RUBA Community Status Report

Community Name: Koyukuk


Community:

Koyukuk

RUBA:

No

Staff:

Brendan Smyth

Agreement:

No

DCA Region:

Fairbanks

Agreement Date:

Region:

Interior

Exp Date:

Govt Type(s):

2nd Class City

Borough:

Unorganized

Assessment Date:

Population:

89

Active Community:

Yes

Date Updated:

9/26/2013


Community Sanitation Overview:

The City of Koyukuk operates the central watering point at the washeteria and residents haul their own water. The city also maintains honeybucket pits and the wastewater lagoon. The City council is the policy making body for the utility. Residents haul treated well water from the washeteria and use honeybuckets or pit privies. Households are not plumbed. The school and washeteria use city water, with wastewater disposal into a lagoon. A master plan is completed, and preliminary work has begun to upgrade the community to a flush/haul system. The five households on the honey bucket haul demonstration system have been inoperable since Fall 2004, due to the trailer not being able to withstand the weight of the water tank.

RUBA Status
and Activities
this Quarter:

Fairbanks RUBA staff has contacted the city clerk and will work with the clerk to set up a trip in October to assist in training a substitute for the clerk when she takes maternity leave in December.

 

Capacity Indicator: Finances

Essential Indicators:

No

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

No

The utility has adopted a balanced realistic budget.

No

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

No

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

No

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

No

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.

No

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

No

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

No

A monthly manager's report is prepared.

No

Budget amendments are completed and adopted as necessary.

Comment:

There is no RUBA project currently in the city and a RUBA assessment has not been requested by the community.

 

Capacity Indicator: Accounting Systems

Essential Indicators:

No

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

No

The utility bills customers on a regular basis.

No

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

No

An accounts payable system is in place.

No

The payroll system correctly calculates payroll and keeps records.

No

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

No

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

Sustainable Indicators:

No

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

No

Monthly bank reconciliations have been completed for all utility accounts.

No

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

Comment:

There is no RUBA project currently in the city and a RUBA assessment has not been requested by the community.

 

Capacity Indicator: Tax Problems

Essential Indicators:

N/A

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

N/A

The utility is current on filing tax reports.

N/A

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:

There is no RUBA project currently in the city and a RUBA assessment has not been requested by the community.

 

Capacity Indicator: Personnel System

Essential Indicators:

No

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

Sustainable Indicators:

No

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

No

The utility has adequate written job descriptions for all positions.

No

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

No

The utility has an adequate written hiring process.

No

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

No

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

No

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

Comment:

There is no RUBA project currently in the city and a RUBA assessment has not been requested by the community.

 

Capacity Indicator: Organizational Management

Essential Indicators:

No

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

No

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

No

The policy making body enforces utility policy.

No

The utility has an adequately trained manager.

No

The utility has an adequately trained bookkeeper.

No

The utility has an adequately trained operator or operators.

No

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.

No

The policy making body meets as required.

No

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

Comment:

There is no RUBA project currently in the city and a RUBA assessment has not been requested by the community.

 

Capacity Indicator: Operation of Utility

Essential Indicators:

No

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

No

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

Sustainable Indicators:

No

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.

No

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

No

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

No

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

No

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

Yes

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 community is off the SNC list as of July 2013.

RUBA Activities for the Coming Quarter:

Fairbanks RUBA staff will work with the clerk to get a trip to the city lined up for the upcoming quarter.