Ga. High Court to Hear Bibb/Monroe Border Suits | News
The long-running Monroe/Bibb border dispute heads to the Georgia Supreme Court for a 10 a.m. hearing Tuesday.
The court's decision will impact properties and taxes near the Bass Pro Shop in north Bibb County.
At Monroe County's 2005 request, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Terry M. Scarborough to survey and define the boundary between the two counties.
Scarborough filed his survey with the Secretary of State's office in 2009. That survey found in Monroe's favor, moving part of Bibb territory into Monroe County.
Bibb officials challenged Scarborough's survey, arguing "that the initial point for the boundary should be an area on the Ocmulgee River called Waller's Ferry rather than the area called Turrentine's Ferry" as Scarborough's survey noted.
A special assistant administrative law judge heard the appeal and recommended that Secretary of State Brian Kemp approve the survey.
But Kemp rejected the survey, saying there was inconclusive evidence on the location of either of the ferrys.
Monroe officials filed a petition for judicial review in Fulton County, but the trial court dismissed the petition saying it lacked jurisdiction to review the decision.
From there, Monroe officials filed a petition asking the court to compel Kemp to sign off on the Scarborough survey. The Fulton County court issued an order for Kemp to approve the survey.
Bibb officials hadn't been notified about Monroe's petition to compel Kemp to sign off on the survey, so they filed an emergency motion to intervene as a party. The court denied that.
Kemp and Bibb officials appealed that ruling to the Supreme Court which decided to hear the case and scheduled Tuesday's hearing.