County commissioner Jolley to retire
Bingham County Commission Chair Cleone Jolley retires from the commission board next week.
Jolley has been a commissioner for 12 years and has been chairman from 2009 to 2013.
"I've learned a lot; it's been a good experience," said Jolley. "Some of it was not so good but for the most part, the learning experience has been good."
Jolley named several highlights of his time on the board.
"We finally have a zoning ordinance for Planning & Zoning," he said.
The review of the P&Z ordinance started in May 2005 and, after 17 drafts, was signed by the commissioners on Sept. 12, 2012.
"We consolidated the three districts [of the county] for Road and Bridge and that has been more efficient," Jolley said. "We opened Rattlesnake [Landfill] and got in and out of the contract with MSW Green without costing us a lot of money."
The contract with MSW Green Energy was signed in 2007. MSW Green agreed to build a plant that would convert solid waste into energy (diesel fuel). The plant was to be be built next to the transfer station near Moreland. The contract started June 1, 2010, and would have continued for 20 years.
By mid-June 2010, the subcontractors had stopped work because they were not being paid. As garbage was piling up, the county commissioners stepped in to take care of the situation.
In June 2011, the contract between the county and MSW Green was rescinded. Each side walked away from this contract.
Mill Creek Metals operates the Central Transfer Station near Moreland. The company pulls recyclables from the stream that saves the county money, Jolley said.
"The Regional Waste Water Authority in Shelley is good," he said. "Ammon is hooked up now which is a big thing for our county."
Jolley and his wife, Myrna, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17. The couple has three sons—Clark, Scott and Blaine. They have 12 grandchildren and their first great-grandchild is due in April.
"I'm surprised how fast we get old," said Jolley. "I grew up in the Kimball area and I remember when we got indoor plumbing.
"I remember the year there was so much snow that if you walked along the top of the snow pile, you could reach out your hand and touch the top of the power poles.
"I think there is a herd of cows that's going to take my time," said Jolley. "My sons and I take turns checking the cows at 2 a.m. but I'm afraid that job may become mine."
An open house to honor Jolley, Sheriff Dave Johnson and Prosecuting Attorney Scott Andrew is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday in courtroom number three in the Bingham County Courthouse.