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.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met Thursday November 9th in place of their regularly scheduled November 14th meeting.  Trustee chairman Dave Vartenuk announced that the long awaited Sheriff's Sale on the derelict house at 1560 Carriage House has finally been scheduled for Monday November 27th.  This is definitely a move in the right direction in order to get the house demolished.  New inspections will follow and a public hearing to again declare the premises unfit for habitation will come probably the first part of 2018.  The trustees acknowledged that the stalling tactics by both the previous owner and the bank, coupled with the mandatory waiting periods has enabled this community eyesore to still exist.  But there appears to be a growing light at the end of the tunnel.  

The trustees also learned that the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing on some improvements to Paradise Lake Country Club will be changed from November 16th to November 30th at 8:00 PM.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the township's roadside mower is in need of repairs.  In other business, the trustees rearranged their meeting dates for the remainder of 2017, and also the locations of the meetings.  The trustees had previously entered into an agreement to rent the Administration Building to Lauren Luli beginning in January of 2018, but that has been changed to allow her to move her real estate office in to the building on December 1st of 2017.  The trustees will meet on Tuesday November 28th at 7:00 AM in the Fire House Community Room, then Tuesday December 12th at 8:00 PM in the Fire House Community Room, and on Friday December 29th at 8:00 PM in the Fire House Community Room.  The December 29th meeting will actually be comprised of the normal trustees meeting and also the "year end" meeting, which is necessary to close down the financial books for 2017.  No date has been set for the 2018 "re-organizational meeting".

Additionally, the Zoning Commission will next meet on Wednesday December 13th at 7:00 PM, this also in the Fire House Community Room.  The Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on November 16th at 8:30 PM in the Administration Building to hear a request by Tim Dettling of 1792 Skylark Drive for a variance to build a larger-than-allowed accessory building.  The Board of Zoning Appeals will also have a hearing on Thursday November 30th at 8:00 PM in the Fire House Community Room on a request by Paradise Lake Country Club to allow them to use some acreage for a driving range and sod farm on land that is not zoned for such use.    

 

 

Tom Calcei 20 white nameIn final, but unofficial results at 10:04 PM on election day, the Portage County Board of Elections has posted the results of the hotly contested Suffield Township Board of Trustees race.  Tom Calcei polled 955 votes and will return for a third consecutive term as trustee.  Political newcomer Jared Phillip took theJared A Phillip cropped and text second open trustees seat by gathering 798 votes.  Dave Vartenuk, a trustee for eight of the last twelve years, got 665 votes and Nick Skeriotis received 512 votes.  Jeff Eldreth's seat was not up for election this year.

As stated, these results have not been certified, but are the work product of the Portage County Board of Elections.  Also on the ballot and of interest to Suffield property owners is the Field Local School 8.3 mil tax levy.  The levy was defeated 2,662 - 2,092 or 56-44%.   Also the five-way race for Field School Board membership was decided with Randy Porter, Steve Calcei and Julie Kline winning the three available seats.  Porter received 2,093 votes, while Calcei received 2,057, and Kline 1,963.  Christine Tuel got 1,849 votes and Amanda Seiler got 1,170.

Suffield Township Board of Trustees meetings are some of the better attended meetings in the county.  A typical crowd is usually ten to twelve residents.  Tonight the number swelled to fifteen as the trustees held their monthly "bill paying meeting".  Of course they signed checks to pay bills, but they also discussed several items of concern.  

Trustee Tom Calcei spoke on the Fire Department's Open House held this past Sunday, saying it was a rousing success with about 500 attendees and great weather.  He also mentioned that the ambulance that was scheduled for warranty repainting had to be rescheduled and will not be done for several more weeks, but in the meantime the ambulance is still here in the township and available for calls.  Calcei also spoke about the Portage County Budget Commission's meetings on finding a fair and equitable manner to distribute "Local Government Funds" to all the political subdivisions.  Calcei motioned, and trustee Jeff Eldreth seconded, a resolution asking the county budget commission accept the township's plan for distributing the local government funds.  The resolution passed 3-0.

Jeff Eldreth wanted to remind everyone that the township LEAF DUMP is now open at 558 Etter Road.  He also wanted to remind everyone that no one should go there after sundown.  There is also caution tape placed on the Etter Road property which is posted to show an area where leaves should not be dumped.  Eldreth also said he would have the Road Department look into a complaint of a view obstruction on Martin Road at Randolph Road.

Two residents who live on Martin Road at Garner Drive attended the meeting to complain about the excessive amount of light the the streetlight in front of their home casts.  David Vartenuk said he has already been in contact with Dana Heffner at First Energy and they have a received a shield to reduce the amount of light and hope to install it sometime this or next week.   

Trustee Chairman David Vartenuk called upon Adam Bey to report on zoning issues.  There were no new problems, but the old ones were being worked on.  Some progress is being made on the derelict property on Carriage House Lane, the old Copeland's Landing property is a little better, but still a mess, the lawns at the corner of Waterloo Road and Inglewood Drive and the property at 81 Bolender Road still need mowed.  Nothing new to be reported on the cleanup of the old Monarch-Teledyne property. 

The trustees meet again on Tuesday October 24th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday October 11th at 7:00 PM, and the Board of Zoning Appeals has two hearings coming up, but no dates have been set for either.

This was the first of the new morning meetings for the Suffield Township Board of Trustees.  At the July 25th meeting the trustees voted to change their regularly scheduled second meeting of each month, which will still be held on the fourth Tuesday as usual, but it will be held at 7:00 AM instead of 8:00 PM.  The meeting on Tuesday September 26th was the first morning meeting under this new format. 

The three residents who showed up the watch government in action were treated to reports by the three department heads.  Fire Chief Robert Rasnick asked that the trustees acknowledge the resignation of firefighter Jason Purkey from the Fire DepartmentPurkey is a full-time firefighter in Richfield and had his work schedule changed there and does not have the time to participate here.   The trustees voted to accept his resignation.  Rasnick said that the new radio upgrades recently installed have improved communications immensely.  He also said that one of the ambulances will be out to service for about three weeks for repairs.  During this time he asked for permission to spent $100 per day to rent an ambulance from Superior Sales.  The trustees agreed to his request.  Chief Rasnick said that the Fire Department's Annual Open House will be Sunday October 8th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Trustee Tom Calcei said that the Portage County townships and the Portage County cities and villages are still working an a compromise to distribute about $3.5 million in Local Government Funds beginning in 2018.  When they adopt a formula for the distribution, it will stand for the next ten years.  For this reason, Calcei wants to make sure the townships get as much of the pie as possible.  The trustees voted to accept a bid from Elegant Christmas Tree Lighting for $1,800 to decorate the Town Hall and Administration Building this holiday season.

Adam Bey gave the Zoning Inspectors report.  He said that the had issued several miscellaneous permits and arbitrated several neighbor disputes.  There was nothing new on the Carriage House situation.

Road Superintendent Scott McBroom gave a report on what the Road Department was doing recently.  They have been busy with patching, which is nearly done for the season, replacing several culverts, and painting stop bars.  They also took down some trees and limbs along Martin Road to improve visibility near Etter Road.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that he wanted to talk with McBroom about possibly hiring someone next spring to work as "summer help" from April until about September.  He cited the need to have a fourth person available for flagging when necessary.  He suggested that with a fourth employee the issue of using Road Department employees to do mowing in the cemeteries could be revisited.  Eldreth also asked that Sunday October 29th be Trick or Treat Day in Suffield. The trustees agreed and set the times as 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

After some discussion, the trustees voted 2-1 to rent the Administration Building to Lauren Luli for $650 per month.  She plans to use the space as a real estate office.  Luli will not have access to the walk-in safe, will pay the building's utilities, will maintain the lighted flag pole and will not have a sign in front of the building.  The agreement with Luli will be for one year, beginning in January 2018.  The trustee meetings will move to the Community Room at the Fire House and the Zoning Inspector will move his operations to the Fire House as well.  More on this later.

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LEAF DUMP NOW OPEN

Each year the resident at 558 Etter Road allows Suffield Township residents a place to dump their leaves.  Beginning October 3rd, you may dump leaves on the west side of the property at 558 Etter RoadThe leaf dump is open from daybreak  until dark. DO NOT GO THERE AFTER DARK.  Leaves only, no branches or other fill.  Thanks!

 

Suffield Looks To Hire Part Time Road Worker

Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei announced on November 8thSuffield Township is hiring to fill a part time Road Crew position.  Duties to include, but not limited to:  assist road crew with general road maintenance and general township building maintenance.  Qualified candidates must have a valid Ohio driver's license (CDL a plus), a high school diploma or equivalent and good communication skills.  Interested candidates may submit resumes to 2150 May Road, Suffield, Ohio 44260 or email them to Suffieldtownship@neo.rr.com.  Deadline to submit resume is November 28, 2017.  EOE

 

BZA Approves Accessory Building

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals approved a request by Tim Nettling of 1792 Skylark Drive to build a 2,400 square foot addition to his existing 1,200 square foot accessory building.  The BZA stipulated that the building could not be used for any business purposes.

 

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Read The Historical Society Newsletter Online!

The FALL 2017 Newsletter is available for you to read online.  The Suffield Township Historical Society urges you to read the semi-annual newsletter which is published right here on this website.  At the bottom of this page is a link to the Society's newsletters.  Incidentally, the Historical Society is hoping you'll enjoy this newsletter online, so they might save the cost of mailing you one.  Postage and printing costs the group several hundred dollars per year.  Call any of the Society's officers to get on their e-mail list.

 

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!

 

Senior Lunches Available

The Family and Community Services of Portage County in conjunction with the Suffield United Church of Christ offer lunches to Seniors at the church Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM.  Lunch requires a donation and must be ordered one week in advance by calling Beverly Miller at 330-877-3965.

 

Suffield Township Website Has 160,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of November 12, 2017, Suffield Township's website had 160,145 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 209 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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