A Request to the Office of Community Renewal for the release of CDBG funds
On or about May 18, 2020 the Town of Franklin will submit a request to the Office of Community Renewal for the release of CDBG funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as a housing rehabilitation program for the purpose of rehabilitating an estimated 9 dwelling units in the Town of Franklin at an estimated cost of $450,000. These houses will be one family owner occupied homes, and the project will be undertaken on a scattered site basis.
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 offices of Town of Franklin, 7 Cold Brook Road, Vermontville, NY and will be made available to the public by requesting a copy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by518-891-2189. Arrangements will be made to provide the ERR by email or by regular mail. The ERR can also be accessed online by clicking here and at www.friendsofthenorthcountry.org
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Town Clerk’s Office, PO Box 209, 7 Cold Brook Road, Vermontville, NY12989. All comments received by May 15, 2020 will be considered by the Town of Franklin prior to submission of a request for release of funds.
RELEASE OF FUNDS
The Town of Franklin certifies to the Office of Community Renewal (OCR) that Dorothy Brown in her capacity as Supervisor 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 Office of Community Renewal’s acceptance of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and allows the Town of Franklin to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
The Office of Community Renewal will accept objections to its release of funds and the Town of Franklin’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 Town of Franklin; (b) the Town of Franklin 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 Office of Community Renewal; 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 OCR at Crystal.Loffler@nyshcr.org. Potential objectors should contact OCRINFO@nyshcr.org via email to verify the actual last day of the objection period