It has taken them two and a half years and following the lead of the Meridian City Council, Boise has issued a formal letter in opposition to the Ada County-Dynamis trash to energy scheme.
In the LETTERwas sent December 11 to the Ada Commishes, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is critical of the lack of public participation in the licensing and zoning process used by the Ada Commishes to approve the project.
We applaud both the City Council and the Mayor for seeing the light after spending $60,000 of public money in a successful effort two years ago to deny voters the right to approve debt for major projects at the BOI airport. Boise has worked hard to thwart efforts of citizens to have a voice in everything from urban renewal to construction of a police headquarters. This apparent change of heart is welcome.
With citizen outrage from Meridian, The Ada Planning and Zoning Commission, The GUARDIAN, and the Idaho Statesman, Bieter has plenty of fodder for his cannon to oppose the Dynamis project. It is done in the name of protecting Boise ratepayers and citizens who breath the air. Let’s hope this the dawning of a new age at City Hall that will see transparency in government that is sorely lacking at the county level.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality also released a report recently which didn’t bode well for the project. Meanwhile the investigation to gather facts for the special prosecutor assigned to the case has been completed. The report is under consideration to determine if the constitution was violated when the county paid $2 million to the private firm and if other laws were violated.
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