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March 7, 2014

Counties claim assets from MOSA's dismantling

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A final dissolution of MOSA will require the state Legislature to pass a bill now moving through committees in Albany, No opposition has been raised, Heaton and other officials said.

The three counties have all issued requests for proposals to lure a firm to help them manage the waste collected within their respective county borders.

Four proposals arrived this week for Otsego County’s business, said Otsego County Rep. Linda Rowinski, D-city of Oneonta, who heads the county’s Solid Waste and Environmental Concerns Committee.

What they counties will do with the cash they acquire from the breakup of MOSA is not immediately clear. In the case of Otsego County, Rowinski said she hopes the windfall — which could to $1.5 million or more — will be dedicated to solid waste needs, as launching a new approach is apt to require an investment of public funds.

The county is continuing to get guidance from its trash consultant, Hans Arnold, who will be reviewing the various proposals and is likely to make a recommendations soon to the solid waste committee, she said. If that happens later this month, the full county board could be asked to approve an arrangement with a private trash firm in April.

Another question that lingers is: Where will the trash be hauled to once it is collected in the three counties? Officials said the firms picked to manage the trash operations are expected to have a major say in that decision.

MOSA’s transfer stations in Otsego County are located in Fly Creek and in Oneonta. Those are expected to be managed by the firm that eventually contracts with the county in what officials are billing as a public-private partnership.

Asked if he has any plans once MOSA is dissolved, Heaton said, “I’ve been doing garbage for 25 years. “You just keep moving forward.”

MOSA's moola• $4 million Total MOSA liquid assets• 42 percent Montgomery County's share• 40 percent Otsego's share• 18 percent Schoharie's share

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