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Combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and

Notice of Intent to Request a Release of Funds

 

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NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNFICANT IMPACT AND
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

11/25/2019 

Colleton County

PO Box 157

Walterboro, SC 29488

(843) 549-5221

  

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Colleton County.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS 

On or about December 16, 2019, Colleton County will submit a request to the SC Department of Commerce/Grants Administration Division for the release of CDBG funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake a project known as the Colleton County Project with a total of $550,000 including $500,000 CDBG funds where the County proposes to use funding to upgrade the water lines in the identified neighborhood. The primary activity with this project is to replace the old, small water lines with larger water lines and add fire hydrants. Approximately 7,001 LF of new 6” water line will replace the existing small water line to connect the water line to provide a looping effect and improve water pressure and flow to allow for installing fire hydrants to cover the area with better fire protection. Additionally, the project will include the installation of 5 new fire hydrants, 12 new gate valves, replacement of all service assemblies, and looped interconnections to an existing 12-inch water main, an existing 8-inch water main, and an existing 6-inch water main.  The looping improves flow capabilities, reduces pressure losses, and helps to maintain fresh water.

 

Proposed 6-inch water main along Live Oak Street will cross wetlands depicted on the USFWS National Wetlands Inventory Maps beginning approximately 1,135 south of Live Oak Street’s intersection with Barracada Road.  The crossing is proposed to be made by the directional drill method using fused HDPE pipe extending approximately 300 feet southward in a manner such that there will be no impacts to these wetlands.  Both the entry point and the exit point will be positioned outside the boundaries of the wetlands.  Directional drilling of utility pipelines has now advanced to the point that such wetlands crossings need not be designed with one continuous arc but rather can be turned as needed to extend under streams and associated wetlands such as Shereau Branch without having to go excessively deep.  This will allow the design to proceed such that there will be a minimum of 4 feet of earth cover, but not so deep that access is restricted if a leak or rupture were to occur.  A wetlands crossing in this manner would be allowed by the US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit #12-Utility Line Activities and would not require the submittal of a Pre-Construction Notification.

Since there are no wetlands within the right-of-way of Barracada Road and the water mainalong that road is proposed to be completely within that right-of-way, there will be no water mains crossing wetlands along that road.

The design of the proposed project will incorporate the use of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) particularly as it relates to sediment/erosion control and the protection of the wetlands to be crossed.

 

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

Colleton County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Colleton County Administration Office, 109 Benson Street, Walterboro, SC and may be examined or copied weekdays 9A.M to 5P.M.

Municipal Planning Commission

Section 10.4 Planning Commission (MPC)

10.4.1 Membership

Membership of the Walterboro Planning Commission shall be as follows:

A. The Commission shall be composed of five (5) citizens of the City of Walterboro.

B. All members shall bee appointed to three year staggered terms by the city Council, and after that time until their  successors are appointed.

C. A vacancy in the membership must be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of City Council.

D. The City may remove any member of the Commission for cause.  The existence of cause shall be discussed by the Council in executive session as permitted by the Freedom of Information Act, SC Code §30-4-70 (a) (1), and the determination of removal shall be by vote in public session declaring a vacancy in the position without a statement of cause.  Any fact, which in the discretion of the Council, is deemed to adversely affect the public interest, including lack of attendance at meetings, may constitute cause.

E. None of the members shall hold any elected public office or position in the City or Colleton County. 

10.4.2 Procedures

Procedures of the Walterboro Planning Commission shall be as follows:

A. The Commission shall elect one of its members chairman, who shall serve for two years or until (s)he is re-elected or his successor is elected and qualified. 

B. The Commission shall appoint a secretary who may be an officer of the City.

C. The Commission shall adopt rules of procedure in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance.

D. Meetings of the Commission must be held at least once per month, unless there is not business before it. 

E. Meetings may be held at the call of the chairman and at such other times as the Commission may determine.

F. Public notice of all meetings of the Commission shall be provided to interested citizens. 

G. The Commission shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question, or if absent or failing to vote, indicating that fact, and shall keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which must be immediately filed in the office of the Commission and must be a public record. 

10.4.3 Powers & Duties

The Planning Commission prepares and periodically makes recommendations of revision to the City of Walterboro Comprehensive Plan, as well as all development plans and programs for the City and all implementation measures required to carry out the goals of the Comprehensive Plan, including:

1. The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) which includes zoning, subdivision, land development, and historic preservation regulations.

2. The Official Zoning Map.

3. The Capital Improvements Program.  the Commission shall catalog public improvements needed in the City, place them in a logical chronological order, and rank them.  An annual list of priority projects should be forwarded to the City Council.

4. Design waivers in accordance with Section 11.4. 

Repeats every month on the third Tuesday until Tue Dec 01 2020.
December 17, 2019
Meeting Location: 
City Hall 242 Hampton St Walterboro SC 29488

Members

Glenn Nixon
Chair
Chris Bickley
Earl Jack Jackson
Kathy Peer
Jimmy Syfrett