The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met twice on Tuesday July 10th.  First they met and considered a preliminary  2019 budget presented by the Fiscal Officer Lori L. Calcei.  This budget forecasts receiving approximately $2,391,586 in revenues and projected spending of $2,128,646.  The budget needed to be approved by the trustees so that the Fiscal Officer could present it to the County Budget Commission by July 20th.  For the first time in several years, the township appears to be in good financial order.  Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei said that the township can finally look to getting some much needed infrastructure, such as a new roof on the Road Department building, a much needed salt barn, and a new electronic sign in front of the Town Hall that has been discussed and pushed forward for the past several years.  It should be noted that at least three local service organizations have pledged money toward this sign project.

After the budget hearing was adjourned, the trustees opened again.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the township had advertised in the Record-Courier and, of course, on the township website for a new "seasonal" worker.  As a result, Eldreth asked that the trustees hire Jeff Brown to fill the position.  As a part time employee, he will be able to work up 1,500 hours per year.  Eldreth noted that the Field School System is in desperate need of school bus drivers and that Brown hopes to work as a driver and a township road worker.  Brown is currently retired, is experienced in road work, has a CDL and has all the necessary training needed to perform duties as needed in Suffield.  Brown will start on Monday July 16.

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick was on hand to give his report on the Fire Department.  June was a busy month with 72 calls for service.  There were five staff continuing education classes.  Rasnick said that he had applied for a grant of $17,250 from the Georgia-Pacific Company to finish replacement of firefighter's "turnout gear".  He feels the chances are good for getting the grant.  He also mentioned that the Fire Department's Explorers had a car wash this past weekend and they raised about $500.  They are hoping to raise about $2,000 so that the entire group and its advisers can attend a conference next April in Indianapolis.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth felt this was a worthy project and asked Rasnick to keep the trustees posted on fundraising goals.

Trustee Jared Phillip said that the new signage for the township municipal campus is currently being assembled and should be installed by August 1st.  Tom Calcei talked about the township cemeteries.  After some discussion, the trustees passed a resolution formally closing all three township cemeteries to any further burials.  The resolution included verbiage pointing out that there have been no burials in the past fifty years, and that records and plot maps are missing.  

The issue of mowing made another appearance at the trustee's meeting.  However, on this occasion the trustees adopted a new policy regarding how the township looks at mowing and what the township is willing to do about it.  Tom Calcei has long stated that he doesn't want the township to be in the mowing business.  In the past, after a complaint of excessively long grass was received, the township would mail out a letter warning the property owner to keep their property in compliance with Ohio Revised Code section 505.87.  The letter also informed the property owner that if they failed to come into compliance after ten days, the township would have the property mowed and add the expenses to the property's tax duplicate.  Calcei said that county prosecutor Chris Meduri had pointed out that the township could not charge more than the normal reasonable fee for such work.  Calcei said that the township does not have the manpower or resources to be in the mowing business.

The trustees learned that former trustee David Vartenuk incurred some medical expenses before his leaving office.  They voted to reimburse Vartenuk $2,085.52.  Resident Sally Knepp spoke to the trustees about massage parlors.  She hoped the trustees would help in the adoption of rules for operating such facilities in the township.  Tom Calcei asked Zoning Commission Chairman John C. Yeargin to have the commission consider this.

Adam Bey said that the "Big Red Community Foundation" is going to publish a Field community calendar for 2019.  Input for the calendar, such as meetings, birthdays and other events, plus advertising is currently being sought and accepted.  The calendars are on pre-sale for $16.00.  To learn more, click here for a link to the "Big Red Community Foundation".   It has been approximately ten years since such a calendar was published.

The Trustees next meet on Tuesday July 24th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets Wednesday July 11th at 7:00 PM, and the Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday July 17th at 8:00 PM.  All meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  The St. Joseph Parish Festival is this weekend, July 13th, 14th & 15th.  The Suffield Music Festival is also rapidly approaching.  It will be held at Wingfoot Lake State Park on August 10th & 11th.

 

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Board of Zoning Appeals Grants Two Variances

On Tuesday March 19th the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met to hear two requests for variances.  Pete Alexander of 1745 Waterloo Road requested a variance to build an oversized accessory building on his property.  The Board heard his request and voted 5-0 to grant the variance.  After that issue came another variance request from Mel and Patti Colegrove.  About 40 persons had come to hear this request and voice their their comments, of which most were to deny the request.  The Colegroves bought a nine acre parcel of land at the corner of Bolender Road and Portage Line Road with the intentions of dividing the property into six one-point-five acre lots.  The plan was moving forward until Portage County announced that the thirty-three foot right of way for Bolender Road was county property and thus couldn't be counted as land toward the one-point-five acre parcels.  This made the original lot division plan faulty as the township zoning resolutions require one-point-five acres for a building lot and the land the county took away left  these lots with approximately 1.34 acres.  There was plenty of discussion and after all were heard, sometimes several times, a motion was placed before the Board to deny the variance request.  No one seconded the motion.  A second motion was made by Andy Grow to allow the variance and it was seconded by Pete Einloth.  The motion to grant the Colegrove's their variance was ratified 4-1.

 

Youth Softball & Baseball Players Still Needed

Suffield Youth Softball and Baseball are still in need of players.  Most needed are girls who are 5 & 6 and 11 & 12.  Boys who are 10 years old are especially needed.  For more information or to register your child, call Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384.

 

St. Joseph's Church To Again Offer Lenten Fish Fridays

The St. Joseph Catholic Church at 2643 Waterloo Road will serve fish dinners on Fridays beginning on March 8th through April 12th.  The hours are 5 to 7 PM.  Carryout meals are available

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Tax Incentive Review Council Recommends Continuing Tax Abatements

The Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council met Thursday March 21st and voted to recommend continued tax abatements for three Suffield businesses.  G.P. Tree Service, Bednar Properties (Hunters Manufacturing) and Hamrick Manufacturing were in substantial compliance with their goals and promises according the the T.I.R.C.

 

Local High School Basketball Scores & Schedules

Mogadore Lose Regional Final Title Game 63-51, Field Boys Season Ends At Alliance 66-54,

The Mogadore Wildcats (20-7) storybook season came to an end on Saturday March 16th at the Canton Fieldhouse.  A much taller team that plays a much more difficult schedule, Cleveland Heights  mowed down the Wildcats by a 63-51 score.  Mogadore fell behind early and trailed 28-6 in the second quarter.  To Mogadore's credit, the Wildcats clawed back, but the task was just too difficult to manage.  The closest that game was after the first quarter was ten points.  Lukas Swartz had 15 points and junior Dylan Jones had one of his best scoring nights, netting 14 points.

On Tuesday February 26th, the Field Falcon (4-19) saw their season come to an end with a 66-54 loss to the Aviators in Alliance.  The Falcons hung with the Aviators through most of the game and trailed by only six with about four minutes to play when Carter Baumbarger picked up several offensive fouls along with technical fouls on Baumbarger and coach Dominique Sanders.  The deficit ballooned to eleven points and that pretty much ended the season for the Falcons.  Jaheim James scored 22 points while Jacob Lupardus added 12.   

 

Field Girls End Season At Norton 53-15, Mogadore Girls End Season At Mapleton 63-22

On Thursday February 21st the Field Falcons (15-9) went to Norton to play for the Sectional championship.  The Falcons were ambushed in a big way, losing to the Panthers by a 53-15 score. The Falcons ended the year with a fine 15-9 record overall and 6-8 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.

On Wednesday February 21st the Mogadore girls ended their season with a 63-22 loss to Ashland Mapleton.  No Wildcats scored in double figures.  Mogadore finished 2-21 on the year, including 0-12 in the PTC County Division.  On a more cheerful note, the Wildcats had no seniors this season and only one junior.  This may bode well for the Wildcats next year.

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Senior Citizens Spaghetti Dinner Is April 4th

There will be a free spaghetti dinner for senior citizens at the historic Town Hall on Thursday April 4th from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  The dinner will be served by students of the Field Community.  A short presentation by local community member and realtor Anna Graham on "Preserving our Community and Protecting Your Investment" will follow the dinner.

 

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!

 

Suffield Township Website Passes 305,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of March 11, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 305,043 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 378.26 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

Town Hall Rental

The historic Suffield Town Hall can be rented by residents and non-residents for various events.  For complete information on the availability, costs and regulations on renting the Town Hall, please call the Town Hall administrator Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384.

 

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