Dynamis deal officially over, Ada County out $2 million

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by Karen Zatkulak

NWCN.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 7:06 PM

BOISE -- The Dynamis deal is officially over.

Ada County Commissioners approved a resolution to end the agreement with Dynamis, and cancel the waste-to-energy project at the landfill.

Ada County announced that they will not be able to get that $2 million back.

But, commissioners say it's worth it to finally end this deal and protect the citizens.

"Our attempts to collect the $2 million, we did everything we could but in the end, we felt that the best for the county, and the taxpayers was that we resolve this," said Commissioner Dave Case.

Case says it was worth it to avoid future lawsuits with Dynamis for up to $70 million.

Under this agreement, neither side can sue.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the resolution Tuesday morning in a public hearing, and those in the audience applauded when the decision was made.

It was the first time people could address the commissioners with their concerns about the project, and the process behind it.

Those speaking out this morning passionately supported the end of the Dynamis deal.

“The end of this project is great news for air qualities and communities across the Treasure Valley, and I just want to thank you for your efforts to terminate this project," said Courtney Washburn.

But some were clearly still bothered by how the previous board handled the process.

"To this commission and others of the future, don't underestimate the knowledge, perseverance, and power of your constituents," said Kristin Stilton.

"Chairman Yzaguirre, I think you were wrong to provide a shoulder on which a bully commissioner could lean to step on the throats of the future of the children of Ada County, without allowing us any say in the process whatsoever," said Ken Lamkin.

Commissioner Rick Yzaguirre is the only one who was on the board when the waste-to-energy project went through.

Commissioners Dave Case and Jim Tibbs were later elected, and openly against the deal.

Tuesday, Yzaguirre admitted that mistakes were made.

"We probably could have done a better job about our due diligence, I was just excited about an opportunity to do something new and creative at the landfill at the time," said Yzaguirre.

Commissioners tell us while this was a painful process, it did teach them about better transparency for future deals.

No one from Dynamis was there for Tuesday's hearing, and our call for a comment was not returned. But, the company did release a statement.

"Dynamis is disappointed that the schedule no longer allows for the project to proceed.  We wish the Ada County Commissioners success with their municipal solid waste and renewable energy strategies," said C. Lloyd Mahaffey, Chairman and CEO of Dynamis.

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