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Facilities Management
(Created: 10/31/2014; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the city's management structure for facility maintenance because of the city's major capital investment in its facilities and the ongoing operational costs associated with their maintenance and repair.
Facilities Usage Policies and Procedures: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/15/2005; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked about allowing park facilities or community centers to be used by concert venues or large events that are not city sponsored.
Facility Naming Policies
General (Created: 06/15/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of facility naming policies.
Failure of the Local Government to Substantially Comply with the Public Hearing Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/1998; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the failure of the local government to substantially comply with the public hearing notice and other procedural requirements prescribed by the state law is jurisdictional rather than directory.
Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption Tests
Form (Created: 11/28/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop forms for FLSA exemption "tests" for use in cities.
Fairview, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 04/30/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer this question: Where should Fairview place its fire stations to provide coverage for the City of Fairview and Fairview's response district based upon the maximum five-mile coverage area allowed by ISO?
Farmer's Market Insurance in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Ten cities in Tennessee were surveyed regarding farmer's markets and insurance for the vendors.
Farmers' Markets in Tennessee Cities
General (Created: 04/13/2015; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on what a city needs to know to host a farmers' market inside the city limits, including rules, regulations, and vendor applications.
Fees Sent to State by City Courts
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about fees/costs sent to the State for violations tried in city court.
Filing Suit for Collection of Delinquent Real Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the procedure for collecting delinquent property taxes when the county taxes have been paid.
Filling Vacancies in the City's School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2006; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the school board chairman's appointment to fill the vacancy on the school board was legal.
Film Royalties: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 12/21/2009; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked whether they pay any type of royalty or permission fee for showing movies at special events.
Final Regulations: Volunteers and the Affordable Care Act
General (Created: 02/17/2014; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

In summary, hours worked by a volunteer who does not receive (and is not entitled to receive) compensation in exchange for the performance of services are not treated as hours of service for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Finance Review of Parks and Recreation Dept. of Chattanooga
(Created: 06/02/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This review of the Parks and Recreation Department, focuses specifically on three areas of Recreation, the POWERHOUSE, Aquatics, and the Recreation centers.
Financial Audit Advertisement
Form (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

A sample advertisement for an auditor who is qualified to perform a financial and compliance audit.
Financial Review of Non-City Athletic Leagues
General (Created: 02/06/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has an obligation to conduct any type of financial review of non-city athletic leagues.
Fines for Violation of Town Ordinances
General (Created: 04/02/2007; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how much the fine can be and if a separate fine can be assessed for each day of a violation.
Fire Chaplains
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there has been a case where a fire chaplain program has been challenged on establishment clause grounds.
Fire Chief
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief for the City of Smyrna.
Fire Chief (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire Chief (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire chief is in the driver's seat
General (Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

An article answering the question regarding the responsibility and scheduling of the Fire Chief's position in a fire department.
Fire Chief Sample Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 09/12/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A collection of several sample job descriptions for the position of fire chief; includes job descriptions for fire chiefs of a volunteer fire department.
Fire Department Major
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Fire Department Executive Officer with the rank of Major.
Fire Department Recognition Bill
General (Created: 02/26/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This information from a TFCA flyer answers questions about the Fire Department Recognition Bill.
Fire Department Schedule
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Proposed 28-day schedule for a fire department working a 24/48 shift pattern, including meal time deduction and kelly day.
Fire Department Sick Leave Policies
Survey (Created: 05/25/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

TPMA sent out a survey to determine how municipalities handle sick leave for Fire Department employees and received fourteen responses.
Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure: Fire Department Vehicle Safety, Emergency and Non-Emergency Response, Safe Emergency Operations on Roadways
General (Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This procedure identifies requirements for the implementation of a safe Fire Department vehicle operations program.
Fire Department Training Records
General (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Fire Department records for training and personnel are open for inspection upon demand during any reasonable hours.
Fire Department Training Requirements and Training Budget Comparisons
(Created: 01/02/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to answer questions on standard procedures for fire departments and provide information on educational expenses and other policies.
Fire Hydrant Flow Test Results Calculator
General (Created: 02/26/2015; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

This spreadsheet may be downloaded to calculate the results of fire hydrant flow tests.
Fire Hydrant Installation, Maintenance, and Fees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 04/30/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions about fire hydrants and the utility districts to which they are attached.
Fire Hydrant Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/24/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

An ordinance adopting by reference the NFPA fire hydrant color coding standards and establishing certain standards for fire flows and hydrants and use of some existing fire hydrants.
Fire Hydrant Rental
General (Created: 05/14/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal and what is a reasonable fee for the general fund to pay the water fund a 'rental fee' for fire hydrants.
Fire Inspectors in the Codes Department
General (Created: 07/17/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any municipalities in the state have fire inspectors in the codes department rather than the fire department and, if so, how that works.
Fire Investigator Mentor Program
General (Created: 11/14/2008; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This Fire Investigator Mentor Program has been endorsed by the Tennessee Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and recognized by the IAAI as an excellent program in training and qualifying new fire investigators.
Fire Positions Exempted from Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Mandatory Retirement at Age 60
Survey (Created: 09/01/2017; Reviewed: October 22, 2018 )

A survey of selected cities to determine if their battalion chief or shift caption positions are exempted from the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System mandatory retirement for public safety positions at age 60.
Fire shift commanders and assistant chief salary and overtime
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Fifteen Tennessee cities were surveyed regarding their fire departments and the levels of authority in them.
Fire Shift Supervisor Survey
Survey (Created: 12/04/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eight cities responded to this survey that asks about the position that is responsible for the supervision of two or more fire stations and their crews.
Fire Support Specialist
Job Description (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A sample job description for a fire support specialist.
Fire Watch Policy
Form (Created: 02/08/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This sample fire watch policy provides for the continuous presence of a trained person, who maintains a constant fire watch, while the required fire protection system is out of service.
Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter.
Firefighter 1 Training
General (Created: 11/03/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the requirements for a Firefighter to become certified as a Firefighter 1.
Firefighter Driver
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Driver.
Firefighter Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Mechanic.
Firefighter Vacation Accrual in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

MTAS asked a number of Tennessee cities how they handle vacation accrual for firefighters.
Firefighters Driving on a License from Another State
General (Created: 04/03/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, in Tennessee, firefighters are required to have a valid Tennessee driver's license to operate vehicles and work in the full capacity of a fire fighter.
Firefighters Must Have Key to Fire Station
General (Created: 09/19/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

If a fire station is locked when not occupied, then all firefighters must have a key.
Firefighters Vacation Accrual Summary Report
Survey (Created: 03/23/2010; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eighteen cities were asked about vacation leave for full-time employees of the fire department.
Firefighters' Pay Under Military Leave Statute
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/07/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to compute 20 days of military leave for firefighters, who generally work 24 hour shifts.
Fireworks Sample Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/19/2006; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

An ordinance to add Chapter 4, "Fireworks," to Title 7 of the City of ______ Municipal Code.
Firing the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/29/2000; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for whom the City Attorney works and if the City Attorney may be fired.
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager for the City of Smyrna.
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager.
Fitness Program Survey
Survey (Created: 05/06/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twenty-four cities and departments were asked about fitness programs available to their employees; requested by Knox County Personnel.
Flea Market Dealers
General (Created: 02/03/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Registering dealers at a multi-vendor open-area flea market that routinely occurs along the Tennessee border and probably has multi-state vendor participation.
Fleet and Materials Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fleet and Materials Manager.
Fleet Maintenance and Operations Schedules
Form (Created: 07/12/2012; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Seven checklists for preventive maintenance and inspections.
Fleet Maintenance Services Survey
Survey (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS asked six cities about charging the city's various departments for fleet services.
Fleet Management: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 11/24/2008; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their fleet management practices.
FLSA and Exempt Employees
General (Created: 09/29/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide documentation allowing city to send employees home when they have worked 40 hours in workweek.
FLSA Claims
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/2002; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether as part of a settlement of an FLSA claim, an employee can sign an enforceable waiver of rights.
FLSA Questions on Bereavement and Overtime
General (Created: 02/01/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Questions on recognizing bereavement leave as hours worked and hours worked over 8 in a day.
FMLA and Extended Leave of Absence: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/14/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twenty-three cities were asked about their FMLA policies and extended leave of absence policies.
FMLA Forms Now Updated by DOL
Form (Created: 06/05/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

For those of you who maintain hard copies of FMLA sample forms, as provided by the Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division, you will need to destroy outdated revisions, and replace with the newly issued (Effective June 1, 2015) forms.
FOG programs in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 03/08/2019; Reviewed: March 8, 2019 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a request for information on their local FOG programs and the fees that may be associated with the program.
Forcing the City to Accept and Maintain Private Streets Located in Privately Owned Residential Developments
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can be forced to accept the dedication and ongoing maintenance responsibility for private streets, street lights and storm sewers located within condominium and planned unit developments.
Forestry Inspector
Job Description (Created: 11/16/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Forestry Inspector
Forestry Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 11/15/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Forestry Supervisor
Form for Operating a Business in the City of Lebanon
Form (Created: 06/15/2000; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A form to help the city deal with new businesses, providing the applicants with notice to comply with the city's zoning laws.
Form of Government in Tennessee Cities
General (Created: 03/01/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Forty-seven cities are listed, giving information on population, form of government, type of charter, whether ward/district or at-large, election date, and local planning contract.
Form of Petition for Liquor Sales
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/12/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a form of petition for package liquor sales and liquor-by-the-drink sales.
Forming a New Police Department
General (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the benefits of forming a new police department versus contracting with the county for police services.
Forms of Payment Accepted for Plans Review and Permits Survey
Survey (Created: 10/14/2015; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS asked ten cities about the forms of payment accepted from general contractors and subcontractors for plans review and building permits.
Forms to Accompany Capital Asset Accounting System
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Includes a sample capital asset disposal record, a capital asset ledger card, and a model resolution to establish a threshold that dictates when expenditures may be capitalized.
Forms to Accompany the Drug Fund Manual
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Includes sample forms, description of the forms, and a sample drug fund budget.
Four Questions on the Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/14/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what "adequate notice" means under the Open Meetings Law; whether three hours was adequate notice of a meeting; what is the effect of action taken at a meeting in which a violation of the Open Meetings Law occurred; and does an illegal meeting make the minutes illegal.
Fowl Ordinance Comparison
Survey (Created: 04/01/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

The Town of Signal Mountain asked twenty-four cities whether they had an ordinance regulating chickens within the city limits.
Free Water and Sewer Service Provided to School
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to provide water for free to a public school, and posed further questions about the enforcement of the agreement with the county and school district.
Fringe Benefit Survey for Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 01/31/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A city asked how much other cities in Middle Tennessee are paying in fringe benefits.
Fuel Reduction Task Force Report
(Created: 11/18/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A summary of the 5%, 10%, and 15% fuel reduction plans submitted for the departments of Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Wastewater.
Full Time Police Officer Wishes to Be Hired As Part Time Recreation Director
General (Created: 05/08/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

An employee works 43 hours a week as a police officer and wants to be hired for an additional 20 hours a week as the recreation director.
Full-time Mayor and Benefits: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 11/19/2007; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked if they have a full-time mayor and the salary and benefits for that position.
Function and Duties of a Home Rule Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Basic introduction of charter commission candidates to the functions and duties of the charter commission.
Funding Volunteer Fire Departments
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1996; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a county's method of funding volunteer fire departments and contracting with municipal fire departments is illegal.

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