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"Barry Brady Act" : a report with recommendations for Tennessee municipalities on Public Chapter 490
Report/Study (Created: 10/05/2019; Reviewed: October 28, 2020 )

An MTAS report with recommendations regarding the implementation of the 2019 "Barry Brady Act." The Barry Brady Act or Public Chapter 490 amends T.C.A. § 7-51-201 by adding subsection (d) which outlines specific types of cancers that are presumed to have been acquired as the result of employment in the fire service and the eligibility requirements for firefighters seeking to be covered by the presumption. This public chapter outlines specific employment, pre-employment, and annual medical monitoring that a firefighter must undergo in order to be covered by the presumption. The Tennessee State Legislature removed the July 1, 2020 deadline and did not replace it with another deadline.
"Barry Brady Act" Pre-Employment Physical Medical Examination Waivers
Form (Created: 10/03/2019; Reviewed: March 31, 2021 )

These forms are templates for a city to consider when developing their own waiver forms for potential firefighters to waive the inclusion of cancer screening regarding the employment related firefighter cancer rebuttable presumption established by the Barry Brady Act as part of a pre-employment physical examination, or for current firefighters to elect to have the physical examination. MTAS recommends that cities discuss this with their city attorney before implementing any waiver.
10 Most Common Audit Findings For Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 07/08/2019; Reviewed: April 30, 2021 )

A series of articles from MTAS discussing the most common audit findings for Tennessee cities and towns as reported by the Tennessee State Comptroller's Office.
2005/2006 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 04/27/2006; Reviewed: April 27, 2006 )

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey for 2005/2006 shows salary increases for city employees rose significantly over 2004/2005 data. This report contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information. (To request a report from the salary survey, please contact MTAS at the address at the bottom of this page.)
2014 Goals Planning Retreat: City of Fayetteville, Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 02/15/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for the City of Fayetteville.
2019 Court Cost Data
General (Created: 12/17/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A list of the court costs for selected Tennessee cities.
2019 Fair Labor Standards Act final rules released
General (Created: 10/18/2019; Reviewed: October 18, 2019 )

The U.S. Department of Labor has set a new standard salary level in the Fair Labor Standards Act of $684 per week/$1,368 biweekly/$1,482 semimonthly/$2,964 month (equivalent of $35,568 per year). The Department has also set the Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) annual compensation amount at a new level of $107,432. The new salary rates are effective January 1, 2020. This hot topic from MTAS reviews the history of the new rules and also discusses discretionary bonuses and incentive payments rule changes.
2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance
General (Created: 09/03/2020; Reviewed: December 10, 2020 )

A memo from MTAS on the 2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Program
911 Dispatch Service Agreements: A Survey Conducted for the City of Crossville
Survey (Created: 12/07/2006; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Thirteen cities were asked if they have an agreement with the county for 911 dispatch services and questions related to that agreement.
A Resolution of the Town of Bean Station, Tennessee Amending Their Personnel Policies to Provide Insurance for Certain Long-Term Employees
Resolution (Created: 04/25/2019; Reviewed: June 7, 2021 )

Bean Station, wanting to retain and motivate the best employees and provide incentives for them to stay with the city, passed a resolution granting a benefit to those who stay at least 20 years.
A Resolution of the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee Amending Their Personnel Policies by Adding a Section on the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) Devices in Town Vehicles
Resolution (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

This resolution, authored by Pat Hardy, allows the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee to amend their personnel policies in order to add a section about the use of GPS devices in town vehicles.
Abandoned or Suspended Construction
General (Created: 12/20/2013; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

When construction on a residential structure fails inspection and the contractor chooses to walk away from the job, what action can the City take to have the structure either (1) removed, or (2) brought up to code and is the action against the contractor who pulled the permit and/or the property owner for which the contractor is employed?
Ability of City Recorder to Serve as City Manager
General (Created: 12/20/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Recorder may serve concurrently as City Manager.
Acceptance of Gifts
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/2007; Reviewed: April 30, 2021 )

MTAS was asked how cities accept and refuse gifts.
Accepting Land, Gifts, or Donations from Property Owners to the City for Parks
General (Created: 07/30/2014; Reviewed: April 30, 2021 )

MTAS was asked several questions about property owners transferring property to the city for open space and parks.
Accepting Property to be Used as a Park Exclusively for Senior Citizens
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/04/1993; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can accept a grant of property to be used as a park with the condition that it be exclusively a park for senior citizens.
Accepting the Resignation of a Council Member
General (Created: 04/22/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the procedure for accepting the resignation of a council member and for the appointment of a new council member.
Accepting the Second Lowest Bid on a Construction Project
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/12/2006; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can reject the low bid and accept the second lowest bid on a certain construction project.
Accountant-Financial Reporting and Cash Management
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Accountant with an emphasis on financial reporting and cash management.
Accounting Clerk
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Accounting Clerk.
Acquiring a Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/2001; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked how a municipality can acquire a utility district.
Actuarial Services Resource List
General (Created: 06/25/2017; Reviewed: August 15, 2018 )

A list of vendors performing actuarial work for GASB 45 benefits.
Addition of Documents to the Minutes of the Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a commissioner, without the approval of the city commission, can add printed or written material to the minutes of the commission.
Addressing Dilapidated Structures and Saving Historic Buildings
Ordinance (Created: 05/14/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

When demolition is not a desired outcome, adoption of a slum clearance ordinance or adoption of a demolition by neglect ordinance may allow the city to address dilapidated structures in the downtown and save historic buildings.
Addressing Tall Weeds and Grass
General (Created: 08/21/2014; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

MTAS provided several documents to assist the city in enhancing its code enforcement program for tall weeds and grass.
Administrative Assistant (1)
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant under supervision of Utilities Superintendent.
Administrative Assistant (3)
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant to the City Manager.
Administrative Assistant to the City Manager
Job Description (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant to the City Manager.
Administrative Powers of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/2009; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can temporarily move personnel from the parks and recreation department to the public works department without the prior approval of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary.
Administrative Secretary for Public Safety
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary for Public Safety in the Police Dept.
Administrative Secretary I for the Department of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary I for Development Services.
Adopting a Plan of Services before Annexation
General (Created: 10/02/2014; Reviewed: April 13, 2021 )

MTAS provided several examples of plans of services for a city.
Adult Business Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/08/2006; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

A sample ordinance providing for the licensing and regulation of adult-oriented businesses.
Adult Oriented Establishment License and Permit
Form (Created: 12/04/2008; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide an example of a license and permit for adult oriented establishments.
Adult Use Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

Review of an adult use ordinance.
Adventures in Annexation: Adventure Guide to Annexation for a Municipality
General (Created: 12/01/2018; Reviewed: April 13, 2021 )

This MTAS online "Adventure Guide" provides instruction on each step of the annexation process for Tennessee municipalities. (MTAS Adventure Guide series)
Advertising on Police Cars
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can sell advertising on city police cars.
Advisory Committees and the Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2009; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether persons or committees appointed by the city manager to advise him fall under the Open Meetings Law.
Affidavit of Code Official
Form (Created: 08/14/2003; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to create a form for an affidavit of a code official.
After Incident Citizen Satisfaction Survey Program
Survey (Created: 12/14/2016; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

A template for a program to measure customer satisfaction with the emergency service provided by the fire department. The program package includes a sample survey form, an Excel spreadsheet to compile the results, directions on entering the survey results into the Excel spreadsheet, and a sample memo to announce the program to fire department personnel.
After-Hours Reconnect Service for Water and Electric Service: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 07/23/2008; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

Ten utilities were asked questions about after hours reconnect services on the topics of staffing, dispatcher, trucks, and charges.
Age Limit on Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/2009; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to restrict the mobile homes that come into the city to a certain age.
Agreement for Operations, Maintenance and Management Services of Wastewater System
Form (Created: 06/25/2010; Reviewed: April 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to review and revise contract between town and utility district for wastewater system operations.
Agreement for Reimbursement for Cost of Training and Equipment in the Event of Employment Termination
General (Created: 08/21/2019; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

A sample agreement for fire departments to use as part of the on-boarding process. An understanding between the department and the employee in the event of a termination within the first two years, the city will be reimbursed for training and equipment provided during this time.
Agreement for Reimbursement for Cost of Training, Salary and Transportation in Event of Resignation
Form (Created: 04/09/2007; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

A sample contract for recovering the cost of training officers when they leave the police department.
Agreement for Sewer Service Outside Corporate Limits
General (Created: 06/26/2007; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide a model sewer service agreement for areas outside the city limits.
Airport Authority and City Roles
General (Created: 12/22/2010; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about clarifying the roles of the city and the airport authority.
Airport Manager Position Survey for the City of Lebanon: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 12/01/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about the position of Airport Manager.
Alcoholic Beverage Sales on Election Days
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: April 14, 2021 )

A Tennessee city requested information on whether or not it is legal to sell alcoholic beverages on election day. The author responded to the question letting the city know that neither the General Assembly nor the ABC have restricted sales on election days.
Alcoholic Beverages Sold Near Residential Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/06/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if an unoccupied house qualifies as residential property related to the sale of beer within 300 feet of the building.
Alderman Declines Salary
General (Created: 02/09/2015; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman may decline a salary.
Alderman May Not Hold Position With City and County at Same Time
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2000; Reviewed: September 30, 2020 )

An alderman currently serving on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (for which he receives a salary) may not hold a paid position with the County at the same time.
Alderman Operating a Municipal Vehicle as a Police Car and Stopping Citizens
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1991; Reviewed: March 15, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman is authorized to make traffic and other stops in a vehicle equipped with flashing blue lights.
Alderman Salaries : Mandatory vs. Optional
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2000; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the salaries of aldermen are mandatory or optional.
Alderman Vacancy
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/08/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

Is a vacancy created on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen when an alderman moves outside the city?
Alderman Voting for Himself as Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman who the board of mayor and aldermen intends to appoint the mayor, can vote for himself for that position.
Aldermen Decline to Accept Salary and Then Demand Payment of Salary
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2010; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the aldermen of the city can decline to accept the salary prescribed for them by the municipal code and then subsequently demand the payment of that salary.
Alexandria Water/Wastewater Board Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/28/2016; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

An ordinance establishing a regional water/wastewater advisory board for the Town of Alexandria and surrounding counties.
All Consumers of Publicly-Provided Utilities Must Pay for What They Receive at the Same Rate Charged to Others for a Like Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1999; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility is precluded from collecting back charges, even though the failure to collect is due to the utility's inadvertence.
All-Terrain Vehicle Park Advisory Committee
Resolution (Created: 12/12/2019; Reviewed: April 27, 2021 )

This is a sample resolution to help cities create a citizens' advisory committee to serve in an advisory capacity to the town commission and as a research and discovery entity devoted to the proposed all-terrain vehicle park in an effort to benefit the community.
Allocation of the First One-Half of the Local Option Sales Tax by the County to the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1992; Reviewed: June 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the first half of the sales tax must be apportioned among the school system and whether the county could allocate these funds to school debt retirement.
Allowing Non-Resident Property Owners to Vote by Absentee Ballot
General (Created: 02/06/2014; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether there are Tennessee cities that prevent property rights voters from voting on election day.
Alteration of Election Dates
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/13/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

May the election cycle be changed, so that City and County elections are held on the same days?
Alternative Hostile Work Environment Policy Language
General (Created: 01/05/2021; Reviewed: January 6, 2021 )

Sample policy language for use when a complaint of hostile work environment, workplace harassment, or sexual harassment is lodged against a city manager by a city employee. Language provides an alternative process for handling the compliant.
Ambulance Bill for Injured Prisoner
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/21/2007; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

City asks who must pay ambulance bill for prisoner who was injured when getting out of city's patrol car when being transported to county jail for booking.
An Ordinance Adding Language Regarding Animal Control for Cats
Ordinance (Created: 12/10/2020; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

The Town of Baileyton, Tennessee required an update to the Municipal Code in order to change the animal control language to include provisions for cats.
An Ordinance Adopting an Unclaimed Property Policy
Ordinance (Created: 08/21/2020; Reviewed: April 13, 2021 )

A sample ordinance that can be used by any city or town in Tennessee that explains how officials can dispose of unclaimed property.
An Ordinance Establishing Qualifications for the Position of City Judge for the Town of New Market, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 08/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The Town of New Market, Tennessee required an ordinance establishing qualifications for the position of city judge.
Analysis of the Lien Provisions of TCA
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city or county can refuse to accept tax payments or payments on delinquent property taxes, if liens it has against the property are not paid at the same time.
Analysis of the Need For a City Administrator for the City of Centerville, Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 01/30/2001; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

The City of Centerville should hire a city administrator to manage the everyday operation of city government.
Analysis of the Need for a City Manager
Report/Study (Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to demonstrate the need for a City Manager for the City of Harriman.
Animal Control and Animal Shelter Regulatory Information
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Resources to answer questions regarding animal control and animal shelter regulations.
Animal Control Attendant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Animal Control Attendant.
Animal Control in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: September 10, 2020 )

Seven Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out how animal control is managed.
Animal Control in Wartrace, Tennessee: A Review
Report/Study (Created: 11/21/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review ordinances and regulations relating to the control of dogs and make recommendations to improve enforcement of the town's animal control program.
Animal Control Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Animal Control Officer.
Animal Regulations
General (Created: 08/21/2013; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the number of dogs that may be lawfully maintained and the corresponding sections of city codes, as well as examples of dog licensing regulations.
Animal Shelter Operations Update
Survey (Created: 08/15/2018; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

The Research and Information Center team surveyed three selected cities to update a survey requested by the city of Cleveland, Tennessee.
Annexation and Amending an Urban Growth Boundary
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/2015; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked several questions about annexation and amending a UGB.
Annexation Questions Pertaining to Notice Provisions Related to School Systems and Recording Minutes
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2006; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

TCA requires 30 days notice to the county school system in advance of the public hearing on the plan of services; the Open Meetings Law requires a record of the persons present.
Annual Contract for Mowing Developed and Vacant City-Owned and Abandoned Property (Re-Bid)
RFP (Created: 07/13/2011; Reviewed: January 20, 2012 )

An example of an annual mowing contract.
Annual Contract for Mowing Privately-Owned Developed and Vacant Property (Re-Bid)
RFP (Created: 07/13/2011; Reviewed: April 16, 2021 )

An example of an annual mowing contract.
Anonymous Complaints of Code Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: April 19, 2021 )

A better policy than simply not investigating anonymous complaints would be to respond to them on a case by case basis depending on the indicia of reliability in the complaint.
Appeals of Building Code Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/22/2000; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a person appealing a fine for a building code violation needs to pay the fine during the pendency of the appeal.
Applicant for Beer Permit at Site in Proximity to Church
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1996; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked this question: Where a church located itself within 300 feet of an establishment selling beer and that establishment subsequently went out of business, is an applicant for a beer permit at the same establishment entitled to the permit.
Applicant tracking system survey
Survey (Created: 05/09/2019; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

A survey of selected cities to determine the use of applicant tracking systems, software/platform in place, and the method used to procure the system in use.
Application of FLSA to Police Academy Training
General (Created: 02/24/2003; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

The Wage and Hour office of the Department of Labor has determined that all time spent in training at the police academy is compensable time.
Application of Jackson Law to Private Landfill
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2007; Reviewed: May 27, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the Jackson Law applies to a landfill developed by private companies and used for the disposal only of solid waste generated by the companies.
Application of Municipal Budget Law of 1982
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2002; Reviewed: April 30, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the Municipal Budget Law of 1982 applies to a city.
Application of Sunshine Law to Certain Personnel Processes
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if certain procedures in the process of hiring a police chief are subject to the state's Open Meetings Law or Sunshine Law.
Applying City Zoning and Building Code Regulations to County Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1994; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can apply its zoning and building code regulations, including that requirement that the county obtain a building permit and pay building permit fees, to county buildings.
Appointed Board Members Voting for Mayor and Vice-Mayor Where These Positions are Elected Among the Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

MTAS addresses a request for information concerning whether or not appointed aldermen can vote to elect the mayor and vice mayor when these positions are elected from among the board members.
Appointing a New Mayor
General (Created: 05/24/2011; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked who will be Mayor if the current Mayor resigns his seat.
Appointing Members to Boards and Commissions
General (Created: 09/20/2010; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the appointment process for various boards and agencies of the city.
Appointive City Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/07/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what city and county positions were offices for the purposes of a charter provision prohibiting a city officer from holding other offices.
Appointment of City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/2000; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be proper for a City to appoint a new City Judge who is not a resident of the County in which the City is located.
Appointment of the Mayor to the Office of City Administrator
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/30/2001; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can assume, or be appointed to, the office of city administrator.
Apprentice Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Apprentice Lineworker.
Appropriating Funds for the Use of a Recreation Committee
General (Created: 07/30/2012; Reviewed: April 16, 2021 )

MTAS was asked for clarification on appropriating funds for the use of a recreation committee.
Appropriation Agreement and Resolution Providing Funding for a Non-Profit Charitable Organization
General (Created: 09/08/2014; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

MTAS provided an agreement based on T.C.A. ' 6-54-111 that authorizes the city to appropriate funds for the financial aid of nonprofit charitable or civic organizations, as well as a resolution providing funding for a non-profit charitable organization.
Appropriation Agreement with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce for Program Support
General (Created: 01/30/2014; Reviewed: January 30, 2014 )

An agreement based on T.C.A. ' 6-54-111 that authorizes the city to appropriate funds for the financial aid of nonprofit civic organizations and that sets forth guidelines specifying the purpose for which the funds may be used by the organization.
Asking an Employee to Cover Up Tattoos and Piercings
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can ask an employee to cover up tattoos and piercings.
Assistant Chief of Police (3)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.
Assistant City Administrator
Job Description (Created: 08/25/2008; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Assistant City Administrator for the Town of Dandridge.
Assistant City Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager.
Assistant City Manager for Development Services
Job Description (Created: 03/03/2008; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager for Development Services.
Assistant City Manager: Development Services
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager in Development Services.
Assistant Civil Engineer
Job Description (Created: 07/31/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Civil Engineer.
Assistant Fire Chief & Training Officer Sample Job Description
Job Description (Created: 06/04/2018; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

Protects life and property by performing firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials response, and other duties as assigned. Serves as department training officer and department safety officer. Responsible for the overall direction of fire department operations and administration in the absence of the fire chief.
Assistant Fire Chief and Training Officer Job Sample
(Created: 06/04/2018; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

Sample job description for Assistant fire chief and training officer, prepared by Dennis Wolf.
Assistant Golf Pro
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 1, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Golf Pro.
Assistant Purchasing Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Purchasing Manager.
Assistant Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 04/01/2007; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Assistant Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Assistant Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

Job description for the position of assistant superintendent of water and sewer.
At Large Elections of School Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/28/2001; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether school board members may be elected at large under a private act amendment to the city's charter.
At Will Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/2009; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether city employees were at will employees or had a property right in their employment under the city's personnel policy.
Athens Rain Garden Program and Grant
General (Created: 04/08/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

A brochure on building a rain garden and how public works can help with excavation and bedding materials.
Attempting to Block the School System from Building Ball Fields on the Theory That They Would Be a Nuisance
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/09/2011; Reviewed: May 5, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the County School Board is subject to the city's zoning ordinance with respect to the baseball/softball field it wishes to build on school property.
Attorney General Opines Local Regulation of Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine Unlawful
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Amid a surge of interest in recently-passed local government legislation to require a prescription for the purchase of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products, the Tennessee Attorney General has opined that such local regulation is in violation of Tennessee law.
Auction Services Request for Proposals
RFP (Created: 04/04/2014; Reviewed: April 7, 2014 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an auction services RFP for the City of Jefferson City.
Authority of Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/09/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether aldermen have a legal authority to manage town departments and employees in those departments.
Authority of an E-911 Board Regarding Towing
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2000; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Does the E-911 board have the authority to establish the rules and regulations under which wreckers will be dispatched within the city?
Authority of City to Levy Whatever Tax Rate It Considers Necessary to Fund Municipal Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1999; Reviewed: April 30, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can levy a property tax above $1.75 when the city's charter limits the levy to that amount.
Authority of City to Prohibit Ticket Sales Along City Streets Leading to Speedway
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/1998; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can prohibit the 'scalping' of tickets on city streets.
Authority of City to Prohibit Volunteer Firement From Running Red Lights and Using Sirens
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/31/1995; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the authority to prohibit volunteer firemen from using sirens on their automobiles and from running red lights and violating other traffic laws during the course of responding to fire calls.
Authority of City to Use a Local Referendum in Specific Instances
General (Created: 04/25/2011; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

A city's use of a referendum is limited to thirteen specific instances in the State of Tennessee.
Authority of Interim City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/05/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if an interim city manager has the authority to appoint a police chief.
Authority of Mayor in Relation to the Industrial Development Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/20/1992; Reviewed: August 20, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor has any authority conferred upon him by the City Code in relation to the Industrial Development Board.
Authority of Mayor to Hire Municipal Employees
General (Created: 07/14/2014; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the authority of the mayor to hire a part-time police officer without the approval of the city council.
Authority of the City Court to Impose Fines
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2012; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze several questions related to the authority of the municipal court to impose fines.
Authority to Call Special Meetings
General (Created: 06/24/2004; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor, City Administrator, or other Aldermen can call a special meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Authority to Issue Arrest and Search Warrants
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/1999; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who may legally issue a search or arrest warrant.
Authority to Set and Collect a City Litigation Tax After the Enactment of the Municipal Court Reform Act
General (Created: 08/22/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether or not a city still has the authority to set and to collect a city litigation tax after the enactment of the Municipal Court Reform Act.
Authorization of a Sealed Bid for the Purchase of Property to be Done at Public Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/1995; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the authorization of a sealed bid for the purchase of property would have to be done by ordinance of the board of mayor and aldermen at public meetings.
Backing Up Heavy Equipment: MTAS Research and Information Center Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

Fifteen cities were asked about the safety methods they employ to reduce risks associated with backing up heavy equipment.
Baileyton Sewer Connection Increase Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/20/2020; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

Management Consultant Pat Hardy authored this ordinance for the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee regarding adjusting sewer connection charges.
Band Uniforms
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/2000; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if it would be proper for a city to make an appropriation to the local public high school for the purchase of band uniforms.
Baneberry Purchasing Limits Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/18/2015; Reviewed: December 18, 2015 )

This ordinance sets purchasing limits for a city with a general law manager-commission charter.
Basic Benefits for Police Officers in Selected West Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/10/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Four cities and counties were asked several questions about their compensation and benefits for their police officers.
Bay County Launches Website about Half-Cent Sales Tax Projects
General (Created: 09/26/2016; Reviewed: May 5, 2021 )

This website provides a good example of what happens when a county or city wants to have a referendum that raises the limit; plus, the local government wants to know how to publicize the referendum without paying to support one side or the other.
Bed and Breakfast Regulation: MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2021 )

MTAS asked five cities how they regulate bed and breakfast establishments through zoning ordinances, parking and signage regulations, and fire safety.
Beer and Tobacco Store Wants to Sell Alcohol
General (Created: 09/29/2014; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked how the new wine in grocery stores law relates to the ability of a beer and tobacco store to commence the sale of alcohol and what items may be offered for sale in a liquor store.
Beer Board Authority to Suspend or Revoke Beer Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/2006; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the beer board has the authority to suspend or revoke a beer permit when an officer's actions are in question.
Beer Board Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/23/2002; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

MTAS responded to questions posed by beer board concerning decision to be made after permit holder charged with offense.
Beer Definition Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/05/2017; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

An ordinance changing the city's definition of beer to coincide with state definitions and altering distance regulations for beer sales.
Beer License and Proximity to Day Care Center
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/23/2001; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

MTAS was asked if a beer license would be granted to an establishment that is in close proximity to a day care center.
Beer License Renewal
General (Created: 01/28/2002; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

MTAS was asked if the City Recorder has the authority to renew an annual beer license.
Beer Permit Regulations in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/25/2018; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

Tennessee cities with a population of 10,000 or more were surveyed to find out what distance regulations they have for approving a permit to sell beer.
Beer Permits and Fees in All Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/17/2017; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

MTAS researched the beer permit fees and privilege tax for beer that may be charged to municipalities in Tennessee.
Beer Permits and Fees Survey
Survey (Created: 02/23/2016; Reviewed: May 13, 2020 )

A survey of cities and towns in Tennessee regarding beer permit and fees information.
Beer Permits for a City Festival
General (Created: 05/19/2015; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample temporary beer permits for a city festival in the downtown area.
Beer Permits for Contiguous Serving Areas and Use of One Permit for Two Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/2011; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about beer permits for contiguous serving areas and the use of one permit for two businesses located in the same building.
Beer Permits, Workers Compensation, and Street Damage Caused by Trucks
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/07/1994; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked a distance regulation question for a beer permit, whether it is the city's responsibility to insure that a contractor has workers' compensation prior to issuing a building permit, and whether cities can recover damages to streets from truck owners and operators.
Beer Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

An analysis of the law governing the age of persons authorized to sell beer or loiter in establishments that sell beer.
Benchmarking Projects
Report/Study (Created: 01/31/2009; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

Includes 13 municipal benchmarking studies, plus links to 10 additional studies.
Benefits Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 07/25/2005; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

A job description for the position of Benefits Coordinator.
Bereavement Policies: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/29/2010; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

Six cities were asked their bereavement policies for municipal employees.
Bicycle Patrol Policy and Training Topics
General (Created: 05/17/2007; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

A policy for establishing a police bicycle patrol and lesson plans for ten training topics.
Bid Specifications for Residential Garbage Collection
RFP (Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to compile a list of qualifications for a contractor to manage residential garbage collection.
Bidding Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to review a law on bid acceptance.
Blending or Infusing Beer with Other Non-Alcoholic Beverages
General (Created: 06/05/2014; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if the state regulates the blending or infusing of beer with other non-alcoholic beverages.
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
General (Created: 08/06/2018; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

The following Exposure Control Plan (ECP) has been developed to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens according to OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1030, “Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.” This exposure control plan is an element of our safety and health program and complies with TOSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens, 1910.1030, requirements. The information contained in this publication is not considered a substitute for the OSH Act or any provisions of OSHA standards. It provides general guidance on a particular standard-related topic but should not be considered a definitive interpretation for compliance with OSHA requirements. The reader should consult the OSHA standard in its entirety for specific compliance requirements.
Board and Committee Term Limits in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not boards and committees have term limits and what are the limits for those committees.
Board Appointments or Dismissal Confirmations for Certain Staff Positions
General (Created: 12/13/2013; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen should play an increased role (hiring or dismissal) in one or more staff positions in order to provide employee protection for 'whistleblower' actions.
Board Member Responsibilities and Job Description
General (Created: 02/06/2008; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

MTAS was asked questions relating to an alderman's responsibilities and job description.
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Has the Power to Correct the Minutes
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is within the authority of the board of mayor and aldermen to delete from the recorder's minutes certain language before the board adopts the minutes.
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Serving as the Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2004; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen may also serve as the beer board.
Board of Zoning Appeals Grants Variances for Mobile Homes That It Does Not Have Authority to Grant
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/1995; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked what recourse the city has when the board of zoning appeals grants variances for mobile homes that it does not have authority to grant.
Body Armor Policy
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

The city will provide personal body armor (bulletproof vest) to each full-time police officer and provide guidance in the use of the equipment.
Bond Resolution Repeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2001; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

Right of the city to repeal bond resolution following the filing of petition for an election on the bonds but before the election is held.
Bonding of Mayor and Town Recorder
General (Created: 02/09/2018; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

MTAS responds to an inquiry regarding whether the mayor and town recorder must be bonded.
Borrowing Funds for School Construction
General (Created: 04/09/2002; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality could borrow money to help finance the construction of a new county elementary school.
Breaking a Tie in the Election of an Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2014; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how a tie vote in the election of an alderman is broken.
Bristol Library Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 05/11/2015; Reviewed: May 11, 2015 )

An information profile for the position of library director; includes a description of the library and its services, plus the position advertisement.
Brown-Bagging Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked where the city has no brown bagging regulations can a restaurant that does not hold a beer license allow brown bagging.
Brush and Debris Pickup in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/08/2018; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to an MTAS request for information regarding brush and debris pick up.
Budget and Charitable Contributions in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/20/2019; Reviewed: May 26, 2020 )

Eleven Tennessee cities were contacted to find out what their general fund operating budget and planned charitable contributions were in fiscal year 2019.
Building Access/Security and Employee Time & Attendance Policies, Procedures and Products Survey
Survey (Created: 01/17/2017; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

Fourteen cities were asked questions about safety policies and procedures relating to office doors and access points; the use of flex-time; and, methods, products, and vendors for capturing employee time and attendance.
Building and Property Maintenance Codes Review (Columbia, TN)
Report/Study (Created: 09/24/2007; Reviewed: April 20, 2021 )

This study reviews the organization and operation of the City of Columbia's building and property maintenance division.
Building Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Building/Codes Inspector.
Building Inspectors in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/01/2020; Reviewed: April 20, 2021 )

A survey of selected cities regarding whether they have a building inspector on staff, and if not, do they contract for those services.
Building Permit Issued by Mistake
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/2001; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked if a building permit, issued because of a mistake in a zoning map, may be revoked.
Burning Permit Sample Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 02/04/2004; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in revising an open burning permit program.
Burying Bodies in the Backyard
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/25/2009; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a person who has died and wanted to be buried in his backyard (in the city) can actually be buried there.
Business Office Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Business Office Supervisor.
Business Tax Exemption
General (Created: 09/16/2008; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about business tax exemption and business licenses.
Calculating Overtime Pay for Firefighters and Police
General (Created: 05/08/2012; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to clarify how to calculate pay for non-exempt law enforcement and fire protection personnel.
Call-out and overtime compensation for utility workers survey
Survey (Created: 06/09/2017; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

A survey of selected cities on compensation of utility employees for call-out and overtime work.
Can Cities Surrender Their Zoning Powers by Interlocal Agreement?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/2006; Reviewed: May 5, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether cities can surrender their zoning powers by interlocal agreement under Public Chapter 1101.
Can Facebook Images Be Used As Evidence For Municipal Violation And Citation?
General (Created: 10/31/2017; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS responds to a question regarding whether images on Facebook be used as evidence for municipal violation and citation.
Can the City Attorney Also Serve as the City Judge?
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney can also serve as the city judge.
Can the City Either Prohibit or Regulate Blasting by a Certain Rock Quarry?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1993; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can either prohibit or regulate blasting by a certain rock quarry for the purpose of preventing damage to houses within the vicinity of the quarry.
Can the City Enact Term Limits on Aldermen by Ordinance?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/13/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can enact term limits on aldermen by ordinance.
Can the City Make Appropriations to Nonprofit Organizations?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/08/1994; Reviewed: October 28, 2009 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can make appropriations to nonprofit organizations and, if so, what is the proper procedure.
Can the County Sheriff Increase the Cost of Housing Prisoners Arrested by the City?
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the county sheriff can, on his own initiative, increase the cost of housing prisoners arrested by the city for the violation of state law or municipal ordinances.
Candidate Running for Two Municipal Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/2010; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a single individual can be a candidate for two municipal offices on the same ballot.
Candidates for School Board Seats Must Be Residents of the District They Represent
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/2012; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Members of county and city school boards of education must be residents of and elected from the districts they represent.
Canine Team Policy
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: May 18, 2021 )

The purpose of this policy is to establish the mission of the canine team, establish procedures for the use of the canine team, and outline the responsibilities of the canine handler.
Caps on Compensatory Time
General (Created: 07/16/2012; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the amount of compensatory time that an employee may accumulate.
Car Allowance Survey
Survey (Created: 01/30/2012; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

Twenty-one cities responded to a survey about whether they have car allowances, who is eligible for car allowances, and the amount of the car allowance.
Caught in the Middle of Leadership
General (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

Middle management in the fire service can be quite a balancing act.
Certificate of Compliance for Wine in Grocery Stores
Form (Created: 01/11/2016; Reviewed: March 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to supply a certificate of compliance for selling wine in grocery stores.
Certificate of Compliance: Retail Package Store
Form (Created: 04/20/2011; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

A sample of the Certificate of Compliance form that most cities/towns use for their Certificate of Compliance.
Certification of Radar Operators
General (Created: 08/26/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

MTAS was asked if there is any state law or regulation requiring police officers to be certified in radar operation.
Certified Municipal Finance Officer Program: An Impact Analysis
Report/Study (Created: 01/29/2016; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

This study examines whether the CMFO program improved municipal financial practices. The results indicate that the CMFO program has improved municipal financial practices by reducing the number of municipal financial errors in Tennessee cities.
Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities
General (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: March 11, 2021 )

For use in the distribution of state shared taxes to incorporated municipalities.
Certifying Election Results before Swearing In Newly Elected Officials
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/2012; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked when elected officials may be sworn in after a recent election.
Chainsaw Use Standard Operating Procedure Template
Form (Created: 05/15/2020; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

Dennis Wolf created this template for Tennessee fire departments to use for training firefighters to use a chainsaw in the course of their work.
Chalking Tires for Parking Enforcement Is Unreasonable Search
General (Created: 04/30/2019; Reviewed: April 21, 2021 )

MTAS Legal Consultant Elisha Hodge notifies Tennessee municipalities that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit opined that the practice of marking tires with chalk, in order to monitor how long a vehicle is parked in a parking space for the purpose of enforcing parking restrictions, is an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Chancery Court Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney can hold the position of chancery court judge.
Changes to Pay Schedule
General (Created: 08/23/2012; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about transitioning to a new payday date; the work week currently ends on Saturday, but Friday is payday.
Changing an Employee's Employment Status
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2009; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS analyzed several questions related to legal implications associated with changing a certain employee's employment status.
Changing the Agenda of a Special Meeting During the Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/2006; Reviewed: May 27, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council can change the agenda of a special meeting during the meeting.
Changing the Mayor's Salary
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1991; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality may set the mayor's salary by amending the current budget (approved on July 1), and making the amendment retroactive to July 1.
Charges for Copies of Accident Reports and Incident Reports
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/2012; Reviewed: April 21, 2021 )

This opinion from Tennessee Open Records Counsel addresses the amounts that a local government law enforcement agency is permitted to charge for a copy of accident reports and incident reports.
Charging Non-Users a Garbage Collection Fee and Requiring Garbage Collection Recipients to Use Only the City Garbage Collection Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1993; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge garbage collection service recipients a garbage collection fee even if they do not use the service and whether the city can require garbage collection recipients to use only city garbage collection service.
Charging the Inside Tax Rate with Respect to Property in One City in the County and the Outside Rate with Respect to Property in Another City in the County
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/1992; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the county can charge the inside tax rate with respect to property in one city in the county, and the outside rate with respect to property in another city in the county.
Charging Time for Employee Court Appearance
General (Created: 07/03/2012; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked how to pay a new employee for a personal court appearance when the employee has not yet earned vacation time.
Charitable Donation Policy
General (Created: 10/17/2014; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS provided several examples of charitable donation policies.
Charter and Conflict of Interest Questions
General (Created: 01/26/2006; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about Private Law Charters, whether city employees may run for elected office, and about conflict of interest.
Charter Provision Requires Mayor to Sign Warrants But Is Silent as to Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2000; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a 'warrant' is the same as a check for the purposes of a charter provision requiring the mayor to sign warrants, but is silent as to checks.
Charter Provisions Favoring Local Bidders
General (Created: 02/24/2009; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about retaining charter provisions favoring local bidders.
Charter Question about Property Taxes and Enforcing Ordinances
General (Created: 06/03/2004; Reviewed: April 30, 2021 )

MTAS was asked for a written explanation about the Town's authority to enforce its ordinances in relation to assessing or not assessing a property tax.
Charter Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/07/2003; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked questions concerning limiting the power of the mayor to vote on the board, requiring city officers to resign prior to running for another office, and forbidding family members from holding office at the same time.
Chicken Manure Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/18/2008; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

An ordinance regulating the use of chicken manure as a yard or field fertilizer within the city.
Chief Accountant - Utilities
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Chief Accountant under the Utilities Department.
Chief Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Job description for the position of chief mechanic of the water and wastewater treatment plants for the City of Smyrna.
Chief of Police (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Chief of Police.
Chief of Police Insists He Is Entitled to a Leave of Absence to Run for Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1998; Reviewed: June 17, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is legally required to give the chief of police a leave of absence to run for office of sheriff of the county.
Chief Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Job description for the position of chief wastewater plant operator.
Church Hill Methadone Treatment Clinic Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/21/2009; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

An ordinance for the consideration of a methadone treatment clinic or facility and substance abuse treatment facility.
Citation Form for Offenses That Are Not Traffic Related
Form (Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a citation form to be used by the city for offenses that are not traffic related.
Citations in Lieu of Arrest and Ordinance Summonses
General (Created: 10/28/1999; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to prepare citations in lieu of arrest and ordinance summonses.
Cities Conducting Games or Contests for Money
General (Created: 08/04/2011; Reviewed: April 30, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can sponsor a contest that charges registration fees, with part of the proceeds being donated to the regional library and part of the proceeds used for prizes.
Cities May Confer Employee Status for Purposes of the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act to Another City Pursuant to a Valid Interlocal Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1996; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions regarding a sample Interlocal/Mutual Aid Agreement.
Cities Providing Fire Service Outside Their Limits
General (Created: 12/19/2011; Reviewed: April 13, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a County may contract with a City for fire protection for a specific area outside the town limits.
Cities with Recall Provisions
General (Created: 01/23/2006; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to determine which Tennessee cities have recall provisions.
Citizen Advisory Board Handbooks
Survey (Created: 05/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The MTAS Research and Information Center surveyed five Tennessee cities to find out if they provide a handbook to their citizen advisory boards.
Citizens Information Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Manager.
Citizens Information Services Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Coordinator.
Citizens Information Services Office Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Office Assistant.
Citizens Information Television Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Manager.
Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator.
City Administrator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

Job description for the position of City Administrator.
City Administrator Employment Agreement
General (Created: 05/03/2013; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

This employment agreement applies to someone who is an employee of the city and has moved up to the administrator position.
City and Developer Enter Agreement to Provide Sewer Extensions and Recover Cost Through Sewer Tap Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city and a developer may enter into an agreement to provide sewer extensions and recover the cost through sewer tap fees.
City as a Landlord Pending the Termination of Leases
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/23/1996; Reviewed: June 17, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can be a landlord pending the termination of leases on certain land it is considering buying in the vicinity of the glide path for the airport.
City Assumes Operation of the Presently Quasi-Independent Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/2010; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to how a city assumes operation of the presently quasi-independent utility board.
City Attorney
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Attorney.
City Authority over Housing Authority Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/2011; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked questions about city authority over housing authority board, termination of housing authority board members, and any power city may have to enact policy changes in housing authority.
City Authority to Name State Highway
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city has the power to name a portion of a state highway located in the municipality, when a bill is introduced in the state legislature designating a name for the highway.
City Cemetery Policies and Charges: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/30/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked the cost of a burial plot in a city cemetery.
City Charter Signatures
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/25/2001; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

MTAS was asked if signatures on a charter are directory or mandatory.
City Constructs Its Own Building and Uses Volunteer Labor
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1995; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked what the legal implications are of the city building a fire hall, partly with volunteer labor, and partly through subcontracting out particular jobs.
City Contract with Unlicensed Contractor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

MTAS was asked where a city has let a bid on a certain construction project (resurfacing a tennis court), the project is in progress, the contractor notifies the city that his contractor's license has been suspended and offers to reduce the cost of the project to less than $25,000, can the city legally accept his offer.
City Council Agenda Formats
General (Created: 09/19/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Four sample city council agendas and one study session agenda are included.
City Council Serving as School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2008; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the city council acting as the school board and their noncompliance with Title 49.
City Council Vote
General (Created: 05/14/2003; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked the effect of a vote of the city council on a resolution in which three members voted 'yes,' two members voted 'no,' and one member abstained from voting.
City Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2001; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to make the city court clerk's position an appointive one.
City Court Judgments Are Not Stayed During Appeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/06/2009; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the judgment of a city court is suspended pending appeal.
City Donation to a Charitable Organization
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/09/2003; Reviewed: April 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may make an appropriation to a charitable or civic organization that is religious in nature.
City Donations to Non-Profit Organizations
Survey (Created: 01/28/2015; Reviewed: January 28, 2015 )

Twenty-two cities were asked if they had stopped making donations to non-profit organizations and whether there is a written policy supporting this decision.
City Employee Volunteering as a Reserve Police Officer
General (Created: 03/16/2001; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city employee 'volunteering' his/her time as a reserve police officer.
City Entering into a Contract with the YMCA to Allow City Residents to Use Their Pool
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/23/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may enter into a fifteen year contract with the YMCA to allow city residents to use their pool.
City Establishes a Public Sanitary Sewer System
Ordinance (Created: 09/02/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

MTAS provided an ordinance to adopt wastewater regulations and an agreement between the city and a utility district.
City Financed Scholarship Program for City Residents
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/07/2007; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can give college scholarships to the citizens for only one particular college.
City Issues a Building Permit for a Project Which Causes a Drainage Problem
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1996; Reviewed: April 21, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable when it issues a building permit when the project to which the building permit pertains causes a drainage problem.
City Judge Appointment Procedures
General (Created: 04/17/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

The City of Brentwood developed a procedure for appointing a city judge.
City Judge Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 02/10/2017; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Seventeen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their city judge, including the number of hours worked, salary, and benefits participation.
City Judge Compensation and Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 08/20/2007; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

Fifteen cities were asked several questions about the compensation and benefits package for their municipal judge.
City Judge Issuing State Warrant and Admissibility of Video Tape in DUI case
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/18/1993; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city judge (who has concurrent jurisdiction) can issue a state warrant for a person who passes a school bus, upon the affidavit of the school bus driver, who doesn't know who was driving the car and whether a video tape of persons arrested for DUI is admissible at trial of the defendant.
City Judge Signing a Search Warrant in a State Case
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city judge can sign a search warrant in a state case, where the judge does not exercise concurrent jurisdiction.
City Judge, Vacancy, and Appointment of Special Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/24/2009; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city judge can hold two judgeships and use temporary appointments of special judges to fill a vacancy..
City Judges' Terms of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/17/2000; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city judge could refrain from taking office until eight months after the election.
City Liability for Liquidated Damages on a Terminated Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/1991; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town is required to pay $10,000 in liquidated damages when it terminated a contract with a company.
City Manager Agreements, Severance Provisions, and Salary in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/16/2020; Reviewed: December 16, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities in Tennessee regarding city manager/administrator agreements and salary. Data includes covers agreement/contract, length of contract/agreement, severance package, insurance, tenure of manager, salary and car allowance.
City Manager Appointing Commissioner to Chief of Police Position
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2007; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city manager may appoint a member of the board of commissioners to the position of police officer in the city.
City Manager Employment Agreements and Severance Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the former city manager's rights to severance pay are under the contract.
City Manager Evaluation Cover Letter
General (Created: 07/13/2001; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

Information to aid in completing an evaluation of a city manager.
City Manager Evaluation Form
Form (Created: 06/01/2000; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide a form for the evaluation of a city manager.
City Manager Evaluation Form
Form (Created: 01/01/2012; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

This form allows the city manager to be rated on leadership, fiscal management and budgeting, service delivery and administration, citizen and community relations, personal and professional qualities, and city council relations.
City Manager Job Description in a Smaller General Law Manager-Commissioned City
Job Description (Created: 09/01/2020; Reviewed: December 1, 2020 )

A sample job description for the City Manager of Watauga, Tennessee.
City Manager of Irving: Classification Specification
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Job description for City Manager for the City of Irving.
City Manager Orientation
General (Created: 05/20/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS services and other information explained to a new city manager.
City Manager Salary for Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/27/2020; Reviewed: August 21, 2020 )

A survey of thirteen Tennessee cities to gather information on city manager salary, existence of contract or agreement, severance package, and tenure of current manager.
City Manager Serving as Ex Officio Member of the City's -- Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1999; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city manager can serve as an ex officio member of the city's utility board.
City Manager's Authority Over Personnel Administration
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/1996; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council has the authority to require the city manager to 'hire back' a fireman who resigned, ostensibly on the grounds that the city manager refused to permit him to 'moonlight' as a building inspector for a city when he was already moonlighting as a building inspector for the county.
City Manager/Administrator Salary and Benefits in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 10/21/2020; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

Nine Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding salary and compensation for their City Manager/City Administrator roles. Data includes base salary, existence of contract or agreement, bonuses, insurance, leave and take home car/car allowance.
City Managers with Employment Contracts
Survey (Created: 07/11/2007; Reviewed: May 28, 2020 )

Fifty cities were asked whether they have employment contracts with their city managers.
City May Purchase Insurance from the Municipal Liability Pool
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1998; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

When the city requests bid proposals for insurance, is it required to accept the lowest bid, or can it purchase the insurance from the Municipal Liability Pool?
City Mechanic Certification Incentives
Survey (Created: 12/05/2017; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS surveyed ten cities to find out if they offer incentive pay to city mechanics for obtaining certification to inspect, maintain and repair emergency vehicles.
City Noise Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1996; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's noise ordinance is "vague."
City Obtains a Certificate of Public Purpose and Necessity Before Borrowing Funds to Buy Land for an Industrial Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2000; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a city must obtain a certificate of public purpose and necessity before borrowing funds to buy land for an industrial park.
City of Belle Meade Ordinance Prohibiting Left-Hand Turns from Jackson Boulevard onto Harding Road
Ordinance (Created: 03/31/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The City of Belle Meade determined that hazardous conditions exist which required a change to the traffic pattern at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Harding Road.
City of Brentwood Fire Department Annual Report FY2004
Report/Study (Created: 08/20/2004; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An example of an annual report from the Brentwood Fire Department.
City of Chattanooga Division of Codes & Inspection
Report/Study (Created: 01/18/2002; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to do an inspection and codes division organizational study.
City of Chattanooga Fleet Study
Report/Study (Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a study of the city's fleet operations.
City of Chattanooga Procurement Instruction Manual
General (Created: 03/13/2014; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

This manual establishes the policies and procedures required to be followed by the City of Chattanooga's (City) departments and agencies in fulfilling procurement and related logistical responsibilities within the delegated limits when performing procurement functions. The manual as written, serves as a user's guide for City employees and officials when implementing authorized purchasing procedures.
City of Cleveland Finance Department Banking Service Proposal
RFP (Created: 02/28/2001; Reviewed: April 30, 2021 )

The initiation of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is intended to result in the selection of a financial institution that can provide the City of Cleveland with the highest quality and most flexible services for the lowest cost to the public.
City of Elizabethton Municipal Golf Course Study
Report/Study (Created: 12/18/2012; Reviewed: April 12, 2021 )

This study includes golf data from all Tennessee municipal golf operations, a literature review, and an examination of the organizational structure, operations, and finance of the Elizabethton golf operation.
City of Harrogate Purchasing Procedures
General (Created: 04/05/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Puchasing procedures with the mayor acting as the purchasing agent for the city.
City of Jackson Fire Department: Past, Present, Future [Fire Department Annual Report]
Report/Study (Created: 12/31/2009; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An example of an annual report from the Jackson Fire Department.
City of Knoxville Division of Building Permit Review and Inspections Operations Assessment
Report/Study (Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

This assessment review will focus on organization and staffing; adopted codes and appeal boards; licensing and fees; operating and permitting procedures; plan review and inspection services; comparison with other cities and the survey reviews.
City of Manchester Board Evaluation
Form (Created: 08/14/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

This evaluation form is designed to help the Board understand the expectations of the city administrator in his relationship to the Board.
City of Manchester City Administrator Evaluation 2001
Form (Created: 08/14/2001; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

This evaluation form is designed to determine the effectiveness of the city administrator.
City of McMinnville 2013 Strategic Goals
Report/Study (Created: 01/25/2013; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

The purpose of this retreat was to learn about municipal governmental resources and develop four (4) goals for 2013.
City of Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 12/03/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

An ordinance authorizing residents of existing dwelling units within the city to make monthly payments as a means of paying the cost of tap fees for connecting to the city's sanitary sewer service and providing for a method of collection.
City of Niota Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Agreement
General (Created: 08/15/2017; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

A contract between city of Niota and the Environmental Management Group to provide personnel to operate and maintain the wastewater plant.
City of Oak Ridge Citizen Satisfaction Survey
Survey (Created: 10/01/2000; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Citizens of Oak Ridge were asked questions about their quality of life and city services.
City of Oak Ridge Strategic Plan Update Issues
Report/Study (Created: 09/28/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

This report discusses strategic planning, identifies a group of comparable cities, reviews property tax rate percentiles, and presents an analysis of basic services in the City of Farragut with those provided by the City of Oak Ridge from public funds.
City of Smithville, Tennessee: A Resolution
General (Created: 10/17/2001; Reviewed: June 17, 2021 )

Requested that MTAS prepare amendments to the current private act charter as it pertains to a city court.
City of South Pittsburg Position Paper
Report/Study (Created: 06/07/2001; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to assess the current condition and prepare for the future of the City of South PIttsburg, using the SWOT model.
City of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, FY 2003-2004 Budget Narrative
Report/Study (Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a budget narrative for South Pittsburg to facilitate a collaborative decision-making process.
City of Spring Hill Effective Utility System Operation
Report/Study (Created: 10/25/2008; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

As utility departments grow and increase the number of customers, operating and capital budgets and service capacities have to be increased in order to provide adequate utility service.
City of Springfield Request for Proposals Contract Management of the Legacy Golf Course
RFP (Created: 11/13/2015; Reviewed: June 1, 2021 )

The City is seeking proposals from all interested firms to provide management services for the daily operations and maintenance of the golf course.
City of Tracy City Court Cost Computations and an Ordinance Establishing City Court Costs
Ordinance (Created: 06/01/2012; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

This report outlines a method for calculating municipal court costs using audited data, pay records, and reasonable estimates, plus, an ordinance establishing city court costs, including cash bond forfeiture fee and a city litigation tax.
City of Tusculum Certified Municipal Finance Officer Job Description
Job Description (Created: 05/16/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2012 )

Job description for the position of Certified Municipal Finance Officer for the City of Tusculum.
City of Whitwell Fire Department
General (Created: 10/09/2001; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

MTAS was asked the minimum age and physical requirements for volunteer firefighters.
City of Winchester Administrative Review
Report/Study (Created: 08/17/2010; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

The purpose of this report is to review the administrative structure, adequacy of staff and operating efficiency at department levels and to ensure that the city has the best administrative structure and staffing level to provide effective and efficient services at a reasonable cost for the future.
City Permits for Mass Gathering Events: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 07/31/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Six cities were asked several questions about permits for special events and mass gatherings.
City Planner
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Job description for the position of City Planner.
City Planner Salary, Contracted Grant Writers, Retirement Plans and Supplemental Bridge Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 04/27/2018; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

A survey of selected cities to gather city planner salary information, whether contracted grant writers are in use, and the offerings of retirement plans including supplemental bridge benefits.
City Planning Assistant
Job Description (Created: 03/31/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The City of Spring Hill, Tennessee provided MTAS with a job description for their City Planning Assistant. An employee to provide support to the Planning Director with planning activities and the development review process. He or she will also be responsible for administrative functions within the department. The planning assistant will also process and track maintenance and performance bonds and application data.
City Psychologist Usage
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

Ten cities were asked about their use of a psychologist in their municipality.
City Recorder
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Recorder.
City Recorder Job Description with CMFO
Job Description (Created: 01/12/2017; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of city recorder that includes a requirement for obtaining the State Certification for Municipal Clerks and Recorders and the Certified Municipal Finance Officer Certification within three years employment.
City Recorder Serving as Vice-Mayor in the Absence of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about (1) the calculation of a quorum when the recorder is the vice-mayor; (2) functions of the vice-mayor in the absence of the mayor; (3) when is the mayor "absent"?
City Recorder/CMFO Salary Range in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/15/2018; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

Seven Tennessee cities with a population of less than 2,000 citizens were surveyed to find out what the salary range is for their City Recorder/CMFO employee.
City Recorder/Finance Director
Job Description (Created: 11/09/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

A job description for a position that combines the duties of City Recorder and Finance Director.
City Recorder/Finance Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 04/29/2021; Reviewed: April 30, 2021 )

A job description for Jonesborough, Tennessee for the City Recorder/Finance Director who reports directly to the board of mayor and aldermen.
City Recorders Serving as Court Clerks
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city recorders can also be the court clerks in two cities.
City Recorders: Elected or Appointed (updated 2017)
Survey (Created: 07/08/2008; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

A spreadsheet of elected and appointed Tennessee city recorders arranged by type of municipal charter. (updated 2017)
City Regulation of Commercial Poultry Production Houses
General (Created: 11/18/2014; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

MTAS provided information regarding city regulation of chicken houses and the domestic use of poultry and foul. A follow-up letter provides an example of a zoning ordinance that bans poultry production houses within the city limits.
City Required Contractor License: A Survey of Selected Cities in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 09/30/2016; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

A survey of ten cities regarding whether they require a contractors' license and their cost.
City Responsibility for Property Line Pin
General (Created: 11/08/2004; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about a situation related to a property-line 'pin' that was covered in a recent street paving.
City School District Admits Children Who Live Outside the City and Charges Tuition
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1996; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the City School District may admit children who live outside the city and charge tuition.
City Surveyor Position in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Selected cities were surveyed regarding whether they have a city surveyor position and compensation for that position.
City Treasurer Duties and Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/2000; Reviewed: June 17, 2021 )

Questions regarding 1) the city treasurer receiving a pay raise during the term in office and 2) combining the offices of city treasurer and purchasing agent.
City versus state regulation of sale of beer and liquor
General (Created: 02/22/2018; Reviewed: December 11, 2019 )

MTAS was asked "what is the distance requirement (from church, school, public gathering place) for the State of Tennessee regarding sale of liquor and sale of beer (on-premise)?" The following information addresses the authority to regulate distance requirements.
City Wishes to Prohibit Double Wide Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/1993; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could write any ordinance that would permit the city to prohibit double wides.
City's Gas System Contributing Revenues for the Repair of the City's Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1996; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's gas system can contribute revenues for the repair of the city's streets.
City's Purchase of Automotive Repairs
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/13/1999; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's purchase of automotive repairs is a professional service exempt from competitive bidding required by the Municipal Purchasing Law and the city's competitive bidding policies.
City's Share of the State Beer Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can prohibit the sale of beer and if that decision would jeopardize the city's share of the state beer tax.
Civil and Criminal Liability under TOSHA
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Although Tennessee municipalities are not directly subject to OSHA and OSHA standards, Tennessee's Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972 (TOSHA) does apply to municipal governments.
Civil Service Board Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

The Mayor and Board of Alderman must follow the wage scales, rosters and regulations established by the Civil Service Commission when making any decisions concerning a police officer's pay and position.
Civil Service: Some Pros, Cons and Suggestions for Reform
General (Created: 10/05/2006; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the pros and cons related to civil service and to offer suggestions for improvements.
Civilian Ride-Along Programs
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A civilian should meet certain eligibility requirements to participate in a municipal police department's ride-along program.
Clarification of Provisions of the Municipal Finance Officer Certification and Education Act of 2007
General (Created: 07/07/2010; Reviewed: July 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to explain CMFO options for the Town of Oakland.
Classified and Commercial Driver Licenses Chapter 1340-1-13
General (Created: 04/16/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Commercial driver licenses are not required for drivers operating emergency vehicles.
Classifying Employees in Labor and Management Categories
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/1991; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in classifying employees in labor and management categories.
Clean Cab Concept SOP Template
Form (Created: 06/01/2020; Reviewed: September 24, 2020 )

The purpose of this form is to provide guidelines for all fire department members to follow which will assist fire department personnel in protecting themselves from potential toxins and carcinogens by minimizing exposure from cross contamination through maintaining a "clean cab" environment.
Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Clerk.
Cleveland Beautification Survey
Survey (Created: 04/28/2011; Reviewed: June 1, 2021 )

The Tree Board in Cleveland conducted this survey and had 442 responses.
Clinton, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
Report/Study (Created: 11/30/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the city's distribution of fire stations, determine if the locations are adequate, determine if a fire station or stations should be relocated, and determine the optimal location for an additional fire station. The scope of this study included review of distribution requirements in the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, NFPA requirements, and fire service best practices regarding deployment of resources.
Closed Meetings with City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/30/2007; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's governing body can meet with its attorney to discuss pending litigation without first holding a regular or special meeting that complies with the notice requirements of the Open Meetings Law.
Code Enforcement Notices and Forms
Form (Created: 07/18/2008; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

Notices for the inspection of property, for slum clearance, and for overgrown lots.
Code Enforcement Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/04/2005; Reviewed: April 20, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether persons who have the authority to issue ordinance citations and summonses are "police officers" within the meaning of the state law governing the appointment and training of police officers.
Code Enforcement on Buildings Partially Within City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/11/1996; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

Where a building is located partially in the city and partially in the county, does the city's building permit and inspection system apply to the entire building?
Code of Ethics for City Officials and Employees
General (Created: 08/21/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on a code of ethics and workplace bullying.
Code of Ethics Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/08/2006; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to put the model ethics policy into ordinance format for the Town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
Collecting State and Local Litigation Tax on Actions Filed in Municipal Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked when the city must collect state and local litigation tax on actions filed in municipal court.
Collection of Costs Related to Solid Waste
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/2009; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a private act city could bill cost of solid waste regulation, collection and disposal under provision in TCA 67-5-103(c) that authorizes such costs collected as special assessment to property owner as provided in general law mayor aldermanic charter. That question lead to several other questions regarding the collection of costs related to solid waste regulation, collection and disposal by taxes, user fees, special assessment to property owner, and other charges, as provided by all three general law charters.
Collection of Fines and Costs While Decision is on Appeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/02/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked what action the city can take against a pallet manufacturer who is in violation of the fire code.
Collection of Municipal Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how a municipal court can collect fines.
College Student Voter Registration
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Analyzes law governing the conditions under which students in colleges in Tennessee can register to vote in cities in the locations of their colleges.
Collegedale Building and Property Maintenance Study: A Guide for Building Construction and Property Maintenance Code Enforcement
Report/Study (Created: 06/01/2012; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

This report summarizes the building inspection program and outlines recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspections and enforcement procedures, including recommended implementation provisions. This report includes recommended procedures for using the administrative hearing officer program and miscellaneous building and property maintenance code implementation forms.
Columbia, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
Report/Study (Created: 04/30/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer three questions: 1. Station 3 is obsolete: Where should Columbia relocate Station 3?; 2. Where should Columbia place its next fire station(s)?; and 3. What are the EMS drive time zones for each fire station?
Combined Annual Vacation, Sick, and Personal Leave Study
Report/Study (Created: 04/02/2012; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

This report reviews the history of the present combined leave policy of the city, outlines the present cost of the program and presents alternatives for the city's consideration.
Combining Two Utility Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/2001; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether or not the City may merge the two utility boards currently in existence.
Commission Form of Government
General (Created: 06/22/2006; Reviewed: June 17, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to address the advantages and disadvantages associated with changing the City to a commission form of government.
Commissioner of Public Works
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

Job description for the position of Commissioner of Public Works in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Commissioners Take Oath of Office from Person Not Qualified to Issue Oaths
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the legal status of city's officers who have been administered oath of office by person not authorized to administer such oaths.
Commissioning Fire Investigators
General (Created: 04/16/2013; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a fire department should grant commissioned peace officer status to the department's fire investigators for conducting fire and arson investigations.
Committed Fund Balance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/15/2012; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

A model ordinance based on GASB 54 requirements that creates a committed fund balance in order to ensure fund availability for the purchase of a specific item.
Communication Director/Public Information Officer in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/01/2017; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

Thirteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether the city employs a communication director/public information officer.
Communications Director (Gallatin, TN)
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

A sample job description provided by the City of Gallatin for the Director for Administration & Communications. The purpose of the position is to captivate and engage current and new audiences with the city.
Communications Equipment on Publicly Owned Facilities
Survey (Created: 11/30/2013; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

Fifteen cities were asked about leasing space on public facilities, such as water towers, to for-profit companies.
Community Center Lease Agreement
Form (Created: 01/14/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a lease agreement for the rental of the Town Community Center.
Community Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Community Development Director.
Community Improvements Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Community Improvements Coordinator.
Community Planner II
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Community Planner II.
Compensation and Health Insurance for City Boards and Commissions
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/10/2009; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS analyzed questions relating to compensation for various officials and for the provision of (and elimination of) health insurance to the city's officers and employees.
Compensation for Serving on Committees
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/1992; Reviewed: October 7, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen can compensate aldermen and others appointed to committees for their service as committee members.
Compensation of Police Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1997; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the ten minutes during which police officers attend mandatory roll-call can be calculated for the purposes of overtime compensation and what, if any, is the rate of compensation due non-exempt police officers for work between 160 and 171 hours when their work period is 28 days, and their regular schedule during that work period is 160 hours.
Compensation of the City Recorder
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/2005; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city recorder is entitled under Tennessee Law to compensation based on the collection of property taxes.
Compensation Policy Required by Law
General (Created: 04/02/2012; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether cities are required by law to have a compensation policy.
Compensation/Classification Consulting Service Providers
General (Created: 03/05/2021; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

A list of consulting companies who can do compensation studies.
Compensatory Time for FLSA-Exempt Employees
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey on compensatory time for FLSA-exempt employees, including the rate, the circumstances, pay out at separation from employment, cap on number of hours that can be accrued, and time frame in which compensatory time must be used.
Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 05/19/2006; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the composition of the board can be changed and whether the board has the authority to deny a beer permit to an applicant that meets the requirements set out in the beer ordinance
Comprehensive Fire Management Study Survey Form
Form (Created: 09/06/2011; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

A checklist for an MTAS Comprehensive Management Review (CMR) of fire organizations.
Computer-aided Dispatch Software Survey
Survey (Created: 11/16/2020; Reviewed: November 24, 2020 )

A compilation of information from ten counties in Tennessee and the computer-aided dispatch software used in their 911 departments.
Condemnation of Property with Deed Restrictions or Covenants
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/2017; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked if the city condemns property that has deed restrictions or covenants requiring that the property only be used for residential development, if such restrictions are lifted or nullified by the condemnation.
Conditions for the Return of a Biting Dog to Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/09/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked what options the city has under its animal control ordinance to impose some conditions on the return to the owner of an animal that bit a person and seriously injured him or her?
Conditions of Abandoning a Street
General (Created: 02/15/2011; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can abandon a street and what happens when a street is abandoned by a city.
Conditions of the Deed Abandoning the Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1993; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can attach conditions to the abandonment of the street.
Conditions Under Which the City Can Give Local Preference on Bids
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is lawful for the city to base the award of competitive bids on the preference for local contractors or providers of goods and services.
Conducted Energy Weapon (M26 Taser) Policy
General (Created: 06/26/2003; Reviewed: June 10, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to supply policies and procedures for police use of tasers.
Confidentiality of Certain Internal Investigative Notes/Reports
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/1997; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS researched the issue of whether the records of an internal investigation (non-criminal at this point) by the police department of one its employees are subject to public disclosure pursuant to the Tennessee Public Records Act ("TPRA"), subject to a statutory exception, or are otherwise privileged.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/07/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

This Conflict of Interest form should indicate whether the person has a financial or other interest or other interest in, or acts as an officer or a director of, any outside entity who's financial or other interests would reasonably appear to be affected by their work with the city.
Conflict of Interest Provision in City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/2009; Reviewed: June 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city charter could have a conflict of interest provision stronger than Tennessee's two conflicts of interest laws.
Conservation Easements on Recreational Property Owned by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/18/2011; Reviewed: May 27, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the provisions of T.C.A. apply to the execution of conservation easements on city-owned property.
Consolidation of City and County Governments: A Look at the History and Outcome-Based Research of These Efforts
General (Created: 08/21/2019; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

This research is available in the two attached documents on the history of consolidation and the pros and cons of consolidation.
Constitutionality of Changes to Home Rule City Charters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the changes to a City's home rule city charter, which are the product of a referendum by initiative of the voters, legal.
Construction and Garage Sales on Sundays
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/2006; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could prohibit or limit the hours of construction and of garage sales on Sunday.
Construction and Sale/Leaseback of Public Works Project by Municipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/10/1999; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the proposed school construction is a "public works project" and whether the municipality has ample authority to buy real property for a public works project and then lease such property to another governmental entity.
Construction Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/26/2007; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

Job descriptions for the position of construction inspector.
Construction Without a Building Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2008; Reviewed: April 20, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain building within the city was legally constructed, and if the answer was no, what legal remedies were available to the city.
Continuation of a Nonconforming Commercial Use in a Residential Zoning District
General (Created: 11/14/2014; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

A commercial building was constructed prior to the advent of zoning in the town; the proposed commercial use is a used car lot, but the present zoning is R-1.
Contract Between City and Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/2009; Reviewed: June 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the application of Tennessee's Conflicts of Interest Law and the doctrine of Common Law Conflicts to an Alderman's contract with the City.
Contract for Consolidated Law Enforcement
General (Created: 11/02/2004; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to review a police services contract with the county sheriff's office and created a new one.
Contract for the County to Maintain the City's Streets in Exchange for Payment
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/1990; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen can compel the mayor to sign a certain "contract."
Contract on the Part of the Utility District to Install Sewer Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1997; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a letter from a certain engineering firm constitutes a contract on the part of the utility district to install sewer service.
Contract to Contribute to the National Guard Armory
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/2004; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city was liable on a contract to contribute to the national guard armory.
Contract with Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/21/2004; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about a proposed contract between the City (and other county municipalities) and the County Municipal Water District.
Contracted Towing Company Rates in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/01/2019; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Eight Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if the police departments contract towing companies to haul away motor vehicles following traffic accidents.
Contraction/Deannexation of Property by Ordinance
General (Created: 02/26/2014; Reviewed: May 5, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether there can be spot deannexation of a parcel of land while leaving the other surrounding parcels inside the Town limits.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application (Part 1)
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/1992; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city building inspector should issue a building permit for the construction of a certain restaurant in the city. This opinion is followed up by an additional opinion issued by the author on November 18, 1992 in response to additional questions from the client.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application (Part 2)
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1992; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the contractors licensing law. This opinion was issued as a follow up to the opinion issued on November 13, 1992 in response to additional questions on the topic from the client.
Contractors Sue the City for Breach of Contract and Quit Work on the Plant
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/1993; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

The city is faced with a lawsuit, a deadline from the State Department of Environment and Conservation as to when it must be in conformity with state environmental laws, and an unfinished sewer treatment plant.
Contractual Agreement for Wastewater Testing
Form (Created: 07/16/2006; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to write a contract to perform wastewater testing.
Contradictory Provisions of City Charter Related to Sidewalks
General (Created: 05/20/2005; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the owner or the city is required to construct sidewalks.
Convenience Petition
General (Created: 07/12/2005; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

A petition that the County Mayor find and declare that the public convenience and necessity require that the exclusive franchise of Claiborne Utility District, Claiborne County, Tennessee to provide wastewater service within the City of Harrogate 'City's' boundaries be modified.
Convention Center Management Agreement Among the Convention Center Corporation and John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc.
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

Contract regarding convention center management.
Converting Two Way Streets to One Way Streets
General (Created: 03/19/2007; Reviewed: April 22, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate city streets for conversion from two way to one way and to provide guidance on traffic flow, signage, and parking.
Corridor Annexation
General (Created: 10/06/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a possible annexation of a right-of-way connecting the corporate limits to a larger piece of property outside the city, with no other property to be annexed along the right-of-way.
Cost of Maintaining Fire Hydrants
General (Created: 02/26/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the annual cost of maintaining fire hydrants.
Cost of Training Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

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

MTAS was asked to provide information on the cost recovery involving hazardous materials spills.
Costs of Multiple Charges
General (Created: 05/12/2003; Reviewed: July 1, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether an offender charged with two different charges on the same ticket is charged with two court costs or just one.
Councilmember Acting as City Judge, in Absence of Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2005; Reviewed: July 1, 2020 )

City council member who acted as special judge when city judge was unavailable in past, cannot continue to act as special judge after effective date of Municipal Court Reform Act, which has a section prohibiting city officials or employees from holding office as judge.
Councilmember Running for Mayor
General (Created: 02/12/2003; Reviewed: July 1, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a sitting councilmember can run for the office of Mayor without resigning his current council seat.
Counting Meal Time for Firefighters Towards Overtime Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2007; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about meal periods for firefighters who work shifts of less than 24 hours.
Counting of Board Votes
General (Created: 08/10/2004; Reviewed: July 1, 2020 )

MTAS was asked how a board vote of two for, one abstention, and one passing is to be recorded.
County Assessor Service Fee Survey
Survey (Created: 07/31/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether a county beer permit issued to beer establishments in the town are valid permits, and whether the town has the authority to regulate the hours of Sunday beer sales
County Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Guidelines
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/2001; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the County Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Guidelines.
County Funding of Roads
General (Created: 06/29/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked three questions: (1) Whether a county highway department is restricted in spending its gas tax revenues to only outside municipalities; (2) Whether a county can legally earmark a portion of county property taxes collected within a municipality to roads outside the municipality; and (3) Whether a county is required to have a public hearing before final passage of the budget.
County Gift of Real Property to a City
General (Created: 07/27/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the county could give a parcel of land to the city.
County Mayor Serving on the Industrial Development Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/11/2010; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the county mayor may serve on the IDB.
County Solid Waste Disposal Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1993; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the citizens of the city are still subject to a solid waste disposal fee charged by the county, even if a private disposal service is used.
County Taxing Rental Property Owned by the Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1996; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the county can tax rental property owned by the utility district.
County to City Dispatch Charges Survey
Survey (Created: 08/07/2020; Reviewed: August 7, 2020 )

MTAS surveyed eighteen cities whose E-911 communications are handled by the county they are located in. Representatives of each city were asked about service cost and the formula used to determine the charge for each city.
County Zoning Ordinances and Expansion of Pre-existing Non-conforming Uses to Adjacent Land
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a county zoning ordinance can permit the expansion of pre-existing non-conforming uses to adjacent land
Court Comparative Data 2012 and 2013
Survey (Created: 05/13/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

The City of Franklin surveyed seventeen cities about the frequency of court sessions, staffing, monthly average of citations, court costs, fees, and fines, payment methods, and software used.
Court Costs Taxed
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/2002; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if a general sessions court judge can tax costs against the city when officers fail to properly execute warrants.
Court Liason Programs
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

The Court Liaison Program is a cooperative effort of the local police department, the District Attorney General's office and the General Sessions Court Judge to reduce police overtime costs.
Court System Survey Results
Survey (Created: 08/01/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Twenty-one cities were asked questions about the court administrator and assistant to judge, as well as the staffing level of the court system.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources for Local Government in Tennessee
General (Created: 03/04/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

A list of resources for local governments in Tennessee related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. This list will be updated regularly as resources become available. Note: Due to the variety and volume of information on this page, new resources that are more recently added to this page are indicated with RED type.
COVID-19 and Municipal Governments: A Hot Topic Q & A for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/16/2020; Reviewed: March 23, 2020 )

The first case in the United States of 2019-nCoV, the 2019 novel coronavirus, now classified as COVID-19, was diagnosed on January 20, 2020, in Snohomish County, Washington. Since then, more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and cities are struggling to find information of how to respond to the spread of the virus and how the virus will affect the city’s ability to continue to provide municipal services. This MTAS Hot Topic provides guidance for cities on these issues. (Updated 3/23/2020)
Creating an Industrial Board
Resolution (Created: 01/31/2005; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Includes a resolution, charter, and by laws for an industrial board.
Creation of An Additional Municipal Court Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/2006; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether an amendment to the city's charter will be required if the city wishes to appoint another city judge with the jurisdiction to hear only municipal ordinance violation cases.
Creation of Metropolitan Government
General (Created: 08/18/2004; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked if the Town of Woodbury could stop a proposed effort to implement metropolitan government in Cannon County, Tennessee.
Creation of Special Relationships between a Citizen and Police Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/05/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what is required for a "special relationship" to be established between a citizen and police officers, in the context of the question of whether a police department's agreement to do a neighborhood drive-through check of a homeowner's property in a neighborhood in which recent crime has occurred creates a "special relationship."
Credit Cards Used to Pay Taxes and Other Fees
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

Several Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they allow citizens to pay taxes or fees with a credit card.
Criminal Background Check Authorization
Form (Created: 03/14/2003; Reviewed: June 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to develop a criminal background check employment application supplement.
Critical Need for Volunteer Incentive Programs
General (Created: 08/23/2005; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

Volunteer incentive programs must be developed by each fire department to insure that the drop out rate is reduced to the lowest level possible.
Current Topics Affecting Municipal Governments: Tennessee Sexual Offender and Violent Sexual Offender Registration, Verification, and Tracking Act of 2004
General (Created: 08/09/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

A powerpoint presentation; this is not a full overview of the entire registry issue, only about the payments and registration of offenders and limitations on spending the proceeds.
Customer Service Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

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

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

A job description for the position of Customer Service Technician
Daily Cash Report
General (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: October 18, 2010 )

An example of a simple daily cash report for the City of Plainview.
Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2016; Reviewed: March 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of data entry operator from the city of Memphis.
Dead Animal Pickup on Private Property: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 09/01/2002; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

Ten cities were asked about their policies and procedures for picking up dead animals from private property.
Deannexation and the Payment of Property Taxes
General (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the process of deannexation (also known as 'contraction') and about the payment of property taxes for those who reside in the area to be deannexed.
Debt Reimbursement Resolution
Resolution (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

A resolution expressing official intent that certain expenditures to be incurred in connection with certain public works projects and related expenditures be reimbursed from proceeds of notes, bonds, or other indebtedness to be issued by the City of Morristown, Tennessee.
Dedication and Acceptance of Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/31/2002; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the dedication and acceptance of sidewalks.
Dedication of Streets That Are Essentially Private Driveways
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1999; Reviewed: October 7, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be advisable for the Town to take over the maintenance, or accept the dedication as city streets, certain private driveways.
Deducting Union Dues for Firefighters
General (Created: 03/13/2002; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to research cities' requirements to deduct union dues from firefighters.
Deducting Union Dues from Firefighters' Paychecks
General (Created: 06/25/2002; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for an opinion regarding the deduction of union dues from firefighter's paychecks.
Deferring Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2000; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to defer taxes on property annexed into the city but not yet receiving all city services.
Defined Benefit Retirement Plans and Benefits
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS provided examples of retirement plans from several cities and information from TCRS.
Defining School for the Purpose of Setting Speed Limits in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2004; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what a "school" is for the purpose of the school speed limit laws.
Definition of Grandfathering in the Sense of Allowing a Preexisting Use to Continue Despite a Later Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

"Grandfathering" is allowing an existing operation or conduct to continue legally when a new operation or conduct would be illegal.
Delinquent Business Tax and Garbage Fees
General (Created: 01/30/2003; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in collecting business tax and garbage fees.
Delinquent Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

Analyzes law governing right of city to waiver penalty and interest on property taxes.
Delinquent Utility Bills Survey
Survey (Created: 02/11/2014; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

Six cities were asked who collects delinquent utility bills and about the payment for these services.
Demolishing an Old Building That Shares a Party Wall with an Adjoining Building
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2002; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS advised city of potential liabilities in demolishing condemned building which shares "party wall" with adjoining property owner.
Demolition Bond in a Historic District
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/2001; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to require a bond to secure the demolition of a building within the historic overlay.
Demolition of Dilapidated and Unsafe Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/20/1998; Reviewed: April 20, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any legal way to require the local Farmer's Coop to demolish a large cattle feeding bin on its property.
Denying a Business License to a Person Whose Business Establishment is in Violation of the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/08/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can deny a business license to a person whose business establishment is in violation of the city's zoning ordinance.
Department Assistant Directors in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/01/2017; Reviewed: April 14, 2021 )

MTAS surveyed 11 cities regarding Assistant or Deputy Directors in a number of departments in their cities.
Design Review Commission Resolution
Resolution (Created: 03/03/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A resolution creating a design review commission for the Town of Pittman Center.
Design-Build Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/2002; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the legal authority of municipalities to let design-build contracts.
Determining Quorum Number Required to Pass Motions
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

An MTAS attorney response to a question regarding the number of aldermen required to vote and pass items on the agenda not related to the city's present alderman vacancy.
Development and Impact Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities regarding development or impact fees.
Development of a Proposed Sewer System for Estill Springs
Report/Study (Created: 08/06/2001; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Recommendation that Estill Springs connect with a neighboring town's sewer system.
Differences Between Modified Manager-Commission vs Manager-Commission Form of Government
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.
Differential Tax Rates and Questions from the Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether differential tax rates within taxing districts and special services districts authorized under the Charter Government Unification Act would violate the Tennessee Constitution and several other questions by the Charter Commission.
Director of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Development Services.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 08/17/2017; Reviewed: July 8, 2020 )

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

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 1, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional.
Director of Health
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Director of Health.
Director of Human Resources
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

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

A job description for the position of library director
Disaster Response Documents
General (Created: 04/18/2011; Reviewed: July 25, 2017 )

A collection of documents that includes disaster cleanup bid documents, FEMA 322 Disaster Response, and USACE Scope of Work Example.
Disciplinary Appeals Processes in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS asked twenty-six cities about their disciplinary appeals process and the city manager's role in that process.

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