The City is looking to use some of our Federal urban redevelopment funds to help pay for a new outdoor basketball court and in-line hockey court in Plum Creek Park. The new additions to the Park would be constructed in 2008. Since we’re using Federal dollars we have to advertise our intent to do the project, so I’ve gone ahead and copied the notice that is going out next week.
TO BE PUBLISHED ONCE IN THE RECORD COURIER AS A DISPLAY ADVERTISEMENT ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2007
COMBINED NOTICE TO PUBLIC OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:
On or about November 23, 2007, the City of Kent will request the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to release Federal funds under Title I of the Housing & Community Development Act of 1974 (PL93-383) for the following projects:
Activity and Location Amount
1. Project # 2005-06
Plum Creek Park Improvements
Corner of Cherry Street and Mogadore Road
FY2005 Funding & Reprogrammed Funds $60,039.79
Scope: Project will provide for the installation of a new basketball court / in-line hockey court and for the installation of new benches and a water fountain in the park.
Results of Environmental Review
An environmental review was conducted for these projects pursuant to 24 CFR 58.36. It has been determined that the proposed projects will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.
Environmental Review Record
An Environmental Review Record for the listed project has been prepared by the City of Kent. This file summarizes the environmental review for this project and more fully sets forth the reasons why the City has determined that there will be no significant impact to the human environment from this project.
The Environmental Review Record is on file at 930 Overholt Road, Kent, Ohio, and is available for public examination and copying upon request, at the Department of Community Development between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays. To supplement the review records for each activity, an additional evaluation will be conducted on site specific locations as they are determined.
Public Comments on Findings
All interested agencies, groups and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the City of Kent to the Department of Community Development at 930 Overholt Road, Kent, Ohio 44240 on or before November 22, 2007. All such comments so received will be considered and the City will not request the release of Federal funds prior to November 22, 2007.
Release of Funds
The City of Kent will undertake the projects described above with Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The City of Kent is certifying to HUD that the City of Kent and City Manager, Dave Ruller, in his official capacity as City Manager, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental responsibilities, decision making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is that upon its approval, the City of Kent may use the Block Grant funds, and HUD will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Objections to Release of Funds
HUD will accept an objection to its approval of the Release of Funds and acceptance of the certification only if it is on one of the two following basis:
(a) That the certification was not in fact executed by the chief executive officer or other official of applicant approved by HUD; or
(b) That the environmental review record for the project indicates omission of a required decision, finding, or step applicable to the projects in the environmental review process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedure (24 CFR Part 58), and may be addressed to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development at: 200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Objections to the release of funds on a basis other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD. HUD will not consider objections received more than 15 days after HUD receives the City’s request for release of funds.