Trash deal with Montgomery County weighed

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County supervisors are considering allowing Montgomery County to use the Fulton County landfill.

Supervisors on Tuesday considered a proposed resolution to contract with Montgomery County, but Fulton County took no action after closed-door discussions.

An item related to accepting Montgomery County’s solid waste was on the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development-Environment Committee.

“We have had meetings with Montgomery County,” Fulton County Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard told the committee.

The proposed agenda item indicated Montgomery County officials have asked to use the Fulton County landfill on Mud Road in the town of Johnstown starting next year.

The Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority’s current arrangement with Montgomery County is coming to an end.

Fulton County officials indicated they have discussed contract terms with Montgomery County.

The committee Tuesday discussed the matter behind closed doors, going into an executive session for what county Administrative Officer Jon Stead said was an “employment history of a contract.” The committee took no immediate action after the session.

Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael F. Gendron, committee chairman, said no action likely would be taken until Montgomery County takes action.

Bouchard, Gendron, Fulton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rick Argotsinger, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort and Montgomery County Legislature Chairman Thomas Quackenbush couldn’t be reached for comment this morning.

When Montgomery County’s arrangement with MOSA?ends, the county will have to decide how to dispose of its garbage. Since 1989, MOSA has managed trash disposal for Montgomery, Otsego and Schoharie counties. MOSA operates five transfer stations in the three counties It arranges for about 117,000 tons of garbage to be hauled to landfills in the western part of New York state and maintains two closed landfills, one of them in Montgomery County.

However, officials in Montgomery County complained for years about how much it costs for MOSA to take care of garbage. Now that MOSA’s service agreement with the three counties is ending April 30, all of the counties are taking steps to dissolve MOSA.

Fulton County accepts waste from outside its borders. The municipal rate in Fulton County is $33 a ton for garbage, while the rate for out-of-county garbage is $56 a ton. Bouchard said in November it’s possible Fulton County could take Montgomery County’s garbage, at least in the short term.

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