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Posted on: July 7, 2023

[ARCHIVED] NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

Notice of No Significant Impact and Request to Release Funds

Posted Date:       July 7, 2023

Grantee Name:   Westmoreland County

Address:              40 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, 5th Floor, Ste 520, Greensburg PA 15601

Telephone:          724-830-3650

Email:                  [email protected]

 These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.  

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS

On or about July 28, 2023, Westmoreland County will submit a request to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93 383) (Act), as amended, to undertake the following projects:

CD 23-07: Derry Borough Street Reconstruction  This proposed project is to resurface East 2nd Street (from N. Chestnut street to the northern end Huston Street) and East 3rd Street (from the southern end cul-de-sac near SR 217 to the northern end) in Derry, Derry Township, PA. This is a low/mod area benefit. The project is to mill approximately 14,935 SY, 550 SY of soft spot repair, 14,935 SY of 1.5” wearing course and 825 tons of leveling course. The estimated CDBG FY2023 funding for this project is $275,779.00.

CD 23-11 Laurel Mountain Borough Water System Improvements This proposed project is to replace 8" water lines in Laurel Mountain Borough, PA. The residents that live on portions of White Oak Road, Locust Road, Dogwood Road and Red Oak Road benefit from this project and were income surveyed. The project includes 300 LF of 8" waterline with gate valves, 1,700 LF of 6" waterline with gate valves, 50 LF of service line, 10 curb boxes and connections, 2 connections to existing waterline, approximately 300 SY of road restoration and approximately 500 SY of yard restoration. The estimated FY2023 CDBG funding for this project is $286,300.00.

CD 23-12 Ligonier Township Water Line Replacement This proposed project is to replace the 475 LF of waterline starting at Deeds Road and crossing the Loyalhanna Creek. The residents that live here benefit from this project and were income surveyed. The 2-inch galvanized steel line was installed in the 1950's and needs replaced. The Ligonier Township Municipal Authority proposes to replace the 2" line with a 6-inch PVC line under the Loyalhanna Creek and add a new fire hydrant. The critical crossing over Loyalhanna creek will connect the water line to the water transmission main located on State Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) and will provide fire protection to Deeds Road. The project also includes earthwork with site clearing and grubbing, filter sock, pump water filter bag, stream crossing, rock construction entrance and wetland protection/restoration. 590SY of unpaved road will be resurfaced. Also, all pavement such as municipal roadway and approximately 70 SY of private drive will be restored to its original status. The LTMA will purchase materials for this project. This project will benefit the health and safety of the residents in this area. The estimated CDBG FY2023 funding for this project is $147,275.00.

CD 23-13 New Florence Borough Stormwater Improvements This proposed project is to replace the existing stormwater facilities in New Florence Borough that consists of deteriorating metal storm pipes as well as brick storm inlets that are collapsing. This is a low/mod area benefit. The deteriorating piping and inlets are unable to handle the runoff from large storm events causing flooding on the roadway as well as flooding from the roadway. The intersections that are proposed are Ligonier Street at the Railroad Underpass, 13th Street and Mulberry Street, 13th Street and Vine Street, Osborne Street and the intersections at Mulberry Street and 17th Street and at 136 15th Street. Approximately 15 inlets will be replaced with pre-cast concrete inlets and 240 LF of 18" HOPE pipes will be replaced and connected. 70LF of 12" trench drains will be added on Ligonier Street. Asphalt restoration will be done in the areas of construction. The estimated FY2023 CDBG funding for this project is $226,840.00.

CD 23-16 Unity Township Street Reconstruction The proposed project is in the Baggaley area of Unity Township, PA.  This is a low/mod income block group.  The streets are deteriorating and in need of repair.  The streets included are Karnes Avenue (right over the bridge) to Puritan Avenue, Baggaley Avenue from Karns Avenue to the end, Manor Avenue, Ralph Alley, Spring Street and Puritan Avenue.   The streets will be milled approximately 14,440 SY, 150 SY of soft spot repairs, 200 tons of gravel/stone for pull off areas, 800 tons of leveling course, 14,440 SY of 1 ½” wearing course and 1,000 LF of bituminous asphalt wedge curb.  This estimated FY2023 CDBG funding for this project is $270,800.00.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

Westmoreland County has determined that the projects 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 Westmoreland County’s Department of Planning and Development, 40 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, 5th Floor, Ste. 520, Greensburg PA 15601; and may be examined or copied weekdays M-F, 8 A.M to 4 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development, 40 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, 5th Floor, Ste 520, Greensburg PA 15601. They may also email Janet (Thomas) Parker, Deputy Director at [email protected].  All comments received by July 27, 2023 will be considered by Westmoreland County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION

Westmoreland County certifies to HUD that Sean Kertes in his capacity as Chairman of the Westmoreland County Board of 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. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows Westmoreland County to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and Westmoreland County’s certification for a period of eighteen (18) days following the anticipated submission date of July 28, 2023, 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 Westmoreland County (b) the Responsible Entity 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 the Pittsburgh Field Office CPD Director, Phillip E. McKeough via e-mail:  [email protected] or phone: (412) 644-5846.  Potential objectors should contact the Pittsburgh HUD Office via email or phone to verify the actual last day of the objection period. 

Sean Kertes, Chairman, Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners





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