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County hopes to see more utilize prescription cards

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - With the rising costs of prescription drugs, Bullitt County residents still has a way that might save them a few dollars.

Whether you have insurance coverage or not, a prescription card is available through county government at no cost.

The card, which was made available several years ago, offers discounts at select pharmacies in the area.

Administrative assistant Lisa Craddock told Bullitt Fiscal Court members that several hundred people have picked up the cards in the county judge’s office.

In the beginning, the cost of the program was paid by the Kentucky Association of Counties to the National Association of Counties, which coordinated the program.

Now, the county would be responsible for the annual dues to make the drug card program possible.

Magistrate Eddie Bleemel said it was a good program that should be better utilized by the public.

Even if a person has insurance coverage, some of the discounts offered by the prescription card may be better.

Bleemel said there needed to be more publicity, including sending out information to the various senior citizen centers in the county.

The payment of over $1,000 is due in January and magistrates said they would pay the bill during its December meeting.

In other business:

*Road foreman Jimmy Stivers said the county had about 580 ton of salt for the winter with an order of 2,000 ton. He expects to get about 1,800 ton initially.

*Emergency Management director Mike Phillips said the county received a $42,000 grant for the 911 Central Dispatch center.

The money will be used for part of the GIS program. He expects the money will pay for putting mapping systems for the county into the CAD system in Central Dispatch.

*Increases were approved for the code enforcement services.

Also, contractor Kent Myers will work under the director of code enforcement supervisor Rudy Hawkins. He does electrical inspections on a contract basis.

*The county approved allowing the three employees of the Bullitt County Sanitation District to get health insurance through the county’s policy.

There is no cost to county government.

The next meeting of Bullitt Fiscal Court will be on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 a.m. in the courthouse. The public is invited to attend.