Saturday, March 22, 2008

Things we're working on...

Lots of exciting things are going on in the town that I keep forgetting to write about.

In keeping with our effort to bring town meetings to the public, the April Town Board meeting will be held April 9 at the Etna Fire Station. The agenda includes time at the beginning of the meeting for anyone to speak for a few minutes if they wish. If there's something you'd like to have added to the business agenda contact me at

A grant from the Governor's Universal Broadband Access program was awarded last week to Clarity Connect in partnership with the town and TC3. This $430,000 in state funding along with substantial "in-kind" support from the town will make it possible for Clarity Connect to embark on bringing wireless internet access to all of the Town of Dryden.

The project, involving construction of up to twelve wireless towers is expected to cost more than $1 million over five years. We explored co-locating on existing towers and found it to be impractical or impossible. The wireless towers proposed will be between 100' and 150'. The devices necessary are small and the towers overall are inconspicuous compared to existing telecommunication towers. General areas, for the proposed towers have been identified but not specific sites. The project will be subject to the same building permit and site review process as any construction project and all planning board meetings, in fact all town meetings, are open to the public.

We're in the process of applying for another Community Development Block Grant for housing rehabilitation. The grant, like one we had nearly ten years ago, will enable low income homeowners to address energy efficiency or health and safety problems in their homes. To apply, call 844-8888 or come to the town hall to ask for an application.

I'm out of time and I've barely scratched the surface. More later.


Anonymous Jason said...

Bravo to Mary Ann, Jason, David and all other involved in this long process. This will greatly help many Dryden residents (like me!). But the job is not done yet, lets get those towers up and approved.

7:22 PM, March 22, 2008  

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