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Interlocal Agreement by and between the Town of Centerville, Tennessee and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County, Tennessee
General (Created: 05/18/2010; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

An agreement for emergency communications services between Centerville and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County.
Interlocal Agreement for Planning Assistance
General (Created: 06/19/2012; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Examples of interlocal agreements for planning services.
Interlocal Agreement for Residential Solid Waste Collection Services
General (Created: 05/14/2007; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

An interlocal agreement between the Town of Mount Carmel and the City of Kingsport for certain residential solid waste collection services.
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act Funding
General (Created: 11/12/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2006 )

MTAS was asked to review a TDOT determination that Sparta does not qualify for ISTEA funds.
Internal Audit Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Internal Audit Manager.
Internal Audit Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2008; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Internal Audit Manager.
Internal Auditor
Job Description (Created: 11/25/2013; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

Several examples of job descriptions for the position of Internal Auditor
Internal Control Tool Kit for Municipal Governments
(Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

This toolkit is intended to assist cities in getting started on or reassessing their existing internal control system.
Internet Forum for Williamson County, Tennessee, Terms of Use Agreement and Resolution
General (Created: 06/01/2011; Reviewed: March 22, 2012 )

An example of a Terms of Use Agreement and a Resolution as submitted by Williamson County for a public Internet forum for use by its County Commissioners.
Internet Service Provider Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/04/2001; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

Does an internet service provider contract qualify as a professional services contract, for which the bid process may be avoided?
Internet Service Provider Contract (Additional Consideration)
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2002; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

Must a city take bids for an internet serivce provider, or does an ISP qualify as a professional service or single source?
Internet Use in Public Libraries: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/1999; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Twelve cities were asked questions about access and policies for internet use in their public libraries.
Interns in the Workplace Survey
Survey (Created: 01/03/2005; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Nineteen cities and counties were asked several questions about their use and pay of interns in city departments.
Interrogation of Inmates at County Jail
General (Created: 06/29/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

The county sheriff no longer allows municipal police officers to interrrogate inmates at the county jail.
Interview Questions for a Children's Programs Librarian
General (Created: 02/21/2003; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample questions to be used when interviewing for a children's programs librarian.
Interviewing and the Law
(Created: 07/01/1996; Reviewed: June 2, 2008 )

Congress provided Federal legal enforcement for equal employment in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with strengthening amendments added in 1972.
Interviewing and the Law (2008)
(Created: 08/02/2008; Reviewed: August 14, 2008 )

Congress provided Federal legal enforcement for equal employment in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with strengthening amendments added in 1972.
Interviewing and the Law (2009)
(Created: 08/27/2009; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

Congress provided federal legal enforcement for equal employment in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with strengthening amendments added in 1972. Unlawful discrimination in the employment process also is enforced through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Interviewing and the Law (2010)
(Created: 11/30/2010; Reviewed: November 30, 2010 )

Congress provided federal legal enforcement for equal employment in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with strengthening amendments added in 1972. Unlawful discrimination in the employment process also is enforced through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Interviewing and the Law (2011)
(Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: September 1, 2011 )

Congress provided federal legal enforcement for equal employment in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with strengthening amendments added in 1972. Unlawful discrimination in the employment process also is enforced through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Interviewing and the Law (2012)
(Created: 01/07/2013; Reviewed: January 11, 2013 )

Congress provided federal legal enforcement for equal employment in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with strengthening amendments added in 1972. Unlawful discrimination in the employment process also is enforced through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Introduction and Formalization of Work Sessions
General (Created: 01/22/2014; Reviewed: January 23, 2014 )

Work sessions should be used to provide an opportunity to review complex or involved projects or issues, or to introduce topics requiring special attention and discussion by the board before the matter is placed on a future agenda for formal action.
Introduction and Formalization of Work Sessions
General (Created: 02/07/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Work sessions should be used to provide an opportunity to review complex or involved projects or issues, or to introduce topics requiring special attention and discussion by the board before the matter is placed on a future agenda for formal action.
Inverse Condemnation of a Private Driveway
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/26/1997; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can cut through a curb that divides a private driveway in a property owned by an individual from a private driveway that runs from a U.S. Highway to a shopping center.
Invitation to Bid: Mowing Services
RFP (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An invitation to bid mowing services for the City of Johnson City.
Invitation to Bidders for Demolition
RFP (Created: 09/23/2003; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to develop a bid package for demolition of a structure containing asbestos materials.
Involvement of City Official in a Business Venture Concerning the Development of Some Property in the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/10/1996; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a city official becoming involved in a business venture concerning the development of some property in a city.
Iran Divestment Act Affects Purchasing In Tennessee Cities and Towns
General (Created: 07/29/2016; Reviewed: July 29, 2016 )

This article reports that persons or entities determined to be engaged in investment activities with Iran are listed on the state's website and are prohibited from contracting with any political subdivision of this state and any contract entered into shall be void.
IRS Regulations on Personal Use of City-Owned Vehicles: Employer's Guide to Fringe Benefits
(Created: 01/09/2007; Reviewed: January 10, 2007 )

The personal use of a city-owned vehicle is taxable to the employee.
IRS Regulations on Personal Use of City-Owned Vehicles: Employer's Guide to Fringe Benefits
(Created: 01/26/2005; Reviewed: January 9, 2007 )

The personal use of a city-owned vehicle is taxable to the employee.
IRS Regulations on Personal Use of City-Owned Vehicles: Employer's Guide to Fringe Benefits (2007)
(Created: 10/31/2007; Reviewed: November 2, 2007 )

The personal use of a city-owned vehicle is taxable to the employee.
IRS Regulations on Personal Use of City-Owned Vehicles: Employer's Guide to Fringe Benefits (2010)
(Created: 06/01/2010; Reviewed: June 1, 2010 )

The personal use of a city-owned vehicle is taxable to the employee.
IRS Regulations Relating to Taxation of City Employees Utilizing City-Owned Vehicles
General (Created: 01/23/1986; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

The personal use of a city-owned vehicle is taxable to the employee.
IRS Releases 2011 Withholding Tables
(Created: 12/21/2010; Reviewed: December 21, 2010 )

The new withholding tables are to be implemented as soon as January 1, 2011, but no later than January 31, 2011.
IRS Rules Change Regarding Diesel Fuel Purchases
(Created: 01/13/1994; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (P.L. 103-66), enacted in August 1993, changed the collection point for the excise taxes on diesel fuel to the same as gasoline.
IRS Rules for Diesel Fuel and Gasoline Purchases (2007)
(Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: November 2, 2007 )

Gasoline, diesel, and certain other fuels purchased for the exclusive use of a state or local government are exempt from the federal excise taxes on those fuels.
IRS Rules for Diesel Fuel and Gasoline Purchases (2009)
(Created: 10/29/2009; Reviewed: June 1, 2010 )

Gasoline, diesel, and certain other fuels purchased for the exclusive use of a state or local government are exempt from the federal excise taxes on those fuels.
IRS Rules for Diesel Fuel and Gasoline Purchases (2010)
(Created: 11/19/2010; Reviewed: November 29, 2010 )

Gasoline, diesel, and certain other fuels purchased for the exclusive use of a state or local government are exempt from the federal excise taxes on those fuels.
IRS Rules-Diesel Fuel and Gasoline Purchases
(Created: 05/01/2002; Reviewed: March 16, 2006 )

Gasoline, diesel, and certain other fuels purchased for the exclusive use of a state or local government are exempt from the federal excise taxes on those fuels.
Is a 'No U-Turn' Sign a Prerequisite to a 'No U-Turn' Prohibition or Ordinance?
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/03/2010; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a 'No U-Turn' sign is a prerequisite to a 'No U-Turn' prohibition or ordinance.
Is a Certain Contract City Administrator an Employee or an Independent Contractor?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2006; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen's delegation of certain administrative functions to the 'Administrative Consultant'Town Operations Supervisor' is legal and if the person holding the position is an employee or an independent contractor.
Is a Meeting of a Committee Appointed by the Mayor Subject to the Requirements of the Tennessee Open Meeting Act?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/31/1999; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a meeting of a committee appointed by the Mayor is subject to the requirements of the Tennessee Open Meeting Act.
Is a Recall Election a General Election?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/2006; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a recall election is a general election.
Is an Individual Working in the Library an Employee of the City?
General (Created: 08/09/2006; Reviewed: September 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an individual is an employee of the city or an independent contractor.
Is DUI Grounds for Removing an Alderman?
General (Created: 08/19/2004; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has the legal authority to remove an alderman who has been arrested for DUI.
Is Taking the Oath of Office Mandatory?
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2006; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

Analyzed the question of whether the oath of office is mandatory and the legal effect the failure of a public officer to take the oath has on his votes and decisions.
Is There Empirical Evidence That Surveillance Cameras Reduce Crime?
(Created: 09/26/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Based on the papers, articles, and reports reviewed, it seems that CCTV is most effective when combined with other crime reducing/deterring methods such as improved lighting, security guards, and defensible space.
ISO Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule
(Created: 10/09/2012; Reviewed: October 8, 2012 )

ISO works with municipal building-code authorities to assess and enforce building codes through its Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) program. The BCEGS program assesses the building codes in effect in a community and how that community enforces them, with special emphasis on mitigating losses from natural hazards.
ISO Offers Free Services to Fire Chiefs
(Created: 06/05/2012; Reviewed: June 11, 2012 )

ISO uses the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) to evaluate a community's fire protection and establish the Public Protection Classification (PPC) grading. The rating evaluates the capabilities of the communications center, fire department and water supply. Fire chiefs should use the FSRS as a planning tool to assist them in developing a strategic plan for improving fire services and to justify and budget for improvements in fire protection.
ISO Ratings for Tennessee Fire Departments: MTAS Survey
General (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

This list is not a comprehensive list of all fire departments in the state of Tennessee. The information was provided by the cities/fire departments who responded to MTAS's request for information.
ISO Ratings: Tennessee Fire Departments (9/24/2018)
Survey (Created: 10/15/2018; Reviewed: October 15, 2018 )

This list of ISO ratings is not a comprehensive list of all fire departments in the state of Tennessee.  The information was provided by the cities/fire departments who responded to MTAS's request for ISO rating information.  If you would like a sortable Excel sheet of this ISO rating data or have any questions, please contact Frances Adams-O'Brien (frances.adams-obrien@tennessee.edu).
ISO Ratings: Tennessee Fire Departments (February 24, 2017)
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ISO Ratings: Tennessee Fire Departments (June 2015)
Survey (Created: 06/22/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This list is not a comprehensive list of all fire departments in the state of Tennessee. The information was provided by the cities/fire departments who responded to MTAS's request for information. If you would like a sortable Excel sheet of this data or have any questions, please contact Frances Adams-O'Brien (frances.adams-obrien@tennessee.edu).
Issuance of a Beer Permit When One of the Partners Has -- a Felony Conviction for Burglary
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the issuance of a beer permit where a partnership has applied for a beer permit and one of the partners has a felony conviction for burglary.
Issuance of Beer Permits Under Beer Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/1994; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the beer board was correct in denying a beer permit for two brothers, after the board learned that a third brother, who has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, was also going to be a partner in the business.
Issues Relating to Construction of Dirt-Bike Track in R-1 Area
General (Created: 07/19/2004; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a privately owned and operated dirt bike track could be constructed in a residentially-zoned area.
Issuing a Beer Permit to an Illegal Alien
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/2010; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an illegal alien is entitled to a beer permit.
Issuing a Beer Permit to Owner Who is Not a U.S. Citizen
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can issue a beer permit to an owner of a retail establishment who is not a U.S. citizen.
Issuing a Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/11/1992; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the judge can issue a bench warrant for failure to appear on the part of a person cited for violation of a municipal ordinance.
Issuing a Distress Warrant to Collect Delinquent Business Tax
General (Created: 02/11/2003; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

It is the duty of the tax collector to issue a distress warrant for the collection of tax, interest and penalty from each delinquent taxpayer.
IT staffing in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 08/05/2019; Reviewed: January 28, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities and towns in Tennessee regarding whether they have an IT manager on staff, other IT staff positions, and if they contract for any of their IT staff. If respondents have contracted IT staff, they were asked further questions about the contract procurement process. Information on the vendors and one sample RFP are provided.
IT Staffing Survey
Survey (Created: 02/20/2020; Reviewed: February 20, 2020 )

Eleven Human Resources Directors/Managers were surveyed to find out if their cities have in-house IT staff or contract employees.
Jackson Sidewalk Letter
General (Created: 07/15/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about sidewalks: Are developers required to install sidewalks in new residential developments? Who pays for sidewalk construction in established neighborhoods? Who pays for sidewalk repairs?
Jake Brake Noise
General (Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: April 5, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about regulating the excessive noise from so called 'Jake Brakes' on large trucks along a state route .
Janitor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Janitor.
Jasper Employee Handbook
General (Created: 06/28/2004; Reviewed: September 23, 2010 )

An employee handbook for the Town of Jasper.
Jeopardy Game for Council Orientation
General (Created: 05/09/2007; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

An orientation activity developed for Blaine.
Job Analysis
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided information for a job analysis observation audit.
Job Analysis Questionnaire
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Questionnaire used to define jobs, based on equipment used, essential functions, activities performed, supervisory responsibilities, qualifications, and knowledge required.
Job Description Form
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Short form used to describe jobs, taking into consideration equipment used, essential functions, activities performed, knowledge required, and qualifications.
Job Protection for City's Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1992; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what legal right do city employees have to continued employment under a newly-elected board of mayor and aldermen.
Johnson City Animal Shelter Director Comparisons
Survey (Created: 10/15/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS collected salary, jurisdiction, and departmental information for the position of animal shelter director from seven Tennessee cities.
Johnson City Assessment Center: Fire Chief
(Created: 04/22/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to help develop procedures to be used in the selection of a Fire Chief within the city's fire department.
Johnson City Pay Plan Comparison Research
Survey (Created: 12/03/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the pay practices of other cities similar in size to Johnson City.
Johnson City Sanitation Drivers Turnover Analysis
(Created: 11/12/2015; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

MTAS examined the turnover rate of sanitation drivers and made recommendations for reducing turnover.
Johnson City Schools and City Facility Maintenance Study
(Created: 06/25/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

This project investigates the costs of city, parks and recreation and schools facility maintenance costs and makes recommendations on improving costs and service.
Johnson City Senior Citizens Center Study
(Created: 04/30/2008; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to study the operations of the Johnson City Senior Citizens Center.
Johnson City: Structure of Leisure Services Review 2005
(Created: 04/11/2005; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

The purpose of the study was to identify possible areas of improvement in the structural arrangement of leisure services.
Joint Economic and Community Development Boards
General (Created: 11/04/2015; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on joint economic and community development boards, including their creation, representatives, funding.
Joint Economic Development Boards Must Comply with Requirements of Public Chapter 1101
(Created: 04/24/2007; Reviewed: April 24, 2007 )

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) will not approve grants for entities not in compliance with the requirements of Public Chapter 1101.
Joint Economic Development Boards Must Comply with Requirements of Public Chapter 1101
(Created: 12/03/2003; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

By July 1, 2004, every local government applying for a state grant administered by ECD must provide records that document a minimum of four board meetings and eight executive committee meetings were held during the previous 12 months.
Joint Economic Development Boards Must Comply with Requirements of Public Chapter 1101
(Created: 04/16/2008; Reviewed: May 21, 2009 )

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) will not approve grants for entities not in compliance with the requirements of Public Chapter 1101.
Joint Economic Development Boards Must Comply with Requirements of Public Chapter 1101 (2009)
(Created: 05/27/2009; Reviewed: May 27, 2009 )

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) will not approve grants for entities not in compliance with the requirements of Public Chapter 1101.
Joint Industrial Development Corporation with the City and County
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/05/1993; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can enter into a Joint Industrial Development Corporation with the County.
Judge Interim Appointment
General (Created: 11/24/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an upcoming leave of absence of the town judge on a planned one-year sabbatical.
Judge's Oath of Office
Form (Created: 08/27/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS provided information about Tennessee law on the taking and administration of the oath of office by newly elected judges.
Judges' and Mayors' Authority to Perform Marriages
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/1999; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who has the authority to solemnize/perform marriages.
Junior Programmer AS/400
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Junior Programmer on an AS/400 computer.
Junior Programmer LAN
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for a Junior Programmer LAN.
Junked Car Notice
Form (Created: 08/09/2004; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create a standardized notice to be used to deal with violators of the city's junked car ordinance.
Jurisdiction and Powers of Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/1998; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to submit a short outline of the powers and authority of the planning commission, city council, and board of zoning appeals.
Jurisdiction of Juvenile Court Judge and Skateboarding as a Traffic Violation
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/10/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what options the juvenile court judge has relative to disposing juvenile traffic cases and whether skateboarding in public ways other than highways and streets is a traffic violation.
Jurisdiction of Municipal Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/18/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the jurisdiction of a municipal court, its ability to punish offenders for failure to appear, and additional costs imposed on misdemeanor cases.
Jurisdiction of Municipal Court to Hear Juvenile Traffic Violation Cases
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/06/1993; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the municipal court has jurisdiction to hear juvenile traffic violation cases.
Jury Trials
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/26/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether jury trials may be held by the Muncipal Court.
Juvenile Curfew
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2009; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a certain juvenile curfew ordinance.
Keeping Beehives in a Residential Neighborhood
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1991; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City is entitled to enforce its nuisance ordinance against a property owner where the activity amounting to a nuisance existed prior to the property becoming a part of the City.
Keeping Honey Bees in a Residential Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/31/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about regulating the keeping of honey bees inside the corporate limits of the town.
Keeping the City Payroll Records Secret and Accepting the Resignation of an Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/18/1993; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city secretary can keep city payroll records secret and whether the city has to accept the resignation of an aldermen before it is effective.
Keeping the Proceeds of Utility Overbillings
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/1997; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can refund $20,000 in sewer and water capacity fees paid by a certain developer, who decided not to develop the property for which he paid the fees.
Keeping Two Horses on Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/1994; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether, under the city's ordinances, a person can keep two horses on his property.
Kingsport City Manager Search Interview Training
General (Created: 04/10/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a guideline for interviewing for a city manager position.
Kingsport Code Enforcement Review
(Created: 01/04/2010; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to conduct an examination of Kingsport's code enforcement system. Environmental court programs were also reviewed.
Kingsport, Tennessee, Fire Protection Management Study
(Created: 06/30/2011; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This fire study was conducted at the request of the City of Kingsport.
Kingston Green Technology Committee Goals and Objectives
General (Created: 11/09/2009; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate a meeting of the Kingston Green Technology Committee.
Kitchen Manager Working Chef
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Kitchen Manager/Working Chef.
Knox County Term Life Insurance Services RFP
RFP (Created: 08/01/2007; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

An RFP for the provision of group term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment services.
Knoxville Metropolitan Transportation Planning
(Created: 04/05/2002; Reviewed: October 29, 2009 )

This report discusses the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century, expanding the boundaries of the Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Organization (TPO), the concept of a regional transportation authority, and the need to increase the functional authority of the TPO
Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/20/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer.
Laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control for Small Wastewater Laboratory
(Created: 12/31/2009; Reviewed: February 8, 2010 )

This manual is intended to be a guide for wastewater laboratory analysts in setting up their own quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) programs.
Laboratory Technician
Job Description (Created: 07/10/2003; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Laboratory Technician at a wastewater plant.
Laborer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Laborer.
Laborer, Skilled
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Lakeland, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 09/30/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer two questions: 1) Where should Lakeland place its next fire station? and 2) How many fire stations might Lakeland need in the long term?
LAN Administrator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of LAN Administrator.
Land Clearing Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/19/2005; Reviewed: September 26, 2005 )

An ordinance for land clearing for the City of Huntsville.
Land Swap between the City and Owner of Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/15/2008; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can enter into a land swap agreement with private parties, and what rules govern such transactions.
Landfill Application and Service Agreement
Form (Created: 10/03/2013; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

An example of a landfill application and service agreement from the Town of Greeneville, Tennessee; includes rates for landfill tipping fees, roll off rental and pull charges, and solid waste "garbage" collection.
Landfill Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landfill Operator.
Landowner Removing and Selling Dirt from the Earthen Berm Which Is Part of the Drainage Ditch Structure
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/05/1991; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City's interest in a drainage easement along either side of a drainage ditch is sufficient to protect against the landowner removing and selling dirt from the earthen berm which is part of the drainage ditch structure.
Landowner's Liability under Tennessee's Natural Flow Rule
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/24/2009; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether under Tennessee's natural flow rule, a landowner is liable for flooding caused by vegetative growth in a watercourse that crosses his land.
Landscape Architect
Job Description (Created: 04/15/1970; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job descriptions for Landscape Architect, Associate Landscape Architect, Senior Landscape Architect, Supervising Landscape Architect.
Landscape Architect/Project Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 02/01/2000; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landscape Architect / Project Coordinator.
Landscape Ordinance Manual
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

The purpose and intent of this manual are the following: to promote the scenic quality of the community; to improve the appearance of parking areas and property abutting public rights of way; to protect property values; to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality; to provide transition between incompatible land uses; and to provide relief from traffic, noise, heat, glare, dust, and debris.
Landscape Planner / Horticulturist
Job Description (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landscape Planner / Horticulturist.
Landscape Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2000; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landscape Technician.
Lateral Transfer Survey Results
Survey (Created: 05/25/2007; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Thirteen jurisdictions responded to a survey asking whether they have a policy for lateral transfers.
Law Enforcement Off-Duty Employment, or Moonlighting
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether FLSA applies regarding overtime, what the city's liability is regarding worker's comp, and about general city liability. Includes opinions from TML, DOL, and TAG.
Law Governing Competitive Bidding by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/1996; Reviewed: February 20, 2006 )

MTAS was asked what law governs competitive bidding by the city.
Law Governing Private Acts Disguised as General Laws, as Related to Incorporation Procedure
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/22/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a particular act, if passed by the General Assembly, would withstand a legal challenge.
Law of Recall Elections in Tennessee and in the United States
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1995; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the courts have jurisdiction to determine whether the reason for the recall cited in the petition, that certain members of the city council sought to be recalled, violated the Sunshine Law, is "true."
Laws Applying to Municipal-Sponsored Festivals and Fairs
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/2008; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about prohibiting fund-raising activities at the festival, prohibiting the sale of merchandise that does not qualify as arts and crafts, and restricting the kinds of merchandise that property owners abutting the festival sites can sell that compete with the arts and crafts sold at the festival.
Laws Governing City Budgets Changed
(Created: 03/17/1994; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

A city's ability to choose which budget law it follows was removed when the General Assembly passed Chapter 448, Public Acts of 1993, applying the general budget law to several additional cities. The general budget law, formally known as the Municipal Budget Law of 1982, is detailed in Tennessee Code Annotated '6-56-201 et seq.
Laying a Motion on the Table While a Vote Is Being Taken
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2008; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions pertaining to the effect of the motion adopted by the board of mayor and aldermen to lay a measure on the table.
Lead Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 12/10/1991; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Lead Dispatcher.
Lead Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lead Lineworker.
Leadership Retreat for the Athens Fire Department
General (Created: 01/09/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a management retreat for the fire department Captains and Lieutenants as part of their annual training.
Learning Projects of Municipal Elected Officials: an Executive Summary
(Created: 03/02/2017; Reviewed: March 2, 2017 )

The researcher, supported by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, interviewed 41 municipal elected officials in East Tennessee to determine what they learned about during CY2015 in order to fulfill their role as a mayor, vice-mayor, or city councilmember/alderman.
Lease Agreement for a City-Owned Building
General (Created: 04/16/2014; Reviewed: April 28, 2014 )

MTAS was asked for a sample lease agreement for a city-owned building that is currently being operated as a senior center.
Lease versus Purchase of Public Facilities: Pros and Cons
General (Created: 10/15/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

This article lists the advantages and disadvantages of leasing a public facility.
Lease with Airport and Appointment to Electric System Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/09/1993; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a lease with a "fixed base operator" at the municipal airport that is due to expire must be publicly bid and how members to the Electric System board are appointed.
Leasing a Garbage Truck
General (Created: 01/21/2015; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can lease a garbage truck without permission from the Comptroller's office
Leasing City-Owned Facilities for Communications Equipment
Survey (Created: 02/21/2020; Reviewed: February 21, 2020 )

Twenty-one Tennessee officials were surveyed to find whether or not the cities lease space to companies to place communications equipment on public facilities such as water towers or a city owned communication tower.
Leasing of Municipal Cemeteries
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/17/2006; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether a city could lease a cemetery to a private business.
Leave Accrual for Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 07/07/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Forty-two cities were asked several questions about annual and sick leave for their exempt and non-exempt employees.
Leave Equivalency Schedules for Employees Working Different Schedules
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided equivalency schedules for employees with different work schedules and total annual hours.
Leave for Training Due to Voluntary Military Promotions
General (Created: 07/24/2012; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether USERRA protects the rights of any American who wishes to serve in the armed forces regardless of voluntary promotions, which may equal more time away from work.
Leave Request Form
Form (Created: 03/10/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The Town of Spencer requested a form for leave requests.
Lebanon Adequate Facilities Tax Act
General (Created: 05/20/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide advice and to draft a private act on levying adequate facilities tax.
Lebanon Mayoral Powers Under City Charter
General (Created: 11/26/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

The City of Lebanon requested an ordinance requiring the Mayor's appointments to require Council approval for dismissal.
Legal considerations involved in the hiring decision : or, Do I really have to hire that person?
General (Created: 02/28/1988; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

An outline of federal and state laws affecting the hiring process.
Legal considerations involved in the hiring decision : or, Do I really have to hire that person?
General (Created: 02/28/1988; Reviewed: April 24, 2015 )

An outline of federal and state laws affecting the hiring process.
Legal Effect of a Cut-Off Policy That Does Not Meet Legal Muster on the City Where the Utility District Collects the City's Sewer Bills
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/2007; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a utility district's utility cut-off police met legal muster.
Legal Effect of Warning Signs
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/2009; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legal effect of "Slow Children Playing" and similar warning signs.
Legal Effect on the City for an Illegally Issued Building or Zoning Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/09/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable for the cost of moving a mobile home illegally placed in an R-2 zone, but placed there pursuant to a building permit erroneously issued by the building inspector to the owner of the mobile home.
Legal Fees and Court Costs of a City Employee
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/21/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pay the legal fees and court costs of an employee who was placed on pretrial diversion for misuse of city funds.
Legal Implications of a Municipal Charter Change
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to outline the legal implications of a municipal charter change authorizing the city to enter into a contract with the city manager that would contain a severance pay clause.
Legal information regarding group homes of varying types in both state and federal law
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/2018; Reviewed: October 22, 2018 )

Legal information regarding group homes of varying types in both state and federal law.
Legal Question on Commercial Driver's License
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/28/2014; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for guidance on drivers with a CDL who failed a medical examination for a health card.
Legal Requirement for an Architect to Design Public Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is necessary for a licensed architect or engineer to draft the plans for a new fire hall.
Legal Services Employment Agreement
Form (Created: 10/25/2004; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a model contract for a city attorney employment agreement.
Legality of "Donut Hole" Annexations
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: November 20, 2008 )

MTAS was asked whether donut hole annexations are legal.
Legality of "Strip Annexing"
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1997; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of "strip annexing" (also called "corridor annexing" or "flagpoling") in a city.
Legality of $5.00 Fee in Situations Involving Payroll Deductions
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/1997; Reviewed: October 10, 2005 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can set a $5.00 fee in situations involving payroll deductions for cases involving garnishments, drug testing and damage to city property.
Legality of a Business Owner to Put Iron Rods on the Edge of a Highway
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/2011; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the owner of a certain business to have put several iron rods into the pavement on the edge of a highway, which, presumably, the owner of the business thinks is the eastern limit of that highway, when the right of way is undoubtedly wider than the pavement.
Legality of a Christian Cross Located on Top of a Water Tower
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/11/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an arrangement, where a local bank leased with the Town for water tower space and placed a Christian cross on top of the tower, is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Legality of a Combination Design-Build Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions related to "design-build" proposals to convert a building to a city hall.
Legality of a Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/27/2011; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is an enforceable contract between the city and a certain company under facts related in an opinion to city.
Legality of a Contract of Employment Entered into by the Utility Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/10/2004; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Utility System's employment contract with a person to be the CEO and president of that system is legal and whether the mayor may appoint an alderman to be a member of the utility system.
Legality of a Garbage Contract by City with One Company
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a garbage contract by city with one company.
Legality of a Municipality Enacting a Container Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/16/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for a municipality to enact a container ordinance.
Legality of a Municipality Providing a Subdivision Developer with Free Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/1990; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the town to accept 50 foot rights of way from the developer of a subdivision in exchange for its agreement to build streets on those rights of way.
Legality of a Proposed Ordinance Governing Permissible Signs
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1997; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a proposed ordinance governing permissible signs in a city.
Legality of a Separation Allowance Made to a Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/1990; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the board of mayor and aldermen to approve the payment of a "separation allowance" to a police officer.
Legality of Annexing a Piece of Property by Referendum
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/2012; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether it is legal for the city to annex by referendum a certain rock quarry several miles from the city as the roads meander.
Legality of City Contracting with Utility District Water System to Collect City's Sewer Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/1990; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city and the utility district can contract for the utility district to cut off the water of the city's delinquent sewer customers without the contract also providing for the utility district to handle the city's sewer service billing.
Legality of City in Accepting a Certain Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city acted legally in accepting a certain street.
Legality of City's Grievance Procedure for ADA Complaints
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/1997; Reviewed: May 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's grievance procedure for ADA complaints is legal.
Legality of City-County Sales Tax Allocation Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/1992; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to determine whether there is any way for the city to get out of the contract under which the city waived its share of the sales tax to the county for a term ending upon the payment of a 2.4 million bond issue.
Legality of Crosses on the Property of a Church Where Each Cross Represents Abortions in the United States
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a number of crosses on the property of a church in a residential zone of the County, each cross representing a certain number of abortions in the United States, are illegal signs.
Legality of Election of Police Officer to Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/27/1996; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked questions related to the latest city election in which a police officer was elected to the office of alderman.
Legality of Fire Department Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2004; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research the legality of inspection fees and certain services.
Legality of Freeholder Requirements for Running for Municipal Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1994; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether freeholder requirements for running for municipal office are legal.
Legality of Hiring an Employee Without Advertising the Job Opening in the Local Paper
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/1993; Reviewed: March 6, 2007 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to hire an employee without advertising the job opening in the local paper.
Legality of Open-Ended Sales Tax Sharing Agreement with -- County
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/1995; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the term of the contract between the City and County for the distribution of the city's share of the sales tax.
Legality of Ordinance Permitting the Carrying of the Army or Navy Pistol in the Open Hand
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an ordinance that prohibits the carrying of a variety of weapons "with the intent to go armed," except the "army or navy pistol in the open hand."
Legality of Ordinance Requiring Each Business within a Town to Obtain a Privilege License
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town's proposed ordinance requiring each business within the town to obtain a 'privilege license' is legal.
Legality of Requiring Police Officer Candidates to Move into the City If They Are Hired
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/1998; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to require police officer candidates to move into the city if they are hired.
Legality of the County Charging a Tipping Fee
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is illegal "double taxation" for the county to charge a tipping fee.
Legality of the Enforcement/Penalty Clauses of the City's Proposed Sign Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/02/1998; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the enforcement/penalty clauses of the city's proposed sign ordinance are legally sound.
Legality of the Spouse of a City Councilperson Selling Goods to the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/09/1997; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for a business owned by the spouse of a city councilperson to sell goods to the city, if the spouse is the sole proprietor or the controlling stockholder of the business.
Legality of the Window Sign and Awning on a Store Selling Alcoholic Beverages
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/1997; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of the window sign and awning on a store selling alcoholic beverages in a city.
Legality of Using a Facsimile Signature on a Check
General (Created: 11/16/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2011 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of using a facsimile signature during the absence of one of the authorized signatures on a check.
Legality of Using City Employees and Inmates from the County Penal Farm at a Civic Festival
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/1994; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of using city employees and inmates from the County Penal Farm at a civic festival.
Legality of Utility Service Contract Between State and City
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/28/1997; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the contract between the Tennessee Department of Corrections and the City under which the latter provides the former's prison with water, sewer, and gas services is invalid because the state turned over the operation of the prison to a private company.
Legality of Video Games and Video Poker Games
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/2000; Reviewed: February 28, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of video games and video poker games.
Legality of Wrecker Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research the legality of a wrecker ordinance.
Legislation Affecting Human Resources
(Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

During the 2000 legislative session, the Tennessee General Assembly passed two public acts that affect the area of human resources.
Legislation Clarifies and Simplifies E-Commerce Procedures for Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 11/26/2001; Reviewed: October 30, 2009 )

The 2001 legislative session resulted in several changes that affect electronic business in Tennessee. This hot topic highlights some of the more important changes.
Legislation Creating MTAS
General (Created: 04/15/1949; Reviewed: July 6, 2016 )

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) was created in 1949 by Public Act of the General Assembly.
Legislation Shortens Time to Correct Negative Changes in Net Assets for Water and Wastewater Facilities
(Created: 05/27/2009; Reviewed: May 27, 2009 )

MTAS recommends that municipal management and finance officials should carefully review the operations of their water and wastewater systems to ensure compliance with the new requirements of the act.
Legislative Liason
Job Description (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Legislative Liason serving in the Department of Information Services.
Legislators Give Nod to City Employee's Political Activities
(Created: 05/17/1996; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

The General Assembly recently passed legislation that gives local government employees the same rights as other citizens of Tennessee to participate in political campaigns and run for elected office.
Legislature Declares When Ordinances, Resolutions to Be Used
(Created: 02/08/2011; Reviewed: February 14, 2011 )

The General Assembly passed a new law that sets out enactments by municipal governing bodies that must be done by ordinance.
Legislature Declares When Ordinances, Resolutions to be Used (2009)
(Created: 06/23/2009; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

The General Assembly passed a new law that sets out enactments by municipal governing bodies that must be done by ordinance.
Legislature Makes Significant Changes to Drug Fund
(Created: 04/25/1997; Reviewed: September 3, 2004 )

The Legislature recently made some significant modifications to state forfeiture laws and the expenditure of drug funds.
Legislature Rules College Degree Counts Toward Certification Process of City Clerks and Recorders
(Created: 03/11/1996; Reviewed: October 29, 2001 )

New legislation that recently passed through the Tennessee General Assembly assures that a college degree would help satisfy the required education hours.
Legislature Sends a Message to Cities with Electronic Mail: You Must Have a Written Policy
(Created: 06/15/2000; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

On or before July 1, 2000, most Tennessee governments that operate or maintain an e-mail system must adopt a written policy about monitoring e-mail communications.
Length of Term of Members of the Utility Board Who Are Also Members of the City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/15/2007; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council can replace a member of the utility board who was a member of the city council but was not re-elected to office.
Lenoir City Municipal Operations Review
(Created: 04/14/2004; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a pre-budget review of the city's operations in an effort to identify areas for possible revenue enhancements and expenditure reductions, including staffing requirements.
Lessening of Street Standards: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/1999; Reviewed: July 21, 2006 )

Ten cities were asked whether they will lessen standards for pavement width, right-of-way width, or allow a smaller or no cul-de-sac.
Let Me Tell You a Story: How an Annual Report Will Benefit Your Fire Department
(Created: 04/24/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2012 )

A fire department annual report is an excellent tool for a fire department to use to tell its story to the community and to build community support for its efforts and needs.
Letter for Employee with Salary Issue
General (Created: 07/31/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A recently hired salaried employee worked a significant number of hours for a community event. MTAS provided options on how to address this issue.
Letter of Employment
Form (Created: 10/01/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a letter of employment to give to employees when they are employed. The letter would give the employee basic information about salary, benefits, probationary status and other matters that need to be clear to the employee upon accepting employment with the city.
Letter to City of Eagleville, Tennessee Regarding Annexation Notifications with Statutes
General (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A letter authored by Jeff Broughton, responding to a request from Eagleville, Tennessee regarding a list of agencies to notify following the annexation of territory into corporate limits.
Levying a Hotel-Motel Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/2010; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is legally entitled to levy a hotel-motel tax.
Levying a Hotel-Motel Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/1998; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

The city can levy a hotel-motel tax through a private act unless the county has already levied a county-wide hotel-motel tax.
Levying a Privilege County School Tax on Residential Development
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2006; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions with respect to Public Acts 2006, Chapter 953, which, among other things, authorizes counties to levy a privilege county school tax on residential development.
Levying an Amusement Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/1994; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town can levy an amusement tax.
Levying Personal Property Taxes on Privately-Owned Property at the Airport
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/1995; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may assess personal property taxes against property at an airport outside city limits.
Levying Taxes to Fund the Operation of City Schools and the Methods of School Consolidation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/24/1991; Reviewed: April 9, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Council can give the school board the authority to levy taxes to fund the operation of city schools and what the methods of school consolidation are in Tennessee.
Liability and Ownership of Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the city owns the sidewalks and is liable for damages and injuries caused from their disrepair.
Liability Exposure of EMTs and Paramedics Not Subject to Governmental Tort Liability Limits
(Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: September 17, 2001 )

In a recent Tennessee Supreme Court case, the court found that local government emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are excluded from the coverage of the Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA).
Liability for Codes Inspections
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/23/1996; Reviewed: February 13, 2017 )

MTAS received questions regarding the adoption of plumbing codes in a city.
Liability for Private Sprinkler Systems
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about potential liability that could be imposed on the Town for certain deficiencies in private sprinkler systems that the Town is thinking of mandating by ordinance.
Liability for Sewer Back-Ups
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/25/2011; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality is liable for sewer back-ups that cause damage to private property.
Liability of City Council for Mispaid Salaries
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/2004; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the liability of the members of the city council for mispaid salaries.
Liability of City for Damages under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/29/2012; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the limits of liability of a municipality under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act (TGTLA) are, where the city has insurance in excess of the limits of that Act.
Liability of City for Water Going Down Driveway at a Certain Residence
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/10/2010; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has any liability for water running down the driveway of a certain house in the city, which the owner claims is the result of the paving of the street in front of the house that elevated the street to the level of the driveway, which until the street was paved was about 1-1/2 inches above the level of the street.
Liability of the City for the Failure to Abate an Alleged Nuisance That It Has Not Created and is Not on Municipal Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/29/1993; Reviewed: April 20, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has any liability for the failure to abate an alleged nuisance that it has not created and is not on municipal property.
Liability of the City for the Operation of a City Landfill
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/1996; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could be held liable by an adjoining property owner for the operation of a city landfill.
Liability of the Contractor/Manager of the State Correctional Institute for Any Real Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1998; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a corporation would be liable for any real property taxes as the contractor/manager of the state correctional institute(s).
Liability Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City should maintain a drainage easement on private property, whether the issuance of a building permit somehow obligates the city to the applicant relative to liability, and about the statute of limitations under the TGTLA.
Librarian's Pay and Benefits
General (Created: 01/28/2004; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to resolve pay issues for the librarian where the City pays for 26 hours of the librarian's salary each week but objects to excessive holiday and vacation pay for the librarian.
Library Organization and Supervision
General (Created: 07/25/2012; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the everyday supervision of library personnel, including the library director.
Library Staff In-Service Days: A Survey Conducted for the City of Harriman
Survey (Created: 11/01/2006; Reviewed: February 14, 2007 )

Eight public library systems were asked whether they close for staff development or training.
Licensing Building Trade Personnel: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 11/08/2005; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

Thirty exempt cities and forty-one non-exempt cities were asked whether they license building trade personnel.
Lien Use and Collection: A Survey Conducted for Chattanooga
Survey (Created: 02/28/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

Seven cities were asked about utilizing the lien provision of state law for recovering costs related to slum clearance and for overgrown lot clearance.
Liens for Demolition and Clean Up
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/1991; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

A clean-up lien that followed behind the first lien would also put the former ahead of mortgagees and any other lien holder.
Liens for Slum Clearance and Clean Up
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1991; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has to file a lien for slum clearance and clean up.
Life Safety Code 101: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 10/01/2007; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Thirty-one cities were asked whether they have adopted the life safety code.
Limited Ability to Decide Issues through Initiative and Referenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/08/1996; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for a group of citizens to gather up a petition to change the number of aldermen and call for a referendum on the issue.
Limiting Increases in Water Rates to Those Based on the CPI
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/09/2011; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility board can agree to a contract clause that limits increases in water rates to those based on the consumer price index.
Limiting the Location of Beekeeping through Zoning
General (Created: 07/24/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a city passing regulations directly aimed at the keeping of honey bees.
Line Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Line Supervisor.
Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lineworker.
Linking Pay to Performance: An Approach to Designing a Merit Pay Plan
General (Created: 06/30/2003; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

E-book on establishing, managing, and evaluating a merit pay plan.
Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 11/13/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

The town passed liquor by the drink and requested assistance in developing ordinances, resolutions and other information.
Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/11/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Analyzes law governing the sale of liquor-by-the drink in municipalities, including the distinctions in the law between liquor-by-the-drink and retail package liquor sales.
Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 11/05/2010; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A comprehensive review of alcoholic beverage laws and regulations that may affect a city upon passage of liquor by the drink, a resolution opting out of the extension of hours of sale, and recommended ordinance amendments.
Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 11/20/2003; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to outline the process of establishing liquor by the drink, including the option of packaged liquor stores.
Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review the city's Code of Ordinances regarding whether the city was authorized to issue a license for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises.
Liquor by the Drink Laws
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: October 30, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether liquor by the drink ordinances are valid or necessary under state law.
Liquor by the Drink Petition
Form (Created: 09/16/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

Liquor by the drink petitions must include the address of the election commission to which it is addressed.
Liquor by the Drink Revenue from Selected Tennessee Cities: a Telphone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 01/01/2002; Reviewed: April 5, 2006 )

Cities allowing liquor by the drink were asked about restaurants which had opened since the law was passed and the revenues received.
Liquor Sales from a Liquor Store Drive-Up Window
General (Created: 02/24/2015; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the State allows liquor sales from a liquor store drive-up window.
Liquor sales on Sunday and sales of beer at retail liquor stores
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/2018; Reviewed: December 11, 2019 )

MTAS responds to the following questions: At what time can restaurants sell liquor by the drink on Sundays; the time for a retail store to sell off-premises liquor on Sundays; and can a retail liquor store sell beer?
Liquor Store Survey
Survey (Created: 06/17/2004; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

Twenty-five cities were asked whether they permit liquor stores and if they restrict the number of permits.
List of New City Halls
General (Created: 04/12/2004; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

MTAS was asked to compile a list of new (around five years or newer) city halls.
Listing of Debts and Assets for GASB Compliance
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/08/2003; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city should list the assets and debts of the Utility Board when compiling the accounting sheets required by GASB.
Litigation Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 02/11/2002; Reviewed: March 3, 2010 )

Includes a litigation ordinance and a letter explaining the application of the litigation tax.
Litigation Taxes
General (Created: 10/25/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Answers a question about the legality of a city collecting local litigation tax, as well as the state litigation tax, from city court defendants.
Live Fire Training by the Fire Department in Acquired Structures
General (Created: 11/03/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who accepts liability when a house is used for live fire training.
Livingston's Community Visioning Process
(Created: 10/19/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate a community visioning process for the City of Livingston.
Loan by the Municipality to the Industrial Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/18/1993; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalities can spend city funds to build a "spec building" for industry either through the Industrial Board or directly.
Local Approval of General Laws of Local Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2007; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

A letter urging compliance with the State Constitution.
Local Collection Efforts
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/09/2001; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

An opinion regarding the hiring of an outside firm to collect unpaid utility bills.
Local Gasoline Tax Usage
General (Created: 06/18/2014; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the gas tax can be increased locally and used as a potential source of funds to improve local streets.
Local Government Electronic Technology Act of 2009
(Created: 06/01/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2009 )

This act requires local governments to file a plan with the office of the Comptroller of the Treasury before implementing any new electronic technology with a financial component.
Local Government Exemption Authorization
Form (Created: 09/13/2010; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

A form for the city to provide notice to the Dept. of Commerce that it has adopted and is enforcing a particular code or the code outlined in an adopting ordinance or resolution.
Local Government Public Works Standards and Specifications (2007)
(Created: 11/15/2007; Reviewed: January 25, 2010 )

This document was developed to provide Tennessee cities with guidelines for construction projects. It includes guidelines for construction standards, materials specifications, design criteria, and contract documents to be used for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water distribution systems.
Local Government Public Works Standards and Specifications (2012)
(Created: 08/21/2012; Reviewed: January 22, 2013 )

This document was developed to provide Tennessee cities with guidelines for construction projects. It includes guidelines for construction standards, materials specifications, design criteria, and contract documents to be used for streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water distribution systems.
Local Licensing of Contractors
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1993; Reviewed: April 4, 2012 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalities are authorized to license contractors who hold a state general contractor's license.
Local Merchant Sues to Have Beer Permit Issued
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/11/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A city presently has an ordinance prohibiting the sale of beer, but a local merchant contends this ordinance is invalid and thus a permit should be issued.
Local Opt-out Prohibiting Handguns in Municipal Parks
(Created: 06/23/2009; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

This publication details the requirements of the new law and the process cities must undertake to prohibit handguns in parks they own or operate. A sample resolution is attached.
Local Option Sales Tax Referendum Information
General (Created: 05/11/2009; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Includes slides from a PowerPoint presentation, information on strategy, and a brochure created by Cleveland.
Local Option Sales Tax Revenue Sharing Agreements
General (Created: 04/04/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for some examples of local option sales tax revenue sharing agreements.
Local Option Sales Tax Tri-Fold Brochure
General (Created: 12/15/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to develop an educational pamphlet on increasing the city's local option sales tax.
Local Preference in Purchasing Policy
General (Created: 01/26/2015; Reviewed: January 26, 2015 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may include a five percent bonus for local providers/contractors to give a slight advantage to a local provider.
Local Sales Tax Handbook
(Created: 08/28/2007; Reviewed: August 28, 2007 )

Any county by resolution or any city by ordinance can levy the local sales tax at a combined rate up to 2.75 percent.
Local Sales Tax Rates for Tennessee Cities (April 1, 2017)
General (Created: 10/05/2017; Reviewed: October 5, 2017 )

Alphabetical list of Tennessee cities with their local sales tax rates from the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Document also includes a list of cities a local sales tax rate that is greater than the county in which they are located. Document is dated April 1, 2017.
Locating an Interpreter
General (Created: 06/07/2012; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to find a Mandarin Chinese interpreter.
Location of a Cemetery
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/02/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any state law that prohibits the location of a cemetery within two miles (or any other distance) of a city.
Longevity Pay Survey Results
Survey (Created: 02/01/2017; Reviewed: February 1, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities and airport authorities were asked about bonuses paid for longevity.
Look at the Americans with Disabilities Act
(Created: 07/25/2007; Reviewed: July 25, 2007 )


Look At the Americans with Disablities Act - A Guide to Compliance for Tennessee Local Governments (3rd Edition)
(Created: 04/01/1992; Reviewed: April 17, 2007 )


Maintaining Health Insurance Coverage on a City Employee's Dependants While the Employee is on FMLA Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city must maintain health insurance coverage on a city employee's dependants while the employee is on FMLA leave.
Maintaining or Improving a Roadway That Has Been Abandoned by the State
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1995; Reviewed: August 31, 2006 )

MTAS was asked about maintaining or improving a roadway that has been abandoned by the State.
Maintaining the Appropriate Level of Unrestricted Fund Balance in the General Fund
General (Created: 07/02/2014; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about determining the appropriate level of unrestricted fund balance to maintain in the general fund.
Maintaining the Unused Portion of the Right of Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has the legal obligation to maintain the unopened portion of a municipal street right-of-way.
Maintenance and Operation of Street Lighting on Interstate Highways
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pay the county for the operation of certain street lights on the interstate highway system outside the city.
Maintenance of a County Road
General (Created: 07/08/2015; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of spending city funds to improve a road outside of the city limits.
Maintenance of Private Streets
General (Created: 10/08/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

The citizens of Winchester wish the City to improve and maintain 23 private streets constructed by a developer.
Maintenance Worker
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Maintenance Worker.
Making a Lawful Donation or Contribution to Civic or Charitable Organizations
General (Created: 08/21/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the conditions under which a city may make a lawful donation or contribution to civic and charitable organizations for various purposes.
Making a Motion Concerning an Item That Is Not on the Agenda
General (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011 )

MTAS was asked whether a board member may make a motion concerning an item that is not on the agenda without being recognized by the chairman.
Making a Prospective Appointment to Fill the Office of City Council Member
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council may make a prospective appointment to fill the office of the member of city council who has announced his resignation to take the office of county mayor.
Making the Mayor Follow the Agenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how the city council can make the mayor follow the agenda and otherwise conduct meetings as prescribed by Roberts Rules of Order.
Management of City Parks
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what powers the city has to pass regulations governing the use of the city park if there is a contract between the city and a non-profit management organization.
Management of Personnel Records (2007)
(Created: 12/07/2007; Reviewed: July 8, 2008 )

MTAS recommends that every city in Tennessee maintain its personnel records in a central location and that such records be under the custodianship of a trained employee or employees, depending on the size of the city.
Management of Personnel Records (2009)
(Created: 12/14/2009; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

MTAS recommends that every city in Tennessee maintain its personnel records in a central location and that such records be under the custodianship of a trained employee or employees, depending on the size of the city.
Manager Information Services
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Manager Information Services.
Manager of a Bank in Which the City Has a Payroll Account, Checking Account and Several CDs, Serving as Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1994; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a conflict of interest for the manager of a bank in which the city has a payroll account, checking account and several CDs, to be an alderman, or for the city to continue such accounts in the bank.
Managing Infiltration Inflow in Wastewater Collection Systems
(Created: 12/01/2001; Reviewed: April 11, 2005 )

An overview of I/I problems caused by ground water and surface or rainwater.
Managing Infiltration Inflow in Wastewater Collection Systems
(Created: 04/20/2006; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

An overview of I/I problems caused by ground water and surface or rainwater.
Managing Infiltration Inflow in Wastewater Collection Systems (2007)
(Created: 02/11/2008; Reviewed: February 11, 2008 )

An overview of I/I problems caused by ground water and surface or rainwater.
Managing Infiltration Inflow in Wastewater Collection Systems (2012)
(Created: 05/11/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2012 )

An overview of I/I problems caused by ground water and surface or rainwater.
Managing the Drug Fund
General (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

PowerPoint and handouts from a class on managing a drug fund.
Mandated Minimum Hiring And Training Standards For Public Safety Dispatchers
(Created: 06/13/1996; Reviewed: September 17, 2001 )

Beginning July 1, 1997, all public safety dispatchers who receive requests for emergency aid by telephone (call takers) or radio, or who dispatch emergency aid resources by radio or other telecommunications devices must have completed a course of study approved by the State of Tennessee Public Safety Committee.
Mandatory Electronic Filing of Statements of Disclosure
(Created: 11/05/2007; Reviewed: November 6, 2007 )

With the passage of the Comprehensive Governmental Ethics Reform Act of 2006, all popularly elected local public officeholders and candidates for local public office must file a Statement of Disclosure of Interests with the Tennessee Ethics Commission.
Mandatory Retirement Age for Police and Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the mandatory retirement age is for police and firefighters.
Mandatory Retirement and Local Governmental Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information addressing mandatory retirement of local governmental employees.
Mandatory Retirement for Public Safety Employees
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Mandatory Retirement of Fire Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was whether the fire chief could be mandatorily retired.
Manufactured/Modular Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can enact local ordinances that would have the effect of excluding manufactured or modular homes from being situated inside the city's corporate boundaries, or by regulating such by zoning or land-use planning from land designated for residential use.
Market Pricing: Methods to the Madness
General (Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

E-book that includes the steps necessary to determine the going market rate for jobs in a competitive environment.
Marketing & Operations Manager
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Marketing & Operations Manager
Marketing and Special Events Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Marketing and Special Events Manager.
Marketing Projects
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: April 5, 2010 )


Maryville Fire Department Overtime Study
(Created: 03/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an analysis relating to the city's current overtime provisions for its fire department
Maryville Police Department Home Fleet Program
(Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The purpose of this study was to analyze the feasibility of a home fleet (take home car) program.
Mason Water Plant Questions
General (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: January 20, 2006 )

Questions and concerns about the Town of Mason's water plant expansion and tank/distribution additions.
Massage Parlor and Technicians Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/26/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

An ordinance regulating massage parlors and technicians.
Massage Parlor License Application
Form (Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

This massage parlor license application for Thornton, Colorado includes a checklist, the application, authorization, background, zoning referral, and city code section.
Master Firefighter (Virginia Beach)
Job Description (Created: 12/01/1989; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Master Firefighter.
Master Patrolman Program
General (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

The Master Patrolman program would compensate an officer for attaining a certain level of achievement.
Material on the Regulation of Adult Bookstores
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide material on the regulation of adult bookstores in Tennessee.
Maximum Fee For Bad Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 25, 2017 )

A legal opinion on the maximum that a city can charge for a bad check.
May City Attorney Serve as City Judge?
General (Created: 11/21/2002; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney may also serve as the city judge.
May the City Commissioners Meet With the City Manager and the Candidates for the City Manager Position Without Public Notice of the Meeting?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city commissioners may meet with the city manager and the candidates for the city manager position without public notice of the meeting.
Mayor Can Vote to Break a Tie or to be a Member of the Quorum
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/29/1993; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked, if four alderman are required to make a quorum and several resign, leaving only three, whether the mayor may act as an alderman.
Mayor Has No Authority to Hire an Attorney at City Expense to Defend Him in a Civil or Criminal Action
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2004; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can hire counsel at city's expense to defend certain actions regarding his compensation.
Mayor Hires Family Member of Alderman as New City Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1991; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor could hire a family member of one of the Aldermen as the new city clerk.
Mayor Making Nominations
General (Created: 02/21/2007; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is proper for the Mayor to make nominations.
Mayor May Vote to Break a Tie
General (Created: 03/10/2005; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the Mayor may vote to break a tie during the meeting that is to be conducted for the purpose of filling vacancies.
Mayor Not Counted for Quorum Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/21/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor is counted for quorum purposes.
Mayor Pro Tem to Hire Consulting Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/30/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review ordinance permitting mayor pro tem to hire consulting attorney.
Mayor Refuses to Take an Oath of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1991; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, if the mayor refuses to take an oath of office, his seat is considered vacant.
Mayor Responsible for Appointing an Individual to Fill a Temporary Vacancy in the Office of Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/1997; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the duties of the mayor and the appointment of certain public officers to vacant positions, under the Mayor-Aldermanic form of government.
Mayor Serving as Unpaid Volunteer Reserve Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor may legally serve as an unpaid volunteer reserve police officer.
Mayor Voting on the Ordinance Adopting the Budget When That Budget Proposes an Increase in Salary for the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/1992; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a mayor may vote on the ordinance adopting the budget when that budget proposes an increase in salary for the mayor and/or aldermen.
Mayor Voting Twice to Break a Tie
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/16/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor could vote to fill a vacancy on the board creating a tie vote and then vote again to break the tie.
Mayor Wishes to Appoint One of the Aldermen to the Planning Commission When the Mayor and One of the Aldermen Are Already Members of the Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can appoint members of the city's governing body to the planning commission as "citizen" members of that commission.
Mayor's Appointment of Himself as a Member of the Electric -- Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/13/1993; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor may appoint himself a member of the electric board, subject to the confirmation of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Mayor's Appointment of Staff
General (Created: 04/10/2012; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for clarification on the appointment of the fire chief and assistant fire chief under the city's charter and municipal ordinances.
Mayor's Authority Relative to the Authority of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1995; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked two questions related to the mayor's authority relative to the authority of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Mayor's Authority to Set Employee Schedule
General (Created: 10/14/2003; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Councilmember asked for opinion on Mayor's authority to set employee schedules.
Mayor's Authority to Veto a Motion
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/2003; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research a mayor's authority to veto a motion.
Mayor's Compensation and COLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/2010; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the language in the city charter either entitles or authorizes the mayor to cost of living increases.
Mayor's Duties and Authority Under a Private Act Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/05/1990; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the mayor's duties and authority under a private act charter.
Mayor's Obligation to Carry Out the Will of the Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/1993; Reviewed: October 28, 2009 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor can refuse to sign a contract that the Board of Aldermen have voted to approve.
Mayor's Replacement of Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/2011; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the tenure of the planning commission members and other issues.
Mayor's Right to Make Motions and Speak on Matters before the City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/06/2010; Reviewed: July 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor may make motions and speak on matters on issues on which he has the right to vote.
Mayor's Right to Vote or Make Motions
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2008; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had the right to vote or make motions.
Mayor's Salary
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

The Tennessee Constitution has a provision prohibiting the General Assembly from adopting a local or private act that would alter a local officer's salary before the end of the term
Mayor's Salary and COLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/18/2008; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor is entitled to COLA under Article XI, Section 9 of the Tennessee Constitution, and if he is now, whether he must pay back COLA's paid to him.
Mayor's Salary and Compensation Are Not the Same Thing
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/2002; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the salary and compensation of the mayor.
Mayor's Vote in a Tie
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has the authority to vote in the case of an abstention.
Mayor's Voting in Planning Commission Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/20/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has a voice on the planning commission when he has appointed a substitute under TCA 13-4-101 or 6-54-112.
Mayor's Voting Rights
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

Can a mayor vote twice to break a tie?
Mayor-Aldermanic Government
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/1998; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about Mayor-Aldermanic Government.
Mayoral Elections in Council Manager Cities: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/19/2007; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Fifty-one cities were asked whether their mayor is elected from the board or by the people.
Mayoral Proclamation
General (Created: 06/23/2016; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A proclamation of the City of Dunlap Mayor and Board of Commissioners Declaring June 9, 2016, as Dakota Hudson Day in the City of Dunlap, Tennessee.
Mayoral Staffing in Selected Tennessee Cities: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked questions about the staff of the mayor and the budget for that staff.
McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

A city cannot pass a model of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act for local application.
McMinnville Goal-Setting Report
(Created: 04/17/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

The McMinnville City Council and City staff met to establish a set of goals to help guide the city's efforts over the next several years.
McMinnville Sales Tax Referendum
(Created: 07/22/2002; Reviewed: February 26, 2006 )

Education program for the sales tax referendum.
McMinnville, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

McMinnville requested a comprehensive management overview of the fire department. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
McMinnville, Tennessee, Fire Station Study
(Created: 09/28/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the city's distribution of fire stations and to determine whether the city needs a third fire station or if relocating one or both of the existing stations would provide adequate coverage. The study reviews the current roster of fire apparatus and makes recommendations on the city's fire apparatus needs. The scope of this study includes a review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and fire service best practices regarding deployment of resources.
Meaning of a Full Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what a 'full board' is within the meaning of the personnel regulation of the city that entitles an employee to appeal a personnel action to the 'full board.'
Meaning of Majority Vote for Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a majority of the body is required to vote in the affirmative for approval of a matter, or if a majority of the quorum is sufficient.
Meaning of Residence for Purposes of Voting in Municipal Elections
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/1992; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the meaning of residence for purposes of voting in municipal elections.
Measuring Methods Used in Beer Distance Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/10/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what measuring methods are used in beer distance regulations when a city's ordinance does not provide for those methods.
Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Mechanic.
Mechanic (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Mechanic for Streets, Sanitation, and Parks.
Mechanic I
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Mechanic I.
Mechanic, Chief (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Chief Mechanic for Water and Wastewater.
Meeting ADA Standards for City Hall
General (Created: 01/03/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to explain the compliance of a city hall with the ADA.
Meeting Agenda Process
General (Created: 05/06/2014; Reviewed: May 20, 2014 )

MTAS was asked how to formalize and manage the city council meeting agenda preparation and distribution.
Meeting of a Committee or Group of Aldermen Without First Advertising Their Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/26/1992; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a committee or group of aldermen may meet, without first advertising their meeting in a newspaper of general circulation.
Meeting Population Threshold Necessary for Incorporation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/1993; Reviewed: May 15, 2006 )

New municipalities in Tennessee may incorporate pursuant to either the mayor-aldermanic charter or city manager-commission charter, either of which require that the territory to be incorporated include five hundred citizens who are actual residents of the area.
Meeting Residency Requirement When Alderman Moves Outside the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman vacated his seat by moving outside city. The charter is silent on residency requirement and permits nonresident property owners to vote in elections.
Meetings of the Board of Directors of The Health, Education and Housing Facility Corporation of the City Subject to Public Meetings Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/1995; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the meetings of the Board of Directors of The Health, Education and Housing Facility Corporation of the City are subject to the Public Meetings Act.
Member of Board of Mayor and Aldermen Serving as City's Housing Director
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/15/1992; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether having a member of the board of mayor and aldermen serving as the city's housing director would present a conflict of interest in violation of applicable law.
Member of the City Commission Serving as a Volunteer Fireman and Being Compensated for Fire Calls
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/12/1991; Reviewed: December 14, 2005 )

MTAS was asked whether it is a conflict of interest for a member of the city commission to serve as a volunteer fireman when volunteer firemen of the city are compensated for fire calls.
Member of the City Council Running for the Office of Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a member of the city council can run for the office of mayor without resigning from his present office.
Membership of the Industrial Development Board
General (Created: 08/15/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the membership of the Industrial Development Board.
Membership of the Planning Commission and Whether the Offices of the City Attorney and City Administrator Are Compatible Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/03/2009; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the membership of the planning commission can be reduced and whether the city administrator can hold the office of city attorney.
Memorandum of Understanding for the Operation of a Community Garden
General (Created: 03/15/2011; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

An MoU for the purpose of defining the rights and responsibilities of each party with respect to the operation of a community garden.
Memorializing in City Hall: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 09/30/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked about the practice of placing plaques, framed photos, etc. in the city council chamber or meeting room to honor or memorialize individuals. Includes sample policies and inductee form.
Memphis Code on Panhandling
Ordinance (Created: 12/11/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

The purpose is to regulate and punish violations of the act of panhandling, rather than the status of the person.
Mental Evaluations for City Employees: Tennessee Enters Into a Consent Decree with the United States Department of Justice
(Created: 08/15/2003; Reviewed: July 14, 2006 )

The State of Tennessee has entered into a consent decree with the United States Department of Justice to settle an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case contesting the validity of several statutes concerning the minimum qualifications for certain public safety employees.
Mental health return to duty evaluation form survey
Survey (Created: 05/26/2017; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities to determine if those cities employ the use of a mental health return to duty evaluation form.
Merger of Harriman Utility Board and Wolfe Branch Utility District
General (Created: 01/18/2005; Reviewed: November 19, 2009 )

An article on the merger of HUB and Wolfe Branch Utility District resulting in service area being expanded.
Merger of Municipal Utilities
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/2001; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to explain the legal process for merging the water systems of two cities.
Meter Order Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Meter Order Clerk.
Meter Reader
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Meter Reader.
Meter Reading Productivity in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/03/2019; Reviewed: December 3, 2019 )

MTAS asked fifteen Tennessee cities about their meter readers and what the responsibilities are in that job.
Metered Sprinkler Systems: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 05/01/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

MTAS asked nine cities if they require separate water meters for fire sprinkler systems in business and industry and if there are written policies or guidelines.
Method the City Uses in Paying Worker's Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/1997; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it was legal for the city to pay an injured employee their regular paychecks for up to fourteen calendar days afer the day of injury and require the employee to return to the city any worker's compensation benefits they may have received.
Methods of Breaking a Tie in an Election for Mayor or Alderman
General (Created: 03/10/2011; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to provide for a special election in the event of a tie vote in an election for either Mayor or Alderman.
Metropolitan Government
(Created: 10/12/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A report on the process of consolidation in Tennessee, as well as the pros and cons of consolidated government.
Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County Safety Policy
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: January 31, 2017 )

Safety policy for Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County.
Military Leave and School Patrol Officers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Twelve cities in Tennessee were surveyed regarding employees who deploy on military leave and whether or not they accrue benefits while gone. Those surveyed were also asked about School Crossing Guards and what benefits, if any are available to them.
Military Reservist Leave Question and Answer
General (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: August 29, 2011 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee, who has not completed the city's probationary period and is deployed, is entitled to the 20 days of leave.
Minimum Space Regulations for Dwellings in Subdivisions
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/17/1995; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can specify a minimum square or cubic footage, or similar minimum space regulations, for dwellings in its subdivision regulations.
Minority Set-Aside Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the County Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Guidelines.
Minority Set-Asides
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/27/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether minority set-aside quotas or set-aside goals are legal on the part of Tennessee municipalities.
Minority Set-Asides
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an agreement between a city and a developer of a large construction project may specify a percentage of subcontracts on the project to be awarded, or set aside, for minority contractors.
Minority Voters and a Combination District/At-Large Election System
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/08/1990; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether such a combination district/at-large system can survive a challenge that it discriminates against minority voters.
Miscellaneous Local Taxes and Fees
(Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: January 7, 2010 )

Third volume in a TACIR report focusing on local government finance.
Misuse of City Equipment in Political Campaigns
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2006; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the fire chief may take the city's fire engine to a political rally for the city attorney.
Mixed Drink Tax and Location of Retail Package Stores
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/03/1994; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the 15% mixed drink tax is divided and, in the case of a countywide liquor referendum, do the retail (package) liquor stores have to be located inside the city.
Mixed Residential/Commercial Development
General (Created: 06/03/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information about cities that are using mixed residential/commercial development.
MMA Level III Practicum: A Proposal for the Development of a Central Citizens Customer Service Center
General (Created: 03/03/2006; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

These documents were created by attendees at a MMA Level III class, which requires a practicum for completion of the class.
MMA Level III Practicum: Best Practices for Disciplinary/Grievance Procedures
General (Created: 03/27/2006; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

These documents were created by attendees at an MMA Level III class, which requires a practicum for completion of the class.
Mobile Homes as Preexisting Nonconforming Uses
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2012; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can adopt regulations that allow mobile home owners to rebuild on the original footprint of a structure destroyed by fire, or other reasons.
Model Cable Franchise Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: March 9, 2010 )

Ordinance regarding the establishment of a cable television franchise.
Model Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Response Policy
Form (Created: 12/05/2016; Reviewed: December 6, 2016 )

This model policy was created to provide procedures for personnel to follow for the safe investigation and mitigation of reported carbon monoxide (CO) incidents.
Model Distribution Public Awareness Plans
General (Created: 06/20/2006; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

Includes the APGA plan and a version that has been customized by the TGA for use by individual utilities in Tennessee.
Model Employment Application (2012)
Form (Created: 05/21/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An employment application for municipal employees, revised May 2012.
Model Fire Sprinkler Ordinance
Form (Created: 12/03/2019; Reviewed: December 3, 2019 )

This is a model fire sprinkler ordinance for both commercial and residential property. Fire sprinkler systems save lives, property, and reduce the potential for large fires in the community, thus protecting the tax base.
Model Identity Theft Policy and FACTA Compliance
(Created: 09/17/2008; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

Includes background information on FACTA, model identity theft policy, and resolution.
Model Juvenile Fire Setter Standard Operating Procedure
General (Created: 11/13/2019; Reviewed: November 13, 2019 )

The purpose of this guideline is to establish a consistent procedure in partnership with community resources for the screening, education and referral of youths who have been identified as misusing ignition sources (matches, lighters, or fireworks) or starting a fire, either unintentionally or maliciously.
Model Landscaping Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 08/21/2008; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a model landscaping ordinance and found several examples.
Model Municipal Debt Policy
General (Created: 10/31/2011; Reviewed: June 24, 2011 )

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the City. (NOTE: Bold language or similar statements are required by the State of TN Comptroller's Office. Italicized language is recommended along with other components in GFOA's Model Debt Policy.)
Model Mutual Aid Agreement for Law Enforcement
Form (Created: 08/08/2003; Reviewed: August 8, 2003 )

A model mutual aid agreement for law enforcement or fire fighting assistance.
Model Ordinance Amending Home Rule Charter and Suggested Ballot Questions
Ordinance (Created: 11/05/2007; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

An ordinance amending a home rule charter and suggested ballot questions.
Model OSHA Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/31/2013; Reviewed: November 29, 2018 )

Ordinance to establish an updated occupational safety and health program plan, devise rules and regulations, and to provide for a safety director and the implementation of such program plan.
Model Personnel Policy: Letter, Checklist, and Resolution for Small Cities
General (Created: 01/15/1998; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

Instructions for creating a resolution establishing personnel policies for small cities.
Model Personnel Rules and Regulations
(Created: 07/01/1988; Reviewed: August 15, 2006 )

A model manual of personnel rules and regulations.
Model Personnel Rules and Regulations
General (Created: 06/23/2005; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

The MTAS model personnel rules and regulations, which include sample charter provisions establishing a personnel system, ordinances adopting the rules and regulations, and sample rules and regulations.
Model Personnel Rules and Regulations: Appendices
(Created: 07/01/1988; Reviewed: August 15, 2006 )

Appendices A-C of the model manual for personnel rules and regulations.
Model Personnel Rules and Regulations: Appendix D, Sample Personnel Rules and Regulations
General (Created: 09/03/2004; Reviewed: August 15, 2006 )

Sample rules and regulations for the manual for personnel rules and regulations.
Model Press Release for Fire Hydrant Inspections and Flow Testing
Form (Created: 10/04/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

The model press release may be customized and used by any fire department to inform residents and business owners in their community that the fire department will be conducting inspection, maintenance, and flow testing of fire hydrants in the community.
Model Private Act Charters
General (Created: 01/07/2010; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Two models of private act charters: one for a council-manager city and one for mayor-aldermanic with administrator option.
Model Public Records Policy
General (Created: 01/19/2017; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

Pursuant to the requirements of Public Chapter 722, Acts of 2016, the Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel released the Model Public Records Policy with accompanying material.
Model Resolution Directing Payment of Tax Equivalents
Resolution (Created: 04/02/2004; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to create a resolution for payment in lieu of taxes.
Model Safety Policy
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Model safety policy for local governments.
Model Stormwater Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: March 15, 2006 )

A model ordinance for the operation and maintenance of stormwater facilities.
Model Stormwater Ordinance 2011: Written for the 2010 Small MS4 Permit and Construction General Permit Reissuance
Ordinance (Created: 09/08/2011; Reviewed: September 19, 2011 )

The Model Stormwater Ordinance, as written, is not a stand-alone document. No Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP's) are incorporated in the body of the ordinance. Rather, the Model Ordinance adopts BMP Manuals by reference The Model Ordinance will not be complete without the adoption by reference of these BMP manuals.
Model Stormwater Utility Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/29/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A model ordinance that creates and funds a stormwater utility.
Model Succession Plan
(Created: 12/10/2009; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Includes a model succession plan and a succession plan for McMinnville.
Model Water Conservation Resolution and Water Curtailment Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/15/2008; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

The model water curtailment ordinance and water conservation resolution are intended to be used as templates by a city council when they are preparing such documents for their city.
Modified Light Duty Programs
Survey (Created: 12/06/2019; Reviewed: December 6, 2019 )

Sixteen Tennessee cities responded to questions about whether or not they have a modified/light duty program in place for employees.
Modified vs Manager Commission
General (Created: 08/31/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to discuss the differences between the manager-commission form of government and the modified manager-commission form of government.
Monitoring Conversations Between Utility Employees and Utility Customers
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/15/1996; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act of 1994 prohibits the monitoring by supervisors of utility employees of conversations between those employees and utility customers where the monitoring is done for the purpose of insuring that the utility employees provide polite and efficient service.
Moral Turpitude
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if DUI and passing a bad check are offenses involving moral turpitude.
Moratorium on Building Permits and Changes in Zoning Pending a Comprehensive Review of the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1997; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

Prior to the moratorium, one couple had entered into negotiations to sell their property to commercial concerns; MTAS was asked whether the city could go ahead and give them assurance that the property would continue under its present zoning so that they could complete the sale.
More USFA Grant Money Available This Year
General (Created: 01/16/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2006 )

The United States Fire Administration (a division of FEMA) is working on the details for a much larger FY02 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
More Visits from IRS Expected
General (Created: 08/30/2002; Reviewed: February 15, 2012 )

A recent reorganization of the Internal Revenue Service is expected to result in more visits to cities from IRS personnel, who will be concerned with withholding of Medicare, Social Security, and other federal taxes for municipal employees and officials.
Morristown City Administrator Job Description
Job Description (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Administrator.
Morristown Civil Service Review
(Created: 01/12/2007; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to examine the Morristown Civil Service system and make recommendations for improvements.
Morristown Fire Department Driver Training Standard Operating Guideline
General (Created: 12/30/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This document includes: information on EVOC timed evaluations and station skill sheets for the practical, fire apparatus driver/operator; forms to request to qualify and to certify as a driver trainee; a driver trainee checklist and fire apparatus operator practical checklist; certification for out-of-grade pay; and request for upgrade pay.
Morristown Fleet Management Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017 )

Eight cities responded to an MTAS survey about their fleet management, including number and types of vehicles, work bays, and lifts, plus information on staffing, work orders, calls for service, and routine maintenance.
Morristown Police (or Fire) Chief Annual Evaluation
Form (Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

This form may be used for the annual performance appraisal of the police or fire chief.
Morristown, Tennessee, Fire Services Study
(Created: 09/30/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the entire fire department and make recommendations related to fire department management, operations, resources, and enhanced level of services. The scope of this study included review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and best practice management of the fire department.
Mosquito Control: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/01/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Seven Southeastern cities were asked questions about budget, equipment, and chemicals used for mosquito control.
Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law and City Vehicles
General (Created: 01/28/2002; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City's buses are exempt from the amended Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility law that went into effect January 1.
Motor Vehicle Privilege Tax
General (Created: 01/07/2014; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the motor vehicle privilege tax or wheel tax.
Mount Juliet City Manager Resume Review Worksheet
Form (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Resume review form for position of city manager.
Mountainous Residential District Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 09/24/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided a file copy of draft regulations for a new R-M2 mountainous residential district, plus several examples of adopted hillside development regulations and zoning ordinances.
Moving a Building to Another Piece of Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain city resident could move a building to another piece of property without a building permit and includes surrounding issues that arose from that question.
Mowing Survey
Survey (Created: 11/01/2004; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Seven cities were asked several questions about right of way mowing and the number of employees involved.
MS4 Stormwater Documents 2010
Form (Created: 10/05/2010; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This collection of stormwater documents includes: Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report; Phase II Stormwater Permit Notice of Intent (NOI); and NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
MS4 Stormwater Documents 2016
Form (Created: 10/06/2016; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This collection of stormwater documents includes: NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems; Rationale Sheet; Addendum to Rationale (NOD); Phase II Stormwater Permit Notice of Intent (NOI); an MTAS 2016 Model MS4 Notice of Intent (NOI) that has been reviewed by TDEC; and Form for Annual Report.
Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Fire Services Study
(Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide analysis of the best fire service options for Mt. Juliet.
Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 06/30/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS conducted this study by a review of submitted documentation, field study work involving interviews with Mount Pleasant personnel, physical inspection of the fire station and equipment, and a tour of the service area. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
MTAS Compensation Philosophy and Plan: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked about their compensation philosophy and plans.
MTAS Comprehensive Management Review Checklist
Form (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A model for the MTAS comprehensive management review (CMR).
MTAS Fire Department Personnel Survey
Survey (Created: 09/21/2010; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Fifteen cities were asked several questions about firefighter schedules and compensation.
MTAS Firefighter Meals: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 03/31/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities were asked whether the shift can transport the fire engine to a restaurant for a meal and whether an employee may use a city vehicle to pick up food for the whole shift.
MTAS Golf Course Survey
Survey (Created: 02/21/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Four cities were asked several questions about their golf courses, including operations, funding, green fees, usage by local colleges and high schools, and number of rounds of golf played in FY 2012
MTAS Health Insurance Benefits: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked 31 questions about their health insurance coverage for municipal employees.
MTAS Large City Model Personnel Policies
General (Created: 08/09/2017; Reviewed: October 30, 2017 )

The model personnel policies are intended for larger cities.
MTAS Model Municipal Debt Policy
General (Created: 04/27/2011; Reviewed: June 24, 2011 )

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the City.
MTAS Moves Salary Survey Online
(Created: 06/08/2007; Reviewed: June 15, 2007 )

MTAS has initiated the first phase of our new 'Online Salary and Benefit Survey Project.'
MTAS Near-Miss Reporting Standard Operating Procedure Template
Form (Created: 07/18/2019; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

This MTAS template to report near-misses can be customized to meet local needs.
MTAS on Robert's Rules of Order
General (Created: 05/17/2019; Reviewed: May 17, 2019 )

A series of brief, instructive articles explaining the use Robert's Rules of Order for cities and towns in Tennessee. The series starts with the history of the Robert's Rules parliamentary procedures and delves into everything from making a motion to adjourning a meeting.
MTAS Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey (1993)
(Created: 03/30/1994; Reviewed: February 16, 2009 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information.
MTAS Small City Model Personnel Policies
General (Created: 10/05/2017; Reviewed: October 5, 2017 )

The model personnel policies are intended for smaller cities.
MTAS' Customer-Focused Approach to Public Service Creates Significant Economic Impacts for Tennessee Municipalities
(Created: 05/08/2003; Reviewed: July 6, 2016 )

The activities of MTAS align with the University's goals for service to Tennessee.
MTAS/CTAS ADA Compliance Officer Training 2018
(Created: 06/19/2018; Reviewed: June 19, 2018 )

Materials from an MTAS/CTAS statewide class designed for those city and county staff with ADA compliance responsibilities. Information resources includes the extensive class handout as well as the class slide presentation.
Municipal Airport Survey
Survey (Created: 03/14/2005; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

Three cities were asked about the number of employees, their job titles, and whether there are written job descriptions for these positions.
Municipal Alcoholic Beverage Inspection Fees and Wholesale Liquor Tax Surveys
Survey (Created: 10/31/2009; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS completed two surveys asking cities about municipal alcoholic beverage inspection fees and wholesale liquor tax.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act
(Created: 05/01/2003; Reviewed: July 25, 2006 )

The TGTLA provides that municipalities can be sued for injuries caused by their employees only in a limited number of areas and immunizes municipal employees or limits their liability for injuries they cause in certain cases.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act (2009)
(Created: 01/29/2009; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

Legislature creates liability for cities for failure to safeguard confidential information on laptop computers and other removable storage devices.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act Tort Limits Increase July 1, 2007
(Created: 03/07/2007; Reviewed: March 15, 2007 )

The TGTLA provides that municipalities can be sued for injuries caused by their employees only in a limited number of areas and immunizes municipal employees or limits their liability for injuries they cause in certain cases.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Tort Liability Act Made Simple
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

Details the effects of the Tennessee Tort Liability Act regarding municipal and personal liability.
Municipal Banking Services Must Now Be Evaluated Every Four Years (Public Chapter 277 of 2019)
General (Created: 10/15/2019; Reviewed: October 15, 2019 )

MTAS resources and guidance on Public Chapter 277 of 2019 which requires a contract for banking services be based on the evaluation of proposals, which should be documented for audit purposes. Attached are a Q & A and a sample quote for banking services for use by Tennessee municipalities.
Municipal Biodiesel Production Programs (2011)
(Created: 03/08/2012; Reviewed: March 8, 2012 )

Small-scale production of biodiesel by municipalities has been conducted successfully by several cities in Alabama and appears to be a concept that can be duplicated in other municipalities across the state and nation.
Municipal Biodiesel Production: Foundations and Best Practices (2009)
(Created: 11/06/2009; Reviewed: January 21, 2010 )

Small-scale production of biodiesel by municipalities has been conducted successfully by several cities in Alabama and appears to be a concept that can be duplicated in other municipalities across the state.
Municipal Bonds
General (Created: 09/11/2012; Reviewed: September 11, 2012 )

Local governments generally should consider using bond issues for large, long-term debt of more than $1 million and for longer than 12 years. The various types of municipal bonds include general obligation bonds, special tax bonds and special assessments, revenue bonds, industrial revenue bonds, and double-barrel bonds.
Municipal Boundaries
General (Created: 05/16/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in determining municipal boundaries.
Municipal Code Citation
Form (Created: 07/26/2007; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

A citation form to be used by the City of Smithville for offenses that are not traffic related.
Municipal Code Violation Fines and Court Costs: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Hohenwald
Survey (Created: 08/01/2003; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

Ten cities were asked the amount of their fines and court costs for municipal code violations.
Municipal Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/22/2005; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

A job description for the position of municipal codes inspector.
Municipal Contributions to County Schools Located Within the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/17/1990; Reviewed: October 30, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether the county school district could reduce expenditures to schools located within the city that may be receiving city contributions.
Municipal Contributions to High School Newspapers
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/17/1994; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on municipal contributions to high school newspapers and the like.
Municipal Court Administrator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2009 )

Job description for the position of Municipal Court Administrator.

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