On Tuesday October 9th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a crowd of ten interested citizens.  With Tom Calcei away, Jeff Eldreth stepped up and ably ran the meeting.  A number of routine matters were discussed including:  the Fire Chief's monthly report, an update on the derelict property at 2412 Sunnybrook Road, some road issues and the annual opening of the leaf dump.  The trustees also gave Portage County Commissioner candidate Tony Badalamenti some time to discuss his suggestions for a Pretty Glen Dam solution.

Chief Robert Rasnick said that the his department had a very busy September.   The firefighters and EMS squads responded to 83 calls, giving them 615 call-outs so far this year.  They are on a pace to set a call-out record for the year.  The annual Fire Department Open House was a great success.  Thanks to grant money from NOPEC, the Fire Department was able to purchase some really nice first aid kits and fire extinguishers and other handouts for residents.  The Portage County Health Department expressed appreciation on being invited.  They shot up 61 people with flu shots.  The Chief also announced that David Gasaway had resigned, citing that he "simply didn't have the time" to continue on with the Fire Department.  The trustees voted to accept his resignation.

Jared Phillip said that the Zoning Commission was meeting on Wednesday and that they were close to wrapping up the Twenty Year Land Use Plan.  The subject of the derelict property at 2412 Sunnybrook was given some explanation by zoning inspector Adam Bey.  While nothing would happen yet this year, it appears the Portage County Land Bank is willing to help in getting the property cleaned up and turned over to a new owner.  He said that there are several possible outcomes.  They include the landbank selling the property as a foreclosed property, the township being given the property, one of the contingent property owners being given first chance to purchase the land, or the property being put to community use, such as a park.  With the landbank's involvement, their legal department will handle all the legal details, which would be a blessing to the township.

Of importance to many in the township is the leaf dump.  The resident at 558 Etter Road has again offered to allow Suffield residents a place to dump their leaves.  The dump is now open and will be until about Thanksgiving.  We will give advance warning a week or so before the leaf dump closes for the year.  It is asked that you bring no sticks, branches, stones or plastic bags.  The dump will be open from Dawn to Dark.  Please respect the privacy of the property owner.

Tony Badalamenti said he has researched the documents that relate to the Hills Pond Dam, aka the Pretty Glen Dam.  Since the dam is owned by the county commissioners, it is their option to decide if the dam will be repaired, replaced or tore down.  Badalamenti's said the cost to replace the dam was about $1.6 million and to tear it down was about $1.5 million.  He suggested that with community involvement, it would be possible to keep the dam with very little cost to either the community or the county.  His suggestion was to get volunteers to spend a couple weekends clearing brush from on and around the immediate dam.  The trustees took no action on this matter.

On the calendar for the rest of October:  the trustees meet again on Tuesday October 23rd at 7:00 AM in the Suffield Community Room.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday October 10th at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room.  The Lions Club is sponsoring a Night With the Candidates on Thursday October 25th from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Field Middle School.  Trick or Treat will be held on Sunday October 28th from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

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Suffield Township Is Accepting Bids For Road Materials

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees is accepting bids for road materials to be used in 2019.  A "Notice to Bidders Letter" and "Bid Sheet Forms" are available on this website in the "Roads" section, or by stopping by the Suffield Fire Department or from Road Department foreman Pete Einloth at 1225 State Route 43.  To see Pete Einloth, you'll need an appointment.  He can be reached at 628-4974.  Bids need to be received by the end of the business day Monday April 22, 2019, as they will be opened at the trustees meeting on April 23rd..

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Grants Two Variances

On Tuesday March 19th the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met to hear two requests for variances.  Pete Alexander of 1745 Waterloo Road requested a variance to build an oversized accessory building on his property.  The Board heard his request and voted 5-0 to grant the variance.  After that issue came another variance request from Mel and Patti Colegrove.  About 40 persons had come to hear this request and voice their their comments, of which most were to deny the request.  The Colegroves bought a nine acre parcel of land at the corner of Bolender Road and Portage Line Road with the intentions of dividing the property into six one-point-five acre lots.  The plan was moving forward until Portage County announced that the thirty-three foot right of way for Bolender Road was county property and thus couldn't be counted as land toward the one-point-five acre parcels.  This made the original lot division plan faulty as the township zoning resolutions require one-point-five acres for a building lot and the land the county took away left  these lots with approximately 1.34 acres.  There was plenty of discussion and after all were heard, sometimes several times, a motion was placed before the Board to deny the variance request.  No one seconded the motion.  A second motion was made by Andy Grow to allow the variance and it was seconded by Pete Einloth.  The motion to grant the Colegrove's their variance was ratified 4-1.

 

Suffield Lions Club To Hold Reverse Raffle

The Suffield Lions Club is holding their annual Reverse Raffle on Saturday April 27th at the Randolph Knights of Columbus Hall.  The cost is $50 per person.  Call David Kuntzman at 699-3401 for tickets.

 

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 315,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of March 24, 2019, Suffield Township's website had 315,117 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 398.80 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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