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

11/25/2021

Coffee County Commission

1065 East McKinnon Street

2 County Complex

New Brockton, AL  36351

(334) 894-5556

 

TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertake by the Coffee County Commission.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about 12/13/2021 the Coffee County Commission will submit a request to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) for the release of CDBG-CV funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (PL 93-383), to undertake a project known as Coffee County CDBG-CV Project for the purpose of construction of a new Emergency Operations Center in New Brockton, Alabama estimated to cost $770,000.  These funds are needed on an emergency basis due to the declared COVID-19 emergency made on March 13, 2020.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The Coffee County Commission 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 Coffee County Commission Office and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 AM to 4 PM.  

PUBLIC COMMENTS

For this declared emergency the Public Comment Period and the Objection to Release of Funds Comment Period have been combined into one fifteen-day (15-day) comment period.  Therefore, any individual, group or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the rarmstrong@searpdc.org.  All comments received by 12/10/2021 will be considered by the Coffee County Commission.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.  

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The Coffee County Commission certifies to ADECA that Dean Smith in their capacity as Chairman 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.  ADECA’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Coffee County Commission to use Program Funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

ADECA will accept objections to its release of funds and the Coffee County Commission certification for a period of 15-days indicated above, only if they are on one of the following bases:  (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer or the Coffee County Commission; (b) the Coffee County Commission has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CRF part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR part 58 before approval of a Release of Funds by ADECA; 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 CFRR part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the State at:  Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Community and Economic Development Division, PO Box 5690, Montgomery, AL 36103 or at the email address christopher.perkins@adeca.alabama.gov.  Potential objectors should contact ADECA to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Dean Smith, Chairman

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