Combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and
Notice of Intent to Request a Release of Funds
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
PO Box 157
Walterboro, SC 29488
These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Colleton County.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about August 18, 2020, Colleton County will submit a request to the SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division for the release of CDBG funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as the “Colleton County Floyd Buckner Building Demolition Project” where Colleton County proposes to use funds to demolish a building that was destroyed by an EF-1 tornado that came through Walterboro on April 13, 2020. The site is in downtown Walterboro and was vacant prior to the storm. The structural integrity of the 20,000 sq. ft brick, concrete and metal building was compromised, and it became an attractive nuisance and hazard to the community. The front side is adjacent to the sidewalk on Jefferies Blvd. and West Washington Street. The back side is tall and in danger of collapsing.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
Colleton County 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 Colleton County Administration Office, 109 Benson Street, Walterboro, SC and may be examined or copied weekdays 9A.M to 5P.M.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Colleton County, 109 Benson Street, Walterboro, SC , (843) 549-5221, Attention: Kevin Griffin, Administrator and it may be examined or copied weekdays 9A.M to 5P.M. All comments received by August 17, 2020 will be considered by Colleton County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
Colleton County certifies to SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division that Kevin Griffin in his capacity as County Administrator 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 SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows Colleton County to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
The SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division will accept objections to its release of funds and the County’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 Colleton County; (b) the County 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 Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division; 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 SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division at 1201 Main Street, Suite 1600, Columbia, SC, 29201. Potential objectors should contact SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
J. Kevin Griffin, County Administrator