Malta town board sides with super in highway grievance

"As far as the use of flagmen, it's not mandatory," said Adriance. "It depends on the given situation and the given conditionsThe board made their decision based upon those factors."

Town Attorney Thomas Peterson advised the board that the question was not about their opinion of the safety of the situation, but whether the action taken by Adriance constituted a breach of the contract with the highway union.

"It's a cop out if you ask me," said Osterhout of the vote. "Whether there's a law or not, people still have to be safe."

He said that the union will be examining its options. If the union continues to pursue the grievance, a mediator would be brought in to hear arguments from both sides.

Osterhout said he'll continue to pursue a change to procedure in some manner, even if this grievance stops here.

"I'm just trying to get things where we're not afraid to go to work," he said. "Safety is still the main concern and we still have to figure out a way to do it.""

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