Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

To: All interested Agencies – Federal, State, and Local – Groups and Individuals

This is to give notice that the Town of Stanton under CFR 24 Part 58 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 Community Development Block Grant under B-19-DC-47-0001.  The proposed project is located in the Town of Stanton in Haywood County.  The Town of Stanton is planning to use grant funds to rehabilitate the Townís sewer system which is primarily contained in its city limits.   Grants funds will be utilized to conduct testing of the system and to replace approximately 3,000 linear feet of sewer line.  A small portion of this project may be located within a 100-year floodplain.   
The Town of Stanton 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 Town of Stantonís Sewer System Rehabilitation Plan will focus on line replacement/repair, data collection through monitoring the flows of each sewer basin, inspection of sewer mains and inspection of manholes.   The Town has received a letter from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation regarding the level of infiltration and inflow causing overflows and lagoon bypasses. A review of the situation has determined alternative solutions are limited and taking no action is not an option.  The line replacement could be repaired by pipe bursting or open cut.  Due to assumed failed joints, which are common in deteriorated clay pipe systems, methods such as slip lining are not a feasible option.  The open cut method will maintain the flow required for the collection system and would meet regulations and design criteria outlined in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Design Criteria Guidelines.   All mitigation measures will be taken to minimize any adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values.  The Town of Stanton will apply for any permits that may be required in order to minimize the impact to floodplains and/or wetlands.
The Town of Stanton has reevaluated the alternatives to working in the floodplain 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 inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reasons:  The project will eliminate infiltration and inflow currently experienced within the sewer system by limiting extraneous water from entering the system and bypasses from lagoons.  Therefore, this project will not have a negative impact on the environment. 
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains 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 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, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by the Town of Stanton at the following address on or before  Wednesay, February 26, 2020:  Town of Stanton, 8 Main Street, Stanton, TN  38089, and 731-548-2565 Attention:  Mayor Allan Sterbinsky.   Comments may also be submitted or further information can be requested via email at [email protected]  A full description of the project may also be reviewed from Monday through Friday 8:00am to 2:00pm at City Hall at 8 Main Street, Stanton, TN. 

February 19, 2020
Allan Sterbinsky, Mayor of Stanton

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