Overland Park man says AT&T subcontractors ruined his property

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- It's a busy time for cable contractors as companies strive to bring cable and high-speed internet to neighborhoods all over Kansas City.

One Overland Park homeowner is fired up after he says contractors tore up his driveway. The man says he is not about to pay for a contractor's mistake.

The property owner, Chuck Tonkin, says AT&T subcontractors came out unannounced to run fiber through his property and caused damage they're now refusing to fix.

"When they come in here, they think they have a right to your property, they do not, they have a right to the easements, whether it be in the front or the back," said Tonkin.

He says one of his neighbors was getting U-Verse, and AT&T subcontractors needed to bury some cables.

"The first bore, they were completely up on the middle of our driveway. The second time they had their boring machine up in our driveway without asking our permission," said Tonkin, who then contacted the city to find out what was going on.

"They do have the right of way 10 feet in from the street, which is fine, but they`re supposed to repair everything back to its original condition which they have not done," Tonkin said. "The front of the driveway is lumped up where they bore underneath with a boring machine, and popped the cement up, to get their cable underneath there, and they`re denying they did it, but the workers said they did it."

Tonkin says the driveway is raised almost two inches from where it was in two different places. It used to lay flat and slope downward, which is shown in pictures he has of the driveway prior to the work being done that prove it.

"They were supposed to go two feet down, and they did not go that deep. Even the guy boring said he messed up and didn't go deep enough, he should have gone down farther," Tonkin added. "So now we have half the driveway that will eventually pop. We had a structural engineer look at it and he said it will eventually crack. You can always raise cement up, but you can`t push it back down."

Tonkin says repairs could cost thousands of dollars, and that's money he doesn't plan to pay.

"We want our driveways fixed, we want the driveway repaired, we want the cement taken out and replaced, repaired and flattened back out the way it was," Tonkin said.

Late Monday afternoon, AT&T got back to FOX 4 about these claims. They say the contractors are trained to minimize any disruption for residents. They also say they'll will work with the homeowner to assess any possible damage.



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