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Author: Darden, Don

Liquor by the Drink
General (Created: 11/20/2003; Reviewed: October 19, 2018)

MTAS was asked to outline the process of establishing liquor by the drink, including the option of packaged liquor stores.
Litigation Taxes
General (Created: 10/25/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

Answers a question about the legality of a city collecting local litigation tax, as well as the state litigation tax, from city court defendants.
Mayor Making Nominations
General (Created: 02/21/2007; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

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

MTAS was asked if the Mayor may vote to break a tie during the meeting that is to be conducted for the purpose of filling vacancies.
Membership of the Industrial Development Board
General (Created: 08/15/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked several questions about the membership of the Industrial Development Board.
Metropolitan Government
(Created: 10/12/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

A report on the process of consolidation in Tennessee, as well as the pros and cons of consolidated government.
Model Safety Policy
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Model safety policy for local governments.
Need for a City Administrator
(Created: 06/05/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist theTown of Spencer in converting to a city administrator form of government.
Ordinance Abandoning Part of a City Street in Smithville
Ordinance (Created: 06/02/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

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

An ordinance abolishing the beer board and appointing the board of mayor and aldermen as the beer board.
Ordinance Adopting Regulations for Extending Sewer Services
Ordinance (Created: 05/19/2004; Reviewed: February 1, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare a sewer extension ordinance.
Ordinance Amending the Decherd Municipal Code Title 8, Chapter 2, Beer, Sections as Indicated
Ordinance (Created: 02/21/2003; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

An ordinance to amend the distance from businesses licensed for on premises consuption of beer to churches and other places of public gathering.
Ordinance Amending Travel Policies
Ordinance (Created: 07/22/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

An ordinance amending the Town of Bell Buckle's travel policies to be based on the Federal reimbursement rate schedule.
Ordinance Contracting the Town Limits of Palmer, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 09/28/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare a de-annexation or contraction ordinance.
Ordinance Establishing a Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Program (three versions)
Ordinance (Created: 09/09/2002; Reviewed: August 22, 2017)

MTAS was asked to write ordinances that would provide equipment replacement program alternatives.
Ordinance Increasing the Local Option Sales Tax from 2.25% to 2.75% in the Town of Estill Springs, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 08/07/2002; Reviewed: November 14, 2018)

MTAS was asked to provide an ordinance increasing the local option sales tax.
Ordinance Levying a Litigation Tax for the City of Cowan, Tennessee.
Ordinance (Created: 10/17/2003; Reviewed: October 25, 2016)

A sample ordinance for levying a municipal litigation tax.
Ordinance of the City of Cowan Designating the City Council as the Beer Board
Ordinance (Created: 03/12/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare an ordinance designating the city council as the beer board.
Ordinance Prescribing the Powers and Duties of the City Administrator
Ordinance (Created: 02/11/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

An ordinance for the City of Decherd, which gives the powers and duties of the city administrator.
Ordinance Regulating the Placement of Infectious Waste in Garbage Collection Containers
Ordinance (Created: 06/02/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

This ordinance makes it unlawful to discard needles and sharps and imposes a penalty for violation.
Ordinance Summons Form
Form (Created: 12/10/2004; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

MTAS was asked for guidance in preparing an ordinance summons.
Ordinance to Regulate Junked Vehicles on Public and Private Property
Ordinance (Created: 07/08/2004; Reviewed: June 11, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare a junked car ordinance.
Organization of Local Library Board
General (Created: 11/25/2002; Reviewed: December 18, 2018)

MTAS was asked to assist Monteagle in determining how the local library board is organized, how the board is appointed, who can serve on the board, and to recommend the best way for Monteagle to make sure that its appropriation for library services is used properly.
Overtime in Winchester
General (Created: 08/31/2001; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

The City of Winchester is authorized to require its workers to work overtime unless the requested overtime would cause a city to violate a Federally protected right, such as FMLA leave.
Peddlers
General (Created: 04/25/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

A comparison of the business licenses and permits required for transient vendors, peddlers, solicitors, charitable solicitors, and street barkers.
Policies and Procedures for the Use of the Time Clock for Non-Exempt Employees
General (Created: 12/12/2005; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide policies and procedures for clocking in or punching a time clock.
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/07/2002; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

The Town of Huntland requested a property maintenance or slum clearance ordinance.
Questions on Businesses Selling Liquor
General (Created: 04/14/2003; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city board could change the hours for selling liquor; if local businesses are required to close at 3:00 AM; and if minors are required to leave places where liquor is sold at 10:00 PM.
Quorum and Override Provisions
General (Created: 12/16/2004; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked the number of votes needed to pass an ordinance and to override a Mayoral veto.
Relationship of Volunteer Fire Department to the Town
General (Created: 10/28/2002; Reviewed: May 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked how the volunteer fire department should relate to the Town of Huntland.
Report on Public Employee Unions in Tennessee
(Created: 01/31/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Cities need to deal with municipal practices that often create in city employees the desire to organize and join a union.
Requiring Municipal Employees to be Residents of the City with a Grandfather Provision for Existing Employees
General (Created: 02/05/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked about a proposal to require municipal employees to be residents of the City with a grandfather provision for existing employees.
Resolution Acknowledging the Fiery Gizzard Sportsman's Club
Resolution (Created: 11/03/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare a resolution acknowledging the existence and contributions of the Fiery Gizzard Sportsman's Club.
Resolution Designating the City Administrator to Counter Sign Checks in the Absence or Disability of the Mayor or City Clerk
Resolution (Created: 09/08/2003; Reviewed: March 11, 2010)

A resolution authorizing additional co-signers for city checks.
Resolution Establishing a Mandatory Retirement Program for All Police Officers Who Have Attained the Age of Sixty-Two (62) Years of Age
Resolution (Created: 06/05/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

A resolution requiring the retirement of police officers who are members of TCRS and have reached the age of 62.
Resolution Honoring Former Mayor for Distinguished Service
Resolution (Created: 07/09/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare a resolution honoring the former mayor of Morrison for his years of distinguished service.
Safety Policy
General (Created: 10/03/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Safety Program Director for the City of Erin.
Sale and Regulation of Beer
General (Created: 10/22/2004; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation to assist Woodbury in considering the regulation and sale of beer.
Second Developer Tapping into Line Extension
General (Created: 06/29/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked about an extension where one developer is paying for the extension and another developer is allowed to tap the extended line free of charge.
Seven Questions Relative to Beer Regulation
General (Created: 06/04/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to answer seven questions relative to the regulation of beer in Smithville.
Sexual Harassment Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/07/2002; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance dealing with sexual harassment for the Town of Wartrace.
Skateboard Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/02/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

An ordinance regulating play vehicles containing wheels on streets, sidewalks, and other public places.
Smithville Drug Testing
General (Created: 02/13/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Courses of action in dealing with employees who test positive for controlled drugs.
Taking Over or Providing Maintenance for the Decherd Cemetery
General (Created: 04/21/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked about taking over a cemetery that is inside the City.
Town of Alexandria Annexation Study
(Created: 07/07/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

An annexation study prepared for the Town of Alexandria; includes resolutions for adopting a plan of services.
Town of Carthage Excavation Safety Policy
(Created: 09/27/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

The Town of Carthage requested an excavation safety policy including an ordinance approving such a policy.
Town of South Carthage, Tennessee: An Ordinance Amending Title 4, Chapter 2 of the South Carthage Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 09/19/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance that allows the city to construct and maintain sidewalks.
Transfer of Beer License
General (Created: 03/19/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the legality of transferring ownership of a beer license.
Tree on City Street Right of Way
General (Created: 07/03/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the town should cut a tree on a city street right of way.
Wine Coolers
General (Created: 07/23/2001; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

Establishments that sell beer may also sell wine coolers.

Author: Darden, Ron

Affidavit of Code Official
Form (Created: 08/14/2003; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

MTAS was asked to create a form for an affidavit of a code official.
Airport Authority and City Roles
General (Created: 12/22/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked about clarifying the roles of the city and the airport authority.
Alcoholic Beverages On Premises Consumption
General (Created: 01/05/2002; Reviewed: June 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide information and technical assistance in developing ordinances for on premise consumption of alcoholic beverages as permitted by state law and approved by referendum.
Annexation Study Update
General (Created: 07/05/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare an updated annexation study for the Town of Bell Buckle.
Application for Adult Entertainment Permit and License
Form (Created: 02/06/2004; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked to develop applications for an adult entertainment permit and license.
Appointing Members to Boards and Commissions
General (Created: 09/20/2010; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the appointment process for various boards and agencies of the city.
Appropriating Funds for the Use of a Recreation Committee
General (Created: 07/30/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked for clarification on appropriating funds for the use of a recreation committee.
Authority to Carry Firearms
General (Created: 10/20/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked about an alderman serving as commissioner of safety or police and carrying a firearm in that capacity.
Beer License Renewal
General (Created: 01/28/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked if the City Recorder has the authority to renew an annual beer license.
Board Member Responsibilities and Job Description
General (Created: 02/06/2008; Reviewed: February 24, 2010)

MTAS was asked questions relating to an alderman's responsibilities and job description.
Building and Property Maintenance Codes Review
(Created: 09/24/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

This study reviews the organization and operation of the City of Columbia's building and property maintenance division.
Business Tax Exemption
General (Created: 09/16/2008; Reviewed: October 24, 2016)

MTAS was asked about business tax exemption and business licenses.
Charter Provisions Favoring Local Bidders
General (Created: 02/24/2009; Reviewed: February 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked about retaining charter provisions favoring local bidders.
Chattanooga/Hamilton County Area Recreation Services: Meeting the Recreational Needs for the Future through Partnerships and Cooperation
(Created: 05/31/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

This report includes an inventory of existing recreation facilities in Hamilton County and its municipalities; discusses the increasing needs for recreation services and benefits of partnering of recreation services; and points out the need for strategic recreation planning.
Chicken Manure Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/18/2008; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

An ordinance regulating the use of chicken manure as a yard or field fertilizer within the city.
Cities Conducting Games or Contests for Money
General (Created: 08/04/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether a city can sponsor a contest that charges registration fees, with part of the proceeds being donated to the regional library and part of the proceeds used for prizes.
City Council Agenda Formats
General (Created: 09/19/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

Four sample city council agendas and one study session agenda are included.
City Manager Orientation
General (Created: 05/20/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS services and other information explained to a new city manager.
City of Fairview Street Department Review
(Created: 03/28/2011; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide a review of the Street Dept. for the City of Fairview.
City of Harrogate Purchasing Procedures
General (Created: 04/05/2002; Reviewed: March 26, 2010)

Puchasing procedures with the mayor acting as the purchasing agent for the city.
City of Knoxville Division of Building Permit Review and Inspections Operations Assessment
(Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

This assessment review will focus on organization and staffing; adopted codes and appeal boards; licensing and fees; operating and permitting procedures; plan review and inspection services; comparison with other cities and the survey reviews.
City of Oak Ridge Strategic Plan Update Issues
(Created: 09/28/2004; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

This report discusses strategic planning, identifies a group of comparable cities, reviews property tax rate percentiles, and presents an analysis of basic services in the City of Farragut with those provided by the City of Oak Ridge from public funds.
City of Spring Hill Effective Utility System Operation
(Created: 10/25/2008; Reviewed: September 25, 2018)

As utility departments grow and increase the number of customers, operating and capital budgets and service capacities have to be increased in order to provide adequate utility service.
City of Tracy City Court Cost Computations and an Ordinance Establishing City Court Costs
Ordinance (Created: 06/01/2012; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

This report outlines a method for calculating municipal court costs using audited data, pay records, and reasonable estimates, plus, an ordinance establishing city court costs, including cash bond forfeiture fee and a city litigation tax.
City of Winchester Administrative Review
(Created: 08/17/2010; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

The purpose of this report is to review the administrative structure, adequacy of staff and operating efficiency at department levels and to ensure that the city has the best administrative structure and staffing level to provide effective and efficient services at a reasonable cost for the future.
Collegedale Building and Property Maintenance Study: A Guide for Building Construction and Property Maintenance Code Enforcement
(Created: 06/01/2012; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

This report summarizes the building inspection program and outlines recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspections and enforcement procedures, including recommended implementation provisions. This report includes recommended procedures for using the administrative hearing officer program and miscellaneous building and property maintenance code implementation forms.
Combined Annual Vacation, Sick, and Personal Leave Study
(Created: 04/02/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

This report reviews the history of the present combined leave policy of the city, outlines the present cost of the program and presents alternatives for the city's consideration.
Convenience Petition
General (Created: 07/12/2005; Reviewed: September 25, 2018)

A petition that the County Mayor find and declare that the public convenience and necessity require that the exclusive franchise of Claiborne Utility District, Claiborne County, Tennessee to provide wastewater service within the City of Harrogate 'City's' boundaries be modified.
Counting of Board Votes
General (Created: 08/10/2004; Reviewed: February 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked how a board vote of two for, one abstention, and one passing is to be recorded.
County Gift of Real Property to a City
General (Created: 07/27/2005; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the county could give a parcel of land to the city.
Delinquent Business Tax and Garbage Fees
General (Created: 01/30/2003; Reviewed: December 12, 2016)

MTAS was asked for assistance in collecting business tax and garbage fees.
Establishing a Debt Policy and a Fund Balance Policy for the Town of Altamont
Ordinance (Created: 09/14/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011)

MTAS was asked to provide ordinances to establish a debt policy and a fund balance policy for the Town of Altamont.
Giving a Fire Truck to a Citizen and the Right of a Citizen to Vote at a Commission Meeting
General (Created: 04/10/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2012)

MTAS was asked about the legality of the city commission giving a fire truck to a citizen and the right of a citizen to vote at a commission meeting.
Heavy Truck Traffic Regulation
General (Created: 07/15/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked for information on heavy truck traffic regulation.
Hiring a City Manager
(Created: 05/13/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist in the process of hiring a city manager.
Historical Commission By-Laws
General (Created: 07/15/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked to help prepare by-laws for the LaFollette Historical Commission.
Interlocal Agreement by and between the Town of Centerville, Tennessee and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County, Tennessee
General (Created: 05/18/2010; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

An agreement for emergency communications services between Centerville and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County.
Legality of Using a Facsimile Signature on a Check
General (Created: 11/16/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2011)

MTAS was asked about the legality of using a facsimile signature during the absence of one of the authorized signatures on a check.
Liquor by the Drink Petition
Form (Created: 09/16/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

Liquor by the drink petitions must include the address of the election commission to which it is addressed.
Making a Motion Concerning an Item That Is Not on the Agenda
General (Created: 08/31/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011)

MTAS was asked whether a board member may make a motion concerning an item that is not on the agenda without being recognized by the chairman.
Massage Parlor and Technicians Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/26/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

An ordinance regulating massage parlors and technicians.
Mayor's Appointment of Staff
General (Created: 04/10/2012; Reviewed: June 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked for clarification on the appointment of the fire chief and assistant fire chief under the city's charter and municipal ordinances.
Modified vs Manager Commission
General (Created: 08/31/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to discuss the differences between the manager-commission form of government and the modified manager-commission form of government.
Municipal Boundaries
General (Created: 05/16/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist in determining municipal boundaries.
Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004
General (Created: 01/05/2005; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked questions about the requirements of the 'Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004' as it pertains to city court.
Need for Professional Management
(Created: 08/28/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

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

The purpose of this letter is to increase awareness of the issues that need to be considered when hiring a city administrator.
Number of Salaried Mayors, City Administrators and Managers by Population of Cities
Survey (Created: 09/24/2007; Reviewed: March 11, 2010)

MTAS was asked to for statistics on the number of salaried mayors, city administrators and city managers of cities in Tennessee.
On Premise Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
Ordinance (Created: 05/02/2003; Reviewed: July 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist in developing ordinances for on premise consumption of alcoholic beverages as permitted by state law and approved by referendum.
Operating an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) on City Streets
General (Created: 08/29/2008; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the legality of operating ATVs on city streets.
Ordinance Adopting the Annual Budget and Tax Rate
Ordinance (Created: 10/04/2002; Reviewed: October 29, 2018)

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance for adopting a municipal budget and levying a property tax.
Ordinance Designating the City Officials Authorized to Declare a State of Emergency
Ordinance (Created: 01/12/2005; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

An ordinance that states which officials may declare a state of emergency.
Ordinance Establishing a Code of Conduct for Participants and Spectators Using City of Loudon Recreation Facilities or Services
Ordinance (Created: 07/23/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

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

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the Town of Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee.
Ordinance Establishing a Driver Education Program
Ordinance (Created: 08/13/2008; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked for assistance in adopting a driver education course.
Ordinance Establishing a Public Arts Commission
Ordinance (Created: 10/29/2008; Reviewed: November 2, 2016)

An ordinance of the Town of Linden establishing a public arts commission.
Ordinance of the City of Harrogate, Tennessee Providing for the Licensing and Regulation of Massage Parlors
Ordinance (Created: 08/29/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance providing for the licensing and regulation of massage parlors.
Ordinance Prohibiting the Sale and Regulating the Hours of Use of Fireworks within the Town
Ordinance (Created: 08/14/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

An ordinance limiting the use of fireworks to the 4th of July holiday and New Year's Eve.
Ordinance Providing for the Maintenance of Public Street Rights-of-Ways Abutting Private Property within the City
Ordinance (Created: 09/24/2007; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

An ordinance making it the responsibility of property owners or occupants of property adjacent to public street rights-of-way to keep that property clean and mowed.
Ordinance Regulating Animal Waste
Ordinance (Created: 03/25/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

An ordinance of the City of Lobelville regulating animal waste.
Ordinance Regulating Junked Vehicles on Public and Private Property
Ordinance (Created: 06/04/2012; Reviewed: June 11, 2017)

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

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

An ordinance of the City of Lobelville to regulate the discharge of firearms with the exception of hunting, regulated by the TWRA.
Ordinance Regulating the Placement or Construction of Buildings or Structures over Utility Mains and Stormwater Drains
Ordinance (Created: 08/28/2009; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

An ordinance regulating the placement or construction of buildings or structures over utility mains and stormwater drains.
Ordinance to Adopt the International Building Code
Ordinance (Created: 07/30/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

An ordinance to adopt the International Building Code of 2003 with SEISMIC deletions.
Ordinance to Establish Rules and Regulations for the Parks and Greenways -- of the City of Harrogate
Ordinance (Created: 04/16/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

An ordinance establishing rules and regulations for the parks and greenways of the City of Harrogate.
Ordinance to Provide for Order, Safety, and Tranquility in the Streets of the Town of New Tazewell During Parades
Ordinance (Created: 10/03/2002; Reviewed: June 9, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance that would provide for residential garbage collection fees.
Planning Commission Members
General (Created: 07/25/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked three questions about the membership of the planning commission.
Police Employee with Seizure Conditions
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

The city is concerned about the employee being able to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job, and in particular, his ability to drive a vehicle.
Police Officer Serving as Codes Enforcement Officer
General (Created: 03/26/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a police officer may be assigned additional duties as a codes enforcement officer.
Professional City Management Letter
General (Created: 06/15/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS prepared a letter to explain why a city should have a professional city manager.
Property Maintenance and Slum Clearance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/28/2010; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

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

An ordinance establishing the minimum regulations governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 11/12/2010; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

This report outlines standards for property maintenance, recommendations for enforcement of property maintenance standards, inspection and enforcement procedures, and recommended implementation provisions.
Property Maintenance Standards and Enforcement Recommendations
(Created: 03/29/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

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

MTAS was asked to draft a property maintenance program for the City of Decherd. Includes ordinance, resolution, maintenance checklist, inspection warrant, and notice of lien.
Proposed Debt Policy Review for Chattanooga
General (Created: 11/30/2011; Reviewed: December 12, 2011)

MTAS reviewed Chattanooga's dept policy for conformance with the MTAS Model Debt Policy.
Recreation Advertisements
General (Created: 12/11/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can sell advertisements at recreation facilities and if the revenue can be held in a special fund for recreation purposes.
Relocation of City Hall
General (Created: 08/09/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked about moving City Hall from one county to another.
Requiring Annexation as a Condition for Extending a Utility Outside the City
General (Created: 01/26/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked about the city entering into an agreement with a land owner/developer requiring annexation as a condition for extending a utility outside the city.
Resolution Adopting a City Seal
Resolution (Created: 05/17/2010; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

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

A resolution adopting general rules of order for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of Blaine.
Resolution Establishing a Records Management System
Resolution (Created: 12/06/2007; Reviewed: October 4, 2017)

A resolution establishing a records management system based on the MTAS reference guide for records management.
Resolution Establishing Rules and Procedures for Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meetings
Resolution (Created: 03/04/2005; Reviewed: March 12, 2010)

A resolution establishing rules and procedures for Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings and establishing a format for Board study sessions.
Resolution Establishing Work Hours for Town Personnel and Accompanying Memo from the Mayor
Resolution (Created: 09/19/2011; Reviewed: September 11, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist with establishing work hours for the personnel of the Town of Huntland.
Resolution Providing for a Town Court Clerk
Resolution (Created: 06/04/2012; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked about accepting the resignation of the mayor and a procedure for appointing a mayor pro tempore.
Revitalizing the Downtown Area
General (Created: 04/18/2007; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked to advise the city about methods for revitalizing the downtown area.
Sale of Alcoholic Beverages, Including Beer, on Election Day
General (Created: 10/29/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the sale of alcoholic beverages, including beer, on election day.
Sale of Confiscated Property: Revenue Disposition
General (Created: 08/01/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked for clarification of the disposition of revenues from the sale of confiscated property.
Sewer Collection Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

MTAS was asked for assistance in the collection of wastewater debt.
Signal Mountain Strategic Plan
(Created: 04/04/2011; Reviewed: June 22, 2017)

MTAS was asked to facilitate the council and the city manager reviewing the previous strategic plan that was developed approximately two (2) years ago; conducting a review of town strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis); developing goals and objectives; and developing a revised mission and vision statement.
Solar Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/12/2011; Reviewed: April 23, 2018)

An ordinance regulating solar system installations.
State Street Aid Fund
General (Created: 08/02/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether State Street Aid Funds could be used to take water samples at stormwater system outfalls.
Strategic Plan for the City of Winchester
General (Created: 08/25/2010; Reviewed: June 22, 2017)

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

A letter explaining the benefits of strategic planning for the city.
Street Closure
General (Created: 01/07/2005; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

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

An ordinance providing for street cut permits, standards and procedures for the City of Iron City, Tennessee.
Study Session Agenda
General (Created: 04/22/2010; Reviewed: March 29, 2011)

A sample study session agenda for the City of Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Tips for New Board Members
General (Created: 03/29/2011; Reviewed: March 29, 2011)

A brief guide to assist with the orientation of new board members.
Town of Petersburg Recreation Commission By-Laws
General (Created: 09/15/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist with creating bylaws for the recreation commission.
Travel Expenses Paid Directly to Provider
General (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Municipalities may pay directly for travel expenses, provided payment is made directly to the provider and not to the official or employee
Tri-County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority
General (Created: 03/08/2004; Reviewed: December 5, 2016)

MTAS was asked to review Senate Bill 3213/House Bill 3426 creating a Tri-County Regional Utility Authority in Knox, Union, and Grainger Counties .
Use of a Committee System
General (Created: 08/07/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to review and make recommendations on operating with committees.
Vacancies in Office
General (Created: 04/06/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked what election procedures should be followed should the mayor resign prior to the upcoming November election.
Volunteer Receiving Health Benefits and Dust Control
General (Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked about a volunteer recreation director receiving health benefits and about dust from a gravel quarry.
Walking Horse Museum
General (Created: 04/29/2011; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked about funding possibilities for assisting with locating the National Walking Horse Museum in Wartrace.
Wastewater Extension
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

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.
Wastewater Service Connection Fees
(Created: 12/11/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

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.

Author: Deem, Dana

Ordinance to Raise the Sales and Use Tax in the City of Dunlap from 2.25% to 2.75% and to Request a Referendum of the People to Approve the Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/05/2010; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

The ordinance is one that increases the City of Dunlap's portion of the local option sales tax to the maximum 2.75% upon a successful referendum.

Author: Denton, Sondra

Englewood Debt Management Policy
General (Created: 09/20/2011; Reviewed: September 20, 2011)

MTAS was asked to customize the model debt policy based on a percentage of expenditures.

Author: Duluth, GA

Stormwater Technician Series
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2014; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

Job descriptions for the positions of Stormwater Technician I and II.

Author: Edmund

City Manager
Job Description (Created: 05/14/1998; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of City Manager

Author: Elizabethton

City Manager
Job Description (Created: 10/19/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of City Manager.

Author: Environmental Management Group

City of Niota Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Agreement
General (Created: 08/15/2017; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

A contract between city of Niota and the Environmental Management Group to provide personnel to operate and maintain the wastewater plant.

Author: Fayetteville

Interlocal Agreement for Planning Assistance
General (Created: 06/19/2012; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

Examples of interlocal agreements for planning services.

Author: Finane, Jim

Citations in Lieu of Arrest and Ordinance Summonses
General (Created: 10/28/1999; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

MTAS was asked to prepare citations in lieu of arrest and ordinance summonses.
Overtime Pay in a Holiday-Shortened Workweek
General (Created: 09/08/1999; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

MTAS was asked if city employees who work over 8 hours per day in a 4-day, holiday work week would be due overtime pay.

Author: Folz, David

Tennessee Fire Mortality Study
(Created: 07/25/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Historically, Tennessee's fire mortality rate for civilians has been among the highest in the nation. During 2002-2010, the time period for this study, the national fire mortality rate declined, but the rate in Tennessee increased. The purpose of this study is to provide the analytical foundation for an informed plan of action to help reduce and prevent fatalities that occur in residential structures which is the type of incident that accounts for about three-fourths of all civilian fire deaths in the state.

Author: Forsyth County, NC

Horticultural Program Assistant
Job Description (Created: 03/01/1995; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Landscape Technician.

Author: Fort Lauderdale

Emergency Debris Management RFP
RFP (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

The City of Fort Lauderdale issued a request for proposals for emergency debris management.

Author: Franklin

Purchasing Card Procedures for the City of Franklin, Tennessee
General (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: March 31, 2010)

A sample policy governing the use of city-issued credit cards.

Author: General Code

Camouflaging Telecommunications Towers
Ordinance (Created: 07/30/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Three sample ordinances that provide information on camouflage requirements for towers and antennas.

Author: Germantown

Germantown Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures
(Created: 07/08/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

An SOP from the Germantown Fire Department.
Inspection/Duplication of Records Request
Form (Created: 06/03/2014; Reviewed: May 22, 2017)

This public record request form is used by the City of Germantown.

Author: Greeneville

Landfill Application and Service Agreement
Form (Created: 10/03/2013; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

An example of a landfill application and service agreement from the Town of Greeneville, Tennessee; includes rates for landfill tipping fees, roll off rental and pull charges, and solid waste "garbage" collection.
Solid Waste Disposal Agreement and Request for Proposals for Solid Waste Disposal Service
RFP (Created: 11/24/2009; Reviewed: March 17, 2017)

An RFP and an agreement for solid waste disposal in the Town of Greeneville.

Author: Greenwich

Assistant Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 04/01/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Assistant Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Commissioner of Public Works
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2009; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

Job description for the position of Commissioner of Public Works in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 01/31/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

A job description for the position of Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.

Author: Grubbs, John

FMLA Forms Now Updated by DOL
Form (Created: 06/05/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

For those of you who maintain hard copies of FMLA sample forms, as provided by the Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division, you will need to destroy outdated revisions, and replace with the newly issued (Effective June 1, 2015) forms.
Job Analysis
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

MTAS provided information for a job analysis observation audit.
Performance Appraisal Sample Documents
Form (Created: 04/22/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of performance appraisal or evaluation forms.
Sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Procedures
Form (Created: 07/16/2019; Reviewed: July 16, 2019)

Two sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) procedures are provided. One is created by MTAS and the other is from the City of Murfreesboro, TN, which was reviewed by MTAS staff.

Author: Guarnieri, Rachel

Tennessee Fire Department Needs Assessment Survey
(Created: 06/30/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This survey's major goal is to identify gaps in Tennessee fire service coverage by comparing departments' personnel, equipment, and facilities against consensus standards, government regulations, and other nationally recognized guidance for effective and efficient firefighting practices.

Author: Gustavus (Alaska)

Policy on Use of the City Attorney(s)
General (Created: 02/10/2011; Reviewed: June 23, 2017)

The City of Gustavus, Alaska, created a policy and procedure for queries to the City Attorney.

Author: Hamilton County

Hamilton County Government Group Health Plan Request for Proposal
RFP (Created: 06/26/2007; Reviewed: February 18, 2010)

An RFP for proposals for HMO, POS and PPO products, both fully-insured and self-funded; includes certificate of compliance.
Unified Communications Agreement Addendum
General (Created: 10/01/2008; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

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.

Author: Hardy, Pat

A Resolution of the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee Amending Their Personnel Policies by Adding a Section on the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) Devices in Town Vehicles
Resolution (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019)

This resolution, authored by Pat Hardy, allows the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee to amend their personnel policies in order to add a section about the use of GPS devices in town vehicles.
Administrative Assistant to the City Manager
Job Description (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant to the City Manager.
Alderman Declines Salary
General (Created: 02/09/2015; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether an alderman may decline a salary.
Alteration of Mayor's Duties
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/2005; Reviewed: June 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can alter the mayor's duties via charter or by personnel policies.
Appointing a New Mayor
General (Created: 05/24/2011; Reviewed: June 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked who will be Mayor if the current Mayor resigns his seat.
Assistant City Administrator
Job Description (Created: 08/25/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Assistant City Administrator for the Town of Dandridge.
Auction Services Request for Proposals
RFP (Created: 04/04/2014; Reviewed: April 7, 2014)

MTAS was asked to prepare an auction services RFP for the City of Jefferson City.
Authority to Call Special Meetings
General (Created: 06/24/2004; Reviewed: July 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor, City Administrator, or other Aldermen can call a special meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Baneberry Purchasing Limits Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/18/2015; Reviewed: December 18, 2015)

This ordinance sets purchasing limits for a city with a general law manager-commission charter.
Beer Definition Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 01/05/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017)

An ordinance changing the city's definition of beer to coincide with state definitions and altering distance regulations for beer sales.
Board Appointments or Dismissal Confirmations for Certain Staff Positions
General (Created: 12/13/2013; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen should play an increased role (hiring or dismissal) in one or more staff positions in order to provide employee protection for 'whistleblower' actions.
Borrowing Funds for School Construction
General (Created: 04/09/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a municipality could borrow money to help finance the construction of a new county elementary school.
Bristol Library Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 05/11/2015; Reviewed: May 11, 2015)

An information profile for the position of library director; includes a description of the library and its services, plus the position advertisement.
Can a City Sell T-shirts on the Internet?
General (Created: 11/20/2014; Reviewed: November 21, 2014)

MTAS was asked whether a city may sell items on the Internet, specifically, whether the city may sell T-shirts on the Internet.
Car Allowance Policy
General (Created: 11/12/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist with the creation of a car allowance policy for the City of Morristown.
Cellular Phone Use Policy
General (Created: 12/13/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

The purpose of this policy is to offer guidance in the use and application of City of Rogersville owned phones.
Certificate of Compliance for Wine in Grocery Stores
Form (Created: 01/11/2016; Reviewed: March 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked to supply a certificate of compliance for selling wine in grocery stores.
City Administrator Employment Agreement
General (Created: 05/03/2013; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

This employment agreement applies to someone who is an employee of the city and has moved up to the administrator position.
City Manager Compensation Survey 2014
Survey (Created: 02/03/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Thirteen cities were asked how they compensate their city managers; results include salary, car allowance, and deferred compensation.
City Manager Evaluation
Form (Created: 06/01/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide a form for the evaluation of a city manager.
City of Tusculum Certified Municipal Finance Officer Job Description
Job Description (Created: 05/16/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2012)

Job description for the position of Certified Municipal Finance Officer for the City of Tusculum.
City Recorder Job Description with CMFO
Job Description (Created: 01/12/2017; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

Job description for the position of city recorder that includes a requirement for obtaining the State Certification for Municipal Clerks and Recorders and the Certified Municipal Finance Officer Certification within three years employment.
City Recorder/Finance Director
Job Description (Created: 11/09/2004; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

A job description for a position that combines the duties of City Recorder and Finance Director.
City Responsibility for Property Line Pin
General (Created: 11/08/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked about a situation related to a property-line 'pin' that was covered in a recent street paving.
Civil Service: Some Pros, Cons and Suggestions for Reform
General (Created: 10/05/2006; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the pros and cons related to civil service and to offer suggestions for improvements.
CMR Board Member Type Questions
Form (Created: 01/06/2006; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

A form to help guide board member interviews in comprehensive management reviews.
Consolidation of City and County Governments: A Look at the History and Outcome-Based Research of These Efforts
General (Created: 10/22/2018; Reviewed: April 22, 2019)

Two documents on the history of consolidation and the pros and cons of consolidation.
Cost of Relocating a Water Line
General (Created: 08/17/2016; Reviewed: August 17, 2016)

MTAS was asked who is responsible for the cost of relocating a water line, if the utility district owns the water line and the Town caused the relocation of the water line.
Councilmember Running for Mayor
General (Created: 02/12/2003; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether a sitting councilmember can run for the office of Mayor without resigning his current council seat.
Criminal Background Check Authorization
Form (Created: 03/14/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to develop a criminal background check employment application supplement.
Deannexation and the Payment of Property Taxes
General (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the process of deannexation (also known as 'contraction') and about the payment of property taxes for those who reside in the area to be deannexed.
Design Review Commission Resolution
Resolution (Created: 03/03/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

A resolution creating a design review commission for the Town of Pittman Center.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 12/06/2002; Reviewed: August 17, 2017)

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

A job description for the position of library director
Discussion of Comp-Time Use for Exempt Employees
General (Created: 08/30/2016; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked about the use of an RFP for a 'Disease Management Program.'
District vs. At-Large Elections
General (Created: 02/23/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist with a presentation on the subject of district vs at-large elections.
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/14/2016; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

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

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Elected Official Acknowledgement of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
Form (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 11, 2017)

A signature form for use by elected officials who receive and read the town's ethics policy.
Electric System Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 02/14/2005; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

Job description and management responsibilities for the position of Electric System Director.
Emergency Medical Services Executive Director
Job Description (Created: 10/04/2012; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

Job description for the position of the Executive Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Employment Agreement between the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee, and a Wastewater Treatment Operator
General (Created: 06/14/2012; Reviewed: April 4, 2017)

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

An employment agreement between the city and the city manager.
Fair Labor Standards Act Exemption Tests
Form (Created: 11/28/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to develop forms for FLSA exemption "tests" for use in cities.
Fines for Violation of Town Ordinances
General (Created: 04/02/2007; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked how much the fine can be and if a separate fine can be assessed for each day of a violation.
Fire Hydrant Rental
General (Created: 05/14/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether it is legal and what is a reasonable fee for the general fund to pay the water fund a 'rental fee' for fire hydrants.
Greeneville Water System Question
General (Created: 10/20/2014; Reviewed: January 9, 2017)

MTAS was asked if there is another water system that is owned by the city but operated by a separately elected Board, such Board having full authority to operate the system.
Johnson City Animal Shelter Director Comparisons
Survey (Created: 10/15/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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

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

The purpose of the study was to identify possible areas of improvement in the structural arrangement of leisure services.
Kingsport City Manager Search Interview Training
General (Created: 04/10/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

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

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

This fire study was conducted at the request of the City of Kingsport.
Laboratory Technician
Job Description (Created: 07/10/2003; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Laboratory Technician at a wastewater plant.
Lease versus Purchase of Public Facilities: Pros and Cons
General (Created: 10/15/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

This article lists the advantages and disadvantages of leasing a public facility.
Leasing a Garbage Truck
General (Created: 01/21/2015; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can lease a garbage truck without permission from the Comptroller's office
Local Preference in Purchasing Policy
General (Created: 01/26/2015; Reviewed: January 26, 2015)

MTAS was asked whether a city may include a five percent bonus for local providers/contractors to give a slight advantage to a local provider.
McMinnville Goal-Setting Report
(Created: 04/17/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

The McMinnville City Council and City staff met to establish a set of goals to help guide the city's efforts over the next several years.
Meeting ADA Standards for City Hall
General (Created: 01/03/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked to explain the compliance of a city hall with the ADA.
Morristown City Administrator Job Description
Job Description (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked to examine the Morristown Civil Service system and make recommendations for improvements.
Morristown Police (or Fire) Chief Annual Evaluation
Form (Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

This form may be used for the annual performance appraisal of the police or fire chief.
New Officials' Tips
General (Created: 06/06/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS consultants ranked their top fifteen tips for new officials.
Nomination for Filling the Vacancy on a City Council
Form (Created: 07/13/2015; Reviewed: July 15, 2017)

The City of Kingsport requested a nomination form for filling a city council vacancy.
Ordinance Adopting the International Building Code
Ordinance (Created: 10/08/2004; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

An ordinance of the Town of Mountain City adopting the 2003 edition of the International Building Code.
Ordinance Establishing Compensation for Members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2006; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

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

An ordinance and accompanying letter addressing the procedures and requirements for carrying electonic communications devices, including pagers.
Ordinance Establishing Robert's Rules of Order
Ordinance (Created: 12/14/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

An ordinance establishing Robert's Rules of Order as the official set of procedures for conducting business at meetings of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Ordinance Establishing Speed Limits in a Certain Area
Ordinance (Created: 08/31/2005; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

An ordinance establishing the speed limit in a certain area and lowering the speed limit on a particular street.
Ordinance Establishing the Position of City Administrator
Ordinance (Created: 01/02/2015; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

An ordinance of the Town of Unicoi, Tennessee, establishing the position of city administrator and delineating duties therein.
Ordinance of the City of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Eliminating the Requirement for a Public Hearing When Amending the City's Personnel Policies
Ordinance (Created: 04/08/2014; Reviewed: April 9, 2014)

It is no longer necessary to hold a public hearing when amending the City's Personnel Policies because amendments can only be changed by the City Commission in a duly called public meeting, and amendments are required in writing through adoption of a resolution or, in some cases, an ordinance.
Ordinance of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, Prohibiting Heavy Truck Traffic
Ordinance (Created: 01/05/2010; Reviewed: March 29, 2017)

An ordinance of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, prohibiting heavy truck traffic on New Jail Street.
Ordinance Prohibiting Animals or Skateboards on the Tusculum Linear Trail Project
Ordinance (Created: 07/11/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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

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

An Ordinance of the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee prohibiting horses on public trails and sidewalks within the city.
Ordinance Providing for the Use of a Collection Agency to Collect Unpaid Fines Owed to the City
Ordinance (Created: 08/10/2010; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

An ordinance of the Town of White Pine, Tennessee providing for the use of a collection agency to collect unpaid fines owed to the city.
Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 01/13/2005; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

An ordinance defining false alarms and providing a schedule of notices, warnings, penalties, and costs.
Ordinance Requiring Vehicles to Stop for Pedestrians Who Are Crossing City Streets Where Lined and Marked Pedestrian Crossings Are Indicated
Ordinance (Created: 04/13/2004; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

An ordinance requiring vehicles to stop for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings.
Ordinance Terminating City-Provided Refuse Collection Services
Ordinance (Created: 12/09/2015; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

An ordinance of the City of Tusculum, Tennessee, terminating city-provided refuse collection services.
Ordinance to Amend the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy of the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee by Adding Sworn Police Officers to the List of Those Who May Be Randomly Tested
Ordinance (Created: 05/21/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to create an ordinance that adds safety sensitive positions to random drug testing.
Ordinance to Control the Operation of Vehicles for Hire in the City of Erwin
Ordinance (Created: 08/18/2003; Reviewed: December 18, 2018)

An ordinance and permit forms for operating taxicabs.
Ordinance to Establish Parking Limits on Designated Streets and at Designated Times
Ordinance (Created: 08/12/2015; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

An ordinance to establish parking limits on designated streets at designated times to allow city sanitation vehicles to collect solid waste.
Ordinance to Vacate a Part or All of a Street
Ordinance (Created: 11/15/2004; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

An ordinance to close all or part of a street.
Parking Meters
General (Created: 05/21/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the pros and cons of using parking meters in order to control hours of downtown parking.
Pittman Center Purchasing Limits Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/12/2011; Reviewed: August 17, 2011)

An ordinance setting purchasing limits for the Town of Pittman Center.
Planning Commission Meeting Procedures
General (Created: 03/06/2006; Reviewed: March 29, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether discussion may take place at any time, irrespective of the making of a motion.
Police Chief Resume Review Process
General (Created: 11/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Criteria and a rating sheet for evaluating resumes of police chief candidates.
Public Records Resolution
Resolution (Created: 11/08/2006; Reviewed: November 2, 2017)

A resolution providing for the maintenance, preservation and protection of public records, and establishing procedures for accessing and copying open public records.
Public Works General Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 10/13/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

A job description for the position of General Supervisor in the Public Works Dept. of Bluff City.
Purchasing without Bidding from the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)
General (Created: 01/20/2017; Reviewed: January 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked about purchasing a specialized vehicle, without bidding, from the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA).
Raising the Number of On-Premise Beer Permits
General (Created: 12/05/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the number of on-premise beer permits in Rogersville and if that number can be raised.
Recreation Centers
General (Created: 10/18/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

The City of Morristown asked MTAS for a comparison of eleven community and recreation centers.
Rehiring an Employee Who Was Fired
General (Created: 07/19/2004; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked if the Mayor has the authority to rehire an employee who was fired by the previous City Administrator.
Reimbursing Travel Expenses of Board Members
General (Created: 05/06/2005; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

MTAS was asked about certain payments to Board members and the verification of expenses related to those payments.
Report on the Carter County Tomorrow Strategic Planning Sessions
(Created: 12/12/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

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

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

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

MTAS was asked to look at the advisory board appointment practices of other cities, in order to improve the process used by Bristol; includes a survey about the appointment practices of fourteen cities.
Request for Proposals for Real Estate Broker Services
RFP (Created: 10/20/2009; Reviewed: October 22, 2009)

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

MTAS was asked to write an RFQ for legal services.
Resolution Accepting a Bid for Mowing Equipment and Authorizing the Execution of a Lease Agreement
Resolution (Created: 08/05/2010; Reviewed: August 19, 2010)

A resolution of the City of Pigeon Forge accepting a bid for mowing equipment and authorizing the execution of a lease agreement.
Resolution Adding an Option to the City's Personnel Policy for Advertising Position Vacancies in the Local Newspaper and/or on the City's Website
Resolution (Created: 04/08/2014; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

This resolution allows the city to change the recruitment requirement to include the use of either the local newspaper or the city's website, or both.
Resolution Authorizing and Establishing an Auxiliary Police Program
Resolution (Created: 08/31/2005; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

A resolution to adopt guidelines to establish an Auxiliary Police force to supplement the existing Police Department.
Resolution Authorizing the Establishment of a Police Department
Resolution (Created: 10/02/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

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

A resolution changing the city's purchasing limit.
Resolution Enacting a Web Design Work Scholarship Program
Resolution (Created: 10/03/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

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

MTAS was asked to develop an anti-fraud policy.
Resolution Establishing a Section 125 Cafeteria Plan for Employees
Resolution (Created: 01/03/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

A resolution of the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee, authorizing the establishment of a Section 125 cafeteria plan for employees
Resolution Establishing the Use of an Interview Panel
Resolution (Created: 01/13/2016; Reviewed: May 15, 2017)

A resolution amending the employee handbook personnel rules and regulations for the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee, regarding the candidate interview panel.
Resolution Naming a Veterans Facility
Resolution (Created: 02/12/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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

This resolution states that all checks issued by the town shall contain the signatures of both the City Administrator and the Mayor.
Resolution to Permit the Consumption of Alcohol in City Facilities for Certain City-Sponsored Events in the City of Baneberry, Tennessee
Resolution (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: December 10, 2019)

A resolution to permit the consumption of alcohol in city facilities for certain city-sponsored events in the City of Baneberry, Tennessee
Risk Manager Requests Personnel Records
General (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: May 22, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked to research, design, and deliver a Robert's Rules of Order workshop for the Council and other advisory board members.
Sample Fingerprint Record Notification Form
Form (Created: 08/21/2018; Reviewed: December 12, 2019)

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 Tobacco and Electronic/Vapor Cigarettes Policy
General (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 24, 2017)

A sample policy for cities wishing to prohibit the use of tobacco products on (or in) any city-owned property.
Sample/Draft Unbiased Policing Policy
Form (Created: 10/20/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

The purpose of this General Order is to reaffirm this department's commitment to unbiased policing, clarify the circumstances in which race or affiliation can be used as a factor to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause, and to reinforce procedures that serve to assure the public that we are providing service and enforcing laws in a fair and equitable manner.
Selling Police Dog to Handler
General (Created: 04/26/2001; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the advisability of selling or giving a police dog to its handler.
Sevierville Early Retirement Data
Survey (Created: 06/25/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS conducted a written survey of Tennessee cities to research early retirement programs.
Sick Leave Bank
General (Created: 02/24/2004; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Information on creating a sick leave bank with examples from six cities, including forms to be used.
Signal Mountain MACC Strategic Plan
(Created: 07/12/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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

After a second meeting with the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC), goals, objectives, and a mission statement were updated.
Sneedville Fire Resolution for Minimum Training Standards for Firefighters
Resolution (Created: 12/22/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

A resolution of the board of mayor and aldermen of the Town of Sneedville, Tennessee, adopting minimum training standards for firefighters.
Specifications and Bid Document For Recreation Equipment and Installation of Same
RFP (Created: 10/14/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide an RFP for recreation equipment for the Town of Parrottsville.
Specifications for a Zero-Turn Rotary Mower
RFP (Created: 05/21/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide specifications for a zero-turn rotary mower.
State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/22/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

An ordinance adopting by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road, and repealing non-applicable sections of the municipal code.
Suggestions for Downtown Parking
General (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

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

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

MTAS and CTAS were asked to jointly study animal shelter and animal control services in Kingsport, Sullivan County, and two additional cities within the county.
Summary of a Classification/Compensation Plan
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide a summary description of a classification/compensation plan.
Time limit for dumpster on residential property
(Created: 06/19/2018; Reviewed: June 19, 2018)

An ordinance of the Town of Bulls Gap, Tennessee adding a new section to Title 13 of the Bulls Gap Municipal Code limiting the time a dumpster can be kept on residential property.
Town of Baileyton City Recorder/CMFO
Job Description (Created: 10/13/2016; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

Job description for the position of City Recorder and Certified Municipal Finance Officer for the Town of Baileyton.
Town of New Market Policy on the Use of Fuel Cards
General (Created: 07/19/2017; Reviewed: November 2, 2017)

This policy is established in order to provide direction on fuel expenses incurred by Town employees on Town business.
Use of City Vehicles
General (Created: 05/29/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

An example of an amendment to the personnel policies to include the use of city vehicles.
Utilities Crew Chief
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

A job description for the position of Utilities Crew Chief for the city of Dandridge.
Vicious Dog Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2009; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

An ordinance of the Town of Baileyton adopting vicious dog regulations.
Volunteer Fire Dept. Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: May 24, 2017)

An ordinance recognizing the Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department as the official fire department for the Town of Pittman Center, Tennessee.
Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter Review
(Created: 02/26/2015; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked to examine the operations of the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter and make recommendations for improvement.
Wholesale Liquor Inspection Fee
General (Created: 11/26/2014; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

A city asked about the wholesale liquor inspection fee and the amounts levied by cities of similar size.
Zoning Restrictions Applied to Pain Clinics
General (Created: 02/07/2012; Reviewed: February 23, 2012)

MTAS was asked whether pain clinics can be excluded from a community.

Author: Harris, Brad

Evaluating an RFP/RFQ for Consulting Services
Form (Created: 08/31/2015; Reviewed: September 9, 2015)

This RFP evaluation scoresheet is a template that can be modified for projects other than selecting consulting services.

Author: Hemsley, Sid

Abandonment by the City of Certain Service Drives
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether, upon the abandonment by the city of certain service drives, the city has the obligation to restore the property, including removal of the pavement.
Acceptance of Gifts
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/2007; Reviewed: August 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked how cities accept and refuse gifts.
Accepting Streets in a Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/22/2010; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city could use special assessments to pay for streets in a subdivision in a city where the builder of the subdivision defaulted on his street bond and the city had not accepted the streets.
Accepting the Second Lowest Bid on a Construction Project
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/12/2006; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can reject the low bid and accept the second lowest bid on a certain construction project.
Acquiring a Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/2001; Reviewed: September 24, 2018)

MTAS was asked how a municipality can acquire a utility district.
Acquiring Insurance for the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/03/2011; Reviewed: May 25, 2011)

MTAS was asked whether the city is required to competitively bid the purchase of insurance for its employees and officers and whether the city can hire the services of a financial advisor or insurance broker to acquire the insurance.
Addition of Documents to the Minutes of the Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether a commissioner, without the approval of the city commission, can add printed or written material to the minutes of the commission.
Administrative Powers of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can temporarily move personnel from the parks and recreation department to the public works department without the prior approval of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Advertising on Police Cars
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can sell advertising on city police cars.
Advisory Committees and the Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2009; Reviewed: March 11, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether persons or committees appointed by the city manager to advise him fall under the Open Meetings Law.
Age Limit on Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/18/2009; Reviewed: May 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to restrict the mobile homes that come into the city to a certain age.
Alcoholic Beverages Sold Near Residential Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/06/2001; Reviewed: June 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked if an unoccupied house qualifies as residential property related to the sale of beer within 300 feet of the building.
Alderman Appointed Commissioners over Departments of the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the function of individual aldermen appointed commissioners to supervise the departments of the city and whether the secretary-treasurer of the city can give pay raises to employees.
Alderman Operating a Municipal Vehicle as a Police Car and Stopping Citizens
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1991; Reviewed: March 15, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether an alderman is authorized to make traffic and other stops in a vehicle equipped with flashing blue lights.
Alderman Salaries : Mandatory vs. Optional
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the salaries of aldermen are mandatory or optional.
Alderman Voting for Himself as Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether an alderman who the board of mayor and aldermen intends to appoint the mayor, can vote for himself for that position.
Alderman's Use of Appointing Power
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/10/1997; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether an alderman nominated to the position of vice-mayor can vote for himself and whether the board of mayor and aldermen can appoint its members to act as department heads.
Aldermen Decline to Accept Salary and Then Demand Payment of Salary
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2010; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the aldermen of the city can decline to accept the salary prescribed for them by the municipal code and then subsequently demand the payment of that salary.
Amending an Annexation Ordinance Between Second and -- Third Readings to Add Territory to the Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/1992; Reviewed: June 11, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can amend an annexation ordinance between second and third readings to add territory to the ordinance.
Analysis of the Lien Provisions of TCA
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city or county can refuse to accept tax payments or payments on delinquent property taxes, if liens it has against the property are not paid at the same time.
Applicant for Beer Permit at Site in Proximity to Church
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked this question: Where a church located itself within 300 feet of an establishment selling beer and that establishment subsequently went out of business, is an applicant for a beer permit at the same establishment entitled to the permit.
Applying City Zoning and Building Code Regulations to County Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1994; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the City can apply its zoning and building code regulations, including that requirement that the county obtain a building permit and pay building permit fees, to county buildings.
Appointive City Offices
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/07/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what city and county positions were offices for the purposes of a charter provision prohibiting a city officer from holding other offices.
Appointment of Temporary Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/06/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked who appoints a judge to serve while the city judge is temporarily absent and whether the quailfications for the temporary city judge and the permanent judge are the same.
Appointment of the Mayor to the Office of City Administrator
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/30/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can assume, or be appointed to, the office of city administrator.
At Will Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/20/2009; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether city employees were at will employees or had a property right in their employment under the city's personnel policy.
Attempting to Block the School System from Building Ball Fields on the Theory That They Would Be a Nuisance
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/09/2011; Reviewed: August 16, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the County School Board is subject to the city's zoning ordinance with respect to the baseball/softball field it wishes to build on school property.
Authority of an E-911 Board Regarding Towing
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2000; Reviewed: August 3, 2017)

Does the E-911 board have the authority to establish the rules and regulations under which wreckers will be dispatched within the city?
Authority of City Official or Commission to Appoint Volunteer Fire Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/2007; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city commission or the city manager may appoint the volunteer fire chief and volunteer fire-fighters under a general law manager-commission charter.
Authority of City to Levy Whatever Tax Rate It Considers Necessary to Fund Municipal Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1999; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city can levy a property tax above $1.75 when the city's charter limits the levy to that amount.
Authority of City to Prohibit Ticket Sales Along City Streets Leading to Speedway
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/1998; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can prohibit the 'scalping' of tickets on city streets.
Authority of City to Prohibit Volunteer Firement From Running Red Lights and Using Sirens
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/31/1995; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city has the authority to prohibit volunteer firemen from using sirens on their automobiles and from running red lights and violating other traffic laws during the course of responding to fire calls.
Authority of the City Court to Impose Fines
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2012; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked to analyze several questions related to the authority of the municipal court to impose fines.
Awarding of Construction Contract and Competitive Bidding
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2009; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the process used by the school board for awarding the school construction contract conformed to the law governing competitive bidding in Tennessee, especially with respect to the RFP process.
Beer Permit for a Grocery Store in a Shopping Center
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/1993; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a certain grocery store in a shopping center located in the city is entitled to a beer permit since the boundary line of the city divides the shopping center and a large piece of county property upon which is located the county jail and a public soccer complex.
Beer Permits, Workers Compensation, and Street Damage -- Caused by Trucks
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/07/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked a distance regulation question for a beer permit, whether it is the city's responsibility to insure that a contractor has workers' compensation prior to issuing a building permit, and whether cities can recover damages to streets from truck owners and operators.
Beer Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/2002; Reviewed: July 5, 2017)

An analysis of the law governing the age of persons authorized to sell beer or loiter in establishments that sell beer.
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Has the Power to Correct the Minutes
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/2002; Reviewed: February 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether it is within the authority of the board of mayor and aldermen to delete from the recorder's minutes certain language before the board adopts the minutes.
Board of Zoning Appeals Grants Variances for Mobile Homes That It Does Not Have Authority to Grant
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/29/1995; Reviewed: August 20, 2018)

MTAS was asked what recourse the city has when the board of zoning appeals grants variances for mobile homes that it does not have authority to grant.
Bond Resolution Repeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2001; Reviewed: February 22, 2010)

Right of the city to repeal bond resolution following the filing of petition for an election on the bonds but before the election is held.
Booking Persons Charged with Crimes Before They Are Released
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/26/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether police could always book persons charged with crimes before they are released.
Brown-Bagging Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/2002; Reviewed: July 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked where the city has no brown bagging regulations can a restaurant that does not hold a beer license allow brown bagging.
Building Permit Issued by Mistake
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/2001; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked if a building permit, issued because of a mistake in a zoning map, may be revoked.
Burying Bodies in the Backyard
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/25/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a person who has died and wanted to be buried in his backyard (in the city) can actually be buried there.
Calculating Call Waiting Bonuses and Premiums for Overtime Compensation Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1996; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

MTAS was asked how call waiting bonuses and premiums are calculated for overtime compensation purposes under the FLSA.
Can a Municipality Require Double Wides in Residential Areas to Have a Foundation?
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/20/1993; Reviewed: March 6, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can require double wides in residential areas to have a foundation.
Can the City Attorney Also Serve as the City Judge?
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney can also serve as the city judge.
Can the City Either Prohibit or Regulate Blasting by a Certain Rock Quarry?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1993; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the City can either prohibit or regulate blasting by a certain rock quarry for the purpose of preventing damage to houses within the vicinity of the quarry.
Can the City Enact Term Limits on Aldermen by Ordinance?
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/13/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether the City can enact term limits on aldermen by ordinance.
Can the County Sheriff Increase the Cost of Housing Prisoners Arrested by the City?
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the county sheriff can, on his own initiative, increase the cost of housing prisoners arrested by the city for the violation of state law or municipal ordinances.
Chancery Court Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/2002; Reviewed: June 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney can hold the position of chancery court judge.
Changing an Employee's Employment Status
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2009; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

MTAS analyzed several questions related to legal implications associated with changing a certain employee's employment status.
Changing the Agenda of a Special Meeting During the Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/09/2006; Reviewed: February 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether the city council can change the agenda of a special meeting during the meeting.
Charging Non-Users a Garbage Collection Fee and Requiring Garbage Collection Recipients to Use Only the City Garbage Collection Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1993; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge garbage collection service recipients a garbage collection fee even if they do not use the service and whether the city can require garbage collection recipients to use only city garbage collection service.
Charging the Inside Tax Rate with Respect to Property in One City in the County and the Outside Rate with Respect to Property in Another City in the County
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/1992; Reviewed: October 24, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the county can charge the inside tax rate with respect to property in one city in the county, and the outside rate with respect to property in another city in the county.
Charter Provision Requires Mayor to Sign Warrants But Is Silent as to Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2000; Reviewed: September 24, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether a 'warrant' is the same as a check for the purposes of a charter provision requiring the mayor to sign warrants, but is silent as to checks.
Chief of Police Insists He Is Entitled to a Leave of Absence to Run for Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1998; Reviewed: August 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city is legally required to give the chief of police a leave of absence to run for office of sheriff of the county.
City as a Landlord Pending the Termination of Leases
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/23/1996; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can be a landlord pending the termination of leases on certain land it is considering buying in the vicinity of the glide path for the airport.
City Assumes Operation of the Presently Quasi-Independent Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/2010; Reviewed: September 24, 2018)

MTAS was asked several questions related to how a city assumes operation of the presently quasi-independent utility board.
City Charter Signatures
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/25/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017)

MTAS was asked if signatures on a charter are directory or mandatory.
City Commissioner or City Recorder Serving as Volunteer Firefighter
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/2006; Reviewed: May 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a member of the city's governing body could be a volunteer firefighter.
City Constructs Its Own Building and Uses Volunteer Labor
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1995; Reviewed: February 13, 2017)

MTAS was asked what the legal implications are of the city building a fire hall, partly with volunteer labor, and partly through subcontracting out particular jobs.
City Contract with Unlicensed Contractor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: March 6, 2017)

MTAS was asked where a city has let a bid on a certain construction project (resurfacing a tennis court), the project is in progress, the contractor notifies the city that his contractor's license has been suspended and offers to reduce the cost of the project to less than $25,000, can the city legally accept his offer.
City Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to make the city court clerk's position an appointive one.
City Financed Scholarship Program for City Residents
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/07/2007; Reviewed: September 24, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether a city can give college scholarships to the citizens for only one particular college.
City Issues a Building Permit for a Project Which Causes a Drainage Problem
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1996; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city is liable when it issues a building permit when the project to which the building permit pertains causes a drainage problem.
City Judge Issuing State Warrant and Admissibility of Video Tape in DUI case
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/18/1993; Reviewed: September 24, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the city judge (who has concurrent jurisdiction) can issue a state warrant for a person who passes a school bus, upon the affidavit of the school bus driver, who doesn't know who was driving the car and whether a video tape of persons arrested for DUI is admissible at trial of the defendant.
City Judge Signing a Search Warrant in a State Case
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/2004; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city judge can sign a search warrant in a state case, where the judge does not exercise concurrent jurisdiction.
City Judges' Terms of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/17/2000; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city judge could refrain from taking office until eight months after the election.
City Manager Employment Agreements and Severance Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked what the former city manager's rights to severance pay are under the contract.
City Manager Serving as Ex Officio Member of the City's -- Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1999; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city manager can serve as an ex officio member of the city's utility board.
City Manager's Authority Over Personnel Administration
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city council has the authority to require the city manager to 'hire back' a fireman who resigned, ostensibly on the grounds that the city manager refused to permit him to 'moonlight' as a building inspector for a city when he was already moonlighting as a building inspector for the county.
City May Purchase Insurance from the Municipal Liability Pool
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1998; Reviewed: February 22, 2010)

When the city requests bid proposals for insurance, is it required to accept the lowest bid, or can it purchase the insurance from the Municipal Liability Pool?
City Noise Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1996; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city's noise ordinance is "vague."
City Recorder Serving as Vice-Mayor in the Absence of the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: September 25, 2018)

MTAS was asked about (1) the calculation of a quorum when the recorder is the vice-mayor; (2) functions of the vice-mayor in the absence of the mayor; (3) when is the mayor "absent"?
City Recorders Serving as Court Clerks
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2004; Reviewed: September 25, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the city recorders can also be the court clerks in two cities.
City Treasurer Duties and Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Questions regarding 1) the city treasurer receiving a pay raise during the term in office and 2) combining the offices of city treasurer and purchasing agent.
City Wishes to Prohibit Double Wide Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/1993; Reviewed: May 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city could write any ordinance that would permit the city to prohibit double wides.
City's Authority to Pay for Advertising of Businesses Within -- the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city and various merchants can jointly fund billboard space advertising certain private businesses in the city.
City's Gas System Contributing Revenues for the Repair of the City's Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1996; Reviewed: September 25, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the city's gas system can contribute revenues for the repair of the city's streets.
City's Purchase of Automotive Repairs
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/13/1999; Reviewed: November 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city's purchase of automotive repairs is a professional service exempt from competitive bidding required by the Municipal Purchasing Law and the city's competitive bidding policies.
City's Right to Annex in Its Urban Growth Boundary
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/2009; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked about a city's right to annex in its UGB where the UGB was effectively blocked by another city's streets.
City's Share of the State Beer Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can prohibit the sale of beer and if that decision would jeopardize the city's share of the state beer tax.
Civil and Criminal Liability under TOSHA
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

Although Tennessee municipalities are not directly subject to OSHA and OSHA standards, Tennessee's Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1972 (TOSHA) does apply to municipal governments.
Classifying Employees in Labor and Management Categories
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/1991; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked for assistance in classifying employees in labor and management categories.
Closed Meetings with City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/30/2007; Reviewed: March 8, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether the city's governing body can meet with its attorney to discuss pending litigation without first holding a regular or special meeting that complies with the notice requirements of the Open Meetings Law.
Code Enforcement Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/04/2005; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether persons who have the authority to issue ordinance citations and summonses are "police officers" within the meaning of the state law governing the appointment and training of police officers.
Code Enforcement on Buildings Partially Within City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/11/1996; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

Where a building is located partially in the city and partially in the county, does the city's building permit and inspection system apply to the entire building?
Collection of Costs Related to Solid Waste
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/2009; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a private act city could bill cost of solid waste regulation, collection and disposal under provision in TCA 67-5-301(c) that authorizes such costs collected as special assessment to property owner as provided in general law mayor aldermanic charter. That question lead to several other questions regarding the collection of costs related to solid waste regulation, collection and disposal by taxes, user fees, special assessment to property owner, and other charges, as provided by all three general law charters.
Collection of Fines and Costs While Decision is on Appeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/02/1993; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

MTAS was asked what action the city can take against a pallet manufacturer who is in violation of the fire code.
Collection of Municipal Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked how a municipal court can collect fines.
College Student Voter Registration
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2002; Reviewed: August 18, 2017)

Analyzes law governing the conditions under which students in colleges in Tennessee can register to vote in cities in the locations of their colleges.
Commissioners Take Oath of Office from Person Not Qualified to Issue Oaths
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/14/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the legal status of city's officers who have been administered oath of office by person not authorized to administer such oaths.
Compensation and Health Insurance for City Boards and Commissions
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/10/2009; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

MTAS analyzed questions relating to compensation for various officials and for the provision of (and elimination of) health insurance to the city's officers and employees.
Compensation of Police Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the ten minutes during which police officers attend mandatory roll-call can be calculated for the purposes of overtime compensation and what, if any, is the rate of compensation due non-exempt police officers for work between 160 and 171 hours when their work period is 28 days, and their regular schedule during that work period is 160 hours.
Compensation of the City Recorder
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/2005; Reviewed: September 25, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the city recorder is entitled under Tennessee Law to compensation based on the collection of property taxes.
Conditions for the Return of a Biting Dog to Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/09/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked what options the city has under its animal control ordinance to impose some conditions on the return to the owner of an animal that bit a person and seriously injured him or her?
Conditions of the Deed Abandoning the Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can attach conditions to the abandonment of the street.
Conditions Under Which the City Can Give Local Preference on Bids
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2004; Reviewed: February 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether it is lawful for the city to base the award of competitive bids on the preference for local contractors or providers of goods and services.
Conflict of Interest Provision in City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/30/2009; Reviewed: June 29, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city charter could have a conflict of interest provision stronger than Tennessee's two conflicts of interest laws.
Constitutionality of Changes to Home Rule City Charters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the changes to a City's home rule city charter, which are the product of a referendum by initiative of the voters, legal.
Construction and Garage Sales on Sundays
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/2006; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city could prohibit or limit the hours of construction and of garage sales on Sunday.
Construction without a Building Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2008; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether a certain building within the city was legally constructed, and if the answer was no, what legal remedies were available to the city.
Contract between City and Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/2009; Reviewed: June 29, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the application of Tennessee's Conflicts of Interest Law and the doctrine of Common Law Conflicts to an Alderman's contract with the City.
Contract for the County to Maintain the City's Streets in Exchange for Payment
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/1990; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the county and the city have the legal right to enter into the contract for the former to maintain the latter's streets in exchange for payment for such maintenance.
Contract Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen can compel the mayor to sign a certain "contract."
Contract to Contribute to the National Guard Armory
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/2004; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city was liable on a contract to contribute to the national guard armory.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1992; Reviewed: March 6, 2017)

MTAS was asked to clarify the contractors licensing law.
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/1992; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city building inspector should issue a building permit for the construction of a certain restaurant in the city.
Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing relative powers of board of commissioners and of city manager to terminate police chief, and certain procedural matters related to that issue.
Conveyance of a Portion of the City Building to the Utility Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/19/2006; Reviewed: November 14, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether a city could sell parts of a building to its various departments to satisfy the city's debt to the department.
Counting Meal Time for Firefighters Towards Overtime Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked about meal periods for firefighters who work shifts of less than 24 hours.
County Beer Permits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a county beer permit issued to beer establishments in the town are valid permits, and whether the town has the authority to regulate the hours of Sunday beer sales
County Taxing Rental Property Owned by the Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1996; Reviewed: March 19, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether the county can tax rental property owned by the utility district.
County Zoning Ordinances
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether a county zoning ordinance can permit the expansion of pre-existing non-conforming uses to adjacent land
Creation of An Additional Municipal Court Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/27/2006; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether an amendment to the city's charter will be required if the city wishes to appoint another city judge with the jurisdiction to hear only municipal ordinance violation cases.
Damages Police Do to Buildings in the Process of Searches in Exigent Circumstances
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the police are liable for damages done to private property that occur when they obtain entry to a building and seize a person's property under a search warrant or under exigent circumstances.
Dedication and Acceptance of Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/31/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the dedication and acceptance of sidewalks.
Deferring Property Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/21/2000; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the city to defer taxes on property annexed into the city but not yet receiving all city services.
Defining School for the Purpose of Setting Speed Limits in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2004; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what a "school" is for the purpose of the school speed limit laws.
Demand by a Former Police Officer for Payment for Unused Vacation and Sick Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/02/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a former police officer is entitled to accumulated vacation and sick leave pay upon leaving the city's employment because of past custom and practice of the Town.
Demolition Bond in a Historic District
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/2001; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can deny a business license to a person whose business establishment is in violation of the city's zoning ordinance.
Department Heads Are At Will Employees Under City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can provide a means by which department heads under certain conditions can elect to not be at will employees if those department heads are at will employees under the city charter.
Design-Build Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the legal authority of municipalities to let design-build contracts.
Differential Tax Rates and Questions from the Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether differential tax rates within taxing districts and special services districts authorized under the Charter Government Unification Act would violate the Tennessee Constitution and several other questions by the Charter Commission.
Disclosing Medical Information to Emergency Service Providers
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether city employees could give consent for medical information to be disclosed to emergency service providers.
Disposition of Unclaimed, Lost, or Abandoned Personal Property in Possession of Police Department
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/17/1996; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked what disposition a city can make of unclaimed, lost, or abandoned personal property in the possession of the police department, such as, but not limited to, money, bicycles, automobiles, etc.
Dissolution of Airport Authority
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/2005; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked questions related to the city school system, particularly with respect to the distribution of authority over the system between the city governing body and city school board. Questions related to charging tuition and closing school buildings.
Does the City Have to Operate a City Court?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the City has to operate a city court.
Does the Mayor Have the Right to Vote?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/09/2006; Reviewed: June 12, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city is required under the Tennessee Open Records Law to mail to a newspaper information packets it provides to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, or any other city records.
Drainage Problems of Private Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/03/2003; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked to analyze the law relative to drainage problems with respect to private property owners.
E-mail and Open Records Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/2001; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Open Records Law applies to e-mail sent by a city official.
Effect of the Mayor's Veto
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/2002; Reviewed: March 12, 2010)

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the mayor's veto power.
Election of Aldermen from Wards
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the City can provide for the election of the city judge in the April city election.
Eleventh Amendment Immunity
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether state immunity under the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies to municipalities with respect to application of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Emergency Purchasing Provisions
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2003; Reviewed: March 26, 2010)

MTAS was asked what an "emergency" is within the meaning of the Municipal Purchasing Law.
Employees Subject to Summary Dismissal by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked which among certain personnel in the city occupy at will positions of employment subject to summary termination by the mayor.
Enforcing Compliance with Posted Street Numbering
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1991; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether other cities have ordinances that guarantee posting of street numbers.
Enforcing Stormwater and Pretreatment Ordinances through the Administrative Process, Including the Use of Civil Penalties
General (Created: 02/07/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the authority of cities to use the administrative process to impose penalties for stormwater and pretreatment violations.
Entitlement of the City to In Lieu Of Taxes from an Electric System
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/1995; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to in lieu of taxes from an electric system with respect to the system's property in the city.
Establishment of a City Environmental Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the establishment of an environmental court in the city and the organizational implications such a court would have on the existing city court.
Exotic Animals Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/08/2001; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked if Tennessee has an exotic animals law and if private property owners are prohibited from keeping pythons.
Extraterritorial Arrests
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked under what authority police officers have the right to arrest and pursue defendants outside the territorial limits of the city.
Failure of the Local Government to Substantially Comply with the Public Hearing Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/1998; Reviewed: October 3, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the failure of the local government to substantially comply with the public hearing notice and other procedural requirements prescribed by the state law is jurisdictional rather than directory.
Filling Vacancies in the City's School Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2006; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the school board chairman's appointment to fill the vacancy on the school board was legal.
FLSA Claims
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/2002; Reviewed: September 11, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether as part of a settlement of an FLSA claim, an employee can sign an enforceable waiver of rights.
Form of Petition for Liquor Sales
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/12/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked for a form of petition for package liquor sales and liquor-by-the-drink sales.
Four Questions on the Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/14/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked what "adequate notice" means under the Open Meetings Law; whether three hours was adequate notice of a meeting; what is the effect of action taken at a meeting in which a violation of the Open Meetings Law occurred; and does an illegal meeting make the minutes illegal.
Function and Duties of a Home Rule Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/2008; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

Basic introduction of charter commission candidates to the functions and duties of the charter commission.
General Sessions Judge Serving as the City Judge for Additional Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1993; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the general sessions judge can serve as the city judge for a salary in addition to his general sessions judge salary.
Giving or Selling City Property to a Private Cemetery Association
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the City can give to a private nonprofit cemetery organization, property to be used as a cemetery.
Gratuitous Payment for Increased Price of Gasoline Under Garbage Collection Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/20/2006; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can compensate a contractor for the increased price of gasoline it has taken for the contractor to perform a contract for the city.
Grievance Hearings and Rights of At Will Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked what rights at will employees have to a grievance hearing on adverse employment actions, and what right such employees have to be represented by counsel.
Guidelines Governing Municipal Truck Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can amend its truck weight ordinance to prohibit through truck traffic from using Road A to Road B inside the city, and exempt from the ordinance trucks leaving the landfill, delivery and pick-ups at a certain business.
Handicapped Parking at City Parking Meters
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether TCA permits disabled and handicapped persons who display the appropriate license plate and/or placard to park in handicapped parking spaces beyond the time limits prescribed by a city ordinance for the parking space.
Hiring a City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can hire a city manager when there is no provision in the charter for such an officer or employee.
Hotel/Motel Tax from the Residents of Motels Who Rent Their Motel Rooms by the Week or Other Period
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: October 25, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to a hotel-motel tax from the residents of motels who rent their motel rooms by the week or other period.
Implied Dedication of an Alley
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/27/1994; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a certain alley is a city street.
Imposing Property Maintenance Regulations Through a Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/2004; Reviewed: October 18, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can impose property maintenance regulations through its zoning ordinance.

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