Eleven people turned out on Tuesday evening to watch the Suffield Township Board of Trustees conduct business. Trustee Jeff Eldreth motioned to award road materials contracts to H. Luli Construction Company for applied liquid asphalts, to Shelly Materials for limestone, to Central Allied for gravel, to Tallmadge Asphalt and Central Allied for asphalt and Arms Trucking for slag. The motion carried unanimously . He also reported that the Road Department was almost done with this year's crack sealing. Eldreth said that the county is going to pave Mishler Road, Portage Line Road and part of Pontius Road this summer. He said that the State of Ohio was moving forward with repaving of all of State Route 43 through Suffield and Brimfield, at a cost of $2,055,000. This also will be done over the next several months.
Tom Calcei said that the fire truck that was wrecked last week when responding to a call would be out of service for about 30-45 days according to Fire Chief Bob Rasnick. Calcei said that in the meantime, the insurance company has provided Suffield with a rental fire truck. Calcei motioned to pay $1,200 for a street light at the intersection of Martin Road and Garner Drive. The issue passed unanimously. The street light will cost the township an additional $10.54 per month in electrical costs.
Trustee chairman Dave Vartenuk said that First Energy would be having a helicopter flying throughout the township to check power lines. This will be happening at various times over the next six weeks. He also mentioned that the Portage County Health Department is going to be placing mosquito traps in various locations in the county, including some in Suffield Township. These canisters, which are about the size of a trashcan, are designed to catch mosquitoes in hopes learning if the Zika virus or West Nile virus is present in Portage County. Each trap will have warning signs posted.
Some discussion was had on the property at 1560 Carriage House Drive. This property is supposedly going to be up for "Sheriff's Sale" in the next several months. Tom Calcei suggested that the township somehow warn potential buyers of the extensive work necessary to bring the house up to current building code standards. It was suggested that persons interested in purchasing the property should contact Adam Bey, the zoning inspector, for pertinent information.
The trustees also changed the date of their next meeting. The regularly scheduled meeting for Tuesday June 13th has been changed to Thursday June 8th at 8:00 PM. The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday June 14th at 7:00 PM. According to Zoning Inspector Adam Bey, there will be a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting concerning an accessory building, but no date has been set.
It was good to see everyone's good friend Ed Vincent back at the trustee meeting.