Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said Monday that the town may have found a way to provide labor to private organizations without violating the law.
Demler said Laborers Local 91 offered its work force to assist in jobs such as paving on private property that town crews historically have provided free of charge.
At its March 9 meeting, the Town Board was told by Attorney Robert O'Toole that despite the size of the job or the intention, the practice of providing manpower to do small jobs for churches, schools and volunteer fire halls is improper.
A request had been received from St. James Lutheran Church, 2437 Niagara Road, Sanborn, for the town to provide manpower free of charge to blacktop a cemetery walkway. The board took no action on the request. At that meeting it was noted that crews from the Highway Department have a longtime practice of doing a wide range of jobs on private property such as snow removal and paving.
Demler said although the town provided a work force, the organization paid for materials and rented the heavy equipment. The jobs never cost more than $300, Demler said. Demler said the union leaders offered assistance to the town with the added hope that the work would provide training to some of its less experienced members. No date was set for the job
at St. James.