Quarterly Report: 2009, October - December (Q2), Kwethluk

Ken Berlin  
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Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Agreement Date:
City of Kwethluk 
Assessment Status:
Assessment Date:
Exp Date:
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Community Sanitation Overview:
The City of Kwethluk operates the water treatment plant, washeteria, garbage collection, and the honey-bucket haul system for the community. The City of Kwethluk, along with the Sanitation Committee, is the policy making body for the utility. A new washeteria/water treatment plant is still under construction through Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) engineering services. The school and teachers' housing have their own water sewer systems. There are honeybucket bins located sparingly throughout the community for the container haul system; these are hauled to the sewage lagoon on a regular basis. Very few homes have running water or plumbing for showers, but many residents have sauna/steambath houses. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
Bethel RUBA staff maintained contact with Kwethluk and received the monthly finance reports through November 2008. Reveiw of these finance reports shows Kwethluk to continue meeting finance essential indicators. Bethel RUBA staff received a copy of a joint resolution from the City of Kwethluk , Organized Village of Kwethluk, and Kwelthluk Incorporated declaring a state of emergency due to a shortage of fuel in the community. The high school and the city are providing a limited amount of fuel per day for residents. The electric utility has approximately 2400 gallons left in their reserve tanks. The fuel delivery barge had to turn back due to early icing in the river. The Kuskokwim river froze up early this year and caught everyone by surprise. Once the limited amount of fuel is depleated, fuel will have to be flown in at great expense to everyone. 
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
RUBA will continue to monitor finance reports and other essential indicators.
Essential Indicators:
27 of 27
Sustainable Indicators:
25 of 27
Total Score:
52 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.
Yes 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
No 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
The FY 2009 budget is balanced and adopted. RUBA has been provided copies of finance reports through January 2009. Electric bills are paid when received and fuel was ordered for the washeteria and other city buildings. As noted above, the fuel was ordered and paid for but not delivered due to an icing problem. Fuel may have to be flown in at great expense which may effect the revenues for the utility.

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 has a collection policy and the council is now enforcing it. Billings go out on a monthly basis and honey bucket bins are taken away from customers who do not pay their bills. The accounts receivable and accounts payable systems are verified by documentation.

Tax Problems

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility has a system to accurately calculate, track, and report payroll tax liabilities.
Yes The utility is current on filing tax reports.
Yes The utility is current on making tax deposits.
Yes 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
Copies of all quarterly reports and tax deposits are on file in the Bethel office. The IRS and Department of Labor have deemed the utility compliant with tax issues.

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.
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
Documentation of workers compensation insurance has been verified with the state, however, a copy of the Employer's Notice of Insurance has not been provided by the City of Kwethluk. The personnel policy, job descriptions, evaluation process, hiring process, probationary and training are on file. Administration needs to go through each employee personnel file and make certain all contain the required documents.

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 ordinance establishing the utility is on file and is now being enforced. The utility has a trained manager, bookkeeper and operators with certification. A utility clerk position is going to be posted and hired by September.

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".
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
A copy of the preventative maintenance plan was obtained by RUBA on 8/22/07. The critical spare parts list is on file.