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 6,315 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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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday March 12th before about ten people. Trustee Tom Calcei gave the Fire Department report. He said that in February the Fire Department responded to 62 calls for service. He also announced that Ron Jacob had resigned from the department. The trustees accepted Jacob's resignation with regret. He had served the community well and was one the leaders for our Fire Explorers program. Calcei and the other trustees wish Jacob the best in his future endeavors.
Trustee Jared Phillip gave an update on the progress of the new electronic sign for in front of the historic Town Hall. He said that the weather is all that is holding them back. The trustees agreed at the last meeting to pay up to $1,000 for a new laptop computer to be used with the new sign. Tonight they decided to buy a "pre-loaded" computer from the sign company for $775, plus shipping. Phillip also mentioned that the Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday March 13th at 7:00 PM. He said that the Board of Zoning Appeals has two hearings coming up on Tuesday March 19th at 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM. The second one is a little controversial in that the applicant is asking to be allowed to reduce six lots from 1.5 acres each to about 1.3 acres each. Typically, standard building lots in Suffield are required to be 1.5 acres.
Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth wanted to express his gratitude to the Lake Township Road Department for their help in jetting out a drainage pipe on Trares Road near Congress Lake Road. He said that, sooner or later, Suffield will return the favor to Lake Township in some form. The trustees voted to place ads in the local paper and on this website to advertise for road material bids. These bids will be sealed and opened at the April 23rd trustee meeting. Eldreth said that the Township Cleanup Day will be in May, but no date has been set. That date will probably be set by the next trustee meeting.
Resident Kathryn Sheets told the trustees of her appreciation to the Fire Department for their fine efforts when they transported her husband Larry to the hospital last week. She said that Larry is back home and doing well.
The trustees next meet on Tuesday March 26th at 7:00 AM. The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday March 13th at 7:00 PM. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on Tuesday March 19th at 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM. The regular trustee meeting for Tuesday April 9th has been changed from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM. All meetings are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.
The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday February 26th to conduct business and to bid former Road Department foreman Scott McBroom a fond farewell. McBroom had served almost thirty years with the township before he elected to step down after some health concerns. Trustee Jeff Eldreth, who worked along side of Scott McBroom for twenty-two years, gave a glowing tribute to Scott, recalling some of their exploits together on behalf of the township. One story included how the two of them saved a man's life one day when the man's truck caught fire inside of his garage. Mc Broom and Eldreth had seen smoke, figured something was wrong and stopped to render aid. From there they pulled the man's truck from his garage and actually carried the man to safety. Eldreth also said that McBroom was instrumental in turning Suffield's road from "Worst to First". Eldeth said that McBroom, in addition to his duties with the township, is one of the biggest supporters of youth athletic programs, serving many years as a coach in baseball and basketball.
In other news, the trustees voted to acknowledge the county's permanent appropriation for the year 2019 at $2,487,654. They also laid plans to apply for a grant from NOPEC in the amount of approximately $19,000 under the Energized Community Grant program. The trustees reappointed Adam Bey as the representative for Suffield to the Regional Planning Commission, and Dave Vartenuk as the alternate.
Some discussion was conducted by the trustees and new Road Department foreman Dave Einloth concerning an apparently plugged up drain system near Congress Lake Road and Trares Road. Einloth said that they are working on it, but are in a holding pattern while awaiting the Portage County Engineer to water jet some of the existing drainage tiles. Einloth said that the Road Department crew worked at cleaning up some of the debris left by the high winds the last several days, but that there was nothing major.
The trustees meet again on Tuesday March 12th at 7:00 PM. The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday March 13th at 7:00 PM the Board of Zoning Appeals will have a hearing soon, but no date has yet been set. All meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. The annual Laugh at the Lake is this Saturday March 2nd at 6:00 PM at Paradise Lake Country Club. A few tickets remain and are available at the Suffield Carryout or by calling Kyle Kreiner at 628-1580 or Tom Calcei at 256-8042.
On Tuesday February 12th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met in special session to review the final draft of the long awaited "Land Use Plan". Zoning Inspector Adam Bey and Zoning Commission chairman John C. Yeargin gave a power point presentation of the document that the Zoning Commission has worked on for almost a year. About twenty people showed up for the hearing.
The trustees then held their regular meeting. Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei read a letter from Judy Calcei of the Historical Society thanking the township for leasing the township's oldest fire station to the Society for use as their museum. Judy Calcei also outlined some of the Society's programs and activities that benefit the Suffield Township community. Chief Bob Rasnick gave the fire report for the month of January. The department handled 59 call for service. They also received a grant for $9,062.50 from the Bureau of Workers Compensation to replace washer/extractors. The township will have to match that grant with $1,812.50. This was certainly good news. Rasnick also congratulated three of his firefighters for being January's Summa Health System Stemi Team award winner. The firefighters were Captain Keith Emhoff, Sean Barber and Ben Feeman.
On the zoning report by Adam Bey, the zoning inspector said that the Board of Zoning Appeals had three hearings in the past couple weeks. Tim Thomas was granted a conditional use permit to operate a car lot at the old township administration building. John Kassinger was granted a conditional use permit to operate a construction company on the property at 1188 State Route 43, and Transitional Healthcare Solutions was granted a variance to operate a senior care facility at 2094 Randolph Road. Road Department foreman David "Pete" Einloth was introduced to the crowd. He stood and told of his many years in Suffield and his love for the community. Trustee Jared Phillip said that the new wiring for the new electronic sign is in place and that the sign will be installed as soon as the temperature climbs above the freezing mark.
The trustees passed a resolution approving the "Land Use Plan". They also voted to lease the old Administration building to Tim Thomas for one year.
Many of the twenty people that had shown up for the "Land Use Plan" hearing had stayed on for the regular trustee meeting. In a slight change from the past, trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth announced early on that those in the audience were to hold their comments and questions until after the trustees had conducted their normal business. For the most part, his request was honored. When the time arrived, Jay Abercrombie mentioned that he thought an electronic sign in front of the historic Town Hall was incongruent with the residents desires to keep Suffield a rural farming community. Jeff Eldreth acknowledged that he had once harbored the same sentiment, but the need to get information out to the public was just too important to not go with the advanced technology. Concerning the sign, the trustees voted to spend up to $1,000 to buy a laptop computer dedicated for use with the electronic sign.
The subject of the recycle program was broached. Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth explained that the cost of the program has not changed. Each resident is charged $27.00 for a year's service. This is paid through the homeowners county tax bill. Each half the resident is billed $13.50. Some received a tax bill at some point in the past that had a $6.75 charge. Eldreth said that this was due to the first year's service being pro-rated. He said that the Suffield Township has about two years left on their five-year contract with the county.
It was good to see some old faces in the crowd. Mary Lohr, Laura May, Margee Kimmel, Marco Massoli and Janelle Albertoni sat in tonight.
The trustees next meet on Tuesday February 26th at 7:00 AM. The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday February 13th at 7:00 PM. There are no Board of Zoning Appeals scheduled.
The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday January 8th before a crowd of ten people. Newly anointed Chairman of the Board Jeff Eldreth presided over a meeting that was primarily routine in nature. Some housekeeping matters, literally and figuratively, were worked out as to the responsibilities of the Fire Department and the Township Facilities Administrator on who would keep the Community Room spiffy and clean. After some discussion, it was determined that this would be a collaborative endeavor and that communication between the various parties would be the key issue.
Fire Chief Bob Rasnick said that the fire guys handled 59 calls for service in December and a total of 820 for the year 2018, which is an all-time high. He also congratulated T.J. Fox and Ben Feeman for their hard work in earning their certification in the State of Ohio Paramedics program. They also passed their tests and are now on the National Registry. The Chief did some followup research and reported that in 2018 the Fire Department responded to nine calls for overdoses. He did not have the exact data, but said that not all these persons were transported to the hospital. Jeff Eldreth added that the cost of the Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray) kits used in these overdoses is not paid by the township or the Fire Department, but from the various hospitals.
Jared Phillip said that the new electronic sign is on schedule to be put up and into service in about two weeks. Some minor electrical wiring needs to be replaced prior to installation. He also said that the man along Mishler Road known as the "Can Man" has cleaned up his collection of recyclable cans. Adam Bey, zoning inspector, said that there is a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing set for Tuesday January 22nd at 8:00 PM. Bey also said that the power point presentation of the Zoning Commission's new Twenty Year Plan is ready for the trustee's and public view. The trustees decided to make this presentation into a special meeting to be held on Tuesday February 12th at 6:00 PM.
The annual discussion of water levels in and around Wingfoot Lake is already beginning. Jeff Eldreth said that the township is working with the Portage County Engineer's Office to eliminate some beaver dams that are partially to blame for high water levels. Jared Phillip said he is working, also with the Engineer's Office, to get a marker placed in Wingfoot Lake to show the actual water level and how it relates to the standard level establish for that body of water. Eldreth said that the Road Department paved over the new culvert on the far-north end of Palm Road.
The trustees next meet on Tuesday January 22nd at 7:00 AM. The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday January 9th at 7:00 PM. The Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing set for Tuesday January 22nd at 8:00 PM. All these meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. The trustees will host a special meeting to review the new Twenty Year Plan on Tuesday February 12th at 6:00 PM. 6:00
With no newly elected trustees on board for 2019, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees could set the tone for 2019 a couple days early this year. For 2019, the trustees chose Jeff Eldreth as the new CEO and Chairman of the Board and Jared Phillip as the Vice Chairman. Bob Rasnick was rehired as Fire Chief, Adam Bey as Zoning Inspector, Shannon Eldreth as Township Facilities Administrator (new title, same job) and Jeff Childers as Webmaster. The existing firefighters and EMS personnel were re-appointed. David L. Duma was reappointed to a new five year term on the Zoning Commission and Vicki Vincent was reappointed to another five year term on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Mason Kisamore and Bill Evans will be alternates on the Zoning Commission for another year, and David (Pete) Einloth and Matt Loos will return as alternates on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Scott McBroom has retired as Road Foreman at the Road Department and in his place David Einloth was appointed to that position. Mike Osborn was rehired as the full time Road Department worker. Otherwise, the personnel and operation of the township government should remain pretty much as it was in 2018. On the financial side, the temporary appropriations for the first quarter of 2019 show expendable funds for 2019 in the amount of $2,385,534. All members of the Road Department and the Fire Department received meager but well deserved raises in pay.
The trustees also changed the times of their meetings. Beginning on January 8, 2019, the trustees will meet at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of the month. This time change will remain until the scheduled meeting on Tuesday March 12, 2019. The meeting on November 12, 2019 and December 10, 2019 will also be at 7:00 PM. Beginning on April 9, 2019 through October 8, 2019, the time of the meeting will change to 8:00 PM. The second meeting of the month will remain on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 AM.
The trustees next meet on Tuesday January 8th at 7:00 PM. The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday January 9th at 7:00 PM. The Board of Zoning Appeals currently has no hearings set.