Posted: June 10, 2016
Rapid City
Agenda Item Summary

Agenda Item Ref. #: LF061516-03

Agenda Item Title:

Authorize Mayor to sign the Request for Release of Funds and Certification for Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity’s Environmental Assessment.

Origination Group:
Legal & Finance Committee
Origination Meeting Date:
06/15/2016
City Council Hearing Date:
06/20/2016
Staff Contact:
Barbara Garcia
Agenda Item Summary:
Staff is seeking the authorization for the Mayor to sign the Request for Release of Funds and Certification. Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity was awarded $274,703.00 for FY 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. With the awarded funds an environmental assessment must be conducted before the project can be started. The Community Development staff has completed the environmental assessment and there are no significant findings or impact. Once the determination has been made of no significant findings or impact a public notice must be published and comments are available to receive for 15 days. One comment was received from Linda Edel with Western South Dakota Community Action office about the Garfield School building that is adjacent to the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity’s property. Linda questioned if the school buildings existing windows had lead based paint on them, and if so when the windows were removed were there any precautionary measures taken to protect the soil from lead paint chips. Since this information was not available a lead test was completed on the surrounding soils on Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity’s property. Test results came back that the trace levels of lead in the soil are below EPA Standards, no adverse effects. Environmental Review conclusion shows no adverse effects from any environmental concerns. Housing and Urban Development requires a Request for Release of Funds and Certification to be signed by the Mayor as Certifying Officer of the City of Rapid City.

Funding Source & Fiscal Impact (if applicable):

Funding Cost Center
Community Development Block Grant Funds of $274,703

Recommendations:

Origination Recommendation Action:
Approve
Origination Recommendation Notes:
Approval for the Request to Release of Funds and Certification for Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity’s CDBG Environmental Assessment and authorizes the Mayor to sign the release.

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