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

August 18, 2021

Village of Harrisonburg

P. O. Box 658

108 Sicily Street

Harrisonburg, Louisiana 71340

318-744-5794

**THIS NOTICE POSTED AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS ON THE ABOVE DATE**

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about September 8, 2021 the Village of Harrisonburg will submit a request to the Louisiana Division of Administration for the release of Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as FY 2020 LCDBG Public Facilities Program, the Village of Harrisonburg proposes to construct multiple potable water improvements to consolidate with the Enterprise Water System. The proposed project will physically connect

the two systems by installing a distribution line along LA Hwy 124, as well as construct necessary treatment, storage, and capacity improvements to support the consolidated system. The proposed project will consist of the following construction activities within the Project Area:

construct a new water production well, and abandon existing well(s); construct a new 40,000-gallon ground storage tank; construct water plant improvements including chlorination system upgrade, electrical, controls, plant piping, and pumps with buildings; rehabilitate or replace water storage tanks; construct approximately 9 miles of water distribution mains, and approximately 1 mile of raw water main; replacement/installation of meters for all water customers; and, construct all other associated items and necessary appurtenances with a complete water system consolidation, including but not limited to: required electrical utilities; clearing/grubbing, gravel, etc.; main line connections, valves, and boxes; and Scada System.

An 8-step process was conducted by the Village of Harrisonburg for determination for activities located in a 100-year floodplain and wetlands. In reevaluating the Alternatives, it has been determined that there are no practical alternatives to the proposed action. The proposed action has been identified as the preferred action and will be implemented.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

The Village of Harrisonburg 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 to the Village of Harrisonburg and may be examined or copied weekdays 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the Village of Harrisonburg.  All comments received by September 7, 2021 will be considered by the Village of Harrisonburg prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Commentors should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The Village of Harrisonburg certifies to the Division of Administration that Michael Tubre 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 Division of Administration approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Village of Harrisonburg to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

The Division of Administration will consider objections to its release of funds and the Village of Harrisonburg certification received by September 23, 2021 or a period of fifteen days from its 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 or other officer of the Village of Harrisonburg approved by the Division of Administration;  (b) the Village of Harrisonburg 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 the Division of Administration; 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 Division of Administration at P.O. Box 94095, Baton Rouge, La. 70804-9094.  Potential objectors should contact the Division of Administration to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Michael Tubre, Mayor