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May 17, 2014

Step Back in Time: May 17, 2014

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May 17, 1989

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Board of Representatives is leaning toward approving a 25-year contract with the Tri-County Waste Authority at tonight’s meeting. But members of FATE, Fight Against Toxic Emissions, a group that opposes the Authority, plan to show up to urge representatives to vote no.

Thirteen of the 14 representatives were polled Tuesday. Seven said they approve of the agreement, five are undecided and one opposes the contract.

Some who plan on voting for the contract admitted they have serious reservations, but will vote for the agreement because the county has few alternatives.

The Authority was proposed as a regional solution to the problem of waste disposal. Over the past couple of years the state has forced the closing of most town dumps, as well as the Oneonta city-town landfill, and has tightened the rules for expanding county landfills, adding greatly to the expense. Otsego, Montgomery and Schoharie counties negotiated the Authority idea to deal with the problem. Garbage from all three counties would go to the Montgomery County landfill, which would be taken over by the Authority.

Among those who plan to vote “Yes,” are: Ralph Griffiths, R-Oneonta; Joseph Kenyon, D-Worcester; Hugh Henderson, R-Oneonta; Deane Winsor, D-Milford; Carl Higgins, R-Edmeston; John Nader, D-Oneonta; and Charles Bateman, R-Cooperstown.

“It’s the only game in town,” Higgins said. It’s a viable solution to the garbage problem. It’s three counties dealing with one issue. In the long run, if it works, it will be cheaper.”

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