Suffield Town HallIn 1802 , the community of what was later to be named Suffield Township was founded by Royal Pease, who was originally from Suffield, Connecticut. From 1802 until April 6, 1818, our community was known as Peasetown.  In 1818, the name was changed to Suffield Township and governing officials were elected.  Suffield is one of 18 townships in Portage County and lies in the southwest corner of the county.  We are uniquely situated in close proximity to Akron, Ohio to the west and to Hartville, Ohio to the south.  This gives our community a great mix of big city opportunities combined with rural charm.

With a population of 6,285 as noted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2013, Suffield Township is a close knit community - a community where neighbors look out for one another and wave when passing on the road.  Township services include a highly trained Fire Department, led by Chief Robert Rasnick, providing fire and EMS protection to the township, as well as a hard working Road Department, supervised by Scott McBroom, that takes care of the roadways and other services related to the needs of  the community.

We welcome you to our community.  Please explore our website and see what Suffield has to offer.

On Tuesday July 26th the Suffield Township trustees met at the appointed time and usual place.  After an hour of hearing Kelly Austin's presentation on risk management, the trustees should have been happy to get back to the real business of governing the township.  But instead, they were faced with a number of complex problems, none of which have easy solutions. 

Trustee Jeff Eldreth motioned that the township award Perrin Asphalt the contract to pave Palm Road, from Trares Road to Randolph Road, at the cost of $76,000.  He mentioned that the chip & sealing this year would cost about $60,000 to $70,000, or about $30,000 less than had been budgeted for.  Only because of this savings did the township have sufficient funds to go forward with the Palm Road project.  There was a complaint of speeders on Martin Road, a mention of a series of thefts in the area, brush and trees growing out of control in East Lawn Cemetery, the continuing problems with yards that need mowed and a couple houses that are abandoned, or at least condemned, that need to be demolished.  It was noted by trustee Dave Vartenuk that the house on Carriage House Lane that has sat unfinished for more than two decades is now set for Sheriff's Auction early in August. 

As if the above wasn't enough to grow gray hair on the heads of the township leaders, the most important issue of the evening was how to stretch the budget to cover expenses.  Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said that the Road Department budget and the Fire Department budget are in good shape, but the General Fund budget is problematic and has been for the last several years.  In order to make it through 2016 with enough carryover money of the first quarter of 2017, some funds needed to be rearranged.  Normally, the salaries of the Fiscal Officer and the trustees are paid from the General Fund account, but after a vote by the trustees tonight, one third of the salary paid to the trustee (Tom Calcei) who oversees the Fire Department will come from the Fire budget, rather than the General Fund.  The same will happen to the salary of the trustee (Jeff Eldreth) overseeing the Road Department.  Two thirds of the Fiscal Officer's salary will come from both the Road and Fire Department budgets.  This measure was deemed necessary in order to make sure enough money was carried over to pay township salaries and bills in the first quarter of 2017.  Projections showed that the Fire and Road Department budgets were sufficiently funded, but the General Fund was lacking.  Lori Calcei said that the township has typically had about $171,000 to spend on General Fund expenses, but also typically is spending about $181,000. 

Another issue that the trustees reluctantly agreed upon was to put a one mill levy on the November 1st general election ballot.  In order for this to occur the trustees were forced to vote on the issue tonight, as ballot issues must be submitted to the Board of Elections at least ninety before the affected election date.  A one mill levy will generate $136,000 per year for the township according to Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito.

Among other things discussed, Tom Calcei said that Bill Steiner of the Portage County Solid Waste Management told him they would still accept resident's cards on the recycling issue until August 1st.  Thus, as your opinion matters, you can still send in your poll card.  Due to a variety of reasons, if the township were to decide to go with curbside recycle pickup, it wouldn't begin until at least November at the soonest according to Steiner.  The township is hosting the Portage County Township Association quarterly dinner meeting in August.  Hard as it is to believe, former trustee Dave Polen reserved a pavilion at Wingfoot Lake State Park about a year ago, but the park double booked the pavilion that was to be used for the event.  The dinner meeting had to be moved to the Suffield United Church of Christ.

The trustees meet again on August 9th at 8:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals have no hearings scheduled and the Zoning Commission does not meet in August.  The trustees also rescheduled  their August 23rd meeting until August 30th at 8:00 PM.

On July 14th, Samantha Moseley entered a written plea of guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homocide in the death of Suffield Road Department worker William Knapp.  She remains out on bond while she undergoes a Presentence Investigation by the Portage County Adult Probation Department.  She will be sentenced by Judge Laurie Pittman, though no date for the sentencing has been set. 

Moseley had struck Knapp on Swartz Road on May 11, 2015, while he and other Suffield Road Department workers were doing crack sealing midway between State Route 43 and Congress Lake Road.  At the time of the accident, Moseley had admitted to smoking marijuana.  After an extensive investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, she was eventually indicted and charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homocide and DUI.  After a series of postponements and motions, the case came to a conclusion when Moseley entered a guilty plea after negotiations between her attorney Errol Can and the Portage County Prosecutor's Office produced an agreement.  Her plea to Aggravated Vehicular Homocide, which is a felony of the second degree, carries a maximum fine of up to $15,000, two to eight years in prison and a minimum of three years probation upon release.  She will also have her driving privileges revoked for the remainder of her life.  

No on likes to hear about the possibility of a tax increase, no matter how small, but the Suffield Township trustees are on the verge of suggesting just that.  Reluctantly, the trustees voted to begin the process of considering a one mill levy for general operating expenses.  The first step is to get Janet Esposito, the Portage County Auditor, to give a quote on how much such a levy would bring in.  This past year, based on property taxes and other monies paid to the township by the county treasurer's office, a one mill levy would have generated about $137,000 per year.  Prior to the regular trustee's meeting the trustees held the required annual budget hearing.  At this meeting they learned that there would be only about $52,000 to carry over from this year to the first quarter on 2017.  This carryover has steadily dropped over the past six to eight years.  For example, the carryover in 2013 was $171,000.  This carryover is what the township uses to make payments and pay salaries during the first quarter until the county treasurer releases the township's money from property taxes and other county-paid funding.  While the township has cut its spending to the bone, costs for the township have soared, much like most people's household budgets have.  Trustee chairman Tom Calcei said that Suffield should remain in the black for 2017, but from 2018 forward, some help is needed.

The eleven person gathering also heard that the Fire Department has taken delivery of the new "Jaws of Life" hydraulic cutters.  Fire Chief Robert Rasnick managed to get a sooner delivery than expected and the cost was little less than what had been projected.  The final cost was $6,569.  Some good news was announced by zoning inspector Adam Bey for the residents in Carriage Hill Estates.  The derelict house at 1560 Carriage House Lane will be going to "Sheriff's Sale" soon, perhaps as early as the beginning of August.  The property at the old Copeland's Landing is being cleaned up a little more each month, according to Bey.  Trustee Dave Vartenuk mentioned that the Board of Zoning Appeals had a meeting last Thursday in which they approved a variance to Gary McFarland of 1738 Meander Way to build a slightly oversized accessory building, which would also be four feet closer to the lot line that the Zoning Resolution normally allows.  The vote was 3-2 in favor of the variances.  This split decision was the closest vote seen at the Board of Zoning Appeals in at least the last eight years.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department is in the process of erecting some new signs in hopes of preventing trucks from using Shaffer Road.  The problem there is that tractor-trailer rigs get hung-up on the road surface when trying to pull from Shaffer Road onto Waterloo Road.  He also mentioned that a new flagpole has been erected in front of the Administration Building, but it still needs to have some sort of lighting installed.  Cost of the flagpole and the new township sign was paid for by the insurance settlement from the driver who destroyed the old sign and pole.  Eldreth also said that the cards on the recycling issue that residents have submitted to the Portage County Solid Waste Management will be counted up to August 1st.  If you still have your household card and have not sent it in, there is still time.

While the trustees had been expecting, or at least hoping for, bids on the Palm Road paving project in the $55,000 to $60,000 range, the two bidders who would like to do the work came in with much higher bids.  Perrin Asphalt costed it out at $76,000 and Shelley Materials came in at $95,293.  The trustees voted to accept the bids and postponed making any decisions on who to award the work, or whether or not the project will move forward this year.  Trustee Eldreth said that the .6 mile of proposed paving on Palm Road from Trares Road to Randolph Road has never actually been paved, but rather chip & sealed over the years. 

The trustees will meet again on Tuesday July 26th at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the regular meeting, the trustees will hear from a representative of KLM Risk Management, concerning the township's insurance coverage.   The Zoning Commission has postponed its regular monthly meeting from July 13th to July 20th at 7:00 PM.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday June 28th.  Actually, they met twice.  Once for some review and revision of the township's "Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual", and then for the regular semi-monthly meeting.  A number if issues were discussed, but it was the recycling issue that drew the most attention from the twelve residents in attendance.

Recycle Poll Card 06 30 2016 A.JPG DTrustee Jeff Eldreth mentioned that the Portage County Solid Waste Management had sent out mailings on the recyle issue to all Suffield residences.  Included was a card (see photo on the left) that allowed the resident to "vote" on whether they would like to go to curbside recycling or keep things as they are now.  If you have not received a card, contact Dawn McIntyre at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Eldreth mentioned that in Rootstown, a similar poll was conducted and about 1,200 of the 8,000 residents responded.  In Suffield there are about 6,311 residents, who live in about 2,400 residences.  The cards will be counted at the Portage County Solid Waste Management facility in Brimfield and Eldreth said that he would be there watching the count.  No date has been set for calculating the results.  Trustee Dave Vartenuk suggested that a public hearing on the matter would likely be needed before the trustees made a final decision.  It should be noted that there are plenty of questions that need to be answered.  

In other matters, three residences will be getting a visit from the Zoning Inspector Adam Bey in the very near future.  The houses at 1535 Whitehall Drive, 1560 Carriage House Drive and 1470 North Polen Avenue have yards in which the grass has been left unattended for the entire year.  Initally, these houses will receive a written notice to mow the lawn within  seven days, or the township have it mowed at the owners expense.  The trustees established a minimum cost of $500 per mowing.  This was not the first time that the house on Carriage House Drive has been mentioned.  For several years the neighbors have complained about it.  Construction of the house began in the middle 1990's and soon thereafter stalled.  Over the years the neighbors have had to look at an unfinished house and a lawn that was typically mowed once a year.  Two years ago, the township began the arduous process of condemning the property and attempting to have the house demolished, but various court actions by the original owner, and now the bank that foreclosed on the property, have slowed the process.  The house on North Polen Avenue likewise has been an eyesore several times over the past years.  One of the problems there is determining the owners name and address.

Fire Chief Robert Rasnick attended the trustees meetings.  He asked that the trustees allow appointment of Christopher Dinkins as a new firefighter.  Dinkins has previously been a Suffield Fire Department employee in 2013 & 2014, but had to give up his position here when he hired on as a full-time fireman in Akron.  Rules there prohibited him from working part-time elsewhere during his probationary period, which is now over.  He will work here as a probationary employee for his first year.  The Chief also asked the trustees for up to $6,800 to buy a new "Jaws of Life" hydraulic metal cutter".  This new cutter will exert up to 200,000 pounds of pressure when cutting metals.  Previously, Chief Rasnick had learned at a conference in Indianapolis that the newer cars have metal framework that our current "Jaws of Life" devices will not cut.

The water level of Wingfoot Lake was discussed and it was decided that trustee Eldreth would attempt to learn the actual water level.  The old Trellborg property came up again and court documents were presented by Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei that show the State of Ohio Attorney General's Enviromental Enforcement Section has begun litigation against the owner of the property, Howard J. TrickettIMG 0203Another truck (see photo on left) got stuck on Shaffer Road at Waterloo Road last week.  The trustees discussed possible solutions to prevent this somewhat common occurrence.

The trustees will meet again on July 12th at 7:00 PM for a 2017 budget hearing, followed at 8:00 PM for the regular trustees session.  On Thursday July 7th at 8:00 PM, the Board of Zoning Appeals will hear from Gary R. McFarland of 1738 Meander Way about an accessory building that he'd like to build, but his plans call for it to be closer to the lot line and 28 square feet larger than zoning rules allow.  The Zoning Commission also meets, but not on its usual time.  The have moved the meeting to Wednesday July 20th at 7:00 PM.      

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Upcoming Township Events



Suffield Music Festival Is Coming Soon!!

The Suffield League's 15th Annual Suffield Music Festival is just around the corner.  The regionally known event is again at the Wingfoot Lake State Park on Friday & Saturday August 5th & 6th.  See the flyer to the left on this page.  All are welcome.  Be sure to check out the schedule of music and events at:

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Field Class of 1981 Re-Union

The Field High School Class of 1981 is holding a re-union at the Sunnybook Golf Club on Saturday August 6th at 6:30 PM.  For more information, e-mail or

In conjunction with the re-union, there will be a mixer for ALL 70's & 80's Field classes on Friday August 5th starting at 6:30 PM at the Sunnybrook Golf Club.


Kenny Evans Memorial Golf Scramble

The 5th Annual Kenny Evans Memorial Golf Scramble will be held at the Paradise Lake Country Club on Sunday August 7th.  For more info, call Rod Bragg at 330-628-1313 or e-mail him at


Suffield Historical Society Planning Session Set For August 15th

The Suffield Historical Society invites you to be part of their planning session on Monday August 15th in the Fire House Community Room.  The meeting will be at 6:30 PM followed by refreshments.  They hope you will join them.  Have questions, call Judy Calcei at 330-606-5127.


Class Re-Union for Field Class of 1976 Is August 20th

The Field High School Class of 1976 is hosting a 40-year class reunion on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Sunny Hills Golf Club. Email for more information. There will also be an informal gathering of the Field High Classes 1974 – 1978 @ Rico's Restaurant on Friday, August 19.


Senior Lunches Available

The Family and Community Services of Portage County in conjunction with the Suffield United Church of Christ offer lunches to Seniors at the church Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM.  Lunch requires a donation and must be ordered one week in advance by calling Beverly Miller at 330-877-3965.


Spring 2016 Historical Society Newsletter Is Here!

Read the lastest Suffield Historical Society Newsletter, which was recently published.  At the bottom of this page, click on "Society Newsletter" to see the latest volume and past volumes.




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Wingfoot Lake State Park

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Wingfoot Lake State Park is Suffield's only park.   It was opened by the Ohio State Parks & Recreation Department in 2009.  Goodyear had operated the park since the 1960's as a private playground for its employees and for corporate retreats.  As the company footprint grew smaller in the Akron area Goodyear decided to close the park in 2006.  To learn more about the park, such as rental of the facilities, visit the park's website:

Town Hall Rental

The historic Suffield Town Hall can be rented by residents and non-residents for various events.


Emergency & Assistance

Who to contact in case of emergency and assistance when you need it.

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Historical Society

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A great opportunity for community involvement, and many free activities for everyone!


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