September 5, 2019
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT and NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
Town of Fairhaven, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719
Contact Person: Charles K. Murphy, Sr., Environmental Certifying Officer
Telephone:(508) 979-4023 Ext. 2
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS, AND PERSONS:
On or about September 24, 2019, the Town of Fairhaven will submit a request to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383) as amended for the purpose of the following FY19 CDF-1 project:
Hedge Street Infrastructure Improvement Project, Phase 2:
The project will undertake the reconstruction of 525 LF of Hedge Street between Cherry Street and Main Street. The project includes full-depth reconstruction of 525 LF of roadway; replacement of 738 LF of sidewalk and 272 LF of driveway aprons and wheelchair ramps; replacement of 747 LF of curbing; replacement of 420 LF of sanitary sewer main; and installation of a new road drainage system consisting of 210 LF of PVC piping, 1 manhole and 2 catch basins. Two street trees will also be replaced. The project will replace and repair infrastructure within a project area in Fairhaven’s Anthony School Neighborhood Target Area, which is designated as a slum and blight area.
The project also involves construction oversight and general administrative activities (all exempt CFR 58.34 (a) (3)).
Estimated cost: $456,565 for construction, engineering, construction oversight; $3,995 for program delivery.
It is subject to HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58.36 and an Environmental Assessment.
The project involves engineering, program delivery expenses and general administrative activities (all exempt 24 CFR 58.34(a) (3)).
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT: The Town of Fairhaven has determined that the Hedge Street Infrastructure Improvement Project, Phase 2, 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 information for this project is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Office of Planning & Economic Development, Town Hall, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA and may be examined or copied between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Fairhaven Selectmen’s Office at the above address. All comments received by September 23, 2019, will be considered by the Town of Fairhaven prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS: The Town of Fairhaven is certifying to the Commonwealth that Charles K. Murphy, Sr., in his capacity as the Environmental Certifying Officer, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The Commonwealth’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under the NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Town of Fairhaven to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS: The Commonwealth will accept objections to its release of funds and the Town of Fairhaven’s 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 Town of Fairhaven;
b) The Town of Fairhaven 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 the Commonwealth; 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 procedure (24 CFR Part 58.76), and shall be addressed to the Mass. Small Cites Program, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300, Boston MA 02114. Potential objectors should contact DHCD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Signed: Charles K. Murphy, Sr., Environmental Certifying Officer, Town of Fairhaven, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719
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