[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Verona as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Fire Insurance Claims
[Adopted 10-25-2011 by Ord. No. 7-2011]
The Treasurer of the Borough of Verona or such official's designee is hereby appointed as the designated officer who is authorized to carry out all responsibilities and duties stated herein.
No insurance company, association or exchange (hereinafter "insuring agent") doing business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall pay a claim of a named insured for fire damage to a structure located within the Borough of Verona (hereinafter the "Borough") where the amount recoverable for the fire loss to the structure under all policies exceeds $7,500, unless the insuring agent is furnished by the Borough Treasurer with a municipal certificate pursuant to Section 508(b) of the Insurance Company Law of 1921, as amended by Act 98 of 1992 and Act 93 of 1994 (hereinafter the "Law"), indicating that there are no delinquent taxes or other charges against the property, and unless there is compliance with Section 508(c) and (d) of the Law and the provisions of this article.
Editor's Note: See 40 P.S. § 638.
Where, pursuant to Section 508(b) of the Law, the Borough Treasurer issues a certificate indicating in writing that there are no delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties or user charges against real property, the insuring agent shall pay the claim of the named insured; provided, however, that if the loss agreed upon by the named insured and the insuring agent equals or exceeds 60% of the aggregate limits of liability on all fire policies covering the building or other structure, the following procedures must be followed:
The insuring agent shall transfer from the insurance proceeds to the Borough Treasurer, in the aggregate, $2,000 for each $15,000 of a claim and each fraction of that amount of a claim, this section to be applied such that if the claim is $15,000 or less, the amount transferred to the municipality shall be $2,000.
If at the time of a loss report the named insured has submitted a contractor's signed estimate of the costs of removing, repairing or securing the building or other structure in an amount less than the amount calculated under the foregoing transfer formula, the insuring agent shall transfer to the Borough from the insurance proceeds the amount specified in the estimate.
The transfer of proceeds shall be on pro rata basis by all companies, associations or exchanges insuring the building or other structure.
After the transfer, the named insured may submit a contractor's signed estimate of the costs of removing, repairing or securing the building or other structure, and the Borough Treasurer shall return the amount of the funds transferred to the Borough in excess of the estimate to the named insured, if the Borough has not commenced to remove, repair or secure the building or other structure.
Upon receipt of proceeds under this section, the Borough shall do the following:
The Borough Treasurer shall place the proceeds in a separate fund to be used solely as security against the total costs of removing, repairing or securing the Building or structure which are incurred by the Borough. Such costs shall include, without limitation, any engineering, legal or administrative costs incurred by the Borough in connection with such removal, repair or securing of the building or any proceedings related thereto.
It is the obligation of the insuring agent when transferring the proceeds to provide the Borough with the name and address of the named insured. Upon receipt of the transferred funds and the name and address of the named insured, the Borough Treasurer shall contact the named insured, certify that the proceeds have been received by the Borough and notify the named insured that the procedures under this subsection shall be followed.
When repairs, removal or securing of the building or other structure have been completed in accordance with all applicable regulations and orders of the Borough and the required proof of such completion received by the designated officer, and if the Borough has not incurred any costs for repairs, removal or securing, the fund shall be returned to the named insured. If the Borough has incurred costs for repair, removal or securing of the building or other structure, the costs shall be paid from the fund, and if excess funds remain, the Borough shall transfer the remaining funds to the named insured.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the ability of the Borough to recover any deficiency. Furthermore, nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit the Borough 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.
The Borough of Verona may by resolution adopt procedures and regulations to implement the Law and this article and may by resolution fix reasonable fees to be charged for municipal activities or services provided pursuant to the Law and this article, including but not limited to issuances of certificates and bills, performance of inspections and opening separate fund accounts.
Any owner of property, any named insured or any insuring agent who violates this article shall be subject to a penalty of up to $1,000 per violation.
Following adoption of this article, an exact copy of this article together with the name and telephone number of the Borough Treasurer shall be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs as provided in Section 508(i) of the Law.
Editor's Note: See 40 P.S. § 638(i); the Center for Local Government Services is now the agency for filing this article.
This article shall become effective 30 days after enactment.