The proposed Dynamis waste-to-energy project hinges on unproven technology, and Ada County commissioners "flippantly" spent $2 million in tax dollars supporting the project without getting adequate public comment, a commission candidate said today.
Republican Dave Case, an Ada County Highway District commissioner, wrote in response to Wednesday's Statesman endorsement backing incumbent commissioner Sharon Ullman.
Wrote Case: 'There are two issues, whether or not gasification of trash works, but more important, the process of closed-door negotiations that occurred pushing this through and then loaning Dynamis your money to start their project which may not even succeed. Why wasn’t more information complied and what was the rush while flippantly spending constituents’ money?"
Here, in full, is Case's rebuttal:
As the Statesman acknowledged, I have endorsements from some of the most influential office holders in Ada County who, collectively, have helped effectively guide our county. Retiring Ada County Commissioner Vern Bisterfeldt, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd and Eagle Mayor Jim Reynolds recognize my likeable qualities which have convinced them that I will continue their tradition by providing quality leadership to improve issues within the county. I admire these fine leaders who are well-respected by voters throughout the Treasure Valley.
I have been critical of the Dynamis project that my opponent took only nine days to approve and spend the taxpayers’ $2 million on a project appearing to have no proven concept in this field, nor willing to answer any questions raised by educated citizens. It’s a valid concern which poses both a health risk and an imploding cost for us. There are two issues, whether or not gasification of trash works, but more important, the process of closed-door negotiations that occurred pushing this through and then loaning Dynamis your money to start their project which may not even succeed. Why wasn’t more information complied and what was the rush while flippantly spending constituents’ money?
Citizens depend on someone who is approachable, willing to listen to their needs and concerns, and then gather necessary information to make well-informed decisions that impact everyone. Respectful communication with the public is important to me. It’s vital to have a county forum in which citizens feel comfortable to participate in and propose their ideas or voice concerns. It is essential to have a positive collaboration of all the cities within Ada County whose main goal is to well-serve their constituents.
My focus is to be responsible toward all issues (county budget, emergency management systems, roadways, law enforcement and fire protection, overall welfare of families, landfills, county court system, parks and recreation, growth for business, etc.) pertaining to our community and responsive to your needs. I am dedicated to public service and conducting county business fiscally and effectively.
If elected, I assure there will be more transparency in government to make certain you are well aware of how your hard-earned tax dollars are spent. I have enjoyed meeting many concerned voters during my candidacy. I would appreciate the opportunity to provide a welcome new perspective for Ada County and would ask for your vote on May 15.