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.

A near capacity crowd filled the Suffield Township Administration Building on April 26th for the Trustee's Meeting.  One of the grand old men of the township, Paul E. Young, sat in for Fiscal Officer Lori L. Calcei, who was out with a severe case of the flu.  The Trustees heard Fire Chief Robert Rasnick report on his recent trip to a firefighter's convention in Indianapolis, Indiana last week. Rasnick reported that car manufacturers are being mandated to improve upon seat beats, passenger cage construction and even the strength of window glass in cars.  This is going to make rescuing accident victims a little tougher for the first responders.  He hinted that some more powerful rescue devices are going to be needed by 2017.  Rasnick also reported that the new Ford Explorer is due to have the township's traditional logo put on it in the next week or so.

John Mancini, a Republican who is running for County Commissioner against Maureen Frederick, came to the meeting to introduce himself to the trustees and audience. 

Mary Helen SmithMary Helen Smith, environmental health director of the Portage County Health Department, came to the meeting to talk specifically about septic systems.   Mrs. Smith spoke in regards to some written questions that she had received from John Yeargin, and answered some question from the audience during her 45 minute ordeal.  She explained that the county health department is not out looking for septic system problems, but instead comes across them in several ways.  People will call her department and ask to have their system inspected, someone calls in a complaint, or on rare occasions a system may be inspected by random selection.  There are 20-21,000 septics in Portage County.  Some of these are of the old construction and would likely fail inspection.  Smith pointed out that the State of Ohio deems the old "leach wells" unacceptable, as they allow water to funnel into the water aquifer, while "leach fields" or "leach fingers" are acceptable.  She continually pointed out that her department is not in the practice of searching out delinquent septics, but rather only deal with them when absolutely necessary.  Smith said that she will be speaking on this subject again May 19th at a meeting hosted by the Portage Soil & Water at Maplewood Vocational School.

John & Joyce Falkenstein of 2029 Steffy Road came in to voice concern about the possible elimination of trees along Steffy Road near Congress Lake Road.  Mr. Falkenstein commented on the "charm" that the trees brought to the county lane.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth pointed out that the trustees had not yet voted to remove the trees, but had only voted to have the county engineer's office survey the roadway to determine who actually owned the trees.  This situation was originally called into vogue due to an alleged water problem on the township roadway.  No survey has yet been done.

The trustee's voted to accept the Road Department materials bids.  Trustee Dave Vartenuk noted that the annual Clean-Up Day this year is Saturday May 21st.  On that day residents may bring old tires (limit of ten per household) and batteries to the Road Department garage for free disposal between 8:00 AM and 12:00 noon.  Vartenuk also noted that there will not be a shredding trailer available that date, but that residents can go to the Portage County Solid Waste Management facility on Mogadore Road in Brimfield and have free shredding done at their convenience.

And lastly, Jeff Eldreth reported that some hungry beavers may be the root to some of the water problems that are plaguing southwest Suffield Township.  He learned that as water was being pumped from one low spot to another, some beavers were already working at damming up the pump.  Eldreth has contacted a trapper to remove the beavers from that area.  He also reported that he has been in contact with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Columbus concerning the water level of Wingfoot Lake.  He is hopeful that the State will do the right thing and return the water level to its normal level of several years ago.

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On Tuesday April 19th a crew of men from the Precision Boring of Ohio Company of Lancaster, Ohio bored under the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad tracks about 500 feet north of Manning Road in order to replace a twenty inch culvert.  Part of the old culvert was steel and part of it was clay tiles.  The clay tiles, which had been installed in about 1850 when that area of Suffield was know as "Mishler", had broken and caused the culvert to virtually close up.  The new culvert is smaller in diameter at 16 inches, but due to being seemless and smooth inside and out, it will actually carry about 40% more water, according to W&LE project manager Dan Reinsel.  

During the whole afternoon of replacement work, the amount of water that was being pumped from the west side of the tracks to the east side was stagging.  The heavy flow simply did not stop.  Most of this water appearsRailroad culvert 04 16 2016 B to be coming from the field tiles on the property near the intersection of Manning Road at Mishler Road.  Based on the current flow, it will take days to drain what has accumulated.  This water goes to the north and ends up in one of the ponds on the southside of Wingfoot Lake Road, and then eventually in Wingfoot LakeTrustee Jeff Eldreth had promised that the railroad would be doing this culvert work and had high hopes that this would help to alleviate some of the water problems that have hampered the southwest corner of the township

The photo above on the left side of the page is the new culvert pipe, and the photo to the right is the old steel culvert pipe that is being replaced.  The old pipe will not be removed, but merely covered over.

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Last December 8thField High School students, Hallie Olson, Baylee Morris and Sydney Kubitza, came to the Trustees meeting to seek permission for placement of a "Little Free Library" box on township property.  Permission was granted for the girls to put the box at the Fire Department next to the doors to the Community Room.  The "Little Free Library" is now in place and open for business.

The "Little Free Library" is a voluntary and free non-profit way for people to borrow books, read them and return them at their leasure and at a location that is convenient to them.  Not that the Mogadore branch of the Akron-Summit County Library is all that far away, but having a small lending library in the heart of our own town seems very appropriate.  You can simply go to the "Little Free Library" box and choose a book from what is available.  Currently, the box contains about forty books, some adult fiction, some adult non-fiction and some childrens books.  You can leave a book there when you borrow one, or simply borrow a book and return it.

The idea of this system was originated by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in 2009 in Hudson, Wisconsin.  By 2010, the first of approximately 36,000 libraries was placed along a bike path in Madison, Wisconsin.  For more information, go to www.littlefreelibrary.org.  Locally, the "Little Free Library" was created as a project of Field High School's "Health Professions Affinity Community", led by school advisor Mrs. Bonnie Shook.

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In 1949, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees determined that the township needed zoning to protect the community and keep the property values stable.  Thus in 1950 a Zoning Commission was formed.  It took several years, but in 1954 the first Zoning Resolution was enacted.  In 1955, the trustees appointed Robert E. Clark as the township's very first Zoning Inspector.  He served as the Zoning Inspector until June 9, 1966.  Oddly enough, in ways that would never be acceptable in this day and age, Robert E. Clark also was a member of the first Board of Zoning Appeals in 1955.  He also served on the appeals board in 1956.

Robert E. Clark was a lifetime Suffield resident and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He was also a leader of Boy Scout Troop 267 for more than twenty year.  Robert E. Clark was 97.  A memorial service is planned for 1:00 PM on Friday April 15th at the Suffield United Christian Church at 1115 State Route 43.  The family will receive friends at that location beginning at 11:00 AM that day.  

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday April 12th.  The trustees met at 7:30 PM for a hearing on several changes to the Zoning Resolution, on which they put their stamp of approval.  These changes dealt mostly with rules on "electronic signs".  Then they met to conduct the regular business.  

Steffy Road resident Rod Morgan came before the trustees again concerning a problem that he is having with flooding on his property.  After hearing the complaint from Morgan about how the water level of his neighbor's pond was affecting his own pond's level and flooding his property, Trustee Jeff Eldreth referred Morgan to the Portage County Soil & Water for help.  Since this water problem was not creating problems to the township roadways, Eldreth said there was nothing the township could do.  

Jarold Philip of Mishler Road and Fred Herro of Kapity Drive came to the meeting to voice concerns about the high level of water in Wingfoot Lake.  This high level is causing flooding to properties in the southwest corner of Suffield Township and to the roadway along Bolender Road.  Philip, who came to the meeting well prepared, spoke of some research that he had done on the matter.  He said that the normal water level for Wingfoot Lake is 1,147 feet above sea level, but he believed that water level at this time is about 1,150 above sea level.  With this extra three feet of water, the culverts and field tile are full and are backing up the water in the surrounding areas.   Another resident, Vicki Vincent said that she had spoken with someone at the Wingfoot Lake Park who had told her the water level is up about 8".  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said he would look into this further.  Eldreth mentioned that the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad company has promised to replace a culvert that runs under the tracks, several hundred feet north of Manning Road.  This would allow a better flow of water to Wingfoot Lake from the smaller ponds, which in turn would reduce some of the water backup.  Part of the problem lies with the fact that several governmental agencies have an interest  at stake.  They are Suffield Township, the Portage County Engineer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the county Soil & Water District.  

Also discussed were the complaints about the Copeland's Landing property.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey said that the current owners are making some progress in cleaning up the property, but in the meantime the Portage County Health Department has cited them for health code violations and ordered further cleanup in a timely fashion.  He said that the ONDR was also investigating the situation on the lake side of the property.  Vicki Vincent reported to the trustees that a committee from the Suffield Township Historical Society has consulted with a landscaper and they have developed a plan for new shubbery and plants around the historical Town Hall.  The Historical Society has pledged funds to make improvements around the building and the Veterans Memorial Monument.  Trustee Dave Vartenuk said that Mary Helen Smith of the Portage County Health Department will be at the April 26th trustee meeting to talk about sewers and septic systems.  The trustees also gave approval to have Kingsway Sign repair the sign that was in front of the Administration Building prior to being destroyed in an auto accident last month.  They also agreed to have trustee Jeff Eldreth look into getting a new flag pole, which was also destroyed in the same crash.  Both Eldreth and Vartenuk agreed that this new flag pole must be lighted after dark.   

Joe Rainieri Suffield Springs Golf Club

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Once again the trial of Samantha Moseley has been postponed.  The pre-trial and trial of Moseley in the traffic death of Suffield Township Road Department employee William Knapp was set for April 13th (pre-trial) and April 19th (trial), but have been re-scheduled for May 19th at 9:30 AM and May 24th at 9:00 AM respectively.  In the meantime, a motion to suppress the evidence has been set for May 9th at 1:00 PM in the courtroom of Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie J. Pittman.  

Upcoming Township Events

Annual Historical Society Plant Sale Is May 13 & 14th

The Annual Plant Sale sponsored by the Suffield Township Historical Society will be held on Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th on the lawn in front of the historic Suffield Town Hall.  The event, which is the Society's biggest fundraiser, is from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM both days.  Donation of divided plants are greatly appreciated!

Lions Club Reverse Raffle Is May 14th

The Suffield Lions Club is having a reverse raffle to be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday May 14th at 7:00 PM.  For tickets or information, call 330-614-3097 or 330-256-5262.  Help the Lions Club fund their many community programs.

Township Clean-Up Day Is May 21st

Suffield Township in conjunction with the Portage County Solid Waste Management is sponsoring their annual clean-up day here in Suffield on Saturday May 21st from 8:00 AM until 12:00 noon at the Township Road Department garage.  Used tires and batteries can be dropped off for disposal.  A limit of ten tires per household will be accepted.  

Field Class of 1976 Is Looking For Classmates

The Field High School Class of 1976 is hosting a 40-year class re-union on August 20th.  They need help locating classmates for future communications.  Please e-mail them at fieldhs1976@yahoo.com.

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.

Spring 2016 Historical Society Newsletter Is Here!

Read the lastest Suffield Historical Society Newsletter, which was just published on January 28th.  At the bottom of this page, click on "Society Newsletter" to see the latest volume and past volumes.

Memorial Day Parade Is Just Around the Corner

The Suffield League is again sponsoring the Memorial Day Parade, which will be held this year on Monday May 30th at 2:00 PM.  In order to organize the event, the Suffield League asks that persons or groups that want to participate fill out the enclosed form and return it to Tom Calcei as soon as possible.  Click here to see the Entry Form.

 

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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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