RUBA Community Status Report

Community Name: Port Lions


Community:

Port Lions

RUBA:

Yes

Staff:

Jedediah Smith

Agreement:

No

DCA Region:

Anchorage

Agreement Date:

Region:

Kodiak Island

Exp Date:

Govt Type(s):

2nd Class City

Borough:

Kodiak Island Borough

Assessment Date:

2/28/2012

Population:

179

Active Community:

Yes

Date Updated:

9/24/2013


Community Sanitation Overview:

The BIA and Indian Health Service built the community sanitation system in 1965. Over 100 residences are connected to the city's piped water and wastewater systems and 95 percent of these have complete plumbing. The Branchwater Creek Reservoir provides water, which is treated and stored in a 125,000-gallon tank. The existing dam is weakening; funding has been provided to make repairs. A local priority is to construct a new 500,000-gallon dam on the creek. A new landfill site has been identified. Kodiak Electric Association provides electricity.

RUBA Status
and Activities
this Quarter:

On July 18, RUBA staff members traveled to Port Lions with the Remote Maintenance Worker (RMW) for introductions to city personnel and a tour of the water plant. RUBA staff met with the mayor and city clerk to discuss upcoming projects regarding the community's water reservoir. RUBA staff also responded to questions regarding city ordinances on sole-source contracting. City staff also discussed an upcoming ballot initiative to remove non-natural fluoride from the community water. Previously this quarter, the Port Lions city clerk contacted Anchorage LGS staff with questions regarding penalty fees for late payment of water and wastewater bills and the potential writing of an ordinance implementing fees for film or television crews. Anchorage staff responded to the late fee question by citing Alaska Statute 45.45.010, which limits the annual percentage rate to 10.5 percent. The Anchorage LGS also relayed information from the Alaska Film Office and the Municipality of Anchorage regarding special use permits for film and television crews.

 

Capacity Indicator: Finances

Essential Indicators:

Yes

All revenues and expenses for the utility are listed in the utility budget.

Yes

The utility has adopted a balanced realistic budget.

Yes

Monthly financial reports are prepared and submitted to the policy making board.

Yes

The utility is current in paying all water/wastewater electric bills.

Yes

The utility has on hand a year's adequate fuel supply or it has a financial plan to purchase an adequate supply.

Yes

The utility is receiving revenues (user fees or other sources) sufficient to cover operating expenses.

Sustainable Indicators:

No

The utility is receiving revenues (user fees or other sources sufficient to cover operating expenses and Repair & Replacement (R) costs.

Yes

YTD revenues are at a level equal to or above those budgeted.

Yes

YTD expenditures are at a level equal to or below those budgeted.

Yes

A monthly manager's report is prepared.

Yes

Budget amendments are completed and adopted as necessary.

Comment:

The city adopted its FY14 budget, that includes the enterprise fund budget, with Ordinance 2013-03 on July 11, 2013. The water and wastewater budget has an income of $80,241 and expenditures of $80,240. The budget is realistic and has the payroll, and all other normal operating expenditures for a utility enterprise. The city has an accountant on contract from Kodiak that handles utility financial transactions. The accountant provides monthly financial reports to the council generated from QuickBooks. Fuel is bought from Kizhuyak Oil on an as needed basis and has a financial plan to purchase fuel throughout the year. There is a line item for repairs and maintenance on the budget, but there is no separate account for repair and replacement funds. The city has revenues that exceed the expenditures within the budget. The accountant provides monthly reports to the mayor and council. Budget amendments are done as needed. The city accountant and mayor are working on a budget amendment that will be introduced at the next meeting.

 

Capacity Indicator: Accounting Systems

Essential Indicators:

Yes

The utility has adopted a collection policy and actively follows it.

Yes

The utility bills customers on a regular basis.

Yes

An accounts receivable system is in place which tracks customers and reports past due accounts and amounts.

Yes

An accounts payable system is in place.

Yes

The payroll system correctly calculates payroll and keeps records.

Yes

A cash receipt system is in place that records incoming money and how it was spent.

Yes

The utility has a cash disbursement system that records how money was spent.

Sustainable Indicators:

Yes

A chart of accounts is used that identifies categories in a reasonable, usable manner.

Yes

Monthly bank reconciliations have been completed for all utility accounts.

Yes

The utility has a purchasing system that requires approval prior to purchase, and the approval process compares proposed purchases to budgeted amounts.

Comment:

In the Port Lions Code of Ordinances is Title 8: City Utilities, Solid Waste and Sewer Disposal that addresses the water and wastewater utility. Within code, the city has Title 8, Chapter 01, Section 220: Consequences of Non-Payment of Service Charges that addresses the collections policy. The city bills customers for water, wastewater and refuse on a single statement on the 24th of each month. The accounts receivable report generated from QuickBooks shows the highest amount due to the city for residential utilities for over 90 days is $797.The accounts payable report generated from QuickBooks shows all accounts the city owes to venders. There are some accounts that are grant funded on the report that show a high balance. The city utilizes QuickBooks 2010 and has an accountant on contract that travels to the city from Kodiak regularly to handle payroll. The city uses a sales book to generate a receipt for customers paying in cash and the receipt is also entered into QuickBooks. QuickBooks is used to record all cash disbursements. The Account Listing is the chart of accounts for the utility and has all bank accounts, accounts receivable, assets, accounts payable, credit cards, liabilities equities, income and expense accounts. The city uses QuickBooks for the bank reconciliations. The city has in the code of ordinances, Title 6, Chapter 05: City Purchasing Agent who is the mayor or the mayors designee.

 

Capacity Indicator: Tax Problems

Essential Indicators:

Yes

The utility has a system to accurately calculate, track, and report payroll tax liabilities.

Yes

The utility is current on filing tax reports.

Yes

The utility is current on making tax deposits.

N/A

If there are any past due tax liabilities or recorded tax liens, a lien release has been issued or a repayment agreement has been signed and repayments are current.

Comment:

The IRS report dated September 10, 2013 shows that the city is compliant with required federal tax deposits and filing and has no record of a lien. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Employment Security Divisions granted Port Lions tax clearance for state filings through the the second quarter of 2013. Port Lions is not on the March April 2013 lien watch.

 

Capacity Indicator: Personnel System

Essential Indicators:

Yes

The utility has a posted workers compensation insurance policy in effect.

Sustainable Indicators:

Yes

The utility has adopted and uses a Personnel Policy, which has been reviewed by an attorney, AML or Commerce for topics and language.

Yes

The utility has adequate written job descriptions for all positions.

Yes

The utility has adopted and follows a written personnel evaluation process that ties the job description to the evaluation.

Yes

The utility has an adequate written hiring process.

Yes

The utility has personnel folders on every employee that contain at least: I-9, Job Application and Letter of Acceptance.

Yes

The utility has a probationary period for new hires that includes orientation, job training/oversight, and evaluations.

Yes

The utility provides training opportunities to staff as needed and available.

Comment:

The city has a posted worker's compensation insurance policy through AML/JIA in effect and posted on a community bulletin board in the city office. The clerk stated the city has an adopted personnel policy. Employee personnel folders are thorough and complete. The utility's probationary period for new hires is three months.

 

Capacity Indicator: Organizational Management

Essential Indicators:

Yes

The entity that owns the utility is known; the entity that will operate the utility is set.

Yes

The policy making body is active in policy making of the utility.

Yes

The policy making body enforces utility policy.

Yes

The utility has an adequately trained manager.

Yes

The utility has an adequately trained bookkeeper.

Yes

The utility has an adequately trained operator or operators.

Yes

The utility has adopted the necessary ordinances (or rules and regulations) necessary to give it the authority to operate.

Sustainable Indicators:

No

The utility has adopted an organizational chart that reflects the current structure.

Yes

The policy making body meets as required.

Yes

The utility complies with the open meeting act for all meetings.

Comment:

In the Port Lions Code of Ordinances is Title 8: City Utilities, Solid Waste and Sewer Disposal that addresses the water and wastewater utility. The policy making body is active and informed in making and enforcing utility policies. The mayor and clerk are knowledgeable about the utility's policies, activities, and financial health. The utility has two certified operators for the water utility. The city is working on the policies and once completed an organizational chart will be drafted. The city meets as required by ordinance and follows the Open Meetings Act by posting meeting notices in three public places 24 hours prior to the meeting.

 

Capacity Indicator: Operation of Utility

Essential Indicators:

Yes

The utility operator(s) are actively working towards necessary certification.

Yes

The utility has a preventative maintenance plan developed for the existing sanitation facilities.

Sustainable Indicators:

Yes

The manager receives a monthly O&M report from the utility operator and routinely "spot checks" the facilities to see that the maintenance items are being completed.

No

The utility has a safety manual and holds safety meetings.

Yes

Utility facilities have not suffered any major problems/outages due to management issues that are unresolved.

Yes

The utility is operating at the level of service that was proposed.

Yes

The operator provides status reports to the manager on a routine basis.

Yes

The utility has completed and distributed its "Consumer Confidence Report".

No

The utility is not on the "Significant Non-Complier" (SNC) list.

No

The utility maintains an inventory control list.

No

The utility maintains a critical spare parts list.

Comment:

The primary operator is certified in Water Treatment 2 that expires on December 31, 2013; Water Distribution 1 that expires December 31, 2013. There is an alternate that has the Water Treatment 1 and Distribution Provisional certifications that expire on December 31, 2013. The Operations and Maintenance Manual was prepared by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Division of Environmental Health and Engineering, Department of Tribal Utility Health in July 2009. Maintenance is in chapter seven of the manual for the water treatment plant. The water operators hold informal safety meetings on a daily basis. Meetings include an overview of the daily operations and possible hazards between operators, but are not recorded. There have been no major problems or outages due to unresolved management issues. The operator provides updates to the council with written reports. The 2010 CCR was generated and distributed to water utility customers and posted in three public places. The water utility is not listed on the current April 2013 SNC List. The utility does not have an inventory control list or a critical spare parts list.

RUBA Activities for the Coming Quarter:

Newly assigned RUBA staff will maintain contact with the community and assist on matters as requested.