Laracy’s a two-towner

Cupids mayor Ron Laracy is the elected leader of Cupids, yet works for the Town of Clarke’s Beach

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

It’s not ev­ery day that you hear of some­one serv­ing as the elected mayor of one mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and an­swer­ing to the elected body of a neigh­bour­ing town be­cause that’s where you earn your liv­ing.

But that’s the case for Cupids res­i­dent and Mayor Ron Laracy, who works full-time for the Town of Clarke’s Beach.

To be clear, there’s noth­ing wrong with the ar­range­ment, and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials stress that those in­volved in mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils are free to work where they like.

But it’s a sit­u­a­tion that has caught the at­ten­tion of res­i­dents in both towns since Laracy be­came the wa­ter/waste­water op­er­a­tor for Clarke’s Beach more than a year ago.

For­mer Clarke’s Beach town coun­cil­lor Frank Evely de­scribed the ar­range­ment as a “ touchy is­sue,” but noted there’s been “ very lit­tle back­lash from the res­i­dents, other than a com­ment here and there.”

So how does Laracy feel about be­ing mayor of one town, and work­ing for an­other? Are there un­com­fort­able mo­ments?

These are le­git­i­mate ques­tions, but we may never know the an­swers be­cause Laracy re­fused an in­ter­view re­quest. He would only say, “I don’t see any­thing to be in­ter­viewed about. There’s no sig­nif­i­cance.”

But it’s not un­com­mon to see the mayor of Cupids driv­ing along a street in “ his” com­mu­nity be­hind the wheel of a pickup truck with the words “ Town of Clarke’s Beach” em­bla­zoned on the side.

Photo by Terry Roberts/The Com­pass

Graham Letto (left) and Peter Miles are con­duct­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions ses­sions through­out the prov­ince on be­half of the pro­vin­cial Lib­eral party.

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