by Terry Rogers
On Monday, June 11, City Manager Eric Norenberg announced that Milford was one of the first recipients of the new “Paving for Pizza” Grant Fund established by Domino’s Pizza. The funds were used to patch 40 potholes throughout the City.
“Have you ever hit a pothole and cringed?” Russell Weiner, President of Domino’s Pizza, said. “We know that feeling is heightened when you are 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. Domino’s cares too much about its customers and its pizza to let that happen.”
Milford joined four other towns in the United States including Bartonville, Texas, Athens Georgia and Burbank, California as grant recipients in the first awards given by the pizza company. Domino’s plans to award 20 grants by the time the project is completed. Each of the potholes filled was labeled with the Domino’s logo and the statement “Oh, yes we did.”
“We want to make it clear that the City of Milford is not endorsing this brand of pizza over any other,” Norenberg explained. “Facing an already harsher winter than usual for Delaware, this is an opportunity to get additional money to stretch our city’s limited resources.” On the Paving for Pizza website, the company says that they are helping pave in towns across the country in order to “save your good pizza from these bad roads.”
On the website, visitors can click on each town who already received funding to learn more. The Milford link has a photo of the Riverwalk and a quote from Norenberg. There is a paving report which indicates that ten roads were repaired and that four crewmembers worked a total of ten hours to repair the potholes identified around Milford. A map on the site indicates where the potholes were filled.
Anyone can nominate their town to receive the grant funding by simply visiting www.pavingforpizza.com and entering their zip code. Domino’s then reaches out to the municipality to gauge their interest in receiving the funds. The deadline to nominate a town is August 31, 2018.
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