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Brewerton's Riverfront Project gives residents new hope

Public hearing gathers community members who want to aid in the revitalization of the hamlet

The Cicero Town Board held a public hearing at tonight's April 14 meeting to welcome the community's thoughts for a grant application for the Riverfront Park Improvement Project in Brewerton.

With open arms and high spirits, several Brewerton and Cicero residents spoke during the hearing to show their support for the application and their hope that this grant is the first of many to come.

Cicero Parks and Recreation Director Jody Rogers presented the aspects of the first of five phases for the Riverfront Project.

Phase I includes the application to acquire $52,400 from the Community Development Block Grant Funding Cycle.

The estimated cost of the first phase is $72,800, which means there is a total of $20,400 that needs to be acquired for the completion of the project.

The CDC grant is a form of federal funding that provides support for improvement projects for blighted areas such as the Riverfront Park Project. Rogers said Brewerton has been designated as a blighted area.

"Because the total of funds is limited, it is recommended that your municipality provide local funds for at least 25 percent of [the] project," Rogers said. "Local participation can be provided by taxation, special districts, fundraising and in-kind services."

According to Rogers' budget information, the town will be responsible to gather $7,800 in donations, supply $5,000 from the parks' fund and another $7,600 has been designated from the town's staff and equipment, such as the highway department.

The improvements to the Brewerton area will include a 400-foot linear walking path that will connect to the existing pier along the canal. Six picnic tables on concrete pads, sixe benches and low maintenance landscaping in a community garden, will also be included.

The park will also provide five grills, 200 feet of fencing to delineate between private property and public park land. The Riverfront Park will also maintain solar lighting along the walking path.

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