by Andrew Crisp
Following two years of controversy, including allegations of misconduct, the Ada County Board of Commissioners and Dynamis Energy announced the termination of plans to build a trash-to-energy plant at the county landfill.
"The Board of Commissioners and Dynamis representatives have carefully reviewed comments from the City of Boise and the City of Meridian, as well as the financial impacts and advisability of proceeding with the project. The termination comes as a result of a variety of factors concerning the project," according to a press release issued Friday.
Dave Case, newly elected Ada County Commission chairman, said that though it was a tough decision to make, lawmakers felt it was "in the best interest of our constituents" to dissolve the agreement.
"We wish the Ada County commissioners success with their municipal solid waste and renewable energy strategies," said Dynamis Chairman and CEO Lloyd Mahaffey in a statement.
In December, the Ada County Sheriff's Office asked Bannock County Prosecutor Mark Hiedemann to look into allegations that Ada County lawmakers broke open-meeting laws before entering into a $2 million deal with Dynamis in June 2010.
An agreement to release both parties from all claims will be formally presented to the Board of Commissioners at the Ada County Courthouse, 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. The meeting will take place in the first floor Public Hearing Room.