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Bureau County appeals insurance claim to save $12,000

PRINCETON — Diligence on the part of Bureau County's insurance committee has saved the county $12,000.

Mike Kohr, insurance committee chairman, said at Tuesday's board meeting that he learned at last month's meeting that a fire in a sheriff's vehicle damaged its radio, light bar, shotgun rack and other equipment.

Because of a misunderstanding, Counties of Illinois Risk Management Agencies, the county's insurance provider, denied the county's claim for coverage. Kohr talked it over with a CIRMA rep, and the claim was accepted.

"This is an important lesson for those board members that are going to be on this board years down the road: Just because a claim is denied doesn't mean you shouldn't question it," Kohr said. "You have to question it and read the policy. If we would have let this slide, we would have been out $12,000 due to a misunderstanding,"

According to Bureau County Sheriff Jim Reed, the fire inside the vehicle was a result of an electrical short from the light bar. The fire occurred on Nov. 15.

Also Tuesday, the board:

• Approved the CIRMA liability insurance policy for $250,585, 4 percent more than last year's cost.

• Approved cyber liability insurance with CIRMA for $3,053.

• Approved liability coverage for the BPART building in Wyanet for $75 a year. The county bought the building on the corner of Locust and Front streets with $125,000 from its capital project fund, and BPART, which is housing its fleet there, will pay the county back once a state grant it has been promised is released.

• Approved the purchase of two radio repeaters for BuEComm at a cost of $9,949.

• Heard from buildings and grounds committee Chairwoman Kristi Warren, who said Annette Schnabel, CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital, met with the committee to discuss a couple of groups that were looking to adopt a park are considering Soldiers & Sailors, and also are in the "very preliminary stages" of discussing raising money to install restrooms there. "(Schnabel) explained what they had in mind, and we told her our concerns," Warren said. The group is gathering more information that it will present to the committee.

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