The Dryden Town Council announced at its regular business meeting on Dec. 19 that the town received a total of $705,636 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The grant was part of the 2019 Regional Economic Development Council Awards and will be used towards the town’s streambank stabilization project.
According to the press release, the town will be using the money for the grant to “implement a streambank stabilization and riparian buffer program along Lower Fall Creek, a major tributary to Cayuga Lake.” The release also said the streambank stabilization will “improve water quality by decreasing erosion and runoff that contains sediment and nutrients” and will “increase resiliency by minimizing flooding.”
The funding for the grant will be coming from the DEC’s Water Quality Improvement Project Program. The program funds “implementation projects that directly address documented water quality impairments or protect a drinking water source.”
Councilwoman Alice Green said the town applied for another grant to help fund the Climate Smart Community Task Force’s efforts to incorporate initiatives in the town’s comprehensive plan to help it adapt to a changing climate, but the application was ultimately denied.
“I learned today that we will not get the grant that [Planning Board Chairperson John Kiefer] spent so much time preparing and applying for us,” Green said. “We had been led to believe we had a really good chance to get through the Climate Smart Community program for 50 percent of the costs that were for the comprehensive planning process. … So we didn’t get it this time around, but sometimes a second application is the charm. So we’ll need to resubmit next July.”
The Town of Dryden was not the only municipality to receive grant funding from the Regional Economic Development Council Awards. The Village of Dryden won a $30,000 grant from the DEC to fund a sewer inflow and infiltration study that will “complete and engineering report that evaluates alternatives for reducing the amount of inflow and infiltration in its sanitary sewers.”
The Village of Freeville received a $24,900 grant from the DEC to fund its wastewater treatment plant and collection system improvements study. With the money, the village will “complete a flow management plan that evaluates alternatives to reduce inflow and infiltration to the sanitary sewer collection system.”
Two Trumansburg organizations – the Trumansburg Community Nursery School and the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts – also received grants from the state. The nursery school was given a $250,000 grant for the construction of a “new building to house an expansion of their current parent cooperative preschool.” With this new building, the school will be able to add new classrooms, lengthen hours for working families and widen community programs and partnerships in Trumansburg.
The conservatory earned a $12,500 grant for “renewed support for a Managing Director position, enabling the organization to continue to grow and develop its audience, fundraising, and programs,” according to the press release.
The YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County received a $1,184,000 grant to fund its capital expansion project. The grant will allow the YMCA to “expand its programming through a renovation and expansion of their facility in the Village of Lansing that will accommodate increased child-care and support spaces for the Ithaca community.”