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Allegany County legislators Monday adopted a formal rural numbering policy.

The numbers, being assigned town by town by fire service map technicians and local fire departments, will become the official addresses for each property parcel in the county.

The policy adopted Monday codified the practice in effect for nearly a decade as numbering has progressed.

The resolution instructs Fire Coordinator Keith Barber to send a copy to the county's 29 rural towns, asking them to sign on with the policy.

The fire service has "sole responsibility for administering and interpreting" the policy, except in villages, according to the resolution.

The fire service is responsible for producing a master address guide for the county, including providing a list of available numbers for each road in a town.

The resolution calls on telephone companies in the county to use the guide in assigning addresses to service installations.

The towns also will be asked to agree to the county fire service's dominion over address assignments.

The resolution passed without dissent.

The Legislature Monday also created a building maintenance assistant position in the Public Works Department and abolished an instrumentation and control systems technician's position.

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