Simpsonville promotes discount Rx card

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By Josh Moore

Simpsonville residents looking for a little discount on their prescription drugs only will need to go to Simpsonville City Hall.

The Simpsonville City Commission voted Tuesday night to endorse the Kentucky Rx Card program.

Any Kentuckian is eligible to apply for the free card and use it for discounts on prescription drugs at almost any pharmacy in the country, said Ron McClish, pharmacist-in-charge at the Smith-McKenney Pharmacy in Simpsonville.

City Administrator David Eaton asked McClish to explain the program to commission members on Tuesday.

McClish said the program is mostly for people without insurance and couldn't be used in combination with insurance.

But Commissioner Vicky Wise said a lot of times insurance doesn't cover prescriptions, and residents could use the card to get a discount on those.

“I'm going to sign up,” she said.

The program was created by a group of for-profit and non-profit organizations, said Richard McQuerry, Kentucky Rx Card program director.

The program is administered by the United Networks for America, a for-profit company, but the program and discounts are offered through the pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies, he said.

McClish said residents can sign up for the card on the Web site of the Kentucky League of Cities, who is promoting the program, or the program's Web site, www.kentuckyrxcard.com.

Residents who don't have a computer can go to city hall and someone will help them, Mayor Steve Eden said.

The city wanted to help its citizens afford the high cost of prescription drugs, he said.

The city commission also had several other items on their agenda:

Special districts

The Commission approved a second reading of an ordinance creating an Article 19 of the Comprehensive Plan. Triple S Planning Commission Executive Director Ryan Libke explained to the commission that the article would allow the city to create special overlay districts within the city.

The districts could help improve the appeal of certain areas by creating specifications for types of building materials that can be used in new construction, he said.

Shelbyville City Council and Shelby County Fiscal Court are in the process of passing similar ordinances, Libke said.

The ordinance is to establish the language in case any of the governments want to use it, he said.

Flood damage prevention

The city commission also heard the first reading on an updated flood damage prevention ordinance. The new ordinance was required by the federal government by September, Eaton said.

He said the ordinance was similar to the city's old ordinance except it also creates an appeals board for residents who want to build in the flood plain and disagree with the decisions made by the city.

The committee is a three-member board consisting of someone appointed by the mayor of Simpsonville, the mayor of Shelbyville and Shelby County Judge-Executive, Eaton said.

Budget report

Commissioners also reviewed the numbers of the budget for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The city's revenues and expenses were above the budgeted amounts for 2009.

Simpsonville had a revenue of $1,026,368.71 and expenses of $921,468.44 for the fiscal year, above the budgeted $856,500 for both revenue and expenses.

Mayor Eden thanked the city department heads for keeping expenses in line with revenue.

Eagle Scout Project

The board voted to support Boy Scout Christopher Payton's proposal for a flower garden and flag pole near the Fred Wiche Gazebo in the city park. It will be Payton's Eagle Scout project and would be maintained by Troop 470, Payton said. Eaton said he would meet with Payton to work out details of the plan with the parks and recreation department.

Other actions

Commissioners also approved the second reading of an ordinance for a joint Human Rights Commission. It consists of members from Simpsonville, Shelbyville and the county, appointed by the cities' mayors and the county judge-executive. The group can hear cases of possible discrimination and refer them to the Kentucky Human Rights Commission for action.

Also approved was a resolution containing the goals and objectives of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan, recommended by the Triple S Planning Commission after public input.

The city commission also voted to purchase a new city lawn mower for $7,469.95.

Commission member Sharon Cummins was approved as the mayor's appointee to represent Simpsonville at Shelby County Chamber of Commerce meetings. The appointment is for three years.