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After the great success of naming the electric compactors at our drop-off sites, we have joined with the Engineering Division, and partnered with Wisconsin Salt Wise to name some our snowfighting equipment.

Four different pieces of equipment have been put forward to receive their name (their nom de plow, perhaps?).

See below for pictures of the equipment to inspire your creativity.

 

The election

The election is available at the Wisconsin Salt Wise page.

The election will be available from January 23, 2023 until February 3, 2023 at 8:00pm

Be sure you read the directions of the election and scroll through to see all of your choices. to scroll through your choices on the election page.

With this being a ranked choice election, you will rank your top five candidates for each piece of a equipment.

You can rank fewer than five if you prefer, but to be sure your vote is part of the majority that decides the election it would be best to fill out the entire ballot.

Use the below links to skip down to the finalists for each piece of equipment:


About Ranked choice election

There are many helpful explainer videos that show how ranked choice works.  Minnesota Public Radio and the Board of Elections New York City have straightforward videos explaining how the process works.

While similar to the process used to name the electric compactors in 2022, the way the winner is determined is different.

Like with the electric compactors, when you vote, you will rank the finalist names by your order of your preference.  The finalist name you like most will be your 1st Choice, your next favorite will be your 2nd Choice and so on.

Instead of a point system, the winning name for each equipment will be the one that has earned a majority of the votes cast.

The majority is found by first counting the first choice votes each name receives.

If a candidate receives a majority of the votes in this phase, the election is over and that candidate has won.

To be clear a majority means they receive more than half of all the votes cast - it does not mean earning just the most votes in this first round.

If no candidate receives a majority after counting the first choice votes, then the ranked choice portion begins.

The candidate with the lowest first choice vote totals is eliminated.  The process then looks at the second choice from these ballots. The votes from the eliminated candidate are then distributed to the second choice the voters made.

This process repeats itself until one candidate has finally received a majority of the votes.  If at the final elimination no one candidate has earned a majority of the support, the candidate with the most votes at this phase will be declared the winner.


quad axle brine truck

Quad axle vehicle used for hauling 2,600 gallons of brine

Fleet number:

3956

Winter use: 

This is one of the largest vehicles in the Streets Division fleet. When conditions allow, this struck will be used to apply saltwater brine to streets before a snowstorm arrives.  The brine mixture is just water and salt (23.3% salt to be precise). When applied, the brine can prevent snow from bonding to the pavement. That means the plowing removes more snow from the road, and less overall salt is needed.  It can hold 2,600 gallons of brine.

Finalist Names:

  • Snowdium Clearride
  • Saline Away
  • Brinestone Cowboy
  • KeaNo Freeze
  • Albert Brinestein
  • Barbara Salters
  • Pavement Pickler
  • LaBrine James
  • Sweet Carolbrine
  • Haline Dugan, PhD
  • Saltimus Prime
  • Brine of Tarth
  • Eb-brine-eezer Scrooge
  • Deputy Briney Fife
  • Brine Cranston
  • Master of Brine Arts

Don't forget to vote on the Wisconsin Salt Wise page.

Trackless MT7 bike path plow

Trackless bike path plow

Fleet number:

5691

Winter use:

This vehicle from the Engineering Division removes snow on the Southwest Bike Path and other plowing on Engineering maintained paths.  In the summer months, this vehicle is used for mowing around ponds and greenway parcels.

Trackless? What's that mean?

Trackless is the make, like Ford or Chevrolet. 

 

Finalist Names:

  • Polar Troll
  • Icecycle
  • Plowdy Doody
  • Slush-a-bye, Baby
  • Snowbi Wan Kenobi
  • Aldo Leocold
  • Plowaton
  • Pennyfarthing McChuckalot
  • Spokes’man
  • Peddle Plower
  • Cycle-Ops
  • Clyde Shovelfield
  • Claire DeWay
  • Snow Pesci
  • Austin Plowers

Don't forget to vote on the Wisconsin Salt Wise page.

Double wing plow truck

This is plow truck equipped with two wing plows

Fleet number:

3961

Winter use:

This is a traditional plow truck with two wing plows instead of one.  The "wing" is the secondary plow you see right behind the main one in the picture above.  This is the only dual wing plow in the Streets Division fleet. The double wing helps plow wider streets in one pass.  This vehicle is used primarily on the east side of Madison.

Finalist Names:

  • Dual-wing Banjos
  • Dolly Plowton
  • Blizzo
  • Plowie Walnuts
  • Pushy McDriftyflakes
  • Willem DePlow
  • Snowsferatu
  • Justin Timberflake
  • Kung Plow Chicken
  • Winged Victory
  • Bring Da Truckus
  • Drifity Do Dah
  • Robert Plowney, Jr
  • Wing Crosby
  • A Plow Me to Introduce Myself

Don't forget to vote on the Wisconsin Salt Wise page.


loader with plow & wing

Loader with a plow and a wing attachment

Fleet number

7348

Winter use: 

This is a loader with plow blade and a wing attached.  It is one of the 11 the Streets Division can use during a citywide plowing operation. They are excellent at plowing cul-de-sacs and dead-ends - and there are hundreds of them within the City of Madison.  The articulated middle section allows these vehicles to handle the tight turns in the bulbs of the these kind of streets to help push snow out of the road.

Finalist Names:

  • Giannis Intent-to-Scoop-Snow
  • Slyvester Snowlone
  • Scoopy Doo
  • The Shovin' Scoopful
  • Flakemingo
  • KaPlow
  • Jean-Luc Plowcard
  • Mustard Sidewinder
  • JD Plower & Associates
  • Speed-the-Plow
  • Plowedly Whitford
  • Brrrrt Reynolds
  • Cindy Plowford
  • Fighting Bob La-PlowIt
  • Seymour Pavement

Don't forget to vote on the Wisconsin Salt Wise page.