62nd Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

4 - 6 June 2007

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

Monday Morning: General Session

Video: Plowing Tug Hill, 1939 (15 minutes).

Presiding:
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program

Welcome: (10 minutes)
G. Jeffrey Haber, Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York

Road to a Good Weather Forecast (PDF) (30 minutes)
Mark Wysocki, Professor, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department, Cornell
Stay a step ahead of the weather. Learn where to find the best predictions and how to interpret forecasting information.

Signs - Communicating or Confusing? (PDF) (30 minutes)
Ken Swain, Consultant/Trainer, Cornell Local Roads Program
Communicating critical information to help road users safely navigate your highway system.

Changes in Lobbying Laws Pertaining to Highway Superintendents (PDF) (30 minutes)
Steve Hensel, Associate Counsel, New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying (NYTSCOL)
A summary of procurement lobbying provisions of the Lobbying Act, effective January 1, 2006

Stormwater Management: Why Should We Care? (PDF) (30 minutes)
David Wick, Warren County SWCD
Addressing stormwater issues locally, and playing a vital role in the future of your community’s natural resources.

ABC’s of OGS (PDF) (30 minutes)
James Mastromarchi, Assistant Director, New York State Office of General Services, Procurement Services Group
How to work with the Office of General Services effectively and efficiently.

Fuel Tank Management (PDF) (30 minutes)
Kevin C. Kemp, P.E., Environmental Engineer 1, NYSDEC Spill Prevention and Response
The applicability and compliance requirements of NYSDEC’s Petroleum Bulk Storage Regulations.

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

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Monday Afternoon: Workshops

Pothole Patching Demonstration - Parking Lot C (PDF) (1:15 - 4:00)
NY Materials, Liquid Asphalt Distributor’s Association, Patch Management, Ithaca College Grounds and Transportation.

Obtaining an Email Address - Emerson Suites Lobby (2:15 - 2:45)
Dan Atkins, Research Support Specialist; CLRP
Victor Pollaci
, Program Assistant; Cornell Local Roads Program
New this year is a table in the lobby outside the Emerson Suites on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, where you can come and set up an email address if you do not have one already. Dan and Victor will help you through the process every step of the way.

A Century of Experience - Panel
Paul Barker, Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Orchard Park
Linda Cook, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Hurley
James Lawrence, Superintendent. of Highways, Jefferson County
Fred Roberts, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Ashland
James F. Smith, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Sennett
Learn what experienced superintendents wish they had known when they started on the job.

Storms and Streams (PDF)
David Wick, Warren County SWCD
Mark Watts, District Manager, Chemung County SWCD
A discussion of stormwater management, stream corridors and flooding: how local municipalities are involved, and how to address problems.

New Direction for Some OGS Contracts (PDF)
James Mastromarchi, Assistant Director;
Jill McCabe, Vehicles Team Leader;
New York State Office of General Services, Procurement Services Group
Changes to some recent OGS contracts, including more versatility to purchasers, inclusion of price lists, and price adjustment mechanisms.

Can’t You Read the Sign? (PDF)
Ken Swain, Consultant/Trainer, Cornell Local Roads Program
The importance of installing, maintaining, and replacing high priority signs.

Fuel Tank Management (PDF)
Kevin C. Kemp, P.E.,
Environmental Engineer 1, NYSDEC Spill Prevention and Response
The applicability and compliance requirements of NYSDEC’s Petroleum Bulk Storage Regulations.

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

Video: International Pavement Performance Championship (15 minutes).

Welcome: (5 minutes)
Frederick Buck, Superintendent of Highways, Essex County; President, County Highway Superintendents Association

A New Era: New York Introduces the National MUTCD and a State Supplement (PDF) (25 minutes)
David C. Woodin, PE, PTOE,
Acting Director of the Traffic Operations Section, NYSDOT
An overview of the major technical changes that will occur when New York State converts to the National MUTCD and the new State Supplement on 9/13/07.

Salt Storage Structures (PDF) (30 minutes)
Robert Richter, P.E., Resident Engineer, Sullivan County, NYSDOT
An overview of NYSDOT experience with various types of salt storage structures.

Surgical Spending for Pavement Preservation (PDF) (30 minutes)
Rick Bennett, Chief, Pavement Management Systems, NYSDOT
Tools available to preserve pavements, strategies for optimal performance, and the cost savings and improved performance over the life cycle of the preserved pavement.

Legal & Regulatory Panel: (2 hours)
Moderator:
David Orr, Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
Panel:
Lori Mithen-DeMasi, Associate Counsel, Association of Towns of the State of New York, Albany
David C. Woodin, P.E., PTOE, Acting Director of the Traffic Operations Section, NYSDOT
Trooper James A. Klock, Troop C, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, New York State Police
Mike Wolyniak, Associate Examiner, Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government Services

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Tuesday Afternoon: Workshops

CHIPS and the NYSDOT Local Highway Inventory
Steve Ainspan, CHIPS Program Manager, NYSDOT
Michael K. Fay, Supervisor, Highway Data Section, NYSDOT
George Schongar, Supervisor, Highway Inventory Unit, NYSDOT
A CHIPS update and an overview of the local highway data collected by NYSDOT and used for CHIPS funding.

Emergency Response Panel - Coping with Flood, Snow, Fire, and Utility Line Disasters (PDF 1 ) (PDF 2)
Walter Geidel, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Walton
Lewis Thompson, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Potter
Jeff Barker, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Root
Henry Allen, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Williamstown
Jim Flint, Field Representative, Dig Safely NY
Emergency disaster experiences and discussion of roles in immediate response and follow-up procedures.

Is it a General or Highway Fund Charge?
Mike Wolyniak, Associate Examiner, Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government Services
Determining General vs Highway Fund expenses.

New Technologies in Surface Treatments (PDF 1 ) (PDF 2 ) (PDF 3)
Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association (LADA)
Paul Suits, Suit-Kote Corp.
Kimberly Mellon Wilson, Gorman Bros.
David Fittante, Midland Asphalt
Rod Birdsall, All States Asphalt, Inc
New technologies of surface treatments including sand seals, fiber mat, and asphalt rubber.

A New Era: New York Introduces the National MUTCD and a State Supplement (PDF)
Barbara S. Abrahamer, PE, PTOE, Senior Civil Engineer, NYSDOT
David C. Woodin, PE, PTOE, Acting Director of the Traffic Operations Section, NYSDOT
Changes coming when New York converts to the National MUTCD and the new State Supplement.

Surveying Techniques for Maintaining and Building Roads
Dan Bower, NYS Association of Professional Land Surveyors
Basic surveying procedures for road location and layout, and a review of related issues.

Obtaining an Email Address - Emerson Suites Lobby: (2:15 - 2:45)
Dan Atkins, Research Support Specialist; Victor Pollaci, Program Assistant; Cornell Local Roads Program
New this year is a table in the lobby outside the Emerson Suites on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, where you can come and set up an email address if you do not have one already. Dan and Victor will help you through the process every step of the way.

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Wednesday Morning: General Session (8:00 - 11:30)

Video: Highway Safety & Trees: the Delicate Balance (15 minutes).

Presiding (5 minutes)
Tim Spring, President, NYS Town Superintendents Association, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Indian Lake

Super “Tweak” (PDF) (30 minutes)
Zoeb Zavery, Civil Engineer 2, NYSDOT
Improving the performance of HMA pavements in New York by making changes to the Superpave mix design system.

Improving Governmental Efficiency (30 minutes)
John Clarkson, Executive Director, NYS Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness
An overview of the work of the Commission and the process of the local initiative.

Hiring, Firing, and Employee Discipline (PDF) (30 minutes)
Stephen Estes, Deputy Commissioner, Tompkins County Personnel
An overview of the hiring process and the appropriate methods of addressing performance problems in a civil service environment including counseling, discipline, and discharge.

Guiderail: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (PDF) (30 minutes)
Emmett McDevitt, Transportation Safety Engineer, FHWA, NY Division
Learn which types of guiderail work best, and which types to avoid, in particular situations.

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

Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients

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