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Original Author:
Cross, Steven
"Barry Brady Act" : a report with recommendations for Tennessee municipalities on Public Chapter 490
Report/Study (Created: 10/05/2019; Reviewed: October 28, 2020)

An MTAS report with recommendations regarding the implementation of the 2019 "Barry Brady Act." The Barry Brady Act or Public Chapter 490 amends T.C.A. § 7-51-201 by adding subsection (d) which outlines specific types of cancers that are presumed to have been acquired as the result of employment in the fire service and the eligibility requirements for firefighters seeking to be covered by the presumption. This public chapter outlines specific employment, pre-employment, and annual medical monitoring that a firefighter must undergo in order to be covered by the presumption. The Tennessee State Legislature removed the July 1, 2020 deadline and did not replace it with another deadline.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
2019 Fair Labor Standards Act final rules released
General (Created: 10/18/2019; Reviewed: October 18, 2019)

The U.S. Department of Labor has set a new standard salary level in the Fair Labor Standards Act of $684 per week/$1,368 biweekly/$1,482 semimonthly/$2,964 month (equivalent of $35,568 per year). The Department has also set the Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) annual compensation amount at a new level of $107,432. The new salary rates are effective January 1, 2020. This hot topic from MTAS reviews the history of the new rules and also discusses discretionary bonuses and incentive payments rule changes.
Original Author:
Spencer, Eric
2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance
General (Created: 09/03/2020; Reviewed: December 10, 2020)

A memo from MTAS on the 2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Program
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Accepting Property to be Used as a Park Exclusively for Senior Citizens
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/04/1993; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the City can accept a grant of property to be used as a park with the condition that it be exclusively a park for senior citizens.
Original Author:
MTAS
Accountant
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: July 18, 2018)

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

Job description for the position of Accounting Clerk.
Original Author:
MTAS
Administrative Assistant (1)
Job Description (Created: 08/19/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Administrative Secretary I for Development Services.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Adopting an Annexation Ordinance to Repeal a Previous One
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/14/1997; Reviewed: May 13, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether a city may adopt an ordinance repealing its previous annexation ordinance.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Alderman Operating a Municipal Vehicle as a Police Car and Stopping Citizens
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1991; Reviewed: March 15, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether an alderman is authorized to make traffic and other stops in a vehicle equipped with flashing blue lights.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
All Consumers of Publicly-Provided Utilities Must Pay for What They Receive at the Same Rate Charged to Others for a Like Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1999; Reviewed: September 24, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the utility is precluded from collecting back charges, even though the failure to collect is due to the utility's inadvertence.
Original Author:
Hobson, Dave
An Ordinance Establishing Qualifications for the Position of City Judge for the Town of New Market, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 08/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The Town of New Market, Tennessee required an ordinance establishing qualifications for the position of city judge.
Original Author:
MTAS
Animal Control Attendant
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Animal Control Officer.
Original Author:
Beaumont, Texas
Annual Contract for Mowing Developed and Vacant City-Owned and Abandoned Property (Re-Bid)
RFP (Created: 07/13/2011; Reviewed: January 20, 2012)

An example of an annual mowing contract.
Original Author:
Beaumont, Texas
Annual Contract for Mowing Privately-Owned Developed and Vacant Property (Re-Bid)
RFP (Created: 07/13/2011; Reviewed: January 20, 2012)

An example of an annual mowing contract.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Applicant for Beer Permit at Site in Proximity to Church
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1996; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

MTAS was asked this question: Where a church located itself within 300 feet of an establishment selling beer and that establishment subsequently went out of business, is an applicant for a beer permit at the same establishment entitled to the permit.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Applicant tracking system survey
Survey (Created: 05/09/2019; Reviewed: July 18, 2019)

A survey of selected cities to determine the use of applicant tracking systems, software/platform in place, and the method used to procure the system in use.
Original Author:
Loudon
Application for Building Permit, City of Loudon, Tennessee
Form (Created: 01/02/1993; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

An example of a building permit application that includes a schedule of fees and diagram of the proposed building.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Applying City Zoning and Building Code Regulations to County Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1994; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the City can apply its zoning and building code regulations, including that requirement that the county obtain a building permit and pay building permit fees, to county buildings.
Original Author:
MTAS
Apprentice Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

Job description for the position of Apprentice Lineworker.
Original Author:
MTAS
Assistant Chief of Police (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager.
Original Author:
Kingsport
Assistant City Manager for Development Services
Job Description (Created: 03/03/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Assistant City Manager in Development Services.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Assistant Fire Chief and Training Officer Job Sample
(Created: 06/04/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Sample job description for Assistant fire chief and training officer, prepared by Dennis Wolf.
Original Author:
MTAS
Assistant Golf Pro
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Assistant Purchasing Manager.
Original Author:
Greenwich
Assistant Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 04/01/2007; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

Job description for the position of Assistant Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Original Author:
MTAS
Assistant Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of assistant superintendent of water and sewer.
Original Author:
Athens
Athens Rain Garden Program and Grant
General (Created: 04/08/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2020)

A brochure on building a rain garden and how public works can help with excavation and bedding materials.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Authority of City to Levy Whatever Tax Rate It Considers Necessary to Fund Municipal Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1999; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city can levy a property tax above $1.75 when the city's charter limits the levy to that amount.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Authority of City to Prohibit Ticket Sales Along City Streets Leading to Speedway
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/14/1998; Reviewed: April 21, 2020)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city has the authority to prohibit volunteer firemen from using sirens on their automobiles and from running red lights and violating other traffic laws during the course of responding to fire calls.
Original Author:
Jaeckel, Gary
Authority of City to Use a Local Referendum in Specific Instances
General (Created: 04/25/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

A city's use of a referendum is limited to thirteen specific instances in the State of Tennessee.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Authority to Issue Arrest and Search Warrants
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/26/1999; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked who may legally issue a search or arrest warrant.
Original Author:
Bay County, Fla.
Bay County Launches Website about Half-Cent Sales Tax Projects
General (Created: 09/26/2016; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

This website provides a good example of what happens when a county or city wants to have a referendum that raises the limit; plus, the local government wants to know how to publicize the referendum without paying to support one side or the other.
Original Author:
Alliance for Innovation
Benchmarking Projects
Report/Study (Created: 01/31/2009; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

Includes 13 municipal benchmarking studies, plus links to 10 additional studies.
Original Author:
Knox County
Benefits Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 07/25/2005; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

A job description for the position of Benefits Coordinator.
Original Author:
Collierville
Bicycle Patrol Policy and Training Topics
General (Created: 05/17/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

A policy for establishing a police bicycle patrol and lesson plans for ten training topics.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Body Armor Policy
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

The city will provide personal body armor (bulletproof vest) to each full-time police officer and provide guidance in the use of the equipment.
Original Author:
Carrier, Angie
Bonding of Mayor and Town Recorder
General (Created: 02/09/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

MTAS responds to an inquiry regarding whether the mayor and town recorder must be bonded.
Original Author:
MTAS
Building Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

Job description for the position of Building/Codes Inspector.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Building Inspectors in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/01/2020; Reviewed: June 1, 2020)

A survey of selected cities regarding whether they have a building inspector on staff, and if not, do they contract for those services.
Original Author:
MTAS
Business Office Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Business Office Supervisor.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Calculating Call Waiting Bonuses and Premiums for Overtime Compensation Purposes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1996; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

MTAS was asked how call waiting bonuses and premiums are calculated for overtime compensation purposes under the FLSA.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Call-out and overtime compensation for utility workers survey
Survey (Created: 06/09/2017; Reviewed: August 1, 2019)

A survey of selected cities on compensation of utility employees for call-out and overtime work.
Original Author:
General Code
Camouflaging Telecommunications Towers
Ordinance (Created: 07/30/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Three sample ordinances that provide information on camouflage requirements for towers and antennas.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Can Facebook images be used as evidence for municipal violation and citation?
General (Created: 10/31/2017; Reviewed: December 11, 2019)

MTAS responds to a question regarding whether images on Facebook be used as evidence for municipal violation and citation.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Can the City Attorney Also Serve as the City Judge?
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1993; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the county sheriff can, on his own initiative, increase the cost of housing prisoners arrested by the city for the violation of state law or municipal ordinances.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Certain Employee Records Subject to the Open Records Act
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/26/2000; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether an employee's medical information contained in a first injury report was confidential and therefore not subject to disclosure.
Original Author:
Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Certificate of Compliance: Retail Package Store
Form (Created: 04/20/2011; Reviewed: October 3, 2017)

A sample of the Certificate of Compliance form that most cities/towns use for their Certificate of Compliance.
Original Author:
Shelbyville
Certificate of Occupancy
Form (Created: 05/05/1993; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

An example of a certificate of occupancy from the City of Shelbyville.
Original Author:
Tennessee Dept. of Economic and Community Development
Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities
General (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: October 16, 2018)

For use in the distribution of state shared taxes to incorporated municipalities.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Charging Non-Users a Garbage Collection Fee and Requiring Garbage Collection Recipients to Use Only the City Garbage Collection Service
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/16/1993; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge garbage collection service recipients a garbage collection fee even if they do not use the service and whether the city can require garbage collection recipients to use only city garbage collection service.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Charter Provision Requires Mayor to Sign Warrants But Is Silent as to Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/2000; Reviewed: September 24, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether a 'warrant' is the same as a check for the purposes of a charter provision requiring the mayor to sign warrants, but is silent as to checks.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Chicken Manure Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/18/2008; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

An ordinance regulating the use of chicken manure as a yard or field fertilizer within the city.
Original Author:
MTAS
Chief Accountant
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: July 18, 2018)

Job description for the position of Chief Accountant under the Utilities Department.
Original Author:
Smyrna
Chief Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of chief mechanic of the water and wastewater treatment plants for the City of Smyrna.
Original Author:
MTAS
Chief of Police (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

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

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

Job description for the position of Chief of Police.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Chief of Police Insists He Is Entitled to a Leave of Absence to Run for Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1998; Reviewed: August 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city is legally required to give the chief of police a leave of absence to run for office of sheriff of the county.
Original Author:
MTAS
Chief Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of chief wastewater plant operator.
Original Author:
Church Hill
Church Hill Methadone Treatment Clinic Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 04/21/2009; Reviewed: June 22, 2017)

An ordinance for the consideration of a methadone treatment clinic or facility and substance abuse treatment facility.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Cities May Confer Employee Status for Purposes of the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act to Another City Pursuant to a Valid Interlocal Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1996; Reviewed: January 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked questions regarding a sample Interlocal/Mutual Aid Agreement.
Original Author:
MTAS
Citizens Information Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job description for the position of City Attorney.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
City Constructs Its Own Building and Uses Volunteer Labor
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1995; Reviewed: February 13, 2017)

MTAS was asked what the legal implications are of the city building a fire hall, partly with volunteer labor, and partly through subcontracting out particular jobs.
Original Author:
Brentwood
City Judge Appointment Procedures
General (Created: 04/17/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

The City of Brentwood developed a procedure for appointing a city judge.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
City Judge Issuing State Warrant and Admissibility of Video Tape in DUI case
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/18/1993; Reviewed: September 24, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the city judge (who has concurrent jurisdiction) can issue a state warrant for a person who passes a school bus, upon the affidavit of the school bus driver, who doesn't know who was driving the car and whether a video tape of persons arrested for DUI is admissible at trial of the defendant.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
City Liability for Liquidated Damages on a Terminated Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/17/1991; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Town is required to pay $10,000 in liquidated damages when it terminated a contract with a company.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
City Manager Agreements, Severance Provisions, and Salary in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 10/15/2020; Reviewed: October 23, 2020)

A survey of selected cities in Tennessee regarding city manager/administrator agreements and salary.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
City Manager Employment Agreements and Severance Pay
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked what the former city manager's rights to severance pay are under the contract.
Original Author:
MTAS
City Manager of Irving: Classification Specification
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for City Manager for the City of Irving.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
City Manager's Authority Over Personnel Administration
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/04/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

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

When the city requests bid proposals for insurance, is it required to accept the lowest bid, or can it purchase the insurance from the Municipal Liability Pool?
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
City Obtains a Certificate of Public Purpose and Necessity Before Borrowing Funds to Buy Land for an Industrial Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/11/2000; Reviewed: July 24, 2007)

MTAS was asked whether a city must obtain a certificate of public purpose and necessity before borrowing funds to buy land for an industrial park.
Original Author:
Lane, Kenny
City of Brentwood Fire Department Annual Report FY2004
Report/Study (Created: 08/20/2004; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

An example of an annual report from the Brentwood Fire Department.
Original Author:
Chattanooga
City of Chattanooga Procurement Instruction Manual
General (Created: 03/13/2014; Reviewed: April 22, 2020)

This manual establishes the policies and procedures required to be followed by the City of Chattanooga's (City) departments and agencies in fulfilling procurement and related logistical responsibilities within the delegated limits when performing procurement functions. The manual as written, serves as a user's guide for City employees and officials when implementing authorized purchasing procedures.
Original Author:
Cleveland
City of Cleveland Finance Department Banking Service Proposal
RFP (Created: 02/28/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

The initiation of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process is intended to result in the selection of a financial institution that can provide the City of Cleveland with the highest quality and most flexible services for the lowest cost to the public.
Original Author:
Pearson, James
City of Jackson Fire Department: Past, Present, Future [Fire Department Annual Report]
Report/Study (Created: 12/31/2009; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

An example of an annual report from the Jackson Fire Department.
Original Author:
Knoxville
City of Knoxville, Request for Proposals, Basic Life, AD&D, Basic Dependent Life, Supplemental Life and Long Term Disability Insurance
RFP (Created: 04/26/2006; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

An RFP for the City of Knoxville to provide life and disability insurance to all eligible employees.
Original Author:
Oak Ridge
City of Oak Ridge Citizen Satisfaction Survey
Survey (Created: 10/01/2000; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

Citizens of Oak Ridge were asked questions about their quality of life and city services.
Original Author:
Springfield
City of Springfield Request for Proposals Contract Management of the Legacy Golf Course
RFP (Created: 11/13/2015; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

The City is seeking proposals from all interested firms to provide management services for the daily operations and maintenance of the golf course.
Original Author:
MTAS
City Planner
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of City Planner.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
City Planner Salary, Contracted Grant Writers, Retirement Plans and Supplemental Bridge Benefits Survey
Survey (Created: 04/27/2018; Reviewed: October 22, 2018)

A survey of selected cities to gather city planner salary information, whether contracted grant writers are in use, and the offerings of retirement plans including supplemental bridge benefits.
Original Author:
Spring Hill
City Planning Assistant
Job Description (Created: 03/31/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The City of Spring Hill, Tennessee provided MTAS with a job description for their City Planning Assistant. An employee to provide support to the Planning Director with planning activities and the development review process. He or she will also be responsible for administrative functions within the department. The planning assistant will also process and track maintenance and performance bonds and application data.
Original Author:
MTAS
City Recorder
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

Job description for the position of City Recorder.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
City School District Admits Children Who Live Outside the City and Charges Tuition
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the City School District may admit children who live outside the city and charge tuition.
Original Author:
Carrier, Angie
City versus state regulation of sale of beer and liquor
General (Created: 02/22/2018; Reviewed: December 11, 2019)

MTAS was asked "what is the distance requirement (from church, school, public gathering place) for the State of Tennessee regarding sale of liquor and sale of beer (on-premise)?" The following information addresses the authority to regulate distance requirements.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
City Wishes to Prohibit Double Wide Mobile Homes
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/21/1993; Reviewed: May 19, 2017)

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

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city's purchase of automotive repairs is a professional service exempt from competitive bidding required by the Municipal Purchasing Law and the city's competitive bidding policies.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
City's Share of the State Beer Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1997; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can prohibit the sale of beer and if that decision would jeopardize the city's share of the state beer tax.
Original Author:
MTAS
Civic Center Event Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Civic Center Manager.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Civilian Ride-Along Programs
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

A civilian should meet certain eligibility requirements to participate in a municipal police department's ride-along program.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Classified and Commercial Driver Licenses Chapter 1340-1-13
General (Created: 04/16/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

Commercial driver licenses are not required for drivers operating emergency vehicles.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Classifying Employees in Labor and Management Categories
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/27/1991; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked for assistance in classifying employees in labor and management categories.
Original Author:
MTAS
Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Clerk III Accountant.
Original Author:
Kurbis, Christy
Cleveland Beautification Survey
Survey (Created: 04/28/2011; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

The Tree Board in Cleveland conducted this survey and had 442 responses.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Code Enforcement on Buildings Partially Within City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/11/1996; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

Where a building is located partially in the city and partially in the county, does the city's building permit and inspection system apply to the entire building?
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Collecting State and Local Litigation Tax on Actions Filed in Municipal Court
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/12/1995; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked when the city must collect state and local litigation tax on actions filed in municipal court.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Collection of Fines and Costs While Decision is on Appeal
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/02/1993; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

MTAS was asked what action the city can take against a pallet manufacturer who is in violation of the fire code.
Original Author:
Greenwich
Commissioner of Public Works
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

Job description for the position of Commissioner of Public Works in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Original Author:
Gallatin
Communications Director (Gallatin, TN)
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A sample job description provided by the City of Gallatin for the Director for Administration & Communications. The purpose of the position is to captivate and engage current and new audiences with the city.
Original Author:
MTAS
Community Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

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

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

Job description for the position of Community Planner II.
Original Author:
Memphis
Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 05/19/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Compliance/Labor Relations Specialist.
Original Author:
Ashburn, Melissa
Condemnation of Property with Deed Restrictions or Covenants
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/2017; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

MTAS was asked if the city condemns property that has deed restrictions or covenants requiring that the property only be used for residential development, if such restrictions are lifted or nullified by the condemnation.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Conditions of the Deed Abandoning the Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1993; Reviewed: April 22, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the city can attach conditions to the abandonment of the street.
Original Author:
Chattanooga
Construction Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/26/2007; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

Job descriptions for the position of construction inspector.
Original Author:
Luckie, Angie
Contract Documents & Specifications for Residential Recyclable Materials Collection and Delivery
RFP (Created: 03/25/2010; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

Includes an RFP, contractor's proposal, contract, and performance bond for the City of Maryville.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Contract for the County to Maintain the City's Streets in Exchange for Payment
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/1990; Reviewed: April 22, 2020)

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

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen can compel the mayor to sign a certain "contract."
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Contractors Licensing Law and Its Application
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/13/1992; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city building inspector should issue a building permit for the construction of a certain restaurant in the city.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Contractors Sue the City for Breach of Contract and Quit Work on the Plant
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/16/1993; Reviewed: April 22, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
County Beer Permits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/13/1991; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a county beer permit issued to beer establishments in the town are valid permits, and whether the town has the authority to regulate the hours of Sunday beer sales
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
County's Authority to Condemn Territory Within a Municipality's Corporate Boundaries Without Its Consent
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/29/1999; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a county may condemn property within an incorporated territory, for the purpose of building a road without the city's consent.
Original Author:
Sims, Steve
Court Comparative Data 2012 and 2013
Survey (Created: 05/13/2013; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

The City of Franklin surveyed seventeen cities about the frequency of court sessions, staffing, monthly average of citations, court costs, fees, and fines, payment methods, and software used.
Original Author:
MTAS
Customer Records Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Customer Service Supervisor for Utilities and Public Works.
Original Author:
Smyrna
Customer Service Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 08/16/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of customer service supervisor for utilities and public works for the City of Smyrna.
Original Author:
North Kansas City
Customer Service Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: June 21, 2018)

A job description for the position of Customer Service Technician
Original Author:
Memphis
Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2016; Reviewed: March 1, 2017)

Job description for the position of data entry operator from the city of Memphis.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Dedication of Streets That Are Essentially Private Driveways
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1999; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether it would be advisable for the Town to take over the maintenance, or accept the dedication as city streets, certain private driveways.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Definition of Grandfathering in the Sense of Allowing a Preexisting Use to Continue Despite a Later Regulation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

"Grandfathering" is allowing an existing operation or conduct to continue legally when a new operation or conduct would be illegal.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Demand by a Former Police Officer for Payment for Unused Vacation and Sick Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/02/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a former police officer is entitled to accumulated vacation and sick leave pay upon leaving the city's employment because of past custom and practice of the Town.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Demolition of Dilapidated and Unsafe Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/20/1998; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can provide a means by which department heads under certain conditions can elect to not be at will employees if those department heads are at will employees under the city charter.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Differential Tax Rates and Questions from the Charter Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether differential tax rates within taxing districts and special services districts authorized under the Charter Government Unification Act would violate the Tennessee Constitution and several other questions by the Charter Commission.
Original Author:
MTAS
Director of Development Services
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

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

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Director of Human Resources.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Discretion of Town to Refuse to Allow New Taps
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/03/1994; Reviewed: October 3, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen may refuse to allow new taps to the municipal water system outside the corporate limits.
Original Author:
MTAS
Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Records Clerk/Dispatcher.
Original Author:
Lindsey, L. Shawn
Distribution of Mulch Materials for the City of Athens
General (Created: 01/10/2006; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

It is the intent of the City of Athens to make these mulch materials, produced or collected by the Public Works Department, available to City of Athens residents and/or City of Athens employees for their personal use.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Does an Employee Have a Right to a Salary Increase by Virtue of Provisions Made in the Budget for Salary Increases
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/23/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether an employee has a right to a salary increase by virtue of provisions made in the budget for salary increases.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Does the City Have to Operate a City Court?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/16/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the City has to operate a city court.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Does the City Have to Pay the County to Incarcerate Prisoners Arrested and Prosecuted for State Law Violations by the City?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1996; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city has to pay the county to incarcerate prisoners arrested and prosecuted for state law violations by the city.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Does the Tennessee Open Records Law Require a City to Mail Any Record to a Newspaper?
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/10/1999; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city is required under the Tennessee Open Records Law to mail to a newspaper information packets it provides to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, or any other city records.
Original Author:
Chlarson, John
Drainage Law and the Responsibility of the Design Engineer
General (Created: 05/13/2005; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

A PowerPoint presentation for the Tennessee section of ASCE.
Original Author:
MTAS
Drug Task Force Financial Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Drug Task Force Financial Officer.
Original Author:
Rogers, Honna
E-mail Distribution By City and City-Wide Wifi Analytics Disclosure
General (Created: 01/12/2017; Reviewed: December 13, 2019)

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.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Effective Date of the Incorporation of a City
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1999; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked when the incorporation of a city is considered effective.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Election of Municipal Court Clerk
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/28/1992; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether Barrett requires the clerk of a municipal court exercising concurrent jurisdiction to be elected.
Original Author:
MTAS
Electrical Operating Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Electrical Technician.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Eligibility of Chamber of Commerce Employees for City-Provided Benefits
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A legal opinion was requested of MTAS addressing whether individuals who work for the local Chamber of Commerce are legally eligible for benefits provided to employees of the city.
Original Author:
Fort Lauderdale
Emergency Debris Management RFP
RFP (Created: 11/20/2000; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

The City of Fort Lauderdale issued a request for proposals for emergency debris management.
Original Author:
Ocala
Emergency Debris Removal RFQ
RFP (Created: 09/14/2004; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

The City of Ocala issued a request for quotation for debris removal.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Eminent Domain Proceedings to Acquire Property for a Maintenance Garage When the Property Is Owned by a Member of the City Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/12/1993; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a municipality may institute eminent domain proceedings to acquire property for a maintenance garage when the property is owned by a member of the city commission.
Original Author:
Platteville, Wis.
Employment Contract City Manager
General (Created: 01/01/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

An employment contract for the position on City Manager.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Enforcement of Building Code on a Project under Construction at Time of Annexation
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/23/1992; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether newly annexed property is subject to the city's building code.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Enforcing Compliance with Posted Street Numbering
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/18/1991; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether other cities have ordinances that guarantee posting of street numbers.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Enforcing Municipal Ordinances Outside the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1996; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether it may enforce its ordinances dealing with tall grass, junk cars, and dangerous buildings within one mile of the city limits.
Original Author:
MTAS
Engineer Codes Official
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Engineering Assistant.
Original Author:
Belmont
Engineering Technician (1)
Job Description (Created: 08/02/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016)

Job description for the position of Engineering Technician for the City of Belmont.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Entitlement of the City to In Lieu Of Taxes from an Electric System
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/06/1995; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to in lieu of taxes from an electric system with respect to the system's property in the city.
Original Author:
MTAS
Equipment Operator (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

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

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

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

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

Job description for the position of Executive Secretary II/Administrative Assistant.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Expending Municipal Funds to Relocate Sewer, Water, and Gas Mechanical Equipment at the Request of a Property Owner
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/11/1995; Reviewed: June 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the legality of expending municipal funds to relocate sewer, water and gas mechanical equipment at the request of a property owner who wishes to backfill his property.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Extending Contract Terms
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/26/1994; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can renew their contract with a solid waste disposal company without having to open it up to competitive bidding.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Failure of the Local Government to Substantially Comply with the Public Hearing Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/28/1998; Reviewed: October 3, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the failure of the local government to substantially comply with the public hearing notice and other procedural requirements prescribed by the state law is jurisdictional rather than directory.
Original Author:
Smyrna
Fire Chief
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: August 17, 2017)

Job description for the position of Fire Chief for the City of Smyrna.
Original Author:
MTAS
Fire Chief (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Fire Chief.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire chief is in the driver's seat
General (Created: 09/13/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

An article answering the question regarding the responsibility and scheduling of the Fire Chief's position in a fire department.
Original Author:
MTAS
Fire Department Schedule
Report/Study (Created: 08/01/2001; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Proposed 28-day schedule for a fire department working a 24/48 shift pattern, including meal time deduction and kelly day.
Original Author:
TPMA
Fire Department Sick Leave Policies
Survey (Created: 05/25/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

TPMA sent out a survey to determine how municipalities handle sick leave for Fire Department employees and received fourteen responses.
Original Author:
Bristol
Fire Investigator Mentor Program
General (Created: 11/14/2008; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This Fire Investigator Mentor Program has been endorsed by the Tennessee Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and recognized by the IAAI as an excellent program in training and qualifying new fire investigators.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Fire Positions Exempted from Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Mandatory Retirement at Age 60
Survey (Created: 09/01/2017; Reviewed: November 12, 2020)

A survey of selected cities to determine if their battalion chief or shift caption positions are exempted from the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System mandatory retirement for public safety positions at age 60.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Support Specialist
Job Description (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

A sample job description for a fire support specialist.
Original Author:
MTAS
Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

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

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

Job description for the position of Firefighter/Mechanic.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Firefighters as Auxiliary Police Officers and Dispatcher Psychological Assessment Survey
Survey (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A survey of selected cities and towns regarding allowing firefighters to serve auxiliary police officers and also the psychological assessment of dispatchers.
Original Author:
MTAS
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager.
Original Author:
Smyrna
Fitness Facility Manager
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Fitness Facility Manager for the City of Smyrna.
Original Author:
MTAS
Fleet and Materials Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

Job description for the position of Fleet and Materials Manager.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Forcing the City to Accept and Maintain Private Streets Located in Privately Owned Residential Developments
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/15/1991; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the City can be forced to accept the dedication and ongoing maintenance responsibility for private streets, street lights and storm sewers located within condominium and planned unit developments.
Original Author:
Chattanooga
Forestry Inspector
Job Description (Created: 11/16/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Forestry Inspector
Original Author:
Chattanooga
Forestry Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 11/15/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Forestry Supervisor
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Four Questions on the Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/14/1992; Reviewed: July 15, 2017)

MTAS was asked what "adequate notice" means under the Open Meetings Law; whether three hours was adequate notice of a meeting; what is the effect of action taken at a meeting in which a violation of the Open Meetings Law occurred; and does an illegal meeting make the minutes illegal.
Original Author:
Signal Mountain
Fowl Ordinance Comparison
Survey (Created: 04/01/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

The Town of Signal Mountain asked twenty-four cities whether they had an ordinance regulating chickens within the city limits.
Original Author:
Germantown
Germantown Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures
Report/Study (Created: 07/08/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

An SOP from the Germantown Fire Department.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
GIS Manager Salary and Job Description Survey
Survey (Created: 12/15/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

This survey was conducted to gather salary information and job descriptions for GIS staff in selected cities. Responses from 10 cities are included as well as sample job descriptions.
Original Author:
Bartlett & West
GIS Use for Public Works Management
Report/Study (Created: 03/30/2010; Reviewed: October 25, 2016)

This report examines public works entities' use of GIS, budgets, funding, resources, technical support and other pertinent information, broken down by both size of entity and region.
Original Author:
Clifton, Calvin D.
Grading Permit Policy for the City of Athens
General (Created: 02/19/2002; Reviewed: March 6, 2017)

The intended purpose of this policy is to safeguard life, limb, property and public welfare by regulating clearing, earthwork, excavation, and other land disturbing activity and by requiring temporary and permanent provisions for its control.
Original Author:
Smyrna
Graffiti Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/28/2006; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

An ordinance prepared by the Town of Smyrna defining graffiti, dealing with its removal, authorization to use municipal funds, and violations.
Original Author:
MTAS
Grant Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 08/18/2017; Reviewed: August 18, 2017)

Job description for the position of Grant Coordinator.
Original Author:
Cookeville
Grant Writer / Administrator
Job Description (Created: 04/01/2000; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Grant Writer / Administrator
Original Author:
Tennessee
Grants Analyst 2
Job Description (Created: 09/11/2017; Reviewed: September 11, 2017)

Job description for the position of Grants Analyst 2 from the State of Tennessee.
Original Author:
Chattanooga
Grants Specialist
Survey (Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Grants Specialist.
Original Author:
Chattanooga
Grants Specialist, Senior
Job Description (Created: 11/01/2007; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Senior Grants Specialist.
Original Author:
MTAS
Groundskeeper (Assistant)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper, Assistant.
Original Author:
Smyrna
Groundskeeper (Assistant)
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper (Assistant) for the City of Smyrna.
Original Author:
Smyrna
Groundskeeper (Head)
Job Description (Created: 08/23/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Groundskeeper (Head).
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Guidelines Governing Municipal Truck Regulations
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/21/1998; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the city can amend its truck weight ordinance to prohibit through truck traffic from using Road A to Road B inside the city, and exempt from the ordinance trucks leaving the landfill, delivery and pick-ups at a certain business.
Original Author:
Hamilton County
Hamilton County Government Group Health Plan Request for Proposal
RFP (Created: 06/26/2007; Reviewed: February 18, 2010)

An RFP for proposals for HMO, POS and PPO products, both fully-insured and self-funded; includes certificate of compliance.
Original Author:
White House
Health Insurance
RFP (Status: Public; Moderation State: Published; Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: April 30, 2017)


Original Author:
MTAS
Heavy Equipment Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Heavy Equipment Operator.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Hiring a New Building Inspector
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/12/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

Because the building inspector has failed to receive certification from the state fire marshall, MTAS was asked how the city should proceed with regard to inspecting the buildings where construction is in progress and hiring a new inspector.
Original Author:
Forsyth County, NC
Horticultural Program Assistant
Job Description (Created: 03/01/1995; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Horticultural Program Assistant.
Original Author:
Broward County, Fla.
Horticultural Technician
Job Description (Created: 01/01/1991; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Horticultural Technician.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Hotel/Motel Tax from the Residents of Motels Who Rent Their Motel Rooms by the Week or Other Period
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: October 25, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city is entitled to a hotel-motel tax from the residents of motels who rent their motel rooms by the week or other period.
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Implementing GASB 34
General (Created: 07/08/2004; Reviewed: October 18, 2018)

MTAS was asked for help in estimating the life expectancy of buildings and equipment.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Implied Dedication of an Alley
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/27/1994; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether a certain alley is a city street.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Incompetency as a Ground for Dismissal Without the Support of a Job Description
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/1994; Reviewed: June 27, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether incompetency will stand as a ground for dismissal without the support of a job description.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Increasing the Salary of the City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1998; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked several questions about increasing the salary of the city judge.
Original Author:
MTAS
Information Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Information Coordinator.
Original Author:
Chattanooga
Information Technology Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 02/28/2017; Reviewed: February 28, 2017)

Several IT job descriptions from the City of Chattanooga, including: Assistant Director IT Operations, Assistant Director IT Security, IT Computer Technician, IT Specialist, IT Support Services Supervisor, and Manager IT Operations.
Original Author:
Germantown
Inspection/Duplication of Records Request
Form (Created: 06/03/2014; Reviewed: May 22, 2017)

This public record request form is used by the City of Germantown.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Interim Officer Remains in Office Until Next Regular Election
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/1998; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

The term of the individual holding the interim position of the previous vacant office shall expire at the next regular election.
Original Author:
Fayetteville
Interlocal Agreement for Planning Assistance
General (Created: 06/19/2012; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

Examples of interlocal agreements for planning services.
Original Author:
Kingsport
Interlocal Agreement for Residential Solid Waste Collection Services
General (Created: 05/14/2007; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

An interlocal agreement between the Town of Mount Carmel and the City of Kingsport for certain residential solid waste collection services.
Original Author:
MTAS
Internal Audit Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: December 15, 2020)

Job description for the position of Internal Audit Manager.
Original Author:
Williamson County
Internet Forum for Williamson County, Tennessee, Terms of Use Agreement and Resolution
General (Created: 06/01/2011; Reviewed: March 22, 2012)

An example of a Terms of Use Agreement and a Resolution as submitted by Williamson County for a public Internet forum for use by its County Commissioners.
Original Author:
Johnson City
Invitation to Bid: Mowing Services
RFP (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

An invitation to bid mowing services for the City of Johnson City.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Issuance of a Beer Permit When One of the Partners Has -- a Felony Conviction for Burglary
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Jaeckel, Gary
It's Not Too Late to Achieve a Good Census Count in Your Tennessee Municipality
General (Created: 09/04/2020; Reviewed: September 11, 2020)

An MTAS Hot Topic providing resources on the 2020 Census impact on local finances and resources for getting a message out encouraging participation in the decennial count.
Original Author:
MTAS
Janitor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

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

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

Short form used to describe jobs, taking into consideration equipment used, essential functions, activities performed, knowledge required, and qualifications.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Judges' and Mayors' Authority to Perform Marriages
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/1999; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked who has the authority to solemnize/perform marriages.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Keeping the City Payroll Records Secret and Accepting the Resignation of an Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/18/1993; Reviewed: October 4, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city secretary can keep city payroll records secret and whether the city has to accept the resignation of an aldermen before it is effective.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Keeping the Proceeds of Utility Overbillings
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/18/1997; Reviewed: October 19, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the city can refund $20,000 in sewer and water capacity fees paid by a certain developer, who decided not to develop the property for which he paid the fees.
Original Author:
MTAS
Kitchen Manager Working Chef
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Kitchen Manager/Working Chef.
Original Author:
Memphis
Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer
Job Description (Created: 09/20/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Labor Relations Manager/EEO Officer.
Original Author:
MTAS
Laborer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Original Author:
Greeneville
Landfill Application and Service Agreement
Form (Created: 10/03/2013; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

An example of a landfill application and service agreement from the Town of Greeneville, Tennessee; includes rates for landfill tipping fees, roll off rental and pull charges, and solid waste "garbage" collection.
Original Author:
MTAS
Landfill Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2017)

Job description for the position of Landfill Operator.
Original Author:
California
Landscape Architect
Job Description (Created: 04/15/1970; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job descriptions for Landscape Architect, Associate Landscape Architect, Senior Landscape Architect, Supervising Landscape Architect.
Original Author:
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Landscape Architect/Project Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 02/01/2000; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Job description for the position of Landscape Architect / Project Coordinator.
Original Author:
Chattanooga
Landscape Ordinance Manual
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/2005; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

The purpose and intent of this manual are the following: to promote the scenic quality of the community; to improve the appearance of parking areas and property abutting public rights of way; to protect property values; to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality; to provide transition between incompatible land uses; and to provide relief from traffic, noise, heat, glare, dust, and debris.
Original Author:
Broomfield, Colorado
Landscape Planner / Horticulturist
Job Description (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Landscape Planner / Horticulturist.
Original Author:
Forsyth County, NC
Landscape Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2000; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Landscape Technician.
Original Author:
MTAS
Lead Lineworker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

Job description for the position of Lead Lineworker.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Legal Requirement for an Architect to Design Public Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/26/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether it is necessary for a licensed architect or engineer to draft the plans for a new fire hall.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Legality of a Business Owner to Put Iron Rods on the Edge of a Highway
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/18/2011; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether it is legal for the owner of a certain business to have put several iron rods into the pavement on the edge of a highway, which, presumably, the owner of the business thinks is the eastern limit of that highway, when the right of way is undoubtedly wider than the pavement.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Legality of a Garbage Contract by City with One Company
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/14/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the legality of a garbage contract by city with one company.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Legality of City Contracting with Utility District Water System to Collect City's Sewer Charges
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/20/1990; Reviewed: June 27, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city and the utility district can contract for the utility district to cut off the water of the city's delinquent sewer customers without the contract also providing for the utility district to handle the city's sewer service billing.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Legality of City-County Sales Tax Allocation Agreement
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/1992; Reviewed: June 27, 2017)

MTAS was asked to determine whether there is any way for the city to get out of the contract under which the city waived its share of the sales tax to the county for a term ending upon the payment of a 2.4 million bond issue.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Legality of Requiring Police Officer Candidates to Move into the City If They Are Hired
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/02/1998; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether it is legal to require police officer candidates to move into the city if they are hired.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Legality of the County Charging a Tipping Fee
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/20/1994; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether it is illegal "double taxation" for the county to charge a tipping fee.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Legality of Utility Service Contract Between State and City
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/28/1997; Reviewed: October 19, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether the contract between the Tennessee Department of Corrections and the City under which the latter provides the former's prison with water, sewer, and gas services is invalid because the state turned over the operation of the prison to a private company.
Original Author:
Tennessee
Legislation Creating MTAS
General (Created: 04/15/1949; Reviewed: July 6, 2016)

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) was created in 1949 by Public Act of the General Assembly.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Levying an Amusement Tax
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/04/1994; Reviewed: October 24, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the Town can levy an amusement tax.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Liability and Ownership of Sidewalks
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1998; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

MTAS was asked if the city owns the sidewalks and is liable for damages and injuries caused from their disrepair.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Liability for Codes Inspections
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/23/1996; Reviewed: February 13, 2017)

MTAS received questions regarding the adoption of plumbing codes in a city.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Liens for Slum Clearance and Clean Up
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1991; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has to file a lien for slum clearance and clean up.
Original Author:
MTAS
Line Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Lineworker.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Liquor sales on Sunday and sales of beer at retail liquor stores
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/2018; Reviewed: December 11, 2019)

MTAS responds to the following questions: At what time can restaurants sell liquor by the drink on Sundays; the time for a retail store to sell off-premises liquor on Sundays; and can a retail liquor store sell beer?
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Litigation Taxes
General (Created: 10/25/2001; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

Answers a question about the legality of a city collecting local litigation tax, as well as the state litigation tax, from city court defendants.
Original Author:
Tennessee
Local Government Exemption Authorization
Form (Created: 09/13/2010; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

A form for the city to provide notice to the Dept. of Commerce that it has adopted and is enforcing a particular code or the code outlined in an adopting ordinance or resolution.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Location of a Cemetery
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/02/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether there is any state law that prohibits the location of a cemetery within two miles (or any other distance) of a city.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Longevity Pay Benefits in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/04/2020; Reviewed: June 4, 2020)

A survey of selected cities regarding whether they offer a longevity pay benefits and details on how that is provided.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Maintaining Health Insurance Coverage on a City Employee's Dependants While the Employee is on FMLA Leave
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/01/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city must maintain health insurance coverage on a city employee's dependants while the employee is on FMLA leave.
Original Author:
MTAS
Maintenance Worker
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Maintenance Worker.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Making the Mayor Follow the Agenda
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/18/1996; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked how the city council can make the mayor follow the agenda and otherwise conduct meetings as prescribed by Roberts Rules of Order.
Original Author:
North Kansas City
Marketing & Operations Manager
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

A job description for the position of Marketing & Operations Manager
Original Author:
Unknown
Massage Parlor License Application
Form (Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

This massage parlor license application for Thornton, Colorado includes a checklist, the application, authorization, background, zoning referral, and city code section.
Original Author:
O'Hara, Stephanie Allen
Maximum Fee For Bad Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 25, 2017)

A legal opinion on the maximum that a city can charge for a bad check.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Mayor Can Vote to Break a Tie or Be a Member of the Quorum
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/29/1993; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Mayor Refuses to Take an Oath of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1991; Reviewed: May 8, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether, if the mayor refuses to take an oath of office, his seat is considered vacant.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Mayor's Authority Relative to the Authority of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/15/1995; Reviewed: June 12, 2017)

MTAS was asked two questions related to the mayor's authority relative to the authority of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Mayor's Obligation to Carry Out the Will of the Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/11/1993; Reviewed: October 28, 2009)

MTAS was asked whether the Mayor can refuse to sign a contract that the Board of Aldermen have voted to approve.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Meaning of a Full Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/25/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked what a 'full board' is within the meaning of the personnel regulation of the city that entitles an employee to appeal a personnel action to the 'full board.'
Original Author:
MTAS
Mechanic
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Mechanic.
Original Author:
Memphis
Memphis Code on Panhandling
Ordinance (Created: 12/11/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2017)

The purpose is to regulate and punish violations of the act of panhandling, rather than the status of the person.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Mental health return to duty evaluation form survey
Survey (Created: 05/26/2017; Reviewed: July 18, 2019)

A survey of selected cities to determine if those cities employ the use of a mental health return to duty evaluation form.
Original Author:
MTAS
Meter Reader
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Meter Reader.
Original Author:
Unknown
Miscellaneous Local Taxes and Fees
Report/Study (Created: 08/01/2002; Reviewed: January 7, 2010)

Third volume in a TACIR report focusing on local government finance.
Original Author:
Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel
Model Public Records Policy
General (Created: 01/19/2017; Reviewed: May 22, 2017)

Pursuant to the requirements of Public Chapter 722, Acts of 2016, the Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel released the Model Public Records Policy with accompanying material.
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Model Safety Policy
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Model safety policy for local governments.
Original Author:
Morristown
Morristown Fire Department Driver Training Standard Operating Guideline
General (Created: 12/30/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This document includes: information on EVOC timed evaluations and station skill sheets for the practical, fire apparatus driver/operator; forms to request to qualify and to certify as a driver trainee; a driver trainee checklist and fire apparatus operator practical checklist; certification for out-of-grade pay; and request for upgrade pay.
Original Author:
Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation
MS4 Stormwater Documents 2010
Form (Created: 10/05/2010; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

This collection of stormwater documents includes: Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report; Phase II Stormwater Permit Notice of Intent (NOI); and NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
Original Author:
Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation
MS4 Stormwater Documents 2016
Form (Created: 10/06/2016; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

This collection of stormwater documents includes: NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems; Rationale Sheet; Addendum to Rationale (NOD); Phase II Stormwater Permit Notice of Intent (NOI); an MTAS 2016 Model MS4 Notice of Intent (NOI) that has been reviewed by TDEC; and Form for Annual Report.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
MTAS Health Insurance Benefits: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Twelve cities were asked 31 questions about their health insurance coverage for municipal employees.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
MTAS Near-Miss Reporting Standard Operating Procedure Template
Form (Created: 04/12/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

This MTAS template to report near-misses can be customized to meet local needs.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Municipal and Personal Liability Under the Tennessee Tort Liability Act Made Simple
General (Created: 08/17/2001; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

Details the effects of the Tennessee Tort Liability Act regarding municipal and personal liability.
Original Author:
Stegall, Kay
Municipal Banking Services Must Now Be Evaluated Every Four Years (Public Chapter 277 of 2019)
General (Created: 10/15/2019; Reviewed: March 18, 2020)

MTAS resources and guidance on Public Chapter 277 of 2019 which requires a contract for banking services be based on the evaluation of proposals, which should be documented for audit purposes. Attached are a Q & A and a sample quote for banking services for use by Tennessee municipalities. Also included here is a link to the MTAS City Byte, an online short course, on the topic.
Original Author:
Smithville
Municipal Code Citation
Form (Created: 07/26/2007; Reviewed: December 23, 2016)

A citation form to be used by the City of Smithville for offenses that are not traffic related.
Original Author:
Smyrna
Municipal Codes Inspector
Job Description (Created: 04/22/2005; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

A job description for the position of municipal codes inspector.
Original Author:
MTAS
Municipal Court Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Municipal Court Clerk.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Municipal Liquor Inspection Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/05/1997; Reviewed: October 4, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the records that liquor wholesalers provide to the municipality under the law authorizing municipalities to impose a liquor inspection fee are open to the public.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Municipal Purchasing Act and Extension of Contract with Same Bid Pricing
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/25/1993; Reviewed: March 26, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether the city can enlarge or reduce the project size by up to 25% with the same unit price.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Municipal Regulations Governing Blasting
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/03/1993; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether Tennessee Code Annotated, ' 68-44-110 et seq. preempts any municipal regulations governing blasting.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Municipality May Have to Return Money Paid By a User Who Was Billed for Sewer Service When No Sewer Service Was Provided or Available
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/02/1993; Reviewed: October 29, 2018)

MTAS was asked whether a municipality has to return money paid by an outside water user who was also billed for sewer service when no sewer service was provided or available.
Original Author:
Murfreesboro
Murfreesboro Fire Department 2010 Annual Report
Report/Study (Created: 02/04/2011; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

An example of an annual report from the Murfreesboro Fire Department.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Negotiating Price with the Low Bidder When There Is Only One Bid on a Municipal Purchase
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/04/1997; Reviewed: November 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can negotiate price with the low bidder when there is only one bid on a municipal purchase.
Original Author:
North Kansas City
Network Technician
Job Description (Created: 10/01/2009; Reviewed: October 29, 2018)

A job description for the position of Network Technician from North Kansas City, Kansas.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
NFPA Rules Governing Exits from Existing Business Occupancies
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/1997; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether a non-resident of the town can hold the office of alderman.
Original Author:
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control
Northeast Guide for Estimating Staffing at Publicly and Privately Owned Wastewater Treatment Plants
Report/Study (Created: 06/29/2009; Reviewed: April 4, 2017)

The guide and Excel spreadsheet may be downloaded from: http://www.neiwpcc.org/technicalguides.asp
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Notification Necessary to Advertise Meetings of the Solid Waste Planning Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/24/1992; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the Tennessee Open Meetings Law and the kind of notification necessary to advertise meetings of the Solid Waste Planning Board since they will be meeting in several locations.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Obligation of Mayor to Countersign Payroll Checks
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1993; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has any discretion to refuse to countersign payroll checks.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Off-Duty Responsibility of Police Officers
General (Created: 01/11/2002; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

A statement of the off-duty responsibility of police officers.
Original Author:
MTAS
Office Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Office Manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Original Author:
MTAS
Office Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Office Manager under the Department of Utilities.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
On the job injury and police/fire recruits survey
Survey (Created: 07/18/2017; Reviewed: July 18, 2019)

A survey of selected cities regarding on the job injuries related to police and fire recruits.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
One-Way Street in Front of School
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/01/1997; Reviewed: May 4, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the one-way street in front of the school can be made a 'not through street,' so that the business owner and the two or three other property owners whose access to their property is inconvenienced when school starts and when it ends each day can drive against the one way traffic to reach their property.
Original Author:
TPMA
Onsite Medical Clinic Survey Results
Survey (Created: 05/03/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS and TPMA were asked to conduct a survey of jurisdictions currently offering or planning to offer onsite medical services to their employees.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Open-Air Fires and Unattended Fires
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/12/1999; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked for an opinion on brush burning operations.
Original Author:
Alamo
Ordinance Establishing Regulations for Mobile Vendors
Ordinance (Created: 10/18/2004; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

An ordinace to provide for the regulation of street and sidewalk vending activities in downtown Alamo.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Ordinance Publication Requirement
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/08/1996; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether an ordinance must be published if the city's charter contains no ordinance publication requirement.
Original Author:
Park City, Utah
Outdoor Display of Works of Art on City-Owned Property
Form (Created: 01/28/2004; Reviewed: November 2, 2016)

A conditional use permit for displaying works on city-owned property.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Overriding the Decision of the Beer Board to Grant a Beer -- Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/11/1998; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether E-911 dispatchers qualify for the 207(k) exemption for the purpose of working them 43 hours a week before they are eligible for overtime compensation.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Overturning the Decision of the City Manager in Demoting the Police Chief
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/1993; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city commission can overturn the decision of the city manager in demoting the police chief.
Original Author:
Pinellas County, Fla.
Pain Management Clinic Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/04/2010; Reviewed: June 9, 2017)

An ordinance requiring the registration of Pain Management Clinics in Pinellas County, Florida.
Original Author:
MTAS
Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Park Maintenance Specialist I Greenhouse/Chemicals.
Original Author:
Unknown
Park Rules and Regulations (Renton, WA)
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/1998; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

An ordinance establishing rules and regulations for parks.
Original Author:
Smyrna
Parks and Recreation Director
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Smyrna.
Original Author:
MTAS
Parks and Recreation Director (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Parks and Recreation Director.
Original Author:
MTAS
Parks and Recreation Director (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017)

Job description for the position of Recreation and Parks Director.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Passing a Resolution Authorizing Volunteers to Provide Fire Protection Within the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/12/1993; Reviewed: June 27, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the advisability of some residents of the City forming a volunteer fire department and contracting with the City to provide services.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Passing Weight Limits on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/07/1994; Reviewed: May 5, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the town can pass weight limits upon its streets.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Paving Eight Streets under a Bid for the Reconstruction of Another Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/05/1994; Reviewed: May 5, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the city can pave eight streets under a bid that was never accepted for the reconstruction of another street, but which had a separate paving price component.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Pay for Seasonal Employees
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/19/1993; Reviewed: September 11, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the City could pay umpires, scorekeepers, and others working just the summer months by the game rather than hourly wages or a specific salary.
Original Author:
Mercer University
Performance Evaluation/Staff Development Form for Employees in Non-exempt Classifications.
Form (Created: 01/01/1999; Reviewed: January 12, 2021)

A form used by Mercer University to aid supervisors in staff training and evaluations.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Personnel Policies Regarding the Hiring of Felons
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A survey of selected cities regarding policies related to the hiring of felons.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Placing Flashing Lights in School Zones
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/23/1996; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city was responsible for placing flashing lights in the school zones located within the city on state controlled access highways.
Original Author:
MTAS
Planner I
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Planner I.
Original Author:
MTAS
Planner II
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Planner II.
Original Author:
MTAS
Planning Director
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Planning Director.
Original Author:
MTAS
Plant Operator Trainee
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 27, 2017)

Job description for the position of Plant Operator Trainee in Water and Wastewater.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Police and Fire Department Annual Physical Exam Survey
Survey (Created: 08/11/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Twenty-five cities and airport authorities were asked whether their police and fire departments require annual physical exams and if there are rewards or incentives given.
Original Author:
MTAS
Police Captain
Job Description (Created: 08/24/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Original Author:
MTAS
Police Captain (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

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

Job description for the position of Police Captain.
Original Author:
Sevierville
Police Department 12-Hour Shift Proposal
Report/Study (Created: 12/05/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

A proposal for the Police Department's request to transition to a 12-hour shift.
Original Author:
MTAS
Police Detective
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Police Detective.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Police Liability for Damages to Buildings in the Process of Searches in Exigent Circumstances
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/17/2010; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the police are liable for damages done to private property that occur when they obtain entry to a building and seize a person's property under a search warrant or under exigent circumstances.
Original Author:
MTAS
Police Lieutenant
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of Police Lieutenant.
Original Author:
MTAS
Police Major
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Police Major.
Original Author:
MTAS
Police Officer
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Original Author:
MTAS
Police Officer (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/26/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Police Officer.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Police Officers Who Have Not Been Certified Should Be Strictly Limited to Twenty Hours a Week
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/29/1996; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

MTAS was asked, where several police officers have not attended the Peace Officers Standard Training (POST) course, exactly how many hours can these officers work under Tennessee law.
Original Author:
Sedona, AZ
Policy Against Harassment and Bullying
General (Created: 04/26/2011; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

The purpose of this policy is to reaffirm the City of Sedona's policy against any form of harassment including sexual harassment, harassment based upon race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. It also affirms the City of Sedona's zero tolerance policy towards bullying.
Original Author:
Gustavus (Alaska)
Policy on Use of the City Attorney(s)
General (Created: 02/10/2011; Reviewed: June 23, 2017)

The City of Gustavus, Alaska, created a policy and procedure for queries to the City Attorney.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Potential Tort Liability Due to a Street Design
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/1996; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the town has potential tort liability due to a street design.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Power of Subpoena
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/03/1996; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen, sitting as the beer board, have the power of subpoena with respect to hearing beer ordinance violation cases.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Preventing Encroachment on the City Right of Way
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/19/1996; Reviewed: May 5, 2020)

MTAS was asked how the city enforces its ordinance preventing encroachment on the city right of way "with signs, for sale cars, and some large, brick driveway entrance structures."
Original Author:
MTAS
Principal Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Principal Clerk.
Original Author:
MTAS
Producer
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 26, 2017)

Job description for the position of Program Producer for Citizens Information Television.
Original Author:
Tennessee
Professional Privilege Tax Licensing Boards 2014: Professional Services Used by the State of Tennessee
General (Created: 10/23/2014; Reviewed: October 24, 2016)

An occupation tax is imposed on those persons with an active Tennessee license or registration to practice any of the professions in this listing.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Professional Services Rendered by Weightlifter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/10/1998; Reviewed: July 30, 2019)

MTAS was asked whether T.C.A. ' 12-4-106 prohibits local governments from competitively bidding contracts for certain types of professional services.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Prohibiting a Police Officer from Moonlighting as a Security Guard
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/01/1993; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city by ordinance can prohibit the broadcasting of meetings of the city's governing body.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Prohibiting Three Axle Vehicles on a Certain City Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/09/1997; Reviewed: May 5, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the city can prohibit three (and more) axle vehicles on a certain city street that is the exclusive service road for a mobile home dealer in Georgia?
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Prohibition Against Collective Bargaining
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/20/2000; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked for a brief opinion with respect to the authority of local governments to enter into collective bargaining agreements with various employees.
Original Author:
Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Property Standards Inspector I
Job Description (Created: 06/08/2010; Reviewed: December 20, 2016)

A job description for the position of Property Standards Inspector I for Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Government.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Proposed Handbill Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/09/1993; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked several questions with a respect to a proposed planned unit development (PUD) for a mobile home park.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Propriety of a Municipality Donating Money to a Religious Cause in Return for Free Counseling Services to Police Officers and Firefighters
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1997; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the propriety of a municipality donating money to a religious cause in return for 'free' counseling services to police officers and firefighters.
Original Author:
Helotes, TX
Protective Clothing: Selection, Care and Maintenance [Sample Policy from Helotes, TX Fire Department]
General (Created: 04/10/2018; Reviewed: December 13, 2019)

A sample procedure from the Helotes, TX Fire Department for the selection care and maintenance of protective clothing for fire services. Material is used with permission of Fire Chief Scott Moreland, Helotes, TX.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Providing Health Insurance to the City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/03/1994; Reviewed: June 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can provide health insurance to the city attorney.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Proxy Voting by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1992; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether proxy voting by the board of mayor and aldermen is allowed.
Original Author:
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Public Art Policy and Procedures
General (Created: 09/27/2005; Reviewed: May 5, 2020)

Guidelines and procedures for public art adopted by the City of San Luis Obispo; includes ordinance and resolutions.
Original Author:
MTAS
Public Arts Sample Contracts
Form (Created: 04/08/2015; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

Several examples of public art contracts between the city and the artist.
Original Author:
Johnson City
Public Building, Infrastructure, and Facility Naming Policy
General (Created: 12/31/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

This document outlines the policy of the Johnson City Board of Commissioners with respect to the naming of public buildings, infrastructure, and facilities owned by the City of Johnson City.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Public Fire Safety Education Report
Form (Created: 11/13/2019; Reviewed: November 13, 2019)

Form created by MTAS to document public fire safety education programs for the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Original Author:
Unicoi
Public Relations Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 01/14/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Public Relations Coordinator.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Public Sector Retirement Bridge Supplement Usage in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/15/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

A survey of selected cities regarding the offering of the supplemental bridge benefit for retiring public safety employees (T.C.A. 8-36-211). Questions also cover participation in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) and mandatory retirement ages for public safety employees.
Original Author:
Collierville
Public Services Department Organization Chart
General (Created: 01/08/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

An organizational chart of municipal services, including public works and utilities.
Original Author:
MTAS
Public Works Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 5, 2017)

Job description for the position of Public Works Director.
Original Author:
MTAS
Public Works Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

Job description for the position of Public Works Supervisor.
Original Author:
MTAS
Purchasing Assistant
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017)

Job description for the position of Purchasing Assistant.
Original Author:
Franklin
Purchasing Card Procedures for the City of Franklin, Tennessee
General (Created: 02/23/2005; Reviewed: March 31, 2010)

A sample policy governing the use of city-issued credit cards.
Original Author:
MTAS
Purchasing Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017)

Job description for the position of Purchasing Manager.
Original Author:
MTAS
Purchasing Specialist
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: November 16, 2017)

Job description for the position of Purchasing Specialist.
Original Author:
Rollins, Sharon
Qualification Based Selection: A guide for procuring design professional services in Tennessee
General (Created: 07/02/2019; Reviewed: December 11, 2019)

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.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Questions About Amending a Proposed Ordinance Between Readings and the Secretary of the Planning Commission
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/13/1998; Reviewed: February 24, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether a proposed ordinance can be amended between readings and whether the secretary of the planning commission is a public officer.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Questions on Capital Outlay Notes
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/15/1994; Reviewed: October 30, 2009)

MTAS was asked two questions on capital outlay notes.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Questions on City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/15/1999; Reviewed: May 5, 2020)

MTAS was asked several questions about municipal streets.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Questions Related to Overtime Compensation
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/20/1997; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a full-time city employee who is also a volunteer firefighter is entitled to overtime compensation when his combined hours as a city employee and as a volunteer firefighter exceed 40 hours, whether a full-time firefighter who works in the water department on Saturdays is entitled to overtime for hours worked in excess of the hours he is permitted to work during his work period, and where a city employee does dissimilar work, how his overtime compensation is calculated.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Quorum, Tie Votes, and Roberts Rules
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/30/1992; Reviewed: May 6, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether a certain proposed measure before the city council passed, or was there a tie vote on the proposed measure which the mayor could break.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Reappointing the City Recorder
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/22/1997; Reviewed: April 19, 2010)

MTAS was asked how to rehire the city recorder after she resigned and then changed her mind.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Reasonable Accommodations for Firefighter with Service Dog
General (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: May 26, 2017)

MTAS provided guidance in making a determination on what is a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for a firefighter with diabetes who has a service dog, and wishes to bring the service dog to work with him at the fire station.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Recording Abstentions in the Minutes of Meetings
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/30/1997; Reviewed: April 19, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether the recorder should record abstentions in the minutes of meetings.
Original Author:
MTAS
Records Clerk / Dispatcher
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of Records Clerk / Dispatcher.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Recovering the Cost of Emergency Fire Calls
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/12/1994; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the city can recover the cost of emergency fire calls at automobile wrecks where occupants have to be cut out of the vehicle or there is a danger of fire from spilled gasoline.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Recovery of Illegally Disposed of City Real Property
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/28/1996; Reviewed: October 28, 2009)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor had the authority to dispose of the property for the city.
Original Author:
MTAS
Recreation Aide
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Recreation Aide (part-time).
Original Author:
MTAS
Recreation Center Attendant (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Recreation Center Attendant.
Original Author:
MTAS
Recreation Center Attendant (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Recreation Center Attendant.
Original Author:
MTAS
Recreation Maintenance Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Recreation Maintenance Superintendent.
Original Author:
MTAS
Recreation Program Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Recreation Program Coordinator.
Original Author:
MTAS
Recreation Specialist
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Recreation Specialist.
Original Author:
MTAS
Refuse Collection Driver
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2017)

Job description for the position of Refuse Collection Driver.
Original Author:
MTAS
Refuse Collector
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

Job description for the position of Refuse Collector.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Rehiring a Police Officer Who Resigned Earlier This Year
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/21/1995; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Town may rehire a police officer who resigned earlier this year.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Reimbursing a Property Owner Who Has Piped and Covered the Natural Drainage Easement
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/03/1996; Reviewed: May 6, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the city is required to reimburse a property owner who has "piped" and covered the natural drainage easement that runs though his property
Original Author:
Unknown
Request for Proposal for Financial Advisor Services (Generic)
RFP (Created: 09/17/2001; Reviewed: June 19, 2018)

This RFP is to solicit proposals from qualified companies to serve as financial advisor.
Original Author:
Kingston Springs
Request for Qualifications for City Attorney/Legal Services for the Town of Kingston Springs
RFP (Created: 03/25/2015; Reviewed: June 24, 2017)

Example of an RFQ for a city attorney.
Original Author:
Knoxville
Request for Qualifications: Energy Savings Performance Contracting Services
RFP (Created: 04/01/2008; Reviewed: October 6, 2010)

An RFQ for the City of Knoxville related to hiring a contractor to conduct an energy audit of all City-owned facilities.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Requiring a State Park to Hook Onto the Town's Sewer Line If the Park Territory Was Annexed Into the Town
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/28/1996; Reviewed: December 21, 2018)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city could require auxilary police officers to sign waivers releasing the city from any liability for their negligent conduct or omissions.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Requiring the User of Streets to Obtain a Bond to Cover Damages to the Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/1996; Reviewed: May 6, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether a city can require the user of streets to obtain a bond to cover damages to the streets.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Residency Requirements for Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/24/1994; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

MTAS was asked if an Alderman, who married a person from another town and bought a house there, still meets residency requirements by renting a residence in the town in which he holds office.
Original Author:
Unknown
Restricted Entry Access Systems
Ordinance (Created: 08/10/2000; Reviewed: January 12, 2017)

An ordinance related to residential developments with restricted entry access.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Restricting Parking on City Streets to Customers of Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1993; Reviewed: May 6, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can restrict parking on city streets in certain areas to customers of businesses in those areas.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Retirement benefits providers and pension committee structure in selected Tennessee cities and towns
Survey (Created: 08/15/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

A survey of retirement benefits providers and pension committee structure in selected Tennessee cities and towns.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Retirement plan options and pension committees in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 08/01/2017; Reviewed: July 18, 2019)

A survey of selected cities in Tennessee looking at retirement plans in place and the pension/retirement committee for the cities.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Return to Work of Police Officer Who Has Been in a Detoxification Program
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/29/1998; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked what rights the city has to require that a police officer, who checked himself into a detoxification center and who now wants to return to work, prove that he is capable of performing his duties without risk to the public.
Original Author:
Brentwood Fire Department
RFP for Annual Fire Department Physicals
RFP (Created: 04/21/1999; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

An RFP for physicians to perform annual physicals for fire fighters.
Original Author:
Knoxville
RFP for Automated Red Light Enforcement System
RFP (Created: 04/17/2005; Reviewed: May 7, 2020)

A request for proposals for an automated red light enforcement system.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Right of a City to Sue a Carrier for Damages to City Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/08/1994; Reviewed: May 7, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the city has the right to sue a carrier for damages to city streets.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Right of City Attorney to be Sessions Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/13/1998; Reviewed: June 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city attorney can hold the position of sessions judge, which, in this case, is a part-time position.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Right of Municipalities to Require Hook-Ups to the City Sewer System and/or Be Charged a Sewer Availability Fee
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/01/1994; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

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

MTAS was asked about the rights and powers of an ex officio member of the county library board.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Risk Manager Requests Personnel Records
General (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: May 22, 2017)

The City's Risk Manager would like to review a variety of employee records, indicating that such a review is needed in order to help manage the City's risk.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Rounding Up the Certified Tax Rate
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/24/1993; Reviewed: October 24, 2016)

Rounding-up on the certified tax rate
Original Author:
Rutherford County Correctional Work Center
Rutherford County Correctional Work Center General Orders
General (Created: 06/17/2010; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

The Rutherford County Correctional Work Center generated a policy and procedures for their workhouse inmates who qualify to participate in community work projects.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Salary Increase for the Mayor During His Present Term of Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/27/1994; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor could receive a salary increase during his present term of office.
Original Author:
Sample Agreement for Building Code Inspection Services Between Johnson City, TN and Elizabethton, TN
(Created: 08/24/2020; Reviewed: August 24, 2020)

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

Three sample applications for water/sewer availability letter.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
General (Created: 10/09/2018; Reviewed: October 9, 2018)

This is a sample policy to serve as a template for a specific policy based on local needs. In October of 1996, the Department of Safety began issuing handgun carry permits pursuant to T.C.A. § 39-17-1351. While Tennessee allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to carry handguns in places where they are not otherwise prohibited by law, an employer has the right to set policy for the workplace. There is debate on this issue, but the consensus of most municipal governments is to prohibit guns in the workplace except for commissioned law enforcement officers and similar employees with a need to go armed in the performance of their duties.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Fire Department Firearms On-Duty Policy
(Created: 11/28/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

This is a sample policy to serve as a template for a specific policy based on local needs. In October of 1996, the Department of Safety began issuing handgun carry permits pursuant to T.C.A. § 39-17-1351. While Tennessee allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to carry handguns in places where they are not otherwise prohibited by law, an employer has the right to set policy for the workplace. There is debate on this issue, but the consensus of most municipal governments is to prohibit guns in the workplace except for commissioned law enforcement officers and similar employees with a need to go armed in the performance of their duties.
Original Author:
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sample Job Description for City Arborist
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2001; Reviewed: May 13, 2020)

Sample job description for the position of city arborist from the City of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Original Author:
Sample Municipal Airport Minimum Standards
General (Created: 08/24/2020; Reviewed: August 24, 2020)

Sample municipal airport minimum standards shared by Rockwood, TN, Elizabethton, TN and Greeneville, TN.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Naloxone Hydrochloride Administration Standard Operation Procedure
General (Created: 07/20/2017; Reviewed: January 29, 2020)

This is a sample policy to be used as a template for a fire department to create a specific policy for their fire department. Though Tennessee law allows a properly trained individual to administer naloxone for a suspected opioid overdose, the fire department should check with their medical director BEFORE implementing a naloxone administration SOP and should follow the medical director’s advice.
Original Author:
Grubbs, John
Sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Procedures
Form (Created: 10/19/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Two sample Title VI Limited English Proficiency (LEP) procedures are provided. One is created by MTAS and the other is from the City of Murfreesboro, TN, which was reviewed by MTAS staff.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Sample Tobacco and Electronic/Vapor Cigarettes Policy
General (Created: 04/24/2017; Reviewed: April 24, 2017)

A sample policy for cities wishing to prohibit the use of tobacco products on (or in) any city-owned property.
Original Author:
MTAS
Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

Job description for the position of Secretary, Public Works, Maintenance.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Securing the Closing of a Street
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/04/1993; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the owners of abutting properties can secure the closing of a certain road between another boulevard and the railroad right of way over the objections of the city.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Selecting a Police Officer in a Closed Meeting Held Without Public Notice
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/19/1992; Reviewed: March 23, 2010)

MTAS was asked whether a committee consisting of the mayor and some members of the city council can select a police officer in a closed meeting held without public notice.
Original Author:
MTAS
Senior Accounting Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

Job description for the position of Senior Accounting Clerk.
Original Author:
MTAS
Senior Administrative Secretary
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of Senior Administrative Secretary.
Original Author:
MTAS
Senior Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Senior Clerk in Parks and Recreation.
Original Author:
Chicago
Senior Data Entry Operator
Job Description (Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: March 1, 2017)

Job description for the position of senior data entry operator from the city of Chicago.
Original Author:
Knoxville
Senior Director Human Resources and Policy Compliance
Job Description (Created: 05/13/2010; Reviewed: May 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Sr. Director Human Resources & Policy Compliance for the City of Knoxville.
Original Author:
Memphis
Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist
Job Description (Created: 10/23/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Senior EEO/Labor Relations Specialist.
Original Author:
Chattanooga
Senior Internal Auditor
Job Description (Created: 08/29/2013; Reviewed: October 21, 2016)

Job description for the position of Senior Internal Auditor.
Original Author:
MTAS
Senior Planner
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Senior Planner.
Original Author:
MTAS
Service Department Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

Job description for the position of Service Department Supervisor working with electric meters.
Original Author:
MTAS
Service Order Clerk
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Job description for the position of Service Order Clerk.
Original Author:
Powells Crossroads
Setting Up a Municipal Court
Ordinance (Created: 05/22/2009; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

Three ordinances and one resolution used by Powells Crossroads to set up a municipal court.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Severance Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1999; Reviewed: October 28, 2016)

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

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

MTAS was asked whether the city and a developer may enter into an agreement to provide sewer extensions and recover the cost through sewer tap fees.
Original Author:
Huffer, Dennis
Significant Statutory Provisions and Case Law Affecting Liability of Governmental Entities, Engineers, and Developers for Drainage
General (Created: 09/27/2004; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

MTAS was asked to prepare a presentation for professional engineers about drainage liability.
Original Author:
Unknown
Skateboard, Roller Skates and Coasters Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2003; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

An ordinance on the safe operation of skateboards, roller skates, and coasters.
Original Author:
MTAS
Skilled Laborer
Job Description (Created: 12/10/1991; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

Job description for the position of Skilled Laborer.
Original Author:
Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Social Media Specialist Job Description
Job Description (Created: 01/18/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

A sample job description for a Social Media Specialist downloaded from the Metro website.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Solemnization of Marriages in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/21/1998; Reviewed: October 4, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether there is a state licensing requirement for designated persons to perform/solemnize a marriage in Tennessee.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Solicitation Roadblocks
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/22/1993; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the new law on solicitation roadblocks immunizes municipalities from accidents occurring as a result of solicitation roadblocks.
Original Author:
Greeneville
Solid Waste Disposal Agreement and Request for Proposals for Solid Waste Disposal Service
RFP (Created: 11/24/2009; Reviewed: March 17, 2017)

An RFP and an agreement for solid waste disposal in the Town of Greeneville.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Solid Waste Disposal Fees
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/31/1993; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the citizens of the city are subject to the solid waste disposal fees, even if a private disposal service is used.
Original Author:
Collierville
Specifications for a Four-Wheel Drive Front-End Loader
RFP (Created: 12/31/2005; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

Specifications to describe a four-wheel drive front-end loader.
Original Author:
Brownsville
Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
RFP (Created: 09/14/2001; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

Specifications for a Trailer-Mounted Leaf Loader
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
Speed Limits in and Around Schools
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/03/1994; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

MTAS was asked about speed limits in and around schools located within the City.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Splitting the Authority to Operate the Parks and Recreation System Between the Recreation Commission and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/02/1991; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked about splitting work into components to circumvent competitive bid requirements.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sprinklers for Nursing Homes
General (Created: 12/09/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Material that the Fire Service Coalition is giving to legislators on sprinklers for nursing homes.
Original Author:
Ashburn, Melissa
Starting a Municipal School System in Tennessee
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/08/2016; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

MTAS was asked for an explanation of the process for starting a municipal school system in Tennessee.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
State Law Regarding the Regulation of the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages by the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 09/06/1991; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked for the state law regarding the regulation of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the city, and in what respects a city's beer ordinance needs updating.
Original Author:
Local Government Corporation
State of Tennessee Standard Chart of Accounts: Classification by Fund, Function, & Object
General (Created: 06/22/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

The municipal version of the current chart of accounts for the State of Tennessee; updated by Brad Harris, October 12, 2012.
Original Author:
Collierville
Stormwater Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 07/18/2006; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

Job description for the position of Stormwater Coordinator.
Original Author:
Williamson County
Stormwater Program Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 02/17/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of Stormwater Program Coordinator.
Original Author:
Charlottesville, VA
Stormwater Technician
Job Description (Created: 03/21/2014; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

Job description for the position of Stormwater Technician.
Original Author:
Duluth, GA
Stormwater Technician I and II Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 07/01/2014; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

Job descriptions for the positions of Stormwater Technician I and II.
Original Author:
MTAS
Streets, Sanitation and Parks, Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation, and Parks.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Structure and Powers of the City's Utility Board
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/25/1992; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked several questions about the structure and powers of the City's utility board.
Original Author:
Williamson County
Suggested Operating Procedures of the Williamson County Rescue Squad
Report/Study (Created: 04/17/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This manual is for the use of every member of the W.C.R.S., to help each person better represent the fire profession and the squad.
Original Author:
Greenwich
Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance
Job Description (Created: 01/31/2007; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

A job description for the position of Superintendent of Building Construction and Maintenance for the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut.
Original Author:
MTAS
Superintendent of Stores
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Stores in Utilities.
Original Author:
MTAS
Superintendent of Water and Sewer
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of Superintendent of Water and Sewer.
Original Author:
MTAS
Support Services Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: February 24, 2010)

Job description for the position of Support Services Manager in Finance.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Surrender of a City Charter
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/05/1995; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked several questions concerning the surrender of a city's charter.
Original Author:
Tindall, Craig
Survey of Charter Provisions Regarding Vacancies on Council
Survey (Created: 01/11/2017; Reviewed: January 12, 2017)

Nineteen cities were surveyed to determine what they do when there are mayoral or council vacancies.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Survey of Promotional Pay Increases and Workers Compensation Policies
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Survey looks at how increases related to promotions are applied to the employee's salaries and policies related to workers compensation.
Original Author:
Bingham, Pamela
Suspending or Firing the Present City Attorney
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/19/1999; Reviewed: June 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor has the singular authority to suspend or fire the present city attorney.
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Tax Incentives to Tenants in an Industrial Park
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/30/1993; Reviewed: October 24, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether or not the City could provide tax incentives to tenants in its industrial park.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Temporarily Closing Certain Streets
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/13/1996; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether the city can temporarily close certain streets, one or more of which are state highways, in the downtown area of the city for the purpose of permitting local private groups to hold a festival.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Temporary Appointment of a City Attorney by the Mayor
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/21/1996; Reviewed: June 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the mayor can temporarily appoint a city attorney.
Original Author:
Tennessee Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Employer's First Report of Work Injury or Illness
Form (Created: 09/23/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

The Workers' Compensation Division has released an updated version of the Tennessee First Report of Work Injury, Form C20.
Original Author:
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Tennessee Department of Safety General Order 410-1 Sobriety Checkpoints
General (Created: 01/15/2007; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

This revised order establishes policy, procedures, and advisory guidelines concerning sobriety checkpoints.
Original Author:
Mahler, Margaret Z.
Tennessee Department of Transportation ADA Compliance Toolkit
General (Created: 03/20/2019; Reviewed: March 20, 2019)

A toolkit of materials for municipalities to complete a ADA transition plan created by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Chief Engineer's Office.The toolkit includes: Presentation titled "ADA Compliance for Municipalities" (TDOT); Presentation titled "How to Develop an ADA Self-evaluation & Transition Plan" (FHWA); Document titled "ADA Transition Plans: A Guide to Best Management Practices (NCHRP Project # 20-7 (232); and the following selection of forms: action plan, checklist, grievance procedure, public notice, transition plan and more.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Tennessee Municipal Police Recruitment and Retention: A Study by the MTAS Research and Information Center for the Tennessee City Management Association
Report/Study (Created: 11/06/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A study conducted by the MTAS Research and Information Center at the request of the Tennessee City Management Association. The purpose of this study is to analyze Tennessee municipalities’ ability to recruit and retain police officers. Many cities in Tennessee have hired and made significant investments in entry level police officers only to see them leave employment in the first three years. This short turnover impacts the cities financially and decreases their ability to maintain adequate staffing in their departments. By analyzing police officer recruitment practices and retention levels, this study can explore the factors affecting police recruitment and retention and offer insights into what works and what does not work when attracting and keeping talented police officers.
Original Author:
Tennessee Department of Revenue
Tennessee Sales and Use Tax: County and City Local Tax Rates (Nov. 2020)
General (Created: 11/01/2020; Reviewed: October 29, 2020)

Alphabetical list of Tennessee counties and cities with their local sales tax rates from the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Document is dated as "revised November 2020."
Original Author:
Terry, Bill
The Powers and Functions of the Local Planning Commission in Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019)

A paper prepared for the citizen planning commission member to be used as a general guide in the performance of his/her duties. The original draft of this report was published in 1985 and then updates were published in 2005 and 2013.
Original Author:
National Fire Protection Association
Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service: Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 10/30/2011; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Piercey, Jon
Three Star Fire Department: Revised SOGs April 2007
Report/Study (Created: 04/30/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration
TOSHA Fire Service Inspection Checklist
Form (Created: 01/23/2012; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) uses this checklist from South Carolina OSHA, when inspecting Tennessee fire departments.
Original Author:
MTAS
Town Center Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/25/2002; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Job description for the position of Town Center Manager.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Town of Erwin Job Description Parks and Recreation Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 23, 2019)

A job description written for the Town of Erwin's Director of Parks and Recreation Supervisor. This employee is responsible for the maintenance of municipal parks. At times the position is reassigned by the Public Works Director to alternate responsibilities, including assistance with street repair and maintenance. The employee is given general instructions for the completion of work, and independent judgement may occasionally be required to complete tasks. The employee trains and supervises the work of subordinate personnel.
Original Author:
MTAS
Traffic Engineer
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

Job description for the position of Traffic Engineer.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Transient Merchants
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/01/1992; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the city can charge transient merchants higher taxes than the statute governing transient merchants provides, or impose upon them a stiff permit fee.
Original Author:
MTAS
Transportation Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

Job description for the position of Transportation Director.
Original Author:
MTAS
Truck Driver Operator
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: August 14, 2017)

Job description for the position of Truck Driver Operator in the Solid Waste Department.
Original Author:
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Tuition Reimbursement Plan
General (Created: 06/10/2003; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

A tuition reimbursement plan for the employees of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.
Original Author:
Tullahoma
Tullahoma Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures 2008
Report/Study (Created: 04/14/2008; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

The purpose of this updated SOP manual is to provide uniform standards for the operations of the Tullahoma Fire Department.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Turnout Gear at Vehicle Accidents
General (Created: 10/30/2003; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

Questions regarding OSHA compliance on personal protective equipment for firefighters and ambulance service employees.
Original Author:
Shechter, Leslie
TVA Power Contracts
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/07/1991; Reviewed: December 5, 2016)

MTAS was asked to address several issues related to power contracts with TVA.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Uncompensated Public Officials' Personal Information Not Protected Per Tennessee State Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/17/2019; Reviewed: August 5, 2019)

If council members are uncompensated, they cannot be considered "public employees" whose information is protected pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 10-7-504(f). Hodge, the Tennessee Open Records Counsel at the time of this letter, also offers suggestions for improved processes in filling the request in question.
Original Author:
Hamilton County
Unified Communications Agreement Addendum
General (Created: 10/01/2008; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

An agreement for emergency communications services exists between Hamilton County Emergency Communications District, Hamilton County, Chattanooga, East Ridge, Collegedale, Red Bank, and Signal Mountain. This addendum is to apply a cost adjustment plan.
Original Author:
Clifton, Calvin D.
Uniforms, Safety, and Public Image
General (Created: 10/14/1999; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

The City of Athens may provide and require certain uniforms, footwear, and equipment designed to promote safety and to protect employees as well as convey the proper image to the public.
Original Author:
Pearland, Tex.
Urban Forester
Job Description (Created: 06/24/2010; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

Job description for the position of Urban Forester.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Use of Profits from Vending Machines in Municipal Buildings
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/05/1990; Reviewed: August 17, 2017)

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

MTAS was asked whether the city can use the drug fund to pay the salary of an officer assigned to the judicial task force, and can it use the drug fund to pay the overtime pay of the police officer who cares for the "drug dog."
Original Author:
TML Risk Management Pool Loss Control Department
Using Inmates and Probationers for Public Service Work Projects
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: June 30, 2017)

Loss control guidelines provided by the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool
Original Author:
Pullen, Mark
Using Special Assessments for Sidewalk Construction
Legal Opinion (Created: 07/10/1996; Reviewed: July 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether special assessments can be used for sidewalk construction.
Original Author:
MTAS
Utilities and Public Works, Director
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

Job description for the position of Director of Utilities and Public Works.
Original Author:
MTAS
Utilities Distribution and Collection Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017)

Job description for the position of Utilities Distribution and Collection Supervisor.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Utilities Must Charge Reasonable Rates
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/1999; Reviewed: December 5, 2016)

MTAS was asked for the definition of the term 'reasonable rates' within the meaning of the utility statutes and cases in Tennessee that require utility rates to be reasonable.
Original Author:
MTAS
Utilities Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

Job description for the position of Utilities Superintendent.
Original Author:
Clifton, Calvin D.
Utility Cuts: City Street Repair Policy for the City of Athens
General (Created: 03/05/2001; Reviewed: April 21, 2020)

The purpose of this procedure is to clearly define the process for receiving utility cut repair requests from the Athens Utilities Board (AUB) and making repairs to such utility cuts on city-maintained streets by the City of Athens Public Works Department.
Original Author:
MTAS
Utility Worker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

Job description for the position of Utility Worker.
Original Author:
MTAS
Utility Worker Helper
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

Job description for the position of Utility Worker Helper.
Original Author:
MTAS
Volunteer Firefighter
Job Description (Created: 03/08/1999; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Job description for the position of Volunteer Firefighter.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Volunteer Firemen (and Other Volunteers) Running for Local Office
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/10/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked to analyze the question of whether volunteer firefighters are city employees.
Original Author:
Moore, Todd
Voting in City Elections by Non-Residents Who Own Property in the City Limits
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/16/1996; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether non-residents who own property in the city limits could vote in city elections.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Voting in City Elections by People Who Reside Outside, But Who Own Property Inside the City
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/10/1994; Reviewed: May 8, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether people who reside outside, but who own property inside the City, can vote in a city's elections.
Original Author:
MTAS
Wastewater Plant Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Operator.
Original Author:
MTAS
Wastewater Plant Operator (1)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Operator.
Original Author:
MTAS
Wastewater Plant Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Operator.
Original Author:
MTAS
Wastewater Plant Operator, Chief
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: July 25, 2017)

Job description for the position of Chief Wastewater Plant Operator.
Original Author:
MTAS
Wastewater Plant Worker
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: August 3, 2017)

Job description for the position of Wastewater Plant Worker.
Original Author:
MTAS
Water & Wastewater Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 20, 2017)

Job description for the position of Water & Wastewater Superintendent.
Original Author:
MTAS
Water and Sewer, Assistant Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/27/2002; Reviewed: January 9, 2017)

Job description for the position of Assistant Superintendent of Water and Sewer.
Original Author:
MTAS
Water and Wastewater Foreman
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017)

Job description for the position of Water and Wastewater Foreman.
Original Author:
Wyatt, Steve
Water and Wastewater Management: A Training Manual for Board Members (2019 Update)
General (Created: 12/20/2019; Reviewed: December 20, 2019)

The purpose of this manual is to provide a resource for both new and experienced water board members and municipal officials who have little or no formal training for the job. 2019 update.
Original Author:
MTAS
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, Superintendent
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017)

Job description for the position of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants Superintendent.
Original Author:
MTAS
Water Plant Operator (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 10, 2017)

Job description for the position of Water Plant Operator.
Original Author:
MTAS
Water Plant Operator, Chief (2)
Job Description (Created: 09/30/2002; Reviewed: January 11, 2017)

Job description for the position of Chief Water Plant Operator.
Original Author:
Metro Water Services
Water Services Assistant Director
Job Description (Created: 10/26/2004; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

Job description for a Water Services Assistant Director.
Original Author:
Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation
Water System Capacity Development--Business Plan (Financial Self-Assessment Manual)
Form (Created: 05/12/2020; Reviewed: May 12, 2020)

A worksheet for water systems to assess their financial situation through looking at income versus expenses over a three year period. This document was developed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Water Supply. It is available here as a supplement to the MTAS guide titled "A Short Review of Water and Wastewater Rates and Fees."
Original Author:
Smyrna
Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator
Job Description (Created: 11/02/2001; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Job description for the position of City of Smyrna Water Treatment Plant Chief Operator.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
What is the Earliest Date the City Can Terminate the City Manager?
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/07/1997; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked what is the earliest date the city can terminate the city manager.

(All Cities)

Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
"Barry Brady Act" Pre-Employment Physical Medical Examination Waivers
Form (Created: 10/03/2019; Reviewed: April 1, 2020)

These forms are templates for a city to consider when developing their own waiver forms for potential firefighters to waive the inclusion of cancer screening regarding the employment related firefighter cancer rebuttable presumption established by the Barry Brady Act as part of a pre-employment physical examination, or for current firefighters to elect to have the physical examination. MTAS recommends that cities discuss this with their city attorney before implementing any waiver.
Original Author:
Major, Al
10 Most Common Audit Findings For Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 07/08/2019; Reviewed: July 7, 2020)

A series of articles from MTAS discussing the most common audit findings for Tennessee cities and towns as reported by the Tennessee State Comptroller's Office.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
2005/2006 MTAS Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey
(Created: 04/27/2006; Reviewed: April 27, 2006)

The MTAS annual salary and fringe benefit survey for 2005/2006 shows salary increases for city employees rose significantly over 2004/2005 data. This report contains a summary of the findings as well as a means to request specific information. (To request a report from the salary survey, please contact MTAS at the address at the bottom of this page.)
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
2013 Workers' Compensation Reform Act
General (Created: 12/13/2013; Reviewed: August 10, 2018)

Effective July 2014, Tennessee's new Workers' Compensation Reform Act goes into effect. The new law is considered favorable to employers and involves a more efficient claims resolution process and lower administrative costs, and it also establishes a panel of judges that will take cases out of the crowded court.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
2019 Court Cost Data
General (Created: 12/17/2019; Reviewed: May 13, 2020)

A list of the court costs for selected Tennessee cities.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
2019 Projected COLA Adjustment Survey
Survey (Created: 04/02/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Seventeen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out about their proposed 2019 COLA numbers.
Original Author:
Wyatt, Steve
A Short Review of Water and Wastewater Rates and Fees
General (Created: 05/12/2020; Reviewed: May 13, 2020)

A review of important variables that influence the setting of rates and fees associated with water and wastewater services in Tennessee municipalities.
Original Author:
MTAS
Actuarial Services Resource List
General (Created: 06/25/2017; Reviewed: August 15, 2018)

A list of vendors performing actuarial work for GASB 45 benefits.
Original Author:
Lobertini, Steve
Adult Business Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/08/2006; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

A sample ordinance providing for the licensing and regulation of adult-oriented businesses.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Adventures in Annexation: Adventure Guide to Annexation for a Municipality
General (Created: 12/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

This MTAS online "Adventure Guide" provides instruction on each step of the annexation process for Tennessee municipalities. (MTAS Adventure Guide series)
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
After Incident Citizen Satisfaction Survey Program
Survey (Created: 12/14/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

A template for a program to measure customer satisfaction with the emergency service provided by the fire department. The program package includes a sample survey form, an Excel spreadsheet to compile the results, directions on entering the survey results into the Excel spreadsheet, and a sample memo to announce the program to fire department personnel.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Agreement for Reimbursement for Cost of Training and Equipment in the Event of Employment Termination
General (Created: 08/21/2019; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

A sample agreement for fire departments to use as part of the on-boarding process. An understanding between the department and the employee in the event of a termination within the first two years, the city will be reimbursed for training and equipment provided during this time.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Agreement for Reimbursement for Cost of Training, Salary and Transportation in Event of Resignation
Form (Created: 04/09/2007; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

A sample contract for recovering the cost of training officers when they leave the police department.
Original Author:
Curran, Bonnie
AIDS in the Workplace
General (Created: 01/22/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

If an employee is suspected on having AIDS, what are the employee and employer notification responsibilities?
Original Author:
O'Hara, Stephanie Allen
Alcoholic Beverage Sales on Election Days
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Rogers, Honna
All-Terrain Vehicle Park Advisory Committee
Resolution (Created: 12/12/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Ashburn, Melissa
An Ordinance Adopting an Unclaimed Property Policy
Ordinance (Created: 08/21/2020; Reviewed: November 11, 2020)

A sample ordinance that can be used by any city or town in Tennessee that explains how officials can dispose of unclaimed property.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Animal Control in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: September 10, 2020)

Seven Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out how animal control is managed.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Appointing a New Mayor
General (Created: 05/24/2011; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

MTAS was asked who will be Mayor if the current Mayor resigns his seat.
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
Asking an Employee to Cover Up Tattoos and Piercings
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city can ask an employee to cover up tattoos and piercings.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Assistant Fire Chief & Training Officer Sample Job Description
Job Description (Created: 06/04/2018; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

Protects life and property by performing firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials response, and other duties as assigned. Serves as department training officer and department safety officer. Responsible for the overall direction of fire department operations and administration in the absence of the fire chief.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Beer Permit Regulations in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 01/25/2018; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

Tennessee cities with a population of 10,000 or more were surveyed to find out what distance regulations they have for approving a permit to sell beer.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Beer Permits and Fees in All Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/23/2016; Reviewed: May 13, 2020)

The MTAS Research and Information Center collected beer permit and fees information for all of the cities in Tennessee.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan
General (Created: 08/06/2018; Reviewed: May 27, 2020)

The following Exposure Control Plan (ECP) has been developed to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens according to OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1030, “Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.” This exposure control plan is an element of our safety and health program and complies with TOSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens, 1910.1030, requirements. The information contained in this publication is not considered a substitute for the OSH Act or any provisions of OSHA standards. It provides general guidance on a particular standard-related topic but should not be considered a definitive interpretation for compliance with OSHA requirements. The reader should consult the OSHA standard in its entirety for specific compliance requirements.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Board and Committee Term Limits in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not boards and committees have term limits and what are the limits for those committees.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Board Appointments or Dismissal Confirmations for Certain Staff Positions
General (Created: 12/13/2013; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the Board of Mayor and Aldermen should play an increased role (hiring or dismissal) in one or more staff positions in order to provide employee protection for 'whistleblower' actions.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Canine Team Policy
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: May 27, 2020)

The purpose of this policy is to establish the mission of the canine team, establish procedures for the use of the canine team, and outline the responsibilities of the canine handler.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Caught in the Middle of Leadership
General (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: May 27, 2020)

Middle management in the fire service can be quite a balancing act.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Certificate of Compliance for Wine in Grocery Stores
Form (Created: 01/11/2016; Reviewed: March 24, 2017)

MTAS was asked to supply a certificate of compliance for selling wine in grocery stores.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Chainsaw Use Standard Operating Procedure Template
Form (Created: 05/15/2020; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

Dennis Wolf created this template for Tennessee fire departments to use for training firefighters to use a chainsaw in the course of their work.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Chalking Tires for Parking Enforcement Is Unreasonable Search
General (Created: 04/30/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

MTAS Legal Consultant Elisha Hodge notifies Tennessee municipalities that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit opined that the practice of marking tires with chalk, in order to monitor how long a vehicle is parked in a parking space for the purpose of enforcing parking restrictions, is an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
Charging Time for Employee Court Appearance
General (Created: 07/03/2012; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS was asked how to pay a new employee for a personal court appearance when the employee has not yet earned vacation time.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Citizen Advisory Board Handbooks
Survey (Created: 05/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The MTAS Research and Information Center surveyed five Tennessee cities to find out if they provide a handbook to their citizen advisory boards.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
City Manager Job Description in a Smaller General Law Manager-Commissioned City
Job Description (Created: 09/01/2020; Reviewed: December 1, 2020)

A sample job description for the City Manager of Watauga, Tennessee.
Original Author:
Petree, Gary
City Manager Performance Evaluation
Form (Created: 01/09/2009; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist in developing a format agreeable to all council members and use it complete a performance evaluation of the city manager.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
City Managers with Employment Contracts
Survey (Created: 07/11/2007; Reviewed: May 28, 2020)

Fifty cities were asked whether they have employment contracts with their city managers.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
City Mechanic Certification Incentives
Survey (Created: 12/05/2017; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

MTAS surveyed ten cities to find out if they offer incentive pay to city mechanics for obtaining certification to inspect, maintain and repair emergency vehicles.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
City Recorder Job Description with CMFO
Job Description (Created: 01/12/2017; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

Job description for the position of city recorder that includes a requirement for obtaining the State Certification for Municipal Clerks and Recorders and the Certified Municipal Finance Officer Certification within three years employment.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
City Recorder/CMFO Salary Range in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 08/15/2018; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

Seven Tennessee cities with a population of less than 2,000 citizens were surveyed to find out what the salary range is for their City Recorder/CMFO employee.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
City Websites, Agendas, Minutes and Credit Card Payments
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

A survey of Tennessee cities regarding which have websites, publish council agendas and meeting minutes and whether or not the cities will take a credit card from a citizen paying a bill.
Original Author:
Jaeckel, Gary
Committed Fund Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/15/2012; Reviewed: September 25, 2018)

A model ordinance based on GASB 54 requirements that creates a committed fund balance in order to ensure fund availability for the purchase of a specific item.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Communication Director/Public Information Officer in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/01/2017; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

Thirteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether the city employs a communication director/public information officer.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Companies Who Can Do Compensation Studies
General (Created: 02/05/2009; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

A list of consulting companies in the South/Southeast who can do compensation studies.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Comprehensive Fire Management Study Survey Form
Form (Created: 09/06/2011; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

A checklist for an MTAS Comprehensive Management Review (CMR) of fire organizations.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/07/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

This Conflict of Interest form should indicate whether the person has a financial or other interest or other interest in, or acts as an officer or a director of, any outside entity who's financial or other interests would reasonably appear to be affected by their work with the city.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Consolidation of City and County Governments: A Look at the History and Outcome-Based Research of These Efforts
General (Created: 08/21/2019; Reviewed: August 21, 2019)

This research is available in the two attached documents on the history of consolidation and the pros and cons of consolidation.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Continued Medical Insurance at Retirement in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 10/07/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

A survey of selected cities regarding whether retired employees are offered continued medical insurance.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Corridor Annexation
General (Created: 10/06/2016; Reviewed: May 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked about a possible annexation of a right-of-way connecting the corporate limits to a larger piece of property outside the city, with no other property to be annexed along the right-of-way.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Cost Recovery of Hazardous Materials Clean-Up and Response
General (Created: 02/05/2002; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

MTAS was asked to provide information on the cost recovery involving hazardous materials spills.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
County to City Dispatch Charges Survey
Survey (Created: 08/07/2020; Reviewed: August 7, 2020)

MTAS surveyed eighteen cities whose E-911 communications are handled by the county they are located in. Representatives of each city were asked about service cost and the formula used to determine the charge for each city.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Court Liason Programs
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

The Court Liaison Program is a cooperative effort of the local police department, the District Attorney General's office and the General Sessions Court Judge to reduce police overtime costs.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources for Local Government in Tennessee
General (Created: 03/04/2020; Reviewed: November 2, 2020)

A list of resources for local governments in Tennessee related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. This list will be updated regularly as resources become available. Note: Due to the variety and volume of information on this page, new resources that are more recently added to this page are indicated with RED type.
Original Author:
Dennis Wolf
COVID-19 and Municipal Governments: A Hot Topic Q & A for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/16/2020; Reviewed: March 23, 2020)

The first case in the United States of 2019-nCoV, the 2019 novel coronavirus, now classified as COVID-19, was diagnosed on January 20, 2020, in Snohomish County, Washington. Since then, more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and cities are struggling to find information of how to respond to the spread of the virus and how the virus will affect the city’s ability to continue to provide municipal services. This MTAS Hot Topic provides guidance for cities on these issues. (Updated 3/23/2020)
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Credit Cards Used to Pay Taxes and Other Fees
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

Several Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they allow citizens to pay taxes or fees with a credit card.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Critical Need for Volunteer Incentive Programs
General (Created: 08/23/2005; Reviewed: May 24, 2017)

Volunteer incentive programs must be developed by each fire department to insure that the drop out rate is reduced to the lowest level possible.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Deducting Union Dues for Firefighters
General (Created: 03/13/2002; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked to research cities' requirements to deduct union dues from firefighters.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Department Assistant Directors in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/01/2017; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

MTAS surveyed 11 cities regarding Assistant or Deputy Directors in a number of departments in their cities.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Determining Quorum Number Required to Pass Motions
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

An MTAS attorney response to a question regarding the number of aldermen required to vote and pass items on the agenda not related to the city's present alderman vacancy.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Development and Impact Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A survey of selected cities regarding development or impact fees.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Director of Finance
Job Description (Created: 08/17/2017; Reviewed: July 8, 2020)

Job description for the Director of Finance in a Tennessee city.
Original Author:
Chlarson, John
Disaster Response Documents
General (Created: 04/18/2011; Reviewed: July 25, 2017)

A collection of documents that includes disaster cleanup bid documents, FEMA 322 Disaster Response, and USACE Scope of Work Example.
Original Author:
Huffer, Dennis
Disposition of Court Costs, Litigation Tax Revenues, and Fines
General (Created: 12/22/2004; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

MTAS was asked to provide a summary of distribution of court costs, fines, and litigation taxes.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Drain Easements in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/01/2019; Reviewed: July 8, 2020)

Nine Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out how they handle drainage easements.
Original Author:
Chlarson, John
Drainage Work Notice
Form (Created: 06/17/2015; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

This drainage notice letter template may be used to notify property owners that maintenance activities will be conducted on a drainage way that crosses their property.
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Economic Development Assessment
Form (Created: 04/01/2009; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

An economic development assessment survey form.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 01/19/2004; Reviewed: July 16, 2020)

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Economic Development Director
Job Description (Created: 09/14/2016; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

A job description for the position of Economic Development Director.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Educational Assistance in Tennessee Cities and Selected Airports
Survey (Created: 10/06/2020; Reviewed: November 24, 2020)

An online survey was sent to 111 email addresses for human resources directors and other positions holding these responsibilities. A total of 66 responses were received regarding educational assistance for city and airport employees in the state.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Electric System Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 02/14/2005; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

Job description and management responsibilities for the position of Electric System Director.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Eliminating the Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements in the 2012 International Building Code and International Residential Code
General (Created: 08/23/2016; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether it is permissible to eliminate the carbon monoxide detector requirements in the 2012 IBC and IRC and if that complies with standards adopted by the State Fire Marshal.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Emergency Management for Municipalities in Tennessee
General (Created: 02/12/2009; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether a city should have an emergency management director.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Emergency Right of Way Press Release Template
Form (Created: 05/15/2014; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

This is a resource for a local fire department to use to raise community awareness of the need for drivers to yield to emergency vehicles and to move over for stopped emergency vehicles.
Original Author:
Harris, Brad
Evaluating an RFP/RFQ for Consulting Services
Form (Created: 08/31/2015; Reviewed: September 9, 2015)

This RFP evaluation scoresheet is a template that can be modified for projects other than selecting consulting services.
Original Author:
Carrier, Angie
Evaluation of City Manager
Form (Created: 12/11/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

This is a form that can be used to evaluate a City Manager in any town or city in Tennessee.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) "Administrative" Exemption Test
Form (Created: 11/28/2016; Reviewed: July 9, 2020)

MTAS was asked to develop forms for FLSA exemption "tests" for use in cities.
Original Author:
Ashburn, Melissa
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: A Summary for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/24/2020; Reviewed: March 24, 2020)

A summary of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (signed into law March 18, 2020) to assist employers and employees during the pandemic.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Farmer's Market Insurance in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/01/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Ten cities in Tennessee were surveyed regarding farmer's markets and insurance for the vendors.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Fees and Policies for Grinder Pumps in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

MTAS surveyed a number of Tennessee cities regarding their fees and policies for grinder pumps.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Final Regulations: Volunteers and the Affordable Care Act
General (Created: 02/17/2014; Reviewed: May 24, 2017)

In summary, hours worked by a volunteer who does not receive (and is not entitled to receive) compensation in exchange for the performance of services are not treated as hours of service for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Original Author:
Cook, Gail
Financial Audit Advertisement
Form (Created: 09/09/2010; Reviewed: August 18, 2020)

A sample advertisement for an auditor who is qualified to perform a financial and compliance audit.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Chief Sample Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 09/12/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

A collection of several sample job descriptions for the position of fire chief; includes job descriptions for fire chiefs of a volunteer fire department.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Department Hose Test Record
Form (Created: 03/24/2020; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

A form created to be used by fire departments to track fire hose testing information.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Department Major
Job Description (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

A job description for the position of Fire Department Executive Officer with the rank of Major.
Original Author:
Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association
Fire Department Recognition Bill
General (Created: 02/26/2003; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

This information from a TFCA flyer answers questions about the Fire Department Recognition Bill.
Original Author:
West, Gary
Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure: Fire Department Vehicle Safety, Emergency and Non-Emergency Response, Safe Emergency Operations on Roadways
General (Created: 06/30/2010; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

This procedure identifies requirements for the implementation of a safe Fire Department vehicle operations program.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Department Training Records
General (Created: 08/25/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Fire Department records for training and personnel are open for inspection upon demand during any reasonable hours.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Drills in Schools and ISO Credit
Form (Created: 07/26/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Section 1000 of the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule evaluates the community risk reduction efforts in a community. Part of Section 1032B1, Fire Safety Education in Schools, evaluates fire safety efforts in schools, including the conducting of monthly fire drills. This section requires that “Each school must conduct 1 fire exit drill, in accordance with the general criteria of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, or the ICC International Fire Code each month that the campus is in session.”
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Hydrant Flow Test Results Calculator
General (Created: 02/26/2015; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

This spreadsheet may be downloaded to calculate the results of fire hydrant flow tests.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Hydrant Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/24/2014; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

An ordinance adopting by reference the NFPA fire hydrant color coding standards and establishing certain standards for fire flows and hydrants and use of some existing fire hydrants.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Inspection Quality Assurance Survey
Form (Created: 07/25/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

This form is a sample survey that cities can use as follow up after a fire code compliance inspection.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Fire shift commanders and assistant chief salary and overtime
Survey (Created: 02/01/2018; Reviewed: November 12, 2020)

Selected Tennessee cities were surveyed regarding their fire departments and the levels of authority in them.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Stations and Coronavirus Precautions: A Hot Topic for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/27/2020; Reviewed: March 27, 2020)

Firefighters understand the concept of hot, warm, and cold zones in fire stations when it comes to keeping turnouts and fire contaminated gear out of the living areas of the station. But what about viruses and other pathogens? The practices used for fire contaminated gear do not work with pathogens. Therefore, firefighters need to practice more extensive contamination control to reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus while at the fire station.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Support Specialist
Job Description (Created: 03/03/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

A sample job description for a Fire Support Specialist.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Fire Watch Policy
Form (Created: 02/08/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This sample fire watch policy provides for the continuous presence of a trained person, who maintains a constant fire watch, while the required fire protection system is out of service.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Firefighter Vacation Accrual in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 04/15/2019; Reviewed: November 12, 2020)

MTAS asked a number of Tennessee cities how they handle vacation accrual for firefighters.
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
Firefighters Driving on a License from Another State
General (Created: 04/03/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether, in Tennessee, firefighters are required to have a valid Tennessee driver's license to operate vehicles and work in the full capacity of a fire fighter.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Firefighters Must Have Key to Fire Station
General (Created: 09/19/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

If a fire station is locked when not occupied, then all firefighters must have a key.
Original Author:
Lobertini, Steve
Fireworks Sample Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 10/19/2006; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

An ordinance to add Chapter 4, "Fireworks," to Title 7 of the City of ______ Municipal Code.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
First Responders and Fireworks Incidents Survey
Survey (Created: 08/21/2020; Reviewed: November 23, 2020)

Six Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding first responders having fireworks shot or directed at them while on-duty.
Original Author:
Rollins, Sharon
Fleet Maintenance and Operations Schedules
Form (Created: 07/12/2012; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

Seven checklists for preventive maintenance and inspections.
Original Author:
Grubbs, John
FMLA Forms Now Updated by DOL
Form (Created: 06/05/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

For those of you who maintain hard copies of FMLA sample forms, as provided by the Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division, you will need to destroy outdated revisions, and replace with the newly issued (Effective June 1, 2015) forms.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Forming a New Police Department
General (Created: 07/14/1997; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked several questions about the benefits of forming a new police department versus contracting with the county for police services.
Original Author:
Major, Al
Forms to Accompany Capital Asset Accounting System
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: October 3, 2018)

Includes a sample capital asset disposal record, a capital asset ledger card, and a model resolution to establish a threshold that dictates when expenditures may be capitalized.
Original Author:
Cross, Ralph
Forms to Accompany the Drug Fund Manual
Form (Created: 07/02/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Includes sample forms, description of the forms, and a sample drug fund budget.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Freedom to Protest: Guidance for Managing Demonstrations in Tennessee Towns and Cities
General (Created: 06/25/2020; Reviewed: June 26, 2020)

MTAS guidance on freedom of speech, freedom to assemble and how to handle demonstrations. This is a video resource. (Created June 25, 2020; 7:07 minutes in length)
Original Author:
Cook, Gail
General Fund: Fund Balance Policy
General (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: October 18, 2018)

The Fund Balance Policy is intended to provide guidelines during the preparation and execution of the annual budget to ensure that sufficient reserves are maintained for unanticipated expenditures or revenue shortfalls.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Grant Writers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/31/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Thirteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they employ a full-time grant writer.
Original Author:
Nevad, Warren
Green Waste Questionnaire
Form (Created: 03/14/2014; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

Several counties and cities entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to participate in a feasibility study to determine best options for addressing green waste. The purpose of this questionnaire is to collect information about green waste volume and current management practices for use in the feasibility study; includes preliminary response data.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Guide to Alcohol and Beer Laws in Tennessee
General (Created: 11/04/2020; Reviewed: November 4, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Handling Employee (fire, EMT, paramedic, police officer) Exposure to COVID-19
General (Created: 03/22/2020; Reviewed: September 24, 2020)

MTAS advice on what to do if an employee (firefighter, EMT, paramedic, police officer, etc.) has close contact to a COVID-19 positive patient, to a patient that is suspected of having COVID-19, or to a patient exhibiting respiratory distress symptom.
Original Author:
Ashburn, Melissa
Hatch Act: Guidance From Federal Government
General (Created: 07/20/2017; Reviewed: August 18, 2017)

Hatch Act Modernization Guide for State and Local Employees
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Hazardous Materials Incident Reimbursement Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/10/2011; Reviewed: October 12, 2016)

A sample ordinance for the reimbursement of costs associated with a hazardous materials incident.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Health Insurance Waiting Periods in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 05/15/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

A survey of selected Tennessee cities regarding waiting periods for health insurance for municipal employees.
Original Author:
Wibking, Lyndy
Hotel-Motel Tax in Tennessee Cities (2015)
Survey (Created: 07/01/2015; Reviewed: October 25, 2016)

This document includes those cities that responded to MTAS's request for information regarding the collection of a hotel-motel tax. It is not a comprehensive list of all Tennessee cities. Fifty-five cities responded that they do collect a hotel-motel tax, with an average reported tax rate of 4.5%; 112 cities responded that they do not collect this tax.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
How is Hemp Impacting Your Municipality?
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020)

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, will explore recent changes in legislation that made hemp-based products more accessible and how that accessibility is impacting municipalities. (MTAS City Byte series)
Original Author:
Phebus, Dick
In Lieu of Tax Payment Calculator
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

MTAS has developed a worksheet to assist local governments in calculating in lieu of tax payments.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Incentives for ASE and EVT Certifications for Fleet Technicians
Survey (Created: 12/04/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Selected Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they offer incentives to their fleet technicians for getting an ASE or CVT certificates.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Incident Initiated Public Fire Safety Education Encounter
Form (Created: 07/01/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

This form should be used to document any fire safety education interaction with the public as a result of the fire department's response to a home or business.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Inclement Weather Notification in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2018; Reviewed: November 12, 2020)

Thirteen cities in Tennessee were surveyed to find out if their municipality closes during inclement weather and if so, how do they communicate that to non-emergency employees who do not have to report to work.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Incorporation Process
General (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS provided some information on the incorporation process in Tennessee.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Insurance for Elected Officials
Survey (Created: 06/17/2020; Reviewed: November 24, 2020)

Ten Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding whether or not the city provides medical insurance to their elected officials.
Original Author:
Stegall, Kay
Internal Control Tool Kit for Municipal Governments
Report/Study (Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: April 6, 2020)

This toolkit is intended to assist cities in getting started on or reassessing their existing internal control system.
Original Author:
Cross, Ralph
Iran Divestment Act Affects Purchasing In Tennessee Cities and Towns
General (Created: 07/29/2016; Reviewed: July 29, 2016)

This article reports that persons or entities determined to be engaged in investment activities with Iran are listed on the state's website and are prohibited from contracting with any political subdivision of this state and any contract entered into shall be void.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Is There Empirical Evidence That Surveillance Cameras Reduce Crime?
Report/Study (Created: 09/26/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Based on the papers, articles, and reports reviewed, it seems that CCTV is most effective when combined with other crime reducing/deterring methods such as improved lighting, security guards, and defensible space.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
ISO Ratings for Tennessee Fire Departments: MTAS Survey
General (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: August 21, 2020)

This list is not a comprehensive list of all fire departments in the state of Tennessee. The information was provided by the cities/fire departments who responded to MTAS's request for information.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
ISO Ratings Survey: Tennessee Fire Departments
Survey (Created: 09/24/2018; Reviewed: August 21, 2020)

This list of ISO ratings is not a comprehensive list of all fire departments in the state of Tennessee.  The information was provided by the cities/fire departments who responded to MTAS's request for ISO rating information.  If you would like a sortable Excel sheet of this ISO rating data or have any questions, please contact Frances Adams-O'Brien (frances.adams-obrien@tennessee.edu).
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
IT Staffing Survey
Survey (Created: 01/06/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Eleven Human Resources Directors/Managers were surveyed to find out if their cities have in-house IT staff or contract employees.
Original Author:
Grubbs, John
Job Analysis
General (Created: 02/17/2016; Reviewed: May 3, 2017)

MTAS provided information for a job analysis observation audit.
Original Author:
Blake, Karen
Judge's Oath of Office
Form (Created: 08/27/2014; Reviewed: June 26, 2017)

MTAS provided information about Tennessee law on the taking and administration of the oath of office by newly elected judges.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Lease versus Purchase of Public Facilities: Pros and Cons
General (Created: 10/15/2010; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

This article lists the advantages and disadvantages of leasing a public facility.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Leasing City-Owned Facilities for Communications Equipment
Survey (Created: 04/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Twenty-one Tennessee officials were surveyed to find whether or not the cities lease space to companies to place communications equipment on public facilities such as water towers or a city owned communication tower.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Letter for Employee with Salary Issue
General (Created: 07/31/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

A recently hired salaried employee worked a significant number of hours for a community event. MTAS provided options on how to address this issue.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Liquor by the Drink Petition
Form (Created: 09/16/2010; Reviewed: October 7, 2020)

Liquor by the drink petitions must include the address of the election commission to which it is addressed.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Local Option Sales Tax Revenue Sharing Agreements
General (Created: 04/04/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016)

MTAS was asked for some examples of local option sales tax revenue sharing agreements.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Manager Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 10/21/2020; Reviewed: November 24, 2020)

Nine Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding salary and compensation for their City Manager/City Administrator roles.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Managing the Drug Fund
General (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

PowerPoint and handouts from a class on managing a drug fund.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Mandated Asset Forfeiture
Form (Created: 07/15/2019; Reviewed: April 6, 2020)

A form to be used for reporting all asset forfeiture proceeds to the Tennessee Comptroller at the end of the fiscal year.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Massage Parlor and Technicians Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/26/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

An ordinance regulating massage parlors and technicians.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Meeting Agenda Process
General (Created: 05/06/2014; Reviewed: May 20, 2014)

MTAS was asked how to formalize and manage the city council meeting agenda preparation and distribution.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Military Leave and School Patrol Officers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/06/2018; Reviewed: April 1, 2019)

Twelve cities in Tennessee were surveyed regarding employees who deploy on military leave and whether or not they accrue benefits while gone. Those surveyed were also asked about School Crossing Guards and what benefits, if any are available to them.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Model Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Response Policy
Form (Created: 12/05/2016; Reviewed: December 6, 2016)

This model policy was created to provide procedures for personnel to follow for the safe investigation and mitigation of reported carbon monoxide (CO) incidents.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Model Employment Application (2012)
Form (Created: 05/21/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

An employment application for municipal employees, revised May 2012.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Model Fire Sprinkler Ordinance
Form (Created: 12/03/2019; Reviewed: December 3, 2019)

This is a model fire sprinkler ordinance for both commercial and residential property. Fire sprinkler systems save lives, property, and reduce the potential for large fires in the community, thus protecting the tax base.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Model Juvenile Fire Setter Standard Operating Procedure
General (Created: 11/13/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

The purpose of this guideline is to establish a consistent procedure in partnership with community resources for the screening, education and referral of youths who have been identified as misusing ignition sources (matches, lighters, or fireworks) or starting a fire, either unintentionally or maliciously.
Original Author:
MTAS
Model Municipal Debt Policy
General (Created: 10/31/2011; Reviewed: June 24, 2011)

The purpose of this debt policy is to establish a set of parameters by which debt obligations will be undertaken by the City. (NOTE: Bold language or similar statements are required by the State of TN Comptroller's Office. Italicized language is recommended along with other components in GFOA's Model Debt Policy.)
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Model Press Release for Fire Hydrant Inspections and Flow Testing
Form (Created: 10/04/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

The model press release may be customized and used by any fire department to inform residents and business owners in their community that the fire department will be conducting inspection, maintenance, and flow testing of fire hydrants in the community.
Original Author:
MTAS
Model Resolution Directing Payment of Tax Equivalents
Resolution (Created: 04/02/2004; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

MTAS was asked to create a resolution for payment in lieu of taxes.
Original Author:
Chlarson, John
Model Stormwater Utility Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 07/29/2002; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

A model ordinance that creates and funds a stormwater utility.
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
Model Succession Plan
Report/Study (Created: 12/10/2009; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

Includes a model succession plan and a succession plan for McMinnville.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Modified Light Duty Programs
Survey (Created: 10/01/2017; Reviewed: October 1, 2017)

Sixteen Tennessee cities responded to questions about whether or not they have a modified/light duty program in place for employees.
Original Author:
MTAS
MTAS Comprehensive Management Review (CMR) Checklist
Form (Created: 07/31/2003; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

A model for the MTAS comprehensive management review (CMR).
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
MTAS Guidance on the Limited Reuse of N95 Respirators
General (Created: 04/02/2020; Reviewed: April 27, 2020)

With the severe shortage of N95 respirators, many municipalities and other organizations are faced with the dilemma of reusing N95 respirators, using a lessor form of protection, such as a surgical mark, trying to make their own mask or respirator, or going without any respiratory protection.
Original Author:
Wyatt, Steve
MTAS Guides To Water Systems for Tennessee Municipal Elected Officials
General (Created: 08/14/2020; Reviewed: August 20, 2020)

These six guides are part of a series created by MTAS for elected officials in Tennessee municipalities. Each guide is an overview of the tools used and the some of the requirements as specified by the State of Tennessee. Topics covered are corrosion, turbidity, microbiological issues, disinfection, disinfection byproducts and cross-connections.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
MTAS on Robert's Rules of Order
General (Created: 05/17/2019; Reviewed: May 17, 2019)

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.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
MTAS Tax Sale Procedures Survey
Survey (Created: 08/15/2019; Reviewed: July 9, 2020)

Six Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out how sales on properties with delinquent taxes are handled.
Original Author:
O'Hara, Stephanie Allen
MTAS/CTAS ADA Compliance Officer Training 2018
(Created: 06/05/2018; Reviewed: May 18, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Municipal Banking Services: Public Chapter 277 of 2019
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020)

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, reviews Public Chapter of 277 of 2019. This law stipulates that municipal banking services must be evaluated at least every four years and proposals must be from at least two banks. The statute also requires a contract for banking services be based on the evaluation of proposals, which should be documented for audit purposes. The law was effective July 1, 2019 thus banking services must be evaluated within the next four years or when the current contract expires whichever is sooner. (MTAS City Byte series)
Original Author:
Rollins, Sharon
Municipal Bonds
General (Created: 09/11/2012; Reviewed: September 11, 2012)

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.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Municipal Court Survey 2020
Survey (Created: 10/20/2020; Reviewed: November 5, 2020)

MTAS conducted a statewide survey of municipal court clerk contacts available in the MTAS city directory. Survey invitations were sent to 234 contacts and 105 surveys were completed. Questions about municipal court operations are frequent and over the years MTAS has conducted several smaller surveys. This survey was an attempt to combine the previous surveys into one comprehensive resource.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Municipal Government Intern Job Description
Job Description (Created: 07/29/2020; Reviewed: August 21, 2020)

A job description to be used by any city or town when creating and recruiting for a municipal government intern.
Original Author:
Crouch, Ray
Mutual Aid Assistance in Tennessee: A Collection of Resources from MTAS
General (Created: 04/09/2020; Reviewed: April 15, 2020)

A collection of resources on mutual aid assistance in Tennessee. The collection includes MTAS Hot Topics, a legal opinion from former MTAS Legal Constant Dennis Huffer, a full text document of Public Chapter 743, and two mutual aid assistance agreement templates.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Mutual Aid Update: FEMA Reimbursement of Mutual Aid Costs Under Certain Conditions.
General (Created: 12/17/2011; Reviewed: April 9, 2020)

FEMA will reimburse mutual aid costs under certain conditions.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
N95 Respirators and Respiratory Protection Q & A: A Hot Topic for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/30/2020; Reviewed: March 30, 2020)

With the shortage of N95 respirators, which is the type of respirator recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for respiratory protection against the coronavirus, MTAS has received questions about the reuse of N95 respirators and alternate types of respirators and masks. This hot topic provides information on N95 respirators and other types of respiratory protection. MTAS does not recommend or endorse any products. Cities should use this information as a resource when making decisions for their operations.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Need for Professional Management
Report/Study (Created: 08/28/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

A report addressing the issue of employing professional managers or administrators who have municipal experience.
Original Author:
Stegall, Kay
New Financial Disclosure Required for Tax Abatements
General (Created: 12/05/2016; Reviewed: October 29, 2018)

A tax abatement per GASB may not be the same as the legal definition of a tax abatement in Tennessee law, but remember that GASB's definition is for external financial reporting purposes.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
New Fire Station Design Standards
General (Created: 09/08/2003; Reviewed: September 11, 2017)

MTAS received a question on the construction of a new fire station.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
New Officials' Tips
General (Created: 06/06/2002; Reviewed: June 6, 2002)

MTAS consultants ranked their top fifteen tips for new officials.
Original Author:
Neill, Ronnie
New Youth Sports Concussion and Head Injury Law Effective January 1, 2014
General (Created: 12/11/2013; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
O'Hara, Stephanie Allen
Newly Elected Official’s Guide to Taking Office
General (Created: 11/14/2019; Reviewed: November 5, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
NFPA 1582: Standard on Medical Requirements for Firefighters and Fire Department Physicians
Form (Created: 09/24/2019; Reviewed: September 24, 2019)

This is an NFPA sample form for conducting a physical medical examination for a firefighter.
Original Author:
Moore, David
Non-Compliance with Governor Lee’s Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21 and 22: Guidance for Tennessee Municipalities
General (Created: 03/25/2020; Reviewed: April 2, 2020)

Guidance for municipalities on a course of action for business owners who may refuse the guidelines of Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21, and 22.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
On-Boarding Software Survey
Survey (Created: 10/01/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Twenty-one Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they use onboarding software for new employee orientation.
Original Author:
Chlarson, John
One Way Street Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/05/2015; Reviewed: May 4, 2020)

An ordinance template to convert Smith Street into a one-way street, in the town of Volopolis City, Tennessee.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Online Training in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: March 22, 2019)

Twelve Tennessee cities were contacted to find out if they provide employee training online and what types are offered.
Original Author:
Lobertini, Steve
Open Burning Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/08/2006; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

A sample open burning ordinance.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Ordinance Adopting the Annual Budget and Tax Rate
Ordinance (Created: 10/04/2002; Reviewed: December 16, 2020)

MTAS was asked to write an ordinance for adopting a municipal budget and levying a property tax.
Original Author:
Huffer, Dennis
Ordinance Adopting the Property Tax Freeze Program
Ordinance (Created: 06/19/2008; Reviewed: October 26, 2016)

An ordinance adopting the property tax freeze program for elderly low-income homeowners as authorized in state law.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Ordinance Authorizing Governing Bodies to Appropriate Revenues from Natural Gas Utility System to Chambers of Commerce or Economic and Community Organizations for Economic Development Purposes
Ordinance (Created: 06/15/2018; Reviewed: July 18, 2018)

These can be used by municipal governing bodies that have natural gas utility systems or a board that has control over a municipal natural gas utility system for purposes of appropriating money to a chamber of commerce or economic and community organization. The legislation does not allow money to be appropriated for these purposes in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Metro Nashville.
Original Author:
MTAS
Ordinance Establishing a Fire Department for the Town of Anytown, Tennessee
Ordinance (Created: 09/21/2001; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

This guide, which was revised in 2017, is to be used in writing an ordinance to create a fire department.
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Ordinance Establishing a Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Program (three versions)
Ordinance (Created: 09/09/2002; Reviewed: May 5, 2020)

MTAS was asked to write ordinances that would provide equipment replacement program alternatives.
Original Author:
MTAS
Ordinance Regulating False Fire Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 06/14/2001; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

An ordinance to establish a process for discouraging false emergency alarms.
Original Author:
Jaeckel, Gary
Ordinance to Allow for the Partial Payment of Real Property Taxes
Ordinance (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: October 26, 2017)

A sample ordinance which allows a municipality to accept partial payment of local real property taxes.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Ordinance to Establish a Charge for False Emergency Alarms
Ordinance (Created: 08/04/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

An ordinance to establish a charge for false emergency alarms which were not caused by a violent act of nature.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Overview of Municipal Certifications in Tennessee
Survey (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The Research and Information Center acquired information for a number of departments in Tennessee cities that require employees be certified in their fields.
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
Payroll Taxes for a Severance Payment
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: October 25, 2016)

MTAS was asked how to process payroll taxes for a severance payment.
Original Author:
Grubbs, John
Performance Appraisal Sample Documents
Form (Created: 04/22/2016; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide some examples of performance appraisal or evaluation forms.
Original Author:
Neill, Ronnie
Performing Criminal Background Checks on Potential Employees
General (Created: 07/02/2004; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

MTAS was asked how to perform criminal background checks on potential employees of the Town.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Personal Interest Disclosure Form
Form (Created: 01/18/2017; Reviewed: April 3, 2020)

Pursuant to the ethics policy adopted by the municipality, this model ethics code personal interest disclosure form is required to be filled out and submitted to the city recorder when a municipal employee or official must exercise discretion over a matter that he/she has a personal interest in that affects, or a reasonable person might believe affects, the employee or official's exercise of discretion.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Personal Safety for Fire Investigators
General (Created: 06/01/2020; Reviewed: July 9, 2020)

A standard operating guideline is recommended for all fire investigators or those involved in the duties of fire and explosion scene investigations.
Original Author:
Lobertini, Steve
Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 09/01/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

A sample ordinance prohibiting the ownership, harboring, or possessing of pit bulls.
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
Police & Public Safety Fitness for Duty Testing 2010
Survey (Created: 06/29/2010; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Twenty cities responded to a survey about fitness assessments for police officers as part of the employment process.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Police Officer Certification
General (Created: 03/18/1998; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Certification requirements of police officers and part-time, or reserve, police officers.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Police Officer Recruitment and Retention
Survey (Created: 06/01/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Nineteen Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out about their police department recruitment and retention policies.
Original Author:
MTAS
Project Checklist
Form (Created: 05/03/2004; Reviewed: December 18, 2018)

A checklist designed for utility construction projects.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Property Acquisition and Manager's Tool Box Survey
Survey (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Seven Tennessee cities responded to a survey regarding property acquisition and whether or not the city has developed a Manager's Tool Box containing policies, procedures, forms or a purchasing card.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Protecting Fire Department Infrastructure
Report/Study (Created: 03/23/2016; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

This document contains some information on suspicious activity reporting and protective measures for fire departments to take to help secure the fire department's personnel and assets.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Provisions for Uniforms for City Employees
Survey (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 10, 2019)

Seven Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they reimburse for, provide an allowance for or purchase uniforms for any city employees.
Original Author:
Rollins, Sharon
Public Works Department Model SOP Outline
General (Created: 08/16/2007; Reviewed: June 5, 2017)

An outline of a model operating procedure (SOP) for a public works department.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Quality Assurance Program for Enforcement and Inspection Programs
General (Created: 03/22/2019; Reviewed: April 3, 2020)

This is a template for a sample quality assurance program for enforcement and inspection programs that meets the criteria for such a program as identified in Section 1024C of the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Quality Assurance Program for Enforcement and Inspection Programs
Form (Created: 12/10/2020; Reviewed: December 10, 2020)

MTAS Fire Consultant Dennis Wolf authored this template that can be used by any city or town to provide a means of measuring the quality of fire inspections performed.
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
Reasonable Accommodation
General (Created: 08/29/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked about reasonable accommodation for an employee who has typing duties and develops carpal tunnel syndrome.
Original Author:
Chlarson, John
Recommended Guidance to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Minimum Monitoring Requirements for NPDES MS4 Program Effectiveness and Compliance
(Created: 03/14/2008; Reviewed: September 30, 2020)

This publication provides guidance to TDEC's minimum monitoring requirements for NPDES MS4 program effectiveness and compliance.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Refuse/Sanitation Collection Survey
Survey (Created: 04/27/2015; Reviewed: March 29, 2017)

MTAS asked nine cities about the salaries paid for operators of specific collection equipment.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Replacing Fire Hose
General (Created: 06/19/2013; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

NFPA requires a fire department to have a replacement schedule, but stops short of establishing a maximum number of years of service, leaving that up to the authority having jurisdiction. Even though a section of 15-year old fire hose may still pass an annual test, the fire chief should consider a 10-year maximum service life under normal operating conditions. The 2013 edition of NFPA 1962 has a requirement that calls for hose manufactured before July 1987 to be removed from service. The ISO FSRS also addresses the testing of fire hose. For maximum points, the fire department must test all fire hose annually. The FSRS states: The Hose Service Test Program shall be in accordance with the general criteria of NFPA 1962, which requires that test pressures are a minimum of 300 psi for attack hose, and a minimum of 200 psi for supply hose. As long as the fire hose passes an annual test, ISO will give the fire department credit for the hose.
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Report on Public Employee Unions in Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 01/31/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Cities need to deal with municipal practices that often create in city employees the desire to organize and join a union.
Original Author:
MTAS
Request for Proposal Group Health Plan
RFP (Created: 02/25/2008; Reviewed: February 19, 2010)

A sample RFP template for a group health plan that includes health insurance, pharmacy benefit management, and disease management services.
Original Author:
Cook, Gail
Request for Proposal Purchasing Cards
RFP (Created: 02/09/2009; Reviewed: November 16, 2017)

The purpose of this RFP is to enter into a contract with a qualified commercial financial institution for the provision of purchasing card (credit card) services for all agencies of the city.
Original Author:
Cook, Gail
Request for Proposal: Banking Services for City's Payroll Account
RFP (Created: 09/15/2010; Reviewed: September 15, 2010)

A sample RFP for a city's payroll account.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Required Federal and State Employment Posters
General (Created: 05/15/2012; Reviewed: June 2, 2017)

Compilation of Federal and State Employment Posters
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Requirement of a Commercial Driver License (CDL) for Municipal Employees
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A survey of selected cities regarding Commercial Driver License (CDL) licensing requirements for employees.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Residential Developer Incentives in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/01/2017; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

The MTAS Research and Information Center conducted a survey of eleven Tennessee cities to find out if the city offers incentives to developers in order to encourage residential development.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Residential Fire Sprinklers and ISO Increased Fire Flow Requirements for Large Homes
General (Created: 06/19/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

The consequences of insufficient fire flows are significant, and include increased risk to trapped occupants in rescue operations, a reduced ability to extinguish the fire, an increase in property damage, and increased risk to firefighters. An option for your community is passing an ordinance requiring residential fire sprinklers. The revised Insurance Services Office (ISO) Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) takes effect in Tennessee on July 1, 2013. The new ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule has increased fire flow requirements for large homes (homes exceeding 4,800 square feet), but recognizes sprinklers and reduces the needed fire flow (NFF) accordingly.
Original Author:
Insurance Services Office (ISO)
Residential Sprinklers ISO Fact Sheet
General (Created: 10/09/2019; Reviewed: October 9, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Resolution Authorizing Governing Bodies to Appropriate Revenues from Natural Gas Utility System to Chamber of Commerce or Economic and Community Organization
(Created: 06/15/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

This is a resolution that can be used by municipal governing bodies with natural gas utility systems or a board that has control over a municipal natural gas utility system to appropriate money to a chamber of commerce or economic and community organization for the purpose of economic development. The legislation does not allow money to be appropriated for these purposes in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Metro Nashville.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Resolution Authorizing MTAS to Facilitate a Strategic Planning Session
Resolution (Created: 05/27/2008; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Resolution Authorizing the City Recorder/Budget Officer to Transfer Moneys from One Appropriation to Another within the Same Fund
Resolution (Created: 02/18/2013; Reviewed: July 15, 2017)

A sample resolution authorizing the city recorder/budget officer to transfer moneys from one appropriation to another within the same fund.
Original Author:
Cross, Steven
Resolution for Adopting Minimum Training Standards for Firefighters
Resolution (Created: 07/29/2020; Reviewed: October 28, 2020)

MTAS Fire Consultant Steve Cross authored this resolution that can be used by any Tennessee city regarding the adoption of minimum training standards for firefighters.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Resolution for Codification
Resolution (Created: 11/15/2004; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

A resolution to have MTAS codify and revise the ordinances of a city.
Original Author:
Rogers, Honna
Resolution to Adopt a Youth Sports Concussion Policy
Resolution (Created: 01/13/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Resolution to Adopt the National Incident Management System
Resolution (Created: 08/30/2005; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

A resolution allowing a city to adopt the NIMS concept of emergency planning and incident command.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Resolution to Opt Out of the Statewide Building Codes
Resolution (Created: 12/19/2016; Reviewed: April 17, 2017)

A a resolution to opt out of the statewide building codes enforced by the State Fire Marshal pursuant to the 2009 energy code legislation.
Original Author:
Jones, Josh
Resolution to Remove the Municipality from the Application of Mandatory Allowance of the Manufacture of Alcoholic Beverages
Resolution (Created: 07/09/2013; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

Any city that wishes to ensure that neither a distillery nor high alcohol content beer manufacturer operates within its jurisdiction should take immediate steps to adopt a resolution removing the city from the application of TCA 57-2-103(d). Failure to complete this action prior to the end of the 45-day grace period could result in your city being precluded from exercising its ability to opt out of the law. This 45-day grace period began to toll upon the effective date of the bill, July 1st, making August 15th the final day to remove your city from application.
Original Author:
O'Hara, Stephanie Allen
Retailer Giving Away Beer without a Permit
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/28/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

MTAS was asked whether a retailer may give beer away without a permit.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Retiree Healthcare and Random Drug Testing Survey
Survey (Created: 04/01/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Sixteen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding their retiree healthcare plans and random drug testing procedures.
Original Author:
Chlarson, John
Right of Entry Letter to Monitor Certain Streams
Form (Created: 02/20/2007; Reviewed: May 7, 2020)

A form letter granting representatives of the City the right of entry to private property to collect water samples from streams.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Sale of Surplus Property
Ordinance (Created: 04/07/2014; Reviewed: May 20, 2014)

MTAS was asked to provide draft code provisions to guide the sale and disposal of surplus property or unclaimed property.
Original Author:
Whitehead, Rick
Sample Building Dedication Policy
General (Created: 03/24/2010; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

A sample policy regarding building plaques.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Criminal Background Check Policy
General (Created: 06/25/2013; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Tennessee Code Annotated ' 68-102-308 allows fire departments to conduct criminal background checks on both current and potential employees and volunteers, provided the department has a written policy in place.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Disciplinary Policy for Fire Departments
General (Created: 08/28/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This is a sample disciplinary policy that can be adopted by any fire department.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Dress Code (Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure)
(Created: 07/07/2017; Reviewed: May 18, 2020)

A template dress code policy for use in a municipal fire department standard operating procedure.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Fire Department Physical Ability Test
General (Created: 08/08/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

The sample physical ability test is a model for cities to use when creating their own test. Cities and fire departments should review and modify this sample policy to meet local needs.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Fire Department Risk Management SOP
Form (Created: 05/15/2015; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

This fire department sample risk management policy is designed to be customized for local needs.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Fire Department Social Media Policy
Form (Created: 12/20/2016; Reviewed: January 13, 2017)

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to Fire Department members to clarify the boundaries between appropriate and inappropriate use of social media by fire department personnel and to provide guidelines on the management, administration, and oversight.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Sample Forms for Contraband Weapons to Be Titled to the Police Department and Exchanged or Sold by the Police Department
Form (Created: 07/19/2012; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Sample forms giving police departments the title to contraband weapons and allowing the exchange or sale of such weapons.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Hazardous Materials Route Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 03/05/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

A sample ordinance for Tennessee cities to use, limiting flammable liquid, gas and hazardous materials carriers to certain truck routes.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Sample Interview Manuals for Personnel Director, City Manager and City Recorder
General (Created: 06/01/2004; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The attached sample interview manuals provide guidance on the interview process as well as sample interview questions for personnel director, city manager, and city recorder.
Original Author:
O'Hara, Stephanie Allen
Sample Ordinance for Accepting a Newly Constructed Street
Ordinance (Created: 01/23/2019; Reviewed: July 13, 2020)

A sample ordinance that can be used by any Tennessee city when accepting a new street.
Original Author:
Brown, Kristy Godsey
Sample Ordinance for Adopting Regulations Governing Wind Energy Facilities
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2018; Reviewed: May 20, 2020)

A sample ordinance cities can use when adopting regulations that govern wind energy facilities.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Sample Petition and Court Order to Destroy Confiscated Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia
Form (Created: 09/06/2011; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Forms for the petitioning to destroy and an order to destroy confiscated drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as an affidavit for the supervision of the destruction of confiscated drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Policy for the Wearing of the Fire Department Dress Uniform by Retired Members
General (Created: 04/03/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This is a sample policy covering the wearing of the dress uniform by retired fire department personnel. The fire department should customize this policy to meet local needs.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Policy for Transgender Use of Restroom Facilities
Form (Created: 04/12/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Sample policy for transgender use of restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, and sleeping quarters in fire stations. This sample policy may be customized to meet local needs as long as the customization is non-discriminatory.
Original Author:
O'Hara, Stephanie Allen
Sample Resolution Adopting a Public Records Policy
Form (Created: 11/02/2017; Reviewed: November 2, 2017)

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)
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Sample RFPs for Managed Information Technology Services
RFP (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: October 31, 2016)

MTAS provided several examples of requests for proposals for managed IT services.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample SOP/SOG for Forced Entry into Unoccupied and Secured Properties
Form (Created: 06/29/2016; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This sample policy was created to establish procedures for forced entry into secured properties during emergency responses and may be edited to meet local needs.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Volunteer Firefighter Shift Staffing Policy
Report/Study (Created: 01/19/2012; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

MTAS was asked how a fire department might receive credit from the ISO for volunteers who ride out at the fire station. Two key points to an acceptable written policy are the establishment of work shifts and receiving prior approval before working a shift. More information is provided in the attached letter.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Sample Water Rescue Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
General (Created: 08/08/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

MTAS has created three sample water rescue standard operating procedures (SOPs) for cities to revise and adopt for their use. SOP 1 establishes a standard structure and guideline for all fire department personnel operating at incidents involving water rescue operations. SOP 2 provides procedures and guidance when responding to emergency calls involving a water rescue incident while ensuring the safety and well-being of both rescuers and victims. SOP 3 addresses procedures detailing operation of agency boats and watercraft.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Sampling of Current Long-Serving Mayors
Survey (Created: 09/24/2020; Reviewed: November 23, 2020)

This is a brief sampling of mayors that have served 20 years or more (concurrently).
Original Author:
Nevad, Warren
SECOPA 2011: Waste to Energy Options for Local Governments
General (Created: 09/22/2011; Reviewed: October 12, 2016)

A presentation for the annual Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Securing Dangerous Weapons Sample Policy for Fire Deparments
General (Created: 04/04/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

This sample policy provides guidelines on how a fire department might address a situation where a person carrying a dangerous weapon, such as a firearm, requires medical treatment and/or transport.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Shift Fire Training Officer
Job Description (Created: 03/24/2003; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Job description for the position of Shift Fire Training Officer.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Smoke Detector Placement and Installation
General (Created: 05/10/2004; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Includes PowerPoint presentation on installation guidelines.
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
Social Media and Open Records Laws
General (Created: 08/03/2012; Reviewed: April 17, 2020)

MTAS was asked about records retention and the Open Records Act as it applies to social media pages.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Start Development and Impact Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 02/15/2019; Reviewed: July 13, 2020)

Seven cities responded to a request for information regarding their development and impact fees. The cities also provided the formula they use to determine the amount that they charge.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Study Session Agenda
General (Created: 04/22/2010; Reviewed: March 29, 2011)

A sample study session agenda for the City of Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Summary of 2018 Public Acts (Includes "Small Cells: Competitive Wireless Broadband Investment, Deployment, and Safety Act of 2018")
General (Created: 08/30/2018; Reviewed: July 1, 2019)

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

This document summarizes the year's public acts that have the most impact on municipal operations in Tennessee.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Survey Results on Various Personnel Topics
Survey (Created: 07/21/2014; Reviewed: May 15, 2017)

Eighteen cities and counties were asked about police and fire work schedules, holiday pay, personnel committees, and salaries for pre-treatment technicians and inspectors, park operations supervisor, and head groundskeeper.
Original Author:
Huffer, Dennis
Tax Treatment of Payments by Cities to Employees on Active Duty as a Reservist or Member of the National Guard
General (Created: 01/03/2005; Reviewed: May 15, 2017)

All pay going to activated municipal employees are wages and subject to all normal taxes.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
TCMA Member Forum Discussion on Fiscal Year 2021 Pay Increases
Survey (Created: 06/01/2020; Reviewed: July 13, 2020)

Twenty Tennessee cities responded to a survey regarding whether or not there would be any pay increases for city employees in FY 2021.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
TDOT Transition Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 12/01/2017; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Nine Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding how they are handling the TDOT ADA Transition Plan.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Tennessee City Charter Types - Requirements to Hold Office
Survey (Created: 04/15/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Research done to find out what requirements Tennessee cities have in place to hold office.
Original Author:
Guarnieri, Rachel
Tennessee Fire Department Needs Assessment Survey
Report/Study (Created: 06/30/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This survey's major goal is to identify gaps in Tennessee fire service coverage by comparing departments' personnel, equipment, and facilities against consensus standards, government regulations, and other nationally recognized guidance for effective and efficient firefighting practices.
Original Author:
Folz, David
Tennessee Fire Mortality Study
Report/Study (Created: 07/25/2011; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Historically, Tennessee's fire mortality rate for civilians has been among the highest in the nation. During 2002-2010, the time period for this study, the national fire mortality rate declined, but the rate in Tennessee increased. The purpose of this study is to provide the analytical foundation for an informed plan of action to help reduce and prevent fatalities that occur in residential structures which is the type of incident that accounts for about three-fourths of all civilian fire deaths in the state.
Original Author:
Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association
Tennessee Fire Service Emergency Response Plan
General (Created: 05/31/2010; Reviewed: October 31, 2016)

The purpose of the plan is to provide local fire chiefs access to large quantities of fire service resources that may be needed in a large fire, disaster, or other major emergency.
Original Author:
MTAS
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2002
Report/Study (Created: 01/01/2003; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Major, Al
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2003
Report/Study (Created: 07/18/2011; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

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

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

FY2005 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities.
Original Author:
Kelly, Janet
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2006
Report/Study (Created: 04/12/2007; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

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

FY2007 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. For the first time, this FY 2007 report contains trend analysis of several benchmark measures. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Original Author:
Purcell, Melanie
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2008
Report/Study (Created: 04/30/2009; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Purcell, Melanie
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2009
Report/Study (Created: 07/19/2010; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2010
Report/Study (Created: 07/25/2011; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

FY2010 annual report to compare the relative cost, efficiency and effectiveness of a set of municipal services by using a collaborative approach with the participating cities, and to set standards and identify "best practices" in municipal government for use and comparison by all Tennessee cities. Per capita average costs of providing police, fire and residential refuse services are presented.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2011
Report/Study (Created: 03/05/2012; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

In this FY2011 annual report, there are a total of seven services measured and analyzed: police, fire, refuse collection and disposal, employment benefits, human resources, financial services, and code enforcement/building inspection/planning and zoning.
Original Author:
Young, Sarah
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2012
Report/Study (Created: 03/13/2013; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

In this FY2012 annual report, there are a total of nine services measured and analyzed: police, fire, refuse collection and disposal, employment benefits, human resources, financial services, and building code enforcement, property maintenance code enforcement, and planning and zoning.
Original Author:
Young, Sarah
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2013
Report/Study (Created: 03/25/2014; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

In this FY2013 annual report, there are a total of ten services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling.
Original Author:
Shults, Chris
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2014
Report/Study (Created: 04/30/2015; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

In this FY2014 annual report, there are a total of ten services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling.
Original Author:
Shults, Chris
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2015
Report/Study (Created: 04/13/2016; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

In this FY2015 annual report, there are a total of eleven services measured and analyzed: building code enforcement, employment benefits, finance, fire, human resources, information technology, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, police, property maintenance code enforcement, and refuse collection, disposal, and recycling. This PDF is the latest version available and includes any updated and corrected information.
Original Author:
Ogle-Graham, Laura
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2016 (Annual Report)
Report/Study (Created: 04/06/2017; Reviewed: June 7, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Ogle-Graham, Laura
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2017 (Annual Report)
(Created: 05/01/2018; Reviewed: May 1, 2018)

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.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project FY2018 Annual Report
General (Created: 05/14/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2019)

This is the 17th and final report of the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking Project. Performance data from participating cities represents fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). Cities participating in this data cycle were: Athens, Bartlett, Brentwood, Bristol, Chattanooga, Franklin, Johnson City, Kingsport, Knoxville, Lewisburg, Morristown, and Spring Hill. The report highlights selected benchmarks and compares members on those benchmarks over a three year period.
Original Author:
Ashburn, Melissa
Tennessee Municipal Public Health Emergency Closures
General (Created: 03/17/2020; Reviewed: March 17, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Cross, Steven
Tennessee's REAL ID: Why, Where, When, and How to Get It
General (Created: 04/13/2020; Reviewed: October 28, 2020)

An MTAS guide to the REAL ID in Tennessee. On March 26, 2020, President Donald Trump delayed implementation of REAL ID from October 1, 2020 to October 1, 2021.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Term Limits for Mayor and Council in Selected Cities in Tennessee and Outside Tennessee (updated 2019)
Survey (Created: 10/16/2019; Reviewed: July 9, 2020)

Fifteen cities across Tennessee and the United States were surveyed to find out if there are term limits for the mayor and city council members.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
The Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Employees
Survey (Created: 04/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The MTAS Research and Information Center conducted a survey of Tennessee cities to find out which ones are subject to the Affordable Care Act regulations and what employee benefits are covered.
Original Author:
MTAS
Thirty Ways to Leave Incivility Behind and to Improve Governing Body Discussion
General (Created: 09/16/2008; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

This document has been included in the Elected Officials Academy section on City Council at Work.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Tips for New Board Members
General (Created: 03/29/2011; Reviewed: March 29, 2011)

A brief guide to assist with the orientation of new board members.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Transparency Toolbox: Using a Website to Facilitate Access to Public Information
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: April 14, 2020)

This MTAS City Byte, a short online tutorial, explains the requirements of the Tennessee Public Records and Open Meetings Acts, suggests records to be made available on a city or county website, and includes information on how to provide such information on a website. Sections include: Public Meetings Act, Public Records, Website, Types of Records, and Transferring Documents. (MTAS City Byte series)
Original Author:
Nevad, Warren
Urban Forestry Workshop Course Material
General (Created: 08/21/2007; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

A course manual, lesson plan, and PowerPoint presentation on urban forestry.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Use of 12 Hour Shifts in Selected Cities
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A survey regarding the use of 12 hour shifts in selected cities.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Use of Brass Knuckles
General (Created: 09/16/1997; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Brass knuckles, slap jacks, black jacks, and other weapons weighted with leads are too dangerous to use in a non-deadly force situation.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Use of City Vehicles
General (Created: 05/29/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

An example of an amendment to the personnel policies to include the use of city vehicles.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Use of Financial Advisers in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Five Tennessee cities participated in a survey regarding whether or not they use a financial advisor.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Use of Hydrogen Peroxide for Coronavirus Disinfection
General (Created: 04/22/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

MTAS received an inquiry about the use of hydrogen peroxide as a disinfecting agent for the coronavirus as an option to bleach because of bleach’s corrosive potential and irritating odor. MTAS researched this question and provides the following information. MTAS does not recommend or endorse any product, and the products mentioned here are for illustration only. MTAS recommends that municipalities do their own research and select products and procedures that meet local needs.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Use of PPE and Its Effectiveness
General (Created: 03/22/2020; Reviewed: May 18, 2020)

In a conversation with Dr. Joe Holley, medical director for the Tennessee Department of EMS, Dr. Holley advised that if full universal precautions and PPE are used (exam gloves, gown, N95 mask, and face protection from splash or droplets), and the patient is positive for COVID-19, the universal precautions should be sufficient to protect the wearer, and the patient contact in full PPE would not classify as an exposure to COVID-19/coronavirus. Proper disposal of the used PPE and decon of any equipment used, and the ambulance if the patient is transported, is required.
Original Author:
MTAS
Use of Translators in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A survey of selected cities regarding the use of translators and the offering of translation services.
Original Author:
Barton, Rex
Use of Vehicles Owned by the Police Department
General (Created: 01/10/2002; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Establishing policy and procedure for the most efficient use of motor vehicles of the police department.
Original Author:
Jaeckel, Gary
Using Tax Increment Financing in Tennessee
(Created: 01/05/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Wyatt, Steve
Utility Board Manual
General (Created: 11/06/2020; Reviewed: November 6, 2020)

The purpose of this manual is to provide cities with a better understanding of funding water and sewer utility operations. Water and sewer operations are often very costly, but they provide a public health service. Also, water and sewer services are necessary if communities are to grow and attract new investment.
Original Author:
Abdelrazek, Reem
Utility Extension Policies: Who Pays?
General (Created: 07/24/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

The purpose of this article is to present differing municipal practices of utility extension procedure and funding strictly for undeveloped land within city limits.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Vacant and Unsafe Structures SOP
Form (Created: 12/07/2015; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

This sample policy, which will apply to all vacant and abandoned buildings within the fire department's jurisdiction, can be modified to meet local needs.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Volunteer Firefighter Minimum Performance Standards and Incentives
General (Created: 01/31/2003; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

Financial or other incentives may be given to volunteer firefighters who meet monthly performance standards.
Original Author:
Jones, Bonnie
Waiting Periods for Health Coverage under PPACA
General (Created: 03/31/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), it is legal to offer group health coverage but have a waiting period on health benefits of six months.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Wastewater surcharges in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 05/16/2018; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Eleven cities across the state were contacted in May 2018 regarding their parameters and rates for wastewater surcharges.
Original Author:
MTAS
Water Impact Fees in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/11/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A survey of selected cities regarding the collection/assessment of water impact fees.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Water Supply Planning
General (Created: 06/03/2005; Reviewed: January 9, 2017)

Strategic partnerships with the utility districts, development boards, and fire protection agencies should be developed to provide not only good potable water, but also adequate fire flow capabilities for long range planning.
Original Author:
Wyatt, Steve
Water/Sewer Customer Complaint Log
Form (Created: 12/01/2004; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

A generic complaint form for a water/sewer department.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
When a Covenant Runs with the Land
General (Created: 02/15/2011; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked to analyze when and how covenants run with the land,both generally, and for specific purpose of stormwater regulations.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Worker's Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 05/01/2019; Reviewed: May 15, 2020)

Seventeen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding their Worker's Compensation policies.
Original Author:
Whitehead, Rick
Workplace Harassment Policy
General (Created: 06/09/2005; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

A generic policy dealing with workplace harassment.
Original Author:
Jaeckel, Gary
Your City and the 2020 Census
General (Created: 03/18/2020; Reviewed: September 4, 2020)

This MTAS "City Byte", a short online tutorial, provides a concise overview of what Tennessee cities and towns need to know regarding the Census 2020. (MTAS City Byte series)

(No City)

Original Author:
Belmont
Assistant Civil Engineer
Job Description (Created: 07/31/2002; Reviewed: October 12, 2016)

Job description for the position of Assistant Civil Engineer.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Clean Cab Concept SOP Template
Form (Created: 06/01/2020; Reviewed: September 24, 2020)

The purpose of this form is to provide guidelines for all fire department members to follow which will assist fire department personnel in protecting themselves from potential toxins and carcinogens by minimizing exposure from cross contamination through maintaining a "clean cab" environment.

Alcoa

Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
First Responder Compensation Survey
Survey (Created: 10/23/2020; Reviewed: November 24, 2020)

Ten Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding compensation for experienced, certified and entry level first responders.
Original Author:
West, Gary
Hiring New Firefighters and Promoting Firefighters
General (Created: 04/08/2007; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Includes information on volunteer firefighters.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Police Record Clerks in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 12/19/2016; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Ten cities were asked about the salary and job description of their police records clerk position.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Safety Incentive Survey Program
Survey (Created: 02/07/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Fifteen cities were asked several qustions about safety incentive programs.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Volunteer Firefighters and the Line-of-Duty Death Payment
General (Created: 10/04/2004; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked several questions about the line-of-duty death payment for volunteer firefighters.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Wastewater Extension
General (Created: 03/25/2002; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked whether a developer can provide and operate a private wastewater system in a new subdivision outside the city if the city is currently providing water and electric service to the area.

Alexandria

Original Author:
Nevad, Warren
Alexandria Water/Wastewater Board Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/28/2016; Reviewed: May 13, 2020)

An ordinance establishing a regional water/wastewater advisory board for the Town of Alexandria and surrounding counties.
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Town of Alexandria Annexation Study
Report/Study (Created: 07/07/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

An annexation study prepared for the Town of Alexandria; includes resolutions for adopting a plan of services.

Altamont

Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Cities Conducting Games or Contests for Money
General (Created: 08/04/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether a city can sponsor a contest that charges registration fees, with part of the proceeds being donated to the regional library and part of the proceeds used for prizes.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Establishing a Debt Policy and a Fund Balance Policy for the Town of Altamont
Ordinance (Created: 09/14/2011; Reviewed: September 14, 2011)

MTAS was asked to provide ordinances to establish a debt policy and a fund balance policy for the Town of Altamont.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Municipal Boundaries
General (Created: 05/16/2011; Reviewed: May 26, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist in determining municipal boundaries.

Ardmore

Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Appropriation Agreement and Resolution Providing Funding for a Non-Profit Charitable Organization
General (Created: 09/08/2014; Reviewed: April 21, 2020)

MTAS provided an agreement based on T.C.A. ' 6-54-111 that authorizes the city to appropriate funds for the financial aid of nonprofit charitable or civic organizations, as well as a resolution providing funding for a non-profit charitable organization.
Original Author:
Cross, Ralph
Flea Market Dealers
General (Created: 02/03/2003; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

Registering dealers at a multi-vendor open-area flea market that routinely occurs along the Tennessee border and probably has multi-state vendor participation.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Liquor Sales from a Liquor Store Drive-Up Window
General (Created: 02/24/2015; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether the State allows liquor sales from a liquor store drive-up window.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Sample Purchasing Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 05/21/2014; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

MTAS was asked what the maximum purchasing limit is without bidding for a city and for examples of ordinances that establish purchasing policies.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Terms of Appointed Aldermen and Election of Replacements
General (Created: 06/26/2014; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked about electing replacements for two seated aldermen who resigned and were replaced by the board.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Youth Concussion and Head Injury Law
General (Created: 03/05/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked to explain the details of the Tennessee protocol for registered officials during contests.

Athens

Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Computer-aided dispatch software survey
Survey (Created: 11/16/2020; Reviewed: November 24, 2020)

A compilation of information from ten counties in Tennessee and the computer-aided dispatch software used in their 911 departments.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Contracted Towing Company Rates in Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 11/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Eight Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if the police departments contract towing companies to haul away motor vehicles following traffic accidents.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Employee Termination Survey Results
Survey (Created: 01/24/2010; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Thirteen cities were asked the number of full time employees who were separated from their organization in 2009, 2008, and 2007 and their departments.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Historic Planning Commission: MTAS Library Survey
Survey (Created: 05/31/2008; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

Sixteen Cities were asked about residents petitioning to approve an historic zoning designation or overlay
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Mayoral Elections in Council Manager Cities: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 06/19/2007; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

Fifty-one cities were asked whether their mayor is elected from the board or by the people.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Memorializing in City Hall: an MTAS Survey
Survey (Created: 09/30/2009; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Nine cities were asked about the practice of placing plaques, framed photos, etc. in the city council chamber or meeting room to honor or memorialize individuals. Includes sample policies and inductee form.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Police Dispatching Services in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 06/15/2019; Reviewed: May 19, 2020)

Selected Tennessee cities were asked how police dispatch services are handled in their departments.
Original Author:
Tallent, Mike
Rights-of-Way Management Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 08/23/2004; Reviewed: October 27, 2016)

MTAS was asked to develop a rights-of-way management ordinance; includes appropriate permits and forms.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Sample City Code Provisions Restricting the Number of Alcoholic Beverage Permits
General (Created: 12/11/2009; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked to compile a list of cities with restrictions on the number of alcoholic beverage and beer permits that can be issued.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Sample Skateboarding Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 02/23/2007; Reviewed: April 21, 2017)

A compilation of ordinances related to skateboarding.

Atoka

Original Author:
Chlarson, John
Municipality Conducting Drainage Issue Mitigation Work on Private Property
General (Created: 03/31/2020; Reviewed: July 15, 2020)

A city administrator contacted MTAS regarding the town doing drainage work on private property. Public Works Consultant John Chlarson responded to the request, explaining that the water issue is causing damage to the town's right of way. It is recommended that the ditch be rechannelized and that channel and bank protection should be installed.

Baileyton

Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
An Ordinance Adding Language Regarding Animal Control for Cats
Ordinance (Created: 12/10/2020; Reviewed: December 10, 2020)

The Town of Baileyton, Tennessee required an update to the Municipal Code in order to change the animal control language to include provisions for cats.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Baileyton sewer connection increase ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 11/20/2020; Reviewed: November 24, 2020)

Management Consultant Pat Hardy authored this ordinance for the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee regarding adjusting sewer connection charges.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Employment Agreement between the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee, and a Wastewater Treatment Operator
General (Created: 06/14/2012; Reviewed: April 4, 2017)

The town wishes to employ an individual for a period of one year in order to determine if they are capable of operating the Town's wastewater treatment plant, a highly regulated facility which must be operated to exact regulations as required by state, local, and federal agencies.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Ordinance of the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee to Adjust Sewer Rates
Ordinance (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The Town of Baileyton, Tennessee passed an ordinance to adjust sewer rates.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Ordinance Prohibiting Heavy Vehicle Traffic on Most Streets
Ordinance (Created: 05/15/2008; Reviewed: March 29, 2017)

An ordinance prohibiting tractor-trailor or trucks over 10,000 pounds in weight.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Sample Ordinance to Change Board Meeting Dates
Ordinance (Created: 08/21/2020; Reviewed: August 21, 2020)

An ordinance that can be used by a city or town to authorize the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to set the date for their regular meetings.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Sample Resolution to Designate Depository Bank
Resolution (Created: 09/28/2020; Reviewed: September 28, 2020)

MTAS developed a brief resolution for designating a depository bank.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Vicious Dog Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 05/13/2009; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

An ordinance of the Town of Baileyton adopting vicious dog regulations.

Baneberry

Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Baneberry Purchasing Limits Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/18/2015; Reviewed: December 18, 2015)

This ordinance sets purchasing limits for a city with a general law manager-commission charter.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Ordinance Regulating Detached Garages and Other Accessory Structures
Ordinance (Created: 10/15/2020; Reviewed: December 1, 2020)

A brief ordinance developed by MTAS to address the regulation of detached garages and other accessory structures.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Resolution Authorizing the Establishment of a Police Department
Resolution (Created: 10/02/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

A resolution of the City of Baneberry, Tennessee authorizing the establishment of a police department.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Resolution to Permit the Consumption of Alcohol in City Facilities for Certain City-Sponsored Events in the City of Baneberry, Tennessee
Resolution (Created: 12/10/2019; Reviewed: December 10, 2019)

A resolution to permit the consumption of alcohol in city facilities for certain city-sponsored events in the City of Baneberry, Tennessee
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Samples of Zoning Regulations for Accessory Units
General (Created: 09/30/2020; Reviewed: December 1, 2020)

Management Consultant Pat Hardy compiled zoning regulations for accessory units on residential lots from six Tennessee cities.

Bartlett

Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Tattoo Policies
Survey (Created: 12/17/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Nineteen cities responded to a survey asking whether they have a policy regarding tattoos in the workplace; several cities shared their policies.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Workers' Compensation Change
Survey (Created: 08/01/2014; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

Eighteen cities were asked questions about compensating employees on Workers' Compensation with 66-2/3% of their salary, rather than 100% of their salary.

Baxter

Original Author:
Nevad, Warren
Off-Premises Beer Sales Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 06/16/2003; Reviewed: July 5, 2017)

An ordinance to continue to provide for off-premises beer sales and to create two classifications for consumption on-premises.
Original Author:
Nevad, Warren
Town of Baxter, Tennessee 2005-2006 Budget Goal Setting Session
(Created: 05/11/2005; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

The purpose of this session was to prioritize key issues confronting the Town's 2005-2006 budget.

Bean Station

Original 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: 04/25/2019; Reviewed: April 22, 2020)

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.
Original Author:
Carrier, Angie
Municipalities Enacting an Auto Decal Charge
General (Created: 04/06/2018; Reviewed: April 16, 2018)

MTAS was asked to review the auto decal charge implemented by the City of Chattanooga and advise whether it was feasible for this town to implement.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Ordinance Adopting by Reference State Traffic Offenses and Rules of the Road
Ordinance (Created: 02/19/2007; Reviewed: May 5, 2020)

An ordinance of the Town of Bean Station adopting by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Sample Ordinance to Increase Number of Beer Permits
Ordinance (Created: 08/21/2020; Reviewed: August 21, 2020)

An ordinance for use by a city or town in Tennessee to amend their municipal code by adding additional beer permits.

Beersheba Springs

Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Giving a Fire Truck to a Citizen and the Right of a Citizen to Vote at a Commission Meeting
General (Created: 04/10/2012; Reviewed: May 31, 2012)

MTAS was asked about the legality of the city commission giving a fire truck to a citizen and the right of a citizen to vote at a commission meeting.

Bell Buckle

Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Annexation Study Update
General (Created: 07/05/2011; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked to prepare an updated annexation study for the Town of Bell Buckle.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Goals and Objectives Plan for the Town of Bell Buckle
General (Created: 06/13/2014; Reviewed: May 9, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist with strategic planning, focusing on four areas: protect health and safety and maintain basic services; enhance community attractiveness and charm; support economic growth and community sustainability; maintain fiscal integrity and administrative efficiency.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Office Efficiency Review
Report/Study (Created: 03/31/2015; Reviewed: May 18, 2017)

MTAS was engaged to conduct an office efficiency review for the purpose of identifying enhancements to office processes and procedures.
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Ordinance Amending Travel Policies
Ordinance (Created: 07/22/2008; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

An ordinance amending the Town of Bell Buckle's travel policies to be based on the Federal reimbursement rate schedule.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Sample Demolition by Neglect Ordinances
Ordinance (Created: 05/01/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide examples of demolition by neglect ordinances to aid the city in adopting a similar ordinance as a regulatory tool to cause the repair of historic structures within the community.

Belle Meade

Original Author:
Chlarson, John
City of Belle Meade Ordinance Prohibiting Left-Hand Turns from Jackson Boulevard onto Harding Road
Ordinance (Created: 03/31/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The City of Belle Meade determined that hazardous conditions exist which required a change to the traffic pattern at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Harding Road.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Number of Board Members in Selected Cities
General (Created: 02/27/2008; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

A listing of the number of board members in eighty cities with populations between 2,400 and 7,600.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Resolution Extending Group Medical Insurance Benefits to the Board of Commissioners
Resolution (Created: 08/23/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide a resolution extending group medical benefits to the board of commissioners.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Sales Hours of Peddlers
General (Created: 10/02/2014; Reviewed: May 5, 2017)

MTAS provided information on the sales hours of peddlers in several cities, plus provisions on fees, bond requirements, and permit duration.

Blaine

Original Author:
Rollins, Sharon
Agreement for Operations, Maintenance and Management Services of Wastewater System
Form (Created: 06/25/2010; Reviewed: May 12, 2020)

MTAS was asked to review and revise contract between town and utility district for wastewater system operations.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Jeopardy Game for Council Orientation
General (Created: 05/09/2007; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

An orientation activity developed for Blaine.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Ordinance to Establish Impound Lot Regulations and Fees for Impounded and/or Seized Vehicles
Ordinance (Created: 01/08/2011; Reviewed: November 28, 2016)

An ordinance to establish impound lot regulations and fees for impounded and/or seized vehicles for the City of Blaine.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Property Maintenance Ordinance
Ordinance (Created: 12/03/2003; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

An ordinance establishing the minimum regulations governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Resolution Adopting Board General Rules of Order
Resolution (Created: 12/05/2003; Reviewed: March 12, 2010)

A resolution adopting general rules of order for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of Blaine.

Bluff City

Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
A Resolution of the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee Amending Their Personnel Policies by Adding a Section on the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) Devices in Town Vehicles
Resolution (Created: 04/23/2019; Reviewed: April 22, 2020)

This resolution, authored by Pat Hardy, allows the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee to amend their personnel policies in order to add a section about the use of GPS devices in town vehicles.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Criminal Background Check Authorization
Form (Created: 03/14/2003; Reviewed: July 6, 2020)

MTAS was asked to develop a criminal background check employment application supplement.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Ordinance to Amend the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy of the Town of Bluff City, Tennessee by Adding Sworn Police Officers to the List of Those Who May Be Randomly Tested
Ordinance (Created: 05/21/2015; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to create an ordinance that adds safety sensitive positions to random drug testing.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Public Works General Supervisor
Job Description (Created: 10/13/2003; Reviewed: May 4, 2017)

A job description for the position of General Supervisor in the Public Works Dept. of Bluff City.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Specifications for a Zero-Turn Rotary Mower
RFP (Created: 05/21/2003; Reviewed: May 11, 2020)

MTAS was asked to provide specifications for a zero-turn rotary mower.

Bolivar

Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Public Safety Retirement Plan Survey
Survey (Created: 08/31/2016; Reviewed: February 16, 2017)

Nine cities responded to an MTAS survey about their retirement plans for their police and fire employees.

Brentwood

Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Pedestrian Crossing Policies and Guidelines
General (Created: 08/18/2016; Reviewed: August 30, 2016)

MTAS was asked to provide examples of policies and guidelines for mid-block pedestrian crossings.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Records Retention for Police In-Car Video Systems and Body-Worn Cameras
General (Created: 10/14/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS was asked for a records retention schedule for police in-car video equipment, as well as videos recorded from body-worn cameras.

Bristol

Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Appropriation Agreement with the Bristol Chamber of Commerce for Program Support
General (Created: 01/30/2014; Reviewed: January 30, 2014)

An agreement based on T.C.A. ' 6-54-111 that authorizes the city to appropriate funds for the financial aid of nonprofit civic organizations and that sets forth guidelines specifying the purpose for which the funds may be used by the organization.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Bristol Library Director Job Description
Job Description (Created: 05/11/2015; Reviewed: May 11, 2015)

An information profile for the position of library director; includes a description of the library and its services, plus the position advertisement.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
District vs. At-Large Elections
General (Created: 02/23/1995; Reviewed: May 25, 2017)

MTAS was asked to assist with a presentation on the subject of district vs at-large elections.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Form of Government, Charter Type, District vs. At-Large Elections and Term Limits in Selected Council/Manager Municipalities
Survey (Created: 11/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

The MTAS Research and Information Center team compiled election and term limit information for a number of selected Tennessee cities.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Mountainous Residential District Regulations
Ordinance (Created: 09/24/2014; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

MTAS provided a file copy of draft regulations for a new R-M2 mountainous residential district, plus several examples of adopted hillside development regulations and zoning ordinances.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Performance Evaluation Survey
Survey (Created: 12/16/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017)

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey about the types of evaluation forms or methods used, software, statistical scoring method, whether validity of instruments or process used is determined, requirements for presence of measurable performance criteria, minimizing rater bias, merit increases, plus questions related to performance assessment of the city manager.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Police Chief Resume Review Process
General (Created: 11/24/2003; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

Criteria and a rating sheet for evaluating resumes of police chief candidates.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Report to the City of Bristol on Methods Used by Cities to Make Appointments to Advisory Boards
General (Created: 08/12/2016; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to look at the advisory board appointment practices of other cities, in order to improve the process used by Bristol; includes a survey about the appointment practices of fourteen cities.
Original Author:
Rollins, Sharon
Request for Proposals for Curbside Recycling, Transporting and Processing Services
RFP (Created: 05/01/2008; Reviewed: March 20, 2017)

An RFP for curbside recycling for the City of Bristol.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Robert's Rules of Order Workshop
General (Created: 04/01/2003; Reviewed: June 19, 2017)

MTAS was asked to research, design, and deliver a Robert's Rules of Order workshop for the Council and other advisory board members.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Sample/Draft Unbiased Policing Policy
Form (Created: 10/20/2015; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

The purpose of this General Order is to reaffirm this department's commitment to unbiased policing, clarify the circumstances in which race or affiliation can be used as a factor to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause, and to reinforce procedures that serve to assure the public that we are providing service and enforcing laws in a fair and equitable manner.
Original Author:
Rollins, Sharon
Water and Sewer Line Extension Policies
Survey (Created: 11/30/2005; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked for examples of water and sewer line extension policies in use in cities in Tennessee.

Bulls Gap

Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Ordinance Establishing Robert's Rules of Order
Ordinance (Created: 12/14/2006; Reviewed: March 22, 2010)

An ordinance establishing Robert's Rules of Order as the official set of procedures for conducting business at meetings of the board of mayor and aldermen.
Original Author:
Hardy, Pat
Time limit for dumpster on residential property
(Created: 10/05/2017; Reviewed: May 18, 2020)

An ordinance of the Town of Bulls Gap, Tennessee adding a new section to Title 13 of the Bulls Gap Municipal Code limiting the time a dumpster can be kept on residential property.

Burns

Original Author:
Huffer, Dennis
Ordinance to Adopt a Code of Ethics
Ordinance (Created: 08/29/2006; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

An ordinance to amend the municipal code and adopt a code of ethics for the town's officers and employees.

Carthage

Original Author:
Darden, Don
Town of Carthage Excavation Safety Policy
Report/Study (Created: 09/27/2001; Reviewed: June 15, 2017)

The Town of Carthage requested an excavation safety policy including an ordinance approving such a policy.

Caryville

Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Adult Oriented Establishment License and Permit
Form (Created: 12/04/2008; Reviewed: May 12, 2020)

MTAS was asked to provide an example of a license and permit for adult oriented establishments.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Police Employee with Seizure Conditions
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: June 21, 2017)

The city is concerned about the employee being able to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job, and in particular, his ability to drive a vehicle.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Vacancies in Office
General (Created: 04/06/2004; Reviewed: June 14, 2017)

MTAS was asked what election procedures should be followed should the mayor resign prior to the upcoming November election.

Centertown

Original Author:
Nevad, Warren
Sample Surplus Property Resolution
Resolution (Created: 01/16/2020; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

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.

Centerville

Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Addressing Dilapidated Structures and Saving Historic Buildings
Ordinance (Created: 05/14/2014; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

When demolition is not a desired outcome, adoption of a slum clearance ordinance or adoption of a demolition by neglect ordinance may allow the city to address dilapidated structures in the downtown and save historic buildings.
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Analysis of the Need For a City Administrator for the City of Centerville, Tennessee
Report/Study (Created: 01/30/2001; Reviewed: May 12, 2020)

The City of Centerville should hire a city administrator to manage the everyday operation of city government.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Compensation Policy Required by Law
General (Created: 04/02/2012; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

MTAS was asked whether cities are required by law to have a compensation policy.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Dependent Healthcare Coverage
General (Created: 05/29/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS provided information on Healthcare Reform and dependent care.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
HIPAA Training Acknowledgment Form
Form (Created: 08/27/2003; Reviewed: May 16, 2017)

A form to acknowledge the receipt of a copy of the Town's HIPAA policy and training on that policy.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Interlocal Agreement by and between the Town of Centerville, Tennessee and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County, Tennessee
General (Created: 05/18/2010; Reviewed: November 7, 2016)

An agreement for emergency communications services between Centerville and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Maintaining the Appropriate Level of Unrestricted Fund Balance in the General Fund
General (Created: 07/02/2014; Reviewed: October 19, 2018)

MTAS was asked about determining the appropriate level of unrestricted fund balance to maintain in the general fund.
Original Author:
MTAS
Ordinance Authorizing Employees of the Town of Centerville to Contribute Accumulated Sick Leave to Employees Who Have Experienced Serious Illness or Injury and Regulating Such Contributions
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

Ordinance authorizing employees to contribute accumulated sick leave to other employees.
Original Author:
MTAS
Ordinance to Repeal and Amend a Portion of ... the Personnel Policy Regarding Workers' Compensation
Ordinance (Created: 08/03/2001; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Ordinance regarding workers' compensation.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Questions Related to Workers' Compensation
General (Created: 04/20/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked several questions related to workers' compensation.
Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Sale Hours for Beer and Alcohol
General (Created: 12/17/2015; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

MTAS was asked about the sale hours for beer and alcohol and who notifies beer vendors of the expanded hours for beer sales.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Sample Language for Workers' Compensation
General (Created: 08/30/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide sample language for workers' compensation.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Title VI Compliance Manual
General (Created: 01/23/2002; Reviewed: February 8, 2017)

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.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Use of a Committee System
General (Created: 08/07/2008; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

MTAS was asked to review and make recommendations on operating with committees.

Chapel Hill

Original Author:
Broughton, Jeff
Exemption from Application of the State Fire Marshal's Minimum Statewide Standards under T.C.A. '68-120-101
General (Created: 03/27/2014; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

MTAS was asked whether the town is authorized to issue building permits and conduct inspections on the new county elementary school.
Original Author:
Darden, Don
Second Developer Tapping into Line Extension
General (Created: 06/29/2006; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked about an extension where one developer is paying for the extension and another developer is allowed to tap the extended line free of charge.

Chattanooga

Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Chattanooga/Hamilton County Area Recreation Services: Meeting the Recreational Needs for the Future through Partnerships and Cooperation
Report/Study (Created: 05/31/2012; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

This report includes an inventory of existing recreation facilities in Hamilton County and its municipalities; discusses the increasing needs for recreation services and benefits of partnering of recreation services; and points out the need for strategic recreation planning.
Original Author:
Tallent, Mike
City of Chattanooga Division of Codes & Inspection
Report/Study (Created: 01/18/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

MTAS was asked to do an inspection and codes division organizational study.
Original Author:
Tallent, Mike
City of Chattanooga Fleet Study
Report/Study (Created: 06/01/2002; Reviewed: June 2, 2020)

MTAS was asked to conduct a study of the city's fleet operations.
Original Author:
Young, Bill
Finance Review of Parks and Recreation Dept. of Chattanooga
Report/Study (Created: 06/02/2006; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

This review of the Parks and Recreation Department, focuses specifically on three areas of Recreation, the POWERHOUSE, Aquatics, and the Recreation centers.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Lien Use and Collection: A Survey Conducted for Chattanooga
Survey (Created: 02/28/2007; Reviewed: December 19, 2016)

Seven cities were asked about utilizing the lien provision of state law for recovering costs related to slum clearance and for overgrown lot clearance.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Pension Benefits for Rehired or Elected Employees
Survey (Created: 12/18/2013; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Eight cities were asked what happens to the pension benefit when an employee retires at normal retirement age, begins to draw pension benefits, and is later elected to office or is rehired by the City.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Proposed Debt Policy Review for Chattanooga
General (Created: 11/30/2011; Reviewed: December 12, 2011)

MTAS reviewed Chattanooga's dept policy for conformance with the MTAS Model Debt Policy.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
Right of Way Survey of Regional Cities
Survey (Created: 11/16/2016; Reviewed: February 16, 2017)

Five cities responded to an MTAS survey that was sent to 20 cities in the region about public use of right of way.

Clarksville

Original Author:
Wibking, Lyndy
City Donations to Non-Profit Organizations
Survey (Created: 01/28/2015; Reviewed: January 28, 2015)

Twenty-two cities were asked if they had stopped making donations to non-profit organizations and whether there is a written policy supporting this decision.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
County Assessor Service Fee Survey
Survey (Created: 07/31/2016; Reviewed: February 10, 2017)

Six cities responded to an MTAS survey about agreements with the county regarding the sharing of the costs of reappraisal of property within the city limits.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Early Retirement Incentives Survey
Survey (Created: 01/30/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Several cities, housing authorities, and an airport authority were asked about their early retirement incentive programs.
Original Author:
Hodge, Elisha
Tennessee Open Meetings Act Violation
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/24/2020; Reviewed: September 4, 2020)

MTAS was asked how a governing body can cure a violation or alleged violation of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act (TOMA).

Cleveland

Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Animal Shelter Operations Update
Survey (Created: 08/15/2018; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

The Research and Information Center team surveyed three selected cities to update a survey requested by the city of Cleveland, Tennessee.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Budget and Charitable Contributions in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 03/20/2019; Reviewed: May 26, 2020)

Eleven Tennessee cities were contacted to find out what their general fund operating budget and planned charitable contributions were in fiscal year 2019.
Original Author:
Wibking, Lyndy
Disciplinary Appeals Processes in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/31/2015; Reviewed: May 11, 2017)

MTAS asked twenty-six cities about their disciplinary appeals process and the city manager's role in that process.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Fire Shift Supervisor Survey
Survey (Created: 12/04/2014; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Eight cities responded to this survey that asks about the position that is responsible for the supervision of two or more fire stations and their crews.
Original Author:
Stokes, Richard
Firefighters Vacation Accrual Summary Report
Survey (Created: 03/23/2010; Reviewed: May 23, 2017)

Eighteen cities were asked about vacation leave for full-time employees of the fire department.
Original Author:
MTAS
Ordinance to Amend Title 13, Chapter 1, of the Cleveland Municipal Code by Adding Thereto a New Section 13-107
Ordinance (Created: 11/06/2001; Reviewed: December 18, 2018)

The removal from property of unsafe and unhealthy man-made and natural materials may be made at owner's expense.
Original Author:
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Parks and Facilities Fees
Survey (Created: 09/01/2018; Reviewed: January 12, 2021)

Twelve Tennessee cities were asked about their fees for park and facilities usage and who handles them.
Original Author:
Cleveland
Police Department Request for Extra Duty Form
Form (Created: 01/28/2016; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

A sample form used by the City of Cleveland Police Department when a citizen or organization requests a police presence at an event or function.
Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Requiring Annexation as a Condition for Extending a Utility Outside the City
General (Created: 01/26/2012; Reviewed: January 3, 2019)

MTAS was asked about the city entering into an agreement with a land owner/developer requiring annexation as a condition for extending a utility outside the city.
Original Author:
Wibking, Lyndy
Safety Policies Survey
Survey (Created: 04/02/2014; Reviewed: January 3, 2017)

Fourteen cities were asked several questions about their safety policies, safety committee, safety director, and safety incentives.
Original Author:
McMillen, Dawn
School District Management and Debt
Survey (Created: 07/01/2017; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Three Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out whether or not the school district is managed by the city and debts.
Original Author:
Nevad, Warren
Working Papers for Cleveland Recreation Services
Report/Study (Created: 03/01/2000; Reviewed: May 30, 2017)

MTAS was asked to conduct a study of the city of Cleveland's leisure services in order to analyze, evaluate and recommend improved and well-coordinated service deliveries, programs and facilities to the citizens of Cleveland.
Original Author:
Rogers, Honna
Wrecker Inspections in Selected Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 07/01/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020)

Nine Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out who handles inspection for wreckers called to the scene following a motor vehicle accident.

Clifton

Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Resolution Adopting a City Seal
Resolution (Created: 05/17/2010; Reviewed: June 20, 2017)

A resolution adopting the official city seal of the City of Clifton.

Clinton

Original Author:
Darden, Ron
Alcoholic Beverages On Premises Consumption
General (Created: 01/05/2002; Reviewed: June 18, 2017)

MTAS was asked to provide information and technical assistance in developing ordinances for on premise consumption of alcoholic beverages as permitted by state law and approved by referendum.
Original Author:
Wolf, Dennis
Clinton, Tennessee, Fire Station Location Study
Report/Study (Created: 11/30/2012; Reviewed: May 12, 2017)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the city's distribution of fire stations, determine if the locations are adequate, determine if a fire station or stations should be relocated, and determine the optimal location for an additional fire station. The scope of this study included review of distribution requirements in the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, NFPA requirements, and fire service best practices regarding deployment of resources.
Original Author:
Hemsley, Sid
Legal Services Employment Agreement
Form (Created: 10/25/2004; Reviewed: May 17, 2017)

MTAS was asked to develop a model contract for a city attorney employment agreement.
Original Author:
Norris, Margaret
Ordinance Amending the Beer Ordinance Regulating the Sale of Beer
Ordinance (Created: 07/01/2009; Reviewed: May 31, 2017)

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.