|The City of Kasaan owns and operates the community's water and bulk fuel utilities. Ordinances giving the city the necessary authority to operate these facilities are contained in Title 7 of the City of Kasaan Code of Ordinances. The seven-member city council is the city's governing authority and the utilities' policy-making body. The council holds regular meetings as required by Alaska Statutes Title 29 on the second Tuesday of each month and holds additional work sessions when required. To comply with Alaska's Open Meetings Act, the city consistently posts notice of each council meeting at least five days in advance at the city hall, the Organized Village of Kasaan tribal office, and the library. Each notice indicates the type of meeting to be held, as well as its location, date, and time.
The council is active in policy making of the utility, as evidenced in the six months of meetings minutes reviewed by RUBA staff. These minutes show that financial and public works reports are regularly provided to and reviewed by the council and that ordinances and resolutions amending utility policy are adopted as necessary. Since September 2010, the city has made it a priority to review and update its code of ordinances by addressing such issues as abandoned vehicle policy, mission statements, records retention schedules, city official compensation, fee schedules, municipal acts, garbage services, and water utility services.
The manager for the sanitation utilities is the city mayor, Audrey Escoffon. The mayor has broad experience as a former business owner and associate of the Kasaan Bay water shed. She also recently completed the 32-hour RUBA organizational and financial management courses, attended a portion of the 32-hour RUBA Elected Officials course, and is planning on taking the remainder of the utility management course series to become a certified utility manager in the next two years.
The bookkeeper, Peggy Staton, is responsible for the maintenance of the books for all community services. Ms. Staton has been in the position since 2009 and has over 40 years of bookkeeping experience. She has completed several QuickBooks training sessions, completed the RUBA 32-hour Financial Management for Rural Utilities training, and has worked as a bookkeeper for the United States Forest Service and the City of Thorne Bay.
Terry West is the city clerk and also serves as the utility clerk. Ms. West began working for the City of Kasaan in October 2010 and has significant bookkeeping experience as well. As noted in the 'Personnel System' section, Ms. West attended a 24-hour Introduction to QuickBooks course in Juneau April 11-15, the 32-hour Financial Management for Rural Utilities training in Ketchikan August 15-19, a notary public training on September 30, and travelled to Seattle this summer for additional clerk training.
Two city employees operate this system and hold the following endorsements and Continued Education Units (CEUs):
Water Treatment, Level 1 - Expires 12/31/2012, CEUs not yet met
Water Distribution, Provisional - Expires 12/31/2012, CEUs not yet met
Water Treatment, Provisional - Expires 12/31/2012, CEUs met
Water Distribution, Provisional - Expires 12/31/2014, CEUs not yet met
Michael Escoffon, the utility's lead operator, also attended the Alaska Rural Water Association's 'Prince of Wales Drinking Water Source Assessment and Protection Workshop' on May 13, 2008, as well as the NTL Alaska, Inc. 'Alaska Water Treatment Systems Class' in Ketchikan August 27-30, 2007. The other water operator, Robert Baker, successfully completed the 32-hour RUBA Elected Officials course in Klawock March 7-11, 2011.
The city has adopted an organizational chart that clearly indicates the levels of authority between city staff.|