Domino’s Pizza grant funds pothole repairs in Milford

MILFORD – Domino’s Pizza launched a national paving grant Monday, June 11 in hopes of saving “one pizza at a time.”

The city of Milford is one of four municipalities to benefit from the first round of grants given by the international pizza company.

With an extra $5,000 to help achieve the city’s goals of repaving streets in need of attention, City Manager Eric Norenberg said about 40 potholes were fixed on 10 different streets throughout town.

“Depending on the day, 2-4 crewmembers worked 8 to 10 hours were spent fixing the roads during this phase of pothole patching in late-March/early April,” he said.

Mr. Norenberg found out about the paving grants from the executive director of a group called Engaging Local Government Leaders.

“We worked with Dominos’ marketing company to develop an agreement and a plan to begin patching potholes at the end of the winter,” he said.

Domino’s Pizza has also given grants to Bartonville, Texas; Athens, Georgia; and Burbank, California to help address potholes in those areas.

“Have you ever hit a pothole and instantly cringed? We know that feeling is heightened when you’re bringing home a carryout order from your local Domino’s store. We don’t want to lose any great-tasting pizza to a pothole, ruining a wonderful meal,” said Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA, said in a press release announcing the grants. “Domino’s cares too much about its customers and pizza to let that happen.”

The effort helped jumpstart the city of Milford as it moves toward “longer-term pavement maintenance needs to be addressed over the next few years,” Mr. Norenberg added.

“We have a few streets in town that are slated for more substantive repairs and we will continue to do routine pothole patching during the summer.”

The fiscal year 2018-2019 budget for the city includes “more funding to be allocated for pavement maintenance and resurfacing during the next fiscal year and we hope to continue that for at least five years,” Mr. Norenberg explained.

 

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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