As trustee meetings around Portage County go, Suffield's are generally one of the better attended.  Typically about a dozen locals show up to listen to the wheels of local government turn here in Suffield.  Due to some scheduling conflicts by several board members, the regular meeting had been moved from next Tuesday, back to tonight. Perhaps that played into the smaller than usual crowd.  But regardless, the trustees met and talked and gave their individual reports. 

Tom Calcei said that the Fire Department is doing well and that the Memorial Day Parade was a huge success.  He also mentioned that someone had tried to steal a trailer from his driveway.  This took place in broad daylight at 1:00 PM.  The thieves were in a medium sized SUV that was dark in color and had light colored interior.  Two males were involved.  Calcei suggested residents be on the watch for suspicious activity and to call the Portage County Sheriff (297-5100) when spotting this activity.

Jeff Eldreth reported that the Road Department had been busy putting in several driveway culverts, mowing and preparing for patching roads.  He also mentioned that the State of Ohio was quick to cut down some tall weeds which obstructed vision on Swartz Road at State Route 43, after he had advised them of the problem.  He also said work is under way on the repaving projects along Portage Line Road, Pontius Road and State Route 43. 

Dave Vartenuk noted that the Zoning Commission was proceeding with the new 20-year land use plan, and that there was nothing new to report on the saga at 1560 Carriage House Drive.  The County prosecutor had told the township that this property would be offered at Sheriff's Sale, but so far the sale date has not been set.

Some discussion was had on revenue that affect the township's budget.  Over the past decade some of the funds that the township had once counted on have been reduced or eliminated.  The estate tax was eliminated completely.  This income varied from year to year, but Tom Calcei estimated that the township lost somewhere between $25,000 and $60,000 per year by losing the estate tax alone.  When the estate tax was still available to townships, the budget allowed for about $240,000 in general spending, so losing that revenue was quite a hit.  Suffield now relies on about $170,000 in unencumbered funds each year. The Local Government Funds, which are monies that the State of Ohio provides to cities, villages, townships and counties was been reduced over the last decade as well.  For example, in 2017 these funds for Portage County totaled $3,732,533.   Suffield and 16 other Portage County townships each received $29,487, while Brimfield, because they had a police department, received $33,966. 

Tom Calcei had attended a meeting of the Portage County Office of the Budget Commission at which interested parties discussed how to divide the Local Government Funds for the next ten year cycle.  At tonight's meeting, Calcei was appointed by the Suffield trustees to represent the township in further discussions.  Calcei said he is hoping the townships will come to an agreement on a formula that uses criteria, such as road mileage and population, to divide the money more equitably.  This ten year plan must be adopted by the end of the year. 

The next trustee meeting is Tuesday June 27th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday June 14th at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings are in the Administration Building.   

 

 

 

 

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Township Looking For Part Time Road Worker

Suffield Township Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei reported that the township is seeking applications for a part time road worker.  She wrote:  Suffield Township is accepting applications for summer help for their Road Department. Duties to include, but not limited to: assist road crew with general road maintenance, township building maintenance and mowing. Qualified candidates must have a valid Ohio driver’s license and (CDL is a plus), a high school diploma or equivalent and good communication skills. Wage $15.00 per hour. Interested candidates may submit resume to 2150 May Rd Suffield Oh 44260 or email suffieldtownship@neo.rr.com.

Deadline to submit resume is July 3, 2018.

 

Vacation Bible School At Suffield United Christian Church

Vacation Bible School will take place on June 18th through June 22nd from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at the Suffield United Christian Church at 1115 State Route 43.  Ages are 3 to 12 years.  For more information, call 330-628-4038.

 

Change of Plans For Trustees

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees have changed their schedule for the next meeting.  They have canceled their Tuesday June 26th meeting and rescheduled it for Friday June 22nd at 7:00 AM in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  

 

BZA Grants Summerset Drive Variance

The Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday May 15th and granted Doug Moore of 1449 Summerset Drive a variance, allowing him to build an addition to the front and back of his house.  The house will now be 41 feet from the rear lot line and the front will be 52 feet from the front lot line.  Current rules require 50 feet to the rear and 60 feet to the front.  Zoning Commission chairman John C. Yeargin was on hand to explain that the Commission had recently agreed to new setback rules.  Due to the hoops that must be jumped through to enact new rules, they will not become reality until later this year.  The new rules for an R-2 district call for 40 feet to the rear lot line and 50 feet to the front lot line.  Matt Loos motioned to allow the variance and Vickie Vincent seconded it.  The motion carried 5-0.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Votes To Allow Oversized Accessory Building

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday June 19th to hear a request from Joseph Moldovan to build a larger-than-allowed accessory building on his property at 2251 Randolph Road.  Led by Chairman Don Monroe, the board heard arguments in favor of allowing Moldovan to build his accessory building.  No one opposed the proposal.  Pete Einloth motioned to allow the variance and this was seconded by Matt Loos.  The board passed the variance by a 5-0 vote.

 

Zoning Commission Resets June Meeting Until June 20th

The Suffield Township Zoning Commission has changed its regular June meeting from June 13th to June 20th at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room.  Work this month centers on the updated "20-Year Land Use Plan".

 

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Spring S.T.H.S. Newsletter Has Been Published 

Read the Spring edition of the Suffield Township Historical Society newsletter.  Click on the "Society Newsletters" at the bottom of this page.

 

License Plate Renewals

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Suffield Township Website Has 205,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of June 17, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 205,352 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 214 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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