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A five-member committee to screen candidates for the job of superintendent of Amherst's sewage treatment plant was announced Monday by town Republican Councilwoman Jane S. Woodward, the Town Board's liaison for engineering and sewers.

However, Democratic Supervisor Daniel J. Ward has said he won't nominate the panel's selection for the vacant $55,000-a-year job unless it is his nominee, Anthony R. Canna.

Canna is a veteran chief operator at the town's Tonawanda Creek treatment plant.

As supervisor, the nomination is Ward's, subject to Town Board confirmation. The board's six Republicans have questioned Canna's qualifications, saying they will not confirm him if Ward brings the nomination to a vote.

Mrs. Woodward said the following have agreed to serve on the screening panel:

William C. LaRow Jr., a consulting engineer in the Albany area and a former top-level sewer-construction grants official with the state Department of Environmental Conservation; Gilman J. Laehy, general manager of the Buffalo Sewer Authority; Michael N. Lywood, control engineer, Regional Municipality of Niagara; Robert G. Speed, a state environmental engineer, and Frank A. Nerone, chief operator, Niagara County Sewer District No. 1.

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