After a flurry of submissions and votes, five snow plows have been officially bestowed with unique Jackson-centric names! The results are sliding in from an online survey that had Jackson residents pondering 10 names. The top five vote getters will now be applied to snow plow/salt trucks operated by the Department of Public Works.
Here are the top five winners in order of voting preference:
- Cooper Scooper (References Cooper Street, a major roadway that stretches the length of the City)
- Grand Shiver (References the Grand River, which flows through Jackson)
- Cold Air Jubilee (References Hot Air Jubilee, an annual hot air balloon festival in Jackson)
- Cas-Blades (References the Cascades waterfall and park)
- Jackson Frost (As in Jack Frost)
Cooper Scooper cleaned up the competition, scooping up 43.7% of the vote. The bottom five plow names pushed aside by voters were Snowney Dog, The Plowarlor, Bright Squalls, Under the Snowks and Winter Night Tree. This chilly task got a warm reception from residents. Nearly 600 voters had their voices heard in the final round of name consideration.
Earlier this month, the City put out a call for naming submissions. Names unique to Jackson streets and attractions were given more consideration than the average “Plowy McPlowface.” City Public Information Officer Aaron Dimick says City staff narrowed down their top 10 favorite submissions for the community to vote on. “We thank residents for participating in this fun naming challenge,” Dimick said. “Our plow trucks do a lot of important work in the winter, so it’s only fitting that we show appreciation by giving them better identities than just numbers.”
If your submission or favorite name was not selected, there’s no need to get salty! The City is planning on more salt/plow truck naming efforts in the future.