About four months after a survey of the Bibb-Monroe county line was completed, Bibb County still has not paid the surveyor who did the work.
Now surveyor Terry Scarborough is demanding payment of the $173,090 debt, along with $23,078 in interest.
In a Monday letter to Bibb Commission Chairman Sam Hart, Scarborough says this is his third attempt to collect payment.
“You have knowingly obtained my work and allowed others to utilize my work to file a protest, the timing delay and nature of which seems so as to posture for political strategy options, while deceptively avoiding payment,” Scarborough says in the letter. “Therefore, this action seems to constitute a ‘theft of service.’”
Bibb officials say they’re ready to pay Scarborough, and a cashier’s check is waiting for him at the county attorney’s office. But Scarborough must first fulfill his part of the agreement, which, officials say, is to give a deposition describing how he conducted the survey.
So far, he has not done so, Bibb Chief Administrative Officer Steve Layson said.
“He’s not giving us what we asked for, so we’ve not paid him,” Layson said. “He can get paid as soon as he wants to, as soon as he gives us the stuff we agreed on.”
In his letter, Scarborough says state law does not require him to provide a deposition, and his lawyer believes the county will use such information to attack the survey.
The result of the survey shows that Bibb is on the losing end of a 100-year border dispute with Monroe County. Scarborough’s survey shows the line between the two counties shows the line moving several hundred feet southeast in a wedge shape, yielding about 900 acres to Monroe, according to an unrelated surveyor’s estimates. Bibb County commissioners are protesting Scarborough’s survey findings.
Scarborough was commissioned to conduct a survey of the Bibb-Monroe border in 2005 by executive order of Gov. Sonny Perdue. About that time, developers announced the Bass Pro Shops complex was going to be built on what appeared to be the Bibb side of the county line.
With so much potential tax revenue at stake, a Monroe County grand jury asked the governor for a survey to verify the line.
Work didn’t begin until last year because of attempts by Monroe and Bibb officials to settle the dispute without a survey and fee negotiations.
The two counties were to split the survey’s $346,180 cost.
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