68th Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

June 3-5, 2012 - Ithaca College, Ithaca

Schedule of Events

Monday Morning - General Session
Monday Afternoon - Workshops

Tuesday Morning - General Session
Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops

Wednesday Morning - General Session

Monday Morning: General Session

7:25 - Video - Best Practices: Culvert Replacement; Ohio DOT

7:45     Presiding / Pledge of Allegiance
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program

8:05     Welcome
Gerry Geist, Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York
Comment on the 2% Tax Cap Effect on Highway Operations

8:30    Getting the Least 'Bang' for Your Buck - Low Cost Ideas to Improve Safety along Your Highways
David Orr, Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
David will demonstrate a few ways to think about road safety that may reduce the number of 'bangs' (i.e. crashes) without spending a lot.
Presentation (PDF)
Resources

9:00 Heavy Equipment Simulator Training
Mark Payne, Assistant Professor, Heavy Equipment Operation, Alfred State University
How to incorporate training simulators into everyday applications. Simulators will be available on Monday and Tuesday in the foyer near the registration desk for you to try your hand. Awards for winners of the heavy equipment simulator trials will be presented on Wednesday morning at 10:30.
Presentation (PDF)

9:15    Improving Roadside Ditch Management - Identifying and Overcoming the Hurdles
Rebecca Schneider, Associate Professor/Department Extension Leader, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
This session will provide an update on research on the impact of roadside ditch networks on floods, droughts and water pollution. A discussion of the barriers to improving ditch management will follow, including costs of ditch modification strategies, and tools to help obtain grants.
Presentation (PDF)

9:45     Coffee Break

10:15  Local Programs Update
Diane Kenneally, Acting Director, NYSDOT Office of Integrated Modal Services
NYSDOT's Transportation Enhancements Program (TEP) round of funding, CHIPS update and changes in the FHWA ER and FEMA PA programs based on MAP-21 implementation.
Presentation (PDF)

10:45  Warm Mix Asphalt - The Future of Asphalt Paving
Bruce Barkevich, Vice President, New York Construction Materials Association, Inc.
This session will describe Warm Mix Asphalt and why it is gaining acceptance nationwide. There will also be an introduction to the Mill and Fill Warm Mix Asphalt Demo taking place this afternoon.
Presentation (PDF)

11:15  Improve Your Communication Skills in Just 5 "STEPS"!
Sidney Hurlbert, Consultant, Kerrville Texas
Do you interact with people who are rude, impatient and uncaring on a daily basis? Are you dealing with increased stress and feeling less in control over your own life? Various studies show that 85% of our success in life is based on communication skills while only 15% is based on technical skills. Learn how Sid's 5 "STEPS" will empower you and dramatically increase your chances for success!

Lunch (12:00 - 1:15) - Pothole Picnic

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

Emerson A

More on Local Programs
Diane Kenneally, Acting Director, NYSDOT Office of Integrated Modal Services
The specifics of NYSDOT's Transportation Enhancement Program, Preservation First and Federal Aid Essentials will
be discussed.
Presentation (PDF)

Emerson B

Improve Your Communication Skills in Just 5 "STEPS"!
Sidney Hurlbert, Consultant, Kerrville, Texas
This is a continuation of the morning General Session.

Emerson C

The Past, Present and Future of Snow & Ice Control - Q & A Forum
Dewey Amsler, Circuit Rider, Cornell Local Roads Program
Jim Craw, Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Fayetteville
Jamie Arnold, Highway Maintenance Supervisor 2, NYSDOT
Discussion topics will include innovations old and new; what works; liquid ice control chemicals; use of smaller trucks in special circumstances. Bring your questions!
Presentation (PDF)

Textor 101

Maintaining Low-Volume Roads
Steve Jerome, Former Circuit Rider, Vermont Local Roads Program
Maintaining low-volume roads, with correspondingly low budgets, presents unique challenges. Steve will provide some insights into low-volume road maintenance and answer your questions.
Presentation (PDF)

Textor 102 (1:15pm only)

Longitudinal Joint Construction - Best Practices
H. Wayne Jones, Senior Regional Engineer, Asphalt Institute
Best practices necessary for field paving and compaction procedures to best construct a traditional (cold) longitudinal joint to optimize long-term performance. While these best practices are desired, they are not always followed, even though they generally do not require additional expense or elaborate equipment.

Parking Lot by the Tennis Courts (2:45pm only)

Innovative Paving Demo: Warm Mix Asphalt, Trackless Tack, Micro Milling
New York Construction Materials Association, Inc.
Bruce Barkevich, Vice President, NY Construction Materials Association, Inc.
Gary Foux
and crews from Suit-Kote Corporation
Members of the NY Materials Association will show three new innovative paving techniques as part of a mill and fill.

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

7:35 - Video - Shake Hands with Danger; Source: Caterpillar

8:00     Welcome / Presiding
William C. Wright, President, New York State County Highway Superintendents Association and Superintendent of Highways, Ontario County

8:05     Moving Work Zones
Ken Swain, Circuit Rider, Cornell Local Roads Program
There are inherent risks associated with any work zone. Mobile work zones create specific risks and protecting employees from them is critical to their safety. This session addresses key points needed to understand and meet both State and Federal requirements for various work scenarios.
Presentation (PDF)

8:30     Labor Relations and the Taylor Law
Professor Lee Adler, School of Industrial Labor Relations, Cornell University
The Taylor Law, collective bargaining, and a sensible set of things to keep in mind.

9:00     Keeping the Good Roads Good
Scott Harris, Technical Committee Co-Chair, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association
Learn about pavement preservation techniques that will develop long term sustainability for your highway system.
Presentation (PDF)

9:30     Coffee Break

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
Mark Stevens, Senior Attorney, Division of Legal Services, Office of the State Comptroller
Sergeant Scott Hendershott, New York State Police
Do you have a question for the experts? Submit your questions ahead of time. Forms are available at the registration desk.

Lunch (12:00 - 1:15pm)

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

Emerson A

Pavement Preservation Techniques Panel
Surface Treating - Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association
Cold Recycling - Ed Denehy, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association
Micro Surfacing/Slurry Seal - Brent Hall, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association
Pavement preservation saves money by maintaining what you already have using low-cost repairs. We will explore the do's & dont's and pros & cons of several asphalt emulsion techniques that help you maintain your highways while stretching your budget.

Emerson B

Equipment Financing Made Easy Panel
Bruce Longbine, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Canadice
Michael Ruocco, Municipal Program Manager, Real Lease
Jon Fredericks, Account Executive, Real Lease
Paul Black, Vice President Municipal Leasing, M&T Bank
How Municipal Lease Purchase Agreements work, and when they make sense.

Textor 101 (1:15pm only)

Bidding Law Changes - Best Value and Piggybacking Law
Mark Stevens, Senior Attorney,
Division of Legal Services, Office of the State Comptroller
This session is an overview of recent statutory amendments to the General Municipal Law section 103, including a discussion on "best value" awards and the new "piggybacking" exception.

Textor 101 (2:45pm only)

Media Relations: Building Awareness and Support for Public Works
Joseph Pillittere, Commissioner of Public Works, Cattaraugus County
The purpose of media relations is to tell THE story, not YOUR story. It's used to create awareness and understanding of an issue/topic; or publicize the good and explain the bad. As public works professionals, media relations can be used to foster a positive image and create goodwill within the communities you serve. In addition, it can aid in obtaining future support for equipment, funding, or projects. Learn how to use communication tools to launch your own media relations campaign.

Textor 102

Work Zone Issues and Human Factor Solutions
Emmett McDevitt, Senior Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration
Ken Swain, Circuit Rider, Cornell Local Roads Program
Work zones are a dangerous place. In this workshop Emmett and Ken will give you ideas to keep you safe.

Textor 103 (2:45pm only)

Customer Service: Handling Requests and Complaints
Alexander Gregor, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Southampton
Jeffrey Griswold, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Preble
Hear about a small town approach to providing good customer service, and how a large town handles and tracks requests and complaints.
Presentation (PDF)

South of the Pothole Picnic Site (1:15pm only)

Weight Limits - Truck Scale Demo
Sergeant Scott Hendershott, New York State Police
Trooper James Klock, New York State Police
Trooper Benjamin Emery, New York State Police
Jim Weber, Superintendent of Highways, Town of Ithaca (Thank you for providing the dump truck)

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Wednesday Morning - General Session

8:15   Video - Preserving a Landmark: Rehabilitation of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Source: FHWA / National Park Service

8:30   Welcome / Presiding
William Weller, President, NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways and Superintendent of Highways, Town of Florida

8:35   Stormwater in a Climate of Change
Geoffrey Scott, Technical Assistance Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program
Stormwater has long been just a by-product of rain and snow. Recent history shows this has dramatically changed. Increased runoff associated with increased development and changes in weather patterns have resulted in new approaches when addressing stormwater. This session will discuss effects on future development and the current regulations directed at stormwater runoff and pollution control and the goals in which they intend to achieve.
Presentation (PDF)

9:00   Who's Employees are They? The Role of Highway Superintendent as an Employer
Michael Kenneally, Associate Counsel, Association of Towns
A discussion on the respective roles of the Town Board and the Highway Superintendent in employment matters. Who has the authority to hire, fire and supervise highway employees, and how local employment policies apply to Highway Superintendents and employees.
Presentation (PDF)

9:30   Safety in Lifting
Fred Ludvigsen
, LiftAll
Learn proper rigging procedures for slings, rope and chain. Also, the proper sling for the job, sling weight capacities, proper angles of lift and wear padding of sharp corners will be discussed.

10:00   Preventive Maintenance Best Practices
Mark Payne, Assistant Professor, Heavy Equipment Operation, Alfred State University
A brief overview of preventive maintenance best practices for earthmoving and snow fighting equipment. Presentation of awards to winners of the heavy equipment simulator trials.
Presentation (PDF)

10:30   Attendance Awards
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program
Certificates are awarded for milestones of registration
(5 consecutive years, 10, 15, 20 , 25, 30, 35, 40, etc). The 5, 10 and 15 year certificates are awarded the year after they are earned. Those for 20 years and higher are awarded the year they are earned.

11:00   Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program
Gerry Geist, Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York
North Foyer of Phillips Hall (next to the Registration Desk).


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