The Madison County Record Dec. 2, 2014, 8:18am

A telephone company has filed suit against the village of Cahokia, alleging it failed to pay more than $50,000 to help in repairing sinking telephone poles.

Illinois Bell Telephone Company, doing business as AT&T Illinois, alleges its utility poles in the area between R 1005 St. Patrick Blvd. and R 1013 St. Patrick Blvd. began to sink due to leaking water, which caused massive erosion of the soil under the poles.

"AT&T's utility poles then began to sink causing clearance issues with AT&T, CATV and Ameren Power cables on the utility poles," states the suit filed Nov. 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. "AT&T agreed to pay for the replacement of their utility poles and Cahokia agreed to pay for the cost of supporting the existing utility poles while it repaired the sewer pipe."

The utility poles required support for six days while Cahokia repaired the sewer pipes, the complaint says. It cost the phone company $50,566.35 to support the poles, according to the complaint.

Although Cahokia promised to pay for the poles, it has failed to do so, the suit states.

In its complaint, AT&T alleges breach of contract, trespass, inverse condemnation and negligence against the defendants. It seeks the money it alleges it is owed, plus punitive damages, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Attorney Julie A. Camden, of Camden and Meridew in Fishers, Ind. will represent AT&T.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 14-L-742.

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