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.

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Suffield League Presents Memorial Day Parade On Monday, May 28th

The Suffield League's Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 28th.

The line-up starts at 1:00 PM, and the parade steps off at 2:00 PM, passing in front of the historic Town Hall on Waterloo Road at State Route 43.

The day begins with the military march to the Town Hall by the St. Joseph's Our Lady of the Lourdes Post No. 1325 Catholic War Veterans Honor Guard.  There, a wreath laying service commemorating past and present veterans will be conducted.  "Taps" will be played by  a member of the Field High School Marching Band. 

This year's Grand Marshal is Kyle Kreiner, a lifelong resident of Suffield.  He is an original Suffield League member and a former president of the Suffield Jaycees who helped start the Memorial Day Parade. 

The Suffield League invites anyone or any group to participate in the parade.  For information, contact Terry Ginn at 330-472-6483 or check Suffield League on Facebook or this website.

 

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday April 8th and discussed a myriad of subjects, most could be thought of as routine business matters.  

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick was given the opportunity to present the April Fire Department report.  He noted that the firefighters responded to 44 calls in April, and they are 247 calls ahead of last year's pace.  He asked that former fireman Kyle Knapp be reinstated for the summer, to which the trustees agreed.  Rasnick also said that he and Captain Matt Moulton attended the "Fire Department Instructions Conference" in Indianapolis, Indiana, and that they came home with lots of good information and handouts.  He said it was a very worthwhile adventure for Moulton and himself.

Card Bingo FlyerTrustee Jeff Eldreth reported that the Road Department is working on crack sealing.  He asked the trustees to approve spending another $10,000 for crack seal materials.  The motion was approved.  Eldreth also asked that the township purchase 400 tons of salt.  Last yerar the price was $34.00 per ton, using the ODOT Winter Bid program.  This will save the township a ton of money (pun intended).  Eldreth also asked that the trustees approve spending $3,500 to hire flagers from  Area Wide Patrol for some upcoming crack sealing.  This motion passed.  He also accepted the bids for road materials.  Lastly, Eldreth said that the water problem along Palm Road, very near to the Mogadore Reservoir, wasn't solved by trapping a couple of beavers.  A more permanent solution, which likely includes a new cross-road culvert may be necessary.  No immediate decision was made on this issue.

Trustee Tom Calcei said that he had received a communication from the Portage County Solid Waste District in which Director Bill Steiner reported that 15.9% of the material that the recycle trucks pick up is not recyclable.  The letter received was vague enough so that this is no way to know what areas these unacceptable materials are coming from.  Some discussion was had on this important matter.  Calcei asked that the township website re-post information on what is acceptable and what is not. (Click here to see what CANNOT go into the Recycle Bin).....(Click here to see what CAN BE placed in the Recycle Bin)

Trustee Jared Phillip said that First Energy has finally given the township a cost for the proposed street light at Saxe Road and Congress Lake Road.  Installing the light at a cost of $1,531.25 was approved by the trustees.  Phillip will make arrangements to have the light installed.  It was noted that the cost to maintain the light will be $4.22 per month.  Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said that Suffield pays about $982 per month for lighting the township.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the "Card Bingo" that was held on Sunday April 29th was very successful.  This program will continue each Sunday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM.  The event is held in the Suffield Community Room, 1256 Waterloo Road.  All are welcome.

The Board of Trustees next meet on Tuesday May 22, at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday May 9th at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings are in the Suffield Community Room, 1256 Waterloo Road.  The annual Suffield League Memorial Day Parade is Monday May 28th at 2:00 PM.  Preceding the parade at 1:00 PM will be a memorial service in front of the historic Town Hall.  This year's Grand Marshal will be Kyle Kreiner.

 

 

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The trustees met on Monday April 23rd at 7:00 AM before a small gathering of five people.  Mostly routine business was discussed and acted upon.  Trustee Jared Phillip reported that there was nothing new on zoning matters.  He reminded the other trustees that now would be the time to get a marker in Wingfoot Lake to keep track of the elevation of the lake water.  Keeping the water level at 1147 feet above sea level is critical to lessen flooding in the southwest corner of the township.  

Scott McBroom, Road Department superintendent, reported that the Road Department had completed a cross-over on Steffy Road.  He also said that mowing will begin soon.  McBroom mentioned that the water problem on Palm Road, which is caused by dam building beavers, is still being worked on.  He said that two "state record breaking" beavers have been caught, but more are still there.  He is working with the county engineer's office to get the culvert cleaned out.  A list of 8.75 miles of roads to be "chip & sealed" this year was presented and can be seen on the "Roads" section of this website under the "Planned Road Work for 2018" title.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked the trustees to approve spending $10,000 for crack sealing material. These materials would be purchased from SealmasterEldreth also asked for a purchase order in the amount of $1,659 to buy a trailer from Willow Knoll Farms.  The trustees agreed to both expenditures.  The trustees also opened the sealed bids for road materials.  Seven suppliers presented bids.  These bids were accepted and the winning bidders will be determined at the next trustee meeting. 

Also mentioned was an event to be held at the Community Room on Sunday April 29th from 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM.  Maggie Engelhart has planned a "Florida Card Bingo" event in hopes of providing some entertainment, geared mostly for the senior citizens of Suffield.  She hopes to make this an ongoing event.  Trustee Tom Calcei also reminded everyone that the Township Clean Up Day is coming up on Saturday May 12th.  Old tires, batteries and electronics (no tubed televisions or monitors) can be turned in at the Road Department from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  The next trustee meeting is Tuesday May 8th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday May 9th at 7:00 PM.  The Suffield Township Historical Society is having its annual Plant Sale on Friday & Saturday, May 4th & 5th, from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  It will be held this year in front of the Historical Museum.

On springlike Tuesday evening on April 10th, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a crowd of 14 interested parties.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked the board for a purchase order of $11,000 in order to buy a Kubota lawn mower from Coia Implements of Ravenna Township.  The trustees, after Road Department chief Scott McBroom makes a recommendation, will buy a trailer to haul the lawn mower.  Also discussed was the idea of purchasing a truck to use to haul the lawn mower and could also be used for other Road Department and township uses.  Eldreth said he would get some estimates on costs for this truck by the next trustee meeting.  Mowing is just around the corner!

Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei had some good news in that the township's insurance carrier, OTARMA, rebated to the township a little over $1,300.  It is typical that OTARMA gives rebates nearly every year, but it is not known how much to expect.  Fire Chief Bob Rasnick gave two monthly reports.  Fire calls for February and March remained fairly constant, and the levels of training were similar as well.  The Chief, clearly in discomfort, limped in and out of the meeting.  Just prior to the last trustee meeting, Rasnick was out in Randolph on a mutual-aid fire when he dropped a large metal cylinder on his foot.  While he didn't need surgery, he is operating at less than 100%.  As part of his report, the Chief also announced that three of his prized firefighters are leaving the department and have submitted resignations.  He asked that the trustees accept the resignation of Matt Frawley, who is leaving for a full time position in Ravenna Township, Brandon Bryan, who is leaving for the Alliance City Fire Department job and Andrew Byler, who is leaving for a full time position in Plain Township.  The trustees accepted the resignations and gave each firefighter their best wishes. In other Fire Department business Chief Rasnick said that FEMA denied the township two grants, but that was expected, as we had applied for these grants before and were turned down.  Rasnick also asked the trustees to buy a new copier.  They agreed to pay Meritech Technologies $2,510 for a new one.  The cost of buying a new copier was substantially less than the $3,600 leasing fee for three years.

In the crowd were several new faces.  Deerfield trustee Ed Dean introduced himself to the trustees and crowd.  He is running for Portage County Commissioner in the Republican primary, which is May 8thMaggie Engelhart introduced herself as a new resident, who recently came here from Florida.  She was interested in what community activities are available for senior citizens.  She suggested that she would be interested in starting up an activity called "Card Bingo", which is not bingo at all, but a card game.  The trustees gave her the green light to try and set up something like this.  Another fairly newcomer to the trustee meetings, Margee Kimmel, volunteered to help out on this potential project.

The Zoning Commission meets Wednesday April 11th at 7:00 PM.  The trustees meet again on Tuesday April 24th at 7:00 AM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings in the works. 

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 Memorial Day Parade Is Monday May 28th At 2:00 PM

The annual Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the Suffield League, is just around the corner.  For more information, click here.  Want to be in the parade?  Click here for an entry form Get the entry form filled out and returned to Terry Ginn or Tom Calcei as soon as possible.

 

BZA Grants Summerset Drive Variance

The Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday May 15th and granted Doug Moore of 1449 Summerset Drive a variance, allowing him to build an addition to the front and back of his house.  The house will now be 41 feet from the rear lot line and the front will be 52 feet from the front lot line.  Current rules require 50 feet to the rear and 60 feet to the front.  Zoning Commission chairman John C. Yeargin was on hand to explain that the Commission had recently agreed to new setback rules.  Due to the hoops that must be jumped through to enact new rules, they will not become reality until later this year.  The new rules for an R-2 district call for 40 feet to the rear lot line and 50 feet to the front lot line.  Matt Loos motioned to allow the variance and Vickie Vincent seconded it.  The motion carried 5-0.

 

Card Bingo On Sundays

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Spring S.T.H.S. Newsletter Has Been Published 

Read the Spring edition of the Suffield Township Historical Society newsletter.  Click on the "Society Newsletters" at the bottom of this page.

 

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 Has 195,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of May 8, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 195,032 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 211 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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