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FORT PIERCE UTILITIES AUTHORITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

FPUA Notice of Intent to File for Grant Funds for LMI Sewer Infrastructure Reconstruction

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) will hold a public hearing on June 29, 2020, at 3:00 PM in the FPUA Administrative Building 1st Floor Conference Room, 206 S. 6th Street, Fort Pierce, FL  The purpose of this hearing is to permit citizens the opportunity to express opinions regarding the application for grant funds for Fort Pierce Utilities Authority’s LMI Sewer Infrastructure Reconstruction

FPUA is considering applying for a grant to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Disaster Recovery (DR) from Hurricane Irma, through the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program. A total of $100,229,945 is being made available through a competitive application process to local governments located within the forty- eight (48) counties impacted by Hurricane Irma. Eligible applicants can submit project applications for a minimum of $500,000 per application.

These funds must be used for potential projects that meet the following threshold criteria:

1. Projects or programs must meet a CDBG-DR National Objective such as: Benefit to low-moderate-income individuals, Benefit to low-moderate-income areas, and address an urgent need.

2. Projects or programs must meet CDBG-DR Infrastructure Eligible Activities such as: Water and sewer facilities have been identified as areas of critical importance.  Emergency community shelters, demolition or rehabilitation of publicly or privately owner commercial or industrial buildings, and economic revitalization which includes any CDBG-DR eligible activity that demonstrably restores and improves some aspect of the local economy are also eligible activities.

3. Projects or programs must address a clear unmet need: Tied to the Hurricane Irma storm event, primarily serving low-to moderate-income (LMI) residential neighborhoods.

Project to be Undertaken by the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority: Slip-lining of approximately sixteen miles,(16) miles of the gravity sewer system located within the Downtown Sector of the City of Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County.

The Public is invited to Comment: Comments on the proposed application may be submitted to: Mr. Bo Hutchinson P.E., FPUA Water/Wastewater Director, 206 S. 6th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950, (772)466-1600, or bhutchinson@fpua.com beginning  June 22, 2020 through June 29, 2020.