|City, Verizon settle suit over cable severed in ’03|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Sept. 28, 2005 -- A settlement has been reached in a civil suit seeking damages of $159,540.52 filed against the city of Sulphur Springs by Verizon Southwest in connection with a telephone cable that was severed by city workers in July 2003.
City Manager Marc Maxwell said the agreement came after an arbitration meeting between the city’s attorneys and those representing the telephone utility. The actual settlement amount was not disclosed, according to the terms of the agreement.
As many as 3,600 Verizon telephone customers in Sulphur Springs were affected when a city crew, working to replace a sewer line on Oak Ave., severed two cables in front of the telephone utility’s central office.
After repairs were made, Verizon turned to the city to cover the costs involved in re-connecting the phone lines. Maxwell said he felt the telephone company was asking for more than repairs would cost.
�They submitted a claim for a couple of hundred of thousand dollars, which was far more than we think the repairs would cost,� Maxwell said in December after the lawsuit was filed in 62nd Judicial District Court. �We think that they actually did quite a bit of rebuilding and are trying to charge that cost to the city.�
The city manager said the city’s insurance carrier will pay the bulk of the settlement, leaving the city to only pay the deductible.