Notice of the Intent of FEMA to Fund a Project
Hazard Mitigation Grant
Program Project # 4031-0036
Notification is hereby given
to the public of the intent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
to provide grant funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to
the State of New York, who will provide funds to the Town of Kirkland, Oneida
County, NY to acquire and demolish three flood-prone properties.
proposed undertaking is the acquisition of one property on Kirkland Avenue and
two properties on State Route 5, all located within the 100-year floodplain of Oriskany Creek. The homes were substantially
damaged as a result of flooding from Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Acquisitions will be from willing sellers only. Properties
will be acquired, structures demolished, and sites graded and seeded. Deed
restrictions will prohibit future development and sites will be maintained in
perpetuity as open space under the Town’s ownership.
Executive Orders 11988, Floodplain Management, and 11990, Protection of
Wetlands, require federal agencies to review proposed actions in floodplains
and/or wetlands and explore practicable alternatives to avoid, minimize or
mitigate potential impacts. The
alternative to acquisition/demolition would be to leave these properties
vulnerable to an ongoing cycle of flooding, repairs and rebuilding. The proposed
undertaking will remove structures from the floodplain and create open space to
restore the beneficial values served by floodplains and wetlands.
The public is invited to provide comments about this
project. Written comments may be submitted by mail to FEMA Region II, Hazard
Mitigation Grant Program, Leo O’Brien Federal Building, 11A Clinton Square, Room 742, Albany, New York 12206-5421 or
by email to FEMA-R2-HMA@fema.dhs.gov. Comments
should be submitted within thirty (30) days of this notice.