Quarterly Report: 2006, April - June (Q4), Tuntutuliak

Community:
Tuntutuliak 
Staff:
Margaret Hansen  
DCRA Regional Office:
 
Gov't Type:
Federally Recognized Tribe 
Borough:
 
Agreement?
No 
Agreement Date:
 
Entity:
Native Village of Tuntutuliak 
Population:
399  
Assessment Status:
 
Assessment Date:
 
Exp Date:
 
Last Updated:
7/26/2006 
Community Sanitation Overview:
Tuntutuliak Community Services Association (Utility Organization) operates the electrical services, washeteria, water treatment plant, flush tank haul system, landfill/lagoon site, and garbage collection services. A flush/haul system was completed for 68 homes in 2000, including bathroom plumbing. The utility organization received additional funding in FY 01 to complete installation to those interested in the flush haul system, but is on hold until the engineering and environmental reports are done. The community received BIA Funds to renovate the community boardwalk system. Kuskokwim Architect Services is designing the renovation plan for the community. The school has its own well and sewage lagoon and is currently planning to upgrade their sewage disposal system. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
RUBA has worked with this community through phone, fax and regular mail when necessary in meeting the capacity indicators after the assessment was completed. This quarter the Tuntutuliak Community Services Association (TCSA) continues to experience financial hardship. All employee work hours are half time. Currently with salmon subsistence and commercial fishing in affect, the Utility Manager is working only part-time. Tax liens are still in effect as of June 2006. Mr. Moss, IRS continues working with the Manager to resolve tax issues. RUBA continues to remind the Utility Manager the importance of addressing these indicators. TCSA Manager had proposed to the board to temporarily shut down the washeteria for three months in efforts to reduce expenses. This organization does not have enough fuel to provide the washeteria operation. However, the board did not agree with his proposal. There have been three worksessions by the board on the business plan this quarter per the manager. Chairman Lincoln Enoch has resigned effective June 10th, 2006. Douglas Kernak is now the Acting Chairman. TCSA has been trying to hold a public meeting on the Utility Ordinance. However, each time the scheduled date has arrived, they end up having to reschedule to another time. Currently they have set the 25th of April for a public meeting. A quorum to hold meetings is still a problem.  
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
RUBA will continue to monitor the essential/sustainable indicators and provide technical assistance to this community.
Scores:
 
Essential Indicators:
13 of 27
Sustainable Indicators:
12 of 27
Total Score:
25 of 54

Finances

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.
No The utility is current in paying all water/wastewater electric bills.
No 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
Essentials are not met. A budget and monthly financial reports continue to be non-existant for this organization. Roger Burleigh, Village Safe Water Engineer, has obtained a Quick Book's Pro software with project funds for this organization. However this has not yet been installed. Financial hardship continues for this entity. The fuel for this organization continues to be a problem. The manager has informed RUBA that currently they do not have enough fuel to keep the washeteria operational. They have yet to obtain enough fuel for the winter.

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.
No 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
Essentials are not yet met. The Utility ordinance has not yet been adopted. TCSA was finally having a public meeting on June 28 and RUBA has not yet been notified whether the Utility Ordinance was passed.

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.
Yes 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
Essentials are not met. TCSA continues to make efforts to address the recommendations for IRS. It has been a very slow process. Copies of the IRS forms and deposits as well as Department of Labor contribution reports have been received by RUBA.

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.
No 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
Essential is met. The utility's worker's compensation insurance coverage is from 3/8/06 to 3/8/07.

Organizational Management

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The entity that owns the utility is known; the entity that will operate the utility is set.
No 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.
Yes The utility has an adequately trained operator or operators.
No 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.
No The policy making body meets as required.
Yes The utility complies with the open meeting act for all meetings.
Organizational Management Comments
TCSA is still having problems with Council meeting quorums. The Utility ordinance has been the only policy the board has reviewed. Adopting this ordinance has been dormant for most of this year. Scheduled public meeting forJune 28 was set. RUBA has not received confirmation that this took place.

Operation of Utility

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility operator(s) are actively working towards necessary certification.
No 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.
No 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.
No 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.
No The utility maintains an inventory control list.
No The utility maintains a critical spare parts list.
Operation of Utility Comments
Essentials still not met. John Daniel was scheduled to attend the Operator in Training (OIT)training in Bethel April 2006. RUBA has not yet been notified that this took place and whether he passed the test.