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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.
Quorum, Tie Votes, and Roberts Rules
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1992; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain proposed measure before the city council passed, or was there a tie vote on the proposed measure which the mayor could break.
Raising the Number of On-Premise Beer Permits
General (Created: 12/05/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what are court costs and the conditions under which court costs can be levied in Tennessee.
Recording Abstentions in the Minutes of Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/30/1997; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether the recorder should record abstentions in the minutes of meetings.
Records Clerk / Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had the authority to dispose of the property for the city.
Recovery of Utility Extension Costs Front-Ended by Developers
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/2005; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Recreation Specialist.
Recyclables Disposal
Survey (Created: 02/05/2016; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Fifteen cities were asked several questions about their residential recycling programs and how the collected materials are disposed.
Recycling Program Costs in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/11/2015; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

MTAS asked six cities and counties whether they paid to have their recyclables diverted or if they were paid for them.
Reduction of Health Benefits by the Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/1998; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility board can reduce the health benefits of the management team members to the same level it reduces the health benefits of utility board members.
Referenda on Bond Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/2002; Reviewed: March 3, 2006 )

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

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

A legal opinion regarding whether a city is responsible for refunding (1) beer license fees, (2) beer sales tax, and (3) city property tax in the case of an annexation being declared void.
Refuse Collection Driver
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Refuse Collection Driver.
Refuse Collector
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Refuse Collector.
Refuse Fees Based on Considerations Other Than the Cost of Providing the Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/2009; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could give low income property owners reduced solid waste collection fees.
Refuse/Sanitation Collection Survey
Survey (Created: 04/27/2015; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

MTAS asked nine cities about the salaries paid for operators of specific collection equipment.
Regulating Day Trucks on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/03/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can by private act regulate hunting in the city.
Regulating Mailboxes in Rights-of-Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/2003; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can, through subdivision regulations, regulate construction of masonry-type mailboxes outside city but within municipality's regional planning area.
Regulating Parking Through a Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/11/2001; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked about the city's ability to regulate sand filtration wastewater systems being constructed outside the city in developments located in the regional planning commission's jurisdiction.
Regulating the Minimum Size of a Residential Dwelling
General (Created: 07/27/2015; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked how to regulate an unlicensed auto dealer offering vehicles for sale in his yard.
Regulating the Weight and Route of Trucks Travelling on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/15/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS analyzed the question of whether cemeteries are subject to zoning regulations or regulation by the city council.
Rehiring a Police Officer Who Resigned Earlier This Year
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Town may rehire a police officer who resigned earlier this year.
Rehiring an Employee Who Was Fired
General (Created: 07/19/2004; Reviewed: October 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the Mayor has the authority to rehire an employee who was fired by the previous City Administrator.
Reimbursing a Property Owner Who Has Piped and Covered the Natural Drainage Easement
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/03/1996; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is required to reimburse a property owner who has "piped" and covered the natural drainage easement that runs though his property
Reimbursing Travel Expenses of Board Members
General (Created: 05/06/2005; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about certain payments to Board members and the verification of expenses related to those payments.
Rejecting Any And All Bids
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/2004; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what is the lowest and best bid.
Relationship of Volunteer Fire Department to the Town
General (Created: 10/28/2002; Reviewed: May 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how the volunteer fire department should relate to the Town of Huntland.
Relative Personnel Powers of the Electric Power Board and the Water, Sewer, and Gas Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/11/2009; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked about moving City Hall from one county to another.
Removal by City of Abandoned, Junked, or Wrecked Vehicles
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/17/2006; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can remove all members of present boards and replace them with membership more reflecting the minority population of the city.
Removal of the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/2007; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about monetary obligations and health insurance owed to the city attorney if the city terminates his contract.
Removing an Alderman from the Office of Housing -- Authority Commissioner
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/16/1999; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a housing authority commissioner who was elected to the board of mayor and aldermen can be removed from the office of housing authority commissioner.
Removing Police and Fire Chiefs from the Classified Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/20/2007; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions about the right of the city to remove police and fire chiefs from the classified service.
Renting City Equipment and Raising the Salaries of City Commissioners
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/2000; Reviewed: April 19, 2010 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked who can become the mayor upon the resignation of the current mayor.
Report on Public Employee Unions in Tennessee
(Created: 01/31/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Cities need to deal with municipal practices that often create in city employees the desire to organize and join a union.
Report on the Carter County Tomorrow Strategic Planning Sessions
(Created: 12/12/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

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

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

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

MTAS was asked to look at the advisory board appointment practices of other cities, in order to improve the process used by Bristol; includes a survey about the appointment practices of fourteen cities.
Request for Computer System Proposals
RFP (Created: 03/24/1999; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

This RFP is offered to request proposals for computer hardware and maintenance, software, and software training and support for the town of Signal Mountain, Tennessee.
Request for Proposal Financial and Compliance Audit Bid Packet
RFP (Created: 03/01/2003; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

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

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

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

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

A sample RFP for a city's payroll account.
Request for Proposals for Curbside Recycling, Transporting and Processing Services
RFP (Created: 05/01/2008; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

An RFP for curbside recycling for the City of Bristol.
Request for Proposals for Professional Realty Services
RFP (Created: 05/01/2001; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

RFP to sell the property known as the City/County Hospital.
Request for Proposals for Real Estate Broker Services
RFP (Created: 10/20/2009; Reviewed: October 22, 2009 )

Jefferson City is seeking proposals from local real estate brokers/firms to sell real property owned by the city.
Request for Qualifications for City Attorney/Legal Services for the City of Sevierville, Tennessee
RFP (Created: 08/03/2004; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

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

Example of an RFQ for a city attorney.
Request for Qualifications: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Services
RFP (Created: 04/01/2008; Reviewed: October 6, 2010 )

An RFQ for the City of Knoxville related to hiring a contractor to conduct an energy audit of all City-owned facilities.
Required Federal and State Employment Posters
General (Created: 05/15/2012; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

Compilation of Federal and State Employment Posters
Requirement That Vendors Pay Higher Fees and Post Bonds
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2006; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

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

MTAS was asked to research the requirements for warrants executed by a municipal court.
Requirements for Making a Fire Chief Position a Salaried Position
General (Created: 08/13/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information regarding the requirements for making a fire chief position a salaried position.
Requiring a Certain Salvage Yard to Conform to the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/1994; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can require a certain salvage yard to conform to the city's zoning ordinance.
Requiring a Preexisting Nonconforming Use to Build a Fence around City Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/2011; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can require a preexisting nonconforming use to build a fence around its property, basing the fence on the police powers of the city.
Requiring a State Park to Hook Onto the Town's Sewer Line If the Park Territory Was Annexed Into the Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/1996; Reviewed: December 21, 2018 )

MTAS was asked whether a town could require a nearby state park to hook onto the town's sewer line if the park territory was annexed into the town.
Requiring an Employee to Sign an Agreement Releasing the City from Liability
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1995; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could require auxilary police officers to sign waivers releasing the city from any liability for their negligent conduct or omissions.
Requiring Annexation as a Condition for Extending a Utility Outside the City
General (Created: 01/26/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about the city entering into an agreement with a land owner/developer requiring annexation as a condition for extending a utility outside the city.
Requiring Developers to Construct Sidewalks in Developments in the County
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/2008; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the regional planning commission could require developers to construct sidewalks in developments in the county.
Requiring Employees to Use Their Health Insurance to Pay for Physicals and Shots
General (Created: 09/26/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about employees using their health insurance annual exam benefit to cover the cost of required annual physicals and required shots that are free under their health insurance.
Requiring Municipal Employees to be Residents of the City with a Grandfather Provision for Existing Employees
General (Created: 02/05/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about a proposal to require municipal employees to be residents of the City with a grandfather provision for existing employees.
Requiring Property Owners to Build or Repair Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/02/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether property owners can be compelled to construct sidewalks abutting their property.
Requiring Social Security Numbers for Utility Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about requiring social security numbers for utility service, collection fee for delinquent bills and code enforcement against current utility customers.
Requiring the User of Streets to Obtain a Bond to Cover Damages to the Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/1996; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can require the user of streets to obtain a bond to cover damages to the streets.
Rescinding an Appointment to the Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/07/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's governing body could rescind an appointment to the utility board.
Residency and Ownership Limitations for a Retail Alcoholic Beverage License
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS responded to a question about state residency and ownership limitations for a retail alcoholic beverage license (package store) and a retail food store wine license.
Residency of City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/1996; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the position of city attorney is an elected official and, therefore, has to be a resident of the town.
Residency Requirement
General (Created: 09/02/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on what constitutes residency as it relates to a member of the governing body.
Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what time period is covered by the one-year residency requirement of T. C. A. ' 6-3-103 for candidates for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Residency Requirement for City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1993; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city judge has to be a resident of the city in which he exercises concurrent jurisdiction with the court of general sessions.
Residency Requirement for Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the one year durational residency requirement for mayor (and aldermen) contained in the general law mayor-aldermanic charter is legal?
Residency Requirements for Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked if an Alderman, who married a person from another town and bought a house there, still meets residency requirements by renting a residence in the town in which he holds office.
Residency Requirements for Applicants of Liquor Permit
General (Created: 08/03/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether applicants for a liquor permit should be required to have resided within the city limits at least two consecutive years preceding the date when the application is filed.
Residency Requirements for City Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/06/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether residency requirements for city officers and employees are legal.
Residency Requirements for Utility Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether members of the city's utility board are required to be residents of the city.
Residential Fire Sprinklers and ISO Increased Fire Flow Requirements for Large Homes
General (Created: 06/19/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

The consequences of insufficient fire flows are significant, and include increased risk to trapped occupants in rescue operations, a reduced ability to extinguish the fire, an increase in property damage, and increased risk to firefighters. An option for your community is passing an ordinance requiring residential fire sprinklers. The revised Insurance Services Office (ISO) Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) takes effect in Tennessee on July 1, 2013. The new ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule has increased fire flow requirements for large homes (homes exceeding 4,800 square feet), but recognizes sprinklers and reduces the needed fire flow (NFF) accordingly.
Residential refuse collection and recycling services in selected Tennessee cities and towns
Survey (Created: 08/05/2019; Reviewed: August 5, 2019 )

A survey of selected Tennessee cities and towns regarding residential refuse and recycling collection services including rates and charges for the services.
Residential refuse collection and recycling services in selected West Tennessee cities and towns
Survey (Created: 08/05/2019; Reviewed: August 5, 2019 )

A survey of selected West Tennessee cities and towns regarding residential refuse and recycling collection services including rates and charges for the services.
Resolution Accepting a Bid for Mowing Equipment and Authorizing the Execution of a Lease Agreement
Resolution (Created: 08/05/2010; Reviewed: August 19, 2010 )

A resolution of the City of Pigeon Forge accepting a bid for mowing equipment and authorizing the execution of a lease agreement.
Resolution Accepting the Non-Smoker Protection Act
Resolution (Created: 05/27/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A resolution affirming compliance by the Loudon Utility Board with the Non-Smoker Protection Act.
Resolution Acknowledging the Fiery Gizzard Sportsman's Club
Resolution (Created: 11/03/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a resolution acknowledging the existence and contributions of the Fiery Gizzard Sportsman's Club.
Resolution Adding an Option to the City's Personnel Policy for Advertising Position Vacancies in the Local Newspaper and/or on the City's Website
Resolution (Created: 04/08/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

This resolution allows the city to change the recruitment requirement to include the use of either the local newspaper or the city's website, or both.
Resolution Adopting a City Seal
Resolution (Created: 05/17/2010; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

A resolution adopting the official city seal of the City of Clifton.
Resolution Adopting Board General Rules of Order
Resolution (Created: 12/05/2003; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

A resolution adopting general rules of order for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of Blaine.
Resolution Authorizing a Credit Card in the Name of the Town of Jasper
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Ordinance authorizing a credit card issued in the name of the town of Jasper.
Resolution Authorizing and Establishing an Auxiliary Police Program
Resolution (Created: 08/31/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A resolution to adopt guidelines to establish an Auxiliary Police force to supplement the existing Police Department.
Resolution Authorizing Governing Bodies to Appropriate Revenues from Natural Gas Utility System to Chamber of Commerce or Economic and Community Organization
(Created: 06/15/2018; Reviewed: July 18, 2018 )

This is a resolution that can be used by municipal governing bodies with natural gas utility systems or a board that has control over a municipal natural gas utility system to appropriate money to a chamber of commerce or economic and community organization for the purpose of economic development. The legislation does not allow money to be appropriated for these purposes in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Metro Nashville.
Resolution Authorizing MTAS to Facilitate a Strategic Planning Session
Resolution (Created: 05/27/2008; Reviewed: May 9, 2017 )

A resolution authorizing The University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service to facilitate a strategic planning session for a city and to require its presentation in a report for the city council.
Resolution Authorizing the City Recorder/Budget Officer to Transfer Moneys from One Appropriation to Another within the Same Fund
Resolution (Created: 02/18/2013; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

A sample resolution authorizing the city recorder/budget officer to transfer moneys from one appropriation to another within the same fund.
Resolution Authorizing the Establishment of a Police Department
Resolution (Created: 10/02/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A resolution of the City of Baneberry, Tennessee authorizing the establishment of a police department.
Resolution Changing the City's Purchasing Limit
Resolution (Created: 03/27/2003; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

A resolution changing the city's purchasing limit.
Resolution Concerning the Proposed Sale of the Cable Television Service
Resolution (Created: 07/30/2007; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

A resolution concerning the proposed sale of the cable television service operated by the board of public utilities and providing for a referendum of the voters to approve such a sale.
Resolution Designating the City Administrator to Counter Sign Checks in the Absence or Disability of the Mayor or City Clerk
Resolution (Created: 09/08/2003; Reviewed: March 11, 2010 )

A resolution authorizing additional co-signers for city checks.
Resolution Enacting a Web Design Work Scholarship Program
Resolution (Created: 10/03/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

A resolution to pay students a stipend to work on a city's Web site.
Resolution Establishing a Fraud Action Plan for theTown of Mountain City, Tennessee
Resolution (Created: 06/22/2004; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to develop an anti-fraud policy.
Resolution Establishing a Mandatory Retirement Program for All Police Officers Who Have Attained the Age of Sixty-Two (62) Years of Age
Resolution (Created: 06/05/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A resolution requiring the retirement of police officers who are members of TCRS and have reached the age of 62.
Resolution Establishing a Records Management System
Resolution (Created: 12/06/2007; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

A resolution establishing a records management system based on the MTAS reference guide for records management.
Resolution Establishing a Section 125 Cafeteria Plan for Employees
Resolution (Created: 01/03/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A resolution of the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee, authorizing the establishment of a Section 125 cafeteria plan for employees
Resolution Establishing a Uniform Policy on the Acceptance of Gifts and Other Donations by the Town of Rutherford
Resolution (Created: 09/28/2004; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to draft a resolution to establish a policy by which to evaluate the suitability of donations and other gifts prior to acceptance by the Town.
Resolution Establishing Rules and Procedures for Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meetings
Resolution (Created: 03/04/2005; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

A resolution establishing rules and procedures for Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings and establishing a format for Board study sessions.
Resolution Establishing the Use of an Interview Panel
Resolution (Created: 01/13/2016; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

A resolution amending the employee handbook personnel rules and regulations for the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee, regarding the candidate interview panel.
Resolution Establishing Work Hours for Town Personnel and Accompanying Memo from the Mayor
Resolution (Created: 09/19/2011; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with establishing work hours for the personnel of the Town of Huntland.
Resolution Extending Group Medical Insurance Benefits to the Board of Commissioners
Resolution (Created: 08/23/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a resolution extending group medical benefits to the board of commissioners.
Resolution for Adventure Tourism
Resolution (Created: 06/20/2013; Reviewed: June 9, 2017 )

A resolution of the Town of Huntsville, Tennessee, declaring its intent to participate in the Tennessee Adventure Tourism and Rural Development Act of 2011 by developing an adventure tourism district plan.
Resolution for Codification
Resolution (Created: 11/15/2004; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A resolution to have MTAS codify and revise the ordinances of a city.
Resolution Honoring Former Mayor for Distinguished Service
Resolution (Created: 07/09/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a resolution honoring the former mayor of Morrison for his years of distinguished service.
Resolution Naming a Veterans Facility
Resolution (Created: 02/12/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide the Town with a resolution naming the Sevier County Veterans Facility in honor of Mr. Dannie Carr.
Resolution of the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee, Designating Signatures for the Issuance of Checks in Accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Resolution (Created: 01/19/2017; Reviewed: January 19, 2017 )

This resolution states that all checks issued by the town shall contain the signatures of both the City Administrator and the Mayor.
Resolution Providing for a Town Court Clerk
Resolution (Created: 06/04/2012; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

A resolution providing for the appointment of a court clerk for the Town of Tracy City.
Resolution Providing for an Emergency Interim Successor to the Town Mayor
Resolution (Created: 07/02/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about accepting the resignation of the mayor and a procedure for appointing a mayor pro tempore.
Resolution Ratifying an Amendment to the County Growth Plan
Resolution (Created: 03/27/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

A resolution of the Town of Huntsville ratifying the coordinating committee's 2006 amendment to the 2000 Scott County growth plan.
Resolution Regarding the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors in Municipalities
Resolution (Created: 05/27/2008; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

A resolution requesting legislation to amend TCA to allow municipalities to permit the sale of alcohol by local option election.
Resolution to Accept an Agreement for a Turn Lane
Resolution (Created: 03/23/2004; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

A resolution for a city accepting an agreement with the state for a Hazard Elimination Program.
Resolution to Adopt a Youth Sports Concussion Policy
Resolution (Created: 01/13/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

This sample resolution accompanies the policy required by Public Chapter 148 passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in April 2013 and effective on January 1, 2014.
Resolution to Adopt the National Incident Management System
Resolution (Created: 08/30/2005; Reviewed: February 8, 2017 )

A resolution allowing a city to adopt the NIMS concept of emergency planning and incident command.
Resolution to Amend Charter Regarding Election Date
Resolution (Created: 07/17/2006; Reviewed: May 8, 2017 )

A resolution to change the election date to coincide with the regular county primary elections.
Resolution to Create the Office of Administrator
Resolution (Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

A resolution creating the office of Administrator, providing for the appointment of said Administrator, and defining the duties of the office.
Resolution to Create the Position of Vice Mayor
Resolution (Created: 05/27/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

A resolution requesting the General Assembly to change the City's charter to create the position of vice mayor.
Resolution to Establish a Personnel Policy for the City of Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Resolution (Created: 12/09/2010; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to create a resolution to adopt revised personnel policies.
Resolution to Establish Written Procedures for the Town of Selmer to Purchase Items at Publicly Advertised Auctions
Resolution (Created: 09/12/2003; Reviewed: March 12, 2010 )

Procedures to allow the Mayor or the Mayor's designated representative to act as the purchasing agent at publicly advertised auctions.
Resolution to Opt Out of the Statewide Building Codes
Resolution (Created: 12/19/2016; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

A a resolution to opt out of the statewide building codes enforced by the State Fire Marshal pursuant to the 2009 energy code legislation.
Resolution to Remove the Municipality from the Application of Mandatory Allowance of the Manufacture of Alcoholic Beverages
Resolution (Created: 07/09/2013; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

Any city that wishes to ensure that neither a distillery nor high alcohol content beer manufacturer operates within its jurisdiction should take immediate steps to adopt a resolution removing the city from the application of TCA 57-2-103(d). Failure to complete this action prior to the end of the 45-day grace period could result in your city being precluded from exercising its ability to opt out of the law. This 45-day grace period began to toll upon the effective date of the bill, July 1st, making August 15th the final day to remove your city from application.
Resolutions to Declare a Vacancy and to Fill an Unexpired Aldermanic Term
Resolution (Created: 07/02/2010; Reviewed: July 2, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to assist the city when an alderman died while in office.
Responsibility for Correcting the Sinking Pavement along a Sewer Line
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2011; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked which city is responsible for correcting the sinking pavement problem along a sewer line.
Responsibility of Rental Property Owner for City Utility Payments Left Unpaid by Tenant
General (Created: 11/17/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of requiring the owner of rental property to sign an agreement making the owner responsible for city utility payments left unpaid by the tenant.
Restricted Entry Access Systems
Ordinance (Created: 08/10/2000; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

An ordinance related to residential developments with restricted entry access.
Restricting Bid Specifications to Name Brand Items
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/28/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2011 )

MTAS was asked whether bid specifications can be restricted only to name brand items.
Restricting Parking on City Streets to Customers of Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can restrict parking on city streets in certain areas to customers of businesses in those areas.
Retail Liquor Licenses Certificate of Compliance Determined by Lottery or Drawing
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/15/2009; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, under the state law governing retail liquor licenses, a city can use a lottery or drawing to determine who receives a certificate of compliance.
Retiree Re-employment and Paperless HR Survey
Survey (Created: 02/13/2017; Reviewed: February 14, 2017 )

Sixteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about the conditions of re-employing retirees and whether their HR department has gone paperless.
Retirement benefits providers and pension committee structure in selected Tennessee cities and towns
Survey (Created: 08/05/2019; Reviewed: August 5, 2019 )

A survey of retirement benefits providers and pension committee structure in selected Tennessee cities and towns.
Retirement plan options and pension committees in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 08/01/2017; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

A survey of selected cities in Tennessee looking at retirement plans in place and the pension/retirement committee for the cities.
Retro-Reflectivity Programs Survey: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 02/21/2013; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked whether they had contracted for professional services for a retro-reflectivity program or had conducted an in-house program.
Return to Work of Police Officer Who Has Been in a Detoxification Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/29/1998; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what rights the city has to require that a police officer, who checked himself into a detoxification center and who now wants to return to work, prove that he is capable of performing his duties without risk to the public.
Returning a Share of the Sales Tax to the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/17/2005; Reviewed: October 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the contract between the county and the city for the distribution of the city's share of a certain sales tax has terminated, the effect of which would be to return that share of the sales tax to the city.
Revitalizing the Downtown Area
General (Created: 04/18/2007; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to advise the city about methods for revitalizing the downtown area.
Revoking Beer Permit for Gambling Offenses
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the beer board may suspend or revoke the permit of someone who has been convicted of gambling offenses where the gambling took place at the beer establishment.
Rezoning and Spot Zoning Question
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/04/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether rezoning a parcel currently zoned residential, to allow commercial use, would constitute spot-zoning.
RFP for Annual Fire Department Physicals
RFP (Created: 04/21/1999; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

An RFP for physicians to perform annual physicals for fire fighters.
RFP for Building Demolition
RFP (Created: 04/08/2008; Reviewed: January 8, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to develop a bid package for demolition of a structure that may or may not contain asbestos materials.
RFP for Website Design and Maintenance
RFP (Created: 07/28/2015; Reviewed: July 29, 2015 )

MTAS provided a collection of sample RFPs for website design, development, hosting, and maintenance.
Right of a City to Demote or Dismiss a Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/2007; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the present chief of police can be dismissed or demoted only for cause.
Right of a City to Sue a Carrier for Damages to City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1994; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to sue a carrier for damages to city streets.
Right of Cities to Monopolize Garbage Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/2008; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether most cities allow independent contractors to contract privately for commercial solid waste services and whether the city can exclude private solid waste collection vendors from operating inside the city limits.
Right of City Attorney to be Sessions Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1998; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney can hold the position of sessions judge, which, in this case, is a part-time position.
Right of City Council to Appoint and Terminate the City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Judge serves at the will of the City Council and may be the City Judge of more than one city.
Right of City to Excavate Ditch Adjacent to City Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/2001; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Analysis of right of city v. abutting property owner to control ditches beside city streets.
Right of Entry Letter to Monitor Certain Streams
Form (Created: 02/20/2007; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

A form letter granting representatives of the City the right of entry to private property to collect water samples from streams.
Right of Municipalities to Require Hook-Ups to the City Sewer System and/or Be Charged a Sewer Availability Fee
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1994; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about the law governing the right of municipalities to require hook-ups to the city sewer system and/or be charged a sewer availability fee.
Right of Way Survey of Regional Cities
Survey (Created: 11/16/2016; Reviewed: February 16, 2017 )

Five cities responded to an MTAS survey that was sent to 20 cities in the region about public use of right of way.
Rights and Powers of a County Library Board Member
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1999; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about the rights and powers of an ex officio member of the county library board.
Rights of Municipal Department Heads, Their Appointment and Removal
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/09/2007; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked who has the power to appoint and to remove certain municipal employees and whether municipal employees who have a property right in their employment under a charter lose that property right if the charter is changed to revoke that right.
Rights-of-Way Management Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/23/2004; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to develop a rights-of-way management ordinance; includes appropriate permits and forms.
Ripley, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
(Created: 06/30/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

The study's purpose is to answer three questions: 1. Ripley desires to relocate its fire station to a piece of city-owned property. Is this a good location for a fire station? 2. Where should Ripley place its next fire station(s)? and 3. What is the current status of fire protection in Ripley?
Risk Manager Requests Personnel Records
General (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: May 22, 2017 )

The City's Risk Manager would like to review a variety of employee records, indicating that such a review is needed in order to help manage the City's risk.
Robert's Rules of Order Workshop
General (Created: 04/01/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to research, design, and deliver a Robert's Rules of Order workshop for the Council and other advisory board members.
Rounding Up the Certified Tax Rate
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1993; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

Rounding-up on the certified tax rate
Rutherford County Correctional Work Center General Orders
General (Created: 06/17/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

The Rutherford County Correctional Work Center generated a policy and procedures for their workhouse inmates who qualify to participate in community work projects.
Safety Boot Reimbursement for Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/29/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Ten cities were asked about their policy for purchasing or subsidizing safety boots for city workers.
Safety Incentive Survey Program
Survey (Created: 02/07/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Fifteen cities were asked several qustions about safety incentive programs.
Safety Policies Survey
Survey (Created: 04/02/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Fourteen cities were asked several questions about their safety policies, safety committee, safety director, and safety incentives.
Safety Policy
General (Created: 10/03/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a safety policy for the employees of the Town of Spencer.
Safety Program Director
Job Description (Created: 10/29/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Safety Program Director for the City of Erin.
Safey Policy
(Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to create a safety policy for the Town of Jasper.
Salaries for Municipal Judges with General Sessions Jurisdiction
Survey (Created: 11/30/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Fifteen cities were asked whether their municipal court also has general sessions court jurisdiction, salaries for the judges, and whether the position of judge is fulltime.
Salary Increase for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 11/22/2013; Reviewed: May 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can increase the salaries of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in the fiscal 2015 budget with a municipal election taking place in April 2014; includes a sample ordinance.
Salary Increase for the Mayor During His Present Term of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/27/1994; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor could receive a salary increase during his present term of office.
Sale and Regulation of Beer
General (Created: 10/22/2004; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation to assist Woodbury in considering the regulation and sale of beer.
Sale Hours for Beer and Alcohol
General (Created: 12/17/2015; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the sale hours for beer and alcohol and who notifies beer vendors of the expanded hours for beer sales.
Sale of Alcoholic Beverages, Including Beer, on Election Day
General (Created: 10/29/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the sale of alcoholic beverages, including beer, on election day.
Sale of Beer by Municipalities
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can itself hold a beer permit.
Sale of Beer Within the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions that pertain to the sale of beer within the city.
Sale of Confiscated Property: Revenue Disposition
General (Created: 08/01/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for clarification of the disposition of revenues from the sale of confiscated property.
Sale of Food at Special Events
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if a city has the right to restrict street vendors to particular businesses during festival days.
Sale of Surplus Property
Ordinance (Created: 04/07/2014; Reviewed: May 20, 2014 )

MTAS was asked to provide draft code provisions to guide the sale and disposal of surplus property or unclaimed property.
Sales Hours of Peddlers
General (Created: 10/02/2014; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on the sales hours of peddlers in several cities, plus provisions on fees, bond requirements, and permit duration.
Sales Tax and Transient Vendors Permit Relative to Special Events
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/03/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a community college can collect sales tax on the sales made by temporary vendors during special events sponsored by the college on college property and whether the City is entitled to collect from such individual vendors the transient vendors permit fee.
Sales Tax Distribution Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has any legal way to terminate the contract between the city and the county for the distribution of the city's share of the sales tax that presently goes to the county.
Sales Tax on Merchandise Sold by City at an Annual Festival
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/2016; Reviewed: October 28, 2016 )

If a city sells t-shirts at a festival for a temporary period on an annual basis, these sales do not constitute 'engaging in business' in Tennessee, and would not be subject to the sales and use tax.
Sample Application for Water/Sewer Availability Letters
Form (Created: 08/20/2019; Reviewed: August 20, 2019 )

Three sample applications for water/sewer availability letter.
Sample Building Dedication Policy
General (Created: 03/24/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

A sample policy regarding building plaques.
Sample City Code Provisions Restricting the Number of Alcoholic Beverage Permits
General (Created: 12/11/2009; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to compile a list of cities with restrictions on the number of alcoholic beverage and beer permits that can be issued.
Sample Codes of Conduct for Public Safety
General (Created: 04/20/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for sample codes of conduct for public safety after incidents of police or fire department employees being arrested for DUI, public intoxication, or assault.
Sample Criminal Background Check Policy
General (Created: 06/25/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Tennessee Code Annotated ' 68-102-308 allows fire departments to conduct criminal background checks on both current and potential employees and volunteers, provided the department has a written policy in place.
Sample Demolition by Neglect Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of demolition by neglect ordinances to aid the city in adopting a similar ordinance as a regulatory tool to cause the repair of historic structures within the community.
Sample Disciplinary Policy for Fire Departments
General (Created: 08/28/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This is a sample disciplinary policy that can be adopted by any fire department.
Sample Dress Code (Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure)
(Created: 07/18/2018; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

A template dress code policy for use in a municipal fire department standard operating procedure.
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
(Created: 06/19/2018; Reviewed: June 19, 2018 )

This is a sample policy to serve as a template for a specific policy based on local needs. In October of 1996, the Department of Safety began issuing handgun carry permits pursuant to T.C.A. § 39-17-1351. While Tennessee allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to carry handguns in places where they are not otherwise prohibited by law, an employer has the right to set policy for the workplace. There is debate on this issue, but the consensus of most municipal governments is to prohibit guns in the workplace except for commissioned law enforcement officers and similar employees with a need to go armed in the performance of their duties.
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
General (Created: 10/09/2018; Reviewed: October 9, 2018 )

This is a sample policy to serve as a template for a specific policy based on local needs. In October of 1996, the Department of Safety began issuing handgun carry permits pursuant to T.C.A. § 39-17-1351. While Tennessee allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to carry handguns in places where they are not otherwise prohibited by law, an employer has the right to set policy for the workplace. There is debate on this issue, but the consensus of most municipal governments is to prohibit guns in the workplace except for commissioned law enforcement officers and similar employees with a need to go armed in the performance of their duties.
Sample Fire Department Physical Ability Test
General (Created: 08/08/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The sample physical ability test is a model for cities to use when creating their own test. Cities and fire departments should review and modify this sample policy to meet local needs.
Sample Fire Department Risk Management SOP
Form (Created: 05/15/2015; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

This fire department sample risk management policy is designed to be customized for local needs.
Sample Fire Department Social Media Policy
Form (Created: 12/20/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to Fire Department members to clarify the boundaries between appropriate and inappropriate use of social media by fire department personnel and to provide guidelines on the management, administration, and oversight.
Sample Forms for Contraband Weapons to Be Titled to the Police Department and Exchanged or Sold by the Police Department
Form (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Sample forms giving police departments the title to contraband weapons and allowing the exchange or sale of such weapons.
Sample Hazardous Materials Route Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019 )

A sample ordinance for Tennessee cities to use, limiting flammable liquid, gas and hazardous materials carriers to certain truck routes.
Sample Language for Workers' Compensation
General (Created: 08/30/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample language for workers' compensation.
Sample Personnel Forms to Download
Form (Created: 08/08/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on the I-9 form and sites that provide personnel forms that can be downloaded.
Sample Petition and Court Order to Destroy Confiscated Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
Form (Created: 09/06/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Forms for the petitioning to destroy and an order to destroy confiscated drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as an affidavit for the supervision of the destruction of confiscated drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Sample Policies for Background Checks
General (Created: 11/20/2015; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS provided several sample policies and forms related to the background check process.
Sample Policy for the Wearing of the Fire Department Dress Uniform by Retired Members
General (Created: 04/03/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This is a sample policy covering the wearing of the dress uniform by retired fire department personnel. The fire department should customize this policy to meet local needs.
Sample Policy for Transgender Use of Restroom Facilities
Form (Created: 04/12/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Sample policy for transgender use of restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, and sleeping quarters in fire stations. This sample policy may be customized to meet local needs as long as the customization is non-discriminatory.
Sample Purchasing Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 05/21/2014; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what the maximum purchasing limit is without bidding for a city and for examples of ordinances that establish purchasing policies.
Sample Rejection Letters
General (Created: 04/09/2008; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample application rejection letters.
Sample Resolution Adopting a Public Records Policy
Form (Created: 11/02/2017; Reviewed: November 2, 2017 )

MTAS created a sample resolution for Tennessee municipalities to use in order to adopt a public records policy that will provide economical and efficient access to public records as provided under the Tennessee Public Records Act ('TPRA') in Tenn. Code Ann. ' 10-7-501, et seq. by July 1, 2017. The sample resolution adopting a public records policy includes a public records policy, a public records request form, and a public record request response form. (updated 11/2/2017)
Sample Respiratory Protection Program Template
Form (Created: 06/11/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

General Industry standard 1910.134 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires that a Respiratory Protection Program shall be established whenever respirators are required to be used in an occupational setting. This program is a guideline to prevent employee overexposure to atmospheric contaminants and oxygen deficient atmospheres which are potentially harmful to health.
Sample RFPs for Collection Agency Services
RFP (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS provided several examples of requests for proposals for collections agency services and a sample form.
Sample RFPs for Managed Information Technology Services
RFP (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: October 31, 2016 )

MTAS provided several examples of requests for proposals for managed IT services.
Sample RFPs for Vending Services
RFP (Created: 05/19/2015; Reviewed: May 26, 2015 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample requests for proposals for vending machine services.
Sample Skateboarding Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 02/23/2007; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

A compilation of ordinances related to skateboarding.
Sample SOP/SOG for Forced Entry into Unoccupied and Secured Properties
Form (Created: 06/29/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This sample policy was created to establish procedures for forced entry into secured properties during emergency responses and may be edited to meet local needs.
Sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Procedures
Form (Created: 07/16/2019; Reviewed: July 16, 2019 )

Two sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) procedures are provided. One is created by MTAS and the other is from the City of Murfreesboro, TN, which was reviewed by MTAS staff.
Sample Tobacco and Electronic/Vapor Cigarettes Policy
General (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 24, 2017 )

A sample policy for cities wishing to prohibit the use of tobacco products on (or in) any city-owned property.
Sample Volunteer Firefighter Shift Staffing Policy
(Created: 01/19/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a fire department might receive credit from the ISO for volunteers who ride out at the fire station. Two key points to an acceptable written policy are the establishment of work shifts and receiving prior approval before working a shift. More information is provided in the attached letter.
Sample Water Rescue Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
General (Created: 10/29/2018; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

MTAS has created three sample water rescue standard operating procedures (SOPs) for cities to revise and adopt for their use. SOP 1 establishes a standard structure and guideline for all fire department personnel operating at incidents involving water rescue operations. SOP 2 provides procedures and guidance when responding to emergency calls involving a water rescue incident while ensuring the safety and well-being of both rescuers and victims. SOP 3 addresses procedures detailing operation of agency boats and watercraft.
Sample/Draft Unbiased Policing Policy
Form (Created: 10/20/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

The purpose of this General Order is to reaffirm this department's commitment to unbiased policing, clarify the circumstances in which race or affiliation can be used as a factor to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause, and to reinforce procedures that serve to assure the public that we are providing service and enforcing laws in a fair and equitable manner.
Samples of City Codes Regarding Chickens
Ordinance (Created: 04/08/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to compile some chicken ordinances that have regulatory provisions in them.
Samples of City Codes Regulating Noise Decibels
General (Created: 06/07/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked what other cities were doing as far as permissible decibel levels of noise.
Samples of Fowl and Chicken Regulations in Tennessee Cities
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examples of fowl and chicken ordinance regulations in Tennessee cities.
Schedule of Capital Assets
General (Created: 06/30/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a report of capital assets for the general fund.
School Consolidation Salaries
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/17/2002; Reviewed: September 11, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether, in the event of a merger between city and county schools, county teachers who earn less than city teachers would be entitled to raises and additional benefits, so their earnings would be the same as the city teachers.
School Zone Issues: The Town of Trezevant
(Created: 11/29/2010; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

In this study, the main issue is the safety of the children who walk to and from school; secondary concerns were those of vehicles needing to turn against the traffic flow.
Scotts Hill, Tennessee, Fire Management Study
(Created: 09/28/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The study request resulted from a desire for Scotts Hill to evaluate the possibility of improving its ISO rating from a Class 7 to a Class 5. 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 includes a review of the present ISO rating, meeting OSHA and NFPA requirements, and best practice management of the fire department.
Search of City Employee's Office by Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2003; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor may search employees' offices for possible disciplinary action.
Second Developer Tapping into Line Extension
General (Created: 06/29/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked about an extension where one developer is paying for the extension and another developer is allowed to tap the extended line free of charge.
SECOPA 2011: Waste to Energy Options for Local Governments
General (Created: 09/22/2011; Reviewed: October 12, 2016 )

A presentation for the annual Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.
Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance.
Securing Dangerous Weapons Sample Policy for Fire Deparments
General (Created: 04/04/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

This sample policy provides guidelines on how a fire department might address a situation where a person carrying a dangerous weapon, such as a firearm, requires medical treatment and/or transport.
Securing the Closing of a Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the owners of abutting properties can secure the closing of a certain road between another boulevard and the railroad right of way over the objections of the city.
Selected City Codes Regulating Livestock and Fowl for the City of Ethridge, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 11/26/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for examples of municipal codes from several Tennessee cities that regulate livestock and fowl.
Selecting a Police Officer in a Closed Meeting Held Without Public Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1992; Reviewed: March 23, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether a committee consisting of the mayor and some members of the city council can select a police officer in a closed meeting held without public notice.
Selling Beer in Establishments with Pool Tables: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

Five cities were asked whether they allow onsite beer sales in establishments (restaurants, sports bars) that have pool tables and how it is regulated.
Selling Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 10/15/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS provided guidance to a city that has businesses interested in selling liquor by the drink.
Selling Police Dog to Handler
General (Created: 04/26/2001; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of selling or giving a police dog to its handler.
Selling the Right of Way to a Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to sell the right of way to a street that it plans to close?
Senior Accounting Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Job description for the position of Senior Accounting Clerk.
Senior Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior Administrative Secretary.
Senior Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior Clerk in Parks and Recreation.
Senior Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: March 1, 2017 )

Job description for the position of senior data entry operator from the city of Chicago.
Senior Director Human Resources and Policy Compliance
Job Description (Created: 05/13/2010; Reviewed: May 2, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Sr. Director Human Resources & Policy Compliance for the City of Knoxville.
Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 10/23/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist.
Senior Internal Auditor
Job Description (Created: 08/29/2013; Reviewed: October 21, 2016 )

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

Job description for the position of Senior Planner.
Service Department Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Service Department Supervisor working with electric meters.
Service Order Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Service Order Clerk.
Serving City Warrants Outside the City for Municipal Ordinance Violations Committed Within the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1994; Reviewed: June 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can serve city warrants outside the city for municipal ordinance violations committed within the city.
Setback Requirements for Residential Property in Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether set-backs in approved and recorded platt, or present subdivision regulations and zoning ordinance applied to a certain piece of residential property upon which the owner and builder had completed the footers.
Setting a City'sTax Rate Before Adopting Budget
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/17/2001; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a city is required to set a tax rate before it adopts a budget.
Setting a Split Tax Rate in Municipalities Located in More Than One County When the Counties Have Different Reappraisal Cycles
General (Created: 09/27/2016; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

To have a single, uniform property tax rate across the city, one of the counties must alter its reappraisal cycle to coincide with the other county.
Setting Differential Tax Rates Favoring Greenbelt Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/1995; Reviewed: October 24, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can set differential tax rates favoring greenbelt property.
Setting Up a Municipal Court
Ordinance (Created: 05/22/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

Three ordinances and one resolution used by Powells Crossroads to set up a municipal court.
Seven Deadly Sins of Fire Departments
General (Created: 05/06/2009; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

Created as part of a TAMCAR presentation.
Seven Questions Relative to Beer Regulation
General (Created: 06/04/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to answer seven questions relative to the regulation of beer in Smithville.
Several Questions about City Council Procedures
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1999; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about city council procedures.
Severance Package Contract with a City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/28/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the right of a city to enter into a severance package contract with a city manager.
Severance Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1999; Reviewed: October 28, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalities are entitled to levy severance taxes.
Sevierville Early Retirement Data
Survey (Created: 06/25/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

MTAS conducted a written survey of Tennessee cities to research early retirement programs.
Sewer Collection Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in the collection of wastewater debt.
Sewer Lift Station Safety Procedure Survey
Survey (Created: 10/31/2013; Reviewed: February 23, 2017 )

Five cities were asked several questions about sewer lift stations with dry wells and the classification of the space as a "permit required" or a "non-permit required" confined space.
Sewer Rate Study
(Created: 06/28/2006; Reviewed: February 1, 2017 )

MTAS was requested to review the financial operation of the sewer fund and recommend any changes as to rates or the rate structure.
Sewer Service Availability
General (Created: 09/15/2006; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about sewer service availability and billing.
Sewer System for Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2003; Reviewed: January 10, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how a sewer system for a subdivision can be provided through a franchise or contract with a private operator.
Sewer Tap Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/1994; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked under what authority municipalities charge sewer tap fees.
Sewer Tap Fees and Sewer Extensions
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1999; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether the city and a developer may enter into an agreement to provide sewer extensions and recover the cost through sewer tap fees.
Sexual Harassment Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/07/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance dealing with sexual harassment for the Town of Wartrace.
Shelby County Trustee Property Tax Proposal
General (Created: 07/18/2005; Reviewed: December 5, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to review the trustee's tax collection proposal.
Shelbyville Power, Water, & Sewage System FY 2004-2005 Budget
(Created: 11/23/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to help prepare a budget for the Electric, Water, and Sewer departments for the city of Shelbyville.
Sheriff's Legal Obligation to Accept Prisoners
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/28/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the obligation of a sheriff to accept and house prisoners arrested by municipal officers.
Shift Fire Training Officer
Job Description (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Shift Fire Training Officer.
Sick Leave at Retirement Survey (Non-TCRS)
Survey (Created: 08/09/2013; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Eleven cities were asked whether their employees are allowed to accrue sick leave; the maximum amount of sick leave employees may accrue; and upon retirement, whether employees may sell their sick leave back to the city, use their sick leave towards retirement, etc.
Sick Leave Bank
General (Created: 02/24/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Information on creating a sick leave bank with examples from six cities, including forms to be used.
Sick Leave Banks: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the City of Murfreesboro
Survey (Created: 04/01/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Nine cities were asked several questions about sick leave banks.
Sign Regulation of Banners and Balloons
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions related to sign control of banners and balloons.
Signal Mountain Delinquent Utility Bills Survey
Survey (Created: 02/11/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

Six cities were asked who collects delinquent utility bills and about the payment for these services.
Signal Mountain MACC Strategic Plan
(Created: 07/12/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in developing a five-year strategic plan for Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC).
Signal Mountain MACC Updated Strategic Plan
(Created: 09/26/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

After a second meeting with the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC), goals, objectives, and a mission statement were updated.
Signal Mountain Strategic Plan
(Created: 04/04/2011; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate the council and the city manager reviewing the previous strategic plan that was developed approximately two (2) years ago; conducting a review of town strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis); developing goals and objectives; and developing a revised mission and vision statement.
Significant Statutory Provisions and Case Law Affecting Liability of Governmental Entities, Engineers, and Developers for Drainage
General (Created: 09/27/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation for professional engineers about drainage liability.
Skateboard Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/02/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An ordinance regulating play vehicles containing wheels on streets, sidewalks, and other public places.
Skateboard, Roller Skates and Coasters Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2003; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An ordinance on the safe operation of skateboards, roller skates, and coasters.
Skilled Laborer
Job Description (Created: 12/10/1991; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Slum Clearance and Garbage Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2000; Reviewed: December 20, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can clean up pieces of private property in the city with the permission of the property owner and whether the city can classify waste, administratively treat classes of waste differently, and charge different rates for the collection and disposal of the different classes of waste.
Smithville Drug Testing
General (Created: 02/13/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

Courses of action in dealing with employees who test positive for controlled drugs.
Smoke Detector Placement and Installation
General (Created: 05/10/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Includes PowerPoint presentation on installation guidelines.
Smyrna Community Services, Town Centre, and Golf Course
(Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for Smyrna's Community Services, which oversees the Smyrna Town Center and the Smyrna Golf Course.
Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department Study
(Created: 12/05/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for the Parks and Recommnedations Dept. of the Town of Smyrna.
Sneedville Fire Resolution for Minimum Training Standards for Firefighters
Resolution (Created: 12/22/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

A resolution of the board of mayor and aldermen of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, adopting minimum training standards for firefighters.
Social Media Policies
General (Created: 11/19/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

MTAS provided several examples of social media policies.
Social Media Specialist Job Description
Job Description (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019 )

A sample job description for a Social Media Specialist downloaded from the Metro website.
Solar Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/12/2011; Reviewed: April 23, 2018 )

An ordinance regulating solar system installations.
Solemnization of Marriages in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/1998; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a state licensing requirement for designated persons to perform/solemnize a marriage in Tennessee.
Solicitation Roadblocks
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/22/1993; Reviewed: May 18, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the new law on solicitation roadblocks immunizes municipalities from accidents occurring as a result of solicitation roadblocks.
Solid Waste Collection Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/2004; Reviewed: January 18, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the conditions under which a city can waiver or correct mistakes in a bid.
Solid Waste Disposal Agreement and Request for Proposals for Solid Waste Disposal Service
RFP (Created: 11/24/2009; Reviewed: March 17, 2017 )

An RFP and an agreement for solid waste disposal in the Town of Greeneville.
Solid Waste Disposal Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1993; Reviewed: March 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the citizens of the city are subject to the solid waste disposal fees, even if a private disposal service is used.
Solid Waste Transfer Station
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2002; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a contract provision between a town and a waste services provider, requiring all garbage collected in the town and county to be deposited at the county transfer station is valid and enforceable.
Solid Waste/Transfer Stations Survey
Survey (Created: 09/22/2014; Reviewed: March 29, 2017 )

Seven cities were asked about solid waste collection and disposal services, use of city crews or contractors, annual tons of refuse collected, disposal points, tipping fees, and annual operating costs for transfer stations.
Sparta, Tennessee, Fire Management Study
(Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017 )

The purpose of this study is to review the capabilities of the Sparta Fire Department and make recommendations for improvement where possible.
Special Education for Annexed Students
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/31/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked whether a city school that had been a county school that had been annexed into the city had the responsibility for the special education of children in that city school immediately upon the effective date of the annexation
Special Event Regulations and Forms
Form (Created: 06/17/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS provided information on special events, plus, a few examples of policies, applications, permits, ordinances, and forms.
Special Meetings Requirements for the Ratification of Private Acts
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether there are special public notice and hearing requirements for the adoption of private acts by the city's governing body.
Specifications and Bid Document For Recreation Equipment and Installation of Same
RFP (Created: 10/14/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide an RFP for recreation equipment for the Town of Parrottsville.
Specifications for a Four-Wheel Drive Front-End Loader
RFP (Created: 12/31/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Specifications to describe a four-wheel drive front-end loader.
Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
Specifications for a Zero-Turn Rotary Mower
RFP (Created: 05/21/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide specifications for a zero-turn rotary mower.
Speed Bumps
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/30/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on speed bumps.
Speed Limits in and Around Schools
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1994; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about speed limits in and around schools located within the City.
Splitting the Authority to Operate the Parks and Recreation System Between the Recreation Commission and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/1991; Reviewed: June 2, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can split the authority to operate the parks and recreation system between the recreation commission and the board of mayor and aldermen.
Splitting Work into Components to Circumvent Competitive Bid Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about splitting work into components to circumvent competitive bid requirements.
Sprinklers for Nursing Homes
General (Created: 12/09/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

Material that the Fire Service Coalition is giving to legislators on sprinklers for nursing homes.
Staffing Levels for Police Departments
General (Created: 04/08/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about recommended staffing levels for police departments.
Stalling of an Application for Rezoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the legal effect of, and the solution to, the stalling of an application for a rezoning.
Starting a Municipal School System in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/2018; Reviewed: October 22, 2018 )

MTAS was asked for an explanation of the process for starting a municipal school system in Tennessee.
State Aid Resolution
Resolution (Created: 05/19/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

A Resolution to Authorize the City Recorder of the Town of Vonore to Account for All Municipal Street Aid Funds in the Town's General Fund.
State DOT Authorized to Pay Full Costs of Utility Relocations
General (Created: 05/28/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

The General Assembly has passed legislation authorizing the Commissioner of Transportation to reimburse public and private utilities the full costs of relocating caused by state road projects, subject to funding.
State Law Regarding the Regulation of the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1991; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for the state law regarding the regulation of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the city, and in what respects a city's beer ordinance needs updating.
State of Tennessee Standard Chart of Accounts: Classification by Fund, Function, & Object
General (Created: 06/22/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

The municipal version of the current chart of accounts for the State of Tennessee; updated by Brad Harris, October 12, 2012.
State Street Aid Fund
General (Created: 08/02/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether State Street Aid Funds could be used to take water samples at stormwater system outfalls.
State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/22/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

An ordinance adopting by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road, and repealing non-applicable sections of the municipal code.
Status of a Beer Permit Issued to a Person Now Deceased
General (Created: 09/23/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked how to address the status of a beer permit that was issued to a person who is now deceased.
Status of a Letter of Credit
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2009; Reviewed: May 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the status of an irrevocable letter of credit provided to the city by a developer who subsequently went bankrupt.
Statutory Construction: Conflicting Statutes/ More Specific Statute Given Effect
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/14/2000; Reviewed: October 4, 2017 )

Specific statutory provisions generally will be given effect over conflicting general provisions.
Statutory Exception Regarding the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages
General (Created: 03/13/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

The four excepted counties based on population at the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census, rendering moot the threshold requirements for a city to have been incorporated for five or more years with a population of 925 or more people to conduct a referendum authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages, are Benton (12,100 - 12,200), Henry (23,500 ' 24,000), Madison (65,000 ' 70,000), and Humphreys (13,500 ' 13,600). In Humphreys County, a city must also have a 1970 population of 1,230 ' 1,250 to be afforded this exception.
Storm Cleanup Agreement
General (Created: 07/23/2003; Reviewed: December 23, 2016 )

MTAS was asked to draft an Agreement to clean up tornado debris on private property.
Stormwater Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 07/18/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Coordinator.
Stormwater Fees, Ordinance Enforcement Options, and Other Special Stormwater Issues
General (Created: 02/14/2006; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

A handout that was part of a presentation for Southeastern Stormwater Management Group on funding options and stormwater regulations enforcement issues.
Stormwater Management Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/17/1994; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable for the drainage of stormwater from someone's property onto property belonging to someone else and whether the city has any legal obligation to develop a stormwater management program.
Stormwater Program Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 02/17/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Program Coordinator.
Stormwater Technician
Job Description (Created: 03/21/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Technician.
Stormwater Technician Series
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

Job descriptions for the positions of Stormwater Technician I and II.
Strategic Plan for the City of Winchester
General (Created: 08/25/2010; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist the city council and city administrator in identifying and discussing community strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as part of the strategic planning process; outlining specific prioritized goals and objectives; and in developing a mission statement for the city.
Strategic Planning
General (Created: 07/14/2011; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

A letter explaining the benefits of strategic planning for the city.
Strategic Planning Retreat
General (Created: 06/18/2004; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist with a strategic planning retreat for the City of Harriman.
Strategic Planning Retreat Report, City of Harriman, Tennessee
(Created: 03/18/2015; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

This report summarizes the results of a strategic planning retreat and SWOT analysis for the City of Harriman.
Street Closure
General (Created: 01/07/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about closing a public street or to relocate a public street for the purpose of the county constructing a jail facility at or near the present street location.
Street Excavation Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/09/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

An ordinance providing for street cut permits, standards and procedures for the City of Iron City, Tennessee.
Street Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for advice on whether the city should accept a street that is not paved or improved and then spend municipal revenues to bring the street up to standards or whether the city should adhere closely to the street acceptance policy dictated by the city's subdivision regulations
Streets, Sanitation and Parks, Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation, and Parks.
Structure and Powers of the City's Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1992; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the structure and powers of the City's utility board.
Study Session Agenda
General (Created: 04/22/2010; Reviewed: March 29, 2011 )

A sample study session agenda for the City of Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Subdividing and Selling City Land
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: December 19, 2016 )

MTAS was asked whether or not a Town may subdivide a 27-acre parcel into one-acre lots and then sell the lots at public auction.
Subdivision Created by Division of Land Created by Road Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2010; Reviewed: June 20, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a particular road configuration created a subdivision and whether the city could obtain a street right of way that would create a subdivision without creating that subdivision.
Subdivision Regulation by Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/26/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked to research jurisdictional issues concerning subdivision regulation.
Subdivision Regulations
General (Created: 07/15/2014; Reviewed: June 22, 2017 )

MTAS provided several examples of Tennessee cities' subdivision regulations.
Subdivision Storm Sewer Pipes: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 10/01/1999; Reviewed: June 14, 2017 )

Twelve cities were asked questions about the type of materials used for storm sewer pipes in subdivisions.
Subrogation
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/08/2002; Reviewed: August 3, 2017 )

Researched subrogation claim asserted by insurance company and determined company is not entitled to any funds, unless and until city is compensated in full for loss.
Substance Abuse Survey in Parks and Recreation
Survey (Created: 12/17/2004; Reviewed: January 31, 2017 )

Eight cities were asked how they handle substance abuse for commercial driver license positions and public health and safety positions in Parks and Recreation.
Suggested Operating Procedures of the Williamson County Rescue Squad
(Created: 04/17/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017 )

This manual is for the use of every member of the W.C.R.S., to help each person better represent the fire profession and the squad.
Suggestions for Downtown Parking
General (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to look at the parking situation in downtown Dandridge and come up with some suggestions.
Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport (SBK) Animal Services Examination 2016
(Created: 03/24/2016; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS and CTAS conducted this study to determine whether the SBK model, a combined multi-city and county cooperative animal services function, is working, to make recommendations for improvement, and to determine whether current facilities are adequate. The study includes some national standards information and a methodology for comparing an animal shelter to those and other standards.
Sullivan County/Kingsport Animal Services Study
(Created: 04/07/2009; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS and CTAS were asked to jointly study animal shelter and animal control services in Kingsport, Sullivan County, and two additional cities within the county.
Summary of 2018 Public Acts (Includes "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018")
General (Created: 08/30/2018; Reviewed: July 1, 2019 )

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee. Also included is the "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018" document co-authored by Hodge and Chad Jenkins, Deputy Director, Tennessee Municipal League.
Summary of 2019 Public Acts
General (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: July 1, 2019 )

This document summarizes the 2019 public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Summary of a Classification/Compensation Plan
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide a summary description of a classification/compensation plan.
Summary of Research on the Use of Compressed Schedules by Police Agencies
(Created: 07/10/2009; Reviewed: June 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to assist in researching how police agencies use compressed work schedules.
Summary of the Distribution of State Sales and Use Tax
General (Created: 09/29/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2019 )

MTAS was asked three questions: 1. What factors are used to calculate state shared sales tax?; 2. Do the factors change or stay the same?; 3. What population number is used?
Summary of the Incorporation Process
General (Created: 10/08/2015; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to provide information to a territory that wishes to incorporate.
Sunshine Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether meetings between the Mayor and a member of Council to discuss the preparation of the City's budget would violate the Sunshine Law or Open Meetings Law.
Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 01/31/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017 )

A job description for the position of Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Superintendent of Stores
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Stores in Utilities.
Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Water and Sewer.
Support Services Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010 )

Job description for the position of Support Services Manager in Finance.
Surrender of a City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/1995; Reviewed: May 16, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions concerning the surrender of a city's charter.
Survey of Charter Provisions Regarding Vacancies on Council
Survey (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 12, 2017 )

Nineteen cities were surveyed to determine what they do when there are mayoral or council vacancies.
Survey of City Managers with Employment Contracts
Survey (Created: 07/11/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Fifty cities were asked whether they have employment contracts with their city managers.
Survey of Promotional Pay Increases and Workers Compensation Policies
Survey (Created: 10/29/2018; Reviewed: October 29, 2018 )

Survey looks at how increases related to promotions are applied to the employee's salaries and policies related to workers compensation.
Survey of the Tennessee Personnel Management Association
Survey (Created: 05/28/2002; Reviewed: March 26, 2010 )

The membership of the Tennessee Personnel Management Association was surveyed about the use of purchasing agents.
Survey Results on Various Personnel Topics
Survey (Created: 07/21/2014; Reviewed: May 15, 2017 )

Eighteen cities and counties were asked about police and fire work schedules, holiday pay, personnel committees, and salaries for pre-treatment technicians and inspectors, park operations supervisor, and head groundskeeper.
Suspending a Driver's License
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/2016; Reviewed: May 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal court may suspend a person's driver's license for non-driving violations.
Suspending or Firing the Present City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/19/1999; Reviewed: June 24, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has the singular authority to suspend or fire the present city attorney.
Swimming Pool Regulations
General (Created: 06/11/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017 )

MTAS was asked for information on the regulation of swimming pools. Includes two sample ordinances.
Take Home Police Vehicles: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 07/01/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Parks and Recreation Supervisor. This employee is responsible for the maintenance of municipal parks. At times the position is reassigned by the Public Works Director to alternate responsibilities, including assistance with street repair and maintenance. The employee is given general instructions for the completion of work, and independent judgement may occasionally be required to complete tasks. The employee trains and supervises the work of subordinate personnel.
Town of Erwin parks and recreation works laborer and equipment operator job description
Job Description (Created: 07/18/2019; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

A sample job description from the Town of Erwin, Tennessee for a parks and recreation laborer and equipment operator.
Town of Erwin Public Works Laborer and Equipment Operator Job Description
Job Description (Created: 07/18/2019; Reviewed: July 18, 2019 )

A sample job description from the Town of Erwin, Tennessee for a public works laborer and equipment operator.
Town of Greeneville Organizational Structure Study
(Created: 11/30/2005; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

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

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

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

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

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance that allows the city to construct and maintain sidewalks.

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