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January 12, 2013

Otsego reps question MOSA appraisal


He said he has asked MOSA to delay further discussion of the appraisal report until February.

“We want to see if we can close the gap to where we can feel comfortable” to settle the dispute expeditiously.

MOSA Executive Director Dennis Heaton and Otsego County Planner Karen Sullivan both refused to release the appraisal report to The Daily Star. Both asked that the newspaper submit a request for the document under the Freedom of Information Law. The FOIL request was sent to four Otsego County officials at midday Friday, but the document had not been produced at the close of business.

According to the draft minutes of the MOSA board meeting in Howes Cave on Dec. 20, MOSA Chairman John Thayer asked that the document be kept under wraps, while Wesnofske urged it be posted on the Internet immediately.

“Chairman Thayer remarked that copies of the appraisal needed to go to all three counties, so that a value could be agreed upon by all four parties,” the draft minutes state.

“He asked that the appraisal not be released to the public until the MOSA board has a chance to look it over and meet again. The next scheduled meeting is January 29th, the annual organizational meeting. Mr. Wesnofske disagreed, suggesting the appraisal go on the MOSA website now.”

Heaton said the board agreed to pay $77,000 to have the appraisal work completed. He noted that all three MOSA board members from Otsego County —  Powers, Wesnofske and former Otsego County Board of Representatives Chairman Sam Dubben — all voted in favor of awarding the contract for the appraisal to CRA.

The appraisal was also the subject of a hastily called meeting of the Otsego County Solid Waste and Environmental Concerns Committee on Thursday. Its chairwoman, Rep. Linda Rowinski, D-Oneonta, and Powers, both said it was held in executive session — meaning the public was not allowed in the room.

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