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Carbon Mayor resigns

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    The Mayor of Carbon Guss Nash has resigned from his position.
    The former mayor was at the helm for nearly 20 years before abruptly quitting due to a ‘toxic environment’.
    This comes after a tumultuous few months. In less than a year the village has seen a turnover of a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and an Interim CAO. Shortly after the October general election, Clark Garret stepped down, and then longtime Councillor Keith Bramley resigned.
    The village also saw the suspension of its fire service for about a week in January.
    “I was getting in such a negative, toxic environment,” began Nash. “I don’t need that. I put 19 and a half years into it and I always look at the positive side, not the negative. We have accomplished a lot in 19 and a half years, all of them have been for the village.”
 Michelle Lomond and Thomas Laffin have put their names forward in a by-election to replace Keith Bramley Carbon residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 5.
    Nomination Day for the Mayor’s seat will take place on Thursday, July 12 with voting to follow on Thursday, August 9.
    “I’ll still be apart of it, I’ll still be there for my community. It’s a great place to live,”  he said.
    Nash is leaving his position at the village in a good financial position.
    “We have just finished our audit and the auditor says “You are one of the few that we audit that is in great financial shape” so there is a lot of positives,” said Nash.
    One of his biggest accomplishments goes to amending a road ban regarding the use of Highway 836 that runs through Carbon. The amendment allows large semis to haul goods within village limits.
    Nash is not sure of what the future has in store.
    “I don’t have to work so I don’t know,” laughed Nash. “I’m still on the board of directors for Nathan Cooper and the United Conservative Party and Martin Shields for the Conservative Party of Canada and also I sit on the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society board so I’ve got things to do.”

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