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Village settles with family

December 13, 2011

CRIDERSVILLE — Administrators with a local village have agreed on a settlement for damages that were caused to a displaced family by a tornado that hit the village over a year ago.
Cridersville Village Solicitor Jim Hearn announced at Monday’s council meeting that a settlement with Kathleen and Steve Florence, of East High Street, whose house was destroyed by a tornado in October 2010, was agreed upon in the amount of $22,000.
Hearn said that he along with the village and administrators have been in discussions with Florence’s attorney to settle the issue which swirled around the village and the couple in the aftermath of the tornado and issues and hardships that arose during the last 14 months.
“We made a determination that it was in the best interest to settle the issue,” Hearn said, “and get the matter resolved.”
The Florences and a neighbor had issues regarding zoning ordinances in the village.
Of the $22,000 — $1,000 will be paid from the village’s general fund
and the rest from the village’s insurance.
Between Hearn, the Florence’s attorney and village administrators, the amount of $22,000 was decided to be acceptable and agreed on by all parties.
Mayor Lorali Myers would not comment and referred all questions to the village solicitor.
No further liability can be sought after the money is surrendered by the village.
“This is paid as a moral obligation to get it settled,” Hearn said.
This is a settlement of a claim that was made by the Florences against the village of Cridersville.

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