I attended the Tooele County Commission meeting on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. One of the agenda items in the meeting was a proposed contract between Tooele County and Southside Gravel Operations to legalize a gravel pit within the South Rim residential development west of Stockton. After hearing Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead and county contracted attorney Jody Burnett, along with South Rim residents’ attorney Doug White, present evidence concerning the proposed gravel pit, I was left with concerns and questions for our county commissioners and county attorney.
After county contracted attorney Burnett finished presenting information to the room, I found it interesting that Commissioner Wade Bitner kept asking leading questions to attorney Burnett that appeared to be for the purpose of bolstering support for the proposed contract. Attorney Doug White presented following Commissioner Bitner’s questioning. In my opinion, attorney White presented overwhelming evidence that any gravel extraction operations at the location in question would be illegal. The evidence was so convincing that it made me question why Tooele County had not even mentioned this evidence. I can only postulate two rational reasons for this:
First, the county commissioners and the county attorney were unaware of this evidence. If this is the case, why did the contracted attorney not uncover this evidence and why has Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead not worked with attorney Doug White and South Rim residents to understand their concerns and evidence?
Second, the county commissioners and county attorney were aware of this damning evidence and chose to ignore it, or worse.
The county commissioners and the county attorney know the reason for not presenting the evidence attorney White presented and I, amongst others, would love to hear the reason why. I invite them to be transparent in this matter.
In light of the evidence presented, it is obvious that Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead has an obligation to do the right thing by ordering immediate reclamation of the property in question and close the door on this issue once and for all as it should have been done in 2009 as mandated by the South Rim development agreement and ordinances specified in Chapter 13 of the Tooele County Land Use code.