Suffield Town HallIn 1802 , the community of what was later to be named Suffield Township was founded by Royal Pease, who was originally from Suffield, Connecticut. From 1802 until April 6, 1818, our community was known as Peasetown.  In 1818, the name was changed to Suffield Township and governing officials were elected.  Suffield is one of 18 townships in Portage County and lies in the southwest corner of the county.  We are uniquely situated in close proximity to Akron, Ohio to the west and to Hartville, Ohio to the south.  This gives our community a great mix of big city opportunities combined with rural charm.

With a population of 6,285 as noted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2013, Suffield Township is a close knit community - a community where neighbors look out for one another and wave when passing on the road.  Township services include a highly trained Fire Department, led by Chief Robert Rasnick, providing fire and EMS protection to the township, as well as a hard working Road Department, supervised by Scott McBroom, that takes care of the roadways and other services related to the needs of  the community.

We welcome you to our community.  Please explore our website and see what Suffield has to offer.

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Mark your calendars for the annual CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA.  This year the event will be held at the Town Hall and is again sponsored by the Suffield League.  The festivities begin at 5:30 PM on Sunday December 11th and usually end about 8:00 PM. 

Children are encouraged to enter the coloring contest.  Entries will be judged and prizes awarded for the best ones!  TO ENTER THE COLORING CONTEST:  Print a copy of the sheet to be colored and color it.  Bring the colored Picture with you on December 11th.  If you cannot participate with us on December 11th, but you still wish to enter the contest, drop your sheet off at either the Suffield Carryout, or Knight Graphics in Brimfield (673-3484).  On the back of the colored sheet, write your name, address with City and Zip code, phone, school, grade and age.  Good luck!  Click here for coloring sheet.  (print page at 100% scale)

In a split vote, the Suffield Township trustees voted to approve a contract with the Portage County Commissioners that calls for curbside recycle pickup beginning in January 2017.  Trustees Jeff Eldreth and Tom Calcei voted in favor the of the contract and Dave Vartenuk voted no.  Discussion before the vote and after the signing was limited.  Don Monroe still has questions on how a big truck is going to be able to navigate Fox Lane.  He was told to contact Bill Steiner, who has promised to come out to the home of anyone who feels that they have a special situation needing addressed.  It was also pointed out that the Portage County Solid Waste Management (PCSWM) could be contacted by calling 678-8808.  This website has suggested that everyone should take a couple minutes and read up on recycling by visiting the PCSWM website at Portagerecycles.com.   Most all your questions can be answered there.    We will have more info on the actual implementation of the program in the days ahead.

Jeff Eldreth commented on the "Serving Those Who Serve" dinner that was held at the Town Hall earlier that day.  He said that he was impressed with the program, which was headed by Brianna Sweazy, Amanda Roberts and Jessica Wiley.  These girls are part of a mentoring program in the Field Schools called "Girl Talk G.L.I.T.T.E.R."  Eldreth said that the turnout was good with about 17 firemen, four police officers and one veteran being served.

Dave Vartenuk said that the demolition of the house at 1560 Carriage House Drive is still on hold while Chris Meduri of the County Prosecutor's Office works on the hopefully final details.  Reports of a man living in a motor home on Saxe Road are apparently true.  A man has been staying in his motor home while he works to re-hab his sister's house after it was partially destroyed in a fire about two months ago.  

Tom Calcei said that Fire Chief Robert Rasnick has again applied for some grants.  One is for $450,000 to replace a twenty-year-old pumper truck, and one is for about $36,000 to buy new "turn-out gear".  If successful in obtaining the grants, the township would have to put up 5% of matching money.  The Fire Department responded to 71 calls last month.  Calcei also said that the Suffield League to sponsoring a drive to collect enough money to light the Town Hall.  Of the $1,800 needed, they have collected about $400.  Persons interested in helping with this worthy cause can send donations, which are tax deductible, to:  the Suffield League, 1196 Meadowview Drive, Brimfield, Ohio 44240.

It was noted that the leaf dump at 558 Etter Road will remain open this year until early December.  A reminder to those still needing to get rid of leaves: the leaf dump closes daily at sundown.    

Your Help Is Needed

Last week the Suffield Township trustees very reluctantly voted down funding the cost of putting up Holiday lights at the historic Town Hall and the Administration Building.  These buildings, clearly the heart of Suffield, had been lit up at Christmas time as far back as most of the older township residents could recall.  But this year the township budget did not allow for such expenses.  

But, the Suffield League has again stepped forward and come to the rescue, at least for this year.  They have fronted the township $1,800 to pay for the lighting display, the same lighting as in the past.  However, even the Suffield League has a budget and limited funds to spend.  Therefore, they are hoping individuals or groups will come forward with donations to fund this years lighting and make it possible for years to come.  

Donations can be made to the Suffield League for THIS YEARS LIGHTING by sending a "tax deductible" check made out to the Suffield League to Terry Ginn at 1196 Meadowview Drive, Brimfield, Ohio 44240.   For more information, call Terry Ginn at 330-472-6483 or Tom Calcei at 628-2437.      

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Acceding to the fervor of election day, the Suffield Township trustees had moved their regularly scheduled meeting from November 8th to today.  Trustee Dave Vartenuk is on vacation, so trustees Jeff Eldreth and Tom Calcei forged ahead without him.  They decided that the recycling issue was important enough that they would wait until all three trustees were at table before making a formal decision on whether or not to go with curbside recycling.  Thus, that formality will likely occur on November 22nd

Jeff Eldreth said the Road Department is finishing up roadside mowing and that they are prepared for snow. In that vein, he requested $3000.00 for salt.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey spoke on zoning issues, which included a complaint of someone living in a trailer at 61 Saxe Road.  Upon investigation, he found that a man is sleeping there in a mobile home while he is working to repair and rebuilt the house on that lot.  This house had sustained substantial damage in a fire. Bey also mentioned that the derelict property at 1560 Carriage House Drive has hit another stumbling block.  Somehow the original owner of the house, Pankaj Khosla, has regained ownership from his bank, thus there are new wrinkles that need to be worked through.  Bey has been in consultation with county prosecutor Chris Meduri to sort out the details, but, for now, the wrecking ball is on hold.

Chief Robert Rasnick asked that the trustees hire two new firefighters to the Suffield Fire Department.   The trustees hired Reginald Holden III and Bryce J. Huth as part-time firefighters and placed both on the customary one year probation.  Holden is currently a full-time firefighter for the City of Twinsburg, and Huth is a part-time firefighter in the Village of Lakemore.

Reluctantly, the trustees voted against paying for the annual holiday lighting around the historic Town Hall and the Administration Building, which costs the township $1800 per year.  The trustees are in hopes that some funding will come from the community to continue this holiday tradition.  The Suffield League is said to be ready to make a $200.00 donation towards the holiday lighting.  In the meantime, a proposal for other funding is being considered and as soon as details are available, we will report it to you.

Several issues close to the hearts of Suffield residents failed yesterday as voters turned down the township's request for a one mill levy, and they also turned down two levies presented by the Field Local Schools.  The township general operating expense levy, which would have generated about $137,000 per year for five years, was turned down by a 1,982 to 1,228 vote.  The 6.5 mill operating expenses levy by the schools failed by a vote of 4,828 to 3,493, and the one mill "parking lot" levy lost by a 4,661 to 3,661 vote.

Local candidates included Suffield Township fiscal officer Lori Calcei, who defeated Renee Howe-Aboul 36,290 to 30,729, thus being elected the Portage County Recorder.  Suffield resident Jim Lutz lost a hard fought race to three-term incumbent Kathleen ClydeClyde polled 27,004 votes to Lutz's 22,231, winning the 75th Ohio House seat.  It was Lutz's first run for office.  The above vote totals are "unofficial" results provided by the Portage County Board of Elections.

The Suffield Township trustees met on Tuesday October 27th and discussed several hot button issues. 

It seems like forever, especially to those residents of Carriage House Estates, but the Portage County Commons Pleas Court has finally given the trustees the go-ahead to demolish the house at 1560 Carriage House Drive.  However, don't expect the wrecking ball for several months at least.  It is known that there is at least one party that wants to buy the house and refurbish it to its dreamed-of glory.  With that information, the trustees plan to allow the potential buyer a chance to make a legitimate offer to the bank that owns the house and determine if financing is available for the purchase of the house as it currently stands, plus a substantial amount to bring the house up to current code.  Estimates are in the $200,000 to $250,000 range for purchase and renovation.   But the trustees indicated that they would place this potential buyer on a short leash, and unless the buyers can prove they are capable of buying and restoring the house, the trustees will go ahead with a public hearing as required and make a resolution for demolition.  Even if the buyer backed out, the legal proceedings the township must follow will take sixty to ninety days.  The trustees authorized Zoning Inspector Adam Bey to consult with the county land bank in hopes of finding funds for the demolition.  So while this saga continues, the light at the end of the tunnel for that neighborhood seems to be getting brighter. 

The trustees also entertained public discussion on the curbside recycle issue.  Bill Steiner of the Portage County Solid Waste Management District (PCSWMD) came to the meeting to clarify items that several residents brought up.  A draft proposal of a contact between the trustees and the PCSWMD was brought to the meeting.  The contract would be for five years, with the first year costing each resident $2.25 per month, which amounts to $27.00 per year.  There had been some inquiries to trustee Jeff Eldreth about how payment would be made.  It was made clear that all residents would pay this $27.00 as part of their property tax duplicate once yearly.  The PCSWMD will not bill individual residents.  It was clarified that for persons who owned several properties, that only those lots with an actual residence on it would be billed.  Vacant lots will not incur the $27.00 yearly service charge.

While this is a five year contract, both the PCSWMD and the township have the ability to opt out at any time by giving a ninety day notice.  The $2.25 per month cost is only guaranteed for the first year, but any increase, or decrease, would have to be approved by the township trustees.  The trustees could at some point terminate the contract and go back to the dumpsters that we currently have.  Trustee chairman Tom Calcei pointed out that the Ohio EPA is the driving force in the recycle issue.  He said that townships and other political subdivisions have three ways to go;  provide recycle dumpsters, have a public agency provide curbside pickup, or have a private company provide curbside recycle services.  No private firm has come forward seeking to be the recycler for Suffield Township.   

So while the trustees have not yet signed a contract, it was apparent that this would likely happen at the next meeting on November 9th.  It should be noted that originally, the PCSWMD had hoped to begin recycle service in Suffield in November, but that has now been pushed forward to January of 2017.  Provided the trustees enter into a contract, you can expect to see your new green 95 or 65 gallon recycle "toters" show up at your driveway about January 11th to January 17th.  In the recycle bin will be a pamphlet explaining the recycle process and other information, such as what can or cannot be recycled. 

Once again, we recommend that you take a few minutes and visit PCSWMD's website (portagerecycles.com).  There you can get answers to most any question you have.  If you have other questions, you can e-mail or call Bill Steiner.  If your personal situation requires some specialized tailoring, get a hold of Steiner and he'll come to your house and work with you.  He says that providing top customer service is their number one goal.

In other township business, the trustees accepted two new firefighters to the Suffield Township Fire Department.  They are Benjamin Feeman and Russell Vereshack.  Both will serve the customary one-year probationary period.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that Palm Road is done and that he's very pleased with the job done by both Perrin Asphalt and the township road department.  He also said that the salt bin is loaded and the trucks, plows and road crew are ready for winter weather.

The next trustee meeting has been changed from the regular Tuesday time to Wednesday November 9th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission will meet Wednesday November 9th at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Thursday November 3rd at 8:00 PM.

 

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Field Girls Lose To Norton

The Field girls basketball team lost to Norton Panthers Wednesday evening 43-22.  The Falcons fall to 2-1 this season.  The Mogadore girls whipped Lake Center Christian Wednesday 75-38 and demolished Our Lady of the Elms on Thursday 85-26 as Lexie Pierce and Katie Oliver each scored 13 points.  The Wildcats game with Tallmadge that was originally scheduled for November 29th was postponed until December 19th at Mogadore.

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

See the schedules and scores for the Field and Mogadore boys and girls basketball teams for 2016-2017.  Click here to see schedule

 

 

Township Leaf Dump Still Open Until

The resident at 558 Etter Road has again given permission for Suffield residents to dump their leaves beginning Friday October 14th and continuing until about the first week of December.  They have asked that you dump leaves there during the daylight hours only. 

 

 

Lions Club Begin Cemetery Pillow and Blanket Sales on November 12th

The Suffield Lions Club will begin selling cemetery pillows and blankets on November 12th.  Pillows are locally grow and made and sell for $25.00.  Blankets are also local and sell for $45.00 to $75.00.  Call the Lions Club at 699-6856.

 

Breakfast With Santa On December 10th At Field High School

2016 Breakfast with Santa at Field HS

 

Christmas With Santa Is Sunday December 11th

The Suffield League is again sponsoring the arrival of Christmas with their annual event - Christmas With Santa.  This year the event will be held in the historic Town Hall on Sunday December 11th.  Doors open at 5:30 PM.  

 

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.

 

Fall 2016 Historical Society Newsletter Is Here!

Read the latest Suffield Historical Society Newsletter, which was recently published on September 8th.  At the bottom of this page, click on "Society Newsletter" to see the latest volume and past volumes.

 

 

 

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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