Quarterly Report: 2011, October - December (Q2), Chignik

Barbara Higgins  
DCRA Regional Office:
Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Agreement Date:
City of Chignik 
Assessment Status:
Assessment Date:
Exp Date:
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Community Sanitation Overview:
Water is supplied by Indian Creek, which has a dam and a reservoir. Water is treated and piped into most of the homes and the school, and a well is available for back-up water supply. A second system serves the Trident fish processor, the airport area, and a few homes, and utilizes a groundwater well as a source. The project is now complete that eliminated the dual system by extending a new mainline from a new storage tank at one end of town to the airport at the other end of town. Improvements to the treatment plant are still in progress and include new filters and upgraded valves and chemical feed equipment. Piped sewage for most of the community is collected in three group systems into community septic tanks and wastewater is discharged via ocean outfall lines. Approximately 45 homes are served, and the remaining few homes use individual septic tanks. An improvement project replacing the multiple system structure with a unified sewer system for the entire community is anticipated to be completed this fall. A new permitted landfill and access road were recently completed. A feasibility study of hydroelectric generation at Indian Lake has been funded but requires an agreement with the local processing plant on FERC620 and water rights before the project can proceed. Electricity is provided by city owned Chignik Electric.  
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
This quarter the city conducted and certified the municipal elections, voted in officers and the council voted in a mayor. A new RUBA assessment is set for the 12th of January 2011. The city has not filled the city clerk position and has an interim clerk hired to fill the position until it can be filled.  
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
RUBA Staff is scheduling travel to the city this coming quarter to conduct a new RUBA assessment. It has been over two years since the last assessment.
Essential Indicators:
25 of 27
Sustainable Indicators:
21 of 27
Total Score:
46 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.
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.
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
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.
Yes Budget amendments are completed and adopted as necessary.
Finances Comments
The FY 2011 water/sewer budget is balanced and realistic with respect to projected revenue and expenditures. The monthly financial reports were not submitted this quarter. It is known by RUBA staff the mayor tried to fax the reports however they were never received. The mayor is currently crab fishing and this quarters request may go unanswered. The mayor is the administrator and there is no backup that is able to provide this information timely. The administrator provides monthly financial reports at city council meetings and utilizes QuickBooks accounting software as well excel spreadsheets for bookkeeping. The utility is current on electric bills. City fuel supplies are sufficient at this time.

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 uses QuickBooks Pro 2010 for all accounting functions. The Council has adopted a water wastewater collection policy for the community and is reducing overdue customer debt by disconnecting the water service for non-payment. The City's water/sewer ordinance includes collection procedures. Staff bills customers consistently and enforces collections by issuing disconnection notices to customers with past due balances.

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
Staff maintains an accurate payroll processing system based on QuickBooks accounting software. On 12/29/10, the Internal Revenue Taxpayer Advocate Service deemed the city compliant with federal tax obligations. On 12/21/10 the Alaska Department of Labor confirmed the city is meeting Alaska ESC tax obligations for the period ending 09/30/10. The city is not listed on the Lein Watch list.

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.
No 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 currently has workers' compensation insurance coverage provided by the Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association. The Department of Labor web site confirms active coverage on 01/03/2011. There are job descriptions in place for the City's employees and descriptions were provided for the City positions. Performance evaluations have not been established or put into place by the City staff, however, at the Mayor's request, a sample evaluation was provided by RUBA. The City has adopted a personnel policy for the city that was revised by the council on June 15, 1995. As of August 23, 2007, the City's personnel policy is generally adequate but staff agrees the policy should be updated to include an evaluation process. New hires receive a 90-day probation period, then the Council performs a verbal evaluation to determine whether the probationary employee should be retained permanently or dismissed. The decision is reflected in the minutes.

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 serves as the utility board, meets regularly, and actively enforces utility policy. The City manages the water/sewer system following a utility ordinance on file with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. A current Consumer Confidence Report has been submitted dated 2009. The ordinance includes a comprehensive collection policy. Staff, including the water operator, are trained, certified, and participate in training opportunities. City staffing has been very stable. The city maintains an organizational chart. The city council meets as required.

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".
No 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 City has three operators with certifications for water treatment Operator In Training (OIT) and water distribution OIT. The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC) provides training money and encourages operators to continue professional growth. BBAHC sends a remote maintenance worker (RMW) periodically to provide local training and support. City operators are taking part in AML/JIA's Loss Control Incentive Program, which brings operators together via teleconference each month for a safety meeting. Inventory list are all inclusive and should differentiate which parts are inventory and those parts that are critical. The community is not found on the Significant Non-Complier list.