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WHELAN: Transfer Station Needs Attention
Letter from Mary Anne Whelan

Transfer Station Needs Attention

While it’s all very well that things get recycled once they reach Albany, our local “Northern Transfer Station” is a disgrace. Anyone who doubts this is cordially invited to visit—Tuesday or Wednesday are especially good days. It is a stinking, filthy mess. Furthermore, the bins in which recycled material is supposed to go, are open: When weather gets in and dampens the contents, they go to garbage.

Casella may be the lowest bidder but they are not fit to manage this task, and I urge that they be replaced the next time their contract comes up. Management was much better under MOSA [Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority].

Additionally, cleaning up the blowing plastic along the “fence” line on the way up to the trash section is the responsibility of the county, not Casella. This is chronically neglected, despite complaints. I think the County Board should do it themselves, since they apparently can’t find the way to do it otherwise.

Mary Anne Whelan
Cooperstown

Robert J. Shirm, 65; Pennsylvanian Found Home In County

IN MEMORIAM: Robert J. Shirm, 65;

Pennsylvanian Found Home In County

MILFORD – Robert Joseph Shirm, 65, who worked for MOSA and, more recently, the National Baseball Hall of  Fame, passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, All Hallows Eve, Oct. 31, 2016, while communing with nature in the woods near his home.

He was born Oct. 9, 1951, in Williamsport, Pa., a son of the late Ralph and Mary (Roman) Shirm, and was raised and educated in Montoursville.

Pen That Abolished MOSA In County Hands

Pen That Abolished MOSA In County Hands

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, presents county Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, with the pen Governor Cuomo used to sign the legislation that abolished MOSA, the three-county solid waste authority that had locked in the county's garbage stream to an expensive disposal regimen.  The presentation was this morning at the county board's monthly meeting in Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, presents county Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, with the pen Governor Cuomo used to sign the legislation that abolished MOSA, the three-county solid waste authority that had locked in the county’s garbage stream to an expensive disposal regimen. The presentation was this morning at the county board’s monthly meeting in Cooperstown.  Seated in the background is County Attorney Ellen Coccoma.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

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