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 6,315 as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015, 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 David (Pete) Einloth, that takes care of the roadways and other services related to the needs of  the community.

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On Tuesday May 14th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees held their meeting before about ten people.  Most of the business conducted was of the routine nature.  

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick said that the Fire Department handled 63 calls in April and conducted five training sessions.  They also spent considerable time inspecting equipment and the fire station to make absolutely certain everything is up to standard.  Trustee Jared Phillip said that the long awaited elevation markers for Wingfoot Lake and the surrounding ponds would be installed later this week.  He said that the elevation level of 1147 feet above sea level will used on the markers. That this level is consistent with a 1928 court case, which set the precedent for the lake's level.  Zoning inspector Adam Bey said that the Walnut Gardens on the east end of Randolph Road is going through some changes.  Namely, they are going to set up an agri-tourism facility that will be used for education and later for events, such as wedding receptions.  

Trustee Chairman Jeff Eldreth said that part time worker Jeff Brown has started back to work for the township.  Eldreth also said that the township will pay $69.00 per ton to Morton Salt for road salt this coming snow season.  The proposed salt barn is nearer to reality.  Eldreth still wants to work out some details on size and design.  The once considered plan to join forces with ODOT for a larger, shared salt barn seems to have become less likely.  Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said reported that the Risk Management Pool returned $1,693.00 for over-payment by the township.  The amount varies, but this is a yearly refund to the township.

Lori Calcei also mentioned that the there is a position on Suffield's Tax Incentive Review Council after the recent resignation of Alisha Wilson from that board.  This particular position is one that the Portage County Commissioners appoint.  Anyone with a desire to serve on that board, which meets one day a year each March, should call her or Jeff Childers (330-819-8905) for information on how to be appointed.  A Shenk Drive resident John Cain had some questions for the trustees and the Zoning Inspector about zoning issues on his street.

Former trustee Dave Vartenuk said that his mother is turning 94 years old this week and that it would be a nice gesture and use of the new electronic sign in front of the Town Hall to wish her a Happy Birthday. The trustees agreed.  Vartenuk also said that there will be a birthday gathering in her honor at Mulligan Springs this Sunday, May 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  All are welcome.

Trustee Tom Calcei, who also happens to be president of the Suffield League, announced that there will be no Suffield Music Fest this summer.  However, he mentioned that there would be several musical events at the Wingfoot Lake Park, sponsored by ODNR.  The first of these will be  this Saturday May 18th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.  The John Hampu Band will perform 60's and 70's classic music.  The event is free and open to everyone. 

And, the Suffield League's annual Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday May 27th. On that day the events include a Pancake Breakfast at the Town Hall from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM, the VFW and Catholic War Veteran's Memorial Service in front of the Town Hall at 1:00 PM, and finally the Memorial Day Parade at 2:00 PM.

The next trustee meeting is Tuesday May 28th at 7:00 AM.  The next Zoning Commission meeting is Wednesday June 12th at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. 

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met in a public forum before three citizens at their 7:00 AM meeting on Tuesday April 23rd.  The township had advertised for bids for road materials to be used this year.  Normally, there are about 8-10 bidders, but this year only three companies made bids to supply Suffield with road materials.  They were H. Luli Construction Company, Arms Trucking and Lafarge Inc, Great Lakes Division.  The trustees voted to accept these bids and will review them at the next trustee meeting. 

Jared Phillip 12 29 2017.JPG croppedA rather long discussion was undertaken to talk about driveway culverts and how concrete driveways terminate at the ditch line or roadway.  The suggestion was made to include driveway requirements to the "Driveway Permit" form that is issued at the time zoning permits are issued.  Jared Phillip emphasized that any rules now promulgated by the trustees would apply to future driveway construction only.  Some discussion was also had on monument mailboxes.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey mentioned that a large property on Pontius Road, west of Mishler Road, is going to be subdivided into about twelve lots of various sizes and configurations due to some wetland and ponds.  Bey also said that the Saal family is in the planning stages of converting some of their Randolph Road property to be used in an "agro-tourism" business, namely a place that would be used for educational programs, and later to be set up as a venue for events such as weddings.  

Road foreman Pete Einloth said his department has been busy with clean-up from the storm about ten days ago.  They have also been doing some ditch work and yesterday the crew mowed all three cemeteries for the first time this season.  

The trustees next meet on Tuesday May 14th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday May 8th at 7:00 PM.  Both meeting are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. 

On Tuesday April 9th the Suffield Board of Trustees met before about eight people.  Fire Chief Bob Rasnick gave his monthly report which outlined the 62 calls for service that the Fire Department had responded to in March.  He said that this year's call totals is about the same as this time last year.  He also reported that this coming Friday six of his Fire Explorers and three adult advisers will be going to Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual Fire Department Instructors Conference.  Cost of the trip, which includes renting a van and hotel accommodations, is being paid from money earned at last fall's fundraiser.  The Chief also said that the Suffield Fire Department and the Mogadore Fire Department pooled money in order to get six thermal imagers for the price of five.  These imagers have come significantly down in cost over the years.  The first one our department ha, which the manufacturer had loaned to the New York Fire Department just after the September 11th disaster, cost $14,700, while these new imagers were $542 each.  The new ones are also much smaller than the older units.

On March 20th there was a statewide Tornado Alert Safety Drill.  At that time the Code Red system that Suffield Township participates in was activated.  About 5,000 phone numbers in Suffield were called to advise of the drill.  The system recognized that only about 1,800 of the phones actually received the notification.  Chief Rasnick said that there are a lot of phone numbers for persons in Suffield that still need to be added.  He suggested, for those who have not yet registered for Code Red Weather Alerts, that they go to the Suffield Township website and click on the Code Red logo on the right side of the home page and sign up for the alerts.  It is free and confidential.  Remember that this alert system can be added to your home land line and to any cell phone. 

Lori Calcei mentioned that the Portage County Board of Elections is in need of poll workers for the upcoming primary election.  The caveat is that someone who wants to work at the polls needs to receive training beforehand.  The last training date before the May 7th primary is April 19th.  Call the Board of Elections at 330-297-3511 for further info.

In a move that made a lot of commonsense the trustees voted to remove an addendum to the Zoning Resolution that prohibited dangerous dogs.  Since the township has no authority to enforce such a ban, the document, which was added to the Zoning Resolution on 2002, was removed.  Dangerous dogs are handled by the Portage County Dog Warden.  Trustee Jared Phillip asked for and received a purchase order in the amount of $1,500 to pay Hammond Tree & Associates for shooting elevations at Wingfoot Lake.  He said that the actual cost would be between $800 and $1,500.  The water level there is supposed to be no higher than 1147 feet above sea level according to a 1916 court case.  Once the elevation is determined, three markers are planned to memorialize the level. 

Road Department foreman Pete Einloth told the trustees of what his department has been doing and what they plan to do in the near future.  Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth motioned that the trustees accept the report for the Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council.  It was received unanimously.  Eldreth also motioned that the trustees accept an annexation agreement with the Village of Mogadore for seven tenths of an acre in the old West Country Club property.  This issue also passed.  Eldreth postponed any discussion on the proposed new salt barn until trustee Tom Calcei could be there. 

The next trustee meeting is on Tuesday April 23rd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission will not meet on April 10th, but on Wednesday April 17th at 7:00 PM.  No Board of Zoning Appeals are scheduled.  These meetings will be at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. The annual Suffield League Easter Egg Hunt is this coming Sunday April 14th at 1:00 PM at the Wingfoot Lake State Park.  The event is for children twelve and under. 

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday March 26th at 7:00 AM before a crowd of five citizens.  Most the business discussed was mundane and of the routine nature.  Chairman Jeff Eldreth announced that the annual Township Clean-Up Day will be on Saturday April 20th from 8:00 AM until 12:00 AM.  It will be held at the township Road Department garage, which is on State Route 43 to the rear of the historic Town Hall.  The Portage County Solid Waste Management District has provided the township with rules on what will be accepted.  These rules are:

1.  A strict limit of 10 tires per vehicle will be accepted at the collection event.

2.  Passenger tires with rims will be accepted.

3.  Tractor tires, with rims, will be accepted.

4.  Cut (sheared) tires will NOT be accepted.

5.  Tires that are muddy of filled with dirt will NOT be accepted.

6.  Semi tires will NOT be accepted.

7.  We CANNOT accept heavy equipment tires or treads from mini excavators.

8.  We CANNOT accept chunks of rubber.

9.  We CANNOT accept inner tubes.

10. Tires will NOT be accepted from commercial businesses.

11. Batteries will be accepted.

12. Electronics will be accepted, however, NO TV's WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei reported that NOPEC has okayed two grants to Suffield Township for 2019.  One was for just shy of $19,000.  NOPEC has agreed that using this money to pay towards the new electronic sign would be appropriate.  The other grant for $1,500 is to be used for a community based event.  There is also $400 worth of leftover NOPEC grant money from 2018 that the township can use.  The trustees discussed some options on this.  Tom Calcei said that the Suffield League has decided not to have the annual Suffield Music Festival in 2019, but instead is considering a "community picnic" at Wingfoot Lake State Park.  This grant money could be used for that event.  Jeff Eldreth talked about a Christmas decorations competition in which residents would nominate and vote on the best decorated house.  A small portion of the NOPEC grant could money be used as prize money.  No decision on spending this grant money was made.

The new electronic sign is up and running.  Community based organizations are encouraged to advertise their events on BOTH the Suffield Township website and on the electronic sign.  Call Jeff Childers at 330-819-8905 to provide website information and call Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384 to provide information for the electronic sign.

Jeff Eldreth reported that the annual street sweeping has been completed.  Buckeye Sweeping was the contractor this year.  There was some discussion on the proposed new salt barn.  Jeff Eldreth hoped that the new salt barn would be about 54' by 40' and would hold about 900 tons of material.  Since that amount of salt is about twice the amount used annually, Eldreth said that he wanted a shed large enough to shelter both the salt and grit that the township uses.  Keeping the grit out of the weather will prevent it from freezing into chunks that won't go through the spreader apparatus.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday April 9th at 7:00 AM (this time is correct, meeting time was changed).  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday April 10th at 7:00 PM.  No Board of Zoning Appeals hearings are scheduled.

 

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Pancake Breakfast Set For Memorial Day At Town Hall

The Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast at the Town Hall on Monday May 27th from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  Cost is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and is free for kids three and under.

 

Memorial Day Parade Is Monday May 27th

The Suffield League will again sponsor the annual Suffield Memorial Day Parade.  The actual parade will begin at 2:00 PM, following a Memorial Service in front of the Town Hall at 1:00 PM on Monday May 27th.  Lineup for the parade also begins at 1:00 PM on Waterloo Road near Elizabeth Street.

 

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 330,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of May 2, 2019, Suffield Township's website had 330,265 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 408.8 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

Town Hall Rental

The historic Suffield Town Hall can be rented by residents and non-residents for various events.  For complete information on the availability, costs and regulations on renting the Town Hall, please call the Town Hall administrator Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384.

 

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