|The City of Saint Paul owns and operates the utility. The City Council is active in policy making for the utility. Recently the City Council amended the code of ordinances to reflect an interest charge of .87% per month or 10.5% per annum on outstanding receivable accounts.
The Public Works Director is responsible for water, wastewater, refuse, and road departments. He was hired by the city in 1999 and had previous experience as a construction superintendent and worked in independent business.
The city finance department has seven full-time employees and includes the utility accounting functions. The Finance Director has held the position for several years and worked for and was trained by the previous long-time Finance Director.
The utility has two certified operators; one is certified for Water Distribution OIT, Water Treatment OIT, Wastewater Collection OIT, and Wastewater Treatment OIT. The second operator is certified as Water Treatment OIT, Water Distribution I, Wastewater Collection I, and Wastewater Treatment OIT. The system received a certificate of public convenience from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
Subsistence lifestyles and seasonal occupations of a majority of the council members often prohibit a quorum of council members from attending a meeting. Meetings are then rescheduled for the first available time, however, they are scheduled and noticed as regular meetings rather than special meetings. The public notices do not include summary statements of agenda items to properly inform the public of actions under consideration. |