Quarterly Report: 2009, July - September (Q1), Emmonak

Hazel Keezer  
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Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Agreement Date:
City of Emmonak 
Assessment Status:
Assessment Date:
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Community Sanitation Overview:
The City of Emmonak owns and operates the piped water/sewer system. The City also owns and operates the washeteria/sauna. Construction of a new washeteria is nearly complete. The city council is the policy making body for this utility. Water is derived from the Yukon river and is treated. Piped water and sewer services are provided to most of the residents of Emmonak. Currently, there are 206 connections to this system. Out of those connected, there are 185 residential homes and 23 businesses in service. The next water/sewer Village Safe Water funding will connect six new Emmonak tribal housing units. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
RUBA staff members traveled to Emmonak this quarter to conduct a RUBA assessment of management capacity. At the time of the assessment, Councilmember Walter Kloepfer was acting as the city manager. Since the assessment, the City has offered the city manager position to Leon Kiana and he excepted. City Treasurer Antonia Kameroff assisted RUBA staff in answering the financial and accounting assessment questions and provided copies of the current budget, which has yet to be adopted. The City of Emmonak has a large staff that appears well organized and capable of managing its utilities and other enterprises. Most essential management capacity indicators are currently being met with the exception of the budget, which is to go before the council at the next meeting, and current financial reports.  
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
RUBA staff is available to provide assistance with any management capacity indicators that are not being met.
Essential Indicators:
23 of 27
Sustainable Indicators:
18 of 27
Total Score:
41 of 54


Essential Indicators
Answer Question
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.
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.
No The utility is receiving revenues (user fees or other sources) sufficient to cover operating expenses.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
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.
Yes A monthly manager's report is prepared.
No Budget amendments are completed and adopted as necessary.
Finances Comments
The budget for FY09 has not been adopted by the city council and monthly financial reports are not currently being prepared and submitted to the council. The City is current paying all water utility electric bills to Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. A fuel purchase of 8,111 gallons was made recently and the utiltiy has a plan for purchasing an adequate fuel sypply. At the regular city council meeting held on July 24, 2008, a written manager's report was provided to the council.

Accounting Systems

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
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
Answer Question
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.
Accounting Systems Comments
The City of Emmonak is enforcing a collection policy. There is grace period of 30 days before disconnection of services, unless a payment plan is arranged. The treasurer reported that they have been also able to collect on past due accounts by collecting money from customers that are participating in Bingo. QuickBooks is used for payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and utility billing. Excel is also used to track customers past due accounts and amounts. A copy of a purchase order was provided to RUBA. Purchase orders require written approval and include who is requesting the purchase, the department, account, and unit price.

Tax Problems

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
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.
Yes 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.
Tax Problems Comments
IRS reported on September 23, 2008 that the City is compliant with filing and deposit requirements. There is no record of tax liens for the City. The Alaska Department of Labor reported that the City is current with State ESC tax requirements.

Personnel System

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility has a posted workers compensation insurance policy in effect.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
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.
Personnel System Comments
Umialik Insurance Co. provides insurance coverage effective 2/08 to 2/09. The City has an adopted personnel policy that includes sections for hiring, evaluation, and probation. Vacant positions are posted until filled. The City of Emmonak provides maximum employment opportunity to Emmonak residents. New hires are on a probationary period for three months and performance evaluations are done by the city council or the city manager. The city council screens and hires applicants for the positions of police chief, city clerk, city treasurer, and city attorney.

Organizational Management

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
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
Answer Question
Yes 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.
Organizational Management Comments
The City of Emmonak is known as the provider for water and sewer services and has adopted an ordinance that authorizes it to operate the utility. Meeting minutes for May and July have been received by RUBA. The June meeting was a special city council meeting and there is no record of the council meeting for August of 2008. The last known meeting was held on September 11, 2008.

Operation of Utility

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
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
Answer Question
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.
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.
Operation of Utility Comments
The utility is listed on the Significant Non-Compliance list for stage 1 violations. Monthly operator reports are not being submitted with sufficient data or in a timely manner despite repeated compliance actions. A water and sewer operational manual was provided to RUBA, which outlined daily and monthly system routines including weekly safety meetings. The water operator currently holds Water Distribution, 2 Wastewater, Treatment 1, and Wastewater Collection 1 certificates.