In 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.
Don't Forget the Canfield Fair!
The 169th Canfield Fair is this week, Wednesday September 3rd through Monday September 7th.
Concern for Township Cemeteries
Several voiced concern for the condition of the Suffield Township cemeteries at the August 11th Trustee's Meeting. There are three cemeteries that are maintained by the township: Kent Corners on Martin Road, Eastlawn on Waterloo Road and Meacham-Upson on Trares Road. Of special mention was Eastlawn Cemetery. This cemetery is especially noticeable due to the fire damage and deteriorating condition of the historic church that stands beside the cemetery. While the Township spends a substantial amount year each to have these cemeteries mowed, nature still does take its course. Brush around the edges of the cemeteries has become a problem. One solution, suggested by Vicki Vincent, was that there be a "community clean-up day" where volunteers could cut away unwanted brush and haul it away. It was suggested that a committee of those concerned be formed to bring this clean-up to a reality. More discussion is sure to be had at upcoming Trustee's Meetings.
More concern for the Suffield Township cemeteries was voiced at the Trustee's Meeting on August 25th. Trustee Chairman Thomas E. Calcei recommended that a committee be formed to look into the cemetery situation and make recommendations on what should be done. Ed and Vicki Vincent were put in charge of this committee and tasked with finding volunteers for the committee. Ed Vincent asks that anyone who has an interest in helping, call him at 330-323-0343.
With the formation of a "Cemetery Committee", there area number of issues that need examination. Does the committee concern itself with just a short, one-time clean-up of Eastlawn Cemetery, or all three cemeteries? Should this committee formulate suggestions and plans for a more long-term approach? Would it be in the best interest of current Suffield Township residents if the township were to buy property (or accept donated land) to create a new cemetery? With the township's fiscal resources stretched to their limits already, what is the best way to return the current cemeteries to an acceptable level, and what would be the most cost effect way to maintain them into the future? Like some other places do, is a small continuing levy needed to fund cemetery maintenance? Lots of questions. Call Ed, he'd like to have your opinion and/or help.
VFW to Fund Memorial Repair
The Mogadore VFW is once again stepping up to help the Suffield community by agreeing to pay for repairs to the Veteran's Memorial that stands directly in front of the historic Suffield Town Hall. Spearheading this project is trustee David H. Polen, who reported that repairs to the lighting system have already been completed, but the actual memorial monument stone needs to have a new concrete foundation installed. Mudd Construction Company, a local company doing work in and around Suffield for the last twenty-five years, was selected to do the foundation work. Thanks to our friends at the Mogadore VFW for their continued support.
Summer Paving Completed
Perhaps you've noticed the new asphalt pavement on Martin and Randolph Roads. Both roads have been chipped and sealed and new lines have been painted. Thanks to the Sunoco Pipeline Company for footing the bills on these worthy projects. The Suffield Road Department has also completed its agenda of chipping and sealing for 2015. Thanks for a great job on the roads. The Road Department is now concentrating on mowing. Some of the roads in Suffield are maintained by the Portage County Engineer's Office, while State Route 43 and U.S. Route 224 are maintained by O.D.O.T.
NOPEC and First Energy Warn of Possible Scams
Several weeks ago the First Energy Company warned of scams in their industry. This week, NOPEC (Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council) also warns of deceptive business practices. Before making any decision to change energy suppliers, we recommend that you review rates, conditions and other data at the P.U.C.O.'s Apples to Apples website. Residents of Suffield Township should also know that they are members of NOPEC. Read more at: www.puco.ohio.gov or www.nopecinfo.org
Suffield Graciously Hosts P.C.T.A. Meeting
About 70 members of the Portage County Township Association were hosted by the Suffield Township Trustees on Saturday August 15th at the Wingfoot Lake State Park. The P.C.T.A. is an organization that promotes cooperation among the county's 18 townships. Honored to be hosting the quarterly dinner meeting, our local leadership had the Suffield Historical Society cater the event. Society President Judy Calcei, Gino Calcei, Pat Mettle, Bev Persons and Steve Calcei arranged for the food and served the meal.
Attending the meeting were members of the P.C.T.A. These are township trustees, township fiscal officers, elected and appointed county officials and persons who have an interest in their local township government. Present at this meeting were respresentatives from twelve of the eighteen townships, as well as Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito, Portage County Engineer Michael Marozzi, Portage County Recorder Bonnie Howe, Portage County Commissioners Kathleen Chandler and Vicki Kline and State Representative Kathleen Clyde.
Several routine business items were discussed, including a presentation by Portage Regional Planning Director Todd Peetz, who told the assembled county leadership that low-interest loans were available to Portage County residents for repairs to their septic systems and other conditional repairs. For more info on this matter, call the County Commissioners (330-297-3600) to determine which program will be most beneficial to you. Or call Lori Calcei, who has info pamphlets available.
A controversial issue was discussed, that being a resolution asking the govenor and state legislature to place a moratorium on allowance of permits for injection wells. Some heated discussion was had, but after the dust settled, the P.C.T.A. voted 17-4 to approve the resolution. It should be noted that the Portage County Commissioners have already passed a similar resolution, as have Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties. It should be noted that injection wells are not those that produce gas and oil, but rather ones where liquid wastes are injected into the ground.
Two Valued Township Employees Call It Quits
Tim Fox has kept the township's road department equipment in tip top shape for the last decade or so. Due to his extended work schedule for the Field Board of Education, he no longer has the luxury of having the time to work for the township, and has resigned his position. Paul E. Young retired after 24 years as township clerk in 2008, but was gracious enough to assist Fiscal Officer Lori L. Calcei in her duties since then. Both were valued employees and will be missed for their skills and work ethic. The township Trustees thank both men for their service and wish both the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Keep Suffield Clean
As part of an effort to keep our township clean and to provide community recycling, the Portage County Solid Waste Management's office provides Suffield Township with the Recycle bins that are on State Route 43, across from the Township Road Department. And yes, the township pays a fee for these bins. It has been reported that of all the townships in Portage County, Suffield is one of the leaders in community recycling.
Occasionally, however, people will dump non-recyclable trash in the recycling area or in other places around the township. This is both unsightly and illegal. Alex Boulton has been assigned by the Portage County Solid Waste Management director, Bill Steiner, to investigate these type of complaints. Alex Boulton is a Sheriff's deputy and has the legal authority to give warnings, issue citations or make arrests as necessary.
If you see a place where trash has been dumped illegally, call Alex Boulton at 330-678-8808. If you find hazardous waste that needs immediate attention, such as the remnants of a meth lab, call the Portage County Sheriff at 330-296-5100. Do your part to keep Suffield Township clean and a great place to live.
First Energy Warns of Scams
First Energy has released a notice of potential scams. To learn more, click on this link: Energy Scam