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January 12, 2013

Otsego reps question MOSA appraisal


“If its MOSA’s intent to approve or disapprove, we’d like to ask them to slow down a little bit,” Rowinski told The Star. “At first glance, we think those numbers (the values given to the two Otsego County transfer stations) are inflated. It’s hard to say where they came up with their figures. We have an obligation not to give away too many of our assets.”

Rowinski said Otsego County officials acquired the document from Powers, who obtained it in his capacity as a MOSA board member.

Otsego County officials, after conferring with the county’s consultant on waste disposal, Hans Arnold, have decided they want to create a public-private partnership to oversee trash management within the county once it breaks ties with MOSA.

Heaton maintained that MOSA has become far more efficient than it was a few years ago, and that Otsego County will end up seeing its costs for trash management increase if it ends its ties with the authority.

“If it turns out to be anything like the recycling program they have now, it will definitely cost them more,” Heaton said.

Wesnofske, though, said Otsego is making a wise choice by pulling out of MOSA.

“MOSA became a crippled organization that was not capable of meeting its future challenges for solid waste and doing it in an economical way,” he said. “The market has changed over 20 years, and what was once a common waste shed has now become a divided waste shed, with the development of more infrastructure in the Capital Region.”

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