Board accelerates courthouse insurance claim

By Daniel Brunty

The Webster Progress-Times


The Webster County Board of Supervisors held a short meeting to discuss the insurance claim on the courthouse on Dec. 4 in the Webster County Office Building.

The board had planned to meet with public adjuster Scott Favre of Kiln, who was hired by the county to assist with the insurance claim settlement for the fire-damaged courthouse. Because of weather conditions in his area, Favre was unable to fly in for the meeting with the board.

Board President Pat Cummings informed the supervisors he had contacted Favre and was able to obtain the information they needed to proceed with the meeting. Cummings said the board would need to submit a new proof of loss because of the original containing two items that were not part of the courthouse.

Cummings also presented the board members a letter that Favre had sent which requested the insurance carrier to evoke the appraisal process regarding the settlement. Favre requested the board approve resubmitting a new proof of loss and delivery of the letter to the insurance carrier to further accelerate the process of receiving funds for courthouse construction.

After a brief discussion and review of both items by board attorney Buchanan Meek Jr., supervisors unanimously agreed to approve the resubmission of a revised proof of loss on business property content because of the two items that were not part of the courthouse. They also unanimously voted to send the letter to One Beacon Insurance and Engle Martin Adjusters to evoke the appraisal process under the insurance policy, and authorized board president Cummings to sign it.

With the absence of Favre from the meeting, the board decided to recess until Dec. 16 to continue discussions regarding the insurance claim settlement.

Other Business

On Nov. 18, the board approved motions to:

• allow and direct the E911 director to hold a telecommunication (dispatcher) certification class, and to hire Tiana O’Briant as instructor, to be paid at her normal hourly rate.

• rescind the action on Nov. 4 and vacate decisions to enter into a contract with Medir Inc., and enter into contract with Delta Computer Systems Inc. to provide computer-based processing of circuit court, marriage records, voter records and judgment rolls. The price is $12,250 plus $510 monthly maintenance and $7,650 training, and the board authorized the president to sign the contract on behalf of county.

• change the waiting period on new county employees being covered by their medical insurance policy from the present 1st after three full months of continuous employment to the 1st following 60 days after hiring.

• accept the October surrendered tag list as presented by the tax assessor.

On Nov. 27, the board appointed Jeff Marlow as assistant receiving clerk to replace Jeff Peacock, who resigned from that position effective Nov. 27.