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:

City of Palm Coast

Project Title:

HMGP 4337-409 City of Palm Coast Manhole Dishes

Location of Proposed Work:

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

Section 11 - Indian Trails Neighborhood Section 20 - Pine Lakes Neighborhood Section 21 - Pine Lakes Neighborhood Section 27 - Pine Lakes Neighborhood Section 32 - Leigh Woods Neighborhood Section 57 - Seminole Woods Neighborhood Sections 81 - Woodlands Neighborhood

Linear Park Area - Palm Harbor Neighborhood

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The project consists of installing 526 properly sized stainless steel manhole dishes with neoprene gaskets and a gas relief valve in manholes at identified flood prone areas. The purpose of this project is to preclude inflow and infiltration of stormwater into the wastewater collection system and prevent the system exceeding its capacity causing sanitary sewer overflows

Project Alternatives:

The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) to dispatch tanker trucks that have the capability to vacuum out the wastewater system in advance of it exceeding its capacity and overflowing. The Utility has contracts with several trucking companies to provide this service during heavy rainfall events and storm (Tropical Storm/Hurricane) type events. The alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) if no action is taken, when flooding conditions exist where manholes are under water, the environment and citizens of Palm Coast face increased risk of stormwater inflowing into the sanitary sewer system resulting in sanitary sewer overflows in neighborhoods and possibly nearby bodies of water. Under Alternative 2) the cost to perform this action is very costly and may not preclude several manholes from experiencing excessive inflow of stormwater and prevent them from overflowing.

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 Recovery and Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100. These are due within 15 days of this notice (March 22nd 2019). 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:

Brian Matthews, Environmental Compliance Manager                               386-986-2353

City of Palm Coast                                                                                              BMatthews@palmcoastgov.com

  Kayla Born, State Environmental Specialist                                                  (850) 815-4582

  Florida Division of Emergency Management                                               Kayla.Born@em.myflorida.com