The war of words between Accomack and Northampton Boards of Supervisors Chairmen continues. Accomack County Board Chairman Robert Crockett responded to a letter to the editor published in the Eastern Shore Post by Northampton Chairman Spenser Murray.

Crockett read a three page letter that questioned Murray’s criticism of the Broadband Authority. Crockett said Murray questioned the by-laws of the Authority in regards to the appointment process of it’s members, quoting Murray‘s question “what fools wrote these bylaws?”

Crockett stated that after researching the issue he found that the contract setting up the Broadband Authority was passed unanimously by both Boards of Supervisors on April 8 and April 16, 2008 respectively. Contained in the contract was identical language being criticized by Chairman Murray when he called the writers of that section of the bylaws fools. Crockett said that, in fact, that language is required by state law.   Crockett said that his research also revealed that Murray was a member of the Northampton Board of Supervisors and on April 8, 2008 voted for the Broadband contract.

Concerning the regional jail, Crockett objected to a comment in which Murray said “When Accomack needs a new jail, it will be built in Accomack.” Crockett accused Murray of unilaterally attempting to change the conditions of the resolution that created the Eastern Shore Regional Jail which was passed by both boards on August 20, 2003. Crockett said that the changes proposed by Murray which would prevent Accomack to exercise the option to add on to the regional jail once the Accomack County Jail became no longer usable was a violation of the agreement with the state that allowed Northampton to receive a 50% reimbursement from the state for the construction cost of the jail as opposed to only 25% if the jail had not been approved as a regional jail.

Crockett said that Accomack County has complied with all of the conditions of the regional jail contract, including all conditions dealing with funding, and will continue doing so in the future.

You can read the full text of Chairman Crockett’s remarks on Shore Daily