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Waste plan still needed

June 23, 2013

For years, elected officials in Montgomery County criticized the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority....

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Jun-24-13 9:15 AM

Maybe we should return to the days of the "town dump" and trash the whole idea of a county wide "authority" dictating how each municipality disposes of its solid waste. Small rural town could handle their own trash in a small landfill with limited hours of operation. "Reduce and Recycle", leading to shortfalls in the GAT and fines, levied by MOSA, is the most ridiculous rule I ever heard.

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Jun-23-13 10:05 PM

"tommylarry" has it right. Montgomery County needs to site their own landfill and their own cost. There are certainly sufficient sites throughout the county.

As far as Fulton County goes, the Fulton County landfill should except no waste that is not generated in Fulton County and the overpaid and underqualified leader of the Department of Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard, should terminate that existing contracts with haulers from outside of Fulton County.

While the "deals" that he has arranged make his balance sheet appear favorable, it will cost Fulton County dearly in future years for expansion of the Mud Road Landfill and ultimately siting a new landfill.

While Montgomery and Fulton Counties share a common boundary, the do not share a landfill. Montgomery County needs to develope their own disposal plan or stick with MOSA.

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Jun-23-13 12:41 PM

How long would it take to find possible sites, do the surveys, environmental impact studies Get permits.....etc... Build it.......3, 5 years.....more?....

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Jun-23-13 12:37 PM

Ron, you made my point exactly. The landfill is one of the few good things this county has and will be around for decades to come if it is continued to be managed properly. shortening the lifespan of the landfill by accepting trash from out of the county (ie. Mont. County) would be short sighted.

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Jun-23-13 12:11 PM

Hill, history did not begin yesterday, people have been trying to get 'rich' and better off since the dawn of man, you and I included. If more people had that sentiment and drive we would not need the Social Services Waste Plan. Instead, in this day and age we have people who think 'rich' people are evil and that thuggery and theft and somebody else's wealth will make themselves better off, that's a 'learned' trait, not instinctive. Who do you think taught them that???

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Jun-23-13 9:49 AM

In this day and age of people willing to do anything to get rich, it boggles the mind that a landfill can not be sited in MC. There is enough of rural, vacant land making it seems possible. The "not in my backyard" mentality can be combated with incentives such as tax breaks for the town, and buying properties at high market value. With all the pro-frackers out there who shun the environmental concerns, it’s a wonder a landfill is out of the question. MC should hire the PR firm that the pro fracking interests use. They could make anything seem good.

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Jun-23-13 7:48 AM

..cont.. Finally, we already have a 'Waste Plan'.. it's called DSS. MC needs to start providing services to the property tax payer at the 'expense' of Social Services, NOT the other way around.

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Jun-23-13 7:48 AM

tommylarry, I think your right. And that would mean two things, fist it would give the Fulton Co. politicians more money to spend on their pet projects and second it will shorten the life of Fulton Co. landfill. And where would Fulton Co. build a new landfill when this one is full, the Fulton Co. politicians need to think about that now before we start accepting Montgomery Co. waste. Because Fulton Co. land is inside the blue line and the state is not going to allow a landfill to be built inside the blue line so that leaves the towns of Broadalbin and Perth that the county could build a new landfill. But that is what the politicians do most of them can not see past the end of their nose.

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Jun-23-13 7:43 AM

This situation is far more serious than this article alludes to. Here at the Town of Mohawk transfer station we can now only drop off household waste and recyclables. Everything else we have to haul to the MOSA dump in Sprakers PLUS we have to pay a yearly fee of $125 to use the transfer station. Next, the Town of Mohawk will not provide the means to comply with the Law with regards to burning limbs, brush etc.(only leaves are ok to drop off) We're told by Town Officials to burn anyway, nobody will prosecute. I have to check with the County DA to find out what other Laws we can ignore. Me and a lot of my rural neighbors burn whatever we can to avoid the hassle of all the above while we continue to send most of our property taxes to the DSS trash fund. Here's an idea, all of the property tax payers in MC should drop off their trash in Downtown Fonda. In a few weeks they'll HAVE to build the 'Fonda Bypass'. The message here to MC officials is NO EXCUSES,FIX THIS MESS NOW.

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Jun-23-13 7:11 AM

The waste will come here to Fulton co., mark my words. The politicians won't be able to resist the $$$.

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