Road foreman’s son cleared to work for highway department

NEWFANE — Selectboard member and Road Foreman Todd Lawley recused himself from an otherwise unanimous vote helping pave the way for his son Nicholas to join the road crew on an emergency on-call basis.

According to draft minutes of the Oct. 2 Selectboard meeting, members took up the town's exposure in having someone who is not an employee operate town equipment, and the possibility of a perceived ethical conflict in hiring the road foreman's son for the road crew.

On a motion from Chris Druke, the board decided that Nicholas would be subject to the town's standard drug testing and application process and that, if he is used, he'd be paid $12 per hour. He will also have to meet with the Selectboard at its first meeting in November.

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