Town of Richwood legal

EARLY NOTICE AND PUBLIC REVIEW OF A PROPOSED ACTION IN FLOODPLAINS AND WETLANDS

All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals

This is to give notice that the Town of Richwood is conducting an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and 11990, utilizing as a guideline procedures established in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain and Wetlands Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplains and wetlands will have on the human environment for the Town of Richwood’s FY 2017 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant for street improvements.

The Town of Richwood proposes to completely rehabilitate various existing residential streets which are in need of repair. At present, the streets are deteriorated and are subject to further deterioration due to the condition of the existing surfacing which allows water from rainfall to infiltrate into the street base through surface cracks causing the base to lose its integrity. After the street base loses its integrity, potholes develop, surfacing cracks and spalls off, and the road becomes a potential hazard to traffic. There is approximately 3,200 lineal feet of streets to be rehabilitated. All streets are serving residential areas. Streets to be rehabilitated are as follows: Honeysuckle Lane – from Highland to Brown and Washington Drive – from Dead End to Brown. The existing streets will be rehabilitated by scarifying, stabilizing, and compacting the existing surfacing and base, installing soil cement, and then installing a new asphaltic concrete surfacing over the reconstructed base, or by removing the existing surfacing, patching all base failures, and then installing a new asphaltic concrete surfacing over the existing and patched base. In addition, aggregate surface material should be placed along all shoulders of the improved roads to provide a safe transition area to natural ground. The construction of the above improvements will eliminate the potential hazards for traffic utilizing the streets under consideration, thereby effectively reducing the Town of Richwood’s liability for these areas.

There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in possible floodplains and 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. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains and wetlands 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 and wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Written comments must be received by the Town at the following address on or before March 17, 2018: Town of Richwood, 2710 Martin Luther King Drive, Richwood, Louisiana 71202, Attention: Honorable Gerald Brown, Mayor, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Comments may also be submitted via email at mayorbrown@townofrichwood.com.

Gerald Brown, Mayor
Environmental Certifying Officer
Town of Richwood