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.