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March 27, 2014

Casella in line to be Otsego trash partner

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The waste will be taken to public landfills that Casella manages outside the county, she said. Private haulers are expected to pay a tipping fee of an estimated $55 to $60 per ton, considerably less than the $72 rate that MOSA has been charging, she added.

In addition, with MOSA dissolving, Otsego County will no longer be financially penalized for not meeting the Guaranteed Annual Tonnage (GAT) expected by the authority. That minimum level had been set by MOSA, and the tonnage produced by Otesego County was invariably below the GAT. 

“I think we have a good deal worked out,” Rowinski said. “All the forces came together. The attorneys for the three counties are having weekly talks on the phone. All the ducks are in a row. Right now, we’re just waiting for the governor to sign off on the home rule bill, and then everyone can move forward.”

The counties have agreed to have Montgomery County assume the management responsibilities for closed landfills that will continue to require monitoring. Those costs will be shared by the same percentages used to divide the tab for MOSA’s operations - 42 percent for Montgomery County, 40 percent for Otsego County and 18 percent for Schoharie County.

Rep. Keith McCarty, R-Springfield, who has represented Otsego County on the MOSA board, said he was pleased that the county will be finally cutting ties with the authority.

 “This will give us a little more control over what happens,” he said. “We don’t have to worry about the authority getting us into debt.”

The authority’s remaining liquid assets have been estimated at about $4 million. That money is expected to be divided up by the three counties, based on their respective stakes in MOSA,, officials said.

Casella will take over the management of the two existing MOSA transfer stations in Otsego County, one located in Fly Creek, and the other in the town of Oneonta. The company is expected to offer jobs to some employees of the authority, Rowinski said.

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