63rd Annual School for Highway Superintendents
2 - 4 June 2008
Video: Crash Testing (15 minutes).
G. Jeffrey Haber, Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York, Albany
Helene Dillard, Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca
Good, Better, Best: Our Options & Our Response (30 minutes)
Cal Walker, Cornell Outreach Liaison to the Ithaca City School District, Ithaca
All of us want to do a good job but sometimes find that various challenges get in our way. Our response to these challenges often determines our success or failure
Improved Ditch Management (PDF 4.2MB) (30 minutes)
Rebecca L. Schneider, Associate Professor and Department Extension Leader, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca
An overview of our roadside ditch program. How to reduce floods and improve drinking water quality.
Safety 101 (PDF 1.4MB) (30 minutes)
R. Emmett McDevitt, Transportation Safety Engineer, FHWA, NY Div., Albany
Introduction to the fundamentals of safety, including the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and behavioral and roadside safety.
Hot Mix 101 (PDF 2.5MB) (30 minutes)
Zoeb Zavery, Civil Engineer II, NYSDOT Materials Bureau, Albany
Basic information on Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA), how its designed, produced, and placed in the field.
Project Review - Estimating and Troubleshooting (PDF 1.5MB) (30 min.)
James M. Thomas, New York Construction Materials Association, Schenectady
What to review before starting a new project, including visiting the site and reviewing the scope of the project.
Demo Introduction: Roll It! - Proper Installation of Erosion Control Blankets On Slopes (PDF 3.3MB) (15 minutes)
Laurie Honnigford, Executive Director, Erosion Control Technology Council, St. Paul, MN
Introduction to the Demo.
Humor & Laughter: A Prescription for Stress Reduction
(PDF 1.6MB) (30 min.)
George E. Obermeier, MS, President, J. Mayer & Associates, Wellness Speakers National Organization, Island Heights, NJ
Introduction to the importance of humor and laughter in reducing stress. The sign of a “healthy sense of humor” is being able to laugh at yourself.
Demo - Erosion Control Blankets on Slopes (1:15 - 4:00)
Executive Director, Erosion Control Technology Council, St. Paul, MN;
Dave Suits, Executive Director, North American Geosynthetics Society, Albany;
Roger Casterline, Director, Grounds & Transportation, Ithaca College, Ithaca;
Nick McCabe, Project Coordinator, Grounds & Transportation, Ithaca College
Comprehensive Emergency Management and the Highway Superintendent
Dan Reardon, NIMS Coordinator;
Gregory Firenze, Disaster Preparedness Program Representative, New York State Office of Homeland Security, Oriskany
The National Incident Management System (NIMS), and how it relates to highway departments
A Century of Experience - Panel
Moderator:Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program, Ithaca
Panel: William Weller, Supt. of Highways, Town of Florida;
Robert F. Hempstead, Senior General Foreman (retired), Greene County;
David J. Ferris, Supt. of Highways, Town of Owego;
Gary Blackburn, Supt. of Highways, Town of Ridgeway
John A. Rice, Jr., Supt. of Highways, Town of Stamford
Panelists share lessons learned through their years of work in highway and public works departments.
R. Emmett McDevitt, Transportation Safety Engineer, FHWA, NY Division, Albany
Examination of the fundamentals of safety, including the MUTCD, behavioral and roadside safety.
Project Review - Schedules and Details
James M. Thomas, New York Construction Materials Association, Schenectady
Estimating cost and quantities. Variables and concerns in bidding and starting projects.
Humor Tools for Your Overall Well-being
George Obermeier, President, J. Mayer & Associates, Wellness Speakers National Organization, Island Heights, NJ
Ways to use appropriate humor as a communication tool to create positive energy.
Improved Ditch Management
Rebecca Schneider, Associate Professor and Department Extension Leader, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca
How agricultural land uses interact with town highway ditches, and ways to improve farm-community relationships by changing ditch design and management.
Video:Deer Composting (15 minutes).
James Brady, Superintendent of Highways, Wayne County; President, NYS County Highway Superintendents Association
Action Plan for Scour-Critical Bridges(PDF- 2.9MB) (10 minutes)
Daniel Byer, Senior Bridge Engineer, FHWA, NY Division, Albany
Overview of the Plan of Actions required for scour-critical bridges.
Common Culvert Concerns (PDF- 6MB) (30 minutes)
John MacDonald, Drainage Program Manager, NYSDOT, Albany
What makes a good culvert, including aspects of inventory, inspection, materials, design and maintenance.
Workplace Violence Prevention Program (Presentation PDF- 6MB) (Handout PDF- 200K) (30 minutes)
Roger T. Cuva, Risk Management Supervisor, NYS Workers Compensation Alliance, Colonie
Overview of the New York State Dept. of Labor (NYSDOL) Workplace Violence Prevention Act, and the essential elements that municipalities are required to implement as part of their overall safety program to minimize employee injury potential.
Recommendations of the Commission (15 minutes)
John Clarkson, Executive Director, Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, Albany
Recommendations of the Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, with a focus on highway operations.
Legal & Regulatory Panel (2 hours)
Moderator: David Orr,Senior Engineer, Cornell Local Roads Program, Ithaca
Panel: Lori Mithen-DeMasi, Counsel, Association of Towns of the State of New York, Albany;
David C. Woodin, PE, PTOE, Director, Traffic Operations Bureau, NYSDOT, Albany;
Roger T. Cuva, Risk Management Supervisor, NYS Workers Compensation Alliance, Colonie;
Michael Wolyniak, Associate Examiner, Office of the State Comptroller, Binghamton
Question and answer panel.
CHIPS and the NYSDOT Local Highway Inventory
Steve Ainspan, CHIPS Program Manager, NYSDOT, Albany
Michael K. Fay,Supervisor, Highway Data Section, NYSDOT, Albany
A CHIPS update. An overview of the Local Highway Inventory process, and data collected by NYSDOT to determine CHIPS eligibility.
Team Building Through Better Communication
Henry R. Lambert, Lambert Mediation and Consulting, Swanton, VT
Tips for team-building and how to gain recognition and support for your organization’s projects.
Using NYSOGS to Get What You Want:
Marian Corbett, Purchasing Officer I;
Jim Malone, Purchasing Officer, NYSOGS, Albany
How the New York State Office of General Services (NYSOGS) can benefit your agency by saving money on different purchases.
The MUTCD: An Update (PDF- 2.5MB)
David C. Woodin, PE, PTOE, Director, Traffic Op. Bureau, NYSDOT, Albany
Recent changes to the New York State Supplement and potential changes to the National MUTCD in 2009.
Fixing Culverts - NYSDOT Panel
Moderator:Jerry Wilber, Chemung Supply Co., Elmira
Panel:John MacDonald, PE, Drainage Program Manager, Albany (PDF- 6MB);
Jamie Arnold, Highway Maintenance Supervisor, Cortland (PDF- 11.1MB);
Timothy Baker, Maintenance Environmental Coordinator, Syracuse (PDF- 6.1MB);
George H. Long, PE, Hydraulics Engineer, Albany (PDF- 1.6MB)
How to address culvert problems and make repairs.
Who Owns That Tree?
Matt Plunkett, Deputy Town Attorney, Town of Amherst
Legal aspects of tree-related issues.
Jean Bonhotal, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell Waste Management Institute, Ithaca
Composting is fast, economical and managers have all the components they need.
Working Together - Panel (PDF- 518K) / (PDF- 133K)
Moderator: Tim Spring, Supt. of Highways, Town of Indian Lake; President, NYS Assoc. of Town Supt’s. of Highways;
Panel: Andrew P. Avery, P.E., Director of Public Works, Chemung County/City of Elmira;
Michael Boesel, Supt. of Hwys, Town/Village of Palmyra;
Terrence J. Rice, Director of Transportation, Monroe County
Panel discussion of shared services programs.
Video: Going to the Sun Road (15 minutes)
Presiding (5 minutes)
Tim Spring, Supt. of Highways, Town of Indian Lake; President, NYS Assoc. of Town Supt’s. of Highways
Road Preservation Techniques (PDF- 3.3MB) (30 minutes)
Gary Foux, Scott Harris, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association, Cortland
Choosing the right technique for the right place at the right time.
Using GPS to Locate Highway Facilities (PDF- 900K) (30 minutes)
Douglas S. Churchill, PLS, NYS Association of Professional Land Surveyors
How Global Positioning Systems (GPS) may be used to help locate and manage the inventory along our roads and streets.
Americans with Disabilities Act (PDF- 4.9MB) (30 minutes)
Paul Evans, Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator and Landscape Architect, NYSDOT Region 2, Utica;
Lois Chaplin, Bicycle and Pedestrian Specialist, Cornell Local Roads Program, Ithaca
A review of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it affects highway agencies.
Excavator Safety and Utility Damage Prevention(PDF- 150K) (30 minutes)
Donald Ross, Field Representative, Dig Safely NY, Sodus
The five steps to a safe excavation, and how it relates to NYS Code Rule 753.
Attendance Awards: (30 minutes)
Lynne H. Irwin, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program, Ithaca
Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients