City of Tamarac Public Notice - August 22, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for federal grant funding.  Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historical, 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 Tamarac

Project Title:

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program: City of Tamarac Multiple Generator Bundle Project

Location of Proposed Work:

The area affected by this project consists of homes in the following locations:

  • Pump Station #37:     10100 NW 80th St., Tamarac, Fl. 33321
  • Pump Station #34:    9599 NW 77th St., Tamarac, Fl. 33321
  • Pump Station #2E:   2811 NW 48th St., Tamarac, Fl. 33309
  • Pump Station #16A: 9400 NW 57th St., Tamarac, Fl. 33321

Proposed Work and Purpose:

Detailed Project DescriptionThe City of Tamarac is requesting grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a permanent generator at four wastewater lift station locations within City limits.  Wastewater lift stations are important because they pump raw sewage from lower to higher elevations throughout the collection system.  These pumps need continuous power to run.  When power is interrupted during a heavy rainstorm or hurricane, generators are used to supply power to keep these pumps operating.  The four generators at these locations are problematic and have reached the end of their useful lives.  Therefore, the City is requesting funding assistance from FEMA so they may be replaced.

Project Alternatives:

The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no-action alternative and 2) utilizing portable generators. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1); the current generators are already at the end of their useful life and, as with any machine, will continue to have additional, more expensive operating problems the longer they are in operation. Alternative 2 is not a viable alternative due to the City already implemented this alternative solution during their 2006 installation. However, after being transported around over 12 years, the portable generators are fully depreciated and nearing the end of their useful life. Meanwhile, wastewater flows are increasing from numerous new developments being constructed in Tamarac. Therefore, new generators at these locations are now needed.

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 Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bureau of Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100.  These are due within 15 days of this notice (or September 6, 2019).  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: 

Earl Henry, PE                                                                                                   (954) 597-3737
City of Tamarac                                                                                                  Earl.Henry@tamarac.org

Teresa Sanders, State Environmental Specialist                                               (850) 815-4521
Florida Division of Emergency Management                                                     Teresa.Sanders@em.myflorida.com