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Tonawanda strikes deal with Coke

The Tonawanda Town Board on Monday approved a license agreement granting "exclusive pouring rights" to the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Buffalo.

The three-year agreement was approved following a public hearing held during the Town Board's regular meeting. There were no comments from the public during the hearing.

The agreement was approved 4-0. Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana was not present at Monday's meeting.

Under the agreement, only Coca-Cola products will be sold at venues connected with the town's Youth, Parks and Recreation Department.

The agreement is effective Thursday, when the town's current contract with Pepsi expires. The new agreement with Coca-Cola expires Sept. 30, 2012, and is renewable for two additional three-year terms.

Previously, Town Attorney Daniel T. Cavarello had said that the town's revenues would be based on the volume of sales, which he anticipated would not yield as generous annual payments to the town as the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District received under a 10-year agreement with Coca-Cola that expired last month. Under that agreement, the school district received $100,000 a year in revenues.

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