NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
January 5, 2018
City of Roanoke
215 Church Avenue, Room 208 North
Ann Billings, Lead Safe Program Manager (540) 853-5841
On or about January 16, 2018, the City of Roanoke will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant (LBPHC) funds authorized by Section 1011 of the Residential Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, 42 U.S.C. 4852) and funding is provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017 (Public Law 115-31), approved by May 5, 2017. The Healthy Homes Supplemental funding is authorized under Section 502 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C. 1701z-2). Funding was approved for the following multi-year program/project: January 16, 2018 – January 15, 2021 to Lead Safe Roanoke, for the purpose of addressing lead-based paint hazards and healthy home supplemental initiatives in homes located in the City of Roanoke. The City of Roanoke is requesting the release of $2,719,660.00 including $225,125 Healthy Homes Supplemental funds, which will be leveraged with $275,138.20 of local funds and in-kind contributions during the period of January 16, 2018 through January 15, 2021.
The proposed hazard control activities to be funded under this/these program(s) is/are categorically excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act requirements, but subject to compliance with some of the environmental laws and authorities listed at § 58.5 of 24 CFR Part 58. In accordance with §58.15, a tiered review process has been structured, whereby some environmental laws and authorities have been reviewed and studied for the intended target area(s) listed above. Other applicable environmental laws and authorities will be complied with, when individual projects are ripe for review. Specifically, the target area(s) has/have been studied and compliance with the following laws and authorities have been established in this Tier 1 review: Floodplain Management, Coastal Barriers Resource Act, and Coastal Zone Management Act. In the Tiered 2 review, compliance with the following environmental laws and authorities will take place for proposed projects funded under the program(s) listed above: Historic Preservation, National Flood Insurance Program requirements, Explosive & Flammable Operations, toxics/hazardous materials. Should individual aggregate projects exceed the threshold for categorical exclusion detailed at §58.35(a), an Environmental Assessment will be completed and a separate Finding of No Significant Impact and Request for Release of Funds published. Copies of the compliance documentation worksheets are available at the address below.
An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project, and more fully describes the tiered review process cited above, is on file at City of Roanoke, 215 Church Avenue, Room 208 North, Roanoke, Virginia, 24011, Lead Safe Roanoke, and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City’s Lead Safe Roanoke, Room 208 North, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S.W., Roanoke, Virginia 24011. All comments received by January 16, 2018, will be considered by City of Roanoke prior to authorizing submission of a Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification to HUD.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City certifies to HUD that Robert S. Cowell, Jr., in his official 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 approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the City of Roanoke to utilize federal funds and implement the Program.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the City of Roanoke certification for a period of fifteen days following either the anticipated submission date (cited above) or HUD’s actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if the objections are on one of the following bases: (a) that the Certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Roanoke; (b) the City of Roanoke has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the City of Roanoke has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; (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 may be addressed to HUD as follows: Karen M. Griego, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, Program Environmental Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 500 Gold Ave SW, 7th Floor, Suite 7301, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0906. Potential objectors may contact HUD directly to verify the actual last day of the objection/comment period.
City of Roanoke/Robert S. Cowell, Jr., City Manager