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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
"Seeking Public Comment: Wind Retrofit of West Carroll Courthouse: 305 East Main Street, Oak Grove, West Carroll Parish, LA, 71263"
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Seeking Public Comment: Wind Retrofit of West Carroll Courthouse: 305 East Main Street, Oak Grove, West Carroll Parish, LA, 71263

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As part of FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, West Carroll Parish is requesting that FEMA fund the wind retrofit of the West Carroll Courthouse by replacing the existing windows and doors throughout the building. The replacement windows and doors will be able withstand damage from windborne debris and winds up to 130 mph.

Federal regulations1 require FEMA, a funding agency, to identify if this property is historic (listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places); to assess the effects the work will have on historic properties; to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects to historic properties; and to evaluate the proposed action's potential for significant impacts to the human and natural environment.

FEMA has determined the West Carroll Parish Courthouse is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places for its association with the railroad industry, its affiliation with local political events within West Carroll Parish and because of its Neo-Classical architectural style.

Because this project will remove original windows, FEMA determined this project will adversely affect the historic West Carroll Courthouse. The new windows will closely match the original windows. The existing circa 1960s, aluminum frame, storefront doors will be replaced with impact-resistant doors designed to resemble the original exterior doors.

To help develop a course of action for this project, FEMA is requesting your input by September 27, 2017 on ways to avoid or minimize effects of this project at West Carroll Courthouse and any ideas on how to mitigate the adverse effects to this historic property.

Comments can be posted at this website: https:///www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/fema106

Or mail comments to:
FEMA Mail Center/Historic Preservation
1500 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

1 FEMA is issuing this public notice as part of its responsibilities under the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's regulations, 36 CFR Part 800, implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA). This notice applies to activities carried out by the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C.5152-5206. FEMA is also required to fulfill the Council of Environmental Quality regulations (NEPA regulations, 43 FR 55978 (1978)) that provide policy and procedures to enable FEMA officials to be informed and to take into account environmental considerations when authorizing or approving major FEMA actions that may significantly affect the environment of the United States. It is the intent of NEPA that federal agencies encourage and facilitate public involvement to the extent practicable in decisions that may affect the quality of the environment.