66th Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

6-8 June 2011

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

Monday Morning: General Session

7:40 - Videos It won’t Happen to Me It Only Takes a Second

8:05 - Presiding / Pledge of Allegiance
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program

8:10 - Welcome
G. Jeffrey Haber, Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York

8:15 - Hanging On and Letting Go: Highway Department Records
(pdf, 73KB)
Suzanne Etherington, Region 6 Advisory Officer, New York State Archives
Highway Department records include everything from complaints, inspections, contracts, and daily logs to phone calls and emails. This session will provide an overview of some of the important issues regarding retaining and disposing of these records.

8:45 - The Basics of Roadside Design (pdf)
Christine Thorkildsen,Senior Safety Program Engineer, FHWA NY Division
Tim LaCoss, Pavement and Materials Engineer, FHWA NY Division
An overview of steps to create a safe roadside design.

9:15 - Culvert Repairs with Limited Resources (pdf)
Jamie Arnold,Highway Maintenance Supervisor 2, NYSDOT
Solutions to the common problems of failing culverts when resources are limited, including quick fix and long term solutions for our aging infrastructure.

9:45 - Break

10:15 - The Economics of Ergonomics! (pdf)
Kenneth Swain,Consultant/Instructor, Cornell Local Roads Program
The environmental aspects of daily work tasks that contribute to employee injuries in your workforce. The direct and indirect costs associated with those injuries, and simple program modifications to minimize/eliminate the root cause.

10:45 - Designing Pavement Maintenance (pdf)
Gary Foux,Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association
Many common maintenance techniques can be improved by being sure the details are done correctly. Gary will show how surface treatments and recycling can be improved with a little preliminary design before the work starts.

11:15 - In Case of Emergency Grab Your Peace - Dealing with Difficult People (pdf)
Stephen P. Duncanson,President/CEO, True Destiny Communications
Often the biggest challenge in the workplace is dealing with difficult people. We’ll look at how conflicts arise, what fuels negative emotions and what actions can be taken to maintain your “peace.”

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Monday Afternoon: Workshops

A Year in the Life of a Highway Superintendent
Wayne Kelder, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Rochester
Scott Gallerie, Superintendent of Highways, Rensselaer County
James McNulty, Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Alfred
The daily operations of a highway/public works department from three different perspectives.

Culvert PANEL
Moderator: Rebecca Schneider, Associate Professor, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources
Panel:
Jamie Arnold, Highway Maintenance Supervisor 2, NYSDOT
Kevin Bliss, Senior Environmental Analyst, NYS DEC Bureau of Habitat Office
Lesta Ammons, Biologist, US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo Region
Mark Watts, District Manager, Chemung County Soil & Water Conservation
Jeff Parker, District Manager, Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation
Using real-life projects, the NYS DEC and Army Corps of Engineers will explain how to apply state rules and regulations throughout the process

Learning to Work Together: Municipal Cooperation and Shared Services PANEL
Moderator: Vincent Spagnoletti, Director of Public Works, Steuben County
Panel: Andrew Avery, Director of Public Works, Chemung County
George Spanos, Director of Public Works, Chautauqua County
Mike Edwards, Supervisor, Town of Horseheads
Innovative ideas will be offered and the challenges of setting up shared service agreements between municipalities will be discussed. Find out what works and what doesn’t and how your municipality can become more efficient.

How to Create a Forgivable Roadside
Christine Thorkildsen, Senior Safety Program Engineer, FHWA NY Division
Tim LaCoss, Pavement and Materials Engineer, FHWA NY Division
Learn how to improve safety by reducing crash severity using simple steps. This session will review analysis of slopes, shielding of unforgivable objects, guiderail, delineation and paving with a safety edge.

Leadership - The Inside Story
Stephen P. Duncanson, President/CEO, True Destiny Communications
What does it take to be an authentic leader? How do you increase employee cooperation? Explore ideas for what you can do to become a more effective leader.

Get Your Shop in Shape!
Kenneth Swain, Consultant/Instructor, Cornell Local Roads Program
Identifies what OSHA/PESH are looking for during a facility inspection. We will simulate a walk-through at a typical highway maintenance shop with an OSHA/PESH compliance officer and identify violations generally found and cited.

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

7:40 - Video - Successful Roadside Revegetation Using Native Plants

8:00 - Welcome / Presiding
William Dashnaw,President, New York State County Highway Superintendents Association & Superintendent of Highways, St. Lawrence County

8:05 - GRS Bridges and Walls (pdf)
William Dashnaw,President, New York State County Highway Superintendents Association & Superintendent of Highways, St. Lawrence County
Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) is a simple technology that is part of the FHWA’s ‘Every Day Counts’ initiative. St. Lawrence County has used GRS to build bridges and retaining walls for a fraction of the cost of more conventional techniques.

8:30 - A Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program from a Highway Superintendent’s Perspective (pdf)
James Dean,Superintendent of Highways, Town of Orangetown
The why, what and where of how the Town of Orangetown put together a traffic calming program to avoid some of the BAD and the UGLY around them

9:00 - MUTCD Compliance - What You Really Need to Know (pdf)
Sally S. Olsen, PE,Civil Engineer 2, NYSDOT Office of Traffic Safety & Mobility
Update on retroreflectivity, street signs, curve signs, engineering study/engineering judgment, breakaway supports, compliance dates, and documentation.

9:30 - Break

10:00 - Legal & Regulatory Panel
Moderator: David Orr,Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
Panel: Lori Mithen-DeMasi,
Counsel, Association of Towns of the State of New York
John Mancini,
Counsel, New York State Conference of Mayors
Rachael Krizanek,Principal Examiner, New York Office of the State Comptroller
Get your legal and state regulation questions answered by the experts.

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Tuesday Afternoon: Workshops

Understanding Retirement System Regulations
Mark P. Pattison, Deputy Comptroller for Retirement Services, New York State and Local Retirement System
Overview of the state retirement system and an update on the reporting requirements for elected and appointed officials.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Traffic Calming(pdf / handout)
Terrence J. Rice, PE, Superintendent of Highways, Monroe County
James Fletcher, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Penfield
James Dean, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Orangetown
A town in Monroe County was the first to try speed humps in New York State in 1991. Since then Monroe County, its towns and the City of Rochester have developed neighborhood traffic calming manuals, with a toolbox of alternatives to address speed issues on their roadways. This session will identify what has been tried, what works and is in use, and what didn’t work.

Snow & Ice - What’s New? (pdf)
Jamie Arnold, Highway Maintenance Supervisor 2, NYSDOT
Jim Craw, Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Fayetteville
Hear about new technology and see photos of equipment. Homemade and commercially manufactured application and delivery platforms for salt brine, magnesium chloride and ice ban magic style systems are also discussed.

“This is the King’s Highway, Make Way,” but How Wide is the Way? (pdf)
Jim Gelormini,Muncipal Legal Consultant/ Instructor, CLRP
Right-of-way widths of highways created by use will be discussed in this session.

Going Big: Oversized and Overweight Trucks
Ken Dodge,
Acting Director, NYSDOT Central Permits Bureau
What is the permit process and enforcement used by NYSDOT? When do local departments need a state permit? How do local highway departments endorse state permits? This session will answer these questions.

MUTCD - Questions & Answers
Sally S. Olsen PE,
Civil Engineer 2, NYSDOT Office of Traffic Safety & Mobility
Mark Loveless,
Traffic Sign Technician, Cattaraugus County
As a follow-up to the morning presentation on MUTCD Compliance, this is the perfect opportunity to get answers to your specific questions about the MUTCD.

Gravel: One Test is Worth 1,000 Expert Opinions(pdf)
David Orr,Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
A review of what makes good gravel for local roads and what tests are needed to ensure the quality of the gravel. Some of the tests will be demonstrated live!

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Wednesday Morning: General Session

8:10 - Video -Preventive Maintenance and Surfacing Systems

8:25- Presiding
Roger Wolfe,

President, NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways and Superintendent of Highways, Town of Yates

8:30 - Pavement Management: More Than Just Pavement Maintenance(pdf)
Geoffrey Scott,Technical Assistance Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
A Pavement Management System can provide a better understanding of your municipality’s roadway network. In this session we will discuss how and why the use of a Pavement Management System will help stretch limited budget dollars.

9:00 - GIS: If You’re Not Using it Now, You Will Down the Road
(pdf)
Stephen Smith,GIS Program Leader, Cornell University Crop and Soil Sciences
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can retain the past, monitor the present, and drive the future. How GIS can help with highway maintenance, management, and design.

9:30 - Warm Mix Asphalt - We’re Moving Ahead (pdf)
Russell Thielke, NYSDOT Materials Bureau
Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) technologies allow a reduction in the production and placement temperatures of asphalt mixes, reducing emissions and fuel use. This presentation will focus on the current status of implementing WMA in New York State.

10:00 - Are You Kidding? All That? Discipline and Discharge Procedures Under Civil Service Law (pdf)
Robert Doren,Managing Attorney, Bond Shoeneck & King
This session will help you navigate the costly and time consuming requirements involved in disciplining and discharging civil service employees under Section 75 of the New York Civil Service Law

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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