City of Udall sues Poe & Associates

09/10/2013 5:00 AM

09/10/2013 6:09 AM

WICHITA — The city of Udall has filed a lawsuit against Wichita's Poe & Associates.

The suit, which is seeking $650,000 in damages, stems from a 2008 contract for work on the city's new water tower. It was completed in 2009.

"They were unhappy with some of the results that they got," says Jeff Carmichael, the Wichita attorney representing the city of Udall.

No one with Poe could be reached for comment, but Carmichael says the firm did design work on the tower and was supposed to oversee its construction.

"We believe, based on opinions we've received so far, that the work resulted in significantly increased water pressures ... causing line breaks around the city of Udall."

Carmichael says there are other issues and expenses, including ones related to insulation at the tower and the installation of what city officials believe is an unnecessary valve.

"We believe that there's a number of things that need to be done," he said.

He says city officials aren't blaming anyone who did the work.

"No, this is an engineering issue."

Carmichael says Udall has not been without water service due to the issues.

"They have enough water."

He says there are "a variety of issues," though, that aren't acceptable.

"It's been an unfortunate situation."

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