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Safety Boot Reimbursement for Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/29/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about their policy for purchasing or subsidizing safety boots for city workers.
Safety Incentive Survey Program
Survey (Created: 02/07/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Fifteen cities were asked several qustions about safety incentive programs.
Safety Policies Survey
Survey (Created: 04/02/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked several questions about their safety policies, safety committee, safety director, and safety incentives.
Safety Policy
General (Created: 10/03/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a safety policy for the employees of the Town of Spencer.
Safety Program Director
Job Description (Created: 10/29/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Safety Program Director for the City of Erin.
Safey Policy
(Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to create a safety policy for the Town of Jasper.
Salaries for Municipal Judges with General Sessions Jurisdiction
Survey (Created: 11/30/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Fifteen cities were asked whether their municipal court also has general sessions court jurisdiction, salaries for the judges, and whether the position of judge is fulltime.
Salary Increase for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 11/22/2013; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can increase the salaries of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in the fiscal 2015 budget with a municipal election taking place in April 2014; includes a sample ordinance.
Salary Increase for the Mayor During His Present Term of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/27/1994; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor could receive a salary increase during his present term of office.
Sale and Regulation of Beer
General (Created: 10/22/2004; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation to assist Woodbury in considering the regulation and sale of beer.
Sale Hours for Beer and Alcohol
General (Created: 12/17/2015; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the sale hours for beer and alcohol and who notifies beer vendors of the expanded hours for beer sales.
Sale of Alcoholic Beverages, Including Beer, on Election Day
General (Created: 10/29/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the sale of alcoholic beverages, including beer, on election day.
Sale of Beer by Municipalities
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can itself hold a beer permit.
Sale of Beer Within the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions that pertain to the sale of beer within the city.
Sale of Confiscated Property: Revenue Disposition
General (Created: 08/01/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for clarification of the disposition of revenues from the sale of confiscated property.
Sale of Food at Special Events
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a city has the right to restrict street vendors to particular businesses during festival days.
Sale of Surplus Property
Ordinance (Created: 04/07/2014; Reviewed: May 20, 2014 )

MTAS was asked to provide draft code provisions to guide the sale and disposal of surplus property or unclaimed property.
Sales Hours of Peddlers
General (Created: 10/02/2014; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the sales hours of peddlers in several cities, plus provisions on fees, bond requirements, and permit duration.
Sales Tax and Transient Vendors Permit Relative to Special Events
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/03/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a community college can collect sales tax on the sales made by temporary vendors during special events sponsored by the college on college property and whether the City is entitled to collect from such individual vendors the transient vendors permit fee.
Sales Tax Distribution Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has any legal way to terminate the contract between the city and the county for the distribution of the city's share of the sales tax that presently goes to the county.
Sales Tax on Merchandise Sold by City at an Annual Festival
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/2016; Reviewed: October 28, 2016 )

If a city sells t-shirts at a festival for a temporary period on an annual basis, these sales do not constitute 'engaging in business' in Tennessee, and would not be subject to the sales and use tax.
Sample Building Dedication Policy
General (Created: 03/24/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

A sample policy regarding building plaques.
Sample City Code Provisions Restricting the Number of Alcoholic Beverage Permits
General (Created: 12/11/2009; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to compile a list of cities with restrictions on the number of alcoholic beverage and beer permits that can be issued.
Sample Codes of Conduct for Public Safety
General (Created: 04/20/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for sample codes of conduct for public safety after incidents of police or fire department employees being arrested for DUI, public intoxication, or assault.
Sample Criminal Background Check Policy
General (Created: 06/25/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Tennessee Code Annotated ' 68-102-308 allows fire departments to conduct criminal background checks on both current and potential employees and volunteers, provided the department has a written policy in place.
Sample Demolition by Neglect Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of demolition by neglect ordinances to aid the city in adopting a similar ordinance as a regulatory tool to cause the repair of historic structures within the community.
Sample Disciplinary Policy for Fire Departments
General (Created: 08/28/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This is a sample disciplinary policy that can be adopted by any fire department.
Sample Dress Code (Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure)
(Created: 07/18/2018; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

A template dress code policy for use in a municipal fire department standard operating procedure.
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
General (Created: 10/09/2018; Reviewed: October 9, 2018 )

This is a sample policy to serve as a template for a specific policy based on local needs. In October of 1996, the Department of Safety began issuing handgun carry permits pursuant to T.C.A. § 39-17-1351. While Tennessee allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to carry handguns in places where they are not otherwise prohibited by law, an employer has the right to set policy for the workplace. There is debate on this issue, but the consensus of most municipal governments is to prohibit guns in the workplace except for commissioned law enforcement officers and similar employees with a need to go armed in the performance of their duties.
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
(Created: 06/19/2018; Reviewed: June 19, 2018 )

This is a sample policy to serve as a template for a specific policy based on local needs. In October of 1996, the Department of Safety began issuing handgun carry permits pursuant to T.C.A. § 39-17-1351. While Tennessee allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to carry handguns in places where they are not otherwise prohibited by law, an employer has the right to set policy for the workplace. There is debate on this issue, but the consensus of most municipal governments is to prohibit guns in the workplace except for commissioned law enforcement officers and similar employees with a need to go armed in the performance of their duties.
Sample Fire Department Physical Ability Test
General (Created: 08/08/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The sample physical ability test is a model for cities to use when creating their own test. Cities and fire departments should review and modify this sample policy to meet local needs.
Sample Fire Department Risk Management SOP
Form (Created: 05/15/2015; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This fire department sample risk management policy is designed to be customized for local needs.
Sample Fire Department Social Media Policy
Form (Created: 12/20/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to Fire Department members to clarify the boundaries between appropriate and inappropriate use of social media by fire department personnel and to provide guidelines on the management, administration, and oversight.
Sample Forms for Contraband Weapons to Be Titled to the Police Department and Exchanged or Sold by the Police Department
Form (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Sample forms giving police departments the title to contraband weapons and allowing the exchange or sale of such weapons.
Sample Hazardous Materials Route Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019 )

A sample ordinance for Tennessee cities to use, limiting flammable liquid, gas and hazardous materials carriers to certain truck routes.
Sample Language for Workers' Compensation
General (Created: 08/30/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample language for workers' compensation.
Sample Personnel Forms to Download
Form (Created: 08/08/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on the I-9 form and sites that provide personnel forms that can be downloaded.
Sample Petition and Court Order to Destroy Confiscated Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
Form (Created: 09/06/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Forms for the petitioning to destroy and an order to destroy confiscated drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as an affidavit for the supervision of the destruction of confiscated drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Sample Policies for Background Checks
General (Created: 11/20/2015; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS provided several sample policies and forms related to the background check process.
Sample Policy for the Wearing of the Fire Department Dress Uniform by Retired Members
General (Created: 04/03/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This is a sample policy covering the wearing of the dress uniform by retired fire department personnel. The fire department should customize this policy to meet local needs.
Sample Policy for Transgender Use of Restroom Facilities
Form (Created: 04/12/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Sample policy for transgender use of restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, and sleeping quarters in fire stations. This sample policy may be customized to meet local needs as long as the customization is non-discriminatory.
Sample Purchasing Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 05/21/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the maximum purchasing limit is without bidding for a city and for examples of ordinances that establish purchasing policies.
Sample Rejection Letters
General (Created: 04/09/2008; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample application rejection letters.
Sample Resolution Adopting a Public Records Policy
Form (Created: 11/02/2017; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

MTAS created a sample resolution for Tennessee municipalities to use in order to adopt a public records policy that will provide economical and efficient access to public records as provided under the Tennessee Public Records Act ('TPRA') in Tenn. Code Ann. ' 10-7-501, et seq. by July 1, 2017. The sample resolution adopting a public records policy includes a public records policy, a public records request form, and a public record request response form. (updated 11/2/2017)
Sample Respiratory Protection Program Template
Form (Created: 06/11/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

General Industry standard 1910.134 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires that a Respiratory Protection Program shall be established whenever respirators are required to be used in an occupational setting. This program is a guideline to prevent employee overexposure to atmospheric contaminants and oxygen deficient atmospheres which are potentially harmful to health.
Sample RFPs for Collection Agency Services
RFP (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS provided several examples of requests for proposals for collections agency services and a sample form.
Sample RFPs for Managed Information Technology Services
RFP (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

MTAS provided several examples of requests for proposals for managed IT services.
Sample RFPs for Vending Services
RFP (Created: 05/19/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2015 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample requests for proposals for vending machine services.
Sample Skateboarding Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 02/23/2007; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

A compilation of ordinances related to skateboarding.
Sample SOP/SOG for Forced Entry into Unoccupied and Secured Properties
Form (Created: 06/29/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This sample policy was created to establish procedures for forced entry into secured properties during emergency responses and may be edited to meet local needs.
Sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Procedures
Form (Created: 07/16/2019; Reviewed: July 16, 2019 )

Two sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) procedures are provided. One is created by MTAS and the other is from the City of Murfreesboro, TN, which was reviewed by MTAS staff.
Sample Tobacco and Electronic/Vapor Cigarettes Policy
General (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 24, 2017 )

A sample policy for cities wishing to prohibit the use of tobacco products on (or in) any city-owned property.
Sample Volunteer Firefighter Shift Staffing Policy
(Created: 01/19/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a fire department might receive credit from the ISO for volunteers who ride out at the fire station. Two key points to an acceptable written policy are the establishment of work shifts and receiving prior approval before working a shift. More information is provided in the attached letter.
Sample Water Rescue Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
General (Created: 10/29/2018; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

MTAS has created three sample water rescue standard operating procedures (SOPs) for cities to revise and adopt for their use. SOP 1 establishes a standard structure and guideline for all fire department personnel operating at incidents involving water rescue operations. SOP 2 provides procedures and guidance when responding to emergency calls involving a water rescue incident while ensuring the safety and well-being of both rescuers and victims. SOP 3 addresses procedures detailing operation of agency boats and watercraft.
Sample/Draft Unbiased Policing Policy
Form (Created: 10/20/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The purpose of this General Order is to reaffirm this department's commitment to unbiased policing, clarify the circumstances in which race or affiliation can be used as a factor to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause, and to reinforce procedures that serve to assure the public that we are providing service and enforcing laws in a fair and equitable manner.
Samples of City Codes Regarding Chickens
Ordinance (Created: 04/08/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to compile some chicken ordinances that have regulatory provisions in them.
Samples of City Codes Regulating Noise Decibels
General (Created: 06/07/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what other cities were doing as far as permissible decibel levels of noise.
Samples of Fowl and Chicken Regulations in Tennessee Cities
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examples of fowl and chicken ordinance regulations in Tennessee cities.
Schedule of Capital Assets
General (Created: 06/30/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a report of capital assets for the general fund.
School Consolidation Salaries
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/17/2002; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, in the event of a merger between city and county schools, county teachers who earn less than city teachers would be entitled to raises and additional benefits, so their earnings would be the same as the city teachers.
School Zone Issues: The Town of Trezevant
(Created: 11/29/2010; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

In this study, the main issue is the safety of the children who walk to and from school; secondary concerns were those of vehicles needing to turn against the traffic flow.
Scotts Hill, Tennessee, Fire Management Study
(Created: 09/28/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The study request resulted from a desire for Scotts Hill to evaluate the possibility of improving its ISO rating from a Class 7 to a Class 5. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the entire fire department and make recommendations related to fire department management, operations, resources, and enhanced level of services. The scope of this study includes a review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and best practice management of the fire department.
Search of City Employee's Office by Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2003; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor may search employees' offices for possible disciplinary action.
Second Developer Tapping into Line Extension
General (Created: 06/29/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about an extension where one developer is paying for the extension and another developer is allowed to tap the extended line free of charge.
SECOPA 2011: Waste to Energy Options for Local Governments
General (Created: 09/22/2011; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

A presentation for the annual Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.
Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance.
Securing Dangerous Weapons Sample Policy for Fire Deparments
General (Created: 04/04/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

This sample policy provides guidelines on how a fire department might address a situation where a person carrying a dangerous weapon, such as a firearm, requires medical treatment and/or transport.
Securing the Closing of a Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the owners of abutting properties can secure the closing of a certain road between another boulevard and the railroad right of way over the objections of the city.
Selected City Codes Regulating Livestock and Fowl for the City of Ethridge, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 11/26/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examples of municipal codes from several Tennessee cities that regulate livestock and fowl.
Selecting a Police Officer in a Closed Meeting Held Without Public Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1992; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a committee consisting of the mayor and some members of the city council can select a police officer in a closed meeting held without public notice.
Selling Beer in Establishments with Pool Tables: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Five cities were asked whether they allow onsite beer sales in establishments (restaurants, sports bars) that have pool tables and how it is regulated.
Selling Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 10/15/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS provided guidance to a city that has businesses interested in selling liquor by the drink.
Selling Police Dog to Handler
General (Created: 04/26/2001; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of selling or giving a police dog to its handler.
Selling the Right of Way to a Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to sell the right of way to a street that it plans to close?
Senior Accounting Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Job description for the position of Senior Accounting Clerk.
Senior Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior Administrative Secretary.
Senior Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior Clerk in Parks and Recreation.
Senior Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: March 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of senior data entry operator from the city of Chicago.
Senior Director Human Resources and Policy Compliance
Job Description (Created: 05/13/2010; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Sr. Director Human Resources & Policy Compliance for the City of Knoxville.
Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 10/23/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist.
Senior Internal Auditor
Job Description (Created: 08/29/2013; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

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

Job description for the position of Senior Planner.
Service Department Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Service Department Supervisor working with electric meters.
Service Order Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Service Order Clerk.
Serving City Warrants Outside the City for Municipal Ordinance Violations Committed Within the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1994; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can serve city warrants outside the city for municipal ordinance violations committed within the city.
Setback Requirements for Residential Property in Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether set-backs in approved and recorded platt, or present subdivision regulations and zoning ordinance applied to a certain piece of residential property upon which the owner and builder had completed the footers.
Setting a City'sTax Rate Before Adopting Budget
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/17/2001; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city is required to set a tax rate before it adopts a budget.
Setting a Split Tax Rate in Municipalities Located in More Than One County When the Counties Have Different Reappraisal Cycles
General (Created: 09/27/2016; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

To have a single, uniform property tax rate across the city, one of the counties must alter its reappraisal cycle to coincide with the other county.
Setting Differential Tax Rates Favoring Greenbelt Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/1995; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can set differential tax rates favoring greenbelt property.
Setting Up a Municipal Court
Ordinance (Created: 05/22/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Three ordinances and one resolution used by Powells Crossroads to set up a municipal court.
Seven Deadly Sins of Fire Departments
General (Created: 05/06/2009; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Created as part of a TAMCAR presentation.
Seven Questions Relative to Beer Regulation
General (Created: 06/04/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to answer seven questions relative to the regulation of beer in Smithville.
Several Questions about City Council Procedures
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1999; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about city council procedures.
Severance Package Contract with a City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/28/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the right of a city to enter into a severance package contract with a city manager.
Severance Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1999; Reviewed: October 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalities are entitled to levy severance taxes.
Sevierville Early Retirement Data
Survey (Created: 06/25/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS conducted a written survey of Tennessee cities to research early retirement programs.
Sewer Collection Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in the collection of wastewater debt.
Sewer Lift Station Safety Procedure Survey
Survey (Created: 10/31/2013; Reviewed: February 23, 2017 )

Five cities were asked several questions about sewer lift stations with dry wells and the classification of the space as a "permit required" or a "non-permit required" confined space.
Sewer Rate Study
(Created: 06/28/2006; Reviewed: February 1, 2017 )

MTAS was requested to review the financial operation of the sewer fund and recommend any changes as to rates or the rate structure.
Sewer Service Availability
General (Created: 09/15/2006; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about sewer service availability and billing.
Sewer System for Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2003; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a sewer system for a subdivision can be provided through a franchise or contract with a private operator.
Sewer Tap Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/1994; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked under what authority municipalities charge sewer tap fees.
Sewer Tap Fees and Sewer Extensions
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city and a developer may enter into an agreement to provide sewer extensions and recover the cost through sewer tap fees.
Sexual Harassment Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/07/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance dealing with sexual harassment for the Town of Wartrace.
Shelby County Trustee Property Tax Proposal
General (Created: 07/18/2005; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to review the trustee's tax collection proposal.
Shelbyville Power, Water, & Sewage System FY 2004-2005 Budget
(Created: 11/23/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to help prepare a budget for the Electric, Water, and Sewer departments for the city of Shelbyville.
Sheriff's Legal Obligation to Accept Prisoners
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/28/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the obligation of a sheriff to accept and house prisoners arrested by municipal officers.
Shift Fire Training Officer
Job Description (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Shift Fire Training Officer.
Sick Leave at Retirement Survey (Non-TCRS)
Survey (Created: 08/09/2013; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Eleven cities were asked whether their employees are allowed to accrue sick leave; the maximum amount of sick leave employees may accrue; and upon retirement, whether employees may sell their sick leave back to the city, use their sick leave towards retirement, etc.
Sick Leave Bank
General (Created: 02/24/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Information on creating a sick leave bank with examples from six cities, including forms to be used.
Sick Leave Banks: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Murfreesboro
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked several questions about sick leave banks.
Sign Regulation of Banners and Balloons
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions related to sign control of banners and balloons.
Signal Mountain Delinquent Utility Bills Survey
Survey (Created: 02/11/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Six cities were asked who collects delinquent utility bills and about the payment for these services.
Signal Mountain MACC Strategic Plan
(Created: 07/12/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in developing a five-year strategic plan for Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC).
Signal Mountain MACC Updated Strategic Plan
(Created: 09/26/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

After a second meeting with the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC), goals, objectives, and a mission statement were updated.
Signal Mountain Strategic Plan
(Created: 04/04/2011; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate the council and the city manager reviewing the previous strategic plan that was developed approximately two (2) years ago; conducting a review of town strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis); developing goals and objectives; and developing a revised mission and vision statement.
Significant Statutory Provisions and Case Law Affecting Liability of Governmental Entities, Engineers, and Developers for Drainage
General (Created: 09/27/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation for professional engineers about drainage liability.
Skateboard Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/02/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An ordinance regulating play vehicles containing wheels on streets, sidewalks, and other public places.
Skateboard, Roller Skates and Coasters Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2003; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An ordinance on the safe operation of skateboards, roller skates, and coasters.
Skilled Laborer
Job Description (Created: 12/10/1991; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Slum Clearance and Garbage Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2000; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can clean up pieces of private property in the city with the permission of the property owner and whether the city can classify waste, administratively treat classes of waste differently, and charge different rates for the collection and disposal of the different classes of waste.
Smithville Drug Testing
General (Created: 02/13/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Courses of action in dealing with employees who test positive for controlled drugs.
Smoke Detector Placement and Installation
General (Created: 05/10/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Includes PowerPoint presentation on installation guidelines.
Smyrna Community Services, Town Centre, and Golf Course
(Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for Smyrna's Community Services, which oversees the Smyrna Town Center and the Smyrna Golf Course.
Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department Study
(Created: 12/05/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for the Parks and Recommnedations Dept. of the Town of Smyrna.
Sneedville Fire Resolution for Minimum Training Standards for Firefighters
Resolution (Created: 12/22/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A resolution of the board of mayor and aldermen of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, adopting minimum training standards for firefighters.
Social Media Policies
General (Created: 11/19/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS provided several examples of social media policies.
Social Media Specialist Job Description
Job Description (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A sample job description for a Social Media Specialist downloaded from the Metro website.
Solar Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/12/2011; Reviewed: April 23, 2018 )

An ordinance regulating solar system installations.
Solemnization of Marriages in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/1998; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a state licensing requirement for designated persons to perform/solemnize a marriage in Tennessee.
Solicitation Roadblocks
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/22/1993; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the new law on solicitation roadblocks immunizes municipalities from accidents occurring as a result of solicitation roadblocks.
Solid Waste Collection Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/2004; Reviewed: January 18, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the conditions under which a city can waiver or correct mistakes in a bid.
Solid Waste Disposal Agreement and Request for Proposals for Solid Waste Disposal Service
RFP (Created: 11/24/2009; Reviewed: March 17, 2017 )

An RFP and an agreement for solid waste disposal in the Town of Greeneville.
Solid Waste Disposal Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1993; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the citizens of the city are subject to the solid waste disposal fees, even if a private disposal service is used.
Solid Waste Transfer Station
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2002; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a contract provision between a town and a waste services provider, requiring all garbage collected in the town and county to be deposited at the county transfer station is valid and enforceable.
Solid Waste/Transfer Stations Survey
Survey (Created: 09/22/2014; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked about solid waste collection and disposal services, use of city crews or contractors, annual tons of refuse collected, disposal points, tipping fees, and annual operating costs for transfer stations.
Sparta, Tennessee, Fire Management Study
(Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to review the capabilities of the Sparta Fire Department and make recommendations for improvement where possible.
Special Education for Annexed Students
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/31/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether a city school that had been a county school that had been annexed into the city had the responsibility for the special education of children in that city school immediately upon the effective date of the annexation
Special Event Regulations and Forms
Form (Created: 06/17/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on special events, plus, a few examples of policies, applications, permits, ordinances, and forms.
Special Meetings Requirements for the Ratification of Private Acts
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether there are special public notice and hearing requirements for the adoption of private acts by the city's governing body.
Specifications and Bid Document For Recreation Equipment and Installation of Same
RFP (Created: 10/14/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an RFP for recreation equipment for the Town of Parrottsville.
Specifications for a Four-Wheel Drive Front-End Loader
RFP (Created: 12/31/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Specifications to describe a four-wheel drive front-end loader.
Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
Specifications for a Zero-Turn Rotary Mower
RFP (Created: 05/21/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide specifications for a zero-turn rotary mower.
Speed Bumps
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/30/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on speed bumps.
Speed Limits in and Around Schools
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1994; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about speed limits in and around schools located within the City.
Splitting the Authority to Operate the Parks and Recreation System Between the Recreation Commission and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/1991; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can split the authority to operate the parks and recreation system between the recreation commission and the board of mayor and aldermen.
Splitting Work into Components to Circumvent Competitive Bid Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about splitting work into components to circumvent competitive bid requirements.
Sprinklers for Nursing Homes
General (Created: 12/09/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Material that the Fire Service Coalition is giving to legislators on sprinklers for nursing homes.
Staffing Levels for Police Departments
General (Created: 04/08/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about recommended staffing levels for police departments.
Stalling of an Application for Rezoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the legal effect of, and the solution to, the stalling of an application for a rezoning.
Starting a Municipal School System in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/2018; Reviewed: October 22, 2018 )

MTAS was asked for an explanation of the process for starting a municipal school system in Tennessee.
State Aid Resolution
Resolution (Created: 05/19/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

A Resolution to Authorize the City Recorder of the Town of Vonore to Account for All Municipal Street Aid Funds in the Town's General Fund.
State DOT Authorized to Pay Full Costs of Utility Relocations
General (Created: 05/28/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

The General Assembly has passed legislation authorizing the Commissioner of Transportation to reimburse public and private utilities the full costs of relocating caused by state road projects, subject to funding.
State Law Regarding the Regulation of the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1991; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for the state law regarding the regulation of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the city, and in what respects a city's beer ordinance needs updating.
State of Tennessee Standard Chart of Accounts: Classification by Fund, Function, & Object
General (Created: 06/22/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

The municipal version of the current chart of accounts for the State of Tennessee; updated by Brad Harris, October 12, 2012.
State Street Aid Fund
General (Created: 08/02/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether State Street Aid Funds could be used to take water samples at stormwater system outfalls.
State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/22/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An ordinance adopting by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road, and repealing non-applicable sections of the municipal code.
Status of a Beer Permit Issued to a Person Now Deceased
General (Created: 09/23/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to address the status of a beer permit that was issued to a person who is now deceased.
Status of a Letter of Credit
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2009; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the status of an irrevocable letter of credit provided to the city by a developer who subsequently went bankrupt.
Statutory Construction: Conflicting Statutes/ More Specific Statute Given Effect
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/14/2000; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

Specific statutory provisions generally will be given effect over conflicting general provisions.
Statutory Exception Regarding the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages
General (Created: 03/13/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

The four excepted counties based on population at the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census, rendering moot the threshold requirements for a city to have been incorporated for five or more years with a population of 925 or more people to conduct a referendum authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages, are Benton (12,100 - 12,200), Henry (23,500 ' 24,000), Madison (65,000 ' 70,000), and Humphreys (13,500 ' 13,600). In Humphreys County, a city must also have a 1970 population of 1,230 ' 1,250 to be afforded this exception.
Storm Cleanup Agreement
General (Created: 07/23/2003; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to draft an Agreement to clean up tornado debris on private property.
Stormwater Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 07/18/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Coordinator.
Stormwater Fees, Ordinance Enforcement Options, and Other Special Stormwater Issues
General (Created: 02/14/2006; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A handout that was part of a presentation for Southeastern Stormwater Management Group on funding options and stormwater regulations enforcement issues.
Stormwater Management Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/17/1994; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable for the drainage of stormwater from someone's property onto property belonging to someone else and whether the city has any legal obligation to develop a stormwater management program.
Stormwater Program Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 02/17/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Program Coordinator.
Stormwater Technician
Job Description (Created: 03/21/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Technician.
Stormwater Technician Series
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job descriptions for the positions of Stormwater Technician I and II.
Strategic Plan for the City of Winchester
General (Created: 08/25/2010; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist the city council and city administrator in identifying and discussing community strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as part of the strategic planning process; outlining specific prioritized goals and objectives; and in developing a mission statement for the city.
Strategic Planning
General (Created: 07/14/2011; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

A letter explaining the benefits of strategic planning for the city.
Strategic Planning Retreat
General (Created: 06/18/2004; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with a strategic planning retreat for the City of Harriman.
Strategic Planning Retreat Report, City of Harriman, Tennessee
(Created: 03/18/2015; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

This report summarizes the results of a strategic planning retreat and SWOT analysis for the City of Harriman.
Street Closure
General (Created: 01/07/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about closing a public street or to relocate a public street for the purpose of the county constructing a jail facility at or near the present street location.
Street Excavation Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/09/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

An ordinance providing for street cut permits, standards and procedures for the City of Iron City, Tennessee.
Street Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for advice on whether the city should accept a street that is not paved or improved and then spend municipal revenues to bring the street up to standards or whether the city should adhere closely to the street acceptance policy dictated by the city's subdivision regulations
Streets, Sanitation and Parks, Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation, and Parks.
Structure and Powers of the City's Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1992; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the structure and powers of the City's utility board.
Study Session Agenda
General (Created: 04/22/2010; Reviewed: March 29, 2011 )

A sample study session agenda for the City of Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Subdividing and Selling City Land
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether or not a Town may subdivide a 27-acre parcel into one-acre lots and then sell the lots at public auction.
Subdivision Created by Division of Land Created by Road Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2010; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a particular road configuration created a subdivision and whether the city could obtain a street right of way that would create a subdivision without creating that subdivision.
Subdivision Regulation by Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/26/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to research jurisdictional issues concerning subdivision regulation.
Subdivision Regulations
General (Created: 07/15/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS provided several examples of Tennessee cities' subdivision regulations.
Subdivision Storm Sewer Pipes: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked questions about the type of materials used for storm sewer pipes in subdivisions.
Subrogation
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/08/2002; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

Researched subrogation claim asserted by insurance company and determined company is not entitled to any funds, unless and until city is compensated in full for loss.
Substance Abuse Survey in Parks and Recreation
Survey (Created: 12/17/2004; Reviewed: January 31, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked how they handle substance abuse for commercial driver license positions and public health and safety positions in Parks and Recreation.
Suggested Operating Procedures of the Williamson County Rescue Squad
(Created: 04/17/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This manual is for the use of every member of the W.C.R.S., to help each person better represent the fire profession and the squad.
Suggestions for Downtown Parking
General (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to look at the parking situation in downtown Dandridge and come up with some suggestions.
Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport (SBK) Animal Services Examination 2016
(Created: 03/24/2016; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS and CTAS conducted this study to determine whether the SBK model, a combined multi-city and county cooperative animal services function, is working, to make recommendations for improvement, and to determine whether current facilities are adequate. The study includes some national standards information and a methodology for comparing an animal shelter to those and other standards.
Sullivan County/Kingsport Animal Services Study
(Created: 04/07/2009; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS and CTAS were asked to jointly study animal shelter and animal control services in Kingsport, Sullivan County, and two additional cities within the county.
Summary of 2018 Public Acts (Includes "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018")
General (Created: 08/30/2018; Reviewed: July 1, 2019 )

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee. Also included is the "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018" document co-authored by Hodge and Chad Jenkins, Deputy Director, Tennessee Municipal League.
Summary of 2019 Public Acts
General (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: July 1, 2019 )

This document summarizes the 2019 public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Summary of a Classification/Compensation Plan
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a summary description of a classification/compensation plan.
Summary of Research on the Use of Compressed Schedules by Police Agencies
(Created: 07/10/2009; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in researching how police agencies use compressed work schedules.
Summary of the Distribution of State Sales and Use Tax
General (Created: 09/29/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked three questions: 1. What factors are used to calculate state shared sales tax?; 2. Do the factors change or stay the same?; 3. What population number is used?
Summary of the Incorporation Process
General (Created: 10/08/2015; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information to a territory that wishes to incorporate.
Sunshine Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether meetings between the Mayor and a member of Council to discuss the preparation of the City's budget would violate the Sunshine Law or Open Meetings Law.
Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 01/31/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Superintendent of Stores
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Stores in Utilities.
Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Water and Sewer.
Support Services Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Support Services Manager in Finance.
Surrender of a City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/1995; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions concerning the surrender of a city's charter.
Survey of Charter Provisions Regarding Vacancies on Council
Survey (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

Nineteen cities were surveyed to determine what they do when there are mayoral or council vacancies.
Survey of City Managers with Employment Contracts
Survey (Created: 07/11/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Fifty cities were asked whether they have employment contracts with their city managers.
Survey of Promotional Pay Increases and Workers Compensation Policies
Survey (Created: 10/29/2018; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

Survey looks at how increases related to promotions are applied to the employee's salaries and policies related to workers compensation.
Survey of the Tennessee Personnel Management Association
Survey (Created: 05/28/2002; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

The membership of the Tennessee Personnel Management Association was surveyed about the use of purchasing agents.
Survey Results on Various Personnel Topics
Survey (Created: 07/21/2014; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Eighteen cities and counties were asked about police and fire work schedules, holiday pay, personnel committees, and salaries for pre-treatment technicians and inspectors, park operations supervisor, and head groundskeeper.
Suspending a Driver's License
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/2016; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal court may suspend a person's driver's license for non-driving violations.
Suspending or Firing the Present City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/19/1999; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has the singular authority to suspend or fire the present city attorney.
Swimming Pool Regulations
General (Created: 06/11/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on the regulation of swimming pools. Includes two sample ordinances.

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