After Accomack County could not come to terms with the Allen Clark Construction company, which was the low bidder in the Whispering Pines cleanup project, the Board of Supervisors voted to accept the next lowest bid which will cost the county an additional $73,966. County Administrator Mike Mason recommended that the county accept the bid of $248,316 from Macsons Inc. of Norfolk.

Supervisor Paul Muhley questioned the need to spend county money to tear down private property. A lively discussion ensued among the Board.   Members other than Muhley said that the county has wrestled with this problem for years and that many members of the public had complained about the condition of the property.

County attorney Celia Burge said that the amount spent cleaning up the Whispering Pines site would become a lien payable if the property is sold.   Supervisor Robert Crockett say the property was dangerous, an eyesore and that the property has the potential to attract criminal activity and vermin.

Supervisor Renita Major said the site was an embarrassment to the county and asked how we could hope to attract new business when this eyesore is right on Rt. 13.

Supervisor Crockett then moved to accept the bid from Macsons. The vote was 7-1 with Muhley voting against and Supervisor Laura Bell Gordy absent.