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about health insurance benefits provided by the City to the recorder, employees, and the city manager.
Employee of the Police Department Who Also Serves as a Part-Time Magistrate
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/1996; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an employee of the police department who also serves as a part-time magistrate.
Employee Political Activity
General (Created: 01/08/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

An employee may participate in political elections in the same manner as other citizens except when he is on duty, in uniform, or in a City vehicle.
Employee Safety Measures
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to address several personnel safety issues.
Employee Seeking Promotion Treated Like Other Candidates
General (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any protection of the candidacy information of an employee who is seeking a promotion.
Employee Service Awards for Retirement and Employee Recognition Programs: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Sixteen cities were asked about employee recognition programs and service awards for retiring personnel.
Employee Termination Survey Results
Survey (Created: 01/24/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked the number of full time employees who were separated from their organization in 2009, 2008, and 2007 and their departments.
Employee Testing Survey and Results
Survey (Created: 05/19/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an employment testing survey to determine if Tennessee cities conduct pre-employment testing for police, fire, and public safety dispatch applicants; includes the responses of the fifteen participants.
Employees Subject to Summary Dismissal by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked which among certain personnel in the city occupy at will positions of employment subject to summary termination by the mayor.
Employers Asking for Social Media Passwords
(Created: 09/18/2012; Reviewed: September 17, 2012 )

Improper use of social media information on applicants and employees may result in claims alleging discrimination, negligent hiring, violation of privacy, and open record conflicts.
Employing an Alderman as a Part-Time Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/1997; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman can be employed by the city as a part-time police officer.
Employing Minors in Establishments That Sell Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether minors may be employed in establishments that sell beer.
Employment Agreement between the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee, and a Wastewater Treatment Operator
General (Created: 06/14/2012; Reviewed: April 4, 2017 )

The town wishes to employ an individual for a period of one year in order to determine if they are capable of operating the Town's wastewater treatment plant, a highly regulated facility which must be operated to exact regulations as required by state, local, and federal agencies.
Employment Agreement for City Administrator
General (Created: 06/19/2006; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

An employment agreement between the Town of Pittman Center and the City Administrator.
Employment Agreement for City Manager
General (Created: 12/14/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An employment agreement between the city and the city manager.
Employment Contract City Manager
General (Created: 01/01/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An employment contract for the position on City Manager.
Employment Contracts between City Manager and Department Heads
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1993; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Commissioners of the City may enter into an "employment agreement" with the Chief of Police.
Employment Law Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to employment law and the potential liability of board members.
Employment Testing Services
General (Created: 09/03/2004; Reviewed: October 12, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to compile a comparative list of companies offering employment tests.
Encryption of Radio Signals
General (Created: 03/29/2001; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

Encryption will keep eavesdroppers from being able to listen to radio transmissions as they happen, but official recordings of the transmissions are public records.
Energy Code Adoption by the State of Tennessee and Its Effects on Cities (2009)
(Created: 11/13/2009; Reviewed: November 12, 2009 )

This Hot Topic analyzes the new energy code legislation; describes what the state of Tennessee is doing to prepare for implementation of this law and how cities can prepare; and outlines the resources MTAS will provide to assist cities in this process.
Energy Code Adoption by the State of Tennessee and Its Effects on Cities (2010)
(Created: 09/17/2010; Reviewed: September 16, 2010 )

This Hot Topic analyzes the new energy code legislation; describes what the state of Tennessee is doing to prepare for implementation of this law and how cities can prepare; and outlines the resources MTAS will provide to assist cities in this process.
Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant Program in Tennessee
(Created: 02/05/2013; Reviewed: February 11, 2013 )

This publication examines the elements, goals and project outcomes of the State of Tennessee Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG), as well as the environmental and economic benefits associated with local governmental implementation of this program.
Energy Issues in Tennessee
General (Created: 10/17/2001; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

The State of Tennessee's Department of Economic & Community Development requested ideas and recommendations for state energy programs, policies and initiatives.
Enforceability of Beer Ordinance Licensing Requirements
General (Created: 04/25/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the current status of beer permits issued by the town and the future enforceability of the beer ordinance licensing requirements.
Enforcement of Building Code on a Project under Construction -- at Time of Annexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1992; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether newly annexed property is subject to the city's building code.
Enforcement of Floodplain Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and write an opinion on enforcing a floodplain zoning ordinance.
Enforcement of Out-of-State Custody Orders
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/22/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a police department has the authority to enforce a custody order from another state.
Enforcing a Residential Zoning Classification on Annexed -- Properties
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1997; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about enforcing a residential zoning classification on two parcels of real property that were annexed some time ago by a city.
Enforcing City Water Conservation Measures
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2007; Reviewed: January 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what legal action can the City take against outside water users who fail to make the 'asked for' water conservation steps, short of cutting off their water?
Enforcing Compliance with Posted Street Numbering
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1991; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether other cities have ordinances that guarantee posting of street numbers.
Enforcing False Fire Alarm Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the false alarm ordinance, levying a $150 "service fee" on businesses after third false alarm, is enforceable.
Enforcing Municipal Ordinances Outside the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1996; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it may enforce its ordinances dealing with tall grass, junk cars, and dangerous buildings within one mile of the city limits.
Enforcing Stormwater and Pretreatment Ordinances through the Administrative Process, Including the Use of Civil Penalties
General (Created: 02/07/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the authority of cities to use the administrative process to impose penalties for stormwater and pretreatment violations.
Engineer Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineer/Codes Official.
Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 06/26/2003; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official.
Engineering Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Assistant.
Engineering Fees
General (Created: 06/13/2006; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for information on determining engineering fees.
Engineering Technician (1)
Job Description (Created: 08/02/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Technician for the City of Belmont.
Engineering Technician (2)
Job Description (Created: 07/01/1999; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Technician for the City of Maryville.
Englewood Debt Management Policy
General (Created: 09/20/2011; Reviewed: September 20, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to customize the model debt policy based on a percentage of expenditures.
Enhancing the Economic Vitality of the Central Business District
General (Created: 12/11/2015; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS provided several approaches that have been successfully employed in other Tennessee cities to accomplish this objective.
Ensuring Effective Municipal Service Delivery to Diverse Constituents: Preparing Tennessee Cities to Serve Changing Communities
(Created: 12/05/2015; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

The purpose of this MTAS-sponsored research study is three-fold, 1) identify current diversity initiatives (e.g. training programs, resources, and programming) within Tennessee municipalities that prepare local government employees to serve diverse populations, 2) identify existing service delivery initiatives that serve diverse local constituents in Tennessee municipalities (e.g. language materials, etc.), 3) identify future diversity-related training and resources most beneficial to the municipality in serving diverse constituents. The central research question is, 'In what ways can Tennessee municipalities better prepare to serve an increasingly diverse public?'
Ensuring That the Disabled Employee(s) Can Take the Same Smoking Breaks Other Employees Have
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1998; Reviewed: June 22, 2012 )

MTAS was asked whether a disabled municipal employee legally can demand a 'smoking area' in an otherwise smoke-free public building.
Enterprise Software Survey
Survey (Created: 11/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked about the software package and vendor they are using for managing the utilities department, finance functions, a local school district, and fleet.
Entitlement of the City to In Lieu Of Taxes from an Electric System
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/1995; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to in lieu of taxes from an electric system with respect to the system's property in the city.
Entry Level Firefighter Job Description
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A job description for an entry level firefighter for the City of Dayton.
Entry Level Police Officer Salary
Survey (Created: 10/31/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Four cities responded to an MTAS survey about their salary range for an entry level police officer.
Environmentalist or Equivalent Position: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: February 25, 2010 )

10 cities were asked questions about personnel handling environmental compliance.
Equal and Uniform Tax Rate
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/29/1996; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the town could set up separate taxing districts based on whether the residents of an area received water and sewer services from the town.
Equipment Operator (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Equipment Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Equipment Purchased by an Industrial Development Corporation Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/19/1995; Reviewed: May 22, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an Industrial Development Corporation Board could purchase equipment for a local manufacturer with its bonds and then lease the equipment to the industry then, once the bonds were paid off, the Board would allow the industry to retain the equipment.
Equipment Purchases by the Joint City/County E-911 Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1993; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board could accept one of two offers to furnish equipment or if it must advertise and accept bids.
Escorted funeral processions
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2000; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Should a city allow funeral-home escorts at funeral processions?
Essentials of the Pension Protection Act
(Created: 04/08/2008; Reviewed: April 10, 2008 )

Through the Pension Protection Act, Congress attempts to provide workers with enhanced security by strengthening funding requirements and administration of defined benefit pension plans. The PPA also contains provisions for defined contribution plans such as 401(k) plans, IRAs, 457 plans and 403(b) plans.
Establishing a City Court
General (Created: 08/01/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Regarding the establishment of a city court, the city should notify the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in writing. After the names of the judge and clerk are in the AOC system, they will receive notices of conferences and training classes.
Establishing a Debt Policy and a Fund Balance Policy for the Town of Altamont
Ordinance (Created: 09/14/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to provide ordinances to establish a debt policy and a fund balance policy for the Town of Altamont.
Establishing a Parks and Recreation Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/1992; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about establishing a parks and recreation board.
Establishing a Planning Commission and Initiating Zoning within the Corporate Limits
General (Created: 09/09/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information about the requirements for creating a planning commission and initiating zoning.
Establishing a Regional Airport Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1996; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how municipalities and/or counties establish a regional airport "commission" with respect to the Metro. Airport.
Establishing a Separate E-911 System for the City When There is a County-Wide E-911 System
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/1993; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can establish a separate E-911 system when there is a county-wide E-911 system.
Establishing an Economic Development Program
General (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

The City of Medina requested MTAS to assist in establishing an economic development program.
Establishing Voting Districts in the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/09/1994; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about establishing voting districts in the city.

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