None of us will forget the January 4, 2008 storm any too soon, but luckily most of the damage has been taken care of and it is just a bad memory. For Mike McConnell, it is still a nightmare, as AT&T has still not reimbursed him for the 2008 Surburban that was demolished by a rotten telephone pole.

None of us will forget the January 4, 2008 storm any too soon, but luckily most of the damage has been taken care of and it is just a bad memory.

For Mike McConnell, it is still a nightmare, as AT&T has still not reimbursed him for the 2008 Surburban that was demolished by a rotten telephone pole. According to McConnell, the pole had not been inspected since 1986.

You wouldn't think that AT&T could argue as to their liability, but according to McConnell, when AT&T received the claim for reimbursement, they asked for clarification on the value of the brand new vehicle and have not been in contact since.

McConnell's angst is caused by the fact that AT&T representatives will not return his calls or the calls of his attorney.

When contacted by this newspaper, AT&T Public Relations representative Gina, returned the call and stated she could not comment on an active settlement or pending litigation.
She claimed that the two attorneys are interacting by phone and email, but McConnell says his attorney has not had a response since February 28, when he gave AT&T   a clarification of charges, as they requested.

McConnell's claim is for $31,000 and can't understand why AT&T is dragging the situation out. "Their attorney has never contacted my attorney, they are not talking at all," McConnell stated.

McConnell's attorney sent AT&T a demand notice on July 22, 2008 and has yet to receive a reply. McConnell's former attorney, has not heard from AT&T's attorney, as claimed by AT&T Public Relations. McConnell has since hired a different attorney and called the newspaper Wednesday to say he had talked with AT&T Public Relations Representative Gina,  who admitted that AT&T does not have an attorney working on this claim, so in fact, McConnell's attorney had not been reached by AT&T as stated by their office.

On Wednesday, McConnell received an email from Chang with an offer of settlement, something he had been trying to accomplish for eight months.