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.
As already announced, the Portage County Solid Waste Management will distribute the recycle bins to all Suffield residences beginning January 12th through January 17th. These bins will be left at the end of your driveway. Included on the bin is a sticker (shown on the right) that shows you what is permissible to recycle and some examples of what not to put in the bin.
The actual beginning for recycle pickup is Monday January 30 and Tuesday January 31. The plan for Suffield is very simple. If you live west of State Route 43, your pickup day will be Monday. For those who live east of State Route 43, your pickup day is Tuesday. To help keep the routes running smoothly, you are asked to place your cart at the curb or street about four feet away from mailboxes or other fixed objects either the night before the scheduled pickup, or no later than 5:30 AM the day of pickup. The same bin sticker that provided you with some guidelines is also used to show which way to position the cart for pickup. Place the cart so that the arrow on the sticker points toward the street. Click on the Suffield Township Pickup Schedule logo below for the actual dates of pickup for 2017, and for holidays that affect the bi-weekly pickup.
Keep in mind that this curbside program is for recyclables only. You will still need to maintain service with your regular trash hauler, who will continue to pick up your trash on the same days as they always have. While the Portage County Solid Waste Management District has not announced an exact date, it is very likely that the ugly dumpsters on State Route 43 across from the Road Department will be removed the first week of February.
We still recommend that you visit the Portage County Solid Waste Management District's website (www.portagerecycles.com), which has a section called "What do I do with?". Here you can learn of places to dispose of some of the hard-to-get-rid-of items that your trash hauler isn't supposed to pick up, or may charge you an extra fee to take. And, as always, if you have questions, call 330-678-8808 and talk with one of the friendly people at the Portage County Solid Waste Management District.
The Suffield Township Historical Society conducted a business meeting and social gathering on Monday January 16th at 6:30 PM in the Fire House Community Room. The public was invited for this open meeting at which the officers and membership looked to what goals they hope to accomplish for the remainder of 2017. There was no speaker at this meeting, but the publicly acclaimed "Speaker Series" will return in February. For 2017, the Historical Society will be led by returning President Judy Calcei, Vice President/Secretary Bev Persons, Treasurer Nancy Wise, Curator/Historian Bob Longbottom. The Board of Directors are Gary Miller, Charles "Buzz" Sollers and Pauline Persons. Gino Calcei will continue the nearly impossible task of finding speakers for the meetings.
The Society chose May 12th & 13th to have their annual Plant Sale. This year the sale will be in front of the Suffield Township Historical Society Museum, which is located along State Route 43, just behind the Town Hall. The hours will be 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, but it was pointed out that the hours are usually extended somewhat. They also voted to try and maintain a minimum of "about $2,000" in their checking account. Treasurer Nancy Wise said that the normal amount to run the Historical Society for one year is $1,000, which funds insurance, a scholarship, utilities, two mailed newsletters and a few other low-cost incidentals. President Judy Calcei said that there are some display cases in the Portage County Administration Building that have been offered to the Suffield Historical Society to display relics from Suffield. This space would be rotated among the other countywide historical societies. The group consensus was in favor of loaning articles for display.
The Suffield Township Trustees met on Tuesday January 10th at the regular time and regular appointed place. A smaller than usual crowd of nine citizens listened carefully as the trustees discussed business. Chief Bob Rasnick recommended that he be allowed to hire Brian Brandon as a new probationary firefighter. The trustees granted his wish. Brandon is a Suffield resident with a couple of firefighting certificates and is a former Marine.
Trustee Tom Calcei asked what could be done to make two intersections more safe. He said that Congress Lake Road at Randolph Road and Randolph Road at May Road both are dangerous due to some sight limitations. While no action was taken, some potential solutions were discussed, such as placement of new signs alerting drivers of a "dangerous intersection ahead". Trustee Dave Vartenuk suggested that some thought be given on "things we would like to get done". He referred specifically to getting natural gas to more homes in the township, public wifi and sewers. Zoning Inspector Adam Bey gave a year end report for zoning activity in 2016. There was about $1.65 million spend on new buildings, houses and improvements, and $2,865 collected by the township in permit fees. In the crowd was a new face, a woman who came to the meeting just to thank the trustees for the new signs posted along Manning Road.
It was pointed out that the new recycling bins are being distributed this week. Please take the time to read the articles on our website that provide guidance on the recycling program, and also go to the Portage County Solid Waste Management District's website (www.portagerecycles.com) for even more useful information. Your curbside recycling pickups begin on Monday January 30th for all those living WEST of State Route 43, and start on Tuesday January 31st for everyone who lives EAST of State Route 43. The pickups will be every other week on the same days.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets Wednesday January 11th at 6:30 PM for its re-organizational meeting. There are no hearings scheduled for this meeting. The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday January 11th at 7:00 PM. The Trustees next meet on Tuesday January 24th at 8:00 PM. All meetings are held at the Suffield Township Administration Building.