Thanks for a great 2018 Highway School!

 

Join us for the 74th Annual Highway School June 3-5, 2019 at Ithaca College.

 

See you next year!

 

Highway School

The Highway School features short sessions of general interest in the mornings and 24-28 afternoon workshops lasting 75 minutes each. A partnership with statewide vendors supports the Pothole Picnic on the first day. Over 700 participants, the majority being local highway and public works officials, attend the Highway School every year.

The Association of Towns of the State of New York co-sponsors the Highway School, and handles all of the registrations.

 

2018 Highway School Topics

Recycled Asphalt Pavement
Preparing for Emergencies
What New & Used Superintendents Need to Know.
Highway Signs
Selecting the Right Repair for Your Pavement
When to Replace or Repair Equipment
Asset Management Basics
Legal Panel
Stormwater Management
Shared Services Roundtable

 

Agenda

Monday Morning
Monday Afternoon
Tuesday Morning
Tuesday Afternoon
Wednesday Morning

 

 

Monday Morning - General Session

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall, 2nd Floor

 

7:40 am - Video
"Night Lights - How Retroreflectivity Makes Our Roads Safer"
by The American Traffic Safety Services

 

8.00 am - Presiding / Pledge of Allegiance
David Orr P.E., Director,
Cornell Local Roads Program (CLRP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.05 am - Welcome / Comments
Bernie Meyer, Highway Superintendent, Town of Canaan & President,
NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways (NYSAOTSOH)

 

8:15 am - What New & Seasoned Superintendents Need To Know
Bernie Meyer, Highway Superintendent,Town of Canaan & President, NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways (NYSAOTSOH)

 

Bernie will provide a overview of the critical things every highway and public works superintendent needs to know to perform their job.

 

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8:45 am - Treatment Selection Tools for Pavement Preservation
Scott Harris, Liquid Asphalt Distributers Association (LADA)

Scott will provide an overview of the various pavement treatments
and ways to determine which repairs should be used for various
pavement conditions.

 

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9:15 am - Preparing for Emergencies
David Bissonette, Emergency Coordinator, Town of Clarence

Emergencies come in the form of fires, floods, and unexpected
events. David will help you be prepared for the next emergency
before it occurs.

 

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9:45 am - Break

 

10:15 am - Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign: The Basics of Traffic Control Devices
Dan Carey, P.E., Professional Engineer I,
Traffic Operations Bureau, NYSDOT

Signs are critical to communication regulations, warnings, and
information to the traveling public. Dan will provide an overview
of traffic signs and what they do (and don’t do).

 

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10:45 am - Part 360 DEC Storage Rule
David Vitale, Director, Division of Materials Management, NYSDEC

A new rule for storage of waste (Part 360) is being developed by
NYSDEC. David will review the new rule and provide a current
status report.

 

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11:15 am - No Excuses!
Jay Rifenbary, President, Rifenbary Training and Development

Join former military commander, West Point grad, and corporate
manager Jay Rifenbary as he lays out a path to success with No
Excuse! Building off a foundation of core values and principles, Jay
provides a blueprint for successful leadership in your organization.

 

Noon - Pothole Picnic
Don’t forget your badge; it’s your ticket! Lunch is served next to the Campus Center under the tent in the main college quad.

 

 

Noon - Snow Plow Equipment Demonstration
Come and see how other agencies have set up their snow and ice equipment. Trucks will be available from NYSDOT, Tompkins County, and the Village of Manlius.


Monday Afternoon - Workshops

Session one: 1:15–2:30 pm.; Session two: 2:45–4:00 pm.

 

The Good The Bad and Ugly of Personal Protective Equipment
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Edmund Starowicz, DPW Risk Management Specialist, Public Employer Risk Management Association, Inc.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) are critical to employee
safety. Ed will review the basic equipment and show examples of
PPE’s that work and some that do not.

 

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New and "Used" Superintendents Q&A Panel
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Moderator: Jeff Griswold, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Preble,
Robert Anderson, Former Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Amherst,
Mike Graham, Superintendent of Highways, Town
of Kingsbury,
Warren Shaw, Deputy Highway Superintendent of Highways,
Lewis County

Come with your questions for this distinguished panel of
Superintendent.

 

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Preparing for Emergencies Q&A Panel
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Jamie Dussing, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Clarence
- Moderator
David Bissonette, Emergency Coordinator, Town of Clarence,
Theresa Burke, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Hed Hook,
Alex Gregor,
Superintendent of Highways, Town of Southampton, Thomas E. McCartney II, Regional Director, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services,
Gary Thorington, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Windham

Earlier we heard the basics of preparing for emergencies. Now hear
from Superintendents who have experienced emergencies and ask
them what they would do to get ready for the next big one.

 

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Part 360 DEC Storage Rule
Textor 101
David Vitale, Director, Division of Materials Management,
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC),
Richard Clarkson, Director, Bureau of Solid Waste
Management, Division of Materials Management

David and Richard will provide more details for the new storage
rule and answer your questions.

 

 

 

No Excuses!
Textor 102
Jay Rifenbary, President, Rifenbary Training and Development

More about paths to success from Jay in this follow-up breakout session!

 

Common Pavement Preservation Techniques
Textor 103
Rick Stone, LADA - Crack Repair/Patching
Scott Harris, LADA - Chip Seal
Neil Guiles, LADA - Slurry/Micro

 

2:30 pm - Break

 

All Day - Poster Session

 

Tuesday Morning - General Session

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall, 2nd Floor

 

7:35 am - Video
"Gravel Roads Maintenance: Meeting the Challenge"
by the Minnesota DOT and the Minnesota LTAP Center

 

8.00 am - Welcome / Presiding
Charles “Skip” Vezzetti, Superintendent of Highways, Rockland County & President NYS County Highway Superintendents Association

 

8:05 am - Managing Conflict
Jim Sheridan, Senior Management Consultant, Cornell University

Jim will provide an overview of the role that listening skills have in in the successful management and resolution of conflict.

 

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8:30 am - Reclaiming and Building a Road
Bruce Barkevich, Vice President, NY Construction Materials Association

There comes a point when a road or street needs to be rebuilt.
Bruce will provide an overview of the basics of reclaiming and
building to reset the clock on your highway.

 

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9:00 am. - Culverts in Your Highway
Geoffrey Scott, P.E., Technical Assistance Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program


Culverts are sometimes a forgotten piece of the roadway, but when
properly installed and maintained are a critical component of the
infrastructure. Geoff will discuss the importance of culverts to the
roadway drainage system and provide an overview of the materials,
inspection and maintenance of these important structures.

 

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9:30 am - Road Scholar Awards
David Orr P.E., Director,
Cornell Local Roads Program (CLRP)

Announcing the Road Scholar Counties for 2018!

 

9:45 am - Break

 

10:15 am - Legal & Regulatory Panel
Moderator: David Orr, Director, CLRP
Lori Mithen-Demasi, Counsel, Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT)
John Mancini, Counsel, New York Conference of
Mayors (NYCOM)
Mark Stevens, Senior Attorney, Division of Legal Services,
NYS Office of the State Comptroller

Have a question for the experts? Submit it ahead of time. Forms
are available at the registration desk.


Noon - Tailgate Tuesday Lunch
Don’t forget your badge; it’s your ticket! Lunch is served next to the Campus Center under the tent in the main college quad.

 

Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops

Session one: 1:15–2:30 pm.; Session two: 2:45–4:00 pm.

 

Managing Conflict
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Jim Sheridan, Senior Management Consultant, Cornell University

In this session you will learn typical reactions to conflict and how
to flex from that to a more productive one. You’ll learn a model you
can apply to actual work situations.

 

Shared Services Q&A Panel
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Moderator: Don Higgins, Superintendent of Highways
Livingston County,
Mike Boesel, Superintendent of Highways, Town & Village of Palmyra,
Rob Fitch, P.E., Acting Director, Office of Transportation
Maintenance, NYSDOT,
Matt Mustico, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Elmira & Village of Elmira Heights

Agencies need to work together in emergencies, snow plowing, and
even basic road maintenance. Come hear how other agencies are
working together and ask your questions of ways to share and
work together.

 

CHIPS & Other Sources of Funds
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Diane Kenneally, Director, Office of Integrated Modal Services, NYSDOT,
Dawn Arnold, Assistant Director Local Programs Bureau, NYSDOT,
Steve Ainspan, CHIPS, PAVE-NY, & EWR Program Manager,
Local Programs Bureau, NYSDOT

Representatives from NYSDOT including the regional CHIPS
Reps will provide an update on CHIPS, BridgeNY, PaveNY, and
other sources of funds and be available to answer your questions.

 

Drug and Alcohol Use in the Workplace
Textor 101
Elena Pablo, Associate, Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP

Employees need to be clean and sober to do their job. In addition, there are requirements for drug testing all employees, especially those with CDL’s Elena will provide an overview of the rules regarding employee drug and alcohol use, and provide details of how to manage this critical aspect of being a Superintendent.

 

Paving the Highway
Textor 102
Bruce Barkevich, Vice President, New York Construction Materials Association

Bruce will provide an overview of the steps when paving your
highway and answer your questions on the various pavement
materials available.

 

Purchasing & Procurment
Textor 103 (One Time Only 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm)
Mark Stevens, Sr. Attorney Legal Services,
Office of the New York State Comptroller

All agencies should have a purchasing and procurement policy.
Mark will discuss what should be in your policy and the details for
when to get quotes, go out to bid, and the exceptions that may
be used.


2:30 pm - Break

 

All Day - Poster Session

 

Wednesday Morning - General Session

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall, 2nd Floor

 

7:45 am - Video “Plowing Tug Hill - 1939” Presented by Frink
America INC.

 

8.15 am - Welcome / Presiding
Gerry Geist, Executive Director, Association of Towns (AOT)

 

 

 

8:25 am - New York Association of Town Superintendents of Highways (NYSAOTSOH) Scholarship Awards
Bernie Meyer, President, New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways (NYSAOTSOH)

 

8:30 am - Why We Should Replumb Our Ditches?
Rebecca Schneider, Associate Professor, Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources

Ditches are vital to maintaining the drainage along the highway, but
if not maintained properly can shunt excess water and pollutants.
Rebecca will discuss why we should think about replumbing our
ditches and provide some techniques that can be used.

 

9:00 am - Should we Post Weight Limits?
David Orr P.E., Director, Cornell Local Roads Program

Posting a highway for maximum loads can protect the road and make sure it will survive as long as possible. David will discuss when to post the road and provide details on a new tool that can be used to determine when to post due to spring thaw.

 

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9:30 am - How to Decide to Repair or Replace Equipment?
Mark Payne, Assistant Professor, Alfred State University

Knowing when to repair or replace a piece of equipment is critical for a Superintendent. Mark will discuss the factors that can help make sure you make the right decision for the right reasons.

 

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10:00 am - Who Should Develop an Active Rural Road Management Program?
Dave Reckham, District Manager Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District

Do you have a management program for your roads? David, will provide a review of a program they have developed that can be used to create a program for your system.

 

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10:30 am - Where to Use Guiderails?
Emmett McDevitt, Transportation Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration NY Division

Many times the public wants guiderail along the road, but does not understand that rails are actually one of the last steps in improving highway safety. Emmett will review all six steps and discuss what should be done where rails are needed.

 

10:45 am - Attendance Award Pictures
Photographer Available in General Area

Photographs with David Orr and Gerry Geist for award winners immediately following presentation ceremony.

 

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All Day - Poster Session


Location

Lodging

2018 Lodging List Available Here

Roads Scholar

Past Roads Scholar award recipients

The Roads Scholar Award recognizes outstanding participation of highway personnel at the Highway School. The award was given out from 1963-1998 (see below for history) and restarted in 2015. The award is given out by county and accounts for attendance by ALL municipalities in the county:

Past Highway School materials and presentations

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