Another shake-up for the Village of Carbon with the sudden resignation of Mayor Guss Nash from council.
Nash says he regrets having to put the village through the expense of another by-election, but he could not put up with any more negativity.
"I've been on (council) for 19 1/2 years, but I just won't work in a toxic environment, it's not worth it," he told 99.5 Drum FM.
In his years on Carbon Village Council Nash saw Carbon grow and his highlights include the development and sale of lots on the island and getting Highway 836 re-aligned through Carbon with a bridge.
"It took about three years of lobbying to get the highway upgraded from the underlay up to the final cap," he recalled. "Those type of things that take a lot of time, you're rewarded to see you've got a great highway coming through your village."
Nash expressed his gratitude to Kneehill County for a $200,000 grant to help with repairs and mitigation following the April flood of Kneehills Creek and said he enjoyed working with the county. He also reiterated his love for the community.
"There's nothing wrong with Carbon," stated Nash. "Carbon is a great place to live and I'll continue to live here (but) I just don't need the constant aggravation."
A byelection to replace him is scheduled for August 9, with Nomination Day on July 10. His replacement as mayor is Bryan Peever, with Kelly Garrett deputy mayor and Dan Clow, who was elected in a byelection in February of this year.
Residents of Carbon also go to the polls in a byelection on June 5 to replace former councilor Keith Bramley.