On Tuesday February 12th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met in special session to review the final draft of the long awaited "Land Use Plan". Zoning Inspector Adam Bey and Zoning Commission chairman John C. Yeargin gave a power point presentation of the document that the Zoning Commission has worked on for almost a year. About twenty people showed up for the hearing.
The trustees then held their regular meeting. Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei read a letter from Judy Calcei of the Historical Society thanking the township for leasing the township's oldest fire station to the Society for use as their museum. Judy Calcei also outlined some of the Society's programs and activities that benefit the Suffield Township community. Chief Bob Rasnick gave the fire report for the month of January. The department handled 59 call for service. They also received a grant for $9,062.50 from the Bureau of Workers Compensation to replace washer/extractors. The township will have to match that grant with $1,812.50. This was certainly good news. Rasnick also congratulated three of his firefighters for being January's Summa Health System Stemi Team award winner. The firefighters were Captain Keith Emhoff, Sean Barber and Ben Feeman.
On the zoning report by Adam Bey, the zoning inspector said that the Board of Zoning Appeals had three hearings in the past couple weeks. Tim Thomas was granted a conditional use permit to operate a car lot at the old township administration building. John Kassinger was granted a conditional use permit to operate a construction company on the property at 1188 State Route 43, and Transitional Healthcare Solutions was granted a variance to operate a senior care facility at 2094 Randolph Road. Road Department foreman David "Pete" Einloth was introduced to the crowd. He stood and told of his many years in Suffield and his love for the community. Trustee Jared Phillip said that the new wiring for the new electronic sign is in place and that the sign will be installed as soon as the temperature climbs above the freezing mark.
The trustees passed a resolution approving the "Land Use Plan". They also voted to lease the old Administration building to Tim Thomas for one year.
Many of the twenty people that had shown up for the "Land Use Plan" hearing had stayed on for the regular trustee meeting. In a slight change from the past, trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth announced early on that those in the audience were to hold their comments and questions until after the trustees had conducted their normal business. For the most part, his request was honored. When the time arrived, Jay Abercrombie mentioned that he thought an electronic sign in front of the historic Town Hall was incongruent with the residents desires to keep Suffield a rural farming community. Jeff Eldreth acknowledged that he had once harbored the same sentiment, but the need to get information out to the public was just too important to not go with the advanced technology. Concerning the sign, the trustees voted to spend up to $1,000 to buy a laptop computer dedicated for use with the electronic sign.
The subject of the recycle program was broached. Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth explained that the cost of the program has not changed. Each resident is charged $27.00 for a year's service. This is paid through the homeowners county tax bill. Each half the resident is billed $13.50. Some received a tax bill at some point in the past that had a $6.75 charge. Eldreth said that this was due to the first year's service being pro-rated. He said that the Suffield Township has about two years left on their five-year contract with the county.
It was good to see some old faces in the crowd. Mary Lohr, Laura May, Margee Kimmel, Marco Massoli and Janelle Albertoni sat in tonight.
The trustees next meet on Tuesday February 26th at 7:00 AM. The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday February 13th at 7:00 PM. There are no Board of Zoning Appeals scheduled.