July 12, 2007

Summer reading for kids; federal funding for sewers

This morning's Ithaca Journal editorial cites Southworth Library and the Dryden schools' Solar Express bookmobile as key programs for helping ensure that kids read during the summer.

There's also hope that the federal government may (eventually) help pay to rebuild the Village of Dryden's crumbling sewer plant. Senator Chuck Schumer has proposed funding grants from 2008 through 2012 - the bill just has to pass and get signed, and then Dryden will have to apply and hope.

It's on the other side of the county, but the article on traffic issues on Route 89 sounds a lot like the concerns and approach the county had for the Route 13/366 Corridor Study. Comments are interesting too, though unsurprisingly polarized.

Posted by simon at July 12, 2007 5:49 PM in , , ,
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Mike Lane said:

The very fact that someone in Congress is talking again about grant funding for local sewers and wastewater treatment is itself encouraging, but compared to the actual need, I am afraid $250 million is just a drop in the bucket.

Some years ago, the City of Ithaca received funding of about $30 million for its new plant (it was one of the last grants under the old federal and state program). Considering the huge demands of large and growing cities, competition for any new grant money will be be fierce. Unfortunately, the need is in billions, not millions.