City to Offer Discount Prescription Program

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Lights, Bees Discussed

The Common Council Wednesday night looked at various items including working with Pro-Act Inc. to join the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) Discount Prescription Drug Program.

“Because we are a member of CCM this is offered to members at no cost. We can provide prescription savings to every resident of the City of New Britain who are with a traditional pharmacy benefit plan or have prescriptions that are not covered by insurance or those who do not have health insurance,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “At the pharmacy, using the prescription card, it will give you immediate relief for many different features and benefits. All prescriptions are covered including pet prescriptions.”

There is no cost to the City or to residents. Cost savings are on brand names and generic medications that offer the highest savings. Discounts are also offered on hearing, vision and lasik services. There are 63,000 participating pharmacies including CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Stop & Shop, Costco and others.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this program to our residents,” said Stewart. “We think it will certainly help all of us save a couple of bucks when we pick up prescriptions. I am very pleased to partner with CCM to bring this benefit to our City.”

Residents will get a form mailed to their home in order to enroll for free.

A new resolution approved Wednesday night promotes residential keeping of honey bees.

“Beekeeping has always been allowed, but never had limits on the number of colonies,” said Mayor Stewart. “Residents reached out to Alderman Jamie Giantonio as to whether beekeeping was allowed.”

Beekeeping is getting more attention as the population of bees needs to increase because the numbers have declined from the use of pesticides. This has led many people to take up beekeeping as a hobby.

“The intent of the ordinance is not just to regulate, but to be sure the bees are kept in a healthy environment,” said Stewart. “A lot of input came from the State Department of Agriculture. There is a safety inspector that helped develop the language to insure we were in compliance with State regulations.”

The new ordinance allows two colonies and two nuclei if you have a quarter acre or less. If you have more than a quarter of an acre you can have four colonies and three nuclei. They have to be a minimum of 25 feet away from all property lines. It cannot be next to your house or up against a neighbors property.

A third resolution concerns streetlights in the City. This is the City’s second attempt to retrofit the City streetlights and purchase them from Eversource. All the lights will become LED and will last 10 years.

“We will not have to worry about all the streetlights that are out all the time which we receive many phone calls about having Eversource fix,” said Mayor Stewart. “Now it will be our responsibility.”

The City will save $800,000 a year. Eversource has the streetlights valued at $1.8 million, but the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is looking at the cost and it may be lowered.

Real Turn Energy of Annapolis, MD was chosen at $1.6 million to convert the lights. They will be the energy consultant to Eversource.

There are about 6,000 streetlights in New Britain. The lights will be replaced in three months. Meriden, Bristol and West Hartford are also doing this program.

The project in New Britain is expected to pay for itself in four years. It part of the City’s energy innovation plan.

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