Dryden Dispatch

Dryden’s Freese Road bridge project under review by the state

The project to remove and replace the Freese Road bridge in the hamlet of Varna is in a holding pattern while it is under review by New York state. Town Deputy Supervisor Dan Lamb said that all of the documentation for Freese Road bridge is with the state “at this point” and is currently being reviewed by NYS Region III’s […]

Dryden approves new position for Dryden Fiber

Town of Dryden officials recently approved a position for its Dryden Fiber project — and a candidate could be in place. The Dryden Town Board unanimously approved the creation of an executive director position at its Feb. 8 meeting. The board members, including deputy supervisor Dan Lamb, immediately suggested David Makar to fill the role. Last summer, the town hired […]

Library coming soon to Freeville

When Amy Dickinson bought the building at 24 Main St. in the village of Freeville, she immediately had a vision of what it could become. Dickinson, who writes the syndicated advice column “Ask Amy,” purchased the two-unit structure in October 2022. The goal is to bring in a grocery or convenience store, and possibly a cafe, on the left side […]

Update on plans for Dryden Rail Trail

A couple of projects this year for the Dryden Rail Trail are in hopes of completion, with the goal in mind to connect all of the trails in Tompkins County. The construction and installation of a prefabricated steel-truss pedestrian bridge over Route 13 will connect two sides of the trail.  The bridge, which is projected to cost roughly $3 million, […]

Update on Dryden’s Southworth Homestead renovation

For the past decade, the Dryden Town Historical Society (DTHS) has been renovating the Southworth Homestead on North Street in the Village of Dryden. Most of the restoration projects have been for the house on the property, including the brick facade, the outdoor steps, the shutters and different areas inside the house. DTHS is now centering its focus on the […]

Dryden Village awaits DOT approval on proposed apartment complex

The village of Dryden and its partnered developers are looking to break ground soon for a 749-unit apartment complex. But first the village, with assistance from the town of Dryden and the Tompkins County Highway Department, needs a piece of approval from the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT). The village is looking to build an apartment complex called […]

Dryden firefighter to teach, train firefighters in Malawi this summer

Amanda Brayton is getting the chance to mix two of her passions together in one trip. A special education teacher at Dryden Central School District (DCSD) and a volunteer firefighter at the Neptune Hose Company of Dryden Inc., Brayton will travel to Malawi for two weeks in June to teach and train fellow firefighters. “The goal is to train Malawi’s […]

Dryden’s streambank restoration project currently underway

After a few years of developing, planning and applying for grant funding, the town of Dryden’s streambank restoration project has commenced. Known as the Fall Creek streambed and streambank stabilization project, it will involve: Streambed and streambank restoration along the tributary to Fall Creek located along Knollwood Drive.Streambank restoration and guard rail replacement along Fall Creek at multiple locations adjacent […]

Dryden Town Board makes adjustment to billboard overlay district law

The Dryden Town Board made an adjustment to its billboard overlay district. At its meeting on Dec. 14, the town board unanimously approved a local zoning law to amend the billboard overlay district, which will now be 25 feet wider on each side. “The issue is that Route 13 doesn’t stay in the middle right-of-way, so it curves from one […]

Construction to replace Genung Road bridge in Dryden set for 2025

A construction timeline has been set to replace a bridge that’s more than 80 years old. The Genung Road Bridge, located in the Town of Dryden between Ellis Hollow Road and Ellis Hollow Creek Road and spanning Cascadilla Creek, will be replaced. Construction on a new bridge is scheduled for summer 2025. The replacement project cost is anticipated to be […]

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