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Final Notice and Public Explanation of a

Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain and Wetland To: All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals This is to give notice that the City of Appleton under Part 58 has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management and Wetlands Protection. The activity is funded under the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Program HUD grant CARE-21-0013-O-FY21. The proposed project(s) is located within the City of Appleton, Swift County. The City of Appleton is looking to increase broadband capacity to its 1,400 residents by creating a fiber to the premise network that will provide symmetrical service within the city. The project will install broadband infrastructure main fiber lines to residential and non-residential properties including nursing homes. The project will be restricted to within the city limits of Appleton. This will involve excavation to install broadband fiber lines in previously disturbed and potentially undisturbed ground. The lines will be installed using directional boring beneath the floodplain and wetland. There is no anticipated adverse effects to the floodplain or wetland by the proposed action. The total number of acres of floodplains and /wetland would be .068 The City of Appleton has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: Conversations were held to identify and evaluate alternatives to locating the fiber in the 100-year floodplain. There is no alternative to get the fiber from the main hub to the north side of Appleton other than going through the floodplain. No alternatives were considered for the river crossing. Alternate routing is not feasible. The projects proposals impacts to cross wetlands and floodplain is mitigated by the use of directional boring technology exclusively. The proposed installations are planned as excavations outside of the wetland or floodplain zone while crossing the zone underground, as not to perforate the environment. Duct installation is planned for these areas to mitigate future exposure potential. Installation technology (boring) determined for crossings is non-impactful (compensatory mitigation) methods to cross. Minimizes the impact to maximum extent. All state and local floodplain and wetland protection procedures will be followed. The City of Appleton has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain and wetland and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 and 11990, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information and request for public comment about floodplains and wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks and impacts associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains and wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk. Written comments must be received by the City of Appleton at the following address on or before July 9th, 2022. City of Appleton, 323 West Schlieman Ave, Appleton MN, 56208. 320-289-1363 Attention: Dan Tosel, Mayor. A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 8:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, Wednesday 8:00 am-12:00 pm at 323 West Schlieman Ave, Appleton MN and https://appletonmn.gov Comments may also be submitted via email at cityappleton@appletonmn.org. Date: July 2nd (July 2, 2022) 78683