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Model Municipal Debt Policy
General (Created: 10/31/2011; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the City. (NOTE: Bold language or similar statements are required by the State of TN Comptroller's Office. Italicized language is recommended along with other components in GFOA's Model Debt Policy.)
Model Press Release for Fire Hydrant Inspections and Flow Testing
Form (Created: 10/04/2016; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

The model press release may be customized and used by any fire department to inform residents and business owners in their community that the fire department will be conducting inspection, maintenance, and flow testing of fire hydrants in the community.
Model Procurement Code Amendment for Purchases Through Competitive Sealed Proposals
Ordinance (Created: 02/25/2021; Reviewed: February 25, 2021 )

MTAS and the Tennessee State Comptroller are required by state law (T.C.A.12-3-1207(d)) to "develop a model procurement code that may be adopted by any municipality to guide the governing body and purchasing agent in making purchases through requests for competitive sealed proposals. The model procurement code shall contain provisions allowing an aggrieved respondent to protest the intended award to another respondent if the protest is filed within seven (7) calendar days after the intended award is announced. The protest shall be filed with and decided by the municipal governing body." This model ordinance, developed by MTAS and approved by the State Comptroller's Office, satisfies this statutory requirement.
Model Public Records Policy
General (Created: 01/19/2017; Reviewed: April 22, 2021 )

Pursuant to the requirements of Public Chapter 722, Acts of 2016, the Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel released the Model Public Records Policy with accompanying material.
Model Resolution Directing Payment of Tax Equivalents
Resolution (Created: 04/02/2004; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to create a resolution for payment in lieu of taxes.
Model Safety Policy
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Model safety policy for local governments.
Model Stormwater Utility Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/29/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

A model ordinance that creates and funds a stormwater utility.
Model Succession Plan
Report/Study (Created: 12/10/2009; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

Includes a model succession plan and a succession plan for McMinnville.
Moral Turpitude
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if DUI and passing a bad check are offenses involving moral turpitude.
Morristown City Administrator Job Description
Job Description (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of City Administrator.
Morristown Fire Department Driver Training Standard Operating Guideline
General (Created: 12/30/2014; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

This document includes: information on EVOC timed evaluations and station skill sheets for the practical, fire apparatus driver/operator; forms to request to qualify and to certify as a driver trainee; a driver trainee checklist and fire apparatus operator practical checklist; certification for out-of-grade pay; and request for upgrade pay.
Morristown Fleet Management Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

Eight cities responded to an MTAS survey about their fleet management, including number and types of vehicles, work bays, and lifts, plus information on staffing, work orders, calls for service, and routine maintenance.
Morristown Police (or Fire) Chief Annual Evaluation
Form (Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: May 18, 2021 )

This form may be used for the annual performance appraisal of the police or fire chief.
Morristown, Tennessee, Fire Services Study
Report/Study (Created: 09/30/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

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 included review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and best practice management of the fire department.
Motor Vehicle Privilege Tax
General (Created: 01/07/2014; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the motor vehicle privilege tax or wheel tax.
Mount Carmel Mayoral Analysis Report
Report/Study (Created: 08/21/2020; Reviewed: September 3, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to weigh in on the possibility of Mount Carmel changing the term of the mayoral office from the current 4 years to 2 years.
Mount Juliet City Manager Resume Review Worksheet
Form (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Resume review form for position of city manager.
Mountainous Residential District Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 09/24/2014; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

MTAS provided a file copy of draft regulations for a new R-M2 mountainous residential district, plus several examples of adopted hillside development regulations and zoning ordinances.
Moving a Building to Another Piece of Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2011; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain city resident could move a building to another piece of property without a building permit and includes surrounding issues that arose from that question.
MS4 Stormwater Documents 2016
Form (Created: 10/06/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

This collection of stormwater documents includes: NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems; Rationale Sheet; Addendum to Rationale (NOD); Phase II Stormwater Permit Notice of Intent (NOI); an MTAS 2016 Model MS4 Notice of Intent (NOI) that has been reviewed by TDEC; and Form for Annual Report.
Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Fire Services Study
Report/Study (Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide analysis of the best fire service options for Mt. Juliet.
Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
Report/Study (Created: 06/30/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS conducted this study by a review of submitted documentation, field study work involving interviews with Mount Pleasant personnel, physical inspection of the fire station and equipment, and a tour of the service area. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
MTAS Comprehensive Management Review (CMR) Board Member Type Questions
Form (Created: 01/06/2006; Reviewed: June 2, 2020 )

A form to help guide board member interviews in comprehensive management reviews.
MTAS Comprehensive Management Review (CMR) Checklist
Form (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A model for the MTAS comprehensive management review (CMR).
MTAS Golf Course Survey
Survey (Created: 02/21/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Four cities were asked several questions about their golf courses, including operations, funding, green fees, usage by local colleges and high schools, and number of rounds of golf played in FY 2012
MTAS Guidance on the Limited Reuse of N95 Respirators
General (Created: 04/02/2020; Reviewed: April 27, 2020 )

With the severe shortage of N95 respirators, many municipalities and other organizations are faced with the dilemma of reusing N95 respirators, using a lessor form of protection, such as a surgical mark, trying to make their own mask or respirator, or going without any respiratory protection.
MTAS Guides To Water Systems for Tennessee Municipal Elected Officials
General (Created: 08/14/2020; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

These six guides are part of a series created by MTAS for elected officials in Tennessee municipalities. Each guide is an overview of the tools used and the some of the requirements as specified by the State of Tennessee. Topics covered are corrosion, turbidity, microbiological issues, disinfection, disinfection byproducts and cross-connections.
MTAS Health Insurance Benefits: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked 31 questions about their health insurance coverage for municipal employees.
MTAS Near-Miss Reporting Standard Operating Procedure Template
Form (Created: 04/12/2018; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

This MTAS template to report near-misses can be customized to meet local needs.
MTAS on Robert's Rules of Order
General (Created: 05/17/2019; Reviewed: May 17, 2019 )

A series of brief, instructive articles explaining the use Robert's Rules of Order for cities and towns in Tennessee. The series starts with the history of the Robert's Rules parliamentary procedures and delves into everything from making a motion to adjourning a meeting.
MTAS Tax Sale Procedures Survey
Survey (Created: 08/15/2019; Reviewed: July 9, 2020 )

Six Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out how sales on properties with delinquent taxes are handled.
MTAS/CTAS ADA Compliance Officer Training 2018
(Created: 06/05/2018; Reviewed: May 18, 2020 )

Materials from an MTAS/CTAS statewide class designed for those city and county staff with ADA compliance responsibilities. Information resources includes the extensive class handout as well as the class slide presentation.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Tort Liability Act Made Simple
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

Details the effects of the Tennessee Tort Liability Act regarding municipal and personal liability.
Municipal Authority to Charge Sewer Tap Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/1994; Reviewed: April 26, 2021 )

MTAS was asked under what authority municipalities charge sewer tap fees.
Municipal Banking Services Must Now Be Evaluated Every Four Years (Public Chapter 277 of 2019)
General (Created: 10/15/2019; Reviewed: March 18, 2020 )

MTAS resources and guidance on Public Chapter 277 of 2019 which requires a contract for banking services be based on the evaluation of proposals, which should be documented for audit purposes. Attached are a Q & A and a sample quote for banking services for use by Tennessee municipalities. Also included here is a link to the MTAS City Byte, an online short course, on the topic.
Municipal Banking Services: Public Chapter 277 of 2019
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020 )

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, reviews Public Chapter of 277 of 2019. This law stipulates that municipal banking services must be evaluated at least every four years and proposals must be from at least two banks. The statute also requires a contract for banking services be based on the evaluation of proposals, which should be documented for audit purposes. The law was effective July 1, 2019 thus banking services must be evaluated within the next four years or when the current contract expires whichever is sooner. (MTAS City Byte series)
Municipal Bonds
General (Created: 09/11/2012; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

Local governments generally should consider using bond issues for large, long-term debt of more than $1 million and for longer than 12 years. The various types of municipal bonds include general obligation bonds, special tax bonds and special assessments, revenue bonds, industrial revenue bonds, and double-barrel bonds.
Municipal Boundaries
General (Created: 05/16/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in determining municipal boundaries.
Municipal Code Citation
Form (Created: 07/26/2007; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

A citation form to be used by the City of Smithville for offenses that are not traffic related.
Municipal Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/22/2005; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

A job description for the position of municipal codes inspector.
Municipal Court Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Municipal Court Clerk.
Municipal Court Judge Survey
Survey (Created: 08/17/2011; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Seventeen cities were asked several questions about the position of city judge, including salary and number of hours worked.
Municipal Court Survey 2020
Survey (Created: 10/20/2020; Reviewed: November 5, 2020 )

MTAS conducted a statewide survey of municipal court clerk contacts available in the MTAS city directory. Survey invitations were sent to 234 contacts and 105 surveys were completed. Questions about municipal court operations are frequent and over the years MTAS has conducted several smaller surveys. This survey was an attempt to combine the previous surveys into one comprehensive resource.
Municipal Government Intern Job Description
Job Description (Created: 07/29/2020; Reviewed: August 21, 2020 )

A job description to be used by any city or town when creating and recruiting for a municipal government intern.
Municipal Judge, Without Concurrent Jurisdiction, Hearing State Misdemeanor Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2002; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS researched the ability of a municipal judge, without concurrent jurisdiction, to hear state misdemeanor charges.
Municipal Liquor Inspection Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/1997; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the records that liquor wholesalers provide to the municipality under the law authorizing municipalities to impose a liquor inspection fee are open to the public.
Municipal Officers, Municipal Employees, Ministerial Officers, and General Supervision
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the difference between an officer and an employee, what is a ministerial officer, and what does the term "general supervision" mean with respect to a mayor's right to exercise general supervision over certain city officers or employees.
Municipal Purchasing Act and Extension of Contract with Same Bid Pricing
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1993; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can enlarge or reduce the project size by up to 25% with the same unit price.
Municipal Regulations Governing Blasting
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1993; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 68-44-110 et seq. preempts any municipal regulations governing blasting.
Municipal Swimming Pools and Admission Fees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Collinwood
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about admissions charges for municipal pools, rate of pay for lifeguards, salary for pool managers, and rates for private party rental.
Municipal Work on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/07/2018; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

Analyzes the law governing right of a city to spend money to make improvements on private property.
Municipalities Enacting an Auto Decal Charge
General (Created: 04/06/2018; Reviewed: April 16, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to review the auto decal charge implemented by the City of Chattanooga and advise whether it was feasible for this town to implement.
Municipality Conducting Drainage Issue Mitigation Work on Private Property
General (Created: 03/31/2020; Reviewed: July 15, 2020 )

A city administrator contacted MTAS regarding the town doing drainage work on private property. Public Works Consultant John Chlarson responded to the request, explaining that the water issue is causing damage to the town's right of way. It is recommended that the ditch be rechannelized and that channel and bank protection should be installed.
Municipality May Have to Return Money Paid By a User Who Was Billed for Sewer Service When No Sewer Service Was Provided or Available
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/02/1993; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has to return money paid by an outside water user who was also billed for sewer service when no sewer service was provided or available.
Murfreesboro Fire Department 2010 Annual Report
Report/Study (Created: 02/04/2011; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An example of an annual report from the Murfreesboro Fire Department.
MUTCD and Engineering Study for Traffic Light
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/04/2007; Reviewed: May 4, 2020 )

Citizen ran a red light and alleges that he cannot be convicted of running the light because the installation of the light was not supported by an engineering study as required by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
Mutual Aid Assistance in Tennessee: A Collection of Resources from MTAS
General (Created: 04/09/2020; Reviewed: April 15, 2020 )

A collection of resources on mutual aid assistance in Tennessee. The collection includes MTAS Hot Topics, a legal opinion from former MTAS Legal Constant Dennis Huffer, a full text document of Public Chapter 743, and two mutual aid assistance agreement templates.
Mutual Aid Update: FEMA Reimbursement of Mutual Aid Costs Under Certain Conditions.
General (Created: 12/17/2011; Reviewed: April 9, 2020 )

FEMA will reimburse mutual aid costs under certain conditions.
N95 Respirators and Respiratory Protection Q & A: A Hot Topic for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/30/2020; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

With the shortage of N95 respirators, which is the type of respirator recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for respiratory protection against the coronavirus, MTAS has received questions about the reuse of N95 respirators and alternate types of respirators and masks. This hot topic provides information on N95 respirators and other types of respiratory protection. MTAS does not recommend or endorse any products. Cities should use this information as a resource when making decisions for their operations.
Natural Gas Primer for Elected Officials
General (Created: 04/09/2021; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

This guide provides basic information to municipal elected officials concerning natural gas as it relates to a municipal gas system or local distribution customer (LDC). It is not intended to be an all-inclusive detailed discussion on natural gas.
Need for a City Administrator
Report/Study (Created: 06/05/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist theTown of Spencer in converting to a city administrator form of government.
Need for Professional Management
Report/Study (Created: 08/28/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A report addressing the issue of employing professional managers or administrators who have municipal experience.
Need for Professional Management Experience
General (Created: 05/26/2009; Reviewed: May 18, 2021 )

The purpose of this letter is to increase awareness of the issues that need to be considered when hiring a city administrator.
Negotiating Price with the Low Bidder When There Is Only One Bid on a Municipal Purchase
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/04/1997; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can negotiate price with the low bidder when there is only one bid on a municipal purchase.
Network Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

A job description for the position of Network Technician from North Kansas City, Kansas.
New Financial Disclosure Required for Tax Abatements
General (Created: 12/05/2016; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

A tax abatement per GASB may not be the same as the legal definition of a tax abatement in Tennessee law, but remember that GASB's definition is for external financial reporting purposes.
New Fire Station Design Standards
General (Created: 09/08/2003; Reviewed: June 10, 2021 )

MTAS received a question on the construction of a new fire station.
New Officials' Tips
General (Created: 06/06/2002; Reviewed: April 16, 2021 )

MTAS consultants ranked their top fifteen tips for new officials.
New Youth Sports Concussion and Head Injury Law Effective January 1, 2014
General (Created: 12/11/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Public Chapter 148 passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in April 2013 and effective on January 1, 2014, requires all cities that have 'youth athletic activities' to comply with guidelines issued by the Tennessee Department of Health concerning risk and symptoms of concussion and head injuries.
Newly Elected Official’s Guide to Taking Office
General (Created: 11/14/2019; Reviewed: November 5, 2020 )

You just won an election for your municipal office. Now what? We address some common questions of when and how you take office, who may administer your oath, and what information should be included the oath of office in this document. Sample oath templates for boards, judges and other offices are included for Tennessee municipal use. Also, we have short online course (City Byte) linked below that will walk you through the following topics: when do you take office, who can swear you in, what should be in the oath and what's next.
NFPA 1582: Standard on Medical Requirements for Firefighters and Fire Department Physicians
Form (Created: 09/24/2019; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

This is an NFPA sample form for conducting a physical medical examination for a firefighter.
NFPA Rules Governing Exits from Existing Business Occupancies
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/1997; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to clarify the NFPA Rules governing exits from existing business occupancies, such as city and town halls.
Nolensville, Tennessee, Fire Services Study
Report/Study (Created: 09/28/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this fire study is to answer two questions: 1. What options are available to the Town of Nolensville regarding the provision of fire protection, emergency medical response, and related emergency services for the town? 2. Can MTAS provide a recommendation for a fire protection plan for the Town of Nolensville at build-out?
Nomination for Filling the Vacancy on a City Council
Form (Created: 07/13/2015; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

The City of Kingsport requested a nomination form for filling a city council vacancy.
Non-Compliance with Governor Lee’s Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21 and 22: Guidance for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/25/2020; Reviewed: April 2, 2020 )

Guidance for municipalities on a course of action for business owners who may refuse the guidelines of Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21, and 22.
Non-Resident of a Town Holding the Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a non-resident of the town can hold the office of alderman.
Norris Citizen Survey
Survey (Created: 07/18/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An example of a citizen survey on the topics of annexation, taxation, and growth.
Norris City Manager Evaluation
Form (Created: 02/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create an evaluation form based on requirements from the city's charter and code.
Northeast Guide for Estimating Staffing at Publicly and Privately Owned Wastewater Treatment Plants
Report/Study (Created: 06/29/2009; Reviewed: April 4, 2017 )

The guide and Excel spreadsheet may be downloaded from: http://www.neiwpcc.org/technicalguides.asp
Notice of a Special Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/29/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

How long in advance is the notice of a special meeting required to be given to the public?
Notification Necessary to Advertise Meetings of the Solid Waste Planning Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1992; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the Tennessee Open Meetings Law and the kind of notification necessary to advertise meetings of the Solid Waste Planning Board since they will be meeting in several locations.
Number of Board Members in Selected Cities
General (Created: 02/27/2008; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

A listing of the number of board members in eighty cities with populations between 2,400 and 7,600.
Oak Hill 2020 Neighborhood Meetings: Report to the Commission
Report/Study (Created: 03/19/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

The purpose of the meetings was to help establish priorities for future city services and to identify options regarding the city's future finances.
Oath of Office for a Codes Inspector
Form (Created: 12/05/2013; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked for an example of a form to be completed at the swearing in of a codes inspector.
Oath of Office for Municipal Planning Commission Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/2007; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether members of a municipal planning commission must take an oath of office.
Obese Employee Is Unable to Perform the Major Functions of the Job
General (Created: 08/13/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what to do when an obese employee is unable to perform the major functions of the job.
Obligation of Mayor to Countersign Payroll Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1993; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has any discretion to refuse to countersign payroll checks.
Obligation of Town to Honor Renewal Provision in a Lease
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/2007; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town is obligated to honor a renewal provision in a lease.
Obtaining Credit Reports for Police & Fire Applicants: An MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 08/08/2014; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS asked 15 cities whether they obtain credit reports during the hiring process for police officers and firefighters.
Off-Duty Responsibility of Police Officers
General (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

A statement of the off-duty responsibility of police officers.
Off-Premises Beer Sales Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: July 5, 2017 )

An ordinance to continue to provide for off-premises beer sales and to create two classifications for consumption on-premises.
Office Efficiency Review
Report/Study (Created: 03/31/2015; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was engaged to conduct an office efficiency review for the purpose of identifying enhancements to office processes and procedures.
Office Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Office Manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Office Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Office Manager under the Department of Utilities.
On Premise Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
Ordinance (Created: 05/02/2003; Reviewed: July 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in developing ordinances for on premise consumption of alcoholic beverages as permitted by state law and approved by referendum.
On Premise Liquor and Beer Hours with Privilege Tax Statute
General (Created: 11/10/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the successful referendum to authorize liquor by the drink will affect the hours when beer may be sold for on-premises consumption in an establishment holding both a city beer permit and Tennessee ABC liquor by the drink license.
On-Boarding Software Survey
Survey (Created: 10/01/2017; Reviewed: May 24, 2021 )

Twenty-one Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they use onboarding software for new employee orientation.
On-the-Job Injury and Police/Fire Recruits Survey
Survey (Created: 07/18/2017; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

A survey of selected cities regarding on-the-job injuries related to police and fire recruits.
One Way Street Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/05/2015; Reviewed: May 4, 2020 )

An ordinance template to convert Smith Street into a one-way street, in the town of Volopolis City, Tennessee.
One-Way Street in Front of School
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/01/1997; Reviewed: May 4, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the one-way street in front of the school can be made a 'not through street,' so that the business owner and the two or three other property owners whose access to their property is inconvenienced when school starts and when it ends each day can drive against the one way traffic to reach their property.
Oneida and Winfield Collection System
Report/Study (Created: 09/12/2005; Reviewed: February 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in the possible takeover of the Winfield sewer system by Oneida.
Online Training in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019 )

Twelve Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they provide employee training online and what types are offered.
Open Burning Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/08/2006; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

A sample open burning ordinance.
Open Meetings Act Question
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/09/2003; Reviewed: March 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether an "intervention" meeting of board of mayor and aldermen, in which focus is team building and better relations among board members, is subject to the Open Meetings Act.
Open-Air Fires and Unattended Fires
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/1999; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

MTAS was asked for an opinion on brush burning operations.
Opening Mail by Municipal Offices and Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2011; Reviewed: May 18, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can adopt a policy of having one person or office open all mail that comes to the city or city offices before it is routed to the addressee.
Operating an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) on City Streets
General (Created: 08/29/2008; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of operating ATVs on city streets.
Oral Interview Questions for Entry Level Firefighter
General (Created: 05/19/2006; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample oral interview questions for an entry level firefighter.
Ordinance Abandoning Part of a City Street in Smithville
Ordinance (Created: 06/02/2004; Reviewed: December 16, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to review proposed changes to accommodate a drive through for a drug store.
Ordinance Abolishing the Beer Board
Ordinance (Created: 04/28/2004; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An ordinance abolishing the beer board and appointing the board of mayor and aldermen as the beer board.
Ordinance Adopting by Reference State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road
Ordinance (Created: 02/19/2007; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

An ordinance of the Town of Bean Station adopting by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road.
Ordinance Adopting Regulations for Extending Sewer Services
Ordinance (Created: 05/19/2004; Reviewed: February 1, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a sewer extension ordinance.
Ordinance Adopting the Annual Budget and Tax Rate
Ordinance (Created: 10/04/2002; Reviewed: December 16, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance for adopting a municipal budget and levying a property tax.
Ordinance Adopting the International Building Code
Ordinance (Created: 10/08/2004; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

An ordinance of the Town of Mountain City adopting the 2003 edition of the International Building Code.
Ordinance Adopting the Property Tax Freeze Program
Ordinance (Created: 06/19/2008; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

An ordinance adopting the property tax freeze program for elderly low-income homeowners as authorized in state law.
Ordinance Allowing Leashed Dogs on a Particular Section of the Tusculum Linear Trail
Ordinance (Created: 04/24/2019; Reviewed: May 12, 2020 )

The City of Tusculum has developed a Linear Trail Project and has previously prohibited animals of all kinds from being on the trail. This ordinance allows leashed dogs to be on a certain section of the Linear Trail.
Ordinance Amending Historic Zoning Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 12/11/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An ordinance to amend the Cumberland Gap Code regarding historic zoning regulations.
Ordinance Amending the Beer Ordinance Regulating the Sale of Beer
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create a new license class and review a proposed ordinance amendment to allow a hotel to serve, but not sell, beer.
Ordinance Amending the Decherd Municipal Code Title 8, Chapter 2, Beer, Sections as Indicated
Ordinance (Created: 02/21/2003; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance to amend the distance from businesses licensed for on premises consuption of beer to churches and other places of public gathering.
Ordinance Amending the Fiscal Year Budget
Ordinance (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

An ordinance of the City of Townsend, Tennessee amending the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget.
Ordinance Amending Title 1, General Administration of the Town of Kimball Municipal Code by Adding Chapter 4, City Board Meetings
Ordinance (Created: 06/19/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An ordinance that limits the time citizens may speak at a board meeting.
Ordinance Amending Title 15, Chapter 6 of the Municipal Code of the Town of Dandridge to Establish Two Hour Parking Limits on Designated Streets and at Designated Times
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

Ordinance establishing parking limits on designated streets of Dandridge.
Ordinance and permit regulating short-term rentals in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: December 10, 2019 )

An ordinance and permit form regulating short-term rentals in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
Ordinance Authorizing Employees of the Town of Centerville to Contribute Accumulated Sick Leave to Employees Who Have Experienced Serious Illness or Injury and Regulating Such Contributions
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2021 )

Ordinance authorizing employees to contribute accumulated sick leave to other employees.
Ordinance Authorizing Governing Bodies to Appropriate Revenues from Natural Gas Utility System to Chambers of Commerce or Economic and Community Organizations for Economic Development Purposes
Ordinance (Created: 06/15/2018; Reviewed: July 18, 2018 )

These can be used by municipal governing bodies that have natural gas utility systems or a board that has control over a municipal natural gas utility system for purposes of appropriating money to a chamber of commerce or economic and community organization. The legislation does not allow money to be appropriated for these purposes in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Metro Nashville.
Ordinance Changing the Official Depository of City Funds
Ordinance (Created: 11/13/2007; Reviewed: February 16, 2010 )

An ordinance to amend the city's code regarding the town's official depository for town funds.
Ordinance Contracting the Town Limits of Palmer, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 09/28/2004; Reviewed: May 5, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a de-annexation or contraction ordinance.
Ordinance Designating the City Officials Authorized to Declare a State of Emergency
Ordinance (Created: 01/12/2005; Reviewed: December 17, 2020 )

An ordinance that states which officials may declare a state of emergency.
Ordinance Disbanding the Town of Oakdale Fire Department
Ordinance (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An ordinance disbanding the Town of Oakdale fire department by repealing Title 7 Sections 301 through 307 of the Town of Oakdale's Code of Ordinances.
Ordinance Enacting an Ethics Policy
Ordinance (Created: 09/07/2006; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

An ordinance enacting an ethics policy for the officers, employees, and advisory board members of the City of Union City, Tennessee.
Ordinance Establishing a Code of Conduct for Participants and Spectators Using City of Loudon Recreation Facilities or Services
Ordinance (Created: 07/23/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an ordinance establishing a code of conduct for participants and spectators using City of Loudon recreation facilities or services.
Ordinance Establishing a Debt Policy for the Town of Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 02/21/2012; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the Town of Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee.
Ordinance Establishing a Driver Education Course and Providing for Its Operation
Ordinance (Created: 05/12/2005; Reviewed: November 12, 2020 )

An ordinance that establishes a traffic school.
Ordinance Establishing a Driver Education Program
Ordinance (Created: 08/13/2008; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in adopting a driver education course.
Ordinance Establishing a Fire Department for the City of Columbia, Tennessee, and Repealing Title 7 Chapter 1 of the Columbia Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Ordinance establishing Columbia, Tennessee's, fire department.
Ordinance Establishing a Fire Department for the Town of Anytown, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 09/21/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

This guide, which was revised in 2017, is to be used in writing an ordinance to create a fire department.
Ordinance Establishing a Policy for the Placement of Streetlights in the Town of Woodbury
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance which regulates the placement of streetlights.
Ordinance Establishing a Public Arts Commission
Ordinance (Created: 10/29/2008; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

An ordinance of the Town of Linden establishing a public arts commission.
Ordinance Establishing a Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Program (three versions)
Ordinance (Created: 09/09/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to write ordinances that would provide equipment replacement program alternatives.
Ordinance Establishing an Office of Administrative Hearing Officer
Ordinance (Created: 10/11/2011; Reviewed: May 6, 2021 )

An ordinance to create the office of Administrative Hearing Officer to hear certain building and property code violations.
Ordinance Establishing Compensation for Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2006; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

An ordinance of the the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee establishing compensation for the members of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Ordinance Establishing Procedures and Requirements for the Carrying of Pagers or Other Electronic Communications Devices
Ordinance (Created: 01/26/2006; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

An ordinance and accompanying letter addressing the procedures and requirements for carrying electonic communications devices, including pagers.
Ordinance Establishing Regulations for Mobile Vendors
Ordinance (Created: 10/18/2004; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

An ordinace to provide for the regulation of street and sidewalk vending activities in downtown Alamo.
Ordinance Establishing Robert's Rules of Order
Ordinance (Created: 12/14/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

An ordinance establishing Robert's Rules of Order as the official set of procedures for conducting business at meetings of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Ordinance Establishing Rules and Regulations at the Samburg Ball Park
Ordinance (Created: 07/03/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An ordinance to prohibit alcoholic beverages, beer, fireworks, fires, and firearms in the Samburg Ball Park.
Ordinance Establishing Speed Limits in a Certain Area
Ordinance (Created: 08/31/2005; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

An ordinance establishing the speed limit in a certain area and lowering the speed limit on a particular street.
Ordinance Establishing Standards and Limits Regarding the Adjustment of Utility Bills Due to Leaks and Filling Pools
Ordinance (Created: 08/22/2011; Reviewed: April 9, 2021 )

This ordinance allows up to two billing adjustments per calendar year relating to leaks and swimming pools.
Ordinance Establishing the Position of City Administrator
Ordinance (Created: 01/02/2015; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An ordinance of the Town of Unicoi, Tennessee, establishing the position of city administrator and delineating duties therein.
Ordinance for Disposal of Animal Waste
Ordinance (Created: 07/31/2020; Reviewed: August 24, 2020 )

A municipal ordinance to amend Title 10, Chapter 2 of the Niota code regarding the disposal of animal waste.
Ordinance for Removal of Vegetation and Debris from Overgrown and Dirty Lots
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2007; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

An ordinance to amend the town's code by adding regulations for removal of vegetation and debris from overgrown and dirty lots.
Ordinance in Conflict with Charter and General Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/16/2003; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

An ordinance limiting the power of taxation conflicts with the charter and general law.
Ordinance Increasing Membership in Municipal Planning Commission
Ordinance (Created: 05/27/2008; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

An ordinance regarding the creation and membership of the municipal planning commission.
Ordinance Increasing the Local Option Sales Tax from 2.25% to 2.75% in the Town of Estill Springs, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 08/07/2002; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide an ordinance increasing the local option sales tax.
Ordinance Increasing the Pay for the Office of Aldermen of the City of Sparta, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 08/02/2002; Reviewed: March 8, 2010 )

An ordinance to increase the pay of Aldermen in the City of Sparta.
Ordinance Levying a Litigation Tax for the City of Cowan, Tennessee.
Ordinance (Created: 10/17/2003; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

A sample ordinance for levying a municipal litigation tax.
Ordinance of the City of Clinton, Tennessee Amending Title 11, Chapter 2 Pertaining to Alcohol
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Purchasers of beer and alcoholic beverages must furnish photographic identification with a birth date to the seller.
Ordinance of the City of Cowan Designating the City Council as the Beer Board
Ordinance (Created: 03/12/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an ordinance designating the city council as the beer board.
Ordinance of the City of Harrogate, Tennessee Providing for the Licensing and Regulation of Massage Parlors
Ordinance (Created: 08/29/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance providing for the licensing and regulation of massage parlors.
Ordinance of the City of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Eliminating the Requirement for a Public Hearing When Amending the City's Personnel Policies
Ordinance (Created: 04/08/2014; Reviewed: April 9, 2014 )

It is no longer necessary to hold a public hearing when amending the City's Personnel Policies because amendments can only be changed by the City Commission in a duly called public meeting, and amendments are required in writing through adoption of a resolution or, in some cases, an ordinance.
Ordinance of the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee to Adjust Sewer Rates
Ordinance (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The Town of Baileyton, Tennessee passed an ordinance to adjust sewer rates.
Ordinance of the Town of Monterey, Tennessee, Prohibiting Heavy Truck Traffic
Ordinance (Created: 05/22/2014; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

An ordinance of the Town of Monterey, Tennessee, prohibiting heavy truck traffic on Crossville Street during school days from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ordinance of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, Prohibiting Heavy Truck Traffic
Ordinance (Created: 01/05/2010; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

An ordinance of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, prohibiting heavy truck traffic on New Jail Street.
Ordinance Opting Out of Mandatory Planning Commission Training
Ordinance (Created: 05/27/2008; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

An ordinance relative to the training and continuing education of members of the planning and zoning commission.
Ordinance Passed on Second Reading in Violation of Rules of Procedure
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2006; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the validity of an ordinance passed on the second and final reading in violation of the rules of procedure adopted by the City Council and what should be done to adopt the ordinance validly if this was not done.
Ordinance Pertaining to the Location Restriction of Stores Selling Alcoholic Beverages at Retail
Ordinance (Created: 06/17/2005; Reviewed: July 5, 2017 )

An ordinance changing the distance restriction on liquor stores.
Ordinance Pertaining to the Maximum Amount for Purchases Without Public Advertisement and Competitive Bidding
Ordinance (Created: 09/18/2006; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in amending a purchasing ordinance to increase bid amounts.
Ordinance Prescribing the Powers and Duties of the City Administrator
Ordinance (Created: 02/11/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An ordinance for the City of Decherd, which gives the powers and duties of the city administrator.
Ordinance Prohibiting Animals or Skateboards on the Tusculum Linear Trail Project
Ordinance (Created: 07/11/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An ordinance prohibiting animals or skateboards on a linear trail.
Ordinance Prohibiting Heavy Vehicle Traffic on Most Streets
Ordinance (Created: 05/15/2008; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

An ordinance prohibiting tractor-trailor or trucks over 10,000 pounds in weight.
Ordinance Prohibiting Horses on Public Trails and Sidewalks
Ordinance (Created: 10/08/2004; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An Ordinance of the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee prohibiting horses on public trails and sidewalks within the city.
Ordinance Prohibiting Placing Leaves within the Storm Sewerage System
Ordinance (Created: 07/03/2003; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

An ordinance prohibiting the placement of tree leaves, grass clippings, and other yard wastes within the storm sewerage system.
Ordinance Prohibiting the Sale and Regulating the Hours of Use of Fireworks within the Town
Ordinance (Created: 08/14/2008; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

An ordinance limiting the use of fireworks to the 4th of July holiday and New Year's Eve.
Ordinance Providing for Private Collection of Bulk Refuse
Ordinance (Created: 05/27/2011; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

An ordinance for solid waste permits.
Ordinance Providing for the Maintenance of Public Street Rights-of-Ways Abutting Private Property within the City
Ordinance (Created: 09/24/2007; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

An ordinance making it the responsibility of property owners or occupants of property adjacent to public street rights-of-way to keep that property clean and mowed.
Ordinance Providing for the Use of a Collection Agency to Collect Unpaid Fines Owed to the City
Ordinance (Created: 08/10/2010; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

An ordinance of the Town of White Pine, Tennessee providing for the use of a collection agency to collect unpaid fines owed to the city.
Ordinance Publication Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/1996; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an ordinance must be published if the city's charter contains no ordinance publication requirement.
Ordinance Regarding the Regulation of Cats and Dogs
Ordinance (Created: 06/30/2009; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An ordinance to amend Chapter 1 of Title 10 of the New Tazewell Code Book regarding the regulation of cats and dogs.
Ordinance Regarding Water and Sewer Main Extensions for the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: January 27, 2017 )

Ordinance regarding water and sewer main extensions for Mountain City.
Ordinance Regulating Animal Waste
Ordinance (Created: 03/25/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An ordinance of the City of Lobelville regulating animal waste.
Ordinance Regulating Detached Garages and Other Accessory Structures
Ordinance (Created: 10/15/2020; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

A brief ordinance developed by MTAS to address the regulation of detached garages and other accessory structures.
Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 06/14/2001; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

An ordinance to establish a process for discouraging false emergency alarms.
Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 01/13/2005; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

An ordinance defining false alarms and providing a schedule of notices, warnings, penalties, and costs.
Ordinance Regulating Junk Vehicles
Ordinance (Created: 11/09/2007; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

An ordinance to amend the city's code, Title 13, by adding regulations of junk vehicles.
Ordinance Regulating Junked Vehicles on Public and Private Property
Ordinance (Created: 06/04/2012; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a junked vehicle ordinance for the Town of Estill Springs.
Ordinance Regulating Open Burning Within the City
Ordinance (Created: 07/15/2004; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

An ordinace for the open burning of materials not produced or used on the property.
Ordinance Regulating the Discharge of Firearms Within the City
Ordinance (Created: 03/25/2010; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

An ordinance of the City of Lobelville to regulate the discharge of firearms with the exception of hunting, regulated by the TWRA.
Ordinance Regulating the Placement of Infectious Waste in Garbage Collection Containers
Ordinance (Created: 06/02/2003; Reviewed: December 17, 2020 )

This ordinance makes it unlawful to discard needles and sharps and imposes a penalty for violation.
Ordinance Regulating the Placement or Construction of Buildings or Structures over Utility Mains and Stormwater Drains
Ordinance (Created: 08/28/2009; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

An ordinance regulating the placement or construction of buildings or structures over utility mains and stormwater drains.
Ordinance Requiring Vehicles to Stop for Pedestrians Who Are Crossing City Streets Where Lined and Marked Pedestrian Crossings Are Indicated
Ordinance (Created: 04/13/2004; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

An ordinance requiring vehicles to stop for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings.
Ordinance Restricting Failed Motions from Reintroduction
Ordinance (Created: 01/07/2008; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance to amend the Town of Decatur Code pertaining to the re-introduction of failed motions to adopt ordinances and resolutions.
Ordinance Summons Form
Form (Created: 12/10/2004; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for guidance in preparing an ordinance summons.
Ordinance Terminating City-Provided Refuse Collection Services
Ordinance (Created: 12/09/2015; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

An ordinance of the City of Tusculum, Tennessee, terminating city-provided refuse collection services.
Ordinance to Add Sections Regarding Internet, Cyber Security, and Sensitive Information to a Municipal Personnel Policy
Ordinance (Created: 04/29/2021; Reviewed: May 18, 2021 )

This ordinance, created for Cumberland Gap, Tennessee adds internet, cyber security and sensitive information sections to the town's personnel policies and procedures.
Ordinance to Adopt a Code of Ethics
Ordinance (Created: 08/29/2006; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

An ordinance to amend the municipal code and adopt a code of ethics for the town's officers and employees.
Ordinance to Adopt the International Building Code
Ordinance (Created: 07/30/2004; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

An ordinance to adopt the International Building Code of 2003 with SEISMIC deletions. Since this draft ordinance was prepared the International Code Council (ICC) has prepared subsequent editions of the International Building Code (IBC) that include provisions for seismic considerations. It is recommended depending upon the edition of the IBC adopted by the jurisdiction and subsequent amendments as provided in the sample ordinance correctly reference sections and subsections of the IBC to ensure proper reference in the Ordinance.
Ordinance to Adopt Wastewater Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 06/20/2014; Reviewed: April 4, 2017 )

An ordinance adopting wastewater regulations, including: general wastewater regulations; fat, oil, and grease abatement; and enforcement and abatement.
Ordinance to Allow for the Partial Payment of Real Property Taxes
Ordinance (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: October 26, 2017 )

A sample ordinance which allows a municipality to accept partial payment of local real property taxes.
Ordinance to Amend the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy of the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee by Adding Sworn Police Officers to the List of Those Who May Be Randomly Tested
Ordinance (Created: 05/21/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create an ordinance that adds safety sensitive positions to random drug testing.
Ordinance to Amend the Meeting Time for the Board
Ordinance (Created: 02/08/2008; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

An ordinance to amend the New Tazewell code book pertaining to the meeting time for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Ordinance to Amend Title 13, Chapter 1, of the Cleveland Municipal Code by Adding Thereto a New Section 13-107
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2001; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

The removal from property of unsafe and unhealthy man-made and natural materials may be made at owner's expense.
Ordinance to Change the Town Election Date
Ordinance (Created: 05/29/2007; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

An ordinance to change the town election date to the November general election date.
Ordinance to Control the Operation of Vehicles for Hire in the City of Erwin
Ordinance (Created: 08/18/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

An ordinance and permit forms for operating taxicabs.
Ordinance to Create a Class of Beer Permits Which Can Be Granted to Caterers
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An ordinance amending the beer ordinance of the City of Martin to create a class of beer permits which can be granted to caterers.
Ordinance to Establish a Charge for False Emergency Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

An ordinance to establish a charge for false emergency alarms which were not caused by a violent act of nature.
Ordinance to Establish a Purchasing Policy for the City of Rutherford, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 05/17/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance that would establish policies and procedures for the procurement of equipment, services, materials, and supplies for the operation of municipal government.
Ordinance to Establish Impound Lot Regulations and Fees for Impounded and/or Seized Vehicles
Ordinance (Created: 01/08/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

An ordinance to establish impound lot regulations and fees for impounded and/or seized vehicles for the City of Blaine.
Ordinance to Establish Parking Limits on Designated Streets and at Designated Times
Ordinance (Created: 08/12/2015; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

An ordinance to establish parking limits on designated streets at designated times to allow city sanitation vehicles to collect solid waste.
Ordinance to Establish Refuse Collection Fees
Ordinance (Created: 03/30/2007; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

An ordinance to establish refuse collection fees in Title 17 of the municipal code.
Ordinance to Establish Rules and Regulations for the Parks and Greenways -- of the City of Harrogate
Ordinance (Created: 04/16/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance establishing rules and regulations for the parks and greenways of the City of Harrogate.
Ordinance to Establish Uniform Purchasing and Property Disposal Policies for the Town of Rutherford, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 02/14/2003; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to provide a uniform purchasing ordinance.
Ordinance to Increase the City Court Fees
Ordinance (Created: 08/02/2005; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

An ordinance that increased city court costs from $80 to $120.
Ordinance to Prohibit Large Vehicles from Entering/Exiting Intersection
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/2009; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

An ordinance to prohibit trucks and other large vehicles from entering/exiting the intersection of State Route 33 and Little River Road.
Ordinance to Provide for Order, Safety, and Tranquility in the Streets of the Town of New Tazewell During Parades
Ordinance (Created: 10/03/2002; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance which would allow the town to recover security costs during parades and rallies.
Ordinance to Provide for Residential Garbage Collection -- Fees
Ordinance (Created: 05/17/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance that would provide for residential garbage collection fees.
Ordinance to Raise the Sales and Use Tax in the City of Dunlap from 2.25% to 2.75% and to Request a Referendum of the People to Approve the Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/05/2010; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

The ordinance is one that increases the City of Dunlap's portion of the local option sales tax to the maximum 2.75% upon a successful referendum.
Ordinance to Regulate Junked Vehicles
Ordinance (Created: 07/03/2003; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

An ordinance prohibiting the keeping of junked, abandoned, dilapidated, or discarded motor vehicles inside the corporate limits of the Town.
Ordinance to Regulate Junked Vehicles on Public and Private Property
Ordinance (Created: 07/08/2004; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a junked car ordinance.
Ordinance to Repeal and Amend a Portion of ... the Personnel Policy Regarding Workers' Compensation
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Ordinance regarding workers' compensation.
Ordinance to Vacate a Part or All of a Street
Ordinance (Created: 11/15/2004; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

An ordinance to close all or part of a street.
Ordinance Violation and Appeal as a Civil Rather Than Criminal Proceeding
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an appeal of an ordinance violation to circuit court by the defendant would be considered a civil or criminal matter.
Organization of Local Library Board
General (Created: 11/25/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist Monteagle in determining how the local library board is organized, how the board is appointed, who can serve on the board, and to recommend the best way for Monteagle to make sure that its appropriation for library services is used properly.
Organizational Retreat for Parks and Recreation Department
Report/Study (Created: 09/03/2009; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with an organizational retreat for staff.
Organizational Structure of Municipal Public Works Departments
Report/Study (Created: 02/28/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Letter detailing the organizational structure of a municipal public works department.
Orientation Workshop Agenda
General (Created: 05/08/2003; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an orientation workshop for the Town of Huntsville. Full text available in the MTAS library (City of Pikeville Orientation Booklet).
Ouster of Commissioner
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/11/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City would have to use the procedure in Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 6-20-220, to oust a commissioner or whether the City could use the general ouster law (T.C.A. ' 8-47-101, et seq.).
Out-of-Rank/Class Pay Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2004; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

Twenty-three city departments were asked questions about compensating employees who work in a job with a higher classification.
Outdoor Display of Works of Art on City-Owned Property
Form (Created: 01/28/2004; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

An example from the City of Franklin of an application and procedures for placing artwork on public property.
Outside Utility Rate Discrimination
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2009; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to charging outside utility customers higher rates than inside utility customers.
Overdue Parking Violations Notice Letter and Statute
Form (Created: 12/07/2011; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the procedure for turning over unpaid parking tickets to a collection agency.
Overpayment of Fines, Taxes, and Costs to Municipal Courts
General (Created: 05/29/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the procedure should be whenever a municipal court receives an overpayment of the amount due to a municipal court.
Overriding the Decision of the Beer Board to Grant a Beer -- Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/11/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's governing body can override the decision of the beer board to grant a beer permit.
Overtime Compensation for E-911 Dispatchers
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/26/1998; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether E-911 dispatchers qualify for the 207(k) exemption for the purpose of working them 43 hours a week before they are eligible for overtime compensation.
Overtime Compensation for Training Time for Police Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/21/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether cities must pay overtime with respect to police officers attending law enforcement training academy.
Overtime Compensation Response Summary Report
Survey (Created: 03/23/2010; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

Twenty-two cities were asked about compensation for overtime in compliance with the FLSA and premiums for on-call.
Overturning the Decision of the City Manager in Demoting the Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/1993; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city commission can overturn the decision of the city manager in demoting the police chief.
Overview of Municipal Certifications in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The Research and Information Center acquired information for a number of departments in Tennessee cities that require employees be certified in their fields.
Package Liquor v. Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

The General Assembly has passed a body of statutes regulating the sale of both package liquor and liquor by the drink.
Paid Maternity Leave and Short-term Disability in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/20/2020; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Twelve cities responded to a request for information regarding paid maternity leave and short-term disability for their employees.
Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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

An ordinance establishing rules and regulations for parks.
Parking Meters
General (Created: 05/21/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of using parking meters in order to control hours of downtown parking.
Parks and Facilities Fees
Survey (Created: 09/01/2018; Reviewed: January 12, 2021 )

Twelve Tennessee cities were asked about their fees for park and facilities usage and who handles them.
Parks and Recreation Budgets and Number of Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Winchester
Survey (Created: 11/01/2003; Reviewed: January 12, 2021 )

Ten cities were asked about the budgets and number of employees in parks and recreation as well as their city budgets.
Parks and Recreation Director
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked about the advisability of some residents of the City forming a volunteer fire department and contracting with the City to provide services.
Passing Regulations on Structures and Excavations in Street Rights-of-Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/01/1998; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether cities in Tennessee can pass regulations on structures and excavations in their street rights-of-way and on private property that abuts their street rights-of-way .
Passing Weight Limits on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/1994; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the town can pass weight limits upon its streets.
Paving Eight Streets under a Bid for the Reconstruction of Another Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/1994; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pave eight streets under a bid that was never accepted for the reconstruction of another street, but which had a separate paving price component.
Pay for Seasonal Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/1993; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the City could pay umpires, scorekeepers, and others working just the summer months by the game rather than hourly wages or a specific salary.
Pay Plan Issues and Salary Adjustments
General (Created: 05/24/2012; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a city is required to pay interest on contractor's performance bonds deposited in cash and, at regular meetings, can the city council take up business not contained in the agenda.
Payment of "Hazard Pay" During COVID-19 Pandemic in Selected Cities in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 04/24/2020; Reviewed: May 18, 2021 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding whether or not their employees are eligible for hazard pay during a crisis or emergency declaration.
Payment of In Lieu of Taxes by a Municipal Water System
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/15/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

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

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

A comparison of the business licenses and permits required for transient vendors, peddlers, solicitors, charitable solicitors, and street barkers.
Pedestrian Crossing Policies and Guidelines
General (Created: 08/18/2016; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of policies and guidelines for mid-block pedestrian crossings.
Performance Appraisal Sample Documents
Form (Created: 04/22/2016; Reviewed: May 18, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of performance appraisal or evaluation forms.
Performance Correction Notice
Form (Created: 01/13/2004; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to provide a performance correction notice for the City of Dunlap.
Performance Evaluation/Staff Development Form for Employees in Non-exempt Classifications.
Form (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: May 13, 2021 )

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

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

MTAS was asked how to perform criminal background checks on potential employees of the Town.
Permitting Fire Department Pumpers to Connect to Hydrants During a Fire
General (Created: 08/01/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked why the fire department pumpers are not permitted to connect to hydrants during a working fire.
Personal Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/18/2017; Reviewed: April 3, 2020 )

Pursuant to the ethics policy adopted by the municipality, this model ethics code personal interest disclosure form is required to be filled out and submitted to the city recorder when a municipal employee or official must exercise discretion over a matter that he/she has a personal interest in that affects, or a reasonable person might believe affects, the employee or official's exercise of discretion.
Personal Property Taxes in Maryville
Report/Study (Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: January 12, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to research several issues relating to collection of personal property taxes and prepare a report listing relevant statutes, charter provisions and options available to the city for collection of the taxes.
Personal Safety for Fire Investigators
General (Created: 06/01/2020; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

A standard operating guideline is recommended for all fire investigators or those involved in the duties of fire and explosion scene investigations.
Personnel Authority of City Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2000; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Judge has the authority to appoint, discipline, and remove the court clerk and deputy court clerk.
Personnel Powers of City Manager v. Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1998; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any individual member of the city council, or the city council as a body, has the authority to require the city manager to dismiss or to take any other personnel action against a city employee, or to give orders or instructions to city employees.
Physical Agility Testing and Holiday Time Off
Survey (Created: 08/03/2015; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

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

This fire study addresses how well the department is presently functioning as compared to national standards, federal requirements, and benchmarking industry standards.
Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/01/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

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

An ordinance setting purchasing limits for the Town of Pittman Center.
Placing Flashing Lights in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

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

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

Job description for the position of Planner II.
Planning and Zoning under Chapter 1101
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/2001; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked the impact of Chapter 1101 on the planning and subdivision authority of cities.
Planning Commission Meeting Procedures
General (Created: 03/06/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

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

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Planning Director.
Plant Operator Trainee
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 14, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Plant Operator Trainee in Water and Wastewater.
Police and Fire Department Annual Physical Exam Survey
Survey (Created: 08/11/2006; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

Twenty-five cities and airport authorities were asked whether their police and fire departments require annual physical exams and if there are rewards or incentives given.
Police Captain
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Captain (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a police department can conduct a forfeiture sale under T.C.A. 40-33-107.
Police Department Request for Extra Duty Form
Form (Created: 01/28/2016; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

A sample form used by the City of Cleveland Police Department when a citizen or organization requests a police presence at an event or function.
Police Department Staffing Levels and Budget Information in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

A survey of Tennessee cities regarding police staffing levels, police general fund budget and drug fund information.
Police Dispatching Services in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/15/2019; Reviewed: May 19, 2020 )

Selected Tennessee cities were asked how police dispatch services are handled in their departments.
Police Employee with Seizure Conditions
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

The Town of Huntsville inquired about the feasibility of establishing police services to its residents.
Police Liability for Damages to Buildings in the Process of Searches in Exigent Circumstances
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2010; Reviewed: July 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the police are liable for damages done to private property that occur when they obtain entry to a building and seize a person's property under a search warrant or under exigent circumstances.
Police Lieutenant
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Police Lieutenant.
Police Officer
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Police Officer (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

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

Certification requirements of police officers and part-time, or reserve, police officers.
Police Officer Oath
Form (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: April 19, 2021 )

Oath of office for a police officer.
Police Officer Recruitment and Retention
Survey (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Nineteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out about their police department recruitment and retention policies.
Police Officer Serving as Codes Enforcement Officer
General (Created: 03/26/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a police officer may be assigned additional duties as a codes enforcement officer.
Police Opening Locked Car Doors for Motorists
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

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

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

Three cities were asked their policies for replacing police vehicles
Policy Against Harassment and Bullying
General (Created: 04/26/2011; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

The purpose of this policy is to reaffirm the City of Sedona's policy against any form of harassment including sexual harassment, harassment based upon race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. It also affirms the City of Sedona's zero tolerance policy towards bullying.
Policy for Rehiring Former City Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 01/10/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

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

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

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

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

A city inquired about the removal of a commissioner under the charter provision permitting the removal of an officer.
Potential Tort Liability Due to a Street Design
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/1996; Reviewed: May 10, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the town has potential tort liability due to a street design.
Potentiality That an Insufficient Number of Candidates Will Qualify for the Open Board Seats
General (Created: 04/02/2014; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked for a pre-annexation agreement for the extension of a trunk sewer line.
Pre-Employment Testing of Clerical/Administrative Support Candidates
Survey (Created: 08/16/2012; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

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

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

Thirty-one cities, counties, and departments were asked several questions about their use of pre-paid legal services.
Preventing Encroachment on the City Right of Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/19/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

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

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

An ordinance regulating private sewage disposal and requiring use of public sewers when available.
Probationary Employee Entitled to Pay for Military Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

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

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

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

MTAS explains how the city charter provision sets forth the process for the swearing-in of members of the city's governing body.
Procurement of Architect, Engineer, or Construction Services
General (Created: 11/11/2013; Reviewed: April 12, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may seek qualifications and experience data from a single architectural, engineering, or construction services firm, when procuring these professional services.
Producer
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

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

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

An occupation tax is imposed on those persons with an active Tennessee license or registration to practice any of the professions in this listing.
Professional Services Rendered by Weightlifter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/1998; Reviewed: July 30, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether T.C.A. ' 12-4-106 prohibits local governments from competitively bidding contracts for certain types of professional services.
Prohibiting by Ordinance the Broadcasting of Meetings of the City's Governing Body
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/21/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can prohibit the broadcasting of meetings of the city's governing body.
Prohibiting Development of Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

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

MTAS was asked whether a city can adopt and enforce an ordinance prohibiting the practice of hypnotism.
Prohibiting Three Axle Vehicles on a Certain City Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

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

MTAS was asked for a brief opinion with respect to the authority of local governments to enter into collective bargaining agreements with various employees.
Property Acquisition and Manager's Tool Box Survey
Survey (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a survey regarding property acquisition and whether or not the city has developed a Manager's Tool Box containing policies, procedures, forms or a purchasing card.
Property Annexed Before and During Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2002; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the application of a city's building and utility codes to annexed property before and during construction.
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/03/2003; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance establishing the minimum regulations governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/07/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2021 )

The Town of Huntland requested a property maintenance or slum clearance ordinance.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
Report/Study (Created: 09/07/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to draft a property maintenance program for the City of Decherd. Includes ordinance, resolution, maintenance checklist, inspection warrant, and notice of lien.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
Report/Study (Created: 03/29/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
Report/Study (Created: 11/12/2010; Reviewed: January 12, 2021 )

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Rights in Employment
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2005; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide employees greater property rights in employment than is provided in the charter.
Property Standards Inspector I
Job Description (Created: 06/08/2010; Reviewed: April 29, 2021 )

A job description for the position of Property Standards Inspector I for Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Government.
Proposed Debt Policy Review for Chattanooga
General (Created: 11/30/2011; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS reviewed Chattanooga's dept policy for conformance with the MTAS Model Debt Policy.
Proposed Gift of Real Property from County School Board to City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/2005; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

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

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

MTAS was asked if a city could enter into an agreement with a developer to refrain from rezoning city-owned property for commercial use for a period of five years.
Proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD) for a Mobile Home Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/1996; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked several questions with a respect to a proposed planned unit development (PUD) for a mobile home park.
Protecting Fire Department Infrastructure
Report/Study (Created: 03/23/2016; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

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

MTAS was asked whether, and under what conditions, single-wide mobile homes have protection as a preexisting nonconforming use.
Protective Clothing: Selection, Care and Maintenance [Sample Policy from Helotes, TX Fire Department]
General (Created: 04/10/2018; Reviewed: December 13, 2019 )

A sample procedure from the Helotes, TX Fire Department for the selection care and maintenance of protective clothing for fire services. Material is used with permission of Fire Chief Scott Moreland, Helotes, TX.
Providing City Water Service Inside a Utility District's Service Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide health insurance to the city attorney.
Provision of Insurance to Municipal Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/2001; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can provide health insurance to the department heads and/or their families, to the exclusion of all other city employees?
Provisions for Uniforms for City Employees
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

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

MTAS was asked whether proxy voting by the board of mayor and aldermen is allowed.
Public Art Policy and Procedures
General (Created: 09/27/2005; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

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

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

This document outlines the policy of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners with respect to the naming of public buildings, infrastructure, and facilities owned by the City of Johnson City.
Public Employee Owning a Retail Liquor Store
General (Created: 04/17/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a public employee, such as a firefighter, can own a retail liquor store.
Public Fire Safety Education Report
Form (Created: 11/13/2019; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

Form created by MTAS to document public fire safety education programs for the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Public Notice and Budget for the City of Townsend
General (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: May 6, 2020 )

Public notice information and budget for FY2009-2010 for the City of Townsend.
Public Property Naming
Survey (Created: 09/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city and church sharing in the costs of constructing a fence on an easement.
Public Safety Retirement Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2016; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

Nine cities responded to an MTAS survey about their retirement plans for their police and fire employees.
Public Sector Retirement Bridge Supplement Usage in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/15/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020 )

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

An organizational chart of municipal services, including public works and utilities.
Public Works Contract Requirements
Ordinance (Created: 08/01/2005; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to research and recommend other municipal requirements relating to the administration of contracts for public works or improvements; includes resolution and ordinance.
Public Works Department Model SOP Outline
General (Created: 08/16/2007; Reviewed: April 12, 2021 )

An outline of a model operating procedure (SOP) for a public works department.
Public Works Facility Ribbon Cutting
General (Created: 04/09/2003; Reviewed: May 6, 2020 )

An article summarizing the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Collierville Public Services Complex.
Public Works General Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 10/13/2003; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

A job description for the position of General Supervisor in the Public Works Dept. of Bluff City.
Public Works Performance Evaluation Forms
Form (Created: 04/05/2006; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Sample performance evaluation forms for truck drivers and operators, mechanics, and skilled laborers. Note that the basic parts of the form are the same for all employees. 'Factor K - Essential Function of Employee Position is the factor that is unique to each position.
Public Works Permit Applications
Form (Created: 07/08/2011; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

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

MTAS was asked questions regarding TCA '62-2-107 and whether the statute requires an architect or engineer prepare plans and specifications for the open-air pavilion with bathrooms that is proposed to be constructed in a city park by a civic organization using private funds.
Public Works Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2021 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked how to remove non-residents from the election roll.
Qualification Based Selection: A guide for procuring design professional services in Tennessee
General (Created: 07/02/2019; Reviewed: April 8, 2021 )

This guide for procuring professional design services was created through the cooperative effort of the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Working Group, a group consisting of representatives from various State agencies, professional societies, and private individuals. The purpose of the QBS Working Group was to create a document outlining the process for the procurement of professional design services using Qualifications Based Selection in a manner that complies with state law and benefits both design professionals and public bodies alike. Through five public meetings from April to December, 2018, the QBS Working Group considered its goal of providing guidance. Working from a document created by Sharon Rollins for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) (an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service that assists municipalities with technical consulting, training and field services) as a guide, the QBS Working Group adopted the attached document as its final product for the purpose of achieving its goal of providing guidance to design professionals and public bodies. A second document is attached. This is the appendices of the QBS document which provides sample forms to used in the process of acquiring the services of design professionals.
Quality Assurance Program for Enforcement and Inspection Programs
Form (Created: 12/10/2020; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS Fire Consultant Dennis Wolf authored this template that can be used by any city or town to provide a means of measuring the quality of fire inspections performed.
Question on Open Burning
General (Created: 08/09/2007; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about open burning within the city limits.
Questions About Amending a Proposed Ordinance Between Readings and the Secretary of the Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/1998; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a proposed ordinance can be amended between readings and whether the secretary of the planning commission is a public officer.
Questions about NIMS (National Incident Management System)
General (Created: 09/30/2005; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city has to do the training and pass the resolution and who receives the compliance documentation.
Questions Arising When No City Manager Is Currently Serving
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the relationship between the city manager and the city under the general law manager-commission charter and the question of whether the city can appoint a temporary city manager who does not have the 12 month protection under the charter.
Questions on Businesses Selling Liquor
General (Created: 04/14/2003; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city board could change the hours for selling liquor; if local businesses are required to close at 3:00 AM; and if minors are required to leave places where liquor is sold at 10:00 PM.
Questions on Cable Service
General (Created: 08/26/2014; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the state franchise process for cable and video services and approaches to address a situation in several subdivisions that effectively limits wired cable and video service choices.
Questions on Capital Outlay Notes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/1994; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked two questions on capital outlay notes.
Questions on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/15/1999; Reviewed: May 5, 2020 )

MTAS was asked several questions about municipal streets.
Questions Related to Overtime Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1997; Reviewed: May 20, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a full-time city employee who is also a volunteer firefighter is entitled to overtime compensation when his combined hours as a city employee and as a volunteer firefighter exceed 40 hours, whether a full-time firefighter who works in the water department on Saturdays is entitled to overtime for hours worked in excess of the hours he is permitted to work during his work period, and where a city employee does dissimilar work, how his overtime compensation is calculated.
Questions Related to Workers' Compensation
General (Created: 04/20/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to workers' compensation.
Quorum and Override Provisions
General (Created: 12/16/2004; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked the number of votes needed to pass an ordinance and to override a Mayoral veto.
Quorum with Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/2001; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor counts toward a quorum and may the mayor vote.
Quorum, Tie Votes, and Roberts Rules
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1992; Reviewed: May 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain proposed measure before the city council passed, or was there a tie vote on the proposed measure which the mayor could break.
Raising the Number of On-Premise Beer Permits
General (Created: 12/05/2003; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the number of on-premise beer permits in Rogersville and if that number can be raised.
Real Estate Signs in an Historical District
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can require real estate signs to contain notation that property indicated for sale is in an historical district and that special zoning restrictions apply to the use of the property.
Reappointing the City Recorder
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/1997; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how to rehire the city recorder after she resigned and then changed her mind.
Reapportionment
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/31/2002; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether all municipalities that elect city council members from districts are required to reapportion the districts after each federal census.
Reasonable Accommodation
General (Created: 08/29/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about reasonable accommodation for an employee who has typing duties and develops carpal tunnel syndrome.
Reasonable Accommodations for Firefighter with Service Dog
General (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS provided guidance in making a determination on what is a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for a firefighter with diabetes who has a service dog, and wishes to bring the service dog to work with him at the fire station.
Reasonable Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what are court costs and the conditions under which court costs can be levied in Tennessee.
Recommended Guidance to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Minimum Monitoring Requirements for NPDES MS4 Program Effectiveness and Compliance
(Created: 03/14/2008; Reviewed: September 30, 2020 )

This publication provides guidance to TDEC's minimum monitoring requirements for NPDES MS4 program effectiveness and compliance.
Recording Abstentions in the Minutes of Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/30/1997; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the recorder should record abstentions in the minutes of meetings.
Records Clerk / Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Records Clerk / Dispatcher.
Records Management Plan, Manual, and Resolution
General (Created: 09/01/2005; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A records management plan with accompanying manual and resolution
Records Retention for Police In-Car Video Systems and Body-Worn Cameras
General (Created: 10/14/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a records retention schedule for police in-car video equipment, as well as videos recorded from body-worn cameras.
Recovering the Cost of Emergency Fire Calls
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/1994; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can recover the cost of emergency fire calls at automobile wrecks where occupants have to be cut out of the vehicle or there is a danger of fire from spilled gasoline.
Recovery of Illegally Disposed of City Real Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/28/1996; Reviewed: October 28, 2009 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had the authority to dispose of the property for the city.
Recovery of Utility Extension Costs Front-Ended by Developers
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/2005; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to city policies governing the recovery of utility extension costs front-ended by developers.
Recreation Advertisements
General (Created: 12/11/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can sell advertisements at recreation facilities and if the revenue can be held in a special fund for recreation purposes.
Recreation Aide
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Aide (part-time).
Recreation Center Attendant (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Center Attendant.
Recreation Center Attendant (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Center Attendant.
Recreation Centers
General (Created: 10/18/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

The City of Morristown asked MTAS for a comparison of eleven community and recreation centers.
Recreation Maintenance Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Maintenance Superintendent.
Recreation Program Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Program Coordinator.
Recreation Specialist
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Specialist.
Reduction of Health Benefits by the Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/1998; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility board can reduce the health benefits of the management team members to the same level it reduces the health benefits of utility board members.
Referenda on Bond Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/2002; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing referenda on bond issues.
Referendum on Annexation for One Voter
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/05/2004; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a referendum on annexation can be held when only one voter lives on the land.
Refunding Fees and Taxes Collected in the Case of Annexation Being Declared Void
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

A legal opinion regarding whether a city is responsible for refunding (1) beer license fees, (2) beer sales tax, and (3) city property tax in the case of an annexation being declared void.
Refuse Collection Driver
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Refuse Collection Driver.
Refuse Collector
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

Job description for the position of Refuse Collector.
Refuse Fees Based on Considerations Other Than the Cost of Providing the Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/2009; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could give low income property owners reduced solid waste collection fees.
Regulating Day Trucks on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/03/2001; Reviewed: May 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to regulating day trucks on city streets.
Regulating Hunting in the City by Private Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/1998; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can by private act regulate hunting in the city.
Regulating Mailboxes in Rights-of-Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/2003; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can, through subdivision regulations, regulate construction of masonry-type mailboxes outside city but within municipality's regional planning area.
Regulating Parking Through a Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/11/2001; Reviewed: May 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a way to regulate parking through limitations on the definition of 'family' in a zoning ordinance.
Regulating the Exterior Appearance of Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can require that double-wide mobile homes placed in the city have roof overhangs and gutters.
Regulating the Installation and Operation of Sand Filtration Wastewater Systems in Developments Located Outside City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/19/2003; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the city's ability to regulate sand filtration wastewater systems being constructed outside the city in developments located in the regional planning commission's jurisdiction.
Regulating the Minimum Size of a Residential Dwelling
General (Created: 07/27/2015; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether it is lawful to regulate the minimum size of a residential dwelling through zoning or subdivision regulation.
Regulating the Practice of an Individual Buying and Offering Used Cars for Sale
General (Created: 10/01/2015; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to regulate an unlicensed auto dealer offering vehicles for sale in his yard.
Regulating the Weight and Route of Trucks Travelling on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/15/2002; Reviewed: May 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked about the ability of a city to regulate the weight and route of trucks traveling on city streets.
Regulating Transient Vendors
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/09/2000; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review an ordinance dealing with transient vendors.
Regulation of Cemeteries
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/14/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS analyzed the question of whether cemeteries are subject to zoning regulations or regulation by the city council.
Rehiring an Employee Who Was Fired
General (Created: 07/19/2004; Reviewed: May 24, 2021 )

MTAS was asked if the Mayor has the authority to rehire an employee who was fired by the previous City Administrator.
Reimbursing a Property Owner Who Has Piped and Covered the Natural Drainage Easement
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/03/1996; Reviewed: May 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required to reimburse a property owner who has "piped" and covered the natural drainage easement that runs though his property
Rejecting Any And All Bids
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/2004; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what is the lowest and best bid.
Relationship of Volunteer Fire Department to the Town
General (Created: 10/28/2002; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

MTAS was asked how the volunteer fire department should relate to the Town of Huntland.
Relative Personnel Powers of the Electric Power Board and the Water, Sewer, and Gas Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/11/2009; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to analyze a wide range of questions related to the city's public utility operations.
Relative Powers of the Utilities Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/22/2008; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about a number of questions related to distribution of authority between utility board and utility superintendent.
Releasing the Mayor's Personal Information as an Open Record
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/20/2010; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

Should the Mayor be considered a "public employee" for the purposes of determining whether or not his personal information (home phone number, address, etc.) should be released as an open record?
Relocation of City Hall
General (Created: 08/09/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about moving City Hall from one county to another.
Removal by City of Abandoned, Junked, or Wrecked Vehicles
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/17/2006; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to review the city junk and abandoned vehicle ordinance and explain the conflict with Tennessee law, the need for a court order before entering private property to remove cars, and the due process issue.
Removal of Board and Commission Members for Excessive Absences
General (Created: 11/11/2015; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about removing board members for non-attendance.
Removal of Members of Limited Purpose Appointed Boards and Commissions for the Purpose of Promoting Racial Balance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/12/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can remove all members of present boards and replace them with membership more reflecting the minority population of the city.
Removal of Police Chief and City Manager by City Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2020 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing relative powers of board of commissioners and of city manager to terminate police chief, and certain procedural matters related to that issue.
Removing an Alderman from the Office of Housing -- Authority Commissioner
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/16/1999; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a housing authority commissioner who was elected to the board of mayor and aldermen can be removed from the office of housing authority commissioner.
Removing Police and Fire Chiefs from the Classified Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/20/2007; Reviewed: May 14, 2021 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions about the right of the city to remove police and fire chiefs from the classified service.
Renting City Equipment and Raising the Salaries of City Commissioners
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/2000; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the renting of city equipment by the city and the legality of raising the salaries of city commissioners during current terms of office.
Repealing the Prohibition of Manufacturing or Wholesaling Intoxicating Liquors
General (Created: 02/28/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about updating a municipal code that currently prohibits distilleries and wholesaling.
Replacing Fire Hose
General (Created: 06/19/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

NFPA requires a fire department to have a replacement schedule, but stops short of establishing a maximum number of years of service, leaving that up to the authority having jurisdiction. Even though a section of 15-year old fire hose may still pass an annual test, the fire chief should consider a 10-year maximum service life under normal operating conditions. The 2013 edition of NFPA 1962 has a requirement that calls for hose manufactured before July 1987 to be removed from service. The ISO FSRS also addresses the testing of fire hose. For maximum points, the fire department must test all fire hose annually. The FSRS states: The Hose Service Test Program shall be in accordance with the general criteria of NFPA 1962, which requires that test pressures are a minimum of 300 psi for attack hose, and a minimum of 200 psi for supply hose. As long as the fire hose passes an annual test, ISO will give the fire department credit for the hose.
Replacing the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/28/2012; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who can become the mayor upon the resignation of the current mayor.
Report for the City of Knoxville Office of Redevelopment and Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association
Report/Study (Created: 04/09/2018; Reviewed: December 12, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to research successful relationships between chambers of commerce, merchants associations and their local universities or colleges.
Report on the Carter County Tomorrow Strategic Planning Sessions
Report/Study (Created: 12/12/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate the strategic planning sessions for a joint economic development board.
Report on the Dandridge 2004 Board and Staff Retreat
Report/Study (Created: 04/27/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with the Dandridge council and staff retreat design and facilitation.
Report on the Greeneville Strategic Planning Retreat
Report/Study (Created: 12/16/2010; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with a strategic planning retreat that focused on charter changes.
Report to the City of Bristol on Methods Used by Cities to Make Appointments to Advisory Boards
General (Created: 08/12/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to look at the advisory board appointment practices of other cities, in order to improve the process used by Bristol; includes a survey about the appointment practices of fourteen cities.
Request for Proposal Financial and Compliance Audit Bid Packet
RFP (Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

The City of Harriman has issued this RFP to interested auditors, who are qualified under state law and regulations, for the performance of a financial and compliance audit of the city.
Request for Proposal for Financial Advisor Services (Generic)
RFP (Created: 09/17/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2018 )

This RFP is to solicit proposals from qualified companies to serve as financial advisor.
Request for Proposal Group Health Plan
RFP (Created: 02/25/2008; Reviewed: February 19, 2010 )

A sample RFP template for a group health plan that includes health insurance, pharmacy benefit management, and disease management services.
Request for Proposal Purchasing Cards
RFP (Created: 02/09/2009; Reviewed: November 16, 2017 )

The purpose of this RFP is to enter into a contract with a qualified commercial financial institution for the provision of purchasing card (credit card) services for all agencies of the city.
Request for Proposal: Banking Services for City's Payroll Account
RFP (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: September 15, 2010 )

A sample RFP for a city's payroll account.
Request for Proposals for Professional Realty Services
RFP (Created: 05/01/2001; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

RFP to sell the property known as the City/County Hospital.
Request for Proposals for Real Estate Broker Services
RFP (Created: 10/20/2009; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

Jefferson City is seeking proposals from local real estate brokers/firms to sell real property owned by the city.
Request for Qualifications and Costs : Website Development and Maintenance
RFP (Created: 01/07/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

The City of Jefferson City, Tennessee is seeking a qualified website vendor to design, implement, and possibly maintain a new City website. Such website should provide ease of access to information about the City and its services, as well as access to resources commonly requested and used by citizens and businesses.
Request for Qualifications for City Attorney/Legal Services for the City of Sevierville, Tennessee
RFP (Created: 08/03/2004; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an RFQ for legal services.
Request for Qualifications for City Attorney/Legal Services for the Town of Kingston Springs
RFP (Created: 03/25/2015; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

Example of an RFQ for a city attorney.
Request for Qualifications: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Services
RFP (Created: 04/01/2008; Reviewed: May 28, 2021 )

An RFQ for the City of Knoxville related to hiring a contractor to conduct an energy audit of all City-owned facilities.
Requirement of a Commercial Driver License (CDL) for Municipal Employees
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

A survey of selected cities regarding Commercial Driver License (CDL) licensing requirements for employees.
Requirement That Vendors Pay Higher Fees and Post Bonds
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2006; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may pass an ordinance levying higher fees on vendors and requiring that vendors post bonds.
Requirements for a Civil Warrant
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/24/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research the requirements for warrants executed by a municipal court.
Requiring a Certain Salvage Yard to Conform to the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/1994; Reviewed: April 19, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can require a certain salvage yard to conform to the city's zoning ordinance.
Requiring a Preexisting Nonconforming Use to Build a Fence Around City Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/2011; Reviewed: May 4, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can require a preexisting nonconforming use to build a fence around its property, basing the fence on the police powers of the city.
Requiring a State Park to Hook Onto the Town's Sewer Line If the Park Territory Was Annexed Into the Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/1996; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a town could require a nearby state park to hook onto the town's sewer line if the park territory was annexed into the town.
Requiring an Employee to Sign an Agreement Releasing the City from Liability
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1995; Reviewed: May 10, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could require auxilary police officers to sign waivers releasing the city from any liability for their negligent conduct or omissions.
Requiring Annexation as a Condition for Extending a Utility Outside the City
General (Created: 01/26/2012; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the city entering into an agreement with a land owner/developer requiring annexation as a condition for extending a utility outside the city.
Requiring Developers to Construct Sidewalks in Developments in the County
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/2008; Reviewed: May 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the regional planning commission could require developers to construct sidewalks in developments in the county.
Requiring Property Owners to Build or Repair Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/02/2006; Reviewed: May 6, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether property owners can be compelled to construct sidewalks abutting their property.

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