Details for FONSI and RROF - CV1 & CV3

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI) AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (RROF) These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Dothan. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about October 14, 2021, the City of Dothan will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for the release of CARES Act CDBG-CV (CV-1 & CV-3) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (PL 93-383), to undertake projects in the amounts set forth below for the purposes stated. The projects to be funded are in response to the Presidentially declared COVID-19 pandemic with an expedited request for funds to coincide with the 15-day public comment period. For all the programs listed below, the following environmental review conclusion is that all these activities are either Exempt or Categorically Excluded Not Subject to 24 CFR Part 58.5 (CENST) and converted to Exempt pursuant to 24 CFR Part 58.34: Legal Services Alabama Inc. / $50,000 / Prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus to include providing civil legal services to citizens of Dothan to combat homelessness resulting from the coronavirus, offering representation to residents facing emergency housing issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging (SARCOA) / $45,772 / Public services to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus with activities to provide support for the nutritional needs of low income elderly and disabled individuals being affected by COVID-19 public health instructions to isolate, quarantine, or limit exposure to others. The following activities are Categorically Excluded Subject to 24 CFR Part 58.5 (CEST): Dothan Housing Authority (DHA) / $250,000.00 / Public Facilities to focus on improvements to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus to include the rehabilitation of the Montana School Neighborhood Facility, specifically to include the installation of air filtration for controlled air flow exchange, strategic body temperature devices, space separation in re-purposed classrooms to business offices and restrooms, cleaning of the existing HVAC system's filtration and cleaning. Dothan Housing Authority (DHA) / $100,000.00 / Additional funds added to the above rehabilitation project of the former Montana School building. Alfred Saliba Family Services Center / $100,000.00 / HVAC installation with air purifier, protective plexiglass barriers, touchless hand sanitizer stations, touchless faucets hand dryers, automatic doors at Lafayette St., and Main St. locations. The Salvation Army / $65,522.75 / HVAC-BLDG Renovations are essential to respond to the imminent threat to public health from COVID-19. The improvements include replacing the current HVAC with an air purifier, adapting bathroom facilities to touchless hands-free fixtures, replacing current lighting with LED and hands-free motion sensor "smart lighting", painting, updating signage, purchasing a forklift, and installing an insulated roll-up door with keyless entry. Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity / $20,000.00 / Funding for critical home repairs for coronavirus patients; the homes need repair to provide safe shelter and hygiene for residents. Critical home repairs are made to homes based on household income, owner occupancy, and need. Project includes critical repairs to homes, including roof repair, electrical, plumbing, heating/cooling, and insulation. Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity / $13,419.25 / Building improvements to the Re-Store operation that are designed to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus, specifically to upgrade five bathrooms to hard-wired, touchless toilets, sinks and paper towel holders, upgrade the air-conditioning system to install Ion Generators to improve circulation and indoor air quality. FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT The City of Dothan has determined that the projects that are either exempt pursuant to HUD regulation 24 CFR Part 85,34 or are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per the specific regulations cited above. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for these projects is on file at the City of Dothan and will be made available for review either electronically or by U.S. Mail. Please submit your request by U.S. Mail to Kelly Mierkowski, CDBG Program Administrator, 126 North St. Andrews Street, Dothan AL 36303, or by email to kmierkowsk@dothan.org. The ERR can also be accessed online at the following website: https://www.dothan.org/741/Documents-for-Public-Review-and-Comment. PUBLIC COMMENTS The funds being requested are needed on an emergency basis due to the declared emergency. The public comment and objection periods have been combined into one 15-day comment period so all comments should be submitted to both HUD and the City of Dothan. Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to both the City of Dothan, Planning and Development Department, Community Development Division, and HUD. Please submit comments to the City of Dothan, by U.S. Mail to Kelly Mierkowski, CDBG Program Administrator, 126 North St. Andrews Street, Dothan, AL 36303 or by email at kmierkowsk@dothan.org. All comments received by October 29, 2021 will be considered by the City of Dothan. If after the 15-day comment period ends, no comments are received, or all comments received have been resolved, HUD may issue the Authority to Use Grant Funds authorizing the release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing. ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION The City of Dothan certifies to HUD that Mark Saliba in his 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. HUD's approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Dothan to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Dothan's certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date at the time the City of Dothan publishes this notice or HUD's 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 Dothan; (b) the City of Dothan 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, or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before 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 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 the Birmingham Field Office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Planning and Development (CPD) via email at CPD_COVID-19OEE-BHM@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact HUD via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Honorable Mark Saliba Mayor, City of Dothan 126 North St. Andrews Street Dothan, AL 36303

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