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FONSI Notice & Notice of Request to Release Funds
August 22, 2013: The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development gives notice that it will submit a request for release of grant funds and an environmental certification pertaining thereto to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on or about September 10, 2013. The request and certification relate to the following activities (view PDF):
Notice to Public of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Environment and Notice of Intent to Request for Release of Funds
Washtenaw County has prepared an Environmental Review Record for the aforementioned projects and has determined and gives notice that the projects and the request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and accordingly, Washtenaw County has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (PL 91-190). The reasons for such decision not to prepare such Statement are as follows:
The projects and activities proposed are not of sufficient size, scale, or mass and do not exceed the threshold criteria established for the preparation of a statement; the adverse impacts on the physical or natural environment are negligible and other impacts are beneficial; the projects will make no significant increased demand on public services and will create no pollution impacts; the extent of any environmental impact of the activities and projects, whether beneficial or adverse are such that there will be no significant effect on the environment. An Environmental Review Record of the described activities has been made by Washtenaw County, which documents the environmental review of the activities and projects and more fully sets forth the reasons why such Statement is not required. Each project is identified as exempt, categorically excluded or environmentally assessed. This Environmental Review Record is on file in the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, 110 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48107, and is available for public examination and copying, upon request during the weekday hours of 8:30 AM to 5PM. No further environmental review of activities is proposed to be conducted, prior to the release of Federal funds.
Public Comments on Findings: All interested agencies, groups and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development. Such written comments should be received at the address listed above on or before September 6, 2013. All such comments so received will be considered and the County will not request the release of Federal funds or take any administrative action on the described activities prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence.
Release of Funds: Washtenaw County will undertake the activities described in this notice with Home Investment Partnership Program, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Community Development Block Grant funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 and Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 as amended, respectively. Washtenaw County is certifying to HUD that the Washtenaw County and Verna J. McDaniel in her official capacity as County Administrator; consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision-making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is that upon its approval, Washtenaw County may use the funds, and HUD will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Objections to the 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 following bases:
a) That the certification was not in fact executed by the chief executive officer or other officer of applicant approved by HUD; or
b) that applicant's environmental review record for the project indicates omission of a required decision, finding, or step applicable to the project 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 HUD at its Area Office, 15th Floor, Patrick V. McNamara Building, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226. No objection received after September 25, 2013 will be considered by HUD.
Verna J. McDaniel, County Administrator
220 N. Main
P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 4810720142