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Alder Bill Tishler

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Alder Bill Tishler

Contact Information

Home Address:

P.O Box 5252

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Tishler’s Blog

Winter Salt Certification Trainings

October 19, 2017 4:03 PM

The City of Madison has worked with public and private salt applicators and a Dane County advisory team to develop the new voluntary Winter Salt Certification Program, open to everyone in Dane County.

Certification can be for individuals or organizations and lasts 5 years.
(Those who have already taken the training will be certified for 5 years from the date the exam was passed.)

Individual Certification

Attend a winter maintenance training session (5 hours) - See below for training dates and times
Pass a written exam
Agree to use practices that reduce impacts on the environment
Two types of training: Roads Class for high/low speed snowplow drivers; Parking Lot/Sidewalk Class for those who maintain private/public walkways and/or parking lots and service roads

What you'll learn:

Chemistry or salt use
Recommended salt application rates By clicking this link, you will be leaving the City of Madison website.
How to calculate the amount of salt needed based on weather conditions
Technological advancements like brining, new spreading equipment, alternative products

Organizational Certification (available starting fall, 2018)
Three tiers of certification:

Bronze: 30% of field staff certified - No salt reporting
Silver: 60% of field staff certified + Reporting
Gold: 90% of field staff certified + Reporting

Certification means:

Submitted and accepted application that describes current de-icing practices (One application can be submitted for an entire organization OR multiple applications if there are multiples addresses or branches)
Hands on equipment calibration training
Tracking use of salt per storm
Salt savings report – summary & comparative report (must submit each year) to maintain Silver and Gold Level Certification

List practices used
Describe areas managed (parking lot, sidewalk, streets)
Average application rate reporting lb/1000 sf or lb/ lane mile
Sharing of lessons learned and/or success stories


Dates and locations begin October 25, and can be found here. Please click the link for the certification sessions, pre-registration is required

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