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Package Liquor v. Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

The General Assembly has passed a body of statutes regulating the sale of both package liquor and liquor by the drink.
Pain Management Clinic Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/04/2010; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

An ordinance requiring the registration of Pain Management Clinics in Pinellas County, Florida.
Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals.
Park Rules and Regulations (Renton, WA)
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/1998; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance establishing rules and regulations for parks.
Parking Meters
General (Created: 05/21/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of using parking meters in order to control hours of downtown parking.
Parks and Recreation Budgets and Number of Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Winchester
Survey (Created: 11/01/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about the budgets and number of employees in parks and recreation as well as their city budgets.
Parks and Recreation Director
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Smyrna.
Parks and Recreation Director (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Parks and Recreation Director.
Parks and Recreation Director (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Recreation and Parks Director.
Parks and Recreation Fee Survey
Survey (Created: 05/26/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their parks and recreation department, budget, and staffing.
Parks and Recreation Funding and Staffing: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the Town of Smyrna
Survey (Created: 09/30/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their parks and recreation budget, staffing, and pavilion rental fee.
Parrottsville Amended and Proposed Budget FY2008
General (Created: 06/06/2007; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to assist the governing body in preparing a budget.
Partial Payments of Property Taxes and Citations
Ordinance (Created: 12/20/2013; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city needs to have an ordinance to accept partial payments for property taxes and citations; includes sample ordinance and resolution.
Participation of the Volunteer Fire Department in a Fund Raising Project
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/31/1992; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Volunteer Fire Department can legally participate in a fund raising project.
Passing a Resolution Authorizing Volunteers to Provide Fire Protection Within the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/1993; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of some residents of the City forming a volunteer fire department and contracting with the City to provide services.
Passing Regulations on Structures and Excavations in Street Rights-of-Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/01/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether cities in Tennessee can pass regulations on structures and excavations in their street rights-of-way and on private property that abuts their street rights-of-way .
Passing Weight Limits on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/1994; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town can pass weight limits upon its streets.
Paving Eight Streets under a Bid for the Reconstruction of Another Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/1994; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pave eight streets under a bid that was never accepted for the reconstruction of another street, but which had a separate paving price component.
Pay for Seasonal Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/1993; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City could pay umpires, scorekeepers, and others working just the summer months by the game rather than hourly wages or a specific salary.
Pay Plan Issues and Salary Adjustments
General (Created: 05/24/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about giving a 2% raise to all employees being paid less than $40,000 and a one-time $500 bonus payment to everyone else.
Paying City Commission Members for Serving on Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether city council members can be paid extra compensation for service on the beer board.
Paying for New Court Software
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/13/2007; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the City may pay for new court software and whether a $10.00 charge may be levied per ticket for these purposes.
Paying Interest on Contractor's Performance Bonds Deposited in Cash and Taking up Business Not Contained in the City Council Agenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1996; Reviewed: October 27, 2009 )

MTAS was asked whether a city is required to pay interest on contractor's performance bonds deposited in cash and, at regular meetings, can the city council take up business not contained in the agenda.
Payment in Lieu of Insurance Coverage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can end a program under which several city employees received in pay the equivalent of the cost of their insurance coverage under the city's health insurance program.
Payment of In Lieu of Taxes by a Municipal Water System
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/15/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal water system can pay in lieu of taxes.
Payroll Taxes for a Severance Payment
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked how to process payroll taxes for a severance payment.
Peddlers
General (Created: 04/25/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

A comparison of the business licenses and permits required for transient vendors, peddlers, solicitors, charitable solicitors, and street barkers.
Pedestrian Crossing Policies and Guidelines
General (Created: 08/18/2016; Reviewed: August 30, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of policies and guidelines for mid-block pedestrian crossings.
Pension and Health Insurance Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 10/31/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Eighteen West Tennessee cities were asked whether they provide pension benefits and health insurance to their full time employees and to the mayor.
Pension Benefits for Rehired or Elected Employees
Survey (Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked what happens to the pension benefit when an employee retires at normal retirement age, begins to draw pension benefits, and is later elected to office or is rehired by the City.
Performance Appraisal Sample Documents
Form (Created: 04/22/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of performance appraisal or evaluation forms.
Performance Correction Notice
Form (Created: 01/13/2004; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a performance correction notice for the City of Dunlap.
Performance Evaluation Survey
Survey (Created: 04/01/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Thirty-six cities, counties, and departments were asked several questions about how they use performance evaluations.
Performance Evaluation Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017 )

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey about the types of evaluation forms or methods used, software, statistical scoring method, whether validity of instruments or process used is determined, requirements for presence of measurable performance criteria, minimizing rater bias, merit increases, plus questions related to performance assessment of the city manager.
Performance Evaluation/Staff Development Form for Employees in Non-exempt Classifications.
Form (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

A form used by Mercer University to aid supervisors in staff training and evaluations.
Performing a Marriage Ceremony
General (Created: 01/20/2015; Reviewed: January 20, 2015 )

MTAS was asked whether a vice-mayor may officiate at a wedding ceremony.
Performing Criminal Background Checks on Potential Employees
General (Created: 07/02/2004; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to perform criminal background checks on potential employees of the Town.
Permanent Utility Easement and Temporary Construction Easement
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/2011; Reviewed: June 6, 2017 )

Several questions are raised in this opinion, including, do the property owners who granted the easement have any remedy against the city and are there issues of liability of the electrical cooperative to the city and to the owners of the property.
Permitting Fire Department Pumpers to Connect to Hydrants During a Fire
General (Created: 08/01/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked why the fire department pumpers are not permitted to connect to hydrants during a working fire.
Personal Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/18/2017; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

Pursuant to the ethics policy adopted by the municipality, this model ethics code personal interest disclosure form is required to be filled out and submitted to the city recorder when a municipal employee or official must exercise discretion over a matter that he/she has a personal interest in that affects, or a reasonable person might believe affects, the employee or official's exercise of discretion.
Personal Property Taxes in Maryville
(Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to research several issues relating to collection of personal property taxes and prepare a report listing relevant statutes, charter provisions and options available to the city for collection of the taxes.
Personnel Authority of City Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2000; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Judge has the authority to appoint, discipline, and remove the court clerk and deputy court clerk.
Personnel Information Form
Form (Created: 05/21/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A sample form to be used for compliance with government record keeping and reporting requirements.
Personnel Powers of City Manager v. Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1998; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any individual member of the city council, or the city council as a body, has the authority to require the city manager to dismiss or to take any other personnel action against a city employee, or to give orders or instructions to city employees.
Physical Agility Testing and Holiday Time Off
Survey (Created: 08/03/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked questions about physical agility testing for police officers and firefighters, as well as whether the city provides any form of holiday time off when an employee is required to work a holiday.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Protection Management Study
(Created: 05/09/2006; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This fire study addresses how well the department is presently functioning as compared to national standards, federal requirements, and benchmarking industry standards.
Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/01/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A sample ordinance prohibiting the ownership, harboring, or possessing of pit bulls.
Pittman Center Purchasing Limits Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/12/2011; Reviewed: August 17, 2011 )

An ordinance setting purchasing limits for the Town of Pittman Center.
Placing Flashing Lights in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city was responsible for placing flashing lights in the school zones located within the city on state controlled access highways.
Planner I
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Planner I.
Planner II
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Planner II.
Planning and Zoning under Chapter 1101
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/2001; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked the impact of Chapter 1101 on the planning and subdivision authority of cities.
Planning Commission Meeting Procedures
General (Created: 03/06/2006; Reviewed: March 29, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether discussion may take place at any time, irrespective of the making of a motion.
Planning Commission Members
General (Created: 07/25/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked three questions about the membership of the planning commission.
Planning Commission Terms
General (Created: 02/28/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

According to TCA '13-4-101, the terms of appointed members shall be of such length as specified by the City Council, provided that the term of one member expires each year.
Planning Committee Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/2003; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to research the potential liabilities of a city with regard to subdivision development located outside the city boundaries that had initial approval of, and oversight from, planning commission.
Planning Director
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Planning Director.
Plant Operator Trainee
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 27, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Plant Operator Trainee in Water and Wastewater.
Police & Public Safety Fitness for Duty Testing 2010
Survey (Created: 06/29/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Twenty cities responded to a survey about fitness assessments for police officers as part of the employment process.
Police and Fire Department Annual Physical Exam Survey
Survey (Created: 08/11/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Twenty-five cities and airport authorities were asked whether their police and fire departments require annual physical exams and if there are rewards or incentives given.
Police Captain
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Captain (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Chief Resume Review Process
General (Created: 11/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Criteria and a rating sheet for evaluating resumes of police chief candidates.
Police Department 12-Hour Shift Proposal
(Created: 12/05/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A proposal for the Police Department's request to transition to a 12-hour shift.
Police Department Accreditation Programs
General (Created: 09/04/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the accreditation programs of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA).
Police Department Conducting a Forfeiture Sale
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/01/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a police department can conduct a forfeiture sale under T.C.A. 40-33-107.
Police Department Staffing Levels and Budget Information in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A survey of Tennessee cities regarding police staffing levels, police general fund budget and drug fund information.
Police Detective
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Detective.
Police Employee with Seizure Conditions
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The city is concerned about the employee being able to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job, and in particular, his ability to drive a vehicle.
Police Feasibility Study : Town of Huntsville, Tennessee
(Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The Town of Huntsville inquired about the feasibility of establishing police services to its residents.
Police Lieutenant
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

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

Job description for the position of Police Major.
Police Officer
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Police Officer (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Police Officer Certification
General (Created: 03/18/1998; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Certification requirements of police officers and part-time, or reserve, police officers.
Police Officer Holiday Compensation: a Telephone Survey Conducted by -- the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Cities were asked the number of paid holidays given to police officers and how officers are compensated for working a holiday.
Police Officer Oath
Form (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Oath of office for a police officer.
Police Officer Serving as Codes Enforcement Officer
General (Created: 03/26/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a police officer may be assigned additional duties as a codes enforcement officer.
Police Officers Who Have Not Been Certified Should Be Strictly Limited to Twenty Hours a Week
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1996; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked, where several police officers have not attended the Peace Officers Standard Training (POST) course, exactly how many hours can these officers work under Tennessee law.
Police Opening Locked Car Doors for Motorists
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether unlocking car doors for motorists is in the official line of duty of police officers.
Police Record Clerks in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/19/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about the salary and job description of their police records clerk position.
Police Uniforms/Uniform Allowances in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS asked twelve cities whether they supply police uniforms or uniform allowances and the amount of the allowance.
Police Vehicle Replacement Standards: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 02/16/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Three cities were asked their policies for replacing police vehicles
Policies and Procedures for the Use of the Time Clock for Non-Exempt Employees
General (Created: 12/12/2005; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide policies and procedures for clocking in or punching a time clock.
Policy Against Harassment and Bullying
General (Created: 04/26/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The purpose of this policy is to reaffirm the City of Sedona's policy against any form of harassment including sexual harassment, harassment based upon race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. It also affirms the City of Sedona's zero tolerance policy towards bullying.
Policy for Rehiring Former City Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 01/10/2017; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Fourteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their policies for rehiring former employees and how their previous employment factors into their benefits and longevity.
Policy on Use of the City Attorney(s)
General (Created: 02/10/2011; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

The City of Gustavus, Alaska, created a policy and procedure for queries to the City Attorney.
Pool Room Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

While a number of cities still have pool and billiard parlor regulations, many provisions in them, and perhaps the entire regulations themselves, would not withstand legal scrutiny today.
Population Threshold for Package Stores and Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 01/08/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city was eligible by statute to advance the prospect of allowing alcoholic beverage sales in the city limits.
Potential Removal of Officer Under Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2004; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

A city inquired about the removal of a commissioner under the charter provision permitting the removal of an officer.
Potential Tort Liability Due to a Street Design
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/1996; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town has potential tort liability due to a street design.
Potentiality That an Insufficient Number of Candidates Will Qualify for the Open Board Seats
General (Created: 04/02/2014; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what to do if, in the upcoming municipal election, an insufficient number of candidates qualify for the four open board seats, and whether the city recorder may also run for alderman.
Power of Municipal Judge to Order Traffic Offender to Attend Specific Driver Safety Classes
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a municipal judge may order traffic offenders to attend a city operated course for traffic offenders.
Power of Subpoena
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen, sitting as the beer board, have the power of subpoena with respect to hearing beer ordinance violation cases.
Powers of a Mayor Who Has the Power of General Supervision
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/2012; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to the power of the mayor and the difference between an officer and an employee.
Powers of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/14/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about what powers the mayor has with respect to officers and employees of the city.
Pre-Annexation Agreement between the City of Fayetteville, Tennessee, Fayetteville Public Utilities, and Lincoln County, Tennessee, for Sewer Improvements to Enhance Economic Development and Job Growth
General (Created: 11/30/2013; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a pre-annexation agreement for the extension of a sewer by the public utilities into the county.
Pre-Annexation Agreement between the City of Woodbury, Tennessee, and _____________ and Related Improvements to Be Constructed Thereto
General (Created: 05/09/2014; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a pre-annexation agreement for the extension of a trunk sewer line.
Pre-Employment Testing of Clerical/Administrative Support Candidates
Survey (Created: 08/16/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked questions about their pre-employment testing of clerical/administrative support candidates.
Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use Law Applied to Residential Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/14/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a mobile home used as rental property comes within the protection of Tennessee's pre-existing non-conforming use law.
Pre-Paid Legal Survey
Survey (Created: 08/26/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Thirty-one cities, counties, and departments were asked several questions about their use of pre-paid legal services.
Preventing Encroachment on the City Right of Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/19/1996; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the city enforces its ordinance preventing encroachment on the city right of way "with signs, for sale cars, and some large, brick driveway entrance structures."
Principal Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Principal Clerk.
Private Sewage Disposal Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 09/21/1999; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

An ordinance regulating private sewage disposal and requiring use of public sewers when available.
Probationary Employee Entitled to Pay for Military Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a probationary police officer, who had guard training on the weekend, is entitled to military leave and payment for work he missed during training.
Procedure for a Larger Municipality to Annex a Smaller Muncipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/28/2003; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to research the procedure for a smaller city to be taken over, or annexed, into a larger city.
Procedures for Considering and Adopting a Budget
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/2005; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what procedures the Town should use in considering and adopting a budget.
Process for Swearing-In the Mayor and Board
General (Created: 08/21/2014; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS explains how the city charter provision sets forth the process for the swearing-in of members of the city's governing body.
Procurement of Architect, Engineer, or Construction Services
General (Created: 11/11/2013; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may seek qualifications and experience data from a single architectural, engineering, or construction services firm, when procuring these professional services.
Producer
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Program Producer for Citizens Information Television.
Professional City Management Letter
General (Created: 06/15/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS prepared a letter to explain why a city should have a professional city manager.
Professional Privilege Tax Licensing Boards 2014: Professional Services Used by the State of Tennessee
General (Created: 10/23/2014; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

An occupation tax is imposed on those persons with an active Tennessee license or registration to practice any of the professions in this listing.
Professional Services Rendered by Weightlifter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/1998; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether T.C.A. ' 12-4-106 prohibits local governments from competitively bidding contracts for certain types of professional services.
Prohibiting a Police Officer from Moonlighting as a Security Guard
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1993; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Police Department Manual prohibits a police officer from moonlighting as a security guard at the Community College.
Prohibiting by Ordinance the Broadcasting of Meetings of the City's Governing Body
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/21/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can prohibit the broadcasting of meetings of the city's governing body.
Prohibiting Development of Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may restrict development of private property until a new school site is chosen.
Prohibiting the Practice of Hypnotism
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/2005; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can adopt and enforce an ordinance prohibiting the practice of hypnotism.
Prohibiting Three Axle Vehicles on a Certain City Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1997; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can prohibit three (and more) axle vehicles on a certain city street that is the exclusive service road for a mobile home dealer in Georgia?
Prohibition Against Collective Bargaining
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/20/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a brief opinion with respect to the authority of local governments to enter into collective bargaining agreements with various employees.
Project Checklist
Form (Created: 05/03/2004; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

A checklist designed for utility construction projects.
Property Annexed Before and During Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2002; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the application of a city's building and utility codes to annexed property before and during construction.
Property Maintenance and Slum Clearance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/28/2010; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for property maintenance and slum clearance information. Includes slum clearance ordinance.
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/03/2003; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance establishing the minimum regulations governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/07/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

The Town of Huntland requested a property maintenance or slum clearance ordinance.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 03/29/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 09/07/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to draft a property maintenance program for the City of Decherd. Includes ordinance, resolution, maintenance checklist, inspection warrant, and notice of lien.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 11/12/2010; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Rights in Employment
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2005; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide employees greater property rights in employment than is provided in the charter.
Property Standards Inspector I
Job Description (Created: 06/08/2010; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

A job description for the position of Property Standards Inspector I for Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Government.
Proposed Debt Policy Review for Chattanooga
General (Created: 11/30/2011; Reviewed: December 12, 2011 )

MTAS reviewed Chattanooga's dept policy for conformance with the MTAS Model Debt Policy.
Proposed Gift of Real Property from County School Board to City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/2005; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the City may receive a gift of real property from the County School Board.
Proposed Handbill Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/09/1993; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a proposed handbill ordinance for its legal soundness.
Proposed Moratorium on Rezoning City-Owned Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2002; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a city could enter into an agreement with a developer to refrain from rezoning city-owned property for commercial use for a period of five years.
Proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD) for a Mobile Home Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/1996; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked several questions with a respect to a proposed planned unit development (PUD) for a mobile home park.
Propriety of a Municipality Donating Money to a Religious Cause in Return for Free Counseling Services to Police Officers and Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1997; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the propriety of a municipality donating money to a religious cause in return for 'free' counseling services to police officers and firefighters.
Protecting Fire Department Infrastructure
(Created: 03/23/2016; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

This document contains some information on suspicious activity reporting and protective measures for fire departments to take to help secure the fire department's personnel and assets.
Protection of Single-Wide Mobile Homes as a Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, and under what conditions, single-wide mobile homes have protection as a preexisting nonconforming use.
Providing City Water Service Inside a Utility District's Service Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city utility system can provide utility service to property inside the utility district, under both federal and state law.
Providing Health Insurance to the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/03/1994; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide health insurance to the city attorney.
Providing Police Services After Authorizing Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 07/28/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town is required to provide police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, following the successful passage of a referendum authorizing liquor by the drink or liquor package stores within the town limits.
Provision of Insurance to Municipal Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/2001; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can provide health insurance to the department heads and/or their families, to the exclusion of all other city employees?
Provisions for Uniforms for City Employees
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 10, 2019 )

Seven Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they reimburse for, provide an allowance for or purchase uniforms for any city employees.
Proxy Voting by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1992; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether proxy voting by the board of mayor and aldermen is allowed.
Public Art Policy and Procedures
General (Created: 09/27/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Guidelines and procedures for public art adopted by the City of San Luis Obispo; includes ordinance and resolutions.
Public Arts Sample Contracts
Form (Created: 04/08/2015; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

Several examples of public art contracts between the city and the artist.
Public Building, Infrastructure, and Facility Naming Policy
General (Created: 12/31/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This document outlines the policy of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners with respect to the naming of public buildings, infrastructure, and facilities owned by the City of Johnson City.
Public Buildings Maintenance and Staffing: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Kingsport
Survey (Created: 01/01/2004; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked for job descriptions of custodians of public buildings and the number of square feet of public buildings that custodians are required to maintain.
Public Employee Owning a Retail Liquor Store
General (Created: 04/17/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a public employee, such as a firefighter, can own a retail liquor store.
Public Property Naming
Survey (Created: 09/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions regarding the naming of public property.
Public Purpose Doctrine
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/10/2009; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city and church sharing in the costs of constructing a fence on an easement.
Public Records Resolution
Resolution (Created: 11/08/2006; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

A resolution providing for the maintenance, preservation and protection of public records, and establishing procedures for accessing and copying open public records.
Public Relations Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 01/14/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Public Relations Coordinator.
Public Safety Retirement Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2016; Reviewed: February 16, 2017 )

Nine cities responded to an MTAS survey about their retirement plans for their police and fire employees.
Public Sector Retirement Bridge Supplement Usage in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/20/2019; Reviewed: August 20, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities regarding the offering of the supplemental bridge benefit for retiring public safety employees (T.C.A. 8-36-211). Questions also cover participation in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) and mandatory retirement ages for public safety employees.
Public Services Department Organization Chart
General (Created: 01/08/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An organizational chart of municipal services, including public works and utilities.
Public Works Contract Requirements
Ordinance (Created: 08/01/2005; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and recommend other municipal requirements relating to the administration of contracts for public works or improvements; includes resolution and ordinance.
Public Works Department Model SOP Outline
General (Created: 08/16/2007; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

An outline of a model operating procedure (SOP) for a public works department.
Public Works Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Public Works Director.
Public Works Facility Ribbon Cutting
General (Created: 04/09/2003; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An article summarizing the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Collierville Public Services Complex.
Public Works General Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 10/13/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

A job description for the position of General Supervisor in the Public Works Dept. of Bluff City.
Public Works Performance Evaluation Forms
Form (Created: 04/05/2006; Reviewed: October 22, 2018 )

Sample performance evaluation forms for truck drivers and operators, mechanics, and skilled laborers. Note that the basic parts of the form are the same for all employees. 'Factor K - Essential Function of Employee Position is the factor that is unique to each position.
Public Works Permit Applications
Form (Created: 07/08/2011; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide permit applications for the Public Works Dept. of Fayetteville.
Public Works Project Constructed by Civic Group
General (Created: 11/11/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions regarding TCA '62-2-107 and whether the statute requires an architect or engineer prepare plans and specifications for the open-air pavilion with bathrooms that is proposed to be constructed in a city park by a civic organization using private funds.
Public Works Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Public Works Supervisor.
Purchase by Councilmember Through City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/13/2003; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research laws implicated when councilmember makes personal purchase through city, receiving discounted price and avoiding sales tax.
Purchasing Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Purchasing Assistant.
Purchasing Card Policy
General (Created: 02/05/2014; Reviewed: February 10, 2014 )

A purchasing card policy that is appropriate for smaller cities.
Purchasing Card Procedures for the City of Franklin, Tennessee
General (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: March 31, 2010 )

A sample policy governing the use of city-issued credit cards.
Purchasing Law and Sales Tax Liability
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can 'split' purchases for goods or services to bring purchases under dollar limits contained in the city's purchasing law and whether a contractor who installs material purchased by the city for city projects is required to pay the sales tax on such material.
Purchasing Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Purchasing Manager.
Purchasing Specialist
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Purchasing Specialist.
Purchasing Thresholds in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019 )

Nine Tennessee cities were survey to find out what their government's purchasing threshold is and whether or not it was changed following the update to the law in 2015.
Purchasing Used Police Vehicles
General (Created: 08/04/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information to the city on purchasing used police vehicles without competitive bidding.
Purchasing without Bidding from the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)
General (Created: 01/20/2017; Reviewed: January 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about purchasing a specialized vehicle, without bidding, from the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA).
Purging of the Local Election Rolls
General (Created: 07/15/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to remove non-residents from the election roll.

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