School Cheating Unabated in
It’s Saturday Dec 12, 2015, Election Day in Carver,
and school supporters once again prove they will not obey election
rules. Posting political signs on town property is not allowed.
School supporters left signs up in front of the Elementary school
complex throughout the night with no one manning them.
Its 9 am Families First No Anti Override signs have been
deliberately obstructed by Yes on override signs at the Polling
place. The family first signs were in place well before any yes
signs at the polls. Yes supporters intended to obstruct our signs.
School supporters including School Superintendent Liz Sorrell and
Selectmen Ron Clarke are shown standing within feet of obstructed
It’s not enough to use all the advantages of full time paid
professionals assisting them in their efforts to give you a
Christmas Tax Increase they still insist on cheating. To whom do you
complain when Town Officials are involved.
A No Vote
Your resolve is being questioned. School
supporters are at it again. School supporters blocked putting
$700,000 in Nstar money into the school project. They put that money
into raises for themselves increasing the burden on taxpayers of a
new school. Then they spent town building fund savings on a new fire
station that could have been used to lessen the cost of the school
project. The school project is once again a top priority. They
didn’t want to sacrifice when it was their turn but now they want
you to give them a Christmas bonus at your expense. Hold the line
tell them that your money is staying in your wallet. Shared
sacrifice means they participate in the burden. Vote No
The Johnson Challenge
I issued the following challenge to Selectman Dunham
this afternoon 12/10/2015 on facebook. “Ok let's try it this way.
I'm ok with you getting a new school building. It's the tax increase
I oppose. Perhaps Mr. Dunham would be willing to sign on to a prop 2
1/2 tax exclusion (override ) vote. This would reset the tax rate to
what it was prior to this vote. You get a dedicated funding source
and a new school and we don't get an unwarranted tax increase. In
the end the burden will be on the Board of Selectmen to manage their
spending. Are you up for the challenge?”
News and Recent Developments
Employment Opportunity: Director of Planning,
Environment & Permitting
The Town of Carver is accepting resumes from
qualified candidates for the full time position of Director of
Planning, Environment and Permitting. The position works under the
direction of the Town Administrator and in coordination with the
Planning Board, Industrial Development Committee, Redevelopment
Authority and Zoning Board of Appeals. This position shall
coordinate and shape both the short-term and long-range plans of the
community including community development proposals. Submit resume
and cover letter to: Michael Milanoski, Town Administrator, 108 Main
St., Carver, MA 02330. EEO/AA
Attachments: Director Job Description
Posted on Town of Carver Website 08/03/2015
Bob Belbin has proven with photographic evidence and
simple common sense that the solar project on route 44 violates town
bylaws and that the Conservation Commission is failing to uniformly
enforce standards of erosion protection.
Conservation Commission Chairman Jim Nauen stated there is no need
to take action against the Route 44 solar project developer. Nauen
and his commission have two sets of rules one for solar projects,
which they enthusiastically support, and one for everyone else. When
the water facilities on the Cole property were constructed, erosion
protection in the form of black plastic and hay bales were
everywhere. Today Nauen does not see a need for any erosion control
in spite of the location of a stream within a stone’s throw of the
project. Nauen defended his assessment by stating that the dirt
piles came from construction of the fence more than ten years ago.
Belbin's photos prove otherwise.
Fixcarver wonders where Nauen and his commission were when the fence
was constructed. The simple fact is Belbin caught Nauen and his
Commission with their collective pants down.
Unfortunately Town officials attacking critics is nothing new in
Carver. Inventing new facts and attacking the critics are not
unusual for officials like Nauen. Nauen's Conservation Commission
wasted thousand in legal expenses in the failed Tailwater recovery
pond enforcement action against Edaville a decade ago yet not one
town official criticized them. Milanoski’s accusation against Belbin
for wasting money is way out of proportion and represents pennies on
the dollar when compared to the Tailwater fiasco.
Belbin missed other violations of local bylaws by the solar array.
The multicolored banner affixed to the fence containing the array is
in clear violation of two sections of local sign bylaws “g. no sign
shall be painted on or affixed to any tree, fence, utility pole,
painted or posted on any wall” as well as the prohibited sign
section 3522. Prohibited Signs a. Billboards, streamers, pennants,
ribbons, spinners, signs tacked, posted, painted or otherwise
attached to utility poles, posts, trees, sidewalks, buildings or
curbs, or to motor vehicles and trailers regularly located for fixed
display or other similar devices shall not be constructed, posted or
erected in any zone Chairman Jim Nauen has direct and personal
experience with this bylaw and the proof has been on fixcarver for
years. Gail Nauen's studio had directional signs affixed to a tree
which had to be removed when fixcarver uncovered a previous instance
of biased enforcement of Town Bylaws. Jim Nauen and others see and
enforce only those rules they choose to see.
Nauen stated that the Cole Property and the Route 44 Solar Project
are “conservation at work” In reality this project is hypocrisy at
work. Cutting trees on conservation land for a solar industrial
project and explaining away improper trash and stump disposal has
nothing to do with conservation.
This case is not about erosion protection. There are miles of dug up
land without erosion protection in Carver. Agricultural interests
and sand mining operations are exempt from enforcement. The only
folks held to the letter of the law are people who criticize. Carver
zoning officials sought to hold Belbin to the letter of the law in
his zoning case. Gone are the pious ponitifications and explanations
about holding people accountable to the law. The real story here is
that Bob Belbin continues to expose double standards, duplicity and
bias by Carver officials.
Silt Fence / Solar
The solar project located on Route 44 is being
expanded without one square inch of hay bales and black plastic to
protect this environmentally sensitive conservation area.
Construction began in the last few weeks. Fixcarver noticed that
brush and vegetation removal proceeded without any silt fences
despite the fact that there is a drainage pond and stream adjacent
to the work area.
Selectman Solar Hewins, who makes sport of harassing her political
adversaries, has yet to weigh in on the carnage caused to her
favorite conservation area. It is common knowledge that silt, trash
and construction debris from agricultural and solar operations don't
cause anywhere near the environmental harm cased by the same silt
deposited by developers and builders. Our reporters won’t be at
Superior Court waiting for the lawsuits to be filed. Call us and
have smelling salts handy if you find out a suit has been filed
against one of her array of solar silt generators.
On the bright side this work should yield a windfall to the
taxpayers next February when the revenue from the expanded solar
array jumps from $3.71/day to a whopping $7.41 per day.
To protest this write to
Selectman Sarah Hewins
108B Main Street
Carver, MA 02330
and be sure to request " a personal and timely response to the
concerns I have outlined and how your office plans to remedy those
School Committee Chairman Barry
Struski Mutes Milanoski
Committee Chairman Barry Struski imposed a 3 minute gag order on
Town Administrator Mike Milanoski during the Feb 23, 2015 School
Committee meeting. Stating that he “preferred not to have Mr.
Milanoski address the committee but gave him 3 minutes to make his
comments”. Neither Struski nor any previous school committee
chairperson ever attempted to interrupt or put a time limit on
previous Town Administrator Rick LaFonds famous filibusters. Neither
did Struski have a problem allowing Selectmen Sarah Hewins to
address the committee without time limits immediately prior to Mr.
should read the town bylaw that facilitated numerous Rick LaFond
filibusters apparently Struski thinks the rules no longer apply
184.108.40.206. To coordinate the activities of all Town agencies serving
under the office of the Town Administrator and the office of the
Board of Selectmen with those under the control of other officers
and multiple member bodies elected directly by the voters. For this
purpose the Town Administrator shall have authority to require the
persons so elected, or their representatives to meet with the Town
Administrator, at reasonable times, for the purpose of effecting
coordination and cooperation among all agencies of the Town.
The Town Administrator shall have
the right to attend and speak at any regular meeting of any multiple
Struski and the entire fool committee owe the Town Administrator and
the public an apology
Route 44 Solar
Panel Windfall $3.71 Per Day
The solar panels on route 44 produced a whopping $3.71 dollars
per day in revenue in the month of Feb 2015. Information obtained
from the website solrenview.com indicates that the system is asleep
at the time of this writing. Proponents of this project hope the
taxpayer is asleep as well.
Fixcarver does not feel the need to add much editorial commentary
to this dismal record of failure except to observe that Sarah Hewins
thinks this is one of her major accomplishments. We agree on at
least one thing.
Lowering The Bar Of
Kopelman and Paige P.C. is at it again explaining
away violations of the Open Meeting Law and continuing a string of
failed attempts to lower the standards of openness and transparency
in local government.
The local Housing Partnership is the subject of two complaints by
Bob Belbin regarding violation of the Open Meeting Law. Town
Counsel, Kopelman and Paige P.C cannot resist the urge to squander
taxpayer dollars defending the indefensible. In their response,
authorized by the Local Housing Partnership, the town alleges that
the meeting notice provided the public with sufficient information
to understand the business to be transacted by the board, The LHP
Agenda for the November 24, 2014 meeting in its entirety stated
Meeting with Michael Draper regarding Silva Property – Plymouth
Street. The vagueness of this posting is tantamount to the Board Of
Selectmen posting a meeting notice stating the purpose of this
meeting is to conduct business of the town. K&P defended the posting
by stating that “The sufficiency of the notice is further supported
by the fact that more than twenty citizens attended the meeting”
This logic is ridiculous and an insult to our intelligence. Meeting
agendas should inform the public of the subjects to be discussed
with reasonable specificity. The agenda posted was simply
insufficient given the intended scope of the meeting. The job of K&P
is not to defend the indefensible but to assist town officials in
understanding their responsibilities under the open meeting law.
The second issue raised by Belbin is the timeliness of approved
minutes. The Attorney General recommends “that they be approved at
the next meeting, whenever possible” K&P states that the minutes in
question (9/9/14, 9/30/14 & 11/3/14) were approved at the December
18, 2014 meeting. Kopleman and Paige failed to tell the Attorney
General that the only reason these meeting minutes were approved on
Dec 18 is that Belbin submitted a complaint. Absent a complaint it
would have been months before the minutes were approved. K&P felt
compelled to include in their response that “LHP did not receive any
requests for the minutes at issue” Apparently the requirements of
timeliness of the minutes should only be enforced after a request
has been submitted and the laws requirements violated. .
Bob Belbin told fixcarver that K&P response included factual
inaccuracies. K&P stated that “the Silva Property (the only vacant
parcel on Plymouth Street) when he contends that 199 Plymouth is
It’s also important to note that K&P violated the ten day complaint
response requirements of the law (this is not the first time),.
Belbin filed his complaint on 11/24 and K&P responded on 12/20.
Their response also failed to copy the complainant ( again not the
K&P contended that the LHP has limited resources “no dedicated staff
members” yet Town Planner Jack Hunter regularly participates in this
committees’ deliberations. He is a full time employee with resources
available. Compliance with any law is not dependent upon resource
availability and it’s use to excuse violations is preposterous. The
dog ate my homework defense is often used but seldom in elementary
Resigns as Conservation Agent
Conservation Agent Sarah Hewins resigned her
position effective April 29, 2014. Hewins whose tenure has been
marred with controversy said it was "time for me to move on". Hewins
stated she was most proud of the acquisition of the Cole property.
The Cole property is a fine example of her role in town politics.
The financial state of her signature accomplishment is deficits and
taxpayer subsidies as far as the eye can see. Hewins role in this
fiasco will haunt taxpayers for the next two decades. Hewins also
lead an unsuccessful effort to create an adversarial relationship
with a Carver business Icon. Her leadership role in the harassment
of Edaville Railroad in the tailwater pond was a well documented,
disastrous failure that lead to vindication for Edaville.
Hewins mudslinging newsletters and bizarre letters to Attorney
General Coakley are the stuff of local legends. Pretty birds and
mean spirited, nasty, advocacy are an odd combination.
We could not agree more except to say it was long past time for her
to go. Carver would be well served if she left the Board of
Selectmen as well.
Ron Clarke the
Bobble Head Candidate
Clark's Tax Record
Ron Clark Tax Impact.pdf
Town of Carver
Employee's Gross Earnings
Town of Carver Employee's Gross Earnings
Town of Carver School
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Hanson Fires Town
Whitman-Hanson Express article by Tracy F. Seelye,
“It has become clear that Kopelman & Paige has lost
the confidence and support of the town of Hanson and the Board of
Selectmen, who relies on their legal advice,” stated
Town Administrator Ron San Angelo in a letter to
selectmen read into the record. “
Board Of Selectmen Announce Blogging
Code of Conduct
On Feb 11, 2014 the Board of Selectmen approved a
recommended code of conduct for blogging. Restoring civility to
political debate is commendable and all bloggers have a
responsibility to keep their comments within the bounds of civility.
The Fixcarver website is political and dedicating to informing the
public and protecting the public interest. The articles on the site
are factual and informative.
The blogs are different. They represent the opinions
of our readers, not the opinions of the site. The site moderator
does not edit posts nor does the moderator publish all posts. Any
post that is considered libelous or contains information that is
clearly or deliberately false or out of bounds is not published and
many past posts have been deleted for these reasons.. In a perfect
world anonymous blogs would be unnecessary. In the real world
citizens opposing things like building projects often find
themselves on the wrong side of discriminatory or retaliatory
actions, real or perceived. Fear can have a chilling effect on
public discourse in small towns. Fixcarver will continue to
provide an anonymous forum so our citizens may express their true
opinions without concern for consequences real or perceived.
Civility begins with respecting the opinions and motivations of
others in all forms of communication not just blogs.
We applaud the efforts of Town Administrator
Milanoski and ask our bloggers to read the guidelines and keep your
posts reasonable. Civility would be a welcome change in political
discourse in Carver.
Carver BoS code of conduct.pdf
New Tools Affect Ability
of Cities and Towns to Address Unfunded Liabilities.
Locally Carvers unfunded Pension and Healthcare liabilities top $50
million dollars. Statewide pension liabilities top $83 billion
dollars. Last week Federal Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that Detroit
employee pensions are not protected in the cities chapter 9
bankruptcy filing. This means that the city may reduce pensions of
more than 20,000 retirees to reduce the cities $3.5 billion dollar
Unions representing public employees are expected to challenge the
ruling in order to protect their ability to pick the pockets of
Locally the Carver Board of Ostriches has done virtually nothing to
fund its pension obligations and statewide cities and towns fund
less than half of the states $83 million dollar obligation. These
unfunded obligations will impede the ability of local spenders to
continue their credit card spending spree at the expense of local
taxpayers. Local building projects like fire, police, and school
building projects will be forced to compete with unfunded pension
giveaways for money.
new ruling will give cities and towns leverage to negotiate on
behalf of taxpayers to reduce liabilities by increasing retirement
age (just like the feds did with social security for you and me),
reducing or eliminating COLA’s (ask any social security
recipient about these) and increasing employee contributions.
Unfortunately Federal Judge Rhodes does not have the power to
provide Selectmen the nerve or the decency to act on behalf of
Detroit Emergency City manager Kevyn Orr has a warning for our Board
of Ostriches that is timely and more than appropriate “There’s
not enough money to address the situation no matter what we do.”
Ward Blames Quebec for Declining Berry Prices
Dick Ward and his wife Judy attempt to scapegoat Canadians in an
lancasterfarming.com for declining
cranberry prices in the US. Without offering any data Ward made the
following statement “Quebec is having another terrific year. They’re
shipping their berries to us and the prices keep falling.” His wife
Judy keeps on their drumbeat that “If this trend continues...many of
these bogs will be sold to developers.” Blaming others for market
conditions in the US Cranberry market is outrageous but does not
exactly represent a new low point for Dick Ward who earlier this
year smeared Bryan Lauzon, Jim Grimes and Jack Franey during the
appointment process for an audit committee. The simple truth is
market conditions rather than Canadian conspiracies drive the price
of cranberries. Growers as a group are not selling their bogs to
developers or anyone else in the worst economic conditions since the
great depression. Dick Ward and his wife Judy have their Obama lawn
sign to thank and not the Canadians for the economic debacle in
which they find themselves.
Editor Smith Is Not
Woodward or Bernstein
After years of shunning investigatory reporting of
any kind David Smith, Editor of The Carver Reporter woke up on
Thursday night Nov 7 at 2:14 am and suddenly morphed into Woodward
and Bernstein. Smith, whose reporters couldn’t find town hall with a
GPS have been absent from meetings and town events for months.
Suddenly David Smith has taken an unusual and personal interest in
the dismissal of the website committee. Smith’s interest appears to
be a tad one sided. As always fixcarver has obtained a copy of an
email Smith sent to the Town requesting “Emails Selectman Helen
Marone has sent to her fellow board members as well as private
residents” Smith extended the request three minutes later to include
Selectmen O’Donnell and Franey, as well as Water Commissioner Paul
Johnson” Conspicuously absent from Smith’s request is communication
involving Sarah Hewins or Dick Ward both fellow selectmen.
Fixcarver does not wonder why David Smith has trouble sleeping at
night. Jim Grimes is correct his paper is not fit to wrap fish in.
Fortunately for Smith a sure cure for insomnia is reading any of
Spend It All Reject
The centerpiece of the Town’s building stabilization fund is the
affordable repair of the John Carver and Erwin Washburn School
Buildings. Resurrecting the police/firestation project or other new
spending is premature and endangers efforts to make the school
building project affordable. New taxes endanger any effort to fund
all three projects.
In spite of bluster to the contrary the Towns Building
Stabilization fund can be used to reduce tax increases associated
with the school building project. Annual withdrawals from this fund
can be used to pay some or all of any tax increase that may be
required to finance the school building project. Reducing the tax
impact of the school project is the best way to assure its passage.
Unfortunately Carvers Special interest advocates don’t want voters
to be aware that this option exists. Funding other projects at this
time, no matter how worthy, consumes resources that can and should
be directed to assuring passage of the elementary school building
If the elementary school project is priority one it needs to be
first in line and affordable. We caution everyone to resolve the
elementary school problem first with a minimal tax increase or risk
a rejection of all tax increases.
Ward Smears Grimes,
Lauzon and Franey
In the final hours of a reelection campaign in which
he pushed the twin issues of respect and pride in our town Selectman
Dick Ward approached Selectmen Mike ODonnell and Helen Maroney and
threatened to release embarrassing information in an effort to
derail the appointment of Jim Grimes and Bryan Lauzon to the Audit
Ward behaved as a deer caught in the headlights when confronted by
former Selectmen Jim Grimes, the subject of much of the information,
at a Selectmens meeting on Monday night. Grimes challenged Ward
repeatedly on the quality of the information and it’s relevance to
the committees work. Marone chastised Ward and revealed that she
withheld the information so as not to influence the election. Marone
was clearly not happy with Ward tactics and made a motion to approve
Grimes for a spot on the Committee over Wards objections. Marone
challenged Wards misuse of the information for political purposes.
When pushed by Ward that he was merely showing the information she
asked Ward why he didn’t simply throw it in the garbage. Jack Franey
in a rare display of public ire indicated he would forward the
information to the closing attorneys involved in the cases.
“We Need to be Proud of Carver” appears as prominently on Wards
re-election website. In other areas he touts “Issue #1: Respect. My
opponent, Paul Johnson, is fixcarver.com. Do you want him running
your town? Responsible criticism is one thing, but ridicule, hate,
and abuse is another. Instead of my opponent's hate website, that
shows nothing but disrespect, ridicule, and abuse, we need to have
some respect for our town hall workers, some respect for our town
officials, and some respect for our town.”
Respect applies to Jim Grimes, Bryan Lauzon, Jack Franey and his
colleagues on the board of selectmen. Dick Ward crossed a serious
line when he threatened releasing this information in order to
further a crass political objective. The line he crossed was a line
of common decency. Dick Ward gave us nothing to be proud of Monday
night. We now ask the same question he asked in the campaign. Do you
want Dick Ward running our town without a moral compass to guide
Food Pantry Shelves
Empty. Please Help
Fixcarver.com has always advocated on the side of the citizens of
Carver. We continue to advocate for our citizens by appealing to
everyone to help us fill the empty shelves of our food pantry. Bring
your non perishable or canned food items to Town Hall on Friday
between 6 AM and 10AM or any normal work day 8-4. Unfortunately the
need in our town exceeds the supply of food. We must not let others
go without. We appeal to all of our supporters and opponents alike
this is non political. Our friends neighbors and even our opponents
deserve three squares meals a day.
Carver Selectman Sarah Hewins, Ph.
Letter to AGO
Are you for real Sarah??????? Are
you above our State Laws?
http://www.fixcarver.com/Sarah Hewins Carver Selectman Far Out
Letter to AGO .pdf
Is there a Doctor
in the House?
Fixcarver obtained the following data from
Pertaining to the qualifications of Conservation Agent Sarah Hewins.
Hewins and her supporters refer to Sarah Hewins by the Title of
Doctor, a title which she earned at Princeton University in 1991
which we do not dispute nor minimize. We dispute the relevance of
this title as well as her education background to her work as
Conservation Agent for the Town of Carver.
As usual Fixcarver presents the facts relevant to Dr. Hewins
background and education.. According to the above website there is a
Sarah G Hewins class of 1991 who did her Doctoral dissertation
(quotation from the above website) “Sarah G. Hewins *91 S*82
Ph.D. Dissertation: The Backstretch: Social Structure and Community
in the Stable Area of the Thoroughbred Racing Industry”
If you wish expertise in the field of sociology pertaining to
Thoroughbred Racing contact Ms. Hewins. If you wish expertise in the
field of Conservation contact someone with a PHD in that field. The
main stretch here is the adoption of a title designed to mislead
people into thinking the PHD somehow applies to her present work.
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