Quarterly Report: 2006, April - June (Q4), Golovin

Josephine Bahnke  
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Gov't Type:
Second Class City 
Agreement Date:
City of Golovin 
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Community Sanitation Overview:
The City of Golovin is responsible for the management of the water supply and storage system, as well as water treatment plant and washeteria. In conjunction with ANTHC, they are in the process of constructing a community-wide piped water and sewer system. Water is pumped from Chinik Creek, treated, and stored in three heated water storage tanks. Approximately 50% of all households are plumbed. Twenty-eight homes currently have water delivered by truck, 27 haul their own water, and 13 collect rain water during the summer. Ten homes with septic tanks have experienced drain field failures, 25 households use honey buckets and 21 homes use pit privies. A new 1.2 million-gallon water tank has been built, new washeteria is under construction, and a water/sewer project is underway. To date, two homes, new clinic, school, and Church are hooked up to water and sewer. 
RUBA Status & Activities This Qtr:
This quarter, the City of Golovin meets all essential indicators. Nome RUBA staff travelled to Golovin on May 16 with ANTHC Northern Region Manager, Dan Williams, Project Engineers, Tom Moeller and Brad Blackstone, and Superintendent, Pat Easter for a site visit and to attend a joint meeting of the City and Tribe. Prior to the meeting, RUBA staff worked in the office with the City and Deputy Clerk on FY 07 budget and grant reports. The purpose of the joint meeting was to give local leadership and community members an update on summer construction plans for the ANTHC led water and sewer project. The City Clerk, Joann Katchatag, successfully completed the RUBA sponsored Introduction to QuickBooks class from May 22-26, 2006 in Nome. Dale Aukongak, Water Operator II, completed Operator training in Nome but did not receive certification. The Deputy Clerk hired last quarter to assume water and sewer utility administrative duties was terminated in June due to missing several consecutive days of work without contacting the City office. A temporary replacement sent out monthly water bills while recruitment efforts continue. Unfortunately, the Mayor resigned in June and RUBA staff is working with the Acting Mayor on FY 07 budget and FY 05 Certified Financial Statement. 
RUBA Activities for the Coming Qtr:
RUBA staff will schedule trips in the next quarter to provide on-site training and assistance to the new Deputy City Clerk and Council. Tasks include presenting personnel policy amendments to the City Council and work with Deputy City Clerk on financial reports, accounts payable system, and other sustainable indicators.
Essential Indicators:
26 of 26
Sustainable Indicators:
21 of 26
Total Score:
47 of 52


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.
N/A Budget amendments are completed and adopted as necessary.
Finances Comments
The FY07 budget is scheduled to have a final reading on July 11, 2006. The City Clerk has been consistent in updating the excel spreadsheets for their revenues and expenditures. With RUBA's assistance, monthly financial reports have greatly improved. Since the gasoline fund was moved to Golovin Public Utilities in October, management and accountability of funds has improved. In December, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (CDQ Group) distributed $75,000 check to each of it's member communities. This has made it possible for the City to get current on all outstanding bills and pay for fuel and electricity.

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 Deputy City Clerk bills water customers once a month. She also issues notice to delinquent customers when their bill reaches $200. City staff utilizes both a manual and computerized system (QuickBooks Pro). The newly hired Deputy City Clerk had assumed billing and financial recordkeeping of the utility, but she was terminated in June. It was recommended to the council that a separate NEBS receipt system be ordered for the water/sewer enterprise. With RUBA assistance, the accounts payable system has improved with the use of a seperate excel spreadsheet that is incorporated into Monthly Financial reports.

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 of Golovin has prioritized regular tax deposits and filing tax reports to avoid penalties and interest. During second quarter, all payments were made in a timely manner. Penalties and interest from 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter of 2005 were paid by check last quarter.

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.
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 City of Golovin has workers compensation insurance through AML/JIA for 2006 and is in good standing. A formal hiring and personnel evaluation process was introduced to the new Council in February and is slowly being implemented. Nome RUBA staff conducted Personnel Management training with the Council during first quarter 2006. Minor amendments to their personnel policy were made for clarification on payroll advances, classification of employees, personal leave accrual rates, leave holidays, and travel. RUBA staff drafted job description revisions for the GPU utility clerk and a new description for Deputy City Clerk.

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.
N/A 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 of Golovin is the policy making body for the utility. Presently, the utility does not have a manager. The duties of the manager are being performed by the City Clerk who now has the support of a newly hired Deputy. An organizational structure change in the future may be necessary to enable the City to run an upgraded water and sewer/electric utility as efficiently as possible. This could include transferring the position to the Golovin Power Utility to create a combined electric and water/sewer enterprise. RUBA staff is working with the new Council on adopting a revised ordinance that includes rules and regulations of the new system.

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
No 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
Wayne Henry, Water Operator is Certified Level 1 Water Treatment. The secondary operator, Dale Aukongak, was hired 3rd quarter 2005. He recently completed an Operator in training course offered by Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome. Ultimately, Level 2 certification will be necessary for the new system. According to their current monitoring summary, their system is overdue for testing chlorine residuals, arsenic, Haloacetic Acids, and TTHM's.