On Tuesday December 12th, history was made as the Suffield Township Board of Trustees held their first regularly scheduled trustee meeting in the confines of the spacious Fire House Community Room. Trustee Jeff Eldreth opened his part of the meeting by saying, "I'm just excited to be here". He honored outgoing trustee Dave Vartenuk by acknowledging Vartenuk's integral part in getting the Fire House and the Community Room built. The decision to place a levy on the ballot in order to build the facility was during the tenures of trustees Dave Polen, Ron Mishler and Dave Vartenuk. In all, the event was witnessed by seven hearty soles who braved the snow covered roads and the 17 degree temperature.
Aside from the excitement of the new surroundings, the meeting produced little entertainment, though Vickie Vincent did bring Christmas cookies. A discussion on the progress on demolishing the house at 1560 Carriage House Drive took place. While the zoning inspector was absent due to illness, trustee Dave Vartenuk said that the latest plan from the county prosecutor's office is to have a meeting with the new owners of the property, along with officials from the county building department, county health department and the Suffield Fire Department. This meeting, yet to be scheduled, will take place at the site. A Carriage House Drive neighbor Bernie Trares said that the new owners have mowed the property and have placed "No Trespassing" signs on the property.
Tom Calcei reported that all is well at the Fire Department. He also said that the ambulance that is in need of a new paint job is now being worked on. A rental substitute ambulance should be here and available shortly. He also said that Christmas With Santa was a very successful event this past Sunday evening.
The trustees made another slight change to their meeting schedule. The second meeting of this month will now be held on Friday December 29th at 7:00 PM. This is a change from the original time set several weeks ago.
Jeff Eldreth welcomed Ed Vincent back after his recent bout with cancer. After extensive treatment, Ed has responded well and is now cancer free. The crowd erupted in applause after the announcement. The trustees will meet again on Friday January 29th at 7:00 PM. The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday December 13th at 7:00 PM. Now that the Administration Building has been leased out, ALL township meetings will be held in the Fire House Community Room.