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Establishment and Operation of a Public Library
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/07/2000; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

The city in question cannot vary from TCA provisions regarding the establishment and operation of its public library.
Establishment May Sell Guns and Off-Premises Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/2004; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the beer board may refuse to issue an off-premises beer permit to an establishment which intends to sell guns as a part of its business.
Establishment of a City Environmental Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the establishment of an environmental court in the city and the organizational implications such a court would have on the existing city court.
Estimate of Tennessee Cities Using an Annual Evaluation Process
General (Created: 01/10/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to estimate the number of cities who conduct annual evaluations on their employees.
Estimating the PILOT for Municipal Gas Systems
(Created: 12/05/2006; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to determine the proper allocation of gas system in-lieu of tax for the Town of Whiteville from the City of Bolivar.
Etowah, Tennessee, ISO Review
(Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This report will cover the review of communication, the fire department, and the water system following the recommendations of ISO's Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).
Evaluating an On-Call System
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/1991; Reviewed: September 12, 2005 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate an on-call system for firefighters.
Evaluating an RFP/RFQ for Consulting Services
Form (Created: 08/31/2015; Reviewed: September 9, 2015 )

This RFP evaluation scoresheet is a template that can be modified for projects other than selecting consulting services.
Evaluating Solid Waste Collection for Commercial Refuse and Cardboard Collection
(Created: 09/29/2006; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate commercial garbage collection and cardboard collection and evaluate sanitation rates.
Evaluation of City Manager
Form (Created: 01/23/2020; Reviewed: January 23, 2020 )

This is a form that can be used to evaluate a City Manager in any town or city in Tennessee.
Eviction Notices
General (Created: 12/18/2006; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS assisted in writing an eviction notice and a request to vacate to the tenants in a city-owned building.
Evidence Technician
Job Description (Created: 12/30/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Evidence Technician.
Example of a Monthly Administrative Report
(Created: 12/11/2013; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an example of a monthly administrative report that a city manager might present to the mayor and city council.
Examples of Vehicle Use Policies
General (Created: 08/21/2013; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some samples of vehicle use policies.
Excavation Safety Policy Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/07/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance establishing an excavation safety policy for the Town of Wartrace.
Excess Funds in Public Improvement Bond
General (Created: 01/08/2014; Reviewed: January 21, 2014 )

MTAS was asked whether excess funds that remained from a public improvement bond called to complete required subdivision work should be returned to the surety company.
Exclusive Franchises for Sewer Treatment Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

There is sufficient authority for this town to grant an exclusive franchise for sewer service to one entity.
Executive Director/Manager Salaries in Selected Airports in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 08/12/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Six airport managers were asked questions about their budget and the salary of their executive directors and managers.
Executive Secretary City Manager's Office
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary City Manager's Office.
Executive Secretary II
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II for Engineering and Development Services.
Executive Secretary II Administrative Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II/Administrative Assistant.
Executive Summary: Cities of Alcoa & Maryville & Blount County Solid Waste Issues Study
(Created: 07/26/2002; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

A summary of a solid waste study conducted by MTAS and CTAS; a full report in hardcopy is in the MTAS library.
Exempt and Non-Exempt Cities Under the State Fire Marshal's Building and Fire Code
General (Created: 10/31/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the difference between an exempt and nonexempt city under the State Fire Marshal's Building and Fire Code.
Exempting Property from Taxation
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/2001; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can exempt a certain person's property from taxation for 99 years, in consideration of his gift to the city of property.
Exemption from Application of the State Fire Marshal's Minimum Statewide Standards under T.C.A. '68-120-101
General (Created: 03/27/2014; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the town is authorized to issue building permits and conduct inspections on the new county elementary school.
Exemption Test Forms
Form (Created: 03/17/2008; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to develop forms for FLSA exemption "tests" and work with the city to identify applications.
Exotic Animals Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if Tennessee has an exotic animals law and if private property owners are prohibited from keeping pythons.
Expending Municipal Funds to Relocate Sewer, Water, and Gas Mechanical Equipment at the Request of a Property Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/1995; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of expending municipal funds to relocate sewer, water and gas mechanical equipment at the request of a property owner who wishes to backfill his property.
Expenditure for Spouses
General (Created: 01/12/2015; Reviewed: January 13, 2015 )

MTAS was asked whether it is an allowable expenditure for a city to pay dinner charges for elected officials and their spouses at a one-time Christmas event and whether a city may pay for a picnic for employees and their spouses.
Expunged Records
General (Created: 09/05/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the meaning of expunged records.
Extending Contract Terms
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can renew their contract with a solid waste disposal company without having to open it up to competitive bidding.
Extending Fire Service on a Contract Basis Outside Corporate Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/1993; Reviewed: April 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town could extend fire service on a contract basis outside corporate limits and, if so, whether this would increase the town's liability exposure.
Extending or Advancing Sick Leave to an Employee Who Needs Surgery
General (Created: 09/06/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can extend or advance sick leave to an employee who needs time off for surgery and has used up all her leave to date.
Extending Sewer System, Deeding Property to the City, and Using the Name of the Police Dept. on Materials Distributed by a Private Organization
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/12/1991; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can extend their sewer system and compel property owners outside the municipality to connect to that system, whether a city can accept donated property, and whether a private organization can use the the city's police on their literature to raise funds for drug awareness programs.
Extending the Term of Municipal Officers to Effect Changes in Election Dates or to Accomplish Staggered Terms
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/20/1995; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can extend the term of municipal officers to effect changes in election dates or to accomplish staggered terms.
Extending the Terms of Office of Appointed Staff Members to Coincide with the Mayoral Election
General (Created: 01/09/2014; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a one year extension of the terms of office of specific staff members to align the commencement of those terms with the next mayoral election.
Exterior Lighting Regulations: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/1999; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about the regulation of exterior lighting on commercial property.
Extraterritorial Arrests
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked under what authority police officers have the right to arrest and pursue defendants outside the territorial limits of the city.
Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/25/1992; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

The City's zoning ordinance remains in effect until the Town either enacts its own zoning ordinance or by ordinance rescinds the City's zoning.
Facilities Maintenance: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Kingsport
Survey (Created: 03/01/2004; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

Five cities were asked several questions about the number of public facilities and the employees who provided service to those facilities in the areas of HVAC, plumbing, locksmith, carpentry, electrical repair, and painting.
Facilities Management
(Created: 10/31/2014; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the city's management structure for facility maintenance because of the city's major capital investment in its facilities and the ongoing operational costs associated with their maintenance and repair.
Facilities Usage Policies and Procedures: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/15/2005; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked about allowing park facilities or community centers to be used by concert venues or large events that are not city sponsored.
Facility Naming Policies
General (Created: 06/15/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of facility naming policies.
Failure of the Local Government to Substantially Comply with the Public Hearing Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/1998; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the failure of the local government to substantially comply with the public hearing notice and other procedural requirements prescribed by the state law is jurisdictional rather than directory.
Failure to Provide Proof of Automobile Insurance a Municipal Ordinance Violation
(Created: 01/21/2002; Reviewed: August 9, 2005 )

Tennessee Code Annotated requires drivers of vehicles charged with various state and local traffic violations, or involved in traffic accidents, to produce proof of automobile insurance and a city may make the violation of that statute a municipal ordinance violation.
Fair Credit Reporting Act
(Created: 09/10/1999; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

Do you conduct background and credit checks on new hires? If you do, the amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1997 (FCRA) may make this practice unlawful if you haven't been getting the applicants' written permission.
Fair Credit Reporting Act (2010)
(Created: 01/13/2010; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

The provisions of FCRA, CRECA and FACTA directly affect those cities that use outside agencies to secure information about applicants and employees.
Fair Credit Reporting Act (2011)
(Created: 01/18/2011; Reviewed: January 19, 2011 )

The provisions of FCRA, CRECA and FACTA directly affect those cities that use outside agencies to secure information about applicants and employees.
Fair Credit Reporting Act (2012)
(Created: 11/15/2012; Reviewed: February 4, 2013 )

The FCRA requires employers who use outside agencies to perform credit or other background checks (including criminal, reference, or driving record checks) to comply with comprehensive notice, consent, and disclosure obligations both prior to doing the checks and after the results are reported.
Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption Tests
Form (Created: 10/26/2015; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to develop forms for FLSA exemption "tests" for use in cities.
Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption Tests
Form (Created: 11/28/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop forms for FLSA exemption "tests" for use in cities.
Fair Labor Standards Act Impact on Cities
General (Created: 04/03/1985; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

This Technical Bulletin discusses the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Garcia v. San Antonio Transit Authority (February 19, 1985), which reversed the 1976 National League of Cities v. Usery decision.
Fair Labor Standards Act: An Overview and Update
(Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2005 )

This document covers what the FLSA requires, who is and is not covered, hours worked and compensation, overtime pay, record keeping and penalties.
Fair Labor Standards Act: Revised and Updated (2009)
(Created: 06/18/2009; Reviewed: June 18, 2009 )

This document details the specifics of the act: what the act requires, who is covered and who is not covered, hours worked and compensation, overtime pay, record keeping, and penalties.
Fair Labor Standards Act: Revised and Updated (2011)
(Created: 02/14/2012; Reviewed: February 14, 2012 )

This document details the specifics of the act: what the act requires, who is covered and who is not covered, hours worked and compensation, overtime pay, record keeping, and penalties.
Fair Labor Standards Act: Revised and Updated (2012)
(Created: 12/20/2012; Reviewed: February 22, 2013 )

This document details the specifics of the act: what the act requires, who is covered and who is not covered, hours worked and compensation, overtime pay, record keeping, and penalties.
Fair Pay Initiative (Section 13(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act): The Executive, Administrative, Professional, and Computer Employees Exemptions Revisited-1
(Created: 06/08/2004; Reviewed: August 18, 2005 )

The Fair Pay Initiative nearly triples the salary threshold for overtime, establishes that exemptions do not apply to certain jobs, and identifies those employees who must be paid a minimum wage and premium overtime wages.
Fairview, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 04/30/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer this question: Where should Fairview place its fire stations to provide coverage for the City of Fairview and Fairview's response district based upon the maximum five-mile coverage area allowed by ISO?
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993: Major Developments Since Enactment
General (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An update of the FMLA, including major case law.
Family Medical Leave Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/23/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Has an employee exhausted her leave under the FMLA, if the leave was given orally and not in writing?
Family Medical Leave Act (2010)
(Created: 04/30/2010; Reviewed: May 3, 2010 )

The FMLA was passed in 1993, amended in 2008 to provide leave entitlements for military families, and updated in 2009 by the Department of Labor.
Family Medical Leave Act ... an Updated Guide
(Created: 02/29/2012; Reviewed: March 19, 2012 )

This publication will attempt to provide your city with an overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) including recent amendments, legislative history and the intersection of FMLA with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act).
Farmer's Market Insurance in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Ten cities in Tennessee were surveyed regarding farmer's markets and insurance for the vendors.
Farmers' Markets in Tennessee Cities
General (Created: 04/13/2015; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on what a city needs to know to host a farmers' market inside the city limits, including rules, regulations, and vendor applications.
Federal and State Standard Mileage Rates Announced
(Created: 01/10/2006; Reviewed: )

Summary of changes in the 2006 federal and state reimbursement rates for mileage.
Federal and State Standard Mileage Rates Announced (2008)
(Created: 03/05/2008; Reviewed: March 6, 2008 )

Summary of changes in the 2008 federal and state reimbursement rates for mileage.
Federal Brownfields Legislation Can Help Cities to Eliminate Decay
General (Created: 01/29/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act will help cities by providing funding to clean up and revitalize brownfield sites.
Federal Grants Available to Fire Departments: Successful Funding for Tennessee Fire Departments (2007)
(Created: 04/02/2007; Reviewed: April 3, 2007 )

The federal government will provide several opportunities for grant funding to fire departments again this year.
Federal Mileage Rate Effective January 1, 2009
(Created: 01/07/2009; Reviewed: January 9, 2009 )

The optional standard mileage rate decreased to 55 cents per mile for all business miles driven after December 31, 2008.
Federal Mileage Rate Effective January 1, 2010
(Created: 12/15/2009; Reviewed: March 8, 2010 )

The optional standard mileage rate decreased to 50 cents per mile for all business miles driven after December 31, 2009.
Federal Mileage Rate Effective January 1, 2011
(Created: 12/15/2010; Reviewed: December 17, 2010 )

The optional standard mileage rate increased to 51 cents per mile for all business miles driven after December 31, 2010.
Federal Mileage Rate Effective July 1, 2011
(Created: 07/12/2011; Reviewed: July 15, 2011 )

The optional standard mileage rate increased to 55.5 cents per mile for all business miles driven on or after July 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011.
Federal Mileage Rate Increase Effective July 1, 2008
(Created: 07/10/2008; Reviewed: July 11, 2008 )

The optional standard mileage rate increased to 58.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2008, through December 31, 2008.
Fee for Municipal Delinquent Tax Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/23/2004; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney filing suit for collection of delinquent real property taxes is limited to a 10% fee.
Fees and Policies for Grinder Pumps in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/06/2019; Reviewed: November 6, 2019 )

MTAS surveyed a number of Tennessee cities regarding their fees and policies for grinder pumps.
Fees for Building Inspections: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/2001; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

Cities were asked if they charge building inspection fees or related fees and the amounts of these fees.
Fees Sent to State by City Courts
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about fees/costs sent to the State for violations tried in city court.
Filing Suit for Collection of Delinquent Real Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the procedure for collecting delinquent property taxes when the county taxes have been paid.
Filling Two Vacancies in the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/15/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of how two vacancies in the board of mayor and aldermen are filled.
Filling Vacancies in the City's School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2006; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the school board chairman's appointment to fill the vacancy on the school board was legal.
Filling Vacancies on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen by Appointment
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/07/1993; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether an appointment made by the Board to fill a vacancy created when no one ran for an expired aldermanic seat was an appointment for two or four years.
Filling Vacancies on Your City Council
(Created: 05/27/2011; Reviewed: May 27, 2011 )

This publication presents an argument in favor of cities adopting succession plans.
Film Royalties: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 12/21/2009; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked whether they pay any type of royalty or permission fee for showing movies at special events.
Final Regulations: Volunteers and the Affordable Care Act
General (Created: 02/17/2014; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

In summary, hours worked by a volunteer who does not receive (and is not entitled to receive) compensation in exchange for the performance of services are not treated as hours of service for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Finance and Administrative Limited Organizational Review for Bartlett, Tennessee
(Created: 02/18/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

The purpose of this review was to analyze the current organizational chart and positions within the Department of Finance and Administration.
Finance Review of Parks and Recreation Dept. of Chattanooga
(Created: 06/02/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This review of the Parks and Recreation Department, focuses specifically on three areas of Recreation, the POWERHOUSE, Aquatics, and the Recreation centers.
Financial and Operational Issues for a Sewer Line to Serve the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.
(Created: 08/26/2005; Reviewed: October 20, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to assist Spring City with financial and operational issues regarding the sewer line being constructed to serve the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.
Financial Audit Advertisement
Form (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

A sample advertisement for an auditor who is qualified to perform a financial and compliance audit.
Financial Liability of Town as the Result of an Electric System Equipment Failure
General (Created: 05/15/2014; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

The town, as the customer, is being asked to pay for an as yet undetermined amount of electricity over an undetermined period of time by the electric distributor and wants to know how far back the utility can bill a customer for usage.
Financial Responsibility Act
General (Created: 12/19/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2010 )

MTAS was asked for information on the State's new Financial Responsibility Act.
Financial Review of Non-City Athletic Leagues
General (Created: 02/06/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has an obligation to conduct any type of financial review of non-city athletic leagues.
Finding Money (2012)
(Created: 10/02/2012; Reviewed: October 2, 2012 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee (2008)
(Created: 08/13/2008; Reviewed: August 15, 2008 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee (2010)
(Created: 01/31/2010; Reviewed: February 8, 2010 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee (2011)
(Created: 12/23/2011; Reviewed: January 17, 2012 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money For Municipal Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee
(Created: 02/01/2003; Reviewed: August 8, 2005 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee
(Created: 07/16/2007; Reviewed: July 19, 2007 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Finding Money for Municipal Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Projects in Tennessee
(Created: 04/20/2006; Reviewed: June 29, 2007 )

This guide provides an overview of various financing programs available to Tennessee's local governments for water, wastewater, solid waste, and other project needs.
Fines and Court Costs Survey in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 04/11/2003; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

Eight cities were asked about fines, court costs, and litigation tax.
Fines for Traffic Violations and Fees for Mandatory Driving School
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/22/2001; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

It is permissible for a court to both impose a fine and order an offender to attend and pay the fees for safe driving school.
Fines for Violation of Town Ordinances
General (Created: 04/02/2007; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how much the fine can be and if a separate fine can be assessed for each day of a violation.
Fire (and Police) Departments Liable for Negligent Response
(Created: 05/27/2003; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

Under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act, municipalities are liable for the negligence of their employees, with some exceptions; one of those exceptions is 'discretionary functions."
Fire Chaplains
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there has been a case where a fire chaplain program has been challenged on establishment clause grounds.
Fire Chief
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief for the City of Smyrna.
Fire Chief (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire Chief (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire chief is in the driver's seat
General (Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

An article answering the question regarding the responsibility and scheduling of the Fire Chief's position in a fire department.
Fire Chief Sample Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 09/12/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A collection of several sample job descriptions for the position of fire chief; includes job descriptions for fire chiefs of a volunteer fire department.
Fire Code for the City of Lebanon
(Created: 06/29/2000; Reviewed: July 27, 2010 )

Recommends that the City of Lebanon adopt the "Standard Fire Prevention Code."
Fire Department Accreditation: A New Way of Evaluating Efficiency and Effectiveness of Fire Departments
(Created: 09/26/2006; Reviewed: July 27, 2010 )

Accreditation is a way to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of a fire department by determining community risks and fire safety needs, accurately evaluating the organization's performance, and providing a method for continuous improvement.
Fire Department Accreditation: A New Way of Evaluating Efficiency and Effectiveness of Fire Departments (2012)
(Created: 04/25/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2012 )

Accreditation is a way to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of a fire department by determining community risks and fire safety needs, accurately evaluating the organization's performance, and providing a method for continuous improvement.
Fire Department Assessment for the Etowah Fire Department
(Created: 08/16/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct an ISO study for the City of Etowah, exploring the dispatch center, the water supply, and the fire department.
Fire Department Assessment for the Kingston Fire Department
(Created: 07/31/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist the Kingston Fire Department in preparing for an ISO inspection.
Fire Department Budget and Staffing: A Telephone Survey Conducted for the City of Harriman
Survey (Created: 09/01/2004; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked questions about their fire department budget and number of full-time and part-time fire fighters.
Fire Department Budgets: A Survey Conducted for Jasper
Survey (Created: 01/26/2007; Reviewed: July 27, 2010 )

Nine cities were asked whether they have a full time paid fire chief and the fire department budget for FY2007.
Fire Department Major
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Fire Department Executive Officer with the rank of Major.
Fire Department Operations for Non-Fire Types
General (Created: 05/01/1995; Reviewed: September 23, 2014 )

Ray Crouch developed an MTAS cross-training class that was delivered at Montgomery Bell Park, May 1995.
Fire Department Recognition Bill
General (Created: 02/26/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This information from a TFCA flyer answers questions about the Fire Department Recognition Bill.
Fire Department Schedule
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Proposed 28-day schedule for a fire department working a 24/48 shift pattern, including meal time deduction and kelly day.
Fire Department Sick Leave Policies
Survey (Created: 05/25/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

TPMA sent out a survey to determine how municipalities handle sick leave for Fire Department employees and received fourteen responses.
Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure: Fire Department Vehicle Safety, Emergency and Non-Emergency Response, Safe Emergency Operations on Roadways
General (Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This procedure identifies requirements for the implementation of a safe Fire Department vehicle operations program.
Fire Department Training Records
General (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Fire Department records for training and personnel are open for inspection upon demand during any reasonable hours.
Fire Department Training Requirements and Training Budget Comparisons
(Created: 01/02/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to answer questions on standard procedures for fire departments and provide information on educational expenses and other policies.
Fire Drills in Schools and ISO Credit
Form (Created: 01/21/2020; Reviewed: January 21, 2020 )

Section 1000 of the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule evaluates the community risk reduction efforts in a community. Part of Section 1032B1, Fire Safety Education in Schools, evaluates fire safety efforts in schools, including the conducting of monthly fire drills. This section requires that “Each school must conduct 1 fire exit drill, in accordance with the general criteria of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, or the ICC International Fire Code each month that the campus is in session.”
Fire Hydrant Charges Expensed to General Fund
Survey (Created: 07/31/2002; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

Update of 1994 survey with 22 cities contacted.
Fire Hydrant Color
General (Created: 10/17/2001; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

A letter giving specifications for fire hydrant colors.
Fire Hydrant Flow Test Results Calculator
General (Created: 02/26/2015; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

This spreadsheet may be downloaded to calculate the results of fire hydrant flow tests.
Fire Hydrant Installation, Maintenance, and Fees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 04/30/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions about fire hydrants and the utility districts to which they are attached.
Fire Hydrant Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/24/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

An ordinance adopting by reference the NFPA fire hydrant color coding standards and establishing certain standards for fire flows and hydrants and use of some existing fire hydrants.
Fire Hydrant Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/04/2003; Reviewed: March 1, 2006 )

An ordinance adopting by reference the NFPA fire hydrant color coding standards and establishing certain standards for fire flows and hydrants and use of some existing fire hydrants.
Fire Hydrant Rental
General (Created: 05/14/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal and what is a reasonable fee for the general fund to pay the water fund a 'rental fee' for fire hydrants.
Fire Inspection Quality Assurance Survey
Form (Created: 01/24/2020; Reviewed: January 27, 2020 )

This form is a sample survey that cities can use as follow up after a fire code compliance inspection.
Fire Inspector
Job Description (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Fire Inspector.
Fire Inspectors in the Codes Department
General (Created: 07/17/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any municipalities in the state have fire inspectors in the codes department rather than the fire department and, if so, how that works.
Fire Inspectors: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

MTAS asked eight cities whether they have a fire inspector and the salary range for that position.
Fire Investigator Mentor Program
General (Created: 11/14/2008; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This Fire Investigator Mentor Program has been endorsed by the Tennessee Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and recognized by the IAAI as an excellent program in training and qualifying new fire investigators.
Fire Loops
General (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on public vs. private fire loops connected to public water system.
Fire Performance Management Worksheets for Shelby County
(Created: 12/09/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS and CTAS collaborated on this project for Shelby County Government Fire Department.
Fire Positions Exempted from Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Mandatory Retirement at Age 60
Survey (Created: 09/01/2017; Reviewed: October 30, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities to determine if their battalion chief or shift caption positions are exempted from the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System mandatory retirement for public safety positions at age 60.
Fire Protection Charges: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/1999; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

Cities were asked if they have a fire protection charge, if it is a charge per hydrant, and the amount of the charge.
Fire Protection Charges: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Columbia
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

Nine cities were asked about charges for extrication, hazardous materials cleanup, false alarms, and fees for fire code inspections.
Fire Protection Improvement Report, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
(Created: 11/14/2005; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A follow-up report of conditions related to the management and operation of the Signal Mountain Fire Department.
Fire Service Evaluation
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

The Insurance Service Office (ISO) serves Tennessee insurance companies by evaluating cities' fire defenses for insurance rating purposes.
Fire shift commanders and assistant chief salary and overtime
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Fifteen Tennessee cities were surveyed regarding their fire departments and the levels of authority in them.
Fire Shift Supervisor Survey
Survey (Created: 12/04/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eight cities responded to this survey that asks about the position that is responsible for the supervision of two or more fire stations and their crews.
Fire Station Location Study Model
(Created: 05/31/1989; Reviewed: September 22, 2014 )

This fire study serves as a guide and model for the proper, clinical study of a local government's fire/rescue station coverage and acts as an instruction manual and template for the general management consultant's application.
Fire Subscription Service
General (Created: 08/17/2015; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of creating a four-to-five mile radius around the corporate limits within which the town would offer fire protection services on a subscription basis.
Fire Support Specialist
Job Description (Created: 11/13/2019; Reviewed: November 13, 2019 )

A sample job description for a Fire Support Specialist.
Fire Support Specialist
Job Description (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A sample job description for a fire support specialist.
Fire Truck Inspection Cost
General (Created: 11/25/2003; Reviewed: March 1, 2006 )

MTAS was asked what it will cost to have a ladder truck inspected.
Fire Watch Policy
Form (Created: 02/08/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This sample fire watch policy provides for the continuous presence of a trained person, who maintains a constant fire watch, while the required fire protection system is out of service.
Firearms for Fire Personnel
General (Created: 12/16/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a Fire Chief and other members of a Municipal Fire Department may carry firearms.
Firearms in Parking Lots
General (Created: 05/21/2015; Reviewed: May 21, 2015 )

As enacted, this bill creates a cause of action against an employer for discharge or adverse employment action based solely on transportation or storage of a firearm or firearm ammunition in an employer parking lot.
Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter.
Firefighter 1 Training
General (Created: 11/03/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the requirements for a Firefighter to become certified as a Firefighter 1.
Firefighter Certification
General (Created: 10/11/2002; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a legal requirement to have firefighters certified.
Firefighter Driver
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Driver.
Firefighter Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Mechanic.
Firefighter Minimum Training Law: Public Chapter 512 - 2009
(Created: 08/17/2009; Reviewed: August 17, 2009 )

The law does three things: (1) establishes a 16-hour class that must be taken by anyone who enters the fire service before they can respond to any emergency, (2) requires that every firefighter complete a basic firefighter class, as defined by the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy, within three years of joining a fire department, and (3) provides exceptions for firefighters who already have five years of experience.
Firefighter Physicals and Janitorial Staff Survey
Survey (Created: 10/09/2018; Reviewed: October 9, 2018 )

MTAS Human Resources Consultant Richard Stokes designed and executed this survey regarding firefighter physicals and janitorial staff in May 2018.
Firefighter Professional Negotiations Act
General (Created: 02/27/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

A summary of the cost of collective bargaining for firefighters in Tennessee.
Firefighter Vacation Accrual in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: October 30, 2019 )

MTAS asked a number of Tennessee cities how they handle vacation accrual for firefighters.
Firefighters as Auxiliary Police Officers and Dispatcher Psychological Assessment Survey
Survey (Created: 01/10/2020; Reviewed: January 10, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities and towns regarding allowing firefighters to serve auxiliary police officers and also the psychological assessment of dispatchers.
Firefighters Driving on a License from Another State
General (Created: 04/03/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, in Tennessee, firefighters are required to have a valid Tennessee driver's license to operate vehicles and work in the full capacity of a fire fighter.
Firefighters Must Have Key to Fire Station
General (Created: 09/19/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

If a fire station is locked when not occupied, then all firefighters must have a key.
Firefighters on 24-Hour Shift Survey
Survey (Created: 08/08/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Thirty-one cities were asked whether their firefighters on 24-hour shifts were paid by the hour or on a salaried basis.
Firefighters Vacation Accrual Summary Report
Survey (Created: 03/23/2010; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eighteen cities were asked about vacation leave for full-time employees of the fire department.
Firefighters' Pay Under Military Leave Statute
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/07/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to compute 20 days of military leave for firefighters, who generally work 24 hour shifts.
Fireworks Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/21/2005; Reviewed: October 24, 2006 )

An ordinance to regulate the sale and use of fireworks.
Fireworks Sample Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/19/2006; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

An ordinance to add Chapter 4, "Fireworks," to Title 7 of the City of ______ Municipal Code.
Firing the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/29/2000; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for whom the City Attorney works and if the City Attorney may be fired.
First NFPA Fire Inspector Training Scheduled
(Created: 11/08/1994; Reviewed: June 19, 2002 )

Because certification of fire inspectors is now required by the state, a training session is being offered for the NFPA exam.
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager for the City of Smyrna.
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager.
Fitness Program Survey
Survey (Created: 05/06/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twenty-four cities and departments were asked about fitness programs available to their employees; requested by Knox County Personnel.
Five Basic Steps for Registering a Domain Name for Your Municipality (2008)
(Created: 10/31/2008; Reviewed: November 10, 2008 )

An explanation of how a city may register a domain name for a Web site.
Five Basic Steps for Registering a Domain Name for Your Municipality (2012)
(Created: 11/08/2012; Reviewed: November 13, 2012 )

An explanation of how a city may register a domain name for a website.
Flea Market Dealers
General (Created: 02/03/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Registering dealers at a multi-vendor open-area flea market that routinely occurs along the Tennessee border and probably has multi-state vendor participation.
Fleet and Materials Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fleet and Materials Manager.
Fleet Maintenance and Operations Schedules
Form (Created: 07/12/2012; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Seven checklists for preventive maintenance and inspections.
Fleet Maintenance Services Survey
Survey (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS asked six cities about charging the city's various departments for fleet services.
Fleet Management Tips for Municipal Decision Makers
(Created: 11/20/2012; Reviewed: November 20, 2012 )

This publication informs municipal decision makers on how to manage and fund fleet operations; includes a sample vehicle replacement plan.
Fleet Management: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 11/24/2008; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their fleet management practices.
Floral Arrangements
General (Created: 01/08/1998; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A policy for sending floral arrangements or fruit baskets to municipal employees.
FLSA and Exempt Employees
General (Created: 09/29/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide documentation allowing city to send employees home when they have worked 40 hours in workweek.
FLSA Claims
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/2002; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether as part of a settlement of an FLSA claim, an employee can sign an enforceable waiver of rights.
FLSA Firefighter Definition Revised (2001)
(Created: 02/09/2001; Reviewed: March 14, 2012 )

Clarification of an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding the definition of "an employee in fire protection activities."
FLSA Firefighter Definition Revised (2012)
(Created: 03/20/2012; Reviewed: March 20, 2012 )

Clarification of an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding the definition of "an employee in fire protection activities."
FLSA Overnight Travel Compensation
General (Created: 04/08/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A summary of the FLSA requirements for compensation associated with overnight travel.
FLSA Questions on Bereavement and Overtime
General (Created: 02/01/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Questions on recognizing bereavement leave as hours worked and hours worked over 8 in a day.
FLSA Reminder: Congress Increased Minimum Wage
(Created: 06/18/2009; Reviewed: June 18, 2009 )

This is a reminder that the FLSA increases the minium wage from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour, effective July 24, 2009.
FLSA Reminder: Congress Increased Minimum Wage (2008)
(Created: 07/17/2008; Reviewed: July 17, 2008 )

The FLSA has been amended to increase the federal minimum wage in three steps.
FLSA Update No. 1
General (Created: 02/25/1987; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

This is the first in a series of updates that will be published regarding significant changes made to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
FLSA: New Legislation Lessens Impact
General (Created: 11/07/1985; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

Signed into law November 4, 1985, new legislation postponed the application of FLSA' s overtime and recordkeeping requirements until April 15, 1986, and precluded liability for any violations of those requirements occurring before that date.
FLSA: The Continuing Saga
General (Created: 09/24/1985; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

Although the FLSA is basically a single law requiring the payment a minimum wage and overtime, the enforcement of the act is often complex and perplexing.
FMLA and Extended Leave of Absence: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/14/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twenty-three cities were asked about their FMLA policies and extended leave of absence policies.
FMLA Forms Now Updated by DOL
Form (Created: 06/05/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

For those of you who maintain hard copies of FMLA sample forms, as provided by the Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division, you will need to destroy outdated revisions, and replace with the newly issued (Effective June 1, 2015) forms.
FOG programs in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 03/08/2019; Reviewed: March 8, 2019 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a request for information on their local FOG programs and the fees that may be associated with the program.
Forcing the City to Accept and Maintain Private Streets Located in Privately Owned Residential Developments
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can be forced to accept the dedication and ongoing maintenance responsibility for private streets, street lights and storm sewers located within condominium and planned unit developments.
Forcing the City to Increase the Size of Water Lines in a Trailer Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1995; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can be forced to increase the size of water lines in a trailer park.
Forestry Inspector
Job Description (Created: 11/16/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Forestry Inspector
Forestry Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 11/15/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Forestry Supervisor
Form for Operating a Business in the City of Lebanon
Form (Created: 06/15/2000; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A form to help the city deal with new businesses, providing the applicants with notice to comply with the city's zoning laws.
Form for requesting water and sewer services availability
(Created: 05/08/2018; Reviewed: May 8, 2018 )

A form used by the Metro Water Services department for the public to request the availability of water and/or sewer services to properties serviced by the department. An additional form from Henry County, GA is included a reference document.
Form of Petition for Liquor Sales
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/12/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a form of petition for package liquor sales and liquor-by-the-drink sales.
Forming a Municipal Industrial Development Corporation
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/1993; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the advantages and disadvantages of forming a municipal Industrial Development Corporation.
Forming a New Police Department
General (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the benefits of forming a new police department versus contracting with the county for police services.
Forms for Beer Permit and Beer Permit Application
Form (Created: 03/27/2003; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a sample beer permit application and a sample beer permit.
Forms for Health Insurance Bid Request, Dental Insurance Bid Request, and Life Insurance Bid Request
Form (Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: May 22, 2006 )

Forms to accompany What Every City Needs to Know about Health, Dental and Life Insurance.
Forms of Payment Accepted for Plans Review and Permits Survey
Survey (Created: 10/14/2015; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS asked ten cities about the forms of payment accepted from general contractors and subcontractors for plans review and building permits.
Forms to Accompany Capital Asset Accounting System
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Includes a sample capital asset disposal record, a capital asset ledger card, and a model resolution to establish a threshold that dictates when expenditures may be capitalized.
Forms to Accompany the Drug Fund Manual
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Includes sample forms, description of the forms, and a sample drug fund budget.
Formula Rate of Interest Changes to 8.00 Percent on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 07/02/2004; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

The rate in effect for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004, and ending June 30, 2005, has been set at eight percent (8.00%), which is a decrease from last year.
Formula Rate of Interest Changes to 8.25% on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 06/27/2003; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

The rate in effect for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2003, and ending June 30, 2004, has been set at eight and one-quarter percent (8.25%), which is a decrease from last year.
Four Issues Facing City
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1995; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may make charitable contributions to Habitat for Humanity; whether the board of mayor and aldermen may vote on resolutions or ordinances at a regularly scheduled meeting that are not on the agenda; what constitutes a violation of the Public Meetings Law; and whether it is appropriate for a member of the board of mayor and aldermen to also serve as a city officer.
Four Questions from Tracy City
General (Created: 08/12/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions about probation, speed signs, signal lights, and a junked car ordinance.
Four Questions on Deannexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2005; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked four questions relative to annexation and to annexation agreements between cities.
Four Questions on the Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/14/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what "adequate notice" means under the Open Meetings Law; whether three hours was adequate notice of a meeting; what is the effect of action taken at a meeting in which a violation of the Open Meetings Law occurred; and does an illegal meeting make the minutes illegal.
Fowl Ordinance Comparison
Survey (Created: 04/01/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

The Town of Signal Mountain asked twenty-four cities whether they had an ordinance regulating chickens within the city limits.
Franchise Fees
General (Created: 04/28/2004; Reviewed: February 21, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about charging a water franchise fee for a service area being served by the utility district but that is within the city limits.
Franchise Fees and Electric Cooperatives
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to research the power of the city to require an electric cooperative to pay franchise fees.
Free Speech Rights of Municipal Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether government employees have unfettered First Amendment rights under the federal constitution.
Free Water and Sewer Service Provided to School
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to provide water for free to a public school, and posed further questions about the enforcement of the agreement with the county and school district.
Frequency of Election : Local Option
General (Created: 02/15/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Information was requested on the frequency of elections for liquor by the drink.
Fringe Benefit Survey for Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 01/31/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A city asked how much other cities in Middle Tennessee are paying in fringe benefits.
FTC Issues Final Rules Clarifying Fair Credit Reporting Act Requirements (2006)
(Created: 01/18/2006; Reviewed: )

The provisions of FCRA, CRECA and FACTA directly affect those cities that use outside agencies to secure information about applicants and employees.
FTC Suspends Enforcement of FACTA Red Flags Rule
(Created: 11/05/2008; Reviewed: November 10, 2008 )

Enforcement of the FACTA Identity Theft Red Flags Rule has been suspended until May 1, 2009.
Fuel Reduction Task Force Report
(Created: 11/18/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A summary of the 5%, 10%, and 15% fuel reduction plans submitted for the departments of Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Wastewater.
Fuel System for Aviation Usage
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: March 8, 2010 )


Full Time Police Officer Wishes to Be Hired As Part Time Recreation Director
General (Created: 05/08/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

An employee works 43 hours a week as a police officer and wants to be hired for an additional 20 hours a week as the recreation director.
Full-time Mayor and Benefits: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 11/19/2007; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked if they have a full-time mayor and the salary and benefits for that position.
Function and Duties of a Home Rule Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Basic introduction of charter commission candidates to the functions and duties of the charter commission.
Funding for a 911 Center
General (Created: 05/24/2011; Reviewed: June 17, 2011 )

MTAS was asked whether a city had to contribute to the 911 center.
Funding for Phase II Stormwater Management: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/20/2004; Reviewed: May 3, 2006 )

Thirty-one cities were asked to update information about stormwater fees they are charging.
Funding for Phase II Stormwater Management: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Franklin
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Thirty-one cities were asked about stormwater fees they are charging.
Funding for Phase II Stormwater Management: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Franklin
Survey (Created: 04/01/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twenty-seven cities were asked questions about their budget, funding sources, and fees for Phase II stormwater management.
Funding Volunteer Fire Departments
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1996; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a county's method of funding volunteer fire departments and contracting with municipal fire departments is illegal.
Funeral Escorts: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 08/01/1999; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Ten cities were asked whether their police departments would provide free escort for all funerals.
Furnishing Around the Clock Police Protection Due to the Presence of a Liquor Store in Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/28/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town must furnish around the clock police protection due to the presence of a liquor store in town.
Future of Public Finance, Trends and Challenges
General (Created: 06/14/2005; Reviewed: February 3, 2010 )

A PowerPoint presentation on public finance.
Gallatin Golf Course CMR
(Created: 07/20/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A comprehensive management review of the Gallatin Golf Course.
Gallatin Leisure Services Study
(Created: 08/14/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An evaluation and recommendations for the Dept. of Leisure Services of the City of Gallatin.
Gallaway, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Gallaway requested a comprehensive management overview of the fire department. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
Garbage Fee Collection
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/2004; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether water or gas services can be discontinued for nonpayment of garbage fees.
Garbage Truck Bid Notice
RFP (Created: 11/21/2003; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop bid specifications for manual side and rear loader 14 cubic yard garbage truck.
Gas Authority Entering into an Agreement Binding the Parties to Arbitration
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/21/1993; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Gas Authority may enter into an agreement with a marketing company that obligates the parties to submit to binding arbitration.
Gas Fund Evaluation & Recommendations
(Created: 10/01/2004; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to calculate the natural gas rate and whether or not to keep the gas system and how to set rate.
Gas Pipeline Company Wishes to Bore Under City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/1995; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a gas pipeline company can bore under city streets without the permission of the city for the purpose of making gas pipeline installations in the city.
Gas Tap Fees
Survey (Created: 09/15/2005; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

Eight cities were asked about the fees associated with hooking up new customers to the gas system.
Gas Tax Distribution
General (Created: 01/16/2018; Reviewed: December 17, 2019 )

MTAS responds to questions regarding how the city will receive the new "gax tax" fund.
Gas Utility Franchise Fees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 01/01/2000; Reviewed: January 17, 2006 )

Cities were asked if there is a franchise agreement between the gas utility and the city and the cost of the franchise fees.
GASB 34 Forms
Form (Created: 05/07/2004; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was requested to provide assistance to Morrison on the implementation of GASB 34; includes a resolution and forms for keeping records.
GASB Statement 34
(Created: 12/18/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2007 )

The results of GASB 34 affect the audit report primarily by requiring new disclosures, a new required supplementary data section, a narrative analysis of the audited financial statements and additional financial reports.
GASB Statement No. 45
(Created: 03/31/2007; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

An overview of the new financial reporting standard issued by the Government Accounting Standards Board concerning postemployment benefits other than pensions.
GASB Statements Number 33 and 36
(Created: 09/18/2002; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

The focus of these statements is when and how to record revenue.
Gated Community Proposal
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/22/2000; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Considers the question of allowing a gated community to close its public streets in the evening.
General Assembly Enacts Laws Affecting Municipalities
(Created: 05/24/2002; Reviewed: May 24, 2002 )

This Hot Topic Bulletin summarizes the new Public Acts to date that have the most significant impact on municipal operations.
General Fixed Asset Accounting
(Created: 04/01/1992; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )


General Fund: Fund Balance Policy
General (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

The Fund Balance Policy is intended to provide guidelines during the preparation and execution of the annual budget to ensure that sufficient reserves are maintained for unanticipated expenditures or revenue shortfalls.
General Information on PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) Agreements
General (Created: 05/17/2017; Reviewed: December 12, 2019 )

MTAS was asked for information on the basics and limitations of PILOT agreements.
General Questions Regarding ADA Compliance
General (Created: 07/16/2018; Reviewed: December 12, 2019 )

MTAS was asked the following questions: "How the city’s utilities – gas, electric, water/wastewater – should handle ADA compliance?" and "What does the city need in regards to procurement procedures, zoning ordinance and municipal codes?"
General Sessions Judge Serving as City Attorney
General (Created: 10/23/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a general sessions judge in the county may also serve as an attorney for a town in that jurisdiction.
General Sessions Judge Serving as the City Judge for Additional Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1993; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the general sessions judge can serve as the city judge for a salary in addition to his general sessions judge salary.
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
(Created: 10/01/2012; Reviewed: October 1, 2012 )

The purpose of GINA is to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment.
Germantown Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures
(Created: 07/08/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An SOP from the Germantown Fire Department.
Getting an Issue on the Ballot
General (Created: 07/07/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a citizen goes about getting an issue on the ballot.
Getting To Know and Maybe Love Your Municipal Charter
(Created: 07/31/2008; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

Explains what a municipal charter is, what it does, and how it may be changed.
Getting to Know and Maybe Love Your Municipal Charter
(Created: 12/01/1996; Reviewed: December 27, 2004 )

Explains what a charter is, what it does, and how it may be changed.
Gettting a Liquor-by-the-Drink Referendum on the Ballot
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/17/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the council needs to pass a resolution to get a liquor-by-the-drink referendum on the ballot.
Gift and Gratuities Acceptance Policies
General (Created: 07/26/2015; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examples of gift policies or acceptance of gratuities policies.
Gift of City Property to an Employee
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/26/2000; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City may give a retiring city official the vehicle he was using for department purposes, as a retirement present.
GIS Manager Salary and Job Description Survey
Survey (Created: 07/16/2019; Reviewed: July 16, 2019 )

This survey was conducted to gather salary information and job descriptions for GIS staff in selected cities. Responses from 10 cities are included as well as sample job descriptions.
GIS Salaries Survey
Survey (Created: 04/05/2011; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Sixteen organizations were asked about the salaries for GIS positions.
GIS Survey
Survey (Created: 09/01/2000; Reviewed: November 29, 2006 )

Tennessee cities were asked whether they are using GIS, how long GIS has been in place, how it is being used, and staffing requirements.
GIS Use for Public Works Management
(Created: 03/30/2010; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

This report examines public works entities' use of GIS, budgets, funding, resources, technical support and other pertinent information, broken down by both size of entity and region.
GISt of GIS: The Geographic Information System Handbook
(Created: 04/01/1994; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )


Giving a Fire Truck to a Citizen and the Right of a Citizen to Vote at a Commission Meeting
General (Created: 04/10/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2012 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of the city commission giving a fire truck to a citizen and the right of a citizen to vote at a commission meeting.
Giving a Property Owner Adequate Legal Notice That He Owed Delinquent Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/1996; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a property owner got adequate legal notice that he owed delinquent property taxes and of the delinquent tax sale.
Giving Adequate Public Notice of a Open Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1999; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about giving adequate public notice of a open meeting.
Giving or Selling City Property to a Private Cemetery Association
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can give to a private nonprofit cemetery organization, property to be used as a cemetery.
Goals and Objectives Plan for the Town of Bell Buckle
General (Created: 06/13/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with strategic planning, focusing on four areas: protect health and safety and maintain basic services; enhance community attractiveness and charm; support economic growth and community sustainability; maintain fiscal integrity and administrative efficiency.
Golf Carts and ATVs on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/15/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can authorize golf carts and all terrain vehicles (ATVs) to operate on city streets
Good Service Request Systems Keep Customers Happy (2006)
(Created: 07/17/2006; Reviewed: July 18, 2006 )

Automated service request systems are proven to be cost-effective, labor-saving devices that greatly enhance management efficiency.
Good Service Request Systems Keep Customers Happy (2009)
(Created: 10/29/2009; Reviewed: October 29, 2009 )

Automated service request systems are proven to be cost-effective, labor-saving devices that greatly enhance management efficiency.
Good Service Request Systems Keep Customers Happy (2012)
(Created: 11/02/2012; Reviewed: November 2, 2012 )

Automated service request systems are proven to be cost-effective, labor-saving devices that greatly enhance management efficiency. By using the chief components outlined in this report, your city can develop an efficient automated request system.
Good Service-Request Systems Keep Customers Happy
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: January 17, 2006 )

Essential elements to ensure a successful system handling daily service requests and complaints.
Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 08/31/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Goodlettsville requested a comprehensive management overview of many city departments including the fire department. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provisions of the Social Security Administration
(Created: 03/11/2005; Reviewed: March 11, 2005 )

The GPO and WEP are two provisions of the act that reduce the Social Security benefits of non-covered workers who become entitled to Social Security either through a spouse or by working the requisite amount of time in a covered position.
Grading Permit Policy for the City of Athens
General (Created: 02/19/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2017 )

The intended purpose of this policy is to safeguard life, limb, property and public welfare by regulating clearing, earthwork, excavation, and other land disturbing activity and by requiring temporary and permanent provisions for its control.
Grading Permits and Hillside Development : a Telephone Survey Conducted by -- the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/01/2002; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

MTAS asked several cities about approval and enforcing of grading permits.
Graffiti Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/28/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An ordinance prepared by the Town of Smyrna defining graffiti, dealing with its removal, authorization to use municipal funds, and violations.
Graffiti Removal Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/2012; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of an ordinance or other action to institute an order of maintenance aimed specifically at graffiti, under which the city could go in and cover or remove the graffiti and levy the costs against the property owner.
Grandfathering Fireworks Stands Annexed into the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/14/1994; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can "grandfather" fireworks stands annexed into the city?
Grant Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2017; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grant Coordinator.
Grant of a Franchise to a Water Utility Necessary for the Utility to Operate Within the Municipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/04/1990; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the grant of a franchise to a water utility is necessary for the utility to operate within the municipality.
Grant Writer / Administrator
Job Description (Created: 04/01/2000; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grant Writer / Administrator
Grant Writers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Thirteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they employ a full-time grant writer.
Granting a Retail Liquor License
General (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: June 6, 2011 )

MTAS was asked about granting a retail liquor license when the city limits the number of licenses by population.
Granting an Exclusive Contract for Garbage Collection
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/13/1991; Reviewed: February 27, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to look closely at the manager-commission charter to determine whether there is authority to grant an exclusive contract for garbage collection in the City.
Grants Analyst 2
Job Description (Created: 09/11/2017; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grants Analyst 2 from the State of Tennessee.
Grants Specialist
Survey (Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grants Specialist.
Grants Specialist, Senior
Job Description (Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior Grants Specialist.
Gratuitous Payment for Increased Price of Gasoline Under Garbage Collection Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/20/2006; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can compensate a contractor for the increased price of gasoline it has taken for the contractor to perform a contract for the city.
Grease Traps in Restaurants
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a restaurant is required to install a grease trap under the city's ordinance governing pretreatment of sewage.
Green Waste Questionnaire
Form (Created: 03/14/2014; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Several counties and cities entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to participate in a feasibility study to determine best options for addressing green waste. The purpose of this questionnaire is to collect information about green waste volume and current management practices for use in the feasibility study; includes preliminary response data.
Greeneville Tipping Fees
General (Created: 04/16/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

This project evaluates tipping fees for the solid waste transfer station and demolition landfill, as well as use of the Reserve Fund.
Greeneville Water Commission Management & Operation Review
(Created: 11/30/2008; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a CMR for the GWC.
Greeneville Water Commission Water Rate Study
(Created: 08/29/2008; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS evaluated Greeneville Water Commission's (GWC) current water financial statements, prepared projections for revenues and expenses, modeled water rates and made recommendations.
Greeneville Water System Question
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if there is another water system that is owned by the city but operated by a separately elected Board, such Board having full authority to operate the system.
Grievance Hearings and Rights of At Will Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what rights at will employees have to a grievance hearing on adverse employment actions, and what right such employees have to be represented by counsel.
Gross Revenues under CATV Franchise Agreements
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/2003; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a franchise agreement with a cable company and conduct legal research on what constitutes "gross revenues" as that term is used in agreements.
Groundskeeper (Assistant)
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

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

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper, Assistant.
Groundskeeper (Head)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper (Head) for the City of Smyrna.
Group Health Insurance Renewal
General (Created: 08/14/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in interpreting the city's health care insurance options.
Group Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may impose regulations on group homes for the mentally handicapped located in residential areas.
Growth Plan Participation
General (Created: 09/04/2001; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

The City of Monteagle has the right to participate in the development of a growth plan for Franklin County.
Growth Plan Policy Requires Joint Development Board
(Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: September 17, 2001 )

Cities need to be aware that forming a Joint Economic and Community Development Board is part of the growth plan process. Certain grants will be unavailable to counties and cities if a board is not established by July 1, 2001.
Growth Policy, Annexation, and Incorporation Under Public Chapter 1101 of 1998: A Guide for Community Leaders
(Created: 09/01/1998; Reviewed: May 15, 2006 )

This guide covers countywide planning, annexation, plan of services in annexed areas, incorporation, tax revenue implications of annexation, and miscellaneous provisions.
Gruetli-Laager Police Department
General (Created: 11/22/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town of Gruetli-Laager that operates under the general law Mayor-Alderman Charter is required to have a police department.
Guarantees Accepted from Residential Developers Survey
Survey (Created: 11/26/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

Several cities were asked questions about how the guarantees they accept from residential developers are utilized.
Guide to Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 07/16/1987; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

This Technical Bulletin is the second update to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The information presented in the bulletin represents changes and updates regarding compliance with the FLSA in Tennessee cities.
Guide to Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 10/01/1986; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

The application of the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to municipal government has proven to be one of the higher impact items with which Tennessee Cities have been required to deal with over the past several years. This publication will provide you with a comprehensive look at the Fair Labor Standards Act and its overall impact on your municipality.
Guidelines for Taking Minutes at Meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 05/13/2011; Reviewed: October 25, 2011 )

MTAS was asked about who should take meeting minutes and how minutes may be amended.
Guidelines Governing Municipal Truck Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can amend its truck weight ordinance to prohibit through truck traffic from using Road A to Road B inside the city, and exempt from the ordinance trucks leaving the landfill, delivery and pick-ups at a certain business.
Gun Stoppers Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/07/1995; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a search based upon an anonymous tip.
Guns in Parks: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 08/18/2009; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Summary of the results of a survey about opting out of the provision to make guns legal in parks.
Hair Length and Styles for Female Police Officers
Survey (Created: 11/14/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked about their policy on hair length and style for female police officers; includes sample policies.
Half Cent for Better Roads
General (Created: 09/22/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A website designed to share information with citizens about a proposed half cent sales tax increase; includes interactive map and FAQs. http://bayhalfcent.com/
Halloween Ordinance and Slum Clearance Ordinances
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/24/1991; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to provide a comprehensive ordinance geared specifically to Halloween and to determine the notice procedures used by municipalities that have adopted slum clearance ordinances.
Hamilton County Government Group Health Plan Request for Proposal
RFP (Created: 06/26/2007; Reviewed: February 18, 2010 )

An RFP for proposals for HMO, POS and PPO products, both fully-insured and self-funded; includes certificate of compliance.
Handicapped Access, In-Lieu-Of Tax Payments, Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required to provide handicap access to the second floor walking track in its new recreation building, if the Electric Company can change its monthly in-lieu of tax payments to a single annual payment, and whether the City can put 'liquor by the drink' back on the ballot during the next election since the measure was approved in the last election.
Handicapped Parking
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/16/1992; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the law governing handicapped parking .
Handicapped Parking at City Parking Meters
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether TCA permits disabled and handicapped persons who display the appropriate license plate and/or placard to park in handicapped parking spaces beyond the time limits prescribed by a city ordinance for the parking space.
Handicapped Parking, Doubling Parking Meter Fines, and Vicious Dogs
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/1999; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked questions about handicapped parking, doubling parking meter fines, and vicious dogs.
Harriman Charter Amendment
(Created: 02/05/2002; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

A resolution to amend the Harriman city charter.
Harriman Utility Board Management and Analysis: Management's Discussion and Analysis
(Created: 04/29/2004; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to provide narrative discussion and analysis of the financial activities of HUB.
Harriman Utility Board Management's Discussion and Analysis
(Created: 12/01/2003; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to assist the utility with drafting the MD&A for the annual audit.
Harriman, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 08/31/2015; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS conducted this CMR by review of submitted documentation, field study work involving interviews with Harriman personnel, physical inspection of the fire stations and equipment, and a tour of the service area.
Harrogate, Tennessee Fire Protection Management Report and Recommendations
(Created: 01/29/2008; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The city council asked MTAS to look at the fire department and report if they should have an ISO review as well as make recommendations on how the department could be improved.
Hatch Act: Guidance From Federal Government
General (Created: 07/20/2017; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

Hatch Act Modernization Guide for State and Local Employees
Hazardous Materials Incident Reimbursement Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/10/2011; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

A sample ordinance for the reimbursement of costs associated with a hazardous materials incident.
Health Benefits Consultant RFPs
RFP (Created: 06/28/2016; Reviewed: June 30, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of requests for proposals (RFPs) for a health benefits consultant.
Health Care Benefits for Those Working Over 30 Hours per Week
General (Created: 08/31/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked when it will become a requirement for cities to offer medical benefits to everyone working over 30 hours per week.
Health Care Reform and W-2 Reporting Guidance
General (Created: 10/08/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information about Form W-2 for Health Care Reform reporting.
Health Insurance
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: April 30, 2017 )


Health Insurance Benefits to Family Following a Line of Duty Death
Survey (Created: 10/18/2016; Reviewed: February 14, 2017 )

Thirty-five cities responded to an MTAS survey asking whether the city provides health insurance benefits to qualifying survivors in the event of a line of duty death.
Health Insurance Coverage for City Employees: a Telephone Survey Conducted -- by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/07/2002; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

Cities were asked questions about the health insurance coverage options they provide for employees.
Health Insurance Premiums as Salary for Municipal Elected Officials and Employees (2006)
(Created: 08/23/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

In some Tennessee cities, compensation is awarded to mayors and board members in lieu of health insurance coverage.
Health Insurance Premiums as Salary for Municipal Elected Officials and Employees (2010)
(Created: 05/27/2010; Reviewed: September 22, 2011 )

In some Tennessee cities, compensation is awarded to mayors and board members in lieu of health insurance coverage.
Health Insurance Waiting Periods in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/20/2019; Reviewed: August 20, 2019 )

A survey of selected Tennessee cities regarding waiting periods for health insurance for municipal employees.
Heard Without Shouting: Promoting Civility in Citizen Engagement
(Created: 08/05/2009; Reviewed: January 15, 2010 )

A summary of the work UT MTAS has completed as a Public Policy Institute.
Heart, Lung and Hypertension Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/1996; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to define a "fireman"/ "firefighter" within the meaning of the Heart, Lung and Hypertension Act.
Heavy Equipment Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Heavy Equipment Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Heavy Truck Traffic Regulation
General (Created: 07/15/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on heavy truck traffic regulation.
Helicopter Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/14/2000; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of helicopter regulation.
Helping Tennessee Cities to Deal with Escalating Health Insurance Costs
(Created: 11/06/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The City of Cowan requested MTAS assistance in helping to reduce the increase in health insurance premiums.
Henderson Solid Waste Collection Review
(Created: 04/26/2004; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

A review of solid waste collection and alternatives for future solid waste collection and disposal.
Hendersonville, Use of Time Clocks Survey
Survey (Created: 02/27/2014; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked several questions about their use of time clocks for employees to track their daily time.
High Potential for Conflict of Interest for the City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/30/1992; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city manager has a potential conflict of interest because of the contract between the city and the partnership of which he is a part.
HIPAA Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information
(Created: 12/11/2002; Reviewed: February 22, 2006 )

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued modifications to HIPAA rules by establishing standards, requirements, and implementation specifications to protect the confidentiality of health information.
HIPAA Training Acknowledgment Form
Form (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

A form to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of the Town's HIPAA policy and training on that policy.
Hiring a City Administrator
General (Created: 05/13/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the advantages of hiring a city administrator.
Hiring a City Manager
Form (Created: 02/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in hiring a replacement city manager. Includes an evaluation system for council members to review the cover letters and resumes.
Hiring a City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can hire a city manager when there is no provision in the charter for such an officer or employee.
Hiring a City Manager
(Created: 05/13/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in the process of hiring a city manager.
Hiring a New Building Inspector
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/12/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

Because the building inspector has failed to receive certification from the state fire marshall, MTAS was asked how the city should proceed with regard to inspecting the buildings where construction is in progress and hiring a new inspector.
Hiring Minors Age 16 and 17
General (Created: 07/09/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a city's responsibilities when hiring minors age 16 or 17 for a fulltime seasonal position.
Hiring New Firefighters and Promoting Firefighters
General (Created: 04/08/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Includes information on volunteer firefighters.
Hiring Questions about Applicant Pool and an Applicant with Known Disabilities
General (Created: 08/13/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for advice when there is a very small applicant pool and one applicant has a known disability that might affect his or her ability to perform the job.
Historic Business Licenses Are Public Records
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether business licenses are public record if they are more than seventy years old.
Historic Planning Commission: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Sixteen Cities were asked about residents petitioning to approve an historic zoning designation or overlay
Historic Preservation Committee Powers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/2000; Reviewed: March 24, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be advantageous for the Historic Preservation Committee to become a 501 corporation.
Historic Weapon Use: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 11/18/2013; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Five cities were contacted about re-enactments, inspecting and firing historic weapons, use of black powder, and liability insurance.
Historical Commission By-Laws
General (Created: 07/15/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to help prepare by-laws for the LaFollette Historical Commission.
Historical Zoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/01/2000; Reviewed: March 24, 2010 )

MTAS was asked questions about the authority of local historic zoning commissions.
Holding a Referendum for the City to Create a Municipal School District
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/2011; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding a referendum to create a municipal school district.
Holding Dual Offices
General (Created: 01/23/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if there is a prohibition either in the city's charter or in state law that prevents a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen from also serving as either a county commissioner or a register of deeds.
Holding Multiple Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2000; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the same person can hold multiple local government offices.
Holiday Compensation for Public Safety Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 02/20/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eleven cities were asked how they compensate full-time and part-time firefighters for holidays and how these policies compare to police patrol employees.
Holston Business Development Center: A Report to the City of Kingsport, Tennessee
(Created: 09/30/2015; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was engaged to conduct a review of the Holston Business Development Center (HBDC) for the purpose of identifying future directions due to the pending retirement of the executive director.
Home Deliveries of Pizza and Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/03/1999; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is permissible for the Beer Board to allow a restaurant that delivers pizzas also to make home deliveries of beer to accompany the pizza orders.
Home Rule Charters in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 05/10/2005; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Assistance to Mt. Juliet included a survey of thirteen Tennessee cities about Home Rule.
Home Rule Cities Cannot Impose Taxes Except by General Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/15/1996; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any provision of the proposed City Charter represents a "hidden" method by which the city can impose additional taxes on city residents.
Home Shopping Network Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/07/2003; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether home shopping revenues are included in "gross revenues" within the meaning of the city's cable TV franchise.
Horticultural Program Assistant
Job Description (Created: 03/01/1995; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Horticultural Program Assistant.
Horticultural Technician
Job Description (Created: 01/01/1991; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Horticultural Technician.
Hotel-Motel Tax
General (Created: 08/05/2005; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for information on the use of hotel/motel tax revenue.
Hotel-Motel Tax
General (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may enact a hotel-motel tax if the county already has one.
Hotel-Motel Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/09/2002; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked what the city needs to do in order to implement a hotel-motel tax.
Hotel-Motel Tax Cap
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/2009; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a cap on the hotel-motel tax.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/01/2015; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

This document includes those cities that responded to MTAS's request for information regarding the collection of a hotel-motel tax. It is not a comprehensive list of all Tennessee cities. Fifty-five cities responded that they do collect a hotel-motel tax, with an average reported tax rate of 4.5%; 112 cities responded that they do not collect this tax.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2007)
(Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: November 2, 2007 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2008)
(Created: 09/30/2008; Reviewed: October 15, 2008 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2009)
(Created: 08/26/2009; Reviewed: August 26, 2009 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2010)
(Created: 11/18/2010; Reviewed: November 22, 2010 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2011)
(Created: 08/05/2011; Reviewed: August 19, 2011 )

The proceeds from the hotel-motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in your enacting ordinance, private act, or general law.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2012)
(Created: 07/12/2012; Reviewed: July 16, 2012 )

This report discusses how cities levy the hotel-motel tax, limitations on levy of the tax, exceptions, collecting the tax and estimating proceeds from the tax, and includes a list of Tennessee city and county hotel-motel tax rates.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 10/17/2006; Reviewed: )

This revenue source may help municipalities increase their tourist promotion activities or supplement general fund revenues.
Hotel-Motel Tax Increase Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/31/2003; Reviewed: February 18, 2010 )

A hotel/motel ordinance to increase the tax from 3 to 5%.
Hotel-Motel Tax Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/06/2003; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

An ordinance levying a privilege tax upon the occupancy in any hotel or motel or any place in which rooms, lodgings or accommodations are furnished to transients for a consideration.
Hotel/Motel Tax
General (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may enact a hotel/motel tax where the county has already enacted one.
Hotel/Motel Tax from the Residents of Motels Who Rent Their Motel Rooms by the Week or Other Period
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to a hotel-motel tax from the residents of motels who rent their motel rooms by the week or other period.
Hotel/Motel Tax in Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 11/01/2005; Reviewed: March 28, 2006 )

The proceeds from the hotel/motel tax can be used for purposes authorized in the ordinance, private act, or general law authorizing or levying the tax. Includes sample ordinance.
Hotel/Motel Tax in Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: November 1, 2005 )

The proceeds from the hotel/motel tax can be used for most general purposes, ranging from economic and tourist development to retirement of outstanding debt.
Hotel/Motel Tax in Tennessee Municipalities.
(Created: 03/21/2006; Reviewed: October 26, 2006 )

This revenue source may help municipalities increase their tourist promotion activities or supplement general fund revenues.
Hours for Beer Sales When Private Club Also Holds Liquor License
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether or not the hours for liquor sales set by the ABC apply to the hours for beer sales when the City has not approved liquor sales.
Hours of Sale of Liquor-By-The Drink
General (Created: 07/11/2001; Reviewed: March 1, 2006 )

Chapter 727 of Public Acts of 2000 added new language to 57-4-203(d) which permits the ABC to change the hours of sale of liquor-by-the-drink through an administrative rulemaking, but that each municipality that wants to retain the TCA hours can opt out of the changed rules by passage of a simple resolution, and can also opt back in later with the same procedure.
Hours of Service Under FMLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/31/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the application of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
How Any City Can Conduct a Utility Rate Study and Successfully Increase Rates (2008)
(Created: 03/20/2008; Reviewed: March 27, 2008 )

A guide to conduct utility rate studies and successfully implement rate increases.
How Any City Can Conduct a Utility Rate Study and Successfully Increase Rates (2011)
(Created: 04/27/2011; Reviewed: April 27, 2011 )

A guide to conduct utility rate studies and successfully implement rate increases.
How Any City Can Conduct a Utility Rate Study and Successfully Increase Rates (2012)
(Created: 04/26/2012; Reviewed: January 22, 2013 )

A guide to conduct utility rate studies and successfully implement rate increases.
How Does a Municipality Collect Fines and Costs?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1991; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked how a municipality collects fines and costs.
How is residency of a voter or of an officeholder determined?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1998; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the residency of a voter or of an officeholder is determined.
How Property May Become Right of Way Without Formal Dedication and Acceptance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/2003; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research the manner in which property may become right of way without formal dedication and acceptance.
How the City Complies with the FLSA Regarding Overtime Pay for Firefighters
(Created: 01/06/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to how Lenoir City complies with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act concerning how the city pays for overtime.
How To Conduct a City Council Meeting Based on Roberts' Rules of Order
(Created: 07/16/2008; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

A guide to conducting city council meetings that includes the duties of the mayor and the city recorder, handling of motions, and keeping the minutes.
How to Decide What People Get Paid : Secrets from the CompDoctor
General (Created: 10/06/2017; Reviewed: October 6, 2017 )

E-book compilation of articles by the authors on pay strategy, job analysis, job evaluation, market analysis, perofmance management, and general HR/compensation management. Authors are consultants with the Arthur J. Gallager & Company's Public Sector and Higher Education Compensation Consulting Practice.
How to Enforce Slum Clearance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/1996; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a summary of a city's slum clearance ordinance.
How to Incorporate a New City in Tennessee
General (Created: 07/01/2000; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Procedures and forms required for incorporating a new city in Tennessee.
HR Director Recruitment
General (Created: 06/15/2011; Reviewed: June 17, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to review the resumes for the position of Human Resources Director.
Human Resources: Independent Contractor or Employee?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/2015; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a specific individual is an employee of the city or an independent contractor.
Humboldt Fire Department Salary and Organizational Plan
(Created: 11/06/2001; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Salary scale and organizational plan for the Humboldt Fire Department.
ICMA Model Employment Agreement 2003
General (Created: 01/01/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Sample of a model employment agreement.
ID Required for Hotel Guests
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/21/2000; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked for sample ordinances compelling hotels and motels to obtain certain information of registrants, including an ID.
Immigration Reform and Control Act (I-9), E-Verify and Tennessee Employers (2013)
(Created: 02/22/2013; Reviewed: February 22, 2013 )

Employers are required to verify the identity and employment eligibility of any person employed by the organization. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is responsible for the documentation of alien employment authorization, for Form I-9 itself, and for the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.
Impact Fees and Adequate Facilities Tax
General (Created: 07/16/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS provided examples from other Tennessee cities on impact fees and adequate facilities tax.
Impact fees under Mayor-Aldermen Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/04/1995; Reviewed: October 30, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city has authority under its charter to pass an ordinance establishing impact fees on new development within the city for major road, parks and recreation, police protection, and fire protection facilities.
Impact Fees, Development Taxes, and Adequate Facilities Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2006; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to address a question about impact fees and levying an adequate facilities tax.
Implementing GASB 34
General (Created: 07/08/2004; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked for help in estimating the life expectancy of buildings and equipment.
Implied Dedication and Acceptance of a City Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/22/1999; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether there has been an implied dedication and acceptance of a city street.
Implied Dedication of an Alley
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/27/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain alley is a city street.
Important Notice of Changes to P.O.S.T. Commission Rules
(Created: 11/04/2002; Reviewed: July 14, 2006 )

The Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission recently enacted several rule changes, several of which will have a significant impact on local law enforcement agencies.
Imposing a Lien on Property for Its Clean-Up
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/31/1991; Reviewed: January 30, 2006 )

MTAS was asked how to impose a lien on property for its clean-up.
Imposing Fines for Pretreatment Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/27/2004; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can impose fines of $1,000 for pretreatment violations.
Imposing New Regulations on the Sale of Beer on Existing Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could impose new regulations on the sale of beer on existing businesses, specifically, prohibiting the sale of beer at drive-in windows.
Imposing Property Maintenance Regulations Through a Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/2004; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can impose property maintenance regulations through its zoning ordinance.
Imposing Special Assessments on Property Owners to Help Fund Parks and Fire Department Improvements
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/09/2012; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could use the special assessment provision of the General Law Mayor-Aldermanic Charter to impose special assessments for park and fire hall improvements.
Imposition of Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/17/2000; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information on governing the imposition of court costs.
In Lieu of Tax from the City Hospital
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1997; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to an in lieu of tax from the City Hospital.
In Lieu of Tax Payment Calculator
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS has developed a worksheet to assist local governments in calculating in lieu of tax payments.
In the Case of a Tie Vote to Fill the Vacant Office of a City Council Member, How is the Fifteen Days Provided for in the Charter Calculated?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

The time within which any act provided by law is to be done shall be computed by excluding the first day and including the last, unless the last day is a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday, and then it shall also be excluded.
In the Sales Tax Referendum Proposed for the City, Residents of Only the Portion of the City Lying in the County Are Entitled to Vote
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/1992; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked, in the sales tax referendum proposed for the city, are the residents of only the portion of the city lying in the county, or the residents of the entire city, entitled to vote.
In-House Billing by City Utilities: A Telephone Survey -- Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/18/2002; Reviewed: March 2, 2010 )

Ten cities were asked how their city utilities are billed.
Incentive Pay for City Employees Who Attain Certification : An Updated Survey Conducted by MTAS
Survey (Created: 10/03/2017; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

Cities were asked if incentive pay was given to employees who attained certification in a job-related or other field, or for earning an associate or Bachelor's degree.
Incentive Pay in Selected Cities: A Survey by the MTAS Library for the City of Maryville
Survey (Created: 05/01/2004; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Six cities were asked if they pay annual supplements to employees who have bachelor's and master's degrees.
Incentive/Disincentive Contracts
General (Created: 06/12/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether other cities use incentive contracts.
Incident Initiated Public Fire Safety Education Encounter
Form (Created: 12/06/2019; Reviewed: December 6, 2019 )

This form should be used to document any fire safety education interaction with the public as a result of the fire department's response to a home or business.
Inclement Weather Notification in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Thirteen cities in Tennessee were surveyed to find out if their municipality closes during inclement weather and if so, how do they communicate that to non-emergency employees who do not have to report to work.
Including Garbage Collection Charges on the Municipal Water Bill Where Non-Payment Will Result in Termination of Water Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/12/1992; Reviewed: July 7, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of including garbage collection charges on the municipal water bill and providing that non-payment of these charges will result in termination of water service.
Incompatible Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2007; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city manager may appoint a member of the board of commissioners to the position of police officer in the city.
Incompatible Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/28/2001; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be proper for the board of aldermen to hire one its members as the new chief of police.
Incompatible Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2000; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An alderman currently serving on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (for which he receives a salary) may not hold a paid position with the County at the same time.
Incompetency as a Ground for Dismissal Without the Support of a Job Description
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/1994; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether incompetency will stand as a ground for dismissal without the support of a job description.
Incorporated Tennessee Municipalities Without a Property Tax
General (Created: 05/11/2001; Reviewed: March 5, 2007 )

List of incorporated Tennessee municipalities without a property tax.
Incorporation and Annexation Question on Disputed Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/25/1994; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether two cities could enter into an agreement dismissing an appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Incorporation Process
General (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS provided some information on the incorporation process in Tennessee.
Increasing Environmental Efficiency of Crossville's Fleet
(Created: 10/04/2007; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

A PowerPoint presentation on biofuels.
Increasing the 10% Voter Petition Threshold
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/05/2009; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a home rule city could increase the 10% voter participation threshold.
Increasing the Number of Commissioners and Providing for the Mayor to be Popularly Elected
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could increase the number of commissioners and provide for the mayor to be popularly elected.
Increasing the Salary of the City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1998; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about increasing the salary of the city judge.
Incumbent Officers Continue to Hold Office until the Newly -- Elected Officials are Sworn In
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/1996; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether board members who are not running for re-election may vote at the next board meeting, which is after the city election.
Indemnification of City Officers, Employees, and Board Members
General (Created: 03/26/2014; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the importance of adopting language to indemnify city officers, employees, and board members while properly acting in the scope of their official duties.
Indemnifying Board Members for Costs of Ouster Suit Where Board Member Prevailed
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/1996; Reviewed: March 3, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could pass an ordinance to indemnify board members for costs of ouster suit where board member prevailed.
Independent Contractor vs. Employee
(Created: 03/13/2008; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

The IRS provides guidance in determining the classification of the employment relationship by evaluating three factors: behavioral control, financial control, and relationship of parties.
Industrial Park Deed Restrictions
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/2009; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether deed restrictions agreed to by city with respect to industrial park could be changed or abrogated by the city.
Industry In-Lieu of Tax Programs
General (Created: 06/14/2002; Reviewed: February 26, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to provide information on an in-lieu-of-tax payment for an industrial board and special assessment district.
Information Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Information Coordinator.
Information on Liquor-by-the-Drink Ordinances
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on liquor-by-the-drink ordinances and whether the hours for package beer sales have to correspond to the hours for liquor-by-the-drink sales.
Information Technology Evaluation and Recommendation
(Created: 05/17/2007; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the Town of McMinnville's current IT status and make recommendations for future planning and growth.
Information Technology Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 02/28/2017; Reviewed: February 28, 2017 )

Several IT job descriptions from the City of Chattanooga, including: Assistant Director IT Operations, Assistant Director IT Security, IT Computer Technician, IT Specialist, IT Support Services Supervisor, and Manager IT Operations.
Information Technology Manager
Job Description (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: December 24, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Information Technology Manager.
Infrastructure Assets Reporting
General (Created: 03/06/2003; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the modified approach for reporting infrastructure assets could be used in the Water & Sewer Fund or other enterprise fund operations.
Infrastructure Investment Gap Facing Drinking Water -- and Wastewater Systems
(Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

The gap between infrastructure spending and infrastructure needs is an enormous problem and it is growing.
Initiative and Referendum Provision in a Home Rule Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/03/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an initiative and referendum provision can be put in a city's home rule charter.
Inoperable Bus as Violation of Town Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2002; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an inoperable bus that is maintained by a business owner on the lot on which the business is located would be considered a 'building' since it is used for storage.
Inspecting a Private Club That Has a Beer License
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can inspect a private club that has a beer license.
Inspection/Duplication of Records Request
Form (Created: 06/03/2014; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

This public record request form is used by the City of Germantown.
Installation and Repair of Railroad Grade Crossings
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/1992; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions concerning the installation and repair of railroad grade crossings within the City.
Insurance for Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the authority of a municipality to provide insurance to its officers and employees.
Insurance Portability Act
(Created: 11/05/1999; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is designed to protect workers from losing their health insurance coverage in cases where they want to change jobs, lose their jobs, or want to become self-employed
Integrating Emergency Medical Services in the Fire Department
(Created: 05/01/2007; Reviewed: July 27, 2010 )

The first responder concept is proven to save lives, and many fire departments are seeing the benefits of providing this valuable service.
Inter-Fund Transfers: Draft Policy of the City of Morristown
General (Created: 12/02/2009; Reviewed: December 10, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to assist with a policy for transferring money from one fund to another.
Inter-Fund Transfers: Draft Policy of the City of Morristown
General (Created: 01/04/2010; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to assist with a policy for transferring money from one fund to another.
Inter-Local Agreement Across State Boundary
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/29/1992; Reviewed: May 22, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could enter into an inter-local agreement with a city in Kentucky.
Inter-Local Agreement for Automatic Response of Fire, Rescue and EMS Services
General (Created: 06/20/2007; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

An agreement for public agencies to render aide through a predetermined plan for fire fighting, rescue, emergency medical, or related technical support services under specific arrangements.
Interest Earned on Utility Deposit
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/2006; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the interest earned on the utility deposit charged by the city for certain utility services belongs to the utility or to the customer.
Interest Rate Currently 10 Percent on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 07/08/2005; Reviewed: July 11, 2006 )

The interest rate in effect for delinquent taxes for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2005, and ending June 30, 2006, has been set at 10 percent, an increase from last year's rate of 8 percent.
Interest Rate Currently 8.75% on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 11/11/2002; Reviewed: July 8, 2005 )

Finance personnel should make sure the interest rate they use, either in manual calculations or in those generated by computer software, is 8.75 percent for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2003.
Interest Rate Set at 12 Percent Effective July 1, 2006, on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 06/28/2006; Reviewed: June 25, 2007 )

The rate of interest effective July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007, has been set at 12 percent, which is an increase from last year.
Interest Rate Set at 12.25 Percent Effective July 1, 2007, on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 06/21/2007; Reviewed: )

The rate of interest effective July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008, has been set at 12.25 percent, which is an increase from last year.
Interest Rate Set at 7.25 Percent Effective July 1, 2009, on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 06/18/2009; Reviewed: November 2, 2009 )

The rate of interest effective July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010, has been set at 7.25 percent, which is a decrease from last year.
Interest Rate Set at 7.25 Percent Effective July 1, 2010, on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: June 29, 2010 )

The rate of interest effective July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, has been set at 7.25 percent, which is the same as for the current year (FY 2011).
Interest Rate Set at 7.25 Percent Effective July 1, 2011, on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 08/19/2011; Reviewed: August 19, 2011 )

The rate of interest effective July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012, has been set at 7.25 percent, which is the same as for the current year (FY 2011).
Interest Rate Set at 9.00 Percent Effective July 1, 2008, on Delinquent Taxes Collected or Administered by the State of Tennessee
(Created: 06/20/2008; Reviewed: June 23, 2008 )

The rate of interest effective July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009, has been set at 9.00 percent, which is a decrease from last year.
Intergovernmental Agreement for Ambulance Services
General (Created: 06/11/2007; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

An interlocal agreement stating that the county is the exclusive provider of EMS within the corporate limits of the cities.
Interim Officer Remains in Office Until Next Regular Election
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/1998; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

The term of the individual holding the interim position of the previous vacant office shall expire at the next regular election.
Interlocal Agreement Between the Town of Walden, Tennessee, Hamilton County, Tennessee and the Hamilton County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office for the Provision of Law Enforcement Services
Resolution (Created: 12/13/2019; Reviewed: December 13, 2019 )

A resolution to create an interlocal agreement between the Town of Walden, Tennessee, Hamilton County, Tennessee and the Hamilton County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office for the provision of law enforcement services.

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