RUBA Community Status Report

Community Name: Upper Kalskag


Community:

Upper Kalskag

RUBA:

Yes

Staff:

Eli Jacobson

Agreement:

Yes

DCA Region:

Anchorage

Agreement Date:

Region:

Lower Kuskokwim

Exp Date:

Govt Type(s):

2nd Class City

Borough:

Unorganized

Assessment Date:

1/10/2007

Population:

223

Active Community:

Yes

Date Updated:

10/2/2013


Community Sanitation Overview:

The water and sewer utility for Upper Kalskag is operated and maintained by ANTHC Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC). Most residential homes, the school, and local store have individual wells with potable water and indoor plumbing. A piped gravity sewage system with lift stations, a force main, and lagoon serve approximately 60 households and facilities. Some homes have lost use of their utilities due to burst pipes and dried up wells. About 10 to 12 homes do not have utility services. The landfill is located below Lower Kalskag. Lower Kalskag owns the site for the landfill; however, Upper Kalskag maintains the site with their heavy equipment. Both communities use the landfill. Alaska Rural Utilities Cooperative (ARUC) has provided full management and operation services to the city's water and sewer utility since October 1, 2007.

RUBA Status
and Activities
this Quarter:

Request for information needed for verification of federal taxes were sent to Upper Kalskag on September 5, 2013, June 12, 2013, and March 18, 2013. At the time of this writing the City has not responded to these requests. Therefore federal tax information and worker's compensation insurance cannot be verified.

 

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:

Yes

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:

Alaska Rural Utilities Cooperative (ARUC) has provided full management and operation services to the city's water and sewer utility since October 1, 2007.

 

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:

Alaska Rural Utilities Cooperative (ARUC) has provided full management and operation services to the city's water and sewer utility since October 1, 2007.

 

Capacity Indicator: Tax Problems

Essential Indicators:

No

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.

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:

Upper Kalskag did not provide the requested information to verify Federal Tax status. The Alaska Department of Labor (DOL) was contacted on September 23, 2013. DOL stated that the City of Upper Kalskag is current on their Employment Security Contributions account. Upper Kalskag is not on the Lien Watch dated July-August 2013.

 

Capacity Indicator: Personnel System

Essential Indicators:

No

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:

The utility has a worker's compensation insurance policy through Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association Inc. Upper Kalskag did not provide the requested information to verify worker's compensation insurance for the period from 7/01/2013 through 7/01/2014. The insurance covers all employees of ARUC including the operators in Upper Kalskag.

 

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:

Alaska Rural Utilities Cooperative (ARUC) has provided full management and operation services to the city's water and sewer utility since October 1, 2007.

 

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:

Alaska Rural Utilities Cooperative (ARUC) has provided full management and operation services to the city's water and sewer utility since October 1, 2007.

RUBA Activities for the Coming Quarter:

RUBA staff will continue to verify Federal Tax status, State tax status, and workers compensation insurance status on a quarterly basis. RUBA staff will also continue to provide assistance as requested.