72nd Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

June 12–14, 2017
Ithaca College, Ithaca

Agenda

Monday Morning

Monday Afternoon

Tuesday Morning

Tuesday Afternoon

Wednesday Morning

 

Monday Morning: General Session

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall, 2nd Floor

7.30 am. Videos.
Trenching and Shoring Safety in Construction Environments

 

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

 


8.05 am. Welcome / Comments
Dean Kathryn J. Boor, Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

 


8.15 am. Dealing with Difficult People
Jeffrey Swiatek, Partner,
Hodgson Russ Attorneys
Whether an employee, board member, or a citizen, there is always someone that can be hard to deal with. Jeff will give you some ideas to overcome this challenge. (Presentation)


8.45 am. Improving Traffic Safety
in Your Community

Ted Green, Program Engineer,
New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
There is always pressure on local agencies to improve safety. Getting community involvement is a way to improve safety and get buy-in for the work that needs to be done. (Presentation)

9.15 am. Patching and Crack Repairs
Rick Stone,
Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association (LADA)
Patching and crack repairs are valuable tools for preserving the pavement if done correctly. Tony and Rick will give an overview of when to do these repairs and how to do them right. (Presentation)

 

9.45 am. Break

 

10.15 am. Culverts, Erosion, Ditches:
How Soil and Water Conservation Districts Can Help You Maintain Your Highway

Mark Watts, Director,
Chemung County Soil and Water District (SWCD)
If you have culvert, erosion, or drainage problems, it can feel overwhelming. Your local Soil and Water Conservation District can help! (Presentation)

 


10.45 am. The Community Risk and Resiliency Act
Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst,
New York Department of Environmental Conservation
The Community Risk and Resiliency Act is intended to ensure that certain state monies and permits include consideration of the effects of extreme-weather events, which are becoming more common with climate change. This presentation will describe DEC’s approach to incorporating these considerations into regulatory and funding decisions, with an emphasis on transportation infrastructure. (Presentation)

 


11.15 am. Keep Your Guard Up
Termite Watkins
Sometimes staying safe is simply a matter of keeping your guard up. Termite Watkins will share his experiences in boxing and Iraq that you can use to help make you and your crew safer.

 


12.00 pm. Pothole Picnic
Don’t forget your badge; it’s your ticket! Lunch is served next to the Campus Center under the tent.

 


12.00 pm. Demonstration. Americans with Disabilities Act
Experience why ADA accessibility modifications are important from the perspective of the citizens who use them. Kara Hogan, Civil Rights Specialist with FHWA New York Division Office will have wheelchairs, blindfolds and canes available for your use.

 

 


All day. Simulators
Mark Payne, Assistant Professor, Heavy Equipment, Alfred State

 

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Monday Afternoon: Workshops

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

Emerson A
Patching and Crack Repairs
— Interactive Stations

Rick Stone, Jim Rojecki, John Scoones, Neil Guiles, and Chris Musser, LADA
Do you have questions about various pavement preservation techniques? Industry representatives will provide details on various crack and patching repairs and answer your questions.

Emerson B
Ethics and the Use of Equipment, Gifts,
and Electronic Communications

John Mancini, Counsel,
New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM)
Municipal employees now more than ever are under the proverbial microscope. The public is watching and they demand municipal employees hold themselves to a high standard. This session will address many of the most frequently asked questions related to municipal ethics. Topics of discussion will include:
- Gifts
- Nepotism
- Proper Use of Municipal Equipment
- Proper Use of Electronic Communications

(Presentation)

 

Emerson C
Helping You with Your Culverts
Mark Watts, Director, and Jimmie Joe Carl,
Chemung County SWCD
This session will deal with culverts and bridges. We will discuss the pros and cons of plastic versus concrete or metal as well as gravel deposition and debris issues and possible remedies. We will also talk about inlet versus outlet control when sizing pipes. (Presentation)

 

Textor 101
Reviewing Traffic Safety in Your Community
Ted Green, Program Engineer, New Jersey LTAP
Ted will review the steps to improving safety using a community-based approach in this interactive workshop. (Presentation)

 


Textor 102

The American Dream that Touched the World
Termite Watkins
Termite is an American Prize Fighter who went to Iraq to kill bugs and built an Olympic team instead. Come be inspired to reach beyond what you have imagined.

 


Textor 103
CHIPS
Peter Ryan, Director of Local Programs Bureau,
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)
Representatives from the NYSDOT Local Programs Bureau will provide an update on state funding for CHIPS, Pave NY, and other locally available funds. (Presentation)

 

Poster Session

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall, 2nd Floor

7.25 am. Video. Guardians of the Work Zone

 


8.00 am. Welcome / Presiding
Charles “Skip” Vezzetti, First Vice President,
New York State County Highway Superintendents Association

 


8.05 am. Using GIS to Manage Your Highways
Chase Winton, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Sherburne Highway Department
Geographic Information Systems can be used to inventory and manage your highway assets. Chase will show how they got started and the basics of GIS. (Presentation)

8.30 am. Basics of a Highway
Department Budget

Marty Roberts, Circuit Rider, CLRP
The responsibility of preparing your highway budget is essential in the successful administration of your office. What not to forget! (Presentation)

 

9.00 am. Staying Safe by Staying on the Road
Terry Hale, Senior Engineer, NYSDOT
Roadway departure crashes account for over half of all fatalities. Terry will give you some advice to improve safety by keeping vehicles on the road. (Presentation)

 

9.30 am. Road Scholar Awards
David Orr, Director, CLRP
Announcing the Road Scholar Counties for 2017!

 

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, 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.


12.00 pm. Tailgate Tuesday Picnic Lunch
Don’t forget your badge; it’s your ticket! Lunch is served next to the Campus Center under the tent.

 


12.00 pm. Demonstration. Crack Repairs
Anthony Simone, LADA


All Day. Heavy Vehicle Simulators
Mark Payne, Assistant Professor, Heavy Equipment,
Alfred State College


 

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Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops

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

Emerson A
Staying Safe when a Vehicle Leaves the Road

Terry Hale, Senior Engineer, NYSDOT
Terry will explain the basics of roadside design and safety and the steps to making your roadsides safer. (Presentation)

 


Emerson B

Knowing Your Right-of-Way Panel
James Gelormini,
Attorney/Circuit Rider, CLRP
Rich Benjamin, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Thompson (1.15 only)
Roger O’Toole, Chemung County
William (Bill) Wright, Commissioner of Public Works,
Ontario County DPW (2.45 only)
This Q&A panel will start with a short presentation on what are the basic rules for determining your right-of-way (ROW). Then the panel will answer your questions to help you know your (ROW). (Presentation)

 


Emerson C

GIS Resources for Highway and Asset Management
Michael Fay, Director, Highway Data Services Bureau, NYSDOT
Jonathon Mayr, GISP, GIS Project Coordinator,
Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board
Charles Davidson, Civil Engineer I, City of Syracuse
Engineering Department
Chase Winton, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Sherburne Highway Department
Erik Backus, Director, Construction Engineering Management Program, Clarkson University
Bill Olsen, GIS Coordinator, Clarkson University
This panel will explain the details and answer your questions about how to develop, use, and manage GIS to help operate and manage your department (Presentation)

 


Textor 101
Chain Saw Safety
Todd Swimelar, Instructor,
Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES
Many Chainsaw injuries occur because operators come in contact with the blade/chain by failing to follow recommended operating procedures. Todd will talk about chainsaw safety for highway personnel; “Good Habits and Bad Habits.”

 


Textor 102
Century of Experts
Moderator:
Kevin “Fred” Demick, Superintendent of Highways, Town & Village of Angelica Highway Department
Bill Nichols, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Belfast Highway Department
Tom Petterelli, Superintendent of Public Works,
Village of Minoa Department of Public Works
Jack Wickham, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Ovid Highway Department
Selected experienced highway and public works officials will share lessons learned through their years of work in highway and public works departments. Come and ask your questions of these practical folks.


Textor 103
Building Your Highway Budget
Marty Roberts, Circuit Rider, CLRP
Understanding what it takes to build a successful budget by looking at the past, the present year, and planning for the future.

 

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Wednesday Morning - General Session

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall, 2nd Floor


7.35 am. Video.
Rain check: Stormwater Pollution Prevention for MS4s

 


8.30 am. Welcome / Presiding
Mike Boesel, President, New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways

 


8.35 am. Work Zones
Ken Swain, Circuit Rider, CLRP
Work zones are dangerous! Ken will give you some practical advice to stay safe when working on your roads and streets. (Presentation)

 


9.00 am. Dealing with the Press
Melissa Osgood, Assistant Director of Media Relations and Leadership Communication, Cornell University
Hear from a Media Relations professional and former journalist about who the media are, how to make them your friend and how to develop a relationship that keeps the spotlight on your best stories — and what do to when it shifts to the other stories. (Presentation)

 


9.30 am. Bulk Storage
Toni Hokanson, Former Supervisor, Town of New Paltz
Are you in compliance with the new regulations? Have you designated Class A, B & C Operators? This will be a review of the new regulations effective October 2016. (Presentation)

 


10 am. Gravel: Getting the Right Stuff to Build Your Road
David Orr, Director CLRP
Gravel is the most important part of the structure of a low-volume road. From the bottom to the base (and sometimes the top), gravel is used to build good roads. David will show what makes good gravel, how to test your gravel, and show why local highways need better gravel. (Presentation)

Gravel Tech Tips


10.30 am. Attendance Awards
David Orr, Director, CLRP

 


10.45 am. Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients
David Orr, Director, CLRP
Gerry Geist, Executive Director, AOT

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