Cornell Local Roads Program

70th Annual School
for Highway Superintendents

June 1-3, 2015 - 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 - The natural corridor, New York State Department of Transportation

Presiding / Pledge of Allegiance

David Orr, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program


Gerry Geist, Executive Director, Association of Towns of the State of New York

Bituminous Materials: Their Selection and Use

Scott Harris & Joe Bambino, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association (LADA)

Get an overview of asphalt emulsions and when to use them to manage your pavements. (presentation)

Stormwater Resiliency: What it Means for Local Highways

Geoffrey Scott, Technical Assistance Engineer, CLRP

Short intense rainfall events can exceed the capacity of our watershed plumbing. Learn some of the issues contributing to stormwater damage plus solutions and practices that can help make your highways more resilient and self-sustaining. (presentation)

Initial Emergency Response for Local Highway Superintendents

David Isbell & Bill Correa, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services / Office of Emergency Management (NYS DHSES/OEM)

Preparing for disasters requires preplanning. In this session, you will learn about local highway disaster response including initial assessment. (presentation)

Invasive Species and Highways

Caroline Marschner, Invasive Species Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) / Tompkins County

Road corridors and their maintenance can spread detrimental invasive plants such as common reed, Japanese knotweed, and giant hogweed. These species and others can increase right-of-way maintenance costs, create safety concerns, damage roadway infrastructure, and degrade the environment. By incorporating invasive plant best-management practices into right-of-way maintenance activities, highway departments can help fight the spread of invasive species while being better stewards of New York’s highways. (presentation)

OGS Roadway Materials Contracts

Jose DeAndres, Roadway Materials Team, NYS Office of General Services (OGS)

This session will explain how to use the OGS Roadway Materials contracts properly including best practices, explanation of the Quick Quote form and application of Price Adjustments. (presentation)

Capitalizing on Change

John Pelizza, President, Pelizza & Associates

Mixing personal insights, humorous stories and mental techniques, John will share the latest principles that govern personal change and why change is good. The application of these principles will keep you energized, productive and balanced for a lifetime.

Poster Session

AOT poster CLRP invasives poster Comp Alliance poster Local Programs Bureau poster NYCOM poster NYSCHA poster OGS poster PESH poster CCE invasives poster

Pothole Picnic

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Monday Afternoon: Workshops

Working with Local Highway Departments to Implement Invasive Plant Best Management Practices

Martin Roberts, Town of Reading Highway Superintendent
Sharon Bachman, Community Educator for Agriculture - Erie Association, CCE, NY Invasive Species Outreach Program
Caroline Marschner, Invasive Species Specialist, CCE / Tompkins County
Brendan Quirion, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program Coordinator, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program & The Nature Conservancy

This panel will review some of the most common roadside invasives and provide ways to manage invasive species. (presentation 1 / presentation 2)

How to Train Your Employees

David Orr, Director, CLRP
Mark Payne, Assistant Professor, Heavy Equipment Operations, Alfred State College
Skip Vezzetti, Superintendent, Rockland County Highway Department
Dave Jensen, American Heart Association Training Center Coordinator for Cayuga Medical Center

Training your employees is critical for productivity and employee growth. This panel will provide information on ways to provide training for you and your staff. (presentation)

Asphalt Emulsions… and your Pavement Management Needs

Dane Mellon, Tony Squicciarini, Scott Harris & Joe Bambino, LADA

This panel will review when and where to use asphalt emulsion as part of your pavement management plan.

Local Highway Response to Large Disasters: Requesting Assistance & Reimbursement

David Isbell & Bill Correa, NYS DHSES/OEM

Learn about the policies and procedures used when seeking state assistance and federal reimbursement after a disaster. (presentation)

The Common Link in Change, Stress & Teambuilding

John Pelizza, President, Pelizza & Associates

John will further demonstrate the common link in change, managing stress and team-building. These strategies can be synergistic. The change process provides the basis for dealing with stress and incorporating the key concepts in team building. The application of these concepts will keep your organization more balanced and productive.


Navigating the OGS website

Chris Martinez, Contract Management Specialist, Fuels Team, NYS OGS

Participate in a hands-on tutorial for locating important information on the OGS website. Topics will include: how to search for specific contracts or commodity groups; where to find information on upcoming bids, viewing bid results, locating contract fuel prices, filing your requirements on-line; and more.

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Tuesday Morning: General Session

Video - Backhoe Operations and Maintenance, Oklahoma DOT

Welcome / Presiding

Kevin O'Brien, Commissioner of Public Works, Niagara County Department of Public Works

Workers’ Compensation

Mike Kennelly, Executive Director, NY Comp Alliance

Losing employees to workplace injury can wreak havoc on work schedules and the highway budget. Michael will provide a basic overview of what Highway Superintendents need to know about Workers’ Compensation benefits, with an eye toward how avoid workplace injuries and what to do when an employee is injured on the job. (presentation)

Roads by Use

Mark Gebo, Esq., Hrabchak, Gebo & Langone, P.C.

This session will examine a municipality’s responsibility with respect to its highways, including: highways by prescription (use); width and bounds; abandonment by non-use and discontinuance; minimum maintenance highways; and seasonally limited-use roads. (presentation)

A Celebration of the Past / Roads Scholar Awards

David Orr, Director, CLRP
Gerry Geist, Executive Director, AOT


2015 Roads Scholar recipients

2015 Roads Scholar award recipients

Legal & Regulatory Panel

Moderator: David Orr,
Director, 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, NYS Office of the State Comptroller (OSC)

Tailgate Tuesday

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Tuesday Afternoon - Workshops

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Mike Kennelly, Executive Director, NY Comp Alliance
Jay Lewandowski, Senior Risk Control Specialist, Wright Insurance
Josh Albon, NY Comp Alliance
Laurie Noonan, Manager-Risk Services, NY Comp Alliance

Risk-control specialists will discuss hazard prevention and provide a demonstration of the proper use of various types of PPE. (presentation)

Using lasers to set your ditch line

Mark Payne, Assistant Professor, Heavy Equipment Operations, Alfred State College

Proper slopes on ditches is critical. Using a laser makes it easier and faster.

Funding for Highway Departments

Don Sweezy, Director, Local Programs Bureau, NYSDOT
Steve Ainspan, CHIPS & EWR Program Manager, NYSDOT

Discover funding sources available for local highway agencies including CHIPS and other grants from state and federal agencies. (presentation)

Signs and Striping: The Basics and Beyond

Sally Olsen, Civil Engineer II, NYSDOT
Mark Loveless, President, Traffic Control Technical Services, Inc.

Traffic signs and pavement markings inform travelers of regulations, warnings, and information related to their journey. Mark and Sally will discuss common problems and answer your questions on the proper use of items in the MUTCD. (presentation)


Mark Gebo, Esq., Hrabchak, Gebo & Langone, P.C.

This workshop will provide more details on roads-by-use and other right-of-way issues. Bring your questions.

Erosion Control and Establishing Roadside Vegetation Made Easier

Mary Schwarz, Cornell Waste Management Institute
Charles Duprey, U.S. Composting Council Marketing Development Committee

This workshop will discuss using local soil amendment in road construction and erosion-control projects along with the benefits and sources of materials. Also, Mary and Charles will provide information on compost socks, berms and blankets. (presentation)

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Wednesday Morning - General Session

Video - The flood of '35, WSKG, Binghamton


Russ Page, President, New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways and Superintendent of Highways, Town & Village of Leicester

Work Zones on Local Roads: Why Does It Matter?

R. Emmett McDevitt, Safety Program Engineer, FHWA NY Division

Properly signed work zones improve safety for workers as well as the traveling public. Emmett will review what makes a good work zone and provide some examples of what NOT to do. (presentation)

Snow & Ice

Jim Craw, Superintendent, Department of Public Works, Village of Manlius

Snow and ice control is one of the largest and most important activities done by highway departments. Jim will give some insight into ways to manage this vital function. (presentation)

Tack Coat Best Practices

Gregory Harder, Regional Engineer, Asphalt Institute

Tack coats provide a long-lasting bond between asphalt layers. Greg will discuss why tack coats are so important and provide information on the latest in tack-coat technologies and best practices.

Don’t Mess with Housekeeping

Ken Swain, Circuit Rider, CLRP

Keeping your shop clean and organized can save money and make everyone safer. Learn tips to help you maintain better housekeeping in your shop. (presentation)

Attendance Awards

David Orr, Director, CLRP

Photo Session for Attendance Award Recipients

David Orr, Director, CLRP
Gerry Geist, Executive Director, AOT

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