The Suffield Township Trustees met on Tuesday February 9th and discussed a number of mostly routine matters. Trustee Jeff Eldreth reported that Voies Construction Company had completed several items of work that needed done on the Town Hall and the Road Department buildings. Several residents of Steffy Road were in the audience and spoke of their concern about some trees that have been targeted for removal due to their close proximity to the roadway in front of their houses. While the trustees delayed ordering the removal of all the 23 oak trees considered, they did authorize spending $950 to have Kuntzman Tree Service remove several trees that are in the public right-of-way in front of 1740 Steffy Road.
Trustee Dave Vartenuk reported that the Zoning Commission will meet on February 10th and begin their work on clarifying "buffer zones" between business & industrial zoned properties and neighboring residentially zoned property. He also reaffirmed the need to re-write or upgrade the 2020 Land Use Plan. Zoning Inspector Adam Bey reported that the warmer weather and lack of snow has caused a greater number of zoning complaints than usual for this time of year, most of which he determined to be unfounded. He did say that he had made contact with the people who operate a sewage plant along State Route 43 on the old Trelleborg property. This concerned the bright lights over their sewage facility. After talking with management there, the lights were refocused so that the traffic on Route 43 is less affected.
A new Martin Road resident spoke on her property tax bill. In 2013, long prior to her owning the Martin Road residence, the Portage County Land Bank had arranged for an old house trailer on that property be removed. Somehow the cost of removing the trailer was placed on her tax duplicate. It was the understanding at the time when the trailer was removed, that the cost for demolishing this trailer and several other derelict buildings in Suffeld would be bore by the Land Bank. With this understanding still in mind, trustee chairman Tom Calcei referred the new owner to Brad Ehrhart or Todd Peetz who both work with the Land Bank.
Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said that Congressman Jim Renacci wrote a letter on behalf of Suffield Township in our effort to get a federal grant for the Fire Department to get new "turn out gear" and a new fire truck. The trustees voted to ask the Portage County Solid Waste Management District to poll the residents of Suffield by means of a mailed questionnaire on the recycling issue. They want to be able to review the questionnaire before it is mailed.