County eyes future without MOSA

FONDA – The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Finance Committee on Tuesday moved a resolution to get the county out of the regional trash authority.

The committee also moved a resolution to sign an agreement with Germano & Cahill and Cashin Associates to assist the county in developing an independent solid-waste management plan.

Both resolutions are expected to be discussed by the Board of Supervisors next Tuesday.

Montgomery County has been a member of the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority since its creation in 1989.

Since then, the counties in MOSA have been involved with a service agreement. The agreement includes assurances sufficient solid waste and revenue will be provided to MOSA from the member counties.

Otsego County already received legislative authorization from the state to withdraw from MOSA when the service agreement expires on May 1, 2014.

The expiration of the agreement will end all obligations of Montgomery County and the other counties involved in MOSA.

Otsego County’s withdrawal will require member counties of MOSA to create a plan to distribute the share of assets and liabilities of MOSA that can be attributed to Otsego County.

If Montgomery and Schoharie counties decided to continue with the authority after Otsego’s withdrawal, a new public authority would be created.

The resolution effectively means the county would not rely on MOSA or a new public authority to provide its solid waste services following the end of the service agreement. The county would manage its solid waste services independently after MOSA is dissolved. The resolution also would direct Board of Supervisors Chairman John Thayer to communicate the county’s intention to Otsego and Schoharie counties and the state legislature.

The other resolution would expand a contract Cashin Associates agreed to when hired by the Board of Supervisors in March to examine the county’s current and future trash situation.

The company prepared a report for Thayer to review. Thayer said he has not reviewed the report yet.