Quarterly Report: 2007, July - September (Q1), Aleknagik

Community:
Aleknagik 
Staff:
Ralph Andrew  
DCRA Regional Office:
 
Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Borough:
 
Agreement?
No 
Agreement Date:
 
Entity:
City of Aleknagik 
Population:
241  
Assessment Status:
 
Assessment Date:
 
Exp Date:
 
Last Updated:
11/29/2006 
Community Sanitation Overview:
The majority of residents (49 homes) have household plumbing and most use individual wells. Twelve houses do not have water or sewer service-some haul water from the community center and a few are served by a spring well catchment system. Septic tanks, leachate fields, and a public sewage lagoon are used for sewage disposal. The North Shore uses eleven shared effluent pumps (REP units) which discharge into a piped system. there are three landfill sites. The North Shore landfill is being completed. Another city-managed landfill is located two miles from the south shore, on the west side of the Aleknagik-Dillingham road. Nushagak Electric in Dillingham provides electricity to Aleknagik. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
During the quarter the city engaged in sanitation master planning with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). The city hopes to review a 95 percent sanitation master plan shortly. RUBA anticipates a request from the city for a RUBA Assessment by spring 2007. The city's new North Shore landfill is nearing completion. RUBA shared sample solid waste ordinances and commented on successive drafts assembled by the City Administrator. The city is presently advertising for several vacant positions. The city administrator role, however, remains filled with an experienced and capable individual who has served in the role for several years. Concerning local infrastructure and planning, the village health clinic construction is underway. Gravel is being barged to the north shore clinic site near the city offices. Construction is expected to be completed by spring 2007. The city continues planning for a float plane dock in a location west of the present visitor parking and boat launch area. The city anticipates receipt of $90,000 in feasibility study funding from the state and $850,000 to construct a road to the proposed site. On August 23, 2006 RUBA visited city officials in Aleknagik with staff from State of Alaska Legislative Affairs, the Office of the Governor, and the executive director of the Southern Governor's Association. The visit was spearheaded by the DCA Director Mike Black to increase awareness of the RUBA program and rural issues. 
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
RUBA will maintain contact with the city and plan further visits in preparation for sanitation improvements.
Scores:
 
Essential Indicators:
0 of 0
Sustainable Indicators:
0 of 0
Total Score:
of

Finances

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
N/A All revenues and expenses for the utility are listed in the utility budget.
N/A The utility has adopted a balanced realistic budget.
N/A Monthly financial reports are prepared and submitted to the policy making board.
N/A The utility is current in paying all water/wastewater electric bills.
N/A The utility has on hand a year's adequate fuel supply or it has a financial plan to purchase an adequate supply.
N/A The utility is receiving revenues (user fees or other sources) sufficient to cover operating expenses.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
N/A The utility is receiving revenues (user fees or other sources sufficient to cover operating expenses and Repair & Replacement (R) costs.
N/A YTD revenues are at a level equal to or above those budgeted.
N/A YTD expenditures are at a level equal to or below those budgeted.
N/A A monthly manager's report is prepared.
N/A Budget amendments are completed and adopted as necessary.
Finances Comments
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Accounting Systems

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
N/A The utility has adopted a collection policy and actively follows it.
N/A The utility bills customers on a regular basis.
N/A An accounts receivable system is in place which tracks customers and reports past due accounts and amounts.
N/A An accounts payable system is in place.
N/A The payroll system correctly calculates payroll and keeps records.
N/A A cash receipt system is in place that records incoming money and how it was spent.
N/A The utility has a cash disbursement system that records how money was spent.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
N/A A chart of accounts is used that identifies categories in a reasonable, usable manner.
N/A Monthly bank reconciliations have been completed for all utility accounts.
N/A 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
<none>

Tax Problems

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
N/A The utility has a system to accurately calculate, track, and report payroll tax liabilities.
N/A The utility is current on filing tax reports.
N/A The utility is current on making tax deposits.
N/A 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
<none>

Personnel System

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
N/A The utility has a posted workers compensation insurance policy in effect.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
N/A The utility has adopted and uses a Personnel Policy, which has been reviewed by an attorney, AML or Commerce for topics and language.
N/A The utility has adequate written job descriptions for all positions.
N/A The utility has adopted and follows a written personnel evaluation process that ties the job description to the evaluation.
N/A The utility has an adequate written hiring process.
N/A The utility has personnel folders on every employee that contain at least: I-9, Job Application and Letter of Acceptance.
N/A The utility has a probationary period for new hires that includes orientation, job training/oversight, and evaluations.
N/A The utility provides training opportunities to staff as needed and available.
Personnel System Comments
<none>

Organizational Management

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
N/A The entity that owns the utility is known; the entity that will operate the utility is set.
N/A The policy making body is active in policy making of the utility.
N/A The policy making body enforces utility policy.
N/A The utility has an adequately trained manager.
N/A The utility has an adequately trained bookkeeper.
N/A The utility has an adequately trained operator or operators.
N/A The utility has adopted the necessary ordinances (or rules and regulations) necessary to give it the authority to operate.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
N/A The utility has adopted an organizational chart that reflects the current structure.
N/A The policy making body meets as required.
N/A The utility complies with the open meeting act for all meetings.
Organizational Management Comments
<none>

Operation of Utility

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
N/A The utility operator(s) are actively working towards necessary certification.
N/A The utility has a preventative maintenance plan developed for the existing sanitation facilities.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
N/A 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.
N/A The utility has a safety manual and holds safety meetings.
N/A Utility facilities have not suffered any major problems/outages due to management issues that are unresolved.
N/A The utility is operating at the level of service that was proposed.
N/A The operator provides status reports to the manager on a routine basis.
N/A The utility has completed and distributed its "Consumer Confidence Report".
N/A The utility is not on the "Significant Non-Complier" (SNC) list.
N/A The utility maintains an inventory control list.
N/A The utility maintains a critical spare parts list.
Operation of Utility Comments
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