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.

For the past week grass fires have spread havoc in southwest Kansas along the border with Oklahoma.  It's a long way from Suffield Township, but locals here have heard the call for assistance and have teamed up to send about 500 round bales of hay to the disaster area in order to help feed the cattle there.  About fifteen trucks with trailers each loaded with about 20 bales of hay will be heading out to Ashland, Kansas on their mission of mercy.Hay to Ashland Kansas 03 23 2017 A  The trucks were loaded and lined up at Duma Meats on Thursday afternoon, ready for their departure at about 3:30 AM on Friday.  These trucks will travel in convoy style to Route 77 at Route 70, where they will be met by another fifteen trucks from the lower part of the state.  From there they will then go the Ashland, Kansas, population 943.  For the local men, this is about 1,143 miles and about twenty hours of driving each way.  Organizing the event is Daniel Duma with the help of his parents Dave and Bev DumaDave Duma said that several local businessmen, who preferred to remain anonymous, passed out cash to the drivers to help defray the cost of fuel. More photos on the "Photo" page, general section.

The weather channels and the newspapers had reported a major winter-season-ending blizzard was coming with high winds, colder than normal temperatures and perhaps nine inches of snow, but it didn't stop the Suffield Township trustees from meeting on Tuesday March 14th.  However, most of the excitement was outside in the weather, as the meeting itself was about as mundane as any trustee meeting can be. 

The trustees voted to accept the county's 2017 appropriation of $2,175,035.06, which is slightly less than last years appropriation of $2,432,044.97.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that as the Road Department started plowing snow that day, one of the plow trucks broke down.  He also said that they would be preparing road material bids and would post them on this website and the Ravenna Record Courier in the several days.  The bids will be opened at the trustee meeting on April 25th.  The trustees also moved the April 11th meeting to Monday April 10th at 8:00 PM.

One of the most important items brought out at the meeting was that for at least the Special Election, to be held on Tuesday May 2nd, the polling location has been changed for all Suffield residents.  Those living in Precinct A or B, you will vote at the Suffield United Church of Christ at 1115 State Route 43.  Voters who live in Precinct C, D or E will vote at the Suffield Elementary School at 1128 Waterloo Road.  The only issue on the ballot for May 2nd is the 8.3 mill Field Local School District request for additional money.  The trustees also voted to accept the Tax Incentive Review Council's recommendation that the TIF arrangement for the "Tuscany at the Portage" be rescinded.  They will send the Portage County Commissioners a letter asking that the TIF agreement be terminated.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets this Thursday March 16th at 8:00 PM.  The trustees meet again on Tuesday March 28th at 8:00 PM.  Both meetings are in the Administration Building.

Fire Department Celebrates 75 Years of Community Service in 2017

 

Chief Gene Mettle

Suffield Township Fire Department Chief Gene Mettle

Fire Chief from December 28, 1972 until February 28, 1977

The Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) met on Monday March 6th to review the status of businesses that applied for and received property tax CRA and TIF agreements from Portage County.  There are currently three businesses in Suffield Township that have tax reduction agreements.  Two of these businesses have met their commitments for 2016 and received the recommendation of the TIRC for continued tax reductions into 2017.  They are G.P. Tree Service and Hunter's Manufacturing.  In 2004, the business partners who planned the west-side development known as "Tuscany at the Portage" also applied for and received a 30-year 100% property tax reallocation from the county commissioners.  Since there has been no movement to live up to the terms of the agreement since that time, the TIRC is recommending that the agreement be rescinded.  DSC 0013The TIRC will be asking the Suffield Township Board of Trustees to recommend to the current Portage County Board of Commissioners that they end the agreement with "Tuscany at the Portage".

The "Tuscany at the Portage" was a controversial undertaking about a decade ago when a group of businessmen, headed by well-known local physician Dennis McCluskey, planned a development on the old Portage Hills Vineyard property at the corner of Martin Road and State Route 224.  The plan was to make a community which featured condos, medical offices, a library and some retail stores all designed to resemble a village in the Tuscany area of Italy, hence the name "Tuscany at the Portage".  Plans were made for sewers, water and the property was rezoned to accommodate residential, retail and medical facility use.  The "Great Recession" came along and the plan was pretty much abandoned.  No buildings were built, no sewers or water lines were installed and no roads were built, thus no actual money was spent on infrastructure. 

The tax reduction agreements were actually part of a TIF (tax increment financing), which allows a developer to pay their property tax in full, but be reimbursed for monies spent on things like roads, sewers and other infrastructures.  At the time the county commissioners approved the TIF for "Tuscany at the Portage", the Field school board was on board (no pun intended) with the project and project therefore could received up to 100% of their taxes paid for up to 30 years.  Without the school board agreeing, the most a TIF could be is 75% of the property tax for up to 10 years.  Tax increment financing (TIF) is a public financing method that is used as a subsidy for redevelopment, infrastructure, and other community-improvement projects.  Under this particular TIF agreement, the type of public improvements were: roadwork, parking deck, water and sewer. 

The TIRC will be sending a letter to the Suffield Township Board of Trustees recommending the TIF be rescinded.  It will then be up to the Board of Trustees to ask the county Board of Commissioners to terminate the tax agreement.  At the TIRC meeting, questions were raised about any further development of the same property.  If the Board of Commissioners terminate the TIF, any new developer could apply for a new TIF arrangement.  The property is currently owned by the ASW 224LLC of Akron, according to the Portage County Auditor's tax records.

Above is the 2017 Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council.  Standing is County Auditor Janet Esposito, Vice Chairman John Yeargin, Paul Young and Jim Albertoni.  Seated are Laura May, Alesha Wilson and Chairman Jeff Childers.

  

Jim Lutz

 

 

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Road Bid Forms Now Available On Road Department Page

An informational letter and the actual bid form is now available to road material suppliers.  Go to the "Roads" page to view them.  The bids must be received by 8:00 PM on Tuesday April 25th.

 

Read The Historical Society Newsletter 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. 

 

High School Basketball

Schedule & Results

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

 

Annual Township Clean-Up Day is Saturday May 13th

The annual clean-up day for Suffield Township this year will be on Saturday May 13th.  On that day you can bring your old tires, batteries and computers to the Road Department garage for disposal.  Workers will be there that day from 8:00 AM until noon to help dispose of these items that are otherwise hard to get rid of.

 

St. Joseph's Friday Fish Fries Begin March 3rd

St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 2643 Waterloo Road will begin their annual Friday Fish Fries on March 3rd and will continue each Friday through April 7th.  They are 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Carryout orders are available.

 

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Grants Variance

The Board of Zoning Appeals met on Thursday March 16th at the request of Victoria and Amber Dietelbach of 646 Etter Road.  They want to build a new house, but continue to live in their present house until the new one is ready for occupancy.  This was a violation of the Suffield Township Zoning Resolution.  The BZA approved the variance 4-0.

 

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 100,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

Suffield Township's website had 100,000 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 205 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.

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