65th Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

7-9 June 2010

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

Monday Morning: General Session

7:45 - Video Safety Basics (Volumes 6-10)

8:00 - Presiding
G. Jeffrey Haber, Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York

Pledge of Allegiance

Welcome
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program

8:15 - What Makes Good Construction Aggregate (pdf 3.3MB)
Brent Tardif, Senior Vice President, NY Materials; Senior Geologist, Continental Placer Inc.
Discussion of the quality and quantity of crushed stone, sand and gravel in New York State.

8:45 - The Department of Public Works: A Municipality’s Most Visible Public Relations Tool (pdf 3.3MB)
Jeffrey T. Wright, Director of Fleet Management, City of Syracuse; former Commissioner of Public Works, City of Syracuse.
Communicating with the public can help you do your job smarter. Learn some techniques that will make your public relations more effective.

9:15 - Energy-Impacted Roads(pdf 4.7MB)
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program.
The development of wind, coal, oil and gas energy resources can lead to sudden, temporary increases in truck traffic on roads. A discussion of why some roads are more adversely affected than others, and what you can do to reduce the impact.

10:00 - Break

10:30 - Choosing the Right Repair (pdf 5.2MB)
Scott Harris, Technical Committee Co-Chairman, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association.
The wrong repair in the wrong location, no matter how well built, will fail prematurely and make the Highway Department, and the contractor doing the work, look bad. Knowing which repair to use for a given road saves money by making sure the repair lasts as long as possible.

11:00 - The 2009 MUTCD - Now What Have They Changed? (pdf 4.7MB)
Sally S. Olsen, P.E., Civil Engineer 2, NYSDOT Office of Traffic Safety and Mobility.
The release of the 2009 Edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices has (again) changed sign installations, striping and traffic signals in our jurisdictions. This presentation will identify some of the significant changes. There will be an opportunity for further questions and answers during the afternoon session at 2:30 on Monday afternoon in Textor 103.

11:30 - The Magic of Change - Moving from Fear to Wonder
Jim Snack, Certified Speaking Professional, The Humor Project.
Learn how humor and creativity can relieve the stress of change, enhance communication, and build teams. An exciting presentation filled with magic, humor and audience participation.

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Monday Afternoon - Workshops

NYSDOT Local Programs and Federal Funding Opportunities for Highway Officials (pdf 123KB)
Michael Davies, Assistant Division Administrator, FHWA New York Division
Diane L. Kenneally, P.E., Director, NYSDOT Local Programs Bureau
Steven Ainspan, Statewide Local Programs Manager; Director, CHIPS Program, NYSDOT
An overview of Federal-Aid Programs and Process and a discussion of two State-Aid Programs (Marchiselli and CHIPS).

Highway Superintendents and Municipal Boards/Councils: Establishing a Good Working Relationship - PANEL
John Howland, Monroe County Legislator
William Naughton, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Huntington
Patrick Steger, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Niles
James E. Steinberg, Commissioner of Public Works, Village of Monticello
Tim Spring, Superintendent of Highways (Retired), Town of Indian Lake
Discussion of typical issues from interactions with governing boards/councils. Tips for better communication, including ‘dos and dont’s,’ followed by a Q&A session.

Snow and Ice Control Options - PANEL (guidelines pdf)
Dewey Amsler, Principal, AFM Engineering Services
Jim Craw, Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Fayetteville
Kevin “Fred” Demick, Superintendent of Highways, Town & Village of Angelica
A variety of options for snow and ice control will be discussed as panelists share what techniques, strategies, innovations and equipment work best for their agency. An open question and answer session will follow.

Doing the Right Road Repair (pdf 5.2MB)
Scott Harris, Technical Committee Co-Chairman, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association
How to properly perform some common road repair or maintenance techniques, involving several liquid asphalt emulsion processes and applications.

The Magic of Communications, Conflict Management and Team Building
Jim Snack, Certified Speaking Professional, The Humor Project
How to create a healthy and supportive work environment, have fun while working together, manage conflict, and find solutions together.

MUTCD Changes - Question & Answer Session
Sally S. Olsen, P.E., Civil Engineer 2, NYSDOT Office of Traffic Safety and Mobility
Open Question & Answer session. A follow-up to the morning presentation: The 2009 MUTCD - Now What Have They Changed? A good opportunity to get answers to your specific questions about the MUTCD updates.

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

7:40 - Video Gravel Road Maintenance: Meeting the Challenge

7:55 - Presiding
Terrence J Rice, President, New York State County Highway Superintendents Association; Superintendent of Highways, Monroe County

8:00 - Understanding the Costs of Highway Projects (pdf 1.9MB)
David Orr, Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
An overview of some common techniques for determining the costs of various projects. Knowing the actual costs of highway projects makes it easier to select those you can afford. In the afternoon workshops (#36 & #46), calculations for some common projects will be explained.

8:30 - Road Safety Audits (pdf 2.2MB)
Dan Nabors, P.E., Senior Trans. Engineer, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
An overview of rural road safety in New York State and how Road Safety Audits can help address those safety issues. Information will also be provided on choosing appropriate countermeasures once safety issues have been identified.

9:00 - Stormwater Regulations Update (pdf 2.8MB)
Blue Neils, Stormwater Management Coordinator, Saratoga County Coop Ext
A brief description of the Municipal, Construction and Multi-Sector SPDES Permits highlighting the recently renewed Municipal and Construction Permits.

9:30 - Break

10:00 - Legal & Regulatory Panel
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
John Mancini, Counsel, NYCOM
Kenneth L. Ayers, Attorney, The Ayers Law Firm
Chris Fedorick, Office of the State Comptroller
Question & Answer Panel.

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Tuesday Afternoon: Workshops

Local and Rural Road Safety Forum
Frank Gross, Ph.D., P.E., Hwy Safety Engineer, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Dan Nabors, P.E., Senior Trans. Engineer, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Christine Thorkildsen, Senior Safety Engineer, FHWA
Barbara R.W. O’Rourke, Safety Program Coordinator, NYSDOT
Overview of the Federal Highway Administration’s initiative to improve highway safety, and resources available from FHWA to local agencies.

Right-of-Way - PANEL
Kenneth L. Ayers, Member/Attorney, The Ayers Law Firm, PLLC
Jim Gelormini, Municipal Legal Consultant / Instructor, CLRP
Mark D. Premo, P.E.,
Deputy Commissioner of Transportation-Engineering, Onondaga County DOT
Knowing your right-of-way and how to obtain more is critical to your operations and long term planning. Panelists will share their views of what you need to know. Most of this session will be open to questions and answers

Little Bridges & Big Culverts - PANEL
Kevin Wilder
, P.E., Engineering Supervisor (Retired), Jefferson County
Wayne E. Bonesteel, P.E., County Engineer, Rensselaer County
Jamie Arnold, Highway Maintenance Supervisor 1, NYSDOT
David J. Goodwin, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Clarkson
Experiences in installation and maintenance of various types of little bridges and big culverts, as well as how a town/county partnership led to the successful completion of a bridge project. Most of this session will be open to questions and answers.

Safety in the Trenches
Mark Smarr, Associate Safety Consultant, NYS Department of Labor, Division of Safety & Health
Risk evaluation and protective system requirements for trenching operations.

Retirement System Regulations for Highway Officials
Nancy Burton, Assistant Comptroller for Retirement Operations, NYS and Local Retirement System, Office of the State Comptroller
Update on the regulations governing the reporting of retirement service credit for elected and appointed officials who are members of the NYS and Local Retirement System. Old regulatory requirements, new regulations and the responsibilities of officials and legislative boards will be covered.
www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/members/incentive

NOTE: The following is a correction to some misinformation that may have been given to the attendees of the Retirement System Regulations training session on Tuesday, June 8, at the 2010 Highway School in Ithaca: Retirement System Regulations Corrected information (pdf 24K)

Estimating and Understanding the Costs of Highway Projects
David Orr, Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
We will estimate costs of some common highway projects such as ditching, chip seal, culvert installation, paving an overlay, installing a sign, or one suggested by someone in the audience.

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Wednesday Morning: General Session

8:10 - Video
The Flood of 1935

8:25 - Presiding
Thomas (Willie) Reifsteck, President, NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways; Superintendent of Highways, Town of Middlesex

8:30 - Cornell’s SWAT Team Helps Communities Manage Their Public Trees
Dr. Nina L. Bassuk, Professor and Program Leader, Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell University Department of Horticulture
The Cornell Student Weekend Arborist Team (SWAT) assists small communities in developing management plans for their street tree populations. The SWAT team completes a total street inventory in 1 or 2 days and then assists the community in developing a master plan to manage their valuable tree resources and quantify the benefits that trees provide for communities.
Presentation: (pdf 4.7MB) /Handout: (pdf 207KB)

9:00 - Underground Damage Prevention - A Shared Responsibility
(pdf 3.5MB)
Jim Flint, Field Representative, Dig Safely New York
Discussion of work habits and procedures that excavators should follow to help eliminate damage to underground facilities, in accordance with New York State law.

9:30 - Preparing Your Budget and Presenting it to the Board
Robert Anderson, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Amherst
Using actual figures from the Town of Amherst, you will learn a good process for how to prepare a budget as well as effective techniques for presenting it to your Board.Presentation: (pdf 1.9MB) /Handout: (pdf 87KB)

10:00 - Pavement Management - What’s New? (pdf 8.7MB)
Rick Bennett, Statewide Pavement Manager, NYSDOT
An overview of the NYSDOT strategy to prioritize pavement work in a way that produces the best conditions possible with limited funding. Step-by-step suggestions will help guide you in managing your pavements.

10:30 - Attendance Awards
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program

11:00 - Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients: (voluntary)

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