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Cable Television Coordinator : A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS -- Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

Cities were asked if they have a cable television coordinator and the salary range for that position.
Calculating Call Waiting Bonuses and Premiums for Overtime Compensation Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1996; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how call waiting bonuses and premiums are calculated for overtime compensation purposes under the FLSA.
Calculating Overtime Pay for Firefighters and Police
General (Created: 05/08/2012; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

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: August 1, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities on compensation of utility employees for call-out and overtime work.
Camouflaging Telecommunications Towers
Ordinance (Created: 07/30/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Three sample ordinances that provide information on camouflage requirements for towers and antennas.
Can a City Sell T-shirts on the Internet?
General (Created: 11/20/2014; Reviewed: November 21, 2014 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may sell items on the Internet, specifically, whether the city may sell T-shirts on the Internet.
Can a Municipality Require Double Wides in Residential Areas to Have a Foundation?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/20/1993; Reviewed: March 6, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can require double wides in residential areas to have a foundation.
Can Cities Surrender Their Zoning Powers by Interlocal Agreement?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/2006; Reviewed: August 20, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether cities can surrender their zoning powers by interlocal agreement under Public Chapter 1101.
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: June 2, 2010 )

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: December 19, 2016 )

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: June 21, 2017 )

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: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the amount of compensatory time that an employee may accumulate.
Car Allowance Policy
General (Created: 11/12/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with the creation of a car allowance policy for the City of Morristown.
Car Allowance Survey
Survey (Created: 01/30/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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: January 12, 2017 )

Middle management in the fire service can be quite a balancing act.
Cellular Phone Use Policy
General (Created: 12/13/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The purpose of this policy is to offer guidance in the use and application of City of Rogersville owned phones.
Certain Employee Records Subject to the Open Records Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2000; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee's medical information contained in a first injury report was confidential and therefore not subject to disclosure.
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.
Certificate of Occupancy
Form (Created: 05/05/1993; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

An example of a certificate of occupancy from the City of Shelbyville.
Certification Pay: a Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/1999; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

Cities were asked if incentive pay was given to employees who attained certification in a job-related or other field, or for earning an associate or Bachelor's degree.
Certified Municipal Finance Officer Program: An Impact Analysis
(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: October 16, 2018 )

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 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked when elected officials may be sworn in after a recent election.
Chalking Tires for Parking Enforcement Is Unreasonable Search
General (Created: 05/17/2019; Reviewed: May 17, 2019 )

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: June 23, 2017 )

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: May 15, 2017 )

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: May 2, 2017 )

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: February 22, 2010 )

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: June 12, 2017 )

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: May 22, 2017 )

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: March 20, 2017 )

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: May 5, 2017 )

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: May 8, 2017 )

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: February 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about retaining charter provisions favoring local bidders.
Charter Question about Property Taxes and Enforcing Ordinances
General (Created: 06/03/2004; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

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: June 12, 2017 )

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.
Chattanooga/Hamilton County Area Recreation Services: Meeting the Recreational Needs for the Future through Partnerships and Cooperation
(Created: 05/31/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This report includes an inventory of existing recreation facilities in Hamilton County and its municipalities; discusses the increasing needs for recreation services and benefits of partnering of recreation services; and points out the need for strategic recreation planning.
Chicken Manure Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/18/2008; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

An ordinance regulating the use of chicken manure as a yard or field fertilizer within the city.
Chief Accountant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: July 18, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Chief Accountant under the Utilities Department.
Chief Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

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: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Chief of Police.
Chief of Police (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Chief of Police.
Chief of Police (3)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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: August 18, 2017 )

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: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of chief wastewater plant operator.
Church Hill Methadone Treatment Clinic Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/21/2009; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

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: December 20, 2016 )

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: December 20, 2016 )

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: November 28, 2016 )

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 Civil Leave and Paid Leave for Organ and Blood Donors: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 05/01/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked their policies for granting leave for organ and blood donors.
Cities Providing Fire Service Outside Their Limits
General (Created: 04/14/2003; Reviewed: April 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a County may contract with a City for fire protection for a specific area outside the town limits.
Cities That Allow Non-Resident Voting
Survey (Created: 02/06/2017; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

In a search of the MTAS charters database and commercially-produced charters, forty cities that allow non-resident voting were identified. Information about how the mayor is elected and the voting rights of the mayor was also collected.
Cities That Operate Gas Departments
General (Created: 03/12/2014; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information about cities that operate gas departments and the Tennessee Energy Acquisition Corporation (TEAC).
Cities' Ability to Offer Cable Service as Joint Venture
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/2003; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may create and operate a cable television franchise.
Citizens Information Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Manager.
Citizens Information Services Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Coordinator.
Citizens Information Services Office Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Office Assistant.
Citizens Information Television Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Manager.
Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator.
City Administrator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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 as a Landlord Pending the Termination of Leases
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/23/1996; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

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: September 24, 2018 )

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: June 26, 2017 )

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: June 19, 2017 )

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: 06/01/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked what their policies and charges are for cremains and infant burial plots.
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: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if signatures on a charter are directory or mandatory.
City Commissioner or City Recorder Serving as Volunteer Firefighter
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/2006; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a member of the city's governing body could be a volunteer firefighter.
City Constructs Its Own Building and Uses Volunteer Labor
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1995; Reviewed: February 13, 2017 )

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: March 6, 2017 )

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 Meetings
Ordinance (Created: 04/03/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a policy for the city council of Madisonville to regulate and manage its meetings as an amendment to the municipal code.
City Council Serving as School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2008; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

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 31, 2017 )

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: June 26, 2017 )

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: June 26, 2017 )

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: September 25, 2018 )

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 Drug Testing
General (Created: 08/06/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the legalities of drug testing and for sample policies for the City.
City Employee Volunteering as a Reserve Police Officer
General (Created: 03/16/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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: August 3, 2017 )

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: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can give college scholarships to the citizens for only one particular college.
City Gas Department Wishes to Loan the General Revenue Fund an Amount Necessary to Construct a Municipal Garage
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/1993; Reviewed: September 24, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city gas department could loan the general revenue fund an amount necessary to construct a municipal garage.
City Issues a Building Permit for a Project Which Causes a Drainage Problem
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1996; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

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: June 26, 2017 )

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: June 26, 2017 )

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: June 26, 2017 )

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
Job Description (Created: 05/14/1998; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Manager
City Manager
Job Description (Created: 10/19/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Manager.
City Manager Car Allowance
Survey (Created: 08/31/2013; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Five cities were asked whether they provide a take home car or a car allowance for their city manager and the amount of any monthly car allowance.
City Manager Compensation Survey 2014
Survey (Created: 02/03/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked how they compensate their city managers; results include salary, car allowance, and deferred compensation.
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
Form (Created: 06/01/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a form for the evaluation of a city manager.
City Manager Evaluation Cover Letter
General (Created: 07/13/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Information to aid in completing an evaluation of a city manager.
City Manager Evaluation Form
Form (Created: 01/01/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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 Evaluation Forms
Form (Created: 04/03/2015; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide several examples of evaluation instruments for the position of city manager.
City Manager of Irving: Classification Specification
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

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 Performance Evaluation
Form (Created: 01/09/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in developing a format agreeable to all council members and use it complete a performance evaluation of the city 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: May 31, 2017 )

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 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: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

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: June 15, 2017 )

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: July 24, 2007 )

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 Bluff City Request for Proposals for Automated Fixed Speed Photo Enforcement Program
RFP (Created: 01/29/2009; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

An RFP for speed limit control cameras.
City of Brentwood Fire Department Annual Report FY2004
(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
(Created: 01/18/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to do an inspection and codes division organizational study.
City of Chattanooga Fleet Study
(Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: June 17, 2017 )

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: June 30, 2017 )

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: March 26, 2010 )

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 East Ridge Solid Waste Collection Study
(Created: 04/02/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an evaluation of a solid waste collection system with recommendations for modifying collection frequency, methodology, and funding.
City of Elizabethton Municipal Golf Course Study
(Created: 12/18/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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 Fairview Street Department Review
(Created: 03/28/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a review of the Street Dept. for the City of Fairview.
City of Gallaway, Tennessee, Contract Documents & Specifications for Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Service
RFP (Created: 02/28/2011; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist the City of Gallaway with the contract documents and specifications for solid waste collection and disposal service.
City of Harrogate Purchasing Procedures
General (Created: 04/05/2002; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

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]
(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
(Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

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 Knoxville, Request for Proposals, Basic Life, AD&D, Basic Dependent Life, Supplemental Life and Long Term Disability Insurance
RFP (Created: 04/26/2006; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

An RFP for the City of Knoxville to provide life and disability insurance to all eligible employees.
City of Lewisburg Water & Wastewater: MTAS Management and Operational Assessment
(Created: 01/10/2014; Reviewed: January 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to conduct a management assessment of water and wastewater operations, note any cost-saving opportunities, conduct a review of water and wastewater rates, and make recommendations.
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: May 31, 2017 )

This evaluation form is designed to determine the effectiveness of the city administrator.
City of McMinnville 2013 Strategic Goals
(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 Morristown, Tennessee, Contract Documents & Specifications for Brush Pick-up, Transporting and Processing/Disposal Services
RFP (Created: 11/30/2010; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

This project provides an RFP for brush collection and disposal.
City of Mount Juliet Planning Commission Annexation Study: Royal Oaks Service Area
(Created: 03/01/2001; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

Study regarding the feasibility of Mt. Juliet's annexation of the Royal Oaks Service Area.
City of Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 12/03/2001; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

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 Murfreesboro Fleet Service Evaluation
(Created: 06/01/2001; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS' assistance was sought on developing an implementation plan for fleet management.
City of Niota Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Agreement
General (Created: 08/15/2017; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

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: May 31, 2017 )

Citizens of Oak Ridge were asked questions about their quality of life and city services.
City of Oak Ridge Strategic Plan Update Issues
(Created: 09/28/2004; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

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: May 8, 2017 )

Requested that MTAS prepare amendments to the current private act charter as it pertains to a city court.
City of South Pittsburg Position Paper
(Created: 06/07/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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 Spring Hill Effective Utility System Operation
(Created: 10/25/2008; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

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: May 30, 2017 )

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
(Created: 08/17/2010; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

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 Parks and Security: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: February 21, 2017 )

Cities were asked to provide information about the number and types of parks they have, as well as budgetary and security information.
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: May 3, 2017 )

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: October 22, 2018 )

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 Psychologist Usage
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

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: September 25, 2018 )

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/Finance Director
Job Description (Created: 11/09/2004; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

A job description for a position that combines the duties of City Recorder and Finance Director.
City Recorders Serving as Court Clerks
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2004; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

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: June 22, 2017 )

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 24, 2017 )

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: December 19, 2016 )

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: December 20, 2016 )

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: May 5, 2017 )

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: May 31, 2017 )

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 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 Ability to Condemn an Easement Across Railroad Tracks to Construct a Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/1992; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

The authority granted to municipalities to condemn property to establish streets and highways also allows condemnation across railroad tracks so long as use of the land for railroad purposes is not destroyed.
City's Authority to Pay for Advertising of Businesses Within -- the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city and various merchants can jointly fund billboard space advertising certain private businesses in the city.
City's Gas System Contributing Revenues for the Repair of the City's Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1996; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

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 Responsibility to Maintain Private Drives That Were Annexed into the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the city's responsibility to maintain private drives that were annexed into the city in 1969.
City's Right to Annex in Its Urban Growth Boundary
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/2009; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a city's right to annex in its UGB where the UGB was effectively blocked by another city's streets.
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.
City-Owned Golf Courses: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the Town of Smyrna
Survey (Created: 10/31/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked several questions about their city-owned golf courses, including age, funding, green fees, and number of rounds of golf played in FY 2006.
Civic Center Event Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Civic Center Event Coordinator.
Civic Center Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Civic Center Manager.
Civil and Criminal Liability under TOSHA
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

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 30, 2017 )

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 2, 2017 )

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: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in classifying employees in labor and management categories.
Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Clerk.
Clerk III - Accountant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: August 9, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Clerk III Accountant.
Cleveland Beautification Survey
Survey (Created: 04/28/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

The Tree Board in Cleveland conducted this survey and had 442 responses.
Clinton, Tennessee, Fire Station Location 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: March 8, 2010 )

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.
CMR Board Member Type Questions
Form (Created: 01/06/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A form to help guide board member interviews in comprehensive management reviews.
Code Enforcement Notices and Forms
Form (Created: 07/18/2008; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

Notices for the inspection of property, for slum clearance, and for overgrown lots.
Code Enforcement Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/04/2005; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

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: December 19, 2016 )

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: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a private act city could bill cost of solid waste regulation, collection and disposal under provision in TCA 67-5-301(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: December 23, 2016 )

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 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a municipal court can collect fines.
College Student Voter Registration
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

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
(Created: 06/01/2012; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

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
(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
(Created: 04/02/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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: September 25, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether or not the City may merge the two utility boards currently in existence.
Commercial Drivers License and Ordinance Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a person with a CDL who violated a traffic ordinance could be diverted to traffic school.
Commission Form of Government
General (Created: 06/22/2006; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

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: October 27, 2016 )

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: May 31, 2017 )

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 23, 2017 )

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 Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/15/2012; Reviewed: September 25, 2018 )

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.
Communications Equipment on Publicly Owned Facilities
Survey (Created: 11/30/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

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.
Companies Who Can Do Compensation Studies
General (Created: 02/05/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

A list of consulting companies in the South/Southeast who can do compensation studies.
Compensation and Health Insurance for City Boards and Commissions
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/10/2009; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

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: May 30, 2017 )

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 5, 2017 )

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: September 25, 2018 )

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: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether cities are required by law to have a compensation policy.
Compensatory Time for FLSA-Exempt Employees
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

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: January 3, 2017 )

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

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

A checklist for a CMR of fire organizations.
Condemnation of Property with Deed Restrictions or Covenants
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/06/2017; Reviewed: October 6, 2017 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can attach conditions to the abandonment of the street.
Conditions Under Which the City Can Give Local Preference on Bids
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2004; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

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

MTAS was asked to supply policies and procedures for police use of tasers.
Confidentiality of Certain Internal Investigative Notes/Reports
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/1997; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS researched the issue of whether the records of an internal investigation (non-criminal at this point) by the police department of one its employees is subject to the Tennessee Public Records Act or whether it falls within a statutory exception to the Act or is otherwise privileged against disclosure.
Conflict of Interest Provision in City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/2009; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city charter could have a conflict of interest provision stronger than Tennessee's two conflicts of interest laws.
Conservation Easements on Recreational Property Owned by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/18/2011; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the provisions of T.C.A. apply to the execution of conservation easements on city-owned property.
Consolidation of City and County Governments: A Look at the History and Outcome-Based Research of These Efforts
General (Created: 10/22/2018; Reviewed: April 22, 2019 )

Two documents on the history of consolidation and the pros and cons of consolidation.
Constitutionality of Changes to Home Rule City Charters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the changes to a City's home rule city charter, which are the product of a referendum by initiative of the voters, legal.
Construction and Garage Sales on Sundays
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/2006; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the proposed school construction is a "public works project" and whether the municipality has ample authority to buy real property for a public works project and then lease such property to another governmental entity.
Construction Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/26/2007; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

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

MTAS was asked whether a certain building within the city was legally constructed, and if the answer was no, what legal remedies were available to the city.
Continuation of a Nonconforming Commercial Use in a Residential Zoning District
General (Created: 11/14/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

A commercial building was constructed prior to the advent of zoning in the town; the proposed commercial use is a used car lot, but the present zoning is R-1.
Continued Medical Insurance at Retirement in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/20/2019; Reviewed: August 20, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities regarding whether retired employees are offered continued medical insurance.
Contract between City and Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/2009; Reviewed: June 29, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the application of Tennessee's Conflicts of Interest Law and the doctrine of Common Law Conflicts to an Alderman's contract with the City.
Contract Documents & Specifications for Residential Recyclable Materials Collection and Delivery
RFP (Created: 03/25/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

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

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

An RFP for refuse and recycling collection.
Contract for Consolidated Law Enforcement
General (Created: 11/02/2004; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen can compel the mayor to sign a certain "contract."
Contract to Contribute to the National Guard Armory
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/2004; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked whether there can be spot deannexation of a parcel of land while leaving the other surrounding parcels inside the Town limits.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1992; Reviewed: March 6, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the contractors licensing law.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/1992; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city building inspector should issue a building permit for the construction of a certain restaurant in the city.
Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing relative powers of board of commissioners and of city manager to terminate police chief, and certain procedural matters related to that issue.
Contractual Agreement for Wastewater Testing
Form (Created: 07/16/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the owner or the city is required to construct sidewalks.
Controlling Mosquitos in Selected East Tennessee Cities -- A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 04/01/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a city could sell parts of a building to its various departments to satisfy the city's debt to the department.
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 Relocating a Water Line
General (Created: 08/17/2016; Reviewed: August 17, 2016 )

MTAS was asked who is responsible for the cost of relocating a water line, if the utility district owns the water line and the Town caused the relocation of the water line.
Cost of Training Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2002; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked whether an offender charged with two different charges on the same ticket is charged with two court costs or just one.
Councilmember Acting as City Judge, in Absence of Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2005; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether a sitting councilmember can run for the office of Mayor without resigning his current council seat.
Counting Meal Time for Firefighters Towards Overtime Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked how a board vote of two for, one abstention, and one passing is to be recorded.
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 Funding of Roads
General (Created: 06/29/2016; Reviewed: June 30, 2016 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the county could give a parcel of land to the city.
County Mayor Serving on the Industrial Development Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/11/2010; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the county mayor may serve on the IDB.
County Taxing Rental Property Owned by the Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1996; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a county may condemn property within an incorporated territory, for the purpose of building a road without the city's consent.
Court 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: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a general sessions court judge can tax costs against the city when officers fail to properly execute warrants.
Court Liason Programs
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

The Court Liaison Program is a cooperative effort of the local police department, the District Attorney General's office and the General Sessions Court Judge to reduce police overtime costs.
Court Reform and Your Municipal Code
General (Created: 07/24/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A list of offenses you may have in your municipal code that provide penalties that exceed the jurisdiction of your city court.
Court 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.
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: June 26, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked if the Town of Woodbury could stop a proposed effort to implement metropolitan government in Cannon County, Tennessee.
Credit Cards Used to Pay Taxes and Other Fees
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Several Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they allow citizens to pay taxes or fees with a credit card.
Criminal Background Check Authorization
Form (Created: 03/14/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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

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

Rate increases were recommended to cover projected debt and fund higher depreciation costs.
Current Topics Affecting Municipal Governments: Tennessee Sexual Offender and Violent Sexual Offender Registration, Verification, and Tracking Act of 2004
General (Created: 08/09/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

A job description for the position of Customer Service Technician

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