Notice to Insurance Companies:
Please be aware of Bucyrus Codified Ordinance 1320, Removal or Repair of Premises Suffering Fire Damage. Please use the following procedure with any insured structure claiming fire damage.
BCO 1320.01 PROCEDURE.
The City is hereby authorized to utilize the procedure described in Ohio R.C. 3929.86 (C) and (D), whereby no insurance company doing business within the State shall pay a claim of a named insured for fire damage to a structure located within the City where the amount recoverable for the fire loss to the structure under all policies exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000) unless there is compliance with the following procedures:
(a) When the loss agreed to between the named insured and the company equals or exceeds sixty percent (60%) of the aggregate limits of liability on all fire policies covering the building or structure, the insurance company in accordance with Ohio R.C. 715.26 (F) shall transfer from the insurance proceeds to the Fire Chief in the aggregate two thousand dollars ($2,000) for each fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000), and each fraction of that amount, of a claim; or, if at the time of a proof of loss agreed to between the named insured and the insurance company, the named insured has submitted a contractor's signed estimate of the costs of removing, repairing or securing the building or other structure, shall transfer from the insurance proceeds the amount specified in the estimate. Such transfer of proceeds shall be on a pro rata basis by all companies insuring the building or other structure. Policy proceeds remaining after the transfer to the City shall be disbursed in accordance with the policy terms. The named insured may submit a contractor's signed estimate of the costs of removing, repairing or securing the building or other structure after the transfer, and the designated officer shall return the amount of the fund in excess of the estimate to the named insured, provided that the City has not commenced to remove, repair or secure the building or other structure.
(Ord. 14-81. Passed 4-7-81; Ord. 65-99. Passed 9-7-99.)
(b) Upon receipt of proceeds by the City as authorized by this section, the Fire Chief shall place the proceeds in a separate fund to be used solely as security against the total cost of removing, repairing or securing the building or structure incurred by the City pursuant to Ohio R.C. 715.261. When transferring the funds as required in subsection (a) hereof, an insurance company shall provide the City with the name and address of the named insured whereupon the City shall contact the same, certify that the proceeds have been received by the City and notify them that the following procedures will be followed:
The fund shall be returned to the named insured when repairs, or removal or securing of the building or other structure has been completed and the required
proof received by the designated officer, if the City has not incurred any costs for such repairs, removal or securing. If the City incurs any costs for repairs, removal or securing of the building or other structure, such costs shall be paid from the fund and if excess funds remain, the City shall transfer the remaining funds to the named insured. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the ability of a municipal corporation to recover any deficiency under Ohio R.C. 715.261.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the municipal corporation and the named insured from entering into an agreement that permits the transfer of funds to the named insured if some other reasonable disposition of the damaged property has been negotiated.
(c) The Fire Chief is hereby designated as the officer authorized to carry out the duties of this section. The Fire Chief shall file a certified copy of this section with the Superintendent of Insurance of the State. (Ord. 14-81. Passed 4-7-81.)
BCO 1320.02 SPECIAL FUND ESTABLISHED.
There is hereby established a new City special fund to be known as the "Derelict Building Liability Fund" as the receptacle for funds received by the City from insurance companies insuring premises within the City suffering fire losses, as provided in this chapter.
(Ord. 30-81. Passed 7-21-81.)