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.

Road closed imageTrustee Jeff Eldreth announced that the Road Department is planning to do some "Chip & Seal" work beginning Thursday August 9th.  This is dependent on the weather and the work on the below listed nine roadways should take several days.  With all progress comes a little inconvenience.  Here is a list of streets that are affected:  

Chip and Seal:

  • Congress Lake, Waterloo Road to Randolph Road, 1.6 miles
  • Trares Road, Congress Lake Road to Conley Road, 1.3 miles
  • Fairlane Estates, Sunline Drive, Whitehall Drive & Galaxy Drive, 1.1 miles
  • Kehner Road, entire length, 1.0 miles
  • East Swartz Road, entire length, .3 miles
  • Martin Road, State Route 224 to Bolender Road, 1.4 miles
  • Weakland Road, entire length, .3 miles
  • Inglewood Drive, Heartwood Drive, Sweetbriar Drive, Nestledown Drive, 1.0 miles
  • Spring Valley, Vesper Drive, Pheasant Drive, .75 miles

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met twice on Tuesday July 10th.  First they met and considered a preliminary  2019 budget presented by the Fiscal Officer Lori L. Calcei.  This budget forecasts receiving approximately $2,391,586 in revenues and projected spending of $2,128,646.  The budget needed to be approved by the trustees so that the Fiscal Officer could present it to the County Budget Commission by July 20th.  For the first time in several years, the township appears to be in good financial order.  Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei said that the township can finally look to getting some much needed infrastructure, such as a new roof on the Road Department building, a much needed salt barn, and a new electronic sign in front of the Town Hall that has been discussed and pushed forward for the past several years.  It should be noted that at least three local service organizations have pledged money toward this sign project.

After the budget hearing was adjourned, the trustees opened again.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the township had advertised in the Record-Courier and, of course, on the township website for a new "seasonal" worker.  As a result, Eldreth asked that the trustees hire Jeff Brown to fill the position.  As a part time employee, he will be able to work up 1,500 hours per year.  Eldreth noted that the Field School System is in desperate need of school bus drivers and that Brown hopes to work as a driver and a township road worker.  Brown is currently retired, is experienced in road work, has a CDL and has all the necessary training needed to perform duties as needed in Suffield.  Brown will start on Monday July 16.

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick was on hand to give his report on the Fire Department.  June was a busy month with 72 calls for service.  There were five staff continuing education classes.  Rasnick said that he had applied for a grant of $17,250 from the Georgia-Pacific Company to finish replacement of firefighter's "turnout gear".  He feels the chances are good for getting the grant.  He also mentioned that the Fire Department's Explorers had a car wash this past weekend and they raised about $500.  They are hoping to raise about $2,000 so that the entire group and its advisers can attend a conference next April in Indianapolis.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth felt this was a worthy project and asked Rasnick to keep the trustees posted on fundraising goals.

Trustee Jared Phillip said that the new signage for the township municipal campus is currently being assembled and should be installed by August 1st.  Tom Calcei talked about the township cemeteries.  After some discussion, the trustees passed a resolution formally closing all three township cemeteries to any further burials.  The resolution included verbiage pointing out that there have been no burials in the past fifty years, and that records and plot maps are missing.  

The issue of mowing made another appearance at the trustee's meeting.  However, on this occasion the trustees adopted a new policy regarding how the township looks at mowing and what the township is willing to do about it.  Tom Calcei has long stated that he doesn't want the township to be in the mowing business.  In the past, after a complaint of excessively long grass was received, the township would mail out a letter warning the property owner to keep their property in compliance with Ohio Revised Code section 505.87.  The letter also informed the property owner that if they failed to come into compliance after ten days, the township would have the property mowed and add the expenses to the property's tax duplicate.  Calcei said that county prosecutor Chris Meduri had pointed out that the township could not charge more than the normal reasonable fee for such work.  Calcei said that the township does not have the manpower or resources to be in the mowing business.

The trustees learned that former trustee David Vartenuk incurred some medical expenses before his leaving office.  They voted to reimburse Vartenuk $2,085.52.  Resident Sally Knepp spoke to the trustees about massage parlors.  She hoped the trustees would help in the adoption of rules for operating such facilities in the township.  Tom Calcei asked Zoning Commission Chairman John C. Yeargin to have the commission consider this.

Adam Bey said that the "Big Red Community Foundation" is going to publish a Field community calendar for 2019.  Input for the calendar, such as meetings, birthdays and other events, plus advertising is currently being sought and accepted.  The calendars are on pre-sale for $16.00.  To learn more, click here for a link to the "Big Red Community Foundation".   It has been approximately ten years since such a calendar was published.

The Trustees next meet on Tuesday July 24th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets Wednesday July 11th at 7:00 PM, and the Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday July 17th at 8:00 PM.  All meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  The St. Joseph Parish Festival is this weekend, July 13th, 14th & 15th.  The Suffield Music Festival is also rapidly approaching.  It will be held at Wingfoot Lake State Park on August 10th & 11th.

 

On Tuesday July 24th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met at 7:00 AM to discuss business and pay the bills.  Discussion was short and sweet and limited to just a couple of topics.  Trustee Jared Phillip said the new signs are still on schedule to be installed in the next week or so.  Zoning inspector Adam Bey said that the Portage County Health Department has suddenly changed directions and wants the township to move forward with tearing down the derelict house at 2412 Sunnybrook Road.  Mostly due to time restrictions, the whole "hearing process" will need to be done again. Best case scenario for completing the removal of the house is ninety days.

The trustees resolved to accept the Tax Incentive Review Council's recommendation that the tax abatement for GP Tree Service and Bednar Enterprises be continued.  There was a glitch in the paperwork last year on the Council's recommendation that the agreement with the Tuscany project be revoked, so the trustees endorsed that recommendation as well.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said the Road Department has finished with the crack sealing program for this year.  He said he hopes to rent a lift and have the road crew power wash the historic Town Hall and paint the cupola sometime soon.  Trustee Tom Calcei said that the Suffield Elementary School is having a "Welcome Back Celebration" on August 27th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM on the front lawn of the school.  This event is to foster the sense of community among the students, family, faculty and others in Suffield.  (Click here to read the invitation letter from Principal Shawn Bookman)

John Yeargin brought up the Pretty Glen Dam issue, as apparently the county commissioners are poised to move forward with its removal.  The trustees paid the bills and adjourned.  All in all, the six regulars watched a quick meeting and retreated to other more exciting adventures.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday August 14th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission does not meet in August.  The BZA has two hearings on the horizon, but no dates have been set.  The Suffield Music Festival at Wingfoot Lake State Park is on Friday and Saturday,  August 10th and 11th.  And the Suffield Township Historical Society has a business meeting on Monday August 20th at 6:30 PM.    

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All's well in Suffield!  The trustees met on Friday June 22nd before a smaller than usual crowd of six residents.  Trustee chairman Tom Calcei was absent, so vice chairman Jeff Eldreth took over the reins and did an outstanding job of guiding the discussion.  The highlights of the meeting was yet another fairly long discussion on the mowing issue.  No far reaching solution was achieved this morning.  During road superintendent Scott McBroom's presentation, he mentioned receiving a call regarding interring into one of the township's cemeteries the cremated remains of a man.  The discussion on whether or not the township's cemeteries were closed to additional burials has been ongoing since the January 23, 2018 trustee meeting.  More discussion on these important issues will be had in upcoming meetings.  McBroom also reported that the road crew has completed their first mowing along township roadways.  The culvert replacement on Palm Road, just south of Saxe Road, is now on next week's work schedule.  The work is to be done by the Henry Luli Construction Company with the assistance of the Suffield Road Department.  He also said that this year's chip and seal projects will begin the first week of August.  Henry Luli Construction Company was awarded this job earlier this year in the road materials bid process.

Trustee Jared Phillip said that Graphic Details have given him an estimate of $900 to install the new signage around the township campus.  This is in addition to the cost of the materials.  He asked for a purchase order of up to $6500 to cover both materials and installation.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey said that there is a real possibility that a Dollar General store will be coming to downtown Suffield.  A property at 1169 State Route 43 is rumored to be under consideration.  Bey said that there will be a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing coming up soon.  This concerns the request to build an accessory building on a vacant lot before building a house.  

The trustees next regular meeting is Tuesday July 10th at 8:00 PM.  There will be a trustee hearing on the 2019 preliminary budget that same evening at 7:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday July 11th at 7:00 PM.  These meetings will be held in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. 

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BZA Grants Variance To Allow Accessory Building

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on July 17th and voted 5-0 to allow Craig & Lisa Dunlap to build an accessory building on their lot at 378 Weakland Road.  They will be required to obtain a building permit for the primary residence before starting construction on the accessory building.  This has been a contentious issue in the township for many years.  Andy Grow made the motion to allow the accessory building, which was then seconded by Leo Weakland.

 

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Spring S.T.H.S. Newsletter Has Been Published 

Read the Spring edition of the Suffield Township Historical Society newsletter.  Click on the "Society Newsletters" at the bottom of this page.

 

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 220,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of July 29, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 220,056 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 225 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

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