Montgomery County has passed a deal that would give its garbage a new home. Time Warner Cable New Reporter Barry Wygel has the story of how in the wake of closing a facility, the county has been able to work out a deal that it says will make everyone happy.
FONDA, N.Y. -- The newly installed Montgomery County Executive and Board of Legislators started the year with a number of pending issues, including where to put its garbage.
"MOSA is a three county public authority that has handled waste over the years, the long and short of it is it is going to be ending," said Matt Ossenfort, Montgomery County Executive.
Come May 1, the county would have that waste on its hands.
Newly-elected County Executive Matt Ossenfort says he knew they needed a plan.
"We have what I would call a landmark inter-municipal agreement. We're going to be bringing our waste to Fulton County for a period of ten years, and I think we have a price that is good for taxpayers," said Ossenfort.
"It shows inter-municipal cooperation with another county, something that we have been striving for; consolidation, shared services," said Thomas Quackenbush, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Legislators.
Those key words were echoed by the Governor in both his state of the state and budget address, calling for local governments to look for ways to save the taxpayers money.
"This was in the works before the state of the state speech, but I think it shows when two counties want to work together in a way that is mutually beneficial, it can happen," said Ossenfort.
"It's great for our taxpayers, Montgomery County," said Quackenbush.
The deal was unanimously approved by the Montgomery County Board of Legislators.
It will now move on to Fulton County officials, who have declined to comment on the deal until approved in Fonda.