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McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2001; Reviewed: May 8, 2017)

A city cannot pass a model of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act for local application.
Meaning of a Full Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked what a 'full board' is within the meaning of the personnel regulation of the city that entitles an employee to appeal a personnel action to the 'full board.'
Measuring Methods Used in Beer Distance Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/10/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked what measuring methods are used in beer distance regulations when a city's ordinance does not provide for those methods.
Merger of Municipal Utilities
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/14/2001; Reviewed: August 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked to explain the legal process for merging the water systems of two cities.
Minority Set-Aside Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether minority set-aside quotas or set-aside goals are legal on the part of Tennessee municipalities.
Misuse of City Equipment in Political Campaigns
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2006; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can adopt regulations that allow mobile home owners to rebuild on the original footprint of a structure destroyed by fire, or other reasons.
Moral Turpitude
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked if DUI and passing a bad check are offenses involving moral turpitude.
Moving a Building to Another Piece of Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2011; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether a certain city resident could move a building to another piece of property without a building permit and includes surrounding issues that arose from that question.
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Tort Liability Act Made Simple
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

Details the effects of the Tennessee Tort Liability Act regarding municipal and personal liability.
Municipal Liquor Inspection Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/1997; Reviewed: October 4, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked the difference between an officer and an employee, what is a ministerial officer, and what does the term "general supervision" mean with respect to a mayor's right to exercise general supervision over certain city officers or employees.
Municipal Regulations Governing Blasting
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1993; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 68-44-110 et seq. preempts any municipal regulations governing blasting.
Municipal Work on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/22/2002; Reviewed: August 7, 2018)

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

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has to return money paid by an outside water user who was also billed for sewer service when no sewer service was provided or available.
Negotiating Price with the Low Bidder When There Is Only One Bid on a Municipal Purchase
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/04/1997; Reviewed: November 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can negotiate price with the low bidder when there is only one bid on a municipal purchase.
NFPA Rules Governing Exits from Existing Business Occupancies
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/1997; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked to clarify the NFPA Rules governing exits from existing business occupancies, such as city and town halls.
Non-Resident of a Town Holding the Office of Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether a non-resident of the town can hold the office of alderman.
Notice of a Special Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/29/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

How long in advance is the notice of a special meeting required to be given to the public?
Obligation to Stabilize Riverbank and Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/15/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the City has an obligation to stabilize a certain part of a riverbank and a closed street that is also being eroded.
Obtaining Utility Payments from a Bankrupt Mobile Home Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/18/2007; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked what remedy the city has against the owner of a single-metered mobile home court with 80 mobile homes who owes a water bill of $16,000 and who has filed for bankruptcy.
Opening Mail by Municipal Offices and Officers
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can adopt a policy of having one person or office open all mail that comes to the city or city offices before it is routed to the addressee.
Ordinance Publication Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/1996; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether an ordinance must be published if the city's charter contains no ordinance publication requirement.
Outside Utility Rate Discrimination
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/19/2009; Reviewed: December 18, 2018)

MTAS was asked several questions related to charging outside utility customers higher rates than inside utility customers.
Overriding the Decision of the Beer Board to Grant a Beer -- Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/11/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether cities must pay overtime with respect to police officers attending law enforcement training academy.
Overturning the Decision of the City Manager in Demoting the Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/1993; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city commission can overturn the decision of the city manager in demoting the police chief.
Package Liquor v. Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/2008; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

The General Assembly has passed a body of statutes regulating the sale of both package liquor and liquor by the drink.
Participation of the Volunteer Fire Department in a Fund Raising Project
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/31/1992; Reviewed: June 27, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Volunteer Fire Department can legally participate in a fund raising project.
Paying City Commission Members for Serving on Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether city council members can be paid extra compensation for service on the beer board.
Paying Interest on Contractor's Performance Bonds Deposited in Cash and Taking up Business Not Contained in the City Council Agenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1996; Reviewed: October 27, 2009)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a municipal water system can pay in lieu of taxes.
Permanent Utility Easement and Temporary Construction Easement
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/2011; Reviewed: June 6, 2017)

Several questions are raised in this opinion, including, do the property owners who granted the easement have any remedy against the city and are there issues of liability of the electrical cooperative to the city and to the owners of the property.
Personnel Authority of City Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/02/2000; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the City Judge has the authority to appoint, discipline, and remove the court clerk and deputy court clerk.
Personnel Powers of City Manager v. Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/22/1998; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether any individual member of the city council, or the city council as a body, has the authority to require the city manager to dismiss or to take any other personnel action against a city employee, or to give orders or instructions to city employees.
Planning and Zoning under Chapter 1101
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/2001; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked the impact of Chapter 1101 on the planning and subdivision authority of cities.
Police Liability for Damages to Buildings in the Process of Searches in Exigent Circumstances
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2010; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the police are liable for damages done to private property that occur when they obtain entry to a building and seize a person's property under a search warrant or under exigent circumstances.
Police Opening Locked Car Doors for Motorists
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether unlocking car doors for motorists is in the official line of duty of police officers.
Pool Room Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

While a number of cities still have pool and billiard parlor regulations, many provisions in them, and perhaps the entire regulations themselves, would not withstand legal scrutiny today.
Power of Subpoena
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked several questions about what powers the mayor has with respect to officers and employees of the city.
Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use Law Applied to Residential Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/14/2006; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a mobile home used as rental property comes within the protection of Tennessee's pre-existing non-conforming use law.
Prohibiting a Police Officer from Moonlighting as a Security Guard
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1993; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can prohibit the broadcasting of meetings of the city's governing body.
Prohibiting the Practice of Hypnotism
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/2005; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can adopt and enforce an ordinance prohibiting the practice of hypnotism.
Property Annexed Before and During Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2002; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

MTAS was asked to analyze the law governing the application of a city's building and utility codes to annexed property before and during construction.
Property Rights in Employment
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2005; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide employees greater property rights in employment than is provided in the charter.
Proposed Handbill Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/09/1993; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked to review a proposed handbill ordinance for its legal soundness.
Proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD) for a Mobile Home Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/1996; Reviewed: December 21, 2018)

MTAS was asked several questions with a respect to a proposed planned unit development (PUD) for a mobile home park.
Protection of Single-Wide Mobile Homes as a Pre-Existing Nonconforming Use
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide health insurance to the city attorney.
Provision of Insurance to Municipal Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/2001; Reviewed: August 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can provide health insurance to the department heads and/or their families, to the exclusion of all other city employees?
Proxy Voting by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1992; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether proxy voting by the board of mayor and aldermen is allowed.
Purchasing Law and Sales Tax Liability
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/25/2002; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether a city can 'split' purchases for goods or services to bring purchases under dollar limits contained in the city's purchasing law and whether a contractor who installs material purchased by the city for city projects is required to pay the sales tax on such material.
Questions About Amending a Proposed Ordinance Between Readings and the Secretary of the Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/1998; Reviewed: February 24, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether a proposed ordinance can be amended between readings and whether the secretary of the planning commission is a public officer.
Questions Arising When No City Manager Is Currently Serving
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/2004; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the relationship between the city manager and the city under the general law manager-commission charter and the question of whether the city can appoint a temporary city manager who does not have the 12 month protection under the charter.
Questions on Capital Outlay Notes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/1994; Reviewed: October 30, 2009)

MTAS was asked two questions on capital outlay notes.
Questions Related to Overtime Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1997; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a full-time city employee who is also a volunteer firefighter is entitled to overtime compensation when his combined hours as a city employee and as a volunteer firefighter exceed 40 hours, whether a full-time firefighter who works in the water department on Saturdays is entitled to overtime for hours worked in excess of the hours he is permitted to work during his work period, and where a city employee does dissimilar work, how his overtime compensation is calculated.
Quorum with Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/2001; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor counts toward a quorum and may the mayor vote.
Real Estate Signs in an Historical District
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether all municipalities that elect city council members from districts are required to reapportion the districts after each federal census.
Reasonable Court Costs
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2003; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether the recorder should record abstentions in the minutes of meetings.
Recovering the Cost of Emergency Fire Calls
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/1994; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city can recover the cost of emergency fire calls at automobile wrecks where occupants have to be cut out of the vehicle or there is a danger of fire from spilled gasoline.
Recovery of Utility Extension Costs Front-Ended by Developers
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/2005; Reviewed: December 21, 2018)

MTAS was asked several questions related to city policies governing the recovery of utility extension costs front-ended by developers.
Reduction of Health Benefits by the Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/1998; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a referendum on annexation can be held when only one voter lives on the land.
Refuse Fees Based on Considerations Other Than the Cost of Providing the Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/07/2009; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city could give low income property owners reduced solid waste collection fees.
Regulating Hunting in the City by Private Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/1998; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can, through subdivision regulations, regulate construction of masonry-type mailboxes outside city but within municipality's regional planning area.
Regulating the Exterior Appearance of Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can require that double-wide mobile homes placed in the city have roof overhangs and gutters.
Regulating Transient Vendors
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/09/2000; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

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

MTAS analyzed the question of whether cemeteries are subject to zoning regulations or regulation by the city council.
Rejecting Any And All Bids
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/2004; Reviewed: March 26, 2010)

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of what is the lowest and best bid.
Relative Personnel Powers of the Electric Power Board and the Water, Sewer, and Gas Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/11/2009; Reviewed: December 21, 2018)

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

MTAS was asked about a number of questions related to distribution of authority between utility board and utility superintendent.
Removal of Members of Limited Purpose Appointed Boards and Commissions for the Purpose of Promoting Racial Balance
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/12/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can remove all members of present boards and replace them with membership more reflecting the minority population of the city.
Removal of Police Chief and City Manager by City Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/2002; Reviewed: June 15, 2020)

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.
Removal of the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/2007; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked to analyze questions about the right of the city to remove police and fire chiefs from the classified service.
Replacing the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/28/2012; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked who can become the mayor upon the resignation of the current mayor.
Requiring a Certain Salvage Yard to Conform to the City's Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/1994; Reviewed: December 21, 2018)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can require a preexisting nonconforming use to build a fence around its property, basing the fence on the police powers of the city.
Rescinding an Appointment to the Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/07/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked whether the city's governing body could rescind an appointment to the utility board.
Residency Requirement for City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1993; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked if an Alderman, who married a person from another town and bought a house there, still meets residency requirements by renting a residence in the town in which he holds office.
Residency Requirements for City Officers and Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/06/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether members of the city's utility board are required to be residents of the city.
Restricting Bid Specifications to Name Brand Items
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/28/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2011)

MTAS was asked whether bid specifications can be restricted only to name brand items.
Retail Liquor Licenses Certificate of Compliance Determined by Lottery or Drawing
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/15/2009; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether, under the state law governing retail liquor licenses, a city can use a lottery or drawing to determine who receives a certificate of compliance.
Return to Work of Police Officer Who Has Been in a Detoxification Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/29/1998; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether the contract between the county and the city for the distribution of the city's share of a certain sales tax has terminated, the effect of which would be to return that share of the sales tax to the city.
Right of a City to Demote or Dismiss a Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/2007; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the present chief of police can be dismissed or demoted only for cause.
Right of Cities to Monopolize Garbage Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/2008; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the City Judge serves at the will of the City Council and may be the City Judge of more than one city.
Right of Municipalities to Require Hook-Ups to the City Sewer System and/or Be Charged a Sewer Availability Fee
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1994; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked about the law governing the right of municipalities to require hook-ups to the city sewer system and/or be charged a sewer availability fee.
Rights and Powers of a County Library Board Member
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/26/1999; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

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

MTAS was asked who has the power to appoint and to remove certain municipal employees and whether municipal employees who have a property right in their employment under a charter lose that property right if the charter is changed to revoke that right.
Salary Increase for the Mayor During His Present Term of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/27/1994; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor could receive a salary increase during his present term of office.
Sale of Beer by Municipalities
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/2005; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked several questions that pertain to the sale of beer within the city.
Sale of Food at Special Events
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked if a city has the right to restrict street vendors to particular businesses during festival days.
Sales Tax and Transient Vendors Permit Relative to Special Events
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/03/2001; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city has any legal way to terminate the contract between the city and the county for the distribution of the city's share of the sales tax that presently goes to the county.
Selecting a Police Officer in a Closed Meeting Held Without Public Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1992; Reviewed: March 23, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether a committee consisting of the mayor and some members of the city council can select a police officer in a closed meeting held without public notice.
Serving City Warrants Outside the City for Municipal Ordinance Violations Committed Within the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1994; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether a city is required to set a tax rate before it adopts a budget.
Setting Differential Tax Rates Favoring Greenbelt Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/02/1995; Reviewed: October 24, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city can set differential tax rates favoring greenbelt property.
Several Questions about City Council Procedures
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1999; Reviewed: June 24, 2017)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether municipalities are entitled to levy severance taxes.
Sewer Tap Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/1994; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city and a developer may enter into an agreement to provide sewer extensions and recover the cost through sewer tap fees.
Sign Regulation of Banners and Balloons
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked to analyze questions related to sign control of banners and balloons.
Slum Clearance and Garbage Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/03/2000; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city can clean up pieces of private property in the city with the permission of the property owner and whether the city can classify waste, administratively treat classes of waste differently, and charge different rates for the collection and disposal of the different classes of waste.
Solicitation Roadblocks
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/22/1993; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of the conditions under which a city can waiver or correct mistakes in a bid.
Special Education for Annexed Students
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/31/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked whether a city school that had been a county school that had been annexed into the city had the responsibility for the special education of children in that city school immediately upon the effective date of the annexation
Special Meetings Requirements for the Ratification of Private Acts
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/22/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether there are special public notice and hearing requirements for the adoption of private acts by the city's governing body.
Splitting the Authority to Operate the Parks and Recreation System Between the Recreation Commission and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/1991; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked about splitting work into components to circumvent competitive bid requirements.
Stalling of an Application for Rezoning
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked to analyze the legal effect of, and the solution to, the stalling of an application for a rezoning.
State Law Regarding the Regulation of the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1991; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked for the state law regarding the regulation of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the city, and in what respects a city's beer ordinance needs updating.
Status of a Letter of Credit
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2009; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the status of an irrevocable letter of credit provided to the city by a developer who subsequently went bankrupt.
Taking the License of a Person Between the Ages of 18-21 -- for the Purchase of Beer
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/07/1992; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city judge can take the license of a person between the ages of 18-21 for the purchase, or attempt to purchase, or possession of beer?
Temporary Appointment of a City Attorney by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1996; Reviewed: June 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can temporarily appoint a city attorney.
Term Limits Applied to Appointments to Certain Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/23/2006; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a member of the City's Board of Waterworks, Sewerage and Natural Gas Commissioners may be appointed to fill a vacancy in the board after he has already served two successive four year terms.
Terminating Employees and Rehiring Them at a Lower Wage
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/16/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether the utility board superintendent can be terminated by the city's governing body without financial penalty to the city.
Tort Liability at Railroad Crossing Improvements
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2009; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked about relief from tort liability at railroad crossing improvements made with federal funds.
Transient Merchants
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/01/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge transient merchants higher taxes than the statute governing transient merchants provides, or impose upon them a stiff permit fee.
TWA and Local Zoning of Cell Towers
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked to review a letter from TWA related to a proposed ordinance the city drafted pertinent to cell tower siting.
Unconstitutional Since 1953 to Incorporate Municipalities by Private Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/10/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

The General Assembly is required by general law to provide the exclusive methods by which municipalities may be created, merged, consolidated, dissolved, and their boundaries altered.
Updating Personnel Safety and Health Issues in the Municipal Code
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether certain ordinances contained in municipal code that address personnel safety and health issues are required to be in the municipal code.
Use of Beer License By a Person Other Than the License Holder
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/16/2002; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the owner of an establishment can sell beer under a beer permit held by the previous owner of the establishment who will continue to be an employee of the establishment.
Use of Funds from Increased Garbage Collection Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can increase its monthly garbage collection fees and use the increase for purposes other than garbage collection.
Use of Profits from Vending Machines in Municipal Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/1990; Reviewed: August 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether revenues from vending machines in public facilities in local governmental entities are "public funds."
Use of the City Drug Fund
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/25/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can use the drug fund to pay the salary of an officer assigned to the judicial task force, and can it use the drug fund to pay the overtime pay of the police officer who cares for the "drug dog."
Use of the Semi-Colon under the Rules of Statutory Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/16/2005; Reviewed: October 4, 2017)

MTAS was asked to interpret a provision of the charter that turned on the use of semi-colons.
Using a Utility Service Applicant's Credit Report to Determine Amount of Utility Deposit
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/27/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked whether the city can use a utility service applicant's credit report as a basis for determining the size of the applicant's utility deposit.
Using City Hall to Solicit Charitable Contributions
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city could allow the city hall to be used as collection point for solicitations by various private groups.
Utilities Must Charge Reasonable Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1999; Reviewed: December 5, 2016)

MTAS was asked for the definition of the term 'reasonable rates' within the meaning of the utility statutes and cases in Tennessee that require utility rates to be reasonable.
Utility Board Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/2011; Reviewed: December 5, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the requirement that a person be a resident of the city as a condition of holding a city office is a continuing requirement.
Utility Board Setting Water and Wastewater Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/26/2009; Reviewed: December 5, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the utility board has the right to set water and wastewater rates.
Utility Board Setting Water Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked whether the city's utility board can be given the authority to set water rates.
Utility Extensions
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/22/1996; Reviewed: December 5, 2016)

MTAS was asked about the relationship between the governing body and the utility board of the city, whether utility extensions are required to be approved by ordinance, and whether the city is required to approve every contract by ordinance.
Utility Rate Breaks for the Elderly
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/01/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked whether a city can give utility rate reductions or exemptions to the elderly.
Vice-Mayor's Elevation to Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/2006; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

Under general law mayor-aldermanic charter, if the mayor resigns, does the vice-mayor become the mayor?
Vicious Dogs
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/29/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked for assistance in writing an ordinance to regulate dangerous dogs in the city.
Viewing Investigative Records in Open Criminal Cases
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/05/2003; Reviewed: November 2, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether municipal officials enjoy any special privilege to view the records in open criminal investigations.
Violations of the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/1992; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked about violations of the Open Meetings and Open Records Laws by the city.
Volunteer Firemen (and Other Volunteers) Running for Local Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether volunteer firefighters are city employees.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Resident Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city by private act can permit non-resident property owners to vote in city elections.
Voting in City Elections by People Who Reside Outside, But Who Own Property Inside the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1994; Reviewed: May 8, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether people who reside outside, but who own property inside the City, can vote in a city's elections.
Voting in Municipal Elections
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/16/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017)

MTAS was asked under what conditions can people who live outside the city, but own property inside the city, vote in city elections.
Wastewater Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked to analyze questions relating to the rights and obligations of two cities relative to the allocation and "ownership" of wastewater plant capacity
Water Main Extensions on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked several questions related to the construction of water mains inside a gated residential complex by city forces.
What Happens to a Motion That Has Not Been Seconded
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/18/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

When the city's zoning ordinance prohibits amendments to the zoning ordinance from coming up for one year after being defeated, does the failure of a motion to amend the zoning ordinance to receive a second constitute a 'denial' of the amendment of the zoning ordinance?
What is the Earliest Date the City Can Terminate the City Manager?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked what is the earliest date the city can terminate the city manager.
When a Covenant Runs with the Land
General (Created: 02/15/2011; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked to analyze when and how covenants run with the land,both generally, and for specific purpose of stormwater regulations.
Who Is Mayor If the Mayor's Resignation Is Not Accepted?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/2010; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had resigned and, if he had, whether the vice-mayor became the mayor.
Who Performs Duties of the Mayor When the Office of the Mayor Is Vacant?
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/27/2011; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked several questions related to the duties of the mayor and vice mayor.
Wrecker Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/17/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can regulate the number of wreckers that can be on the city's approved towing list.
Zoning and Subdivision Regulations Are in Conflict
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/17/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked which of the zoning regulations and of the subdivision regulations prevail when the two are in conflict.
Zoning for Group Home
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked whether certain group homes for mentally handicapped people could locate in an R-1 zone in the city.
Zoning of Tattoo Parlors
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/11/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

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

MTAS was asked three questions related to a "lot of record" that was annexed by the city.
Zoning Restrictions Applied to Tattoo Parlors
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/09/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked whether the city can apply the same zoning restrictions it can apply to tattoo parlors to other businesses such as body piercing, massage parlors, and pawnshops.

Author: Hodge, Elisha

Adventures in Annexation: Adventure Guide to Annexation for a Municipality
General (Created: 12/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

This MTAS online "Adventure Guide" provides instruction on each step of the annexation process for Tennessee municipalities. (MTAS Adventure Guide series)
Appointed Board Members Voting for Mayor and Vice-Mayor Where These Positions are Elected Among the Board Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

MTAS addresses a request for information concerning whether or not appointed aldermen can vote to elect the mayor and vice mayor when these positions are elected from among the board members.
Breaking a Tie in the Election of an Alderman
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2014; Reviewed: May 27, 2020)

MTAS was asked how a tie vote in the election of an alderman is broken.
Can Facebook images be used as evidence for municipal violation and citation?
General (Created: 10/31/2017; Reviewed: December 11, 2019)

MTAS responds to a question regarding whether images on Facebook be used as evidence for municipal violation and citation.
Chalking Tires for Parking Enforcement Is Unreasonable Search
General (Created: 04/30/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

MTAS Legal Consultant Elisha Hodge notifies Tennessee municipalities that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit opined that the practice of marking tires with chalk, in order to monitor how long a vehicle is parked in a parking space for the purpose of enforcing parking restrictions, is an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Charges for Copies of Accident Reports and Incident Reports
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/23/2012; Reviewed: May 28, 2020)

This opinion from Tennessee Open Records Counsel addresses the amounts that a local government law enforcement agency is permitted to charge for a copy of accident reports and incident reports.
Determining Quorum Number Required to Pass Motions
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

An MTAS attorney response to a question regarding the number of aldermen required to vote and pass items on the agenda not related to the city's present alderman vacancy.
Eligibility of Chamber of Commerce Employees for City-Provided Benefits
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A legal opinion was requested of MTAS addressing whether individuals who work for the local Chamber of Commerce are legally eligible for benefits provided to employees of the city.
How is Hemp Impacting Your Municipality?
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020)

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, will explore recent changes in legislation that made hemp-based products more accessible and how that accessibility is impacting municipalities. (MTAS City Byte series)
Liquor sales on Sunday and sales of beer at retail liquor stores
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/2018; Reviewed: December 11, 2019)

MTAS responds to the following questions: At what time can restaurants sell liquor by the drink on Sundays; the time for a retail store to sell off-premises liquor on Sundays; and can a retail liquor store sell beer?
Municipal Banking Services: Public Chapter 277 of 2019
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020)

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, reviews Public Chapter of 277 of 2019. This law stipulates that municipal banking services must be evaluated at least every four years and proposals must be from at least two banks. The statute also requires a contract for banking services be based on the evaluation of proposals, which should be documented for audit purposes. The law was effective July 1, 2019 thus banking services must be evaluated within the next four years or when the current contract expires whichever is sooner. (MTAS City Byte series)
Ordinance Authorizing Governing Bodies to Appropriate Revenues from Natural Gas Utility System to Chambers of Commerce or Economic and Community Organizations for Economic Development Purposes
Ordinance (Created: 06/15/2018; Reviewed: July 18, 2018)

These can be used by municipal governing bodies that have natural gas utility systems or a board that has control over a municipal natural gas utility system for purposes of appropriating money to a chamber of commerce or economic and community organization. The legislation does not allow money to be appropriated for these purposes in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Metro Nashville.
Personal Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/18/2017; Reviewed: April 3, 2020)

Pursuant to the ethics policy adopted by the municipality, this model ethics code personal interest disclosure form is required to be filled out and submitted to the city recorder when a municipal employee or official must exercise discretion over a matter that he/she has a personal interest in that affects, or a reasonable person might believe affects, the employee or official's exercise of discretion.
Releasing the Mayor's Personal Information as an Open Record
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/20/2010; Reviewed: October 4, 2017)

Should the Mayor be considered a "public employee" for the purposes of determining whether or not his personal information (home phone number, address, etc.) should be released as an open record?
Resolution Authorizing Governing Bodies to Appropriate Revenues from Natural Gas Utility System to Chamber of Commerce or Economic and Community Organization
(Created: 06/15/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

This is a resolution that can be used by municipal governing bodies with natural gas utility systems or a board that has control over a municipal natural gas utility system to appropriate money to a chamber of commerce or economic and community organization for the purpose of economic development. The legislation does not allow money to be appropriated for these purposes in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Metro Nashville.
Summary of 2018 Public Acts (Includes "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018")
General (Created: 08/30/2018; Reviewed: July 1, 2019)

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

This document summarizes the 2019 public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Terminating and Rehiring a City Manager during a Board of Commissioners Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/09/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked about firing and rehiring a city manager at the board of commissioners meeting and whether the city manager now has a three-month or 12-month contract.
Transparency Toolbox: Using a Website to Facilitate Access to Public Information
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020)

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, explains the requirements of the Tennessee Public Records and Open Meetings Acts, suggests records to be made available on a city or county website, and includes information on how to provide such information on a website. Sections include: Public Meetings Act, Public Records, Website, Types of Records, and Transferring Documents. (MTAS City Byte series)
Uncompensated Public Officials' Personal Information Not Protected Per Tennessee State Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/17/2019; Reviewed: August 5, 2019)

If council members are uncompensated, they cannot be considered "public employees" whose information is protected pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-504(f). Hodge, the Tennessee Open Records Counsel at the time of this letter, also offers suggestions for improved processes in filling the request in question.

Author: Huffer, Dennis

Adult Use Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/05/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020)

Review of an adult use ordinance.
Alderman Vacancy
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/08/2002; Reviewed: May 13, 2020)

Is a vacancy created on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen when an alderman moves outside the city?
Anonymous Complaints of Code Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

A better policy than simply not investigating anonymous complaints would be to respond to them on a case by case basis depending on the indicia of reliability in the complaint.
Application of Jackson Law to Private Landfill
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/2007; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Jackson Law applies to a landfill developed by private companies and used for the disposal only of solid waste generated by the companies.
Application of Municipal Budget Law of 1982
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the Municipal Budget Law of 1982 applies to a city.
Application of Nepotism Policy to Employee Whose Brother is Elected to Council
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/2003; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether a Town's nepotism policy applies to an employee whose brother is elected to the City Council.
Application of Sunshine Law to Certain Personnel Processes
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/06/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

MTAS was asked if certain procedures in the process of hiring a police chief are subject to the state's Open Meetings Law or Sunshine Law.
At Large Elections of School Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/28/2001; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether school board members may be elected at large under a private act amendment to the city's charter.
Authority of County Relative to Rural Self-Contained Wastewater Systems
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/2006; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

MTAS was asked what authority a County has relative to self-contained wastewater systems located in the county but outside the City and other incorporated municipalities.
Authority of Interim City Manager
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/05/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

MTAS was asked if an interim city manager has the authority to appoint a police chief.
Bidding Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020)

MTAS was asked to review a law on bid acceptance.
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Serving as the Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/12/2004; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen may also serve as the beer board.
City Judge, Vacancy, and Appointment of Special Judges
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/24/2009; Reviewed: May 28, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the city judge can hold two judgeships and use temporary appointments of special judges to fill a vacancy..
Community Center Lease Agreement
Form (Created: 01/14/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare a lease agreement for the rental of the Town Community Center.
Contract with Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/21/2004; Reviewed: June 15, 2020)

MTAS was asked about a proposed contract between the City (and other county municipalities) and the County Municipal Water District.
Disposition of Court Costs, Litigation Tax Revenues, and Fines
General (Created: 12/22/2004; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

MTAS was asked to provide a summary of distribution of court costs, fines, and litigation taxes.
Drafting a Sewer Ordinance
General (Created: 11/05/2004; Reviewed: July 8, 2020)

Guidelines for ordinance and statute drafting.
Education Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/23/2004; Reviewed: July 16, 2020)

MTAS was asked to research the sharing by county of certain education funds.
Employee Safety Measures
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/01/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to address several personnel safety issues.
Fire Chaplains
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether there has been a case where a fire chaplain program has been challenged on establishment clause grounds.
Hours of Service Under FMLA
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/31/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked several questions about the application of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Impact Fees, Development Taxes, and Adequate Facilities Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2006; Reviewed: August 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked to address a question about impact fees and levying an adequate facilities tax.
Legality of Fire Department Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2004; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

MTAS was asked to research the legality of inspection fees and certain services.
Liability for Private Sprinkler Systems
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked about potential liability that could be imposed on the Town for certain deficiencies in private sprinkler systems that the Town is thinking of mandating by ordinance.
Local Approval of General Laws of Local Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2007; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

A letter urging compliance with the State Constitution.
Mandatory Retirement Age for Police and Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/03/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked what the mandatory retirement age is for police and firefighters.
Mayor's Salary
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/06/2002; Reviewed: May 8, 2017)

The Tennessee Constitution has a provision prohibiting the General Assembly from adopting a local or private act that would alter a local officer's salary before the end of the term
Oath of Office for Municipal Planning Commission Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/11/2007; Reviewed: October 29, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether members of a municipal planning commission must take an oath of office.
Obligation of Town to Honor Renewal Provision in a Lease
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/02/2007; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Town is obligated to honor a renewal provision in a lease.
Ordinance Adopting the Property Tax Freeze Program
Ordinance (Created: 06/19/2008; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

An ordinance adopting the property tax freeze program for elderly low-income homeowners as authorized in state law.
Ordinance Passed on Second Reading in Violation of Rules of Procedure
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/19/2006; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the validity of an ordinance passed on the second and final reading in violation of the rules of procedure adopted by the City Council and what should be done to adopt the ordinance validly if this was not done.
Ordinance to Adopt a Code of Ethics
Ordinance (Created: 08/29/2006; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

An ordinance to amend the municipal code and adopt a code of ethics for the town's officers and employees.
Ordinance Violation and Appeal as a Civil Rather Than Criminal Proceeding
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/15/2005; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether an appeal of an ordinance violation to circuit court by the defendant would be considered a civil or criminal matter.
Ouster of Commissioner
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/11/2003; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the City would have to use the procedure in Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 6-20-220, to oust a commissioner or whether the City could use the general ouster law (T.C.A. ' 8-47-101, et seq.).
Procedures for Considering and Adopting a Budget
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/2005; Reviewed: July 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked what procedures the Town should use in considering and adopting a budget.
Purchase by Councilmember Through City
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/13/2003; Reviewed: November 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked to research laws implicated when councilmember makes personal purchase through city, receiving discounted price and avoiding sales tax.
Search of City Employee's Office by Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/04/2003; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor may search employees' offices for possible disciplinary action.
Sewer System for Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2003; Reviewed: January 10, 2017)

MTAS was asked how a sewer system for a subdivision can be provided through a franchise or contract with a private operator.
Solid Waste Transfer Station
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/27/2002; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a contract provision between a town and a waste services provider, requiring all garbage collected in the town and county to be deposited at the county transfer station is valid and enforceable.
State DOT Authorized to Pay Full Costs of Utility Relocations
General (Created: 05/28/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

The General Assembly has passed legislation authorizing the Commissioner of Transportation to reimburse public and private utilities the full costs of relocating caused by state road projects, subject to funding.
Sunshine Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether meetings between the Mayor and a member of Council to discuss the preparation of the City's budget would violate the Sunshine Law or Open Meetings Law.
Tax Treatment of Payments by Cities to Employees on Active Duty as a Reservist or Member of the National Guard
General (Created: 01/03/2005; Reviewed: May 15, 2017)

All pay going to activated municipal employees are wages and subject to all normal taxes.
Towing Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/20/2001; Reviewed: June 11, 2017)

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

The requirement that wrecker services must either reside in the city or have their businesses in the city probably is preempted and thereby rendered invalid by federal statutes that deregulated the motor carrier industry, including towing or wrecker businesses.
Work on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/21/2001; Reviewed: April 21, 2020)

MTAS was asked about a city doing drainage work on private property.

Author: Jaeckel, Gary

Authority of City to Use a Local Referendum in Specific Instances
General (Created: 04/25/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

A city's use of a referendum is limited to thirteen specific instances in the State of Tennessee.
Census 2020: Resources for Your City
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

This MTAS "City Byte", a short online tutorial, provides a concise overview of what Tennessee cities and towns need to know regarding the Census 2020. (MTAS City Byte series)
Committed Fund Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/15/2012; Reviewed: September 25, 2018)

A model ordinance based on GASB 54 requirements that creates a committed fund balance in order to ensure fund availability for the purchase of a specific item.
Conditions of Abandoning a Street
General (Created: 02/15/2011; Reviewed: April 22, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether a city can abandon a street and what happens when a street is abandoned by a city.
Guidelines for Taking Minutes at Meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
General (Created: 05/13/2011; Reviewed: October 25, 2011)

MTAS was asked about who should take meeting minutes and how minutes may be amended.
Ordinance to Allow for the Partial Payment of Real Property Taxes
Ordinance (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: October 26, 2017)

A sample ordinance which allows a municipality to accept partial payment of local real property taxes.

Author: Jefferson City

Request for Proposals for Professional Realty Services
RFP (Created: 05/01/2001; Reviewed: March 26, 2010)

RFP to sell the property known as the City/County Hospital.

Author: Johnson City

Invitation to Bid: Mowing Services
RFP (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

An invitation to bid mowing services for the City of Johnson City.
Public Building, Infrastructure, and Facility Naming Policy
General (Created: 12/31/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

This document outlines the policy of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners with respect to the naming of public buildings, infrastructure, and facilities owned by the City of Johnson City.

Author: Jones, Bonnie

2013 Workers' Compensation Reform Act
General (Created: 12/13/2013; Reviewed: August 10, 2018)

Effective July 2014, Tennessee's new Workers' Compensation Reform Act goes into effect. The new law is considered favorable to employers and involves a more efficient claims resolution process and lower administrative costs, and it also establishes a panel of judges that will take cases out of the crowded court.
Accruing Leave While on Workers' Comp Leave
General (Created: 07/18/2012; Reviewed: May 1, 2018)

MTAS was asked about an employee accumulating other leave time while on workers' comp leave.
Asking an Employee to Cover Up Tattoos and Piercings
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can ask an employee to cover up tattoos and piercings.
Caps on Compensatory Time
General (Created: 07/16/2012; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the amount of compensatory time that an employee may accumulate.
Changes to Pay Schedule
General (Created: 08/23/2012; Reviewed: May 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked about transitioning to a new payday date; the work week currently ends on Saturday, but Friday is payday.
Charging Time for Employee Court Appearance
General (Created: 07/03/2012; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked how to pay a new employee for a personal court appearance when the employee has not yet earned vacation time.
City Drug Testing
General (Created: 08/06/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked several questions about the legalities of drug testing and for sample policies for the City.
Employee Seeking Promotion Treated Like Other Candidates
General (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether there is any protection of the candidacy information of an employee who is seeking a promotion.
Firefighters Driving on a License from Another State
General (Created: 04/03/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether, in Tennessee, firefighters are required to have a valid Tennessee driver's license to operate vehicles and work in the full capacity of a fire fighter.
Leave for Training Due to Voluntary Military Promotions
General (Created: 07/24/2012; Reviewed: May 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether USERRA protects the rights of any American who wishes to serve in the armed forces regardless of voluntary promotions, which may equal more time away from work.
Model Succession Plan
(Created: 12/10/2009; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

Includes a model succession plan and a succession plan for McMinnville.
Payroll Taxes for a Severance Payment
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: October 25, 2016)

MTAS was asked how to process payroll taxes for a severance payment.
Police & Public Safety Fitness for Duty Testing 2010
Survey (Created: 06/29/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Twenty cities responded to a survey about fitness assessments for police officers as part of the employment process.
Reasonable Accommodation
General (Created: 08/29/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked about reasonable accommodation for an employee who has typing duties and develops carpal tunnel syndrome.
Requirements for Making a Fire Chief Position a Salaried Position
General (Created: 08/13/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked for information regarding the requirements for making a fire chief position a salaried position.
Resolution to Establish a Personnel Policy for the City of Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Resolution (Created: 12/09/2010; Reviewed: May 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked to create a resolution to adopt revised personnel policies.
Social Media and Open Records Laws
General (Created: 08/03/2012; Reviewed: April 17, 2020)

MTAS was asked about records retention and the Open Records Act as it applies to social media pages.
Using Sick Leave to Supplement Workers' Compensation Benefits
General (Created: 07/13/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether employees may use sick leave to supplement workers' compensation benefits.
Waiting Periods for Health Coverage under PPACA
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), it is legal to offer group health coverage but have a waiting period on health benefits of six months.

Author: Jones, Josh

Attorney General Opines Local Regulation of Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine Unlawful
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

Amid a surge of interest in recently-passed local government legislation to require a prescription for the purchase of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products, the Tennessee Attorney General has opined that such local regulation is in violation of Tennessee law.
Conservation Easements on Recreational Property Owned by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/18/2011; Reviewed: June 10, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the provisions of T.C.A. apply to the execution of conservation easements on city-owned property.
Historic Business Licenses Are Public Records
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2012; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether business licenses are public record if they are more than seventy years old.
Ordinance Establishing an Office of Administrative Hearing Officer
Ordinance (Created: 10/11/2011; Reviewed: November 14, 2018)

An ordinance to create the office of Administrative Hearing Officer to hear certain building and property code violations.
Public Purpose Doctrine
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/10/2009; Reviewed: December 21, 2018)

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city and church sharing in the costs of constructing a fence on an easement.
Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked what time period is covered by the one-year residency requirement of T. C. A. ' 6-3-103 for candidates for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Resolution to Remove the Municipality from the Application of Mandatory Allowance of the Manufacture of Alcoholic Beverages
Resolution (Created: 07/09/2013; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

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

Author: Kelly, Janet

Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2006
(Created: 04/12/2007; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

FY2006 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.

Author: Ketelle, Erin

City Recorders: Elected or Appointed (updated 2017)
Survey (Created: 07/08/2008; Reviewed: September 25, 2018)

A spreadsheet of elected and appointed Tennessee city recorders arranged by type of municipal charter. (updated 2017)

Author: Kingsport

Assistant City Manager for Development Services
Job Description (Created: 03/03/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager for Development Services.
Interlocal Agreement for Residential Solid Waste Collection Services
General (Created: 05/14/2007; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

An interlocal agreement between the Town of Mount Carmel and the City of Kingsport for certain residential solid waste collection services.

Author: Kingston Springs

Request for Qualifications for City Attorney/Legal Services for the Town of Kingston Springs
RFP (Created: 03/25/2015; Reviewed: June 24, 2017)

Example of an RFQ for a city attorney.

Author: Knox County

Benefits Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 07/25/2005; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

A job description for the position of Benefits Coordinator.
Knox County Term Life Insurance Services RFP
RFP (Created: 08/01/2007; Reviewed: February 22, 2010)

An RFP for the provision of group term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment services.

Author: Knoxville

City of Knoxville, Request for Proposals, Basic Life, AD&D, Basic Dependent Life, Supplemental Life and Long Term Disability Insurance
RFP (Created: 04/26/2006; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

An RFP for the City of Knoxville to provide life and disability insurance to all eligible employees.
Request for Qualifications: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Services
RFP (Created: 04/01/2008; Reviewed: October 6, 2010)

An RFQ for the City of Knoxville related to hiring a contractor to conduct an energy audit of all City-owned facilities.
Senior Director Human Resources and Policy Compliance
Job Description (Created: 05/13/2010; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Sr. Director Human Resources & Policy Compliance for the City of Knoxville.

Author: Kurbis, Christy

Cleveland Beautification Survey
Survey (Created: 04/28/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

The Tree Board in Cleveland conducted this survey and had 442 responses.

Author: Lane, Kenny

City of Brentwood Fire Department Annual Report FY2004
(Created: 08/20/2004; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

An example of an annual report from the Brentwood Fire Department.

Author: Leydorf, Donna

Appeals of Building Code Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/22/2000; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether a person appealing a fine for a building code violation needs to pay the fine during the pendency of the appeal.
Appointment of City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/2000; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether it would be proper for a City to appoint a new City Judge who is not a resident of the County in which the City is located.
Band Uniforms
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/2000; Reviewed: May 27, 2020)

MTAS was asked if it would be proper for a city to make an appropriation to the local public high school for the purchase of band uniforms.
Beer License and Proximity to Day Care Center
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/23/2001; Reviewed: May 27, 2020)

MTAS was asked if a beer license would be granted to an establishment that is in close proximity to a day care center.
Combining Two Utility Boards
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether or not the City may merge the two utility boards currently in existence.
Escorted funeral processions
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/15/2000; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

Should a city allow funeral-home escorts at funeral processions?
Firing the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/29/2000; Reviewed: June 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked for whom the City Attorney works and if the City Attorney may be fired.
Handicapped Access, In-Lieu-Of Tax Payments, Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city is required to provide handicap access to the second floor walking track in its new recreation building, if the Electric Company can change its monthly in-lieu of tax payments to a single annual payment, and whether the City can put 'liquor by the drink' back on the ballot during the next election since the measure was approved in the last election.
Helicopter Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/14/2000; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide examples of helicopter regulation.
Subdividing and Selling City Land
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether or not a Town may subdivide a 27-acre parcel into one-acre lots and then sell the lots at public auction.
Unconstitutional Requirements of Candidacy
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/2000; Reviewed: May 8, 2017)

MTAS was asked what a city should do when a candidate for public office is in arrears for payment of taxes.

Author: Lindsey, L. Shawn

Distribution of Mulch Materials for the City of Athens
General (Created: 01/10/2006; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

It is the intent of the City of Athens to make these mulch materials, produced or collected by the Public Works Department, available to City of Athens residents and/or City of Athens employees for their personal use.

Author: Lobertini, Steve

Adult Business Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/08/2006; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

A sample ordinance providing for the licensing and regulation of adult-oriented businesses.
Fireworks Sample Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/19/2006; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

An ordinance to add Chapter 4, "Fireworks," to Title 7 of the City of ______ Municipal Code.
Open Burning Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/08/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

A sample open burning ordinance.
Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/01/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

A sample ordinance prohibiting the ownership, harboring, or possessing of pit bulls.

Author: Local Government Corporation

State of Tennessee Standard Chart of Accounts: Classification by Fund, Function, & Object
General (Created: 06/22/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

The municipal version of the current chart of accounts for the State of Tennessee; updated by Brad Harris, October 12, 2012.

Author: Loudon

Application for Building Permit, City of Loudon, Tennessee
Form (Created: 01/02/1993; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

An example of a building permit application that includes a schedule of fees and diagram of the proposed building.

Author: Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government

Tuition Reimbursement Plan
General (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

A tuition reimbursement plan for the employees of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.

Author: Luckie, Angie

Contract Documents & Specifications for Residential Recyclable Materials Collection and Delivery
RFP (Created: 03/25/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

Includes an RFP, contractor's proposal, contract, and performance bond for the City of Maryville.

Author: Mahler, Margaret Z.

Tennessee Department of Transportation ADA Compliance Toolkit
General (Created: 03/20/2019; Reviewed: March 20, 2019)

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

Author: Major, Al

10 Most Common Audit Findings For Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 07/08/2019; Reviewed: July 7, 2020)

A series of articles from MTAS discussing the most common audit findings for Tennessee cities and towns as reported by the Tennessee State Comptroller's Office.
Crossville Water Rate Study
Report/Study (Created: 07/02/2010; Reviewed: October 3, 2018)

Rate increases were recommended to cover projected debt and fund higher depreciation costs.
Forms to Accompany Capital Asset Accounting System
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2018)

Includes a sample capital asset disposal record, a capital asset ledger card, and a model resolution to establish a threshold that dictates when expenditures may be capitalized.
Parrottsville Amended and Proposed Budget FY2008
General (Created: 06/06/2007; Reviewed: December 18, 2018)

MTAS was asked to assist the governing body in preparing a budget.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2003
(Created: 07/18/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

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

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

FY2005 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2007
(Created: 03/28/2008; Reviewed: September 21, 2017)

FY2007 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. For the first time, this FY 2007 report contains trend analysis of several benchmark measures. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Water and Wastewater Rate Study for the Town of Spencer
(Created: 08/19/2010; Reviewed: September 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked to conduct a rate study for the Town of Spencer.

Author: Marshall, Grant

Sales Tax on Merchandise Sold by City at an Annual Festival
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/2016; Reviewed: October 28, 2016)

If a city sells t-shirts at a festival for a temporary period on an annual basis, these sales do not constitute 'engaging in business' in Tennessee, and would not be subject to the sales and use tax.

Author: McMillen, Dawn

Beer Permit Regulations in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/25/2018; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

Tennessee cities with a population of 10,000 or more were surveyed to find out what distance regulations they have for approving a permit to sell beer.
Beer Permits and Fees in All Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/17/2017; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

MTAS researched the beer permit fees and privilege tax for beer that may be charged to municipalities in Tennessee.
Beer Permits and Fees in All Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/23/2016; Reviewed: May 13, 2020)

The MTAS Research and Information Center collected beer permit and fees information for all of the cities in Tennessee.
Brush and Debris Pickup in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/08/2018; Reviewed: May 27, 2020)

Seven Tennessee cities responded to an MTAS request for information regarding brush and debris pick up.
City Recorder/CMFO Salary Range in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/15/2018; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

Seven Tennessee cities with a population of less than 2,000 citizens were surveyed to find out what the salary range is for their City Recorder/CMFO employee.
City Required Contractor License: A Survey of Selected Cities in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 09/30/2016; Reviewed: April 24, 2017)

A survey of ten cities regarding whether they require a contractors' license and their cost.
City Surveyor Position in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

Selected cities were surveyed regarding whether they have a city surveyor position and compensation for that position.
Compensatory Time for FLSA-Exempt Employees
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey on compensatory time for FLSA-exempt employees, including the rate, the circumstances, pay out at separation from employment, cap on number of hours that can be accrued, and time frame in which compensatory time must be used.
Contracted Towing Company Rates in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Eight Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if the police departments contract towing companies to haul away motor vehicles following traffic accidents.
County Assessor Service Fee Survey
Survey (Created: 07/31/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017)

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey about agreements with the county regarding the sharing of the costs of reappraisal of property within the city limits.
Credit Cards Used to Pay Taxes and Other Fees
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

Several Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they allow citizens to pay taxes or fees with a credit card.
Enterprise Software Survey
Survey (Created: 11/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017)

Seven cities were asked about the software package and vendor they are using for managing the utilities department, finance functions, a local school district, and fleet.
Fees and Policies for Grinder Pumps in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

MTAS surveyed a number of Tennessee cities regarding their fees and policies for grinder pumps.
Firefighter Vacation Accrual in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 04/15/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

MTAS asked a number of Tennessee cities how they handle vacation accrual for firefighters.
FOG programs in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 01/15/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a request for information on their local FOG programs and the fees that may be associated with the program.
GIS Manager Salary and Job Description Survey
Survey (Created: 12/15/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

This survey was conducted to gather salary information and job descriptions for GIS staff in selected cities. Responses from 10 cities are included as well as sample job descriptions.
IT staffing in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 08/05/2019; Reviewed: January 28, 2020)

A survey of selected cities and towns in Tennessee regarding whether they have an IT manager on staff, other IT staff positions, and if they contract for any of their IT staff. If respondents have contracted IT staff, they were asked further questions about the contract procurement process. Information on the vendors and one sample RFP are provided.
Morristown Fleet Management Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017)

Eight cities responded to an MTAS survey about their fleet management, including number and types of vehicles, work bays, and lifts, plus information on staffing, work orders, calls for service, and routine maintenance.
Online Training in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019)

Twelve Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they provide employee training online and what types are offered.
Performance Evaluation Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017)

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey about the types of evaluation forms or methods used, software, statistical scoring method, whether validity of instruments or process used is determined, requirements for presence of measurable performance criteria, minimizing rater bias, merit increases, plus questions related to performance assessment of the city manager.
Police Department Staffing Levels and Budget Information in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

A survey of Tennessee cities regarding police staffing levels, police general fund budget and drug fund information.
Police Record Clerks in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/19/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Ten cities were asked about the salary and job description of their police records clerk position.
Policy for Rehiring Former City Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 01/10/2017; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

Fourteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their policies for rehiring former employees and how their previous employment factors into their benefits and longevity.
Provisions for Uniforms for City Employees
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 10, 2019)

Seven Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they reimburse for, provide an allowance for or purchase uniforms for any city employees.
Public Property Naming
Survey (Created: 09/30/2016; Reviewed: January 11, 2017)

Eight cities were asked several questions regarding the naming of public property.
Public Safety Retirement Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2016; Reviewed: February 16, 2017)

Nine cities responded to an MTAS survey about their retirement plans for their police and fire employees.
Purchasing Thresholds in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019)

Nine Tennessee cities were survey to find out what their government's purchasing threshold is and whether or not it was changed following the update to the law in 2015.
Right of Way Survey of Regional Cities
Survey (Created: 11/16/2016; Reviewed: February 16, 2017)

Five cities responded to an MTAS survey that was sent to 20 cities in the region about public use of right of way.
School District Management and Debt
Survey (Created: 07/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Three Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not the school district is managed by the city and debts.
Tap Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/30/2016; Reviewed: December 6, 2016)

Seven cities were asked about the tap fees they charge for residential water and residential sewer, both inside and outside the city.
The Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Employees
Survey (Created: 04/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The MTAS Research and Information Center conducted a survey of Tennessee cities to find out which ones are subject to the Affordable Care Act regulations and what employee benefits are covered.
Wastewater surcharges in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 05/16/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Eleven cities across the state were contacted in May 2018 regarding their parameters and rates for wastewater surcharges.
Which Cities Require Motorists to Buy a City Sticker?
Survey (Created: 02/24/2017; Reviewed: February 28, 2020)

Twenty cities responded to an MTAS survey about vehicle stickers and the associated fees.

Author: Memphis

Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 05/19/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist.
Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2016; Reviewed: March 1, 2017)

Job description for the position of data entry operator from the city of Memphis.
Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/20/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer.
Memphis Code on Panhandling
Ordinance (Created: 12/11/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017)

The purpose is to regulate and punish violations of the act of panhandling, rather than the status of the person.
Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 10/23/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist.

Author: Mercer University

Performance Evaluation/Staff Development Form for Employees in Non-exempt Classifications.
Form (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

A form used by Mercer University to aid supervisors in staff training and evaluations.

Author: Metro Water Services

Water Services Assistant Director
Job Description (Created: 10/26/2004; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

Job description for a Water Services Assistant Director.

Author: Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

Property Standards Inspector I
Job Description (Created: 06/08/2010; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

A job description for the position of Property Standards Inspector I for Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Government.
Social Media Specialist Job Description
Job Description (Created: 01/18/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

A sample job description for a Social Media Specialist downloaded from the Metro website.

Author: Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County

Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County Safety Policy
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: January 31, 2017)

Safety policy for Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County.

Author: Moore, David

Non-Compliance with Governor Lee’s Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21 and 22: Guidance for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/25/2020; Reviewed: April 2, 2020)

Guidance for municipalities on a course of action for business owners who may refuse the guidelines of Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21, and 22.

Author: Moore, Todd

Authorization of a Sealed Bid for the Purchase of Property to be Done at Public Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/18/1995; Reviewed: July 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the authorization of a sealed bid for the purchase of property would have to be done by ordinance of the board of mayor and aldermen at public meetings.
Cities May Confer Employee Status for Purposes of the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act to Another City Pursuant to a Valid Interlocal Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1996; Reviewed: January 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked questions regarding a sample Interlocal/Mutual Aid Agreement.
City Entering into a Contract with the YMCA to Allow City Residents to Use Their Pool
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/23/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city may enter into a fifteen year contract with the YMCA to allow city residents to use their pool.
City School District Admits Children Who Live Outside the City and Charges Tuition
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the City School District may admit children who live outside the city and charge tuition.
Collecting State and Local Litigation Tax on Actions Filed in Municipal Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked when the city must collect state and local litigation tax on actions filed in municipal court.
Definition of Grandfathering in the Sense of Allowing a Preexisting Use to Continue Despite a Later Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

"Grandfathering" is allowing an existing operation or conduct to continue legally when a new operation or conduct would be illegal.
Enforcing Municipal Ordinances Outside the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1996; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether it may enforce its ordinances dealing with tall grass, junk cars, and dangerous buildings within one mile of the city limits.
Funding Volunteer Fire Departments
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1996; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a county's method of funding volunteer fire departments and contracting with municipal fire departments is illegal.
Hiring a New Building Inspector
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/12/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

Because the building inspector has failed to receive certification from the state fire marshall, MTAS was asked how the city should proceed with regard to inspecting the buildings where construction is in progress and hiring a new inspector.
Imposing New Regulations on the Sale of Beer on Existing Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city could impose new regulations on the sale of beer on existing businesses, specifically, prohibiting the sale of beer at drive-in windows.
Levying Personal Property Taxes on Privately-Owned Property at the Airport
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/1995; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether a city may assess personal property taxes against property at an airport outside city limits.
Liability for Codes Inspections
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/23/1996; Reviewed: February 13, 2017)

MTAS received questions regarding the adoption of plumbing codes in a city.
Maintaining Health Insurance Coverage on a City Employee's Dependants While the Employee is on FMLA Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city must maintain health insurance coverage on a city employee's dependants while the employee is on FMLA leave.
Placing Flashing Lights in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city was responsible for placing flashing lights in the school zones located within the city on state controlled access highways.
Rehiring a Police Officer Who Resigned Earlier This Year
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Town may rehire a police officer who resigned earlier this year.
Requiring a State Park to Hook Onto the Town's Sewer Line If the Park Territory Was Annexed Into the Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/1996; Reviewed: December 21, 2018)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city could require auxilary police officers to sign waivers releasing the city from any liability for their negligent conduct or omissions.
Residency of City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/1996; Reviewed: June 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the position of city attorney is an elected official and, therefore, has to be a resident of the town.
Revoking Beer Permit for Gambling Offenses
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/21/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the beer board may suspend or revoke the permit of someone who has been convicted of gambling offenses where the gambling took place at the beer establishment.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Residents Who Own Property in the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/16/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether non-residents who own property in the city limits could vote in city elections.

Author: Morristown

Morristown Fire Department Driver Training Standard Operating Guideline
General (Created: 12/30/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This document includes: information on EVOC timed evaluations and station skill sheets for the practical, fire apparatus driver/operator; forms to request to qualify and to certify as a driver trainee; a driver trainee checklist and fire apparatus operator practical checklist; certification for out-of-grade pay; and request for upgrade pay.

Author: MTAS

Accountant
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: July 18, 2018)

Job description for the position of Accountant.
Accounting Clerk
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: August 15, 2018)

Job description for the position of Accounting Clerk.
Actuarial Services Resource List
General (Created: 06/25/2017; Reviewed: August 15, 2018)

A list of vendors performing actuarial work for GASB 45 benefits.
Administrative Assistant (1)
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant under supervision of Utilities Superintendent.
Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary.
Administrative Secretary for Public Safety
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary for Public Safety in the Police Dept.
Administrative Secretary I for the Department of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary I for Development Services.
Animal Control Attendant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Animal Control Attendant.
Animal Control Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Animal Control Officer.
Apprentice Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

Job description for the position of Apprentice Lineworker.
Assessment Center Job Analysis Form
Form (Created: 06/27/2000; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

MTAS created a job analysis form to complement the Assessment Center process.
Assessment Center Process
General (Created: 06/01/2000; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

An Assessment Center is not a place--it is a method of evaluating candidates using standardized techniques under controlled conditions.
Assistant Chief of Police (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.
Assistant Chief of Police (3)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.
Assistant City Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager.
Assistant City Manager: Development Services
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager in Development Services.
Assistant Golf Pro
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Assistant Golf Pro.
Assistant Purchasing Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Assistant Purchasing Manager.
Assistant Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of assistant superintendent of water and sewer.
Building Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

Job description for the position of Building/Codes Inspector.
Business Office Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Business Office Supervisor.
Chief Accountant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: July 18, 2018)

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

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

Job description for the position of Chief of Police.
Chief of Police (3)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Chief of Police.
Chief Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of chief wastewater plant operator.
Citizens Information Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Manager.
Citizens Information Services Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Coordinator.
Citizens Information Services Office Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Office Assistant.
Citizens Information Television Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Manager.
Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator.
City Administrator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of City Administrator.
City Attorney
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 23, 2017)

Job description for the position of City Attorney.
City Manager of Irving: Classification Specification
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for City Manager for the City of Irving.
City of Elizabethton Municipal Golf Course Study
(Created: 12/18/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

This study includes golf data from all Tennessee municipal golf operations, a literature review, and an examination of the organizational structure, operations, and finance of the Elizabethton golf operation.
City Planner
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of City Planner.
City Recorder
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

Job description for the position of City Recorder.
Civic Center Event Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Civic Center Event Coordinator.
Civic Center Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Civic Center Manager.
Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Clerk.
Clerk III - Accountant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: August 9, 2018)

Job description for the position of Clerk III Accountant.
Community Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

Job description for the position of Community Development Director.
Community Improvements Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

Job description for the position of Community Improvements Coordinator.
Community Planner II
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

Job description for the position of Community Planner II.
Convention Center Management Agreement Among the Convention Center Corporation and John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc.
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2020)

Contract regarding convention center management.
Customer Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Customer Records Clerk in Water Systems Services.
Customer Service Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Customer Service Supervisor for Utilities and Public Works.
Director of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

Job description for the position of Director of Development Services.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 3, 2018)

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional.
Director of Health
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016)

Job description for the position of Director of Health.
Director of Human Resources
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 1, 2017)

Job description for the position of Director of Human Resources.
Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

Job description for the position of Dispatcher.
Dispatcher, Lead
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

Job description for the position of Lead Dispatcher.
Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

Job description for the position of Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor.
Dispatcher/Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

Job description for the position of Records Clerk/Dispatcher.
Drug Task Force Financial Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Drug Task Force Financial Officer.
Electrical Operating Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

Job description for the position of Electrical Operating Superintendent.
Electrical Technician
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

Job description for the position of Electrical Technician.
Engineer Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

Job description for the position of Engineer/Codes Official.
Engineering Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

Job description for the position of Engineering Assistant.
Equipment Operator (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Equipment Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Equipment Operator.
Executive Secretary City Manager's Office
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary City Manager's Office.
Executive Secretary II
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II for Engineering and Development Services.
Executive Secretary II Administrative Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II/Administrative Assistant.
Fire Chief (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire Chief (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire Department Schedule
(Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Proposed 28-day schedule for a fire department working a 24/48 shift pattern, including meal time deduction and kelly day.
Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Job description for the position of Firefighter.
Firefighter Driver
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Driver.
Firefighter Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Mechanic.
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager.
Grant Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2017; Reviewed: August 18, 2017)

Job description for the position of Grant Coordinator.
Groundskeeper (Assistant)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper, Assistant.
Groundskeeper (Head)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper (Head).
Health Insurance Benefits to Family Following a Line of Duty Death
Survey (Created: 10/18/2016; Reviewed: February 14, 2017)

Thirty-five cities responded to an MTAS survey asking whether the city provides health insurance benefits to qualifying survivors in the event of a line of duty death.
Heavy Equipment Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Heavy Equipment Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Information Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Information Coordinator.
Internal Audit Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 21, 2016)

Job description for the position of Internal Audit Manager.
Janitor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Janitor.
Job Analysis Questionnaire
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Questionnaire used to define jobs, based on equipment used, essential functions, activities performed, supervisory responsibilities, qualifications, and knowledge required.
Job Description Form
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Short form used to describe jobs, taking into consideration equipment used, essential functions, activities performed, knowledge required, and qualifications.
Kitchen Manager Working Chef
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Kitchen Manager/Working Chef.
Laborer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Laborer.
Laborer, Skilled
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Landfill Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2017)

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Lineworker.
Maintenance Worker
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Maintenance Worker.
Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Mechanic.
Meter Reader
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Meter Reader.
Model Municipal Debt Policy
General (Created: 10/31/2011; Reviewed: June 24, 2011)

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the City. (NOTE: Bold language or similar statements are required by the State of TN Comptroller's Office. Italicized language is recommended along with other components in GFOA's Model Debt Policy.)
Model Resolution Directing Payment of Tax Equivalents
Resolution (Created: 04/02/2004; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

MTAS was asked to create a resolution for payment in lieu of taxes.
Mount Juliet City Manager Resume Review Worksheet
Form (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Resume review form for position of city manager.
MTAS Comprehensive Management Review Checklist
Form (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

A model for the MTAS comprehensive management review (CMR).
Municipal Court Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Municipal Court Clerk.
Oak Hill 2020 Neighborhood Meetings: Report to the Commission
(Created: 03/19/2014; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

The purpose of the meetings was to help establish priorities for future city services and to identify options regarding the city's future finances.
Office Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Office Manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Ordinance Amending Title 1, General Administration of the Town of Kimball Municipal Code by Adding Chapter 4, City Board Meetings
Ordinance (Created: 06/19/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

An ordinance that limits the time citizens may speak at a board meeting.
Ordinance Authorizing Employees of the Town of Centerville to Contribute Accumulated Sick Leave to Employees Who Have Experienced Serious Illness or Injury and Regulating Such Contributions
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

Ordinance authorizing employees to contribute accumulated sick leave to other employees.
Ordinance Disbanding the Town of Oakdale Fire Department
Ordinance (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

An ordinance disbanding the Town of Oakdale fire department by repealing Title 7 Sections 301 through 307 of the Town of Oakdale's Code of Ordinances.
Ordinance Establishing a Fire Department for the City of Columbia, Tennessee, and Repealing Title 7 Chapter 1 of the Columbia Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

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

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

An ordinance which regulates the placement of streetlights.
Ordinance of the City of Clinton, Tennessee Amending Title 11, Chapter 2 Pertaining to Alcohol
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

Purchasers of beer and alcoholic beverages must furnish photographic identification with a birth date to the seller.
Ordinance Regarding Water and Sewer Main Extensions for the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: January 27, 2017)

Ordinance regarding water and sewer main extensions for Mountain City.
Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 06/14/2001; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

An ordinance to establish a process for discouraging false emergency alarms.

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