County line dis­pute awaits court hear­ing

The Covington News - - COVCRYPT - ~ By Lisa Hughes

The boundary line dis­pute be­tween New­ton and Rock­dale coun­ties is now wait­ing a hear­ing date in Ful­ton County Su­pe­rior Court. Although Sec­re­tary of State Ben Fort­son ruled Nov. 13 that the line be moved so that 61 res­i­dents and a con­struc­tion firm in Rock­dale Coun- ty would be in New­ton County, a tem­po­rary or­der from Ful­ton County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Joel Fryer re­strained him from record­ing the sur­vey and plat. The dis­pute con­cerns the area which runs from the point where Big Haynes Creek emp­ties into the Yel­low River to Peach­stone Shoals, ac­cord­ing to a suit filed against Fort­son by the 61 res­i­dents, Pinewood Con­struc­tion Co., and Rock­dale County Com­mis­sioner Bobby Brisendine. “The heart of said con­tro­versy con­cerns it­self with the lo­ca­tion of the south­ern end of said boundary line and whether said boundary line ends at the up­per­most point, mid­dle or end of Peach­stone Shoals or South River,” ac­cord­ing to the suit. The Rock­dale Coun­tians con­tend that since a sur­veyor Roger Cordes, was ap­pointed by Gov­er­nor Jimmy Carter at the re­quest of the New­ton County Grand Jury and since they were not no­ti­fied of a hear­ing April 9, the feel they have not had the op­por­tu­nity to con­test the boundary change. They also con­tend in the suit they would be “ad­versely af­fected” if their le­gal domi­cile is changed from Rock­dale County to New­ton County be­cause a change would af­fect “the de­gree and qual­ity of fire pro­tec­tion” and that the chil­dren would be re­quired to change school sys­tems in the mid­dle of the year. The hear­ing is ex­pected to be set in 30 days.

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