Public Notice: New Hanover County Seeking Public Assistance Funding for Reimbursement for Repairs to Seabreeze Communications Tower Building

Posted January 17, 2020 at 11:36 am     Category: Emergency ManagementHurricane RecoveryNews ReleasePublic Notice

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC –  New Hanover County is seeking reimbursement in the amount of $60,707.73 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program for repairs made to the New Hanover County Seabreeze Communications Tower building after damage from Hurricane Florence. The Seabreeze Communications Tower building is in close proximity to the Seabreeze Communications Tower to provide maintenance and to store critical electrical components to keep the tower functioning. Repairs to the building included generator repairs, electrical repairs and heat pump repairs and replacements. Before Public Assistance funding is approved for this project, FEMA is seeking public comments.

 This project was critical to help prevent future damage from hurricanes and other weather events. Below is the final public notice outlining the project and how residents can provide comments to FEMA by February 17, 2020.

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Notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Public Assistance to New Hanover County for the project listed below as a result of Hurricane Florence. New Hanover County applied for FEMA Public Assistance funding through North Carolina Emergency Management as a sub- recipient.

Sub-Applicant: New Hanover County

Project Title: 90096 – Multiple Buildings New Hanover County; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02332

Location of Proposed Work:

Facility

Address

Latitude

Longitude

Date of Construction

Seabreeze Communications Tower Building

1306 Hill Valley Walk Wilmington, NC, 28412

34.08461

-77.88758

Approximately 2006

 

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:
This project is for the repairing of New Hanover County’s Seabreeze Communications Tower Building. All work was located in a Shaded X Zone or 500-year (0.2% annual chance) Flood Hazard. Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the New Hanover County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720313200K; dated 08/28/2018. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within a Shaded X Zone. The proposed work did not take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and had little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:
New Hanover County repaired their Seabreeze Communications Tower Building to make it functional after Hurricane Florence. The applicant repaired a generator, removed and replaced various electrical components, and replaced/installed heat pumps. This allowed for the continuation of the communication tower to function correctly. The Seabreeze Communication Tower Building must be located to a close proximity to the communication tower to provide maintenance and to store critical electrical components to keep the tower functioning. The repairs were made to restore this facility to current codes and standards with updated construction practices. As such, the useful life of this structure should increase and no adverse impacts to the floodplain should occur.

Project Alternatives:
Alternative #1 (No action): The ‘no action’ alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on New Hanover County. If the Seabreeze Communications Tower Building was not repaired, the communication tower would not be fully functional, causing a shortage of communication across New Hanover County.

Alternative #2 (Relocation): Relocation of the New Hanover County’s Seabreeze Communications Tower Building would not be economically feasible. The Seabreeze Communication Tower Building must be located within close proximity to the communication tower to provide maintenance and to store electrical components.

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: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-02332 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than February 17, 2020.

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 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.

Media Contact:
Kate Oelslager
910-798-7422

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