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.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met twice on Tuesday July 10th.  First they met and considered a preliminary  2019 budget presented by the Fiscal Officer Lori L. Calcei.  This budget forecasts receiving approximately $2,391,586 in revenues and projected spending of $2,128,646.  The budget needed to be approved by the trustees so that the Fiscal Officer could present it to the County Budget Commission by July 20th.  For the first time in several years, the township appears to be in good financial order.  Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei said that the township can finally look to getting some much needed infrastructure, such as a new roof on the Road Department building, a much needed salt barn, and a new electronic sign in front of the Town Hall that has been discussed and pushed forward for the past several years.  It should be noted that at least three local service organizations have pledged money toward this sign project.

After the budget hearing was adjourned, the trustees opened again.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the township had advertised in the Record-Courier and, of course, on the township website for a new "seasonal" worker.  As a result, Eldreth asked that the trustees hire Jeff Brown to fill the position.  As a part time employee, he will be able to work up 1,500 hours per year.  Eldreth noted that the Field School System is in desperate need of school bus drivers and that Brown hopes to work as a driver and a township road worker.  Brown is currently retired, is experienced in road work, has a CDL and has all the necessary training needed to perform duties as needed in Suffield.  Brown will start on Monday July 16.

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick was on hand to give his report on the Fire Department.  June was a busy month with 72 calls for service.  There were five staff continuing education classes.  Rasnick said that he had applied for a grant of $17,250 from the Georgia-Pacific Company to finish replacement of firefighter's "turnout gear".  He feels the chances are good for getting the grant.  He also mentioned that the Fire Department's Explorers had a car wash this past weekend and they raised about $500.  They are hoping to raise about $2,000 so that the entire group and its advisers can attend a conference next April in Indianapolis.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth felt this was a worthy project and asked Rasnick to keep the trustees posted on fundraising goals.

Trustee Jared Phillip said that the new signage for the township municipal campus is currently being assembled and should be installed by August 1st.  Tom Calcei talked about the township cemeteries.  After some discussion, the trustees passed a resolution formally closing all three township cemeteries to any further burials.  The resolution included verbiage pointing out that there have been no burials in the past fifty years, and that records and plot maps are missing.  

The issue of mowing made another appearance at the trustee's meeting.  However, on this occasion the trustees adopted a new policy regarding how the township looks at mowing and what the township is willing to do about it.  Tom Calcei has long stated that he doesn't want the township to be in the mowing business.  In the past, after a complaint of excessively long grass was received, the township would mail out a letter warning the property owner to keep their property in compliance with Ohio Revised Code section 505.87.  The letter also informed the property owner that if they failed to come into compliance after ten days, the township would have the property mowed and add the expenses to the property's tax duplicate.  Calcei said that county prosecutor Chris Meduri had pointed out that the township could not charge more than the normal reasonable fee for such work.  Calcei said that the township does not have the manpower or resources to be in the mowing business.

The trustees learned that former trustee David Vartenuk incurred some medical expenses before his leaving office.  They voted to reimburse Vartenuk $2,085.52.  Resident Sally Knepp spoke to the trustees about massage parlors.  She hoped the trustees would help in the adoption of rules for operating such facilities in the township.  Tom Calcei asked Zoning Commission Chairman John C. Yeargin to have the commission consider this.

Adam Bey said that the "Big Red Community Foundation" is going to publish a Field community calendar for 2019.  Input for the calendar, such as meetings, birthdays and other events, plus advertising is currently being sought and accepted.  The calendars are on pre-sale for $16.00.  To learn more, click here for a link to the "Big Red Community Foundation".   It has been approximately ten years since such a calendar was published.

The Trustees next meet on Tuesday July 24th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets Wednesday July 11th at 7:00 PM, and the Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday July 17th at 8:00 PM.  All meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  The St. Joseph Parish Festival is this weekend, July 13th, 14th & 15th.  The Suffield Music Festival is also rapidly approaching.  It will be held at Wingfoot Lake State Park on August 10th & 11th.

 

All's well in Suffield!  The trustees met on Friday June 22nd before a smaller than usual crowd of six residents.  Trustee chairman Tom Calcei was absent, so vice chairman Jeff Eldreth took over the reins and did an outstanding job of guiding the discussion.  The highlights of the meeting was yet another fairly long discussion on the mowing issue.  No far reaching solution was achieved this morning.  During road superintendent Scott McBroom's presentation, he mentioned receiving a call regarding interring into one of the township's cemeteries the cremated remains of a man.  The discussion on whether or not the township's cemeteries were closed to additional burials has been ongoing since the January 23, 2018 trustee meeting.  More discussion on these important issues will be had in upcoming meetings.  McBroom also reported that the road crew has completed their first mowing along township roadways.  The culvert replacement on Palm Road, just south of Saxe Road, is now on next week's work schedule.  The work is to be done by the Henry Luli Construction Company with the assistance of the Suffield Road Department.  He also said that this year's chip and seal projects will begin the first week of August.  Henry Luli Construction Company was awarded this job earlier this year in the road materials bid process.

Trustee Jared Phillip said that Graphic Details have given him an estimate of $900 to install the new signage around the township campus.  This is in addition to the cost of the materials.  He asked for a purchase order of up to $6500 to cover both materials and installation.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey said that there is a real possibility that a Dollar General store will be coming to downtown Suffield.  A property at 1169 State Route 43 is rumored to be under consideration.  Bey said that there will be a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing coming up soon.  This concerns the request to build an accessory building on a vacant lot before building a house.  

The trustees next regular meeting is Tuesday July 10th at 8:00 PM.  There will be a trustee hearing on the 2019 preliminary budget that same evening at 7:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday July 11th at 7:00 PM.  These meetings will be held in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. 

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Suffield League Presents Portage County's Biggest and Best Parade

Catholic War Veterans lead the 2018 Suffield League Memorial Day Parade

Catholic War Veterans lead the parade

The Suffield League's Memorial Day Parade was held Monday, May 28th in temperatures that hovered at 95 degrees.  Nevertheless, a massive crowd showed up to see political candidates, tractors, youth sports teams and an assortment of other parade entries during the 45 minutes the parade lasted.  Prior to the parade a wreath laying took place at the memorial stone in front of the historic Town Hall.

The parade grand Marshal was Kyle Kreiner, who is a lifelong Suffield resident and has served with most of the township's service organizations.  Many of the worthwhile events that the Suffield League has sponsored have come under his watch.

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On Tuesday June 12th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a crowd of 17 people.  The issue that drew the most attention was the mowing, or more accurately the lack of mowing, on several township properties.  This is an issue that seems to be dealt with yearly.  Martha Saenger, a Waterloo Road resident, read a prepared text concerning the property at 1864 Waterloo Road.  Her complaint was that the property has not been mowed all year and is a definite eyesore to the neighborhood.  Her daughter Judy Bills, also a neighbor, added her comments on that property.  Trustee Jared Phillip, who is familiar with the property, said that the property owner is planning on baling the tall grass, but hasn't gotten around to it just yet.  He also mentioned that the house is under renovation and the interior is currently in a "gutted state".  Mrs Saenger said that the house has been vacant for four years.  Due to restrictions in the Ohio Revised Code on what a township can do in such situations, the trustees have opted to sending a warning letter to the property owner, giving a ten day notice to cut the lawn.  Two other properties, 923 Waterloo Road and 1526 Trares Road, are also going to be receiving a warning letter.

Tony Badalamenti, an Aurora resident, came to the meeting introduce himself to the trustees and the gathering.  He is a Republican running for county commissioner.  Fire Chief Robert Rasnick came to the meeting to personally give his fire report for the month of May.  The Fire Department responded to 72 calls for service with a large majority of them coming in the last two weeks of the month.  He proudly acknowledged that Captain Robert Dudley was named Ohio EMS Provider of the Year.  Rasnick praised Dudley for the honor and his 48 years of service to the Suffield Fire Department.  The Chief said that the community has received an ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating of 4 for this year, which is the same as last year.  Over the past several years the Fire Department has worked at improving this status.  Insurance rates are in part based on ISO ratings.  Rasnick also said that the Fire Department received a grant from the Bureau of Workers Compensation for $3,960 to buy new firefighter gloves.  The township must match the grant with $792 in local funds.

Trustee Jared Phillip presented the final plan for new signage around the municipal complex.  The trustees agreed to pay Graphic Details, Inc. $5,000 for the work.  The signage includes new lettering (Suffield Community Room) on the east end of the Fire House, a new seal over the entrance and various letterings on the doors and interior lobby.  There will  also be two signs near the road on both State Route 43 and Waterloo Road.  A new face to the sign currently in front of the old Administration Building will soon read, "Suffield Township - Home of the Field Falcons".  

Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked that the township replace a worker who has opted to leave for full time employment elsewhere.  They voted to advertise the position, which will be referred to has "summer help" with up to 40 hours of weekly work at $15.00 per hour.  The actual job posting will appear in the Record-Courier and this website soon.  Eldreth said that the Road Department has been mowing, and is just about finished with crack sealing.  He asked for a purchase order in the amount of $8,000 for culvert work to be done on Palm Road near Saxe Road.  This work MAY be started as soon this Friday, June 15th.  As the road will need to be closed, we'll post his as soon as we know for sure.  

Eldreth also said that David Kuntzman Tree Service was called out for some emergency work.  A tree at the East Lawn Cemetery was in danger of falling on a neighbor's garage and had to be removed right away.  The township has not yet received the bill for these services.  Eldreth also said that he'd like to get started on the planning and building of a new salt barn.  More discussion was postponed until a later meeting. 

Fred Herro asked about the water level at Wingfoot Lake.  Jared Phillip said that the county Soil and Water Resources Department may assist the township in getting the elevation by using their surveying team.  Jim and Janelle Albertoni returned to the trustee's meeting.  Jim complained that Excel Lane should be crack sealed sooner, rather than later.  

The trustees have changed their next meeting date from Tuesday June 26th to Friday June 22nd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission also changed their June meeting from June 13th to Wednesday June 20th at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing set for Tuesday June 19th at 8:00 PM.  All meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road and the public is very welcome.   

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BZA Grants Variance To Allow Accessory Building

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on July 17th and voted 5-0 to allow Craig & Lisa Dunlap to build an accessory building on their lot at 378 Weakland Road.  They will be required to obtain a building permit for the primary residence before starting construction on the accessory building.  This has been a contentious issue in the township for many years.  Andy Grow made the motion to allow the accessory building, which was then seconded by Leo Weakland.

 

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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 215,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of June 29, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 215,080 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 221 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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