The recent changes Google made to the embedding script for Street View, while an annoyance, produced a couple of positive results. I mentioned newly-available images previously. It’s also allowed me to wax nostalgic on some of my older articles that were written while they were current events. I wondered as I read through them, "where are they now?" One of those involved the border dispute between Bibb and Monroe Counties in Georgia.
I hadn’t thought about the situation in Bibb and Monroe Counties since I posted the original article about a year ago in January 2009. The disagreement, as I noted at the time, was more than academic. About $1.3 million of annual tax revenue would go to the entity that held the giant Bass Fish Pro outlet within its territory along with about 400 other parcels of land in question.
That’s 125,000 square feet of retail space and up to a thousand jobs!
I thought the issue would have been resolved by now but I was wrong. The Governor appointed a surveyor and the two sides were going to work it out. However, fireworks erupted when the Governor’s designated surveyor filed his report and concluded that the northeast corner was off by about 800 feet where it met the Ocmulgee River.
Bibb County would have found itself on the losing end of that proposition. They’d already invested heavily in infrastructure improvements for the Bass Fish Pro facility. They expressed great displeasure with the results of a survey that cut through that property and lopped-off a swath or their land. Bibb County filed a protest, arguing that the old boundary should stand because it’s been a commonly-understood marker for more than a century. Moving the border would also create the inconvenience of a small exclave of Bibb County located within Monroe County, a single property appended onto Bibb by state law in the late 19th Century.
Now, I don’t have a dog in this fight and most assuredly I don’t pretend to know all the facts but there seems to be a bit of "blame the messenger" going on here. Bibb County hasn’t paid the surveyor for their half of the survey fee and called for him to be deposed. The surveyor responded in a decidedly 21st Century fashion with a pretty slick website called Bibb Monroe Battle that explains the situation from his perspective.
Things move slowly when territorial possession is involved. I’ll let you know if this ever gets resolved.