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.

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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday January 8th before a crowd of ten people.  Newly anointed Chairman of the Board Jeff Eldreth presided over a meeting that was primarily routine in nature.  Some housekeeping matters, literally and figuratively, were worked out as to the responsibilities of the Fire Department and the Township Facilities Administrator on who would keep the Community Room spiffy and clean.  After some discussion, it was determined that this would be a collaborative endeavor and that communication between the various parties would be the key issue. 

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick said that the fire guys handled 59 calls for service in December and a total of 820 for the year 2018, which is an all-time high.  He also congratulated T.J. Fox and Ben Feeman for their hard work in earning their certification in the State of Ohio Paramedics program.  They also passed their tests and are now on the National Registry.  The Chief did some followup research and reported that in 2018 the Fire Department responded to nine calls for overdoses.  He did not have the exact data, but said that not all these persons were transported to the hospital.  Jeff Eldreth added that the cost of the Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray) kits used in these overdoses is not paid by the township or the Fire Department, but from the various hospitals.

Jared Phillip said that the new electronic sign is on schedule to be put up and into service in about two weeks.  Some minor electrical wiring needs to be replaced prior to installation.  He also said that the man along Mishler Road known as the "Can Man" has cleaned up his collection of recyclable cans.  Adam Bey, zoning inspector, said that there is a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing set for Tuesday January 22nd at 8:00 PM.  Bey also said that the power point presentation of the Zoning Commission's new Twenty Year Plan is ready for the trustee's and public view.  The trustees decided to make this presentation into a special meeting to be held on Tuesday February 12th at 6:00 PM. 

The annual discussion of water levels in and around Wingfoot Lake is already beginning.  Jeff Eldreth said that the township is working with the Portage County Engineer's Office to eliminate some beaver dams that are partially to blame for high water levels.  Jared Phillip said he is working, also with the Engineer's Office, to get a marker placed in Wingfoot Lake to show the actual water level and how it relates to the standard level establish for that body of water.  Eldreth said that the Road Department paved over the new culvert on the far-north end of Palm Road.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday January 22nd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday January 9th at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing set for Tuesday January 22nd at 8:00 PM.  All these meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  The trustees will host a special meeting to review the new Twenty Year Plan on Tuesday February 12th at 6:00 PM. 6:00                                                                                                                                                                                            

With no newly elected trustees on board for 2019, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees could set the tone for 2019 a couple days early this year.  For 2019, the trustees chose Jeff Eldreth as the new CEO and Chairman of the Board and Jared Phillip as the Vice Chairman.  Bob Rasnick was rehired as Fire Chief, Adam Bey as Zoning Inspector, Shannon Eldreth as Township Facilities Administrator (new title, same job) and Jeff Childers as Webmaster.  The existing firefighters and EMS personnel were re-appointed.  David L. Duma was reappointed to a new five year term on the Zoning Commission and Vicki Vincent was reappointed to another five year term on the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Mason Kisamore and Bill Evans will be alternates on the Zoning Commission for another year, and David (Pete) Einloth and Matt Loos will return as alternates on the Board of Zoning Appeals.  

Scott McBroom has retired as Road Foreman at the Road Department and in his place David Einloth was appointed to that position.  Mike Osborn was rehired as the full time Road Department worker.  Otherwise, the personnel and operation of the township government should remain pretty much as it was in 2018.  On the financial side, the temporary appropriations for the first quarter of 2019 show expendable funds for 2019 in the amount of $2,385,534.  All members of the Road Department and the Fire Department received meager but well deserved raises in pay.

The trustees also changed the times of their meetings.  Beginning on January 8, 2019, the trustees will meet at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of the month.  This time change will remain until the scheduled meeting on Tuesday March 12, 2019.  The meeting on November 12, 2019 and December 10, 2019 will also be at 7:00 PM.  Beginning on April 9, 2019 through October 8, 2019, the time of the meeting will change to 8:00 PM.  The second meeting of the month will remain on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 AM. 

The trustees next meet on Tuesday January 8th at 7:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday January 9th at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals currently has no hearings set.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees held their regular meeting a couple days early on Friday December 21st due to the Christmas calendar.  Four residents came out on an unseasonably nice winter day (winter didn't officially begin until about ten hours after the meeting).  The high point of the meeting was the homemade cookies and coffee that Ed and Vicki Vincent brought.  

Girl Scouts Thank You Cards.jpg croppedOn zoning matters, Trustee Jared Phillip and the trustees decided to pay for the new electronic sign in two payments instead of one.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth brought in a handful of "thank you" notes that were made by the girls of the Girl Scout troop that uses the historic Town Hall for their meetings.  He was especially pleased with one card that read, "I love you Suffield".  Eldreth posted the cards in the lobby of the Suffield Community Room.  Trustee Tom Calcei urged the other trustees to think ahead to next week's Re-organizational Meeting as he feels some of the pay scales for employees need to be reviewed, particularly for the Fire Department. 

The trustees next meet on Friday January 28th at 7:00 AM.  There will actually be two separate meetings.  First they will hold the year end meeting to wrap up this year's business and pay the bills.  The second portion will be the Re-organizational Meeting.  The Zoning Commission will meet on January 9th at 7:00 PM.  There will be a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing in January, but no date has been established.  All the meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  They are open to the public.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday December 11th before a crowd of 17 people.  Kyle Kreiner, Terry Chitty and Scott Savage from the Suffield League were on hand to present a check for $5,000 to the Township to be used for the new electronic sign.  Shortly thereafter, the trustees voted to to buy a new electronic sign for in front of the historic Town Hall.  

Suffield League Gives Check 12 11 2018.jpg with text.jpg BTrustee Jeff Eldreth said that the new roof on the Road Department garage has been completed.  After an executive session, Eldreth motioned to hire Michael Osborne as the new Road Department full-time worker.  Osborne is to start on the payroll on January 1st.  Fire Chief Bob Rasnick reported that there were 81 calls for service in November.    Tom Calcei said that NOPEC is again offering $1,500 to Suffield Township in 2019 to help pay for a community event.  The trustees must apply for the money by March 1st.  This past year, NOPEC gave the township $1,500 and it was used to help pay for the Fire Department Open House. 

It was nice to see the return of some familiar faces in the crowd;  Don and Anne Monroe, Fred Herro, Bernie Trares, and Dave Vartenuk.

The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday December 12th at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing on Tuesday December 18th at 8:00 PM.  The trustees next meet on Friday December 21st at 7:00 AM for their regular meeting.  Then on Friday December 28th the trustees hold their 2019 Re-organizational meeting at 7:00 AM.  All these meeting are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.

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With snow covering the lawns and trees and a thin layer of ice on the roadways, the Suffield Board of Trustees met before a dwindling crowd of four people on Tuesday November 27th.  Those hearty enough to come out at 7:00 AM were witness to the trustees discussing and in-general principle agreeing to buy a new electronic sign for in front of the historic Town Hall.  Randy Snyder, of Graphic Detail, Inc, had come to the last trustee meeting to offer some ideas, and on Friday November 16th Snyder brought an actual sign to the Town Hall so the trustees could examine it.  A cost estimate was presented to Jared Phillip in the amount of approximately $26,000.   While the trustees seemed poised to accept the bid and move toward installation of the sign, chairman Tom Calcei postponed the final vote of accepting the bid until the next trustee meeting.  The trustees have several community based organizations that have indicated that they will contribute to the cost, but as if this date, no money has exchanged hands.  Calcei said that they would gladly accept contributions from organizations or individuals to help pay for it. 

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the project of eliminating water leakage on the "Nine Foot" section of Martin Road has been completed and that the culvert recently replaced under Palm Road will be paved with asphalt as soon as the weather allows.  The current fill over the culvert needed time to settle before the paving phase.  Eldreth also announced that Road Department superintendent Scott McBroom suffered a stroke and is likely to leave the township's employ.  With that eventuality in mind the trustees voted to allow McBroom to use four weeks of vacation that he has already earned, but would not be credited to him until January 1, 2019.  Everyone in the crowd wished McBroom the best.

Jared Phillip and Jeff Eldreth spoke on some ongoing discussions with the Ohio Department of Transportation.  Suffield Township and ODOT are looking into the possibility of ODOT sharing the use of the proposed new salt barn.  Along those lines, Eldreth said he hasn't yet made a final decision on the size, location or configuration of the proposed salt barn.

The trustees also revised the dates of several trustee meetings.  In December, there will be three meetings.  They will be:  Tuesday December 11th at 8:00 PM, Friday December 21st at 7:00 AM (mostly a bill paying session), and Friday December 28th at 7:00 AM (the annual re-organizational meeting).  Other important township dates are:  December 7, 8 & 9th from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM is Toys For Tots at the Goodyear Blimp Base 1, Sunday December 9th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM is the Suffield League's Christmas With Santa at the historic Town Hall.  The Suffield Township Historical Society will meet at 2:30 PM for planning and elections on Sunday December 9th at the Historical Society's museum.  The Zoning Commission will meet at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room on Wednesday December 12th.

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Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing Is Scheduled

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing set for Tuesday January 22nd at 8:00 PM to hear a request from Tim Thomas.  Thomas wants to use the old Administration Building at 1273 State Route 43 as a used car lot. 

Leaf Dump Is Closed For The Year

Leaf Dump Was Closed On January 2nd

Many thanks to the resident at 558 Etter Road who has allowed residents to dump their leaves for the past several years.  The dump has closed for the 2018 season.

 

Local High School Basketball Scores & Schedules

Falcons Play Hard, But Lose To Coventry, Mogadore Drops Close One To Crestwood 67-64 

The Field Falcons (4-9) hosted the Coventry Comets (6-6) on Friday January 18th.  After an 8-8 score, the Falcons jumped out to a 17-8 lead, only to have the Comets come back and lead at the half 27-26.  The second half seesawed until the last couple minutes when Coventry took command.  This was the exact situation as the Falcons loss to Ravenna last week.  The highlights of the game belonged to the referring crew, who tossed out three spectators and called Field coach Dominique Sanders a technical foul for arguing a call.  Jacob Lupardus led Field with 21 points, while Jacob Gartner had eleven. 

On Friday January 18th the Mogadore (6-4) traveled to Mantua and lost to Crestwood 67-64.  The loss jeopardizes the Wildcats chances in the Portage Trail Conference County Division, where they now have three losses.

Field Girls Lose Third In Row, Mogadore Loses Again

On Wednesday January 16th the Field (10-5) girls went to Norton and were beaten by the Panthers 47-26.  It was the third loss in a row for the Falcons.  Maria Sziva scored eight for Field.  So sure was Norton coach Brian Miller that his team would prevail, he took three of his players from the far end of his bench and started them.  The Falcons didn't play particularly well and were constantly plagued by traveling calls, errant passes, or some players refusal to pass at all.   The Panthers had beaten the Falcons 71-32 back on November 13th, so the 21 point loss was an improvement from a strictly numbers perspective. 

On Wednesday January 16th the Mogadore girls hosted the Tigers of Lake Center Christian School and lost 60-39, dropping their record to 1-14.

The Field girls game against Crestwood scheduled for Saturday January 19th has been postponed until Monday January 28th at 7:00 PM.

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Historical Society Elects New Officers

The Suffield Township Historical Society met on Sunday December 9th and elected new officers.  John Saxe was elected president, Elizabeth Vence treasurer and Bev Persons secretary.  The STHS also voted to purchase new signs for the outside of the museum at a cost of $327.  They also voted to give Suffield Township $1,000 towards the purchase of the proposed electronic sign that will be placed in front of the historic Town Hall.  Township trustee Tom Calcei was on hand to accept a check for $1,000 from president John Saxe and treasurer Elizabeth Vence.  Also on the agenda was the creation of a fundraiser this coming March.  They have planned to sponsor a "Chili Cook Off" to be held in the Town Hall.  More details on this later.

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License Plate Renewals

When buying new license plates, or renewing them, be sure the registrar at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles knows that you live in Suffield Township.  If you simply state your address as Mogadore, the road tax funds, which should go to Suffield Township, will go to Mogadore Village, due to your zip code.  Keep your tax money in the township!

 

Suffield Township Website Passes 280,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of December 28, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 280,006 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 313.50 per day.  Thanks for taking a look at "suffieldtownshipohio.com".  Tell your friends about us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:  http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/wingfootlake

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