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Board approves payment

September 27, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors spent $20,000 Tuesday to pay for the costs related to the post-closure agreement with the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie County Solid Waste Authority, despite concerns expressed by members of the board over what will happen once MOSA expires in 2014.

According to Shayne T. Walters, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, these payments are usually a standard event.

"Post closure is for after 2014 when MOSA is no longer running. We need funds to operate those landfills, maintain any damage, and maintain the operations of any of those transfer stations," Walters said.

Ron Barone, supervisor for the 4th Ward of Amsterdam, voted no to paying, stating that he would not vote for any payments involving MOSA until a waste management plan was established for Montgomery County once MOSA ends.

"I've been asking for a plan for, I think, six years now, and we're still sitting here and 2014 is still coming closer and closer," Barone said.

Walters said a waste management plan has already been made and the post-closure agreement has nothing to do with withdrawing from MOSA.

The approval passed. However, Barone, Amsterdam town Supervisor Thomas DiMezza and Amsterdam 1st Ward Supervisor Barbara Wheeler voted against the approval of the payment.

Some supervisors were unsure why Barone voted against the approval of the transfer.

"There isn't a dollar of this that goes into MOSA's coffers," John Thayer, supervisor for Root, said. "This is [for] maintenance of the closed landfills."

"Everything Rob Barone said about this closure is why we have a post-closure agreement. It made no sense what he just said," Walters said.

Among MOSA's holdings are two transfer stations in Montgomery County; in Sprakers and Amsterdam. Also, there are two landfills in the county it needs to take care of.



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