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Vacancies in Office
General (Created: 04/06/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what election procedures should be followed should the mayor resign prior to the upcoming November election.
Vacant and Unsafe Structures SOP
Form (Created: 12/07/2015; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

This sample policy, which will apply to all vacant and abandoned buildings within the fire department's jurisdiction, can be modified to meet local needs.
Vanleer Volunteer Fire Department Handbook for 2012
General (Created: 12/12/2011; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to assist with the creation of a volunteer fire dept. handbook for the Town of Vanleer.
Various Issues Faced by City Court Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2011; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about various issues faced by city court judges, including levying daily fines, procedure for dealing with property code violations, and collections of unpaid citations.
Veterans Differential Pay
Survey (Created: 12/13/2004; Reviewed: June 3, 2021 )

Thirteen cities were asked several questions about paying a differential to veterans deployed on military leave.
Veterans Preference Survey
Survey (Created: 01/04/2010; Reviewed: June 3, 2021 )

Twelve cities and one airport authority were asked whether they give veteran preference points and questions related to granted preferences.
Vice-Mayor's Elevation to Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2006; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Under general law mayor-aldermanic charter, if the mayor resigns, does the vice-mayor become the mayor?
Vicious Dog Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2009; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An ordinance of the Town of Baileyton adopting vicious dog regulations.
Vicious Dogs
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/29/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in writing an ordinance to regulate dangerous dogs in the city.
Viewing Investigative Records in Open Criminal Cases
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2003; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether municipal officials enjoy any special privilege to view the records in open criminal investigations.
Violations of the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/1992; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about violations of the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws by the city.
Volunteer Fire Department Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

An ordinance recognizing the Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department as the official fire department for the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee.
Volunteer Fire Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/25/2011; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding the city's finance of the volunteer fire department and the city's access to the records of the volunteer fire department.
Volunteer Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 03/08/1999; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Volunteer Firefighter.
Volunteer Firefighter Minimum Performance Standards and Incentives
General (Created: 01/31/2003; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

Financial or other incentives may be given to volunteer firefighters who meet monthly performance standards.
Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention
General (Created: 03/16/2021; Reviewed: May 11, 2021 )

According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, volunteers make up 67% of our nation’s fire service. In Tennessee, volunteers account for 69% of all firefighters, but the number of volunteer firefighters in Tennessee is decreasing. There were 17,122 volunteer firefighters in Tennessee in 2013, and that number dropped to 15,833 in 2015. Many communities today face volunteer recruitment and retention issues, as volunteers strive to balance work, home, personal time needs, and the fire department in a depressed economy when many people have more than one job or manage a single-parent household. Many people do not have a lot of free time, and if they spend their free time helping their community, they want to know that their time and effort has value. Here are some examples of volunteer recruitment and retention efforts that have proven successful in communities across Tennessee. Not every idea will work in every community or situation, but these resources may provide ideas for programs that will work in your community.
Volunteer Firefighters and ISO Rating
General (Created: 05/14/2014; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of a volunteer fire department changing to a paid on call fire department.
Volunteer Firefighters Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 04/27/2015; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS asked eleven cities whether they provided monetary compensation to volunteer firefighters and their chief.
Volunteer Firemen (and Other Volunteers) Running for Local Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2006; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether volunteer firefighters are city employees.
Volunteer Receiving Health Benefits and Dust Control
General (Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a volunteer recreation director receiving health benefits and about dust from a gravel quarry.
Volunteer Workers at a Golf Course
General (Created: 03/23/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether volunteers at a golf course could be compensated with free golf games.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Resident Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by private act can permit non-resident property owners to vote in city elections.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Residents Who Own Property in the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/16/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether non-residents who own property in the city limits could vote in city elections.
Voting in City Elections by People Who Reside Outside, But Who Own Property Inside the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1994; Reviewed: June 16, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether people who reside outside, but who own property inside the City, can vote in a city's elections.
Voting in Municipal Elections
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/16/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked under what conditions can people who live outside the city, but own property inside the city, vote in city elections.

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