Canyon County Highway District Commissioner McEvoy Pleads Guilty to Probation Violation Over Illegal Dump 

- John McEvoy's property in Canyon County was littered with used tires, rusting oil tanks and abandoned structures when Boise Weekly visited in 2016. -  - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • John McEvoy's property in Canyon County was littered with used tires, rusting oil tanks and abandoned structures when Boise Weekly visited in 2016.
In 2016, Boise Weekly drove out to a field near Caldwell, where rusted-out cars, derelict buildings and run-down trailers, and slowly decaying oil drums littered the landscape. The property, owned by Canyon County Highway District Commissioner John McEvoy, has been an eyesore for neighbors and a point of legal contention for years, but on Feb. 12, McEvoy pleaded guilty of failing to adhere to a waste cleanup plan Canyon County laid out for him in 2017, Idaho Press reports.

In 1994, neighbor Debbie Hribik said she saw McEvoy burying oil in a pit on the property, and over the years, she and her neighbors have seen the piles of derelict equipment, rusting metal and potentially toxic materials accumulate there. They alerted law enforcement and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and McEvoy has racked up a slew of charges, including two misdemeanor nuisance charges in 2005 that were ultimately dismissed, two livestock at large charges and one charge of cruelty to animals.

Canyon County Development Services created a cleanup plan in 2017 for the property, dividing it into 17 inspection zones and making a list of 400 "nuisance" items and materials there, after McEvoy was sentenced for misdemeanor public nuisance and failing to obtain a building permit. On Feb. 12, however, Development Services Director Patricia Nilsson told a Canyon County court that McEvoy had been playing a shell game, cleaning one zone by redistributing its nuisance materials into other zones.

Judge Jerold Lee called for a "good faith" remediation plan to clarify to McEvoy what items need to be removed from his property and create a framework for cleaning the area—preliminary moves that must be completed by a follow-up hearing on Thursday, March 21, or McEvoy could spend up to 335 days in jail.
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