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News Release

Larimer County Holds 6th Public Roadmap to Recovery Insurance Meeting

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jan 7, 2013

Contact Information:

Suzanne Bassinger, Recovery Manager, 970-498-7148, sbassinger@larimer.org
Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150

 

The next Roadmap to Recovery meeting for High Park and Woodland Heights Fire survivors takes place on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the 1st Floor Hearing Room at the Larimer County Courthouse office Bldg., 200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, (same location as the previous Roadmap to Recovery meetings). The sessions are designed and presented by United Policyholders, a non?profit consumer organization assisting disaster survivors for over 20 years. 
 
This is the 6th Roadmap to recovery session and the topic will be Insurance Claim Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: Negotiation, Mediation, Appraisal & Litigation. A Q&A period and insurance interest group breakout sessions where you will have an opportunity to network with other fire survivors, will both follow the substantive presentation.

The speakers are: Karen Reimus, Disaster Recovery Aid, Outreach and Education for United Policyholders who will cover negotiation and mediation; Scott DeLuise, a Colorado-licensed public adjuster will explain appraisal; and Erin Kristoff, a Colorado-licensed attorney will explain litigation.
 
Portions of this meeting will be videotaped and made available at Larimer County’s High Park and Woodland Heights Fire web site after the meeting: http://larimer.org/highparkfire/. Videos of the previously held five Roadmap to Recovery meetings are now online, choose the ‘Public Mtgs./Updates/Events/Videos category at the web site. Additional recovery information is available on the web site including a free subscription sign-up for High Park and Woodland Heights Fire information updates and a place to list upcoming events.  
 
 
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Comments: (2)

1. Posted by: DaveArea51BurnedOut on Jan 8, 2013 2:38 PM

We were with Liberty Mutual. They had our check within 6-weeks of the fire. We can't complain.

However, we're having the same problem we originally had in rebuilding. Originally, we had no end of problems getting the trade industries - subs - to perform as required and contracted. That was in Paradise Park where we moved into the house in 1997. We're having similar problems with the (lazy) trade industries in even getting the new home going south of Carter Lake (new property). Any suggestions in dealing with lazy and unresponsive subs??? Any suggestions would be welcome.

Dave E. Ex-Paradise Park Resident

2. Posted by: DeniLaRueCIM on Jan 10, 2013 1:50 PM

In most cases, contractors working in Larimer County are required to have a county contractor's license. Homeowners are well advised to hire a licensed contractor to act as their general contractor, who will coordinate the subcontractors and make sure the work proceeds on course. If homeowners choose to act as their own general contractor, they take on the responsibility for coordinating all the subcontractors, which may be more than they bargained for.

A list of licensed contractors in the county can be found at http://www.larimer.org/building/contractor_search.cfm

If the subcontractors are themselves licensed, a homeowner can file a complaint with the Building Department, if the complaint rises to a level such as failure to pull a permit when required, working beyond the scope of a permit, getting a permit through providing false information, etc.

For less critical issues such as slow response time, poor workmanship or failure to meet contractual obligations, working through the Better Business Bureau, the Homebuilders Association of Northern Colorado or its Remodelers Council, might be the best course of action. Contact Eric Fried, Chief Bldg. Official, efried@larimer.org