Staff from Alberta's Municipal Affairs minister will be coming to Kneehill County in coming weeks to see why some rate payers are upset with the municipal government.

It's in response to a petition sent to the government requesting a municipal inspection.

"They've asked us to do a voluntary preliminary review," explained Kneehill Reeve Jerry Wittstock. "That, I want to make well known because we do not have to participate; it's not like it's an order from the Minister of Municipal Affairs that we have to participate."Jerry WittstockJerry Wittstock, Kneehill County Reeve

"We don't have anything to hide, we're participating in the voluntary process," he continued. "We want to put it to bed: we don't want to keep this kind of ambiguity sitting out in front of us and I don't think there's any reason for it there."

Staff from the minister's office will review documents and conduct interviews with council, senior staff and petitioners alike. There is no timeline for that, but Wittstock expects to hear from them by next month.

"They're not taking any documents from us, they're not taking an written submissions," he noted. "All it is is a preliminary review with a few questions asked (to) determine why it was even out there and why it got to the point that it did get to."

Over 1,100 ratepayers in Kneehill County signed a petition earlier this fall requesting that the province look at how the county handled a number of matters, including rezoning a parcel of land near Rosebud for a proposed motorsports track and associated development.

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