On springlike Tuesday evening on April 10th, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a crowd of 14 interested parties. Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked the board for a purchase order of $11,000 in order to buy a Kubota lawn mower from Coia Implements of Ravenna Township. The trustees, after Road Department chief Scott McBroom makes a recommendation, will buy a trailer to haul the lawn mower. Also discussed was the idea of purchasing a truck to use to haul the lawn mower and could also be used for other Road Department and township uses. Eldreth said he would get some estimates on costs for this truck by the next trustee meeting. Mowing is just around the corner!
Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei had some good news in that the township's insurance carrier, OTARMA, rebated to the township a little over $1,300. It is typical that OTARMA gives rebates nearly every year, but it is not known how much to expect. Fire Chief Bob Rasnick gave two monthly reports. Fire calls for February and March remained fairly constant, and the levels of training were similar as well. The Chief, clearly in discomfort, limped in and out of the meeting. Just prior to the last trustee meeting, Rasnick was out in Randolph on a mutual-aid fire when he dropped a large metal cylinder on his foot. While he didn't need surgery, he is operating at less than 100%. As part of his report, the Chief also announced that three of his prized firefighters are leaving the department and have submitted resignations. He asked that the trustees accept the resignation of Matt Frawley, who is leaving for a full time position in Ravenna Township, Brandon Bryan, who is leaving for the Alliance City Fire Department job and Andrew Byler, who is leaving for a full time position in Plain Township. The trustees accepted the resignations and gave each firefighter their best wishes. In other Fire Department business Chief Rasnick said that FEMA denied the township two grants, but that was expected, as we had applied for these grants before and were turned down. Rasnick also asked the trustees to buy a new copier. They agreed to pay Meritech Technologies $2,510 for a new one. The cost of buying a new copier was substantially less than the $3,600 leasing fee for three years.
In the crowd were several new faces. Deerfield trustee Ed Dean introduced himself to the trustees and crowd. He is running for Portage County Commissioner in the Republican primary, which is May 8th. Maggie Engelhart introduced herself as a new resident, who recently came here from Florida. She was interested in what community activities are available for senior citizens. She suggested that she would be interested in starting up an activity called "Card Bingo", which is not bingo at all, but a card game. The trustees gave her the green light to try and set up something like this. Another fairly newcomer to the trustee meetings, Margee Kimmel, volunteered to help out on this potential project.
The Zoning Commission meets Wednesday April 11th at 7:00 PM. The trustees meet again on Tuesday April 24th at 7:00 AM. There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings in the works.