While there is currently no snow that needs to be plowed, snow plows such as Anita Shovel and Gordie Plow are eager to hit the streets of Chatham-Kent.
Chatham-Kent residents will have a chance to submit their most creative names for six more snow plows this winter season.
During last week’s council meeting, it was announced the nomination period is set to open this September through the online community engagement tool, Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent.
This year’s contest will be done in phases, similar to last year.
The first phase will be open for at least two weeks before municipal officials narrow the list down to 25 names. The public will then help choose the top six names, one for each ward across Chatham-Kent.
The suggested names must be family-friendly, not include any foul language, and be free of discrimination.
Last year, residents brought out their creative sides as more than 1,000 names were submitted to the contest, and 5,300 votes were cast.
Anita Shovel came in first place with a total of 436 votes.
Gordie Plow placed second with 400 votes, followed by Blizzard of Oz, Darth Blader, Pillsbury Plowboy, Sled Zepplin, Buzz Ice-Clear, Qunuk (the Inuit word for snowflake), Flurrious George, School’s Not Cancelled, Snobi One Kenobi, and Sleetwood Mac.
According to the municipality, a snowplow typically has a lifecycle of three to five years. Once the snowplow reaches the end of its lifecycle, its name will be retired.
WINMAR is covering the cost of creating the signs on each of the renamed snowplows through a $1,500 sponsorship.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News