Public Notice -Development Block Grant Project

Rockingham County
Public Hearings Notice Community Development Block Grant Project
The Rockingham County Commissioners will hold three consecutive Public Hearings on May 16, 2018,
11:00 a.m. at the Rockingham County Complex, Commissioners Conference Room, 119 North Road,
Brentwood, New Hampshire 03833. Community Development Block Grant funds are available to
municipalities through the NH Community Development Finance Authority. Up to $500,000 annually is
available for economic development projects, up to $500,000 for public facility and housing
projects, and up to $350,000 for emergency activities. Up to $12,000 is available per planning
study grant. All projects must directly benefit a majority of low and moderate income persons. The
public hearings will hear public comment on the following:

1. A proposed application to the Community Development Finance Authority for up
$500,000 for an Economic Development project. The County will retain some of the CDBG funds to
cover administrative expenses and sub-grant $483,000 to Coastal Economic Development Corp (CEDC &
Regional Economic Development Center (REDC). CEDC/REDC will retain $10,000 for loan servicing
expenses and loan $473,000 to Northwoods Brewing Co., LLC, 1334 First NH Turnpike, Northwood.
Northwoods Brewing Co., LLC will use the loan for working capital/equipment for their expansion.
As a part of this project, Northwoods Brewing Co will be creating a minimum of 25 jobs that will
primarily be available to low and moderate income persons.

2. The Housing and Community Development Plan,

3. the Residential Antidisplacement and Relocation Assistance Plan.

Provisions for persons with special needs can be made by contacting the Rockingham County
Commissioners Office via telephone (603) 679-9350 or mail, at least five days
prior to the public hearing.

Public Notice


April 23, 2018

Grantee: Rockingham County

Address: 119 North Road, Brentwood, New Hampshire 03833  Contacts: Kevin Coyle 679-9350, Donna Lane 344-7505


These notices shall satisfy three separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by Rockingham County Per 24 CFR 58.33 and 24 CFR 55.20(b)(1), the combined Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (FONSI/NOI-RROF), and the Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity near a wetland will be published simultaneously with the submission of the Request of Release of Funds (RROF) . The comment periods for the FONSI/NOI- RROF, Explanation of a Proposed Activity in near a wetland and RROF have been combined.

REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS: On or about May 11, 2018, Rockingham County will request CDFA/CDBG to release CDBG Program Funds for the proposed following activities: $500,000+/- in CDBG funds.  The County will retain $17,000+/- for administrative costs and to subgrant $483,000+/- to CEDC/REDC.  CEDC/REDC will retain $10,000+/- for loan servicing costs and loan $473,000+/- to Northwoods Brewing Co., LLC / Johnson’s Restaurant for working capital/equipment for their new event space.  As a part of this project, Northwoods Brewing Co., LLC /Johnson’s will be creating a minimum of 25 jobs that will primarily be available to low and moderate income persons.  The project is located near a wetland.

CDBG Funds: $500,000. Other Funds $500,000+/- Total Project Cost: $1,000,000+/-.

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT: Rockingham County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. This determination is based on the assumption that the Northwoods Brewing Co., LLC/Johnson’s will obtain all permits required, and will adhere to all applicable regulations. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project  information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at Rockingham County, 119 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833 and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.


PUBLIC EXPLANATION OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY NEAR A WETLAND: This is to give notice that Rockingham County conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Wetlands Protection.  The activity may be funded under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383), the National Affordable Housing Act, as amended.  The proposed project is an expansion project of the existing Johnson’s Restaurant to include a brewery and event center located on an approximately 14.55-acre site at 1334 First NH Turnpike Northwood, NH. The subject property includes one wetland that comprises approximately 0.77 acres. A sewer pipe will run underneath the wetland, using horizontal drilling techniques, so that no direct or indirect impacts to the wetland or its 50 foot buffer are anticipated.


Rockingham County considered alternatives and mitigation measures to the proposed project to minimize adverse impacts and to preserve natural and beneficial values of the on-site wetland.  One alternative considered was to excavate a traditional trench through the wetland to get to the leachfields but this was rejected because of the potential significant impacts to the wetland. A second alternative considered was to undergo the project without the use of federal funding.  This alternative was initially selected, and work began under this plan.  However, as cost overruns mounted it was clear that there were going to be future funding gaps and was clear that Federal funding sources needed to be considered.  For this reason this alternative was dismissed. Finally, though not considered to be feasible, one option would have been to repair the existing septic system to reverse the early stages of failure. This option was not considered since it was determined early on that the current leach field would still be suitable solely for wastewater generated in the brewery, while sewage would be managed separately in a new septic system.

Rockingham County has reevaluated the alternatives to the proposed work near the wetland and have determined that it has no practicable alternative.  Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 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 near 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 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 near wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued

PUBLIC COMMENTS: Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to Kevin Coyle at the Rockingham County Commissioners Office. All comments received by May 10, 2018 will be considered by Rockingham County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing (Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact and Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds, or the Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity near wetlands) Written comments must be received by Rockingham County at the following address on or before May 10, 2018. Rockingham County Commissioners, 119 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833, Attention: Kevin Coyle. Comments may also be submitted via John Roberts at A full description of the project may also be reviewed from 9am-4pm Rockingham County Commissioners Office, 119 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833.  Or requested at

RELEASE OF FUNDS: Kevin Coyle certifies to CDFA/CDBG that in his capacity as Chairman, Rockingham County Commissioners, he consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. CDFA/CDBG’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows Rockingham County to use Program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS CDFA/CDBG: will accept objections to its release of funds and Rockingham County’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of Rockingham County; (b) Rockingham County has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient has committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by CDFA/CDBG; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to CDFA/CDBG, 14 Dixon Ave, Suite 102, Concord, NH 03301. Potential objectors should contact CDFA/CDBG (226-2170) to verify the actual last day of the objection period (approx.. May 25, 2018)

Telephone Scams

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Rockingham County is aware of many telephone scams going around, in which individuals are claiming to be Rockingham County officials or employees.   Some of these scams involve claiming the victim has missed jury duty and has a warrant out for arrest, or is due to be served some other court warrant or paperwork.  Other scams have included the individual claiming to be from the IRS and telling the victim they owe money.  Most of these calls are designed to scam the victim out of money or information that can lead to identity theft.

We urge the residents of Rockingham County to exercise extreme caution in releasing any personal information over the phone.  Rockingham County officials and employees will never call you requesting this information.  If you receive a suspicious call from someone claiming to be from one of our departments, please call the number for the department listed on our Contact Us page to verify.

The Rockingham County’s Sheriff’s Office has also provided this press release with additional helpful tips.

Unclaimed Property Scam Alert

Have you been contacted by someone claiming you are owed money by Rockingham County, and asking you to sign a contract or pay a fee to recover the “unclaimed money?”  There has been a rise in unclaimed property scams recently, and while some are legal companies, it is never necessary to pay a company to “find” or “collect” money that is owed to you by a government agency.

Rockingham County makes every effort to contact individuals and organizations who have uncashed funds issued from the County, in order to reissue the funds.  Funds that go uncashed are eventually turned over to the New Hampshire State Treasury, in accordance with RSA 471-C.  (please see:

For more information about these scams and “collection” companies, and tips for protecting yourself, please read this helpful article by the AARP: ‘Found’ Money for a Fee? Beware of New Surge in Unclaimed Property Scams

2017 Rockingham County Water Quality Report

On August 19, 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the Consumer Confidence Report Rule, which took effect on September 18, 1998.  This Rule requires that all community water systems provide a yearly consumer confidence Report (CCR) to their consumers each year prior to July 1st.

We are proud to report that, again, there were no violations.  Download: 2017 Rockingham County Water Quality Report