It was just at the last Suffield Township Board of Trustee's meeting the trustees voted to have one of their monthly meetings changed to a 7:00 AM start.  Again at Tuesday's meeting the trustees changed the meeting schedule, but on a more gentile and temporary basis.  Summer vacations, work travel and even the 159th Portage County Randolph Fair figured into the need to reschedule the next three trustee's meetings.  The regular meeting for August 8th and been changed to Thursday August 3rd at 8:00 PM.  The regular meeting for August 22nd has been changed to Tuesday August 15th at 8:00 PM, and the regular meeting for September 12th has been moved back to Thursday September 7th at 8:00 PM.  Beginning on Tuesday September 26th, the second trustee meeting of each month will be held at 7:00 AM.  Palmyra and Randolph are the only other of Portage County's eighteen townships that have a morning trustee meeting.

Fire Chief Bob  Rasnick's monthly report was read by trustee Tom Calcei.  In June, the Fire Department responded to 75 calls for service, bringing them up to 335 calls during the first six months of the year.  The fire truck that was wrecked about two months ago, is due to be returned to service sometime in the next week, and the Chief has asked that Ross Harmon, a Suffield Township resident, be hired.  The trustees voted to hire Ross with the normal stipulation of completing a one-year probationary period. 

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said the Road Department is moving along doing its normal summer work, including some mowing and patchwork.  He asked for $5,000 to buy asphalt, which the trustees agreed to.  Eldreth also commented on the road projects being done by the Portage County Engineer' Office and the ODOT.  For those tired of bumps at driveways and intersections along State Route 43, they will be glad to know that there is one more layer of asphalt to be applied and with that layer, all those bumps will go away.  Eldreth mentioned that the Portage Line Road project is nearing completion, and the rebuilding of Pontius Road, from Congress Lake Road to the east township limits is also nearly completed.  Resident Jim Lutz commented on a dead tree on Martin Road near Randolph Road that presents a danger to motorists.  The trustees asked Eldreth to get a price for removing this tree and some tree work further down Martin Road near Etter Road, where low hanging branches create a view obstruction.  

Trustee Chairman Dave Vartenuk asked the trustees to approve spending $5,255.30 for work by the Portage County Regional Planning on writing the 2020-2040 Land Use Comprehensive Plan that the Zoning Commission is working on.  The trustees also appear to be taking a more aggressive tone towards getting the derelict property at 1560 Carriage House Drive demolished.  The Prosecutor's Office had asked the township to hold off on demolition until the property was offered at a Sheriff's Sale, but no auction date has yet been set.  Since money for the demolition is available from the Portage County Land Bank, the trustees want to move forward with this.  Construction in earnest began on this house in 1996.  While the structure looks fairly complete, the builder has failed to get building department inspections and code violations are many.  No work has been done on the house in many years.  The Portage County Auditor's Office valued the property in 2006 at $295,500.  This year the valuation has dropped to $91,900, and according to the Auditor's website, as of today, the property taxes are about $19,000 in arrears.  While the Prosecutor's Office feels that the Sheriff's Sale auction is a necessary step in the condemnation process, trustee Tom Calcei wants to schedule a second public hearing to move forward with demolition.

The next trustees meeting will on on Thursday August 3rd at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission does not meet in August.  The zoning inspector stated that the Board of Zoning Appeals would be called into action for a hearing on a variance on the size of an accessory building, but no date has been set.          

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Township Looking For Part Time Road Worker

Suffield Township Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei reported that the township is seeking applications for a part time road worker.  She wrote:  Suffield Township is accepting applications for summer help for their Road Department. Duties to include, but not limited to: assist road crew with general road maintenance, township building maintenance and mowing. Qualified candidates must have a valid Ohio driver’s license and (CDL is a plus), a high school diploma or equivalent and good communication skills. Wage $15.00 per hour. Interested candidates may submit resume to 2150 May Rd Suffield Oh 44260 or email suffieldtownship@neo.rr.com.

Deadline to submit resume is July 3, 2018.

 

Vacation Bible School At Suffield United Christian Church

Vacation Bible School will take place on June 18th through June 22nd from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at the Suffield United Christian Church at 1115 State Route 43.  Ages are 3 to 12 years.  For more information, call 330-628-4038.

 

Change of Plans For Trustees

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees have changed their schedule for the next meeting.  They have canceled their Tuesday June 26th meeting and rescheduled it for Friday June 22nd at 7:00 AM in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  

 

BZA Grants Summerset Drive Variance

The Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday May 15th and granted Doug Moore of 1449 Summerset Drive a variance, allowing him to build an addition to the front and back of his house.  The house will now be 41 feet from the rear lot line and the front will be 52 feet from the front lot line.  Current rules require 50 feet to the rear and 60 feet to the front.  Zoning Commission chairman John C. Yeargin was on hand to explain that the Commission had recently agreed to new setback rules.  Due to the hoops that must be jumped through to enact new rules, they will not become reality until later this year.  The new rules for an R-2 district call for 40 feet to the rear lot line and 50 feet to the front lot line.  Matt Loos motioned to allow the variance and Vickie Vincent seconded it.  The motion carried 5-0.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Votes To Allow Oversized Accessory Building

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday June 19th to hear a request from Joseph Moldovan to build a larger-than-allowed accessory building on his property at 2251 Randolph Road.  Led by Chairman Don Monroe, the board heard arguments in favor of allowing Moldovan to build his accessory building.  No one opposed the proposal.  Pete Einloth motioned to allow the variance and this was seconded by Matt Loos.  The board passed the variance by a 5-0 vote.

 

Zoning Commission Resets June Meeting Until June 20th

The Suffield Township Zoning Commission has changed its regular June meeting from June 13th to June 20th at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room.  Work this month centers on the updated "20-Year Land Use Plan".

 

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Spring S.T.H.S. Newsletter Has Been Published 

Read the Spring edition of the Suffield Township Historical Society newsletter.  Click on the "Society Newsletters" at the bottom of this page.

 

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 205,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of June 17, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 205,352 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 214 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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