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Line Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Line Supervisor.
Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Lineworker.
Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 11/20/2003; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to outline the process of establishing liquor by the drink, including the option of packaged liquor stores.
Liquor by the Drink Petition
Form (Created: 09/16/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

Liquor by the drink petitions must include the address of the election commission to which it is addressed.
Liquor Sales from a Liquor Store Drive-Up Window
General (Created: 02/24/2015; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the State allows liquor sales from a liquor store drive-up window.
Listing of Debts and Assets for GASB Compliance
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/08/2003; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city should list the assets and debts of the Utility Board when compiling the accounting sheets required by GASB.
Litigation Taxes
General (Created: 10/25/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Answers a question about the legality of a city collecting local litigation tax, as well as the state litigation tax, from city court defendants.
Live Fire Training by the Fire Department in Acquired Structures
General (Created: 11/03/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who accepts liability when a house is used for live fire training.
Livingston's Community Visioning Process
(Created: 10/19/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate a community visioning process for the City of Livingston.
Local Approval of General Laws of Local Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2007; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

A letter urging compliance with the State Constitution.
Local Government Exemption Authorization
Form (Created: 09/13/2010; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

A form for the city to provide notice to the Dept. of Commerce that it has adopted and is enforcing a particular code or the code outlined in an adopting ordinance or resolution.
Local Option Sales Tax Revenue Sharing Agreements
General (Created: 04/04/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for some examples of local option sales tax revenue sharing agreements.
Local Preference in Purchasing Policy
General (Created: 01/26/2015; Reviewed: January 26, 2015 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may include a five percent bonus for local providers/contractors to give a slight advantage to a local provider.
Locating an Interpreter
General (Created: 06/07/2012; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to find a Mandarin Chinese interpreter.
Location of a Cemetery
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/02/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any state law that prohibits the location of a cemetery within two miles (or any other distance) of a city.
Longevity Pay Survey Results
Survey (Created: 02/01/2017; Reviewed: February 1, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities and airport authorities were asked about bonuses paid for longevity.
Maintaining Health Insurance Coverage on a City Employee's Dependants While the Employee is on FMLA Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city must maintain health insurance coverage on a city employee's dependants while the employee is on FMLA leave.
Maintaining the Appropriate Level of Unrestricted Fund Balance in the General Fund
General (Created: 07/02/2014; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about determining the appropriate level of unrestricted fund balance to maintain in the general fund.
Maintenance and Operation of Street Lighting on Interstate Highways
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pay the county for the operation of certain street lights on the interstate highway system outside the city.
Maintenance Worker
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Maintenance Worker.
Making a Motion Concerning an Item That Is Not on the Agenda
General (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011 )

MTAS was asked whether a board member may make a motion concerning an item that is not on the agenda without being recognized by the chairman.
Making the Mayor Follow the Agenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked how the city council can make the mayor follow the agenda and otherwise conduct meetings as prescribed by Roberts Rules of Order.
Management of City Parks
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what powers the city has to pass regulations governing the use of the city park if there is a contract between the city and a non-profit management organization.
Managing the Drug Fund
General (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

PowerPoint and handouts from a class on managing a drug fund.
Mandatory Retirement Age for Police and Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the mandatory retirement age is for police and firefighters.
Manufactured/Modular Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can enact local ordinances that would have the effect of excluding manufactured or modular homes from being situated inside the city's corporate boundaries, or by regulating such by zoning or land-use planning from land designated for residential use.
Marketing & Operations Manager
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Marketing & Operations Manager
Maryville Police Department Home Fleet Program
(Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The purpose of this study was to analyze the feasibility of a home fleet (take home car) program.
Massage Parlor and Technicians Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/26/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

An ordinance regulating massage parlors and technicians.
Massage Parlor License Application
Form (Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

This massage parlor license application for Thornton, Colorado includes a checklist, the application, authorization, background, zoning referral, and city code section.
Master Patrolman Program
General (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

The Master Patrolman program would compensate an officer for attaining a certain level of achievement.
Material on the Regulation of Adult Bookstores
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/1995; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide material on the regulation of adult bookstores in Tennessee.
Maximum Fee For Bad Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 25, 2017 )

A legal opinion on the maximum that a city can charge for a bad check.
Mayor Can Vote to Break a Tie or to be a Member of the Quorum
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/29/1993; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked, if four alderman are required to make a quorum and several resign, leaving only three, whether the mayor may act as an alderman.
Mayor Making Nominations
General (Created: 02/21/2007; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether it is proper for the Mayor to make nominations.
Mayor May Vote to Break a Tie
General (Created: 03/10/2005; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the Mayor may vote to break a tie during the meeting that is to be conducted for the purpose of filling vacancies.
Mayor Pro Tem to Hire Consulting Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/30/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to review ordinance permitting mayor pro tem to hire consulting attorney.
Mayor Refuses to Take an Oath of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1991; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, if the mayor refuses to take an oath of office, his seat is considered vacant.
Mayor Serving as Unpaid Volunteer Reserve Police Officer
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor may legally serve as an unpaid volunteer reserve police officer.
Mayor Wishes to Appoint One of the Aldermen to the Planning Commission When the Mayor and One of the Aldermen Are Already Members of the Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can appoint members of the city's governing body to the planning commission as "citizen" members of that commission.
Mayor's Appointment of Staff
General (Created: 04/10/2012; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for clarification on the appointment of the fire chief and assistant fire chief under the city's charter and municipal ordinances.
Mayor's Authority Relative to the Authority of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1995; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked two questions related to the mayor's authority relative to the authority of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Mayor's Compensation and COLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/2010; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the language in the city charter either entitles or authorizes the mayor to cost of living increases.
Mayor's Obligation to Carry Out the Will of the Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/1993; Reviewed: October 28, 2009 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor can refuse to sign a contract that the Board of Aldermen have voted to approve.
Mayor's Replacement of Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/2011; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked about the tenure of the planning commission members and other issues.
Mayor's Right to Make Motions and Speak on Matters before the City Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/06/2010; Reviewed: July 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor may make motions and speak on matters on issues on which he has the right to vote.
Mayor's Right to Vote or Make Motions
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2008; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had the right to vote or make motions.
Mayor's Salary
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

The Tennessee Constitution has a provision prohibiting the General Assembly from adopting a local or private act that would alter a local officer's salary before the end of the term
Mayor's Salary and COLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/18/2008; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor is entitled to COLA under Article XI, Section 9 of the Tennessee Constitution, and if he is now, whether he must pay back COLA's paid to him.
Mayor's Salary and Compensation Are Not the Same Thing
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/2002; Reviewed: June 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the salary and compensation of the mayor.
Mayor's Voting in Planning Commission Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/20/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has a voice on the planning commission when he has appointed a substitute under TCA 13-4-101 or 6-54-112.
Mayoral Elections in Council Manager Cities: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/19/2007; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Fifty-one cities were asked whether their mayor is elected from the board or by the people.
Mayoral Proclamation
General (Created: 06/23/2016; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A proclamation of the City of Dunlap Mayor and Board of Commissioners Declaring June 9, 2016, as Dakota Hudson Day in the City of Dunlap, Tennessee.
Mayoral Staffing in Selected Tennessee Cities: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked questions about the staff of the mayor and the budget for that staff.
McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

A city cannot pass a model of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act for local application.
McMinnville Goal-Setting Report
(Created: 04/17/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

The McMinnville City Council and City staff met to establish a set of goals to help guide the city's efforts over the next several years.
McMinnville, Tennessee, Fire Station Study
(Created: 09/28/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the city's distribution of fire stations and to determine whether the city needs a third fire station or if relocating one or both of the existing stations would provide adequate coverage. The study reviews the current roster of fire apparatus and makes recommendations on the city's fire apparatus needs. The scope of this study includes a review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and fire service best practices regarding deployment of resources.
Meaning of a Full Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what a 'full board' is within the meaning of the personnel regulation of the city that entitles an employee to appeal a personnel action to the 'full board.'
Meaning of Majority Vote for Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a majority of the body is required to vote in the affirmative for approval of a matter, or if a majority of the quorum is sufficient.
Measuring Methods Used in Beer Distance Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/10/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what measuring methods are used in beer distance regulations when a city's ordinance does not provide for those methods.
Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Mechanic.
Meeting ADA Standards for City Hall
General (Created: 01/03/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to explain the compliance of a city hall with the ADA.
Meeting Agenda Process
General (Created: 05/06/2014; Reviewed: May 20, 2014 )

MTAS was asked how to formalize and manage the city council meeting agenda preparation and distribution.
Membership of the Industrial Development Board
General (Created: 08/15/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the membership of the Industrial Development Board.
Memorializing in City Hall: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 09/30/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked about the practice of placing plaques, framed photos, etc. in the city council chamber or meeting room to honor or memorialize individuals. Includes sample policies and inductee form.
Memphis Code on Panhandling
Ordinance (Created: 12/11/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

The purpose is to regulate and punish violations of the act of panhandling, rather than the status of the person.
Mental health return to duty evaluation form survey
Survey (Created: 05/26/2017; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities to determine if those cities employ the use of a mental health return to duty evaluation form.
Merger of Municipal Utilities
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/2001; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to explain the legal process for merging the water systems of two cities.
Meter Reader
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Meter Reader.
Metropolitan Government
(Created: 10/12/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A report on the process of consolidation in Tennessee, as well as the pros and cons of consolidated government.
Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County Safety Policy
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: January 31, 2017 )

Safety policy for Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County.
Minority Set-Aside Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the County Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Guidelines.
Minority Set-Asides
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/27/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether minority set-aside quotas or set-aside goals are legal on the part of Tennessee municipalities.
Minority Set-Asides
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether an agreement between a city and a developer of a large construction project may specify a percentage of subcontracts on the project to be awarded, or set aside, for minority contractors.
Miscellaneous Local Taxes and Fees
(Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: January 7, 2010 )

Third volume in a TACIR report focusing on local government finance.
Misuse of City Equipment in Political Campaigns
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2006; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the fire chief may take the city's fire engine to a political rally for the city attorney.
Mobile Homes as Preexisting Nonconforming Uses
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2012; Reviewed: October 19, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can adopt regulations that allow mobile home owners to rebuild on the original footprint of a structure destroyed by fire, or other reasons.
Model Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Response Policy
Form (Created: 12/05/2016; Reviewed: December 6, 2016 )

This model policy was created to provide procedures for personnel to follow for the safe investigation and mitigation of reported carbon monoxide (CO) incidents.
Model Employment Application (2012)
Form (Created: 05/21/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An employment application for municipal employees, revised May 2012.
Model Municipal Debt Policy
General (Created: 10/31/2011; Reviewed: June 24, 2011 )

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the City. (NOTE: Bold language or similar statements are required by the State of TN Comptroller's Office. Italicized language is recommended along with other components in GFOA's Model Debt Policy.)
Model Press Release for Fire Hydrant Inspections and Flow Testing
Form (Created: 10/04/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

The model press release may be customized and used by any fire department to inform residents and business owners in their community that the fire department will be conducting inspection, maintenance, and flow testing of fire hydrants in the community.
Model Public Records Policy
General (Created: 01/19/2017; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

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

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

Model safety policy for local governments.
Model Stormwater Utility Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/29/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A model ordinance that creates and funds a stormwater utility.
Model Succession Plan
(Created: 12/10/2009; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Includes a model succession plan and a succession plan for McMinnville.
Modified vs Manager Commission
General (Created: 08/31/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to discuss the differences between the manager-commission form of government and the modified manager-commission form of government.
Moral Turpitude
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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

Job description for the position of City Administrator.
Morristown Civil Service Review
(Created: 01/12/2007; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to examine the Morristown Civil Service system and make recommendations for improvements.
Morristown Fire Department Driver Training Standard Operating Guideline
General (Created: 12/30/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This document includes: information on EVOC timed evaluations and station skill sheets for the practical, fire apparatus driver/operator; forms to request to qualify and to certify as a driver trainee; a driver trainee checklist and fire apparatus operator practical checklist; certification for out-of-grade pay; and request for upgrade pay.
Morristown Fleet Management Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017 )

Eight cities responded to an MTAS survey about their fleet management, including number and types of vehicles, work bays, and lifts, plus information on staffing, work orders, calls for service, and routine maintenance.
Morristown Police (or Fire) Chief Annual Evaluation
Form (Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the entire fire department and make recommendations related to fire department management, operations, resources, and enhanced level of services. The scope of this study included review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and best practice management of the fire department.
Mosquito Control: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 02/01/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Seven Southeastern cities were asked questions about budget, equipment, and chemicals used for mosquito control.
Motor Vehicle Privilege Tax
General (Created: 01/07/2014; Reviewed: October 25, 2016 )

MTAS was asked about the motor vehicle privilege tax or wheel tax.
Mount Juliet City Manager Resume Review Worksheet
Form (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Resume review form for position of city manager.
Mountainous Residential District Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 09/24/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided a file copy of draft regulations for a new R-M2 mountainous residential district, plus several examples of adopted hillside development regulations and zoning ordinances.
Moving a Building to Another Piece of Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain city resident could move a building to another piece of property without a building permit and includes surrounding issues that arose from that question.
MS4 Stormwater Documents 2010
Form (Created: 10/05/2010; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

This collection of stormwater documents includes: Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report; Phase II Stormwater Permit Notice of Intent (NOI); and NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
MS4 Stormwater Documents 2016
Form (Created: 10/06/2016; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS conducted this study by a review of submitted documentation, field study work involving interviews with Mount Pleasant personnel, physical inspection of the fire station and equipment, and a tour of the service area. This report provides an outside perspective of the city's fire services and future needs.
MTAS Compensation Philosophy and Plan: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked about their compensation philosophy and plans.
MTAS Comprehensive Management Review Checklist
Form (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A model for the MTAS comprehensive management review (CMR).
MTAS Firefighter Meals: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 03/31/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities were asked whether the shift can transport the fire engine to a restaurant for a meal and whether an employee may use a city vehicle to pick up food for the whole shift.
MTAS Golf Course Survey
Survey (Created: 02/21/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Four cities were asked several questions about their golf courses, including operations, funding, green fees, usage by local colleges and high schools, and number of rounds of golf played in FY 2012
MTAS Health Insurance Benefits: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked 31 questions about their health insurance coverage for municipal employees.
MTAS Near-Miss Reporting Standard Operating Procedure Template
Form (Created: 07/18/2019; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

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

A series of brief, instructive articles explaining the use Robert's Rules of Order for cities and towns in Tennessee. The series starts with the history of the Robert's Rules parliamentary procedures and delves into everything from making a motion to adjourning a meeting.
MTAS/CTAS ADA Compliance Officer Training 2018
(Created: 06/19/2018; Reviewed: June 19, 2018 )

Materials from an MTAS/CTAS statewide class designed for those city and county staff with ADA compliance responsibilities. Information resources includes the extensive class handout as well as the class slide presentation.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Tort Liability Act Made Simple
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

Details the effects of the Tennessee Tort Liability Act regarding municipal and personal liability.
Municipal Bonds
General (Created: 09/11/2012; Reviewed: September 11, 2012 )

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

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

A citation form to be used by the City of Smithville for offenses that are not traffic related.
Municipal Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/22/2005; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

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

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

Seventeen cities were asked several questions about the position of city judge, including salary and number of hours worked.
Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004
General (Created: 01/05/2005; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked questions about the requirements of the 'Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004' as it pertains to city court.
Municipal Courts Survey
Survey (Created: 10/08/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Thirteen cities were asked several questions about citations: the number of citations issued; whether the citations are paper or electronic; the number of unpaid citations; whether the city has a litigation tax; and, the total court costs per citation.
Municipal Judge, Without Concurrent Jurisdiction, Hearing State Misdemeanor Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2002; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 68-44-110 et seq. preempts any municipal regulations governing blasting.
Municipal Swimming Pools and Admission Fees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Collinwood
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about admissions charges for municipal pools, rate of pay for lifeguards, salary for pool managers, and rates for private party rental.
Municipal Work on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/22/2002; Reviewed: August 7, 2018 )

Analyzes the law governing right of a city to spend money to make improvements on private property.
Municipality May Have to Return Money Paid By a User Who Was Billed for Sewer Service When No Sewer Service Was Provided or Available
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/02/1993; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

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

An example of an annual report from the Murfreesboro Fire Department.
MUTCD and Engineering Study for Traffic Light
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/04/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Citizen ran a red light and alleges that he cannot be convicted of running the light because the installation of the light was not supported by an engineering study as required by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
Mutual Aid
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/08/2001; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

MTAS was asked if a municipality is obligated to provide services outside the corporate limits and if the municipality may make a mutual aid agreement with a municipality from another state.
Mutual Aid Update
General (Created: 12/17/2011; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

FEMA will reimburse mutual aid costs under certain conditions.
Need for a City Administrator
(Created: 06/05/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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

A report addressing the issue of employing professional managers or administrators who have municipal experience.
Need for Professional Management Experience
General (Created: 05/26/2009; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can negotiate price with the low bidder when there is only one bid on a municipal purchase.
Nepotism and Step-Children
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/1999; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether step-children should be added to the list of those who are precluded from being employed under the same line of supervision in the city.
Network Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

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

A tax abatement per GASB may not be the same as the legal definition of a tax abatement in Tennessee law, but remember that GASB's definition is for external financial reporting purposes.
New Fire Station Design Standards
General (Created: 09/08/2003; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS received a question on the construction of a new fire station.
New Officials' Tips
General (Created: 06/06/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

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

Public Chapter 148 passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in April 2013 and effective on January 1, 2014, requires all cities that have 'youth athletic activities' to comply with guidelines issued by the Tennessee Department of Health concerning risk and symptoms of concussion and head injuries.
NFPA Rules Governing Exits from Existing Business Occupancies
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/1997; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

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

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

The City of Kingsport requested a nomination form for filling a city council vacancy.
Non-Resident of a Town Holding the Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked about the Tennessee Open Meetings Law and the kind of notification necessary to advertise meetings of the Solid Waste Planning Board since they will be meeting in several locations.
Nuisance Abatement
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/2003; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a city should deal with recurring problems at a residence involving underage drinking and other illegal activities.
Number of Board Members in Selected Cities
General (Created: 02/27/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A listing of the number of board members in eighty cities with populations between 2,400 and 7,600.
Number of Salaried Mayors, City Administrators and Managers by Population of Cities
Survey (Created: 09/24/2007; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to for statistics on the number of salaried mayors, city administrators and city managers of cities in Tennessee.
Oak Hill 2020 Neighborhood Meetings: Report to the Commission
(Created: 03/19/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

The purpose of the meetings was to help establish priorities for future city services and to identify options regarding the city's future finances.
Oath of Office for a Codes Inspector
Form (Created: 12/05/2013; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the Town is obligated to honor a renewal provision in a lease.
Obligation to Stabilize Riverbank and Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/15/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has an obligation to stabilize a certain part of a riverbank and a closed street that is also being eroded.
Obtaining Credit Reports for Police & Fire Applicants: An MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 08/08/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS asked 15 cities whether they obtain credit reports during the hiring process for police officers and firefighters.
Obtaining Utility Payments from a Bankrupt Mobile Home Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/18/2007; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what remedy the city has against the owner of a single-metered mobile home court with 80 mobile homes who owes a water bill of $16,000 and who has filed for bankruptcy.
Off-Duty Responsibility of Police Officers
General (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was engaged to conduct an office efficiency review for the purpose of identifying enhancements to office processes and procedures.
Office Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Office Manager under the Department of Utilities.
Office Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked how the successful referendum to authorize liquor by the drink will affect the hours when beer may be sold for on-premises consumption in an establishment holding both a city beer permit and Tennessee ABC liquor by the drink license.
On the job injury and police/fire recruits survey
Survey (Created: 07/18/2017; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities regarding on the job injuries related to police and fire recruits.
One Way Street Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/05/2015; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

An ordinance template to convert Smith Street into a one-way street, in the town of Volopolis City, Tennessee.
One-Way Street in Front of School
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/01/1997; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

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

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

Twelve Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they provide employee training online and what types are offered.
Onsite Medical Clinic Survey Results
Survey (Created: 05/03/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS and TPMA were asked to conduct a survey of jurisdictions currently offering or planning to offer onsite medical services to their employees.
Open Burning Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/08/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether an "intervention" meeting of board of mayor and aldermen, in which focus is team building and better relations among board members, is subject to the Open Meetings Act.
Open-Air Fires and Unattended Fires
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/1999; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for an opinion on brush burning operations.
Opening Mail by Municipal Offices and Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked about the legality of operating ATVs on city streets.
Oral Interview Questions for Entry Level Firefighter
General (Created: 05/19/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample oral interview questions for an entry level firefighter.
Ordinance Abandoning Part of a City Street in Smithville
Ordinance (Created: 06/02/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

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

An ordinance abolishing the beer board and appointing the board of mayor and aldermen as the beer board.
Ordinance Adopting by Reference State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road
Ordinance (Created: 02/19/2007; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An ordinance of the Town of Bean Station adopting by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road.
Ordinance Adopting Personnel Policies and Procedures
Ordinance (Created: 06/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who is responsible for hiring a new firefighter; includes consanguinity/affinity relationship chart and ordinance adopting personnel policies and procedures.
Ordinance Adopting Regulations for Extending Sewer Services
Ordinance (Created: 05/19/2004; Reviewed: February 1, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a sewer extension ordinance.
Ordinance Adopting the Annual Budget and Tax Rate
Ordinance (Created: 10/04/2002; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance for adopting a municipal budget and levying a property tax.
Ordinance Adopting the International Building Code
Ordinance (Created: 10/08/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

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

An ordinance adopting the property tax freeze program for elderly low-income homeowners as authorized in state law.
Ordinance Amending Historic Zoning Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 12/11/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

An ordinance that limits the time citizens may speak at a board meeting.
Ordinance Amending Title 15, Chapter 6 of the Municipal Code of the Town of Dandridge to Establish Two Hour Parking Limits on Designated Streets and at Designated Times
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Ordinance establishing parking limits on designated streets of Dandridge.
Ordinance Amending Travel Policies
Ordinance (Created: 07/22/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

An ordinance amending the Town of Bell Buckle's travel policies to be based on the Federal reimbursement rate schedule.
Ordinance Authorizing Employees of the Town of Centerville to Contribute Accumulated Sick Leave to Employees Who Have Experienced Serious Illness or Injury and Regulating Such Contributions
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

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

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

An ordinance to amend the city's code regarding the town's official depository for town funds.
Ordinance Contracting the Town Limits of Palmer, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 09/28/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a de-annexation or contraction ordinance.
Ordinance Correcting Minor Errors
Ordinance (Created: 12/02/2013; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to correct ordinances adopted with minor numbering or typographical errors.
Ordinance Designating the City Officials Authorized to Declare a State of Emergency
Ordinance (Created: 01/12/2005; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked to prepare an ordinance establishing a code of conduct for participants and spectators using City of Loudon recreation facilities or services.
Ordinance Establishing a Debt Policy for the Town of Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 02/21/2012; Reviewed: February 22, 2012 )

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the Town of Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee.
Ordinance Establishing a Driver Education Course and Providing for Its Operation
Ordinance (Created: 05/12/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An ordinance that establishes a traffic school.
Ordinance Establishing a Driver Education Program
Ordinance (Created: 08/13/2008; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

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

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

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

An ordinance which regulates the placement of streetlights.
Ordinance Establishing a Public Arts Commission
Ordinance (Created: 10/29/2008; Reviewed: November 2, 2016 )

An ordinance of the Town of Linden establishing a public arts commission.
Ordinance Establishing a Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Program (three versions)
Ordinance (Created: 09/09/2002; Reviewed: August 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write ordinances that would provide equipment replacement program alternatives.
Ordinance Establishing an Office of Administrative Hearing Officer
Ordinance (Created: 10/11/2011; Reviewed: November 14, 2018 )

An ordinance to create the office of Administrative Hearing Officer to hear certain building and property code violations.
Ordinance Establishing Compensation for Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2006; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

An ordinance of the the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee establishing compensation for the members of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Ordinance Establishing Procedures and Requirements for the Carrying of Pagers or Other Electronic Communications Devices
Ordinance (Created: 01/26/2006; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

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

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

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

An ordinance to prohibit alcoholic beverages, beer, fireworks, fires, and firearms in the Samburg Ball Park.
Ordinance Establishing Speed Limits in a Certain Area
Ordinance (Created: 08/31/2005; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

An ordinance establishing the speed limit in a certain area and lowering the speed limit on a particular street.
Ordinance Establishing Standards and Limits Regarding the Adjustment of Utility Bills Due to Leaks and Filling Pools
Ordinance (Created: 08/22/2011; Reviewed: January 20, 2017 )

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

An ordinance of the Town of Unicoi, Tennessee, establishing the position of city administrator and delineating duties therein.
Ordinance for Removal of Vegetation and Debris from Overgrown and Dirty Lots
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2007; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

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

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

An ordinance regarding the creation and membership of the municipal planning commission.
Ordinance Increasing the Local Option Sales Tax from 2.25% to 2.75% in the Town of Estill Springs, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 08/07/2002; Reviewed: November 14, 2018 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is no longer necessary to hold a public hearing when amending the City's Personnel Policies because amendments can only be changed by the City Commission in a duly called public meeting, and amendments are required in writing through adoption of a resolution or, in some cases, an ordinance.
Ordinance of the City of Rutherford, Tennessee to Prohibit the Practice of Nepotism in the Recruitment or Employment of Municipal Employees
Ordinance (Created: 02/14/2003; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a sample nepotism ordinance.
Ordinance of the Town of Monterey, Tennessee, Prohibiting Heavy Truck Traffic
Ordinance (Created: 05/22/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

An ordinance of the Town of Monterey, Tennessee, prohibiting heavy truck traffic on Crossville Street during school days from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ordinance of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, Prohibiting Heavy Truck Traffic
Ordinance (Created: 01/05/2010; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

An ordinance prohibiting animals or skateboards on a linear trail.
Ordinance Prohibiting Heavy Vehicle Traffic on Most Streets
Ordinance (Created: 05/15/2008; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

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

An Ordinance of the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee prohibiting horses on public trails and sidewalks within the city.
Ordinance Prohibiting Placing Leaves within the Storm Sewerage System
Ordinance (Created: 07/03/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

An ordinance prohibiting the placement of tree leaves, grass clippings, and other yard wastes within the storm sewerage system.
Ordinance Prohibiting the Sale and Regulating the Hours of Use of Fireworks within the Town
Ordinance (Created: 08/14/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

An ordinance limiting the use of fireworks to the 4th of July holiday and New Year's Eve.
Ordinance Providing for Private Collection of Bulk Refuse
Ordinance (Created: 05/27/2011; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

An ordinance for solid waste permits.
Ordinance Providing for the Maintenance of Public Street Rights-of-Ways Abutting Private Property within the City
Ordinance (Created: 09/24/2007; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

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

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

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

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

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

An ordinance of the City of Lobelville regulating animal waste.
Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 06/14/2001; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

An ordinance to establish a process for discouraging false emergency alarms.
Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 01/13/2005; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked to prepare a junked vehicle ordinance for the Town of Estill Springs.
Ordinance Regulating Open Burning Within the City
Ordinance (Created: 07/15/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

An ordinace for the open burning of materials not produced or used on the property.
Ordinance Regulating the Discharge of Firearms Within the City
Ordinance (Created: 03/25/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An ordinance of the City of Lobelville to regulate the discharge of firearms with the exception of hunting, regulated by the TWRA.
Ordinance Regulating the Placement of Infectious Waste in Garbage Collection Containers
Ordinance (Created: 06/02/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

This ordinance makes it unlawful to discard needles and sharps and imposes a penalty for violation.
Ordinance Regulating the Placement or Construction of Buildings or Structures over Utility Mains and Stormwater Drains
Ordinance (Created: 08/28/2009; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

An ordinance regulating the placement or construction of buildings or structures over utility mains and stormwater drains.
Ordinance Requiring Vehicles to Stop for Pedestrians Who Are Crossing City Streets Where Lined and Marked Pedestrian Crossings Are Indicated
Ordinance (Created: 04/13/2004; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked for guidance in preparing an ordinance summons.
Ordinance Terminating City-Provided Refuse Collection Services
Ordinance (Created: 12/09/2015; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

An ordinance of the City of Tusculum, Tennessee, terminating city-provided refuse collection services.
Ordinance to Adopt a Code of Ethics
Ordinance (Created: 08/29/2006; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

An ordinance to amend the municipal code and adopt a code of ethics for the town's officers and employees.
Ordinance to Adopt the International Building Code
Ordinance (Created: 07/30/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

An ordinance to adopt the International Building Code of 2003 with SEISMIC deletions.
Ordinance to Adopt Wastewater Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 06/20/2014; Reviewed: April 4, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

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

An ordinance to change the town election date to the November general election date.
Ordinance to Control the Operation of Vehicles for Hire in the City of Erwin
Ordinance (Created: 08/18/2003; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

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

An ordinance amending the beer ordinance of the City of Martin to create a class of beer permits which can be granted to caterers.
Ordinance to Establish a Charge for False Emergency Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

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

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

An ordinance to establish impound lot regulations and fees for impounded and/or seized vehicles for the City of Blaine.
Ordinance to Establish Parking Limits on Designated Streets and at Designated Times
Ordinance (Created: 08/12/2015; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

An ordinance to establish parking limits on designated streets at designated times to allow city sanitation vehicles to collect solid waste.
Ordinance to Establish Refuse Collection Fees
Ordinance (Created: 03/30/2007; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

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

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

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

An ordinance that increased city court costs from $80 to $120.
Ordinance to Prohibit Large Vehicles from Entering/Exiting Intersection
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/2009; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ordinance regarding workers' compensation.
Ordinance to Vacate a Part or All of a Street
Ordinance (Created: 11/15/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether an appeal of an ordinance violation to circuit court by the defendant would be considered a civil or criminal matter.
Organization of Local Library Board
General (Created: 11/25/2002; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

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

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

Letter detailing the organizational structure of a municipal public works department.
Orientation Workshop Agenda
General (Created: 05/08/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an orientation workshop for the Town of Huntsville. Full text available in the MTAS library (City of Pikeville Orientation Booklet).
OSHA Foot Protection Requirements
General (Created: 08/13/2003; Reviewed: August 14, 2017 )

OSHA standards that apply to steel toe shoe requirements.
Ouster of Commissioner
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/11/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City would have to use the procedure in Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 6-20-220, to oust a commissioner or whether the City could use the general ouster law (T.C.A. ' 8-47-101, et seq.).
Out-of-Rank/Class Pay Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2004; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Twenty-three city departments were asked questions about compensating employees who work in a job with a higher classification.
Outdoor Display of Works of Art on City-Owned Property
Form (Created: 01/28/2004; Reviewed: November 2, 2016 )

A conditional use permit for displaying works on city-owned property.
Outside Utility Rate Discrimination
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2009; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether E-911 dispatchers qualify for the 207(k) exemption for the purpose of working them 43 hours a week before they are eligible for overtime compensation.
Overtime Compensation for Police Chief under FLSA
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the police chief was entitled to overtime compensation under the FLSA and the city's personnel policies.
Overtime Compensation for Training Time for Police Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/21/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether cities must pay overtime with respect to police officers attending law enforcement training academy.
Overtime Compensation Response Summary Report
Survey (Created: 03/23/2010; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Twenty-two cities were asked about compensation for overtime in compliance with the FLSA and premiums for on-call.
Overtime in Winchester
General (Created: 08/31/2001; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

The City of Winchester is authorized to require its workers to work overtime unless the requested overtime would cause a city to violate a Federally protected right, such as FMLA leave.
Overtime Pay in a Holiday-Shortened Workweek
General (Created: 09/08/1999; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if city employees who work over 8 hours per day in a 4-day, holiday work week would be due overtime pay.
Overturning the Decision of the City Manager in Demoting the Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/1993; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city commission can overturn the decision of the city manager in demoting the police chief.
Overweight Trucking Permit Systems : a Telephone Survey Conducted by the -- MTAS LIbrary
Survey (Created: 12/01/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Cities across the southeast were asked if they or their state had a permit system for overweight trucks.
Package Liquor v. Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

The General Assembly has passed a body of statutes regulating the sale of both package liquor and liquor by the drink.
Pain Management Clinic Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/04/2010; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

An ordinance requiring the registration of Pain Management Clinics in Pinellas County, Florida.
Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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

An ordinance establishing rules and regulations for parks.
Parking Meters
General (Created: 05/21/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of using parking meters in order to control hours of downtown parking.
Parks and Recreation Budgets and Number of Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Winchester
Survey (Created: 11/01/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about the budgets and number of employees in parks and recreation as well as their city budgets.
Parks and Recreation Director
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked about the advisability of some residents of the City forming a volunteer fire department and contracting with the City to provide services.
Passing Regulations on Structures and Excavations in Street Rights-of-Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/01/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether cities in Tennessee can pass regulations on structures and excavations in their street rights-of-way and on private property that abuts their street rights-of-way .
Passing Weight Limits on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/1994; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town can pass weight limits upon its streets.
Paving Eight Streets under a Bid for the Reconstruction of Another Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/1994; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can pave eight streets under a bid that was never accepted for the reconstruction of another street, but which had a separate paving price component.
Pay for Seasonal Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/1993; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City could pay umpires, scorekeepers, and others working just the summer months by the game rather than hourly wages or a specific salary.
Pay Plan Issues and Salary Adjustments
General (Created: 05/24/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a city is required to pay interest on contractor's performance bonds deposited in cash and, at regular meetings, can the city council take up business not contained in the agenda.
Payment in Lieu of Insurance Coverage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can end a program under which several city employees received in pay the equivalent of the cost of their insurance coverage under the city's health insurance program.
Payment of In Lieu of Taxes by a Municipal Water System
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/15/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

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

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

A comparison of the business licenses and permits required for transient vendors, peddlers, solicitors, charitable solicitors, and street barkers.
Pedestrian Crossing Policies and Guidelines
General (Created: 08/18/2016; Reviewed: August 30, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of policies and guidelines for mid-block pedestrian crossings.
Pension and Health Insurance Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 10/31/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Eighteen West Tennessee cities were asked whether they provide pension benefits and health insurance to their full time employees and to the mayor.
Pension Benefits for Rehired or Elected Employees
Survey (Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked what happens to the pension benefit when an employee retires at normal retirement age, begins to draw pension benefits, and is later elected to office or is rehired by the City.
Performance Appraisal Sample Documents
Form (Created: 04/22/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of performance appraisal or evaluation forms.
Performance Correction Notice
Form (Created: 01/13/2004; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a performance correction notice for the City of Dunlap.
Performance Evaluation Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017 )

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey about the types of evaluation forms or methods used, software, statistical scoring method, whether validity of instruments or process used is determined, requirements for presence of measurable performance criteria, minimizing rater bias, merit increases, plus questions related to performance assessment of the city manager.
Performance Evaluation Survey
Survey (Created: 04/01/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Thirty-six cities, counties, and departments were asked several questions about how they use performance evaluations.
Performance Evaluation/Staff Development Form for Employees in Non-exempt Classifications.
Form (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked how to perform criminal background checks on potential employees of the Town.
Permanent Utility Easement and Temporary Construction Easement
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/2011; Reviewed: June 6, 2017 )

Several questions are raised in this opinion, including, do the property owners who granted the easement have any remedy against the city and are there issues of liability of the electrical cooperative to the city and to the owners of the property.
Permitting Fire Department Pumpers to Connect to Hydrants During a Fire
General (Created: 08/01/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked why the fire department pumpers are not permitted to connect to hydrants during a working fire.
Personal Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/18/2017; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

Pursuant to the ethics policy adopted by the municipality, this model ethics code personal interest disclosure form is required to be filled out and submitted to the city recorder when a municipal employee or official must exercise discretion over a matter that he/she has a personal interest in that affects, or a reasonable person might believe affects, the employee or official's exercise of discretion.
Personal Property Taxes in Maryville
(Created: 07/01/2003; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to research several issues relating to collection of personal property taxes and prepare a report listing relevant statutes, charter provisions and options available to the city for collection of the taxes.
Personnel Authority of City Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2000; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Judge has the authority to appoint, discipline, and remove the court clerk and deputy court clerk.
Personnel Information Form
Form (Created: 05/21/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A sample form to be used for compliance with government record keeping and reporting requirements.
Personnel Powers of City Manager v. Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1998; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether any individual member of the city council, or the city council as a body, has the authority to require the city manager to dismiss or to take any other personnel action against a city employee, or to give orders or instructions to city employees.
Physical Agility Testing and Holiday Time Off
Survey (Created: 08/03/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

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

This fire study addresses how well the department is presently functioning as compared to national standards, federal requirements, and benchmarking industry standards.
Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/01/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

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

An ordinance setting purchasing limits for the Town of Pittman Center.
Placing Flashing Lights in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

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

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

Job description for the position of Planner II.
Planning and Zoning under Chapter 1101
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/2001; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked the impact of Chapter 1101 on the planning and subdivision authority of cities.
Planning Commission Meeting Procedures
General (Created: 03/06/2006; Reviewed: March 29, 2010 )

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

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Planning Director.
Plant Operator Trainee
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 27, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Plant Operator Trainee in Water and Wastewater.
Police & Public Safety Fitness for Duty Testing 2010
Survey (Created: 06/29/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Twenty cities responded to a survey about fitness assessments for police officers as part of the employment process.
Police and Fire Department Annual Physical Exam Survey
Survey (Created: 08/11/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Twenty-five cities and airport authorities were asked whether their police and fire departments require annual physical exams and if there are rewards or incentives given.
Police Captain
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Captain (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Captain (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a police department can conduct a forfeiture sale under T.C.A. 40-33-107.
Police Department Staffing Levels and Budget Information in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A survey of Tennessee cities regarding police staffing levels, police general fund budget and drug fund information.
Police Detective
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Detective.
Police Employee with Seizure Conditions
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

The Town of Huntsville inquired about the feasibility of establishing police services to its residents.
Police Lieutenant
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Lieutenant.
Police Major
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Major.
Police Officer
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Police Officer (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

Certification requirements of police officers and part-time, or reserve, police officers.
Police Officer Holiday Compensation: a Telephone Survey Conducted by -- the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 03/01/2002; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

Cities were asked the number of paid holidays given to police officers and how officers are compensated for working a holiday.
Police Officer Oath
Form (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Oath of office for a police officer.
Police Officer Serving as Codes Enforcement Officer
General (Created: 03/26/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a police officer may be assigned additional duties as a codes enforcement officer.
Police Officers Who Have Not Been Certified Should Be Strictly Limited to Twenty Hours a Week
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1996; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked, where several police officers have not attended the Peace Officers Standard Training (POST) course, exactly how many hours can these officers work under Tennessee law.
Police Opening Locked Car Doors for Motorists
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

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

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

Three cities were asked their policies for replacing police vehicles
Policies and Procedures for the Use of the Time Clock for Non-Exempt Employees
General (Created: 12/12/2005; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide policies and procedures for clocking in or punching a time clock.
Policy Against Harassment and Bullying
General (Created: 04/26/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

The purpose of this policy is to reaffirm the City of Sedona's policy against any form of harassment including sexual harassment, harassment based upon race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. It also affirms the City of Sedona's zero tolerance policy towards bullying.
Policy for Rehiring Former City Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 01/10/2017; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

A city inquired about the removal of a commissioner under the charter provision permitting the removal of an officer.
Potential Tort Liability Due to a Street Design
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/1996; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town has potential tort liability due to a street design.
Potentiality That an Insufficient Number of Candidates Will Qualify for the Open Board Seats
General (Created: 04/02/2014; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked for a pre-annexation agreement for the extension of a trunk sewer line.
Pre-Employment Testing of Clerical/Administrative Support Candidates
Survey (Created: 08/16/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

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

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

Thirty-one cities, counties, and departments were asked several questions about their use of pre-paid legal services.
Preventing Encroachment on the City Right of Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/19/1996; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

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

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

An ordinance regulating private sewage disposal and requiring use of public sewers when available.
Probationary Employee Entitled to Pay for Military Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2011; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

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

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

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

MTAS explains how the city charter provision sets forth the process for the swearing-in of members of the city's governing body.
Procurement of Architect, Engineer, or Construction Services
General (Created: 11/11/2013; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may seek qualifications and experience data from a single architectural, engineering, or construction services firm, when procuring these professional services.
Producer
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2017 )

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

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

An occupation tax is imposed on those persons with an active Tennessee license or registration to practice any of the professions in this listing.
Professional Services Rendered by Weightlifter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/1998; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether T.C.A. ' 12-4-106 prohibits local governments from competitively bidding contracts for certain types of professional services.
Prohibiting a Police Officer from Moonlighting as a Security Guard
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1993; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Police Department Manual prohibits a police officer from moonlighting as a security guard at the Community College.
Prohibiting by Ordinance the Broadcasting of Meetings of the City's Governing Body
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/21/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can prohibit the broadcasting of meetings of the city's governing body.
Prohibiting Development of Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

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

MTAS was asked whether a city can adopt and enforce an ordinance prohibiting the practice of hypnotism.
Prohibiting Three Axle Vehicles on a Certain City Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1997; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked for a brief opinion with respect to the authority of local governments to enter into collective bargaining agreements with various employees.
Project Checklist
Form (Created: 05/03/2004; Reviewed: December 18, 2018 )

A checklist designed for utility construction projects.
Property Annexed Before and During Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2002; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the application of a city's building and utility codes to annexed property before and during construction.
Property Maintenance and Slum Clearance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/28/2010; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked for property maintenance and slum clearance information. Includes slum clearance ordinance.
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/03/2003; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

An ordinance establishing the minimum regulations governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/07/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

The Town of Huntland requested a property maintenance or slum clearance ordinance.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 11/12/2010; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 09/07/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

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

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Rights in Employment
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2005; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide employees greater property rights in employment than is provided in the charter.
Property Standards Inspector I
Job Description (Created: 06/08/2010; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

A job description for the position of Property Standards Inspector I for Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Government.
Proposed Debt Policy Review for Chattanooga
General (Created: 11/30/2011; Reviewed: December 12, 2011 )

MTAS reviewed Chattanooga's dept policy for conformance with the MTAS Model Debt Policy.
Proposed Gift of Real Property from County School Board to City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/2005; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

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

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

MTAS was asked if a city could enter into an agreement with a developer to refrain from rezoning city-owned property for commercial use for a period of five years.
Proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD) for a Mobile Home Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/1996; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked several questions with a respect to a proposed planned unit development (PUD) for a mobile home park.
Propriety of a Municipality Donating Money to a Religious Cause in Return for Free Counseling Services to Police Officers and Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1997; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the propriety of a municipality donating money to a religious cause in return for 'free' counseling services to police officers and firefighters.
Protecting Fire Department Infrastructure
(Created: 03/23/2016; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether, and under what conditions, single-wide mobile homes have protection as a preexisting nonconforming use.
Providing City Water Service Inside a Utility District's Service Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide health insurance to the city attorney.
Providing Police Services After Authorizing Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 07/28/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the town is required to provide police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, following the successful passage of a referendum authorizing liquor by the drink or liquor package stores within the town limits.
Provision of Insurance to Municipal Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/2001; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can provide health insurance to the department heads and/or their families, to the exclusion of all other city employees?
Provisions for Uniforms for City Employees
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 10, 2019 )

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

MTAS was asked whether proxy voting by the board of mayor and aldermen is allowed.
Public Art Policy and Procedures
General (Created: 09/27/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

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

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

This document outlines the policy of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners with respect to the naming of public buildings, infrastructure, and facilities owned by the City of Johnson City.
Public Buildings Maintenance and Staffing: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Kingsport
Survey (Created: 01/01/2004; Reviewed: August 18, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked for job descriptions of custodians of public buildings and the number of square feet of public buildings that custodians are required to maintain.
Public Employee Owning a Retail Liquor Store
General (Created: 04/17/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a public employee, such as a firefighter, can own a retail liquor store.
Public Property Naming
Survey (Created: 09/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city and church sharing in the costs of constructing a fence on an easement.
Public Records Resolution
Resolution (Created: 11/08/2006; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

A resolution providing for the maintenance, preservation and protection of public records, and establishing procedures for accessing and copying open public records.
Public Relations Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 01/14/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Public Relations Coordinator.
Public Safety Retirement Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2016; Reviewed: February 16, 2017 )

Nine cities responded to an MTAS survey about their retirement plans for their police and fire employees.
Public Services Department Organization Chart
General (Created: 01/08/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

An organizational chart of municipal services, including public works and utilities.
Public Works Contract Requirements
Ordinance (Created: 08/01/2005; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research and recommend other municipal requirements relating to the administration of contracts for public works or improvements; includes resolution and ordinance.
Public Works Department Model SOP Outline
General (Created: 08/16/2007; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

An outline of a model operating procedure (SOP) for a public works department.
Public Works Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 5, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Public Works Director.
Public Works Facility Ribbon Cutting
General (Created: 04/09/2003; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An article summarizing the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Collierville Public Services Complex.
Public Works General Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 10/13/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

A job description for the position of General Supervisor in the Public Works Dept. of Bluff City.
Public Works Performance Evaluation Forms
Form (Created: 04/05/2006; Reviewed: October 22, 2018 )

Sample performance evaluation forms for truck drivers and operators, mechanics, and skilled laborers. Note that the basic parts of the form are the same for all employees. 'Factor K - Essential Function of Employee Position is the factor that is unique to each position.
Public Works Permit Applications
Form (Created: 07/08/2011; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

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

MTAS was asked questions regarding TCA '62-2-107 and whether the statute requires an architect or engineer prepare plans and specifications for the open-air pavilion with bathrooms that is proposed to be constructed in a city park by a civic organization using private funds.
Public Works Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked how to remove non-residents from the election roll.
Quality Assurance Program for Enforcement and Inspection Programs
General (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019 )

This is a template for a sample quality assurance program for enforcement and inspection programs that meets the criteria for such a program as identified in Section 1024C of the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).
Question on Open Burning
General (Created: 08/09/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city board could change the hours for selling liquor; if local businesses are required to close at 3:00 AM; and if minors are required to leave places where liquor is sold at 10:00 PM.
Questions on Cable Service
General (Created: 08/26/2014; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the state franchise process for cable and video services and approaches to address a situation in several subdivisions that effectively limits wired cable and video service choices.
Questions on Capital Outlay Notes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/1994; Reviewed: October 30, 2009 )

MTAS was asked two questions on capital outlay notes.
Questions on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/15/1999; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about municipal streets.
Questions Related to Overtime Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1997; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the mayor counts toward a quorum and may the mayor vote.

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