This was the first of the new morning meetings for the Suffield Township Board of Trustees. At the July 25th meeting the trustees voted to change their regularly scheduled second meeting of each month, which will still be held on the fourth Tuesday as usual, but it will be held at 7:00 AM instead of 8:00 PM. The meeting on Tuesday September 26th was the first morning meeting under this new format.
The three residents who showed up the watch government in action were treated to reports by the three department heads. Fire Chief Robert Rasnick asked that the trustees acknowledge the resignation of firefighter Jason Purkey from the Fire Department. Purkey is a full-time firefighter in Richfield and had his work schedule changed there and does not have the time to participate here. The trustees voted to accept his resignation. Rasnick said that the new radio upgrades recently installed have improved communications immensely. He also said that one of the ambulances will be out to service for about three weeks for repairs. During this time he asked for permission to spent $100 per day to rent an ambulance from Superior Sales. The trustees agreed to his request. Chief Rasnick said that the Fire Department's Annual Open House will be Sunday October 8th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
Trustee Tom Calcei said that the Portage County townships and the Portage County cities and villages are still working an a compromise to distribute about $3.5 million in Local Government Funds beginning in 2018. When they adopt a formula for the distribution, it will stand for the next ten years. For this reason, Calcei wants to make sure the townships get as much of the pie as possible. The trustees voted to accept a bid from Elegant Christmas Tree Lighting for $1,800 to decorate the Town Hall and Administration Building this holiday season.
Adam Bey gave the Zoning Inspectors report. He said that the had issued several miscellaneous permits and arbitrated several neighbor disputes. There was nothing new on the Carriage House situation.
Road Superintendent Scott McBroom gave a report on what the Road Department was doing recently. They have been busy with patching, which is nearly done for the season, replacing several culverts, and painting stop bars. They also took down some trees and limbs along Martin Road to improve visibility near Etter Road. Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that he wanted to talk with McBroom about possibly hiring someone next spring to work as "summer help" from April until about September. He cited the need to have a fourth person available for flagging when necessary. He suggested that with a fourth employee the issue of using Road Department employees to do mowing in the cemeteries could be revisited. Eldreth also asked that Sunday October 29th be Trick or Treat Day in Suffield. The trustees agreed and set the times as 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
After some discussion, the trustees voted 2-1 to rent the Administration Building to Lauren Luli for $650 per month. She plans to use the space as a real estate office. Luli will not have access to the walk-in safe, will pay the building's utilities, will maintain the lighted flag pole and will not have a sign in front of the building. The agreement with Luli will be for one year, beginning in January 2018. The trustee meetings will move to the Community Room at the Fire House and the Zoning Inspector will move his operations to the Fire House as well. More on this later.