|The City of Shishmaref owns and operates the community's sanitation system. The city has a utility board which consists of members of the city council. The board is active in policy making and the city enforces the utility policies as per the code of ordinances. The city clerk and members of the city council reported that the board has monthly utility meetings. To comply with Alaska's Open Meetings Act, the city consistently posts notice of each meeting at least five days in advance in three public places. Each notice indicates the type of meeting to be held, location, date and time. The city council is active in policy-making for the utility, as evidenced in the city meetings minutes reviewed by Nome RUBA staff. The meetings minutes show that the city council is provided with written financial reports, briefings on ongoing utility projects, staffing issues, training requests and concerns of the public.
The utility has a certified water operator, who is the manager and is supervised by the city clerk. The council hears monthly oral reports on the operation, finances and management of the utility from the operator. There is also an alternate water operator who works part-time or as needed. The operator has stated to RUBA staff he was proud to hold his job because the utility has provided good clean water to its residents.
The city has a current organizational chart posted on the wall of the city clerk's office. Nome RUBA staff assisted in creating the organizational chart. Nome RUBA staff personally observed the city council review monthly financial statements and other utility related reports during the visit in March, 2012. During the same meeting, the city council discussed solutions to the problem of water shortages at the school tank.
The city council plays an active role in policy making. The city council asked for more assistance in setting rates.