It isn’t electrifying news, but the new Ada County Commishes have disconnected with Dynamis over the proposed trash-to-energy plant at the county landfill. Dynamis gets to keep the $2 million the previous board paid the private company and agrees to not sue Ada for any future claims.
“We fought to get the $2 million back, but ultimately determined it was best for taxpayers to settle,” Commissioner Jim Tibbs told the GUARDIAN. Due to certain agreements made by the previous board, county legal staff advised there was potential for a protracted legal battle with the potential for taxpayers to owe even more to the private firm, hence the settlement.
The new board with Commishes Jim Tibbs and Dave Case made it clear upon election their intent to pull the plug on Dynamis. Almost a month to the day their intentions have been realized. The Dynamis scandal was a central theme during the election campaign.
The decision by the previous commishes was the basis of a lawsuit filed by a citizens group which is still pending, but likely will be dismissed. A criminal investigation by a special prosecutor found no criminal acts to be prosecuted, but the question of violating the Idaho Constitution by lending public money to a private company goes unanswered and will probably remain unanswered.
The mutual release agreement will be presented to the Board of Commissioners to be signed on Tuesday, February 19th at 9:00 a.m., in an Open Business meeting to be held at the Ada County Courthouse, first floor Public Hearing Room.
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