Correctionville Notice of Proposed Activity in Floodplain or Wetland

City of Correctionville
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
AND NOTICE OF PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A FLOODPLAIN OR WETLAND

Date of Publication: June 10, 2021
City of Correctionville
312 Driftwood Street
Correctionville, IA 51016
712-372-4791

These notices shall satisfy separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Correctionville.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or after June 28, 2021 the City of Correctionville will submit a request to the State of Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds under TITLE 1 of the HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1974, as amended (P.L. 97-35) to undertake the following project:

Project Title: Correctionville CDBG Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project

Purpose: The purpose for the Correctionville Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project is to address the City’s sanitary sewer force main which has become unreliable and has resulted in several breaks, increasing the City’s operational costs and significantly increasing the potential for a significant environmental disaster.

Location: The project activities will take place at two locations within the City, and just outside of the City limits. The force main portion of the work will be located along County HWY L36 and then through an existing easement in a field to the City’s wastewater treatment facility. The CIPP lining for connection points will be located in a small two to three block area on Hackberry Street, Correctionville, Woodbury County, Iowa.
Estimated Cost: CDBG Funding = $300,000.00 Total Project Cost = $633,295.00

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The City of Correctionville 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 City of Correctionville, 312 Driftwood Street, and may be examined or copied weekdays 7:30 A.M to 4:30 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Correctionville, City Clerk. All comments received by June 27, 2021 will be considered by the City of Correctionville prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.
Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

RELEASE OF FUNDS
The City of Correctionville certifies to Iowa Economic Development Authority that Nathan Heilman 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. Iowa Economic Development Authority’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Correctionville to use HUD program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
The Iowa Economic Development Authority will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Correctionville’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 basis: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Correctionville; (b) the City of Correctionville 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 Iowa Economic Development Authority; 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 Iowa Economic Development Authority at 1963 Bell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315. Potential objectors should contact the Iowa Economic Development Authority to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

FINAL NOTICE AND PUBLIC EXPLANATION OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN A FLOODPLAIN OR WETLAND
This is to give notice that the City of Correctionville has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and wetland will have on the human environment for a CDBG Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project (#21-WS-001).
The project involves the construction of a new force main from the City’s main lift station to the wastewater treatment plant and the lining of connection points along a two to three block stretch of Hackberry Street. The City of Correctionville has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values:

The project is a result of the City’s sanitary sewer force main which has become unreliable and has resulted in several breaks which has increased the City’s operational costs and significantly increased the potential for a significant environmental disaster.
Because this is the replacement of an existing sanitary sewer force main between a developed community and an established wastewater treatment plant, the number of options available to the City are limited.

The City did, however, consider the following alternatives:
• Do Nothing Alternative. The City considered an alternative of doing nothing with the existing force main; however, this option was eliminated due to the high probability of significant loss of sanitary sewer service and environmental hazards that can result from increased and significant breaks within the force main. Additionally, the cost of repairing the main, ranging between $3,000 and $6,000 per repair is becoming an increasing strain on the City’s annual operational budget as the number of breaks increases over time.

• CIPP Lining Alternative. Cured in-place lining is a great alternative for extending the life of sanitary sewer mains when caught before significant failure has occurred. As the City’s project engineer reviewed the breaks that have occurred over since the force main was installed in 2000, they have determined that the breaks are a result of two primary issues: faulty pipe material and pipe installation methods. CIPP lining is not likely to have the long-term benefits that would be typically seen due to these existing issues.

Based on a review of the alternatives available, the project engineer and the City have determined that the best long-term solution for the users of the City’s sanitary sewer system is the replacement of the force main with modern materials and proper installation.

There are no practicable alternatives to locating the project in a floodplain and wetlands.

A portion (less than 1 acre) of the project is located within a 100-year floodplain. Given the need for upgrade of infrastructure in this area, the existing infrastructure needs to be addressed in place and floodplain cannot be avoided.

The City of Correctionville has reevaluated alternatives to the project and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990, are available for public review upon request via U.S. mail or email at addresses delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment as only a small portion of the project is located within the floodplain. All required flood plain and/or wetland permits will be secured prior to the start of construction.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains or wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains and wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains or wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by the City of Correctionville at the following address on or before June 27, 2021: City of Correctionville, 312 Driftwood Street, and 712-372-4791, Attention: Carla Mathers, City Clerk or [email protected] A full description of the project may also be reviewed at City Hall (address above) from 7:30 A.M to 4:30 P.M., Monday – Friday.

Nathan Heilman, Mayor – City of Correctionville

Published in The Record
Thursday, June 10, 2021

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