67th Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

11-13 June 2012

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

Monday Morning: General Session

7:40 - Video - Flagging Fundamentals, 6 Steps to Safety; American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) (17 minutes)

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

8:05 Welcome
Lynne H. Irwin,Director, Cornell Local Roads Program 

8:15 Measuring the Road for Improvement (pdf)
Deborah Mohlenhoff,Chair, Government Performance & Accountability Committee, City of Ithaca
Learn how many municipalities are using performance based systems to improve efficiencies, set clear public expectations, and maximize limited funds. This session will show you how measuring performance creates results.

8:45 OGS Vehicle Contracts (pdf 185 KB)
Don Greene,Director, Procurement Services Group, Office of General Services
OGS contracts save localities the time needed to write specifications, bid, review and award contracts. OGS is in the process of revamping many of its contracts to make them more cost effective, and is asking for input from local government buyers on the types of vehicles they would like to purchase.

9:15 Tracking Your Equipment Operating Costs (pdf)
Scott Gallerie,Superintendent of Highways, Rensselaer County Highway Department
Wonder what makes more sense financially – to replace or repair your municipal vehicles? Learn some techniques to help you make sound decisions.

9:45 Coffee Break

10:15 Breaking the Cycle of Damage-Repair-Damage (pdf)
Rick Lord,Chief of Mitigation Programs & Agency Preservation Officer, NYS Office of Emergency Management
Paul Hoole,Hazard Mitigation Planner, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region II
Natural hazards in 2011 caused widespread damage to highways across the state. Learn how FEMA financed mitigation planning and grants programs can break the cycle of damage-repair-damage.

10:45 What’s New in Local Programs and NYSDOT’s Capital Planning for the Future (pdf / pdf)
Diane L. Kenneally,Director, Local Programs Bureau, New York State Department of Transportation
Roderic Sechrist,Assistant Commissioner for Operations and Asset Management, NYSDOT
Changes in NYSDOT programs, including CHIPS and Federal Aid, will be highlighted. An overview of NYSDOT’s approach to capital planning for the future will be presented.

11:15 Dig Safely NY –Changes to State Law
Jim Flint,Field Representative, Dig Safely NY
Changes to New York State law for Dig Safely NY have recently taken effect. Jim will provide a brief overview of the changes.

11:30 Surface Treatment – DEMO preview (pdf)
Neil Guiles, President, Vestal Asphalt
Learn details about the chip seal and cape seal processes that will be demonstrated at the 1:15 outdoor session.

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Monday Afternoon: Workshops

Chip Seal and Cape Seal Paving DEMO (once only) (pdf)
Neil Guiles,President, Vestal Asphalt
Jim Unkel,Vice President Operations, Vestal Asphalt
Greg Humphrey,Territory Manager, Vestal Asphalt
Pat O’Neill, Slurry Supervisor, Vestal Asphalt
Join us for a work-in-progress demonstration of a chip seal and a cape seal. See the map on the display board for the location. Thank you Ernie McClatchie, Director and Nick McCabe, Foreman of Grounds, Ithaca College.

NYSDOT Strategies and Programs – State and Federal Aid PANEL
Roderic Sechrist,Assistant Commissioner for Operations and Asset Management, NYSDOT
Diane L. Kenneally,Director, Local Programs Bureau, New York State Department of Transportation
Valeriya Remezova,Local Programs Manager, Federal Highway Administration, New York Division
Mary Harding,Safe Routes to School Coordinator, New York State Department of Transportation
This session will describe State and Federal funding available to municipalities. The difference between Federal Projects and State CHIPS will be explained. There will also be a discussion of the Federal Aid-Safe Routes to School Program.

Replacing vs. Repairing Equipment PANEL
Moderator: Scott Gallerie,Superintendent of Highways, Rensselaer County Highway Department
Jim Craw,Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Fayetteville
Fred McCagg,Superintendent of Highways, Town of Nassau
Options available for purchasing equipment – Auction, lease, trade-in, OGS – will be discussed in addition to cost comparisons of replacing vs. repairing your equipment. Question forms are available at the registration desk.

Hazard Mitigation PANEL
Moderator: Paul Hoole,Hazard Mitigation Planner, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region II
Rick Lord,Chief of Mitigation Programs & Agency Preservation Officer, NYS Office of Emergency Management
Wayne D. Reynolds, P.E.,Commissioner of Public Works, Delaware County
Panelists will describe the benefits of completing a hazard mitigation plan and the key points of developing the plan; Federal hazard mitigation grant programs; and how highway and public works officials can use Federal funds to rebuild stronger and better following a Presidentially-declared disaster. Ample time will be allowed for questions and answers.

Update on MUTCD  
Sally Olsen,Civil Engineer 2, New York State Department of Transportation
With all of the changes in the regulations in the last few years, many folks have questions about what is allowed (and not allowed) with signs, signals, and pavement markings. Sally will give a quick overview of some of recent critical changes and then answer your questions about the MUTCD.
Presentation (pdf 87 KB)

Asphalt Emulsions and Specific Uses PANEL (2:45 - 4:00)
Neil Guiles,President, Vestal Asphalt
Three specific asphalt emulsion uses will be covered including surface treatment, cold in-place recycling/reprofiling and microsurfacing/quick set slurry seal.
Presentation-Cold In Place Recycling (pdf)
Presentation-Full Depth Reclaimation (pdf)
Presentation-Surface Treatments: Conventional & Modified (pdf)
Presentation-Microsurfacing Cold Thin Seal Overlay (pdf)

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

7:40 - Video - Right of Way Mowing Safety; Vista Training Inc (24 minutes)

8:00 Presiding
David Hartman,President, New York State County Highway Superintendents Association and Superintendent of Highways, Yates County

8:05 Culvert Cleaning – Handmade Solutions (pdf)
Jamie Arnold,Highway Maintenance Supervisor 2, New York State Department of Transportation
When budget restrictions prevent you from performing high-price cleaning operations on your culverts, you may be able to stretch your dollars with these handmade solutions.

8:30 Chainsaw Safety Best Management Practices (pdf)
Peter Smallidge,NYS Extension Forester and Director, Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, Cornell University
Chainsaws are important tools, but can be dangerous if improperly used. Learn some best management practices for safe and productive chainsaw operations.

9:00 Extreme Streams – Raising Awareness for Post-Storm Response (pdf)
Dave Lemon,Regional Fisheries Manager, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 7
Timothy Baker,Maintenance Environmental Contact, New York State Department of Transportation Region 3
During extreme storm events, transportation agencies must take extraordinary measures to save lives, reconnect communities, and restore the transportation system while limiting further damage to property and the environment. To be better prepared, NYS DEC and NYSDOT are partnering to raise awareness of how storm events impact streams and how post-storm emergency response can be undertaken in a way that reduces flood risks and avoids impacts to habitat.

10:00 Legal & Regulatory Panel
Moderator: David Orr,Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
Lori Mithen DeMasi,Counsel, Association of Towns of the State of New York
John Mancini,Counsel, New York State Conference of Mayors
Dina Thompson,Principal Examiner, Office of the State Comptroller

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Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops(1:15 – 2:30, 2:45 - 4:00)

Emerson A

Highway Safety 101
Emmett McDevitt,Senior Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, New York Division
A touch of humor on the serious subject of safety makes this session as enjoyable as it is beneficial.

Emerson B

Things I Wish I’d Known When I Took the Job PANEL
Moderator: John Lippert,Superintendent of Highways, Town of Wallkill
Robert Hempstead,Superintendent of Highways, Town of Cairo
Tom Petterelli,Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Minoa
Do you ever wonder what you got yourself into? Newly elected and newly appointed highway and public works officials will learn from the experiences of those who used to be in the same boat. Bring your questions to this session.

Emerson C

Warm Mix – The Future of Asphalt Paving
Bruce Barkevich,Vice President, NY Materials
Warm Mix Asphalt is the biggest thing to hit the asphalt paving industry since the introduction of Superpave. Learn about how it works, the benefits it can provide to your operations and where New York State is heading for implementation of this cutting edge technology.

Textor 101

Emergency Response – Role of the Highway Department
Jamie Arnold,Highway Maintenance Supervisor 2, New York State Department of Transportation
Your local roads are impacted by highway accidents, local emergencies and natural disasters. Learn what the highway department’s role is when responding to emergency situations.

Textor 102

Highway Geometry: Using Tapes, Tripods and Transits to Improve Your Projects
Kevin Wilder,Circuit Rider, Cornell Local Roads Program
Learn ways to improve your projects using simple geometry and surveying techniques. Highway Design Standards, available from the Cornell Local Roads Program, will be discussed as a basis for the understanding of the use of surveying implements.

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Wednesday Morning - General Session

7:40 Video:
Deep Water (Ashokan Reservoir); Willow Mixed Media (45 minutes)

8:25 Presiding
Joseph T. Amico,President, New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways and Superintendent of Highways, Town of Gates

8:30 Overweight and Oversized Trucks – Marcellus Shale Update (pdf)
Lynne H. Irwin,Director, Cornell Local Roads Program
Strong roads are not severely damaged by large numbers of heavy trucks. But local roads can be “used up” due to the traffic that accompanies resource development. Who should pay for the damage, and how much? New technologies for road evaluation offer some insight.

9:00 Watersheds – Why Worry?(pdf)
Geoffrey Scott,Technical Assistance Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
Watersheds are an important aspect to consider when evaluating drainage within a municipality. This session will discuss the concept of a watershed and how rainfall and development can influence downstream municipalities.

9:30 Taxing Personal Use of Municipal Vehicles(pdf)
Jean Ann Redman,Federal, State and Local Government Specialist, Internal Revenue Service
What constitutes personal use of a municipal vehicle? The income tax law can be very complicated. This session will help you sort it all out.

10:00 Hot Topics for Hot Mix Pavements (pdf)
Russell Thielke,Pavement Materials Section Supervisor, Materials Bureau, NYSDOT
Learn about the latest changes to NYSDOT’s hot mix asphalt specifications and requirements, as well as HMA current trends. Other topics to be discussed include: elimination of §403, permissive use of warm mix asphalt additives, and an increased focus on recycled products in hot mix asphalt, such as reclaimed asphalt pavement, recycled asphalt shingles and rubber from tires.

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

11:00 Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients

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