CLEARWATER – The city-owned building at 1498 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., which for several years housed the Foundation Village Neighborhood Family Center, will soon become a dental clinic.
On Feb. 21, the Clearwater City Council voted 4-1, with Vice Mayor Paul Gibson dissenting, to lease 3,354 square feet of the 4,600-square-foot building to the Community Dental Clinic Inc. for five years, with an option to extend the lease for another five years with the approval of the council. The remainder of the building will continue to be used by the police substation that is currently there.
The clinic will serve patients from the UPARC, Inc. program, those referred by Salvation Army programs, and low-income Pinellas County residents sent by the Clearwater Free Clinic.
Community Dental Clinic will be responsible for any remodeling costs, as well as the cost of routine maintenance.
If the city decides that the building, on the northwest corner of South Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Woodlawn Street, is needed for city purposes during the first two years of the lease, it will reimburse the clinic on a prorated basis for the money it has spent.
Routine maintenance costs will be prorated in the same ratio as the floor space, with the clinic paying 72 percent and the Clearwater Police Department paying 28 percent.
Phillies, city sign contract for EMS
CLEARWATER – By a unanimous vote on Feb. 21, the Clearwater City Council authorized Robert Weiss, the city’s fire chief, to enter into a contract for Clearwater firefighters to provide emergency medical services at Bright House Field during every 2013 Clearwater Threshers game, and 10 special events selected by Phillies Florida LLC in 2013.
Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis.
“There will be a mutually agreed-upon method of checking out at each game/event for billing purposes at the rate established by the agreement,” a staff memo to the City Council explained. “The minimum time for each event will be four hours. Any time spent in the ballpark after those four hours will be compensated at the hourly rate set forth in the agreement, and checked against the sign-out teams by the teams at the ballpark.”
Clearwater Fire and Rescue will send monthly invoices to the Phillies.