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Allegany County legislators today will interview candidates for the job of county economic development chief.

Interviews with three candidates will get under way at 11 a.m., Legislator Brent Reynolds, R-Alfred, chairman of the Planning and Development Committee, told legislators Monday.

The successful candidate will be named director of the Economic Development Office and executive director of the county's Industrial Development Agency.

Julie Marshall, who was development director, resigned last year to take a similar post in Livingston County.

Walter M. Martelle of Wellsville, who had been executive director of the Industrial Development Agency, resigned last year, along with members of the agency board.

In the aftermath of the resignations, legislators decided to combine the responsibilities into one job.

In other developments, the Legislature:

Approved a $1.5 million capital project to fund the eventual closing of 8.5 acres of the county landfill in Angelica.

Public Works Chairman James Graffrath, R-Andover, said the money will fund engineering studies so the county can seek grant money for the closure.

Lawrence Dye Inc. of Cuba, representing St. Paul Insurance Co., was awarded a contract for insurance and related services Monday.

Dye's bid of $133,587 was accepted for insurance coverage such as property, liability, automobile and police professional liability.

The resolution also permits board clerk Brenda Hotchkiss and the Personnel Committee to secure additional coverage.

Asked Gov. George E. Pataki to include money in the upcoming state budget to finish the conversion of Route 17 into Interstate 86. The resolution also urges funding for the Route 219 corridor.

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