Monday, August 27, 2012

UPDATE: Boise Police Now Investigating Ada County Deal With Dynamis

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

UPDATE: 2 p.m
Boise Police Department spokesman Charles McClure confirmed to Citydesk that Boise Police detectives are helping in the Dynamis investigation.

"We have been asked by the Bannock County Prosecutor's Office to assist them in their investigation," McClure told Citydesk. "We are asked to assist on matters such of this, when there might be a possible conflict of interest."

McClure would not comment on the investigation other than to say all questions should be forwarded to the Bannock County Prosecutor's Office.

The Boise Guardian reports that an investigation into Ada County commissioners and their dealings with waste-to-energy developer Dynamis now involves the Boise Police Department.

In response to a citizen's complaint alleging commissioners violated open-meeting laws before entering into an agreement with Dynamis, lawmakers agreed to an outside investigation. But apparently, finding someone who is "outside" is providing difficult.

Guardian editor Dave Frazier reports that after being bounced from Ada County to Bannock County, the matter has been referred to the Boise Police Department, where detectives will determine if any wrongdoings will lead to formal charges.

Ada County commissioners struck a $2 million deal with Dynamis in June 2010 to build a waste-to-energy plant at the county landfill. Dynamis promised to convert trash into electricity to be marketed to Idaho Power, but only after the county provided Dynamis with up to 300 tons of trash daily.

But Dynamis has yet to turn any dirt, let alone apply for a building permit.

Meanwhile, Commissioners Rick Yzaguirre and Sharon Ullman voted to kill a motion by Commissioner Dave Case to terminate all contracts and franchise agreements with Dyamis and to demand repayment of the $2 million.

Ullman, whose days are numbered on the commission after being defeated in the May primary, insists that the controversy swirling around Dyamis was "extremely political." But Case, who defeated Ullman in the primary, has campaigned heavily against the project.

Making matters worse is a $30 million tort claim against Ada County from Hidden Hollow Energy, alleging the Dynamis deal is a breach of an existing contract between it and the county.

The claim details how Hidden Hollow has been converting trash to energy since 2006 at the Ada County landfill, with Ada County reaping $250,000 in royalties each year for the energy being sold to Idaho Power.

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