|Anchor Point Safewater Corporation is a non-profit corporation which organized in 1989 under Title 10, Chapter 20 of state statute. According to its articles of incorporation, its purpose is to “engage in the design, construction, ownership, and management of a sanitation facility” in Anchor Point in the absence of a city government. The articles state, however, that should Anchor Point ever incorporate as a city, the non-profit will dissolve and the city will assume ownership and operation and management powers over the sanitation utilities.
Section 4.1 of the corporations ‘Utility Ordinance for Water Services’ states further identifies that the purpose of the corporation is to protect public health and provide safe drinking water to the community. Section 4.2 clarifies the corporation as the owner of the utility and proceeding sections the utility’s philosophy and responsibilities, customer responsibilities, service fee billing and collection policies, termination of service conditions, repayment plans, and safety, as well as other important management topics. The corporation fully enforces its utility ordinance, shutting off customers for lack of payment as required.
The corporation’s board of directors is the utility’s governing body. Copies of its meeting minutes and packets show that that when it does meet it is actively involved in policy-making for the utility; they demonstrate that the board reviews the need for utility rate increases, the acquisition of system parts, the status of grants, regulation compliance, usage levels, operators’ certification progress, maintenance needs, and other issues.
Though the corporation’s bylaws require the board meet once per month, as mentioned previously, it typically only meets twice or three times each year. RUBA staff has explained the value of meeting more regularly and of amending corporation bylaws so that they require a meeting schedule appropriate for the utility. When the utility does meet, it posts notices in advance in at least three places, including at the store, the post office, and other community facilities.
The corporation’s president, who serves as the utility manager, and its contracted utility clerk are both professional accountants. They, as well as the primary operator, have completed various RUBA utility management courses. The utility clerk is also provisionally certified in water treatment and serves as the backup operator. The primary operator holds Class 2 water treatment certification expiring at the end of 2015, but has already met Continued Education Unity (CEU) requirements. These staff are identified in an organizational chart which is included in the back of the corporation’s utility ordinance.|