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 6,315 as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015, 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 David (Pete) Einloth, that takes care of the roadways and other services related to the needs of  the community.

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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday November 8th to conduct various articles of routine business.  The meeting opened with swearing in Emma Harrison as the newest full-time firefighter/paramedic.  Harrison began her journey at the Fire Department at age 15 as an Explorer and will now serve the community on a full-time basis.  Congratulations to Emma !!  Other Fire Department news from Chief Bob Rasnick was that the Fire Department responded to 89 calls for service in October.  The staff also conducted five continuing education classes during the month.  The new pickup truck bought for Fire Department use has been delivered.

Trustee Tom Calcei said that the annual Christmas With Santa, sponsored by the Suffield League, will be held on Sunday December11th at the historic Town Hall.  Doors open at 5:30 PM and Santa plans to arrive about 6:00 PM. Bring the kids and mingle with your neighbors.  The now-annual Chili Cook Off, also sponsored by the Suffield League and  the Lion's Club, is set for Saturday February 4, 2023.  More on this later.  Call Tom Calcei (330-256-8042) or Terry Ginn (330-472-6483) for information on entering your chili.

Jeff Eldreth, trustee chairman, said that there is a household hazardous waste recycle effort to be held on Saturday November 19th from 8:00 AM until noon at the Portage County Recycle Center, 3588 Mogadore Road, Brimfield.  Visit the Portage County Recycles website (www.portagerecycles.com) and review what is allowed to be dropped off and what isn't.  This is open to Portage County residents only and a valid photo ID or utility bill with a current Portage County address is required.  There are also some charges for various items, such as televisions, printers and CRT monitors.

The trustees also allocated $2,000 in funds to purchase more Christmas lights.  Resident John Yeargin thanked the Fire Department for taking him to the hospital during a medical emergency.  Welcome back Pauline Persons and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Bryon Wine after his shoulder surgery.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday November 22nd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on December 14th at 7:00 PM.  No Board of Zoning Appeals hearings are currently scheduled.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on September 13th to conduct a wide variety of business.  The Board accepted the levy rates as adopted by the Portage County Budget Commission and forwarded their acceptance to the County Auditor.  Matt Kelly stopped by to pitch his reasons on why he should be elected County Auditor.  Trustee Chairman Jefff Eldreth reported that Suffield has $13,500 in monies from NOPEC in an escrow account.  There was no mention on how this money would be spent.

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick reported that two firefighters resigned from the Fire Department.  They were Andrew Armstrong and Mike Carson.  Their resignations were accepted by the trustees. Carson will continue on as a part time employee.   The trustees also agreed to spend from the American Rescue Plan Act funds $111,500 to buy a new Ford F550 truck from Valley Ford.  This truck will be used by the Fire Department.  They also agreed to use the same funding account to buy a new Ford F450 chassis from Valley Ford for $68,475.  The chassis will be used on a new ambulance.  Rasnick also reported that the firefighters did their usual five continuing education classes and responded to 72 calls for service. 

Jeff Eldreth asked and received a purchase order for $142,276 for oil and chipping and sealing.  Henry Luli did this work for the township. He also asked another $3,000 from the ARPA funds for Christmas decorations.  The trustees voted to donate $25,000 to the Suffield Community Athletic Association to be used for improvements to the dug-outs at the baseball/softball field at Suffield Elementary School.

Trick or Treat will be held on Sunday October 30th from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  The Suffield League in cooperation with Wingfoot Lake State Park will have an event entitled Fall Fest at Wingfoot Lake Park on Friday October 28th from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  The Fire Department ill hold its annual Open House on Sunday October 16th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. 

The trustees next meet on Tuesday September 27th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday September 14th at 7:00 PM and then on Wednesday October 12th at 7:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals will hold two hearings, but no date has been set. 

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On Tuesday August 9th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met.  They agreed to spend $55,000 on a new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 pickup to be used by the Fire Department.  The funds for this purchase will come from money received through the American Rescue Plan Act.  The township was granted by the federal government just over $600,000 for 2022 and this money must be used by the end of this calendar year.  So far in 2022, the Road Department has purchased two dumps trucks and the now the Fire Department is getting this new Silverado.  The plans include replacing another (maybe two) fire vehicles.

Chief Bob Rasnick said the Fie Department responded to 93 calls for service in July 2022.  He mentioned that for all of 1992, they responded to 92 calls.  Quite an increase in calls for service.  The firefighters also attended the usual five continuing education classes.  Josh Stamper resigned from the Fire Department prior to his completion of probation.  Trustee Tom Calcei said that the countywide commission that divvies up the Local Government Funds has agreed with Kent and Ravenna on the formula to be used beginning in 2023.  Now the Portage County Commissioners must agree to the division.  There is about $4,500,000 to be divided between the various subdivisions.

There was a long discussion on an upcoming Board of Zoning Appeals hearing that concerns the properties at 2287 and 2321 Trares Road.  No date was set for the hearing.  The applicant there is asking to be allowed to operate and fabricating business in a RR District (rural residential district).  Trustee Chairman Jeff Eldreth said the Chip & Seal program is nearly complete.  Still to be done is striping the roads, which will be done by J.D. Striping at a cost of just over $10,000.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday August 23rd at 7:00 AM.  There is no Zoning Commission meeting in August.  There will be a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing, but the actual date has not been set.  Don't forget the Portage County Fair in Randolph Township, which begins on August 23rd and runs through August 28th.  And don't forget that Field High School football begins on Friday August 19th, when the Mogadore Wildcats visit the Falcons.

The Suffield Road Department is starting the annual chip and seal road work tomorrow (July 28th) and Friday (July 29th).  The following roads are slated  for chip and seal:

Manning Road from SR 43 to Heimbaugh Road

Martin Road from Bolender Road to US 224

Etter Road from the railroad tracks to SR 43

Trares Road from Congress Lake Road to Palm Road

Congress Lake Road from Randolph Road to Waterloo Road

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Thursday June 23rd before a crowd of just two people.  Fire Chief Robert Rasnick requested that the trustees hire Hayden Dupratt as a new firefighter.  The trustees agreed and Dupratt was hired and will serve a one year probationary period.  The Fire Department building also suffered some extensive damage to the building's computer and communication systems due to a lightning strike.  The trustees did not make a decision on whether to use insurance funds for repairs or to pay the damages with township funds.  More discussion is needed on this matter.  There was a lengthy discussion of sick time accrual for firefighters, and the upcoming levies for the November General Election ballot were discussed.  A final decision on placement of the levies is set for the next trustee meeting on July 12th.  

The trustees next meet on Tuesday July 12th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday July 13th at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  The public is very welcome to attend. 

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees changed their meeting date from June 14th to June 9th.  In the process the Board conducted a group of business decisions.  Some discussion was had on the upcoming levy proposal that would bring about $181,000 to $231,000 to the township,  This levy would be placed on  the November 2022 ballot. More discussion will be forthcoming at the Trustee meeting on June 23rd.  Trustee Tom Calcei volunteered and was selected to be Suffield's representative to this years apportionment of the Local Government Funds.  Those discussions will determine how much of the Local Government Funds that will come Suffield's way.

The Trustees will hold their annual budget meeting on July 12th at 7:30 PM, just prior to the regular Trustee meeting (8:00 PM).  In other meeting changes the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing originally set for June 14th has now been changed to June 28th at 8:00 PM.  Problems over how to notify the several hundred people affected requires more time to complete than normal.  This appeals hearing concerns allowing the property owner of 17 acres at the corner of Waterloo Road and Portage Line Road to seek a conditional use permit to operate a construction company.

Chief Bob Rasnick said that Fire Department handled 67 calls for service in May.  The firefighters also participated in five continuing education classes. Firefighter Kasey Beaver resigned from the Fire Department.  The Trustees also passed a resolution stating that they accept the clean up effort by Suffield Aggregate for the mining operation along State Route 224.  The State still has to accept the clean up effort.  Some discussion was had on an issue that deals with "solar farms".  Zoning Commission Chairman John Yeargin said the Zoning Commission would look into the issue and report back to the trustees.

Jeff Eldreth asked for and received funds to pave four streets in the township.  The Streets are Suffield Oaks Drive ($41,000), Tershell Trail ($24,000), Highline Drive ($47,000), and Ridge Road ($35,000).  The money to pay for this paving will come from the American Rescue Plan Act funds.  Eldreth also said the Road Department is near to completing round one of the summer mowing.

The Second Annual Suffield Township Car Show was a big success.  The event drew a good selection and number of cars and the weather held out.  Thanks to Jeff Eldreth for making this a community success.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday June 23rd at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday July 13th at 7:00 PM, and the Board of Zoning Appeals meets on Tuesday June 28th at 8:00 PM.  All meeting are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.

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Annual Craft Bazaar Is November 19th At S.U.C.C.

The annual Craft Bazaar at the Suffield United Church of Christ will be held on November 19th from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Homemade crafts, homemade soup and homemade apple dumplings are featured. 

Lion's Club Is Selling Cemetery Blankets 

The Suffield Township Lions Club is selling cemetery blankets beginning November 1st.  The cost is $30.00.  Contact Diane Kuntzman at 699-6856 to order or for more information.

The Lion's Club also has a building next to Suffield Elementary School available.  Call Diane Kuntzman at 699-6856 for more information.

 

BZA Denies Trares Road Zoning Change

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday October 4th at 7:00 PM to consider a variance to allow Doug Susong of 2287 Trares Road to operate a fabricating shop at that location and at 2321 Trares Road.  After a sometimes contentious meeting, the BZA denied the request 5-0.The public is welcome to attend.

BZA Okays ATV/Motorcycle Repair Business in R-1 District

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met for almost two hours on Thursday November 3rd to hear Tim Dettling of 1792 Skylark Drive ask for a variance to operate a ATV/motorcycle repair business in the accessory building at the rear of his property.  The discussion was heated at times with various neighbors hearing and seeing things differently.  After all was said and done, Board member Brian Cheshire motions to permit the variance with several caveats.  The work hours must be 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and when and if the property is sold by Dettling, the variance will be terminated.  Dave Duma seconded the motion and it passed 3-1.

Mogadore Whips Cuyahoga Heights 41-10, Plays Kirtland On November 19th

Week Thirteen:  Mogadore played Cuyahoga Heights (9-2) at Twinsburg on Saturday November 12th and came away with an impressive 41-10 win  The Wildcats improve to 12-0.  On Saturday November 19th Mogadore has a game with the top seeded Kirtland Hornets (13-0) at a site still to be determined.

Week Twelve:  Mogadore (11-0) hosted the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders (7-5) on Friday November 4th and was able to hold on to win 19-14.  Lack of a reliable field goal kicker allowed this game to go the very last play of the game, where a Crusader dropped a sure touchdown pass in the end zone.  Mogadore plays the Cuyahoga Heights Red Wolves (9-2) next Saturday November 12th at 7:00 PM at Twinsburg High School.

Week Eleven:  On October 28th, Field took its show on the road to Beloit and lost to West Branch (10-1) by a 52-20 count.  The loss eliminated the Falcons from the playoffs for 2022.  Congratulations to the Falcons for making the playoffs and some very memorable times during the season.  Mogadore hosted the Southeast Pirates and won 48-21.  The Wildcats (10-0) will play host again on November 4th.  Canton Central Catholic (7-4) will play Mogadore at 7:00 PM.

Week Ten:  Field (4-6) went to Cuyahoga Falls and lost to the Woodridge Bulldogs (7-3) by a 33-0 score.  Somehow Field managed to make it into the playoffs with their 4-6 record, finishing 16th in Region 13.  Woodridge finished 4th in the same region.  Field will play at Beloit West Branch (9-1) on October 28th.  Mogadore rolled along to another unbeaten regular season, beating the Rootstown Rovers 34-14.  The Wildcats will play Southeast (4-5) again on Friday October 28th at 7:00 PM in Mogadore.  Mogadore whipped the Pirates 47-6 on October 7th.

Week Nine:  Mogadore went to Louisville and beat the St. Thomas Aquinas Knights 40-18.  Mogadore goes to 7-0 and the Knights drop to 0-8.  Mogadore plays Rootstown (7-2) in Mogadore on Friday October 23rd.  Field hosted Norton on Friday October 14th and lost 38-7.  Field dropped to 4-5 and Norton goes to 7-2.  Field plays Woodridge on Friday October 21st in Cuyahoga Falls.  A loss to the Bulldogs will likely eliminate Field from the playoffs.  The Falcons are 16th in their Region, and only 16 teams make it to the playoffs from each region. 

Week Eight:  On Friday October 7th the Mogadore Wildcats went to Palmyra and beat the Southeast Pirates 47-6.  The Wildcats improve to 7-0 and the Pirates drop to 4-4.  Next up for the Wildcats is St. Thomas Aquinas (0-7).  Field made an astounding comeback and scored a touchdown with 18 seconds left to beat Coventry (4-4) 35-20.  Field goes to 4-4 and Coventry goes to 5-3.   

Week Seven:  Due to illnesses, University School was unable to field a team on Friday September 30th, thus the game between Mogadore and University School was postponed.  No make-up date was set, and with just three weeks to go in the season, there is a  strong possibility that no make-up will be played.  Mogadore (6-0) travels to Southeast (4-2) next Friday.  Southeast postponed tonight's game with St Thomas Aquinas.  The Field Falcons (3-4)  were on the cusp of winning a game against Streetsboro (4-3), but the Rockets came up big to prevail 38-34.  Field had scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, but Streetsboro got a late touchdown and PAT to win the game.  Field travels to Coventry (5-2) next Friday for a 7:00 PM game.  Coventry destroyed Ravenna this week 38-16.

Week Six:  The Field Falcons evened their record with a 35-23 win over the Ravenna Ravens.  The host Falcons upped their record to 3-3, while Ravenna dropped to 2-4.  Field plays Streetsboro next Friday at Kenneth Lohr Stadium.  The Mogadore Wildcats took on the undefeated Warren Kennedy Eagles and prevailed at home, winning 28-14.  The Wildcats improved to 6-0, while Warren JFK drops to 5-1.  The Wildcats take on the Preppers of University School in Hunting Valley next Saturday evening at 7:00 PM.

Week Five:  The Field Falcons (2-3) played the good host in losing to the Cloverleaf Colts 42-28 at Kenneth Lohr Stadium on Friday September 16th.  The Colts improve to 4-1 on the year.  On Friday September 23rd the Ravenna Ravens (2-3) travel to Field for a 7:00 PM game.  Mogadore (5-0) came up big in Lucas (3-2), beating the Cubs 18-14.  The Wildcats play host on September 23rd to the Warren Kennedy Eagles (5-0).  This will be a battle of unbeatens.

Week Four: The Field Falcons went crazy on Friday September 9th in walloping the Springfield Spartans 49-0.  Field goes to 2-2 on the year, while Springfield drops to 0-4.  Next up for the Falcons are the Cloverleaf Colts who come to Brimfield on Friday September September 16th at 7:00 PM.  Meanwhile the Mogadore Wildcats slipped past the Findlay Liberty-Benton Eagles 33-28 on Friday September 9th.  Mogadore improves to 4-0, while the Eagles drop to 2-2..  The Wildcats play at Lucas (3-1) on Friday September 16th.

Week Three:  The Field Falcons went Rootstown and were tripped up by the Rovers, losing 27-21.  Field drops to 1-2, while the Rovers roll on at 3-0.  Field hosts Springfield (1-2) on September 9th.  Mogadore continued winning by whipping the Manchester Panthers 37-7.  The Panthers, generally a local powerhouse, drops to 0-3, while the Wildcats improve to 3-0.  Mogadore goes to Findlay on September 9th to play another western Ohio power Liberty-Benton. The Eagles are 2-1 on the year.

Week Two:  The Field Falcons (1-1) went to Palmyra and ripped the Southeast Pirates by a 28-6 score.  The Falcons go to Rootstown on Friday September 2 to play the 2-0 Rovers.  The Mogadore Wildcats traveled to Galena to play the Columbus Crusaders (0-2) on Saturday August 27th and came home with a 48-13 win.  The Wildcats (2-0) host the Manchester Panthers on Friday September 2nd. Manchester is 0-2 on the season, having lost to Sandy Valley and Carrolton.

Week One: The much awaited football game between Field and Mogadore finally arrived at the Kenneth Lohr Stadium on Friday August 19th.  Mogadore continued its dominance by edging the Falcons 27-26.  The Field Falcons play Southeast in Palmyra on Friday August 26th at 7:00 PM.  Mogadore goes to Galena on Saturday August 27th for a 6:00 PM game against the Columbus Crusaders.  Galena is a suburb northeast of Columbus.

 

Suffield Township Website Passes 880,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of November 3, 2022, Suffield Township's website had 880,203 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 234.93 per day (thirty day moving average).  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

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The historic Suffield Town Hall can be rented by residents and non-residents for various events.  For complete information on the availability, costs and regulations on renting the Town Hall, please call the Town Hall administrator Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384.

 

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