A little larger than usual crowd of 20 people showed up at the Suffield Township Trustee's meeting on Tuesday September 27th. In an unprecedented action before the trustees, Martin Road resident Corky Powers Smeyak read a letter that she had written to the trustees, in which she praised the trustees for their courage in voting to place a one mill levy on the November 8 ballot. Knowing that tax levies are very hard to pass, Smeyak hopes that the levy would pass so that money is available "for general purposes to fund among other things a restoration of added law and safety personnel hours".
Matt Adelman was given the opportunity to speak on behalf of Sabrina Christian-Bennett, Republican candidate for County Commissioner. Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department's one ton dump truck is in need of some repairs before the snow season begins. He also said that the paving of Palm Road by Perrin Asphalt Company was scheduled to begin this week, weather permitting. Complaints of speeders on Lansinger Road have been received. Eldreth said that he would check the signage on Lansinger Road.
Trustee Dave Vartenuk said that the Zoning Commission meeting for October has been moved from October 12th to October 19th at 7:00 PM, due to a conflict with other township business. He mentioned that the house on Carriage House Drive was set for Sheriff's Sale on Monday September 19th, but the sale was postponed indefinitely due to a change in the property's bankruptcy status. The property at 2412 Sunnybrook Road is also moving toward final resolution as the Portage County Health Department has told the trustees that they will be issuing the property owner a summons for a cistern/septic violation.
Several new faces in the crowd were residents Robert & Judy Harris and Bryon & Vickie Wine, who came in to discuss an upcoming (September 29th) Board of Zoning Appeals hearing that concerns construction of a duplex on Bolender Road. Despite the fact that the township adhered to the ORC guidelines in notifying neighboring residents of an appeals hearing, Mrs. Harris said that she only learned of the hearing "by happenstance". Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said that she had consulted with the township's legal advisor, Portage County assistant prosecutor Chris Meduri, who advised her the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing should be conducted as scheduled. That hearing is set for Thursday September 29th at 8:30 PM in the Administration Building. (Note: this 8:30 PM hearing has been canceled at the applicant's request on 09-28-2016)
Chief Robert Rasnick reported that the August was a busy month with 61 calls for service. He also asked the trustees to hire David "Mike" Gasaway, a Mogadore resident and a full time Coventry firefighter, as a new probationary employee for the Suffield Township Fire Department. The trustees voted to hire Gasaway. The trustees also set this years Trick or Treat for Sunday October 30th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.
Of other continuing interests the trustees formally announced that the long-awaited public hearing on the curbside recycle issue will be held on Wednesday October 12th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Fire House. Portage County Solid Waste Management District director Bill Steiner will be in attendance to answer the multitude of questions sure to be asked.
The Suffield Township Trustees next meet on Tuesday October 11th at 8:00 PM. They will hold a special meeting on Wednesday October 12th at 7:00 PM to publicly discuss curbside recycling in the township. The Board of Zoning Appeals will hold hearings on Thursday September 29th at 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM. The first hearing concerns a request to build an oversized accessory building at 1761 Waterloo Road and the later hearing concerns building a duplex on a lot less than two acres on Bolender Road. (Note: this 8:30 PM hearing has been canceled at the applicant's request on 09-28-2016) The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday October 19th at 7:00 PM. The recycling issue meeting is at the Community Room of the Fire House, while all other meetings are at the Administration Building.