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 December 12th, history was made as the Suffield Township Board of Trustees held their first regularly scheduled trustee meeting in the confines of the spacious Fire House Community Room.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth opened his part of the meeting by saying, "I'm just excited to be here".  He honored outgoing trustee Dave Vartenuk by acknowledging Vartenuk's integral part in getting the Fire House and the Community Room built.  The decision to place a levy on the ballot in order to build the facility was during the tenures of trustees Dave Polen, Ron Mishler and Dave Vartenuk.   In all, the event was witnessed by seven hearty soles who braved the snow covered roads and the 17 degree temperature.  

Aside from the excitement of the new surroundings, the meeting produced little entertainment, though Vickie Vincent did bring Christmas cookies.  A discussion on the progress on demolishing the house at 1560 Carriage House Drive took place.  While the zoning inspector was absent due to illness, trustee Dave Vartenuk said that the latest plan from the county prosecutor's office is to have a meeting with the new owners of the property, along with officials from the county building department, county health department and the Suffield Fire Department.  This meeting, yet to be scheduled, will take place at the site.  A Carriage House Drive neighbor Bernie Trares said that the new owners have mowed the property and have placed "No Trespassing" signs on the property.   

Tom Calcei reported that all is well at the Fire Department.  He also said that the ambulance that is in need of a new paint job is now being worked on.  A rental substitute ambulance should be here and available shortly.  He also said that  Christmas With Santa was a very successful event this past Sunday evening. 

The trustees made another slight change to their meeting schedule.  The second meeting of this month will now be held on Friday December 29th at 7:00 PM.  This is a change from the original time set several weeks ago.

Jeff Eldreth welcomed Ed Vincent back after his recent bout with cancer.  After extensive treatment, Ed has responded well and is now cancer free. The crowd erupted in applause after the announcement. The trustees will meet again on Friday January 29th at 7:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday December 13th at 7:00 PM.  Now that the Administration Building has been leased out, ALL township meetings will be held in the Fire House Community Room.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday November 28th before a small turnout of four citizens.  Several things of importance were discussed.  Scott McBroom, Road Department chief, said that the leaf dump at 558 Etter Road will be open a little longer this year than in the past due to the trees holding onto their leaves a little longer.  As of now, the plans are for the leaf dump to be open until "about the middle of December".  Residents are reminded to stay in the area permitted and not to go there after dark.  We will report the actual closing date as soon as that issue has been decided.

Chief Robert Rasnick's report as brief.  All is well at the Fire Department.  The firefighters did some training and handled 58 calls for service.  Scott McBroom reported that the Road Department did some culvert work and a driveway approach and have prepared the equipment for the winter's first snowfall.  He also asked for and received $3,500 to buy parts to repair the John Deere mower.  The Road Department will do the repairs themselves as time permits.  

The big news came from Zoning Inspector Adam Bey. The derelict property at 1560 Carriage House Drive has been a sore subject for the trustees and especially the neighbors in the Carriage House allotment.  On Monday November 27th the Portage County Sheriff offered up the property for sale and there was a buyer.  According to the Sheriff's Office, Derek Deacon bid $37,100 for the property and made the standard $5,000 deposit.  While this doesn't mean the situation is resolved to the satisfaction of the township or the neighbors, it is another step in the right direction.  The trustees will have to get new warrants and schedule new inspections, after which another public hearing must be held before the house can be demolished.  They deferred on scheduling the public hearing until the county prosecutor has weighed in.

This meeting represents the last public meeting to be held in the "administration building".  Realtor Lauren Luli begins her lease of the building on December 1st.  From this point forward all trustee, Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings will be held in the Suffield Township Community Room, located in the Fire House.  The trustees meet next on Tuesday December 12th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission continues its work on the 20-year Land Use Plan on Wednesday December 13th at 7:00 PM.  This Thursday November 30th the Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing scheduled at 8:00 PM concerning use of some acreage on Randolph Road.  There the Paradise Lake Country Club wants to use the land for a driving range and to grow sod.  And don't forget Christmas With Santa on Sunday December 10thSanta arrives at the historic Town Hall at 6:30 PM. 

 

 

 

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Over that past several months, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees have talked about how the Local Government Fund would distribute state funds to each of the political subdivisions in Portage County.  Our trustees appointed Tom Calcei to be the point man on this important adventure.  Calcei has joined with trustee Jack Groselle of Hiram Township and trustee Mike Kostensky of Brimfield Township to form a committee to represent the townships in their quest for a more fair approach to the distribution of about $3,722,533 (2017's total amount) that the State of Ohio releases to Portage County.  In Portage County there are eighteen townships, four cities, six villages, and, of course, the county itself.  Each of these twenty-nine governmental entities gets a slice of that $3,722,533 pie.

For the past ten years, Portage County has received about 39.8% of the money, which is essentially money that the State of Ohio collected in sales taxes and partially returns to local governments, county-by-county.  The townships equally split 14.34% of the money, thus each township got $29,487, or about .79%.  The four cities got 37.12% and the the villages got 8.74%.  The City of Kent got the yeoman's share by collecting $742,774. (click here to see the funding chart for 2017's Local Government Funds)

How these funds are distributed come under the direction of the Portage County Office of the Budget Commission.  This commission is made up of three members:  Portage County Treasurer Brad Cromes, Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito and Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.  The commission is to hold hearings during the first half of 2018 with the various subdivision classifications and then make a decision on how to divide the money in each of the next ten years, beginning in 2019.  Naturally, the various groups have different ideas on how to spread the wealth.  All eighteen of the townships have signed off on a plan that would give each township, city and village $15,000, and would then divide the remainder of the available funds according to population.  Based on this plan, Suffield Township would benefit by about $60,000 annually.

In the meantime, the meetings and conversation has continued.  Last Sunday (November 19th) the editorial staff of the Record Courier published an editorial suggesting essentially that the funding method remain unchanged. (click here to read that editorial)  In response to that editorial, Tom Calcei has written a response, which is supposed to be published in the Record Courier next weekend.  (click here to read this response)

Sixty thousand dollars to a lot of money to anyone, even a township.

 

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.    

 

 

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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

Suffield Township is hiring to fill a year round Part-Time Road Crew position. Duties to include, but not limited to: assist road crew with general road maintenance and 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 resume to 2150 May Rd Suffield Oh 44260 or email to Suffieldtownship @neo.rr.com. Deadline to submit resume is December 19, 2017.  EOE

 

BZA Approves Driving Range and Sod Farm

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals held a hearing on Thursday November 30th and granted the owners of Paradise Lake Country Club a variance to allow them to use some acreage along Randolph Road for a sod farm and a driving range.  The board voted 3-0 to allow the changes.  Some neighbors had questions about potential noise and were concerned that the driving range would cast unwanted lights onto their property.  After some discussion, these concerns faded.

 

No Historical Society In December

There will be no meeting of the Suffield Township Historical Society in December.  The January meeting will be on Monday January 15th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Fire House.  It will be a strictly business meeting, however, all are still welcome to attend.

 

Local High School Basketball

Mogadore Wins Opener

The Mogadore boys opened their season at Crestwood and won 74-68.  The Field boys lost their third straight 59-45 to the visiting Coventry Comets.  Field plays at Streetsboro this Friday and Mogadore goes to Youngstown Christian.  ......   Click here to see the schedules and scores.


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!

 

Suffield Township Website Has 165,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of December 7, 2017, Suffield Township's website had 165,077 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 212 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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