Quarterly Report: 2007, July - September (Q1), Alakanuk

Paul Chimiugak  
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Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Agreement Date:
City of Alakanuk 
Assessment Status:
Assessment Date:
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Community Sanitation Overview:
The City of Alakanuk operates the piped water and sewer system, the central watering point, flush tank and haul system, and washeteria/sauna service. The City Council is the policy making body for the Utility. Construction began in 1995 to provide piped water and sewer to 170 homes and the school. In 1998, 83 homes, the school and teacher's housing were first connected. Today, there are 132 utility customers hooked up to the system. Water is derived from the slough, treated, stored in a tank, and piped to most of the community. New facilities include a water treatment plant, heated 300,000-gallon water storage tank, vacuum sewage plant, sewage lagoon, arctic piping and household plumbing. The new subdivision has been completed with all homes connected to the piped system. There are plans to hook up the other side of the river in the near future. The new airport construction is on-going. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
Bethel staff traveled to Alakanuk to conduct a RUBA assessment. The City of Alakanuk has moved to a new location and building. They are settling into the new building and should be fully operational by next month with a new administrator. Telephone and facsimile machine were installed at the time of the assessment. The new water treatment plant operator is to be tested via telephone. He is a capable operator and knew his way around the plant and knew just about every function of the plant equipment and machines. There is an alternate operator who delivers water to, and hauls sewage from, four homes that are on the flush tank and haul system. He is slated for OIT training in the future. 
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
Provide purchase procedure for the city. Request monthly financial reports from the City. Make sure that Bank Reconciliations are done for all Bank accounts. Request latest IRS/DOL notices and letters. Request notification if Insurance is in place. Provide Information on Personnel Folders. Keep requesting an Organizational Chart.
Essential Indicators:
22 of 27
Sustainable Indicators:
22 of 27
Total Score:
44 of 54


Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes All revenues and expenses for the utility are listed in the utility budget.
Yes The utility has adopted a balanced realistic budget.
No Monthly financial reports are prepared and submitted to the policy making board.
Yes The utility is current in paying all water/wastewater electric bills.
Yes The utility has on hand a year's adequate fuel supply or it has a financial plan to purchase an adequate supply.
Yes The utility is receiving revenues (user fees or other sources) sufficient to cover operating expenses.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility is receiving revenues (user fees or other sources sufficient to cover operating expenses and Repair & Replacement (R) costs.
Yes YTD revenues are at a level equal to or above those budgeted.
Yes YTD expenditures are at a level equal to or below those budgeted.
Yes A monthly manager's report is prepared.
Yes Budget amendments are completed and adopted as necessary.
Finances Comments
In reviewing the current budget it is found that the expenditures are doubled from the previous year. There are two employees that are on payroll, the city clerk and the bookkeeper. A notice for an administrator was posted, but there have been no applicants. Monthly financial and manager's reports are currently being done verbally. The reports are recorded in the meeting minutes. The city encourages customers to make payments by offering one month free service if five months ($350) are paid in advance. Customers prepaying 10 months, (700.00) get two months free.

Accounting Systems

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility has adopted a collection policy and actively follows it.
Yes The utility bills customers on a regular basis.
Yes An accounts receivable system is in place which tracks customers and reports past due accounts and amounts.
Yes An accounts payable system is in place.
Yes The payroll system correctly calculates payroll and keeps records.
Yes A cash receipt system is in place that records incoming money and how it was spent.
Yes The utility has a cash disbursement system that records how money was spent.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
Yes A chart of accounts is used that identifies categories in a reasonable, usable manner.
No Monthly bank reconciliations have been completed for all utility accounts.
Yes The utility has a purchasing system that requires approval prior to purchase, and the approval process compares proposed purchases to budgeted amounts.
Accounting Systems Comments
An accounts receivable system is in place, and tracks the customer billings and payments. An accounts payable system is in place to track vendor bills and payments. There is a need to catch up on bank reconciliations for all of the accounts. In speaking with the bookkeeper, the purchasing procedure for the utility is acceptable, however, there is room for improvement in how it is followed. There is a purchase order book used that requires a signature before purchases can be made, but sometimes purchases are made without referring to the city budget. The bookkeeper has been keeping the cash account within the $8,000 to $10,000 range in case of emergencies, and has stressed to the council that utility funds are to be kept only for the utility, and should not be included in the general funds.

Tax Problems

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility has a system to accurately calculate, track, and report payroll tax liabilities.
No The utility is current on filing tax reports.
No The utility is current on making tax deposits.
No If there are any past due tax liabilities or recorded tax liens, a lien release has been issued or a repayment agreement has been signed and repayments are current.
Tax Problems Comments
Current tax information is pending until reponse received from IRS and DOL.

Personnel System

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
No The utility has a posted workers compensation insurance policy in effect.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility has adopted and uses a Personnel Policy, which has been reviewed by an attorney, AML or Commerce for topics and language.
Yes The utility has adequate written job descriptions for all positions.
Yes The utility has adopted and follows a written personnel evaluation process that ties the job description to the evaluation.
Yes The utility has an adequate written hiring process.
No The utility has personnel folders on every employee that contain at least: I-9, Job Application and Letter of Acceptance.
Yes The utility has a probationary period for new hires that includes orientation, job training/oversight, and evaluations.
Yes The utility provides training opportunities to staff as needed and available.
Personnel System Comments
The council has hired Paul Joe as the city administrator on September 22, 2006. His first day on the job as the newly hired administrator was on Setember 25, 2006.

Organizational Management

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The entity that owns the utility is known; the entity that will operate the utility is set.
Yes The policy making body is active in policy making of the utility.
Yes The policy making body enforces utility policy.
Yes The utility has an adequately trained manager.
Yes The utility has an adequately trained bookkeeper.
Yes The utility has an adequately trained operator or operators.
Yes The utility has adopted the necessary ordinances (or rules and regulations) necessary to give it the authority to operate.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
No The utility has adopted an organizational chart that reflects the current structure.
Yes The policy making body meets as required.
Yes The utility complies with the open meeting act for all meetings.
Organizational Management Comments
The council has been enforcing collections with delinquent customers by disconnecting them if they don't make payments. There is also an incentive to reward customers that make several months advance payment. The incentive is that if a customer makes a five month advance payment ($350.00), they get one month free service. If a customer makes ten months advance payment ($700.00)they get two months free service.

Operation of Utility

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility operator(s) are actively working towards necessary certification.
Yes The utility has a preventative maintenance plan developed for the existing sanitation facilities.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The manager receives a monthly O&M report from the utility operator and routinely "spot checks" the facilities to see that the maintenance items are being completed.
Yes The utility has a safety manual and holds safety meetings.
Yes Utility facilities have not suffered any major problems/outages due to management issues that are unresolved.
Yes The utility is operating at the level of service that was proposed.
Yes The operator provides status reports to the manager on a routine basis.
Yes The utility has completed and distributed its "Consumer Confidence Report".
No The utility is not on the "Significant Non-Complier" (SNC) list.
No The utility maintains an inventory control list.
Yes The utility maintains a critical spare parts list.
Operation of Utility Comments
The alternate water operator is going to take OIT classes as soon as one is available.