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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Friday, October 21st

Field 13, Cloverleaf 6....Field (3-6) ends losing streak, travel to Ravenna next Friday 

Mogadore 48, Waterloo 0....Wildcats are 8-1, host Rootstown next Friday

Canton GlenOak 35, Lake 28....Blue Streaks (5-4) on playoff bubble, host Green next Friday

Springfield 14, Coventry 7....Springfield (5-4) plays at unbeaten Cuyahoga Falls Woodridge next Friday

Garrettsville 35, Rootstown 14....Rovers are 5-4 and out of the playoffs, play at Mogadore next Friday


On Wednesday October 12th a gathering of about 75 residents assembled in the Community Room of the Fire House to hear the details of the curbside recycling issue.  Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei began the meeting by introducing Portage County Solid Waste Management (PCSWMD) director William G. Steiner IIMr. Steiner gave the crowd a preview of the program and then opened the floor for questions.  

William SteinerRecycling is mandated by the Ohio EPA.  In order to be in compliance, each political subdivision must recycle in one of two ways:  curbside pickup or by providing an accessible dumpster location.  Steiner said that his agency had sent out cards to the approximate 2,200 residences in Suffield and had received replies from 786 of them.  Sixty percent (475) of the households surveyed wanted to go with curbside recycling, and forty percent (311) wanted to keep the dumpsters or not recycle at all.  It appeared from the mail survey that the community is leaning heavily toward curbside recycling, and with an objective analysis of the sentiment at this meeting, it would appear that curbside recycling is likely in our future.  The township trustees will weigh the facts and make their informed decision, probably at the next trustee meeting.  If they decide to go with curbside recycling, they will enter into a formal agreement with the PCSWMD.

In the meantime, Steiner was asked about forty questions, which he answered honestly and to the best of his ability.  The biggest questions in many of the residents minds dealt with the cost of the program, how the billing would operate, and whether they could opt out of the program.  Steiner said that the program is mandatory in the sense that whether you used the recycle containers or not, you will pay for the service.  He said that in other parts of the county, they have had these programs and they sent out about 20,000 invoices a year.  This is a  nightmare to send out the bills and make collections.  Because of this he had consulted with the Portage County Treasurer Brad Cromes and the Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito and they agreed that the fees for curbside recycling could be collected once yearly in the property owner's tax duplicate.  Initially, the cost will be $2.25 per month, or $27.00 per year.  Thus the property owner will pay the fee, not someone renting a house or apartment.  Steiner said that landlords will likely pass along this expense to the renter, but that is solely their choice. He also stressed that the $27.00 year cost is a service fee, not a tax.  Some in the crowd disagreed with this position.

As to the actual logistics of the program, Steiner said that they would distribute 95 or 65 gallon containers to all residences, unless the property owner opts out.  On the cards that the PCSWMD had mailed out, one of the questions asked was whether  you wanted the 95 or 65 gallon container.  This was the reason that your address was printed on each of the cards.  Using these cards, they can predetermine which size container to drop at your house.  If you did not return this mail survey card, you will have a 95 gallon container delivered to your house.  With these containers will be a document explaining what may be recycled and what cannot.  Later, if you want to exchange sizes or ask for an additional container, you'll be able to do so by contacting the PCSWMD's customer service desk.   Steiner said that in order to efficiently get the containers delivered to the residents, they will be hiring a private firm to deliver them.  He asked that if you want a different size container from the one you preferred on the survey card, to please e-mail him by the end of the business day on Friday October 28thSteiner's e-mail address is:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Some of  the concerns of the residents dealt with specific situations.  Steiner urged residents who have unique situations, such as ditching along their roadway or long gravel drives, to contact him and he'll arrange to come out personally to your house to find a solution.

Don Monroe asked how long the $2.25 per month cost would stand.  Steiner said that the initial contract would be for five years and that the cost would be re-evaluated each year.  He seemed optimistic that with good participation from the residents, costs could be contained.  Tom Calcei pointed out that about six years ago when this issue arose in Suffield, the cost for the PCSWMD curbside recycling was about $6.00 per month.  

Residents would keep their trash haulers, as PCSWMD does not pick up trash.  Curbside recycling pickups would be every other week.  Change of scheduled pickups will be posted on the front page of PCSWMD's website ( and the Suffield Township website.  Steiner was unable to give the exact dates for pickup at this time.  Residents would have to get their containers out to the curb by 5:30 AM on the day of pickup.  For those who want to recycle, but do not want to drag the container up and down the driveway, recyclables can be put in a clear plastic bag and placed on the curb.  If they are in a black or non-transparent bag, the bag will be treated as regular trash and not picked up by the PCSWMD.  These bags are not provided by the PCSWMD.  Trustee Dave Vartenuk said that he purchases strong clear plastic "contractors bags" in the 55 gallon size at BJ's.  We'll try to get the names of some other stores that stock clear plastic bags and post them to this website later.  If the township decides to go with this curbside recycle program, target date for commencement is November 2016.

As a side issue, Steiner mentioned that county residents could take documents to the Portage County District Recycle Center at 3588 Mogadore Road, Brimfield, to be shredded.  This is a FREE service.  He suggested that if you have a large amount of shredding, to call ahead as an appointment may be needed.  Always difficult to properly dispose of are oil-based paints and varnishes.  Steiner said that about the only place in the coutny that will accept them is the Habitat For Humanity Store at 1510 South Water Street, Kent, on Tuesdays through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Steiner bragged about his website, and with good reason.  We encourage you to visit, most of what is mentioned here in brief is explained in greater detail there.    

Thus, the decision to keep the existing recycle dumpsters on State Route 43, which everyone agreed is an awful eyesore, or go to curbside recycling is now in the hands of the township trustees.  It should be noted that the current method of recycling costs the township $7,200 per year, which comes from the general fund budget and represents about 4% of that woefully stressed fund.   

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The Suffield Township trustees met on October 11th and discussed a number of issues before a much smaller crowd than usual.  Most of the politicians that roll through the township trustee meetings this time of year will mention that Suffield's meetings are better attended than most.  Tonight ten people in the audience were on hand to hear from Mike Kerrigan, a Democrat from Rootstown, who is running for Portage County Commissioner.  His talk led to a lengthy discussion on the proposed missile defense site that is being considered at the old Ravenna Arsenal and some discussion on fracking.  He was asked about the Pretty Glen Dam and said he would probably favor removal of the dam, as removal is the best option fiscally for the County in the long run.  

When the meeting returned to township matters, trustee Jeff Eldreth said that Perrin Asphalt had completed paving Palm Road from Randolph Road to Trares Road.  This is the first time that this road has ever actually been paved.  He said that the township will be doing some berm work with materials they currently have or already have funds for in order to save the township some money.  Eldreth announced that the resident at 558 Etter Road is again allowing Suffield residents to dump leaves on their property as in the past.  It is important for those using this facility to dump leaves only during the daylight hours.  Eldreth said that he checked and found Lansinger Road was in need of some speed limit signs.  This was in regards to complaints of speeders on that street.

Trustee Dave Vartenuk, who was celebrating his birthday this date, mentioned that the Zoning Commission had postponed its monthly meeting from tomorrow to Wednesday October 19th at 7:00 PM.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey said that there was nothing new on the Carriage House Drive property.  He said that Mogadore Bait & Tackle is hoping to add a building on their Randolph Road property, but, due to the size they want to build, a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing will be necessary.  No date has yet been set.  Bey also said that Hamrick Manufacturing on Martin Road is embarking on an expansion. 

Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei said that the Suffield League has committed $5,000 in funds to help pay for a new electronic sign for the township.  This is a discussion that has been going on for a long time.  Whether a new sign would be placed in front of the historic Town Hall, or the Administration Building or some other suitable place has yet to be decided, as is the decision on whether the sign would be one or two sided.   The Suffield Township Historical Society has also suggested that they would help fund the project.  Calcei felt that the Mogadore VFW and the Suffield Lions Club might have an interest in helping out.  

The trustees voted to change the dates for the next two trustee meetings.  The October 25th meeting was changed to Thursday October 27th at 8:00 PM.  This change was made to accommodate those who would like to attend the Brimfield & Suffield Lions Club's Candidates Night at the Field Middle School on Tuesday October 25th.  The Candidates Night kicks off at 6:00 PM with an hour of mingling with the candidates, followed at 7:00 PM with presentations on the various levies germane to Suffield and Brimfield.  At 7:45 PM until about 9:00 PM candidates for local, county, state and federal offices will have chance to speak to the voters.   The trustee meeting normally scheduled for Tuesday November 8th has been postponed until Wednesday November 9th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meeting for November 9th will still take place at 7:00 PM.

And, the trustees reminded everyone that the Special Meeting concerning the recycling issue is still set for tomorrow, Wednesday October 12th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Fire House.  Portage County Solid Waste District manager William Steiner will be there to explain curbside recycling and to answer any and all questions.

A little larger than usual crowd of 20 people showed up at the Suffield Township Trustee's meeting on Tuesday September 27th.  In an unprecedented action before the trustees, Martin Road resident Corky Powers Smeyak read a letter that she had written to the trustees, in which she praised the trustees for their courage in voting to place a one mill levy on the November 8 ballot.  Knowing that tax levies are very hard to pass, Smeyak hopes that the levy would pass so that money is available "for general purposes to fund among other things a restoration of added law and safety personnel hours".  

Matt Adelman was given the opportunity to speak on behalf of Sabrina Christian-Bennett, Republican candidate for County Commissioner.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department's one ton dump truck is in need of some repairs before the snow season begins.  He also said that the paving of Palm Road by Perrin Asphalt Company was scheduled to begin this week, weather permitting.  Complaints of speeders on Lansinger Road have been received.  Eldreth said that he would check the signage on Lansinger Road.

Trustee Dave Vartenuk said that the Zoning Commission meeting for October has been moved from October 12th to October 19th at 7:00 PM, due to a conflict with other township business.  He mentioned that the house on Carriage House Drive was set for Sheriff's Sale on Monday September 19th, but the sale was postponed indefinitely due to a change in the property's bankruptcy status.  The property at 2412 Sunnybrook Road is also moving toward final resolution as the Portage County Health Department has told the trustees that they will be issuing the property owner a summons for a cistern/septic violation.

Several new faces in the crowd were residents Robert & Judy Harris and Bryon & Vickie Wine, who came in to discuss an upcoming (September 29th) Board of Zoning Appeals hearing that concerns construction of a duplex on Bolender Road.  Despite the fact that the township adhered to the ORC guidelines in notifying neighboring residents of an appeals hearing, Mrs. Harris said that she only learned of the hearing "by happenstance".   Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei said that she had consulted with the township's legal advisor, Portage County assistant prosecutor Chris Meduri, who advised her the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing should be conducted as scheduled.  That hearing is set for Thursday September 29th at 8:30 PM in the Administration Building.  (Note:  this 8:30 PM hearing has been canceled at the applicant's request on 09-28-2016)

David Michael Gasaway Fire Dept.jpgw nameChief Robert Rasnick reported that the August was a busy month with 61 calls for service.  He also asked the trustees to hire David "Mike" Gasaway, a Mogadore resident and a full time Coventry firefighter, as a new probationary employee for the Suffield Township Fire Department.  The trustees voted to hire Gasaway.  The trustees also set this years Trick or Treat for Sunday October 30th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Of other continuing interests the trustees formally announced that the long-awaited public hearing on the curbside recycle issue will be held on Wednesday October 12th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Fire HousePortage County Solid Waste Management District director Bill Steiner will be in attendance to answer the multitude of questions sure to be asked.

The Suffield Township Trustees next meet on Tuesday October 11th at 8:00 PM.  They will hold a special meeting on Wednesday October 12th at 7:00 PM to publicly discuss curbside recycling in the township.  The Board of Zoning Appeals will hold hearings on Thursday September 29th at 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM.  The first hearing concerns a request to build an oversized accessory building at 1761 Waterloo Road and the later hearing concerns building a duplex on a lot less than two acres on Bolender Road.  (Note:  this 8:30 PM hearing has been canceled at the applicant's request on 09-28-2016)  The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday October 19th at 7:00 PM.  The recycling issue meeting is at the Community Room of the Fire House, while all other meetings are at the Administration Building.

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Week By Week, Follow Your Favorite Local Football Team Here

Suffield Township is home to four different school districts.  Follow the 2016 seasons for Field, Mogadore, Lake and Springfield.   Click the following link to see the scores:  2016 High School Football Scores


Township Leaf Dump To Open Friday October 14th

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 Thanksgiving.  They have asked that you dump leaves there during the daylight hours only. 


Trustees Meeting Changed to October 27th

The Suffield Township Trustees have changed their regular meeting from Tuesday October 25th to Thursday October 27th at 8:00 PM.  The public is welcome to all trustee meetings, which are held at the Administation Building.


Fall Fun At Rufener's

Rufener Farm Fall Fest

Candidates Night At Field Middle School

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Trick or Treat Is October 30th


The Suffield Township trustees have set Sunday October 30th as the afternoon for Trick or Treat.  The times will be 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.


Have Breakfast At The VFW On October 30th


The Mogadore VFW Post 8487 is serving breakfast to the public on Sunday October 30th from 8 to 11 AM.  The Post is located at 385 Randolph Road.  Help support those who have done so much for Suffield Township over the years.


Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing Set for November 3rd

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a hearing on Thursday November 3rd at 8:00 PM in the Administration Building.  The Mogadore Bait & Tackle owners seek a variance to build an accessory building that is larger than normally allowed on a .92 acre lot. 


S.U.C.C. Christmas Bazaar

Vendors are needed for the annual Christmas Bazaar at the Suffield United Christian Church that is scheduled for Saturday November 19th.  For more information, call 330-699-4342.


Lions Club To Meet November 7th

The Suffield Lions Club will hold their monthly meeting at the Lions Park Building on Monday November 1st at 7:00 PM.  As always they are looking for new members.  Have and interest in a good social experience and a way to help out the Suffield community?  Then consider a Lions Club meeting.  Keep in mind their Reverse Raffle which occurs in May 2017.


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.


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.




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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:

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