COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
May 30, 2013
PO Box 536
Eldorado, TX 76936
This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about June 17, 2013, Schleicher County will submit a request to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)/Office of Rural Affairs (ORA) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Section 104(f) of the Title I Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as Colonia Construction Fund for sewer improvements #712075, for the purpose of providing first time sewer access and service to households in the Edgefield II and Three Sisters subdivisions in the County. Contractor shall install approximately 4,750 linear feet of 8-inch gravity line, one lift station, approximately 1,820 linear feet of 4-inch force main, bore and all associated appurtenances.
The improvements shall occur just South of Eldorado’s City limits, Schleicher County, TX:
-Cotton Street from West end to Denney Street
-Denney Street from just south of Cotton Street to Avenue D
-Avenue D from Denney Street to Depot Street
-Colpitts Street from the South end to Avenue D
-Depot Street from the South end to Avenue D.
Contractor shall also provide first time water service to 24 households by installing 24 yard service lines and associated appurtenances, to be funded by a matching grant obtained through the USDA, in the same previously mentioned locations.
Grant Funds from TDA/ORA: $499,527.00; Other funds: $62,080.00
Conditions & Mitigations: Soil Erosion: Best Management Practices (BMP’s) should be in place to prevent soil erosion; Storm & Surface Water: A pollution prevention plan should be in place to prevent sedimentation and soil runoff into the surface water; Nuisances & Site Safety Issues: Safety precautions to secure construction equipment and any hazardous materials would need to be implemented while the project is being constructed and flammable/hazardous utility lines should be located prior to construction. Any particulate emissions should be controlled by using standard dust mitigation techniques and debris or waste disposal should be at an appropriately authorized facility. Road closures, if necessary, should be coordinated with City and County officials.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
Schleicher County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Schleicher County Courthouse, Courthouse Square, Hwy 277, Eldorado, Texas and may be examined or copied weekdays during regular business hours.
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Schleicher County Courthouse, Attn: Honorable Judge Bradley, Courthouse Square, Hwy 277, Eldorado, Texas 76936. All comments received by June 14, 2013 will be considered by Schleicher County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Commentors should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
Schleicher County certifies to TDA that Charlie Bradley in his capacity as County Judge consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. TDA’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows Schleicher County to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
TDA will consider objections to its release of funds and Schleicher County certification received by July 3, 2013 or a period of fifteen days from its receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer or other officer of Schleicher County approved by TDA; (b) Schleicher County has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by TDA; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to TDA, P.O. Box 12847, Austin, TX 78711. Potential objectors should contact TDA to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Charlie Bradley, County Judge