The story stays the same ...
I'm not going to go into much discussion about this story, which you can read for yourself by following the link at the bottom of this post. The only thing I would like to add is how familiar this story will probably be to most of you. It seems that Professional Land Surveyor Terry Scarborough submitted a survey and bill for his services about 4 months ago of the disputed Bibb and Monroe County line, as directed to do. Sounds simple, doesn't it?
Well, as it turned out, Monroe County paid its half of Mr. Scarborough's bill but Bibb County has refused to pay its half of the survey cost.
A Professional Land Surveyor is hired to survey a line and when done, the client doesn't pay the bill. Is it because the desired outcome of the client was not the conclusion of the Professional Land Surveyor? Bibb County may or may not have justifiable reasons for withholding some of the fee owed, perhaps the work is not 100% complete, such as needing the new County Line, when agreed upon, memorialized with new monuments, and such. But really, couldn't they pay the man for the work done, which must be significant, and retain say 10% for any work required to settle the line in question? And should they be shocked when interest is charged on an unpaid bill?
Disregarding the Professional Land Surveyor gets stiffed part of this story for a minute, you should read the article for all the other interesting surveying and land development sides to this story: Uncertain municipal lines, acquiescence, development, land ownership and title, bonds being issued for possibly wrong land and infrastructure improvements for thy neighbor, to name a few.
It seems to me that the moral to this story may be, as is often the case with development and remains true for city, town, municipal and state lines, is to survey first and often. Simple, cost effective, and an often overlooked options.
What do you think?