Panama City commission votes to accept settlement agreement with AT&T

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Jenks Avenue widening project has been going on for more than two years. It was only supposed to take a year.

City officials say because of a delay by AT&T to meet the city's deadline to move utility poles it caused undue delays and added costs.

A lawsuit was filed against AT&T late last year by the city which ended in a settlement agreement. The Panama City Commission voted to approve the agreement with AT&T who will pay the city back for expenses occurred as a result of the delays it caused.

Clifford Higby, Panama City's Trial Counsel said, "The total change orders were $984,000 and the city is recovering $884,000 as a result of this settlement."

The difference in the two figures represents what the city could have paid in legal fees if it had gone to trial.