Meridian warns Ada Co. over Dynamis
Meridian says it may withhold trash from Ada Co. landfill if not included in the process to set up Dynamis. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Meanwhile, the City of Meridian wants Ada County to slow down it's deal with Dynamis. City leaders say they're worried the plant emissions could be harmful to your health and say they haven't been kept in the loop.
So, Meridian may use trash as leverage. The question is, will it result in higher costs to take out the garbage? It's no surprise trash is big business in Ada County.
The multi-million dollar Dynamis deal is one indication of that, but the City of Meridian says it reserves the right to take it's trash elsewhere if the county doesn't include them in the process.
"When you don't follow the process then the city has to look at what's in the best interest of taxpayers," said Bill Nary, Meridian City Attorney. "And look out for the cost and impact ot citizens."
The city says the commissioners didn't do a feasibility study on the Dynamis plant, as required under state code. They sent this letter to the county saying it felt the county was proceeding at great peril and risk to all of our county residents. Bottom line, Meridian felt left out.
"There's never been dialogue on the city's role or the city's buy in or participation in what they're doing," Nary said. The county says Meridian and Kuna combine to provide 14 percent of the trash sent to the landfill. If Meridian sends it's trash elsewhere, we asked nary if costs would go up? Nary said unequivocally no.
The city would only make the move if it was cheaper. Nary tells us the city has been working on the draft of the letter it sent for months. As of today, Meridian says the Ada County Commissioners haven't responded to their concerns.