Quarterly Report: 2010, April - June (Q4), Diomede

Community:
Diomede 
Staff:
Leroy Seppilu  
DCRA Regional Office:
 
Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Borough:
 
Agreement?
No 
Agreement Date:
 
Entity:
City of Diomede 
Population:
144  
Assessment Status:
 
Assessment Date:
 
Exp Date:
 
Last Updated:
8/17/2010 
Community Sanitation Overview:
The City of Diomede and Diomede Joint Utilities are responsible for the management of a seasonal washeteria serviced by a septic system and seepage pit, water treatment plant and 434,000-gallon steel water storage tank/watering point. The water tank is fed by water drawn from a mountain spring that is then filtered and chlorinated at the water treatment plant prior to being stored in the tank. The tank capacity is usually insufficient in the spring each year and residents are forced to melt snow and ice for drinking water. All homes use honey buckets, the waste of which is dumped on the beach in the summer and on pack ice in the winter. The local clinic is connected to the washeteria septic system. The proposed improvements will upgrade the water treatment plant and complete the construction of a new water storage tank next to the school. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
Nome RUBA staff traveled to Diomede with personnel from Military and Veterans Affairs personnel to meet with some of the Diomede city and tribal council members. The purpose of the trip was to discuss the lack of passenger services during summer or when an ice airport is not available because ice is not thick enough. While there, RUBA staff made attempts to meet and talk with the Diomede Joint Utilities manager, Gabriel Ozenna about sanitation issues. RUBA staff was not able to meet with him due to time constraints, but did talk with the mayor about sanitation issues. A short tour was made of the washeteria, and the water tank in which treated water is stored for the watetreria and for sale to the local school. There is also a watering point where residents can get treated water to carry home. 
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
Nome RUBA staff has recommended to the mayor to make at least two more city council members to make a quorum. Although there are three remaining council members, one of them is on extended medical leave. RUBA staff recommends to the mayor to meet, even with a less than a quorum to make two city council appointments immediately.
Scores:
 
Essential Indicators:
23 of 26
Sustainable Indicators:
27 of 27
Total Score:
50 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
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
Diomede Joint Utilities fuel inventory is adequate to last throught the winter. The utility purchases fuel using funds borrowed from Bureau of Indian Affairs fuel loan program. The utility manager has very strong knowledge of the utility's finances and makes comprehensive monthly financial reports to the city council. The utility runs and provides local electricity, water treatment, water sales to the local school and a washeteria.

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.
N/A 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
Utility billings, bill payments, revenue tracking, bank account reconciliations, etc., are all done using Quickbooks Pro. The utility manager took Quickbooks Pro training, but may need to take more training. He had installed QBP software in the utility computer and is now using it to keep financial records and reporting.

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.
No The utility is current on making tax deposits.
No 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
DJU has its own Employer Identification Number (EIN). The City of Diomede has a recorded Alaska Employment Security tax lien. The city is making efforts to pay off the balance.

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 utility has a full time utility manager. The utility operator and the utility clerk work part-time. The utility uses the city's personnel policies. All personnel are hired by the city council.

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 acts as the utility board for the city-owned utilities. At the recommendation of RUBA staff, the city council appointed three council members to make quorum so that it could meet, discuss and take action on city and utility issues. The city council had not met since January of this year. The two council members in Diomede Island met and appointed two council members. Afterwards, the city council made more appointments. The city council is now composed of six members. The utility manager, Gabriel Ozenna, has managed the utilities, including the washeteria and water point, for years and has done very well. He also manages the utilities' funds and acts as a bookkeeper.

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
DJU is not on the Significant Non-Complier list. Nome RUBA staff met and talked briefly with the water plant operator. The water plant operator is not certified at any level, but is working toward obtaining the necessary certification. He also works and meets with the DJU manager closely with operational issues.