Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Sat, 19 Jul 1997 13:49:06 -0400
Speck, Mark R(Z99628) wrote, in part:
> Who owns the Trailer and how is it titled?
Technically, everything the Troop "owns" is owned by the charter
organization, and can be titled as such. However, an unincorporated
association (i.e., the Troop) can legally own property, and it would be
possible for a Scouter to hold title for the benefit of the Troop, so
you have several options.
> Who pays for Trailer licence fees, maintenance, and upkeep?
That's a matter of negotiation. If you can get your CO to do so, fine.
Otherwise, it's up to the Troop Committee to come up with the money, or
someone to donate same.
> Is separate insurance required or is the Trailer covered by the property
> insuance (homeowners) where it is stored, or by the vehicle that is towing it?
The answer is . . . it depends. Most vehicle insurance covers at least
the liability for a trailer being towed, but usually not the value of
the trailer. Check with an insurance agent to see if separate (i.e.,
not vehicle-dependant) insurance is available, especially if the trailer
is not titled in the name of an individual.
> In the event of an accident would the Troop pay for the deductable?
Again, a matter of negotiation, but unless some other entity (the CO,
for example) has agreed to be responsible, it falls to the Troop.
> Can a Committee Member donate their time to maintenance of the Trailer,
> or must a qualified repair shop be utilized for liability reasons?
Most insurance doesn't require professional maintenance on far more
complex vehicles than a trailer, so I doubt it would be required for
regular maintenance (repacking the bearings, for instance). However,
major repairs (welding, frame-straightening, etc.) probably should be
left to the professionals, unless someone in the Troop is qualified.
> Could the Trailer be used by Troop Members for Service Projects or personal use?
Well, if an individual held title, I suppose s/he could use it, but in
general, the trailer (and all other Troop gear) should only be used for
Troop projects. IMHO, that could include service projects, but only if
approved by the Troop.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City