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POLL: Who Should Care for Marion Carll Farm?

As legal battle is underway now that Carll's heirs seek to repossess this historic property, tell us who you think could property take care of the property.

Commack residents' debate over the future of the Marion Carll Farm has been reignited by the latest action in the fight for the future of this historic land. 

Patch reported on Tuesday that Marion Carll's heirs have filed a lawsuit March 16 against Commack School District seeking to reclaim ths historic 9-acre farm. The heirs allege the district has failed to maintain the property as a museum, use it for educational purposes and keep it open for the enjoyment of the public, as was stipulated in the agreement under Marion Carll's will. 

Commack Superintendent Donald James said the district was still examining the subpoena they were served, and debating how to respond. However, the school's attorney said he has already been given the order not to spend substantial funds defending the district from the subpoena. 

Commack school officials reaction has raised many issues and concerns in the community about the future of this land, what purpose it will serve and how it may be used. 

We thought to ask you, who do you think should be the caretaker of Marion Carll Farm? 

barbarasungirl@att.net April 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM
yes u should save it it is a part of history we all love it
Sue Hermer April 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM
As much as I voted to sell the farm knowing the purchase price was low, I was looking foward to part of the farm being preserved and maintained by the Holiday Organization with the opportunity to visit the farm occasionally and the additional tax revenues from the condos that were to be built. But we blew the chance because of lack of interest by the Commack community. I understand only about 1000 people came out to vote. It is a shame that this historical time capsule has not been restored and maintained and that the Carll family felt compelled to sue to get the farm back, but it is a burden on the taxpayers.
chefcristo April 29, 2012 at 01:00 PM
whoever was around commack in 1964-5 should remember the commack hotel (read goodyear service center currently) the hotel was a landmark, a part of commack's cultural heritage..........bulldozed. is that what we think of our history? whoever legally owns the farm should care for it and preserve it. how many more real landmarks do we have left here? another shame: some of our almost-ancient burial grounds are disgracefully left to ruin, rather than given their due respect of maintaining them honorably. is this what we think of our ancestors?
John Gruber April 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
someone should care for it, just not the school district
Bert Moller April 29, 2012 at 02:43 PM
The school district can not afford to maintain the property. as neither can the heirs.I would suspect the town would not be intrested.The best bet is give the title back to the heirs and may be they can make a deal with a developer that would keep some of the property as is.
Don Walsh April 29, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Let's stop pussy footing around And declare eminent domain for all of Commack and turn it into one big industrial park. We are obviously the back door to Huntington and Smithtown and no one cares.Or maybe we should file a class action suit of our own for the loss of an asset for our community due to miss management.
Don Walsh April 29, 2012 at 04:14 PM
That wet stuff rolling down your back ain't rain!
jb April 30, 2012 at 01:41 AM
this school district cannot even take care of itself,,,,now someone wants them to take over the farm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,let the district run the district............and give the farm back to the carll family enough is enough with this garbage....
GM April 30, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Big mystery here. Board allows the property to be underutilized for years and claims it's a hardship to upkeep, then decide to sell it for peanuts to developers. What house with this much property sells for $750,000 in Commack? And the Board wonders why the community does not trust them.
Sue Hermer April 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM
As I recall from the special voting referendum that was provided to the public before the vote, the school district claimed it obtained an appraisal that found the value of the farm to be low because of the severe restrictions on the use of the premises. I do not know what the property was appraised for, but if this is true, then the deal with the Holiday Organization wasn't so bad.
Trisha June 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
I am technically one of the hiers to this property in Commack, it is truly a shame that the school district can not uphold their end of the deal. I truly believe the community needs to come together and utilize this property as it was ment to be used. This property could be owned by the community, maintained by the community and used by the community. It only takes one person with the right idea to develope an income for this farm. It has already been named a historical property and it is one of the last farm lands in Commack. Please lets put our heads together and make this happen for the community, for our future community. Education is of the utmost importance, lets not allow the dollar signs get in the way of education!!!! If every person in Commack could make a donation towards some kind of fund on a yearly basis to help support this Farm and its true purpose, nothing will be lost. Everything on this farm should be volunteered, it is our future. We can't let this happen to our future generations where they read about what used to be there online. Let them actually touch, smell and visiualize a real farm. Thank you, TBH
GM June 06, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Trisha- I agree that there is a future for the Farm but not in the hands of the Commack School District. I think you have a powerful force represented here that wish to see the intentions of Ms. Carll realized but, the stewardship must change. I don't believe we should force the district to keep the Farm when they are responsible for its deterioration. Take it back. Create a Trust. We can fundraise and make "Restore the Farm" a community effort. Let's do it.

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