Cornell Local Roads Program

Thank you for joining us at the 74th Anuual Highway School! Presentations, Photos, and more will be available soon!

Staff will be available at Ithaca College in the Emerson Suites lobby on Sunday June 2nd from 3pm – 5pm for on-site registration or early
check in

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2019 Lodging List Available Here

About Highway School

The Highway School features short sessions of general interest in the mornings and 24-28 afternoon workshops lasting 75 minutes each. A partnership with statewide vendors supports the Pothole Picnic on the first day. Over 700 participants, the majority being local highway and public works officials, attend the Highway School every year.

The Association of Towns of the State of New York co-sponsors the Highway School, and handles all of the registrations.

2019 Highway School Agenda

2019 program details are below or use the following links to jump to a particular program section

Monday Morning
Monday Afternoon
Tuesday Morning
Tuesday Afternoon
Wednesday Morning

Monday Morning - General Session

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall, 2nd Floor

7:40 am. Video
“Safety Basics Series” by Caterpillar Inc.

8:00 am. Morning Announcements
David Orr, P.E., Director, Cornell Local Roads Program

8:05 am. Pledge of Allegiance

8:10 am. Welcome / Comments
Daniel C. Wood, P.E.
Program Delivery and Stewardship Team Leader
Federal Highway Administration
New York Division Office

8:15 am. A Plan for Emergencies
Theresa Burke, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Red Hook Highway Department

Having a plan for when the next emergency occurs is critical. Theresa will give us an overview of the plan they developed in Red Hook and give attendees information so they can develop their own plan.

8:45 am. Many Roads to Pavement Preservation
Judy Corley-Lay, Director, National Center for Pavement Preservation

There are many different ways to use information you have and get
started on a pavement preservation program. In this session, you will
hear about different approaches used by different highway agencies.

9:15 am. The Highway Superintendent
and the Town Supervisor: A Conversation

Peter Ripperger, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Lewisboro Highway Department &
Peter Parsons Town Supervisor, Town of Lewisboro

Communication between the board and the Highway Department is
critical to serving the public. The two Peters will answer questions about good communication and help with your communication issues.

9:45 am. Break

10:15 am. Common Road Drainage Issues
Mark Watts, District Manager, Chemung County SWCD

In this general session get a feel of different road drainage issues and possible solutions. Hear from a Soil and Water Conservation District who works closely with the local Departments and how they can help in the management of water and your roads.

10:45 am. Local Road Safety Starts with a Plan
Andrew Avery, P.E., Commissioner of Public Works,
Chemung County Department of Public Works

Andy discusses the process Chemung County and the City of Elmira
used to develop a local road safety plan to reduce crashes.

11:15 am. Improving Safety Culture
Scott McKenna, President, Catamount Consulting of New York

There are many things that the Safety Supervisor has to manage within their organization. Attendees are invited to join us in this session to explore some of Mr. McKenna’s thoughts as he captivates your attention and entertains you while you learn about improving your safety culture.

12:00 pm. Pothole Picnic
Don’t forget your badge; it’s your ticket! Lunch is served next
to the Campus Center under the tents on the main quad.

All Day Demo - Stormwater Trailer

All Day Posters (Emerson Suites Hallway)

Monday Afternoon - Workshops

Session one: 1:15–2:30 pm.; Session two: 2:45–4:00 pm.

Emerson A

Workshop on Pavement Work Decision Making
Judy Corley-Lay, Director, National Center for Pavement Preservation

Using a sample road network, participants will discuss repair priorities and what work program to recommend. This activity will not have a “correct answer,” but will allow everyone to consider options and see the value of preservation in maintaining your road and street system.

Emerson B

The Highway Superintendent and the Town Board Q&A Panel
(first session only)

Jamie Dussing, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Clarence Highway Department (moderator)
Peter Ripperger, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Lewisboro Highway Department
Peter Parsons, Town Supervisor, Town of Lewisboro
Joel Kie, Commissioner of Public Works,
Town of Dickinson Highway Department
Michael Marinaccio, Town Supervisor, Town of Dickinson

Fill out the Q&A sheet to get your questions about board/highway
communications answered by Superintendents and Supervisors
who have seen the good and bad of working together.

Emerson C

Emergencies in Your Community
Skip Vezzetti, Superintendent of Highways,
Rockland County Highway Department
Jim Dean, Superintendent of Highways, Town of
Orangetown Highway Department
Bernie Meyer, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Canaan Highway Department

Fill out the Q&A sheet to get your questions about dealing with
emergencies answered. See if you can stump a group with 80
Highway Schools between them.

Center for Natural Sciences 112

Water Issues and Your Road System
Mark Watts, District Manager,
Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District
Jimmie Joe Carl, Chemung County Stormwater
Nikole Watts, Chemung County Stormwater
Jeff Parker, Steuben County Soil and Water

This workshop will build upon the general session “Common Road
Drainage Issues.” Come see how drainage issues are evaluated and
some demonstration projects that were implemented in streams, around bridges and culverts, as well as in your road ditch system.

Williams Hall 225

Improving Safety Culture
Scott McKenna, President, Catamount Consulting of New York

There are a number of things that the Safety Supervisor has to manage within their organization. Let’s take a different look at safety and see what’s being done right while acknowledging that safe, quality production is the goal.

Williams Hall 323

Details of Local Roads Safety Plans
Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works, Chemung
County Department of Public Works
Emmett McDevitt, Transportation Safety Engineer,
Federal Highway Administration New York Division

Andy and Emmett will provide more details about the Chemung
County / City of Elmira Local Roads Safety Plan and provide
details on how you can develop a plan in your own community.
Topics: similar to the morning session, but more details and the
lessons learned that others should know about before they start
their own plans.

Tuesday Morning - General Session

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall, 2nd Floor

7:35 am. Video
“Low-Cost Safety Improvements Series” by FHWA

8:00 am. Welcome / Presiding
Dennis Davis, Commissioner of Public Works Oneida County
DPW & President NYS County Highway
Superintendents Association

8:05 am. 2019 Build a Better Mousetrap Winners

Join us as we announce the winners of the Cornell Local Roads
Program 2019 Build a Better Mousetrap Competition. Learn about
the competition and how you can enter your innovations for 2020.

8:10 am. Signs for Curves
David Orr, P.E., Director, CLRP

There is a requirement for signs at curves when there is an advisory
speed change of 10 mph or more. David will let folks know both
the requirements and why all agencies should be thinking about
upgrading their curve signage.

8:20 am. The Next Generation of Highway Workers
Ari Mack, Organizational Development Consultant, Cornell University

Ever wonder how to work with the upcoming generation of highway
personnel? What motivates them? Ari will share insights into what
makes “Millennials” tick.

8:50 am. Dealing with Scrap
Mark Stevens, Sr. Attorney Legal Services,
NYS Office of the State Comptroller

Enough folks have asked about how to deal with scrapping equipment and materials that we have asked Mark to give a brief overview outside the normal legal panel.

9:00 am. Utilities in the Highway ROW
Jim Gelormini Esq., Circuit Rider, Cornell Local Roads Program

In this session Jim will cover the rights and responsibilities of
highway officials when utilities want to be in the ROW. One of
the critical issues is that there is a difference between roads by use
(streets by prescription) and roads and streets which are deeded.

9:30 am. Road Scholar Awards
David Orr, P.E., Director, CLRP

9:45 am. Break

10:15 am. Legal and Regulatory Q&A Panel
David Orr, PE, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program
Lori Mithen-Demasi, Associate Counsel,
Association of Towns of the State of New York
John Mancini, Legal Counsel, New York Conference of Mayors
Mark Stevens, Sr. Attorney Legal Services, New York State
Office of the State Comptroller
Jim Gelormini Esq., Circuit Rider, Cornell Local Roads Program

12:00 pm. Tailgate Tuesday Picnic Lunch
Don’t forget your badge; it’s your ticket! Lunch is served next
to the Campus Center under the tents on the main quad.

All Day. Poster Session (Emerson Suites Hallway)

Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops

Session one: 1:15–2:30 pm.; Session two: 2:45–4:00 pm.

Emerson A

Aggregates, Emulsions, and Mixes; Oh My
Hands-on Workshop (Limit 45 Attendees per Session)
NYS Liquid Asphalt Distributors Associations (LADA)

Cold Patch / Cold Mix table - Jim Rojecki and Tim McNally
Emulsions Table - Neil Guiles and Scott Harris
Aggregates table – Kevin McCarthy, Rick Rosa, Ken Luskin,
Jay Castimore

Representatives from LADA Member Companies will be at 3 stations
where attendees will be able to see, touch, and feel what makes good quality materials for their roads. This will include aggregates, an explanation of what emulsions are made of, as well as patching and cold mix materials.

Emerson B

Snow Panel Q&A
Pat Steger, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Niles Highway Department
Rich Benjamin, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Thompson Highway Department
Keith Hurtgam, Superintendent of Highways,
Town of Hartland Highway Department
Joe Hornbeck, Superintendent of Public Works,
Village of Stamford Department of Public Works

Fill out the Q&A sheet to get your questions about snow and ice
control answered by an esteemed panel from all over New York State. Learn their experiences and find ways to improve your own operations.

Emerson C

The Buzz About Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
Joe Campbell, PE, MSCE, Area Engineer, FHWA

Presentation on cost effective drone and first person vision goggle
systems for use by Local Program Agencies, along with a hands on
demonstration for attendees.

Center for Natural Science 112

New Ways of Thinking About Worker Safety
Ashlee Zinn, Safety Officer, Washington County
Frank A. Cantone, Director, Cornell Office of Emergency Management
Crista Grisanti, Loss Control Representative, NYS Municipal
Workers’ Compensation Alliance (Comp Alliance)

Safety days, training for health emergencies, and having plans
to reduce risk. Come hear various new (and old) ways to improve
employee safety.

Williams Hall 225

CHIPS : Consolidated Highway Improvement Program
Diane Kenneally, Director, Office of Integrated
Modal Services, NYS Department of Transportation
Steve Ainspan,State Aid Program Manager, NYS
Department of Transportation, Local Programs Bureau

Representatives from NYSDOT including the regional CHIPS
Reps will provide an update on CHIPS and other sources of funds
and be available to answer your questions.


Williams Hall 323

Erosion Control; Keeping our Soil out of our Streams
Mary Schwarz, Extension Support Specialist,
Cornell Waste Management Institute

The use of organic material on banks, slopes and along waterways
prevents erosion of banks and keeps contaminants out of surface
water. This session will describe how best to use organic material,
including wood chips and compost, to keep our streams clean and
our soil in place.

Wednesday Morning - General Session

Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall, 2nd Floor

7:35 am. Video.
“Preserving A Landmark: Rehabilitation of the Going-to-the
Sun Road,” by FHWA

8:15 am. Welcome / Presiding
Patrick Mahar, Superintendent of Highways, Town
of Denmark Highway Department & President NYS
Association of Town Superintendents of Highways

8:20 am. Work Zone Package Awards
Adam Howell, Communication Specialist,
Cornell Local Roads Program

8:30 am. Asset Management
Geoffrey Scott, PE, Technical Assistance Engineer,
Cornell Local Roads Program

Asset Management involves knowing what you have, what you need,
and what you can afford. Geoffrey will give you some simple steps to
get started with an asset management plan for your roads, culverts,
equipment or any other asset in your municipality.

9:00 am. What’s New in Asphalt Paving
Tom Kane, Professional Engineer 2, NYSDOT Materials Bureau

There have been some changes in the NYSDOT specifications, but
much remains the same. Tom will review some specification updates
and newer technologies NYSDOT is piloting while reminding folks
of good asphalt paving practices.

9:30 am. Step into Pedestrian Safety
Emmett McDevitt, Transportation Safety Engineer,
New York State Department of Transportation

We are all pedestrians at some point. In this session, Emmett will provide some simple low cost ideas to improve safety from federal and state programs that are applicable on local roads and streets.

10:00 am. Roadside Invasives
Brittany Lagaly, Invasive Species Project Coordinator, Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)

Highway and road corridors provide ample opportunities for the movement of invasive species. Brittany will discuss tools to prevent the spread of non-native species that out-compete native vegetation and disrupt ecosystems.

10:30 am. Tools for Practical Communication
Jim Sheridan, Senior Management Consultant, Cornell University

Jim will offer tips for communicating with both your Board and crew in this sneak preview of Cornell Local Roads Program’s newest workshop, Tools for Practical Communication.

11:00 am. Attendance Awards
David Orr, P.E., Director, CLRP

Photographs with Lori Mithen-Demasi, Associate Counsel, Association of Towns and David Orr, PE, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program for award winners immediately following presentation ceremony.

Roads Scholar

Past Roads Scholar award recipients

The Roads Scholar Award recognizes outstanding participation of highway personnel at the Highway School. The award was given out from 1963-1998 (see below for history) and restarted in 2015. The award is given out by county and accounts for attendance by ALL municipalities in the county:


Mark your calendars!
The Highway School 75th Anniversary dates are set for
June 1-3, 2020!

Past Highway School materials and presentations

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