A larger than normal crowd of 17 people watched the Suffield Township Board of Trustees conduct mostly routine business.  In the crowd was Corky Powers Smeyak and Jim Albertoni, both of whom have been away for several months.  New to the trustee's meeting were Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sims, who took the sights and sounds as well.  Former trustees Ron Mishler and Dave Polen were also in the audience (Jim Albertoni is also a former trustee).

The first order of business was to hear Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei report that the Bureau of Workers Compensation would be raising the township's fees from about $9,700 for the 2017 fiscal year to $15,858 for the year 2018.  Lori Calcei reported that the speed limit would be lowered to 35 MPH on Saxe Road from Mogadore Road to Martin Road.  This comes after a request from Brimfield Township was approved by the County Engineer's Office. Trustee Tom Calcei motioned to re-hire Kyle Knapp as a part-time firefighter.  This was on the request of Fire Chief Robert Rasnick

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that Road Department had widened Trares Road in the area known as Snake Hill in preparation for chip & sealing there.  He also said that the Road Department was beginning its first roadside mowing of the year.  Trustee Chairman Dave Vartenuk said that the Zoning Commission would meet on Wednesday May 10th at 7:00 PM.  He also said that the property at 1560 Carriage House Drive is to be auctioned at "Sheriff's Sale", which is yet to be scheduled.  This is a new wrinkle in this ongoing drama.  Two weeks ago the trustees believed that they were ready for public hearings to condemn the house and proceed with demolition, but the day after the last trustee's meeting, the county prosecutor who handles township legal matters, Chris Meduri, told Suffield to put on hold any further actions until at least after this new "Sheriff's Sale".  A Congress Lake Road resident and his neighbor discussed with the trustees a problem with run-off water.  They were ultimately referred to the Portage County Soil and Water District for possible resolution.

The trustees acknowledged the fast approaching Memorial Day Parade to be held on Monday May 29th at 2:00 PM in beautiful downtown Suffield.  Trustee Tom Calcei, who also presides over the Suffield League, said that they are looking for more persons to be in the parade.  It was also mentioned that the Suffield Historical Society has as their speaker the current Fire Chief Bob Rasnick, who will provide a lot of facts, photos and information about the Fire Department, which celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year.  That meeting is in the Community Room of the Fire House on Monday May 15th at 7:00 PM.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees next meet on Tuesday May 23rd at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday May 10th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings set.

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Mishler Road Work To Begin Around End Of August

As of July 26th, the much awaited repaving of Mishler Road is about a month away.  Mike Collins of the Portage County Engineer's Office said that the bids have been received and reviewed and that the County Commissioners will be awarding a contract, probably next week,  for this work.  Collins said that work would likely begin near the end of August and would likely take about seven days to complete.  This is good news to the thousands of motorists that use this road daily.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Okays Waterloo Road Variance

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals, meeting for only the second time this year, heard Michael Walker's request for a variance to build a 32' by 40' pole building on one of his six lots.  The Board struggled with their decision, but ended by voting 5-0 to allow Walker to build his accessory building on his lot at 1455 Waterloo Road.

Congress Lake Road Variance Approved

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals voted 5-0 to allow resident David Stormer of 1153 Congress Lake Road to build a 1728 square foot pole building on his 1.63 acre property.  The pole building is larger than the Zoning Resolution rules allow.

 

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!

 

Portage County Randoplh Fair - August 22-27

Portage County Fair 2017

 

Suffield Music Festival

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Senior Lunches Available

The Family and Community Services of Portage County in conjunction with the Suffield United Church of Christ offer lunches to Seniors at the church Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM.  Lunch requires a donation and must be ordered one week in advance by calling Beverly Miller at 330-877-3965.

 

Suffield Township Website Has 140,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of July 31, 2017, Suffield Township's website had 140,000 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 211 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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