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.
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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday December 11th before a crowd of 17 people. Kyle Kreiner, Terry Chitty and Scott Savage from the Suffield League were on hand to present a check for $5,000 to the Township to be used for the new electronic sign. Shortly thereafter, the trustees voted to to buy a new electronic sign for in front of the historic Town Hall.
Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the new roof on the Road Department garage has been completed. After an executive session, Eldreth motioned to hire Michael Osborne as the new Road Department full-time worker. Osborne is to start on the payroll on January 1st. Fire Chief Bob Rasnick reported that there were 81 calls for service in November. Tom Calcei said that NOPEC is again offering $1,500 to Suffield Township in 2019 to help pay for a community event. The trustees must apply for the money by March 1st. This past year, NOPEC gave the township $1,500 and it was used to help pay for the Fire Department Open House.
It was nice to see the return of some familiar faces in the crowd; Don and Anne Monroe, Fred Herro, Bernie Trares, and Dave Vartenuk.
The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday December 12th at 7:00 PM. The Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing on Tuesday December 18th at 8:00 PM. The trustees next meet on Friday December 21st at 7:00 AM for their regular meeting. Then on Friday December 28th the trustees hold their 2019 Re-organizational meeting at 7:00 AM. All these meeting are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.
With snow covering the lawns and trees and a thin layer of ice on the roadways, the Suffield Board of Trustees met before a dwindling crowd of four people on Tuesday November 27th. Those hearty enough to come out at 7:00 AM were witness to the trustees discussing and in-general principle agreeing to buy a new electronic sign for in front of the historic Town Hall. Randy Snyder, of Graphic Detail, Inc, had come to the last trustee meeting to offer some ideas, and on Friday November 16th Snyder brought an actual sign to the Town Hall so the trustees could examine it. A cost estimate was presented to Jared Phillip in the amount of approximately $26,000. While the trustees seemed poised to accept the bid and move toward installation of the sign, chairman Tom Calcei postponed the final vote of accepting the bid until the next trustee meeting. The trustees have several community based organizations that have indicated that they will contribute to the cost, but as if this date, no money has exchanged hands. Calcei said that they would gladly accept contributions from organizations or individuals to help pay for it.
Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the project of eliminating water leakage on the "Nine Foot" section of Martin Road has been completed and that the culvert recently replaced under Palm Road will be paved with asphalt as soon as the weather allows. The current fill over the culvert needed time to settle before the paving phase. Eldreth also announced that Road Department superintendent Scott McBroom suffered a stroke and is likely to leave the township's employ. With that eventuality in mind the trustees voted to allow McBroom to use four weeks of vacation that he has already earned, but would not be credited to him until January 1, 2019. Everyone in the crowd wished McBroom the best.
Jared Phillip and Jeff Eldreth spoke on some ongoing discussions with the Ohio Department of Transportation. Suffield Township and ODOT are looking into the possibility of ODOT sharing the use of the proposed new salt barn. Along those lines, Eldreth said he hasn't yet made a final decision on the size, location or configuration of the proposed salt barn.
The trustees also revised the dates of several trustee meetings. In December, there will be three meetings. They will be: Tuesday December 11th at 8:00 PM, Friday December 21st at 7:00 AM (mostly a bill paying session), and Friday December 28th at 7:00 AM (the annual re-organizational meeting). Other important township dates are: December 7, 8 & 9th from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM is Toys For Tots at the Goodyear Blimp Base 1, Sunday December 9th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM is the Suffield League's Christmas With Santa at the historic Town Hall. The Suffield Township Historical Society will meet at 2:30 PM for planning and elections on Sunday December 9th at the Historical Society's museum. The Zoning Commission will meet at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room on Wednesday December 12th.
The Martin Road Project Was Completed On Schedule And Is Again Open To Traffic
Martin Road, from Randolph Road north to Hall Creek Road, will be closed to all traffic on Tuesday November 20th from about 9:00 AM until about 2:30 PM for needed road repairs on the "Nine Foot" hill. Residents of Spring Valley Estates and other traffic will be able to detour by using Hale Creek Road to Sunnybrook Road to Randolph Road. Trustee Jeff Eldreth said there is seepage from under the roadway that must be stopped before freezing conditions set in, which would cause ice on the road surface.
The Suffield Board of Trustees met to conduct business on Tuesday evening November 12th. The first matter of business was to hear a presentation from Randy Snyder of Graphic Detail, Inc on the planned purchase of a new electronic sign for in front of the historic Town Hall. Snyder markets signs that are made in the USA by Watchfire. The trustees had plenty of questions for Snyder. The plan is to have a representative of Watchfire come to the Town Hall this Friday to give a demonstration of an actual sign.
The next portion of the meeting was a lengthy presentation by Bob Warner and Joel Testa of the Testa Companies concerning their project at that old West Country Club. They asked the trustees to endorse the annexation of three parcels of land into the Village of Mogadore. The trustees did pass a resolution allowing the annexation of .77 acres. This would allow the Testa Companies the ability to re-plat several planned lots, which would be acceptable by Mogadore Village standards, but too small by Suffield Township Zoning standards. They tabled endorsing annexation on two other parcels, one of about nine acres, and one of about ten acres.
Fire Chief Bob Rasnick gave his monthly report. He said that firemen had responded to 88 calls for service, which brings the yearly total to 706 calls. Rasnick also asked the trustees to hire Katie Weiland as the newest firefighter. They did so, and, as usual, stipulated she serve a one year probationary period.
Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the Palm Road project was pretty much completed, except that the roadway still needs to be repaved. No date for this paving has been set. He also asked the trustees to advertise for a full time Road Department worker. He hopes that this new worker could be on the payroll by the end of the year. (see the article in the right hand column of this page)
Chairman Tom Calcei said that the Christmas lights should be put up by the first week of December and like all things, the cost has gone up from $1,800 last year to $1,850 this year. The annual Christmas With Santa will be at the historic Town Hall on Sunday December 9th beginning at 6:00 PM. Last year, this event drew about one hundred children from the Suffield community. Christmas With Santa is sponsored by the Suffield League. Calcei also mentioned that the annual Toys For Tots at the Goodyear Blimp Base 1 will take place on December 7, 8 & 9th.
The trustees next meet on Tuesday November 27th at 7:00 AM. The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday November 14th at 7:00 PM. Both meetings are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. The Board of Zoning Appeals has no hearings set.