They're claiming a first in the border town of St Stephen -- the committee raising funds for the new Charlotte County Civic Center says it believes this is the first time a community of the size of St Stephen has raised 3.5-million dollars for a civic project.
That prompted the federal and provincial governments to kick in just over 12-million -- but -- fundraising co-chair Peter Heelis says they weren't in competition for government funds with other communities like Quispamsis.
He says his group was out of the gate early with the community support in pocket -- something required before government funding kicks in.
St Stephen town council has also committed just over two million dollars for the project.
Site preparation work for the 18-million dollar complex is expected to begin later this summer with completion set for 2011 -- meantime -- Quispamsis is going over its Q-Plex proposal trying to trim costs after the lowest tender came about 2.5-million over the 18.5-million dollar budget.