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.

On Tuesday June 12th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a crowd of 17 people.  The issue that drew the most attention was the mowing, or more accurately the lack of mowing, on several township properties.  This is an issue that seems to be dealt with yearly.  Martha Saenger, a Waterloo Road resident, read a prepared text concerning the property at 1864 Waterloo Road.  Her complaint was that the property has not been mowed all year and is a definite eyesore to the neighborhood.  Her daughter Judy Bills, also a neighbor, added her comments on that property.  Trustee Jared Phillip, who is familiar with the property, said that the property owner is planning on baling the tall grass, but hasn't gotten around to it just yet.  He also mentioned that the house is under renovation and the interior is currently in a "gutted state".  Mrs Saenger said that the house has been vacant for four years.  Due to restrictions in the Ohio Revised Code on what a township can do in such situations, the trustees have opted to sending a warning letter to the property owner, giving a ten day notice to cut the lawn.  Two other properties, 923 Waterloo Road and 1526 Trares Road, are also going to be receiving a warning letter.

Tony Badalamenti, an Aurora resident, came to the meeting introduce himself to the trustees and the gathering.  He is a Republican running for county commissioner.  Fire Chief Robert Rasnick came to the meeting to personally give his fire report for the month of May.  The Fire Department responded to 72 calls for service with a large majority of them coming in the last two weeks of the month.  He proudly acknowledged that Captain Robert Dudley was named Ohio EMS Provider of the Year.  Rasnick praised Dudley for the honor and his 48 years of service to the Suffield Fire Department.  The Chief said that the community has received an ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating of 4 for this year, which is the same as last year.  Over the past several years the Fire Department has worked at improving this status.  Insurance rates are in part based on ISO ratings.  Rasnick also said that the Fire Department received a grant from the Bureau of Workers Compensation for $3,960 to buy new firefighter gloves.  The township must match the grant with $792 in local funds.

Trustee Jared Phillip presented the final plan for new signage around the municipal complex.  The trustees agreed to pay Graphic Details, Inc. $5,000 for the work.  The signage includes new lettering (Suffield Community Room) on the east end of the Fire House, a new seal over the entrance and various letterings on the doors and interior lobby.  There will  also be two signs near the road on both State Route 43 and Waterloo Road.  A new face to the sign currently in front of the old Administration Building will soon read, "Suffield Township - Home of the Field Falcons".  

Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked that the township replace a worker who has opted to leave for full time employment elsewhere.  They voted to advertise the position, which will be referred to has "summer help" with up to 40 hours of weekly work at $15.00 per hour.  The actual job posting will appear in the Record-Courier and this website soon.  Eldreth said that the Road Department has been mowing, and is just about finished with crack sealing.  He asked for a purchase order in the amount of $8,000 for culvert work to be done on Palm Road near Saxe Road.  This work MAY be started as soon this Friday, June 15th.  As the road will need to be closed, we'll post his as soon as we know for sure.  

Eldreth also said that David Kuntzman Tree Service was called out for some emergency work.  A tree at the East Lawn Cemetery was in danger of falling on a neighbor's garage and had to be removed right away.  The township has not yet received the bill for these services.  Eldreth also said that he'd like to get started on the planning and building of a new salt barn.  More discussion was postponed until a later meeting. 

Fred Herro asked about the water level at Wingfoot Lake.  Jared Phillip said that the county Soil and Water Resources Department may assist the township in getting the elevation by using their surveying team.  Jim and Janelle Albertoni returned to the trustee's meeting.  Jim complained that Excel Lane should be crack sealed sooner, rather than later.  

The trustees have changed their next meeting date from Tuesday June 26th to Friday June 22nd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission also changed their June meeting from June 13th to Wednesday June 20th at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing set for Tuesday June 19th at 8:00 PM.  All meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road and the public is very welcome.   

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Suffield League Presents Portage County's Biggest and Best Parade

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Tommy Shields in his 1961 Chrysler New Yorker

The Suffield League's Memorial Day Parade was held Monday, May 28th in temperatures that hovered at 95 degrees.  Nevertheless, a massive crowd showed up to see political candidates, tractors, youth sports teams and an assortment of other parade entries during the 45 minutes the parade lasted.  Prior to the parade a wreath laying took place at the memorial stone in front of the historic Town Hall.

The parade grand Marshal was Kyle Kreiner, who is a lifelong Suffield resident and has served with most of the township's service organizations.  Many of the worthwhile events that the Suffield League has sponsored have come under his watch.

Photos will be rotated on the front page of this website.  To see all available photos, go the the "Photos" button above, then go to "General" photos and scroll to pages 25 through 29.

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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday April 8th and discussed a myriad of subjects, most could be thought of as routine business matters.  

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick was given the opportunity to present the April Fire Department report.  He noted that the firefighters responded to 44 calls in April, and they are 247 calls ahead of last year's pace.  He asked that former fireman Kyle Knapp be reinstated for the summer, to which the trustees agreed.  Rasnick also said that he and Captain Matt Moulton attended the "Fire Department Instructions Conference" in Indianapolis, Indiana, and that they came home with lots of good information and handouts.  He said it was a very worthwhile adventure for Moulton and himself.

Card Bingo FlyerTrustee Jeff Eldreth reported that the Road Department is working on crack sealing.  He asked the trustees to approve spending another $10,000 for crack seal materials.  The motion was approved.  Eldreth also asked that the township purchase 400 tons of salt.  Last yerar the price was $34.00 per ton, using the ODOT Winter Bid program.  This will save the township a ton of money (pun intended).  Eldreth also asked that the trustees approve spending $3,500 to hire flagers from  Area Wide Patrol for some upcoming crack sealing.  This motion passed.  He also accepted the bids for road materials.  Lastly, Eldreth said that the water problem along Palm Road, very near to the Mogadore Reservoir, wasn't solved by trapping a couple of beavers.  A more permanent solution, which likely includes a new cross-road culvert may be necessary.  No immediate decision was made on this issue.

Trustee Tom Calcei said that he had received a communication from the Portage County Solid Waste District in which Director Bill Steiner reported that 15.9% of the material that the recycle trucks pick up is not recyclable.  The letter received was vague enough so that this is no way to know what areas these unacceptable materials are coming from.  Some discussion was had on this important matter.  Calcei asked that the township website re-post information on what is acceptable and what is not. (Click here to see what CANNOT go into the Recycle Bin).....(Click here to see what CAN BE placed in the Recycle Bin)

Trustee Jared Phillip said that First Energy has finally given the township a cost for the proposed street light at Saxe Road and Congress Lake Road.  Installing the light at a cost of $1,531.25 was approved by the trustees.  Phillip will make arrangements to have the light installed.  It was noted that the cost to maintain the light will be $4.22 per month.  Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said that Suffield pays about $982 per month for lighting the township.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the "Card Bingo" that was held on Sunday April 29th was very successful.  This program will continue each Sunday evening from 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM.  The event is held in the Suffield Community Room, 1256 Waterloo Road.  All are welcome.

The Board of Trustees next meet on Tuesday May 22, at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday May 9th at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings are in the Suffield Community Room, 1256 Waterloo Road.  The annual Suffield League Memorial Day Parade is Monday May 28th at 2:00 PM.  Preceding the parade at 1:00 PM will be a memorial service in front of the historic Town Hall.  This year's Grand Marshal will be Kyle Kreiner.

 

 

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Township Looking For Part Time Road Worker

Suffield Township Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei reported that the township is seeking applications for a part time road worker.  She wrote:  Suffield Township is accepting applications for summer help for their Road Department. Duties to include, but not limited to: assist road crew with general road maintenance, township building maintenance and mowing. Qualified candidates must have a valid Ohio driver’s license and (CDL is a plus), a high school diploma or equivalent and good communication skills. Wage $15.00 per hour. Interested candidates may submit resume to 2150 May Rd Suffield Oh 44260 or email suffieldtownship@neo.rr.com.

Deadline to submit resume is July 3, 2018.

 

Vacation Bible School At Suffield United Christian Church

Vacation Bible School will take place on June 18th through June 22nd from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at the Suffield United Christian Church at 1115 State Route 43.  Ages are 3 to 12 years.  For more information, call 330-628-4038.

 

Change of Plans For Trustees

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees have changed their schedule for the next meeting.  They have canceled their Tuesday June 26th meeting and rescheduled it for Friday June 22nd at 7:00 AM in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  

 

BZA Grants Summerset Drive Variance

The Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday May 15th and granted Doug Moore of 1449 Summerset Drive a variance, allowing him to build an addition to the front and back of his house.  The house will now be 41 feet from the rear lot line and the front will be 52 feet from the front lot line.  Current rules require 50 feet to the rear and 60 feet to the front.  Zoning Commission chairman John C. Yeargin was on hand to explain that the Commission had recently agreed to new setback rules.  Due to the hoops that must be jumped through to enact new rules, they will not become reality until later this year.  The new rules for an R-2 district call for 40 feet to the rear lot line and 50 feet to the front lot line.  Matt Loos motioned to allow the variance and Vickie Vincent seconded it.  The motion carried 5-0.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Votes To Allow Oversized Accessory Building

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday June 19th to hear a request from Joseph Moldovan to build a larger-than-allowed accessory building on his property at 2251 Randolph Road.  Led by Chairman Don Monroe, the board heard arguments in favor of allowing Moldovan to build his accessory building.  No one opposed the proposal.  Pete Einloth motioned to allow the variance and this was seconded by Matt Loos.  The board passed the variance by a 5-0 vote.

 

Zoning Commission Resets June Meeting Until June 20th

The Suffield Township Zoning Commission has changed its regular June meeting from June 13th to June 20th at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room.  Work this month centers on the updated "20-Year Land Use Plan".

 

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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 205,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of June 17, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 205,352 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 214 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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