Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dynamis Investigation: Ada County Commissioners' Conduct 'Troubling,' But 'Not Criminal'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The Bannock County prosecutor announced this morning that "no criminal conduct occurred" in Ada County commissioners' dealings with Dynamis, the wannabe waste-to-energy developer.

While Bannock County Prosecutor Mark Hiedeman said that 6,000 pages of documents contained "troubling references to some conduct by the Ada County Commission," none rose "to the level of criminal conduct."

"It appears that the commission may have engaged in 'serial meetings,'" wrote Heideman. "It is not settled law in Idaho that those types of meetings are unlawful. Some but not all actions taken by the commission as a whole and individually were taken on the advice of legal counsel."

Heideman's office was hired by the Ada County Sheriff's Office to look into the Ada County Commission's controversial dealings with Dynamis, after allegations were launched that lawmakers broke open-meeting laws before entering into a $2 million deal with Dynamis in June 2010,.

"The lawsuit filed by the idaho Citizens for a Safe Environment and a Transparent Government will settle all issues pertaining to actions taken by the Ada County Commisison," wrote Heideman. "There is no evidence of any commissioner receiving a benefit in exchange for official actions related to the Dynamis contract."

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