69th Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

June 2-4, 2014 - Ithaca College, Ithaca

Schedule of Events

Monday Morning - General Session
Poster Session
Monday Afternoon - Workshops

Tuesday Morning - General Session
Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops

Wednesday Morning - General Session

Monday Morning: General Session

Video - Everyone Pays For Potholes; Cornell Local Roads Program

 

Gerry Geist

Presiding / Pledge of Allegiance
Gerry Geist, Executive Director,
Association of Towns of the State of New York

 

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

 

Bruce Barkevich

Asphalt Paving – Do’s and Don’ts
Bruce Barkevich, Vice Pres., New York Construction Materials Association (bruce@nymaterials.com)
Streamline your paving process and ensure a long-lasting pavement with these tips. (presentation)

 

 

Lynne Irwin

Unplanned Heavy Usage on Local Roads (presentation)
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, CLRP (lhi1@cornell.edu)
Road improvements are based on historical traffic levels. What can you do when unexpected heavy traffic creates major loss of pavement life? (presentation)

 

 

Bob Stezzi

Dealing with Difficult Employees
Bob Stezzi,
Stezzi Training and Consulting (Bstezzi@aol.com)
Any employee is capable of difficult behavior, but it is up to you to determine when their behavior is affecting their work and the work of others. The causes of difficult employee behavior and ways you can correct it will be discussed.(presentation)

 

Mark Payne

Equipment Inspection and Maintenance
Mark Payne, Assist. Professor, Heavy Equipment Operation, Alfred State Uni. (PayneM@alfredstate.edu)
The focus of this session will be on preventive maintenance planning including best practices and how to get the most from your equipment. (presentation)

 

Jeff Tennyson

Simple Procedures: Set it and Forget it
Jeff Tennyson, Commissioner of Public Works,
Warren County (jtennyson@warrencountydpw.com)
Having simple operating procedures for highway work is a great way to communicate to your crews what needs to be done and frees up your time to work on other activities managing the department. Keeping things simple and clear is important to make sure the job is done well. (presentation)

 

Dr. Michael Monroe Kiefer

Self Motivation, Inspiration and Drive-How to Stay Fired Up Everyday!
Dr. Michael Monroe Kiefer, Powermind Training (mmkiefer@powermindtraining.com)
The focus of this session will be on preventive maintenance planning including best practices and how to get the most from your equipment. (presentation)

 

Poster Session

Association of Towns poster Be aware of meth poster CAMP-RS poster CHIPS poster

 

Crack repair poster
OGS poster
OGS handout
PESH poster
PESH handout

 

 

Lunch - Pothole Picnic

pothole picnic

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Live Line Down DEMO
Alan Mancil, Supervisory Line Department, NYSEG (ajmancil@nyseg.com)

Live line down demo

Monday Afternoon: Workshops

Mark Payne

Inspecting a Piece of Equipment
Mark Payne, Assist. Professor, Heavy Equipment Operation, Alfred State Uni. (PayneM@alfredstate.edu)
Mark Loveless (trishloveless@aol.com)
Inspection is a critical best practice to get the most out of your equipment. The workshop will include a complete walk-around inspection (weather permitting) and discussion of the importance of daily maintenance checks.

 

Dr. Michael Monroe Kiefer

Maintaining Positive Workplace Attitudes by Reading People
Dr. Michael Monroe Kiefer, Powermind Training (mmkiefer@powermindtraining.com)
Do people sometimes stress you out? With people reading you can turn frustration into fascination! Learn skillful communication techniques in your daily work to develop “likeability”, respect and cooperation. (presentation)

 

Bruce Barkevich

Asphalt – A Changing Product in a Changing World
Bruce Barkevich, Vice President, New York Construction Materials Association (bruce@nymaterials.com)
Stay on top of new paving technologies and how they can work for you.

 

 

Bob Stezzi

Violence in the Workplace
Bob Stezzi,
Stezzi Training and Consulting (Bstezzi@aol.com)
Almost every day we hear about situations in the workplace that escalate into violence. We will discuss the warning signs that things may get out of hand and what you can do to diffuse situations before anyone gets hurt. (presentation)

 

Emergency Stream Intervention
Mike Lovegreen, USC Stream Team leader, Tioga County Soil & Water Conservation District (mike.lovegreen@u-s-c.org)
The Post Flood Emergency Stream Intervention program provides an understandable and easily applied approach to stream channel corrections. Learn basic stream function and response to human impacts as well as evaluating stream channel transport functions and proper stream geometry needed to restore those functions.

 

Mark Walker

Quick and Easy Social Media for Highway Officials
Mark Walker,
Marketing Specialist, CLRP (mww47@cornell.edu)
Over 50 New York State highway and public works departments have Facebook accounts and use it to notify the public of road closures and weather events, sell surplus equipment, and highlight new projects. In this practical session, we will learn how to set up an email account (if needed) and get a facebook business page up and running. We will also talk about other social media tools that you may find useful. (presentation)

 

Geoff Scott

CAMP-RS: A Hands-On Experience Using the New CLRP Pavement Management Software
Geoffrey Scott,
Technical Assistance Engineer, CLRP (grs78@cornell.edu)
In this session we will be working on computers to learn how the new CAMP-RS software operates. This session will allow the user to input inventory and condition surveys, add and change repair options and units costs, and develop reports that can be used to develop a pavement maintenance program. Seating is limited to 23 computers.

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

Video - Frost Damage in Pavement: Causes and Cures; CRREL

 

Timothy Hens

Welcome / Presiding
Timothy Hens, President, New York State County Highway Superintendents Association and Commissioner of Public Works, Genesee County

 

 

Highway Safety – You Can’t Live Without It
Emmett McDevitt,
Transportation Safety Engineer, FHWA (emmett.mcdevitt@fhwa.dot.gov)
The basics of highway safety will be highlighted - for all superintendents, new and experienced. (presentation)

 

Emmett McDevitt

 

 

Kevin Crawford

Managing a Highway Accident Incident
Kevin Crawford, Executive Director, New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (kcrawford@kcnymir.org)
How best to assist your insurer in defending YOU and your municipality – some Do’s and Don’ts. (presentation)

 

 

Neil Giles

Pavement Preservation
Neil Guiles, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association (NeilGuiles@vestalasphalt.com)
A representative from LADA will address the sum of all activities to provide and maintain serviceable roadways. You will hear tips on corrective and preventative maintenance which will assist in identifying minor and major rehabilitation. You will take away key information on the right treatment, right pavement and the right time to preserve your highway pavement while keeping an eye on your bottom-line. (presentation)

 

Legal & Regulatory Panel
Moderator: David Orr,
Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program (dpo3@cornell.edu)
Lori Mithen-DeMasi,
Counsel, Association of Towns of the State of New York (lmithen@nytowns.org)
John Mancini, Counsel,
New York State Conference of Mayors (jmancini@nycom.org)
Mark Stevens, Senior Attorney, Division of Legal Services,
Office of the State Comptroller (MRStevens@osc.state.ny.us)

NY State Comptroller's memo on the new "piggybacking" law (pdf)

 

legal panel

 

Lunch - Tailgate Tuesday Lunch

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Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops

CHIPs News – Updates and New Appropriation Overview - Meet Your Representative
Mary Anne Mariotti, Director,
Local Programs Bureau, NYSDOT (maryanne.mariotti@dot.ny.gov)
Steve Ainspan, Program Manager, CHIPS, NYSDOT
Changes in the CHIPS program will be discussed followed by an opportunity to meet your CHIPS representative.

 

Culvert Inspection and Management Panel
Moderator: Jeff Parker, District Manager,
Steuben County SWCD (jgparker@stny.rr.com)
Todd Gadd, Superintendent of Highways,
Wyoming County (tgadd@wyomingco.net)
Charlie Woznick, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Montgomery (tomhwysup@yahoo.com)
Jamie Arnold, Highway Maintenance Supervisor 2,
NYSDOT (jarnold@dot.state.ny.us)
Knowing what problems you have and how to manage them is critical for your highway culverts. This panel will give some examples of how they manage and inspect culverts and answer your questions about your own culverts. (Question forms at the registration desk).

 

culvert Panel: Todd Gadd; Charlie Woznick; and Jamie Arnold

 

Protect Your Roads and Budget From Potholes
by Doing Crack Repairs Today (1:15 only)
Todd Konifka, Liquid Asphalt Distributor’s Association
Tony Squiccirini, Liquid Asphalt Distributor’s Association
This workshop will cover the basics of crack repairs including candidate selection, proper equipment and which materials to use when. You will have a chance to ask industry experts your questions about crack repairs. (presentation)

 

crack repair workshop

 

David Orr

What Would You Do? – Ethical Choices (2:45 only)
David Orr, Senior Engineer, CLRP (dpo3@cornell.edu)
When faced with an ethical dilemma, knowing what to do is not always easy or straightforward. This interactive session will review some typical ethical problems for engineers and highway officials. For each scenario, an interactive response clicker will be used to acquire and review the audience’s responses when asked, “What would you do?” (presentation)

 

Insurance and Inventory – Q&A session
Kevin Crawford, Executive Director, New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (kcrawford@kcnymir.org)
Susan O’Rorke, VP for Member Relations,
NYMIR (sororke@wrightrisk.com)
A question and answer session will follow a short presentation on insurance and inventory. You can submit your question ahead of time by completing the question form at the registration desk.

 

Emmett McDevitt

Highway Safety – A Little Goes a Long Way
Emmett McDevitt, Senior Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration (emmett.mcdevitt@fhwa.dot.gov)
How roadway and roadside improvements can have a significant impact on highway safety.

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Wednesday Morning - General Session

Video - Dangerous Travelers; USDA Forest Service

 

Marty Roberts

Welcome / Presiding
Marty Roberts, President, New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways and Superintendent of Highways, Town of Reading

 

 

 

David Orr

Reasonable Highway Standards
David Orr, Senior Engineer, CLRP (dpo3@cornell.edu)
Reasonable standards for your highways helps reduce liability and improves planning and communication. This session will review reasonable standards you can use when you get home. (presentation)

 

D. Tom Johnson

Highway Right-of-Way
D. Tom Johnson, Consultant, Hunt Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors (johnsont@hunt-eas.com)
What is a right-of-way, how is it created and what are your responsibilities? These questions will be answered as well as how to dispose of a right-of-way via abandonment. (presentation)

 

Sergeant Martin Kopcho

Roadside Death Traps – Clandestine Meth Lab Dump Sites
Sergeant Martin Kopcho
, New York State Police,
Owego (martin.kopcho@troopers.ny.gov)
A detailed look at the hazards associated with clandestine Meth Lab dump sites.  Learn how to recognize the signs and materials used in the illicit production of methamphetamine and what to do when you encounter one of the growing number of roadside dump sites. (presentation)

 

Mark Smarr

PESH Consultation Assistance Program for Public Agencies
Mark Smarr, Associate Safety Consultant, New York State Department of Labor (smarr.mark@dol.gov)
A review of assistance provided at no cost to public employers and the request process. Program requirements will be discussed. (presentation)

 

Lynne Irwin

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.

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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