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March 7, 2014

Counties claim assets from MOSA's dismantling

Twenty-seven years after it was created by an act of the state Legislature, the regional trash authority known as MOSA is getting ready to tug down the curtains on its operations headquartered in Howes Cave.

The three counties involved in the public benefit corporation — Otsego, Schoharie and Montgomery — have decided to part company after what had been an often rocky partnership in the management of their solid waste operations.

The physical assets of the entity officially known as the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority — the transfer stations and the heavy equipment — will likely become the property of the counties in which they are currently situated.

Meanwhile, the authority’s remaining liquid assets now sit at about $4 million, officials said. That money is expected to be divided by the respective stakes in the operation, with Montgomery at 42 percent, Otsego at 40 percent and Schoharie taking the remaining 18 percent, officials said.

There is also a human dimension to the dissolution of MOSA. The authority has 20 employees, including 17 full-time staffers. They will be out of a job this spring, most likely on or about April 30, said Dennis Heaton, the authority’s executive director, who is among those who will be losing their employment.

“The goal right now is to have a smooth transition and to make this as easy for everybody involved as possible,” Heaton said in an interview. “We have a really good team doing what they need to be doing. I’d like to thank them all for doing their job so well.”

Heaton said the MOSA office building is expected to be acquired by the government of Schoharie County. The county office building was badly damaged in the flood that swamped the village of Schoharie in 2011, and the county has determined it could use some additional space, he said.

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