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Coke courts Hancock

August 21, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Coca-Cola has asked to become the official beverage of the Town of Hancock, but town officials said at a Wednesday night meeting that they're reluctant to sign a contract with the soda company.

Town Manager Larry Logan told the Town Council that the Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Hagerstown proposed putting seven 20-ounce bottle machines at various government buildings and properties.

Coca-Cola would be responsible for the maintenance of the machines, he said.

The proposal includes placing machines at Town Hall, the Hancock Youth Center and the town's pool, among other sites.

In return, the town would receive 45 percent of the profits, or $21,600 a year.

Councilmen Randy Pittman and David Smith said they thought it would be impossible for the machines to produce that much revenue for the town.

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"There's a better chance of us getting beamed up by a UFO," Pittman said.

Smith said he wanted to table the discussion until the town receives more information.

"I want to look at it more," Smith said.

Councilman Darwin Mills asked whether signing the contract with Coca-Cola would cost the town anything.

"Yes, it is," Smith said. "You're signing on that Coca-Cola is your exclusive product."

"I like Coke better than Pepsi anyhow, I'm just not comfortable with it...," Smith said.

In March, the Borough of Waynesboro, Pa., signed a contract with the Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co., placing machines at various borough sites and buildings.

The borough is under contract to receive 40 percent of the profits, which could bring in up to $25,000 a year.

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