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Ordinance Establishing a Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Program (three versions)
Ordinance (Created: 2002-09-09; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

MTAS was asked to write ordinances that would provide equipment replacement program alternatives.
Ordinance Establishing an Office of Administrative Hearing Officer
Ordinance (Created: 2011-10-11; Reviewed: 2021-05-06 )

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

An ordinance of the the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee establishing compensation for the members of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Ordinance Establishing Procedures and Requirements for the Carrying of Pagers or Other Electronic Communications Devices
Ordinance (Created: 2006-01-26; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

An ordinance and accompanying letter addressing the procedures and requirements for carrying electonic communications devices, including pagers.
Ordinance Establishing Robert's Rules of Order
Ordinance (Created: 2006-12-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

An ordinance establishing Robert's Rules of Order as the official set of procedures for conducting business at meetings of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Ordinance Establishing Rules and Regulations at the Samburg Ball Park
Ordinance (Created: 2003-07-03; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

An ordinance to prohibit alcoholic beverages, beer, fireworks, fires, and firearms in the Samburg Ball Park.
Ordinance Establishing Speed Limits in a Certain Area
Ordinance (Created: 2005-08-31; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

An ordinance establishing the speed limit in a certain area and lowering the speed limit on a particular street.
Ordinance Establishing Standards and Limits Regarding the Adjustment of Utility Bills Due to Leaks and Filling Pools
Ordinance (Created: 2011-08-22; Reviewed: 2021-04-09 )

This ordinance allows up to two billing adjustments per calendar year relating to leaks and swimming pools.
Ordinance for Disposal of Animal Waste
Ordinance (Created: 2020-07-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-08 )

A municipal ordinance to amend Title 10, Chapter 2 of the Niota code regarding the disposal of animal waste.
Ordinance for Removal of Vegetation and Debris from Overgrown and Dirty Lots
Ordinance (Created: 2007-11-06; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

An ordinance to amend the town's code by adding regulations for removal of vegetation and debris from overgrown and dirty lots.
Ordinance in Conflict with Charter and General Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-04-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

An ordinance limiting the power of taxation conflicts with the charter and general law.
Ordinance Increasing Membership in Municipal Planning Commission
Ordinance (Created: 2008-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

An ordinance regarding the creation and membership of the municipal planning commission.
Ordinance Increasing the Local Option Sales Tax from 2.25% to 2.75% in the Town of Estill Springs, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 2002-08-07; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

MTAS was asked to provide an ordinance increasing the local option sales tax.
Ordinance Increasing the Pay for the Office of Aldermen of the City of Sparta, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 2002-08-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-22 )

An ordinance to increase the pay of Aldermen in the City of Sparta.
Ordinance Levying a Litigation Tax for the City of Cowan, Tennessee.
Ordinance (Created: 2003-10-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

A sample ordinance for levying a municipal litigation tax.
Ordinance of the City of Cowan Designating the City Council as the Beer Board
Ordinance (Created: 2003-03-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-22 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an ordinance designating the city council as the beer board.
Ordinance of the City of Harrogate, Tennessee Providing for the Licensing and Regulation of Massage Parlors
Ordinance (Created: 2002-08-29; Reviewed: 2021-06-22 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance providing for the licensing and regulation of massage parlors.
Ordinance of the City of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Eliminating the Requirement for a Public Hearing When Amending the City's Personnel Policies
Ordinance (Created: 2014-04-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

It is no longer necessary to hold a public hearing when amending the City's Personnel Policies because amendments can only be changed by the City Commission in a duly called public meeting, and amendments are required in writing through adoption of a resolution or, in some cases, an ordinance.
Ordinance of the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee to Adjust Sewer Rates
Ordinance (Created: 2019-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-23 )

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

An ordinance of the Town of Monterey, Tennessee, prohibiting heavy truck traffic on Crossville Street during school days from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ordinance of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, Prohibiting Heavy Truck Traffic
Ordinance (Created: 2010-01-05; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

An ordinance of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, prohibiting heavy truck traffic on New Jail Street.
Ordinance Pertaining to the Location Restriction of Stores Selling Alcoholic Beverages at Retail
Ordinance (Created: 2005-06-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-22 )

An ordinance changing the distance restriction on liquor stores.
Ordinance Pertaining to the Maximum Amount for Purchases Without Public Advertisement and Competitive Bidding
Ordinance (Created: 2006-09-18; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

MTAS was asked for assistance in amending a purchasing ordinance to increase bid amounts.
Ordinance Prohibiting Animals or Skateboards on the Tusculum Linear Trail Project
Ordinance (Created: 2003-07-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-08 )

An ordinance prohibiting animals or skateboards on a linear trail.
Ordinance Prohibiting Heavy Vehicle Traffic on Most Streets
Ordinance (Created: 2008-05-15; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

An ordinance prohibiting tractor-trailor or trucks over 10,000 pounds in weight.
Ordinance Prohibiting Horses on Public Trails and Sidewalks
Ordinance (Created: 2004-10-08; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

An Ordinance of the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee prohibiting horses on public trails and sidewalks within the city.
Ordinance Prohibiting Placing Leaves within the Storm Sewerage System
Ordinance (Created: 2003-07-03; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

An ordinance prohibiting the placement of tree leaves, grass clippings, and other yard wastes within the storm sewerage system.
Ordinance Prohibiting the Sale and Regulating the Hours of Use of Fireworks within the Town
Ordinance (Created: 2008-08-14; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

An ordinance limiting the use of fireworks to the 4th of July holiday and New Year's Eve.
Ordinance Providing for Private Collection of Bulk Refuse
Ordinance (Created: 2011-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

An ordinance for solid waste permits.
Ordinance Providing for the Maintenance of Public Street Rights-of-Ways Abutting Private Property within the City
Ordinance (Created: 2007-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

An ordinance making it the responsibility of property owners or occupants of property adjacent to public street rights-of-way to keep that property clean and mowed.
Ordinance Publication Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-08-08; Reviewed: 2021-06-22 )

MTAS was asked whether an ordinance must be published if the city's charter contains no ordinance publication requirement.
Ordinance Regarding the Regulation of Cats and Dogs
Ordinance (Created: 2009-06-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-08 )

An ordinance to amend Chapter 1 of Title 10 of the New Tazewell Code Book regarding the regulation of cats and dogs.
Ordinance Regarding Water and Sewer Main Extensions for the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 2001-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-06-23 )

Ordinance regarding water and sewer main extensions for Mountain City.
Ordinance Regulating Animal Waste
Ordinance (Created: 2010-03-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

An ordinance of the City of Lobelville regulating animal waste.
Ordinance Regulating Detached Garages and Other Accessory Structures
Ordinance (Created: 2020-10-15; Reviewed: 2021-04-28 )

A brief ordinance developed by MTAS to address the regulation of detached garages and other accessory structures.

Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 2005-01-13; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

An ordinance defining false alarms and providing a schedule of notices, warnings, penalties, and costs.
Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 2001-06-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-22 )

An ordinance to establish a process for discouraging false emergency alarms.
Ordinance Regulating Junk Vehicles
Ordinance (Created: 2007-11-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

An ordinance to amend the city's code, Title 13, by adding regulations of junk vehicles.
Ordinance Regulating Junked Vehicles on Public and Private Property
Ordinance (Created: 2012-06-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a junked vehicle ordinance for the Town of Estill Springs.
Ordinance Regulating Open Burning Within the City
Ordinance (Created: 2004-07-15; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

An ordinace for the open burning of materials not produced or used on the property.
Ordinance Regulating the Discharge of Firearms Within the City
Ordinance (Created: 2010-03-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

An ordinance of the City of Lobelville to regulate the discharge of firearms with the exception of hunting, regulated by the TWRA.
Ordinance Regulating the Placement of Infectious Waste in Garbage Collection Containers
Ordinance (Created: 2003-06-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

This ordinance makes it unlawful to discard needles and sharps and imposes a penalty for violation.
Ordinance Regulating the Placement or Construction of Buildings or Structures over Utility Mains and Stormwater Drains
Ordinance (Created: 2009-08-28; Reviewed: 2021-05-04 )

An ordinance regulating the placement or construction of buildings or structures over utility mains and stormwater drains.
Ordinance Requiring Vehicles to Stop for Pedestrians Who Are Crossing City Streets Where Lined and Marked Pedestrian Crossings Are Indicated
Ordinance (Created: 2004-04-13; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

An ordinance requiring vehicles to stop for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings.
Ordinance Restricting Failed Motions from Reintroduction
Ordinance (Created: 2008-01-07; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

An ordinance to amend the Town of Decatur Code pertaining to the re-introduction of failed motions to adopt ordinances and resolutions.
Ordinance Summons Form
Form (Created: 2004-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-18 )

MTAS was asked for guidance in preparing an ordinance summons.
Ordinance Terminating City-Provided Refuse Collection Services
Ordinance (Created: 2015-12-09; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

An ordinance of the City of Tusculum, Tennessee, terminating city-provided refuse collection services.
Ordinance to Add New Official Holidays and a Sick Leave Policy for Municipal Employees
Ordinance (Created: 2021-10-22; Reviewed: 2021-10-22 )

A sample ordinance to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Christmas Eve official holidays for municipal employees. The ordinance also adds a section to the city personnel policies to provide employees sick leave benefits.
Ordinance to Add Sections Regarding Internet, Cyber Security, and Sensitive Information to a Municipal Personnel Policy
Ordinance (Created: 2021-04-29; Reviewed: 2021-05-18 )

This ordinance, created for Cumberland Gap, Tennessee adds internet, cyber security and sensitive information sections to the town's personnel policies and procedures.
Ordinance to Adopt the International Building Code
Ordinance (Created: 2004-07-30; Reviewed: 2021-05-04 )

An ordinance to adopt the International Building Code of 2003 with SEISMIC deletions.

Since this draft ordinance was prepared the International Code Council (ICC) has prepared subsequent editions of the International Building Code (IBC) that include provisions for seismic considerations. It is recommended depending upon the edition of the IBC adopted by the jurisdiction and subsequent amendments as provided in the sample ordinance correctly reference sections and subsections of the IBC to ensure proper reference in the Ordinance.
Ordinance to Adopt Wastewater Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 2014-06-20; Reviewed: 2021-06-23 )

An ordinance adopting wastewater regulations, including: general wastewater regulations; fat, oil, and grease abatement; and enforcement and abatement.
Ordinance to Allow for the Partial Payment of Real Property Taxes
Ordinance (Created: 2010-09-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

A sample ordinance which allows a municipality to accept partial payment of local real property taxes.
Ordinance to Amend the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy of the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee by Adding Sworn Police Officers to the List of Those Who May Be Randomly Tested
Ordinance (Created: 2015-05-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked to create an ordinance that adds safety sensitive positions to random drug testing.
Ordinance to Amend the Meeting Time for the Board
Ordinance (Created: 2008-02-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

An ordinance to amend the New Tazewell code book pertaining to the meeting time for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Ordinance to Change the Town Election Date
Ordinance (Created: 2007-05-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

An ordinance to change the town election date to the November general election date.
Ordinance to Control the Operation of Vehicles for Hire in the City of Erwin
Ordinance (Created: 2003-08-18; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

An ordinance and permit forms for operating taxicabs.
Ordinance to Create a Class of Beer Permits Which Can Be Granted to Caterers
Ordinance (Created: 2008-05-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-22 )

An ordinance amending the beer ordinance of the City of Martin to create a class of beer permits which can be granted to caterers.
Ordinance to Establish a Charge for False Emergency Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 2004-08-04; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

An ordinance to establish a charge for false emergency alarms which were not caused by a violent act of nature.
Ordinance to Establish a Purchasing Policy for the City of Rutherford, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 2002-05-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance that would establish policies and procedures for the procurement of equipment, services, materials, and supplies for the operation of municipal government.
Ordinance to Establish Parking Limits on Designated Streets and at Designated Times
Ordinance (Created: 2015-08-12; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

An ordinance to establish parking limits on designated streets at designated times to allow city sanitation vehicles to collect solid waste.
Ordinance to Establish Refuse Collection Fees
Ordinance (Created: 2007-03-30; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

An ordinance to establish refuse collection fees in Title 17 of the municipal code.
Ordinance to Establish Uniform Purchasing and Property Disposal Policies for the Town of Rutherford, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 2003-02-14; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

MTAS was asked to provide a uniform purchasing ordinance.
Ordinance to Prohibit Large Vehicles from Entering/Exiting Intersection
Ordinance (Created: 2009-07-01; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

An ordinance to prohibit trucks and other large vehicles from entering/exiting the intersection of State Route 33 and Little River Road.
Ordinance to Provide for Order, Safety, and Tranquility in the Streets of the Town of New Tazewell During Parades
Ordinance (Created: 2002-10-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-09 )

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance which would allow the town to recover security costs during parades and rallies.
Ordinance to Raise the Sales and Use Tax in the City of Dunlap from 2.25% to 2.75% and to Request a Referendum of the People to Approve the Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2010-03-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

The ordinance is one that increases the City of Dunlap's portion of the local option sales tax to the maximum 2.75% upon a successful referendum.
Ordinance to Regulate Junked Vehicles
Ordinance (Created: 2003-07-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-09 )

An ordinance prohibiting the keeping of junked, abandoned, dilapidated, or discarded motor vehicles inside the corporate limits of the Town.
Ordinance to Repeal and Amend a Portion of ... the Personnel Policy Regarding Workers' Compensation
Ordinance (Created: 2001-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

Ordinance regarding workers' compensation.
Ordinance to Vacate a Part or All of a Street
Ordinance (Created: 2004-11-15; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

An ordinance to close all or part of a street.
Ordinance Violation and Appeal as a Civil Rather Than Criminal Proceeding
Legal Opinion (Created: 2005-02-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

MTAS was asked whether an appeal of an ordinance violation to circuit court by the defendant would be considered a civil or criminal matter.
Organization of Local Library Board
General (Created: 2002-11-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-22 )

MTAS was asked to assist Monteagle in determining how the local library board is organized, how the board is appointed, who can serve on the board, and to recommend the best way for Monteagle to make sure that its appropriation for library services is used properly.
Organizational Retreat for Parks and Recreation Department
Report/Study (Created: 2009-09-03; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

MTAS was asked to assist with an organizational retreat for staff.
Organizational Structure of Municipal Public Works Departments
Report/Study (Created: 2001-02-28; Reviewed: 2021-06-22 )

Letter detailing the organizational structure of a municipal public works department.
Orientation Workshop Agenda
General (Created: 2003-05-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

MTAS was asked to prepare an orientation workshop for the Town of Huntsville. Full text available in the MTAS library (City of Pikeville Orientation Booklet).
Ouster of Commissioner
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-09-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked whether the City would have to use the procedure in Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 6-20-220, to oust a commissioner or whether the City could use the general ouster law (T.C.A. ' 8-47-101, et seq.).
Out-of-Rank/Class Pay Survey
Survey (Created: 2004-08-31; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

Twenty-three city departments were asked questions about compensating employees who work in a job with a higher classification.
Outdoor Display of Works of Art on City-Owned Property
Form (Created: 2004-01-28; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

An example from the City of Franklin of an application and procedures for placing artwork on public property.
Outside Utility Rate Discrimination
Legal Opinion (Created: 2009-05-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to charging outside utility customers higher rates than inside utility customers.
Overdue Parking Violations Notice Letter and Statute
Form (Created: 2011-12-07; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

MTAS was asked about the procedure for turning over unpaid parking tickets to a collection agency.
Overpayment of Fines, Taxes, and Costs to Municipal Courts
General (Created: 2014-05-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

MTAS was asked what the procedure should be whenever a municipal court receives an overpayment of the amount due to a municipal court.
Overriding the Decision of the Beer Board to Grant a Beer -- Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 1998-12-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-22 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's governing body can override the decision of the beer board to grant a beer permit.
Overtime Compensation for E-911 Dispatchers
Legal Opinion (Created: 1998-03-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked whether E-911 dispatchers qualify for the 207(k) exemption for the purpose of working them 43 hours a week before they are eligible for overtime compensation.
Overtime Compensation for Training Time for Police Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-10-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked whether cities must pay overtime with respect to police officers attending law enforcement training academy.
Overtime Compensation Response Summary Report
Survey (Created: 2010-03-23; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

Twenty-two cities were asked about compensation for overtime in compliance with the FLSA and premiums for on-call.
Overturning the Decision of the City Manager in Demoting the Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 1993-12-08; Reviewed: 2021-08-19 )

MTAS was asked whether the city commission can overturn the decision of the city manager in demoting the police chief.
Overview of Municipal Certifications in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 2019-07-01; Reviewed: 2020-05-14 )

The Research and Information Center acquired information for a number of departments in Tennessee cities that require employees be certified in their fields.
Paid Leave Benefits in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2021-08-02; Reviewed: 2021-09-17 )

Nine Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding their paid leave benefits for employees.
Paid Maternity Leave and Short-term Disability in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2020-11-20; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

Twelve cities responded to a request for information regarding paid maternity leave and short-term disability for their employees.
Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

Job description for the position of Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals.
Parking Meters
General (Created: 2002-05-21; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of using parking meters in order to control hours of downtown parking.
Parks and Facilities Fees
Survey (Created: 2018-09-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

Twelve Tennessee cities were asked about their fees for park and facilities usage and who handles them.
Parks and Recreation Director
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

Job description for the position of Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Smyrna.
Parks and Recreation Director (1)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

Job description for the position of Parks and Recreation Director.
Parks and Recreation Director Job Description (2)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

Job description for the position of Recreation and Parks Director.
Parks and Recreation Director Salary Information in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2021-03-26; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

Nine Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding salary ranges and how many employees report to the Parks & Recreation Director.
Parks and Recreation Fee Survey
Survey (Created: 2011-05-26; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their parks and recreation department, budget, and staffing.
Parks and Recreation Funding and Staffing: A Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library for the Town of Smyrna
Survey (Created: 2006-09-30; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

Ten cities were asked several questions about their parks and recreation budget, staffing, and pavilion rental fee.
Parks and Recreation Office Manager job Description
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

Job description for the position of Office Manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Partial Payments of Property Taxes and Citations
Ordinance (Created: 2013-12-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

MTAS was asked whether the city needs to have an ordinance to accept partial payments for property taxes and citations; includes sample ordinance and resolution.
Participation of the Volunteer Fire Department in a Fund Raising Project
Legal Opinion (Created: 1992-07-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

MTAS was asked whether the Volunteer Fire Department can legally participate in a fund raising project.
Passing a Resolution Authorizing Volunteers to Provide Fire Protection Within the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 1993-03-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

MTAS was asked about the advisability of some residents of the City forming a volunteer fire department and contracting with the City to provide services.
Passing Regulations on Structures and Excavations in Street Rights-of-Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 1998-07-01; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

MTAS was asked whether cities in Tennessee can pass regulations on structures and excavations in their street rights-of-way and on private property that abuts their street rights-of-way .
Passing Weight Limits on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-11-07; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can pave eight streets under a bid that was never accepted for the reconstruction of another street, but which had a separate paving price component.
Pay for Seasonal Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 1993-03-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

MTAS was asked whether the City could pay umpires, scorekeepers, and others working just the summer months by the game rather than hourly wages or a specific salary.
Pay Increases for Fiscal Year 2022
Survey (Created: 2021-09-02; Reviewed: 2021-09-02 )

Survey invitations were went to 79 cities with 48 responses regarding merit raises and cost of living increases for city employees in Fiscal Year 2022.
Pay Plan Issues and Salary Adjustments
General (Created: 2012-05-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

MTAS was asked about giving a 2% raise to all employees being paid less than $40,000 and a one-time $500 bonus payment to everyone else.
Paying City Commission Members for Serving on Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-08-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked whether city council members can be paid extra compensation for service on the beer board.
Paying for New Court Software
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-12-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

MTAS was asked how the City may pay for new court software and whether a $10.00 charge may be levied per ticket for these purposes.
Paying Interest on Contractor's Performance Bonds Deposited in Cash and Taking up Business Not Contained in the City Council Agenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-09-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS was asked whether a city is required to pay interest on contractor's performance bonds deposited in cash and, at regular meetings, can the city council take up business not contained in the agenda.
Payment of "Hazard Pay" During COVID-19 Pandemic in Selected Cities in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 2020-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-18 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding whether or not their employees are eligible for hazard pay during a crisis or emergency declaration.
Payment of In Lieu of Taxes by a Municipal Water System
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-01-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipal water system can pay in lieu of taxes.
Payroll Taxes for a Severance Payment
General (Created: 2014-03-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

MTAS was asked how to process payroll taxes for a severance payment.
Pedestrian Crossing Policies and Guidelines
General (Created: 2016-08-18; Reviewed: 2021-04-29 )

MTAS was asked to provide examples of policies and guidelines for mid-block pedestrian crossings.
Performance Appraisal Sample Documents
Form (Created: 2016-04-22; Reviewed: 2021-05-18 )

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of performance appraisal or evaluation forms.
Performance Correction Notice
Form (Created: 2004-01-13; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

MTAS was asked to provide a performance correction notice for the City of Dunlap.
Performance Evaluation/Staff Development Form for Employees in Non-exempt Classifications.
Form (Created: 1999-01-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-13 )

A form used by Mercer University to aid supervisors in staff training and evaluations.
Performing a Marriage Ceremony
General (Created: 2015-01-20; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

MTAS was asked whether a vice-mayor may officiate at a wedding ceremony.
Performing Criminal Background Checks on Potential Employees
General (Created: 2004-07-02; Reviewed: 2017-05-16 )

MTAS was asked how to perform criminal background checks on potential employees of the Town.
Permitting Fire Department Pumpers to Connect to Hydrants During a Fire
General (Created: 2014-08-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked why the fire department pumpers are not permitted to connect to hydrants during a working fire.
Personal Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 2017-01-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

Pursuant to the ethics policy adopted by the municipality, this model ethics code personal interest disclosure form is required to be filled out and submitted to the city recorder when a municipal employee or official must exercise discretion over a matter that he/she has a personal interest in that affects, or a reasonable person might believe affects, the employee or official's exercise of discretion.
Personal Property Taxes in Maryville
Report/Study (Created: 2003-07-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

MTAS was asked to research several issues relating to collection of personal property taxes and prepare a report listing relevant statutes, charter provisions and options available to the city for collection of the taxes.
Personal Safety for Fire Investigators
General (Created: 2020-06-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

A standard operating guideline is recommended for all fire investigators or those involved in the duties of fire and explosion scene investigations.
Personnel Powers of City Manager v. Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 1998-04-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

MTAS was asked whether any individual member of the city council, or the city council as a body, has the authority to require the city manager to dismiss or to take any other personnel action against a city employee, or to give orders or instructions to city employees.
Petition to Destroy Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
Form (Created: 2021-09-06; Reviewed: 2021-09-15 )

Sample documentation that can be used by Tennessee law enforcement officers to petition the court for permission to destroy drugs and drug paraphernalia. Also includes a sample order and affadavit.
Physical Agility Testing and Holiday Time Off
Survey (Created: 2015-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Thirteen cities were asked questions about physical agility testing for police officers and firefighters, as well as whether the city provides any form of holiday time off when an employee is required to work a holiday.
Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2006-09-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

A sample ordinance prohibiting the ownership, harboring, or possessing of pit bulls.
Pittman Center Purchasing Limits Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2011-08-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

An ordinance setting purchasing limits for the Town of Pittman Center.
Placing Flashing Lights in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-05-23; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

MTAS was asked whether the city was responsible for placing flashing lights in the school zones located within the city on state controlled access highways.
Planner I
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

Job description for the position of Planner I.
Planner II
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

Job description for the position of Planner II.
Planning and Zoning under Chapter 1101
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-10-12; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

MTAS was asked the impact of Chapter 1101 on the planning and subdivision authority of cities.
Planning Commission Meeting Procedures
General (Created: 2006-03-06; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

MTAS was asked whether discussion may take place at any time, irrespective of the making of a motion.
Planning Committee Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-04-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked to research the potential liabilities of a city with regard to subdivision development located outside the city boundaries that had initial approval of, and oversight from, planning commission.
Planning Director
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

Job description for the position of Planning Director.
Plant Operator Trainee
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-14 )

Job description for the position of Plant Operator Trainee in Water and Wastewater.
Police Accreditation Staffing and Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 2021-06-29; Reviewed: 2021-09-02 )

Twenty-two Tennessee cities and towns answered a request for information regarding whether or not they have an employee that oversees the TLEA accreditation process.
Police and Fire Department Annual Physical Exam Survey
Survey (Created: 2006-08-11; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

Twenty-five cities and airport authorities were asked whether their police and fire departments require annual physical exams and if there are rewards or incentives given.
Police Captain
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Captain (1)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Police Chief Resume Review Process
General (Created: 2003-11-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-01 )

Criteria and a rating sheet for evaluating resumes of police chief candidates.
Police Department 12-Hour Shift Proposal
Report/Study (Created: 2011-12-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-02 )

A proposal for the Police Department's request to transition to a 12-hour shift.
Police Department Accreditation Programs
General (Created: 2014-09-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-02 )

MTAS provided information on the accreditation programs of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA).
Police Department Conducting a Forfeiture Sale
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-07-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-02 )

MTAS was asked whether a police department can conduct a forfeiture sale under T.C.A. 40-33-107.
Police Department Request for Extra Duty Form
Form (Created: 2016-01-28; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

A sample form used by the City of Cleveland Police Department when a citizen or organization requests a police presence at an event or function.
Police Department Staffing Levels and Budget Information in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2017-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

A survey of Tennessee cities regarding police staffing levels, police general fund budget and drug fund information.
Police Dispatching Services in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-06-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

Selected Tennessee cities were asked how police dispatch services are handled in their departments.
Police Employee with Seizure Conditions
General (Created: 2006-03-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-02 )

The city is concerned about the employee being able to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job, and in particular, his ability to drive a vehicle.
Police Feasibility Study : Town of Huntsville, Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 2002-03-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-07 )

The Town of Huntsville inquired about the feasibility of establishing police services to its residents.
Police Liability for Damages to Buildings in the Process of Searches in Exigent Circumstances
Legal Opinion (Created: 2010-11-17; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

MTAS was asked whether the police are liable for damages done to private property that occur when they obtain entry to a building and seize a person's property under a search warrant or under exigent circumstances.
Police Lieutenant
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Job description for the position of Police Lieutenant.
Police Officer
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Police Officer (1)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Police Officer Oath
Form (Created: 2002-01-11; Reviewed: 2021-04-19 )

Oath of office for a police officer.
Police Officer Recruitment and Retention
Survey (Created: 2018-06-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

Nineteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out about their police department recruitment and retention policies.
Police Officer Serving as Codes Enforcement Officer
General (Created: 2010-03-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-06 )

MTAS was asked whether a police officer may be assigned additional duties as a codes enforcement officer.
Police Opening Locked Car Doors for Motorists
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-06-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-02 )

MTAS was asked whether unlocking car doors for motorists is in the official line of duty of police officers.
Police Record Clerks in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2016-12-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-01 )

Ten cities were asked about the salary and job description of their police records clerk position.
Police Uniforms/Uniform Allowances in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2015-07-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-02 )

MTAS asked twelve cities whether they supply police uniforms or uniform allowances and the amount of the allowance.
Police Vehicle Replacement Standards Survey
Survey (Created: 2007-02-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-01 )

Three cities were asked their policies for replacing police vehicles
Policy Against Harassment and Bullying
General (Created: 2011-04-26; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

The purpose of this policy is to reaffirm the City of Sedona's policy against any form of harassment including sexual harassment, harassment based upon race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. It also affirms the City of Sedona's zero tolerance policy towards bullying.
Policy for Rehiring Former City Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 2017-01-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Fourteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their policies for rehiring former employees and how their previous employment factors into their benefits and longevity.
Policy on Use of the City Attorney(s)
General (Created: 2011-02-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

The City of Gustavus, Alaska, created a policy and procedure for queries to the City Attorney.
Pool Room Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-12-18; Reviewed: 2021-06-22 )

While a number of cities still have pool and billiard parlor regulations, many provisions in them, and perhaps the entire regulations themselves, would not withstand legal scrutiny today.
Potential Removal of Officer Under Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-04-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

A city inquired about the removal of a commissioner under the charter provision permitting the removal of an officer.
Potential Tort Liability Due to a Street Design
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-08-30; Reviewed: 2021-05-10 )

MTAS was asked whether the town has potential tort liability due to a street design.
Potentiality That an Insufficient Number of Candidates Will Qualify for the Open Board Seats
General (Created: 2014-04-02; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

MTAS was asked what to do if, in the upcoming municipal election, an insufficient number of candidates qualify for the four open board seats, and whether the city recorder may also run for alderman.
Power of Municipal Judge to Order Traffic Offender to Attend Specific Driver Safety Classes
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-09-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

MTAS was asked if a municipal judge may order traffic offenders to attend a city operated course for traffic offenders.
Power of Subpoena
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-04-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen, sitting as the beer board, have the power of subpoena with respect to hearing beer ordinance violation cases.
Powers of a Mayor Who Has the Power of General Supervision
Legal Opinion (Created: 2012-06-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to the power of the mayor and the difference between an officer and an employee.
Powers of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-02-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked several questions about what powers the mayor has with respect to officers and employees of the city.
Pre-Annexation Agreement between the City of Fayetteville, Tennessee, Fayetteville Public Utilities, and Lincoln County, Tennessee, for Sewer Improvements to Enhance Economic Development and Job Growth
General (Created: 2013-11-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked for a pre-annexation agreement for the extension of a sewer by the public utilities into the county.
Pre-Employment Testing of Clerical/Administrative Support Candidates
Survey (Created: 2012-08-16; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Fourteen cities were asked questions about their pre-employment testing of clerical/administrative support candidates.
Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use Law Applied to Residential Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-02-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

MTAS was asked whether a mobile home used as rental property comes within the protection of Tennessee's pre-existing non-conforming use law.
Preparation and Distribution Process for Council Meeting Agenda
General (Created: 2014-05-06; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS was asked how to formalize and manage the city council meeting agenda preparation and distribution.
Preventing Encroachment on the City Right of Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-06-19; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

MTAS was asked how the city enforces its ordinance preventing encroachment on the city right of way "with signs, for sale cars, and some large, brick driveway entrance structures."
Principal Clerk
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

Job description for the position of Principal Clerk.
Private Sewage Disposal Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 1999-09-21; Reviewed: 2021-06-23 )

An ordinance regulating private sewage disposal and requiring use of public sewers when available.
Private Wastewater System in Subdivision
General (Created: 2002-03-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

MTAS was asked whether a developer can provide and operate a private wastewater system in a new subdivision outside the city if the city is currently providing water and electric service to the area.
Probationary Employee Entitled to Pay for Military Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-06-03; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

MTAS was asked whether a probationary police officer, who had guard training on the weekend, is entitled to military leave and payment for work he missed during training.
Procedure for a Larger Municipality to Annex a Smaller Muncipality
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-07-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked to research the procedure for a smaller city to be taken over, or annexed, into a larger city.
Procedures for Considering and Adopting a Budget
Legal Opinion (Created: 2005-08-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

MTAS was asked what procedures the Town should use in considering and adopting a budget.
Process for Swearing-In the Mayor and Board
General (Created: 2014-08-21; Reviewed: 2021-06-18 )

MTAS explains how the city charter provision sets forth the process for the swearing-in of members of the city's governing body.
Procurement of Architect, Engineer, or Construction Services
General (Created: 2013-11-11; Reviewed: 2021-04-12 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may seek qualifications and experience data from a single architectural, engineering, or construction services firm, when procuring these professional services.
Producer
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

Job description for the position of Program Producer for Citizens Information Television.
Professional City Management Letter
General (Created: 2009-06-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS prepared a letter to explain why a city should have a professional city manager.
Prohibiting Development of Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-04-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

MTAS was asked whether the city may restrict development of private property until a new school site is chosen.
Prohibiting Three Axle Vehicles on a Certain City Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 1997-10-09; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can prohibit three (and more) axle vehicles on a certain city street that is the exclusive service road for a mobile home dealer in Georgia?
Prohibition Against Collective Bargaining
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-04-20; Reviewed: 2021-06-22 )

MTAS was asked for a brief opinion with respect to the authority of local governments to enter into collective bargaining agreements with various employees.
Property Acquisition and Manager's Tool Box Survey
Survey (Created: 2019-07-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a survey regarding property acquisition and whether or not the city has developed a Manager's Tool Box containing policies, procedures, forms or a purchasing card.
Property Annexed Before and During Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-06-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-04 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the application of a city's building and utility codes to annexed property before and during construction.
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2002-11-07; Reviewed: 2021-05-05 )

The Town of Huntland requested a property maintenance or slum clearance ordinance.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
Report/Study (Created: 2011-09-07; Reviewed: 2016-12-23 )

MTAS was asked to draft a property maintenance program for the City of Decherd. Includes ordinance, resolution, maintenance checklist, inspection warrant, and notice of lien.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
Report/Study (Created: 2011-03-29; Reviewed: 2016-12-23 )

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
Report/Study (Created: 2010-11-12; Reviewed: 2021-01-12 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide employees greater property rights in employment than is provided in the charter.
Property Standards Inspector I
Job Description (Created: 2010-06-08; Reviewed: 2021-04-29 )

A job description for the position of Property Standards Inspector I for Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Government.
Proposed Debt Policy Review for Chattanooga
General (Created: 2011-11-30; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

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

MTAS was asked whether the City may receive a gift of real property from the County School Board.
Proposed Moratorium on Rezoning City-Owned Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-02-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

MTAS was asked if a city could enter into an agreement with a developer to refrain from rezoning city-owned property for commercial use for a period of five years.
Proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD) for a Mobile Home Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-03-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-28 )

MTAS was asked several questions with a respect to a proposed planned unit development (PUD) for a mobile home park.
Protecting Fire Department Infrastructure
Report/Study (Created: 2016-03-23; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

This document contains some information on suspicious activity reporting and protective measures for fire departments to take to help secure the fire department's personnel and assets.
Protection of Single-Wide Mobile Homes as a Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-05-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

MTAS was asked whether, and under what conditions, single-wide mobile homes have protection as a preexisting nonconforming use.
Protective Clothing: Selection, Care and Maintenance [Sample Policy from Helotes, TX Fire Department]
General (Created: 2018-04-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

A sample procedure from the Helotes, TX Fire Department for the selection care and maintenance of protective clothing for fire services. Material is used with permission of Fire Chief Scott Moreland, Helotes, TX.
Providing City Water Service Inside a Utility District's Service Area
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-06-10; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

MTAS was asked whether the city utility system can provide utility service to property inside the utility district, under both federal and state law.
Provision of Insurance to Municipal Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-08-31; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can provide health insurance to the department heads and/or their families, to the exclusion of all other city employees?
Provisions for Uniforms for City Employees
Survey (Created: 2019-03-22; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Seven Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they reimburse for, provide an allowance for or purchase uniforms for any city employees.
Proxy Voting by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 1992-01-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS was asked whether proxy voting by the board of mayor and aldermen is allowed.
Public Art Policy and Procedures
General (Created: 2005-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

Guidelines and procedures for public art adopted by the City of San Luis Obispo; includes ordinance and resolutions.
Public Arts Sample Contracts
Form (Created: 2015-04-08; Reviewed: 2021-06-18 )

Several examples of public art contracts between the city and the artist.
Public Building, Infrastructure, and Facility Naming Policy
General (Created: 2014-12-31; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

This document outlines the policy of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners with respect to the naming of public buildings, infrastructure, and facilities owned by the City of Johnson City.
Public Employee Owning a Retail Liquor Store
General (Created: 2014-04-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked whether a public employee, such as a firefighter, can own a retail liquor store.
Public Fire Safety Education Report
Form (Created: 2019-11-13; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

Form created by MTAS to document public fire safety education programs for the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Public Notice and Budget for the City of Townsend
General (Created: 2010-09-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

Public notice information and budget for FY2009-2010 for the City of Townsend.
Public Property Naming
Survey (Created: 2016-09-30; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

Eight cities were asked several questions regarding the naming of public property.
Public Purpose Doctrine
Legal Opinion (Created: 2009-08-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-22 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city and church sharing in the costs of constructing a fence on an easement.
Public Safety Retirement Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 2016-08-31; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Nine cities responded to an MTAS survey about their retirement plans for their police and fire employees.
Public Sector Retirement Bridge Supplement Usage in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2017-09-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

A survey of selected cities regarding the offering of the supplemental bridge benefit for retiring public safety employees (T.C.A. 8-36-211). Questions also cover participation in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) and mandatory retirement ages for public safety employees.
Public Services Department Organization Chart
General (Created: 2007-01-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

An organizational chart of municipal services, including public works and utilities.
Public Works Contract Requirements
Ordinance (Created: 2005-08-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

MTAS was asked to research and recommend other municipal requirements relating to the administration of contracts for public works or improvements; includes resolution and ordinance.
Public Works Department Model SOP Outline
General (Created: 2007-08-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-12 )

An outline of a model operating procedure (SOP) for a public works department.
Public Works Director
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-08-02 )

Job description for the position of Public Works Director.
Public Works Facility Ribbon Cutting
General (Created: 2003-04-09; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

An article summarizing the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Collierville Public Services Complex.
Public Works General Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 2003-10-13; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

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

Sample performance evaluation forms for truck drivers and operators, mechanics, and skilled laborers. Note that the basic parts of the form are the same for all employees. 'Factor K - Essential Function of Employee Position is the factor that is unique to each position.
Public Works Permit Applications
Form (Created: 2011-07-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

MTAS was asked to provide permit applications for the Public Works Dept. of Fayetteville.
Public Works Project Constructed by Civic Group
General (Created: 2013-11-11; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

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: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-26 )

Job description for the position of Public Works Supervisor.
Purchase by Councilmember Through City
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-06-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

MTAS was asked to research laws implicated when councilmember makes personal purchase through city, receiving discounted price and avoiding sales tax.
Purchasing Card Policy
General (Created: 2014-02-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

A purchasing card policy that is appropriate for smaller cities.
Purchasing Card Procedures for the City of Franklin, Tennessee
General (Created: 2005-02-23; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

A sample policy governing the use of city-issued credit cards.
Purchasing Law and Sales Tax Liability
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-04-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

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: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

Job description for the position of Purchasing Manager.
Purchasing Specialist
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

Job description for the position of Purchasing Specialist.
Purchasing Thresholds in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-03-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

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: 2014-08-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-06 )

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: 2017-01-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

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: 2014-07-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS was asked how to remove non-residents from the election roll.
Qualification Based Selection: A guide for procuring design professional services in Tennessee
(Created: 2019-07-02; Reviewed: 2021-04-08 )

This guide for procuring professional design services was created through the cooperative effort of the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Working Group, a group consisting of representatives from various State agencies, professional societies, and private individuals. The purpose of the QBS Working Group was to create a document outlining the process for the procurement of professional design services using Qualifications Based Selection in a manner that complies with state law and benefits both design professionals and public bodies alike.
Through five public meetings from April to December, 2018, the QBS Working Group considered its goal of providing guidance.

Working from a document created by Sharon Rollins for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) (an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service that assists municipalities with technical consulting, training and field services) as a guide, the QBS Working Group adopted the attached document as its final product for the purpose of achieving its goal of providing guidance to design professionals and public bodies.

A second document is attached. This is the appendices of the QBS document which provides sample forms to used in the process of acquiring the services of design professionals.
Quality Assurance Program for Enforcement and Inspection Programs
Form (Created: 2020-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS Fire Consultant Dennis Wolf authored this template that can be used by any city or town to provide a means of measuring the quality of fire inspections performed.
Question on Open Burning
General (Created: 2007-08-09; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

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: 1998-05-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

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: 2005-09-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

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: 2004-12-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

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: 2003-04-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

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: 2014-08-26; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

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: 1994-04-15; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

MTAS was asked two questions on capital outlay notes.
Questions on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 1999-12-15; Reviewed: 2020-05-05 )

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

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.
Quorum with Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-10-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor counts toward a quorum and may the mayor vote.
Quorum, Tie Votes, and Roberts Rules
Legal Opinion (Created: 1992-10-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

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.
Rain Gauge Usage in Tennessee Cities and Towns
Survey (Created: 2021-06-15; Reviewed: 2021-09-01 )

A number of Tennessee city and towns were surveyed to find out if they use a rain gauge network and if so, how they obtain the data gathered.
Raising the Number of On-Premise Beer Permits
General (Created: 2003-12-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked about the number of on-premise beer permits in Rogersville and if that number can be raised.
Reappointing the City Recorder
Legal Opinion (Created: 1997-08-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS was asked how to rehire the city recorder after she resigned and then changed her mind.
Reapportionment
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-01-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-07 )

MTAS was asked whether all municipalities that elect city council members from districts are required to reapportion the districts after each federal census.
Reasonable Accommodations for Firefighter with Service Dog
General (Created: 2017-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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 Accommodations for Summer Camp Attendees
Legal Opinion (Created: 2017-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

A legal opinion concerning reasonable accommodations for summer camp attendees.
Reasonable Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-05-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what are court costs and the conditions under which court costs can be levied in Tennessee.
Recommended Guidance to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Minimum Monitoring Requirements for NPDES MS4 Program Effectiveness and Compliance
Report/Study (Created: 2008-03-14; Reviewed: 2020-09-30 )

This publication provides guidance to TDEC's minimum monitoring requirements for NPDES MS4 program effectiveness and compliance.
Recording Abstentions in the Minutes of Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 1997-09-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS was asked whether the recorder should record abstentions in the minutes of meetings.
Records Clerk / Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

Job description for the position of Records Clerk / Dispatcher.
Records Management Plan, Manual, and Resolution
General (Created: 2005-09-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

A records management plan with accompanying manual and resolution
Records Retention for Police In-Car Video Systems and Body-Worn Cameras
General (Created: 2015-10-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-06 )

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: 1994-10-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

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: 1996-02-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

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: 2005-02-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to city policies governing the recovery of utility extension costs front-ended by developers.
Recreation Advertisements
General (Created: 2002-12-11; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

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: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Aide (part-time).
Recreation Center Attendant (1)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Center Attendant.
Recreation Center Attendant (2)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Center Attendant.
Recreation Maintenance Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Maintenance Superintendent.
Recreation Program Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Program Coordinator.
Recreation Specialist
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

Job description for the position of Recreation Specialist.
Referenda on Bond Issues
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-05-29; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing referenda on bond issues.
Referendum on Annexation for One Voter
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-10-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

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: 2017-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

Job description for the position of Refuse Collection Driver.
Refuse Collector
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

Job description for the position of Refuse Collector.
Refuse Fees Based on Considerations Other Than the Cost of Providing the Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 2009-12-07; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

MTAS was asked whether a city could give low income property owners reduced solid waste collection fees.
Regulating Day Trucks on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-07-03; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to regulating day trucks on city streets.
Regulating Hunting in the City by Private Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 1998-11-17; Reviewed: 2021-08-19 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can by private act regulate hunting in the city.
Regulating Mailboxes in Rights-of-Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-07-18; Reviewed: 2021-04-28 )

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: 2001-10-11; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

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: 2007-01-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can require that double-wide mobile homes placed in the city have roof overhangs and gutters.
Regulating the Minimum Size of a Residential Dwelling
General (Created: 2015-07-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-28 )

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: 2015-10-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

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: 2002-07-15; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

MTAS was asked about the ability of a city to regulate the weight and route of trucks traveling on city streets.
Regulating Transient Vendors
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-06-09; Reviewed: 2021-06-25 )

MTAS was asked to review an ordinance dealing with transient vendors.
Regulation of Cemeteries
Legal Opinion (Created: 2008-03-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS analyzed the question of whether cemeteries are subject to zoning regulations or regulation by the city council.
Rehiring an Employee Who Was Fired
General (Created: 2004-07-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-24 )

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: 1996-07-03; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

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
Relationship of Volunteer Fire Department to the Town
General (Created: 2002-10-28; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

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: 2009-08-11; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

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: 2008-09-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

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: 2010-07-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

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: 2002-08-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked about moving City Hall from one county to another.
Removal by City of Abandoned, Junked, or Wrecked Vehicles
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-03-17; Reviewed: 2021-05-07 )

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: 2015-11-11; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

MTAS was asked about removing board members for non-attendance.
Removing Police and Fire Chiefs from the Classified Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-06-20; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

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: 2000-01-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

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: 2014-02-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked about updating a municipal code that currently prohibits distilleries and wholesaling.
Replacing Fire Hose
General (Created: 2013-06-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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.
Report for the City of Knoxville Office of Redevelopment and Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association
Report/Study (Created: 2018-04-09; Reviewed: 2021-06-25 )

MTAS was asked to research successful relationships between chambers of commerce, merchants associations and their local universities or colleges.
Report on the Carter County Tomorrow Strategic Planning Sessions
Report/Study (Created: 2014-12-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-25 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate the strategic planning sessions for a joint economic development board.
Report on the Greeneville Strategic Planning Retreat
Report/Study (Created: 2010-12-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

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: 2016-08-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

MTAS was asked to look at the advisory board appointment practices of other cities, in order to improve the process used by Bristol; includes a survey about the appointment practices of fourteen cities.
Request for Proposal Purchasing Cards
RFP (Created: 2009-02-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

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: 2010-09-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

A sample RFP for a city's payroll account.
Request for Proposals for Real Estate Broker Services
RFP (Created: 2009-10-20; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

Jefferson City is seeking proposals from local real estate brokers/firms to sell real property owned by the city.
Request for Qualifications and Costs : Website Development and Maintenance
RFP (Created: 2019-01-07; Reviewed: 2021-07-08 )

The City of Jefferson City, Tennessee is seeking a qualified website vendor to design, implement, and possibly maintain a new City website. Such website should provide ease of access to information about the City and its services, as well as access to resources commonly requested and used by citizens and businesses.
Request for Qualifications for City Attorney/Legal Services for the City of Sevierville, Tennessee
RFP (Created: 2004-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

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: 2015-03-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

Example of an RFQ for a city attorney.
Request for Qualifications: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Services
RFP (Created: 2008-04-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

An RFQ for the City of Knoxville related to hiring a contractor to conduct an energy audit of all City-owned facilities.
Requirement of a Commercial Driver License (CDL) for Municipal Employees
Survey (Created: 2019-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

A survey of selected cities regarding Commercial Driver License (CDL) licensing requirements for employees.
Requirement That Vendors Pay Higher Fees and Post Bonds
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-04-19; Reviewed: 2021-06-25 )

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: 2003-11-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

MTAS was asked to research the requirements for warrants executed by a municipal court.
Requiring a Certain Salvage Yard to Conform to the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-05-12; Reviewed: 2021-04-19 )

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: 2011-08-18; Reviewed: 2021-05-04 )

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: 1996-03-28; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

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: 1995-04-03; Reviewed: 2021-05-10 )

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: 2012-01-26; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

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: 2008-12-10; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

MTAS was asked whether the regional planning commission could require developers to construct sidewalks in developments in the county.
Requiring Property Owners to Build or Repair Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-05-02; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

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: 2006-01-11; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

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: 1996-10-24; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

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: 2007-05-07; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's governing body could rescind an appointment to the utility board.
Reserve Leave in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2021-01-07; Reviewed: 2021-06-25 )

Ten Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding the maximum amount of leave given to personnel who serve in the military reserves.
Residency of City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-02-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-30 )

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: 2014-09-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS provided information on what constitutes residency as it relates to a member of the governing body.
Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 2014-02-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

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 Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-01-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-07 )

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: 1994-01-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

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 City Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 2010-12-06; Reviewed: 2021-05-18 )

MTAS was asked whether residency requirements for city officers and employees are legal.
Residency Requirements for Utility Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-04-03; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

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: 2013-06-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

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: 2019-08-05; Reviewed: 2021-04-14 )

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 Services in Selected West Tennessee Cities and Towns
Survey (Created: 2019-01-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-30 )

A survey of selected West Tennessee cities and towns regarding residential refuse service rates and charges.
Residential Sprinklers ISO Fact Sheet
General (Created: 2019-10-09; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

This fact sheet from the Insurance Services Office discusses discounts available to homes protected by a residential sprinkler system and includes discount examples in Tennessee from a 2008 study.
Resolution Accepting a Bid for Mowing Equipment and Authorizing the Execution of a Lease Agreement
Resolution (Created: 2010-08-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

A resolution of the City of Pigeon Forge accepting a bid for mowing equipment and authorizing the execution of a lease agreement.
Resolution Acknowledging the Fiery Gizzard Sportsman's Club
Resolution (Created: 2004-11-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a resolution acknowledging the existence and contributions of the Fiery Gizzard Sportsman's Club.
Resolution Adopting a City Seal
Resolution (Created: 2010-05-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

A resolution adopting the official city seal of the City of Clifton.
Resolution Adopting Board General Rules of Order
Resolution (Created: 2003-12-05; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

A resolution adopting general rules of order for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of Blaine.
Resolution Authorizing and Establishing an Auxiliary Police Program
Resolution (Created: 2005-08-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-06 )

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
Resolution (Created: 2018-06-15; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

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 Conduct a Stormwater Study
Ordinance (Created: 2021-04-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

A resolution written for the City of Red Bank, Tennessee, authorizing MTAS to conduct a stormwater fee analysis and rate study.
Resolution Authorizing MTAS to Facilitate a Strategic Planning Session
Resolution (Created: 2008-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

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: 2013-02-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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: 2006-10-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-01 )

A resolution of the City of Baneberry, Tennessee authorizing the establishment of a police department.
Resolution Changing the City's Purchasing Limit
Resolution (Created: 2003-03-27; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

A resolution changing the city's purchasing limit.
Resolution Designating the City Administrator to Counter Sign Checks in the Absence or Disability of the Mayor or City Clerk
Resolution (Created: 2003-09-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

A resolution authorizing additional co-signers for city checks.
Resolution Enacting a Web Design Work Scholarship Program
Resolution (Created: 2005-10-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

A resolution to pay students a stipend to work on a city's Web site.
Resolution Establishing a Fraud Action Plan for the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee
Resolution (Created: 2004-06-22; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

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: 2005-06-05; Reviewed: 2017-06-21 )

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: 2007-12-06; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

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: 2006-01-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

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: 2004-09-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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: 2005-03-04; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

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: 2016-01-13; Reviewed: 2021-05-18 )

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: 2011-09-19; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

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: 2013-08-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked to provide a resolution extending group medical benefits to the board of commissioners.
Resolution for Adopting Minimum Training Standards for Firefighters
Resolution (Created: 2020-07-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

MTAS Fire Consultant Steve Cross authored this resolution that can be used by any Tennessee city regarding the adoption of minimum training standards for firefighters.
Resolution for Adventure Tourism
Resolution (Created: 2013-06-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

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: 2004-11-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

A resolution to have MTAS codify and revise the ordinances of a city.
Resolution Honoring Former Mayor for Distinguished Service
Resolution (Created: 2003-07-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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: 2015-02-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

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: 2017-01-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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 an Emergency Interim Successor to the Town Mayor
Resolution (Created: 2012-07-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked about accepting the resignation of the mayor and a procedure for appointing a mayor pro tempore.
Resolution Regarding the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors in Municipalities
Resolution (Created: 2008-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

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: 2004-03-23; Reviewed: 2020-12-15 )

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: 2014-01-13; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

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: 2005-08-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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: 2006-07-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

A resolution to change the election date to coincide with the regular county primary elections.
Resolution to Create the Office of Administrator
Resolution (Created: 2003-06-16; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

A resolution creating the office of Administrator, providing for the appointment of said Administrator, and defining the duties of the office.
Resolution to Establish Written Procedures for the Town of Selmer to Purchase Items at Publicly Advertised Auctions
Resolution (Created: 2003-09-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

Procedures to allow the Mayor or the Mayor's designated representative to act as the purchasing agent at publicly advertised auctions.
Resolution to Hire Part-time City Manager (General Law Manager-Commission Charter)
Resolution (Created: 2020-10-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

A sample resolution prepared by MTAS to be used by a board/council for hiring a part-time city manager in a general law manager-commission charter city.
Resolution to Opt Out of the Statewide Building Codes
Resolution (Created: 2016-12-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-06 )

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 Permit the Consumption of Alcohol in City Facilities for Certain City-Sponsored Events in the City of Baneberry, Tennessee
Resolution (Created: 2019-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

A resolution to permit the consumption of alcohol in city facilities for certain city-sponsored events in the City of Baneberry, Tennessee
Resolution to Remove the Municipality from the Application of Mandatory Allowance of the Manufacture of Alcoholic Beverages
Resolution (Created: 2013-07-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

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: 2010-07-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

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: 2011-08-30; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

MTAS was asked which city is responsible for correcting the sinking pavement problem along a sewer line.
Responsibility for Sidewalks
General (Created: 2004-07-15; Reviewed: 2020-10-07 )

A summary of MTAS resources on sidewalk installation, ownership, and maintenance.
Responsibility of Rental Property Owner for City Utility Payments Left Unpaid by Tenant
General (Created: 2015-11-17; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

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: 2000-08-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

An ordinance related to residential developments with restricted entry access.
Restricting Bid Specifications to Name Brand Items
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-11-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

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: 1993-06-07; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can restrict parking on city streets in certain areas to customers of businesses in those areas.
Retailer Giving Away Beer without a Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 2018-02-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked whether a retailer may give beer away without a permit.
Retiree Re-employment and Paperless HR Survey
Survey (Created: 2017-02-13; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

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: 2017-08-15; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

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: 2017-08-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

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: 2013-02-21; Reviewed: 2020-05-06 )

Nine cities were asked whether they had contracted for professional services for a retro-reflectivity program or had conducted an in-house program.
Revitalizing the Downtown Area
General (Created: 2007-04-18; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

MTAS was asked to advise the city about methods for revitalizing the downtown area.
Revocation of Treatment Licenses
General (Created: 2002-02-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-23 )

A response to the revocation of the certification of a number of water and wastewater operators by the Operator Certification Board.
Revoking Beer Permit for Gambling Offenses
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-02-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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: 2003-03-04; Reviewed: 2021-04-28 )

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: 1999-04-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

An RFP for physicians to perform annual physicals for fire fighters.
RFP for Automated Red Light Enforcement System
RFP (Created: 2005-04-17; Reviewed: 2020-05-07 )

A request for proposals for an automated red light enforcement system.
RFP for Website Design and Maintenance
RFP (Created: 2021-09-02; Reviewed: 2021-09-02 )

Some sample RFPs for website design, development, hosting, and maintenance.
Right of a City to Demote or Dismiss a Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-01-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

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: 1994-04-08; Reviewed: 2020-05-07 )

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: 2008-05-20; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

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: 1998-01-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-30 )

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: 2001-08-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

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: 2001-12-10; Reviewed: 2020-05-07 )

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: 2007-02-20; Reviewed: 2020-05-07 )

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: 1994-02-01; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

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.
Rights of Municipal Department Heads, Their Appointment and Removal
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-05-09; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

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: 2004-08-23; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

MTAS was asked to develop a rights-of-way management ordinance; includes appropriate permits and forms.
Ripley, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
Report/Study (Created: 2012-06-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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: 2002-09-30; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

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: 2003-04-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked to research, design, and deliver a Robert's Rules of Order workshop for the Council and other advisory board members.
Safety Boot Reimbursement for Employees: A Telephone Survey Conducted by the MTAS Library
Survey (Created: 2010-10-29; Reviewed: 2021-05-18 )

Ten cities were asked about their policy for purchasing or subsidizing safety boots for city workers.
Safety Policy
Report/Study (Created: 2003-06-16; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS was asked to create a safety policy for the Town of Jasper.
Safety Program Director
Job Description (Created: 2001-10-29; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

Job description for the position of Safety Program Director for the City of Erin.
Salary and Benefits for Elected Officials in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2021-04-29; Reviewed: 2021-04-29 )

Fifteen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding annual salaries and benefits offered to elected officials.
Salary and Benefits for Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2 and Patrol Officer in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2021-08-20; Reviewed: 2021-09-16 )

Four Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding the salary and benefits offered to Firefighter 1 & 2 as well as Patrol Officer.
Salary Information for City Engineers and Public Works Directors in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2017-03-15; Reviewed: 2020-05-15 )

MTAS received a request to compile salary information for City Engineers and Public Works Directors in a number of cities across the state.
Sale Hours for Beer and Alcohol
General (Created: 2015-12-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

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: 2008-10-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked about the sale of alcoholic beverages, including beer, on election day.
Sale of Beer by Municipalities
Legal Opinion (Created: 2005-10-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can itself hold a beer permit.
Sale of Confiscated Property: Revenue Disposition
General (Created: 2011-08-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-06 )

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: 2001-10-19; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

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: 2014-04-07; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

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: 2014-10-02; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

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: 2001-07-03; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

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: 2007-12-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

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: 2016-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

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 Agreement for Building Code Inspection Services Between Johnson City, TN and Elizabethton, TN
General (Created: 2020-08-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-19 )

A sample agreement for the building inspector from Elizabethton, TN to enforce the NEC 2011 for Johnson City, TN on a temporary basis. Agreement includes terms for the hourly wage and mileage payments.
Sample Application for Water/Sewer Availability Letters
Form (Created: 2019-08-20; Reviewed: 2021-06-23 )

Three sample applications for water/sewer availability letter.
Sample Building Dedication Policy
General (Created: 2010-03-24; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

A sample policy regarding building plaques.
Sample City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 2021-07-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-25 )

Sample job descriptions: Chattanooga staff attorney 1, Murfreesboro city attorney and Franklin assistant city attorney.
Sample City Code Provisions Restricting the Number of Alcoholic Beverage Permits
General (Created: 2009-12-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

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 City Manager Evaluation Forms
Form (Created: 2015-04-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked to provide several examples of evaluation instruments for the position of city manager.
Sample Criminal Background Check Policy
General (Created: 2013-06-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

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 Disciplinary Policy for Fire Departments
General (Created: 2007-08-28; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

This is a sample disciplinary policy that can be adopted by any fire department.
Sample Dress Code (Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure)
General (Created: 2017-07-07; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

A template dress code policy for use in a municipal fire department standard operating procedure.
Sample Fingerprint Record Notification Form
Form (Created: 2018-08-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS created a sample fingerprint record notification form to be used with municipal employees in departments other than law enforcement. The required federal privacy act statement is also included and should be provided along with the notification form.
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
General (Created: 2018-10-09; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

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: 2016-08-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

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: 2015-05-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

This fire department sample risk management policy is designed to be customized for local needs.
Sample Fire Department Social Media Policy
Form (Created: 2021-07-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

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 Fire Hydrant Ordinance Adopting by Reference NFPA Standards
Ordinance (Created: 2014-03-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

An ordinance adopting by reference the NFPA fire hydrant color coding standards and establishing certain standards for fire flows and hydrants and use of some existing fire hydrants.
Sample Forms for Contraband Weapons to Be Titled to the Police Department and Exchanged or Sold by the Police Department
Form (Created: 2012-07-19; Reviewed: 2021-08-02 )

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: 2018-03-05; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

A sample ordinance for Tennessee cities to use, limiting flammable liquid, gas and hazardous materials carriers to certain truck routes.
Sample Interview Manuals for Personnel Director, City Manager and City Recorder
General (Created: 2004-06-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

The attached sample interview manuals provide guidance on the interview process as well as sample interview questions for personnel director, city manager, and city recorder.
Sample Job Analysis Observation Audit Form
General (Created: 2016-02-17; Reviewed: 2021-05-04 )

MTAS provided information for a job analysis observation audit.
Sample Job Description for City Arborist
Job Description (Created: 2001-07-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

Sample job description for the position of city arborist from the City of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sample Municipal Airport Minimum Standards
General (Created: 2020-08-24; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

Sample municipal airport minimum standards shared by Rockwood, TN, Elizabethton, TN and Greeneville, TN.
Sample Naloxone Hydrochloride Administration Standard Operation Procedure
General (Created: 2017-07-20; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

This is a sample policy to be used as a template for a fire department to create a specific policy for their fire department. Though Tennessee law allows a properly trained individual to administer naloxone for a suspected opioid overdose, the fire department should check with their medical director BEFORE implementing a naloxone administration SOP and should follow the medical director’s advice.
Sample Ordinance for Accepting a Newly Constructed Street
Ordinance (Created: 2019-01-23; Reviewed: 2020-07-13 )

A sample ordinance that can be used by any Tennessee city when accepting a new street.
Sample Ordinance for Adopting Regulations Governing Wind Energy Facilities
Ordinance (Created: 2018-05-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

A sample ordinance cities can use when adopting regulations that govern wind energy facilities.
Sample Ordinance for Premise Identification
Ordinance (Created: 2021-05-05; Reviewed: 2021-06-17 )

A cluster mailbox, or cluster box unit (CBU), is a multi-unit mailbox centralized for common use by the occupants of a residential or commercial development. When cluster mailboxes are installed in single family developments there are no mailboxes in front of each home. This creates a problem for fire, police, EMS, and other emergency and essential services in finding the address of a home. Every building in every community should have the street address number posted on the building, but this is not always the case. At night, and in bad weather, numbers posted on a building can be hard to find and hard to read. Landscaping may grow and obscure the number. The number may not be placed in a conspicuous place. These factors make it difficult for emergency responders to find the home, which increases response time and delays getting help to the person who needs it.

MTAS created a sample ordinance to require address posts for developments that use cluster box units. The sample ordinance requires a reflective signs and minimum sized numbers to be mounted on a post at the curb to make it easy for emergency responders to locate a home. A municipality may modify the sample ordinance to meet local aesthetic needs, if desired.

Sample Ordinance to Change Board Meeting Dates
Ordinance (Created: 2020-08-21; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

An ordinance that can be used by a city or town to authorize the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to set the date for their regular meetings.
Sample Ordinance to Increase Number of Beer Permits
Ordinance (Created: 2020-08-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

An ordinance for use by a city or town in Tennessee to amend their municipal code by adding additional beer permits.
Sample Policy for the Wearing of the Fire Department Dress Uniform by Retired Members
General (Created: 2012-04-03; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

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: 2016-04-12; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

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: 2014-05-21; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

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: 2008-04-09; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample application rejection letters.
Sample Resolution Adopting a Public Records Policy
Form (Created: 2017-11-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

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 Resolution to Name a Bridge
Resolution (Created: 2019-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

A resolution created for Estill Springs which can be adapted by other cities for the use of naming a bridge.
Sample Respiratory Protection Program Template
Form (Created: 2014-06-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

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: 2016-02-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

MTAS provided several examples of requests for proposals for collections agency services and a sample form.
Sample RFPs for Vending Services
RFP (Created: 2015-05-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample requests for proposals for vending machine services.
Sample SOP/SOG for Forced Entry into Unoccupied and Secured Properties
Form (Created: 2016-06-29; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

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 Surplus Property Resolution
Resolution (Created: 2020-01-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

MTAS Management Consultant Warren Nevad authored this resolution for the Town of Centertown, Tennessee regarding property belonging to the town that needs to be disposed of.
Sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Procedures
Form (Created: 2017-10-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-24 )

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 Utility Construction Project Checklist
Form (Created: 2004-05-03; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

A checklist designed for utility construction projects.
Sample Volunteer Firefighter Shift Staffing Policy
Report/Study (Created: 2012-01-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

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: 2017-08-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

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: 2015-10-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-02 )

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: 2010-04-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked to compile some chicken ordinances that have regulatory provisions in them.
Samples of City Codes Regulating Noise Decibels
General (Created: 2010-06-07; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

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: 2014-05-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked for examples of fowl and chicken ordinance regulations in Tennessee cities.
Samples of Zoning Regulations for Accessory Units
General (Created: 2020-09-30; Reviewed: 2021-04-19 )

Management Consultant Pat Hardy compiled zoning regulations for accessory units on residential lots from six Tennessee cities.
Sampling of Current Long-Serving Mayors
Survey (Created: 2020-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

This is a brief sampling of mayors that have served 20 years or more (concurrently).
Schedule of Capital Assets for Ridgely, Tennessee
General (Created: 2004-06-30; Reviewed: 2021-04-26 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a report of capital assets for the general fund.
School Consolidation Teacher Salary Parity
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-04-17; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

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 District Management and Debt
Survey (Created: 2017-07-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

Three Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not the school district is managed by the city and debts.
School Zone Issues: the Town of Trezevant
General (Created: 2010-11-29; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

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
Report/Study (Created: 2012-09-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

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: 2003-08-04; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor may search employees' offices for possible disciplinary action.
Second Developer Tapping into Line Extension
General (Created: 2006-06-29; Reviewed: 2021-04-26 )

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: 2011-09-22; Reviewed: 2021-04-14 )

A presentation for the annual Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.
Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-26 )

Job description for the position of Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance.
Securing Dangerous Weapons Sample Policy for Fire Deparments
General (Created: 2013-04-04; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

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: 1993-11-04; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

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: 2013-11-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

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: 1992-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

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 Police Dog to Handler
General (Created: 2001-04-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-02 )

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: 2001-09-20; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to sell the right of way to a street that it plans to close?
Senior Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

Job description for the position of Senior Administrative Secretary.
Senior Clerk
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

Job description for the position of Senior Clerk in Parks and Recreation.
Senior Director Human Resources and Policy Compliance
Job Description (Created: 2010-05-13; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

Job description for the position of Sr. Director Human Resources & Policy Compliance for the City of Knoxville.
Senior Internal Auditor
Job Description (Created: 2013-08-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

Job description for the position of Senior Internal Auditor.
Senior Planner
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

Job description for the position of Senior Planner.
Service Order Clerk
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

Job description for the position of Service Order Clerk.
Setback Requirements for Residential Property in Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-07-17; Reviewed: 2021-04-28 )

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 Split Tax Rate in Municipalities Located in More Than One County When the Counties Have Different Reappraisal Cycles
General (Created: 2016-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

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 Up a Municipal Court
Ordinance (Created: 2009-05-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

Three ordinances and one resolution used by Powells Crossroads to set up a municipal court.
Seven Deadly Sins of Fire Departments
General (Created: 2009-05-06; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

Created as part of a TAMCAR presentation.
Seven Questions Relative to Beer Regulation
General (Created: 2004-06-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked to answer seven questions relative to the regulation of beer in Smithville.
Several Questions about City Council Procedures
Legal Opinion (Created: 1999-05-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-30 )

MTAS was asked several questions about city council procedures.