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Coke or Pepsi? Sunnyside council close to decision

Sun Advocate reporter

The Sunnyside City council has a decision to make with the recent soda issue and may need the perspective of a scale. On one side sits a Coca-Cola can. And on the other sits a Pepsi can. For the last few weeks the scale has been moving back and forth but it may finally be moving in favor of one brand.

During a meeting last Tuesday evening, Sunnyside City councilors discussed the topic again and may be leaning towards acquiring a Pepsi vending machine. Although the details are still being discussed, councilors are looking to move forward with having a vending machine placed outside of the Joint Public Safety Building in the coming weeks. Councilor Tony Riffle said the machine could be placed outside of the Joint Public Safety Building on the northeast side where there is an outlet and a light hanging above.

"That would be the ideal place for it," said Riffle.

Riffle also said he talked with the owner of the Miner's Trading Post and found that customers in the area purchase Pepsi products 5 to 1 over Coke at the store. The only Coke product that customers are buying at a high rate is Diet Coke, Riffle said.

One of the main questions councilors wanted to research was the cost of going with Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Riffle said he checked with representatives from both Pepsi and Coke and found that both charge the same rate of 40 cents a can and that any price could be set by the city on how much the cans will cost. Riffle said that 75 cents is about the average charge for a 12 oz can it would give back 35 cents per can.

The way the money will be distributed has changed. Instead of Sunnyside's Fire Department only receiving the profits from the machine, now the fire departments from both Sunnyside and East Carbon and the Sunnyside ambulance will each receive a share of the profit from the product that is sold.

Councilor Shari Madrid suggested to the council that the profits should be split on a 30-30-40 scale, with the extra 10 percent going to whomever is taking care of filling the machine.

Another question that came up during the discussion was where the product would be stored until it was placed in the machine. One suggestion had the product being placed at the Joint Public Safety Building but councilors had concerns that some who love soda and have access to the building might take some of the product.

"As much as the pop disappears when we fill the fridge down there, I would be worried about it disappearing," said Councilor Kelly Maynes.

The council then mentioned the idea of storing the product at the Sunnyside City building, where it can be stored, monitored and how much of the product is being placed at the machine when it is being restocked.

"The product would need stored somewhere else. It can't be put in someone's office," said Mayor Doug Parsons.

The city has an option with the vending machine, as it can be filled with plastic bottles or aluminum cans. Parsons said that aluminum cans should be chosen as they are more likely to be tossed in the garbage or recycled by someone.

"It has to be cans," said Parsons noting the "tons and tons" of waste through plastic.

To help provide a way of discarding the cans, Riffle said he would donate a garbage can that would be placed near the machine and would be secured to the ground so it can not be tipped over.

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