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Public Notice - City of Mount Vernon - 07/02/2020

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


July 2, 2020

City of Mount Vernon
P.O. Box 597
Mount Vernon, Texas 75457
903-537-2252

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Mount Vernon.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about July 20, 2020 the City of Mount Vernon will submit a request to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for the release of Community Development Block funds under Section 104(f) of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, to undertake sidewalk improvements, under TCF Contract #7219262.

Reconstruction will include removal of existing concrete, curb and gutter, and asphalt; and replace with approx. 600 square yards of concrete, 5 ADA compliant curb ramps, 317 linear feet curb and gutter, 150 square yards asphalt pavement, 289 square yards concrete pavement, 6 street light assemblies and electrical, retaining wall, 240 linear feet handrail, and all appurtenances.  Construction shall take place along Dallas Street from Kaufman Street 105 linear feet east, Kaufman Street from Dallas Street 205 linear feet north, mid-block north side of Main Street between Kaufman and Houston approx. 30 linear feet north, mid-block east side Kaufman between Main and Dallas approx. 30 linear feet north, mid-block south side Dallas Street between Kaufman and Houston approx. 40 linear feet, and northwest corner from Dallas to Kaufman.  Project will also include all associated administration and engineering services.

This project will be funded with TCF grant funds in the amount of $350,000 and $70,000 in other funds, for a total of $420,000.

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 the City Hall, 109 North Kaufman Street, Mount Vernon, Texas 75457 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:30 A.M to 4:30 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Mount Vernon.  All comments received by July 17, 2020 will be considered by the City of Mount Vernon prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
 

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION
The City of Mount Vernon certifies to TDA that Teresia Wims, Certifying Officer 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.  TDA’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
TDA will accept objections to its release of fund and the City of Mount Vernon certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual 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 of the City of Mount Vernon; (b) the City of Mount Vernon 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 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 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, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to Pam Wozniak, Environmental Compliance at the TDA Office of Rural Affairs at P.O. Box 12847, Austin, Texas 78711.  Potential objectors should contact TDA to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

The Honorable Teresia Wims
Mayor