CHICAGO — Coming to a snowy Chicago street near you, Salter Payton could be clearing the way as one of seven newly named city snowplows.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation unveiled the seven winning snowplow names of its inaugural “You Name a Snowplow” contest.
- Mrs. O’Leary’s Plow
- Da Plow
- Salter Payton
- Sears Plower
- Sleet Home Chicago
- Holy Plow!
- Jean Baptiste Point du Shovel
The winners were selected by a popularity vote from a list of 50 finalists. Originally, only six names were to be selected, one for each of Chicago’s snow districts, however a near tie for sixth place led to the seventh being added.
Nearly 17,000 responses were received from Chicago residents, which translated to over 80,000 votes for the snowplow names. Mrs. O’Leary’s Plow scored top honors.
“I told my parents, most people are naming kids; I’m naming a snow plow,” said Will Hager, who added that the name came to him instantly.
The officially named snowplows enjoyed a mini-parade at a Friday event where those who originally submitted the winning names had a photo opportunity with their corresponding snowplow.
Scott Robertson came up with ‘Sleet Home Chicago,’ late last year but forgot that he had even entered the contest. Robertson joked that he didn’t vote for himself.
“I love the Blues Brother movie and we know that song is almost 100 years old and it kind of represents a lot of what this city is good for,” Robertson said.
While Streets and Sanitation commissioner Cole Stallard jokingly says he won’t reveal which name is his favorite, he believes the plows will likely be out to use this weekend to keep the city’s streets clear.
“Everybody was worried that we weren’t going to have an opportunity to do this when we’re actually going to be able to talk about snow but it looks like we’ll definitely be out (Saturday),” Stallard said. “We haven’t seen snow in a while the plows will definitely be out.”
Watch the entire press conference in the video player below: