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Town still negotiating over sprinkler system

The Town of Pulaski is still in negotiations with its insurance carrier on coverage of a sprinkler system for the new train station.
Town Manager John Hawley said a representative with the insurance carrier recently spoke by telephone with Betty Lou Kirkner about the use of the depot prior to last November’s fire. Kirkner oversaw operation of the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum when it was inside the depot.
The insurance company indicated it wouldn’t cover the $75,000 to $100,000 in sprinkler costs because the prior occupancy of the depot did not require one. The decision was based on the train station being used only as a museum, but the town contends the occupancy was higher because community events and meetings were held there in addition to the museum.
Mayor Jeff Worrell said he was glad to see the insurance company is reconsidering its decision to deny coverage for the fire suppression system.
Hawley said town officials still believe the system should be covered under the policy, but “whether (the town) would want to take it to a court of law” if coverage is denied would have to be decided by town council.
Hawley said it is possible the reconstruction will have to be bid with the sprinkler system as an option. Then, if coverage is refused, town council can decide whether to omit it, have the town cover the cost or pursue the matter in court.

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Town still negotiating over sprinkler system

The Town of Pulaski is still in negotiations with its insurance carrier on coverage of a sprinkler system for the new train station.
Town Manager John Hawley said a representative with the insurance carrier recently spoke by telephone with Betty Lou Kirkner about the use of the depot prior to last November’s fire. Kirkner oversaw operation of the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum when it was inside the depot.
The insurance company indicated it wouldn’t cover the $75,000 to $100,000 in sprinkler costs because the prior occupancy of the depot did not require one. The decision was based on the train station being used only as a museum, but the town contends the occupancy was higher because community events and meetings were held there in addition to the museum.
Mayor Jeff Worrell said he was glad to see the insurance company is reconsidering its decision to deny coverage for the fire suppression system.
Hawley said town officials still believe the system should be covered under the policy, but “whether (the town) would want to take it to a court of law” if coverage is denied would have to be decided by town council.
Hawley said it is possible the reconstruction will have to be bid with the sprinkler system as an option. Then, if coverage is refused, town council can decide whether to omit it, have the town cover the cost or pursue the matter in court.

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