Monday, November 21, 2022

November 21, 2022
City of Newport, Kentucky
998 Monmouth Street
Newport, Kentucky 41071 Telephone: 859-292-3666
On or about November 30, 2022, the City of Newport will submit a request to the Kentucky Department for Local Government for the release of CDBG-CV funds to undertake a project known as the Grand Towers Elevator Replacement Project for the purpose of replacing passenger elevators at Grand Towers, a 139 unit property which provides affordable rental housing for senior citizens. Total project cost is estimated to be $764,560, with all project funding coming from Community Development Block Grant COVID (CDBG-CV) funds. Grand Towers is located at 1359 North Grand Avenue, Newport, Kentucky.
All proposed project activities are either categorically excluded or exempt from review under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 and from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) documenting the environmental determinations for this project is on file at the Newport City Hall Customer Service Desk, 998 Monmouth Street, 2nd Floor, Newport, Kentucky and may be examined and copied during normal workdays from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm prevailing local time.
Any individual, group or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Thomas Fromme, City Manager, City Hall, 998 Monmouth Street, Newport, Kentucky. All comments received by 4:30 pm prevailing local time, November 29, 2022 will be considered by the City of Newport prior to submission of a request for release of funds.
The City of Newport certifies to the Kentucky Department for Local Government that Thomas Fromme in his official capacity as City 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 Kentucky Department for Local Government’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Newport to use program funds.
The Kentucky Department for Local Government will accept objections to release of funds and the City of Newport’s certification for a period of fifteen (15) 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 City of Newport; (b) the City of Newport has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the City of Newport or other participants in the development have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by the Kentucky Department for Local Government; 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 to release of funds must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures at 24 CFR Part 58 Section 58.76 and must be addressed to the Kentucky Department for Local Government, 100 Airport Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.
Potential objectors should contact the Kentucky Department for Local Government to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
Thomas Fromme, City Manager
Certifying Officer

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