|The city council meets twice a month, and has many experienced council members. The council is adequately involved in discussion and shared decision making related to utility management. The council has not enforced collections policies as defined in the community's utility ordinance.
The city manager serves as utility manager, with regular input from the public works manager, who is the primary water operator. The public works manager reports a good working relationship, with ample communication regarding water and wastewater utility function. The city manager transmits utility information and issues to the city council.
The bookkeeper handles utility finances, and is well-qualified and organized. The city manager has purchased a laptop for the city bookkeeper to continue work at home while on upcoming maternity leave. The city clerk is well trained, with regular attendance at the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks' annual conference. The city clerk has accomplished a massive organization of retained municipal records, filing them in boxes by year and topic, and storing boxes on risers to prevent potential water damage.
The primary water utility operator has received certification as Level 1 Provisional in both Water Treatment and Water Distribution, with certification expiring in December 2013; CEU requirements for renewal are not yet met. The new secondary water operator is not certified, and will require training and certification. Neither operator is certified in Wastewater Treatment or Distribution. The introduction of a new water filtration facility will require technical orientation; the water operator is comfortable asking for guidance and training from the assigned Remote Maintenance Worker (RMW). RUBA staff encourages city staff to provide support of the secondary water operator's training and certification. In case of unavailability of either operator, the city clerk holds a Provisional Water Treatment certification.
The city complies with the Open
Meetings Act for all meetings, posting notice five days prior on the city website, on the board at the city office, and at the post office.