Springfield Diocese, Catholic Mutual announce resolution of claims related to 2011 weather events
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SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Diocese and its insurance carrier, Catholic Mutual, have issued the following announcement regarding damages caused to diocesan properties by weather related events in 2011:
“Today, Tuesday Sept. 10, the Diocese of Springfield and Catholic Mutual are pleased to announce an amicable resolution of all claims for tornado damage to Cathedral High School (CHS), St. Michael’s Academy (SMA), including the pre-school and middle school facilities, and the St. Michael’s Priests Residence building. In addition, other claims relating to damage to property owned by the diocese, including the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Jude Mission properties in Springfield have been resolved as part of this agreement.
“When experts for Catholic Mutual and the diocese did not agree on the cost to repair damage from the June 1, 2011 tornado to the CHS/SMA Middle School building and other properties, the parties agreed to submit their disagreement to a reference procedure outlined in Massachusetts law to resolve such disputes. That process began in September 2012 and concluded in July 2013.
“Under the terms of this Settlement Agreement, within 30 days of its execution, Catholic Mutual will make a payment of $40 million. This amount will be in addition to the $19.9 million previously advanced to the diocese by Catholic Mutual and another $2 million paid directly by Catholic Mutual to Service Master for their initial clean-up services at the site. The diocese will add an additional $200,000 from insurance reserves.
“This settlement brings all disputes regarding property damage to a final conclusion, without the possibility of further legal challenges.
“Mike Intrieri, president and CEO of Catholic Mutual, stated that he is happy that the parties reached a complete and amicable conclusion.
“‘We are happy that the process led to this complete settlement without the need for further legal proceedings. We wish the Diocese of Springfield well,’” he said.
“Mark Dupont, secretary for communicationsof the Diocese of Springfield stated the diocese is thankful to Catholic Mutual for its efforts to resolve this matter and pleased that the reference procedure, while lengthy, ultimately led to a complete resolution of all differences between the parties.
“The diocese has already announced plans for partial demolition at the Surrey Road site.”