Quarterly Report: 2012, April - June (Q4), Elim

Leroy Seppilu  
DCRA Regional Office:
Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Agreement Date:
City of Elim 
Assessment Status:
Assessment Date:
Exp Date:
Last Updated:
Community Sanitation Overview:
Water is derived from a well and is treated. Water and wastewater systems were built by BIA in 1974, along with houring provided by BIA and HUD, have provided residents with piped water and wastewater, indoor water heaters and plumbing and in-home washers and dryers. Waste flows out to a sewage treatment plant with ocean outfall. The landfill is not permitted. The city needs a new water source, since water shortages occur and to replace cracked PVC pipes. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
Nome RUBA staff worked with the city clerk, city bookkeeper and mayor on water and wastewater financial issues this quarter. RUBA staff assisted the mayor and bookkeeper with calculating expenditures for the FY13 budget and determining what the budget numbers should be for some of the categories. The budget was completed and submitted to DCCED in Juneau on time. 
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
RUBA staff will continue to finalize and update the city's water and wastewater ordinance. Make at least one trip to the community to review it with the council. RUBA staff will continue to work with the city clerk and bookkeeper to update the monthly financial report.
Essential Indicators:
27 of 27
Sustainable Indicators:
27 of 27
Total Score:
54 of 54


Essential Indicators
Answer Question
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
Answer Question
Yes 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.
Finances Comments
The city bookkeeper continues to submit completed monthly financial reports. For the Fiscal Year 2012, the total revenues for the water and wastewater department exceeded expenditures. The city participates in Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation's Bulk Fuel Order Program. Members that participate can get discount prices for the bulk fuel orders. The city ordered and had delivered, 21,897 gallons of diesel fuel at $4.12 a gallon. The fuel is adequate and sufficient for a year.

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 water and sewer ordinance is very comprehensive and collection policies are followed as set in the ordinance. The city council is very active in enforcing the collection policy as set in the water and wastewater ordinance. The council is expecting to disconnect several residential customers who are behind two or more months on bills.

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
The city uses QuickBooks for payroll records, filing federal and state tax reports. The city downloads federal Form 941 and state ESC quarterly tax reports to complete the reports. For the second quarter of 2012, the city is current with payroll tax reports and payments. The IRS and Department of Labor have deemed the city compliant at this time.

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
The city has a current general liability and workers' compensation coverage through Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association (AMLJIA). As required by State law, the city has a posted workers' compensation policy. The city has had the same personnel policies in use for several years and is fairly comprehensive. It meets the needs of the city and its personnel.

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 council is the policy making body of the water and sewer department. The water and wastewater issues are included as an agenda item in its regular monthly reports. All the water and wastewater employees are adequately trained and able employees.

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
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.
Yes 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".
Yes The utility is not on the "Significant Non-Complier" (SNC) list.
Yes The utility maintains an inventory control list.
Yes The utility maintains a critical spare parts list.
Operation of Utility Comments
The water and wastewater operators continue to receive training from NSHC-Office of Environmental Health's Remote Maintenance Worker as needed. City employees attend an AMLJIA sponsored safety teleconferences held monthly. As of April,2012, the city is not on the Significant Non-Compliance list. The city has completed its 2010 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) with the assistance of Nome-based Norton Sound Health Corporation, Office of Environmental Health, NSHC-OEH. The city has an inventory control list and a critical spare parts list created during an Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium sanitation project. The lead engineer is also an engineer from ANTHC.