Path to end of MOSA clear: official

FONDA – The path for dissolving the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority is looking clearer, the chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday.

The county is currently under a contract with MOSA. The contract ends April 30, and the board has been adamant about getting out of?MOSA and finding another way for the county’s waste to be handled. Officials in the county have complained for years about how much it costs for MOSA to take care of garbage.

Board of Supervisors Chairman John Thayer said there was a meeting between Montgomery, Schoharie and Otsego counties as well as MOSA representatives Monday. The group discussed putting together legislation so the dissolution process for MOSA can begin.

All three counties must create bills for the dissolution and send them to state legislators, so they can be presented when the state Senate and Assembly sessions begin Jan. 1.

Thayer said he hopes the bills will be introduced early in the sessions so the process can move quickly.

The county has hired attorney Michael Cahill of Germano and Cahill to develop the bill which can be sent to state legislators.

At a special meeting Sept. 18, Cahill said the intent is to dissolve MOSA next year between May and October, before another MOSA budget is needed for 2015.

Otsego County has already received approval from the state to withdraw from MOSA under home-rule law. Now, though, that county is looking to amend the legislation so it can dissolve MOSA as well, officials said.

Thayer said he had a feeling Schoharie County didn’t want to withdraw from MOSA.

However, he said, Schoharie County recently passed a resolution to exit MOSA.

“This leaves a very clear path for the end of MOSA,” Thayer said. “Now that the three counties are going to put a request in – and if the Legislature honors that request and passes the legislation and the governor signs it – then MOSA’s done. That’s it, it’s all done. The state created it at a request from the three counties, and the state will dissolve it at the request of the three counties.”

When asked what the county plans on doing with its garbage, Thayer said, “We’re working on that.”

The county is continuing discussions with Fulton County about a possible waste management system, he said.

“We don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket until we have a good deal,” he said.

Fulton?County officials have declined to work with Montgomery?County on trash disposal in the past.