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Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (ROF)
On or about October 12, 2017 the City of Texas City will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant Funds in the amount of $353,153, under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake the following projects known as Tiered Housing Rehabilitation for the purpose of providing for single-family, owner-occupied residential structures / to assist approximately five (5) low-moderate income homeowners citywide with minor and emergency code related repairs; Tiered Demolition/Clearance of properties for the demolition of approximately twenty (20) vacant, dilapidated and condemned structures on a spot basis city-wide; and the Reconstruction of one (1) single-family, owner-occupied residential structure of a low-moderate income homeowner. In Programs using tiered reviews the city will not commit funds to a specific activity until after the site-specific review is complete.
The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the Office of Community Development 928-5th Ave N Texas City, Texas 77590 and may be examined or copied weekdays Monday thru Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Office of Community Development the designated office responsible for receiving and responding to comments. All comments received by October 18, 2017 will be considered by the City of Texas City prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Texas City certifies to HUD that Matthew T. Doyle, in his official 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. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the City of Texas City to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will consider objections to its release of funds and the City of Texas City’s certification received by November 2, 2017, or for a period of fifteen (15) 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 Texas City; (b) the City of Texas City has omitted a step or failed to make a decision of 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 CRF Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting to 40 CRF 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 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, CPD Office, ATTN: Stacia Johnson, 1301 Fannin St,. Suite # 2200, Houston, Texas 77002. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
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