|The City of Kake owns and operates the community's water and wastewater systems with the necessary authority to operate these systems provided in Title 54 of the Kake Code of Ordinances. This title was originally adopted in the 1980s and amendments to it since have not been properly codified to reflect the city's current rate structure. Title 54 outlines a utility bill collections policy requiring disconnection of service to delinquent customers. The city acquired some of the necessary equipment and supplies to conduct disconnections, though none have been imposed this calendar year and further equipment may be needed, depending on how many disconnections are necessary. A review of city council meeting minutes and of water disconnect notices indicates that the council is actively enforcing utility policy.
The six-member council holds regular meetings as required by Alaska Statutes Title 29 on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Three council members also serve on the Airport, Water, and Roads Committee, which holds regular meetings to formulate utility-related recommendations to the larger body. The city complies with Alaska's Open Meetings Act by posting notice of each meeting at least five days in advance at the post office, the grocery store, the gas station, and the community building. Each notice indicates the type of meeting to be held, as well as its location, date, and time.
While there is no formal utility management system outlined in the city code, an organizational chart has been adopted by the city and indicates that the city manager is the manager of Kake's utilities.
The city manager was hired in 2012 and brings significant expertise and experience to the position. The utility's bookkeeper is also highly trained. She has years of experience working for the City of Kake and has completed multiple RUBA training courses, including Introduction to QuickBooks, Elected Officials Management for Rural Utilities, Clerk Management for Rural Utilities, Personnel Management for Rural Utilities, and Financial Management for Rural Utilities. She has also taken a University of Alaska course in bookkeeping for small businesses and non-profits.
She has received one-on-one training from RUBA staff on preparing meeting agendas, notices, and minutes, drafting ordinances and resolutions, using Title 29 of state statute, ordinance codification, Alaska's Open Meetings Act, and preparing for municipal elections. The city's clerk recently provided written notice of resignation. She will continue working with the city until a replacement has been hired.
The State of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Division of Water has rated Kake's water treatment system at the Class 2 level based on the plant's various components. The city's water distribution and wastewater collection systems are rated as Class 1 according to the number of connections these systems serve. The primary operator of these systems holds the following certifications:
Water Treatment, Level 1 - Expires December 31, 2013, CEUs met;
Water Distribution, Level 1 - Expires December 31, 2015, CEUs not yet met.
The operator has demonstrated the ability to run Kake's utilities effectively and reliably. A backup operator is available, though he is not certified.|