Town of Granite Quarry has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub- recipient.

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, and to provide a 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 and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

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.

Sub-Applicant: Town of Granite Quarry

Project Title: Centennial Park Nature Trail Repair

Location of Proposed Work:

Facility and Address: 301 East Bank St., Granite Quarry, NC 28146

Latitude: Start: 35.61952, End: 35.61487, Culvert: 35.615094

Longitude: Start: -80.44641, End: -80.44486, Culvert: -80.444688

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for repairs to the Town of Granite Quarry Centennial Park Nature Trail which is located in an AE Zone and overlap with the Floodway. Confirmation of location in an AE Zone and Floodway was determined by the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3710567800J. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work will take place in wetland classification R5UBH per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory. The actions will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by similar flooding events due to its location within an AE Zone. As such, measures have been identified to protect these facilities against future flooding events, as well as minimize the short-term and long-term impacts on the floodplain.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The Town of Granite Quarry plans to utilize contract labor and equipment for the following repairs to the Centennial Park Nature Trail: replace 3,992 cubic feet of gravel and base course soil along 0.75 miles of nature trail and replace 50 tons of rip-rap around a concrete box culvert in an area measuring 60 ft x 8 ft x 2 ft. All repairs restore the facility back to its pre- disaster design, function, and capacity within the existing footprint with in-kind materials. The Town of Granite Quarry has not yet identified a source to provide gravel and base course soil for replacement. A goal of this project is to minimize the impact of floods on human health, safety, or welfare, promote open-space use in the community, and increase the useful life of the structure or facility.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the Town of Granite Quarry. The Centennial Park Nature Trail functions as a crucially important social, cultural, economic, and recreational resource. Additionally, the trail promotes the natural and beneficial values served by the floodplain and promotes open-space use in the community.

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:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer FEMA Region 4
3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-00834 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 15 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: July 8, 2019

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