Public Notice - Kissimmee Fire Station Hardening - Kissimmee Fire Stations 11, 12, 13, and 14 Retrof

JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL

PUBLIC NOTICE

June 30, 2020

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has received the following application for Federal grant funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Final notice is hereby given of Florida Department of Economic Development’s consideration to provide funding in the form of a HUD Community Development Block-Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) as described in Public Law 115-123.

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 to and to provide 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 or low-income populations.

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.

Applicant:

City of Kissimmee

Project Title:

Kissimmee Fire Station Hardening - Kissimmee Fire Stations 11, 12, 13, and 14 Retrofit

Location of Proposed Work:

City of Kissimmee Fire Stations 11, 12, 13, and 14. No home will be affected

Proposed Work and Purpose:

Replace existing roof with a metal roof and windows at Station 13 and windows in the bay doors of all of the City of Kissimmee fire stations. Station 13’s roof and windows are badly in need of replacement.  Also, the bay door windows in all of the stations are wind rated at only 110 mph and the grant would bring the window rating up to 130 - 140 mph with hurricane impact resistant windows and greatly enhance the safety of the stations, apparatus, and personnel.   The grant funds would also bring station 13’s roof and single pane windows up the current hurricane standards.  The windows would be double pane and impact resistant and will help save energy and improve safety.

Project Alternative:

The alternative to the project that has been and will be considered are replace the roof with a shingle roof, replace Station 13’s window with non-impact windows and not replacing the bay door windows. This alternative is not desirable since the metal roof is stronger and will last longer than a shingle roof and the non-impact windows would not be as safe for first responders. Damage to fire/rescue apparatus, fire stations and injuries to first responders would continue to be possible if the bay door windows were not replaced.

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 the Office of Disaster Recovery, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Mitigation Team, 107 East Madison Street, Caldwell Building, MSC 160, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100. These are due by July 15th. The State will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed. Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting:

Jim Walls, Fire Chief (407) 518-6200

City of Kissimmee jwalls@kissimmee.org

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