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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Mishler Road Work To Begin Around End Of August

As of July 26th, the much awaited repaving of Mishler Road is about a month away.  Mike Collins of the Portage County Engineer's Office said that the bids have been received and reviewed and that the County Commissioners will be awarding a contract, probably next week,  for this work.  Collins said that work would likely begin near the end of August and would likely take about seven days to complete.  This is good news to the thousands of motorists that use this road daily.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Okays Waterloo Road Variance

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals, meeting for only the second time this year, heard Michael Walker's request for a variance to build a 32' by 40' pole building on one of his six lots.  The Board struggled with their decision, but ended by voting 5-0 to allow Walker to build his accessory building on his lot at 1455 Waterloo Road.

Congress Lake Road Variance Approved

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals voted 5-0 to allow resident David Stormer of 1153 Congress Lake Road to build a 1728 square foot pole building on his 1.63 acre property.  The pole building is larger than the Zoning Resolution rules allow.

 

Read The Historical Society Newsletter Online!

The FALL 2017 Newsletter is available for you to read online.  The Suffield Township Historical Society urges you to read the semi-annual newsletter which is published right here on this website.  At the bottom of this page is a link to the Society's newsletters.  Incidentally, the Historical Society is hoping you'll enjoy this newsletter online, so they might save the cost of mailing you one.  Postage and printing costs the group several hundred dollars per year.  Call any of the Society's officers to get on their e-mail list.

 

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!

 

Portage County Randoplh Fair - August 22-27

Portage County Fair 2017

 

Suffield Music Festival

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Senior Lunches Available

The Family and Community Services of Portage County in conjunction with the Suffield United Church of Christ offer lunches to Seniors at the church Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM.  Lunch requires a donation and must be ordered one week in advance by calling Beverly Miller at 330-877-3965.

 

Suffield Township Website Has 140,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of July 31, 2017, Suffield Township's website had 140,000 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 211 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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