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County-wide prescription program being considered

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BETHANY BERRY

The Ellis County Press

CEDAR HILL – During the Tuesday, Sept. 8 city council meeting Dallas County Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield made a presentation regarding the National Association of Counties Prescription Discount Card Program.

The Coast2Coast prescription card, which is currently available throughout the county, will save individuals up to 65 percent off medications and can be used by individuals who are insured, underinsured or those with no insurance coverage.

The program gives individuals the option to choose which card provides the most savings.

The company’s Web site notes there is no registration, deductibles or expiration date.

Mayfield mentioned 75 cents for every prescription filled will go towards health care programs throughout the county.

The Duncanville City Council was also among other Best Southwest cities to hear the presentation from Mayfield, and several months ago, the council passed the prescription drug program.

Presentations were also made to the Zula B. Wylie Library from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association and a presentation by the Southwest Dallas County Amateur Radio Club.

The council approved the six consent agenda items which included authorizing the mayor to carry out a health inspector independent contractor’s agreement with Food Establishment Inspection Service, an agreement with TriStem, Ltd. To conduct an audit and study the city’s electric meters and billing.

Other approved consent items included a contract with Weaver and Tidwell, LLP to serve as the city’s auditors for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

The Planning and Zoning Commission’s motion to serve a site plan for non-residential building and parking spaces for a church at 1231 E. Pleasant Run Rd.

Also on the consent agenda was the resolution supporting and authorizing the city’s submittal of an application for funds under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery for the Lake Ridge Parkway at US-67 Interchange Project.

Minutes from the Aug. 18 and 25 regular meetings and the special meeting held on Aug. 27 were also passed on the consent agenda.

Council members also approved the one item on the regular agenda which authorized Mayor Franke to carry out a change order to an existing agreement with XIT Paving and Construction, Inc. to include the construction of a turn land on FM 1382 at US-67 as part of the Clark Road Improvements Plan.

During the briefing session, held before the meeting, Kevin Cain of Hunt Construction provided an update of the Belt Line police building renovations which are expected to be complete at the end of November.


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