NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
December 15, 2022
Name of Responsible Entity: City of Chattahoochee
Address Post Office Box 188
Chattahoochee, FL 32324
Telephone Number 850-663-4475
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Chattahoochee.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about January 3, 2023, the City of Chattahoochee will submit a request to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project to accept a donation of the Old Southside School located at 852 Lincoln Dr., Chattahoochee, and convert the site into a Senior Center. The City has received CDBG-COVID grant 22CV-S01, in an amount of $3,789,000, which will fund the Senior Center construction (rehab/remodeling the building, paved parking and walkways, stormwater drainage/retention, and limited landscaping/signage) as well as architecture/engineering services and administration.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City 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 Manager’s office, 115 Lincoln Dr., Chattahoochee, Florida 32324 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. Requests for PDF format documents may be emailed to Robert Presnell, City Manager, RPresnell@chattahoocheefl.gov.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City Manager (see above contact). All comments must be received by December 30, 2022. Comments will be considered prior to the City requesting a release of funds. Comments should specify which notice they are addressing.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Chattahoochee certifies to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the US Dept. of HUD that Amy Glass, 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. The State’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City to use the CDBG funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
DEO will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Chattahoochee’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 City of Chattahoochee; (b) the City 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 approval of a release of funds by the State; 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 at 24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76 and shall be addressed to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CDBG Program, MSC-400, 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-6508. Potential objectors should contact the City to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Amy Glass, Mayor, City of Chattahoochee Certifying Officer