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THE CDBG-R SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT Jurisdiction(s): Tarrant County, Texas Consortium cities include: Azle, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Burleson, Crowley, Dalworthington Gardens, Everman, Forest Hill, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Kennedale, Lakeside, Lake Worth, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Pantego, Richland Hills, River Oaks, Saginaw, Sansom Park, Southlake, Watauga, Westlake, Westworth Village, and White Settlement. Jurisdiction Web Address: http://www.tarrantcounty.com/eCommunityDev/ NSP Contact Person: Patricia Ward Address: 1509-B South University Drive, Suite 276, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Telephone: (817) 850-7940 Fax: (817) 850-7944 Email: email@example.com ENSURING RESPONSIBLE SPENDING OF RECOVERY ACT FUNDS Funding available under the Recovery Act has clear purposes – to stimulate the economy through measures that modernize the Nation’s infrastructure, improve energy efficiency, and expand educational opportunities and access to health care. HUD strongly urges grantees to use CDBG-R funds for hard development costs associated with infrastructure activities that provide basic services to residents or activities that promote energy efficiency and conservation through rehabilitation or retrofitting of existing buildings. While the full range of CDBG activities is available to grantees, the Department strongly suggests that grantees incorporate consideration of the public perception of the intent of the Recovery Act in identifying and selecting projects for CDBG-R funding. INTRODUCTION Tarrant County Urban County Entitlement has 28 consortium cities within the county, which includes two metropolitan city entitlements in PY 2008– City of North Richland Hills and City of Euless. As an Urban Entitlement County, Tarrant County must comply with the Consolidated Plan requirements in order to receive funding for these formula- based HUD programs. Designated as the lead agency by the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, the Community Development Division (CDD) of the County Administrator's Office is charged with the preparation and the submission of Consolidated Action Plans and all substantial amendments to the Consolidated Action Plans to HUD. The CDD is also responsible for overseeing the public notification process, approval of projects, and the administration of these grants. 1509-B South University Drive, Suite 276, Fort Worth, TX 76107 | (817) 850-7940 | (817) 850-7944 (f) http://www.tarrantcounty.com/eCommunityDev/ Tarrant County has been allocated $756,109 in CDBG-R funds as a substantial amendment to Program Year (PY) 2008. In addition to Tarrant County’s CDBG-R allocation, the entitlement municipality of North Richland Hills received $87,739, $101,900 for the City of Euless. Total CDBG-R funds requested is $945,748. Tarrant County will assist these two municipalities in administering their CDBG-R programs through existing joint administrative agreements. To optimize the limited funds, Tarrant County selected seven public infrastructure improvement activities and will rehabilitate an exit of a senior’s center to be funded through the CDBG-R Program. Ninety percent of CDBG-R funds received is to be used to benefit persons of low- and moderate-income which will benefit the greatest number of residents. No other Recovery Act funding will be used in conjunction with any activity. A. SPREADSHEET FOR REPORTING PROPOSED CDBG-R ACTIVITIES Grantees must provide information concerning CDBG-R assisted activities in an electronic spreadsheet provided by HUD. The information that must be reported in the spreadsheet includes activity name, activity description, CDBG-R dollar amount budgeted, eligibility category, national objective citation, additional Recovery Act funds for the activity received from other programs, and total activity budget. An electronic copy of the spreadsheet and the format is available on HUD’s recovery website at http://www.hud.gov/recovery. PLEASE SEE ATTACHED. 2 B. CDBG-R INFORMATION BY ACTIVITY (COMPLETE FOR EACH ACTIVITY) (1) Activity Name: Bedford – Sewer Improvements (2) Activity Narrative: Replacement of 2,998 LF of 8” and 6”sewer lines at 200 Blk. of Belle St.; 200 Blk. of Bedford Ct. E.; 1100 Blk. of Ann St.; 900 Blk. of Acorn St.;900 Blk. of Walter St.; 1100 Blk. Of Glenda Dr. in block group 1136.07/2. Replacement will use CIPP (Insituform Technologies) with all necessary TV inspection, cleaning, point repairs, surface restoration, bypass pumping; and, installation of new manholes and cleanouts, where required. Work can begin immediately and be completed within 30 days. Materials and services will conform to the terms and conditions from the Texas Statewide Cooperative purchasing Contract to ensure materials used are American made. Approximately ten jobs will benefit from this added construction work whereby replacement will reduce future repairs and provide for operational efficiencies. The replacement will reduce future repairs and provide for operational efficiencies. Groundwater contaminations will be prevented as will increased load on the wastewater treatment facilities from groundwater infiltration. (3) Jobs Created: 10 full- and part-time jobs estimated to be created by the replacement of the sewer lines. (4) Additional Activity Information: Replacement via CIPP will reduce future repairs and provide for operational efficiencies. Groundwater contaminations will be prevented as will increased load on the wastewater treatment facilities from groundwater infiltration (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward (1) Activity Name: Crowley – Street Improvements (2) Activity Narrative: Street reconstruction on North Texas Street between Mission and Mustang Streets in block group 1110.08/1. 930 SY of asphalt will be replaced with 6” reinforced concrete pavement. The city ran out of funds to leverage this project hence engineering plans are complete and construction is ready to begin. This project will employ local contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers. As a smaller project that will most likely be performed by a smaller local contractor, this reconstruction will assist the local economy. American made products will be used. By reconstructing this street the roadway should perform well for many years and alleviate the current maintenance work freeing City crews and materials for use elsewhere. Air quality will not be more negatively impacted and may improve due to better driving conditions. 3 (3) Jobs Created: The impact of this project would be felt widespread. From the contractor’s crew to their management and support personnel, to the supplier and manufacturers of materials and equipment, possibly as many as 50 people could be impacted by this one job. (4) Additional Activity Information: Air quality will not be more negatively impacted and may improve due to better driving conditions. (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward (1) Activity Name: Forest Hill – Water Improvements (2) Activity Narrative: Replacement of 2" water mains at Forest Oak Avenue from Panama St. to Brambleton, and Spencer / Story St. from Truett to Orchard in block group 1111.01/3. Old mains will be replaced with 1,150 LF of 6" PVC and 1,200 LF of 8" PVC water mains to increase low water pressure and flow because of current substandard water lines and persistent leaks. 5 fire hydrants will also be added. The project site is located in a high low-moderate income area which experiences low water pressure and flow because of current substandard water lines and persistent leaks. The City has been working diligently to upgrade the water distribution system in CDBG Target Areas for several years. Plans have been made and the project can be implemented within 120 days. The existing 2” water mains located at each project location will be finally replaced by this project. Materials and products will be American made. Many local small Utility Contractors are experiencing stressful economic times with the reduced number of utility projects offered for less than $300,000. Recent projects have been bid so low by Contractors committed to staying in business, that they sacrifice profit just so they can keep their employees working. The most benefit can be immediately realized through badly needed water and sewer projects, constructed by small Contractors who are fighting for their existence. Business districts and neighborhoods alike benefit from rehabilitation and improvement to the infrastructure. The valuation of municipal worth is increased with every new foot of water, sewer, and street rehabilitated. In the future, when economic conditions improve, growth is more likely in regions which have upgraded the public facilities. The low to moderate income zones are usually the areas most affected by a receding economy since most of those families cannot fall back on savings to see them through high unemployment periods. Crime in residential area increase and hopelessness prevails. Public infrastructure projects mean that the Cities are spending the tax payers’ money to make improvements to the living standard of the community. (3) Jobs Created: For the amount of time the project is under construction, a crew of 5 to 10 workers can be expected to be present on a working day, amounting to 5 man/days. City inspection duties can account for approximately 0.5 man/days. 4 Design / administrative / auxiliary personnel will provide another 0.5 man/days. The total working allocation created can be 240 man/days considering a construction time of 60 calendar (40 working) days. (Include contractors and other people hired to complete the project) (4) Additional Activity Information: Energy Conservation: The total water volume is reduced when pipelines are replaced by eliminated leaking or failing lines, therefore reducing the energy requirements of pumping equipment. Smart growth and green building: In conjunction with the current Water Conservation Plan maintained by the City of Forest Hill, water improvements and effective water usage will provide long range benefits. (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward (1) Activity Name: Kennedale – Sewer Improvements (2) Activity Narrative: New construction on a sanitary sewer collection system in a neighborhood currently serviced by aging individual septic systems. The project area is along Oak Crest Drive, Link, and Lindale Road in northern Kennedale west of US 287 Bus and south of IH 820 in block group 1111.02/1. 1,940 LF of 8" PVC will eliminate the need for the existing septic systems and allow for collection, transport, and discharge of effluent in a more sanitary manner. Engineering plans are nearing completion and the project is ready to move forward with bidding and construction. Materials for this project are primarily manholes and PVC pipe. The manholes, either pre-cast or cast- in-place, are usually supplied by local businesses and all other materials will be American made. This project will create jobs and will keep working people from losing their jobs by employing local contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers, and will keep the majority of the project funds within the community. The project will service an area that has a large low to moderate income population that would be expected to fell the impacts of recession more deeply than others. By installing a sanitary sewer collection system, the City will eliminate the need for home owners to clean and maintain aging and faulty septic systems. This waste water improvement project will collect waste water and transport it to a modern waste water treatment plant with a single source discharge and eliminate the need for systems that produce leachate from the individual systems that are released in the neighborhood. (3) Jobs Created: The impact of this project would be felt widespread. From the contractor’s crew to their management and support personnel, to the supplier and manufacturers of materials and equipment, possibly as many as 50 people could be impacted by this one job. 5 (4) Additional Activity Information: This project will collect and treat area waste water in a more environmentally sound fashion and promote a cleaner neighborhood. (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward (1) Activity Name: River Oaks – Sewer Improvements (2) Activity Narrative: There is an existing deteriorated 6-inch main sewer line on Lawrence Rd. that is old and deteriorated and is susceptible to collapsing and becoming a public health hazard. On April 7, 2005 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (T.C.E.Q.) conducted an investigation of the River Oaks Collection System at which time an alleged violation was identified due to failure to prevent a discharge, which has reasonable likelihood of adversely affecting human health or the environment. The Lawrence Road area is one of the seven streets included in project year 2009. Plans have already been made whereby the project may be implemented quickly within the 120-day goal. Pipe bursting and replacement of 1308 feet of 6-inch to 8-inch sewer main line including the renovation of 7 manholes, replacement of 36 building sewer line services to the property line, 720-feet of asphalt replacement and miscellaneous landscaping replacement where excavation took place. The project is located in block group 1105.00/1 of which 69.5 % of the population is low to moderate income. All materials will be American made. In a slowing economy it will create work for the qualified contractor and by reducing a potential public health hazard it can assist in reducing the possibility of illness from contamination, which will enable the affected people to keep working and not miss time lost due to illness. The project benefits 69.5 % of the population that is low to moderate income. The funds for the project are essential in order to help complete the projects scheduled for the 2009 project year. By not completing the replacement of all old and deteriorated sewer lines within the city, the system will only further deteriorate, pose a potential public heath hazard and reduce the city’s investment value in its sewer system. (3) Jobs Created: 10 full- and part-time jobs estimated to be created by the replacement of the sewer lines. (4) Additional Activity Information: A deteriorated sewer line will eventually collapse due to all the sewer gases that erode the pipe and once it collapses services will be interrupted which will cause wastewater to become septic creating additional public health hazards and could become an environmental disaster. By replacing old sewer lines, the environment, public health and suitable living conditions will be maintained. (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward 6 (1) Activity Name: Euless – Sewer Improvements (2) Activity Narrative: Replacement of an existing 1050 linear feet of 6” VCT wastewater mainline with a 8” HDPE wastewater mainline and the replacement of an existing 910 linear feet of 12” VCT wastewater mainline with a 12” HDPE wastewater mainline in the Oakwood Terrace West Addition on South Mills Drive, Blocks 1,6,7 and 8. The wastewater mainline being replaced is over 40 years old, substandard in size, susceptible to frequent line breakage, pulled joints, root infiltration, restricted flows and deterioration form hydrogen sulfide gas and is in a general state of deterioration. Replacement of this wastewater main line will reduce breaks, maintenance costs and customer problems that effect being able to provide wastewater service without interruption to the residents of the target block group area. Materials used will be American made. Project can award contracts based on bids as well as obligate at least 50% of funds within 120 days of funds being made available This project will employ engineers, surveyors, construction workers, project managers/supervisors and inspectors whom are most impacted by the recession because it relates to the construction industry. If construction projects decrease, so do these jobs. It is difficult for individuals with these job skills to transfer those skills to other work. This project will help those who will actually do the work, those who supervise them, their suppliers of materials for the project, those who deliver the supplies, those who design the project, and those who inspect the project, etc. This project serves as an investment in the future of the City of Euless and its infrastructure inventory, lessens our burden of finding funding for financing of future infrastructure projects, and helps stabilize this neighborhood’s infrastructure. Economic efficiency is achieved by the new, larger line efficiently carrying wastewater to proper treatment facilities. Storm water infiltration (I/I) is reduced, resulting in economic efficiency of the City’s wastewater treatment costs. This benefit is received each year after the line is installed. (3) Jobs Created: Engineering/Surveying/Design…………1 full-time job (duration of project). Construction……………………………10 full-time jobs (duration of project). Inspection………………………………1 full-time job (duration of project). (4) Additional Activity Information: The wastewater mainline being replaced is over 40 years old, substandard in size, susceptible to frequent line breakage, pulled joints, root infiltration, restricted flows and deterioration form hydrogen sulfide gas and is in a general state of deterioration. Replacement of this wastewater main line will reduce breaks, maintenance costs and customer problems that effect being able to provide wastewater service without interruption to the residents of the target block group area. Replacement of an aged and worn wastewater lines can promote energy conservation by reducing storm water inflow and infiltration (I/I) into the wastewater 7 treatment stream. This reduction of I/I conserves wastewater treatment energy costs by reducing treatment volumes. (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward (1) Activity Name: North Richland Hills –Drainage Improvements (2) Activity Narrative: Construction of public drainage infrastructure in accordance with the City’s most recent drainage criteria. Specifically, the project would entail the installation of approximately 155 lineal feet of large diameter reinforced concrete pipe between 3739 and 3745 Charles Street in block group 1132.06/1. The drainage system will be located just northeast of the intersection of Charles Street and Marie Street. Additionally, a concrete flume is to be constructed above this pipe to carry any storm drainage overflow that could not be accommodated in the concrete pipe. This concrete flume is an additional level of protection that the City requires for drainage structures of this type. Materials will be American made and the project will be implemented within 120 days as plans for this area are ready to go. Installing municipal drainage systems creates the need for jobs that spread across many jurisdictions. Such jobs are specialized and non-specialized labor and could include engineers, developers, landscapers, truck drives (to deliver the specific equipment), equipment operators, and city staff workers. Moreover, once a drainage system is in place it must be inspected by environmental inspectors on all levels of environmental enforcement on the local, state and national level, thus creating new jobs or securing existing jobs. Storm water drainage is regulated by many environmental entities; municipalities must be compliant or be susceptible to hefty fines. With compliant drainage systems it will reduce cost to the city by not having to expend funds/monies paying fines for violations. These savings are passed on to residents by reduced taxes and user fees. A drainage system prevents natural and man-made landscape erosion. Erosion repairs can be costly and will have to paid out from city revenues creating an increase in taxes for the citizens, lowering budget expenditures by cutting city jobs or reducing salary levels for experienced employees. (3) Jobs Created: The project would directly require a five (5) person crew to install the drainage infrastructure. However, this amount neglects to consider the indirect jobs that are created or sustained. Some of these jobs include: the number of employees at the reinforced concrete pipe manufacturing plant; the number of employees at the trucking company who are involved with the delivery of the reinforced concrete pipe to the job site; and, the number of employees at the concrete batch plant who are 8 involved with the production of the concrete (necessary for the concrete flume) and its delivery to the job site. (4) Additional Activity Information: Proper drainage systems also assist in the relief of standing water that could cause health problems to the surrounding community. This new drain system will help control non-point source pollution by using nonstructural and structural techniques to intercept surface runoff from the developed areas in its attainment area. It will also discharge the runoff at a controlled rate so to help mitigate flooding conditions. This system will also assist in the relief of standing water that could cause health problems for the surrounding community. Standing water can create a breading ground for bacteria and mosquitoes which can lead to disease for both human and vegetation. Drain systems help with the prevention of natural environmental beauty by reducing erosion to man-made and natural landscapes that affect trees, vegetation and wildlife. (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward (1) Activity Name: North Richland Hills – Senior’s Center Rehabilitation (2) Activity Narrative: Rehabilitation to the Bursey Road Senior Center located at 7301 Bursey Road. Rehabilitation will be made to the rear exit which is an emergency exit route with a wooden ramp. Through the years it has deteriorated and is in need of replacement. The back porch has been converted to a kiln area for pottery activities. The porch roof line is low with rafters and wall studs exposed. Utilizing CDBG funds would enable a safe exit route for the senior citizens who frequent the center during the week and attend various functions. Insulating and enclosing the back porch will reduce the heating and air conditioning requirements within the facility. Materials will be American made and the project will begin immediately upon award. (3) Jobs Created: 3-4 local contractors (4) Additional Activity Information: Insulating and enclosing the back porch will reduce the heating and air conditioning requirements within the facility thereby conserving energy use. Green building and energy efficient materials will be used to promote energy conversation. (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward 9 (1) Activity Name: Administration (2) Activity Narrative: Up to 10% of an CDBG-R grant provided may be used for general administration and planning activities as defined in 24 CFR 570.205 and 206. (3) Jobs Created: Using current staff with possibilities of hiring in the future if necessary. (4) Additional Activity Information: Knowledge of staff will plan and inspect using energy conservation and green building techniques. Staff will encourage use of American made products and encourage environmentalism and energy conservation. (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward (1) Activity Name: Meals on Wheels – Public Services (2) Activity Narrative: Tarrant County will reimburse Meals on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County for public services rendered under the client services program. Client services include services concerned with employment, health, drug abuse, education, fair housing counseling, energy conservation and welfare and may include: Minor home repair; Limited transportation Replacing Air Conditioning units; Installing smoke alarms; Providing blankets, heaters, fans; Providing converter boxes, grab bars and door bells; Other, upon pre-approval. (3) Jobs Created: No jobs created, but one job retained, expanded and enhanced. (4) Additional Activity Information: The majority of funds will assist low/moderate income persons with ensuring their homes are energy efficient and/or have heating/cooling units that are energy efficient. The amendment will entail reallocation of CDBG-R funds from completed Public Infrastructure activities to Public Services activities. Specifically, completed projects with $38,938.57 and (originally) $12,851.17 remaining from Street improvement in the City of Crowley and Drainage improvements in the City of North Richland Hills respectively will be reallocated to fund Citizen Services Program with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. A (revised) total of $50,212.17 will be reallocated to Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County to assist current customers in the Client Services program. The amount has been revised to reflect further expenditures by North Richland Hills Drainage Improvements. Approximately 100 homes will be assisted with this additional funding. 10 (5) Responsible Organization: Tarrant County Community Development Division, 1509-B South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Administrator: Patricia Ward C. PUBLIC COMMENT Provide a summary of public comments received to the proposed CDBG-R Substantial Amendment. Note: A Proposed CDBG-R Substantial Amendment must be published via the usual methods and posted on the jurisdiction’s website for no less than 7 calendar days for public comment. Response: Tarrant County published a Public Notice announcing and publishing the proposed Substantial Amendment for CDBG-R in the Commercial Recorder on May 21, 2009 opening a 7 day public comment period concluding May 28, 2009. A public hearing was also held June 2, 2009 at in the Commissioners Courtroom, Administration Building, Fifth Floor, 100 East Weatherford Street, Fort Worth, to consider the substantial amendment to the 2008 Consolidated Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) Program. The substantial amendment is also available on Tarrant County’s website at http://tcweb.tarrantcounty.com/ecommunitydev/cwp/view.asp?a=720&pm=1&Q=471621 No public comments were submitted within the public comment period and no comments were made during the public hearing after a brief description of the program. Public comment was open May 25, 2010 for another substantial amendment for a revision to the CDBG-R Substantial Amendment. The amendment entailed reallocation of CDBG-R funds from completed Public Infrastructure activities to Public Services activities. Specifically, completed projects with $38,938.57 and $12,851.17 remaining from Street improvement in the City of Crowley and Drainage improvements in the City of North Richland Hills respectively will be reallocated to fund Citizen Services Program with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. A total of $51,789.74 will be reallocated to Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County to assist current customers in the Client Services program which provides minor home repair, limited transportation, supplies such as; blankets, heaters, fans, air conditioners, door bells, and etc. A public hearing was held June 8, 2010 in the Tarrant County Administration Building, Fifth Floor, Commissioners Courtroom, 100 East Weatherford, Fort Worth, TX 76196 and comments closed the same day. No public comments were submitted and none were made during the public hearing. 11
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