Governor asked to settle Ga. county border dispute

Middle Georgia's Bibb, Monroe counties long at odds on official boundary

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 9:08 AM
Last updated 9:10 AM
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MACON, Ga. -- Nathan Deal has been trying to figure out how to handle a Bibb-Monroe border dispute that local officials have been trying to resolve for years.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that a A Monroe County grand jury’s demand for a new border survey was sent to the governor’s office Dec. 2, under a state law that says the governor “shall appoint some suitable and competent land surveyor, who shall not reside in either county, to survey, mark out and define the boundary line in dispute.”

                  Deal’s office declined to comment.

A similar grand jury presentment launched a seven-year saga with another surveyor and subsequent legal battle that involved at least one governor, one surveyor, two judges, and three secretaries of state.

Monroe County won an early battle, then lost the war, and then its attempt to appeal.

At stake is potentially millions of dollars in tax revenue from land that’s been increasing in value and desirability.

Surveyor Terry Scarborough said the line should be farther south than where Bibb County officials think it should be. Had that survey been accepted, part of a subdivision and part of the Bass Pro Shops parking lot, along with other infrastructure, would be claimed by Monroe County.

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