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June 29, 2012 - City of La Joya Public Notice

CITY OF LA JOYA

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

June 29, 2012

City of La Joya
101 N. Leo Avenue
La Joya, TX 78560
Tel: (956) 581-7002

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of La Joya.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about July 18, 2012, the City of La Joya will submit a request to the Texas General Land Office (GLO), Disaster Recovery Division (DR), Environmental Regulatory Officers, 301 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701, for the release of funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act enacted on September 30, 2008 (PL-110-329), for its Texas Community Development Block Grant Program for 2008 Supplemental Disaster Recovery Funds associated with Hurricanes Dolly and Ike, to undertake a project known as Street Improvements (GLO Contract No. 10-5089-000-5067, formally identified as TDRA Contract No. DRS010091). The City of La Joya proposes to use federal funds to remove approximately five hundred sixty-seven cubic yards (567 c.y.) of existing pavement and sub-grade, and place eight inches (8 in.) of caliche road base, two inch (2 in.) thick HMAC to reconstruct approximately four hundred seventy-three square yards (473 s.y.) of roadway, and install approximately seven hundred forty linear feet (740 l.f.) of curb and gutter. Construction shall take place along Peralez Martinez Street, commencing at 11th Street and going north. The City of La Joya is requesting the release of $405,865 of Federal assistance.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The City of La Joya 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 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at La Joya City Hall, 101 N. Leo Avenue, La Joya, TX 78560, and may be examined or copied weekdays, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., excluding holidays.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of La Joya, 101 N. Leo Avenue (P.O. Box H), La Joya, TX 78560. All comments received by July 17, 2012, will be considered by the City of La Joya prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The City of La Joya certifies to TDRA that J.A. “Fito” Salinas in his capacity as Mayor 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 TDRA approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the City of La Joya to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

The TDRA-DR Environmental Regulatory Officers will consider objections to its release of funds and the City of La Joya’s certification received by August 2, 2012, or for a period of fifteen days following 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 Certifying Officer of the City of La Joya; (b) the City of La Joya 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 TDRA; 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 Texas General Land Office, Disaster Recovery Division, Environmental Regulatory Officers, 301 Congress Avenue, Suite 600, Austin, Texas 78701. Potential objectors should contact the GLO-Environmental Regulatory Officers at (512) 447-5590 to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

J.A. “Fito” Salinas, Mayor, City of La Joya

Robert L. Chavira, Managing Member, Community Development Resources, LLC, GLO Environmental Service Provider

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