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Public Notice: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Released:Oct 29, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE

The public is hereby notified of the intent of the City of Stillwater, with the assistance of a Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to prepare an Environmental Assessment. The Assessment will analyze the effects of alternatives related to the proposed construction of NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AND A NEW SKATE PARK AREA within Strickland Park located at 313 N. Main Street, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

This area is a part of the 100 year FEMA floodplain and therefore: Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FEMA is required to consider practical alternatives for proposed actions. The draft environmental assessment will consider at least three alternatives. These will include the following:

Alternative No.1, "The No Action Alternative"
The "no action alternative" proposes that there should be no effort to update or expand the park.

Alternative No.2, "Put the public requested skate park in another local park”
This alternative proposes locating the skate park in another area park within Stillwater.  This would allow the playground equipment to further age and become unsafe to use, and would not change the floodplain criteria, as all appropriate parks are also in the 100 year floodplain.

Alternative No.3, "Proceed with updating the playground and new skate park"
This alternative proposes the construction of a new skate park and replace the playground equipment in Strickland Park.  This park is the most widely used and most assessable park in Stillwater.  The skate park has been requested by the citizens of Stillwater multiple times.

The President of the United States has issued Executive Orders (EO) that require federal agencies to focus attention on the environment and on human health when considering a proposed action or the funding of an action. Particular attention is to be paid to Floodplain Management (EO 11988), Wetland Protection (EO 11990) and Environmental Justice (EO 12898). Compliance with the Executive Orders, NEPA, and other environmental laws, will be documented in the draft EA.

During the preparation of the draft EA, the City of Stillwater will consult with the tribal governments in Payne County, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Army National Guard and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. In addition, there will be consultation with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Fish & Wildlife Department, the State Historic and Archeological Societies, and other appropriate agencies.

A public comment period related to possible alternatives will remain open for 15 days from the date of this notice. Interested persons may obtain more detailed information about this action by calling Valerie Silvers at (405) 742-8345 between 8:00am and 5:00pm (CST), Monday through Friday. Written comments may be sent to Valerie Silvers at vsilvers@stillwater.org or mailed to Valerie Silvers, City of Stillwater, P.O. Box 1449, Stillwater, OK  74074.

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(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Feb. 7, 2017) — The City of Stillwater is seeking public input on how to allocate federal funding it should receive for the benefit of people with low to moderate incomes.

The first meeting is Friday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the City of Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave., Room 100. The second meeting is Wednesday, March 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the same location.

Residents can also email ideas or suggestions to Grants Coordinator Valerie Silvers at vsilvers@stillwater.org by Thursday, March 9.

Projects and activities that CDBG typically fund include the following:

  • Economic development

  • Park and playground equipment   

  • Water and wastewater system improvements

  • Public facilities such as community centers, museums or libraries

  • Solid waste

  • Fire protection

  • Streets

  • Housing demolition

  • Senior citizen centers

  • Gas and electrical system improvements

  • Stormwater drainage improvements

The primary national objective of the CDBG program is to develop communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment. Recent CDBG projects include:

  • 2011: Waterline replacement in the area of Doty, Arrington and Berry streets and 3rd Avenue.

  • 2012: Sewer line replacement between 4th and 6th avenues along Pine, Gray, Stanley and Blakely streets.

  • 2013: Stormwater drainage improvements in the area along 19th Avenue and Sangre Road and Stonegate Avenue and Raintree Drive.

  • 2014: Leigh and Hall drainage channel restoration and improvements phase one.

  • 2015: Leigh and Hall drainage channel improvements phase two, and Tucker Addition, Fern, Chester and Hartford water line replacements.

  • 2016: ADA-compliant sidewalks along Airport Road from Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services toward public bus stop.

The CDBG grant is typically around $100,000. With the required one-to-one match, the project will total around $200,000. Stillwater City Council approves the project(s) and funding and the City of Stillwater administers the project(s). 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers the federally funded CDBG grant program through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC).

For more information or to share an idea, call 405.742.8345 or email vsilvers@stillwater.org.

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