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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Field Varsity Football 2018

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Falcons Lose 16th Straight Game

Suffield has four school districts; Field, Mogadore, Springfield and Lake.  Follow their seasons here.

In Week 5, Field (0-5) lost their 16th in a row, this time by a 21-17 score to the Coventry Comets (3-2).  The Falcons played well through three quarters and led by a 17-7 margin until they gave up two fourth quarter touchdowns.  Mogadore (4-1) went to Byesville and beat Meadowbook (3-2) 35-32.  Lake (3-2) opened with three impressive wins and since have lost two games.  Tonight they lost to Jackson (3-2) by a 31-17 count.  And Springfield (1-4) was beaten by Ravenna (4-1) 35-12.

In Week 6, Field (1-4) hosts Streetsboro (2-3).  Mogadore (4-1) is home to Crestwood (4-1), Lake (3-2) faces a big challenge when the Canton McKinley Bulldogs (5-0) come to Uniontown and Springfield (1-4) hosts the Norton Panthers (4-1).      Click here to see their schedules and scores.

 

BZA Approves Variances To Allow Home Addition And New Garage

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday September 4th at 8:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room (1256 Waterloo Road) to hear a request for a variance from Paul Galloway of 557 Waterloo Road.  He wants to enlarge his home beyond what is allowable in its zoning district, which is actually industrial. The addition would also be too close to the roadway.   Galloway presented his case and answered the questions of the Board.  Owner of the property surrounding the Galloway lot is Warner Hughes, a former Suffield trustee of 13 years, who spoke on the history of the property and voiced his opinion that winters in Ohio are rough and the Galloways could certainly use a two car garage.  Andy Grow motioned that the variances be granted.  It was seconded by David "Pete" Einloth and then passed by a 5-0 vote.

 

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BZA To Hear Request For Variance 

The Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a hearing in the Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road on Tuesday October 2nd at 8:00 PM.  James & Jill Scovern of 2107 State Route 43 seek a variance that would allow them to remain in their existing home while they build a new one on the same lot.

 

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 Has 235,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of September 13, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 235,250 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 258 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

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