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PUBLIC NOTICE - March 5, 2009

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COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND

INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

March 5, 2009

Hopkins County

118 Church Street

Sulphur Springs, TX  75482

(903) 438-4006

This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about March 20, 2009 Hopkins County will submit a request to the Office of Rural Community Affairs for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under the Section 104(f) of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended, to undertake a project known as water improvements, Contract #728046, for the purpose of providing first-time water services to six households by installing 6,100 linear feet of four-inch water line and gate valves, water meters, yard lines, and road boring located at County Road 1130 in the western part of the County.

FINDING OF NO SIGINIFICANT IMPACT

The County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on 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 County Courthouse and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the County Judge. The comment period begins March 5, 2009 and ends March 19, 2009.   All comments received by March 19, 2009 will be considered by the County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Commentors should specify which part of the Notice they are addressing.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The County certifies to the Office of Rural Community Affairs that Cletis Millsap in his capacity as County Judge 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 Office’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the County to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

The Office of Rural Community Affairs will consider objections to its release of funds and the County’s certification received by April 7, 2009 or a period of fifteen days from its 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 or other officer of the County approved by the Office;  (b) the County 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 project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the Office; 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) and shall be addressed to the Office of Rural Community Affairs at P.O. Box 12877, Austin, Texas 78711.  Potential objectors should contact the Office to verify the actual last day of objection period.  Cletis Millsap, County Judge.

 

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