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Safety Boot Reimbursement for Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/29/2010; Reviewed: May 18, 2021 )

Ten cities were asked about their policy for purchasing or subsidizing safety boots for city workers.
Safety Policy
Report/Study (Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to create a safety policy for the Town of Jasper.
Safety Program Director
Job Description (Created: 10/29/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Safety Program Director for the City of Erin.
Salary and Benefits for Elected Officials in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 04/29/2021; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

Fifteen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding annual salaries and benefits offered to elected officials.
Salary Information for City Engineers and Public Works Directors in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/15/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

MTAS received a request to compile salary information for City Engineers and Public Works Directors in a number of cities across the state.
Sale Hours for Beer and Alcohol
General (Created: 12/17/2015; Reviewed: July 23, 2021 )

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: July 23, 2021 )

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: July 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can itself hold a beer permit.
Sale of Confiscated Property: Revenue Disposition
General (Created: 08/01/2011; Reviewed: July 6, 2021 )

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: June 28, 2021 )

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: July 28, 2021 )

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: June 28, 2021 )

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: June 28, 2021 )

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: July 19, 2021 )

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: July 19, 2021 )

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 Agreement for Building Code Inspection Services Between Johnson City, TN and Elizabethton, TN
(Created: 08/24/2020; Reviewed: April 19, 2021 )

A sample agreement for the building inspector from Elizabethton, TN to enforce the NEC 2011 for Johnson City, TN on a temporary basis. Agreement includes terms for the hourly wage and mileage payments.
Sample Application for Water/Sewer Availability Letters
Form (Created: 08/20/2019; Reviewed: June 23, 2021 )

Three sample applications for water/sewer availability letter.
Sample Building Dedication Policy
General (Created: 03/24/2010; Reviewed: June 29, 2021 )

A sample policy regarding building plaques.
Sample City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 07/26/2021; Reviewed: July 25, 2021 )

Sample job descriptions: Chattanooga staff attorney 1, Murfreesboro city attorney and Franklin assistant city attorney.
Sample City Code Provisions Restricting the Number of Alcoholic Beverage Permits
General (Created: 12/11/2009; Reviewed: July 23, 2021 )

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 City Manager Evaluation Forms
Form (Created: 04/03/2015; Reviewed: July 16, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide several examples of evaluation instruments for the position of city manager.
Sample Criminal Background Check Policy
General (Created: 06/25/2013; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

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 Disciplinary Policy for Fire Departments
General (Created: 08/28/2007; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

This is a sample disciplinary policy that can be adopted by any fire department.
Sample Dress Code (Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure)
(Created: 07/07/2017; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

A template dress code policy for use in a municipal fire department standard operating procedure.
Sample Fingerprint Record Notification Form
Form (Created: 08/21/2018; Reviewed: July 16, 2021 )

MTAS created a sample fingerprint record notification form to be used with municipal employees in departments other than law enforcement. The required federal privacy act statement is also included and should be provided along with the notification form.
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
General (Created: 10/09/2018; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

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: July 27, 2021 )

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: July 27, 2021 )

This fire department sample risk management policy is designed to be customized for local needs.
Sample Fire Department Social Media Policy
Form (Created: 07/29/2021; Reviewed: July 29, 2021 )

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 Fire Hydrant Ordinance Adopting by Reference NFPA Standards
Ordinance (Created: 03/24/2014; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

An ordinance adopting by reference the NFPA fire hydrant color coding standards and establishing certain standards for fire flows and hydrants and use of some existing fire hydrants.
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: August 2, 2021 )

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: 03/05/2018; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

A sample ordinance for Tennessee cities to use, limiting flammable liquid, gas and hazardous materials carriers to certain truck routes.
Sample Interview Manuals for Personnel Director, City Manager and City Recorder
General (Created: 06/01/2004; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

The attached sample interview manuals provide guidance on the interview process as well as sample interview questions for personnel director, city manager, and city recorder.
Sample Job Analysis Observation Audit Form
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

MTAS provided information for a job analysis observation audit.
Sample Job Description for City Arborist
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2001; Reviewed: June 29, 2021 )

Sample job description for the position of city arborist from the City of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sample Municipal Airport Minimum Standards
General (Created: 08/24/2020; Reviewed: June 28, 2021 )

Sample municipal airport minimum standards shared by Rockwood, TN, Elizabethton, TN and Greeneville, TN.
Sample Naloxone Hydrochloride Administration Standard Operation Procedure
General (Created: 07/20/2017; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

This is a sample policy to be used as a template for a fire department to create a specific policy for their fire department. Though Tennessee law allows a properly trained individual to administer naloxone for a suspected opioid overdose, the fire department should check with their medical director BEFORE implementing a naloxone administration SOP and should follow the medical director’s advice.
Sample Ordinance for Accepting a Newly Constructed Street
Ordinance (Created: 01/23/2019; Reviewed: July 13, 2020 )

A sample ordinance that can be used by any Tennessee city when accepting a new street.
Sample Ordinance for Adopting Regulations Governing Wind Energy Facilities
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2018; Reviewed: July 19, 2021 )

A sample ordinance cities can use when adopting regulations that govern wind energy facilities.
Sample Ordinance for Premise Identification
Ordinance (Created: 05/05/2021; Reviewed: June 17, 2021 )

A cluster mailbox, or cluster box unit (CBU), is a multi-unit mailbox centralized for common use by the occupants of a residential or commercial development. When cluster mailboxes are installed in single family developments there are no mailboxes in front of each home. This creates a problem for fire, police, EMS, and other emergency and essential services in finding the address of a home. Every building in every community should have the street address number posted on the building, but this is not always the case. At night, and in bad weather, numbers posted on a building can be hard to find and hard to read. Landscaping may grow and obscure the number. The number may not be placed in a conspicuous place. These factors make it difficult for emergency responders to find the home, which increases response time and delays getting help to the person who needs it. MTAS created a sample ordinance to require address posts for developments that use cluster box units. The sample ordinance requires a reflective signs and minimum sized numbers to be mounted on a post at the curb to make it easy for emergency responders to locate a home. A municipality may modify the sample ordinance to meet local aesthetic needs, if desired.
Sample Ordinance to Change Board Meeting Dates
Ordinance (Created: 08/21/2020; Reviewed: June 28, 2021 )

An ordinance that can be used by a city or town to authorize the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to set the date for their regular meetings.
Sample Ordinance to Increase Number of Beer Permits
Ordinance (Created: 08/21/2020; Reviewed: July 23, 2021 )

An ordinance for use by a city or town in Tennessee to amend their municipal code by adding additional beer permits.
Sample Policy for the Wearing of the Fire Department Dress Uniform by Retired Members
General (Created: 04/03/2012; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

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 20, 2021 )

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: May 11, 2020 )

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: June 2, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample application rejection letters.
Sample Resolution Adopting a Public Records Policy
Form (Created: 11/02/2017; Reviewed: July 19, 2021 )

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 Resolution to Name a Bridge
Resolution (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: June 29, 2021 )

A resolution created for Estill Springs which can be adapted by other cities for the use of naming a bridge.
Sample Respiratory Protection Program Template
Form (Created: 06/11/2014; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

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: July 26, 2021 )

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: April 13, 2021 )

MTAS provided several examples of requests for proposals for managed IT services.
Sample RFPs for Vending Services
RFP (Created: 05/19/2015; Reviewed: July 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample requests for proposals for vending machine services.
Sample SOP/SOG for Forced Entry into Unoccupied and Secured Properties
Form (Created: 06/29/2016; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

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 Surplus Property Resolution
Resolution (Created: 01/16/2020; Reviewed: July 29, 2021 )

MTAS Management Consultant Warren Nevad authored this resolution for the Town of Centertown, Tennessee regarding property belonging to the town that needs to be disposed of.
Sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Procedures
Form (Created: 10/19/2017; Reviewed: May 24, 2021 )

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 Utility Construction Project Checklist
Form (Created: 05/03/2004; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

A checklist designed for utility construction projects.
Sample Volunteer Firefighter Shift Staffing Policy
Report/Study (Created: 01/19/2012; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

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: 08/08/2017; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

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: July 2, 2021 )

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: July 16, 2021 )

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: July 27, 2021 )

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: July 16, 2021 )

MTAS was asked for examples of fowl and chicken ordinance regulations in Tennessee cities.
Samples of Zoning Regulations for Accessory Units
General (Created: 09/30/2020; Reviewed: April 19, 2021 )

Management Consultant Pat Hardy compiled zoning regulations for accessory units on residential lots from six Tennessee cities.
Sampling of Current Long-Serving Mayors
Survey (Created: 09/24/2020; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

This is a brief sampling of mayors that have served 20 years or more (concurrently).
Schedule of Capital Assets for Ridgely, Tennessee
General (Created: 06/30/2004; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a report of capital assets for the general fund.
School Consolidation Teacher Salary Parity
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/17/2002; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

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 District Management and Debt
Survey (Created: 07/01/2017; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

Three Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not the school district is managed by the city and debts.
School Zone Issues: the Town of Trezevant
(Created: 11/29/2010; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

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
Report/Study (Created: 09/28/2012; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

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: June 2, 2021 )

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: April 26, 2021 )

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: April 14, 2021 )

A presentation for the annual Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.
Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance.
Securing Dangerous Weapons Sample Policy for Fire Deparments
General (Created: 04/04/2013; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

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: May 11, 2020 )

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: July 15, 2021 )

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: May 12, 2021 )

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 Police Dog to Handler
General (Created: 04/26/2001; Reviewed: July 2, 2021 )

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: May 11, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to sell the right of way to a street that it plans to close?
Senior Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Senior Administrative Secretary.
Senior Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 29, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Senior Clerk in Parks and Recreation.
Senior Director Human Resources and Policy Compliance
Job Description (Created: 05/13/2010; Reviewed: June 2, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Sr. Director Human Resources & Policy Compliance for the City of Knoxville.
Senior Internal Auditor
Job Description (Created: 08/29/2013; Reviewed: July 29, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Senior Internal Auditor.
Senior Planner
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Senior Planner.
Service Order Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Service Order Clerk.
Setback Requirements for Residential Property in Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2007; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

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 Split Tax Rate in Municipalities Located in More Than One County When the Counties Have Different Reappraisal Cycles
General (Created: 09/27/2016; Reviewed: July 26, 2021 )

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 Up a Municipal Court
Ordinance (Created: 05/22/2009; Reviewed: July 28, 2021 )

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: July 27, 2021 )

Created as part of a TAMCAR presentation.
Seven Questions Relative to Beer Regulation
General (Created: 06/04/2004; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

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: July 30, 2021 )

MTAS was asked several questions about city council procedures.
Severance Package Contract with a City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/28/2003; Reviewed: June 2, 2021 )

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: July 19, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalities are entitled to levy severance taxes.
Sevierville Early Retirement Data
Survey (Created: 06/25/2004; Reviewed: July 15, 2021 )

MTAS conducted a written survey of Tennessee cities to research early retirement programs.
Sewer Lift Station Safety Procedure Survey
Survey (Created: 10/31/2013; Reviewed: July 16, 2021 )

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
Report/Study (Created: 06/28/2006; Reviewed: July 16, 2021 )

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: July 16, 2021 )

MTAS was asked several questions about sewer service availability and billing.
Sewer System for Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2003; Reviewed: July 16, 2021 )

MTAS was asked how a sewer system for a subdivision can be provided through a franchise or contract with a private operator.
Shelbyville Power, Water, & Sewage System FY 2004-2005 Budget
Report/Study (Created: 11/23/2004; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

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: July 1, 2021 )

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 21, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Shift Fire Training Officer.
Sick Leave at Retirement Survey (Non-TCRS)
Survey (Created: 08/09/2013; Reviewed: June 2, 2021 )

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: July 15, 2021 )

Information on creating a sick leave bank with examples from six cities, including forms to be used.
Sign Regulation of Banners and Balloons
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2008; Reviewed: July 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions related to sign control of banners and balloons.
Signal Mountain MACC Strategic Plan
Report/Study (Created: 07/12/2011; Reviewed: June 29, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to assist in developing a five-year strategic plan for Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC).
Signal Mountain MACC Updated Strategic Plan
Report/Study (Created: 09/26/2011; Reviewed: June 29, 2021 )

After a second meeting with the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC), goals, objectives, and a mission statement were updated.
Signal Mountain Strategic Plan
Report/Study (Created: 04/04/2011; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

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: May 11, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation for professional engineers about drainage liability.
Skateboard Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/02/2005; Reviewed: July 16, 2021 )

An ordinance regulating play vehicles containing wheels on streets, sidewalks, and other public places.
Skilled Laborer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Skilled Laborer Job Description
Job Description (Created: 12/10/1991; Reviewed: July 15, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Sleep Time Deduction for Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/08/1992; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the sleep time deduction for firemen requires five consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Slum Clearance and Garbage Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2000; Reviewed: June 18, 2021 )

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.
Smoke Alarm Installation Policy During a Pandemic
General (Created: 03/01/2021; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

This document is a draft procedure for installation of smoke alarms by fire personnel during a pandemic.
Smoke Detector Placement and Installation
General (Created: 05/10/2004; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

Includes PowerPoint presentation on installation guidelines.
Smyrna Community Services, Town Centre, and Golf Course
Report/Study (Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: June 29, 2021 )

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
Report/Study (Created: 12/05/2006; Reviewed: June 29, 2021 )

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 20, 2021 )

A resolution of the board of mayor and aldermen of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, adopting minimum training standards for firefighters.
Social Media and Open Records Laws
General (Created: 08/03/2012; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about records retention and the Open Records Act as it applies to social media pages.
Social Media Specialist Job Description
Job Description (Created: 01/18/2019; Reviewed: April 13, 2021 )

A sample job description for a Social Media Specialist downloaded from the Metro website.
Soddy-Daisy Exempt Employee Criteria
General (Created: 08/16/2017; Reviewed: June 2, 2021 )

MTAS Management Consultant Honna Rogers was asked about making the Director of the Senior Center in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee an exempt employee who supervises volunteers.
Solar Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/12/2011; Reviewed: June 29, 2021 )

An ordinance regulating solar system installations.
Solemnization of Marriages in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/1998; Reviewed: July 19, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a state licensing requirement for designated persons to perform/solemnize a marriage in Tennessee.
Solid Waste Collection Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/2004; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the conditions under which a city can waiver or correct mistakes in a bid.
Solid Waste Transfer Station
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2002; Reviewed: June 25, 2021 )

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.
Somerville Pearl Road speed limit recommendations
Report/Study (Created: 11/20/2020; Reviewed: November 24, 2020 )

Somerville Police Chief David Webb contacted MTAS to ask for assistance establishing speed limits on Pearl Road in the Glengarry Estates Subdivision. Glengarry is a relatively new subdivision that up until recently did not have speed limits posted. The outcome is that MTAS recommends that the speed limit be set at 25 miles per hour.
Sparta, Tennessee, Fire Management Study
Report/Study (Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

The purpose of this study is to review the capabilities of the Sparta Fire Department and make recommendations for improvement where possible.
Special Event Regulations and Forms
Form (Created: 06/17/2015; Reviewed: July 23, 2021 )

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: July 19, 2021 )

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: July 12, 2021 )

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: May 11, 2020 )

Specifications to describe a four-wheel drive front-end loader.
Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
Specifications for a Zero-Turn Rotary Mower
RFP (Created: 05/21/2003; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to provide specifications for a zero-turn rotary mower.
Speed Bumps
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/30/2001; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for information on speed bumps.
Speed Limits in and Around Schools
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1994; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about speed limits in and around schools located within the City.
Splitting Work into Components to Circumvent Competitive Bid Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1994; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about splitting work into components to circumvent competitive bid requirements.
Sprinklers for Nursing Homes
General (Created: 12/09/2003; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

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: July 16, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about recommended staffing levels for police departments.
Stalling of an Application for Rezoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2006; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the legal effect of, and the solution to, the stalling of an application for a rezoning.
Start Development and Impact Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/15/2019; Reviewed: July 16, 2021 )

Seven cities responded to a request for information regarding their development and impact fees. The cities also provided the formula they use to determine the amount that they charge.
Starting a Municipal School System in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2016; Reviewed: May 10, 2021 )

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: July 29, 2021 )

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: April 26, 2021 )

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 Regulating Location of a Cemetery in Relation to City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/02/1997; Reviewed: June 17, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any state law that prohibits the location of a cemetery within two miles (or any other distance) of a city.
State of Tennessee Standard Chart of Accounts: Classification by Fund, Function, & Object
General (Created: 04/12/2021; Reviewed: July 29, 2021 )

The municipal version of the current chart of accounts for the State of Tennessee; updated by Kay Stegall (May 2021).
State Street Aid Fund
General (Created: 08/02/2005; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

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: May 11, 2020 )

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: July 27, 2021 )

MTAS was asked how to address the status of a beer permit that was issued to a person who is now deceased.
Statutory Construction: Conflicting Statutes/ More Specific Statute Given Effect
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/14/2000; Reviewed: July 20, 2021 )

Specific statutory provisions generally will be given effect over conflicting general provisions.
Storm Cleanup Agreement
General (Created: 07/23/2003; Reviewed: May 6, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to draft an Agreement to clean up tornado debris on private property.
Stormwater Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 07/18/2006; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Coordinator.
Stormwater Fees, Ordinance Enforcement Options, and Other Special Stormwater Issues
General (Created: 02/14/2006; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

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: May 11, 2020 )

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: June 2, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Program Coordinator.
Stormwater Technician
Job Description (Created: 03/21/2014; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Technician.
Stormwater Technician I and II Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2014; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

Job descriptions for the positions of Stormwater Technician I and II.
Strategic Plan for the City of Winchester
General (Created: 08/25/2010; Reviewed: July 27, 2021 )

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: July 27, 2021 )

A letter explaining the benefits of strategic planning for the city.
Strategic Planning Retreat Report for the City of Harriman, Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 02/26/2019; Reviewed: June 28, 2021 )

The board members for the City of Harriman, met in February 2019 to discuss and review the MTAS guide for Councilmember Orientation, a previous strategic plan and capital funding requests. Another focus of the retreat involved updating three questions - "what should the city keep doing, what should the city stop doing and what should the city start doing."
Street Acceptance Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/2001; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

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
Street Closure
General (Created: 01/07/2005; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

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: May 11, 2020 )

An ordinance providing for street cut permits, standards and procedures for the City of Iron City, Tennessee.
Structure and Powers of the City's Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1992; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

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: June 9, 2021 )

A sample study session agenda for the City of Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Subdividing and Selling City Land
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: May 6, 2021 )

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: April 20, 2021 )

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: July 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to research jurisdictional issues concerning subdivision regulation.
Subdivision Regulations
General (Created: 07/15/2014; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS provided several examples of Tennessee cities' subdivision regulations.
Subdivision Storm Sewer Pipes
Survey (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: May 11, 2020 )

Twelve cities were asked questions about the type of materials used for storm sewer pipes in subdivisions.
Suggested Operating Procedures of the Williamson County Rescue Squad
Report/Study (Created: 04/17/2015; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

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: May 11, 2020 )

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
Report/Study (Created: 03/24/2016; Reviewed: July 16, 2021 )

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
Report/Study (Created: 04/07/2009; Reviewed: July 16, 2021 )

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 2017 Public Acts
General (Created: 07/19/2017; Reviewed: April 20, 2021 )

This training document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations
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 19, 2021 )

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 2020 Public Acts
General (Created: 08/14/2020; Reviewed: April 21, 2021 )

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Summary of 2021 Public Acts
General (Created: 06/21/2021; Reviewed: June 21, 2021 )

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Summary of a Classification/Compensation Plan
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: June 2, 2021 )

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: May 12, 2021 )

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: July 26, 2021 )

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 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide information to a territory that wishes to incorporate.
Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance Job Description
Job Description (Created: 01/31/2007; Reviewed: July 15, 2021 )

A job description for the position of Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation, and Parks
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation, and Parks.
Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Water and Sewer.
Survey of Charter Provisions Regarding Vacancies on Council
Survey (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: July 21, 2021 )

Nineteen cities were surveyed to determine what they do when there are mayoral or council vacancies.
Survey of Promotional Pay Increases and Workers Compensation Policies
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: July 15, 2021 )

Survey looks at how increases related to promotions are applied to the employee's salaries and policies related to workers compensation.
Survey Results on Various Personnel Topics
Survey (Created: 07/21/2014; Reviewed: June 2, 2021 )

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.
Swimming Pool Regulations
General (Created: 06/11/2014; Reviewed: July 12, 2021 )

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

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