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Grant Application - Public Notice of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL
PUBLIC NOTICE
06/08/2022

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding.  Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations. 

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions. 

Applicant:
Charlotte County 

Project Title:
HMGP-4486-034-R- Charlotte County Centennial Park Recreation Center, Generator

Location of Proposed Work:
The area affected by this project consists of homes in the following locations:

1120 Centennial Boulevard, Port Charlotte, Florida 33953

Proposed Work and Purpose:
Charlotte County Proposes to provide backup power to the new Centennial Park Recreation Center located at 1120 Centennial Boulevard, Port Charlotte, Florida 33953. Charlotte County shall purchase and install a new 500 Kw diesel generator, or the adequate size determined by the vendor and/or an electrical engineer during the bid process to appropriately support the critical facility. The project also includes an automatic transfer switch and all necessary electrical connections. The generator shall be installed on a concrete pad. The project also includes a 1,500 gallon above the ground tank. This critical facility serves a 3-mile radius in Northwest Charlotte County. It has 46,000 square feet of floor space and serves as the administrative arm of Community Services for the County. This space shall also function as a designated host shelter following a disaster event. As such, there is space for up to 1,150 persons for food and shelter as well as other emergency related functions following a disaster event. The generator ensures this facility is fully functional during and after a storm event in case of power outages. The generator(s) shall be protected against a 500-year flood event by implementing specific activities or by locating the generator(s) outside the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and shall be protected against wind with a rated enclosure based on its location requirements. Activities shall be completed in strict compliance with Federal, State and Local applicable Rules and Regulations.

Project Alternatives:
The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) A trailered generator of like power and specifications. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) Would leave the facility with no generator power and no added benefit is obtained. The facility would be used as a disaster recovery center, post storm shelter, point of distribution etc. and Alternative 2) would require the generator to be stored in a viable location, trailered to the facility if/when needed, and an employee able to hookup the generator to be available at moment notice. This alternative would be logistically harder to coordinate and ensure smooth transition than the stationary generator the project is requesting.

Comment Period:
Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project.  The comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bureau of Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100.  These are due within 15 days of this notice. The State will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed.  Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting: 

Local Contact/Title: Bradley Geelen
Agency: Charlotte County Emergency Management                   
Email Address: Emergency.management@charlottecountyfl.gov
Phone: 941-833-4000

Kayla Born, State Lead Environmental Specialist        (850) 815-4582
Florida Division of Emergency Management               Kayla.Born@em.myflorida.com

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