Early on a beautiful spring-like morning the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met to discuss business and pay the bills. Also on hand was Becky Lehman and several others from the Portage County Health Department, pitching the upcoming countywide health levy and reminding the township that low interest loans for failing septic systems are available again this year. Bob Rasnick, the Fire Chief, gave his report and all is well at the Fire Department. He said that they had an unusually high volume of calls (75) in January. They also had six training sessions and that he has applied for FEMA grants for a new pumper truck and firefighter turnout gear.
Road Superintendent Scott McBroom also reported on road happenings. Full-time road department employee Tim Fox has left the department, necessitating the search for a replacement. McBroom also said they had problems with water on the roadway in several locations, due largely to heavy rains and the warm temperature that quickly melted away the last snow falls. This flooding occurred on Manning, Palm, Congress Lake and Trares Roads.
Adam Bey, Zoning Inspector, reported that the Zoning Commission was well on its way to rewriting the Suffield Township Land Use Manual. As part of this procedure, input from the community is both requested and appreciated. Beginning on March 1st, the township is looking for residents to complete a survey that will help the Zoning Commission to understand how the residents would like to see the community unfold in the next twenty year cycle. An online survey will be up and running on Thursday March 1st. A link to that site will posted on this website and well as several of the local newspapers. For those who would prefer doing the survey the old-fashioned-way, copies of the survey will be available at the Fire Department or by contacting Adam Bey. The duration of the surveying will be through the end of March. The survey is quick and easy, only twenty multiple choice questions.
Some discussion was had on the water level of Wingfoot Lake and how to get the railroad, the Wingfoot Lake State Park administration and the Portage County Health Department all on the same page, so that the water level of the lake is maintained in order to prevent flooding in the southwestern portion of the township. Trustee Jared Phillip noted that this has been a yearly problem and seems to go away as summer arrives and people tend to forget the spring flooding. He said that he helped to clear out a drainage ditch along Mishler Road, just south of Spring Valley Drive, but other work is necessary, and determining the level of the lake, and keeping it at an acceptable level is equally important to solving the yearly water problem.
The next trustee meeting will be on Tuesday March 13th at 8:00 PM in the Suffield Community Center, 1256 Waterloo Road. The Zoning Commission meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday March 14th. There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings scheduled.