Sec. of State hears evidence on Monroe-Bibb county border dispute
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The saga continues in the Monroe-Bibb County border dispute.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp held an evidence hearing on Wednesday.
The more than 100-year-old fight between Macon-Bibb County and Monroe County boils down to what county the Bass Pro Shops is located in.
The two counties are so invested in the county line battle because of the millions in tax dollars produced by the Bass Pro Shops.
Bibb County attorneys called Terry Scarborough, a surveyor, as the first witness. However, he was not in attendance.
Kemp said that he was subpoenaed and "appropriate action" will be taken.
Previously, Scarborough has stated that the boundary isn't historically accurate and that Monroe County's border should be further south than it is presently.
He also used an old map that he believes shows the road leading to an old ferry landing on the Ocmulgee River. That road is on the Monroe County line, according to Scarborough.
However, there is some dispute about where exactly the ferry landing was.
Bibb County argued that the county line is exactly where it should be.
Macon-Bibb County engineer Charles Brooks said he believes Scarborough's survey is inaccurate because he depended on a map from 1821 that had multiple errors.
Brooks suggests that the survey notes Scarborough took were not reflected on the map and believes there are transposing errors on it.
He said that some say there is archaeological evidence that shows a location of one of the 1820s ferries on the Ocmulgee River.
Brooks believes that the evidence, holes in the rocks around the area, are not due to ferry spikes, but natural causes. Similar holes are present on mountain tops, according to Brooks.
Kemp will hear evidence on Wednesday and Thursday. It's unclear when he will make a decision.
Kemp said the hearing may run long on Wednesday.
Surveyor James Preston took the stand for Bibb County.
Preston said Scarborough relied on pencil lines that were drawn on one of the district plots maps to determine the border.
He said pencil lines are unreliable and Scarborough based almost all his information he had on pencil lines.
This story will be updated throughout the day.