Four weeks after outgoing Republican Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman cast a vote to extend the contract with Dynamis Energy from 2019 to 2042, Democrats will meet to discuss "what we can do about it," according to a Facebook posting by Ada Democratic Chairwoman Colleen Fellows.
The hour-long meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the IBEW Hall at 225 16th St. in Boise. The public is welcome.
"There are far too many unanswered questions about how our County Commission has handled the project and how the plant will operate," writes Fellows. "This is our backyard!"
On May 22, a week after Ullman was defeated in the GOP primary by Dynamis opponent Dave Case, she and GOP Commissioner Rick Yzaguirre approved an agreement to “amend and restate” the county’s deal with Dynamis. The new contract now allows Dynamis to bring in waste from other sources “with a higher BTU content," perhaps including old tires.
Three days after the 2-0 vote, Case was appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to fill a vacancy on the commission left by the retirement of Vern Bisterfeldt for health reasons. Case faces Democrat Thomas Howell in November. GOP nominee Jim Tibbs faces Democrat Larry Rincover in the second commission race. Yzaguirre is not on the ballot until 2014.
Ada entered a public/private partnership with Dynamis Energy in June 2010 to build a waste-to-energy plant at the Ada County landfill. The county paid Dynamis $2 million to design the plant, which will cost about $70 million to build.
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