1345.08  FIRE-DAMAGED STRUCTURE; REMOVAL OR REPAIR FUND.
   (a)   No insurance company doing business in 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 insurance policies, exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000), and is greater than or equal to sixty percent (60%) 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 (60%) of the aggregate limits or liability on all fire polices 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 City Auditor, in the aggregate amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) and each fraction of that amount, of a claim, or, if at that 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 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 structure.  Policy proceeds remaining after the transfer to the City may be disbursed in accordance with the policy terms.
         The named insured or insureds 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 City Auditor, after notifying the City Engineer or Building Inspector, 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 City Auditor shall place the proceeds in a separate fund to be used solely as security against the total cost of removing, repairing or securing incurred by the City pursuant to Ohio R.C. 715.261.
         When transferring the fund as required in subsection (a) 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 Auditor to the named insured or insureds when repairs, or removal or securing of the building or other structure have been completed and the required proof is received by the City Engineer or Building Inspector, provided that the City has not incurred any costs for such repairs, removal or securing.  If the City has incurred 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 or insureds after 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.
         Nothing in 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.
   (b)   The City Auditor 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 City Engineer or the Building Inspector.
   (c)   The Clerk of Council is hereby directed to send a certified copy of this section to the Superintendent of Insurance for the State of Ohio.
(Ord. 3-83.  Passed 3-21-83.)