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NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT AND PUBLIC HEARING GADSDEN COUNTY GOVERNMENT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT AND PUBLIC HEARING
GADSDEN COUNTY GOVERNMENT

The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners is considering applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for Hurricane Michael Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery funds under the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Hurricane Michael General Infrastructure Repair Program was launched with $111 million in Round 1 funding for infrastructure restoration and improvement projects in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.

The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to address unmet disaster recovery needs related to damage and ongoing impacts from Hurricane Michael.

These funds for round 1 must be used for one of the following purposes:
1. Benefit low and moderate-income (LMI) persons; or
2. Demonstrate an urgent need in the community.

DEO will first consider LMI as the national objective for infrastructure projects. The urgent need national objective will only be used if the project is not LMI but is needed to alleviate emergency conditions. 

Eligible local governments and municipalities located in the areas that experienced Hurricane Michael storm damage are eligible to apply for funding. Program guidelines for the Rebuild Florida Hurricane Michael General Infrastructure Repair Program are available on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) website along with the Request for Applications. Additionally, a recorded webinar is available to provide general information on the program and application submission.

The State of Florida has allocated $111 million to the Rebuild Florida Hurricane Michael General Infrastructure Repair Program funded through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).

The goal of the program is to repair damage to infrastructure while mitigating against future damage to make the community more resilient.

Applications are due to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on or before November 30, 2020. Eligible activities include removal of debris and other damage, water and sewer facilities, repair to public facilities such as emergency community shelters, demolition, rehabilitation of publicly or privately owned commercial or industrial buildings, repair of homeless shelters and disaster shelter facilities, renourishment of dunes and/or dune restoration, economic revitalization which includes any CDBG-DR eligible activity that demonstrably restores and improves some aspect of the local economy. Additionally, projects must demonstrate damage tieback to Hurricane Michael and primarily serve LMI populations.

Gadsden County proposes applying for (5) projects primarily focused on the impacts from Hurricane Michael. The potential projects, in total, cost approximately $23.5 million as listed in the table below.

Project                        Description         National Objective          Cost
Multi-Purpose Complex Construct new facilities to include storm hardening Urgent Need $9 million 

Project                        Description         National Objective          Cost
Road Improvement Repair and upgrades to roads damaged by Hurricane Michael Urgent Need $2 million

Project                        Description         National Objective          Cost
EMS Updating and renovating EMS facilities Urgent Need $2 million

Project                        Description         National Objective          Cost
Hospital Updating and renovating hospital facilities Urgent Need $10 million

Project                        Description         National Objective          Cost
Radio Towers Construct and installation of Radio Towers and related site work Urgent Need $500,000

A draft application will be posted to the County’s website on November 16, 2020. Hard copies of the draft applications may be obtained upon request at the Gadsden County Administration Offices, 9 E Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL 32351. A public comment period to obtain citizen comments concerning the County’s intent to apply for these specific projects shall be open until 5:00 p.m. local time on November 29, 2020.

In addition, a public hearing will be held to solicit comments on November 19, 2020, at 6:00 pm in the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners Meeting Chambers, 9 E Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL 32351. Due to the restrictions on gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 virus, this meeting may be viewed by accessing the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/GadsdenCountyBOCC. Virtual meeting access details will be posted to the Gadsden County website, www.gadsdencountyfl.gov.

Anyone wishing to speak on agenda items or non-agenda items should schedule or notify the County Administrator's Office before attending the meeting and will be asked to follow the Gadsden County Public Meetings Citizens Access Guidelines. Also, Public comment for Commission meetings can be submitted via email to CitizensToBeHeard@gadsdencountyfl.gov until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Comments submitted after the deadline but prior to the meeting will be added to the official record, but the County cannot guarantee that Commissioners and staff will have adequate time to review comments prior to the meeting.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing assistance in obtaining any information from the County or virtually attending the public meeting should contact Gadsden County Public Information by calling 850-875-8671 or emailing media@gadsdencountyfl.gov at least two hours prior to the meeting. Any person requiring a special accommodation at this posting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the County Public Information Officer at lsteele@gadsdencountyfl.gov.

Gadsden County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and affirmatively furthers fair housing





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