On Monday September 10th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a much smaller crowd than usual.  Perhaps it was that the meeting had been moved forward one day, or maybe it was the sudden onset of fall, but the five attendees heard mostly routine business.  Fire Chief Robert Rasnick reported that the Fire Department had been busy Mosquito Warningin August, compiling 78 calls for service and bringing them to 532 calls for the year.  He announced that firefighter Kyle Knapp had resigned effective August 31st due to his return to college.  On a happier note, Rasnick said that the annual Pancake Breakfast was a big success.  He said that there was a larger than usual crowd and that the Suffield Fire Department Explorers were able to raise $2,000 towards their trip to the Firemen's Annual Conference in Indianapolis next spring.  The trustees allocated $2,000 to replace the bed in the Fire Department's pickup truck.

Chairman Tom Calcei reported that the Portage County Commissioners had approved a tax abatement for Hamrick Manufacturing.  Hamrick had come to the last trustees meeting to secure their blessing on the abatement matter.  The manufacturing company is planning to spending about $500,000 on building improvements and will be hiring additional personnel.  Calcei also mentioned that NOPEC was offering a grant of up to $19,630 to the township for projects that would improve our energy efficiency.  The township may be eligible to collect this amount for up to three consecutive years.  The trustees voted to accept the official tax rate for Suffield.  This resolution will be forwarded to the County Auditor.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department was busy the past several weeks.  Of note, they power washed the historic Town Hall, painted the cupola on the Town Hall and cut down a tree in front of the old administration building, which will allow a better view of the flag there and the new "Suffield:  Home of the Falcons" sign.  He also said that the roughly ten miles of roads that had been chipped and sealed this year will be stripped soon by a private contractor.  There was an extensive conversation on re-roofing the township Road Department garage.  Due to a lack of "Apples to Apples" bids, no final decision was made.  Part of the consideration is whether to go with three-rib steel roofing, standing rib steel roofing or shingle  roofing.  Eldreth said he would get a couple more estimates before the next meeting.

Adam Bey said a lot of building is taking place in Suffield.  Most of it is in the routine nature, such as decks and garages.  There is one new house in the works on Goodyear Lake Boulevard. Bey had met with county prosecutor Chris Meduri and was given exact instructions on how the paperwork for the William Gump burial should be handled.  Meduri opined that by allowing this one-time ashes burial, the township would not be setting a precedent. 

Jared Phillip said that the signage on and around the township campus was nearly complete.  The lettering on the glass doors on the east side of the administration building should be done this week  Tom Calcei also reported that the association of Portage County townships had come to an agreement on how to divide the Local Government Funds.  He said that they voted to accept a five year plan that would give each of the townships $22,300 per year, plus each township would receive an additional amount that would be based on their population.   Under this plan, Suffield came out a winner.  This year Suffield's share of the approximate $3,600,000 pie was about $28,424.  Under the new plan, that amount would rise in 2019 to about $45,000.  The trustees voted to accept this plan and this resolution will be forwarded to the County Budget Commission.  Calcei also mentioned having Elegant Lighting decorate for the Christmas season the Town Hall and the old administration building.  Jared Phillip motioned to expend $1,800 to accomplish this.  The resolution passed 3-0.  Jared Phillip also motioned that the township trustees set Sunday October 28th as "Trick or Treat" day.  Jeff Eldreth seconded the motion, which passed 3-0.  The "Trick or Treat" hours will be the usual 2-4 PM.  And lastly, Tom Calcei mentioned that 80% of the county's 18 township have had positive tests for the West Nile virus, which is carried mainly by mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes can also transmit dog heartworm disease too.  Contact the Portage County Health District Mosquito Education Program at 296-9919 for more information. 

The trustees next meet on Tuesday September 25th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets next on Wednesday September 12th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings on the calendar.  Both meetings will be at the Community Room, 1256 Waterloo Road.

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Board of Zoning Appeals Grants Two Variances

On Tuesday March 19th the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met to hear two requests for variances.  Pete Alexander of 1745 Waterloo Road requested a variance to build an oversized accessory building on his property.  The Board heard his request and voted 5-0 to grant the variance.  After that issue came another variance request from Mel and Patti Colegrove.  About 40 persons had come to hear this request and voice their their comments, of which most were to deny the request.  The Colegroves bought a nine acre parcel of land at the corner of Bolender Road and Portage Line Road with the intentions of dividing the property into six one-point-five acre lots.  The plan was moving forward until Portage County announced that the thirty-three foot right of way for Bolender Road was county property and thus couldn't be counted as land toward the one-point-five acre parcels.  This made the original lot division plan faulty as the township zoning resolutions require one-point-five acres for a building lot and the land the county took away left  these lots with approximately 1.34 acres.  There was plenty of discussion and after all were heard, sometimes several times, a motion was placed before the Board to deny the variance request.  No one seconded the motion.  A second motion was made by Andy Grow to allow the variance and it was seconded by Pete Einloth.  The motion to grant the Colegrove's their variance was ratified 4-1.

 

Youth Softball & Baseball Players Still Needed

Suffield Youth Softball and Baseball are still in need of players.  Most needed are girls who are 5 & 6 and 11 & 12.  Boys who are 10 years old are especially needed.  For more information or to register your child, call Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384.

 

St. Joseph's Church To Again Offer Lenten Fish Fridays

The St. Joseph Catholic Church at 2643 Waterloo Road will serve fish dinners on Fridays beginning on March 8th through April 12th.  The hours are 5 to 7 PM.  Carryout meals are available

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Tax Incentive Review Council Recommends Continuing Tax Abatements

The Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council met Thursday March 21st and voted to recommend continued tax abatements for three Suffield businesses.  G.P. Tree Service, Bednar Properties (Hunters Manufacturing) and Hamrick Manufacturing were in substantial compliance with their goals and promises according the the T.I.R.C.

 

Local High School Basketball Scores & Schedules

Mogadore Lose Regional Final Title Game 63-51, Field Boys Season Ends At Alliance 66-54,

The Mogadore Wildcats (20-7) storybook season came to an end on Saturday March 16th at the Canton Fieldhouse.  A much taller team that plays a much more difficult schedule, Cleveland Heights  mowed down the Wildcats by a 63-51 score.  Mogadore fell behind early and trailed 28-6 in the second quarter.  To Mogadore's credit, the Wildcats clawed back, but the task was just too difficult to manage.  The closest that game was after the first quarter was ten points.  Lukas Swartz had 15 points and junior Dylan Jones had one of his best scoring nights, netting 14 points.

On Tuesday February 26th, the Field Falcon (4-19) saw their season come to an end with a 66-54 loss to the Aviators in Alliance.  The Falcons hung with the Aviators through most of the game and trailed by only six with about four minutes to play when Carter Baumbarger picked up several offensive fouls along with technical fouls on Baumbarger and coach Dominique Sanders.  The deficit ballooned to eleven points and that pretty much ended the season for the Falcons.  Jaheim James scored 22 points while Jacob Lupardus added 12.   

 

Field Girls End Season At Norton 53-15, Mogadore Girls End Season At Mapleton 63-22

On Thursday February 21st the Field Falcons (15-9) went to Norton to play for the Sectional championship.  The Falcons were ambushed in a big way, losing to the Panthers by a 53-15 score. The Falcons ended the year with a fine 15-9 record overall and 6-8 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.

On Wednesday February 21st the Mogadore girls ended their season with a 63-22 loss to Ashland Mapleton.  No Wildcats scored in double figures.  Mogadore finished 2-21 on the year, including 0-12 in the PTC County Division.  On a more cheerful note, the Wildcats had no seniors this season and only one junior.  This may bode well for the Wildcats next year.

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Senior Citizens Spaghetti Dinner Is April 4th

There will be a free spaghetti dinner for senior citizens at the historic Town Hall on Thursday April 4th from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  The dinner will be served by students of the Field Community.  A short presentation by local community member and realtor Anna Graham on "Preserving our Community and Protecting Your Investment" will follow the dinner.

 

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 305,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of March 11, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 305,043 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 378.26 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.  For complete information on the availability, costs and regulations on renting the Town Hall, please call the Town Hall administrator Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384.

 

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