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 September 10th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees held their semi-monthly meeting at 7:00 AM before eight concerned citizens.  Most of the meeting was purely perfunctory in nature.  Trustee Tom Calcei read the Fire Department's monthly report.  August totals included 71 total calls for service.  The Chief Rasnick asked Jordan Stansberrythat the trustees accept the Andrew ArmstrongJohn Crouserresignation of  firefighter Ben Freeman, who is quitting to take a full time job with the Niles Fire Department.  The Chief also asked that the trustees allow him to hire three new firefighters.  They are Andrew Armstrong, John Crouser and Jordan Stansberry.  They will be required to serve the normal one year probationary period. Calcei also said that the Fire Department's annual Open House will be on Sunday October 13th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department has completed the chip and seal program for this year and that the roads will be striped very soon.  He also reminded the other trustees that Halloween is near.  They voted to keep Trick or Treat times the same as in the past.  Trick or Treat will be on Sunday October 27th from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  The Fall Festival at Wingfoot Lake State Park is scheduled for Saturday October 16 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

Bill Steiner from the Portage County Solid Waste Management was on hand to speak about the potential upcoming contract between Suffield Township and his agency.  His talk hinted that a modest increase in fees would be likely in order to maintain services that are now provided.  He mentioned that it now costs $22.00 to $23.00 per ton to process recycle materials.  He blames foreign markets for this increase in costs.  Steiner also suggested that part of the problem in costs is that too high of a percentage of users are putting non-recyclable materials in their recycle carts.  His estimate is that about 38% of what is picked up is not recyclable.  His goal is to decrease that number to 10%.  Oddly enough, Steiner could not provided an estimate on how many Suffield residents used his recycle services.  He also mentioned that it is okay to leave the caps on bottles, which is directly opposite of what the Akron Beacon Journal reported.  He said that how Portage County recycles is quite different that how Summit County does it.

The trustees meet again at 7:00 AM on Tuesday September 24th.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday September 11th at 7:00 PM.  No Board of Zoning Appeals hearings are scheduled.  Both the scheduled meetings are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.

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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday August 27th at 7:00 before four interested citizens.  Lori Calcei said that the township had received a "More Grant" from the Ohio Township Association in the amount of $500.  This is a yearly grant that must be used for safety equipment.  Chairman Jeff Eldreth motioned that the Suffield Township Historical Society be allowed to mount a four foot by eight foot sign on the south side of the museum.  Tom Calcei seconded the motion, which passed by a 2-0 vote.  Fire Chief Bob Rasnick said that Andrew Crano has resigned from the Fire Department.  He also was happy to report that Michael Morrison has been re-instated to the Fire Department with no probation.  Morrison had resigned in July to work full time at another department, but now finds it possible to also work part time here.  Chief Rasnick recommended that Ryan Evans, Grace Fronk and Emma Harrison be placed on the Fire Department roster is "volunteers".  They will serve a one year probationary period.  They have no fire cards, but are enrolling in the fire school later this year.  All three are State Certified basic EMT's and all three passed a preliminary physical agility test.

Jeff Eldreth said that a lot of Suffield Township residents showed animals at the Randolph Portage County Fair last week, and many came home with first place ribbons.  He congratulated them on their achievement. 

Pete Einloth said that the Road Department is working this week on chip and sealing, with the Henry Luli Construction Company, on Manning and Bolender Roads.  Adam Bey reported that the Big Red Foundation is hoping to put up "senior banners" on State Route 43, north of Saxe Road in Brimfield Township.  These senior banners are not of old folks, but rather seniors at Field High School.  There are forty banners to be hung.  John Yeargin said that the Dollar General store on State Route 43, just south of the Road Department garage, has been open for about two weeks, but will have their official grand opening on Saturday August 31st.  Tom Calcei said that there will be a Halloween event at the Wingfoot Lake State Park on Saturday October 26th from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  We will post more details as they become available.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday September 10th at 7:00 AM.  This meeting has been changed from the evening time slot to the morning time and will feature Portage County Solid Waste Management director William Steiner, who was asked to come and discuss his hopes for raising the recycle fees, and, no doubt, will be peppered with other questions on the recycling issue.  The Zoning Commission next meets on Wednesday September 11th at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals meets TONIGHT at 7:00 PM to hear a request for a variance on an accessory building on North Polen Avenue.

 

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday August 13th at 7:30 PM to conduct a public hearing on some Zoning Resolution changes.  After some discussion, the trustees voted 3-0 to accept the changes.  The changes become township law in thirty days unless there is an appeal to the County Prosecutor's Office.  (click here for Zoning Resolution text changes)

Then the trustees met again, this time for their regular business meeting.  Many issues were discussed.  Tom Calcei mentioned that Fire Department Captain Connie Milahik had retired at the end of July after twenty-five years of faithful service.  He also mentioned that she received a check for $10,000 from the trustees in appreciation of her Captain Connie Mihalikservice.  Just two meetings ago the trustees had voted to award fire department employees $10,000, if they had twenty-five or more years of part-time service.   Captain Mihalik is the first Suffield Township employee to receive this benefit.  Part-time fire department workers are not eligible for pensions from either the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund or from the Public Employees Retirement System.  Calcei also gave the monthly fire department report.  The firefighters responded to 84 calls for service in July.

The new Dollar General store on State Route 43 is nearing completion.  They expect to be open approximately September 3rd, but may open before that.  The Dollar General people have informed the trustees that they want to apply for a license to sell beer.  The trustees voted to not oppose their request.  Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei submitted the county-approved 2020 budget and the trustees voted to accept it as written.  The Portage County Board of Elections asked trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth to remind Suffield residents that they are in need of poll workers.  The County will pay poll workers $20 to attend a training session and $120 to man the polls on election day.  Need more info, call 330-297-3512.   Eldreth also mentioned that the 2020 Census is rapidly approaching.  Census workers will be around the township and each will be armed to an official U.S. Census handbag and an official badge. 

Zoning Inspector Adam Bey reported that he had issued some permits for pools and for one new house on Pheasant Lane. He also said that there will be a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing on Tuesday August 27th at 7:00 PM, concerning an accessory building on North Polen Road.  Bey also said that there is some interest in a couple township properties, of which both have become eyesores.  He hopes to have more information to pass along at future meetings.

Jeff Eldreth said that Henry Luli Construction Company is preparing to start the chip and seal program next week and hopes to have about half of the work done before the school year begins.  Eldreth asked for a purchase order in the amount of $18,000 to buy slag.  The trustees agreed to spend the money.

Some familiar faces returned to the crowd tonight.  Of the eleven people present, it was good to see Dennis Copley, Dave Vartenuk and Howard Coomer again.

The trustees next meet Tuesday August 27th at 7:00 AM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing on Tuesday August 27th at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings are in the Suffield Communty Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday July 23rd at 7:00 AM.  Caitlin Albright of NOPEC came to the meeting to present Fire Chief Bob Rasnick with an award acknowledging his many years of service to the community.  Albright said that NOPEC to honoring various Nopec Recognizes Bob Rasnick 07 23 2019governmental employees and that this year the emphasis was on police and fire departments.  Trustee Chairman Jeff Eldreth had submitted Rasnick's name for consideration.  Eldreth said "“Bob has spent 40 years working for the Suffield Township residents. Thirty-five of those years has been spent as our fire chief. Bob is the most dedicated public servant you could ask for. He goes above and beyond his responsibilities as the fire chief. Suffield has been very lucky to have Bob in this position for so many years. There is not a person that should be recognized more than Bob in our township!”

Trustee Jared Phillip said that the township has donated the old sign from in front to the historic Town Hall to the Suffield United Church of Christ.  This is the sign that was replaced by the new electronic sign.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey said that Portage County had given him a box of old township maps.  After review by Zoning Commission Chairman John Yeargin and Bey, it was determined that the maps serve no useful purpose to the township at his time, so Bey asked that he be allowed to donate them to the Suffield Township Historical Society.  The Trustees agreed.  Bey also said that the Zoning Commission had a public hearing on the Zoning Resolutions amendments and was now officially informing the Trustees.  The Trustees set a public hearing on these changes for Tuesday August 13 at 7:30 PM.  

Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department was likely to finish this year's crack sealing either today or tomorrow.  They have some more repairs planned for Manning Road.  He also said that Bill Steiner of the Portage County Solid Waste Management has agreed to some and speak at the Trustee's meeting on Tuesday September 10th at 8:00 PM.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday August 13th at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the regular trustee's meeting, there will be a hearing at 7:30 PM to consider Zoning Resolution changes.  The Zoning Commission is off for the month of August.  The Board of Zoning Appeals has a couple hearing coming up, but neither one has been scheduled. 

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Board Of Zoning Appeals Approves Variance For North Polen Property

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday August 27th to hear a request from Mike Smith for a variance to build an accessory building too close to the property line by Zoning Resolution standards.  The hearing was perhaps the fastest ever conducted, taking just seven minutes to complete.  Smith was granted his variance by a 4-0 vote.

Follow The Falcons And Other Local Girdiron Teams

Most Suffield children attend Field Local Schools, but Suffield is also home to children who attend Mogadore, Lake and Springfield schools.  Follow their football seasons here.  Click here to see the schedules and scores.

Week 4:  Field (1-3) hosted the Ravenna Ravens (4-0).  The Falcons played a great game only to lose 31-26 when the Ravens scored a touchdown with 22 seconds to go.  The Falcons had taken the lead on a fumble recovery touchdown with 1:22 remaining, but Ravenna showed why they are off to a 4-0 start.  Lake (4-0) welcomed  Louisville (2-2) to Hartville and then edged the Leopards 37-27.   Mogadore (3-1) played at home against Lima Central Catholic (3-1) on Saturday and lost 27-21.   The Woodridge Bulldogs (2-2) visited the Springfield Spartans (0-4), and came away with a 40-15 win.

Week 5:  The Falcons (1-3) travel to Lodi for a game with the Cloverleaf Colts (1-3), who were annihilated by Streetsboro in Week 4 by a 70-20 score.  Mogadore (3-0) has a home game against Meadowbrook (1-2), Lake (4-0) hosts the Jackson Polar Bears (3-1) and Springfield (0-4) goes to Coventry (0-4) in a match up of winless teams.  

 

Card Bingo Returns To Suffield On Sunday Evenings

Card Bingo has returned to the Suffield Community Room on Sundays at 6:00 PM.  Bring some change and spend an evening playing bingo with your neighbors.

 

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 390,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of September 13, 2019, Suffield Township's website had 390,226 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 469.26 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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