|Tununak does not have an adopted water and wastewater ordinance; a draft ordinance is on file at the Bethel RUBA office. Tununak does have a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Tununak Traditional Council to 'Transfer the Administration of all Tununak Sanitation Services and to Lease all Sanitation-Related Property'. The MOA, also on file, was initiated on December 7, 2007 and ends in twenty years, with two additional five year extensions available. The community's water and sewer utility was originally owned by the City of Tununak. After the city was dissolved, the utility was turned over to Tununak Traditional Council which now leases it to Tununak IRA. Tununak IRA is in the process of attaining full ownership of the washeteria, water plant and sewer facilities.
Tununak's water and wastewater ordinance has not been adopted; so they do not have an 'official' written collections policy. Customers are billed monthly. However, the tribal administrator said that customers are given a year's grace period to pay past due accounts. A blank billing statement and overdue bill notice were provided. Tununak has an undated policies manual that specifies hiring practices. Minutes from past council meetings did not provide necessary detail to document that the policy making body is active in policy making for the utility. The tribal administrator has been working for the tribe in his position for over nine years.
Tununak also employs an administrative assistant and a bookkeeper that work with the payroll system, customer billings, accounts receivable and accounts payable. The accountant has worked in his position for nine years and the bookkeeper for ten. The administrative assistant was trained in accounting in a job corps program. The tribe has hired a financial consultant and an auditor who have been working closely with the IRA's administrative staff.
Tununak's water plant operator holds a Small Water System Treatment Certificate and Tununak's water plant facility currently has the same classification. As stated earlier Tununak has not adopted a water and sewer ordinance, however a draft ordinance is on file as well as a copy of Tununak's MOA with Tununak Traditional Council.
Bethel RUBA staff was not provided with an adopted organization chart for Tununak IRA. Tununak is a tribal entity and not required to comply with the Alaska 'Open Meetings Act'. |