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Impact Fees and Adequate Facilities Tax
General (Created: 07/16/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS provided examples from other Tennessee cities on impact fees and adequate facilities tax.
Impact Fees, Development Taxes, and Adequate Facilities Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2006; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to address a question about impact fees and levying an adequate facilities tax.
Implementing GASB 34
General (Created: 07/08/2004; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked for help in estimating the life expectancy of buildings and equipment.
Implied Dedication of an Alley
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/27/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain alley is a city street.
Imposing New Regulations on the Sale of Beer on Existing Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could impose new regulations on the sale of beer on existing businesses, specifically, prohibiting the sale of beer at drive-in windows.
Imposing Property Maintenance Regulations Through a Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/2004; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can impose property maintenance regulations through its zoning ordinance.
In Lieu of Tax Payment Calculator
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS has developed a worksheet to assist local governments in calculating in lieu of tax payments.
Incentive Pay for City Employees Who Attain Certification : An Updated Survey Conducted by MTAS
Survey (Created: 10/03/2017; Reviewed: October 3, 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.
Incentive/Disincentive Contracts
General (Created: 06/12/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether other cities use incentive contracts.
Inclement Weather Notification in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Thirteen cities in Tennessee were surveyed to find out if their municipality closes during inclement weather and if so, how do they communicate that to non-emergency employees who do not have to report to work.
Incompatible Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2000; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An alderman currently serving on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (for which he receives a salary) may not hold a paid position with the County at the same time.
Incompatible Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2007; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city manager may appoint a member of the board of commissioners to the position of police officer in the city.
Incompetency as a Ground for Dismissal Without the Support of a Job Description
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/1994; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether incompetency will stand as a ground for dismissal without the support of a job description.
Incorporation Process
General (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS provided some information on the incorporation process in Tennessee.
Increasing Environmental Efficiency of Crossville's Fleet
(Created: 10/04/2007; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

A PowerPoint presentation on biofuels.
Increasing the Salary of the City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1998; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about increasing the salary of the city judge.
Indemnification of City Officers, Employees, and Board Members
General (Created: 03/26/2014; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the importance of adopting language to indemnify city officers, employees, and board members while properly acting in the scope of their official duties.
Information Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Information Coordinator.
Information Technology Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 02/28/2017; Reviewed: February 28, 2017 )

Several IT job descriptions from the City of Chattanooga, including: Assistant Director IT Operations, Assistant Director IT Security, IT Computer Technician, IT Specialist, IT Support Services Supervisor, and Manager IT Operations.
Infrastructure Assets Reporting
General (Created: 03/06/2003; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the modified approach for reporting infrastructure assets could be used in the Water & Sewer Fund or other enterprise fund operations.
Inoperable Bus as Violation of Town Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2002; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an inoperable bus that is maintained by a business owner on the lot on which the business is located would be considered a 'building' since it is used for storage.
Inspecting a Private Club That Has a Beer License
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can inspect a private club that has a beer license.
Inspection/Duplication of Records Request
Form (Created: 06/03/2014; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

This public record request form is used by the City of Germantown.
Inter-Local Agreement for Automatic Response of Fire, Rescue and EMS Services
General (Created: 06/20/2007; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

An agreement for public agencies to render aide through a predetermined plan for fire fighting, rescue, emergency medical, or related technical support services under specific arrangements.
Interest Earned on Utility Deposit
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/2006; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the interest earned on the utility deposit charged by the city for certain utility services belongs to the utility or to the customer.
Interim Officer Remains in Office Until Next Regular Election
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/1998; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

The term of the individual holding the interim position of the previous vacant office shall expire at the next regular election.
Interlocal Agreement by and between the Town of Centerville, Tennessee and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County, Tennessee
General (Created: 05/18/2010; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

An agreement for emergency communications services between Centerville and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County.
Interlocal Agreement for Planning Assistance
General (Created: 06/19/2012; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Examples of interlocal agreements for planning services.
Interlocal Agreement for Residential Solid Waste Collection Services
General (Created: 05/14/2007; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

An interlocal agreement between the Town of Mount Carmel and the City of Kingsport for certain residential solid waste collection services.
Internal Audit Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Internal Audit Manager.
Internal Audit Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2008; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Internal Audit Manager.
Internal Auditor
Job Description (Created: 11/25/2013; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

Several examples of job descriptions for the position of Internal Auditor
Internal Control Tool Kit for Municipal Governments
(Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

This toolkit is intended to assist cities in getting started on or reassessing their existing internal control system.
Internet Forum for Williamson County, Tennessee, Terms of Use Agreement and Resolution
General (Created: 06/01/2011; Reviewed: March 22, 2012 )

An example of a Terms of Use Agreement and a Resolution as submitted by Williamson County for a public Internet forum for use by its County Commissioners.
Interns in the Workplace Survey
Survey (Created: 01/03/2005; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Nineteen cities and counties were asked several questions about their use and pay of interns in city departments.
Interview Questions for a Children's Programs Librarian
General (Created: 02/21/2003; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample questions to be used when interviewing for a children's programs librarian.
Introduction and Formalization of Work Sessions
General (Created: 02/07/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Work sessions should be used to provide an opportunity to review complex or involved projects or issues, or to introduce topics requiring special attention and discussion by the board before the matter is placed on a future agenda for formal action.
Invitation to Bid: Mowing Services
RFP (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An invitation to bid mowing services for the City of Johnson City.
Invitation to Bidders for Demolition
RFP (Created: 09/23/2003; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to develop a bid package for demolition of a structure containing asbestos materials.
Iran Divestment Act Affects Purchasing In Tennessee Cities and Towns
General (Created: 07/29/2016; Reviewed: July 29, 2016 )

This article reports that persons or entities determined to be engaged in investment activities with Iran are listed on the state's website and are prohibited from contracting with any political subdivision of this state and any contract entered into shall be void.
Is a 'No U-Turn' Sign a Prerequisite to a 'No U-Turn' Prohibition or Ordinance?
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/03/2010; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a 'No U-Turn' sign is a prerequisite to a 'No U-Turn' prohibition or ordinance.
Is a Certain Contract City Administrator an Employee or an Independent Contractor?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2006; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen's delegation of certain administrative functions to the 'Administrative Consultant'Town Operations Supervisor' is legal and if the person holding the position is an employee or an independent contractor.
Is a Meeting of a Committee Appointed by the Mayor Subject to the Requirements of the Tennessee Open Meeting Act?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/31/1999; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a meeting of a committee appointed by the Mayor is subject to the requirements of the Tennessee Open Meeting Act.
Is a Recall Election a General Election?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/2006; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a recall election is a general election.
Is an Individual Working in the Library an Employee of the City?
General (Created: 08/09/2006; Reviewed: September 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an individual is an employee of the city or an independent contractor.
Is DUI Grounds for Removing an Alderman?
General (Created: 08/19/2004; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has the legal authority to remove an alderman who has been arrested for DUI.
Is Taking the Oath of Office Mandatory?
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2006; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

Analyzed the question of whether the oath of office is mandatory and the legal effect the failure of a public officer to take the oath has on his votes and decisions.
Is There Empirical Evidence That Surveillance Cameras Reduce Crime?
(Created: 09/26/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Based on the papers, articles, and reports reviewed, it seems that CCTV is most effective when combined with other crime reducing/deterring methods such as improved lighting, security guards, and defensible space.
ISO Ratings for Tennessee Fire Departments: MTAS Survey
General (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

This list is not a comprehensive list of all fire departments in the state of Tennessee. The information was provided by the cities/fire departments who responded to MTAS's request for information.
ISO Ratings: Tennessee Fire Departments (9/24/2018)
Survey (Created: 10/15/2018; Reviewed: October 15, 2018 )

This list of ISO ratings is not a comprehensive list of all fire departments in the state of Tennessee.  The information was provided by the cities/fire departments who responded to MTAS's request for ISO rating information.  If you would like a sortable Excel sheet of this ISO rating data or have any questions, please contact Frances Adams-O'Brien (frances.adams-obrien@tennessee.edu).
ISO Residential Sprinkler Fact Sheet
General (Created: 10/09/2019; Reviewed: October 9, 2019 )

This fact sheet from the Insurance Services Office discusses discounts available to homes protected by a residential sprinkler system and includes discount examples in Tennessee from a 2008 study.
Issuance of a Beer Permit When One of the Partners Has -- a Felony Conviction for Burglary
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the issuance of a beer permit where a partnership has applied for a beer permit and one of the partners has a felony conviction for burglary.
Issuance of Beer Permits Under Beer Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/1994; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the beer board was correct in denying a beer permit for two brothers, after the board learned that a third brother, who has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, was also going to be a partner in the business.
Issuing a Beer Permit to an Illegal Alien
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/2010; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an illegal alien is entitled to a beer permit.
IT staffing in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 08/05/2019; Reviewed: August 5, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities and towns in Tennessee regarding whether they have an IT manager on staff, other IT staff positions, and if they contract for any of their IT staff. If respondents have contracted IT staff, they were asked further questions about the contract procurement process. Information on the vendors and one sample RFP are provided.

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