Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in the 100-Year Floodplain and Wetland
Date of Notice: November 23, 2022
Name of Responsible Entity: City of Vernon
Address: 2808 Yellow Jacket Drive
Vernon, FL 32462
Contact: Candice Hodges, City Clerk
Telephone Number: (850) 535-2444
To: All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals
This is to give notice that the City of Vernon has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection to determine the potential affect that the activity in the floodplain and/or wetland will have on the environment. The activity is funded by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program under subgrant agreement number M0107.
Service Area (SA) #1 Sanitary Sewer Collection System Hardening:
03J Sanitary Sewer Line Replacement: The City of Vernon has been awarded $1,674,622 of CDBG-DR funding to rehabilitate the City's Sanitary Sewer System. During the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, the City was without power for 9 consecutive days. The Sanitary Sewer System had to be manually operated using a limited number of portable generators. This not only caused the system to run at a limited capacity, but also posed a serious safety risk to City staff.
This project will rehabilitate multiple parts of the system. Permanent backup generators and bypass pumps will be installed at all 10 of the City's lift stations. In pursuance of the installations, land acquisitions will occur in compliance with URA and NEPA regulations.
Additionally, a system wide SCADA communication will be installed. This will allow City staff to operate parts of the system remotely as well as keep staff informed of any system failures for the earliest intervention. Finally, the City will utilize relocate and install 1,500 LF of Sanitary Sewer Force-main Line to realign the flow from a shallow manhole near the intersection of Dawkins Street and Sapp Avenue farther south toward a deeper manhole adjacent to the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The project will be constructed at the ten sanitary sewer lift stations located as follows:
Lift Station 1 (Spoolmill Rd) – Intersection of Spoolmill Road and Pinecrest Street.
Lift Station 2 – (Shady Grove) – 3249 Shady Grove Road.
Lift Station 3 (Spoolmill Dirt) – 3496 Spoolmill Road.
Lift Station 4 (Cook Circle) – 3374 Cook Circle
Lift Station 5 (Lazy Bone) – Lazy Bone Drive
Lift Station 6 (Roche Avenue) – 3693 Roche Avenue
Lift Station 7 (School) – 3193 Moss Hill Road
Lift Station 8 (Moss Hill) – 2989 County Road 279 (Moss Hill Road)
Lift Station 9 (Highway 79) – Main Street (Highway 79)
Lift Station 10 (Spray Field) – 2993 Holmes Valley Road
Activity CDBG Cost Local Match Total
03P Health Facility : $ 1,375,621.90 $ 0.00 $ 1,375,621.90
03I Engineering $ 211,269.00 $ 0.00 $ 211,269.00
21A Administration $ 87,731.10 $ 0.00 $ 87,731.10
& Project Delivery
Totals: $ 1,674,622.00 $ 0.00 $ 1,674,622.00
These activities will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reason:
While some of the proposed construction is in close proximity to the 100-year flood plain, none of the lift stations or force mains are actually located in the 100-year flood plain. With the exception of Lift Station Number Four, no portions of the project are located in a wetland. Lift Station Number Four is located in a Palustrine, Forested, Broad Leaved Evergreen, Deciduous Seasonally Flooded (PFO3/6C) wetland with approximately .00295684 acres of land that may be included in the construction area. The City of Vernon has evaluated alternatives to making the improvements to Lift Station Number Four where it resides within a PFO3/6C wetland. The City considered the following alternatives to conducting the work inside a wetland. One option considered was to relocate Lift Station Number Four eastward closer to Dawkins Street, however, the City determined that this option is not a practicable alternative as it would move the lift station into a Zone A Floodplain, would require the acquisition of an easement from the property owner and would incur unnecessary additional costs for relocating the entire lift station.
A second alternative option was considered that would relocate the lift station to a different site close by on the southwest portion of Cook Circle. While this option is not in a 100-year floodplain or wetland, relocating the lift station to this location would not be feasible as the City would be required to purchase a separate parcel of property in close proximity to the existing lift station that would work with the gravity flows of the existing system to properly operate and move the effluent the existing lift station is currently handling. This option was determined to be cost prohibitive and would likely cause delays in the project due to the Uniform Relocation steps required for the acquisition. Finally, the option of not addressing the work at Lift Station Four was considered and was found to minimize the intent of the project as all the other lift stations would be addressed, leaving Lift Station Four without emergency generator power during power outages and also excluding it from the SCADA telemetry network to work in concert with the
other wastewater collection system components that will be addressed by this project.
Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 and or 11990, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments.
Although a small portion of the project will be located in a wetland, the City believes that the current improvements cannot be relocated to any other location due to the scope of the project.
There is, therefore, no practicable alternative than to continue with the project.
The proposed improvements conform to applicable floodplain and wetlands protection standards. The proposed action will not affect natural or beneficial floodplain and/or wetland values, and residents of the community will benefit from the project.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and 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. Commenters are encouraged to offer alternative sites outside of the floodplains and or wetlands, alternative methods to serve the same project purpose, and
methods to minimize and mitigate impacts. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains and or wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts 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 and or wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by Candice Hodges, City Clerk at 2808 Yellow Jacket Drive, Vernon, FL 32462 and (850) 535-2444 on or before December 2, 2022. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday at 2808 Yellow Jacket Drive, Vernon, Florida. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Candice Hodges, City Clerk at (850) 535-2444. Comments may also be submitted by email to email@example.com .
Gary Owens, Mayor
Environmental Certifying Official
2808 Yellow Jacket Drive
Vernon, Florida 32462
Telephone Number (850) 535-2444
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