On Tuesday February 13th the Suffield Board of Trustees met before a crowd of ten residents. Mostly routine matters were discussed or acted upon. They accepted a one dollar check from the Suffield Township Historical Society for use of the township's original Fire Station, which now houses the Historical Museum. Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei also read a letter from Historical Society president Judy Calcei in which she thanked the trustees for their continued support and spoke of improvements that the history group has made to the building in the past year.
Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked that Edwin Hanna III be hired as the new year-round part time employee for the Road Department. Plans are still in the works to hire a part timer for summer work. No one has been chosen for that position. Trustee Jared Phillip was absent, but Tom Calcei and Jeff Eldreth voted to hire Hanna. Tom Calcei said that the fight for more Local Government Funds from the State of Ohio is still ongoing. He and Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei will be meeting with the Portage County Budget Commission to outline Suffield's financial situation. This will play a part in the Commission's decision on how to divvy up the tax money to the local county subdivisions.
The new owner of the derelict property at 1560 Carriage House Drive is moving forward with his quest to rescue that house from the wrecking ball. The owner has an engineer working on new drawings and, according to Zoning Inspector Adam Bey, will be applying for a county building permit in the very near future. Bernie Trares, a neighbor to the house, said that the new owner has started some improvement, such as mowing the property.
Jeff Eldreth said that a representative of the Portage County Health Department asked to speak at the next trustee meeting. The trustees also voted to reduce load limits on township roads by 35%, which is a yearly procedure. Eldreth said that he had attended a meeting with other township officials and the County Engineer Mickey Marozzi. He felt the meeting went well and more meetings are planned. Some discussion was had on the status of the township cemeteries. While no firm decision was adopted at this meeting, the trustees appear to be headed to making a formal resolution that would bar any further burials in any the the three township-owned cemeteries. In the crowd was former trustee Ron Mishler, who recalled that in about 1997 during his 14-year tenure as trustee, the trustees had closed the cemeteries to further burials, but Mishler could not recall if a formal resolution was made at the time. Trustee Tom Calcei said that he would confer with the county prosecutor on this matter before any further action was taken.
The next trustee meeting will be on Tuesday February 27th at 7:00 AM. The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday February 14th at 7:00 PM. No Board of Zoning Appeals meetings are scheduled.