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.

On Tuesday October 9th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a crowd of ten interested citizens.  With Tom Calcei away, Jeff Eldreth stepped up and ably ran the meeting.  A number of routine matters were discussed including:  the Fire Chief's monthly report, an update on the derelict property at 2412 Sunnybrook Road, some road issues and the annual opening of the leaf dump.  The trustees also gave Portage County Commissioner candidate Tony Badalamenti some time to discuss his suggestions for a Pretty Glen Dam solution.

Chief Robert Rasnick said that the his department had a very busy September.   The firefighters and EMS squads responded to 83 calls, giving them 615 call-outs so far this year.  They are on a pace to set a call-out record for the year.  The annual Fire Department Open House was a great success.  Thanks to grant money from NOPEC, the Fire Department was able to purchase some really nice first aid kits and fire extinguishers and other handouts for residents.  The Portage County Health Department expressed appreciation on being invited.  They shot up 61 people with flu shots.  The Chief also announced that David Gasaway had resigned, citing that he "simply didn't have the time" to continue on with the Fire Department.  The trustees voted to accept his resignation.

Jared Phillip said that the Zoning Commission was meeting on Wednesday and that they were close to wrapping up the Twenty Year Land Use Plan.  The subject of the derelict property at 2412 Sunnybrook was given some explanation by zoning inspector Adam Bey.  While nothing would happen yet this year, it appears the Portage County Land Bank is willing to help in getting the property cleaned up and turned over to a new owner.  He said that there are several possible outcomes.  They include the landbank selling the property as a foreclosed property, the township being given the property, one of the contingent property owners being given first chance to purchase the land, or the property being put to community use, such as a park.  With the landbank's involvement, their legal department will handle all the legal details, which would be a blessing to the township.

Of importance to many in the township is the leaf dump.  The resident at 558 Etter Road has again offered to allow Suffield residents a place to dump their leaves.  The dump is now open and will be until about Thanksgiving.  We will give advance warning a week or so before the leaf dump closes for the year.  It is asked that you bring no sticks, branches, stones or plastic bags.  The dump will be open from Dawn to Dark.  Please respect the privacy of the property owner.

Tony Badalamenti said he has researched the documents that relate to the Hills Pond Dam, aka the Pretty Glen Dam.  Since the dam is owned by the county commissioners, it is their option to decide if the dam will be repaired, replaced or tore down.  Badalamenti's said the cost to replace the dam was about $1.6 million and to tear it down was about $1.5 million.  He suggested that with community involvement, it would be possible to keep the dam with very little cost to either the community or the county.  His suggestion was to get volunteers to spend a couple weekends clearing brush from on and around the immediate dam.  The trustees took no action on this matter.

On the calendar for the rest of October:  the trustees meet again on Tuesday October 23rd at 7:00 AM in the Suffield Community Room.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday October 10th at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room.  The Lions Club is sponsoring a Night With the Candidates on Thursday October 25th from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Field Middle School.  Trick or Treat will be held on Sunday October 28th from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday September 25th to conduct business before a crowd of eight interested parties.  Noteworthy was the expenditure of $18,750 to put a new dimensional shingle roof on the Road Scott McBroom photoDepartment garage.  The trustees discussed at length on whether to go with a shingled roof or a metal roof.  Road Department superintendent Scott McBroom may have tipped the scales when he suggested the shingled roof.  Another consideration was the cost.  The shingles were about $4,000 less.  The trustees voted to have Steve Bable, a local contractor, do the job. Jeff Eldreth asked that the project be completed within 45 days.  Perhaps the best news is that Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei stated she had been in contact with Charles Ramer of NOPEC, and this roofing replacement will qualify as an allowed project for a $19,630 grant that the township hoped to get from NOPEC.  The trustees voted to submit the grant application.  They also agreed to submit a grant application in order to get $1,500 from NOPEC for community events.  This smaller grant will go toward Fire Department Open House expenses.

Scott McBroom said the Road Department has been busy with a number of small projects.  The road striping has been completed, so the trustees voted to pay JD Striping & Services of Ravenna $15,838 for their services.  Fire Chief Robert Rasnick was unavailable, but he sent in his stead Fire Safety Inspector Dean Chinrock to answer questions, of which there were none.  The crowd was reminded that the Fire Department Open House is on Sunday October 7th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  The Suffield Township Historical will have the museum open during those hours.  For those unfamiliar with the museum's location, it is in the township's original Fire Department building, directly behind the historic Town Hall.  The Portage County Health Department will also be on hand to administer flu shots.

Jeff Eldreth said that the house at 1560 Carriage House Way has come a long way since all the neighborhood complaints over the past ten years, or so.  He mentioned that the new owners have recently replaced the roof and are forging ahead with a complete restoration.  Tom Calcei motioned that the trustees hire Andrew J. Crano of Alliance to be a new firefighter.  He will have to serve a one year probationary period.

The Hills Pond or Pretty Glen Dam is still on the minds of the neighbors, the trustees and the county administration.  Tony Badalamenti, who is running for county commissioner this fall, told Tom Calcei that he has plans to save the dam.  He plans to attend the trustee meeting on Tuesday October 11th to present his ideas.  Calcei said that he hopes those who live in Spring Valley Estates will take the time to attend this meeting.

The next trustee meeting is on Tuesday October 11th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday October 12th at 7:00 PM and the Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing set for Tuesday October 2nd at 8:00 PM.  All meetings are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road and all meetings are open to the public.

 

 

On Monday September 10th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a much smaller crowd than usual.  Perhaps it was that the meeting had been moved forward one day, or maybe it was the sudden onset of fall, but the five attendees heard mostly routine business.  Fire Chief Robert Rasnick reported that the Fire Department had been busy Mosquito Warningin August, compiling 78 calls for service and bringing them to 532 calls for the year.  He announced that firefighter Kyle Knapp had resigned effective August 31st due to his return to college.  On a happier note, Rasnick said that the annual Pancake Breakfast was a big success.  He said that there was a larger than usual crowd and that the Suffield Fire Department Explorers were able to raise $2,000 towards their trip to the Firemen's Annual Conference in Indianapolis next spring.  The trustees allocated $2,000 to replace the bed in the Fire Department's pickup truck.

Chairman Tom Calcei reported that the Portage County Commissioners had approved a tax abatement for Hamrick Manufacturing.  Hamrick had come to the last trustees meeting to secure their blessing on the abatement matter.  The manufacturing company is planning to spending about $500,000 on building improvements and will be hiring additional personnel.  Calcei also mentioned that NOPEC was offering a grant of up to $19,630 to the township for projects that would improve our energy efficiency.  The township may be eligible to collect this amount for up to three consecutive years.  The trustees voted to accept the official tax rate for Suffield.  This resolution will be forwarded to the County Auditor.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department was busy the past several weeks.  Of note, they power washed the historic Town Hall, painted the cupola on the Town Hall and cut down a tree in front of the old administration building, which will allow a better view of the flag there and the new "Suffield:  Home of the Falcons" sign.  He also said that the roughly ten miles of roads that had been chipped and sealed this year will be stripped soon by a private contractor.  There was an extensive conversation on re-roofing the township Road Department garage.  Due to a lack of "Apples to Apples" bids, no final decision was made.  Part of the consideration is whether to go with three-rib steel roofing, standing rib steel roofing or shingle  roofing.  Eldreth said he would get a couple more estimates before the next meeting.

Adam Bey said a lot of building is taking place in Suffield.  Most of it is in the routine nature, such as decks and garages.  There is one new house in the works on Goodyear Lake Boulevard. Bey had met with county prosecutor Chris Meduri and was given exact instructions on how the paperwork for the William Gump burial should be handled.  Meduri opined that by allowing this one-time ashes burial, the township would not be setting a precedent. 

Jared Phillip said that the signage on and around the township campus was nearly complete.  The lettering on the glass doors on the east side of the administration building should be done this week  Tom Calcei also reported that the association of Portage County townships had come to an agreement on how to divide the Local Government Funds.  He said that they voted to accept a five year plan that would give each of the townships $22,300 per year, plus each township would receive an additional amount that would be based on their population.   Under this plan, Suffield came out a winner.  This year Suffield's share of the approximate $3,600,000 pie was about $28,424.  Under the new plan, that amount would rise in 2019 to about $45,000.  The trustees voted to accept this plan and this resolution will be forwarded to the County Budget Commission.  Calcei also mentioned having Elegant Lighting decorate for the Christmas season the Town Hall and the old administration building.  Jared Phillip motioned to expend $1,800 to accomplish this.  The resolution passed 3-0.  Jared Phillip also motioned that the township trustees set Sunday October 28th as "Trick or Treat" day.  Jeff Eldreth seconded the motion, which passed 3-0.  The "Trick or Treat" hours will be the usual 2-4 PM.  And lastly, Tom Calcei mentioned that 80% of the county's 18 township have had positive tests for the West Nile virus, which is carried mainly by mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes can also transmit dog heartworm disease too.  Contact the Portage County Health District Mosquito Education Program at 296-9919 for more information. 

The trustees next meet on Tuesday September 25th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets next on Wednesday September 12th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings on the calendar.  Both meetings will be at the Community Room, 1256 Waterloo Road.

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Last spring the Suffield Township Board of Trustees voted to change some signage around the township property.  They allocated funds in the amount of "up to" $5,000 to put new lettering on the Firehouse/Community Room building, new lettering on the doors on the east side of the building, new signs along Waterloo Road and State Route 43, and to replace the sign that is in front of the old Administration Building.  Most of the signs are now in place with a little tweaking to do.  The whole job of lettering the building looks great.  Perhaps the nicest touch is the sign that used to advertise the Administration Building, which now is used as a real estate office.  There, the trustees have replaced the lettering to read "Suffield Township - Home of the Falcons".

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Field Rips Springfield 38-20 To Break Losing Skid

Suffield has four school districts; Field, Mogadore, Springfield and Lake.  Follow their seasons here.

In Week 8, Field (1-7) ended their 18 game losing streak by whipping the Springfield Spartans (1-7) by a 38-20 count at Kenneth Lohr Stadium.  Way to go Falcons!   Mogadore (7-1) slipped past a determined Garrettsville (5-3) team 49-26.  And the Lake Blue Streaks (4-4) upset the Perry Panthers (6-2) by a 27-23 score. 

In Week 9, Field (1-7) hosts Cloverleaf (3-5) in another game that is very winable, Mogadore (7-1) plays on Saturday evening at the Poland Seminary Stadium against Youngstown Valley Christian (5-3).  GlenOak (1-7) is at Lake (4-4) and Coventry (3-5) comes to Springfield (1-7).   Click here to see their schedules and scores.

 

Historical Society To Hear Local Blimp Historian Ed Ogden

The Suffield Township Historical Society will meet on Monday October 15th.  A business meeting, which will include nomination of officers for the November election, will begin at 6:30 PM.  Following the business session, Ed Ogden, a public relations specialist and historian for the Goodyear blimps operation, will speak.  He knows everything about blimps and is willing to take questions about the newest blimp and all that preceded it.  Ogden's talk will begin about 7:00 PM.  The meeting is in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road and is open to the public.

 

BZA Approves Variance To Allow Home Owner To Remain In Home While New One Is Built

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday October 2nd to consider a request from James and Jill Scovern to remain in their home at 2107 State Route 43 while a new house is built.  This would violate the rules of the Zoning Resolution and the principle of having more than one residential dwelling on a lot.  The Board of Zoning Appeals made quick work of the issue and after just a few inquiries by the board members voted 5-0 to allow the variance.  Board member Pete Einloth made the motion to allow the variance and Vickie Vincent seconded the measure.

 

Election Day Polling Places Announced

The Portage County Board of Elections announced the locations for this year's General Election to be held on Tuesday November 6th.  Polls will open at 6:30 AM and remain open until 7:30 PM.  The polling locations are the same as the last several elections.  Precincts A & B will be in the Suffield United Christian Church at 1115 State Route 43.  Precincts C, D & E will be in the Suffield Elementary School at 1128 Waterloo Road.

 

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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 Has 245,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of October 12, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 245,149 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 265.98 per day.  Thanks for taking a look at "suffieldtownshipohio.com".  Tell your friends about us.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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