Knee­hill County mu­nic­i­pal re­view pe­ti­tion suc­ceeds

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

A pe­ti­tion by Knee­hill County ratepay­ers to have Al­berta Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs to in­spect county op­er­a­tions has gar­nered the re­quired amount of sig­na­tures this week.

As of Mon­day the pe­ti­tion had over 1,100 sig­na­tures af­ter a se­ries of open houses and grass­root ef­forts by a group of county res­i­dents who raised con­cerns over how county coun­cil and ad­min­is­tra­tion han­dled a num­ber of projects, in­clud­ing the bud­get for the Churchill Wa­ter Ser­vice Area Project, the county’s ru­ral fire strat­egy, and the hir­ing of county peace of­fi­cers.

“We’re re­ally proud of what we’ve done,” says or­ga­nizer Paul Devos. “We don’t know what the pe­ti­tion will yield, but our only goal was to make sure the peo­ple were be­ing heard and that de­ci­sions in this county were us­ing in­put from the res­i­dents and trans­parency.”

“The grass­roots aware­ness we’ve started is not go­ing away.”

“We have no is­sue with it,” says Knee­hill County Reeve Jerry Witt­stock. “We’re con­fi­dent we’ve done ev­ery­thing ac­cord­ing to leg­is­la­tion and the Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act,” he says. Once the pe­ti­tion is sub­mit­ted Al­berta Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs will have 45 days to as­sess whether the sig­na­tures on the pe­ti­tion are valid, then it will be at the min­is­ter’s dis­cre­tion to de­cide what the next step will be.

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