Yarmouth mayor won't reoffer after tough 4 years

At least one name won't be on the mayoral ballot next month in Yarmouth — the man now in office has decided not to reoffer after a trying four years.

"We kind of got hit by the perfect storm," said Mayor Phil Mooney.

The NDP government cancelled a $6-million subsidy to the Yarmouth ferry service in 2009 sparking protests.

Yarmouth depended on the ferry service to deliver American tourists to the area.

Its cancellation and the fight to replace it weren’t the only difficult issues facing Yarmouth, there was also the fall out of a mortgage fraud.

Investigators said forged documents and inflated appraisals were used to buy more than 50 properties and estimated the total value of the fraud is more than $6 million.

"We had about a 150 units that were taken right out of the housing stock in Yarmouth so we had a lot of low income, senior people lost their apartments and their homes," Mooney said.

But the mayor said the final political straw came after a vicious dog where a woman was severely mauled. RCMP shot and killed the pit bull at an apartment building on Main Street.

The town struggled to revamp its animal control laws.

"People thought we should have done something before the attack actually happened. We had two or three town hall meetings about it. There was a lot of hostility," said the mayor.

Mooney said he thinks his experiences are still valuable to Yarmouth, but he no longer wants to be its mayor. He's now vying for a council seat.

Deputy Mayor, Byron Boudreau, former mayor, Charles Crosby and a political newcomer, Pam Mood, are all campaigning to be mayor Yarmouth in October.

Besides the three-way race for mayor, there are 13 people trying for six councillor seats in the town.

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