Transfer station work weighed

FONDA – Montgomery County officials are executing the second step of their dissolution from the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority.

County Executive Matt Ossenfort met with the county Legislature on Monday to discuss the county’s options concerning how the transfer stations will be run after April 30, when its arrangement with MOSA ends.

Ossenfort said the county could use the public sector, the private sector or a combination of both to monitor the transfer stations.

In February, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors approved a 10-year deal with Montgomery County to allow it to dispose its waste at the Fulton County Landfill.

After establishing the agreement with Fulton County, Ossenfort sent a request for proposals for the monitoring of the county’s transfer stations.

“Even in our RFP to run the transfer stations, it utilizes county employees out of the waste stations as well as providing administrative work,” he said. “I don’t see it as a completely private operation; I believe it would be a partnership.”

Ossenfort discussed the pros and cons of both sectors.

He said while the private sector could offer a clearer picture of what the costs will be in the future, it might cost the county more.

Utilizing the public sector would leave the county with more control, including over tipping fees, but it could increase the county’s liability, he said. Ossenfort noted the county is self-insured and one of the big issues with running the transfer stations publicly would be the risk of injuries and accidents.

Ossenfort said he doesn’t know where he stands on the issue, but he will once he has all of the information from both the public and private sectors.

He said no matter what decision the Legislature comes to, it cannot wait until the end of the month. Doing so would leave the county or a private company little time to prepare to run the operation.

Ossenfort also said that in his meetings with Otsego County, the option for Montgomery County to do the post-closure management for all three of the counties involved in MOSA came up.

He said the county also sent an RFP for post-closure management and got responses. Gotta Do Contracting of Jordan, Onondaga County, responded to the RFP with interest in both the transfer station monitoring and the post-closure management. County Waste and Recycling of Troy responded to monitoring the transfer stations. O’Brien Construction & Property Management of Glenmont responded with interest in the post-closure management.

Ossenfort said his biggest goal in this whole process is to make sure that the tipping fee, the charge levied upon a given quantity of waste received at the waste processing facility, does not increase for the county.

“Come that fist day post-MOSA, we will be operating and we will [have] the tipping fee at [the same figure] or lower than before,” he said.