NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST A RELEASE OF FUNDS

September 24, 2020
City of Auburn, Community Development Division
400 Boykin Street
Auburn, AL 36832
334-501-7280
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Auburn.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about October 13, 2020, the City of Auburn will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of Federal funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Byrd Street Project for the purpose of a street resurfacing in a low to moderate-income area. $103,106 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be allocated to the Byrd Street Resurfacing project. The proposed project is located on Byrd Street, Auburn, AL.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of Auburn 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 1963 (NEPA) is not required. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at 400 Boykin Street Auburn AL. The ERR is a public record that is available for review and may be examined or copied weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Community Development Director at the above address. All comments received by October 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. will be considered by Community Development prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

The City of Auburn certifies to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that James C. Buston, III, 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’s acceptance of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the City of Auburn to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Auburn’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 City Manager of the City of Auburn; (b) the City of Auburn 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 incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of 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) and shall be addressed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Planning and Development Department, Attn: Community

Planning Director, Alabama State Office, Medical Forum Building, Suite 900, 950 22nd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203. should contact HUD at (205) 731-2630 to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Potential objectors

James C. Buston, III, City Manager 144 Tichenor Avenue, Suite 1 Auburn, AL 36830

The Villager September 24, 2020

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