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Court Costs Taxed
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/2002; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a general sessions court judge can tax costs against the city when officers fail to properly execute warrants.
Court Liason Programs
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

The Court Liaison Program is a cooperative effort of the local police department, the District Attorney General's office and the General Sessions Court Judge to reduce police overtime costs.
Court Reform and Your Municipal Code
General (Created: 07/24/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A list of offenses you may have in your municipal code that provide penalties that exceed the jurisdiction of your city court.
Court System Survey Results
Survey (Created: 08/01/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Twenty-one cities were asked questions about the court administrator and assistant to judge, as well as the staffing level of the court system.
Creating an Industrial Board
Resolution (Created: 01/31/2005; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Includes a resolution, charter, and by laws for an industrial board.
Creation of An Additional Municipal Court Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an amendment to the city's charter will be required if the city wishes to appoint another city judge with the jurisdiction to hear only municipal ordinance violation cases.
Creation of Metropolitan Government
General (Created: 08/18/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the Town of Woodbury could stop a proposed effort to implement metropolitan government in Cannon County, Tennessee.
Credit Cards Used to Pay Taxes and Other Fees
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Several Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they allow citizens to pay taxes or fees with a credit card.
Criminal Background Check Authorization
Form (Created: 03/14/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a criminal background check employment application supplement.
Critical Need for Volunteer Incentive Programs
General (Created: 08/23/2005; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

Volunteer incentive programs must be developed by each fire department to insure that the drop out rate is reduced to the lowest level possible.
Crossville Water Rate Study
Report/Study (Created: 07/02/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Rate increases were recommended to cover projected debt and fund higher depreciation costs.
Current Topics Affecting Municipal Governments: Tennessee Sexual Offender and Violent Sexual Offender Registration, Verification, and Tracking Act of 2004
General (Created: 08/09/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

A powerpoint presentation; this is not a full overview of the entire registry issue, only about the payments and registration of offenders and limitations on spending the proceeds.
Customer Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Customer Records Clerk in Water Systems Services.
Customer Service Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of customer service supervisor for utilities and public works for the City of Smyrna.
Customer Service Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Customer Service Supervisor for Utilities and Public Works.
Customer Service Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: June 21, 2018 )

A job description for the position of Customer Service Technician
Daily Cash Report
General (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: October 18, 2010 )

An example of a simple daily cash report for the City of Plainview.
Damages Police Do to Buildings in the Process of Searches in Exigent Circumstances
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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.
Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2016; Reviewed: March 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of data entry operator from the city of Memphis.
Dead Animal Pickup on Private Property: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 09/01/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about their policies and procedures for picking up dead animals from private property.
Deannexation and the Payment of Property Taxes
General (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the process of deannexation (also known as 'contraction') and about the payment of property taxes for those who reside in the area to be deannexed.
Debt Reimbursement Resolution
Resolution (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: September 15, 2010 )

A resolution expressing official intent that certain expenditures to be incurred in connection with certain public works projects and related expenditures be reimbursed from proceeds of notes, bonds, or other indebtedness to be issued by the City of Morristown, Tennessee.
Dedication and Acceptance of Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/31/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the dedication and acceptance of sidewalks.
Dedication of Streets That Are Essentially Private Driveways
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1999; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be advisable for the Town to take over the maintenance, or accept the dedication as city streets, certain private driveways.
Deducting Union Dues for Firefighters
General (Created: 03/13/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research cities' requirements to deduct union dues from firefighters.
Deducting Union Dues from Firefighters' Paychecks
General (Created: 06/25/2002; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an opinion regarding the deduction of union dues from firefighter's paychecks.
Deferring Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2000; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to defer taxes on property annexed into the city but not yet receiving all city services.
Defined Benefit Retirement Plans and Benefits
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided examples of retirement plans from several cities and information from TCRS.
Defining School for the Purpose of Setting Speed Limits in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2004; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what a "school" is for the purpose of the school speed limit laws.
Definition of Grandfathering in the Sense of Allowing a Preexisting Use to Continue Despite a Later Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

"Grandfathering" is allowing an existing operation or conduct to continue legally when a new operation or conduct would be illegal.
Delinquent Business Tax and Garbage Fees
General (Created: 01/30/2003; Reviewed: December 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in collecting business tax and garbage fees.
Demand by a Former Police Officer for Payment for Unused Vacation and Sick Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/02/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a former police officer is entitled to accumulated vacation and sick leave pay upon leaving the city's employment because of past custom and practice of the Town.
Demolishing an Old Building That Shares a Party Wall with an Adjoining Building
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS advised city of potential liabilities in demolishing condemned building which shares "party wall" with adjoining property owner.
Demolition Bond in a Historic District
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/2001; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to require a bond to secure the demolition of a building within the historic overlay.
Demolition of Dilapidated and Unsafe Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/20/1998; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any legal way to require the local Farmer's Coop to demolish a large cattle feeding bin on its property.
Denying a Business License to a Person Whose Business Establishment is in Violation of the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/08/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can deny a business license to a person whose business establishment is in violation of the city's zoning ordinance.
Department Assistant Directors in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

MTAS surveyed 11 cities regarding Assistant or Deputy Directors in a number of departments in their cities.
Department Heads Are At Will Employees Under City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can provide a means by which department heads under certain conditions can elect to not be at will employees if those department heads are at will employees under the city charter.
Dependent Healthcare Coverage
General (Created: 05/29/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on Healthcare Reform and dependent care.
Design Review Commission Resolution
Resolution (Created: 03/03/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A resolution creating a design review commission for the Town of Pittman Center.
Design-Build Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legal authority of municipalities to let design-build contracts.
Development of a Proposed Sewer System for Estill Springs
(Created: 08/06/2001; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

Recommendation that Estill Springs connect with a neighboring town's sewer system.
Differential Tax Rates and Questions from the Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether differential tax rates within taxing districts and special services districts authorized under the Charter Government Unification Act would violate the Tennessee Constitution and several other questions by the Charter Commission.
Director of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Development Services.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019 )

Job description for the Director of Finance in a Tennessee city.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional for the City of Smyrna.
Director of Health
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Director of Health.
Director of Human Resources
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Director of Human Resources.
Director of Library
Job Description (Created: 01/24/2005; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

A job description for the position of library director
Disaster Response Documents
General (Created: 04/18/2011; Reviewed: July 25, 2017 )

A collection of documents that includes disaster cleanup bid documents, FEMA 322 Disaster Response, and USACE Scope of Work Example.
Disbanding Oakdale's Fire Department
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

An ordinance disbanding the Town of Oakdale's Fire Department.
Disciplinary Appeals Processes in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS asked twenty-six cities about their disciplinary appeals process and the city manager's role in that process.
Disclosing Medical Information to Emergency Service Providers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether city employees could give consent for medical information to be disclosed to emergency service providers.
Discretion of Town to Refuse to Allow New Taps
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/1994; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen may refuse to allow new taps to the municipal water system outside the corporate limits.
Discussion of Comp-Time Use for Exempt Employees
General (Created: 08/30/2016; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to look at the practice of providing compensatory time for 'overtime' hours worked by exempt employees, including how widespread the practice is among cities, and the pros and cons associated with the practice.
Disease Management Program RFP or RFQ
General (Created: 02/08/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked about the use of an RFP for a 'Disease Management Program.'
Dismissing an Employee for Refusing to Take a Polygraph
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee can be dismissed for refusal to take a polygraph test.
Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Dispatcher.
Dispatcher, Lead
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lead Dispatcher.
Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor.
Dispatcher/Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Records Clerk/Dispatcher.
Disposing of an Abandoned Vehicle
General (Created: 02/03/2016; Reviewed: July 6, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the process to dispose of a private vehicle that was abandoned.
Disposition of Court Costs, Litigation Tax Revenues, and Fines
General (Created: 12/22/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a summary of distribution of court costs, fines, and litigation taxes.
Disposition of Proceeds From the Sale of Confiscated Vehicles
General (Created: 10/15/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the proceeds from the sale of vehicles seized for Driving Under the Influence or Driving on a Revoked Drivers License violations.
Disposition of Seized Cash
General (Created: 06/01/2004; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the proper procedures for storing cash seized by the police department.
Disposition of Unclaimed, Lost, or Abandoned Personal Property in Possession of Police Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1996; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what disposition a city can make of unclaimed, lost, or abandoned personal property in the possession of the police department, such as, but not limited to, money, bicycles, automobiles, etc.
Dissolution and Reinstatement of an Industrial Development Board
General (Created: 02/18/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an IDB is automatically dissolved if they do not meet and how an IDB might be reinstated.
Dissolution of Airport Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could abolish the airport authority that it created.
Distribution of Authority Between the City Administrator and the City Recorder-Treasurer
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/19/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the distribution of authority between the city recorder and the city administrator.
Distribution of Authority Over City School System
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/13/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked questions related to the city school system, particularly with respect to the distribution of authority over the system between the city governing body and city school board. Questions related to charging tuition and closing school buildings.
Distribution of Mulch Materials for the City of Athens
General (Created: 01/10/2006; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

It is the intent of the City of Athens to make these mulch materials, produced or collected by the Public Works Department, available to City of Athens residents and/or City of Athens employees for their personal use.
District vs. At-Large Elections
General (Created: 02/23/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with a presentation on the subject of district vs at-large elections.
Divorced Employee Claimed He Was Married and Entitled to City-Sponsored Family Health Insurance Coverage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/2000; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it would be appropriate for the city to terminate an employee who falsely claimed that he was still married and therefore, entitled to city-sponsored family health insurance coverage, when, in fact, this employee was divorced.
Do-It-Yourself City Street Paving: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 06/14/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities were asked whether their city performs DIY street paving and how they made their decision.
Does an Employee Have a Right to a Salary Increase by Virtue of Provisions Made in the Budget for Salary Increases
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an employee has a right to a salary increase by virtue of provisions made in the budget for salary increases.
Does the City Have to Operate a City Court?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has to operate a city court.
Does the City Have to Pay the County to Incarcerate Prisoners Arrested and Prosecuted for State Law Violations by the City?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has to pay the county to incarcerate prisoners arrested and prosecuted for state law violations by the city.
Does the Mayor Have the Right to Vote?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2006; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a mayor, as a member of a legislative body, can vote.
Does the Tennessee Open Records Law Require a City to Mail Any Record to a Newspaper?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/10/1999; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required under the Tennessee Open Records Law to mail to a newspaper information packets it provides to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, or any other city records.
Dog Park Creation and Regulation
Survey (Created: 11/18/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions about off-leash dog parks, including: use of a feasibility study; funding model; design guidelines; and, regulations or ordinances.
Drafting a Sewer Ordinance
General (Created: 11/05/2004; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

Guidelines for ordinance and statute drafting.
Drainage Culverts and Ditches
(Created: 05/12/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review drainage structures, specifically stone lined ditches along city streets.
Drainage Law and the Responsibility of the Design Engineer
General (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A PowerPoint presentation for the Tennessee section of ASCE.
Drainage Problems of Private Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law relative to drainage problems with respect to private property owners.
Drainage Problems: Private vs. Public
General (Created: 06/20/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about repairs and improvements to a damaged culvert that would be in order and legitimate use of public funds.
Drainage Work Notice
Form (Created: 06/17/2015; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This drainage notice letter template may be used to notify property owners that maintenance activities will be conducted on a drainage way that crosses their property.
Drainage Work on Private Property
General (Created: 03/08/2005; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide technical assistance on issue of public works department doing work on private property.
Drug and Alcohol Testing of City Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether all city employees may be tested for drugs and alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
General (Created: 08/21/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create a model drug and alcohol testing policy.
Drug Forfeiture Funds
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether money received from fines and forfeitures in drug cases may be used to make a contribution to a law enforcement association or for police training.
Drug Task Force Financial Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Drug Task Force Financial Officer.
Drug Testing of Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may require board members to submit to drug testing.
Duties and Responsibilities of a Fire Chief
(Created: 11/02/2000; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Discusses the duties and responsibilities of the Paris, Tennessee, Fire Chief.
Duties and Time Allocation for Street Department Employees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/28/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked several questions about the duties and time allocation for their street department employees.
E-mail and Open Records Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Open Records Law applies to e-mail sent by a city official.
Early Retirement Incentives Survey
Survey (Created: 01/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Several cities, housing authorities, and an airport authority were asked about their early retirement incentive programs.
Economic Development Assessment
Form (Created: 04/01/2009; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

An economic development assessment survey form.
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/14/2016; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 01/19/2004; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Economic Development Review of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County, Tennessee Joint Industrial Board
(Created: 03/31/2010; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an economic development review, which is intended to review the organization, operations, and strategies that may assist in promoting economic development.
Education Funding as It Relates to the Distribution of the County Property Tax and Wheel Tax Revenues
General (Created: 06/26/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

The county may direct that wheel tax revenues be used to support the county school system, thereby allowing the county to reduce the property tax levy dedicated for school purposes. MTAS was asked about the impact of such a change on county revenues received by the school system and school maintenance of effort issues.
Education Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/23/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to research the sharing by county of certain education funds.
Educational Assistance Survey
Survey (Created: 01/24/2017; Reviewed: January 24, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked several questions about educational assistance opportunities, tuition reimbursement, and requirements for employees to participate in their educational assistance programs.
Effect of the Mayor's Veto
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/2002; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the mayor's veto power.
Effective Council Meetings Course Manual
General (Created: 11/11/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Course manual for City University Course.
Effective Date of the Incorporation of a City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1999; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked when the incorporation of a city is considered effective.
Elected Official Acknowledgement of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
Form (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

A signature form for use by elected officials who receive and read the town's ethics policy.
Electing a Vice-Mayor
General (Created: 06/20/2003; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to go about electing a Vice-Mayor.
Election of Aldermen from Wards
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what a city needs to do to restrict the election of aldermen required under the charter to be elected from wards to the voters within the boundaries of the wards.
Election of Municipal Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/28/1992; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether Barrett requires the clerk of a municipal court exercising concurrent jurisdiction to be elected.
Election of Municipal Judges with Concurrent General Sessions Jurisdiction
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1998; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can provide for the election of the city judge in the April city election.
Electric System Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 02/14/2005; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description and management responsibilities for the position of Electric System Director.
Electrical Operating Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Electrical Operating Superintendent.
Electrical Technician
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Electrical Technician.
Eleventh Amendment Immunity
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether state immunity under the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to municipalities with respect to application of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Eliminating the Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements in the 2012 International Building Code and International Residential Code
General (Created: 08/23/2016; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it is permissible to eliminate the carbon monoxide detector requirements in the 2012 IBC and IRC and if that complies with standards adopted by the State Fire Marshal.
Emergency Call-In Duties
General (Created: 03/27/2000; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

In order to maintain the safety and functionality of the City of Athens infrastructure and right-of ways, it will be necessary periodically for public works employees to be called in for duties after regular working hours during emergency or otherwise adverse situations.
Emergency Debris Management RFP
RFP (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

The City of Fort Lauderdale issued a request for proposals for emergency debris management.
Emergency Debris Removal RFQ
RFP (Created: 09/14/2004; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

The City of Ocala issued a request for quotation for debris removal.
Emergency Management Director Survey Results
Survey (Created: 03/29/2016; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Twenty-nine cities and organizations were asked whether they have an emergency management director and salary information for that position.
Emergency Management for Municipalities in Tennessee
General (Created: 02/12/2009; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city should have an emergency management director.
Emergency Medical Services Executive Director
Job Description (Created: 10/04/2012; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Job description for the position of the Executive Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Emergency Personnel Annual Physicals and Overtime Pay Questions
General (Created: 09/17/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether annual physicals are mandatory for police and fire personnel and about overtime pay.
Emergency Purchasing Provisions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2003; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked what an "emergency" is within the meaning of the Municipal Purchasing Law.
Emergency Right of Way Press Release Template
Form (Created: 05/15/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

This is a resource for a local fire department to use to raise community awareness of the need for drivers to yield to emergency vehicles and to move over for stopped emergency vehicles.
Eminent Domain and Necessity of the Taking
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/16/2007; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on any recently tried condemnation suits.
Eminent Domain Proceedings to Acquire Property for a Maintenance Garage When the Property Is Owned by a Member of the City Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1993; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality may institute eminent domain proceedings to acquire property for a maintenance garage when the property is owned by a member of the city commission.
Employee Benefit Survey
Survey (Created: 08/11/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Twenty-seven cities were asked questions about pay in lieu of vacation policies, vacation accrual policies, cash payment of unused sick leave at retirement,
Employee Benefits & Salaries in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Thirty-seven cities were asked questions about TCRS retirement contributions, holidays, leave, and directors' salaries of parks and recreation and community relations.
Employee Benefits Report
Survey (Created: 12/08/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Nineteen cities were asked several questions related to annual leave, sick leave, bereavement leave, longevity pay, and education benefits.
Employee Handbook Information
General (Created: 09/09/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the benefits of having an employee handbook; includes two examples of handbooks.
Employee Safety Measures
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to address several personnel safety issues.
Employee Seeking Promotion Treated Like Other Candidates
General (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any protection of the candidacy information of an employee who is seeking a promotion.
Employee Service Awards for Retirement and Employee Recognition Programs: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Sixteen cities were asked about employee recognition programs and service awards for retiring personnel.
Employee Termination Survey Results
Survey (Created: 01/24/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked the number of full time employees who were separated from their organization in 2009, 2008, and 2007 and their departments.
Employee Testing Survey and Results
Survey (Created: 05/19/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an employment testing survey to determine if Tennessee cities conduct pre-employment testing for police, fire, and public safety dispatch applicants; includes the responses of the fifteen participants.
Employees Subject to Summary Dismissal by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked which among certain personnel in the city occupy at will positions of employment subject to summary termination by the mayor.
Employing Minors in Establishments That Sell Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1992; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether minors may be employed in establishments that sell beer.
Employment Agreement between the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee, and a Wastewater Treatment Operator
General (Created: 06/14/2012; Reviewed: April 4, 2017 )

The town wishes to employ an individual for a period of one year in order to determine if they are capable of operating the Town's wastewater treatment plant, a highly regulated facility which must be operated to exact regulations as required by state, local, and federal agencies.
Employment Agreement for City Manager
General (Created: 12/14/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An employment agreement between the city and the city manager.
Employment Contract City Manager
General (Created: 01/01/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An employment contract for the position on City Manager.
Employment Contracts between City Manager and Department Heads
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1993; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Commissioners of the City may enter into an "employment agreement" with the Chief of Police.
Employment Law Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to employment law and the potential liability of board members.
Encryption of Radio Signals
General (Created: 03/29/2001; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

Encryption will keep eavesdroppers from being able to listen to radio transmissions as they happen, but official recordings of the transmissions are public records.
Enforcement of Building Code on a Project under Construction -- at Time of Annexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1992; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether newly annexed property is subject to the city's building code.
Enforcement of Floodplain Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/18/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and write an opinion on enforcing a floodplain zoning ordinance.
Enforcing a Residential Zoning Classification on Annexed -- Properties
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1997; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about enforcing a residential zoning classification on two parcels of real property that were annexed some time ago by a city.
Enforcing Compliance with Posted Street Numbering
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1991; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether other cities have ordinances that guarantee posting of street numbers.
Enforcing False Fire Alarm Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the false alarm ordinance, levying a $150 "service fee" on businesses after third false alarm, is enforceable.
Enforcing Municipal Ordinances Outside the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1996; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether it may enforce its ordinances dealing with tall grass, junk cars, and dangerous buildings within one mile of the city limits.
Enforcing Stormwater and Pretreatment Ordinances through the Administrative Process, Including the Use of Civil Penalties
General (Created: 02/07/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the authority of cities to use the administrative process to impose penalties for stormwater and pretreatment violations.
Engineer / Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineer / Codes Official for the City of Smyrna.
Engineer Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineer/Codes Official.
Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 06/26/2003; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official.
Engineering Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Assistant.
Engineering Fees
General (Created: 06/13/2006; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for information on determining engineering fees.
Engineering Technician (1)
Job Description (Created: 08/02/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Engineering Technician for the City of Belmont.
Englewood Debt Management Policy
General (Created: 09/20/2011; Reviewed: September 20, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to customize the model debt policy based on a percentage of expenditures.
Enhancing the Economic Vitality of the Central Business District
General (Created: 12/11/2015; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS provided several approaches that have been successfully employed in other Tennessee cities to accomplish this objective.
Ensuring Effective Municipal Service Delivery to Diverse Constituents: Preparing Tennessee Cities to Serve Changing Communities
(Created: 12/05/2015; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

The purpose of this MTAS-sponsored research study is three-fold, 1) identify current diversity initiatives (e.g. training programs, resources, and programming) within Tennessee municipalities that prepare local government employees to serve diverse populations, 2) identify existing service delivery initiatives that serve diverse local constituents in Tennessee municipalities (e.g. language materials, etc.), 3) identify future diversity-related training and resources most beneficial to the municipality in serving diverse constituents. The central research question is, 'In what ways can Tennessee municipalities better prepare to serve an increasingly diverse public?'
Enterprise Software Survey
Survey (Created: 11/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked about the software package and vendor they are using for managing the utilities department, finance functions, a local school district, and fleet.
Entitlement of the City to In Lieu Of Taxes from an Electric System
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/1995; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to in lieu of taxes from an electric system with respect to the system's property in the city.
Entry Level Firefighter Job Description
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A job description for an entry level firefighter for the City of Dayton.
Equipment Operator (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Equipment Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Equipment Purchases by the Joint City/County E-911 Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1993; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board could accept one of two offers to furnish equipment or if it must advertise and accept bids.
Escorted funeral processions
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2000; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Should a city allow funeral-home escorts at funeral processions?
Establishing a City Court
General (Created: 08/01/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Regarding the establishment of a city court, the city should notify the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in writing. After the names of the judge and clerk are in the AOC system, they will receive notices of conferences and training classes.
Establishing a Debt Policy and a Fund Balance Policy for the Town of Altamont
Ordinance (Created: 09/14/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011 )

MTAS was asked to provide ordinances to establish a debt policy and a fund balance policy for the Town of Altamont.
Establishing a Planning Commission and Initiating Zoning within the Corporate Limits
General (Created: 09/09/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information about the requirements for creating a planning commission and initiating zoning.
Establishing an Economic Development Program
General (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

The City of Medina requested MTAS to assist in establishing an economic development program.
Establishment of a City Environmental Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the establishment of an environmental court in the city and the organizational implications such a court would have on the existing city court.
Etowah, Tennessee, ISO Review
(Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This report will cover the review of communication, the fire department, and the water system following the recommendations of ISO's Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).
Evaluating an RFP/RFQ for Consulting Services
Form (Created: 08/31/2015; Reviewed: September 9, 2015 )

This RFP evaluation scoresheet is a template that can be modified for projects other than selecting consulting services.
Evaluating Solid Waste Collection for Commercial Refuse and Cardboard Collection
(Created: 09/29/2006; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate commercial garbage collection and cardboard collection and evaluate sanitation rates.
Example of a Monthly Administrative Report
(Created: 12/11/2013; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an example of a monthly administrative report that a city manager might present to the mayor and city council.
Examples of Vehicle Use Policies
General (Created: 08/21/2013; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some samples of vehicle use policies.
Excavation Safety Policy Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/07/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance establishing an excavation safety policy for the Town of Wartrace.
Excess Funds in Public Improvement Bond
General (Created: 01/08/2014; Reviewed: January 21, 2014 )

MTAS was asked whether excess funds that remained from a public improvement bond called to complete required subdivision work should be returned to the surety company.
Exclusive Franchises for Sewer Treatment Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

There is sufficient authority for this town to grant an exclusive franchise for sewer service to one entity.
Executive Secretary City Manager's Office
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary City Manager's Office.
Executive Secretary II
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II for Engineering and Development Services.
Executive Secretary II Administrative Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II/Administrative Assistant.
Exempt and Non-Exempt Cities Under the State Fire Marshal's Building and Fire Code
General (Created: 10/31/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the difference between an exempt and nonexempt city under the State Fire Marshal's Building and Fire Code.
Exemption from Application of the State Fire Marshal's Minimum Statewide Standards under T.C.A. '68-120-101
General (Created: 03/27/2014; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the town is authorized to issue building permits and conduct inspections on the new county elementary school.
Exotic Animals Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if Tennessee has an exotic animals law and if private property owners are prohibited from keeping pythons.
Expending Municipal Funds to Relocate Sewer, Water, and Gas Mechanical Equipment at the Request of a Property Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/1995; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of expending municipal funds to relocate sewer, water and gas mechanical equipment at the request of a property owner who wishes to backfill his property.
Extending Contract Terms
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can renew their contract with a solid waste disposal company without having to open it up to competitive bidding.
Extending Fire Service on a Contract Basis Outside Corporate Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/1993; Reviewed: April 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town could extend fire service on a contract basis outside corporate limits and, if so, whether this would increase the town's liability exposure.
Extraterritorial Arrests
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked under what authority police officers have the right to arrest and pursue defendants outside the territorial limits of the city.
Facilities Management
(Created: 10/31/2014; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the city's management structure for facility maintenance because of the city's major capital investment in its facilities and the ongoing operational costs associated with their maintenance and repair.
Facilities Usage Policies and Procedures: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/15/2005; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked about allowing park facilities or community centers to be used by concert venues or large events that are not city sponsored.
Facility Naming Policies
General (Created: 06/15/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of facility naming policies.
Failure of the Local Government to Substantially Comply with the Public Hearing Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/1998; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the failure of the local government to substantially comply with the public hearing notice and other procedural requirements prescribed by the state law is jurisdictional rather than directory.
Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption Tests
Form (Created: 11/28/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop forms for FLSA exemption "tests" for use in cities.
Fairview, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 04/30/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer this question: Where should Fairview place its fire stations to provide coverage for the City of Fairview and Fairview's response district based upon the maximum five-mile coverage area allowed by ISO?
Farmer's Market Insurance in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Ten cities in Tennessee were surveyed regarding farmer's markets and insurance for the vendors.
Farmers' Markets in Tennessee Cities
General (Created: 04/13/2015; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on what a city needs to know to host a farmers' market inside the city limits, including rules, regulations, and vendor applications.
Fees Sent to State by City Courts
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about fees/costs sent to the State for violations tried in city court.
Filing Suit for Collection of Delinquent Real Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the procedure for collecting delinquent property taxes when the county taxes have been paid.
Filling Vacancies in the City's School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2006; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the school board chairman's appointment to fill the vacancy on the school board was legal.
Film Royalties: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 12/21/2009; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked whether they pay any type of royalty or permission fee for showing movies at special events.
Final Regulations: Volunteers and the Affordable Care Act
General (Created: 02/17/2014; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

In summary, hours worked by a volunteer who does not receive (and is not entitled to receive) compensation in exchange for the performance of services are not treated as hours of service for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Finance Review of Parks and Recreation Dept. of Chattanooga
(Created: 06/02/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This review of the Parks and Recreation Department, focuses specifically on three areas of Recreation, the POWERHOUSE, Aquatics, and the Recreation centers.
Financial Audit Advertisement
Form (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

A sample advertisement for an auditor who is qualified to perform a financial and compliance audit.
Financial Review of Non-City Athletic Leagues
General (Created: 02/06/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has an obligation to conduct any type of financial review of non-city athletic leagues.
Fines for Violation of Town Ordinances
General (Created: 04/02/2007; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how much the fine can be and if a separate fine can be assessed for each day of a violation.
Fire Chaplains
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there has been a case where a fire chaplain program has been challenged on establishment clause grounds.
Fire Chief
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief for the City of Smyrna.
Fire Chief (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire Chief (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire chief is in the driver's seat
General (Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

An article answering the question regarding the responsibility and scheduling of the Fire Chief's position in a fire department.
Fire Chief Sample Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 09/12/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A collection of several sample job descriptions for the position of fire chief; includes job descriptions for fire chiefs of a volunteer fire department.
Fire Department Major
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Fire Department Executive Officer with the rank of Major.
Fire Department Recognition Bill
General (Created: 02/26/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This information from a TFCA flyer answers questions about the Fire Department Recognition Bill.
Fire Department Schedule
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Proposed 28-day schedule for a fire department working a 24/48 shift pattern, including meal time deduction and kelly day.
Fire Department Sick Leave Policies
Survey (Created: 05/25/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

TPMA sent out a survey to determine how municipalities handle sick leave for Fire Department employees and received fourteen responses.
Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure: Fire Department Vehicle Safety, Emergency and Non-Emergency Response, Safe Emergency Operations on Roadways
General (Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This procedure identifies requirements for the implementation of a safe Fire Department vehicle operations program.
Fire Department Training Records
General (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Fire Department records for training and personnel are open for inspection upon demand during any reasonable hours.
Fire Department Training Requirements and Training Budget Comparisons
(Created: 01/02/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to answer questions on standard procedures for fire departments and provide information on educational expenses and other policies.
Fire Hydrant Flow Test Results Calculator
General (Created: 02/26/2015; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

This spreadsheet may be downloaded to calculate the results of fire hydrant flow tests.
Fire Hydrant Installation, Maintenance, and Fees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 04/30/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked several questions about fire hydrants and the utility districts to which they are attached.
Fire Hydrant Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/24/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

An ordinance adopting by reference the NFPA fire hydrant color coding standards and establishing certain standards for fire flows and hydrants and use of some existing fire hydrants.
Fire Hydrant Rental
General (Created: 05/14/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal and what is a reasonable fee for the general fund to pay the water fund a 'rental fee' for fire hydrants.
Fire Inspectors in the Codes Department
General (Created: 07/17/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any municipalities in the state have fire inspectors in the codes department rather than the fire department and, if so, how that works.
Fire Investigator Mentor Program
General (Created: 11/14/2008; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This Fire Investigator Mentor Program has been endorsed by the Tennessee Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and recognized by the IAAI as an excellent program in training and qualifying new fire investigators.
Fire Positions Exempted from Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Mandatory Retirement at Age 60
Survey (Created: 09/01/2017; Reviewed: October 22, 2018 )

A survey of selected cities to determine if their battalion chief or shift caption positions are exempted from the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System mandatory retirement for public safety positions at age 60.
Fire shift commanders and assistant chief salary and overtime
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Fifteen Tennessee cities were surveyed regarding their fire departments and the levels of authority in them.
Fire Shift Supervisor Survey
Survey (Created: 12/04/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eight cities responded to this survey that asks about the position that is responsible for the supervision of two or more fire stations and their crews.
Fire Support Specialist
Job Description (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A sample job description for a fire support specialist.
Fire Watch Policy
Form (Created: 02/08/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This sample fire watch policy provides for the continuous presence of a trained person, who maintains a constant fire watch, while the required fire protection system is out of service.
Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter.
Firefighter 1 Training
General (Created: 11/03/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the requirements for a Firefighter to become certified as a Firefighter 1.
Firefighter Driver
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Driver.
Firefighter Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Mechanic.
Firefighter Vacation Accrual in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

MTAS asked a number of Tennessee cities how they handle vacation accrual for firefighters.
Firefighters Driving on a License from Another State
General (Created: 04/03/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, in Tennessee, firefighters are required to have a valid Tennessee driver's license to operate vehicles and work in the full capacity of a fire fighter.
Firefighters Must Have Key to Fire Station
General (Created: 09/19/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

If a fire station is locked when not occupied, then all firefighters must have a key.
Firefighters Vacation Accrual Summary Report
Survey (Created: 03/23/2010; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eighteen cities were asked about vacation leave for full-time employees of the fire department.
Firefighters' Pay Under Military Leave Statute
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/07/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to compute 20 days of military leave for firefighters, who generally work 24 hour shifts.
Fireworks Sample Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/19/2006; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

An ordinance to add Chapter 4, "Fireworks," to Title 7 of the City of ______ Municipal Code.
Firing the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/29/2000; Reviewed: June 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for whom the City Attorney works and if the City Attorney may be fired.
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager.
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager for the City of Smyrna.
Fitness Program Survey
Survey (Created: 05/06/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twenty-four cities and departments were asked about fitness programs available to their employees; requested by Knox County Personnel.
Flea Market Dealers
General (Created: 02/03/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

Registering dealers at a multi-vendor open-area flea market that routinely occurs along the Tennessee border and probably has multi-state vendor participation.
Fleet and Materials Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Fleet and Materials Manager.
Fleet Maintenance and Operations Schedules
Form (Created: 07/12/2012; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Seven checklists for preventive maintenance and inspections.
Fleet Maintenance Services Survey
Survey (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS asked six cities about charging the city's various departments for fleet services.
Fleet Management: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 11/24/2008; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their fleet management practices.
FLSA and Exempt Employees
General (Created: 09/29/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide documentation allowing city to send employees home when they have worked 40 hours in workweek.
FLSA Claims
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/2002; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether as part of a settlement of an FLSA claim, an employee can sign an enforceable waiver of rights.
FLSA Questions on Bereavement and Overtime
General (Created: 02/01/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Questions on recognizing bereavement leave as hours worked and hours worked over 8 in a day.
FMLA and Extended Leave of Absence: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/14/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twenty-three cities were asked about their FMLA policies and extended leave of absence policies.
FMLA Forms Now Updated by DOL
Form (Created: 06/05/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

For those of you who maintain hard copies of FMLA sample forms, as provided by the Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division, you will need to destroy outdated revisions, and replace with the newly issued (Effective June 1, 2015) forms.
FOG programs in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 03/08/2019; Reviewed: March 8, 2019 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a request for information on their local FOG programs and the fees that may be associated with the program.
Forcing the City to Accept and Maintain Private Streets Located in Privately Owned Residential Developments
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can be forced to accept the dedication and ongoing maintenance responsibility for private streets, street lights and storm sewers located within condominium and planned unit developments.
Forestry Inspector
Job Description (Created: 11/16/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Forestry Inspector
Forestry Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 11/15/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Forestry Supervisor
Form for Operating a Business in the City of Lebanon
Form (Created: 06/15/2000; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A form to help the city deal with new businesses, providing the applicants with notice to comply with the city's zoning laws.
Form of Government in Tennessee Cities
General (Created: 03/01/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Forty-seven cities are listed, giving information on population, form of government, type of charter, whether ward/district or at-large, election date, and local planning contract.
Form of Petition for Liquor Sales
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/12/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a form of petition for package liquor sales and liquor-by-the-drink sales.
Forming a New Police Department
General (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the benefits of forming a new police department versus contracting with the county for police services.
Forms of Payment Accepted for Plans Review and Permits Survey
Survey (Created: 10/14/2015; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS asked ten cities about the forms of payment accepted from general contractors and subcontractors for plans review and building permits.
Forms to Accompany Capital Asset Accounting System
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

Includes a sample capital asset disposal record, a capital asset ledger card, and a model resolution to establish a threshold that dictates when expenditures may be capitalized.
Forms to Accompany the Drug Fund Manual
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Includes sample forms, description of the forms, and a sample drug fund budget.
Four Questions on the Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/14/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what "adequate notice" means under the Open Meetings Law; whether three hours was adequate notice of a meeting; what is the effect of action taken at a meeting in which a violation of the Open Meetings Law occurred; and does an illegal meeting make the minutes illegal.
Fowl Ordinance Comparison
Survey (Created: 04/01/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

The Town of Signal Mountain asked twenty-four cities whether they had an ordinance regulating chickens within the city limits.
Free Water and Sewer Service Provided to School
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to provide water for free to a public school, and posed further questions about the enforcement of the agreement with the county and school district.
Fringe Benefit Survey for Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 01/31/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A city asked how much other cities in Middle Tennessee are paying in fringe benefits.
Fuel Reduction Task Force Report
(Created: 11/18/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A summary of the 5%, 10%, and 15% fuel reduction plans submitted for the departments of Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Wastewater.
Full Time Police Officer Wishes to Be Hired As Part Time Recreation Director
General (Created: 05/08/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

An employee works 43 hours a week as a police officer and wants to be hired for an additional 20 hours a week as the recreation director.
Full-time Mayor and Benefits: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 11/19/2007; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked if they have a full-time mayor and the salary and benefits for that position.
Function and Duties of a Home Rule Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

Basic introduction of charter commission candidates to the functions and duties of the charter commission.
Funding Volunteer Fire Departments
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1996; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a county's method of funding volunteer fire departments and contracting with municipal fire departments is illegal.
Gallatin Golf Course CMR
(Created: 07/20/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A comprehensive management review of the Gallatin Golf Course.
Gallatin Leisure Services Study
(Created: 08/14/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An evaluation and recommendations for the Dept. of Leisure Services of the City of Gallatin.
Garbage Truck Bid Notice
RFP (Created: 11/21/2003; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop bid specifications for manual side and rear loader 14 cubic yard garbage truck.
GASB 34 Forms
Form (Created: 05/07/2004; Reviewed: October 3, 2018 )

MTAS was requested to provide assistance to Morrison on the implementation of GASB 34; includes a resolution and forms for keeping records.
Gated Community Proposal
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/22/2000; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Considers the question of allowing a gated community to close its public streets in the evening.
General Fund: Fund Balance Policy
General (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

The Fund Balance Policy is intended to provide guidelines during the preparation and execution of the annual budget to ensure that sufficient reserves are maintained for unanticipated expenditures or revenue shortfalls.
General Sessions Judge Serving as City Attorney
General (Created: 10/23/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a general sessions judge in the county may also serve as an attorney for a town in that jurisdiction.
General Sessions Judge Serving as the City Judge for Additional Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1993; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the general sessions judge can serve as the city judge for a salary in addition to his general sessions judge salary.
Germantown Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures
(Created: 07/08/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An SOP from the Germantown Fire Department.
Getting an Issue on the Ballot
General (Created: 07/07/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a citizen goes about getting an issue on the ballot.
Gift and Gratuities Acceptance Policies
General (Created: 07/26/2015; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examples of gift policies or acceptance of gratuities policies.
GIS Manager Salary and Job Description Survey
Survey (Created: 07/16/2019; Reviewed: July 16, 2019 )

This survey was conducted to gather salary information and job descriptions for GIS staff in selected cities. Responses from 10 cities are included as well as sample job descriptions.
GIS Use for Public Works Management
(Created: 03/30/2010; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

This report examines public works entities' use of GIS, budgets, funding, resources, technical support and other pertinent information, broken down by both size of entity and region.
Giving a Fire Truck to a Citizen and the Right of a Citizen to Vote at a Commission Meeting
General (Created: 04/10/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2012 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of the city commission giving a fire truck to a citizen and the right of a citizen to vote at a commission meeting.
Giving Adequate Public Notice of a Open Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1999; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about giving adequate public notice of a open meeting.
Giving or Selling City Property to a Private Cemetery Association
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City can give to a private nonprofit cemetery organization, property to be used as a cemetery.
Goals and Objectives Plan for the Town of Bell Buckle
General (Created: 06/13/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with strategic planning, focusing on four areas: protect health and safety and maintain basic services; enhance community attractiveness and charm; support economic growth and community sustainability; maintain fiscal integrity and administrative efficiency.
Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 08/31/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Goodlettsville requested a comprehensive management overview of many city departments including the fire department. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
Grading Permit Policy for the City of Athens
General (Created: 02/19/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2017 )

The intended purpose of this policy is to safeguard life, limb, property and public welfare by regulating clearing, earthwork, excavation, and other land disturbing activity and by requiring temporary and permanent provisions for its control.
Graffiti Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/28/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An ordinance prepared by the Town of Smyrna defining graffiti, dealing with its removal, authorization to use municipal funds, and violations.
Graffiti Removal Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/2012; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of an ordinance or other action to institute an order of maintenance aimed specifically at graffiti, under which the city could go in and cover or remove the graffiti and levy the costs against the property owner.
Grant Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2017; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grant Coordinator.
Grant Writer / Administrator
Job Description (Created: 04/01/2000; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grant Writer / Administrator
Grant Writers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Thirteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they employ a full-time grant writer.
Grants Analyst 2
Job Description (Created: 09/11/2017; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grants Analyst 2 from the State of Tennessee.
Grants Specialist
Survey (Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Grants Specialist.
Grants Specialist, Senior
Job Description (Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior Grants Specialist.
Gratuitous Payment for Increased Price of Gasoline Under Garbage Collection Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/20/2006; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can compensate a contractor for the increased price of gasoline it has taken for the contractor to perform a contract for the city.
Green Waste Questionnaire
Form (Created: 03/14/2014; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

Several counties and cities entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to participate in a feasibility study to determine best options for addressing green waste. The purpose of this questionnaire is to collect information about green waste volume and current management practices for use in the feasibility study; includes preliminary response data.
Greeneville Water System Question
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if there is another water system that is owned by the city but operated by a separately elected Board, such Board having full authority to operate the system.
Grievance Hearings and Rights of At Will Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what rights at will employees have to a grievance hearing on adverse employment actions, and what right such employees have to be represented by counsel.
Groundskeeper (Assistant)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper, Assistant.
Groundskeeper (Assistant)
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper (Assistant) for the City of Smyrna.
Groundskeeper (Head)
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper (Head) for the City of Smyrna.
Groundskeeper (Head)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper (Head).
Growth Plan Participation
General (Created: 09/04/2001; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

The City of Monteagle has the right to participate in the development of a growth plan for Franklin County.
Gruetli-Laager Police Department
General (Created: 11/22/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town of Gruetli-Laager that operates under the general law Mayor-Alderman Charter is required to have a police department.
Guarantees Accepted from Residential Developers Survey
Survey (Created: 11/26/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

Several cities were asked questions about how the guarantees they accept from residential developers are utilized.
Guidelines for Taking Minutes at Meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 05/13/2011; Reviewed: October 25, 2011 )

MTAS was asked about who should take meeting minutes and how minutes may be amended.
Guidelines Governing Municipal Truck Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can amend its truck weight ordinance to prohibit through truck traffic from using Road A to Road B inside the city, and exempt from the ordinance trucks leaving the landfill, delivery and pick-ups at a certain business.
Hair Length and Styles for Female Police Officers
Survey (Created: 11/14/2013; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked about their policy on hair length and style for female police officers; includes sample policies.
Hamilton County Government Group Health Plan Request for Proposal
RFP (Created: 06/26/2007; Reviewed: February 18, 2010 )

An RFP for proposals for HMO, POS and PPO products, both fully-insured and self-funded; includes certificate of compliance.
Handicapped Access, In-Lieu-Of Tax Payments, Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required to provide handicap access to the second floor walking track in its new recreation building, if the Electric Company can change its monthly in-lieu of tax payments to a single annual payment, and whether the City can put 'liquor by the drink' back on the ballot during the next election since the measure was approved in the last election.
Handicapped Parking at City Parking Meters
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether TCA permits disabled and handicapped persons who display the appropriate license plate and/or placard to park in handicapped parking spaces beyond the time limits prescribed by a city ordinance for the parking space.
Harriman, Tennessee, Comprehensive Fire Management Overview
(Created: 08/31/2015; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS conducted this CMR by review of submitted documentation, field study work involving interviews with Harriman personnel, physical inspection of the fire stations and equipment, and a tour of the service area.
Harrogate, Tennessee Fire Protection Management Report and Recommendations
(Created: 01/29/2008; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The city council asked MTAS to look at the fire department and report if they should have an ISO review as well as make recommendations on how the department could be improved.
Hatch Act: Guidance From Federal Government
General (Created: 07/20/2017; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

Hatch Act Modernization Guide for State and Local Employees
Hazardous Materials Incident Reimbursement Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/10/2011; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

A sample ordinance for the reimbursement of costs associated with a hazardous materials incident.
Health Benefits Consultant RFPs
RFP (Created: 06/28/2016; Reviewed: June 30, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of requests for proposals (RFPs) for a health benefits consultant.
Health Care Reform and W-2 Reporting Guidance
General (Created: 10/08/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information about Form W-2 for Health Care Reform reporting.
Health Insurance
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: April 30, 2017 )


Health Insurance Benefits to Family Following a Line of Duty Death
Survey (Created: 10/18/2016; Reviewed: February 14, 2017 )

Thirty-five cities responded to an MTAS survey asking whether the city provides health insurance benefits to qualifying survivors in the event of a line of duty death.
Health Insurance Waiting Periods in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/20/2019; Reviewed: August 20, 2019 )

A survey of selected Tennessee cities regarding waiting periods for health insurance for municipal employees.
Heavy Equipment Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Heavy Equipment Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Heavy Truck Traffic Regulation
General (Created: 07/15/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on heavy truck traffic regulation.
Helicopter Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/14/2000; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of helicopter regulation.
Hendersonville, Use of Time Clocks Survey
Survey (Created: 02/27/2014; Reviewed: May 1, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked several questions about their use of time clocks for employees to track their daily time.
HIPAA Training Acknowledgment Form
Form (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

A form to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of the Town's HIPAA policy and training on that policy.
Hiring a City Administrator
General (Created: 05/13/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the advantages of hiring a city administrator.
Hiring a City Manager
Form (Created: 02/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in hiring a replacement city manager. Includes an evaluation system for council members to review the cover letters and resumes.
Hiring a City Manager
(Created: 05/13/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in the process of hiring a city manager.
Hiring a City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can hire a city manager when there is no provision in the charter for such an officer or employee.
Hiring a New Building Inspector
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/12/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

Because the building inspector has failed to receive certification from the state fire marshall, MTAS was asked how the city should proceed with regard to inspecting the buildings where construction is in progress and hiring a new inspector.
Hiring Minors Age 16 and 17
General (Created: 07/09/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a city's responsibilities when hiring minors age 16 or 17 for a fulltime seasonal position.
Hiring New Firefighters and Promoting Firefighters
General (Created: 04/08/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Includes information on volunteer firefighters.
Hiring Questions about Applicant Pool and an Applicant with Known Disabilities
General (Created: 08/13/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for advice when there is a very small applicant pool and one applicant has a known disability that might affect his or her ability to perform the job.
Historic Business Licenses Are Public Records
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether business licenses are public record if they are more than seventy years old.
Historic Planning Commission: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Sixteen Cities were asked about residents petitioning to approve an historic zoning designation or overlay
Historical Commission By-Laws
General (Created: 07/15/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to help prepare by-laws for the LaFollette Historical Commission.
Holding a Referendum for the City to Create a Municipal School District
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/2011; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding a referendum to create a municipal school district.
Holding Dual Offices
General (Created: 01/23/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if there is a prohibition either in the city's charter or in state law that prevents a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen from also serving as either a county commissioner or a register of deeds.
Holiday Compensation for Public Safety Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 02/20/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Eleven cities were asked how they compensate full-time and part-time firefighters for holidays and how these policies compare to police patrol employees.
Holston Business Development Center: A Report to the City of Kingsport, Tennessee
(Created: 09/30/2015; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was engaged to conduct a review of the Holston Business Development Center (HBDC) for the purpose of identifying future directions due to the pending retirement of the executive director.
Horticultural Program Assistant
Job Description (Created: 03/01/1995; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Horticultural Program Assistant.
Horticultural Technician
Job Description (Created: 01/01/1991; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Horticultural Technician.
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/01/2015; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

This document includes those cities that responded to MTAS's request for information regarding the collection of a hotel-motel tax. It is not a comprehensive list of all Tennessee cities. Fifty-five cities responded that they do collect a hotel-motel tax, with an average reported tax rate of 4.5%; 112 cities responded that they do not collect this tax.
Hotel/Motel Tax from the Residents of Motels Who Rent Their Motel Rooms by the Week or Other Period
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to a hotel-motel tax from the residents of motels who rent their motel rooms by the week or other period.
Hours for Beer Sales When Private Club Also Holds Liquor License
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether or not the hours for liquor sales set by the ABC apply to the hours for beer sales when the City has not approved liquor sales.
Hours of Service Under FMLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/31/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the application of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
How to Enforce Slum Clearance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/12/1996; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for a summary of a city's slum clearance ordinance.
How to Incorporate a New City in Tennessee
General (Created: 07/01/2000; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Procedures and forms required for incorporating a new city in Tennessee.
Human Resources: Independent Contractor or Employee?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/2015; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a specific individual is an employee of the city or an independent contractor.
Humboldt Fire Department Salary and Organizational Plan
(Created: 11/06/2001; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

Salary scale and organizational plan for the Humboldt Fire Department.
Impact Fees and Adequate Facilities Tax
General (Created: 07/16/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS provided examples from other Tennessee cities on impact fees and adequate facilities tax.
Impact Fees, Development Taxes, and Adequate Facilities Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2006; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to address a question about impact fees and levying an adequate facilities tax.
Implementing GASB 34
General (Created: 07/08/2004; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked for help in estimating the life expectancy of buildings and equipment.
Implied Dedication of an Alley
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/27/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain alley is a city street.
Imposing New Regulations on the Sale of Beer on Existing Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could impose new regulations on the sale of beer on existing businesses, specifically, prohibiting the sale of beer at drive-in windows.
Imposing Property Maintenance Regulations Through a Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/2004; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can impose property maintenance regulations through its zoning ordinance.
In Lieu of Tax Payment Calculator
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS has developed a worksheet to assist local governments in calculating in lieu of tax payments.
Incentive Pay for City Employees Who Attain Certification : An Updated Survey Conducted by MTAS
Survey (Created: 10/03/2017; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

Cities were asked if incentive pay was given to employees who attained certification in a job-related or other field, or for earning an associate or Bachelor's degree.
Incentive/Disincentive Contracts
General (Created: 06/12/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether other cities use incentive contracts.
Inclement Weather Notification in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2019; Reviewed: September 11, 2019 )

Thirteen cities in Tennessee were surveyed to find out if their municipality closes during inclement weather and if so, how do they communicate that to non-emergency employees who do not have to report to work.
Incompatible Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2007; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city manager may appoint a member of the board of commissioners to the position of police officer in the city.
Incompatible Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2000; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

An alderman currently serving on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (for which he receives a salary) may not hold a paid position with the County at the same time.
Incompetency as a Ground for Dismissal Without the Support of a Job Description
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/1994; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether incompetency will stand as a ground for dismissal without the support of a job description.
Incorporation Process
General (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS provided some information on the incorporation process in Tennessee.
Increasing Environmental Efficiency of Crossville's Fleet
(Created: 10/04/2007; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

A PowerPoint presentation on biofuels.
Increasing the Salary of the City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1998; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about increasing the salary of the city judge.
Indemnification of City Officers, Employees, and Board Members
General (Created: 03/26/2014; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the importance of adopting language to indemnify city officers, employees, and board members while properly acting in the scope of their official duties.
Information Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Information Coordinator.
Information Technology Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 02/28/2017; Reviewed: February 28, 2017 )

Several IT job descriptions from the City of Chattanooga, including: Assistant Director IT Operations, Assistant Director IT Security, IT Computer Technician, IT Specialist, IT Support Services Supervisor, and Manager IT Operations.
Infrastructure Assets Reporting
General (Created: 03/06/2003; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the modified approach for reporting infrastructure assets could be used in the Water & Sewer Fund or other enterprise fund operations.
Inoperable Bus as Violation of Town Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2002; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an inoperable bus that is maintained by a business owner on the lot on which the business is located would be considered a 'building' since it is used for storage.
Inspecting a Private Club That Has a Beer License
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can inspect a private club that has a beer license.
Inspection/Duplication of Records Request
Form (Created: 06/03/2014; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

This public record request form is used by the City of Germantown.
Inter-Local Agreement for Automatic Response of Fire, Rescue and EMS Services
General (Created: 06/20/2007; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

An agreement for public agencies to render aide through a predetermined plan for fire fighting, rescue, emergency medical, or related technical support services under specific arrangements.
Interest Earned on Utility Deposit
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/2006; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the interest earned on the utility deposit charged by the city for certain utility services belongs to the utility or to the customer.
Interim Officer Remains in Office Until Next Regular Election
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/1998; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

The term of the individual holding the interim position of the previous vacant office shall expire at the next regular election.
Interlocal Agreement by and between the Town of Centerville, Tennessee and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County, Tennessee
General (Created: 05/18/2010; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

An agreement for emergency communications services between Centerville and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County.
Interlocal Agreement for Planning Assistance
General (Created: 06/19/2012; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Examples of interlocal agreements for planning services.
Interlocal Agreement for Residential Solid Waste Collection Services
General (Created: 05/14/2007; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

An interlocal agreement between the Town of Mount Carmel and the City of Kingsport for certain residential solid waste collection services.
Internal Audit Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2008; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Internal Audit Manager.
Internal Audit Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Internal Audit Manager.
Internal Auditor
Job Description (Created: 11/25/2013; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

Several examples of job descriptions for the position of Internal Auditor
Internal Control Tool Kit for Municipal Governments
(Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

This toolkit is intended to assist cities in getting started on or reassessing their existing internal control system.
Internet Forum for Williamson County, Tennessee, Terms of Use Agreement and Resolution
General (Created: 06/01/2011; Reviewed: March 22, 2012 )

An example of a Terms of Use Agreement and a Resolution as submitted by Williamson County for a public Internet forum for use by its County Commissioners.
Interns in the Workplace Survey
Survey (Created: 01/03/2005; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

Nineteen cities and counties were asked several questions about their use and pay of interns in city departments.
Interview Questions for a Children's Programs Librarian
General (Created: 02/21/2003; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample questions to be used when interviewing for a children's programs librarian.
Introduction and Formalization of Work Sessions
General (Created: 02/07/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Work sessions should be used to provide an opportunity to review complex or involved projects or issues, or to introduce topics requiring special attention and discussion by the board before the matter is placed on a future agenda for formal action.
Invitation to Bid: Mowing Services
RFP (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An invitation to bid mowing services for the City of Johnson City.
Invitation to Bidders for Demolition
RFP (Created: 09/23/2003; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to develop a bid package for demolition of a structure containing asbestos materials.
Iran Divestment Act Affects Purchasing In Tennessee Cities and Towns
General (Created: 07/29/2016; Reviewed: July 29, 2016 )

This article reports that persons or entities determined to be engaged in investment activities with Iran are listed on the state's website and are prohibited from contracting with any political subdivision of this state and any contract entered into shall be void.
Is a 'No U-Turn' Sign a Prerequisite to a 'No U-Turn' Prohibition or Ordinance?
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/03/2010; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a 'No U-Turn' sign is a prerequisite to a 'No U-Turn' prohibition or ordinance.
Is a Certain Contract City Administrator an Employee or an Independent Contractor?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2006; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen's delegation of certain administrative functions to the 'Administrative Consultant'Town Operations Supervisor' is legal and if the person holding the position is an employee or an independent contractor.
Is a Meeting of a Committee Appointed by the Mayor Subject to the Requirements of the Tennessee Open Meeting Act?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/31/1999; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a meeting of a committee appointed by the Mayor is subject to the requirements of the Tennessee Open Meeting Act.
Is a Recall Election a General Election?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/2006; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a recall election is a general election.
Is an Individual Working in the Library an Employee of the City?
General (Created: 08/09/2006; Reviewed: September 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an individual is an employee of the city or an independent contractor.
Is DUI Grounds for Removing an Alderman?
General (Created: 08/19/2004; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has the legal authority to remove an alderman who has been arrested for DUI.
Is Taking the Oath of Office Mandatory?
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2006; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

Analyzed the question of whether the oath of office is mandatory and the legal effect the failure of a public officer to take the oath has on his votes and decisions.
Is There Empirical Evidence That Surveillance Cameras Reduce Crime?
(Created: 09/26/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Based on the papers, articles, and reports reviewed, it seems that CCTV is most effective when combined with other crime reducing/deterring methods such as improved lighting, security guards, and defensible space.
ISO Ratings for Tennessee Fire Departments: MTAS Survey
General (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

This list is not a comprehensive list of all fire departments in the state of Tennessee. The information was provided by the cities/fire departments who responded to MTAS's request for information.
ISO Ratings: Tennessee Fire Departments (9/24/2018)
Survey (Created: 10/15/2018; Reviewed: October 15, 2018 )

This list of ISO ratings is not a comprehensive list of all fire departments in the state of Tennessee.  The information was provided by the cities/fire departments who responded to MTAS's request for ISO rating information.  If you would like a sortable Excel sheet of this ISO rating data or have any questions, please contact Frances Adams-O'Brien (frances.adams-obrien@tennessee.edu).
ISO Residential Sprinkler Fact Sheet
General (Created: 10/09/2019; Reviewed: October 9, 2019 )

This fact sheet from the Insurance Services Office discusses discounts available to homes protected by a residential sprinkler system and includes discount examples in Tennessee from a 2008 study.
Issuance of a Beer Permit When One of the Partners Has -- a Felony Conviction for Burglary
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the issuance of a beer permit where a partnership has applied for a beer permit and one of the partners has a felony conviction for burglary.
Issuance of Beer Permits Under Beer Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/1994; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the beer board was correct in denying a beer permit for two brothers, after the board learned that a third brother, who has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, was also going to be a partner in the business.
Issuing a Beer Permit to an Illegal Alien
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/2010; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an illegal alien is entitled to a beer permit.
IT staffing in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 08/05/2019; Reviewed: August 5, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities and towns in Tennessee regarding whether they have an IT manager on staff, other IT staff positions, and if they contract for any of their IT staff. If respondents have contracted IT staff, they were asked further questions about the contract procurement process. Information on the vendors and one sample RFP are provided.
Jackson Sidewalk Letter
General (Created: 07/15/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about sidewalks: Are developers required to install sidewalks in new residential developments? Who pays for sidewalk construction in established neighborhoods? Who pays for sidewalk repairs?
Janitor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Janitor.
Jeopardy Game for Council Orientation
General (Created: 05/09/2007; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

An orientation activity developed for Blaine.
Job Analysis
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided information for a job analysis observation audit.
Job Analysis Questionnaire
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Questionnaire used to define jobs, based on equipment used, essential functions, activities performed, supervisory responsibilities, qualifications, and knowledge required.
Job Description Form
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Short form used to describe jobs, taking into consideration equipment used, essential functions, activities performed, knowledge required, and qualifications.
Job Protection for City's Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1992; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what legal right do city employees have to continued employment under a newly-elected board of mayor and aldermen.
Johnson City Animal Shelter Director Comparisons
Survey (Created: 10/15/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS collected salary, jurisdiction, and departmental information for the position of animal shelter director from seven Tennessee cities.
Johnson City Pay Plan Comparison Research
Survey (Created: 12/03/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the pay practices of other cities similar in size to Johnson City.
Johnson City: Structure of Leisure Services Review 2005
(Created: 04/11/2005; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

The purpose of the study was to identify possible areas of improvement in the structural arrangement of leisure services.
Judge Interim Appointment
General (Created: 11/24/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about an upcoming leave of absence of the town judge on a planned one-year sabbatical.
Judge's Oath of Office
Form (Created: 08/27/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS provided information about Tennessee law on the taking and administration of the oath of office by newly elected judges.
Judges' and Mayors' Authority to Perform Marriages
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/1999; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who has the authority to solemnize/perform marriages.
Junked Car Notice
Form (Created: 08/09/2004; Reviewed: June 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create a standardized notice to be used to deal with violators of the city's junked car ordinance.
Jurisdiction of Juvenile Court Judge and Skateboarding as a Traffic Violation
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/10/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what options the juvenile court judge has relative to disposing juvenile traffic cases and whether skateboarding in public ways other than highways and streets is a traffic violation.
Jury Trials
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/26/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether jury trials may be held by the Muncipal Court.
Keeping Honey Bees in a Residential Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/31/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about regulating the keeping of honey bees inside the corporate limits of the town.
Keeping the City Payroll Records Secret and Accepting the Resignation of an Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/18/1993; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city secretary can keep city payroll records secret and whether the city has to accept the resignation of an aldermen before it is effective.
Keeping the Proceeds of Utility Overbillings
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/1997; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can refund $20,000 in sewer and water capacity fees paid by a certain developer, who decided not to develop the property for which he paid the fees.
Kingsport City Manager Search Interview Training
General (Created: 04/10/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a guideline for interviewing for a city manager position.
Kingsport Code Enforcement Review
(Created: 01/04/2010; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to conduct an examination of Kingsport's code enforcement system. Environmental court programs were also reviewed.
Kingsport, Tennessee, Fire Protection Management Study
(Created: 06/30/2011; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This fire study was conducted at the request of the City of Kingsport.
Kingston Green Technology Committee Goals and Objectives
General (Created: 11/09/2009; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate a meeting of the Kingston Green Technology Committee.
Kitchen Manager Working Chef
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Kitchen Manager/Working Chef.
Knox County Term Life Insurance Services RFP
RFP (Created: 08/01/2007; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

An RFP for the provision of group term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment services.
Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/20/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer.
Laboratory Technician
Job Description (Created: 07/10/2003; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Laboratory Technician at a wastewater plant.
Laborer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Laborer.
Laborer, Skilled
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Lakeland, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 09/30/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer two questions: 1) Where should Lakeland place its next fire station? and 2) How many fire stations might Lakeland need in the long term?
Land Swap between the City and Owner of Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/15/2008; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can enter into a land swap agreement with private parties, and what rules govern such transactions.
Landfill Application and Service Agreement
Form (Created: 10/03/2013; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

An example of a landfill application and service agreement from the Town of Greeneville, Tennessee; includes rates for landfill tipping fees, roll off rental and pull charges, and solid waste "garbage" collection.
Landfill Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landfill Operator.
Landowner's Liability under Tennessee's Natural Flow Rule
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/24/2009; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether under Tennessee's natural flow rule, a landowner is liable for flooding caused by vegetative growth in a watercourse that crosses his land.
Landscape Architect
Job Description (Created: 04/15/1970; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job descriptions for Landscape Architect, Associate Landscape Architect, Senior Landscape Architect, Supervising Landscape Architect.
Landscape Architect/Project Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 02/01/2000; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landscape Architect / Project Coordinator.
Landscape Ordinance Manual
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

The purpose and intent of this manual are the following: to promote the scenic quality of the community; to improve the appearance of parking areas and property abutting public rights of way; to protect property values; to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality; to provide transition between incompatible land uses; and to provide relief from traffic, noise, heat, glare, dust, and debris.
Landscape Planner / Horticulturist
Job Description (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landscape Planner / Horticulturist.
Landscape Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2000; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Landscape Technician.
Lateral Transfer Survey Results
Survey (Created: 05/25/2007; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Thirteen jurisdictions responded to a survey asking whether they have a policy for lateral transfers.
Law Enforcement Off-Duty Employment, or Moonlighting
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether FLSA applies regarding overtime, what the city's liability is regarding worker's comp, and about general city liability. Includes opinions from TML, DOL, and TAG.
Laws Applying to Municipal-Sponsored Festivals and Fairs
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/2008; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about prohibiting fund-raising activities at the festival, prohibiting the sale of merchandise that does not qualify as arts and crafts, and restricting the kinds of merchandise that property owners abutting the festival sites can sell that compete with the arts and crafts sold at the festival.
Laying a Motion on the Table While a Vote Is Being Taken
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2008; Reviewed: February 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked several questions pertaining to the effect of the motion adopted by the board of mayor and aldermen to lay a measure on the table.
Lead Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lead Lineworker.
Learning Projects of Municipal Elected Officials: an Executive Summary
(Created: 03/02/2017; Reviewed: March 2, 2017 )

The researcher, supported by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, interviewed 41 municipal elected officials in East Tennessee to determine what they learned about during CY2015 in order to fulfill their role as a mayor, vice-mayor, or city councilmember/alderman.
Lease Agreement for a City-Owned Building
General (Created: 04/16/2014; Reviewed: April 28, 2014 )

MTAS was asked for a sample lease agreement for a city-owned building that is currently being operated as a senior center.
Lease versus Purchase of Public Facilities: Pros and Cons
General (Created: 10/15/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

This article lists the advantages and disadvantages of leasing a public facility.
Lease with Airport and Appointment to Electric System Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/09/1993; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a lease with a "fixed base operator" at the municipal airport that is due to expire must be publicly bid and how members to the Electric System board are appointed.
Leasing a Garbage Truck
General (Created: 01/21/2015; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can lease a garbage truck without permission from the Comptroller's office
Leasing of Municipal Cemeteries
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/17/2006; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether a city could lease a cemetery to a private business.
Leave Accrual for Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 07/07/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Forty-two cities were asked several questions about annual and sick leave for their exempt and non-exempt employees.
Leave Equivalency Schedules for Employees Working Different Schedules
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS provided equivalency schedules for employees with different work schedules and total annual hours.
Leave for Training Due to Voluntary Military Promotions
General (Created: 07/24/2012; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether USERRA protects the rights of any American who wishes to serve in the armed forces regardless of voluntary promotions, which may equal more time away from work.
Leave Request Form
Form (Created: 03/10/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

The Town of Spencer requested a form for leave requests.
Lebanon Mayoral Powers Under City Charter
General (Created: 11/26/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

The City of Lebanon requested an ordinance requiring the Mayor's appointments to require Council approval for dismissal.
Legal Effect of Warning Signs
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/2009; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legal effect of "Slow Children Playing" and similar warning signs.
Legal Effect on the City for an Illegally Issued Building or Zoning Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/09/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable for the cost of moving a mobile home illegally placed in an R-2 zone, but placed there pursuant to a building permit erroneously issued by the building inspector to the owner of the mobile home.
Legal Fees and Court Costs of a City Employee
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/21/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pay the legal fees and court costs of an employee who was placed on pretrial diversion for misuse of city funds.
Legal Requirement for an Architect to Design Public Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is necessary for a licensed architect or engineer to draft the plans for a new fire hall.
Legal Services Employment Agreement
Form (Created: 10/25/2004; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a model contract for a city attorney employment agreement.
Legality of a Business Owner to Put Iron Rods on the Edge of a Highway
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/2011; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the owner of a certain business to have put several iron rods into the pavement on the edge of a highway, which, presumably, the owner of the business thinks is the eastern limit of that highway, when the right of way is undoubtedly wider than the pavement.
Legality of a Christian Cross Located on Top of a Water Tower
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/11/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an arrangement, where a local bank leased with the Town for water tower space and placed a Christian cross on top of the tower, is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Legality of a Combination Design-Build Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions related to "design-build" proposals to convert a building to a city hall.
Legality of a Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/27/2011; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is an enforceable contract between the city and a certain company under facts related in an opinion to city.
Legality of a Garbage Contract by City with One Company
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a garbage contract by city with one company.
Legality of a Separation Allowance Made to a Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/1990; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the board of mayor and aldermen to approve the payment of a "separation allowance" to a police officer.
Legality of Annexing a Piece of Property by Referendum
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/2012; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether it is legal for the city to annex by referendum a certain rock quarry several miles from the city as the roads meander.
Legality of City Contracting with Utility District Water System to Collect City's Sewer Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/1990; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city and the utility district can contract for the utility district to cut off the water of the city's delinquent sewer customers without the contract also providing for the utility district to handle the city's sewer service billing.
Legality of City in Accepting a Certain Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city acted legally in accepting a certain street.
Legality of City-County Sales Tax Allocation Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/1992; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to determine whether there is any way for the city to get out of the contract under which the city waived its share of the sales tax to the county for a term ending upon the payment of a 2.4 million bond issue.
Legality of Fire Department Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2004; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research the legality of inspection fees and certain services.
Legality of Open-Ended Sales Tax Sharing Agreement with -- County
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/1995; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked the term of the contract between the City and County for the distribution of the city's share of the sales tax.
Legality of Requiring Police Officer Candidates to Move into the City If They Are Hired
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/1998; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to require police officer candidates to move into the city if they are hired.
Legality of the County Charging a Tipping Fee
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether it is illegal "double taxation" for the county to charge a tipping fee.
Legality of Using a Facsimile Signature on a Check
General (Created: 11/16/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2011 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of using a facsimile signature during the absence of one of the authorized signatures on a check.
Legality of Utility Service Contract Between State and City
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/28/1997; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the contract between the Tennessee Department of Corrections and the City under which the latter provides the former's prison with water, sewer, and gas services is invalid because the state turned over the operation of the prison to a private company.
Legality of Wrecker Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research the legality of a wrecker ordinance.
Legislation Creating MTAS
General (Created: 04/15/1949; Reviewed: July 6, 2016 )

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) was created in 1949 by Public Act of the General Assembly.
Length of Term of Members of the Utility Board Who Are Also Members of the City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/15/2007; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city council can replace a member of the utility board who was a member of the city council but was not re-elected to office.
Letter for Employee with Salary Issue
General (Created: 07/31/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A recently hired salaried employee worked a significant number of hours for a community event. MTAS provided options on how to address this issue.
Letter of Employment
Form (Created: 10/01/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to develop a letter of employment to give to employees when they are employed. The letter would give the employee basic information about salary, benefits, probationary status and other matters that need to be clear to the employee upon accepting employment with the city.
Letter to City of Eagleville, Tennessee Regarding Annexation Notifications with Statutes
General (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A letter authored by Jeff Broughton, responding to a request from Eagleville, Tennessee regarding a list of agencies to notify following the annexation of territory into corporate limits.
Levying an Amusement Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/1994; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town can levy an amusement tax.

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