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Three Star Fire Department: Revised SOGs April 2007
Report/Study (Created: 04/30/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

The intent of this Standard Operating Guidelines and Training Manual is to provide an administrative, operational, and training framework to better manage emergency response personnel.
Ticket Splitting
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS consultants advise cities to avoid ticket splitting and instead instruct officers to issue a single citation with multiple charges relating to one event.
Time limit for dumpster on residential property
(Created: 10/05/2017; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

An ordinance of the Town of Bulls Gap, Tennessee adding a new section to Title 13 of the Bulls Gap Municipal Code limiting the time a dumpster can be kept on residential property.
Tips for New Board Members
General (Created: 03/29/2011; Reviewed: March 29, 2011 )

A brief guide to assist with the orientation of new board members.
Title VI Compliance Manual
General (Created: 01/23/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

A policy to put city into compliance with Title VI and TEMA requirements, so that it would be eligible for financial assistance, in the event of a disaster.
Tobacco-Free Workplace Survey
Survey (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Seventeen cities were asked whether their organization is tobacco-free, whether there is a health-care premium surcharge for employees who use tobacco products, and what tobacco cessation programs or support the city offers.
Tort Liability at Railroad Crossing Improvements
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2009; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about relief from tort liability at railroad crossing improvements made with federal funds.
TOSHA Fire Service Inspection Checklist
Form (Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) uses this checklist from South Carolina OSHA, when inspecting Tennessee fire departments.
Towing Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2001; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

Municipalities may still regulate the price for non-consensual tows, but all other business regulation of towing businesses is not allowed.
Towing Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/19/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

The requirement that wrecker services must either reside in the city or have their businesses in the city probably is preempted and thereby rendered invalid by federal statutes that deregulated the motor carrier industry, including towing or wrecker businesses.
Town Center Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Town Center Manager.
Town of Alexandria Annexation Study
Report/Study (Created: 07/07/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An annexation study prepared for the Town of Alexandria; includes resolutions for adopting a plan of services.
Town of Carthage Excavation Safety Policy
Report/Study (Created: 09/27/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

The Town of Carthage requested an excavation safety policy including an ordinance approving such a policy.
Town of Erwin Job Description Director of Public Works
Job Description (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Public Works. Under the general direction of the Town Administrator, this is responsible technical and supervisory work in planning, organizing and directing the overall work and activities of the streets, right of way, sanitation, storm sewer, parks and recreation, and fleet maintenance functions.
Town of Erwin Job Description Parks and Recreation Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Parks and Recreation Supervisor. This employee is responsible for the maintenance of municipal parks. At times the position is reassigned by the Public Works Director to alternate responsibilities, including assistance with street repair and maintenance. The employee is given general instructions for the completion of work, and independent judgement may occasionally be required to complete tasks. The employee trains and supervises the work of subordinate personnel.
Town of Erwin parks and recreation works laborer and equipment operator job description
Job Description (Created: 03/09/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A sample job description from the Town of Erwin, Tennessee for a parks and recreation laborer and equipment operator.
Town of Erwin Public Works Laborer and Equipment Operator Job Description
Job Description (Created: 03/09/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

A sample job description from the Town of Erwin, Tennessee for a public works laborer and equipment operator.
Town of Greeneville Organizational Structure Study
Report/Study (Created: 11/30/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the organizational structure, roles, and responsibilities for the departments of engineering, environment, public works, building codes, and planning.
Town of Mount Carmel Certified Municipal Finance Officer Job Description
Job Description (Created: 06/02/2020; Reviewed: July 9, 2020 )

Job description for the position of Certified Municipal Finance Officer for the Town of Mount Carmel, Tennessee.
Town of New Market Policy on the Use of Fuel Cards
General (Created: 07/19/2017; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

This policy is established in order to provide direction on fuel expenses incurred by Town employees on Town business.
Town of Petersburg Recreation Commission By-Laws
General (Created: 09/15/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with creating bylaws for the recreation commission.
Town of South Carthage, Tennessee: An Ordinance Amending Title 4, Chapter 2 of the South Carthage Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 09/19/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for policies and procedures on absences, tardiness, and bereavement or funeral leave.
Town of Woodbury : An Ordinance Amending Title 16, -- Section 109 of the Woodbury Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 05/10/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance that allows the city to construct and maintain sidewalks.
Traffic Engineer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Traffic Engineer.
Training Requirement for Planning Commissioners and Staff
General (Created: 07/24/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the annual training requirement for planning commission members and staff.
Transfer of Beer License
General (Created: 03/19/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of transferring ownership of a beer license.
Transient Merchants
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/01/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge transient merchants higher taxes than the statute governing transient merchants provides, or impose upon them a stiff permit fee.
Transparency Toolbox: Using a Website to Facilitate Access to Public Information
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, explains the requirements of the Tennessee Public Records and Open Meetings Acts, suggests records to be made available on a city or county website, and includes information on how to provide such information on a website. Sections include: Public Meetings Act, Public Records, Website, Types of Records, and Transferring Documents. (MTAS City Byte series)
Transportation Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Transportation Director.
Travel Expenses Paid Directly to Provider
General (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Municipalities may pay directly for travel expenses, provided payment is made directly to the provider and not to the official or employee
Tree on City Street Right of Way
General (Created: 07/03/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town should cut a tree on a city street right of way.
Tri-County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority
General (Created: 03/08/2004; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to review Senate Bill 3213/House Bill 3426 creating a Tri-County Regional Utility Authority in Knox, Union, and Grainger Counties .
Truck Driver Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: August 14, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Truck Driver Operator in the Solid Waste Department.
TTY (Text Telephone) Equipment Survey
Survey (Created: 02/20/2017; Reviewed: February 21, 2017 )

Thirteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their usage of TTY (Text Telephone) or TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) equipment.
Tuition Reimbursement Plan
General (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A tuition reimbursement plan for the employees of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.
Tullahoma Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures 2008
Report/Study (Created: 04/14/2008; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this updated SOP manual is to provide uniform standards for the operations of the Tullahoma Fire Department.
Turnout Gear at Vehicle Accidents
General (Created: 10/30/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Questions regarding OSHA compliance on personal protective equipment for firefighters and ambulance service employees.
TVA Power Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1991; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to address several issues related to power contracts with TVA.
TWA and Local Zoning of Cell Towers
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a letter from TWA related to a proposed ordinance the city drafted pertinent to cell tower siting.
Types and Staffing of Fire Departments
General (Created: 02/06/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

There are five types of fire departments, which may be staffed in one of three ways.
Unauthorized Raises
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/2002; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board has to honor unauthorized raises.
Uncompensated Public Officials' Personal Information Not Protected Per Tennessee State Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/17/2019; Reviewed: August 5, 2019 )

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

MTAS was asked what a city should do when a candidate for public office is in arrears for payment of taxes.
Unconstitutional Since 1953 to Incorporate Municipalities by Private Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/10/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

The General Assembly is required by general law to provide the exclusive methods by which municipalities may be created, merged, consolidated, dissolved, and their boundaries altered.
Unemployment Insurance for Volunteer Firefighters
General (Created: 07/23/2012; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the city must pay unemployment insurance on its volunteer firefighters.
Unemployment on Temporary Workers
General (Created: 07/16/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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

An agreement for emergency communications services exists between Hamilton County Emergency Communications District, Hamilton County, Chattanooga, East Ridge, Collegedale, Red Bank, and Signal Mountain. This addendum is to apply a cost adjustment plan.
Uniforms, Safety, and Public Image
General (Created: 10/14/1999; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

The City of Athens may provide and require certain uniforms, footwear, and equipment designed to promote safety and to protect employees as well as convey the proper image to the public.
University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service's Recommended Guidance to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Minimum Monitoring Requirements for NPDES MS4 Program Effectiveness and Compliance
Report/Study (Created: 03/14/2008; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This publication provides guidance to TDEC's minimum monitoring requirements for NPDES MS4 program effectiveness and compliance.
Unpaid Military Leave and 401K Contributions: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/22/2008; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked whether they pay 401K contributions for personnel on unpaid military leave.
Updating Personnel Safety and Health Issues in the Municipal Code
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether certain ordinances contained in municipal code that address personnel safety and health issues are required to be in the municipal code.
Urban Forester
Job Description (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Urban Forester.
Urban Forestry Workshop Course Material
General (Created: 08/21/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A course manual, lesson plan, and PowerPoint presentation on urban forestry.
Use of 12 Hour Shifts in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

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

MTAS was asked to review and make recommendations on operating with committees.
Use of Beer License By a Person Other Than the License Holder
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/16/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the City Council may ban, by ordinance, the public from bringing video cameras into and videoing city council meetings.
Use of City Funds to Advocate for an Outcome in a Referendum on Metropolitan Government
General (Created: 08/29/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how city funds can and can't be used for a metro committee and a future metro vote.
Use of City Vehicles
General (Created: 05/29/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An example of an amendment to the personnel policies to include the use of city vehicles.
Use of County Law Enforcement Services in the Absence of a Municipal Police Force
General (Created: 01/04/2017; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about using county law enforcement services within the corporate limits of the town in the absence of a municipal police force.
Use of Financial Advisers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can increase its monthly garbage collection fees and use the increase for purposes other than garbage collection.
Use of Hydrogen Peroxide for Coronavirus Disinfection
General (Created: 04/22/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS received an inquiry about the use of hydrogen peroxide as a disinfecting agent for the coronavirus as an option to bleach because of bleach’s corrosive potential and irritating odor. MTAS researched this question and provides the following information. MTAS does not recommend or endorse any product, and the products mentioned here are for illustration only. MTAS recommends that municipalities do their own research and select products and procedures that meet local needs.
Use of Inmate Labor and Responsibility for Medical Expenses
General (Created: 02/19/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about immunity for the municipality with regard to any injuries sustained by a county inmate while on work detail for the city.
Use of Municipal Property as Community Garden in the city of Harrogate, Tennessee
Form (Created: 02/14/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Forms related to the operation of a community garden on municipal property in the City of Harrogate, Tennessee. Includes resolution to adopt rules and regulations for the community garden, the garden rules and regulations, and a community garden waiver, release and hold harmless agreement.
Use of PPE and Its Effectiveness
General (Created: 03/22/2020; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

In a conversation with Dr. Joe Holley, medical director for the Tennessee Department of EMS, Dr. Holley advised that if full universal precautions and PPE are used (exam gloves, gown, N95 mask, and face protection from splash or droplets), and the patient is positive for COVID-19, the universal precautions should be sufficient to protect the wearer, and the patient contact in full PPE would not classify as an exposure to COVID-19/coronavirus. Proper disposal of the used PPE and decon of any equipment used, and the ambulance if the patient is transported, is required.
Use of Profits from Vending Machines in Municipal Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/1990; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether revenues from vending machines in public facilities in local governmental entities are "public funds."
Use of the City Drug Fund
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked to interpret a provision of the charter that turned on the use of semi-colons.
Use of Translators in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

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

Establishing policy and procedure for the most efficient use of motor vehicles of the police department.
Using a Utility Service Applicant's Credit Report to Determine Amount of Utility Deposit
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the city could allow the city hall to be used as collection point for solicitations by various private groups.
Using Inmates and Probationers for Public Service Work Projects
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Loss control guidelines provided by the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool
Using Sick Leave to Supplement Workers' Compensation Benefits
General (Created: 07/13/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether special assessments can be used for sidewalk construction.
Utilities and Public Works, Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Job description for the position of Director of Utilities and Public Works.
Utilities Crew Chief
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Utilities Superintendent.
Utility Board Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/2011; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city's utility board can be given the authority to set water rates.
Utility Cuts: City Street Repair Policy for the City of Athens
General (Created: 03/05/2001; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

The purpose of this procedure is to clearly define the process for receiving utility cut repair requests from the Athens Utilities Board (AUB) and making repairs to such utility cuts on city-maintained streets by the City of Athens Public Works Department.
Utility Extension Policies: Who Pays?
General (Created: 07/24/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

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

MTAS was asked about the relationship between the governing body and the utility board of the city, whether utility extensions are required to be approved by ordinance, and whether the city is required to approve every contract by ordinance.
Utility Operating with 3 Member Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may operate a water and sewer utility with a 3 member commission, as opposed to the 5 member commission provided for by Tennessee law.
Utility Rate Breaks for the Elderly
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can give utility rate reductions or exemptions to the elderly.
Utility Systems and In Lieu of Tax Payments
Report/Study (Created: 02/26/2001; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

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

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

Job description for the position of Utility Worker Helper.
Vacancies in Office
General (Created: 04/06/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what election procedures should be followed should the mayor resign prior to the upcoming November election.
Vacant and Unsafe Structures SOP
Form (Created: 12/07/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This sample policy, which will apply to all vacant and abandoned buildings within the fire department's jurisdiction, can be modified to meet local needs.
Vanleer Volunteer Fire Department Handbook for 2012
General (Created: 12/12/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with the creation of a volunteer fire dept. handbook for the Town of Vanleer.
Various Issues Faced by City Court Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2011; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about various issues faced by city court judges, including levying daily fines, procedure for dealing with property code violations, and collections of unpaid citations.
Veterans Differential Pay
Survey (Created: 12/13/2004; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

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

Twelve cities and one airport authority were asked whether they give veterans' preference points and questions related to granted preferences.
Vice-Mayor's Elevation to Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2006; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked for assistance in writing an ordinance to regulate dangerous dogs in the city.
Viewing Investigative Records in Open Criminal Cases
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2003; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether municipal officials enjoy any special privilege to view the records in open criminal investigations.
Violations of the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/1992; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about violations of the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws by the city.
Volunteer Fire Dept. Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

An ordinance recognizing the Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department as the official fire department for the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee.
Volunteer Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 03/08/1999; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Volunteer Firefighter.
Volunteer Firefighter Minimum Performance Standards and Incentives
General (Created: 01/31/2003; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Financial or other incentives may be given to volunteer firefighters who meet monthly performance standards.
Volunteer Firefighters and ISO Rating
General (Created: 05/14/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS asked eleven cities whether they provided monetary compensation to volunteer firefighters and their chief.
Volunteer Firemen (and Other Volunteers) Running for Local Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether volunteer firefighters are city employees.
Volunteer Receiving Health Benefits and Dust Control
General (Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether volunteers at a golf course could be compensated with free golf games.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Resident Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked under what conditions can people who live outside the city, but own property inside the city, vote in city elections.
Waiting Periods for Health Coverage under PPACA
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), it is legal to offer group health coverage but have a waiting period on health benefits of six months.
Waiver of Salary of Public Official
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/08/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman can refuse to accept the salary proscribed in the charter.
Walking Horse Museum
General (Created: 04/29/2011; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about funding possibilities for assisting with locating the National Walking Horse Museum in Wartrace.
Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter Review
Report/Study (Created: 02/26/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to examine the operations of the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter and make recommendations for improvement.
Waste Collection Fees in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 03/31/2016; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

Eight cities responded to an MTAS survey about their commercial collection fees.
Wastewater Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions relating to the rights and obligations of two cities relative to the allocation and "ownership" of wastewater plant capacity
Wastewater Extension
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether a developer can provide and operate a private wastewater system in a new subdivision outside the city if the city is currently providing water and electric service to the area.
Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Operator.
Wastewater Plant Operator (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Operator.
Wastewater Plant Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Operator.
Wastewater Plant Operator, Chief
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: July 25, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Chief Wastewater Plant Operator.
Wastewater Plant Worker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Worker.
Wastewater Service Connection Fees
Report/Study (Created: 12/11/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

This report outlines the procedure for assessing a wastewater service connection fee, sometimes referred to as a tap fee, based upon equity, the actual cost of making the connection, and usage of the system.
Wastewater surcharges in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 05/16/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Eleven cities across the state were contacted in May 2018 regarding their parameters and rates for wastewater surcharges.
Wastewater Treatment Facilities Management Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/2005; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review wastewater facilities management agreement and state law governing wastewater treatment authorities, and determined that Authority is responsible for maintaining all sewer lines, including lateral lines.
Wastewater Treatment Project
Report/Study (Created: 06/09/2005; Reviewed: February 23, 2017 )

An estimate of construction costs and operating expenses for a mechanical, public owned wastewater treatment facility.
Water & Wastewater Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Water & Wastewater Superintendent.
Water and Sewer Line Extension Policies
Survey (Created: 11/30/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked for examples of water and sewer line extension policies in use in cities in Tennessee.
Water and Sewer Rate Structures: A Survey by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/06/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Sixteen cities were asked to provide information on their water and sewer rates.
Water and Sewer, Assistant Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Superintendent of Water and Sewer.
Water and Wastewater Foreman
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Water and Wastewater Foreman.
Water and Wastewater Management: A Training Manual for Board Members (2019 Update)
General (Created: 12/20/2019; Reviewed: December 20, 2019 )

The purpose of this manual is to provide a resource for both new and experienced water board members and municipal officials who have little or no formal training for the job. 2019 update.
Water and Wastewater Rate Study for the Town of Spencer
Report/Study (Created: 08/19/2010; Reviewed: September 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a rate study for the Town of Spencer.
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants Superintendent.
Water Impact Fees in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/11/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding the collection/assessment of water impact fees.
Water Main Extensions on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to the construction of water mains inside a gated residential complex by city forces.
Water Plant Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Water Plant Operator.
Water Plant Operator, Chief (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Chief Water Plant Operator.
Water Services Assistant Director
Job Description (Created: 10/26/2004; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

Job description for a Water Services Assistant Director.
Water Supply Planning
General (Created: 06/03/2005; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

Strategic partnerships with the utility districts, development boards, and fire protection agencies should be developed to provide not only good potable water, but also adequate fire flow capabilities for long range planning.
Water System Capacity Development--Business Plan (Financial Self-Assessment Manual)
Form (Created: 05/12/2020; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

A worksheet for water systems to assess their financial situation through looking at income versus expenses over a three year period. This document was developed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Water Supply. It is available here as a supplement to the MTAS guide titled "A Short Review of Water and Wastewater Rates and Fees."
Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City of Smyrna Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator.
Water/Sewer Customer Complaint Log
Form (Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

A generic complaint form for a water/sewer department.
Website Disclaimer
General (Created: 03/14/2011; Reviewed: March 16, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to assist with wording a disclaimer to be used on a city's Website so that the city would not be liable for any misinterpretations of the zoning map.
West Tennessee Planning Commission Salaries: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 09/30/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked how their planning commissioners are compensated.
What Happens to a Motion That Has Not Been Seconded
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/18/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

When the city's zoning ordinance prohibits amendments to the zoning ordinance from coming up for one year after being defeated, does the failure of a motion to amend the zoning ordinance to receive a second constitute a 'denial' of the amendment of the zoning ordinance?
What is the Earliest Date the City Can Terminate the City Manager?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what is the earliest date the city can terminate the city manager.
When a Covenant Runs with the Land
General (Created: 02/15/2011; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to analyze when and how covenants run with the land,both generally, and for specific purpose of stormwater regulations.
Which Cities Require Motorists to Buy a City Sticker?
Survey (Created: 02/24/2017; Reviewed: February 28, 2020 )

Twenty cities responded to an MTAS survey about vehicle stickers and the associated fees.
Who Is Mayor If the Mayor's Resignation Is Not Accepted?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/2010; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had resigned and, if he had, whether the vice-mayor became the mayor.
Who Performs Duties of the Mayor When the Office of the Mayor Is Vacant?
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/27/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to the duties of the mayor and vice mayor.
Who Qualifies as a Magistrate and Can Be Designated to Administer an Oath for Citations?
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/12/2012; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked before whom must a police officer swear an oath for citations.
Wholesale Liquor Inspection Fee
General (Created: 11/26/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

A city asked about the wholesale liquor inspection fee and the amounts levied by cities of similar size.
Wine Coolers
General (Created: 07/23/2001; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Establishments that sell beer may also sell wine coolers.
Wine in Grocery Stores Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

This law does much more than permit grocery stores to sell wine, as it vastly expands the merchandise package stores may sell and services they may offer beginning July 1, 2014.
Wine Tasting in Liquor Stores
General (Created: 01/16/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a retail liquor store may conduct wine tastings.
Work on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2001; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about a city doing drainage work on private property.
Worker's Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 05/01/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

Seventeen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding their Worker's Compensation policies.
Workers' Compensation Benefits for Volunteer Workers
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/22/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The city housing authority asked if community service workers would be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
Workers' Compensation Change
Survey (Created: 08/01/2014; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Eighteen cities were asked questions about compensating employees on Workers' Compensation with 66-2/3% of their salary, rather than 100% of their salary.
Working Papers for Cleveland Recreation Services
Report/Study (Created: 03/01/2000; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a study of the city of Cleveland's leisure services in order to analyze, evaluate and recommend improved and well-coordinated service deliveries, programs and facilities to the citizens of Cleveland.
Workplace Harassment Policy
General (Created: 06/09/2005; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

A generic policy dealing with workplace harassment.
Wrecker Inspections in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Nine Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out who handles inspection for wreckers called to the scene following a motor vehicle accident.
Wrecker Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/17/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can regulate the number of wreckers that can be on the city's approved towing list.
Your City and the 2020 Census
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: September 4, 2020 )

This MTAS "City Byte", a short online tutorial, provides a concise overview of what Tennessee cities and towns need to know regarding the Census 2020. (MTAS City Byte series)
Youth Concussion and Head Injury Law
General (Created: 03/05/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to explain the details of the Tennessee protocol for registered officials during contests.
Youth Sports Programs: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/28/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked about city-run youth programs and whether they sponsor any youth sports organizations.
Zoning Amendment Vote
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/04/2002; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to interpret a vote when a majority vote of the membership of the board is required as opposed to a quorum of the present members.
Zoning and Restricting Locations of Homeless Shelters
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/09/2012; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the exercise of emergency powers and where emergency shelters for the homeless can operate.
Zoning and Subdivision Regulations Are in Conflict
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/17/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked which of the zoning regulations and of the subdivision regulations prevail when the two are in conflict.
Zoning for Group Home
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether certain group homes for mentally handicapped people could locate in an R-1 zone in the city.
Zoning of Tattoo Parlors
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/11/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked the status of tattoo studios under the zoning ordinance of the city.
Zoning Ordinance and Stormwater Ordinance Regulating Land Use in Floodplains
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/26/2008; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked three questions related to a "lot of record" that was annexed by the city.
Zoning Restrictions Applied to Pain Clinics
General (Created: 02/07/2012; Reviewed: February 23, 2012 )

MTAS was asked whether pain clinics can be excluded from a community.
Zoning Restrictions Applied to Tattoo Parlors
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/09/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can apply the same zoning restrictions it can apply to tattoo parlors to other businesses such as body piercing, massage parlors, and pawnshops.
“Wastewater Treatment Facilities Management Agreement” and Responsibility of the County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority to Maintain Lateral Sewer Lines
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/03/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

The City entered into a Wastewater Treatment Facilities Management Agreement with the County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority for the operation of the City’s wastewater facilities on October 31, 2003. The City actually transferred its facilities to the Authority pursuant to the Agreement. The Authority now claims that it is only responsible for the operation and maintenance of the “main” lines, not the lateral lines, although the City understood that all assets and liabilities of the wastewater facility were transferred to the Authority. MTAS was asked to review the Agreement and statutes and determine if lateral lines are included in the property transferred to the Authority.

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