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citizens who are concerned about the path and ethics of officials
who are leading the town. This web site is a watchdog of all the
elected and appointed Carver officials. Our mission is to observe
that town government follow all the State Laws exclusive of
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Concerned Carver Citizens
Ben Ellis Value Set
Fixcarver.com obtained a hard copy of an appraisal of the Ben Ellis
School. The appraisal by Falconer Appraisal Services Inc dated May 15,
2006 was done at the request of Matt Gillis Director of Business &
Finance of the Carver School system.
Fixcarver converted the hard copy to a PDF in less than one day at a
cost of $6.55. It is now available for the Towns people to review.
Itís not difficult to see why it has taken so long for the Town to
move this property. Town officials promised action on this project and
thus far have done little more than talk. A simple action like
transforming the file into electronic format couldnít be done within a
reasonable time period. It is inexcusable that a simple task like
typing the comments and suggestions of those of you who bothered to
attend the meeting in July and distributing them still has not been
The sites village zoning limits the commercial and industrial uses.
The likely allowable uses are as a single family dwelling, religious
facility, educational facility or child care facility.
The Ben Ellis was constructed in 1932. It is a one story, 2508 square
foot educational facility situated on 34,848 square foot site, owned
by the Town of Carver, located at 247-B Tremont Street in South
Carver. The appraisal lists condition of the property as ďAverageĒ.
Recent improvements to the site are as follows interior deleading
1992, new septic system 1993, Classroom sinks 1995, new windows 1995,
new roof 2000 and new gutters in 2000.
The building has been vacant since 2003. In spite of citizens
complaints that the site has been costing over $20,000 per year to
maintain in a vacant condition the town let the building sit idle. The
town is loosing an estimated $5,000 in annual property taxes. The
annual cost of maintaining the facility plus lost rent estimated at
$21,444 per year put the annual losses to the town in the neighborhood
of $50,000 per year. Itís time for the foot dragging to cease. Either
dispose of the property or at least rename it to the Ben Costus in
honor of the $250,000 this facility has cost Carvers taxpayers since
As always click the link for the entire report.
Appraisal by Falconer Appraisal Services