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Waste disposal plan needed

July 12, 2012
The Leader Herald

To some, 21 months is a long time, but it's a short period for a local government to come up with a waste-disposal program.

Montgomery County supervisors have to figure out what they will do with trash after the county's contract with the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority runs out in May 2014. Supervisors also have to decide how to handle Otsego County's likely withdrawal from the authority before the contract expires.

The authority, known as MOSA, has been at the heart of heated debate practically since MOSA was created in 1987 under the state Public Authorities Law. MOSA, governed by an eight-member board, was created to help the three counties plan, develop, construct, operate and maintain solid-waste facilities. The service area for MOSA includes the three counties, comprising 2,045 square miles of land and about 143,000 people.

Despite the fact Montgomery County has had 25 years to come up with a plan for trash after the MOSA contract expires, county leaders have decided nothing.

In June 2011, Montgomery County officials first got word Otsego County may withdraw from MOSA early. The state Legislature approved that county's proposal, and in February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill. MOSA's governing board met June 28, and its members passed a resolution that will get the ball rolling on asset appraisal.

Now, Montgomery County supervisors are scrambling to figure out what to do.

After May 2014, the county's likely options are either to remain in MOSA, probably without Otsego County, or come up with its own waste management plan.

We agree with Root Supervisor John Thayer, who is also a member of the MOSA board: Something should have been done much sooner.

The county's politicians have been griping about MOSA for years, and now the end times are near. The county's taxpayers need to know soon what officials plan to do about the county's trash-removal needs.



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