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Uninsured residents eligible for free prescription discount card

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Uninsured Greer residents may obtain a free prescription discount card that can average 23 percent off the regular price of drugs ­– name brand or generic.

Greer City Administrator Ed Driggers introduced the program, administered by CVS Caremark, to City Council tonight. The City of Greer is eligible through its membership – $1,400 a year – with the National League of Cities (NLC).

“We’re excited about this rollout opportunity,” Driggers said. “There are 15 cities in South Carolina using this program and only a few in the Upstate.”

Residents and their family members qualify only if they are uninsured and don’t receive benefits from Medicaid, Medicare or any other government program. There are no restrictions or limits on how many times the card can be used.

Driggers said, “Nine out of ten pharmacies participate in the program. There are 80 pharmacies within a 10-mile radius of Greer.”

The discount cards, effective Dec. 1, are available at Greer City Hall. There are no fees or dues required.

Honored tonight:

• David Seifert, Director of Finance, received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. It was Seifert’s fifth straight award and the city’s 15th consecutive. “It tells our citizens we are doing the things they expect us to do in presenting our data in a form the public can understand,” Driggers said.

• Rudy Painter, the chair of the Family Fest Committee, led a contingent of Greer Chamber of Commerce members in presenting a framed collage of photos from last May’s festival. Mayor Rick Danner accepted on behalf of the city. Painter, Adele Langford (Vice Chair of Events), John Mansure  (Chairman of the Chamber board), Allen Smith (Chamber President/CEO) and Mark Owens (Chamber Vice President) presented the award.

• Giving Thanks art show winners were presented tonight and their entries. Divisions K-12 were represented. The list of winners, school, grade and artwork were not on tonight's agenda.

City Council blitzed through its agenda with all 6-0 votes, Jay Arrowood (District 1) was absent, on all first and second readings.

• Approved second and final reading for annexation of property owned by Scott and Diane Milks a 161 Joe Leonard Road and established zoning of R7.5 (residential single family).

• Approved second and final reading for an ordinance authorizing the city to establish a fund for the operation, maintenance and improvement of the Highway 101 corridor located in the city.

• Approved first and final reading to adopt the Municipal Association legislative priorities for 2013.

• Approved first reading an ordinance to change zoning classification of property owned by the city at 301 Poinsett Street from I-1 (industrial) to C-1 (central business district).

• Approved first reading an ordinance to change the zoning classification of property owned by Randy Brewer located at East Suber Road and Gibb Shoals Road from RM-2 (residential, multi-family) to R-5 (patio homes). Councilwoman Judy Albert (District 6) reminded council to look ahead to the development of the property and requesting sidewalks as part of the approval process.

• Approved first reading an ordinance to change the zoning classification of property owned by Randy Brewer located at East Suber Road and Gibb Shoals Road from RM-2 (residential, multi-family) to R-5 (patio homes). This request is in conjunction with two separate zoning requests on adjacent parcels.

There was no executive session.

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