On Tuesday July 26th the Suffield Township trustees met at the appointed time and usual place.  After an hour of hearing Kelly Austin's presentation on risk management, the trustees should have been happy to get back to the real business of governing the township.  But instead, they were faced with a number of complex problems, none of which have easy solutions. 

Trustee Jeff Eldreth motioned that the township award Perrin Asphalt the contract to pave Palm Road, from Trares Road to Randolph Road, at the cost of $76,000.  He mentioned that the chip & sealing this year would cost about $60,000 to $70,000, or about $30,000 less than had been budgeted for.  Only because of this savings did the township have sufficient funds to go forward with the Palm Road project.  There was a complaint of speeders on Martin Road, a mention of a series of thefts in the area, brush and trees growing out of control in East Lawn Cemetery, the continuing problems with yards that need mowed and a couple houses that are abandoned, or at least condemned, that need to be demolished.  It was noted by trustee Dave Vartenuk that the house on Carriage House Lane that has sat unfinished for more than two decades is now set for Sheriff's Auction early in August. 

As if the above wasn't enough to grow gray hair on the heads of the township leaders, the most important issue of the evening was how to stretch the budget to cover expenses.  Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said that the Road Department budget and the Fire Department budget are in good shape, but the General Fund budget is problematic and has been for the last several years.  In order to make it through 2016 with enough carryover money of the first quarter of 2017, some funds needed to be rearranged.  Normally, the salaries of the Fiscal Officer and the trustees are paid from the General Fund account, but after a vote by the trustees tonight, one third of the salary paid to the trustee (Tom Calcei) who oversees the Fire Department will come from the Fire budget, rather than the General Fund.  The same will happen to the salary of the trustee (Jeff Eldreth) overseeing the Road Department.  Two thirds of the Fiscal Officer's salary will come from both the Road and Fire Department budgets.  This measure was deemed necessary in order to make sure enough money was carried over to pay township salaries and bills in the first quarter of 2017.  Projections showed that the Fire and Road Department budgets were sufficiently funded, but the General Fund was lacking.  Lori Calcei said that the township is currently spending about $181,000 per annum on General Fund expenditures, which is down substantially from past years.  She further acknowledges that she and the trustees have made changes to the payroll, cut the police expenditures, and cut everything else down to the bones.  Chairman Tom Calcei pointed out that the township receives less funding from the State of Ohio in areas such as, but not limited to:  elimination of the "death tax" and reduction of general assistance funds.   

Another issue that the trustees reluctantly agreed upon was to put a one mill levy on the November 1st general election ballot.  In order for this to occur the trustees were forced to vote on the issue tonight, as ballot issues must be submitted to the Board of Elections at least ninety before the affected election date.  A one mill levy will generate $136,000 per year for the township according to Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito.

Among other things discussed, Tom Calcei said that Bill Steiner of the Portage County Solid Waste Management told him they would still accept resident's cards on the recycling issue until August 1st.  Thus, as your opinion matters, you can still send in your poll card.  Due to a variety of reasons, if the township were to decide to go with curbside recycle pickup, it wouldn't begin until at least November at the soonest according to Steiner.  The township is hosting the Portage County Township Association quarterly dinner meeting in August.  Hard as it is to believe, former trustee Dave Polen reserved a pavilion at Wingfoot Lake State Park about a year ago, but the park double booked the pavilion that was to be used for the event.  The dinner meeting had to be moved to the Suffield United Church of Christ.

Also mentioned was the Pretty Glen Dam, which is known to some as the Hills Pond Dam.  This Portage County owned dam has generated much talk around Suffield and with the county commissioners for the last year or so.  Local resident and chief proponent of keeping the dam is John Yeargin, who has attended meetings with the commissioners concerning whether the dam should be repaired and maintained, or removed completely.  This dam, which was built in 1938, is clearly visible from North Cleveland Avenue (Route 532), just north of the Mogadore Village limits.  Initial estimates to remove the dam were quoted last year at about $50,000, but recently an engineering firm hired by the county commissioners has changed that figure to about $1.6 million to remove the dam and about $1.5 million to repair it.  Yeargin pointed out that the pond created by the Pretty Glen Dam is the source of water for a Suffield Fire Department hydrant and provides a peaceful setting for about twelve residential properties that line the pond in Suffield Township.  He also said that simply removing the dam would create a mucky bog of sludge that has been accumulating for about 80 years.  It is also believed that the old West's Mogadore County Club, that was purchased last year by the Testa Companies for a residential/commercial development, includes plans that would include development on the south side of the Pretty Glen Pond.  There will no doubt be more meetings on this hot topic, but in the meantime the trustees will be keeping a close eye on what is transpiring.

The trustees meet again on August 9th at 8:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals have no hearings scheduled and the Zoning Commission does not meet in August.  The trustees also rescheduled  their August 23rd meeting until August 30th at 8:00 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

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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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