|The Lime Village Traditional Council is the governing body of the utility. During the on-site visit, RUBA staff worked with the tribal administrator to consolidate multiple grant-specific budgets into a single budget document for CY13. This master budget separates utility enterprise revenues from grants income, allowing a clear financial picture of the community's resources and expenses.
While residents are charged for tokens to use the washeteria laundry and shower facilities, the community subsidizes washeteria costs with monies from annual grants funding, particularly BIA funds. BIA grant monies contribute to village personnel expenses for the full-time tribal administrator, full-time public works/water operator, part-time janitor, part-time electrical utility operators, and occasional maintenance personnel - all of whom are involved in caring for city utilities. Lime Village does have a repair and maintenance account established for its water utility, also subsidized through grant funding; this has been sufficient to cover repairs and parts replacement.
The washeteria functions as a community multi-use building, housing the tribal office and providing public computer use in the laundry area. Mail is sorted and distributed to open mailboxes in the washeteria, where community members pick it up. Fuel to heat the washeteria is purchased through Community Revenue Sharing funds; electricity is billed to the tribal office from the community owned electric utility. Token funds are used to pay for consumable supplies, such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies. The washeteria is regularly and meticulously cleaned by the janitor.
Financial reports are given at regularly scheduled meetings of the Lime Village Traditional Council and utility management decisions are discussed by the council. Most recently, there has been substantial discussion of implementation of a collections policy for monies owed the village electric utility.
Fuel is readily available, with purchases as needed. Community Revenue Sharing funds are fully dedicated to community fuel costs. Because the Stony River does not allow barge access, fuel is transported by small plane from Sleetmute, 200 gallons at a time. The tribal administrator is implementing new tracking systems to more easily separate amounts of fuel used for the generators of the electric utility from fuel used for other purposes. The community is very aware of fuel expense and limited supply, and typically participates in fuel conservation measures (limited generator use, less heat use in the village office and washeteria) late in the winter season.
Electricity is provided by Lime Village Electric Utility. This utility was managed for many years by Raven Consulting in McGrath; Lime Village Traditional Council has fully taken over management of the electric utility in 2012, due to the retirement of Raven personnel. The community is applying sound financial management principles to the management of their new electric utility. A customer invoicing system has been developed on QuickBooks and - when adopted - the Traditional Council will implement the collections policy by disconnecting the electricity of customers with substantial unpaid balances.