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Public Notice - City of Mount Vernon - 2/14/2013

COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS


REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about March 4, 2013, the City of Mount Vernon will submit a request to the Texas Department of Agriculture for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Section 104(f) of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, TCF Contract #711302, to undertake a project known as sidewalk and lighting improvements.

Sidewalk Activities are to consist of 250 linear feet of 8-10 feet sidewalks, construction of 4 ADA accessible curb ramps, one ADA accessible ramp, one set of ADA accessible stairs, 200 linear feet of curb and gutter, and 80 linear feet of metal handrails.  Lighting Activities are to consist of the installation of 3 electric light poles.  These improvements shall take place along Main Street from Kaufman Street to Houston Street.

This project will be funded with TCF Grant funds in the amount of $150,000 and $47,700 of local funds.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Mount Vernon 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 City Hall, 109 North Kaufman Street, Mount Vernon, Texas and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the City of Mount Vernon. All comments received by March 1, 2013 will be considered by the City 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

The City of Mount Vernon certifies to the Texas Department of Agriculture that Margaret Sears in her capacity as Mayor 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. The Office’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the City of Mount Vernon to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

The Texas Department of Agriculture will consider objections to its release of funds and the City of Mount Vernon’s certification received by March 20, 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 the City approved by the Office; (b) the (RE) 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 the Office; 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 the Texas Department of Agriculture at P.O. Box 12847, Austin, Texas 78711. Potential objectors should contact the Office to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

The Honorable Margaret Sears
City of Mount Vernon