city of portland request for release of funds
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:55 AM
Notice to Public of No Significant Impact on the Environment and Notice to Public of Request for Release of Funds
City of Portland
321 N Meridian St
Portland, IN 47371
To all interested agencies, groups and persons:
On or about September 13, 2014 the above named City of Portland will request the State of Indiana to release federal funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383) for the following project:
Westside CSO Project
This project is located in the City of Portland, Jay County, Indiana. Its impact area to the existing combined sewer system is outlined as:
• New storm sewer and catch basins on Grand St. from Main St. to Race St.
• New storm sewer and catch basin on Race St. from Park St. to Williams St.
• New storm sewer and catch basins on Arch St. from Park St. to Grand St.
• New storm sewer and catch basins on High St. from Grand St. to Alexander St.
• New storm sewer and catch basins on Alexander St. from Walnut to Main St.
• New storm sewer and catch basins on Williams St. from Walnut St. to Main St.
• New storm sewer and catch basins on Western Ave. from Walnut St. to High St.
Finding of No Significant Impact
It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and accordingly the above named City of Portland has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190). The reasons for such decision not to prepare such statement are as follows:
All preliminary environmental reviews by state and county agencies indicated that the proposed project would not endanger the environment under any capacity.
An Environmental Review Record respecting the proposed project has been made by the above named the City of Portland which documents the environmental review of the project and more fully sets forth the reasons why such statement is not required. This Environmental Review Record is on file at the above address and is available for public examination and copying upon request at the Jay County Community Development office between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. No further environmental review of such project is proposed to be conducted prior to the request for release of funds.
Public Comments of Findings
All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the City of Portland 321 N Meridian St. Portland, IN 47371 and addressed to the attention of Mayor Randy Geesaman. Such written comments should be received by September 12, 2014. All such comments so received will be considered and the City of Portland will not request the release of federal funds or take any administrative action on the proposed project prior to the date specified in the preceding sentences.
Release of Funds
The City of Portland will undertake the project described above with Community Development Block Grant funds from the State of Indiana under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The City of Portland is certifying to the State that the City of Portland and Mayor Randy Geesaman, in his official capacity as the Mayor of the City of Portland consents to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is that upon its approval the City of Portland may use the Block Grant funds and the State will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Objections to State Release of Funds
The State will accept an objection to its approval only if it is on one of the following basis: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the certifying officer or other officer of applicant approved by the State; or (b) that the applicant’s environmental review record for the project indicated omission of a required review process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedure (24 CFR Part 58) and may be addressed to the State of Indiana, Indiana Office of Rural Affairs, Environmental Officer, One North Capitol, Suite 600, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 - 2288.
Objections to the release of funds on basis other than those stated above will not be considered by the State. No objections received after September 28, 2014 will be considered by the State.
Randy Geesaman, Mayor City of Portland