Quarterly Report: 2006, April - June (Q4), Koyukuk

Eileen Kozevnikoff  
DCRA Regional Office:
Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Agreement Date:
City of Koyukuk 
Assessment Status:
Assessment Date:
Exp Date:
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Community Sanitation Overview:
The City of Koyukuk operates the central watering point at the washeteria and residents haul their own water. The City also maintains honeybucket pits and the sewage lagoon. The City Council is the policy making body for the utility. Residents haul treated well water from the washeteria and use honeybuckets or pit privies. Households are not plumbed. The school and washeteria use City water, with sewage disposal into a lagoon. A Master Plan is underway, and preliminary work has begun to upgrade the community to a flush/haul system. The five households on the honeybucket haul demonstration system has been inoperable since Fall, 2004 due to the trailer not being able to withstand the weight of the water tank. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
RUBA contact this quarter was by a field visit on April 18, 2006, telephone and fax. The City's suspension from the Power Cost Equalization program was lifted in April and assistance was provided in doing a Fuel Report for the Alaska Energy Authority. In May RUBA assistance was provided in completing the Emergency Flood Disaster application after the community flooded due to an ice jam below the community. On June 14 a telephone call prompted RUBA staff to contact the community regarding the Bulk Fuel Tank Farm near completion and the concern of turning it over to community that had no one adequately trained. The city administrator stated that she did not think this was an issue as the power plant operator did attend the meeting that was required. Another field trip was taken on June 27, 2006 for the purpose of assisting the city administrator in completing the FY-06 budget and the certified financial statement for FY-05.  
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
Assist the city administrator and billing clerk as requested. Work with IRS and the city administrator to resolve the outstanding debts.
Essential Indicators:
22 of 27
Sustainable Indicators:
23 of 27
Total Score:
45 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.
No 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
Revenues for the electric company is up now that billing statements are going out on a regularly scheduled basis. In viewing the check register the city administrator has been using other accounts to pay for wages then reimbursing the account when funds for the program has been received.

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.
Yes 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
The city is back on both the manual system and QuickBooks program due to continued staff turnover and other problems. They do have a good manual system. No budgets are entered into the QuickBooks program.

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
IRS has an open collection that shows Koyukuk owes for 4th Quarter, 2005 and 1st quarter, 2006.

Personnel System

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes 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.
Yes 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
Due to the unavailability of the city administrator performing the duties of an administrator as should be; RUBA staff made recommendations to the city council to improve city business practices.

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
Yes 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 is getting better at having regularly scheduled meetings and Special Meetings as necessary. With a death of an elder in the community, the Spring Break-up Flood, and the Elder's Youth Conference being held in Koyukuk the community has been busy this spring.

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
No 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.
No 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.
No The utility is operating at the level of service that was proposed.
No The operator provides status reports to the manager on a routine basis.
Yes The utility has completed and distributed its "Consumer Confidence Report".
Yes The utility is not on the "Significant Non-Complier" (SNC) list.
Yes The utility maintains an inventory control list.
Yes The utility maintains a critical spare parts list.
Operation of Utility Comments
The city returned to compliance on the SNC list with the completion of the CCR in April, 2006.