Troubled Thorsby residents turn to province for answers

Thorsby residents are turning to the province to ease concerns the village southwest of Edmonton is falling into turmoil.
Thorsby volunteer firefighters meet with the village's Chamber of Commerce last month after the fire chief was fired. (CBC)

​Thorsby residents are turning to the province to worried the village southwest of Edmonton is falling into turmoil.

"We want answers, simple answers that we're not getting," said resident Nicole Howatt.

Recently two village councillors — Katherine Ruhr and Glenn Taylor — resigned their positions just a few weeks after the entire 21-member fire department quit following the firing of the fire chief.  

Howat is gathering names on petition asking the province to intervene.

She's asking Municipal Affairs look at the village's policies, procedures, bylaws, communications and financial records.

"Just open everything up to allow more transparency to village residents," she said. 

Mayor Barry Rasch says the village is working hard to resolve the issues.

"Ultimately it's going to take some time to heal these wounds," he said.  "We're hoping that maybe in a week or two we will have something significant to report on, but right now it's just baby steps going forward."

With files from CBC's Emily Fitzpatrick