Quarterly Report: 2008, April - June (Q4), Manokotak

Community:
Manokotak 
Staff:
Ralph Andrew  
DCRA Regional Office:
 
Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Borough:
 
Agreement?
No 
Agreement Date:
 
Entity:
City of Manokotak 
Population:
431  
Assessment Status:
 
Assessment Date:
 
Exp Date:
 
Last Updated:
7/31/2008 
Community Sanitation Overview:
The City operates two water/sewer systems in Manokotak, one at the village site and another at the Manokotak Heights area. Water is derived from two wells, is treated and stored in a 150,000-gallon water storage tank. A piped water and sewer system, constructed in 1972, serves roughly 68 households and the school with complete plumbing. Approximately two homes and a duplex have individual wells. Manokotak Heights, located 4 miles to the south, is served by a city-operated well and treatment system; water shortages have occurred. New HUD housing units were built in 2000 and roughly six additional units are were completed in recent months. The school, located at the Heights, operates its own water and sewer system serving the school and one teacher housing unit. A feasibility study to examine water, sewer and landfill improvements was completed in late 2004. A water/sewer system renovation project is in the design stage with project management provided by Village Safe Water. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
RUBA maintained contact with city staff during the quarter in Manokotak as they worked to maintain satisfactory RUBA Assessment essential indicators. RUBA provided support to city staff on topics including payroll processing, financial reporting, solid waste preliminary grant application preparation, and general government matters. The mayor and primary water operator participated in a RUBA Planning training offered in Dillingham in mid-May. The city maintains contact with the Village Safe Water engineer assigned to the community. 
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
RUBA will maintain contact with city officials and plan travel to update the RUBA Assessment of Management Indicators and propose a RUBA Work Plan be adopted to facilitate ongoing capacity development.
Scores:
 
Essential Indicators:
25 of 26
Sustainable Indicators:
18 of 27
Total Score:
43 of 53

Finances

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
No 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.
No A monthly manager's report is prepared.
Yes Budget amendments are completed and adopted as necessary.
Finances Comments
The city's amended FY 2008 water/sewer budget is balanced and realistic. The new amended budget increased projected electric service expenditures. Year-to-date water/sewer revenue were covering expenditures with a surplus of nearly $12,000 going into the second quarter. RUBA is seeking to confirm water/sewer financial standing through the close of the second quarter. The administrator provides monthly financial reports at city council meetings and utilizes QuickBooks accounting software and spreadsheets for bookkeeping. The utility is current on electric bills and has sufficient fuel on hand.

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.
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.
Accounting Systems Comments
The city's water/sewer ordinance includes collections procedures. Staff bills customers consistently and enforces collections via issuance of disconnection notices. Staff use Quickbooks accounting software for accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. RUBA continues to recommend staff reconcile bank accounts each month.

Tax Problems

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility has a system to accurately calculate, track, and report payroll tax liabilities.
No The utility is current on filing tax reports.
Yes 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.
Tax Problems Comments
A July 17, 2008 report from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service indicates the city is compliant with most but not all federal tax obligations. RUBA informed the city administrator, recommended timely resolution, and will maintain contact as the city reviews the matter.

Personnel System

Essential Indicators
Answer Question
Yes The utility has a posted workers compensation insurance policy in effect.
Sustainable Indicators
Answer Question
No 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.
No 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 workers' compensation coverage purchased through the Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association is current through July 1, 2008. The city administrator reviewed personnel policy with assistance from AMLJIA staff in recent quarters.

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
No 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. Staff are trained, certified, and participate in training opportunities including RUBA-sponsored events. The city clerk position saw turnover during the first quarter and a new clerk is on staff and being trained.

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.
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".
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
Water operator staff are trained and utilize a preventative maintenance plan. The City submitted its 2006 Consumer Confidence Report water quality report timely. Water operator staff maintain an inventory control and critical spare parts list. RUBA encourages the city to hold regular safety meetings. According to an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation report dated June 3, 2008, the utility's Manokotak Heights public water system is presently on the SNC list for 'failure to conduct monitoring for Inorganics.