In 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 trustees met Tuesday evening. Trustee Tom Calcei reported that he had spoken with Portage County Solid Waste Management superintendent William Steiner and learned that on the first two days of recycle pickup in Suffield (January 30th & 31st) that approximately 80% of the residents put their recycle carts out for pickup. While this was a remarkably good start for the program, the complaints to the trustees continued. One resident is upset that the recyclers will not drive their truck down his lane due to the size of their vehicle and another resident complained that the recycle truck driver would not pick up their clear-plastic recycle bags, even though they were placed along the street. Suggestions were made by some in the audience. Trustee chairman Dave Vartenuk said that these and other concerns will be addressed to Steiner this coming weekend at the quarterly Portage County Township Association dinner in Randolph.
The trustees voted to accept the revisions to the township's Personnel Policies & Procedures Manual after it had been reviewed by Chris Meduri of the Portage County Prosecutor's Office. They also heard from Zoning Inspector Adam Bey, who reported on the progress on the former Monarch Teledyne/Trellborg property, the prospective demolition of the properties on Sunnybrook Road and Carriage House Lane, the situation developing at a derelict dwelling at 60 Saxe Road, and the unsightly conditions at the old Copeland's Landing property. While none of these situations were resolved at this meeting, there appears to be progress towards a satisfactory conclusion in each case.
Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that he has received calls on the rough road conditions on Mishler Road. He wanted to remind everyone that in Suffield there are several roads that are maintained by the Portage County Engineer's Office, and that Mishler Road is one of them. Others include: Randolph Road, Congress Lake Road, part of Swartz Road, Waterloo Road, Martin Road and Portage Line Road. Eldreth also said that the constant freezing, then thawing of the roads is causing quite a bit of damage this year. Salt supplies are sufficient to see the township through this winter. Eldreth said that the Road Department crew has done some pothole work recently and has nearly completed their project of putting reflective strips on all sign posts, as well as placing new signs at nearly all places where culverts cross under the street.
Dave Vartenuk said that he and Jeff Eldreth met with people from the Dominion East Ohio Gas Company on the possibility of extending gas lines to some of the township areas that currently have no gas. The gas company will look into this and at some point in the not-so-distant future, residents may be able to have natural gas. More on this later.
The trustees meet again on Tuesday February 28th at 8:00 PM.
The Suffield Historical Society's Speaker Series continues on Monday February 20th at 7:00 PM in the Fire House Community Room, when local pottery and stoneware expert F. Robert Treichler will speak on "A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware". Of special interest will be the pottery and potters from the Mogadore and Springfield areas. He will have his books available for sale. If you have piece of stoneware, bring it along, as Treichler may be able to tell where it came from and other interesting facts regarding the item.
Coordinated by Gino Calcei, the acclaimed Speaker Series is now in its seventh year. F. Robert Treichler is the featured speaker on February 20th, Jeff and Dustin Kisamore will speak about their hunting adventures in Newfoundland and Suffield on March 20th. On April 17th Portage County historian Brian Ebie will speak on his travels around the country to play organs. And on May 15th, Suffield Fire Department Chief Robert Rasnick will speak on the history of the Suffield Fire Department, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
Doors at the Fire House Community Room open at 6:30 PM. There is usually a very short business meeting that begins at 6:45 PM and the speakers take the stage at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments are available.
In other Historical Society news, several showcases in the lobby of the Portage County Recorder's Office were filled with items from the Suffield Township Historical Society's museum. These items were loaned for display after Recorder Lori Calcei suggested that the showcases could be rotated among the various township's historical organizations. Pictured below are Society President Judy Calcei, Vice President Bev Persons and Pat Mettle, and photos of the items displayed.
On Tuesday January 24th the Suffield Township Trustees held their bi-weekly meeting before a typical crowd of twelve concerned citizens. Some small changes to the 2017 Re-Organizational minutes were made and approved. Dana Heffner, Director of External Affairs for First Energy Corporation, came to talk about several issues that are relevant to Suffield residents. She explained how any person could go about notifying First Energy Corporation that a streetlight was either burned out or not working properly. In a capsule, it you see a streetlight that needs attention, either call 1-888-544-4877 or go online to First Energy Corporation (www.firstenergycorp.com) to report it. For best results, try to give a street address nearest the non-working streetlight. Heffner also spoke on choosing the supplier of your electricity. First Energy Corporation will distribute your power but you have a choice on which company will supply that electricity. She suggested that residents check on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio website (www.PUCO.gov) for the names and rates of companies that are authorized to sell you power. The choice is yours.
The Trustees learned that some repairs are needed at the Fire Department due to some water that is leaking from the roof to the interior wall. No estimate was given for a solution to the problem. Chief Robert Rasnick, in his written report, said that 2016 was the busiest yet with a total of 743 calls, including 525 EMS calls. The Trustees approved a contract between the Fire Department and Nimishillen Township for fire dispatch for 2017 at a cost of $1,957.83. The Trustees also made some final changes to the Suffield Township Personnel Policies And Procedures Manual. They will send this document to County Prosecutor Chris Meduri for his legal thoughts before actual approval.
The Trustees are all going to the Ohio Township Association Winter Conference in Columbus beginning January 25th through January 27th. The next meeting for the trustees will be Valentine's Day, February 14th at 8:00 PM. The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday February 8th at 7:00 PM. There are currently no hearings scheduled for the Board of Zoning Appeals.
It is certain that a few residents of the township were unaware of the newly instituted curbside recycle program that began on Monday January 30th. Sometimes things simply slip between the cracks. While this program has been advertised on this website, on the township bulletin board, on Facebook, in the Ravenna Record Courier and by word of mouth for several months, some may have missed these announcements. No doubt there were some who didn't receive the questionnaire that preceded the trustees vote on the issue of whether or not to go with curbside recycling or continue with the recycle dumpsters along State Route 43. But now that the program has begun, it would be very hard for anyone to miss the blue recycle cart that turned up at their drive about two weeks ago, and it would be just as hard to have not seen them sitting along the roadways on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Now that the program is fully in stride, it is noteworthy to remind residents that the next pickup for recycles will be Monday February 13th for those who live WEST of State Route 43 and on Tuesday February 14th for those who live EAST of State Route 43. While no actual numbers are available, it appears that about 50% of the residents put their recycle carts out along the street during the first two days of pick up. This seems like a very good start to a worthwhile environmental program. It should also be noted the ugly dumpsters that were sitting along State Route 43 across from the Road Department are now gone. Thanks for your community support on this matter.