Over that past several months, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees have talked about how the Local Government Fund would distribute state funds to each of the political subdivisions in Portage County.  Our trustees appointed Tom Calcei to be the point man on this important adventure.  Calcei has joined with trustee Jack Groselle of Hiram Township and trustee Mike Kostensky of Brimfield Township to form a committee to represent the townships in their quest for a more fair approach to the distribution of about $3,722,533 (2017's total amount) that the State of Ohio releases to Portage County.  In Portage County there are eighteen townships, four cities, six villages, and, of course, the county itself.  Each of these twenty-nine governmental entities gets a slice of that $3,722,533 pie.

For the past ten years, Portage County has received about 39.8% of the money, which is essentially money that the State of Ohio collected in sales taxes and partially returns to local governments, county-by-county.  The townships equally split 14.34% of the money, thus each township got $29,487, or about .79%.  The four cities got 37.12% and the the villages got 8.74%.  The City of Kent got the yeoman's share by collecting $742,774. (click here to see the funding chart for 2017's Local Government Funds)

How these funds are distributed come under the direction of the Portage County Office of the Budget Commission.  This commission is made up of three members:  Portage County Treasurer Brad Cromes, Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito and Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.  The commission is to hold hearings during the first half of 2018 with the various subdivision classifications and then make a decision on how to divide the money in each of the next ten years, beginning in 2019.  Naturally, the various groups have different ideas on how to spread the wealth.  All eighteen of the townships have signed off on a plan that would give each township, city and village $15,000, and would then divide the remainder of the available funds according to population.  Based on this plan, Suffield Township would benefit by about $60,000 annually.

In the meantime, the meetings and conversation has continued.  Last Sunday (November 19th) the editorial staff of the Record Courier published an editorial suggesting essentially that the funding method remain unchanged. (click here to read that editorial)  In response to that editorial, Tom Calcei has written a response, which is supposed to be published in the Record Courier next weekend.  (click here to read this response)

Sixty thousand dollars to a lot of money to anyone, even a township.

 

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Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing Is Scheduled

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing set for Tuesday January 22nd at 8:00 PM to hear a request from Tim Thomas.  Thomas wants to use the old Administration Building at 1273 State Route 43 as a used car lot. 

Leaf Dump Is Closed For The Year

Leaf Dump Was Closed On January 2nd

Many thanks to the resident at 558 Etter Road who has allowed residents to dump their leaves for the past several years.  The dump has closed for the 2018 season.

 

Local High School Basketball Scores & Schedules

Falcons Play Hard, But Lose To Coventry, Mogadore Drops Close One To Crestwood 67-64 

The Field Falcons (4-9) hosted the Coventry Comets (6-6) on Friday January 18th.  After an 8-8 score, the Falcons jumped out to a 17-8 lead, only to have the Comets come back and lead at the half 27-26.  The second half seesawed until the last couple minutes when Coventry took command.  This was the exact situation as the Falcons loss to Ravenna last week.  The highlights of the game belonged to the referring crew, who tossed out three spectators and called Field coach Dominique Sanders a technical foul for arguing a call.  Jacob Lupardus led Field with 21 points, while Jacob Gartner had eleven. 

On Friday January 18th the Mogadore (6-4) traveled to Mantua and lost to Crestwood 67-64.  The loss jeopardizes the Wildcats chances in the Portage Trail Conference County Division, where they now have three losses.

Field Girls Lose Third In Row, Mogadore Loses Again

On Wednesday January 16th the Field (10-5) girls went to Norton and were beaten by the Panthers 47-26.  It was the third loss in a row for the Falcons.  Maria Sziva scored eight for Field.  So sure was Norton coach Brian Miller that his team would prevail, he took three of his players from the far end of his bench and started them.  The Falcons didn't play particularly well and were constantly plagued by traveling calls, errant passes, or some players refusal to pass at all.   The Panthers had beaten the Falcons 71-32 back on November 13th, so the 21 point loss was an improvement from a strictly numbers perspective. 

On Wednesday January 16th the Mogadore girls hosted the Tigers of Lake Center Christian School and lost 60-39, dropping their record to 1-14.

The Field girls game against Crestwood scheduled for Saturday January 19th has been postponed until Monday January 28th at 7:00 PM.

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Historical Society Elects New Officers

The Suffield Township Historical Society met on Sunday December 9th and elected new officers.  John Saxe was elected president, Elizabeth Vence treasurer and Bev Persons secretary.  The STHS also voted to purchase new signs for the outside of the museum at a cost of $327.  They also voted to give Suffield Township $1,000 towards the purchase of the proposed electronic sign that will be placed in front of the historic Town Hall.  Township trustee Tom Calcei was on hand to accept a check for $1,000 from president John Saxe and treasurer Elizabeth Vence.  Also on the agenda was the creation of a fundraiser this coming March.  They have planned to sponsor a "Chili Cook Off" to be held in the Town Hall.  More details on this later.

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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 280,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of December 28, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 280,006 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 313.50 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.

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