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.

On Tuesday August 15th, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met and considered several issues.  One was to allow the Fire Department to buy some new communications equipment from Mitchell Communications at a cost of $6,600.  This new equipment would assure that firefighters and EMS personnel in the field have adequate ability to communicate with their portable radios.  Currently there are several significant dead spots in Suffield.  Chief Robert Rasnick said that times have changed and responding firefighters are now more likely than ever to be affronted by violent people.  He said the need to have a reliable way to ask for assistance is necessary to assure the safety of his men and women.  The trustees also voted to expend $4,200 for two new rescue "dry suits" from Dive Rescue International.  These suits will replace two older suits that are about 14 years old and are no longer effective.  The Chief also announced the departure of Mike Mohnacky and Kyle Knapp from the department's roster.  He also asked the trustees to hire Matt Leidel as a firefighter.  Leidel had served with the Suffield Fire Department about five years ago.  The trustees voted 3-0 to accept the two resignations and the new hire.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked for $300 to have Dave Kuntzman Tree Service remove a dead tree and some tree limbs along the right-of-way on Martin Road.  He also said that he wanted to stripe Martin Road and Congress Lake Road.  The trustees voted 3-0 to spend the money for this task.  Eldreth also wanted to congratulate a local 4-H girl, Caroline Blay, on raising the Grand Champ Simmental Steer at the Ohio State Fair

The trustees meet again on Thursday September 7th at 8:00 PM.  This is a change from their regularly scheduled meeting on September 12th.  The Board of Zoning Appeals meets this Thursday, August 17th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission does now meet again until Wednesday September 20th at 7:00 PM.  This is also a departure from their normal meeting date.  

   

 

 

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees conducted an advertised executive session prior to their regular meeting. The smaller than usual crowd of six people waited patiently for the executive session to end and the trustees to get down to the important business of running the township.  Once the meeting began, trustee Tom Calcei reported that the fire truck that had been wrecked a couple months ago was back in its home garage and would be put back into service in the next day or two.  Otherwise there was nothing new going on at the Fire Department.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the road work on Portage Line Road was near completion, after the contractor had "fogged" the new road surface.  It still needs to be striped.  Trustee chairman Dave Vartenuk said that there was nothing to report on Carriage House Drive, as the Sheriff's Sale has not yet been scheduled.  He mentioned that the Zoning Commission would be taking the month of August off, but would return to action on September 13th.  He also said the Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on August 17th to decide whether or not to issue a variance to a resident at 1153 Congress Lake Road who wants to build an oversized accessory building.  It was mentioned that the property on Waterloo Road at Portage Line Line appears to headed toward some sort of development as dozers have been knocking down trees and clearing land, but no one has yet come forth seeking permits.  This discussion brought about questions on the "Welcome to Suffield" sign that sits in front of this property.  No action was taken on that matter.

Tom Calcei spoke on a meeting he had with other county township officials concerning the formula used to distribute Local Government Funds.  Each ten years a commission, consisting of the County Auditor (Janet Esposito), the County Treasurer (Brad Cromes) and the County Prosecutor (Victor Vigluicci), consider how to divide funds from the State to each of the political subdivisions in the county for the next ten years.  Townships have complained that the formula used in the past is unfair to the townships and too generous to the cities.  The meeting that Calcei attended yesterday produced a plan that would use population as one of the factors in the money distribution.  Another meeting on this issue is upcoming, and Calcei said he would report back to the Board of Trustees after that meeting.   Money received from this funding stream is extremely important to the financial health of Suffield.

Dave Vartenuk asked if there were any problems with the recycling program, now that it's been in effect for a little more than six months.  The trustees agreed that they were favorably impressed with the program so far.  No one in the audience had any objections on the issue.   

(the following is a reminder of the revised trustee meeting schedule)  Several changes were made to the meeting schedule for the Suffield Township Board of Trustees.  The first is that the regular meeting for Tuesday August 8th has been changed to Thursday August 3rd at 8:00 PM.  There will be an executive session at 6:00 PM, which is closed to the public.  Another change to the meeting schedule is that the regular meeting set on Tuesday August 22nd has been rolled back to Tuesday August 15th at 8:00 PM.  The regular meeting set for Tuesday September 12th has been reset for Thursday September 7th at 8:00 PM.  All meetings are at the Township Administration Building.  And, don't forget, beginning September 26th, the second regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be at 7:00 AM. 

Incidentally, the Zoning Commission is not meeting this month.  The Board of Zoning Appeals has a hearing set for Thursday August 17th at 8:00 PM.  David Stormer of 1153 Congress Lake Road is requesting a variance to build an oversize accessory building.

 

 

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It was just at the last Suffield Township Board of Trustee's meeting the trustees voted to have one of their monthly meetings changed to a 7:00 AM start.  Again at Tuesday's meeting the trustees changed the meeting schedule, but on a more gentile and temporary basis.  Summer vacations, work travel and even the 159th Portage County Randolph Fair figured into the need to reschedule the next three trustee's meetings.  The regular meeting for August 8th and been changed to Thursday August 3rd at 8:00 PM.  The regular meeting for August 22nd has been changed to Tuesday August 15th at 8:00 PM, and the regular meeting for September 12th has been moved back to Thursday September 7th at 8:00 PM.  Beginning on Tuesday September 26th, the second trustee meeting of each month will be held at 7:00 AM.  Palmyra and Randolph are the only other of Portage County's eighteen townships that have a morning trustee meeting.

Fire Chief Bob  Rasnick's monthly report was read by trustee Tom Calcei.  In June, the Fire Department responded to 75 calls for service, bringing them up to 335 calls during the first six months of the year.  The fire truck that was wrecked about two months ago, is due to be returned to service sometime in the next week, and the Chief has asked that Ross Harmon, a Suffield Township resident, be hired.  The trustees voted to hire Ross with the normal stipulation of completing a one-year probationary period. 

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said the Road Department is moving along doing its normal summer work, including some mowing and patchwork.  He asked for $5,000 to buy asphalt, which the trustees agreed to.  Eldreth also commented on the road projects being done by the Portage County Engineer' Office and the ODOT.  For those tired of bumps at driveways and intersections along State Route 43, they will be glad to know that there is one more layer of asphalt to be applied and with that layer, all those bumps will go away.  Eldreth mentioned that the Portage Line Road project is nearing completion, and the rebuilding of Pontius Road, from Congress Lake Road to the east township limits is also nearly completed.  Resident Jim Lutz commented on a dead tree on Martin Road near Randolph Road that presents a danger to motorists.  The trustees asked Eldreth to get a price for removing this tree and some tree work further down Martin Road near Etter Road, where low hanging branches create a view obstruction.  

Trustee Chairman Dave Vartenuk asked the trustees to approve spending $5,255.30 for work by the Portage County Regional Planning on writing the 2020-2040 Land Use Comprehensive Plan that the Zoning Commission is working on.  The trustees also appear to be taking a more aggressive tone towards getting the derelict property at 1560 Carriage House Drive demolished.  The Prosecutor's Office had asked the township to hold off on demolition until the property was offered at a Sheriff's Sale, but no auction date has yet been set.  Since money for the demolition is available from the Portage County Land Bank, the trustees want to move forward with this.  Construction in earnest began on this house in 1996.  While the structure looks fairly complete, the builder has failed to get building department inspections and code violations are many.  No work has been done on the house in many years.  The Portage County Auditor's Office valued the property in 2006 at $295,500.  This year the valuation has dropped to $91,900, and according to the Auditor's website, as of today, the property taxes are about $19,000 in arrears.  While the Prosecutor's Office feels that the Sheriff's Sale auction is a necessary step in the condemnation process, trustee Tom Calcei wants to schedule a second public hearing to move forward with demolition.

The next trustees meeting will on on Thursday August 3rd at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission does not meet in August.  The zoning inspector stated that the Board of Zoning Appeals would be called into action for a hearing on a variance on the size of an accessory building, but no date has been set.          

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Mishler Road Work To Begin Around End Of August

As of July 26th, the much awaited repaving of Mishler Road is about a month away.  Mike Collins of the Portage County Engineer's Office said that the bids have been received and reviewed and that the County Commissioners will be awarding a contract, probably next week,  for this work.  Collins said that work would likely begin near the end of August and would likely take about seven days to complete.  This is good news to the thousands of motorists that use this road daily.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Okays Waterloo Road Variance

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals, meeting for only the second time this year, heard Michael Walker's request for a variance to build a 32' by 40' pole building on one of his six lots.  The Board struggled with their decision, but ended by voting 5-0 to allow Walker to build his accessory building on his lot at 1455 Waterloo Road.

Congress Lake Road Variance Approved

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals voted 5-0 to allow resident David Stormer of 1153 Congress Lake Road to build a 1728 square foot pole building on his 1.63 acre property.  The pole building is larger than the Zoning Resolution rules allow.

 

Read The Historical Society Newsletter Online!

The FALL 2017 Newsletter is available for you to read 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.

 

License Plate Renewals

When buying new license plates, or renewing them, be sure the registrar at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles knows that you live in Suffield Township.  If you simply state your address as Mogadore, the road tax funds, which should go to Suffield Township, will go to Mogadore Village, due to your zip code.  Keep your tax money in the township!

 

Portage County Randoplh Fair - August 22-27

Portage County Fair 2017

 

Suffield Music Festival

2017 Suffield Music Festival flyer

 

 

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 140,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of July 31, 2017, Suffield Township's website had 140,000 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 211 per day.  Thanks for taking a look at "suffieldtownshipohio.com".  Tell your friends about us.

Local High School Football

Again this year we will post the schedules, with updated scores, for the four high schools that comprise Suffield Township.  They are:  Field, Mogadore, Lake and Springfield.  Click here to see the schedules.

 

 

 

 

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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Emergency & Assistance

Who to contact in case of emergency and assistance when you need it.

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Historical Society

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