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E-mail and Open Records Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Open Records Law applies to e-mail sent by a city official.
Early Retirement Incentives Survey
Survey (Created: 01/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Several cities, housing authorities, and an airport authority were asked about their early retirement incentive programs.
Economic Development Assessment
Form (Created: 04/01/2009; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

An economic development assessment survey form.
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/14/2016; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 01/19/2004; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Economic Development Review of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County, Tennessee Joint Industrial Board
(Created: 03/31/2010; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an economic development review, which is intended to review the organization, operations, and strategies that may assist in promoting economic development.
Education Funding as It Relates to the Distribution of the County Property Tax and Wheel Tax Revenues
General (Created: 06/26/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

The county may direct that wheel tax revenues be used to support the county school system, thereby allowing the county to reduce the property tax levy dedicated for school purposes. MTAS was asked about the impact of such a change on county revenues received by the school system and school maintenance of effort issues.
Education Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/23/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to research the sharing by county of certain education funds.
Educational Assistance Survey
Survey (Created: 01/24/2017; Reviewed: January 24, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked several questions about educational assistance opportunities, tuition reimbursement, and requirements for employees to participate in their educational assistance programs.
Effect of the Mayor's Veto
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/2002; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the mayor's veto power.
Effective Council Meetings Course Manual
General (Created: 11/11/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Course manual for City University Course.
Effective Date of the Incorporation of a City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1999; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked when the incorporation of a city is considered effective.
Elected Official Acknowledgement of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
Form (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

A signature form for use by elected officials who receive and read the town's ethics policy.
Electing a Vice-Mayor
General (Created: 06/20/2003; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to go about electing a Vice-Mayor.
Election of Aldermen from Wards
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what a city needs to do to restrict the election of aldermen required under the charter to be elected from wards to the voters within the boundaries of the wards.
Election of Municipal Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/28/1992; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether Barrett requires the clerk of a municipal court exercising concurrent jurisdiction to be elected.
Election of Municipal Judges with Concurrent General Sessions Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1998; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can provide for the election of the city judge in the April city election.
Electric System Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 02/14/2005; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description and management responsibilities for the position of Electric System Director.
Electrical Operating Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Electrical Operating Superintendent.
Electrical Technician
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Electrical Technician.
Eleventh Amendment Immunity
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether state immunity under the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to municipalities with respect to application of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Eliminating the Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements in the 2012 International Building Code and International Residential Code
General (Created: 08/23/2016; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is permissible to eliminate the carbon monoxide detector requirements in the 2012 IBC and IRC and if that complies with standards adopted by the State Fire Marshal.
Emergency Call-In Duties
General (Created: 03/27/2000; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

In order to maintain the safety and functionality of the City of Athens infrastructure and right-of ways, it will be necessary periodically for public works employees to be called in for duties after regular working hours during emergency or otherwise adverse situations.
Emergency Debris Management RFP
RFP (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

The City of Fort Lauderdale issued a request for proposals for emergency debris management.
Emergency Debris Removal RFQ
RFP (Created: 09/14/2004; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

The City of Ocala issued a request for quotation for debris removal.
Emergency Management Director Survey Results
Survey (Created: 03/29/2016; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Twenty-nine cities and organizations were asked whether they have an emergency management director and salary information for that position.
Emergency Management for Municipalities in Tennessee
General (Created: 02/12/2009; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city should have an emergency management director.
Emergency Medical Services Executive Director
Job Description (Created: 10/04/2012; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of the Executive Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Emergency Personnel Annual Physicals and Overtime Pay Questions
General (Created: 09/17/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether annual physicals are mandatory for police and fire personnel and about overtime pay.
Emergency Purchasing Provisions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2003; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked what an "emergency" is within the meaning of the Municipal Purchasing Law.
Emergency Right of Way Press Release Template
Form (Created: 05/15/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

This is a resource for a local fire department to use to raise community awareness of the need for drivers to yield to emergency vehicles and to move over for stopped emergency vehicles.
Eminent Domain and Necessity of the Taking
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/16/2007; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on any recently tried condemnation suits.
Eminent Domain Proceedings to Acquire Property for a Maintenance Garage When the Property Is Owned by a Member of the City Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1993; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality may institute eminent domain proceedings to acquire property for a maintenance garage when the property is owned by a member of the city commission.
Employee Benefit Survey
Survey (Created: 08/11/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Twenty-seven cities were asked questions about pay in lieu of vacation policies, vacation accrual policies, cash payment of unused sick leave at retirement,
Employee Benefits & Salaries in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Thirty-seven cities were asked questions about TCRS retirement contributions, holidays, leave, and directors' salaries of parks and recreation and community relations.
Employee Benefits Report
Survey (Created: 12/08/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Nineteen cities were asked several questions related to annual leave, sick leave, bereavement leave, longevity pay, and education benefits.
Employee Handbook Information
General (Created: 09/09/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the benefits of having an employee handbook; includes two examples of handbooks.
Employee Safety Measures
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to address several personnel safety issues.
Employee Seeking Promotion Treated Like Other Candidates
General (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any protection of the candidacy information of an employee who is seeking a promotion.
Employee Service Awards for Retirement and Employee Recognition Programs: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Sixteen cities were asked about employee recognition programs and service awards for retiring personnel.
Employee Termination Survey Results
Survey (Created: 01/24/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked the number of full time employees who were separated from their organization in 2009, 2008, and 2007 and their departments.
Employee Testing Survey and Results
Survey (Created: 05/19/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an employment testing survey to determine if Tennessee cities conduct pre-employment testing for police, fire, and public safety dispatch applicants; includes the responses of the fifteen participants.
Employees Subject to Summary Dismissal by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked which among certain personnel in the city occupy at will positions of employment subject to summary termination by the mayor.
Employing Minors in Establishments That Sell Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether minors may be employed in establishments that sell beer.
Employment Agreement between the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee, and a Wastewater Treatment Operator
General (Created: 06/14/2012; Reviewed: April 4, 2017 )

The town wishes to employ an individual for a period of one year in order to determine if they are capable of operating the Town's wastewater treatment plant, a highly regulated facility which must be operated to exact regulations as required by state, local, and federal agencies.
Employment Agreement for City Manager
General (Created: 12/14/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An employment agreement between the city and the city manager.
Employment Contract City Manager
General (Created: 01/01/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An employment contract for the position on City Manager.
Employment Contracts between City Manager and Department Heads
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1993; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Commissioners of the City may enter into an "employment agreement" with the Chief of Police.
Employment Law Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to employment law and the potential liability of board members.
Encryption of Radio Signals
General (Created: 03/29/2001; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

Encryption will keep eavesdroppers from being able to listen to radio transmissions as they happen, but official recordings of the transmissions are public records.
Enforcement of Building Code on a Project under Construction -- at Time of Annexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1992; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether newly annexed property is subject to the city's building code.
Enforcement of Floodplain Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and write an opinion on enforcing a floodplain zoning ordinance.
Enforcing a Residential Zoning Classification on Annexed -- Properties
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1997; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about enforcing a residential zoning classification on two parcels of real property that were annexed some time ago by a city.
Enforcing Compliance with Posted Street Numbering
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1991; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether other cities have ordinances that guarantee posting of street numbers.
Enforcing False Fire Alarm Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the false alarm ordinance, levying a $150 "service fee" on businesses after third false alarm, is enforceable.
Enforcing Municipal Ordinances Outside the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1996; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it may enforce its ordinances dealing with tall grass, junk cars, and dangerous buildings within one mile of the city limits.
Enforcing Stormwater and Pretreatment Ordinances through the Administrative Process, Including the Use of Civil Penalties
General (Created: 02/07/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the authority of cities to use the administrative process to impose penalties for stormwater and pretreatment violations.
Engineer / Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineer / Codes Official for the City of Smyrna.
Engineer Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineer/Codes Official.
Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 06/26/2003; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official.
Engineering Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Assistant.
Engineering Fees
General (Created: 06/13/2006; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for information on determining engineering fees.
Engineering Technician (1)
Job Description (Created: 08/02/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Technician for the City of Belmont.
Englewood Debt Management Policy
General (Created: 09/20/2011; Reviewed: September 20, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to customize the model debt policy based on a percentage of expenditures.
Enhancing the Economic Vitality of the Central Business District
General (Created: 12/11/2015; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS provided several approaches that have been successfully employed in other Tennessee cities to accomplish this objective.
Ensuring Effective Municipal Service Delivery to Diverse Constituents: Preparing Tennessee Cities to Serve Changing Communities
(Created: 12/05/2015; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

The purpose of this MTAS-sponsored research study is three-fold, 1) identify current diversity initiatives (e.g. training programs, resources, and programming) within Tennessee municipalities that prepare local government employees to serve diverse populations, 2) identify existing service delivery initiatives that serve diverse local constituents in Tennessee municipalities (e.g. language materials, etc.), 3) identify future diversity-related training and resources most beneficial to the municipality in serving diverse constituents. The central research question is, 'In what ways can Tennessee municipalities better prepare to serve an increasingly diverse public?'
Enterprise Software Survey
Survey (Created: 11/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked about the software package and vendor they are using for managing the utilities department, finance functions, a local school district, and fleet.
Entitlement of the City to In Lieu Of Taxes from an Electric System
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/1995; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to in lieu of taxes from an electric system with respect to the system's property in the city.
Entry Level Firefighter Job Description
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A job description for an entry level firefighter for the City of Dayton.
Equipment Operator (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Equipment Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Equipment Purchases by the Joint City/County E-911 Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1993; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board could accept one of two offers to furnish equipment or if it must advertise and accept bids.
Escorted funeral processions
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2000; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Should a city allow funeral-home escorts at funeral processions?
Establishing a City Court
General (Created: 08/01/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Regarding the establishment of a city court, the city should notify the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in writing. After the names of the judge and clerk are in the AOC system, they will receive notices of conferences and training classes.
Establishing a Debt Policy and a Fund Balance Policy for the Town of Altamont
Ordinance (Created: 09/14/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to provide ordinances to establish a debt policy and a fund balance policy for the Town of Altamont.
Establishing a Planning Commission and Initiating Zoning within the Corporate Limits
General (Created: 09/09/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information about the requirements for creating a planning commission and initiating zoning.
Establishing an Economic Development Program
General (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

The City of Medina requested MTAS to assist in establishing an economic development program.
Establishment of a City Environmental Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the establishment of an environmental court in the city and the organizational implications such a court would have on the existing city court.
Etowah, Tennessee, ISO Review
(Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This report will cover the review of communication, the fire department, and the water system following the recommendations of ISO's Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).
Evaluating an RFP/RFQ for Consulting Services
Form (Created: 08/31/2015; Reviewed: September 9, 2015 )

This RFP evaluation scoresheet is a template that can be modified for projects other than selecting consulting services.
Evaluating Solid Waste Collection for Commercial Refuse and Cardboard Collection
(Created: 09/29/2006; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate commercial garbage collection and cardboard collection and evaluate sanitation rates.
Example of a Monthly Administrative Report
(Created: 12/11/2013; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an example of a monthly administrative report that a city manager might present to the mayor and city council.
Examples of Vehicle Use Policies
General (Created: 08/21/2013; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some samples of vehicle use policies.
Excavation Safety Policy Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/07/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance establishing an excavation safety policy for the Town of Wartrace.
Excess Funds in Public Improvement Bond
General (Created: 01/08/2014; Reviewed: January 21, 2014 )

MTAS was asked whether excess funds that remained from a public improvement bond called to complete required subdivision work should be returned to the surety company.
Exclusive Franchises for Sewer Treatment Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

There is sufficient authority for this town to grant an exclusive franchise for sewer service to one entity.
Executive Secretary City Manager's Office
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary City Manager's Office.
Executive Secretary II
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II for Engineering and Development Services.
Executive Secretary II Administrative Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II/Administrative Assistant.
Exempt and Non-Exempt Cities Under the State Fire Marshal's Building and Fire Code
General (Created: 10/31/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the difference between an exempt and nonexempt city under the State Fire Marshal's Building and Fire Code.
Exemption from Application of the State Fire Marshal's Minimum Statewide Standards under T.C.A. '68-120-101
General (Created: 03/27/2014; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the town is authorized to issue building permits and conduct inspections on the new county elementary school.
Exotic Animals Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if Tennessee has an exotic animals law and if private property owners are prohibited from keeping pythons.
Expending Municipal Funds to Relocate Sewer, Water, and Gas Mechanical Equipment at the Request of a Property Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/1995; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of expending municipal funds to relocate sewer, water and gas mechanical equipment at the request of a property owner who wishes to backfill his property.
Extending Contract Terms
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can renew their contract with a solid waste disposal company without having to open it up to competitive bidding.
Extending Fire Service on a Contract Basis Outside Corporate Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/1993; Reviewed: April 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town could extend fire service on a contract basis outside corporate limits and, if so, whether this would increase the town's liability exposure.
Extraterritorial Arrests
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked under what authority police officers have the right to arrest and pursue defendants outside the territorial limits of the city.

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