Trumbull Co., insurer reach settlement

WARREN -- An arbiter has ruled that Trumbull County is entitled to 638,000 from an insurance company for flood damage to the county 911 dispatch center in Howland.
The county and United National Insurance Co. of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., went to arbitration after the parties could not agree on the amount the insurance should pay on damage after a flood in 2003.
The county spent about 1.4 million after the flood to replace telephone, radio and computer equipment and make building renovations.
The insurance policy was for 1 million, and the county wanted United National to pay 800,000. The insurance company offered to pay 578,000, arguing that some of the equipment could have been repaired instead of replaced.
The county has already received 138,000 of the 638,000.
The arbiter, Atty. David Comstock of the law firm of Comstock, Wilson and Springer of Youngstown, ruled Dec. 27 that the county should get 638,000, said James Keating, the county's human resources director.

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