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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.
Damages Police Do to Buildings in the Process of Searches in Exigent Circumstances
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the police are liable for damages done to private property that occur when they obtain entry to a building and seize a person's property under a search warrant or under exigent circumstances.
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: May 30, 2017 )

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: October 3, 2017 )

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: September 15, 2010 )

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: June 14, 2017 )

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: June 19, 2017 )

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 23, 2017 )

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: January 12, 2017 )

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: October 26, 2016 )

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: January 3, 2017 )

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: December 20, 2016 )

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: December 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in collecting business tax and garbage fees.
Demand by a Former Police Officer for Payment for Unused Vacation and Sick Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/02/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a former police officer is entitled to accumulated vacation and sick leave pay upon leaving the city's employment because of past custom and practice of the Town.
Demolishing an Old Building That Shares a Party Wall with an Adjoining Building
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

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: December 20, 2016 )

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: December 23, 2016 )

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

MTAS surveyed 11 cities regarding Assistant or Deputy Directors in a number of departments in their cities.
Department Heads Are At Will Employees Under City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can provide a means by which department heads under certain conditions can elect to not be at will employees if those department heads are at will employees under the city charter.
Dependent Healthcare Coverage
General (Created: 05/29/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on Healthcare Reform and dependent care.
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: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legal authority of municipalities to let design-build contracts.
Development of a Proposed Sewer System for Estill Springs
(Created: 08/06/2001; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

Recommendation that Estill Springs connect with a neighboring town's sewer system.
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: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019 )

Job description for the Director of Finance in a Tennessee city.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

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

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional.
Director of Health
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Director of Health.
Director of Human Resources
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

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.
Disbanding Oakdale's Fire Department
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

An ordinance disbanding the Town of Oakdale's Fire Department.
Disciplinary Appeals Processes in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS asked twenty-six cities about their disciplinary appeals process and the city manager's role in that process.
Disclosing Medical Information to Emergency Service Providers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether city employees could give consent for medical information to be disclosed to emergency service providers.
Discretion of Town to Refuse to Allow New Taps
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/1994; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen may refuse to allow new taps to the municipal water system outside the corporate limits.
Discussion of Comp-Time Use for Exempt Employees
General (Created: 08/30/2016; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to look at the practice of providing compensatory time for 'overtime' hours worked by exempt employees, including how widespread the practice is among cities, and the pros and cons associated with the practice.
Disease Management Program RFP or RFQ
General (Created: 02/08/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the use of an RFP for a 'Disease Management Program.'
Dismissing an Employee for Refusing to Take a Polygraph
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee can be dismissed for refusal to take a polygraph test.
Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Dispatcher.
Dispatcher, Lead
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lead Dispatcher.
Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor.
Dispatcher/Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Records Clerk/Dispatcher.
Disposing of an Abandoned Vehicle
General (Created: 02/03/2016; Reviewed: July 6, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the process to dispose of a private vehicle that was abandoned.
Disposition of Court Costs, Litigation Tax Revenues, and Fines
General (Created: 12/22/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a summary of distribution of court costs, fines, and litigation taxes.
Disposition of Proceeds From the Sale of Confiscated Vehicles
General (Created: 10/15/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the proceeds from the sale of vehicles seized for Driving Under the Influence or Driving on a Revoked Drivers License violations.
Disposition of Seized Cash
General (Created: 06/01/2004; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the proper procedures for storing cash seized by the police department.
Disposition of Unclaimed, Lost, or Abandoned Personal Property in Possession of Police Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1996; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what disposition a city can make of unclaimed, lost, or abandoned personal property in the possession of the police department, such as, but not limited to, money, bicycles, automobiles, etc.
Dissolution and Reinstatement of an Industrial Development Board
General (Created: 02/18/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an IDB is automatically dissolved if they do not meet and how an IDB might be reinstated.
Dissolution of Airport Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could abolish the airport authority that it created.
Distribution of Authority Between the City Administrator and the City Recorder-Treasurer
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/19/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the distribution of authority between the city recorder and the city administrator.
Distribution of Authority Over City School System
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/13/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked questions related to the city school system, particularly with respect to the distribution of authority over the system between the city governing body and city school board. Questions related to charging tuition and closing school buildings.
Distribution of Mulch Materials for the City of Athens
General (Created: 01/10/2006; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

It is the intent of the City of Athens to make these mulch materials, produced or collected by the Public Works Department, available to City of Athens residents and/or City of Athens employees for their personal use.
District vs. At-Large Elections
General (Created: 02/23/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with a presentation on the subject of district vs at-large elections.
Divorced Employee Claimed He Was Married and Entitled to City-Sponsored Family Health Insurance Coverage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be appropriate for the city to terminate an employee who falsely claimed that he was still married and therefore, entitled to city-sponsored family health insurance coverage, when, in fact, this employee was divorced.
Do-It-Yourself City Street Paving: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 06/14/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities were asked whether their city performs DIY street paving and how they made their decision.
Does an Employee Have a Right to a Salary Increase by Virtue of Provisions Made in the Budget for Salary Increases
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee has a right to a salary increase by virtue of provisions made in the budget for salary increases.
Does the City Have to Operate a City Court?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has to operate a city court.
Does the City Have to Pay the County to Incarcerate Prisoners Arrested and Prosecuted for State Law Violations by the City?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has to pay the county to incarcerate prisoners arrested and prosecuted for state law violations by the city.
Does the Mayor Have the Right to Vote?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2006; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a mayor, as a member of a legislative body, can vote.
Does the Tennessee Open Records Law Require a City to Mail Any Record to a Newspaper?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/10/1999; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required under the Tennessee Open Records Law to mail to a newspaper information packets it provides to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, or any other city records.
Dog Park Creation and Regulation
Survey (Created: 11/18/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions about off-leash dog parks, including: use of a feasibility study; funding model; design guidelines; and, regulations or ordinances.
Drafting a Sewer Ordinance
General (Created: 11/05/2004; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

Guidelines for ordinance and statute drafting.
Drainage Culverts and Ditches
(Created: 05/12/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review drainage structures, specifically stone lined ditches along city streets.
Drainage Law and the Responsibility of the Design Engineer
General (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A PowerPoint presentation for the Tennessee section of ASCE.
Drainage Problems of Private Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law relative to drainage problems with respect to private property owners.
Drainage Problems: Private vs. Public
General (Created: 06/20/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about repairs and improvements to a damaged culvert that would be in order and legitimate use of public funds.
Drainage Work Notice
Form (Created: 06/17/2015; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This drainage notice letter template may be used to notify property owners that maintenance activities will be conducted on a drainage way that crosses their property.
Drainage Work on Private Property
General (Created: 03/08/2005; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide technical assistance on issue of public works department doing work on private property.
Drug and Alcohol Testing of City Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether all city employees may be tested for drugs and alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
General (Created: 08/21/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create a model drug and alcohol testing policy.
Drug Forfeiture Funds
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether money received from fines and forfeitures in drug cases may be used to make a contribution to a law enforcement association or for police training.
Drug Task Force Financial Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Drug Task Force Financial Officer.
Drug Testing of Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may require board members to submit to drug testing.
Duties and Responsibilities of a Fire Chief
(Created: 11/02/2000; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Discusses the duties and responsibilities of the Paris, Tennessee, Fire Chief.
Duties and Time Allocation for Street Department Employees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/28/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked several questions about the duties and time allocation for their street department employees.

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