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Severance Package Contract with a City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-07-28; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the right of a city to enter into a severance package contract with a city manager.
Severance Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 1999-01-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

MTAS was asked whether municipalities are entitled to levy severance taxes.
Sevierville Early Retirement Data
Survey (Created: 2004-06-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

MTAS conducted a written survey of Tennessee cities to research early retirement programs.
Sewer Lift Station Safety Procedure Survey
Survey (Created: 2013-10-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

Five cities were asked several questions about sewer lift stations with dry wells and the classification of the space as a "permit required" or a "non-permit required" confined space.
Sewer Rate Study
Report/Study (Created: 2006-06-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was requested to review the financial operation of the sewer fund and recommend any changes as to rates or the rate structure.
Sewer Service Availability
General (Created: 2006-09-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked several questions about sewer service availability and billing.
Sewer System for Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-12-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked how a sewer system for a subdivision can be provided through a franchise or contract with a private operator.
Shelbyville Power, Water, & Sewage System FY 2004-2005 Budget
Report/Study (Created: 2004-11-23; Reviewed: 2021-04-26 )

MTAS was asked to help prepare a budget for the Electric, Water, and Sewer departments for the city of Shelbyville.
Sheriff's Legal Obligation to Accept Prisoners
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-06-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-01 )

MTAS was asked about the obligation of a sheriff to accept and house prisoners arrested by municipal officers.
Shift Fire Training Officer
Job Description (Created: 2003-03-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

Job description for the position of Shift Fire Training Officer.
Sick Leave at Retirement Survey (Non-TCRS)
Survey (Created: 2013-08-09; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

Eleven cities were asked whether their employees are allowed to accrue sick leave; the maximum amount of sick leave employees may accrue; and upon retirement, whether employees may sell their sick leave back to the city, use their sick leave towards retirement, etc.
Sick Leave Bank
General (Created: 2004-02-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

Information on creating a sick leave bank with examples from six cities, including forms to be used.
Sidewalk Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2021-07-12; Reviewed: 2021-09-02 )

An ordinance for the Town of Woodbury that authorizes the town to regulate sidewalks and maintain them.
Sign Regulation of Banners and Balloons
Legal Opinion (Created: 2008-08-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS was asked to analyze questions related to sign control of banners and balloons.
Signal Mountain MACC Strategic Plan
Report/Study (Created: 2011-07-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

MTAS was asked to assist in developing a five-year strategic plan for Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC).
Signal Mountain MACC Updated Strategic Plan
Report/Study (Created: 2011-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

After a second meeting with the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC), goals, objectives, and a mission statement were updated.
Signal Mountain Strategic Plan
Report/Study (Created: 2011-04-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked to facilitate the council and the city manager reviewing the previous strategic plan that was developed approximately two (2) years ago; conducting a review of town strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis); developing goals and objectives; and developing a revised mission and vision statement.
Significant Statutory Provisions and Case Law Affecting Liability of Governmental Entities, Engineers, and Developers for Drainage
General (Created: 2004-09-27; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation for professional engineers about drainage liability.
Skateboard Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2005-03-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

An ordinance regulating play vehicles containing wheels on streets, sidewalks, and other public places.
Skilled Laborer
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-26 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Skilled Laborer Job Description
Job Description (Created: 1991-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Sleep Time Deduction for Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 1992-01-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS was asked whether the sleep time deduction for firemen requires five consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Slum Clearance and Garbage Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-10-03; Reviewed: 2021-06-18 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can clean up pieces of private property in the city with the permission of the property owner and whether the city can classify waste, administratively treat classes of waste differently, and charge different rates for the collection and disposal of the different classes of waste.
Smoke Alarm Installation Policy During a Pandemic
General (Created: 2021-03-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

This document is a draft procedure for installation of smoke alarms by fire personnel during a pandemic.
Smoke Detector Placement and Installation
General (Created: 2004-05-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

Includes PowerPoint presentation on installation guidelines.
Smyrna Community Services, Town Centre, and Golf Course
Report/Study (Created: 2007-11-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for Smyrna's Community Services, which oversees the Smyrna Town Center and the Smyrna Golf Course.
Smyrna Parks and Recreation Department Study
Report/Study (Created: 2006-12-05; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for the Parks and Recommnedations Dept. of the Town of Smyrna.
Sneedville Fire Resolution for Minimum Training Standards for Firefighters
Resolution (Created: 2009-12-22; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

A resolution of the board of mayor and aldermen of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, adopting minimum training standards for firefighters.
Social Media and Open Records Laws
General (Created: 2012-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-04-23 )

MTAS was asked about records retention and the Open Records Act as it applies to social media pages.
Soddy-Daisy Exempt Employee Criteria
General (Created: 2017-08-16; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

MTAS Management Consultant Honna Rogers was asked about making the Director of the Senior Center in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee an exempt employee who supervises volunteers.
Solar Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2011-04-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

An ordinance regulating solar system installations.
Solemnization of Marriages in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 1998-04-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

MTAS was asked whether there is a state licensing requirement for designated persons to perform/solemnize a marriage in Tennessee.
Solid Waste Collection Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-03-03; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the conditions under which a city can waiver or correct mistakes in a bid.
Solid Waste Transfer Station
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-03-27; Reviewed: 2021-06-25 )

MTAS was asked whether a contract provision between a town and a waste services provider, requiring all garbage collected in the town and county to be deposited at the county transfer station is valid and enforceable.
Somerville Pearl Road Speed Limit Recommendations
Report/Study (Created: 2020-11-20; Reviewed: 2020-11-24 )

Somerville Police Chief David Webb contacted MTAS to ask for assistance establishing speed limits on Pearl Road in the Glengarry Estates Subdivision. Glengarry is a relatively new subdivision that up until recently did not have speed limits posted. The outcome is that MTAS recommends that the speed limit be set at 25 miles per hour.
Sparta, Tennessee, Fire Management Study
Report/Study (Created: 2012-01-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

The purpose of this study is to review the capabilities of the Sparta Fire Department and make recommendations for improvement where possible.
Special Event Regulations and Forms
Form (Created: 2015-06-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS provided information on special events, plus, a few examples of policies, applications, permits, ordinances, and forms.
Special Meetings Requirements for the Ratification of Private Acts
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-05-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

MTAS was asked whether there are special public notice and hearing requirements for the adoption of private acts by the city's governing body.
Specifications and Bid Document For Recreation Equipment and Installation of Same
RFP (Created: 2002-10-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked to provide an RFP for recreation equipment for the Town of Parrottsville.
Specifications for a Four-Wheel Drive Front-End Loader
RFP (Created: 2005-12-31; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

Specifications to describe a four-wheel drive front-end loader.
Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
RFP (Created: 2001-09-14; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
Specifications for a Zero-Turn Rotary Mower
RFP (Created: 2003-05-21; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked to provide specifications for a zero-turn rotary mower.
Speed Bumps
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-05-30; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked for information on speed bumps.
Speed Limits in and Around Schools
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-03-03; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked about speed limits in and around schools located within the City.
Splitting Work into Components to Circumvent Competitive Bid Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-01-04; Reviewed: 2021-05-26 )

MTAS was asked about splitting work into components to circumvent competitive bid requirements.
Sprinklers for Nursing Homes
General (Created: 2003-12-09; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

Material that the Fire Service Coalition is giving to legislators on sprinklers for nursing homes.
Staffing Levels for Police Departments
General (Created: 2003-04-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked about recommended staffing levels for police departments.
Stalling of an Application for Rezoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-08-04; Reviewed: 2021-04-28 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the legal effect of, and the solution to, the stalling of an application for a rezoning.
Start Development and Impact Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-02-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

Seven cities responded to a request for information regarding their development and impact fees. The cities also provided the formula they use to determine the amount that they charge.
Starting a Municipal School System in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 2016-12-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-10 )

MTAS was asked for an explanation of the process for starting a municipal school system in Tennessee.
State Aid Resolution
Resolution (Created: 2003-05-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

A Resolution to Authorize the City Recorder of the Town of Vonore to Account for All Municipal Street Aid Funds in the Town's General Fund.
State DOT Authorized to Pay Full Costs of Utility Relocations
General (Created: 2003-05-28; Reviewed: 2021-04-26 )

The General Assembly has passed legislation authorizing the Commissioner of Transportation to reimburse public and private utilities the full costs of relocating caused by state road projects, subject to funding.
State Law Regulating Location of a Cemetery in Relation to City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 1997-01-02; Reviewed: 2021-06-17 )

MTAS was asked whether there is any state law that prohibits the location of a cemetery within two miles (or any other distance) of a city.
State Street Aid Fund
General (Created: 2005-08-02; Reviewed: 2021-04-26 )

MTAS was asked whether State Street Aid Funds could be used to take water samples at stormwater system outfalls.
State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2006-08-22; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

An ordinance adopting by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road, and repealing non-applicable sections of the municipal code.
Status of a Beer Permit Issued to a Person Now Deceased
General (Created: 2014-09-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked how to address the status of a beer permit that was issued to a person who is now deceased.
Statutory Construction: Conflicting Statutes/ More Specific Statute Given Effect
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-04-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

Specific statutory provisions generally will be given effect over conflicting general provisions.
Steps to Authorize Liquor by the Drink, Retail Package Stores, and Wine in Grocery Stores
General (Created: 2021-08-26; Reviewed: 2021-08-26 )

This document provides the steps necessary for a municipality to authorize liquor by the drink, retail package stores, and wine in grocery stores.
Storm Cleanup Agreement
General (Created: 2003-07-23; Reviewed: 2021-05-06 )

MTAS was asked to draft an Agreement to clean up tornado debris on private property.
Stormwater Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2006-07-18; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Coordinator.
Stormwater Fees, Ordinance Enforcement Options, and Other Special Stormwater Issues
General (Created: 2006-02-14; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

A handout that was part of a presentation for Southeastern Stormwater Management Group on funding options and stormwater regulations enforcement issues.
Stormwater Funding Survey
Survey (Created: 2021-05-15; Reviewed: 2021-09-01 )

Twenty-five Tennessee cities and towns were surveyed regarding their stormwater utility fees.
Stormwater Management Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-05-17; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable for the drainage of stormwater from someone's property onto property belonging to someone else and whether the city has any legal obligation to develop a stormwater management program.
Stormwater Program Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2003-02-17; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Program Coordinator.
Stormwater Technician
Job Description (Created: 2014-03-21; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

Job description for the position of Stormwater Technician.
Stormwater Technician I and II Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 2014-07-01; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

Job descriptions for the positions of Stormwater Technician I and II.
Strategic Plan for the City of Winchester
General (Created: 2010-08-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked to assist the city council and city administrator in identifying and discussing community strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as part of the strategic planning process; outlining specific prioritized goals and objectives; and in developing a mission statement for the city.
Strategic Planning
General (Created: 2011-07-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

A letter explaining the benefits of strategic planning for the city.
Strategic Planning Retreat Report for the City of Harriman, Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 2019-02-26; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

The board members for the City of Harriman, met in February 2019 to discuss and review the MTAS guide for Councilmember Orientation, a previous strategic plan and capital funding requests. Another focus of the retreat involved updating three questions - "what should the city keep doing, what should the city stop doing and what should the city start doing."
Street Acceptance Issues
(Created: 2001-11-16; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked for advice on whether the city should accept a street that is not paved or improved and then spend municipal revenues to bring the street up to standards or whether the city should adhere closely to the street acceptance policy dictated by the city's subdivision regulations
Street Closure
General (Created: 2005-01-07; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked about closing a public street or to relocate a public street for the purpose of the county constructing a jail facility at or near the present street location.
Street Excavation Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2008-12-09; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

An ordinance providing for street cut permits, standards and procedures for the City of Iron City, Tennessee.
Structure and Powers of the City's Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 1992-02-25; Reviewed: 2021-04-26 )

MTAS was asked several questions about the structure and powers of the City's utility board.
Study Session Agenda
General (Created: 2010-04-22; Reviewed: 2021-06-09 )

A sample study session agenda for the City of Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Subdividing and Selling City Land
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-10-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-06 )

MTAS was asked whether or not a town may subdivide a 27-acre parcel into one-acre lots and then sell the lots at public auction.
Subdivision Created by Division of Land Created by Road Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 2010-03-22; Reviewed: 2021-04-20 )

MTAS was asked whether a particular road configuration created a subdivision and whether the city could obtain a street right of way that would create a subdivision without creating that subdivision.
Subdivision Regulation by Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-03-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

MTAS was asked to research jurisdictional issues concerning subdivision regulation.
Subdivision Regulations
General (Created: 2014-07-15; Reviewed: 2021-04-28 )

MTAS provided several examples of Tennessee cities' subdivision regulations.
Subdivision Storm Sewer Pipes
Survey (Created: 1999-10-01; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

Twelve cities were asked questions about the type of materials used for storm sewer pipes in subdivisions.
Suggested Operating Procedures of the Williamson County Rescue Squad
Report/Study (Created: 2015-04-17; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

This manual is for the use of every member of the W.C.R.S., to help each person better represent the fire profession and the squad.
Suggestions for Downtown Parking
General (Created: 2002-03-05; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked to look at the parking situation in downtown Dandridge and come up with some suggestions.
Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport (SBK) Animal Services Examination 2016
Report/Study (Created: 2016-03-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS and CTAS conducted this study to determine whether the SBK model, a combined multi-city and county cooperative animal services function, is working, to make recommendations for improvement, and to determine whether current facilities are adequate. The study includes some national standards information and a methodology for comparing an animal shelter to those and other standards.
Sullivan County/Kingsport Animal Services Study
Report/Study (Created: 2009-04-07; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS and CTAS were asked to jointly study animal shelter and animal control services in Kingsport, Sullivan County, and two additional cities within the county.
Summary of 2017 Public Acts
(Created: 2017-07-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-20 )

This training document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most significant impact on municipal operations
Summary of 2018 Public Acts (Includes "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018")
(Created: 2018-08-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee. Also included is the "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018" document co-authored by Hodge and Chad Jenkins, Deputy Director, Tennessee Municipal League.
Summary of 2020 Public Acts
(Created: 2020-08-14; Reviewed: 2021-04-21 )

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Summary of 2021 Public Acts
(Created: 2021-06-21; Reviewed: 2021-06-21 )

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Summary of a Classification/Compensation Plan
General (Created: 2016-02-17; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

MTAS was asked to provide a summary description of a classification/compensation plan.
Summary of Research on the Use of Compressed Schedules by Police Agencies
Report/Study (Created: 2009-07-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

MTAS was asked to assist in researching how police agencies use compressed work schedules.
Summary of the Distribution of State Sales and Use Tax
General (Created: 2016-09-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

MTAS was asked three questions: 1. What factors are used to calculate state shared sales tax?; 2. Do the factors change or stay the same?; 3. What population number is used?
Summary of the Incorporation Process
General (Created: 2015-10-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

MTAS was asked to provide information to a territory that wishes to incorporate.
Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2007-01-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

A job description for the position of Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation, and Parks
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-26 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation, and Parks.
Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 2001-11-02; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Water and Sewer.
Survey of Charter Provisions Regarding Vacancies on Council
Survey (Created: 2017-01-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

Nineteen cities were surveyed to determine what they do when there are mayoral or council vacancies.
Survey of Promotional Pay Increases and Workers Compensation Policies
Survey (Created: 2018-05-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

Survey looks at how increases related to promotions are applied to the employee's salaries and policies related to workers compensation.
Survey Results on Various Personnel Topics
Survey (Created: 2014-07-21; Reviewed: 2021-06-02 )

Eighteen cities and counties were asked about police and fire work schedules, holiday pay, personnel committees, and salaries for pre-treatment technicians and inspectors, park operations supervisor, and head groundskeeper.
Swimming Pool Regulations
General (Created: 2014-06-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked for information on the regulation of swimming pools. Includes two sample ordinances.
Tax Map and Boundary Issue
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-08-25; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

An old tax map shows the property is located in the city but the map was changed sometime within the past 10 years to show the property is outside the city line, in the county.
Tax Treatment of Payments by Cities to Employees on Active Duty as a Reservist or Member of the National Guard
General (Created: 2005-01-03; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

All pay going to activated municipal employees are wages and subject to all normal taxes.
TCMA Member Forum Discussion on Fiscal Year 2021 Pay Increases
Survey (Created: 2020-06-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

Twenty Tennessee cities responded to a survey regarding whether or not there would be any pay increases for city employees in FY 2021.
TDOT Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-06-06; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate a proposed TDOT contract.
TDOT Transition Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 2017-12-01; Reviewed: 2021-04-20 )

Nine Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding how they are handling the TDOT ADA Transition Plan.
Temporarily Closing Certain Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-03-13; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can temporarily close certain streets, one or more of which are state highways, in the downtown area of the city for the purpose of permitting local private groups to hold a festival.
Temporary and Special Beer Permit Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 2014-07-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS provided several examples of temporary and special beer permit ordinances.
Temporary Appointment of a City Attorney by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-08-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-30 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can temporarily appoint a city attorney.
Temporary Traffic Control Devices under MUTCD
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-05-16; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked whether traffic control devices in a construction work zone can be enforced by the city police.
Tennessee City Charter Types - Requirements to Hold Office
Survey (Created: 2017-04-15; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

Research done to find out what requirements Tennessee cities have in place to hold office.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Employer's First Report of Work Injury or Illness
Form (Created: 2010-09-23; Reviewed: 2017-01-03 )

The Workers' Compensation Division has released an updated version of the Tennessee First Report of Work Injury, Form C20.
Tennessee Department of Transportation ADA Compliance Toolkit
General (Created: 2019-03-20; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

A toolkit of materials for municipalities to complete a ADA transition plan created by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Chief Engineer's Office.The toolkit includes: Presentation titled "ADA Compliance for Municipalities" (TDOT); Presentation titled "How to Develop an ADA Self-evaluation & Transition Plan" (FHWA); Document titled "ADA Transition Plans: A Guide to Best Management Practices (NCHRP Project # 20-7 (232); and the following selection of forms: action plan, checklist, grievance procedure, public notice, transition plan and more.
Tennessee Fire Department Needs Assessment Survey
Report/Study (Created: 2014-06-30; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

This survey's major goal is to identify gaps in Tennessee fire service coverage by comparing departments' personnel, equipment, and facilities against consensus standards, government regulations, and other nationally recognized guidance for effective and efficient firefighting practices.
Tennessee Fire Department Needs Assessment Survey 2020
Report/Study (Created: 2021-10-18; Reviewed: 2021-10-18 )

In 2015, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) conducted its fourth Fire Service Needs Assessment Survey, having conducted previous surveys in 2001, 2005, and 2010. Even though the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the NFPA have conducted several national level fire services needs assessments, there had never been a comprehensive needs assessment conducted that focused solely on the Tennessee fire service until 2013. Based on individual fire studies conducted by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), these departments are keenly aware that Tennessee fire services have extensive needs in many areas, especially in smaller communities, but there is a lack of quantifiable data on these needs. The purpose of this survey was to collect reliable data on the needs of Tennessee fire departments as a whole.

Additionally, the response rate for Tennessee in national surveys has been low. In 2010 and 2015, for example, the NFPA surveyed 247 and 427 respectively of the 723 fire departments in Tennessee and of the departments surveyed only 80 and 81 fire departments responded, respectively. MTAS does not consider either of these examples a representative picture of the state’s fire service. To get a better sample of data, MTAS theorized that a survey of Tennessee fire departments by a Tennessee organization, coupled with providing a way for participants to respond both electronically and manually, would result in an improved response rate. In fact, the response rate to MTAS’ Tennessee Fire Needs Assessment Survey (TFNAS) in 2013 and 2020 was 23 percent and 28 percent respectively, which greatly exceeds the response rate to the national survey in both 2010 and 2015 (11 and 19 percent respectively).

This survey’s major goal is to identify gaps or the needs of the Tennessee fire service by comparing what departments have, regarding efficient and effective firefighting practices, against consensus standards, government regulations, and other nationally recognized guidance.

Tennessee Fire Mortality Study
Report/Study (Created: 2011-07-25; Reviewed: 2017-05-23 )

Historically, Tennessee's fire mortality rate for civilians has been among the highest in the nation. During 2002-2010, the time period for this study, the national fire mortality rate declined, but the rate in Tennessee increased. The purpose of this study is to provide the analytical foundation for an informed plan of action to help reduce and prevent fatalities that occur in residential structures which is the type of incident that accounts for about three-fourths of all civilian fire deaths in the state.
Tennessee Fire Service Emergency Response Plan
General (Created: 2010-05-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

The purpose of the plan is to provide local fire chiefs access to large quantities of fire service resources that may be needed in a large fire, disaster, or other major emergency.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2002
Report/Study (Created: 2003-01-01; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

FY2002 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2003
Report/Study (Created: 2011-07-18; Reviewed: 2019-01-03 )

FY2003 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2004
Report/Study (Created: 2006-01-04; Reviewed: 2019-01-03 )

FY2004 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2005
Report/Study (Created: 2006-04-24; Reviewed: 2019-01-03 )

FY2005 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2006
Report/Study (Created: 2007-04-12; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

FY2006 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2007
Report/Study (Created: 2008-03-28; Reviewed: 2017-09-21 )

FY2007 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. For the first time, this FY 2007 report contains trend analysis of several benchmark measures. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2008
Report/Study (Created: 2009-04-30; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

FY2008 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2009
Report/Study (Created: 2010-07-19; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

FY2009 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2010
Report/Study (Created: 2011-07-25; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

FY2010 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2011
Report/Study (Created: 2012-03-05; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

In this FY2011 annual report, there are a total of seven services measured and analyzed: police, fire, refuse collection and disposal, employment benefits, human resources, financial services, and code enforcement/building inspection/planning and zoning.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2012
Report/Study (Created: 2013-03-13; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

In this FY2012 annual report, there are a total of nine services measured and analyzed: police, fire, refuse collection and disposal, employment benefits, human resources, financial services, and building code enforcement, property maintenance code enforcement, and planning and zoning.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2013
Report/Study (Created: 2014-03-25; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

In this FY2013 annual report, there are a total of ten services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2014
Report/Study (Created: 2015-04-30; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

In this FY2014 annual report, there are a total of ten services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2015
Report/Study (Created: 2016-04-13; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

In this FY2015 annual report, there are a total of eleven services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, information technology, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling. This PDF is the latest version available and includes any updated and corrected information.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2016 (Annual Report)
Report/Study (Created: 2017-04-06; Reviewed: 2017-06-07 )

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

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

Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2018 Annual Report
General (Created: 2019-05-14; Reviewed: 2019-05-14 )

This is the 17th and final report of the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project. Performance data from participating cities represents fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). Cities participating in this data cycle were: Athens, Bartlett, Brentwood, Bristol, Chattanooga, Franklin, Johnson City, Kingsport, Knoxville, Lewisburg, Morristown, and Spring Hill. The report highlights selected benchmarks and compares members on those benchmarks over a three year period.
Tennessee Municipal Police Recruitment and Retention: A Study by the MTAS Research and Information Center for the Tennessee City Management Association
Report/Study (Created: 2019-11-06; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

A study conducted by the MTAS Research and Information Center at the request of the Tennessee City Management Association. The purpose of this study is to analyze Tennessee municipalities’ ability to recruit and retain police officers. Many cities in Tennessee have hired and made significant investments in entry level police officers only to see them leave employment in the first three years. This short turnover impacts the cities financially and decreases their ability to maintain adequate staffing in their departments. By analyzing police officer recruitment practices and retention levels, this study can explore the factors affecting police recruitment and retention and offer insights into what works and what does not work when attracting and keeping talented police officers.
Tennessee Municipal Public Health Emergency Closures
General (Created: 2020-03-17; Reviewed: 2021-05-10 )

MTAS has been asked by several city attorneys whether cities have any authority to prohibit mass gatherings and close businesses. This seems to be the question with which all cities are struggling because no statutory or charter authority is directly on point for a pandemic. The options that are being explored by cities are using the charter police powers and/or declarations of emergencies. Cities could potentially use a combination of both authorities.
Tennessee Open Meetings Act Violation
Legal Opinion (Created: 2020-08-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-21 )

MTAS was asked how a governing body can cure a violation or alleged violation of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act (TOMA).
Tennessee Sales and Use Tax: County and City Local Tax Rates (Nov. 2020)
General (Created: 2020-11-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

Alphabetical list of Tennessee counties and cities with their local sales tax rates from the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Document is dated as "revised November 2020."
Tennessee's REAL ID: Why, Where, When, and How to Get It
General (Created: 2020-04-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

An MTAS guide to the REAL ID in Tennessee. On March 26, 2020, President Donald Trump delayed implementation of REAL ID from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021.
Term Limits for Mayor and Council in Selected Cities in Tennessee and Outside Tennessee (updated 2019)
Survey (Created: 2019-10-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

Fifteen cities across Tennessee and the United States were surveyed to find out if there are term limits for the mayor and city council members.
Terminating and Rehiring a City Manager during a Board of Commissioners Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 2014-12-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked about firing and rehiring a city manager at the board of commissioners meeting and whether the city manager now has a three-month or 12-month contract.
Terminating Employees and Rehiring Them at a Lower Wage
Legal Opinion (Created: 2010-06-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can terminate its dispatchers (who do not handle E-911 calls, but 'local calls') and rehire dispatchers at a lower wage rate.
Terminating the Utility Board Superintendent
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-10-02; Reviewed: 2021-04-26 )

MTAS was asked whether the utility board superintendent can be terminated by the city's governing body without financial penalty to the city.
Testing Standards, Salary Survey, and Retirement Insurance
Survey (Created: 2015-02-23; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

Thirteen cities were asked how often they offer testing for police and fire personnel; salary ranges for a sustainability coordinator and a stormwater coordinator; eligibility for and benefits of retiree health insurance.
The Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Employees
Survey (Created: 2017-04-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

The MTAS Research and Information Center conducted a survey of Tennessee cities to find out which ones are subject to the Affordable Care Act regulations and what employee benefits are covered.
The Powers and Functions of the Local Planning Commission in Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 2019-03-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

A paper prepared for the citizen planning commission member to be used as a general guide in the performance of his/her duties. The original draft of this report was published in 1985 and then updates were published in 2005 and 2013.
Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service: Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 2011-10-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

This assessment was conducted in 2010 and includes comparisons to the 2001 and 2005 needs assessment surveys. The complete assessment and a fact sheet are also included.
Thirty Ways to Leave Incivility Behind and to Improve Governing Body Discussion
General (Created: 2008-09-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

This document has been included in the Elected Officials Academy section on City Council at Work.
Threats and Violence Policy : Sample
General (Created: 2002-01-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

Sample of a policy related to threats and violence.
Three Star Fire Department: Revised SOGs April 2007
Report/Study (Created: 2007-04-30; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

The intent of this Standard Operating Guidelines and Training Manual is to provide an administrative, operational, and training framework to better manage emergency response personnel.
Ticket Splitting
Legal Opinion (Created: 2014-12-17; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS consultants advise cities to avoid ticket splitting and instead instruct officers to issue a single citation with multiple charges relating to one event.
Time Limit for Dumpster on Residential Property
Ordinance (Created: 2017-10-05; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

An ordinance of the Town of Bulls Gap, Tennessee adding a new section to Title 13 of the Bulls Gap Municipal Code limiting the time a dumpster can be kept on residential property.
Title VI Compliance Manual
General (Created: 2002-01-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

A policy to put city into compliance with Title VI and TEMA requirements, so that it would be eligible for financial assistance, in the event of a disaster.
Tobacco-Free Workplace Survey
Survey (Created: 2017-01-11; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

Seventeen cities were asked whether their organization is tobacco-free, whether there is a health-care premium surcharge for employees who use tobacco products, and what tobacco cessation programs or support the city offers.
Tort Liability at Railroad Crossing Improvements
Legal Opinion (Created: 2009-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

MTAS was asked about relief from tort liability at railroad crossing improvements made with federal funds.
TOSHA Fire Service Inspection Checklist
Form (Created: 2012-01-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) uses this checklist from South Carolina OSHA, when inspecting Tennessee fire departments.
Towing Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-11-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-07 )

Municipalities may still regulate the price for non-consensual tows, but all other business regulation of towing businesses is not allowed.
Town Center Manager
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

Job description for the position of Town Center Manager.
Town of Baxter, Tennessee 2005-2006 Budget Goal Setting Session
Report/Study (Created: 2005-05-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

The purpose of this session was to prioritize key issues confronting the Town's 2005-2006 budget.
Town of Erwin Job Description Director of Public Works
Job Description (Created: 2019-04-23; Reviewed: 2021-05-26 )

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Public Works. Under the general direction of the Town Administrator, this is responsible technical and supervisory work in planning, organizing and directing the overall work and activities of the streets, right of way, sanitation, storm sewer, parks and recreation, and fleet maintenance functions.
Town of Erwin Job Description Parks and Recreation Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 2019-04-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Parks and Recreation Supervisor. This employee is responsible for the maintenance of municipal parks. At times the position is reassigned by the Public Works Director to alternate responsibilities, including assistance with street repair and maintenance. The employee is given general instructions for the completion of work, and independent judgement may occasionally be required to complete tasks. The employee trains and supervises the work of subordinate personnel.
Town of Erwin parks and recreation works laborer and equipment operator job description
Job Description (Created: 2018-03-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

A sample job description from the Town of Erwin, Tennessee for a parks and recreation laborer and equipment operator.
Town of Erwin Public Works Laborer and Equipment Operator Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2018-03-09; Reviewed: 2020-05-15 )

A sample job description from the Town of Erwin, Tennessee for a public works laborer and equipment operator.
Town of Greeneville Organizational Structure Study
Report/Study (Created: 2005-11-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked to evaluate the organizational structure, roles, and responsibilities for the departments of engineering, environment, public works, building codes, and planning.
Town of Mount Carmel Certified Municipal Finance Officer Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2020-06-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

Job description for the position of Certified Municipal Finance Officer for the Town of Mount Carmel, Tennessee.
Town of New Market Policy on the Use of Fuel Cards
General (Created: 2017-07-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-29 )

This policy is established in order to provide direction on fuel expenses incurred by Town employees on Town business.
Town of Petersburg Recreation Commission By-Laws
General (Created: 2006-09-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked to assist with creating bylaws for the recreation commission.
Tracking Municipal Vehicles Survey
Survey (Created: 2015-03-26; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS asked thirteen cities about the technology used to track movement of municipal vehicles.
Traffic Calming
General (Created: 2007-05-31; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked for information on applying traffic calming measures.
Traffic Engineer
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

Job description for the position of Traffic Engineer.
Training Requirement for Planning Commissioners and Staff
General (Created: 2014-07-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS provided information on the annual training requirement for planning commission members and staff.
Transfer of Beer License
General (Created: 2004-03-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked about the legality of transferring ownership of a beer license.
Transient Merchants
Legal Opinion (Created: 1992-12-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge transient merchants higher taxes than the statute governing transient merchants provides, or impose upon them a stiff permit fee.
Transportation Director
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

Job description for the position of Transportation Director.
Travel Expenses Paid Directly to Provider
General (Created: 2005-02-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

Municipalities may pay directly for travel expenses, provided payment is made directly to the provider and not to the official or employee
Tree on City Street Right of Way
General (Created: 2003-07-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked whether the town should cut a tree on a city street right of way.
Tri-County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority
General (Created: 2004-03-08; Reviewed: 2021-04-26 )

MTAS was asked to review Senate Bill 3213/House Bill 3426 creating a Tri-County Regional Utility Authority in Knox, Union, and Grainger Counties .
Truck Driver Operator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

Job description for the position of Truck Driver Operator in the Solid Waste Department.
TTY (Text Telephone) Equipment Survey
Survey (Created: 2017-02-20; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

Thirteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their usage of TTY (Text Telephone) or TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) equipment.
Tuition Reimbursement Plan
General (Created: 2003-06-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

A tuition reimbursement plan for the employees of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.
Tullahoma Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures 2008
Report/Study (Created: 2008-04-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

The purpose of this updated SOP manual is to provide uniform standards for the operations of the Tullahoma Fire Department.
Turnout Gear at Vehicle Crashes
General (Created: 2003-10-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

Questions regarding OSHA compliance on personal protective equipment for firefighters and ambulance service employees.
TVA Power Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 1991-06-07; Reviewed: 2021-04-27 )

MTAS was asked to address several issues related to power contracts with TVA.
Types and Staffing of Fire Departments
General (Created: 2003-02-06; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

There are five types of fire departments, which may be staffed in one of three ways.
Unauthorized Raises
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-12-20; Reviewed: 2021-05-18 )

MTAS was asked whether the Board has to honor unauthorized raises.
Uncompensated Public Officials' Personal Information Not Protected Per Tennessee State Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 2019-05-17; Reviewed: 2021-04-21 )

If council members are uncompensated, they cannot be considered "public employees" whose information is protected pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-504(f). Hodge, the Tennessee Open Records Counsel at the time of this letter, also offers suggestions for improved processes in filling the request in question.
Unconstitutional Since 1953 to Incorporate Municipalities by Private Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-01-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

The General Assembly is required by general law to provide the exclusive methods by which municipalities may be created, merged, consolidated, dissolved, and their boundaries altered.
Unemployment Insurance for Volunteer Firefighters
General (Created: 2012-07-23; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS was asked if the city must pay unemployment insurance on its volunteer firefighters.
Unemployment on Temporary Workers
General (Created: 2012-07-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

MTAS was asked about temporary city employees filing and receiving unemployment from a city that is an Unemployment Reimbursing Employer.
Unified Communications Agreement Addendum
General (Created: 2008-10-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

An agreement for emergency communications services exists between Hamilton County Emergency Communications District, Hamilton County, Chattanooga, East Ridge, Collegedale, Red Bank, and Signal Mountain. This addendum is to apply a cost adjustment plan.
Uniforms, Safety, and Public Image Policy
General (Created: 1999-10-14; Reviewed: 2021-05-26 )

The City of Athens may provide and require certain uniforms, footwear, and equipment designed to promote safety and to protect employees as well as convey the proper image to the public.
Unpaid Military Leave and 401K Contributions: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 2008-02-22; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

Twelve cities were asked whether they pay 401K contributions for personnel on unpaid military leave.
Updating Personnel Safety and Health Issues in the Municipal Code
Legal Opinion (Created: 2008-11-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

MTAS was asked whether certain ordinances contained in municipal code that address personnel safety and health issues are required to be in the municipal code.
Urban Forester
Job Description (Created: 2010-06-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

Job description for the position of Urban Forester.
Urban Forestry Management
(Created: 2009-02-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

Topics covered include the economic and environmental benefits of urban forestry, how to start an urban forestry program for your community, roles of tree boards and staff, identifying potential community stakeholders, technical assistance providers, and best management practices in urban forestry.
Urban Forestry Workshop Course Material
General (Created: 2007-08-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

A course manual, lesson plan, and PowerPoint presentation on urban forestry.
Use of 12 Hour Shifts in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

A survey regarding the use of 12 hour shifts in selected cities.
Use of Adequate Facilities Tax Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-03-18; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

MTAS was asked whether Adequate Facilities Tax Revenues can be used to pay indebtedness for past sewer projects.
Use of Camcorders/Video Cameras in City Council Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-07-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

MTAS was asked whether the City Council may ban, by ordinance, the public from bringing video cameras into and videoing city council meetings.
Use of City Funds to Advocate for an Outcome in a Referendum on Metropolitan Government
General (Created: 2014-08-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked how city funds can and can't be used for a metro committee and a future metro vote.
Use of City Vehicles
General (Created: 2008-05-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

An example of an amendment to the personnel policies to include the use of city vehicles.
Use of County Law Enforcement Services in the Absence of a Municipal Police Force
General (Created: 2017-01-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

MTAS was asked about using county law enforcement services within the corporate limits of the town in the absence of a municipal police force.
Use of Fire Trucks to Pick Up Firefighter Meals or to Travel to a Restaurant
Survey (Created: 2009-03-31; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

Twenty-two cities were asked whether the shift can transport the fire engine to a restaurant for a meal and whether an employee may use a city vehicle to pick up food for the whole shift.
Use of Funds from Increased Garbage Collection Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-07-17; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can increase its monthly garbage collection fees and use the increase for purposes other than garbage collection.
Use of Hydrogen Peroxide for Coronavirus Disinfection
General (Created: 2020-04-22; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS received an inquiry about the use of hydrogen peroxide as a disinfecting agent for the coronavirus as an option to bleach because of bleach’s corrosive potential and irritating odor. MTAS researched this question and provides the following information. MTAS does not recommend or endorse any product, and the products mentioned here are for illustration only. MTAS recommends that municipalities do their own research and select products and procedures that meet local needs.
Use of Inmate Labor and Responsibility for Medical Expenses
General (Created: 2014-02-19; Reviewed: 2021-06-29 )

MTAS was asked about immunity for the municipality with regard to any injuries sustained by a county inmate while on work detail for the city.
Use of Municipal Property as Community Garden in the city of Harrogate, Tennessee
Form (Created: 2020-02-14; Reviewed: 2021-04-20 )

Forms related to the operation of a community garden on municipal property in the City of Harrogate, Tennessee. Includes resolution to adopt rules and regulations for the community garden, the garden rules and regulations, and a community garden waiver, release and hold harmless agreement.
Use of PPE and Its Effectiveness
General (Created: 2020-03-22; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

In a conversation with Dr. Joe Holley, medical director for the Tennessee Department of EMS, Dr. Holley advised that if full universal precautions and PPE are used (exam gloves, gown, N95 mask, and face protection from splash or droplets), and the patient is positive for COVID-19, the universal precautions should be sufficient to protect the wearer, and the patient contact in full PPE would not classify as an exposure to COVID-19/coronavirus. Proper disposal of the used PPE and decon of any equipment used, and the ambulance if the patient is transported, is required.
Use of the City Drug Fund
Legal Opinion (Created: 1993-01-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-06 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can use the drug fund to pay the salary of an officer assigned to the judicial task force, and can it use the drug fund to pay the overtime pay of the police officer who cares for the "drug dog."
Use of the Semi-Colon under the Rules of Statutory Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 2005-05-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-19 )

MTAS was asked to interpret a provision of the charter that turned on the use of semi-colons.
Use of Translators in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

A survey of selected cities regarding the use of translators and the offering of translation services.
Use of Vehicles Owned by the Police Department
General (Created: 2002-01-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

Establishing policy and procedure for the most efficient use of motor vehicles of the police department.
Using a Utility Service Applicant's Credit Report to Determine Amount of Utility Deposit
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-10-27; Reviewed: 2019-01-03 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can use a utility service applicant's credit report as a basis for determining the size of the applicant's utility deposit.
Using City Hall to Solicit Charitable Contributions
Legal Opinion (Created: 2009-10-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could allow the city hall to be used as collection point for solicitations by various private groups.
Using County's Bid Prices in City
General (Created: 2005-05-13; Reviewed: 2020-05-11 )

Letter on legality and procedure to use County's bid asphalt unit prices to buy asphalt for small projects in Parsons.
Using Inmates and Probationers for Public Service Work Projects
General (Created: 2016-02-17; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

Loss control guidelines provided by the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool
Using Sick Leave to Supplement Workers' Compensation Benefits
General (Created: 2012-07-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

MTAS was asked whether employees may use sick leave to supplement workers' compensation benefits.
Using Special Assessments for Sidewalk Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-07-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-22 )

MTAS was asked whether special assessments can be used for sidewalk construction.
Using Tax Increment Financing in Tennessee
(Created: 2012-01-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-26 )

This study includes the history, background, explanation, advantages and disadvantages used to support economic and industrial development, and alternatives to using TIFs in Tennessee; two case studies are included.
Utilities Crew Chief
Job Description (Created: 2003-08-18; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

A job description for the position of Utilities Crew Chief for the city of Dandridge.
Utilities Must Charge Reasonable Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 1999-01-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked for the definition of the term 'reasonable rates' within the meaning of the utility statutes and cases in Tennessee that require utility rates to be reasonable.
Utilities Superintendent Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

Job description for the position of Utilities Superintendent.
Utility Board Authority for Setting Water Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 2012-09-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked whether the city's utility board can be given the authority to set water rates.
Utility Board Manual
General (Created: 2020-11-06; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

The purpose of this manual is to provide cities with a better understanding of funding water and sewer utility operations. Water and sewer operations are often very costly, but they provide a public health service. Also, water and sewer services are necessary if communities are to grow and attract new investment.


Utility Board Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-03-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked whether the requirement that a person be a resident of the city as a condition of holding a city office is a continuing requirement.
Utility Cuts: City Street Repair Policy for the City of Athens
General (Created: 2001-03-05; Reviewed: 2020-04-21 )

The purpose of this procedure is to clearly define the process for receiving utility cut repair requests from the Athens Utilities Board (AUB) and making repairs to such utility cuts on city-maintained streets by the City of Athens Public Works Department.
Utility Extension Policies: Who Pays?
General (Created: 2006-07-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-22 )

The purpose of this article is to present differing municipal practices of utility extension procedure and funding strictly for undeveloped land within city limits.
Utility Operating with Three Member Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-02-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

MTAS was asked whether a city may operate a water and sewer utility with a 3 member commission, as opposed to the 5 member commission provided for by Tennessee law.
Utility Rate Breaks for the Elderly
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-04-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked whether a city can give utility rate reductions or exemptions to the elderly.
Vacancies in Office
General (Created: 2004-04-06; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked what election procedures should be followed should the mayor resign prior to the upcoming November election.
Vacant and Unsafe Structures SOP
Form (Created: 2015-12-07; Reviewed: 2021-05-20 )

This sample policy, which will apply to all vacant and abandoned buildings within the fire department's jurisdiction, can be modified to meet local needs.
Vanleer Volunteer Fire Department Handbook for 2012
General (Created: 2011-12-12; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS was asked to assist with the creation of a volunteer fire dept. handbook for the Town of Vanleer.
Various Issues Faced by City Court Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-06-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

MTAS was asked about various issues faced by city court judges, including levying daily fines, procedure for dealing with property code violations, and collections of unpaid citations.
Veterans Differential Pay
Survey (Created: 2004-12-13; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

Thirteen cities were asked several questions about paying a differential to veterans deployed on military leave.
Veterans Preference Survey
Survey (Created: 2010-01-04; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

Twelve cities and one airport authority were asked whether they give veteran preference points and questions related to granted preferences.
Vice-Mayor's Elevation to Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-08-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

Under general law mayor-aldermanic charter, if the mayor resigns, does the vice-mayor become the mayor?
Vicious Dog Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2009-05-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

An ordinance of the Town of Baileyton adopting vicious dog regulations.
Viewing Investigative Records in Open Criminal Cases
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-05-05; Reviewed: 2021-04-22 )

MTAS was asked whether municipal officials enjoy any special privilege to view the records in open criminal investigations.
Volunteer Fire Department Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2003-06-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

An ordinance recognizing the Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department as the official fire department for the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee.
Volunteer Fire Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-05-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS was asked several questions regarding the city's finance of the volunteer fire department and the city's access to the records of the volunteer fire department.
Volunteer Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 1999-03-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

Job description for the position of Volunteer Firefighter.
Volunteer Firefighter Educational Incentive Pay Program
General (Created: 2021-08-20; Reviewed: 2021-08-20 )

Tennessee’s 112th General Assembly approved new legislation that provides an annual monetary incentive to volunteer firefighters that complete an approved training program and eventually earn professional credentials at minimum of Firefighter I level certification through the Tennessee Fire Commission. MTAS explains the details here.
Volunteer Firefighter Minimum Performance Standards and Incentives
General (Created: 2003-01-31; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

Financial or other incentives may be given to volunteer firefighters who meet monthly performance standards.
Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention
General (Created: 2021-03-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-28 )

According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, volunteers make up 67% of our nation’s fire service. In Tennessee, volunteers account for 69% of all firefighters, but the number of volunteer firefighters in Tennessee is decreasing. There were 17,122 volunteer firefighters in Tennessee in 2013, and that number dropped to 15,833 in 2015. Many communities today face volunteer recruitment and retention issues, as volunteers strive to balance work, home, personal time needs, and the fire department in a depressed economy when many people have more than one job or manage a single-parent household. Many people do not have a lot of free time, and if they spend their free time helping their community, they want to know that their time and effort has value. Here are some examples of volunteer recruitment and retention efforts that have proven successful in communities across Tennessee. Not every idea will work in every community or situation, but these resources may provide ideas for programs that will work in your community.
Volunteer Firefighters and ISO Rating
General (Created: 2014-05-14; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of a volunteer fire department changing to a paid on call fire department.
Volunteer Firefighters Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 2015-04-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS asked eleven cities whether they provided monetary compensation to volunteer firefighters and their chief.
Volunteer Firemen (and Other Volunteers) Running for Local Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-05-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-21 )

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether volunteer firefighters are city employees.
Volunteer Receiving Health Benefits and Dust Control
General (Created: 2004-08-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

MTAS was asked about a volunteer recreation director receiving health benefits and about dust from a gravel quarry.
Volunteer Workers at a Golf Course
General (Created: 2012-03-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked whether volunteers at a golf course could be compensated with free golf games.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Resident Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-03-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-23 )

MTAS was asked whether the city by private act can permit non-resident property owners to vote in city elections.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Residents Who Own Property in the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-05-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-21 )

MTAS was asked whether non-residents who own property in the city limits could vote in city elections.
Voting in City Elections by People Who Reside Outside, But Who Own Property Inside the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-10-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-16 )

MTAS was asked whether people who reside outside, but who own property inside the City, can vote in a city's elections.
Waiting Periods for Health Coverage under PPACA
General (Created: 2014-03-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

MTAS was asked whether, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), it is legal to offer group health coverage but have a waiting period on health benefits of six months.
Waiver of Salary of Public Official
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-05-08; Reviewed: 2021-06-28 )

MTAS was asked whether an alderman can refuse to accept the salary proscribed in the charter.
Walking Horse Museum
General (Created: 2011-04-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked about funding possibilities for assisting with locating the National Walking Horse Museum in Wartrace.
Waste Collection Fees in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 2016-03-31; Reviewed: 2021-05-28 )

Eight cities responded to an MTAS survey about their commercial collection fees.
Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 2001-11-02; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Operator.
Wastewater Plant Operator (Certified Operator)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Operator.
Wastewater Plant Operator (entry level)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

Job description for the position of entry level Wastewater Plant Operator.
Wastewater Plant Worker
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Worker.
Wastewater Pre-Treatment Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

Job description for the position of Wastewater Pre-Treatment Coordinator.
Wastewater Service Connection Fees
Report/Study (Created: 2006-12-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

This report outlines the procedure for assessing a wastewater service connection fee, sometimes referred to as a tap fee, based upon equity, the actual cost of making the connection, and usage of the system.
Wastewater Treatment Facilities Management Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 2005-04-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked to review wastewater facilities management agreement and state law governing wastewater treatment authorities, and determined that Authority is responsible for maintaining all sewer lines, including lateral lines.
Water & Sewer Tap Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2021-02-19; Reviewed: 2021-02-19 )

Fifteen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information having to do with residential water and sewer tap fees.
Water and Wastewater Management: A Training Manual for Board Members (2019 Update)
(Created: 2019-12-20; Reviewed: 2021-04-19 )

The purpose of this manual is to provide a resource for both new and experienced water board members and municipal officials who have little or no formal training for the job. 2019 update.
Water Main Extensions on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-06-06; Reviewed: 2021-07-20 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to the construction of water mains inside a gated residential complex by city forces.
Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator
Job Description (Created: 2001-11-02; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

Job description for the position of City of Smyrna Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator.
Water/Sewer Customer Complaint Log
Form (Created: 2004-12-01; Reviewed: 2021-04-29 )

A generic complaint form for a water/sewer department.
What Happens to a Motion That Has Not Been Seconded
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-02-18; Reviewed: 2017-06-21 )

When the city's zoning ordinance prohibits amendments to the zoning ordinance from coming up for one year after being defeated, does the failure of a motion to amend the zoning ordinance to receive a second constitute a 'denial' of the amendment of the zoning ordinance?
When a Covenant Runs with the Land
General (Created: 2011-02-15; Reviewed: 2021-05-14 )

MTAS was asked to analyze when and how covenants run with the land,both generally, and for specific purpose of stormwater regulations.
Who Is Mayor If the Mayor's Resignation Is Not Accepted?
Legal Opinion (Created: 2010-03-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had resigned and, if he had, whether the vice-mayor became the mayor.
Who Performs Duties of the Mayor When the Office of the Mayor Is Vacant?
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-07-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked several questions related to the duties of the mayor and vice mayor.
Wholesale Liquor Inspection Fee
General (Created: 2014-11-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

A city asked about the wholesale liquor inspection fee and the amounts levied by cities of similar size.
Wine in Grocery Stores Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 2014-04-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

This law does much more than permit grocery stores to sell wine, as it vastly expands the merchandise package stores may sell and services they may offer beginning July 1, 2014.
Wine Tasting in Liquor Stores
General (Created: 2014-01-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-27 )

MTAS was asked whether a retail liquor store may conduct wine tastings.
Work on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-11-21; Reviewed: 2020-04-21 )

MTAS was asked about a city doing drainage work on private property.
Worker's Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 2019-05-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

Seventeen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding their Worker's Compensation policies.
Workers' Compensation Benefits for Volunteer Workers
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-09-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-15 )

The city housing authority asked if community service workers would be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
Workers' Compensation Change
Survey (Created: 2014-08-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

Eighteen cities were asked questions about compensating employees on Workers' Compensation with 66-2/3% of their salary, rather than 100% of their salary.
Workplace Harassment Policy
General (Created: 2005-06-09; Reviewed: 2021-06-03 )

A generic policy dealing with workplace harassment.
Wrecker Inspections in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-07-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-12 )

Nine Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out who handles inspection for wreckers called to the scene following a motor vehicle accident.
Youth Concussion and Head Injury Law
General (Created: 2014-03-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-12 )

MTAS was asked to explain the details of the Tennessee protocol for registered officials during contests.
Zoning Amendment Vote
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-06-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-16 )

MTAS was asked to interpret a vote when a majority vote of the membership of the board is required as opposed to a quorum of the present members.
Zoning and Restricting Locations of Homeless Shelters
Legal Opinion (Created: 2012-04-09; Reviewed: 2021-06-25 )

MTAS was asked about the exercise of emergency powers and where emergency shelters for the homeless can operate.
Zoning and Subdivision Regulations Are in Conflict
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-09-17; Reviewed: 2019-01-03 )

MTAS was asked which of the zoning regulations and of the subdivision regulations prevail when the two are in conflict.
Zoning for Group Home
Legal Opinion (Created: 2005-07-25; Reviewed: 2019-01-03 )

MTAS was asked whether certain group homes for mentally handicapped people could locate in an R-1 zone in the city.
Zoning of Tattoo Parlors
Legal Opinion (Created: 2009-12-11; Reviewed: 2019-01-03 )

MTAS was asked the status of tattoo studios under the zoning ordinance of the city.
Zoning Ordinance and Stormwater Ordinance Regulating Land Use in Floodplains
Legal Opinion (Created: 2008-02-26; Reviewed: 2017-06-21 )

MTAS was asked three questions related to a "lot of record" that was annexed by the city.
Zoning Restrictions Applied to Pain Clinics
General (Created: 2012-02-07; Reviewed: 2012-02-23 )

MTAS was asked whether pain clinics can be excluded from a community.
Zoning Restrictions Applied to Tattoo Parlors
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-08-09; Reviewed: 2019-01-03 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can apply the same zoning restrictions it can apply to tattoo parlors to other businesses such as body piercing, massage parlors, and pawnshops.
“Wastewater Treatment Facilities Management Agreement” and Responsibility of the County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority to Maintain Lateral Sewer Lines
Legal Opinion (Created: 2017-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-04-15 )

The City entered into a Wastewater Treatment Facilities Management Agreement with the County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority for the operation of the City’s wastewater facilities on October 31, 2003. The City actually transferred its facilities to the Authority pursuant to the Agreement. The Authority now claims that it is only responsible for the operation and maintenance of the “main” lines, not the lateral lines, although the City understood that all assets and liabilities of the wastewater facility were transferred to the Authority. MTAS was asked to review the Agreement and statutes and determine if lateral lines are included in the property transferred to the Authority.