Ada County Commission Chairman Rick Yzaguirre said the point of Fridays meeting is to have Dynamis CEO Lloyd Mahaffey take questions from the board on the countys contract with the Eagle company to build a garbage gasification plant at the Ada County Landfill.
Green energy, job creation, a chance for new technology that is what we bought into two years ago, Yzaguirre said Wednesday. It has been slow to come to reality. I am hoping that Lloyd can give us some specific deadlines and dates as to when this is going to happen.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the main floor hearing room at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front St. The public can attend Fridays meeting, but the commission will not take any comments or questions from the public.
Meanwhile, Idaho Citizens for a Safe Environment and a Transparent Government is calling for an investigation into whether Ada County and Dynamis Energy may have engaged in fraudulent or unlawful conduct in connection with the $70 million planned waste-to-energy facility at the countys landfill.
On Wednesday, the groups attorney, Andrew Schoppe, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower that included affidavits from engineer Charles Ariss and Pam Woodies, a former Ada County commissioners clerk.
According to Ariss affidavit, Dynamis entered a contract with Ada County in June 2010 listing Ariss as a consulting engineer on the waste-to-energy project. Ariss said he never agreed to serve as the consulting engineer or in any other capacity on the Dynamis Project.
The Idaho Citizens group cited Woodies affidavit in its allegations that the commissioners skirted the open-meetings law by holding separate meetings with Dynamis officials prior to awarding the contract on June 30, 2010.
The Eagle City Council, too, has questions about the Dynamis project. It has scheduled a joint meeting with the Ada County commissioners for 3:30 p.m. July 12 at the courthouse. The public can attend this meeting, but the council and commission wont take questions.
Under the current contracts timeline, construction was to have started in March and be completed by January.
Dynamis has not even applied for a building permit for the plant that will gasify up to 408 tons of trash, including up to 61 tons of tires, to generate 20 megawatts of electricity daily.
Under the contract, the county will not issue Dynamis a building permit until the company repays the $2 million the county gave it in 2010 to design the plant.
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell