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(a) No insurance company doing business in the State shall pay a claim of named insureds for fire damage to a structure located within the City where the amount recoverable for the fire loss to the structure under all insurance policies exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000) and is greater than or equal to sixty percent of all fire insurance policy monetary limitations, unless there is compliance with the following procedures:
(1) When the loss agreed to between the named insured or insureds and the insurance company or insurance companies equals or exceeds sixty percent of the aggregate limits of liability on all fire policies covering the building or structure, the insurance company or companies, in accordance with Ohio R.C. 715.26(F), shall transfer from the insurance proceeds to the Director of Finance in the aggregate amount of 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 or insureds and the insurance company or companies, the named insured or insureds have submitted a contractor's signed estimate of the cost of removing, repairing, or securing the building or other structure, shall transfer from the insurance proceeds the amount specified in the estimate.
A. Such transfer of proceeds shall be on a pro rata basis by all companies insuring the building or structure. Policy proceeds remaining after the transfer to the City may be disbursed in accordance with the policy terms.
B. The named insured or insureds may submit a contractor's signed estimate of the cost of removing, repairing, or securing the building or other structure after the transfer, and the Finance Director, after notifying the Fire Chief, shall return the amount of the fund in excess of the estimate to the named insured or insureds, provided that the City has not commenced to remove, repair, or secure the building or other structure.
(2) Upon receipt of proceeds by the City as authorized by this section, the Finance Director 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 other structure incurred by the City pursuant to Ohio R.C. 715.261.
When transferring the fund as required in paragraph (a)(1) hereof, an insurance company shall provide the City with the name and address of the named insured or insureds, whereupon the City shall contact the named insured or insureds, 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 by the Finance Director to the named insured or insureds when the repairing, removing or securing of the building or other structure has been completed and the required proof is received by the Fire Chief, provided that the City has not incurred any costs for such repair, removal or securing. Such costs of the City shall be paid from the fund and, if excess funds remain, the City shall transfer the remaining funds to the named insured or insureds after such repair, rebuilding or removal has been completed. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the ability of the City to recover any deficiency under Ohio R.C. 715.261.
(b) Nothing in this section or Ohio R.C. 3929.86(C) and (D), as adopted herein, shall be construed to prohibit the City and the named insured or insureds from entering into an agreement that permits the transfer of funds to the named insured or insureds if some other reasonable disposition of the damaged property has been negotiated.
(c) The Finance Director of the City is hereby designated as the officer authorized to carry out the duties of this section, provided that no funds so held under this section shall be released without notification of such intent to the Fire Chief.
(Ord. 98-3. Passed 2-10-98.)