A series of procedural moves by the Ada Commishes could be aimed at ignoring public comment into the approval process for the Dynamis trash to energy project according to the group opposing the idea.
Idaho Citizens for a Safe Environment and a Transparent Government claims the Ada Commishes will attempt Tuesday to pass a resolution–which them claim is illegal–to establish an “Industrial Park” at the landfill. No public hearings are required for leases within an industrial park, so the designation is key to approval without public comment.
At the Tuesday meeting (8:45 a.m. at the Courthouse) Commishes will hold a public hearing on the RESOLUTION, but opponents say only a legally binding ORDINANCE can change a zoning designation.
Meanwhile the opposition group has presented petitions and convinced the county Planning Zoning Commission to hold a public meeting on Thursday–AFTER the surprise move to approve a lease agreement between Ada County and Dynamis. Details of the proposed Tuesday resolution were not spelled out Friday on the agenda. Commish Dave Case who opposes the project had not seen the text of the proposed industrial park resolution.
The entire hustle has caused many citizens of the county to lose faith in both the process and their elected officials.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT citizens have it all spelled out at their website.
UPDATE 11a.m. MONDAY–It looks like the Commishes may have outsmarted the opposition back in July with ordinance 772 which they will claim gives authority for the industrial park designation. The GUARDIAN has to admit the moves are coming so discreetly and at such short notice with text of proposals and ordinances so difficult to find, we are hard pressed to keep up. We cannot find ordinance 772 on line at this time. The resolution text has now been posted.
We reiterate the opinion the original $2 million loan to Dynamis violated the Idaho Constitutional prohibition of counties loaning funds or credit to private entities.
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