MARION — Some of Marion’s roadways will soon be easier to drive on thanks to the generosity of a national pizza company.

Crew members from the city’s public works department started paving away a number of potholes on Wednesday after the town received a $5,000 grant through Domino’s Paving for Pizza initiative.

“Paving for Pizza is a program Domino’s developed to help make the ride home smoother for our carry out customers,” Dani Bulger, program leader for Domino’s consumer public relations, said. “We looked at various ways we can help improve the carry out experience, and the ride home was one of those areas. There’s nothing worse than hitting a pothole — it instantly makes you cringe and it can ruin a perfectly good pizza.”

Eleven cities received a $5,000 grant, including Marion, after community members had the opportunity to nominate their town for the program, Bulger said.

“We initially were going to award 20 grants, but we received so many nominations that Domino’s decided to expand the program to award one grant in each state throughout the country,” she said. “Since the program launched, Domino’s received more than 137,000 nominations from 15,275 different zip codes in all 50 states. We’re thrilled that Marion was selected as a grant recipient.”

South La Vernia Street at West Huebinger Street; Meadow Drive at Marion Road; East Klein at South Bartnett Street; West Otto Street at La Vernia Street; East Schulz Street at Gembler and Otto Street at Ag Road are the roads being repaired with the grant.

“Marion certainly does not have in the budget enough money to fix all the potholes that we have in town and we know that our streets aren’t in good condition,” Marion Mayor Bill Seiler said. “So being able to get this grant to fix some of the worst potholes in town is just a fantastic move for us.”

Seiler added they were thankful for everyone who voted for Marion for the Paving for Pizza program.

With Domino’s generosity, Seiler said the roads will be easier on the vehicles when they’re driving.

“We really appreciate the support that we got to do this. People were actually driving around the potholes up on the grass and around. I mean that’s how bad they were,” he said. “There’s two areas by the school that are highly traveled on Otto Street.”

He said the city was trying to figure out how to pay for additional repairs, but stressed it was far more than just patching that was needed.

“When we fix these roads — because we also have an aging infrastructure we have to go all the way down to the sewer and redo the infrastructure underneath those streets, so we’re not tearing the roads next year,” Seiler said.

Valerie Bustamante is a staff writer for the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at valerie.bustamante@seguingazette.com.

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