SeniorRx can help ease cost of drugs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Seniors who need help with prescription drug costs may be able to receive assistance through the SeniorRx program, administered by the Alabama Department of Senior Services and the South Central Alabama Development Commission Area Agency on Aging.

Project Coordinator Tenesia Jones met with Mayor Dexter McLendon and the Greenville City Council on Monday to explain some of the benefits that may be available to Butler County's senior citizens. She said SeniorRx is a partnership of state agencies and community organizations assisting seniors with drug assistance program applications.

Seniors are eligible for the program if:

n They are 55-64 years of age.

n Do not receive Medicare benefits.

n Have no prescription drug coverage.

n Have a chronic medical condition.

n Are a legal Alabama resident.

n Have monthly household income of less than $1,667 for one person, or $2,167 for a couple.

McLendon applauded the program and said he and the council would help spread the word about help available for senior citizens.

&#8220I remember when my Dad was real sick before he died and his prescription drug bill was right around $800,” said McLendon. &#8220So there is a big need for something like this to help our seniors.”

In other business:

n Approved a pair of resolutions (2006-42, 2006-43) that closed out Phase I industrial access road improvements to Hwashin and Hysco.

n Authorized a change order for Hysco industrial access road improvement Phase II, increasing the total contract amount to $1,071,022.

n Approved the city's participation in the state's Sales Tax Holiday, starting on Friday, August 4, and ending on Sunday, August 6. (See related story).

n Approved the city's holiday schedule for the Fourth of July. City workers will be off on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

n Approved the following expenditures: $2,285.84 to Sunbelt Fire, Inc. for 16 sections of fire hose and two mid-range fire nozzles; $1,536.50 to Mac Sporting Goods for softball and baseball team shirts; $2,867.94 to Middleton Oil for 695 gallons of diesel fuel, and 548 gallons of diesel fuel for Landfill Expansion Project; $2,350 to The CWA Group for groundwater monitoring and SSI report for old landfill; $9,000 to Lee Electric for air conditioning repair at Beeland Park.

The next regular city council meeting will be held on Monday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m.