Courthouse turf battle ensues |

Courthouse turf battle ensues

Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme muttered expletives Wednesday during a heated flare up in the Oakley rancher’s ongoing turf battle with his colleagues from the West Side.

Woolstenhulme was miffed that County Commissioners Bob Richer and Sally Elliott knew about a water pipe that broke Aug. 30 near Jeremy Ranch before he did.

"This is something to do with Public Works and I’ve never heard a damn thing about it until right now," lamented Woolstenhulme in a commission meeting in Coalville.

Because the County Commission has named Woolstenhulme to supervise the Summit County Public Works department, he has lashed out at his colleagues when they haven’t told him about complaints they have received about roads and water.

Richer says a resident of Hidden Cove told him about the leak.

"I don’t give a [expletive] who called you, you should have called me," Woolstenhulme griped. "People are never going to know who is responsible if they keep calling you guys and you respond."

The Summit Water Distribution Co. pipe broke in Hidden Cove around 11:30 a.m., said Hidden Cove resident Ralph Hottinger, who quickly contacted the commissioners.

The leak spewed water and debris onto Hottinger’s property and other driveways near where a landslide occurred last spring.

"I called Public Works per the emergency instructions [they] gave me," Hottinger said, adding that he also told Richer and Elliott about the broken pipe. "Sally and Bob are always very responsive."

According to Summit Water General Manager Van Martin, about 130,000 gallons of water were lost when a construction crew damaged the pipe.

"Summit Water had just been very responsive," Elliott said.

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