64th Annual School for
Highway Superintendents

1-3 June 2009

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

Monday Morning:General Session

Video: Safety Basics Series Compilation (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

Managing for Performance: (15 minutes)
Thomas B. Quimby, Director, Upstate Management Programs, Cornell ILR Extension
Helping people do their best, either in your shop or someone else’s.

Complete Streets - A New Way of Doing Business (PDF 4MB) (30 minutes)
Michael Ronkin, Pres., Designing Streets for Pedestrians and Bicyclists LLC
A well-crafted policy ensures streets can be used by all. It helps you do the right thing now and avoid costly retrofits.

Personal Protective Equipment in the Work Zone (PDF 1.4MB) (30 minutes)
Ken Swain, Consultant/Instructor, Cornell Local Roads Program
Information on recent OSHA/PESH changes that will impact how municipalities provide, evaluate, and use personal protective equipment in work zones as well as other work areas.

Invasive Plant Species: From Far Away, and Here to Stay? (PDF- 1.6MB) (30 minutes)
Melissa Toni, Biologist, FHWA
Invasive plant species in New York State - reasons and methods for controlling their spread.

Putting your Culverts in the Right Plac (PDF- 6.8MB) (30 minutes)
Mark Watts, District Manager, Chemung County SWCD
Jeff Parker,
District Manager, Steuben County SWCD
Jerry Verrigni,
District Manager, Schuyler County SWCD
Installation concerns and possible future requirements for culverts across streams.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Implementation at NYSDOT (PDF- 193KB) (30 minutes)
Diane L. Kenneally, P.E., Director, Local Programs Bureau, NYSDOT
An update on the implementation of ARRA funds for transportation through NYSDOT, and an introduction to local programs at NYSDOT available to project sponsors.

Getting a Grip on Negativity (PDF- 1MB) (30 minutes)
Craig Price, Owner, Price Points, Houston, Texas
Negativity is an unfortunate part of life. Understanding its usefulness and value is the key to success. An innovative, entertaining, yet realistic look at how to convert your negative feelings and thoughts into productivity..

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Monday Afternoon - Workshops

Meet Your NYSDOT Local Programs/CHIPS Representatives
Diane L. Kenneally, P.E., Director, Local Programs Bureau, NYSDOT
An opportunity to meet your local CHIPS representatives and get your questions answered. This workshop was presented once.

Culverts and Streams - How They Work Together
Mark Watts, District Manager, Chemung County SWCD
Jeff Parker,
District Manager, Steuben County SWCD
Jerry Verrigni,
District Manager, Schuyler County SWCD
Diane Fiorentino,
Stormwater Educator, Chemung/Steuben/Schuyler County Rural Stormwater Coalition
Tom Dobrydney,
Stormwater Technician, Chemung/Steuben/Schuyler County Rural Stormwater Coalition
How culverts interact with streams, including a model showing stream processes.

Invasive Plants - Resources, Prevention & Management
Dr. Holly Menninger, Coordinator and Senior Extension Associate, New York Invasive Species Research Institute (PDF- 2.1MB)
Mary Ellen Papin,
Maintenance Environmental Coordinator, NYSDOT Region 4 (PDF- 3KB)
Melissa Toni, Environmental Protection Specialist, FHWA
An overview of invasive plant species and their relevance to highways, plus resources and programs available to assist in prevention and management.

Personal Protective Equipment and You
Ken Swain, Consultant/Trainer, Cornell Local Roads Program
A review of all personal protective equipment used by highway maintenance crews, with examples.

Getting a Grip on Mistakes, Rumors and Complaints: (PDF- 1MB)
Craig Price, Owner, Price Points, Houston, Texas
How to use negativity as a tool for innovation and production. Exploring natural thought processes to create a successful approach.

Complete Streets - A New Way of Doing Business
Michael Ronkin, Pres., Designing Streets for Pedestrians and Bicyclists LLC
How New York can benefit from streets designed for pedestrians and bicyclists. Recent ‘Designing Streets for Bicyclists’ workshop participants will relate their experiences. This workshop was presented twice

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

Video: Roads and Loads: Finding a Balance (15 minutes).

Welcome: (5 minutes)
Donald N. Higgins, Superintendent of Highways, Livingston County; President, New York State County Highway Superintendents Association, Inc.

Roadside Safety: (PDF- 7.3MB) (25 minutes)
R. Emmett McDevitt, Transportation Safety Engineer, FHWA
Roadside safety is not just guiderail. Here are some simple steps that can be used to improve roadside safety.

Pavement Management: (PDF- 1.4MB) (30 minutes)
Larry Galehouse, Director, National Center for Pavement Preservation
Current trends and tools for managing pavement network conditions and the associated deterioration rates.

What is the Law?: (PDF- 2KB) (30 minutes)
Jim Gelormini, Municipal Legal Consultant; Consultant/Instructor, Cornell Local Roads Program
Sources of law – constitutional, statutory and case law – relevant to highway officials; history of highway laws in general; aids in accessing law sources.

Legal & Regulatory Panel: (2 hours)
Moderator: David P. Orr, P.E., Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
Panel:
Lori Mithen-DeMasi,
Counsel, Association of Towns of the State of New York
Michael Wolyniak, Associate Examiner, Office of the State Comptroller
Jim Gelormini, Consultant/Instructor, Cornell Local Roads Program
John Mancini, Counsel, NYCOM
Question and answer panel.

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Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops

Geosynthetics in Transportation: (PDF- 9.4MB)
Dave Suits, Executive Director, North American Geosynthetics Society
A general overview of geosynthetics applications for roadways. Samples of various materials will be available.

Snow & Ice Forum:
Frederick Stowell, Program Coordinator, Equipment Operator Instructors, NYSDOT (PDF 5.4MB)
Bernard J. Hughes III, General Supervisor, Rockland County
Jim Craw, Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Fayetteville
William Kappel, Hydrogeologist, US Geological Survey (PDF- 1.1MB)
Bradley A. Rowles, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Tonawanda
Michael Wolyniak, Associate Examiner, NYS Office of the State Comptroller
Panelists will describe their experiences in snow and ice control and answer questions from the audience.

Integrating Pavement Preservation into Pavement Management
(PDF 10.9MB)
Larry Galehouse, Director, National Center for Pavement Preservation
How to integrate pavement preservation into local agency pavement management programs.

Fleet Safety Best Practices (PDF 2.1MB)
Donna M. Shea, Director, Connecticut LTAP Center
How to develop a Fleet Safety Program. The essential parts of a comprehensive plan: driver selection, driver training, and record keeping. Sample fleet safety programs will be provided.
Handouts:
Sample Fleet Safety Program (PDF - 66KB)
Vehicle Safety Poster (PDF - 73KB)
Snowplow Safety Poster (PDF - 137KB).

Low Cost Methods to Improve Roadside Safety
R. Emmett McDevitt, Transportation Safety Engineer, FHWA
How to evaluate the safety of the roadside, and a review of some low cost strategies to improve roadside safety.

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

Video: Freeport Culvert Failure & PennDOT Install

Presiding (5 minutes)
Richard Walters, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Onondaga; President, NYS Town Superintendents Association

Hot, Warm, Lukewarm and Cold Mix Asphalt (PDF 4.2MB) (30 minutes)
Christopher Blades, Consultant/Instructor, Cornell Local Roads Program; Vice President, A.L. Blades and Sons, Inc.
The relationship of the new warm mix technologies to existing hot and cold mix, and how they fit into local pavement strategies.

Perform an Energy Audit and Save Taxpayers Money (30 minutes)
Dennis Mastro, Extension Community Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Performing an energy audit is a effective way to save money by improving energy efficiency.

Can You Read the Signs? (PDF- 2MB) (30 minutes)
David P. Orr, P.E., Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
What is sign retroreflectivity? Why it is important, and what you need to know to comply with the new requirements in the MUTCD.

CDL Update (PDF- 1MB) (30 minutes)
David Malsan, Highway Safety Program Rep II, NYS DMV
Peter DePuccio, Highway Safety Program Rep II, NYS DMV
The latest federal and state requirements for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program.

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

Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients (optional)

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