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Take Home Police Vehicles: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Six cities were asked about their policies for governing take home police vehicles.
Taking Over or Providing Maintenance for the Decherd Cemetery
General (Created: 04/21/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about taking over a cemetery that is inside the City.
Taking the License of a Person Between the Ages of 18-21 -- for the Purchase of Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/1992; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city judge can take the license of a person between the ages of 18-21 for the purchase, or attempt to purchase, or possession of beer?
Tap Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/30/2016; Reviewed: December 6, 2016 )

Seven cities were asked about the tap fees they charge for residential water and residential sewer, both inside and outside the city.
Tattoo Policies
Survey (Created: 12/17/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Nineteen cities responded to a survey asking whether they have a policy regarding tattoos in the workplace; several cities shared their policies.
Tax Incentives to Tenants in an Industrial Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/1993; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether or not the City could provide tax incentives to tenants in its industrial park.
Tax Map and Boundary Issue
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

An old tax map shows the property is located in the city but the map was changed sometime within the past 10 years to show the property is outside the city line, in the county.
Tax Treatment of Payments by Cities to Employees on Active Duty as a Reservist or Member of the National Guard
General (Created: 01/03/2005; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

All pay going to activated municipal employees are wages and subject to all normal taxes.
TDOT Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/2001; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate a proposed TDOT contract.
Telephone Franchise Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the local telephone company should be paying franchise fees and what recourse city residents have if they want to use another telephone company.
Temporarily Closing Certain Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1996; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can temporarily close certain streets, one or more of which are state highways, in the downtown area of the city for the purpose of permitting local private groups to hold a festival.
Temporary and Special Beer Permit Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 07/15/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS provided several examples of temporary and special beer permit ordinances.
Temporary Appointment of a City Attorney by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1996; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can temporarily appoint a city attorney.
Temporary Beer Permits
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/21/1998; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the authority and propriety of a beer board issuing a three-day temporary beer permit for a fair.
Temporary Traffic Control Devices under MUTCD
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/16/2011; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether traffic control devices in a construction work zone can be enforced by the city police.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Employer's First Report of Work Injury or Illness
Form (Created: 09/23/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The Workers' Compensation Division has released an updated version of the Tennessee First Report of Work Injury, Form C20.
Tennessee Department of Safety General Order 410-1 Sobriety Checkpoints
General (Created: 01/15/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

This revised order establishes policy, procedures, and advisory guidelines concerning sobriety checkpoints.
Tennessee Department of Transportation ADA Compliance Toolkit
General (Created: 03/20/2019; Reviewed: March 20, 2019 )

A toolkit of materials for municipalities to complete a ADA transition plan created by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Chief Engineer's Office.The toolkit includes: Presentation titled "ADA Compliance for Municipalities" (TDOT); Presentation titled "How to Develop an ADA Self-evaluation & Transition Plan" (FHWA); Document titled "ADA Transition Plans: A Guide to Best Management Practices (NCHRP Project # 20-7 (232); and the following selection of forms: action plan, checklist, grievance procedure, public notice, transition plan and more.
Tennessee Fire Department Needs Assessment Survey
(Created: 06/30/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This survey's major goal is to identify gaps in Tennessee fire service coverage by comparing departments' personnel, equipment, and facilities against consensus standards, government regulations, and other nationally recognized guidance for effective and efficient firefighting practices.
Tennessee Fire Mortality Study
(Created: 07/25/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Historically, Tennessee's fire mortality rate for civilians has been among the highest in the nation. During 2002-2010, the time period for this study, the national fire mortality rate declined, but the rate in Tennessee increased. The purpose of this study is to provide the analytical foundation for an informed plan of action to help reduce and prevent fatalities that occur in residential structures which is the type of incident that accounts for about three-fourths of all civilian fire deaths in the state.
Tennessee Fire Service Emergency Response Plan
General (Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

The purpose of the plan is to provide local fire chiefs access to large quantities of fire service resources that may be needed in a large fire, disaster, or other major emergency.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2002
(Created: 01/01/2003; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2002 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2003
(Created: 07/18/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

FY2003 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2004
(Created: 01/04/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

FY2004 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2005
(Created: 04/24/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

FY2005 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2006
(Created: 04/12/2007; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2006 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2007
(Created: 03/28/2008; Reviewed: September 21, 2017 )

FY2007 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. For the first time, this FY 2007 report contains trend analysis of several benchmark measures. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2008
(Created: 04/30/2009; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2008 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2009
(Created: 07/19/2010; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2009 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2010
(Created: 07/25/2011; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

FY2010 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2011
(Created: 03/05/2012; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2011 annual report, there are a total of seven services measured and analyzed: police, fire, refuse collection and disposal, employment benefits, human resources, financial services, and code enforcement/building inspection/planning and zoning.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2012
(Created: 03/13/2013; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2012 annual report, there are a total of nine services measured and analyzed: police, fire, refuse collection and disposal, employment benefits, human resources, financial services, and building code enforcement, property maintenance code enforcement, and planning and zoning.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2013
(Created: 03/25/2014; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2013 annual report, there are a total of ten services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2014
(Created: 04/30/2015; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2014 annual report, there are a total of ten services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2015
(Created: 04/13/2016; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2015 annual report, there are a total of eleven services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, information technology, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling. This PDF is the latest version available and includes any updated and corrected information.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2016 (Annual Report)
(Created: 04/06/2017; Reviewed: June 7, 2017 )

In this FY2016 annual report of the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project (TMBP), there are a total of eleven services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, information technology, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling. This PDF is the latest version available and includes any updated and corrected information.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2017 (Annual Report)
(Created: 05/01/2018; Reviewed: May 1, 2018 )

In this FY2017 annual report of the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project (TMBP), there are a total of eleven services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, information technology, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling. This PDF is the latest version available and includes any updated and corrected information.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2018 Annual Report
General (Created: 05/14/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2019 )

This is the 17th and final report of the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project. Performance data from participating cities represents fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). Cities participating in this data cycle were: Athens, Bartlett, Brentwood, Bristol, Chattanooga, Franklin, Johnson City, Kingsport, Knoxville, Lewisburg, Morristown, and Spring Hill. The report highlights selected benchmarks and compares members on those benchmarks over a three year period.
Tennessee Municipal Growth Policy Survey
Survey (Created: 08/01/2006; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

Eighty cities responded to several questions about annexation within their urban growth area (UGA).
Term Limits Applied to Appointments to Certain Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/23/2006; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a member of the City's Board of Waterworks, Sewerage and Natural Gas Commissioners may be appointed to fill a vacancy in the board after he has already served two successive four year terms.
Terminating and Rehiring a City Manager during a Board of Commissioners Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/09/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about firing and rehiring a city manager at the board of commissioners meeting and whether the city manager now has a three-month or 12-month contract.
Terminating Employees and Rehiring Them at a Lower Wage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can terminate its dispatchers (who do not handle E-911 calls, but 'local calls') and rehire dispatchers at a lower wage rate.
Terminating the Utility Board Superintendent
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2011; Reviewed: August 9, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility board superintendent can be terminated by the city's governing body without financial penalty to the city.
Terms of Appointed Aldermen and Election of Replacements
General (Created: 06/26/2014; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about electing replacements for two seated aldermen who resigned and were replaced by the board.
Testing Standards, Salary Survey, and Retirement Insurance
Survey (Created: 02/23/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked how often they offer testing for police and fire personnel; salary ranges for a sustainability coordinator and a stormwater coordinator; eligibility for and benefits of retiree health insurance.
The Powers and Functions of the Local Planning Commission in Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A paper prepared for the citizen planning commission member to be used as a general guide in the performance of his/her duties. The original draft of this report was published in 1985 and then updates were published in 2005 and 2013.
Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service: Tennessee
(Created: 10/30/2011; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This assessment was conducted in 2010 and includes comparisons to the 2001 and 2005 needs assessment surveys. The complete assessment and a fact sheet are also included.
Thirty Ways to Leave Incivility Behind and to Improve Governing Body Discussion
General (Created: 09/16/2008; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

This document has been included in the Elected Officials Academy section on City Council at Work.
Threats and Violence Policy : Sample
General (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Sample of a policy related to threats and violence.
Three Star Fire Department: Revised SOGs April 2007
(Created: 04/30/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

The intent of this Standard Operating Guidelines and Training Manual is to provide an administrative, operational, and training framework to better manage emergency response personnel.
Ticket Splitting
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS consultants advise cities to avoid ticket splitting and instead instruct officers to issue a single citation with multiple charges relating to one event.
Time limit for dumpster on residential property
(Created: 06/19/2018; Reviewed: June 19, 2018 )

An ordinance of the Town of Bulls Gap, Tennessee adding a new section to Title 13 of the Bulls Gap Municipal Code limiting the time a dumpster can be kept on residential property.
Tips for New Board Members
General (Created: 03/29/2011; Reviewed: March 29, 2011 )

A brief guide to assist with the orientation of new board members.
Title VI Compliance Manual
General (Created: 01/23/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

A policy to put city into compliance with Title VI and TEMA requirements, so that it would be eligible for financial assistance, in the event of a disaster.
Tobacco-Free Workplace Survey
Survey (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Seventeen cities were asked whether their organization is tobacco-free, whether there is a health-care premium surcharge for employees who use tobacco products, and what tobacco cessation programs or support the city offers.
Tort Liability at Railroad Crossing Improvements
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2009; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about relief from tort liability at railroad crossing improvements made with federal funds.
TOSHA Fire Service Inspection Checklist
Form (Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) uses this checklist from South Carolina OSHA, when inspecting Tennessee fire departments.
Towing Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2001; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

Municipalities may still regulate the price for non-consensual tows, but all other business regulation of towing businesses is not allowed.
Towing Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/19/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

The requirement that wrecker services must either reside in the city or have their businesses in the city probably is preempted and thereby rendered invalid by federal statutes that deregulated the motor carrier industry, including towing or wrecker businesses.
Town Center Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Town Center Manager.
Town of Alexandria Annexation Study
(Created: 07/07/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An annexation study prepared for the Town of Alexandria; includes resolutions for adopting a plan of services.
Town of Baileyton City Recorder/CMFO
Job Description (Created: 10/13/2016; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Recorder and Certified Municipal Finance Officer for the Town of Baileyton.
Town of Baxter, Tennessee 2005-2006 Budget Goal Setting Session
(Created: 05/11/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

The purpose of this session was to prioritize key issues confronting the Town's 2005-2006 budget.
Town of Carthage Excavation Safety Policy
(Created: 09/27/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

The Town of Carthage requested an excavation safety policy including an ordinance approving such a policy.
Town of Erwin Job Description Director of Public Works
Job Description (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Public Works. Under the general direction of the Town Administrator, this is responsible technical and supervisory work in planning, organizing and directing the overall work and activities of the streets, right of way, sanitation, storm sewer, parks and recreation, and fleet maintenance functions.
Town of Erwin Job Description Parks and Recreation Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Parks and Recreation Supervisor. This employee is responsible for the maintenance of municipal parks. At times the position is reassigned by the Public Works Director to alternate responsibilities, including assistance with street repair and maintenance. The employee is given general instructions for the completion of work, and independent judgement may occasionally be required to complete tasks. The employee trains and supervises the work of subordinate personnel.
Town of Greeneville Organizational Structure Study
(Created: 11/30/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the organizational structure, roles, and responsibilities for the departments of engineering, environment, public works, building codes, and planning.
Town of New Market Policy on the Use of Fuel Cards
General (Created: 07/19/2017; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

This policy is established in order to provide direction on fuel expenses incurred by Town employees on Town business.
Town of Petersburg Recreation Commission By-Laws
General (Created: 09/15/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with creating bylaws for the recreation commission.
Town of South Carthage, Tennessee: An Ordinance Amending Title 4, Chapter 2 of the South Carthage Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 09/19/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for policies and procedures on absences, tardiness, and bereavement or funeral leave.
Town of Woodbury : An Ordinance Amending Title 16, -- Section 109 of the Woodbury Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 05/10/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance that allows the city to construct and maintain sidewalks.
Tracking Municipal Vehicles Survey
Survey (Created: 03/26/2015; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS asked thirteen cities about the technology used to track movement of municipal vehicles.
Traffic Calming
(Created: 05/31/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on applying traffic calming measures.
Traffic Engineer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Traffic Engineer.
Training Requirement for Planning Commissioners and Staff
General (Created: 07/24/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the annual training requirement for planning commission members and staff.
Transfer of Beer License
General (Created: 03/19/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of transferring ownership of a beer license.
Transient Merchants
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/01/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge transient merchants higher taxes than the statute governing transient merchants provides, or impose upon them a stiff permit fee.
Transportation Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Transportation Director.
Travel Expenses Paid Directly to Provider
General (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Municipalities may pay directly for travel expenses, provided payment is made directly to the provider and not to the official or employee
Tree on City Street Right of Way
General (Created: 07/03/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town should cut a tree on a city street right of way.
Tri-County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority
General (Created: 03/08/2004; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to review Senate Bill 3213/House Bill 3426 creating a Tri-County Regional Utility Authority in Knox, Union, and Grainger Counties .
Truck Driver Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: August 14, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Truck Driver Operator in the Solid Waste Department.
TTY (Text Telephone) Equipment Survey
Survey (Created: 02/20/2017; Reviewed: February 21, 2017 )

Thirteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their usage of TTY (Text Telephone) or TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) equipment.
Tuition Reimbursement Plan
General (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A tuition reimbursement plan for the employees of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.
Tullahoma Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures 2008
(Created: 04/14/2008; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this updated SOP manual is to provide uniform standards for the operations of the Tullahoma Fire Department.
Turnout Gear at Vehicle Accidents
General (Created: 10/30/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Questions regarding OSHA compliance on personal protective equipment for firefighters and ambulance service employees.
TVA Power Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1991; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to address several issues related to power contracts with TVA.
TWA and Local Zoning of Cell Towers
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review a letter from TWA related to a proposed ordinance the city drafted pertinent to cell tower siting.
Types and Staffing of Fire Departments
General (Created: 02/06/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

There are five types of fire departments, which may be staffed in one of three ways.

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