CLEARWATER – BayCare Health Systems, Inc. is planning to build a new corporate headquarters on property located at 2995 Drew St. On July 23, 2012, the city of Clearwater’s Planning and Development Department approved the plans for the facility. Last week, as part of those plans, BayCare granted the city three perpetual easements for the operation and maintenance of drainage, sanitary sewer and potable water facilities at the site.
City settles workers’ comp claim for $50,100
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater City Council voted last week to use $50,100 from the city’s Central Insurance Fund to settle the workers’ compensation claim of Terry Butler.
On April 28, 2011, as Butler returned to his city vehicle from a work break, he was intentionally struck by a passing vehicle,” a staff memo to the council states. “He suffered a serious right knee injury that involved surgery with extensive rehabilitation.”
On June 5, 2012, doctors determined that Butler had reached a state of “maximum medical improvement” and was 10 percent disabled. He returned to work on a temporary basis and later applied for a disability pension, which he currently receives.
Alligator Creek plan extended
CLEARWATER – In 1997, the city of Clearwater and the Southwest Florida Water Management District entered into an agreement called the Alligator Creek Watershed Management Plan. Its stated purpose was to control flooding in the 9-square-mile Alligator Creek basin in Clearwater and adjacent sections of unincorporated Pinellas County. Many of the recommended projects have been completed a city memo said.
But last week, the Clearwater City Council agreed to extend the cooperative funding agreement, which was scheduled to expire on Dec. 30, 2013, to May 31 so that the two entities can undertake a two-phased approach to finishing the project. Phase 1 will include development of digital topographic information and completion of the watershed evaluation. Phase 2 will create a revised model and an updated watershed management plan.
Housing development coming to Union Street
CLEARWATER – The City Council last week approved the final plat for Majestic Oaks, a proposed housing development on 19.8 acres on the north side of Union Street, approximately 1,000 feet west of McMullen Booth Road. The land, at 3030 Union St., is currently zoned low density residential.
The city’s Development Review Committee approved the project June 6. It calls for 43 single-family homes to be built on private streets.
Insurance to become ‘portable’
CLEARWATER – The City Council Dec. 19 approved an agreement between the city and Unum Administrative Management Services, the company that provides life and long-term disability insurance to city employees.
“The city is currently contracted with Unum as the provider for all group life and long-term disability insurances,” a staff memo to the council explained. “The city wishes at this time to take advantage of certain automated portability and conversion services made available by Unum. Under this agreement, Unum will deliver personalized portability and/or conversion application packages to eligible employees who terminate employment with the city. …”
The purpose of the agreement is to make it easier on both the departing employee and staffers of the city’s Human Resources Department to transfer that employee’s insurance from the city’s plan to an individual plan when that employee terminates his or her employment with the city. The agreement will become effective on Jan. 1 and automatically renew every Jan. 1 unless the city or Unum gives 30-day prior notice that it wants to terminate it.