NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST THE RELEASE OF FUNDS (RROF)
AND NOTICE OF
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI)
2012 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT
Date: November 29, 2012
Name: City of Thornton
Address: 9500 Civic Center Drive,
Thornton, Colorado 80229-4326
These notices are intended to meet two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Thornton, for the Request for Release of Funds (RROF) and the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
REQUEST FOR THE
RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about December 14, 2012, the City of Thornton will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Region VIII, Denver, Colorado, as applicable on behalf of City of Thornton for the release of re-allocated Community Development Block (CDBG) Program funds under 24 C.F.R. 570, Title I of the Housing and Community Development of the Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as City of Thornton 2012 CDBG Program, for the purpose of funding eligible projects and activities under Housing and Infrastructure Improvement Projects with the re-allocated funding of $300,000. Specifically, the City of Thornton will be funding the final phase of the Hoffman Way Streetscape Project. The Streetscape project will make upgrades to the landscaping, irrigation and concrete in the right of way on both sides of Hoffman Way between Dorothy Boulevard and Eppinger Boulevard. The City of Thornton will also be utilizing CDBG funds to supplement a minor home repair program for safety and accessibility improvements. This will be administered through the Neighborhood Services Division at the City of Thornton and restricted to elderly and disabled homeowners who earn 80% or less of Area Median Income (AMI).
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Thornton has determined that the projects will have no significant impact on the human environment. An Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for the CDBG Program 24 C.F.R. Part 58, therefore, is not required. For the minor home repair program, individual properties have yet to be identified but a tier 1 review has been conducted on the overall scope of the project. The areas that will need to be reviewed at the second tier include the historical significance of the property, proximity to floodplains, wetlands, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulated sites and storage tanks. However, the City will complete Environmental Review Records (ERR) to carry out its Environmental Responsibility and to meet NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Procedures. Additional program, projects and activities determination and/or information are contained in the ERR and the Environmental Assessment (EA) Review Guidelines which support the FONSI and are on file at the City of Thornton. These can be reviewed by writing a request and/or contacting Neighborhood Services, at 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, Colorado, 80229 or (303) 538-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. These environmental records are available for review, copy and/or examination during normal business hours 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday.
FOR FONSI OR RROF
Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the program, projects and/or activities may submit written comments to Neighborhood Services Division at the City of Thornton as designated above. All comments received within 15 days of this notice, but not later than December 14, 2012 by 5:00 P.M., will be considered by the City of Thornton prior to authorizing submission of a RROF or FONSI to HUD. Comments should specify which RROF or FONSI Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Thornton certifies to HUD that Mr. Jack Ethredge in his capacity as City Manager, 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. HUD approval of the RROF and FONSI certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the City of Thornton to use allocated CDBG Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO THE
RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Thornton’s RROF and FONSI certifications 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 made on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Thornton; (b) the City of Thornton 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 has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before the approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency, acting pursuant to 40 CFR part 1504, has submitted a written finding that the program, project and/or activity is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures of 24 CFR Part 58 and shall be addressed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Region VIII Office, Attention: Field Environmental Officer, 25th Floor, 8ADE, 1670 Broadway Street, Colorado 80202-4801. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
CITY OF THORNTON, COLORADO
Jack Ethredge, City Manager
Published in the
November 29, 2012