Despite the challenges of 2010 Cumberland North MLA Brian Skabar is confident 2011 will be a good year for his riding and for Cumberland County. While disappointed with the closure of TeleTechn and the fact nothing was done to level gas prices with New Brunswick he feels the economy is still strong. Darrell Cole - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - A provincial funding announcement will be made here Monday.
Cumberland North MLA Brian Skabar is scheduled to make the announcement at 10 a.m. in Amherst Town Hall council chambers.
There is speculation the announcement is a followup to a June visit by Agriculture Minister John MacDoneell regarding a failing aboiteau on the marsh near Amherst's new multi-million-dollar sewage treatment plant.
At that time, MacDonell joined Skabar and Premier Darrell Dexter in visiting the existing aboiteau that has been holding back the salt water of the Bay of Fundy for more than 50 years.
An attempt was made to replace the aboiteau in 2007 at several hundred thousand dollars. That aboiteau failed within a few months of its completion and the province has been taking its time since then trying to decide how to proceed.
The aboiteau functions to prevent the flooding of marshlands around the town. Aboiteaus have been in use on the marsh since the time of the Acadians, when they dyked the rich, fertile soil.