|A utility ordinance was adopted by the tribal council in June 2000. The tribal council meets monthly, with an occasional exception based on council member availability due to travel and subsistence activity. The council is adequately involved in discussion and shared decision making related to utility management.
The council has not enforced collections policies defined in the community's utility ordinance.
The community has hired a new tribal administrator; her position began in late May, 2012. It will be essential that the new administrator actively manage the community utilities, and if additional training is required to fulfill this role, the RUBA program can provide support.
The bookkeeper handles utility finances, and is well-qualified and organized. The tribal administrator is the utility manager, handling day-to-day management decisions and relaying a monthly report from the operator to the council. The water utility operator currently functions as a manager in terms of directing operations and defining utility repair priorities; he does not manage utility finances.
The water utility operator has received certification as Level 1 Provisional in both Water Treatment and Water Distribution, with certification expiring in December 2014. The introduction of a new water treatment plant will require technical orientation; the water operator has a solid relationship with the assigned Remote Maintenance Worker (RMW), and feels comfortable asking for guidance and training. RUBA staff encouraged tribal staff to continue support of the water operator's certification, most particularly with additional continuing education and documentation necessary to shift the provisional certification to a full Level 1 certification. It is also recommended that the community send a potential back-up operator to water treatment training and certification, so as to have two capable operators in the community.
The current water treatment plant, while aging and wearing, is well cared for. The facility is organized and tidy and testing records are carefully kept. Creativity and ingenuity have enabled the operator and the prior tribal administrator to keep water operations functioning even as critical equipment has deteriorated.