Residents can share ideas on City charter
The Clearwater Charter Review Committee invites residents to share their ideas about the city charter, which provides a framework for the operation of the city's government and the creation of local laws. The committee, made up of Clearwater residents appointed by the City Council, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 4:30 p.m. in Room 222 of City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. Its next meeting will be Tuesday. During the next several months, the committee will decide what, if any, changes should be made to the charter. Proposed changes would go to the City Council for approval and then to voters. The City Council has specifically asked the committee to review extending council members' term limits to three terms of four years each, for a total of 12 years; expanding the requirement for city residency to include certain city administrators and public safety personnel; increasing the time between charter reviews; considering a fixed expense stipend for council members that would be in addition to their salaries; the restrictions on, and feasibility of, relocating the Coachman Park band shell; and the relevancy of all charter restrictions. For more information, call city clerk Rosemarie Call at (727) 562-4092.
Man cashed fake checks, police say
A Clearwater man was arrested Thursday, accused of cashing counterfeit checks totaling nearly $6,000 in Pinellas Park. William L. Sedich, 25, was charged with uttering forged checks. Police said he cashed two checks at a Bank of America branch at 10200 66th St. N between Feb. 1 and Feb. 7. They were written on a fake account attributed to a Miami realty company. His ruse was uncovered when he tried to cash a third check Feb. 8 and the bank became suspicious about "some funny discrepancies" on the check, said Pinellas Park police Capt. Sandy Forseth. Bank officials contacted the company and found out that it had never heard of Sedich. Sedich is a registered sexual offender who was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan in 2003, according to Michigan's sex offender database.
Workshop to focus on Social Security
The Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., is hosting a free educational workshop, Social Security Planning for Boomers: What Everyone Needs to Know, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. J. Henry Livingston, president of Retirement Resources Advisory Inc., will discuss how to estimate your benefits, how to coordinate benefits with your spouse and how to minimize taxes on your Social Security benefits. Seating is limited. For reservations, call (727) 799-0551.