These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the Town of Hardwick.
Request for Release of Funds
On or about January 9, 2021, the Town of Hardwick will submit a request to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (the Agency) to release the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383), the National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Jeudevine Library Expansion Project for the purpose of making the public library fully accessible to the public. The project is located at 93 North Main Street. The total estimated cost of the project is $1.69 million, of which approximately $157,000 is from the USDA-RD program, $24,000 in Vermont Arts Council funding, $550,000 in public taxpayer funds, $869,000 in private gifts and bequests, and $100,000 in CDBG funding.
Finding of No Significant Impact
The Town of Hardwick 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 the municipal office of the Town of Hardwick at 20 Church Street and may be examined or copied on Mon-Fri from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Town of Hardwick, Attn: Shaun Fielder, Hardwick Town Manager. All comments received by January 22, 2020 will be considered by the Town of Hardwick prior to authorizing the submission of a request for release of funds. Comments must specify which Notice they are addressing—the Finding of No Significant Impact or the Request for the Release of Funds.
The Town of Hardwick is certifying to the Agency that Shaun Fielder, in his official capacity as Hardwick Town Manager, 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 Agency’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Town of Hardwick to use the CDBG funds.
Objections to Release of Funds
The Agency will accept objections to its release of funds and the Town of Hardwick’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, Shaun Fielder; (b) the Town 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 Agency; 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 the Attn: James Brady, Environmental Officer, Agency of Commerce and Community Development, One National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier, Vermont 05620. Potential objectors should contact the Agency to verify the actual last date of the objection period.