Quarterly Report: 2009, July - September (Q1), Kasigluk

Ken Berlin  
DCRA Regional Office:
Gov't Type:
Federally Recognized Tribe 
Agreement Date:
Kasigluk Traditional Elders Council 
Assessment Status:
Assessment Date:
Exp Date:
Last Updated:
Community Sanitation Overview:
Treated well water is hauled from the washeteria in the old village site of Kasigluk. The new village area known as Akula Heights uses the school well. Honeybuckets are dumped into sewage bins and hauled to the lagoon. Homes are not plumbed, and residents are reliant on the washeteria for bathing and laundry. Major infrastructure improvements have been funded, including two new wells, water treatment plant, a 100,000-gal. storage tank, a washeteria and new sewage lagoon. Electricity is provided by AVEC. AVEC installed three wind generators in 2006. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
RUBA staff traveled to Kasigluk June 23, 2008 and met with the bookkeeper to provide assistance with drafting the 2008 budget and finance reports for January through May 2008. The finance reports were previously completed through December 2007. Since Kasigluk is on a calendar year it was easy to get the actual revenues and expenditure figures. The main increases in expenditures came from fuel and other related costs. Once the budget is adopted by the Council the finance reports will be updated. As of September 30 the budget and finance reports have not been received in the Bethel RUBA office. The administrative staff at Kasigluk were contacted concerning the budget and finance reports to no avail. 
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
Need 2008 budget. Need finance reports from January to September 2008.
Essential Indicators:
23 of 27
Sustainable Indicators:
23 of 27
Total Score:
46 of 54


Essential Indicators
Answer Question
No All revenues and expenses for the utility are listed in the utility budget.
No 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.
No 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.
No YTD revenues are at a level equal to or above those budgeted.
No 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 2008 budget is being worked on by the bookkeeper. Monthly financial reports are current to December 2007 and are produced with QuickBooks Pro and converted into Excel format. Finance reports for January to May will be completed after the 2008 budget is adopted by the Traditional Council. Monthly manager's reports are done verbally, however it is recommended that they be written. Sewer haul and trash haul is subsidized by gaming. The billing system for water and sewer was set up and implemented in August 2005. A manual accounts receivable and payable system is being used.

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 Tribe has a utility ordinance adopted by resolution on Aug. 14, 2003 and amended in July 2005. Enforcement of the ordinance started in August 2005. A billing system is set up with individual household accounts.

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
Payroll tax liabilities and reports were verified by documentation from the community. An IRS letter stating the 2005 and 2006 tax years were accepted without any changes was received in June 2008. The IRS deems Kasigluk compliant at this time.

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
Kasigluk is covered through Umialik Insurance Co. effective 1/08 to 1/09. They have adopted a personnel policy and follow the evaluation, hiring, and probabtion policy. They also provide training when funding allows.

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
A new bookkeeper was hired who has experience in accounting (QuickBooks Pro). The administrator, who is also the utility manager, also has QuickBooks experience and is competent. Kasigluk Traditional and Elders Council adopted the utility ordinance by resolution and enforcement started in August 2005. It continues to be maintained.

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.
Yes The utility maintains an inventory control list.
Yes The utility maintains a critical spare parts list.
Operation of Utility Comments
RUBA staff has requested documentation of utility operator certification. Kasigluk Washeteria is on the Significant Non-Complier list for violations occuring in December 2007 for failing to submit monthly bacti samples and lack of annual TTHM/Haa5 sampling. There is no known hardware problem. The system may return to compliance with 12 consecutive months of Stage 1 requirements and the annual sampling of TTHM/HAA5.