Brewerton's Riverfront Project gives residents new hope

The Town Board unanimously approved the proposal to submit the application to the CDC.

After the hearing several community members gathered outside Town Hall to have a "pep talk" about what the application means and how they "can work together to make Brewerton a better place."

It's been a long-time waiting, but a 68-year Brewerton resident Roger Paolini said, "This grant gives people hope, the hope they need."

"We need to see some dirt turned over," Paolini said. "We need to keep the momentum going."

Paolini, also a member of the Brewerton Fire Department for 49 years, said the visible progress will "give people something to look forward to."

"That's going to change the way people think," Paolini said.

Also present at the public hearing was long-time Brewerton resident Joyce Lindsley.

She has lived in the area for more than 30 years while teaching music in the Central Square School District.

Lindsley and her brother Jerry Wickham recently invested in their family's old Brewerton business by purchasing the site of Wickham's Hardware, in addition to the apartments above the business and the house behind the property.

Lindsley said they have hopes to renovate the hardware store and open a local country store.

"I want to help make Brewerton look better," Lindsley said. "Since being retired, my goal is to help work on the town."

Cicero's consolidated five-year plan for 2010-2014

Phase II

Scheduled for 2011 - $125,000

Parking lot improvements, fire department access to the river for fire fighting purposes, increase lawn area at park with parking lot redesign, utilities such as electric, water and sewer will also be included.

Phase III

Scheduled for 2012 - $100,000

Continue parking lot expansion, install educational kiosk for information and community postings, and develop public access to water for hand-launch area, install bike racks.

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