Quarterly Report: 2008, April - June (Q4), Angoon

Community:
Angoon 
Staff:
Lawrence Blood  
DCRA Regional Office:
 
Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Borough:
 
Agreement?
No 
Agreement Date:
 
Entity:
City of Angoon 
Population:
478  
Assessment Status:
 
Assessment Date:
 
Exp Date:
 
Last Updated:
7/31/2008 
Community Sanitation Overview:
Angoon is located in Southeast Alaska on Admiralty Island and is connected via the Alaska Marine Highway System. The City of Angoon operates and manages a piped water and sewer system. The city council is the policy making body for the utility. Surface water is derived from the Tillinghast Lake Reservoir, is treated, and piped throughout the community. The City of Angoon has operated a piped water system since 1977. Greater than 95% of homes have complete plumbing. Piped sewage is processed at a secondary treatment plant that flows to an ocean outfall. On a weekly basis, the City collects and deposits refuse at a municipal landfill located approximately two miles from Angoon. The Inside Passage Electric Cooperative (IPEC) provides electricity.  
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
RUBA staff traveled to Angoon to conduct a council work session on rate setting, utility collections and the development of a collections policy that would be supported and enforced by the City Council. Currently the City has a linear collections policy which provides little flexibility in the methods of enforcement and is generally not followed. In past quarters, Angoon has made notable progress towards addressing deficient essential indicators, however, during 4th Quarter, there was little additional improvement. Angoon is now to the point were the council will need to decide whether it is willing to enforce the collection policy. Angoon continues to have a low collection rate and growing aging report. 
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
RUBA activities for the coming quarter will include: 1) assist in the development of an FY-09 Budget, 2) continue to provide support for increasing collection rates and pursuing delinquent water utility accounts.
Scores:
 
Essential Indicators:
20 of 27
Sustainable Indicators:
10 of 27
Total Score:
30 of 54

Finances

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.
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.
No A monthly manager's report is prepared.
No Budget amendments are completed and adopted as necessary.
Finances Comments
The City recently completed their FY08 Budget. The completion of the FY08 budget freed up funds being held by the State which were used to pay off some past debt owed by the City. These funds were used to purchase worker's compensation insurance and return to good standing with some creditors including the water testing lab.

Accounting Systems

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
No 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.
No Monthly bank reconciliations have been completed for all utility accounts.
No 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 does not actively enforce collections on delinquent accounts and the provisions contained in the utility ordinance and collection policy are not routinely followed. As a result, the utility has a large number of accounts that are 90 days past due with a total outstanding accounts receivable in excess of $300,000. The City's collection rate was last calculated at 39%.

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
With the turn-over in finance staff, the City was unable to locate any copies of their 941 filings. They are not compliant with the IRS requirements 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.
No The utility has adequate written job descriptions for all positions.
No The utility has adopted and follows a written personnel evaluation process that ties the job description to the evaluation.
No 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.
No 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
The City currently carries workers compensation insurance through AML/JIA. The policy runs through 06/30/08. The policy covers work-related accidents and occupational diseases up to the Alaska statutory limits for each occurrence. The utility has well organized personnel files containing the necessary INS forms, IRS forms, acceptance letters and any disciplinary actions. The utility is lacking written job descriptions and a formal evaluation and hiring process.

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.
No The policy making body enforces utility policy.
Yes The utility has an adequately trained manager.
Yes The utility has an adequately trained bookkeeper.
No 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
No 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 bookkeeper position is currently vacant and the City has no employees who are formally trained in QuickBooks. The account receivable clerk is making arrangements to attend QuickBooks training next quarter. The City does not have a written organizational chart that reflects the current municipal structure. The City Council meets as required and complies with the Open Meetings Act. The Council is not enforcing the collection policy at this time.

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.
Yes The utility has a safety manual and holds safety meetings.
No 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.
No The utility maintains an inventory control list.
No The utility maintains a critical spare parts list.
Operation of Utility Comments
The utility is on the Significant Non-Compliance (SNC) list because it does not meet the Long-term 1 / Enhanced surface water treatment rule and was issued a notice of violation for failure to report the results of regular turbidity and chlorine monitoring and for failing to have an operator certified at the appropriate level. The community was able to address one of the violations by acquiring a working chart recorder that was surplus equipment from the City of Kake and by filing turbidity and chlorine reports on a timely basis and on the appropriate forms. The violation concerning having an operator at the appropriate level has yet to be rectified. The City will need to either hire a certified level II operator or seek approval of an Alternate Method of Supervision Plan (AMOS). The City has taken the initial steps of putting together a draft Alternate Method of Supervision Plan and has contacted a level II water treatment operator in the City of Hoonah who may provide utility supervision if the plan is approved. The utility maintains very few critical spare parts and has an inadequate level of supplies and chemicals. The operators do not maintain an inventory control or critical spare parts list. The utility operators have expressed several concerns with safety including the physical condition of the water treatment plant, exposure to chemicals and the lack of communications outside of the city offices.