Supervisors may OK waste pact

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday will consider authorizing a contract with Montgomery County for use of the Fulton County Landfill for solid waste disposal.

The board meets in its monthly session at 1 p.m. at the County Office Building.

Details of the 10-year proposed agreement were made public after being endorsed by the Montgomery County Legislature on Tuesday. Montgomery County wants to send its garbage to the Fulton County Landfill on Mud Road in the town of Johnstown and pay $33 per ton and an additional fee of between 12 percent and 15 percent, according to the proposed agreement.

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort said the total would come to about $38 per ton.

Montgomery County is looking for a way to dispose of its garbage because its arrangement with the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority ends April 30.

Monday’s proposed resolution is sponsored by the Economic Development-Environment Committee, with the endorsement of the Finance Committee. The issue hasn’t been discussed in public yet by Fulton County officials.

Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan, chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Economic Development-Environment Committee, said Friday that both panels recently discussed the proposed bi-county contract behind closed doors and recommended it to the full board.

“They got briefed in executive session for contractual reasons,” he said.

But Fagan assured the proposal will be discussed – at least by him – in the open Monday before the full board.

“People want to know what it’s about,” Fagan said. “We’ll lay out the whole scenario before we vote.”

In other business at Monday’s session, the board will consider establishing a video system upgrade project at the county jail.

Two resolutions are on the agenda related to the proposed Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center site in Perth now owned by the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency. County government will mull a contract between the county and Latham-based C.T. Male Associates to prepare an evaluation of the site’s backup generator. The board will also consider sending out requests for proposals for a site marketing plan.

In personnel matters, supervisors will consider appointing an IDA member, creating a grand jury clerk position, and seeking a grant for an assistant public defender position.