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Author: Hemsley, Sid
Temporary Traffic Control Devices under MUTCD
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-05-16; Reviewed: 2020-05-11)

MTAS was asked whether traffic control devices in a construction work zone can be enforced by the city police.
Terminating Employees and Rehiring Them at a Lower Wage
Legal Opinion (Created: 2010-06-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-15)

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

MTAS was asked whether the utility board superintendent can be terminated by the city's governing body without financial penalty to the city.
Tort Liability at Railroad Crossing Improvements
Legal Opinion (Created: 2009-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

MTAS was asked about relief from tort liability at railroad crossing improvements made with federal funds.
Transient Merchants
Legal Opinion (Created: 1992-12-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-28)

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge transient merchants higher taxes than the statute governing transient merchants provides, or impose upon them a stiff permit fee.
Unconstitutional Since 1953 to Incorporate Municipalities by Private Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-01-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-14)

The General Assembly is required by general law to provide the exclusive methods by which municipalities may be created, merged, consolidated, dissolved, and their boundaries altered.
Updating Personnel Safety and Health Issues in the Municipal Code
Legal Opinion (Created: 2008-11-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

MTAS was asked whether certain ordinances contained in municipal code that address personnel safety and health issues are required to be in the municipal code.
Use of Funds from Increased Garbage Collection Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-07-17; Reviewed: 2021-05-28)

MTAS was asked whether the city can increase its monthly garbage collection fees and use the increase for purposes other than garbage collection.
Use of the City Drug Fund
Legal Opinion (Created: 1993-01-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-06)

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

MTAS was asked to interpret a provision of the charter that turned on the use of semi-colons.
Using a Utility Service Applicant's Credit Report to Determine Amount of Utility Deposit
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-10-27; Reviewed: 2019-01-03)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city could allow the city hall to be used as collection point for solicitations by various private groups.
Utilities Must Charge Reasonable Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 1999-01-04; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

MTAS was asked for the definition of the term 'reasonable rates' within the meaning of the utility statutes and cases in Tennessee that require utility rates to be reasonable.
Utility Board Authority for Setting Water Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 2012-09-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-23)

MTAS was asked whether the city's utility board can be given the authority to set water rates.
Utility Board Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-03-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

MTAS was asked whether the requirement that a person be a resident of the city as a condition of holding a city office is a continuing requirement.
Utility Rate Breaks for the Elderly
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-04-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-23)

MTAS was asked whether a city can give utility rate reductions or exemptions to the elderly.
Vice-Mayor's Elevation to Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-08-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

Under general law mayor-aldermanic charter, if the mayor resigns, does the vice-mayor become the mayor?
Viewing Investigative Records in Open Criminal Cases
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-05-05; Reviewed: 2021-04-22)

MTAS was asked whether municipal officials enjoy any special privilege to view the records in open criminal investigations.
Volunteer Fire Services
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-05-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

MTAS was asked several questions regarding the city's finance of the volunteer fire department and the city's access to the records of the volunteer fire department.
Volunteer Firemen (and Other Volunteers) Running for Local Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 2006-05-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether volunteer firefighters are city employees.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Resident Property Owners
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-03-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-23)

MTAS was asked whether the city by private act can permit non-resident property owners to vote in city elections.
Voting in City Elections by People Who Reside Outside, But Who Own Property Inside the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-10-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-16)

MTAS was asked whether people who reside outside, but who own property inside the City, can vote in a city's elections.
Water Main Extensions on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-06-06; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

MTAS was asked several questions related to the construction of water mains inside a gated residential complex by city forces.
What Happens to a Motion That Has Not Been Seconded
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-02-18; Reviewed: 2017-06-21)

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

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

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

MTAS was asked several questions related to the duties of the mayor and vice mayor.
Zoning and Subdivision Regulations Are in Conflict
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-09-17; Reviewed: 2019-01-03)

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

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

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

MTAS was asked three questions related to a "lot of record" that was annexed by the city.
Zoning Restrictions Applied to Tattoo Parlors
Legal Opinion (Created: 2011-08-09; Reviewed: 2019-01-03)

MTAS was asked whether the city can apply the same zoning restrictions it can apply to tattoo parlors to other businesses such as body piercing, massage parlors, and pawnshops.
Author: Hobson, Dave
An Ordinance Establishing Qualifications for the Position of City Judge for the Town of New Market, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 2018-08-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

The Town of New Market, Tennessee required an ordinance establishing qualifications for the position of city judge.
Author: Hodge, Elisha
Adventures in Annexation: Adventure Guide to Annexation for a Municipality
General (Created: 2018-12-01; Reviewed: 2021-04-13)

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: 2018-09-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

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: 2014-11-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-07)

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: 2017-10-31; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

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: 2019-04-30; Reviewed: 2021-04-21)

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: 2012-03-23; Reviewed: 2021-04-21)

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: 2018-06-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

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: 2019-09-01; Reviewed: 2021-04-21)

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.
Guide to Alcohol and Beer Laws in Tennessee
General (Created: 2020-11-04; Reviewed: 2021-04-21)

MTAS frequently receive questions related to alcohol and beer laws in Tennessee. In an effort to assist municipal officials and employees with these questions, MTAS developed this guide that includes many of the relevant statutory provisions related to alcohol and beer in Tennessee. This guide does not include every statutory provision related to alcohol or beer, so the Tennessee Code will still need to be reviewed as questions arise.
Legality of Ordinance Changing Staggered Four-Year Term of Office to Non-Staggered Two-Year Term of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 2020-10-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

MTAS was asked to give an opinion on the legality of an ordinance which changed the board of mayor and alderman from a staggered four-year term of office to a non-staggered two-year term of office.
Liquor sales on Sunday and sales of beer at retail liquor stores
Legal Opinion (Created: 2018-08-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

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?
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: 2018-06-15; Reviewed: 2021-06-22)

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: 2017-01-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

Pursuant to the ethics policy adopted by the municipality, this model ethics code personal interest disclosure form is required to be filled out and submitted to the city recorder when a municipal employee or official must exercise discretion over a matter that he/she has a personal interest in that affects, or a reasonable person might believe affects, the employee or official's exercise of discretion.
Releasing the Mayor's Personal Information as an Open Record
Legal Opinion (Created: 2010-07-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

Should the Mayor be considered a "public employee" for the purposes of determining whether or not his personal information (home phone number, address, etc.) should be released as an open record?
Resolution Authorizing Governing Bodies to Appropriate Revenues from Natural Gas Utility System to Chamber of Commerce or Economic and Community Organization
Resolution (Created: 2018-06-15; Reviewed: 2021-06-28)

This is a resolution that can be used by municipal governing bodies with natural gas utility systems or a board that has control over a municipal natural gas utility system to appropriate money to a chamber of commerce or economic and community organization for the purpose of economic development. The legislation does not allow money to be appropriated for these purposes in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Metro Nashville.
Summary of 2017 Public Acts
(Created: 2017-07-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-20)

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

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

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

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Tennessee Open Meetings Act Violation
Legal Opinion (Created: 2020-08-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-21)

MTAS was asked how a governing body can cure a violation or alleged violation of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act (TOMA).
Terminating and Rehiring a City Manager during a Board of Commissioners Meeting
Legal Opinion (Created: 2014-12-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-23)

MTAS was asked about firing and rehiring a city manager at the board of commissioners meeting and whether the city manager now has a three-month or 12-month contract.
Uncompensated Public Officials' Personal Information Not Protected Per Tennessee State Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 2019-05-17; Reviewed: 2021-04-21)

If council members are uncompensated, they cannot be considered "public employees" whose information is protected pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-504(f). Hodge, the Tennessee Open Records Counsel at the time of this letter, also offers suggestions for improved processes in filling the request in question.
Author: Huffer, Dennis
Adult Use Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-03-05; Reviewed: 2021-06-14)

Review of an adult use ordinance.
Altering Mayor's Salary Before End of Term
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-03-06; Reviewed: 2021-06-22)

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.
Anonymous Complaints of Code Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-08-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-19)

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: 2007-02-02; Reviewed: 2021-05-27)

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: 2002-06-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-30)

MTAS was asked whether the Municipal Budget Law of 1982 applies to a city.
Application of Sunshine Law to Certain Personnel Processes
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-02-06; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

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.
Bidding Requirements
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-03-12; Reviewed: 2020-05-27)

MTAS was asked to review a law on bid acceptance.
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Serving as the Beer Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-05-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-14)

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: 2009-12-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

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: 2009-01-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-25)

MTAS was asked to prepare a lease agreement for the rental of the Town Community Center.
Contract with Utility District
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-05-21; Reviewed: 2021-04-22)

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: 2004-12-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

MTAS was asked to provide a summary of distribution of court costs, fines, and litigation taxes.
Drafting a Sewer Ordinance
General (Created: 2004-11-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

Guidelines for ordinance and statute drafting.
Education Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-11-23; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

MTAS was asked to research the sharing by county of certain education funds.
Employee Safety Measures
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-10-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-15)

MTAS was asked to address several personnel safety issues.
Fire Chaplains Program Challenged Establishment Cause Grounds
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-03-22; Reviewed: 2021-05-20)

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: 2002-12-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-09)

MTAS was asked several questions about the application of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Informal Assemblage Violates Tennessee Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-04-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

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.
Inoperable Bus as Violation of Town Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-10-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-09)

MTAS was asked whether an inoperable bus that is maintained by a business owner on the lot on which the business is located would be considered a 'building' since it is used for storage.
Legality of Fire Department Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 2004-03-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-22)

MTAS was asked to research the legality of inspection fees and certain services.
Legality of Wrecker Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-08-25; Reviewed: 2020-05-04)

MTAS was asked to research the legality of a wrecker ordinance.
Liability for Private Sprinkler Systems
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-01-07; Reviewed: 2021-05-20)

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.
Liability Questions
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-06-06; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

MTAS was asked whether the city should maintain a drainage easement on private property, whether the issuance of a building permit somehow obligates the city to the applicant relative to liability, and about the statute of limitations under the TGTLA.
Local Approval of General Laws of Local Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-08-30; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

A letter urging compliance with the State Constitution.
Oath of Office for Municipal Planning Commission Members
Legal Opinion (Created: 2007-05-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

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: 2007-11-02; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

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: 2008-06-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

An ordinance adopting the property tax freeze program for elderly low-income homeowners as authorized in state law.
Ordinance Violation and Appeal as a Civil Rather Than Criminal Proceeding
Legal Opinion (Created: 2005-02-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-28)

MTAS was asked whether an appeal of an ordinance violation to circuit court by the defendant would be considered a civil or criminal matter.
Ouster of Commissioner
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-09-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

MTAS was asked whether the City would have to use the procedure in Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 6-20-220, to oust a commissioner or whether the City could use the general ouster law (T.C.A. ' 8-47-101, et seq.).
Procedures for Considering and Adopting a Budget
Legal Opinion (Created: 2005-08-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

MTAS was asked what procedures the Town should use in considering and adopting a budget.
Purchase by Councilmember Through City
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-06-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-29)

MTAS was asked to research laws implicated when councilmember makes personal purchase through city, receiving discounted price and avoiding sales tax.
Search of City Employee's Office by Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-08-04; Reviewed: 2021-06-02)

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor may search employees' offices for possible disciplinary action.
Sewer System for Subdivision
Legal Opinion (Created: 2003-12-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

MTAS was asked how a sewer system for a subdivision can be provided through a franchise or contract with a private operator.
Significant Statutory Provisions and Case Law Affecting Liability of Governmental Entities, Engineers, and Developers for Drainage
General (Created: 2004-09-27; Reviewed: 2020-05-11)

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation for professional engineers about drainage liability.
Solid Waste Transfer Station
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-03-27; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

MTAS was asked whether a contract provision between a town and a waste services provider, requiring all garbage collected in the town and county to be deposited at the county transfer station is valid and enforceable.
State DOT Authorized to Pay Full Costs of Utility Relocations
General (Created: 2003-05-28; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

The General Assembly has passed legislation authorizing the Commissioner of Transportation to reimburse public and private utilities the full costs of relocating caused by state road projects, subject to funding.
Street Acceptance Issues
(Created: 2001-11-16; Reviewed: 2020-05-11)

MTAS was asked for advice on whether the city should accept a street that is not paved or improved and then spend municipal revenues to bring the street up to standards or whether the city should adhere closely to the street acceptance policy dictated by the city's subdivision regulations
Tax Treatment of Payments by Cities to Employees on Active Duty as a Reservist or Member of the National Guard
General (Created: 2005-01-03; Reviewed: 2021-06-03)

All pay going to activated municipal employees are wages and subject to all normal taxes.
Towing Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-11-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-07)

Municipalities may still regulate the price for non-consensual tows, but all other business regulation of towing businesses is not allowed.
Use of Adequate Facilities Tax Revenues
Legal Opinion (Created: 2002-03-18; Reviewed: 2020-05-11)

MTAS was asked whether Adequate Facilities Tax Revenues can be used to pay indebtedness for past sewer projects.
Work on Private Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-11-21; Reviewed: 2020-04-21)

MTAS was asked about a city doing drainage work on private property.
Author: Insurance Services Office (ISO)
Residential Sprinklers ISO Fact Sheet
General (Created: 2019-10-09; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

This fact sheet from the Insurance Services Office discusses discounts available to homes protected by a residential sprinkler system and includes discount examples in Tennessee from a 2008 study.
Author: Jaeckel, Gary
Authority of City to Use a Local Referendum in Specific Instances
General (Created: 2011-04-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-20)

A city's use of a referendum is limited to thirteen specific instances in the State of Tennessee.
Committed Fund Balance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2012-06-15; Reviewed: 2021-05-04)

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: 2011-02-15; Reviewed: 2020-04-22)

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: 2011-05-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

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: 2010-09-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

A sample ordinance which allows a municipality to accept partial payment of local real property taxes.
Using Tax Increment Financing in Tennessee
(Created: 2012-01-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

This study includes the history, background, explanation, advantages and disadvantages used to support economic and industrial development, and alternatives to using TIFs in Tennessee; two case studies are included.
Author: Johnson City
Invitation to Bid: Mowing Services
RFP (Created: 2009-10-05; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

An invitation to bid mowing services for the City of Johnson City.
Public Building, Infrastructure, and Facility Naming Policy
General (Created: 2014-12-31; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

This document outlines the policy of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners with respect to the naming of public buildings, infrastructure, and facilities owned by the City of Johnson City.
Author: Jones, Bonnie
ADA Reasonable Accommodation
General (Created: 2012-08-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

MTAS was asked about reasonable accommodation for an employee who has typing duties and develops carpal tunnel syndrome.
Asking an Employee to Cover Up Tattoos and Piercings
General (Created: 2014-03-31; Reviewed: 2021-05-07)

MTAS was asked whether a city can ask an employee to cover up tattoos and piercings.
Caps on Compensatory Time
General (Created: 2012-07-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-09)

MTAS was asked about the amount of compensatory time that an employee may accumulate.
Changes to Pay Schedule
General (Created: 2012-08-23; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

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: 2012-07-03; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

MTAS was asked how to pay a new employee for a personal court appearance when the employee has not yet earned vacation time.
Employee Seeking Promotion Treated Like Other Candidates
General (Created: 2012-07-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-28)

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: 2014-04-03; Reviewed: 2021-05-20)

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: 2012-07-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-04)

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
Report/Study (Created: 2009-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-07)

Includes a model succession plan and a succession plan for McMinnville.
Payroll Taxes for a Severance Payment
General (Created: 2014-03-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

MTAS was asked how to process payroll taxes for a severance payment.
Social Media and Open Records Laws
General (Created: 2012-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

MTAS was asked about records retention and the Open Records Act as it applies to social media pages.
Using Sick Leave to Supplement Workers' Compensation Benefits
General (Created: 2012-07-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-15)

MTAS was asked whether employees may use sick leave to supplement workers' compensation benefits.
Waiting Periods for Health Coverage under PPACA
General (Created: 2014-03-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-15)

MTAS was asked whether, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), it is legal to offer group health coverage but have a waiting period on health benefits of six months.
Author: Jones, Josh
Attorney General Opines Local Regulation of Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine Unlawful
Legal Opinion (Created: 2013-12-18; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

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: 2011-05-18; Reviewed: 2021-05-27)

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: 2012-01-11; Reviewed: 2021-06-18)

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: 2011-10-11; Reviewed: 2021-05-06)

An ordinance to create the office of Administrative Hearing Officer to hear certain building and property code violations.
Public Purpose Doctrine
Legal Opinion (Created: 2009-08-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-22)

MTAS was asked about the legality of a city and church sharing in the costs of constructing a fence on an easement.
Residency Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 2014-02-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

MTAS was asked what time period is covered by the one-year residency requirement of T. C. A. ' 6-3-103 for candidates for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Resolution to Remove the Municipality from the Application of Mandatory Allowance of the Manufacture of Alcoholic Beverages
Resolution (Created: 2013-07-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

Any city that wishes to ensure that neither a distillery nor high alcohol content beer manufacturer operates within its jurisdiction should take immediate steps to adopt a resolution removing the city from the application of TCA 57-2-103(d). Failure to complete this action prior to the end of the 45-day grace period could result in your city being precluded from exercising its ability to opt out of the law. This 45-day grace period began to toll upon the effective date of the bill, July 1st, making August 15th the final day to remove your city from application.
Author: Kelly, Janet
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2006
Report/Study (Created: 2007-04-12; Reviewed: 2017-06-07)

FY2006 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Author: Ketelle, Erin
City Recorders: Elected or Appointed (updated 2017)
Survey (Created: 2008-07-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-07)

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: 2008-03-03; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager for Development Services.
Author: Kingston Springs
Request for Qualifications for City Attorney/Legal Services for the Town of Kingston Springs
RFP (Created: 2015-03-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-29)

Example of an RFQ for a city attorney.
Author: Knox County
Benefits Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2005-07-25; Reviewed: 2021-04-09)

A job description for the position of Benefits Coordinator.
Author: Knoxville
Request for Qualifications: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Services
RFP (Created: 2008-04-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-28)

An RFQ for the City of Knoxville related to hiring a contractor to conduct an energy audit of all City-owned facilities.
RFP for Automated Red Light Enforcement System
RFP (Created: 2005-04-17; Reviewed: 2020-05-07)

A request for proposals for an automated red light enforcement system.
Senior Director Human Resources and Policy Compliance
Job Description (Created: 2010-05-13; Reviewed: 2021-06-02)

Job description for the position of Sr. Director Human Resources & Policy Compliance for the City of Knoxville.
Author: Kurbis, Christy
Cleveland Beautification Survey
Survey (Created: 2011-04-28; Reviewed: 2021-06-01)

The Tree Board in Cleveland conducted this survey and had 442 responses.
Author: Leydorf, Donna
Appeals of Building Code Violations
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-11-22; Reviewed: 2016-12-19)

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: 2000-12-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

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.
Beer License and Proximity to Day Care Center
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-02-23; Reviewed: 2021-06-18)

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: 2001-04-02; Reviewed: 2021-04-22)

MTAS was asked whether or not the City may merge the two utility boards currently in existence.
Firing the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-11-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-25)

MTAS was asked for whom the City Attorney works and if the City Attorney may be fired.
Gift of City Property to an Employee
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

MTAS was asked whether the City may give a retiring city official the vehicle he was using for department purposes, as a retirement present.
Handicapped Access, In-Lieu-Of Tax Payments, Liquor by the Drink
Legal Opinion (Created: 2001-02-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

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 Examples
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-09-14; Reviewed: 2021-06-18)

MTAS was asked to provide examples of helicopter regulation.
Subdividing and Selling City Land
Legal Opinion (Created: 2000-10-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-06)

MTAS was asked whether or not a town may subdivide a 27-acre parcel into one-acre lots and then sell the lots at public auction.
Author: Lobertini, Steve
Adult Business Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2006-09-08; Reviewed: 2021-06-14)

A sample ordinance providing for the licensing and regulation of adult-oriented businesses.
Fireworks Sample Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2006-10-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

An ordinance to add Chapter 4, "Fireworks," to Title 7 of the City of ______ Municipal Code.
Open Burning Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2006-11-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-20)

A sample open burning ordinance.
Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2006-09-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-09)

A sample ordinance prohibiting the ownership, harboring, or possessing of pit bulls.
Author: Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Tuition Reimbursement Plan
General (Created: 2003-06-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-15)

A tuition reimbursement plan for the employees of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.
Author: Mahler, Margaret Z.
Tennessee Department of Transportation ADA Compliance Toolkit
General (Created: 2019-03-20; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

A toolkit of materials for municipalities to complete a ADA transition plan created by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Chief Engineer's Office.The toolkit includes: Presentation titled "ADA Compliance for Municipalities" (TDOT); Presentation titled "How to Develop an ADA Self-evaluation & Transition Plan" (FHWA); Document titled "ADA Transition Plans: A Guide to Best Management Practices (NCHRP Project # 20-7 (232); and the following selection of forms: action plan, checklist, grievance procedure, public notice, transition plan and more.
Author: Major, Al
10 Most Common Audit Findings For Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 2019-07-08; Reviewed: 2021-04-30)

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.
Forms to Accompany Capital Asset Accounting System
Form (Created: 2003-07-02; Reviewed: 2021-04-22)

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.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2003
Report/Study (Created: 2011-07-18; Reviewed: 2019-01-03)

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

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

FY2005 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2007
Report/Study (Created: 2008-03-28; Reviewed: 2017-09-21)

FY2007 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. For the first time, this FY 2007 report contains trend analysis of several benchmark measures. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Author: Marshall, Grant
Sales Tax on Merchandise Sold by City at an Annual Festival
Legal Opinion (Created: 2016-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-19)

If a city sells t-shirts at a festival for a temporary period on an annual basis, these sales do not constitute 'engaging in business' in Tennessee, and would not be subject to the sales and use tax.
Author: McMillen, Dawn
Beer Permit Regulations in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2018-01-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

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: 2017-02-17; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

MTAS researched the beer permit fees and privilege tax for beer that may be charged to municipalities in Tennessee.
Bulky Items and Brush Pickup Guidelines and Penalties
Survey (Created: 2021-06-14; Reviewed: 2021-09-01)

Six 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: 2018-08-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-07)

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: 2016-09-30; Reviewed: 2021-04-29)

A survey of ten cities regarding whether they require a contractors' license and their cost.
City Surveyor Position in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 2017-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

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: 2016-12-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

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: 2019-11-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

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: 2016-07-31; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

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: 2018-05-15; Reviewed: 2021-04-22)

Several Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they allow citizens to pay taxes or fees with a credit card.
Fees and Policies for Grinder Pumps in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2018-05-15; Reviewed: 2021-06-22)

MTAS surveyed a number of Tennessee cities regarding their fees and policies for grinder pumps.
Firefighter Vacation Accrual in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-04-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-22)

MTAS asked a number of Tennessee cities how they handle vacation accrual for firefighters.
FOG Programs in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-01-15; Reviewed: 2021-06-22)

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: 2018-12-15; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

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: 2019-08-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-08)

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: 2016-12-16; Reviewed: 2021-05-26)

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: 2019-03-22; Reviewed: 2019-03-22)

Twelve Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they provide employee training online and what types are offered.
Police Department Staffing Levels and Budget Information in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2017-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

A survey of Tennessee cities regarding police staffing levels, police general fund budget and drug fund information.
Police Record Clerks in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2016-12-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-01)

Ten cities were asked about the salary and job description of their police records clerk position.
Policy for Rehiring Former City Employees Survey
Survey (Created: 2017-01-10; Reviewed: 2021-05-14)

Fourteen cities responded to an MTAS survey about their policies for rehiring former employees and how their previous employment factors into their benefits and longevity.
Provisions for Uniforms for City Employees
Survey (Created: 2019-03-22; Reviewed: 2021-05-14)

Seven Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they reimburse for, provide an allowance for or purchase uniforms for any city employees.
Public Property Naming
Survey (Created: 2016-09-30; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

Eight cities were asked several questions regarding the naming of public property.
Public Safety Retirement Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 2016-08-31; Reviewed: 2021-05-14)

Nine cities responded to an MTAS survey about their retirement plans for their police and fire employees.
Purchasing Thresholds in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-03-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-29)

Nine Tennessee cities were survey to find out what their government's purchasing threshold is and whether or not it was changed following the update to the law in 2015.
Salary Information for City Engineers and Public Works Directors in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2017-03-15; Reviewed: 2020-05-15)

MTAS received a request to compile salary information for City Engineers and Public Works Directors in a number of cities across the state.
School District Management and Debt
Survey (Created: 2017-07-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

Three Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not the school district is managed by the city and debts.
The Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Employees
Survey (Created: 2017-04-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-15)

The MTAS Research and Information Center conducted a survey of Tennessee cities to find out which ones are subject to the Affordable Care Act regulations and what employee benefits are covered.
Author: Memphis
Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 2006-05-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-07)

Job description for the position of Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist.
Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer
Job Description (Created: 2005-09-20; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Job description for the position of Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer.
Author: Mercer University
Performance Evaluation/Staff Development Form for Employees in Non-exempt Classifications.
Form (Created: 1999-01-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-13)

A form used by Mercer University to aid supervisors in staff training and evaluations.
Author: Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Property Standards Inspector I
Job Description (Created: 2010-06-08; Reviewed: 2021-04-29)

A job description for the position of Property Standards Inspector I for Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Government.
Author: Moore, David
Non-Compliance with Governor Lee’s Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21 and 22: Guidance for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 2020-03-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-22)

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: 1995-04-18; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

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.
City Entering into a Contract with the YMCA to Allow City Residents to Use Their Pool
Legal Opinion (Created: 1995-06-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-25)

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: 1996-04-08; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

MTAS was asked whether the City School District may admit children who live outside the city and charge tuition.
Definition of Grandfathering in the Sense of Allowing a Preexisting Use to Continue Despite a Later Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-05-23; Reviewed: 2021-06-18)

"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: 1996-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-29)

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.
Imposing New Regulations on the Sale of Beer on Existing Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 1995-08-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

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: 1995-09-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-02)

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: 1996-08-23; Reviewed: 2021-06-18)

MTAS received questions regarding the adoption of plumbing codes in a city.
Maintaining Health Insurance Coverage on a City Employee's Dependents While the Employee is on FMLA Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 1995-11-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-09)

MTAS was asked whether the city must maintain health insurance coverage on a city employee's dependents while the employee is on FMLA leave.
Placing Flashing Lights in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-05-23; Reviewed: 2021-06-09)

MTAS was asked whether the city was responsible for placing flashing lights in the school zones located within the city on state controlled access highways.
Requiring a State Park to Hook Onto the Town's Sewer Line If the Park Territory Was Annexed Into the Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-03-28; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

MTAS was asked whether a town could require a nearby state park to hook onto the town's sewer line if the park territory was annexed into the town.
Requiring an Employee to Sign an Agreement Releasing the City from Liability
Legal Opinion (Created: 1995-04-03; Reviewed: 2021-05-10)

MTAS was asked whether the city could require auxilary police officers to sign waivers releasing the city from any liability for their negligent conduct or omissions.
Residency of City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-02-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-30)

MTAS was asked whether the position of city attorney is an elected official and, therefore, has to be a resident of the town.
Revoking Beer Permit for Gambling Offenses
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-02-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

MTAS was asked whether the beer board may suspend or revoke the permit of someone who has been convicted of gambling offenses where the gambling took place at the beer establishment.
Voting in City Elections by Non-Residents Who Own Property in the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-05-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

MTAS was asked whether non-residents who own property in the city limits could vote in city elections.
Author: Morristown
Morristown Fire Department Driver Training Standard Operating Guideline
General (Created: 2014-12-30; Reviewed: 2021-05-20)

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-Financial Reporting and Cash Management
Job Description (Created: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-04)

Job description for the position of Accountant with an emphasis on financial reporting and cash management.
Accounting Clerk
Job Description (Created: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-05-04)

Job description for the position of Accounting Clerk.
Administrative Assistant (1)
Job Description (Created: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant under supervision of Utilities Superintendent.
Administrative Assistant (3)
Job Description (Created: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

Job description for the position of Administrative Assistant to the City Manager.
Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-09)

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary.
Administrative Secretary for Public Safety
Job Description (Created: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-09)

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: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-04-09)

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary I for Development Services.
Animal Control Attendant
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

Job description for the position of Animal Control Attendant.
Animal Control Officer
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-03-29)

Job description for the position of Animal Control Officer.
Apprentice Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-04-28)

Job description for the position of Apprentice Lineworker.
Assistant Chief of Police (3)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Job description for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.
Assistant City Manager
Job Description (Created: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-06-14)

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager.
Assistant City Manager: Development Services
Job Description (Created: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-06-14)

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager in Development Services.
Assistant Golf Pro
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-01)

Job description for the position of Assistant Golf Pro.
Assistant Purchasing Manager
Job Description (Created: 2002-08-19; Reviewed: 2021-06-14)

Job description for the position of Assistant Purchasing Manager.
Assistant Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-09)

Job description for the position of assistant superintendent of water and sewer.
Building Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-04-29)

Job description for the position of Building/Codes Inspector.
Business Office Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-09)

Job description for the position of Business Office Supervisor.
Chief Accountant - Utilities
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-04)

Job description for the position of Chief Accountant under the Utilities Department.
Chief of Police (1)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Job description for the position of Chief of Police.
Chief Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

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

Job description for the position of Chief Wastewater Plant Operator.
Citizens Information Manager
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Manager.
Citizens Information Services Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Coordinator.
Citizens Information Services Office Assistant
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Services Office Assistant.
Citizens Information Television Manager
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Manager.
Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

Job description for the position of Citizens Information Television Voice Mail Coordinator.
City Administrator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

Job description for the position of City Administrator.
City Manager of Irving: Classification Specification
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

Job description for City Manager for the City of Irving.
City of Elizabethton Municipal Golf Course Study
Report/Study (Created: 2012-12-18; Reviewed: 2021-04-12)

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: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

Job description for the position of City Planner.
City Recorder
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

Job description for the position of City Recorder.
Community Development Director
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-08)

Job description for the position of Community Development Director.
Community Improvements Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-08)

Job description for the position of Community Improvements Coordinator.
Community Planner II
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-08)

Job description for the position of Community Planner II.
Compensation/Classification Consulting Service Providers
General (Created: 2021-03-05; Reviewed: 2021-05-07)

A list of consulting companies who can do compensation studies.
Convention Center Management Agreement Among the Convention Center Corporation and John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc.
General (Created: 2001-08-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-25)

Contract regarding convention center management.
Customer Service Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-09)

Job description for the position of Customer Service Supervisor for Utilities and Public Works.
Director of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-09)

Job description for the position of Director of Development Services.
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-01)

Job description for the position of Director of Finance.
Director of Golf/Head Professional
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-01)

Job description for the position of Director of Golf/Head Professional.
Director of Health
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

Job description for the position of Director of Health.
Director of Human Resources
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-28)

Job description for the position of Director of Human Resources.
Director of Utilities and Public Works Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

Job description for the position of Director of Utilities and Public Works.
Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

Job description for the position of Dispatcher.
Dispatcher, Lead
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

Job description for the position of Lead Dispatcher.
Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

Job description for the position of Dispatcher/Computer Supervisor.
Dispatcher/Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

Job description for the position of Records Clerk/Dispatcher.
Drug Task Force Financial Officer
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Job description for the position of Drug Task Force Financial Officer.
Electrical Operating Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Job description for the position of Electrical Operating Superintendent.
Electrical Technician
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-26; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Job description for the position of Electrical Technician.
Engineer Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-04-19)

Job description for the position of Engineer/Codes Official.
Executive Secretary City Manager's Office
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary City Manager's Office.
Executive Secretary II for Engineering and Development Services
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-04-28)

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II for Engineering and Development Services.
Fire Chief (1)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire Chief (2)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-20)

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Fire Department Schedule
Report/Study (Created: 2001-08-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

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: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

Job description for the position of Firefighter.
Firefighter Driver
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Driver.
Firefighter Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-20)

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Mechanic.
Fitness Facility Manager Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager.
Fleet and Materials Manager
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2020-10-07)

Job description for the position of Fleet and Materials Manager.
Grant Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2017-08-18; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Job description for the position of Grant Coordinator.
Groundskeeper (Assistant)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper, Assistant.
Groundskeeper (Head)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper (Head).
Health Insurance Benefits to Family Following a Line of Duty Death
Survey (Created: 2016-10-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-09)

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 (2)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-26)

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Information Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-09)

Job description for the position of Information Coordinator.
Janitor
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-04)

Job description for the position of Janitor.
Job Analysis Questionnaire
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-04)

Questionnaire used to define jobs, based on equipment used, essential functions, activities performed, supervisory responsibilities, qualifications, and knowledge required.
Kitchen Manager Working Chef
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

Job description for the position of Kitchen Manager/Working Chef.
Laborer
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-04)

Job description for the position of Laborer.
Landfill Operator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-27)

Job description for the position of Landfill Operator.
Maintenance Worker
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

Job description for the position of Maintenance Worker.
Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-07)

Job description for the position of Mechanic.
Meter Reader
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-14)

Job description for the position of Meter Reader.
Model Municipal Debt Policy
General (Created: 2011-10-31; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

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: 2004-04-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-29)

MTAS was asked to create a resolution for payment in lieu of taxes.
Mount Juliet City Manager Resume Review Worksheet
Form (Created: 2001-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-15)

Resume review form for position of city manager.
Municipal Clerk Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

Job description for the position of Clerk.
Municipal Court Clerk
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-28)

Job description for the position of Municipal Court Clerk.
Oak Hill 2020 Neighborhood Meetings: Report to the Commission
Report/Study (Created: 2014-03-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-08)

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: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-07)

Job description for the position of Office Manager under the Department of Utilities.
Ordinance Amending Title 15, Chapter 6 of the Municipal Code of the Town of Dandridge to Establish Two Hour Parking Limits on Designated Streets and at Designated Times
Ordinance (Created: 2001-08-03; Reviewed: 2020-05-05)

Ordinance establishing parking limits on designated streets of Dandridge.
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: 2001-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-05-13)

Ordinance authorizing employees to contribute accumulated sick leave to other employees.
Ordinance Establishing a Fire Department for the City of Columbia, Tennessee, and Repealing Title 7 Chapter 1 of the Columbia Municipal Code
Ordinance (Created: 2001-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-22)

Ordinance establishing Columbia, Tennessee's, fire department.
Ordinance Establishing a Fire Department for the Town of Anytown, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 2001-09-21; Reviewed: 2021-07-22)

This guide, which was revised in 2017, is to be used in writing an ordinance to create a fire department.
Ordinance Regarding Water and Sewer Main Extensions for the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 2001-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-06-23)

Ordinance regarding water and sewer main extensions for Mountain City.
Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 2001-06-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-22)

An ordinance to establish a process for discouraging false emergency alarms.
Ordinance to Repeal and Amend a Portion of ... the Personnel Policy Regarding Workers' Compensation
Ordinance (Created: 2001-08-03; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

Ordinance regarding workers' compensation.
Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

Job description for the position of Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals.
Parks and Recreation Director (1)
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29)

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

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

Job description for the position of Office Manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Planner I
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

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

Job description for the position of Planner II.
Planning Director
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

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

Job description for the position of Plant Operator Trainee in Water and Wastewater.
Police Captain
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-24; Reviewed: 2021-05-14)

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

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Principal Clerk
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

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

An ordinance regulating private sewage disposal and requiring use of public sewers when available.
Producer
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Job description for the position of Program Producer for Citizens Information Television.
Public Arts Sample Contracts
Form (Created: 2015-04-08; Reviewed: 2021-06-18)

Several examples of public art contracts between the city and the artist.
Public Works Director
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-08-02)

Job description for the position of Public Works Director.
Public Works Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-26)

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

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

Job description for the position of Purchasing Specialist.
Records Clerk / Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 2001-08-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-14)

Job description for the position of Records Clerk / Dispatcher.
Recreation Aide
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-29)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Refuse Collector.
Sample Utility Construction Project Checklist
Form (Created: 2004-05-03; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

A checklist designed for utility construction projects.
Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-05-26)

Job description for the position of Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance.
Senior Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-06-02)

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Service Order Clerk.
Skilled Laborer
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-26)

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

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation, and Parks
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-26)

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

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Water and Sewer.
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2002
Report/Study (Created: 2003-01-01; Reviewed: 2017-06-07)

FY2002 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Thirty Ways to Leave Incivility Behind and to Improve Governing Body Discussion
General (Created: 2008-09-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-19)

This document has been included in the Elected Officials Academy section on City Council at Work.
Town Center Manager
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

Job description for the position of Town Center Manager.
Town of Erwin Public Works Laborer and Equipment Operator Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2018-03-09; Reviewed: 2020-05-15)

A sample job description from the Town of Erwin, Tennessee for a public works laborer and equipment operator.
Traffic Engineer
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2020-05-11)

Job description for the position of Traffic Engineer.
Transportation Director
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

Job description for the position of Transportation Director.
Truck Driver Operator
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

Job description for the position of Truck Driver Operator in the Solid Waste Department.
Use of Translators in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

A survey of selected cities regarding the use of translators and the offering of translation services.
Utilities Superintendent Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2002-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

Job description for the position of Utilities Superintendent.
Volunteer Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 1999-03-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

Job description for the position of Volunteer Firefighter.
Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 2001-11-02; Reviewed: 2021-06-03)

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

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Wastewater Pre-Treatment Coordinator.
Author: National Fire Protection Association
Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service: Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 2011-10-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

This assessment was conducted in 2010 and includes comparisons to the 2001 and 2005 needs assessment surveys. The complete assessment and a fact sheet are also included.
Author: Neill, Ronnie
Costs of Multiple Charges
General (Created: 2003-05-12; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

MTAS was asked whether an offender charged with two different charges on the same ticket is charged with two court costs or just one.
Hiring Full Time Police Officer As Part Time Recreation Director
General (Created: 2003-05-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-06)

An employee works 43 hours a week as a police officer and wants to be hired for an additional 20 hours a week as the recreation director.
New Youth Sports Concussion and Head Injury Law Effective January 1, 2014
General (Created: 2013-12-11; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

Public Chapter 148 passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in April 2013 and effective on January 1, 2014, requires all cities that have 'youth athletic activities' to comply with guidelines issued by the Tennessee Department of Health concerning risk and symptoms of concussion and head injuries.
Performing Criminal Background Checks on Potential Employees
General (Created: 2004-07-02; Reviewed: 2017-05-16)

MTAS was asked how to perform criminal background checks on potential employees of the Town.
Resolution to Establish Written Procedures for the Town of Selmer to Purchase Items at Publicly Advertised Auctions
Resolution (Created: 2003-09-12; Reviewed: 2021-06-09)

Procedures to allow the Mayor or the Mayor's designated representative to act as the purchasing agent at publicly advertised auctions.
Author: Nevad, Warren
Alexandria Water/Wastewater Board Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2016-11-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-01)

An ordinance establishing a regional water/wastewater advisory board for the Town of Alexandria and surrounding counties.
Analysis of the Need for a City Manager
Report/Study (Created: 2003-06-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

MTAS was asked to demonstrate the need for a City Manager for the City of Harriman.
Bid Specifications for Residential Garbage Collection
RFP (Created: 2003-06-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-09)

MTAS was asked to compile a list of qualifications for a contractor to manage residential garbage collection.
City of South Pittsburg, Tennessee, FY 2003-2004 Budget Narrative
Report/Study (Created: 2003-06-16; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

MTAS was asked to prepare a budget narrative for South Pittsburg to facilitate a collaborative decision-making process.
Kingston Green Technology Committee Goals and Objectives
General (Created: 2009-11-09; Reviewed: 2021-04-12)

MTAS was asked to facilitate a meeting of the Kingston Green Technology Committee.
Livingston's Community Visioning Process
Report/Study (Created: 2012-10-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-22)

MTAS was asked to facilitate a community visioning process for the City of Livingston.
Mayoral Proclamation
General (Created: 2016-06-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

A proclamation of the City of Dunlap Mayor and Board of Commissioners Declaring June 9, 2016, as Dakota Hudson Day in the City of Dunlap, Tennessee.
Ordinance Establishing Standards and Limits Regarding the Adjustment of Utility Bills Due to Leaks and Filling Pools
Ordinance (Created: 2011-08-22; Reviewed: 2021-04-09)

This ordinance allows up to two billing adjustments per calendar year relating to leaks and swimming pools.
Ordinance of the Town of Monterey, Tennessee, Prohibiting Heavy Truck Traffic
Ordinance (Created: 2014-05-22; Reviewed: 2020-05-05)

An ordinance of the Town of Monterey, Tennessee, prohibiting heavy truck traffic on Crossville Street during school days from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Orientation Workshop Agenda
General (Created: 2003-05-08; Reviewed: 2021-05-07)

MTAS was asked to prepare an orientation workshop for the Town of Huntsville. Full text available in the MTAS library (City of Pikeville Orientation Booklet).
Performance Correction Notice
Form (Created: 2004-01-13; Reviewed: 2021-05-07)

MTAS was asked to provide a performance correction notice for the City of Dunlap.
Police Feasibility Study : Town of Huntsville, Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 2002-03-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-07)

The Town of Huntsville inquired about the feasibility of establishing police services to its residents.
Public Works Contract Requirements
Ordinance (Created: 2005-08-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-28)

MTAS was asked to research and recommend other municipal requirements relating to the administration of contracts for public works or improvements; includes resolution and ordinance.
Resolution for Adventure Tourism
Resolution (Created: 2013-06-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-23)

A resolution of the Town of Huntsville, Tennessee, declaring its intent to participate in the Tennessee Adventure Tourism and Rural Development Act of 2011 by developing an adventure tourism district plan.
Resolution to Create the Office of Administrator
Resolution (Created: 2003-06-16; Reviewed: 2021-06-09)

A resolution creating the office of Administrator, providing for the appointment of said Administrator, and defining the duties of the office.
Safety Policy
Report/Study (Created: 2003-06-16; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

MTAS was asked to create a safety policy for the Town of Jasper.
Sample Surplus Property Resolution
Resolution (Created: 2020-01-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-29)

MTAS Management Consultant Warren Nevad authored this resolution for the Town of Centertown, Tennessee regarding property belonging to the town that needs to be disposed of.
SECOPA 2011: Waste to Energy Options for Local Governments
General (Created: 2011-09-22; Reviewed: 2021-04-14)

A presentation for the annual Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.
Smyrna Community Services, Town Centre, and Golf Course
Report/Study (Created: 2007-11-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-29)

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

MTAS was asked to evaluate and make recommendations for the Parks and Recommnedations Dept. of the Town of Smyrna.
Strategic Planning Retreat Report for the City of Harriman, Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 2019-02-26; Reviewed: 2021-06-28)

The board members for the City of Harriman, met in February 2019 to discuss and review the MTAS guide for Councilmember Orientation, a previous strategic plan and capital funding requests. Another focus of the retreat involved updating three questions - "what should the city keep doing, what should the city stop doing and what should the city start doing."
Town of Baxter, Tennessee 2005-2006 Budget Goal Setting Session
Report/Study (Created: 2005-05-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

The purpose of this session was to prioritize key issues confronting the Town's 2005-2006 budget.
Urban Forestry Management
(Created: 2009-02-20; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

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

A course manual, lesson plan, and PowerPoint presentation on urban forestry.
Author: New England Interstate Water Pollution Control
Northeast Guide for Estimating Staffing at Publicly and Privately Owned Wastewater Treatment Plants
Report/Study (Created: 2009-06-29; Reviewed: 2021-06-22)

The guide and Excel spreadsheet may be downloaded from: http://www.neiwpcc.org/technicalguides.asp
Author: Norris, Margaret
Ability of City Recorder to Serve as City Manager
General (Created: 2002-12-20; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

MTAS was asked whether the City Recorder may serve concurrently as City Manager.
Adult Oriented Establishment License and Permit
Form (Created: 2008-12-04; Reviewed: 2021-06-14)

MTAS was asked to provide an example of a license and permit for adult oriented establishments.
Charter Question about Property Taxes and Enforcing Ordinances
General (Created: 2004-06-03; Reviewed: 2021-04-30)

MTAS was asked for a written explanation about the Town's authority to enforce its ordinances in relation to assessing or not assessing a property tax.
City Manager Evaluation Cover Letter
General (Created: 2001-07-13; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

Information to aid in completing an evaluation of a city manager.
City Manager Evaluation Form
Form (Created: 2012-01-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

This form allows the city manager to be rated on leadership, fiscal management and budgeting, service delivery and administration, citizen and community relations, personal and professional qualities, and city council relations.
City Managers with Employment Contracts
Survey (Created: 2007-07-11; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

Fifty cities were asked whether they have employment contracts with their city managers.
Code of Ethics Ordinance for Cumberland Gap, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 2006-12-08; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

MTAS was asked to put the model ethics policy into ordinance format for the Town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
Contract for Consolidated Law Enforcement
General (Created: 2004-11-02; Reviewed: 2021-06-29)

MTAS was asked to review a police services contract with the county sheriff's office and created a new one.
Contractual Agreement for Wastewater Testing
Form (Created: 2006-07-16; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

MTAS was asked to write a contract to perform wastewater testing.
Effective Council Meetings Course Manual
General (Created: 2003-11-11; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

Course manual for City University Course.
Eviction Notices
General (Created: 2006-12-18; Reviewed: 2021-06-28)

MTAS assisted in writing an eviction notice and a request to vacate to the tenants in a city-owned building.
HIPAA Training Acknowledgment Form
Form (Created: 2003-08-27; Reviewed: 2021-05-07)

A form to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of the Town's HIPAA policy and training on that policy.
Hiring a City Manager
Form (Created: 2009-02-01; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

MTAS was asked for assistance in hiring a replacement city manager. Includes an evaluation system for council members to review the cover letters and resumes.
Is an Individual Working in the Library an Employee of the City?
General (Created: 2006-08-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

MTAS was asked whether an individual is an employee of the city or an independent contractor.
MTAS on Robert's Rules of Order
General (Created: 2019-05-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

A series of brief, instructive articles explaining the use Robert's Rules of Order for cities and towns in Tennessee. The series starts with the history of the Robert's Rules parliamentary procedures and delves into everything from making a motion to adjourning a meeting.
Norris Citizen Survey
Survey (Created: 2008-07-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-08)

An example of a citizen survey on the topics of annexation, taxation, and growth.
Norris City Manager Evaluation
Form (Created: 2009-02-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-08)

MTAS was asked to create an evaluation form based on requirements from the city's charter and code.
Number of Board Members in Selected Cities
General (Created: 2008-02-27; Reviewed: 2021-06-28)

A listing of the number of board members in eighty cities with populations between 2,400 and 7,600.
Ordinance Adopting by Reference State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road
Ordinance (Created: 2007-02-19; Reviewed: 2020-05-05)

An ordinance of the Town of Bean Station adopting by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road.
Ordinance Amending Historic Zoning Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 2007-12-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

An ordinance to amend the Cumberland Gap Code regarding historic zoning regulations.
Ordinance Amending the Beer Ordinance Regulating the Sale of Beer
Ordinance (Created: 2009-07-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

MTAS was asked to create a new license class and review a proposed ordinance amendment to allow a hotel to serve, but not sell, beer.
Ordinance Changing the Official Depository of City Funds
Ordinance (Created: 2007-11-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

An ordinance to amend the city's code regarding the town's official depository for town funds.
Ordinance for Removal of Vegetation and Debris from Overgrown and Dirty Lots
Ordinance (Created: 2007-11-06; Reviewed: 2021-06-09)

An ordinance to amend the town's code by adding regulations for removal of vegetation and debris from overgrown and dirty lots.
Ordinance Increasing Membership in Municipal Planning Commission
Ordinance (Created: 2008-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

An ordinance regarding the creation and membership of the municipal planning commission.
Ordinance Pertaining to the Location Restriction of Stores Selling Alcoholic Beverages at Retail
Ordinance (Created: 2005-06-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-22)

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

MTAS was asked for assistance in amending a purchasing ordinance to increase bid amounts.
Ordinance Regarding the Regulation of Cats and Dogs
Ordinance (Created: 2009-06-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-08)

An ordinance to amend Chapter 1 of Title 10 of the New Tazewell Code Book regarding the regulation of cats and dogs.
Ordinance Regulating Junk Vehicles
Ordinance (Created: 2007-11-09; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

An ordinance to amend the city's code, Title 13, by adding regulations of junk vehicles.
Ordinance Restricting Failed Motions from Reintroduction
Ordinance (Created: 2008-01-07; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

An ordinance to amend the Town of Decatur Code pertaining to the re-introduction of failed motions to adopt ordinances and resolutions.
Ordinance to Amend the Meeting Time for the Board
Ordinance (Created: 2008-02-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-15)

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

An ordinance to change the town election date to the November general election date.
Ordinance to Prohibit Large Vehicles from Entering/Exiting Intersection
Ordinance (Created: 2009-07-01; Reviewed: 2020-05-05)

An ordinance to prohibit trucks and other large vehicles from entering/exiting the intersection of State Route 33 and Little River Road.
Organizational Retreat for Parks and Recreation Department
Report/Study (Created: 2009-09-03; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

MTAS was asked to assist with an organizational retreat for staff.
Resolution Authorizing MTAS to Facilitate a Strategic Planning Session
Resolution (Created: 2008-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

A resolution authorizing The University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service to facilitate a strategic planning session for a city and to require its presentation in a report for the city council.
Resolution Authorizing the City Recorder/Budget Officer to Transfer Moneys from One Appropriation to Another within the Same Fund
Resolution (Created: 2013-02-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

A sample resolution authorizing the city recorder/budget officer to transfer moneys from one appropriation to another within the same fund.
Resolution for Codification
Resolution (Created: 2004-11-15; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

A resolution to have MTAS codify and revise the ordinances of a city.
Resolution Regarding the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors in Municipalities
Resolution (Created: 2008-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

A resolution requesting legislation to amend TCA to allow municipalities to permit the sale of alcohol by local option election.
Resolution to Accept an Agreement for a Turn Lane
Resolution (Created: 2004-03-23; Reviewed: 2020-12-15)

A resolution for a city accepting an agreement with the state for a Hazard Elimination Program.
Resolution to Amend Charter Regarding Election Date
Resolution (Created: 2006-07-17; Reviewed: 2021-07-19)

A resolution to change the election date to coincide with the regular county primary elections.
Sample City Code Provisions Restricting the Number of Alcoholic Beverage Permits
General (Created: 2009-12-11; Reviewed: 2021-07-23)

MTAS was asked to compile a list of cities with restrictions on the number of alcoholic beverage and beer permits that can be issued.
Sample Rejection Letters
General (Created: 2008-04-09; Reviewed: 2021-06-02)

MTAS was asked to provide sample application rejection letters.
Samples of City Codes Regarding Chickens
Ordinance (Created: 2010-04-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

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

MTAS was asked what other cities were doing as far as permissible decibel levels of noise.
Samples of Fowl and Chicken Regulations in Tennessee Cities
Ordinance (Created: 2014-05-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

MTAS was asked for examples of fowl and chicken ordinance regulations in Tennessee cities.
Title VI Compliance Manual
General (Created: 2002-01-23; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

A policy to put city into compliance with Title VI and TEMA requirements, so that it would be eligible for financial assistance, in the event of a disaster.
Author: North Kansas City
Customer Service Technician Job Description
Job Description (Created: 2009-10-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-22)

A job description for the position of Customer Service Technician
Marketing & Operations Manager
Job Description (Created: 2009-10-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

A job description for the position of Marketing & Operations Manager
Author: O'Hara, Stephanie Allen
Alcoholic Beverage Sales on Election Days
Legal Opinion (Created: 2018-06-01; Reviewed: 2021-04-14)

A Tennessee city requested information on whether or not it is legal to sell alcoholic beverages on election day. The author responded to the question letting the city know that neither the General Assembly nor the ABC have restricted sales on election days.
Annexation and Amending an Urban Growth Boundary
Legal Opinion (Created: 2015-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

MTAS was asked several questions about annexation and amending a UGB.
Employee Firearms Resolution Model
Resolution (Created: 2019-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-30)

This document is a sample resolution Tennessee cities can use with regards to employees carrying a firearm.
Harrogate Liquor by the Drink and Privilege Tax Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 2018-07-16; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

An ordinance of the City of Harrogate, Tennessee repealing the prohibition of liquor by the drink sales and adopting a privilege tax on the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Maximum Fee For Bad Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 2017-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-13)

A legal opinion on the maximum that a city can charge for a bad check.
Model Procurement Code Amendment for Purchases Through Competitive Sealed Proposals
Ordinance (Created: 2021-02-25; Reviewed: 2021-02-25)

MTAS and the Tennessee State Comptroller are required by state law (T.C.A.12-3-1207(d)) to "develop a model procurement code that may be adopted by any municipality to guide the governing body and purchasing agent in making purchases through requests for competitive sealed proposals. The model procurement code shall contain provisions allowing an aggrieved respondent to protest the intended award to another respondent if the protest is filed within seven (7) calendar days after the intended award is announced. The protest shall be filed with and decided by the municipal governing body." This model ordinance, developed by MTAS and approved by the State Comptroller's Office, satisfies this statutory requirement.
MTAS/CTAS ADA Compliance Officer Training 2018
General (Created: 2018-06-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-29)

Materials from an MTAS/CTAS statewide class designed for those city and county staff with ADA compliance responsibilities. Information resources includes the extensive class handout as well as the class slide presentation.
Newly Elected Official’s Guide to Taking Office
General (Created: 2019-11-14; Reviewed: 2021-10-20)

You just won an election for your municipal office. Now what? We address some common questions of when and how you take office, who may administer your oath, and what information should be included the oath of office in this document. Sample oath templates for boards, judges and other offices are included for Tennessee municipal use.

Also, we have short online course (City Byte) linked below that will walk you through the following topics: when do you take office, who can swear you in, what should be in the oath and what's next.
Reasonable Accommodations for Summer Camp Attendees
Legal Opinion (Created: 2017-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

A legal opinion concerning reasonable accommodations for summer camp attendees.
Refunding Fees and Taxes Collected in the Case of Annexation Being Declared Void
Legal Opinion (Created: 2017-04-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-26)

A legal opinion regarding whether a city is responsible for refunding (1) beer license fees, (2) beer sales tax, and (3) city property tax in the case of an annexation being declared void.
Retailer Giving Away Beer without a Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 2018-02-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

MTAS was asked whether a retailer may give beer away without a permit.
Sample Ordinance for Accepting a Newly Constructed Street
Ordinance (Created: 2019-01-23; Reviewed: 2020-07-13)

A sample ordinance that can be used by any Tennessee city when accepting a new street.
Sample Resolution Adopting a Public Records Policy
Form (Created: 2017-11-02; Reviewed: 2021-07-19)

MTAS created a sample resolution for Tennessee municipalities to use in order to adopt a public records policy that will provide economical and efficient access to public records as provided under the Tennessee Public Records Act ('TPRA') in Tenn. Code Ann. ' 10-7-501, et seq. by July 1, 2017. The sample resolution adopting a public records policy includes a public records policy, a public records request form, and a public record request response form. (updated 11/2/2017)
Steps to Authorize Liquor by the Drink, Retail Package Stores, and Wine in Grocery Stores
General (Created: 2021-08-26; Reviewed: 2021-08-26)

This document provides the steps necessary for a municipality to authorize liquor by the drink, retail package stores, and wine in grocery stores.
Tennessee Municipal Public Health Emergency Closures
General (Created: 2020-03-17; Reviewed: 2021-05-10)

MTAS has been asked by several city attorneys whether cities have any authority to prohibit mass gatherings and close businesses. This seems to be the question with which all cities are struggling because no statutory or charter authority is directly on point for a pandemic. The options that are being explored by cities are using the charter police powers and/or declarations of emergencies. Cities could potentially use a combination of both authorities.
Author: Oak Ridge
City of Oak Ridge Citizen Satisfaction Survey
Survey (Created: 2000-10-01; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

Citizens of Oak Ridge were asked questions about their quality of life and city services.
Author: Ogle-Graham, Laura
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2016 (Annual Report)
Report/Study (Created: 2017-04-06; Reviewed: 2017-06-07)

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

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

Author: Park City, Utah
Outdoor Display of Works of Art on City-Owned Property
Form (Created: 2004-01-28; Reviewed: 2021-06-09)

An example from the City of Franklin of an application and procedures for placing artwork on public property.
Author: Pearland, Tex.
Urban Forester
Job Description (Created: 2010-06-24; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

Job description for the position of Urban Forester.
Author: Phebus, Dick
In Lieu of Tax Payment Calculator
General (Created: 2006-03-14; Reviewed: 2021-07-29)

MTAS has developed a worksheet to assist local governments in calculating in lieu of tax payments.
Infrastructure Assets Reporting
General (Created: 2003-03-06; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

MTAS was asked whether the modified approach for reporting infrastructure assets could be used in the Water & Sewer Fund or other enterprise fund operations.
Schedule of Capital Assets for Ridgely, Tennessee
General (Created: 2004-06-30; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

MTAS was asked to prepare a report of capital assets for the general fund.
State Aid Resolution
Resolution (Created: 2003-05-19; Reviewed: 2021-07-29)

A Resolution to Authorize the City Recorder of the Town of Vonore to Account for All Municipal Street Aid Funds in the Town's General Fund.
Author: Piercey, Jon
Three Star Fire Department: Revised SOGs April 2007
Report/Study (Created: 2007-04-30; Reviewed: 2021-05-21)

The intent of this Standard Operating Guidelines and Training Manual is to provide an administrative, operational, and training framework to better manage emergency response personnel.
Author: Powells Crossroads
Setting Up a Municipal Court
Ordinance (Created: 2009-05-22; Reviewed: 2021-07-28)

Three ordinances and one resolution used by Powells Crossroads to set up a municipal court.
Author: Pullen, Mark
Broad Emergency Powers Given to Any Fire Chiefs
Legal Opinion (Created: 1992-02-26; Reviewed: 2021-06-28)

MTAS was asked if broad emergency powers are given to county as well as city fire chiefs.
Can the City Make Appropriations to Nonprofit Organizations?
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-03-08; Reviewed: 2021-07-27)

MTAS was asked whether the city can make appropriations to nonprofit organizations and, if so, what is the proper procedure.
Contractors Sue the City for Breach of Contract and Quit Work on the Plant
Legal Opinion (Created: 1993-11-16; Reviewed: 2020-04-22)

The city is faced with a lawsuit, a deadline from the State Department of Environment and Conservation as to when it must be in conformity with state environmental laws, and an unfinished sewer treatment plant.
County Solid Waste Disposal Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 1993-08-31; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

MTAS was asked whether the citizens of the city are still subject to a solid waste disposal fee charged by the county, even if a private disposal service is used.
Does the City Have to Pay the County to Incarcerate Prisoners Arrested and Prosecuted for State Law Violations by the City?
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-01-29; Reviewed: 2021-06-30)

MTAS was asked whether the city has to pay the county to incarcerate prisoners arrested and prosecuted for state law violations by the city.
Issuance of a Beer Permit When One of the Partners Has -- a Felony Conviction for Burglary
Legal Opinion (Created: 1993-06-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

MTAS was asked about the issuance of a beer permit where a partnership has applied for a beer permit and one of the partners has a felony conviction for burglary.
Issuance of Beer Permits Under Beer Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-04-13; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

MTAS was asked if the beer board was correct in denying a beer permit for two brothers, after the board learned that a third brother, who has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, was also going to be a partner in the business.
Legality of a Garbage Contract by City with One Company
Legal Opinion (Created: 1995-12-14; Reviewed: 2021-06-25)

MTAS was asked about the legality of a garbage contract by city with one company.
Mayor Can Vote to Break a Tie or Be a Member of the Quorum
Legal Opinion (Created: 1993-06-29; Reviewed: 2021-07-21)

MTAS was asked, if four alderman are required to make a quorum and several resign, leaving only three, whether the mayor may act as an alderman.
Method the City Uses in Paying Worker's Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 1997-08-18; Reviewed: 2021-07-15)

MTAS was asked whether it was legal for the city to pay an injured employee their regular paychecks for up to fourteen calendar days afer the day of injury and require the employee to return to the city any worker's compensation benefits they may have received.
Municipalities Without a Zoning Ordinance Seek to Prohibit Wildcat Trailer Parks from Springing Up
Legal Opinion (Created: 1994-01-07; Reviewed: 2021-07-29)

MTAS was asked what actions may be taken by municipalities that do not have a zoning ordinance and seek to prohibit wildcat trailer parks from springing up.
Potential Tort Liability Due to a Street Design
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-08-30; Reviewed: 2021-05-10)

MTAS was asked whether the town has potential tort liability due to a street design.
Recovery of Illegally Disposed of City Real Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-02-28; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had the authority to dispose of the property for the city.
Structure and Powers of the City's Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 1992-02-25; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

MTAS was asked several questions about the structure and powers of the City's utility board.
Using Special Assessments for Sidewalk Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 1996-07-10; Reviewed: 2021-07-22)

MTAS was asked whether special assessments can be used for sidewalk construction.
Author: Purcell, Melanie
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2008
Report/Study (Created: 2009-04-30; Reviewed: 2017-06-07)

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

FY2009 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Author: Rogers, Honna
A Resolution of the Town of Bean Station, Tennessee Amending Their Personnel Policies to Provide Insurance for Certain Long-Term Employees
Resolution (Created: 2019-04-25; Reviewed: 2021-07-12)

Bean Station, wanting to retain and motivate the best employees and provide incentives for them to stay with the city, passed a resolution granting a benefit to those who stay at least 20 years.
All-Terrain Vehicle Park Advisory Committee
Resolution (Created: 2019-12-12; Reviewed: 2021-04-27)

This is a sample resolution to help cities create a citizens' advisory committee to serve in an advisory capacity to the town commission and as a research and discovery entity devoted to the proposed all-terrain vehicle park in an effort to benefit the community.
E-mail Distribution By City and City-Wide Wifi Analytics Disclosure
General (Created: 2017-01-12; Reviewed: 2021-04-26)

MTAS responds to questions regarding emails distributed by the city to residents and the legal risks of installing wireless internet connections in a downtown area of the city.
Purchasing Card Policy
General (Created: 2014-02-05; Reviewed: 2021-07-28)

A purchasing card policy that is appropriate for smaller cities.
Resolution Authorizing MTAS to Conduct a Stormwater Study
Ordinance (Created: 2021-04-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-20)

A resolution written for the City of Red Bank, Tennessee, authorizing MTAS to conduct a stormwater fee analysis and rate study.
Resolution to Adopt a Youth Sports Concussion Policy
Resolution (Created: 2014-01-13; Reviewed: 2021-06-29)

This sample resolution accompanies the policy required by Public Chapter 148 passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in April 2013 and effective on January 1, 2014.
Sample Resolution to Name a Bridge
Resolution (Created: 2019-12-10; Reviewed: 2021-06-29)

A resolution created for Estill Springs which can be adapted by other cities for the use of naming a bridge.
Soddy-Daisy Exempt Employee Criteria
General (Created: 2017-08-16; Reviewed: 2021-06-02)

MTAS Management Consultant Honna Rogers was asked about making the Director of the Senior Center in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee an exempt employee who supervises volunteers.
Wrecker Inspections in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 2019-07-01; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Nine Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out who handles inspection for wreckers called to the scene following a motor vehicle accident.
Author: Rollins, Sharon
Agreement for Operations, Maintenance and Management Services of Wastewater System
Form (Created: 2010-06-25; Reviewed: 2021-04-07)

MTAS was asked to review and revise contract between town and utility district for wastewater system operations.
Agreement for Sewer Service Outside Corporate Limits
General (Created: 2007-06-26; Reviewed: 2021-04-28)

MTAS was asked to provide a model sewer service agreement for areas outside the city limits.
Considerations for Any City Thinking About Developing a New Sewer System
(Created: 2008-07-24; Reviewed: 2021-06-23)

Ask lots of questions and get answers you can live with before building a centralized sewer system.
Converting Two Way Streets to One Way Streets
General (Created: 2007-03-19; Reviewed: 2020-04-22)

MTAS was asked to evaluate city streets for conversion from two way to one way and to provide guidance on traffic flow, signage, and parking.
Development of a Proposed Sewer System for Estill Springs
Report/Study (Created: 2001-08-06; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

Recommendation that Estill Springs connect with a neighboring town's sewer system.
Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 2003-06-26; Reviewed: 2021-04-28)

A job description for the position of Engineer/Sewer/Codes Official.
Fleet Maintenance and Operations Schedules
Form (Created: 2012-07-12; Reviewed: 2020-10-07)

Seven checklists for preventive maintenance and inspections.
General Questions Regarding ADA Compliance
General (Created: 2018-07-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

MTAS was asked the following questions: "How the city’s utilities – gas, electric, water/wastewater – should handle ADA compliance?" and "What does the city need in regards to procurement procedures, zoning ordinance and municipal codes?"
Incentive/Disincentive Contracts
General (Created: 2006-06-12; Reviewed: 2020-10-07)

MTAS was asked whether other cities use incentive contracts.
Municipal Bonds
General (Created: 2012-09-11; Reviewed: 2021-04-23)

Local governments generally should consider using bond issues for large, long-term debt of more than $1 million and for longer than 12 years. The various types of municipal bonds include general obligation bonds, special tax bonds and special assessments, revenue bonds, industrial revenue bonds, and double-barrel bonds.
Ordinance Providing for Private Collection of Bulk Refuse
Ordinance (Created: 2011-05-27; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

An ordinance for solid waste permits.
Ordinance to Establish Refuse Collection Fees
Ordinance (Created: 2007-03-30; Reviewed: 2021-04-15)

An ordinance to establish refuse collection fees in Title 17 of the municipal code.
Organizational Structure of Municipal Public Works Departments
Report/Study (Created: 2001-02-28; Reviewed: 2021-06-22)

Letter detailing the organizational structure of a municipal public works department.
Public Works Department Model SOP Outline
General (Created: 2007-08-16; Reviewed: 2021-04-12)

An outline of a model operating procedure (SOP) for a public works department.
Public Works Performance Evaluation Forms
Form (Created: 2006-04-05; Reviewed: 2021-05-12)

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

MTAS was asked to provide permit applications for the Public Works Dept. of Fayetteville.
Qualification Based Selection: A guide for procuring design professional services in Tennessee
(Created: 2019-07-02; Reviewed: 2021-04-08)

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

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

A second document is attached. This is the appendices of the QBS document which provides sample forms to used in the process of acquiring the services of design professionals.
Town of Greeneville Organizational Structure Study
Report/Study (Created: 2005-11-30; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

MTAS was asked to evaluate the organizational structure, roles, and responsibilities for the departments of engineering, environment, public works, building codes, and planning.
Traffic Calming
General (Created: 2007-05-31; Reviewed: 2020-05-11)

MTAS was asked for information on applying traffic calming measures.
Author: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Public Art Policy and Procedures
General (Created: 2005-09-27; Reviewed: 2021-07-16)

Guidelines and procedures for public art adopted by the City of San Luis Obispo; includes ordinance and resolutions.
Author: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Landscape Architect/Project Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 2000-02-01; Reviewed: 2021-06-21)

Job description for the position of Landscape Architect / Project Coordinator.