The best way to avoid controversy is often just to ignore it, but Kneehill County is taking on some detractors head-on.
A letter circulating on social media makes all sorts of claims about everything from the CAO's salary to the county's handling of local fire departments. On Wednesday, August 22 County Council replied with an online letter to its rate payers.
"As much as I'd like them to call council or call me or call the office, I've only had two calls total," stated Kneehill Reeve Jerry Wittstock. "We had the discussion and we decided to inform and, for those who want to be informed, it's there. We want to get the truth out there, so that's what we put out."
One of the allegations is that Kneehill County is looking at allowing commercial or industrial operations next to Horseshoe Canyon, but Wittstock said nothing could be further from the truth.
"The county doesn't do development, developers do development," he argued. "They ask the county whether or not they can do whatever development, but that doesn't fit because Horseshoe Canyon is a recreational area and commercial and industrial businesses will be steered away from there."
"There's just rumour and innuendo that's going around and in some of the cases it's just flat out falsehoods," he added. "So, we had to address it."
A link to the letter addressing Kneehill rate payers concerns can be found here.