No on likes to hear about the possibility of a tax increase, no matter how small, but the Suffield Township trustees are on the verge of suggesting just that.  Reluctantly, the trustees voted to begin the process of considering a one mill levy for general operating expenses.  The first step is to get Janet Esposito, the Portage County Auditor, to give a quote on how much such a levy would bring in.  This past year, based on property taxes and other monies paid to the township by the county treasurer's office, a one mill levy would have generated about $137,000 per year.  Prior to the regular trustee's meeting the trustees held the required annual budget hearing.  At this meeting they learned that there would be only about $52,000 to carry over from this year to the first quarter on 2017.  This carryover has steadily dropped over the past six to eight years.  For example, the carryover in 2013 was $171,000.  This carryover is what the township uses to make payments and pay salaries during the first quarter until the county treasurer releases the township's money from property taxes and other county-paid funding.  While the township has cut its spending to the bone, costs for the township have soared, much like most people's household budgets have.  Trustee chairman Tom Calcei said that Suffield should remain in the black for 2017, but from 2018 forward, some help is needed.

The eleven person gathering also heard that the Fire Department has taken delivery of the new "Jaws of Life" hydraulic cutters.  Fire Chief Robert Rasnick managed to get a sooner delivery than expected and the cost was little less than what had been projected.  The final cost was $6,569.  Some good news was announced by zoning inspector Adam Bey for the residents in Carriage Hill Estates.  The derelict house at 1560 Carriage House Lane will be going to "Sheriff's Sale" soon, perhaps as early as the beginning of August.  The property at the old Copeland's Landing is being cleaned up a little more each month, according to Bey.  Trustee Dave Vartenuk mentioned that the Board of Zoning Appeals had a meeting last Thursday in which they approved a variance to Gary McFarland of 1738 Meander Way to build a slightly oversized accessory building, which would also be four feet closer to the lot line that the Zoning Resolution normally allows.  The vote was 3-2 in favor of the variances.  This split decision was the closest vote seen at the Board of Zoning Appeals in at least the last eight years.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department is in the process of erecting some new signs in hopes of preventing trucks from using Shaffer Road.  The problem there is that tractor-trailer rigs get hung-up on the road surface when trying to pull from Shaffer Road onto Waterloo Road.  He also mentioned that a new flagpole has been erected in front of the Administration Building, but it still needs to have some sort of lighting installed.  Cost of the flagpole and the new township sign was paid for by the insurance settlement from the driver who destroyed the old sign and pole.  Eldreth also said that the cards on the recycling issue that residents have submitted to the Portage County Solid Waste Management will be counted up to August 1st.  If you still have your household card and have not sent it in, there is still time.

While the trustees had been expecting, or at least hoping for, bids on the Palm Road paving project in the $55,000 to $60,000 range, the two bidders who would like to do the work came in with much higher bids.  Perrin Asphalt costed it out at $76,000 and Shelley Materials came in at $95,293.  The trustees voted to accept the bids and postponed making any decisions on who to award the work, or whether or not the project will move forward this year.  Trustee Eldreth said that the .6 mile of proposed paving on Palm Road from Trares Road to Randolph Road has never actually been paved, but rather chip & sealed over the years. 

The trustees will meet again on Tuesday July 26th at 8:00 PM.  Prior to the regular meeting, the trustees will hear from a representative of KLM Risk Management, concerning the township's insurance coverage.   The Zoning Commission has postponed its regular monthly meeting from July 13th to July 20th at 7:00 PM.

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See The Akron Rubber Duckies With The Suffield League

The Suffield League is sponsoring a night with the Akron Rubber Duckies.  The game will be at 7:05 PM on Saturday August 24th.   Tickets are $8.00 and must be reserved by August 13th.  Call 330-221-4899 to reserve tickets or for more info.  There will be fireworks after the game.

 

Board Of Zoning Appeals Schedules Hearing For North Polen Property

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Tuesday August 27th at 7:00 PM to hear a request from Mike Smith for a variance to build an accessory building too close to the property line by Zoning Resolution standards.  The hearing will be in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.

 

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Card Bingo Returns To Suffield On Sunday Evenings

Card Bingo has returned to the Suffield Community Room on Sundays at 6:00 PM.  Bring some change and spend an evening playing bingo with your neighbors.

 

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 375,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of August 12, 2019, Suffield Township's website had 375,123 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 484.1 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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