Brad Wellenbrock alleges his termination came after complaining that Loren Watts, owner of Watts Construction while serving on the board for five years through December 2007, had improperly helped himself to KID property, including water, without permission.
The wrongful termination case, which is being retried following a mistrial last September, alleges that Watts, along with former board members William Kinsel, Ryan Pratt, John Pringle, John Jaksch and Doug Grover, conspired to get rid of Wellenbrock.
Wellenbrock's lawsuit alleges Watts
, as KID's
board president, had his
employees draw KID water without permission from an irrigation pond to use on a construction site, and that Watts' crews took excessive amounts of water from KID's
irrigation lines serving the Hansen Park subdivision, leaving hundreds of homeowners without adequate water during the summer of 2007.
Fox said Watts
, when confronted about taking too much water from Hansen Park's
irrigation lines, was extremely upset.
Sheridan questioned Watts about ignored KID policy requiring permission and approved plans before replacing a KID weir box in building a private irrigation system for Antoinette Burnside, whose property did not have KID water rights at the time.
Fox said KID
hired an outside engineer to prepare plans, but Watts
called them too expensive for his client and ignored them.
agreed to reimburse $10,139 to Burnside for the cost of installing a water meter at the new weir box.
"It was a pilot program," Watts
told Sheridan in explaining the reason for the payment.
Sheridan asked why Watts
had no written proof of permission, even to answer a subpoena for the records.
company, which he
said does $20 million in business annually, doesn't keep records after a job is completed.
Sheridan also discussed a KID internal memo to Vic Johnson, who was interim district manager in 2007 when the alleged misconduct by Watts was occurring.
Sheridan asked Watts
"We had a discussion," Watts
As for taking water from a KID pond known as LID 124, Watts
employees forced entry through the locked gate because they needed to resupply their construction trucks.
said, Watts Construction
built that pond for the land owner and KID
had not yet taken ownership of it, Watts
"There were no KID
Sheridan also questioned Watts
about allegedly borrowing a KID
road grader, assuming he
could have it for a small job without paying KID a rental charge.
subsequently paid KID
for the use.
One juror sent a note to Judge Carrie Runge, complaining that Watts
had not used the microphone, making it difficult to hear his responses.