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Ross Dawe is now mayor of the Town of Cupids.
Town of Cupids Mayor Ross Dawe will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming municipal election on Sept. 24.
Dawe, 63, made the announcement during the opening ceremonies of the town’s Cuper's Cove Soiree on Aug. 16.
Speaking with The Compass, Dawe cited health issues as his reason for stepping away.
He has been battling melanoma, which is a form of skin cancer, although Dawe said it is "under control."
“I figure if I only have a couple of good years left, I’m going to enjoy them and have a little bit of relaxation and a lot less stress,” he said.
Dawe was appointed to the position, after serving as the town’s deputy mayor, when Ron Laracy unexpectedly resigned as mayor on Jan. 29.
Dawe took over when Cupids was dealing with the possible resignation of two town employees, including the town clerk, as well as some financial issues.
Those issues were later resolved, although council decided to not fill the seat left vacant by Laracy. Harvey Puddister resigned from his position as councillor shortly after.
Even with the turmoil, he said he enjoyed his time in the mayor’s chair.
“I think we got a lot accomplished,” said Dawe.
Under his guidance, Cupids was able to complete its Integrated Communities Sustainability Plan, as well as tackled some Crown land issues.
“We’re hoping in a couple of weeks to have Pointe Beach turned over to the town as a Crown grant,” said Dawe.
The town also has the engineering approval on the cost of a new town hall, and Dawe expects the design work to be completed by the fall.
“We also have a new town plan started,” he said. “Basically, that’s almost complete now and that’s just a matter of going through the public hearings. That’s the first time in almost 20 years that we’ve had a new plan. It was completely outdated.
“We got a lot accomplished over the four years, I must say.”
Just after announcing his plans to retire from politics, Dawe put out a call for younger citizens to get involved with the council.
“New blood means a lot sometimes. New ideas and I think that can do a lot for the community,” he said.
Rest of council
Deputy Mayor Harold Akerman has still not decided whether he will run for a seat on council and said he will probably take until nominations are called to make a final decision.
“I’ve enjoyed my time on council,” he said.
Akerman was appointed the deputy mayor after Dawe assumed the mayor’s chair.
When contacted, Coun. Doug Furey said he would be throwing his hat in the ring.
“There are a few things I’d like to get done,” he said.
Meanwhile, former councillor Harvey Puddister is contemplating taking another stab at running for council.
“I’ve thought about it and I’m going to give it more thought,” he said.
Attempts to reach the remaining two members of council, Christine Burry and Kevin Connolly, were unsuccessful.