NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
October 13, 2020
Mercer County Board of Commissioners
Community Development Department
101 N. Main Street,
Celina, OH 45822
To All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals:
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Mercer County, including the City of Celina.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about, but not before, October 29, 2020, Mercer County will submit a request to the State of Ohio for the release of Federal funds under Section 104 (g) of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended; Section 288 of Title II of the Cranston Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA), as amended; and/or Title IV of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, as amended; to be used for the following project(s):
Mercer County PY2020 CDBG/HOME Community Housing Impact & Preservation Program (CHIP)
CDBG/HOME Grant Agreement # B-C-20-1BX-1 & B-C-20-1BX-2
TBRA - $20,000
Private Owner Rehabilitation - $430,000
Home/Building Repair - $180,000
CDBG/RLF Program Income $20,000
HOME Program Income $29,511
General Administration & Fair Housing $70,000
Home Owner Private Rehabilitation, Home/ Building Repair/TBRA
Mercer County and City of Celina, Ohio
Total Project Cost: $750,511
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
Mercer County has determined that the project(s) 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) which is available for review on Mercer County Community Development's website at https://mercercountyconnect.com/resources/public-notices/. The ERR may also be provided upon request electronically via email. Please submit your request by U.S. mail to 101 N. Main Street, Room 102, Celina, OH 45822 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Mercer County Commissioners/Community Development by U.S. mail or email at the addresses above. All comments received before October 29, 2020, will be considered by Mercer County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
The Mercer County Commissioners certify to the State of Ohio that Jerry Laffin in his capacity as Chairman of the County Commissioners 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 State of Ohio's approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Mercer County Commissioners to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
The State of Ohio will accept objections to its release of funds and the Mercer County'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 Mercer County Commissioners; (b) Mercer County 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 the State of Ohio; 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 Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Development at OCD@development.ohio.gov. Potential objectors should contact the State of Ohio to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Jerry Laffin, Chairman