NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
September 13, 2017
City of Waukegan, Community Development Block Grant Department
100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085
On or about September 29, 2017, the City of Waukegan will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, to undertake a project known as 2017 Housing Rehabilitation Program for income qualified homeowners to be determined in the City of Waukegan. The City will utilize $173,720.00 of its 2017 allocation to fund this program.
The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 Code of Federal Reguations (CFR) Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements or alternative. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the Community Development Block Grant Department at the City of Waukegan located at 100 North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085. The ERR can also be viewed at our Block Grant Section under Block Grant and may be examined or copied weekdays 8am to 5pm and at Environmental Review Records online.
TIERED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
In accordance with 24 CFR §58.15, for the 2017 Housing Rehabilitation Program, the City has complied with the following related laws and authorities as part of Tier I of the ERR: Coastal Barrier Resources Act, Clean Air Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Explosive and Flammable Hazards, Farmland Protection Policy Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Tier II of the ERR will address the following related laws and authorities for each individual property: Clear Zones and Accident Potential Zones, Flood Disaster Protection, Contamination and Toxic Substances, Floodplain Management, Historic Preservation, Noise Abatement, Wetlands and Environmental Justice.
If findings are determined as a result of the site specific reviews in Tier II that will not be corrected for that site, it will treated as a separate project and a separate ERR will be completed for the site.
If no findings or findings that will be mitigated during construction on a specific site are determined the project will proceed without further notice to the public.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Pamela Jeffries, Compliance Coordinator, City of Waukegan. Mrs. Jeffries can be reached at the address above, by telephone at 847-599-2530 or via email . All comments received by September 29, 2017 will be considered by the City of Waukegan Community Development Block Grant Department prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.
The City of Waukegan Community Development Block Grant Department certifies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Samuel Cunningham 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. HUD's approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Waukegan to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of fund and the RE's certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or 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 Waukegan; (b) the RE 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 development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; 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, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD Chicago Field Office at 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.