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 6,315 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.

We welcome you to our community.  Please explore our website and see what Suffield has to offer.

 



The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday July 23rd at 7:00 AM.  Caitlin Albright of NOPEC came to the meeting to present Fire Chief Bob Rasnick with an award acknowledging his many years of service to the community.  Albright said that NOPEC to honoring various Nopec Recognizes Bob Rasnick 07 23 2019governmental employees and that this year the emphasis was on police and fire departments.  Trustee Chairman Jeff Eldreth had submitted Rasnick's name for consideration.  Eldreth said "“Bob has spent 40 years working for the Suffield Township residents. Thirty-five of those years has been spent as our fire chief. Bob is the most dedicated public servant you could ask for. He goes above and beyond his responsibilities as the fire chief. Suffield has been very lucky to have Bob in this position for so many years. There is not a person that should be recognized more than Bob in our township!”

Trustee Jared Phillip said that the township has donated the old sign from in front to the historic Town Hall to the Suffield United Church of Christ.  This is the sign that was replaced by the new electronic sign.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey said that Portage County had given him a box of old township maps.  After review by Zoning Commission Chairman John Yeargin and Bey, it was determined that the maps serve no useful purpose to the township at his time, so Bey asked that he be allowed to donate them to the Suffield Township Historical Society.  The Trustees agreed.  Bey also said that the Zoning Commission had a public hearing on the Zoning Resolutions amendments and was now officially informing the Trustees.  The Trustees set a public hearing on these changes for Tuesday August 13 at 7:30 PM.  

Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department was likely to finish this year's crack sealing either today or tomorrow.  They have some more repairs planned for Manning Road.  He also said that Bill Steiner of the Portage County Solid Waste Management has agreed to some and speak at the Trustee's meeting on Tuesday September 10th at 8:00 PM.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday August 13th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission is off for the month of August.  The Board of Zoning Appeals has a couple hearing coming up, but neither one has been scheduled. 

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday July 9th for two separate meetings.  First came the annual Budget meeting.  They approved a tentative budget of $2,200,059 for the year 2020.  This meeting was followed by the regular meeting at which they approved placing a one mill, five year levy, on the November 4, 2019 ballot for Road Department expenses.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that this money is crucial to making the chip and seal program happen.  The one mill levy is expected to bring in $132,000 per year.

Also on the agenda of topics was some discussion on the Portage County Solid Waste Management's desire to increase recycling rates by seventy-five cents per month beginning in January 2020, and then another seventy-five cents per month in January 2021.  Consensus by the board was that Bill Steiner, director of the solid waste system, should come to a meeting for a more detailed explanation on their cost increase.  Chief Robert Rasnick said that in June his firefighters and EMS units responded to 71 callouts.  He also announced the resignation of Mike Morrison, who is leaving for a full time firefighter's position.  In his place, Keith Jarvis was hired.  Jarvis will be required to serve the usual one year probationary period.  Rasnick also announced that long-time firefighter Captain Connie Mihalik is retiring on July 31st after twenty-five years of faithful service.  A retirement gathering is set for her last day with the department.  That will be Wednesday July 31st from 3-6 PM at the Fire House.

A water problem exists near the Don Fobes residence on Misher Road.  A culvert and catch basin are needed, but the roadway is one of those that are maintained by the Portage County Engineer.  They have refused to correct the situation.  Trustee Jared Phillip is looking into the matter.  Due to the large amount of rain in the past month or so, Jeff Eldreth said that the chip and seal program for this season may be delayed a little.  In the past the Road Department tried to get this program completed before school started, so as to not interfere with school bus operations.

The trustees voted to buy three parcels of land at 1222 State Road 43.  If that address rings a bell to you, you have an extraordinary memory.  That address was once the location of the township's Road Department, and later the location of the old recycle bins.  In about 1990 the property was sold by the township and the present-day owner Kenneth Barton was happy to resell it to the township for $51,000.  The three parcels total 6.7 acres.  Jeff Eldreth said that the land is needed to store stone, slag and other road materials, since the proposed salt barn is to be built where those materials are currently stored.

Kathryn Sheets told the trustees that in June her rain gauge measured 11.36 inches on rain on her Congress Lake Road property.   In the crowd of seven residents was Field School Board President Laura May.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday July 23rd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday July 10th at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals is set to meet on Tuesday July 16th at 7:00 PM.  All meetings are in the Suffield Community Room.

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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday evening June 11th at the Suffield Community Room.  Eighteen residents attended, including more than a handful who live in the Eaver Street/Miller Avenue neighborhood.  These residents came to express a complaint that the new fence along the western side of the H.M. Miller Excavating Company is not sufficient in hiding the construction company's storage from the neighboring houses.  Colleen Taylor took the lead for the residents.  She gave a brief history of the area, saying that in the late 1960's or early 1970's there was an agreement between the residents along Eaver Street and Miller Avenue that allowed H.M. Miller to purchase a lot that was deemed "unbuildable" and then use it for storage of pipe.  The company erected a fence and planted trees to hide their operation from the neighbors, but over the years the trees died and the chain link fence failed to mask the area.  Just recently, the H.M. Miller Company experienced some thefts and tore out the remaining trees and fencing, and then replaced these with a six foot wooden fence.  This effort by the company has failed to meet its objectives, according to Mrs. Taylor.  H.M. Miller has always been considered one of the premier businesses in Suffield.  Trustee Jared Phillip said he would go the the company and hope that they would make some changes that would satisfy the residents.  When asked by Trustee Jeff Eldreth what would make the residents happy, Mrs. Taylor said that a higher fence and more large trees would be a great place to start.  She had also mentioned that the original agreement provided that the company would not start operations until 8:00 AM, but that they now start much earlier.  There seemed to be a consensus among the trustees and those present that any changes in landscaping or work hours would have to be on completely voluntary basis by the company.  Zoning Commission Chairman John Yeargin said that the Suffield Zoning Resolutions have little impact on the company's use of the property or hours of operation.  

In other business Fire Chief Robert Rasnick was congratulated by Trustee Jeff Eldreth for his forty years of township service, the last 35 as Fire Chief.  Chief Rasnick gave his monthly report in which he reported the department responding to 62 calls for service.  Oddly enough, none were mutual aid call outs.  The men and women of the department also had six continuing education courses and did one tanker shuttle drill with the Greentown Fire Department.   Rasnick reported that the Mogadore VFW has paid for five ballistic helmets to be used with the five ballistic vests purchased two years ago.  The bill for the helmets was $1,771.25, all paid for by the VFW.  The Trustees also voted to hire Tanner Baker as a new firefighter.  He will serve the usual one year probation.

In the absence of Road Foreman Pete Einloth, Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked the trustees to approve a purchase order for $10,000 to Seal Master for crack sealing.  He also asked for a purchase order for $2,500 to Municipal Sign for signs and barricades.  Both issues were passed by the board.  Two local township levies are up for renewal.  They are a one mill, five-year levy for the Road Department, and a 1.25 mill, five-year levy for Fire Department operations.  The trustees passed both measures to allow the Fiscal Officer to send these matters to the County Auditor.  Most likely at the next trustee meeting, the trustees will vote on putting the levies on the November ballot.  Again, these are renewal levies, not new tax dollars.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth, whose wife Shannon is responsible for changes to the electronic sign in front of the historic Town Hall, said that the public is welcome to call Shannon with requests to have information placed on the sign.  She can be reached at 330-807-0384.

The next trustee meeting is on Tuesday June 25th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday June 12th at 7:00 PM.  A public hearing on resolution changes and updates accumulated over the past two years will precede the regular business meeting.  No Board of Zoning Appeals hearings have been set.  Both meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.

In perhaps one of the quickest Suffield Board of Trustees meetings in modern times, the trustees spent 34 minutes transacting several matters of routine business.  Chief Bob Rasnick was on hand to ask the trustees to hire Christopher Hendershot.  Christopher HendershotThey did so.  The Chief also asked for $6,500 to buy a new pump from Four Guys Fire Trucks to replace the pump on the tanker truck.  He said that during the yearly testing of equipment, the current pump had failed inspection.  The trustees voted to expend the money.  Road Department foreman Pete Einloth said that his department was doing ditch work and had begun mowing along the roadways.  They have already mowed the three township-owned cemeteries several times this season.  

Trustee Jared Phillip said that the elevation markers are in place at several locations around Wingfoot Lake and the surrounding ponds.  He said that water levels in the main pool of water are about six inches below the lake level as agreed to in a 1928 court case.  The ponds along Mishler road are two to seven inches higher than normal.  Three interested citizens attended the meeting.

The next trustee meeting will be Tuesday June 11 at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday June 12th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings scheduled. 

Paul Young Is Suffield Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

Young Paul E. 1986Long time Suffield resident and Township Clerk Paul Young will be the 2019 Suffield League Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal.  The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 2:00 PM and travel along Waterloo Road from Elizabeth Street west to the Suffield Elementary School.   Line up for the parade will begin at 1:00 PM.  About 60 entries were in the parade, which is generally Portage County's largest parade.  Prior to the parade, the Saint Joseph Catholic War Veterans laid a wreath and held a ceremony at the memorial monument in front of the historic Town Hall.  Prior to these events, the Suffield Lions Club presented a Pancake Breakfast in the lower level of the Town Hall. 

Paul Young is the longest serving elected official in Suffield's 217 year history.  He was the Township Clerk (now referred to as the Fiscal Officer) from 1984 until his retirement in 2008.  Always active in township activities, Young served on the Zoning Commission for two years and eleven years on the Board of Zoning Appeals.  He even served as the Zoning Inspector briefly in 1985, and is currently on the Suffield Tax Incentive Review Council.  Paul was a founding member of the Suffield Jaycees, which has morphed into the the present day Suffield League.  Paul and his wife Dolores now live in Hartville.

On Tuesday May 14th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees held their meeting before about ten people.  Most of the business conducted was of the routine nature.  

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick said that the Fire Department handled 63 calls in April and conducted five training sessions.  They also spent considerable time inspecting equipment and the fire station to make absolutely certain everything is up to standard.  Trustee Jared Phillip said that the long awaited elevation markers for Wingfoot Lake and the surrounding ponds would be installed later this week.  He said that the elevation level of 1147 feet above sea level will used on the markers. That this level is consistent with a 1928 court case, which set the precedent for the lake's level.  Zoning inspector Adam Bey said that the Walnut Gardens on the east end of Randolph Road is going through some changes.  Namely, they are going to set up an agri-tourism facility that will be used for education and later for events, such as wedding receptions.  

Trustee Chairman Jeff Eldreth said that part time worker Jeff Brown has started back to work for the township.  Eldreth also said that the township will pay $69.00 per ton to Morton Salt for road salt this coming snow season.  The proposed salt barn is nearer to reality.  Eldreth still wants to work out some details on size and design.  The once considered plan to join forces with ODOT for a larger, shared salt barn seems to have become less likely.  Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said reported that the Risk Management Pool returned $1,693.00 for over-payment by the township.  The amount varies, but this is a yearly refund to the township.

Lori Calcei also mentioned that the there is a position on Suffield's Tax Incentive Review Council after the recent resignation of Alisha Wilson from that board.  This particular position is one that the Portage County Commissioners appoint.  Anyone with a desire to serve on that board, which meets one day a year each March, should call her or Jeff Childers (330-819-8905) for information on how to be appointed.  A Shenk Drive resident John Cain had some questions for the trustees and the Zoning Inspector about zoning issues on his street.

Former trustee Dave Vartenuk said that his mother is turning 94 years old this week and that it would be a nice gesture and use of the new electronic sign in front of the Town Hall to wish her a Happy Birthday. The trustees agreed.  Vartenuk also said that there will be a birthday gathering in her honor at Mulligan Springs this Sunday, May 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  All are welcome.

Trustee Tom Calcei, who also happens to be president of the Suffield League, announced that there will be no Suffield Music Fest this summer.  However, he mentioned that there would be several musical events at the Wingfoot Lake Park, sponsored by ODNR.  The first of these will be  this Saturday May 18th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.  The John Hampu Band will perform 60's and 70's classic music.  The event is free and open to everyone. 

And, the Suffield League's annual Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday May 27th. On that day the events include a Pancake Breakfast at the Town Hall from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM, the VFW and Catholic War Veteran's Memorial Service in front of the Town Hall at 1:00 PM, and finally the Memorial Day Parade at 2:00 PM.

The next trustee meeting is Tuesday May 28th at 7:00 AM.  The next Zoning Commission meeting is Wednesday June 12th at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. 

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Board Of Zoning Appeals Approves Variance For Steffy Road Resident

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday July 2nd at 7:00 PM.  Eric Turner of 2074 Steffy Road had requested a variance to build an accessory building a mere ten feet from his property line, whereas the Zoning Resolutions require a 14 foot set back.  The BZA voted 5-0 to grant the needed variance.

 

Board Of Zoning Appeals Approves Variance For Accessory Building

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday July 16th and listened to Aaron Smith's request for a variance that would allow him to build a third accessory building on his 3.28 acres at 969 Congress Lake Road.  After discussion, Dave Duma motioned to grant Smith his variance.  The motion was adopted 4-0.

 

Card Bingo Returns To Suffield On Sunday Evenings

Card Bingo has returned to the Suffield Community Room on Sundays at 6:00 PM.  Bring some change and spend an evening playing bingo with your neighbors.

 

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 Passes 360,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of July 13, 2019, Suffield Township's website had 360,012 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 498.20 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

Town Hall Rental

The historic Suffield Town Hall can be rented by residents and non-residents for various events.  For complete information on the availability, costs and regulations on renting the Town Hall, please call the Town Hall administrator Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384.

 

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