61st Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

5 - 7 June 2006

Monday Morning: General Session
Monday Afternoon: Workshops
Tuesday Morning: General Session
Tuesday Afternoon: Workshops
Wednesday Morning: General Session

Monday Morning: General Session

Video: FISH (15 minutes).

Presiding:
G. Jeffrey Haber,
Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York

Welcome (10 minutes)
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program

Remarks (10 minutes)
Raymond J. Elliott III, President, Association of Towns, and Town Justice, Town of North Greenbush

The Top Ten for Good Roads (35 minutes)
David Orr, Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
The top ten items necessary for good roads.

A Quick Checkup of Your Highway Network Health (PDF) (30minutes)
Larry Galehouse, Director, National Center for PavementPreservation
Demonstration of a network checkup tool thatagencies can apply with minimum calculations, to assess the networkneeds and determine the adequacy of resource allocation.

Stress Management Secrets (30 minutes)
Bob Stezzi, Training Consultant, Stezzi Training & Consulting, Binghamton, NY.
Improve your stress management practically and easily.

Construction Stormwater (PDF 1 ) (PDF 2) (30 minutes)
Angus Eaton, Chief, General Permits Section, NYSDEC.
Construction stormwater permitting requirements. Proper road building and maintenance to protect streams and lakes.

The PESH Program’s Activities with Highway Departments (PDF) (30 minutes)
Maureen A Cox, CIH, Program Manager, NYS Department of Labor, Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau (PESH)
How PESH assists Highway Departments in compliance with the Standards.

Thin Wearing Courses (PDF) (30 minutes)
Scott Harris, Liquid Asphalt Distributor's Association
John C. Hill, Liquid Asphalt Distributor's Association
Peter Messmer, Liquid Asphalt Distributor's Association
An overview of Chip Seals, Micro/Slurry Seals, and NovaChip.

Monday Lunch (noon - 1:15) - Pothole Picnic

Slurry Seal Demonstration - Parking Lot C (1:15 - 2:30)
Neil I. Guiles, Chairman, LADA Committee on Micro & Slurry Seals
Peter Messmer, Liquid Asphalt Distributor's Association

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Monday Afternoon: Workshops

Getting Equipment for the Job: Buying, Sharing, and Working Together
Joe Darling, NYSDOT
Jim Mastromarchi, NYSOGS
Mike Boggs, NYSOGS
Ideas and initiatives that can help get the right equipment for the job.

Understanding Pavement Preservation
Larry Galehouse, Director, National Center for Pavement Preservation
Cost-effective strategies for planning and managing highway and street networks, useful in budget planning and allocating resources to meet future demands.

Safety Program Requirements for Highway Departments - Do You Have Yours?
Mark Smarr, Senior Safety Consultant, NYS Department of Labor, PESH Program, Binghamton
Core requirements and why we need them.

Effective Communication
Bob Stezzi, Training Consultant, Stezzi Training & Consulting, Binghamton, NY.
Communicate more effectively within your department and with governing boards and the public.

A Century of Experience - Panel
Moderator: Tim Spring, Superintendentof Highways, Town of Indian Lake
Panel: Wayne H. Brockway, Superintendentof Highways, Town of Moira;
Jim Oakes,
Superintendent of Highways, Town of Pomfret;
Duane Van Gelder,
Superintendent of Highways, Town of Butler;
Charles H. Vezzetti,
Superintendent of Highways, Rockland County Hwy. Dept.
Learn what experienced superintendents wish they had known when they started on the job.

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

Video: Gravel Roads - Meeting the Challenge (15 minutes).

Presiding (5 minutes)
David Rivet, President, NYS County Highway Superintendents'Association, and Commissioner of Public Works, Cattaraugus County

Sleep Soundly During Snow Season (PDF) (30 minutes)
Duane E. “Dewey” Amsler, Sr., PE, Consultant, AFM Engineering Services.
A look at snow and ice control level of service and how it relates to resources, strategies and tactics, and customer expectation.

Commercial Drivers License Law (PDF) (25 minutes)
Ida Traschen, Supervising Attorney, DMV Counsel’s Office
Recent changes to the Commercial Drivers License Law.

Hazardous Trees (30 minutes)
John Graham, Forester, NYS DEC
An introduction to hazardous tree identification and evaluation. Additional detail is provided in the full afternoon workshop on this topic.

Legal & Regulatory Panel (1 hr 15 minutes)
Moderator:William A. Nichols, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways; and Superintendent of Highways, Town of Belfast
Panel:
Lori Mithen-DeMasi, Associate Counsel, Association of Towns of the State of New York, Albany
Robert Bambino, Director of Risk Management, New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR), Uniondale
Trooper Timothy M. Hagen, Troop C, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, New York State Police
J. Matthew Plunkett, Deputy Town Attorney, Town of Amherst
Ida Traschen, Supervising Attorney, DMV Counsel’s Office
Mike Wolyniak, Associate Examiner, Office of the State Comptroller - Division of Local Government Services

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Tuesday Afternoon: Workshops

Waking Up to New Strategies for Snow and Ice Control (PDF)
Duane E. “Dewey” Amsler, Sr., PE, Consultant, AFM Engineering Services.
Strategies and tactics for snow and ice control, and discussion of how to change operations in a systematic and orderly manner.

NYSDOT Local Highway Inventory & CHIPS
Steve Ainspan, CHIPS Director, NYSDOT
James M. Cerqua,
Supervisor, Highway Inventory Unit, NYSDOT Highway Data Services Bureau
Michael K. Fay,
Supervisor, Highway Data Section, NYSDOT Highway Data Services Bureau
A description of the highway data collected by and available from the NYSDOT Highway Data Services Bureau, and how it relates to the CHIPS funding to local governments.

Right-of-way Pest Control
Rich Rima, NYSDEC, Syracuse
A review of the laws and regulations required for pesticide use on rights-of-way

Culvert Pipe Choices
Moderator: Joseph Eggleston, Local Projects Coordinator, Camp Dresser & McKee.
Patrick J. Kinsella, Director, Concrete Pipe Association NJ/NY/PA
Michael Pluimer, Technical and Engineering Manager - CPPA Division, Plastics Pipe Institute
Craig R. Shearer, NE Corrugated Steel Pipe Association.
Learn about the three most commonly used culvert materials.

Highway Law Section 284 Agreement
J. Matthew Plunkett, Deputy Town Attorney, Town of Amherst
A discussion of the legal requirements and limits imposed on the Superintendent and Town Board by section 284 of the Highway Law.

Who Wants to be a Highway Superintendent - GAME SHOW!
David Orr, Daniel Atkins, and Lori Budd, Cornell Local Roads Program, Ithaca.
Eight contestants will try their luck and win great prizes with the help of the audience! Do you want to be a contestant? If so, please sign up at the Registration Desk by noon on Tuesday! (1 hour 15 minutes)

Hazardous Tree Identification and Evaluation (PDF)
John Graham, Forester, NYS DEC
Discussion and demonstration of the Hazard Tree Rating System developed by the US Forest Service.

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Wednesday Morning: General Session

Video: Flagging in the Work Zone - Safety in Your hands (15 minutes).

Presiding (5 minutes)
Keith E. Hurtgam, President, NYS Town Superintendents Association, and Superintendent of Highways, Town of Hartland

Crack Sealing (PDF 1) (PDF 2) (30 minutes)
Guy Hildreth, PE, Materials Bureau, NYS DOT
Mark Edsall, Sales Manager, Suit-Kote Corp.
Crack sealant candidate selection and techniques.

Short Duration & Mobile Workzones (PDF) (30 minutes)
Kenneth A. Swain, President, KAS Associates
Planning and maintaining short duration & mobile workzones for pothole repair, crack sealing and similar activities on rural and urban roadways.

Overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) (PDF) (30minutes)
Chuck Wright, Regional Director, New York State Emergency Management Office - Region IV, Syracuse
Information about the National Incident Management System and disaster preparedness, especially as it relates to local agencies.

SAFETEA-LU Legislative Summary (PDF) (30 minutes)
James A. Growney, USDOT/Federal Highway Administration
Recent federal highway legislation addressing funding, changes and opportunities for local highway agencies.

Attendance Awards (30 minutes)
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program, Ithaca.

Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients

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