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Calumet Theatre Co. President, Dan Jamison, mentioned a brand new insurance coverage coverage with the Village Council Tuesday night. The brand new coverage offers greater than twice the legal responsibility protection than the theater lease stipulates is important.

CALUMET — Calumet Theatre Co. Board President Dan Jamison addressed the Calumet Village Council throughout a particular assembly for the council Tuesday. He mentioned {that a} new insurance coverage coverage is at present being underwritten for the theater. Jamison knowledgeable the council on the common November assembly that the Theatre Firm’s supplier had cancelled its legal responsibility insurance coverage coverage after it obtained false info that the theatre’s structural integrity was a risk to the general public resulting from catastrophic flooding via the roof that have been repaired a few years in the past.

With the cancellation of the insurance coverage coverage, the theater is now in breach of the lease between the village and the board, one thing Jamison readily agreed was the case.

Jamison instructed the council that in a “very attention-grabbing discuss” with the earlier agent in Marquette, throughout which she knowledgeable him that the coverage was, in reality, cancelled, and she or he was not even going to talk with the underwriter.

Jamison then approached the Leveque Company which discovered an insurance coverage firm that focuses on underwriting theater actions, productions, organizations.

“The coverage that he put collectively,” mentioned Jamison, “is considerably in extra of what the lease itself requires and it is smart.”

Jamison mentioned the insurance coverage coverage being underwritten now could be what ought to have been required within the lease.

“The protection shall be a $2 million legal responsibility, a $1million balloon protection, to get these issues that fall between the gaps,” Jamison mentioned, “and a $250,000 liquor legal responsibility for serving wine and beer solely.”

The one questions put ahead, he added, have been issues like: Why don’t you suppose you’re not going to have 60,000 individuals subsequent yr. His response was “Let’s work with expertise of the final two years going ahead.”

Jamison mentioned the underwriter has an agent who might stroll down the road and examine the property himself if someone despatched him footage that say there’s flooding that’s catastrophic.

“He’s going to stroll over and look, and say: ‘Wait, there’s a puddle over right here within the nook, there are tarps that have been put up there 10 years in the past, earlier than the 2 new roofs have been placed on.’”

The agent is throughout the road, and he’s acquainted with the operation.

Trustee Rob Tarvis requested if the agent had any points with why the earlier coverage was cancelled to which Jamison replied no.

“He is aware of precisely the shenanigans that went on with that complete factor,” Jamison defined. “A part of the delay was him telling me we’ll work with the agent in Marquette to see when you can persuade them that that is simply ridiculous and go over there and look.”

Jamison mentioned the Marquette agent responded that she was not keen to drive three hours a method when she already knew the situation of the constructing.

“I discussed to Leveque on this utility,” Jamison went on, “that the (Nationwide) Park Service is wanting into the weather of the constructing that might be a problem. They’re all snug with it.”

Jamison requested a Dec. 1, 2021, start-date for protection, in order that when the paperwork goes via, there shall be a shorter hole.

Jamison defined that the explanation he stopped operations of the theater for the month of December is that he’s a realist.

“Round Christmas time, I’d be fortunate to get my mother to name me again some years,” he mentioned.

The insurance coverage provider had no actual points, and did present some quotes, and now they’re engaged on underwriting the coverage.

Jamison advised to the council that to keep up transparency and to guard the village, the Trustees ought to go forward and create a letter containing a 45-day discover upon which the village will terminate the lease if the constructing just isn’t insured at the moment.

Within the meantime, Trustee Tarvis mentioned the village has not obtained any phrase from their lawyer regarding the new lease. Jamison advised that fairly than a easy landlord/tenant lease, the brand new lease must be a partnership settlement.

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