Silence on Dynamis lessons
On Your Side looks at why Ada County hasn't fixed a major loophole that allowed the county to "loan" money to the failed Dynamis waste to energy plant. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Tonight, we're asking if ada county has fixed major problems that led to commissers losing two million dollars.
We're talking about the debacle over the Dynamis waste to energy plant.
The commissioners seem reluctant to say what they will do to prevent history from repeating itself.
On your side is looking for answers.
It seemed like the county reached the end of it's Dynamis troubles.
"It's really not all done." says attorney Andrew Schoppe.
Andrew Schoppe says new commissioners Jim Tibbs and Dave Case have done a great thing stopping the Dynamis deal, but there are still big concerns.
For instance, how do you prevent a county from making multi million dollar loans to private companies?
It's supposed to be against state law, but somehow, the county did it with Dynamis.
"Processes are what restrain people in government and keep them honest. REPORTER: Something on paper. SCHOPPE: That's right." says Schoppe.
Schoppe and his group have submitted a list of 11 questions to the commissioners in the hopes they will right what was wrong in the past.
You'd think the county would be all for it. After all, Tibbs and Case won their offices pointing out the problems with the Dynamis deal.
But when on your side called Cheif of Staff Larry Maneely to interview the commissioners he said he didn't think this was a story. Well we thought fixing a loophole that cost the county two million dollars and still exists, was a story and we've kept at it.
For two weeks we've been requesting an interview to talk about fixing the loan loophole in general terms.
The county said it couldn't because of pending litigation. And not once did they show interest in talking about solutions after litigation was over.
"That was about the lawsuit you guys had that you dropped? Schoppe: Yeah, as of yesterday, no more reason to be concerned about that at all." says Schoppe.
Now that the lawsuits are all gone, Schoppe and his clients hope the commissioners will finally take action to make sure the Dynamis deal never happens again.