FARMINGTON — The town will accept $25,000 from Domino’s to go towards a new sidewalk plow machine, selectmen approved Jan. 23.

“Domino’s is having a campaign called Plowing for Pizza,” Public Works Director Phil Hutchins said. “We had a video conference with the national corporation. Basically, they are trying to help municipalities. That entails anything that has to do with winter operations.”

Hutchins said Farmington would be the eighth town nationwide to participate. “(Domino’s) has $500,000 to get rid of this winter,” he said.

Some towns are putting the funds towards salt or plow equipment, Hutchins said. In return, they are only requesting brief descriptions of what the funds will be used for, he said.

“It sounds like a good opportunity and I would like to see these funds go towards a new sidewalk machine which is accounted for in the budget,” Hutchins stated.

Selectman Byron Staples asked if Domino’s had reached out to Farmington or if someone had reached out to Domino’s.


“We didn’t get a straight answer,” Hutchins replied. “They didn’t specifically say who put us in for nomination, but said our community came up multiple times.”

“I am always happy to accept money,” Selectman Dennis O’Neil said.

The local Domino’s franchise opened at 596 Wilton Road on Feb. 27, 2023.

“Domino’s believes nothing should stand in the way of carrying out a hot delicious pizza in Farmington, including snowy, cold weather,” a news release on Tuesday said. “In an effort to go above and beyond for pizza lovers across the country, Domino’s is awarding half a million dollars across 20 cities to support snow plowing efforts so that carryout customers can have access to hot pizza, even on the coldest, snowiest days. As part of this national initiative, the city of Farmington has been selected to receive a $25,000 snow plowing grant.”

In addition to the $25,000, Farmington will receive $200 in Domino’s gift cards so ​​plow drivers can warm up with hot pizza after a cold, hard day of work. The town will also be given a winter-themed Domino’s Plowing for Pizza kit  — including winter hats, scarves, snow measuring stick and sign, vehicle magnets and other themed items.

The nomination period ended Jan. 21 or when all available funds have been claimed, according to the release.

“To us, nothing should stand in the way of getting a delicious pizza, including snowy, cold weather,” Joe Jordan, Domino’s president of U.S. and global services, said. ​​”So yes — you heard it right: a pizza company is actually helping to plow roads.”

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