RUBA Community Status Report

Community Name: Nunam Iqua


Community:

Nunam Iqua

RUBA:

Yes

Staff:

Ken Berlin

Agreement:

No

DCA Region:

Bethel

Agreement Date:

Region:

Lower Yukon

Exp Date:

Govt Type(s):

2nd Class City

Borough:

Unorganized

Assessment Date:

3/1/2004

Population:

201

Active Community:

Yes

Date Updated:

12/5/2013


Community Sanitation Overview:

The City Council is the policy making board for the utility. They operate the Water Treatment Plant and central watering point and washeteria. The City is on a piped water and sewer system.

RUBA Status
and Activities
this Quarter:

The City administration and finance staff are stable and competent. A balanced 2014 budget is on file and finance reports are up to date to October 2013. No recorded IRS lien. State DOL/ESC confirmed compliance up to June 2013. IRS confirmed compliance on June 25, 2013. Electric bills are paid upon receipt and are current. Bulk fuel tanks were just topped off recently and should be good until next spring delivery.

 

Capacity Indicator: Finances

Essential Indicators:

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:

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.

Comment:

Finance reports current up to October 2013 with meeting minutes. FY14 budget is balanced and on file. City has sufficient fuel on hand to last until spring barge. Electric bills are paid when received. City does not have an Repair and Replacement account.

 

Capacity Indicator: Accounting Systems

Essential Indicators:

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:

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.

Comment:

The City has a collection policy and is charging for services and doing monthly billings. The City accounting system is all in Quicken.

 

Capacity Indicator: Tax Problems

Essential Indicators:

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.

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.

Comment:

As stated in the Accounting Systems section, the bookkeeper calculates, track, report and pay payroll tax liabilities. State DOL/ESC confirmed compliance up to June 2013. IRS confirmed compliance on June 25, 2013. No tax liens on record.

 

Capacity Indicator: Personnel System

Essential Indicators:

Yes

The utility has a posted workers compensation insurance policy in effect.

Sustainable Indicators:

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.

Comment:

City is covered through AML/JIA insurance to July 2014. The city has an adopted personnel policy which covers job descriptions, evaluation process, hiring, probationary, and training needs assessments.

 

Capacity Indicator: Organizational Management

Essential Indicators:

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:

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.

Comment:

The City owns and operates the water plant, washeteria and piped water and sewer system. The City is the policy making body for the utility. The City is active in making policy for the utility. The City Administrator is also the Utility Manager. The utility has adequately trained operators. The main operator is certified with Water Treatment Level ll, Water Distribution Level l, and Wastewater Collection OIT. The City has adopted a utility ordinance that gives it the authority to operate, and it covers most of the aspects needed in a utility ordinance.

 

Capacity Indicator: Operation of Utility

Essential Indicators:

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:

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.

Comment:

The operators have achieved the necessary certification to operate the current utility and continue training to maintain certifications.

RUBA Activities for the Coming Quarter:

Continue to monitor compliance.