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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On Tuesday October 12 the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met to discuss an assortment of issues.  Fire Chief Bob Rasnick reported that the Fire Department responded to, what he believes, was a record number of calls for a month's service.  Ninety-seven times the firemen went on calls.  He reported that Firefighters Kevin Lessman and Kris Hendershot resigned from the department.  No one has been chosen to take their places on the roster.  The Chief was also very pleased with the Open House on October 10th and the number of people that turned out to participate.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month tee shirts are on sale at the Fire Department for $20.00 each.  All proceeds from the sale of shirts will be given to families of breast cancer victims. 

A lengthy discussion on a Christmas Lighting contest was had with no final decision of whether to join a competition similar to last year's or join with other communities, to include, but not limited to: the City of Stow and the City of Tallmadge.  A new antiques store is going to open at the corner of Waterloo Road and State Route 43 in the building that formerly housed a used car lot and a video store before that.  No date was given for the grand opening.   The trustees signed an agreement with the county commissioners to renew their contact for solid waste management, namely curbside recycling.  The new short-term agreement calls for bi-weekly pickups and a charge to your property taxes in the amount of $5.50 per month.  The new agreement extends the contract from January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

The Suffield League and the Wingfoot Lake Park are working together to present a Fall Festival at the park on Friday October 29th from 5:00 PM till 9:00 PM.  There will be live music, hayrides, a Trunk or Treat, a Spooky Haunted Trail and S'mores.  For more information, call the park office at 628-4720.  Board chairman Jeff Eldreth suggested that the trustees organize a night at the movies.  This would be held indoors at the historic Town Hall.  More on this later. 

The trustees meet next on Tuesday October 28th at 7:00 AM.   The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday October 13th at 7:00 PM and the Board of Zoning Appeals meets on Tuesday October 19th at 8:00 PM.  Best wishes to Zoning Commission chairman John Yeargin and his wife Judy on their recent illnesses.

The Leaf Dump for 2021 has opened for the season, effective October 1st.  It is located at 558 Etter Road (the same location as the past several years).  You may dump leaves from sun rise to sun down.  No stumps, branches or other debris is permitted.  If you bag leaves, you must dump the leaves and take the bags home with you.  Sufffield appreciates the kindness of the property owner for again allowing residents to have a place to dump their leaves.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday September 14th before a crowd of about ten residents.  The Fiscal Officer reported that the township had received $51,637 from the County.  This came from the Local Government Fund.  It represents the township's share of money dispersed to the various components within Portage County.  It is approximately the same amount as the township received last year and will for the next several years.  Discussion of the controversial recycling program was postponed due to the absence of trustee Tom Calcei.  It was made public that the current director of the Portage County  Solid Waste District, William Steiner, is leaving his post and, at least temporarily, being replaced by Dawn Collins.

Chief Bob Rasnick asked that two men be hired by the trustees.  They are Jeremy Richards and Peyton Ridenour.  They were added to the roster and will be required to serve the usual one year probationary period.  Welcome to Jeremy and Peyton.  The Chief also asked and received approval to pay the three new full-time paramedics retroactively to September 1st.  Without overtime, their base pay will be $43,396. 

Congress Lake Road resident Cheryl Bowers complained of speeders on her street and the need for a "Hidden Drive" sign on Congress Lake Road near Meadowlark Drive.  John Yeargin asked about paving and was told by trustee Jeff Eldreth that Ridge Road and Highline Drive will not be repaved this year.  Eldfreth said that the chip & seal program has been completed for this year.  He also asked the fiscal officer for a purchase order in the amount of $7,240 to pay for road striping.  JD Striping of Ravenna will do the job again this year.

Trick or Treat will be held in Suffield Township on Sunday October 31st from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  The trustees plan to work with Portage County Engineer's Office employee Mike Collins to use Issue II funds to do work on Schaffer Road.  A complaint of weeds growing in the water along Martin Road near "Nine Foot Hill" was brought up.  Long time Suffield resident and trustee's meeting participant Pauline Persons and Cheryl Bowers came to the meeting.  Welcome back Pauline and Cheryl.

The trustees meet again on Tuesday September 28th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday October 13th at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings are in the Suffield Community Room and open to the public.

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New full time EMS personnel 09 01 2021

 

Michael Morrison, Kasey Beaver and T.J. Fox were sworn in as Suffield's first full-time Paramedic/Firefighters on August 31st.

 

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Trustee Tom Calcei, Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei, Michael Morrison, Kasey Beaver, T.J. Fox, Trustee Jeff Eldreth and Trustee Jarod Phillip at swearing-in ceremony on August 31.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday evening August 10th before a small gathering of six people.  For the most part the meeting was very routine in nature with a number of topics discussed.  Fire Chief Bob Rasnick said that his department responded to 76 calls for service in July.  This included five water rescues.  He also asked that the trustees hire Connor Hostetler and Ethan Murphy.  While trustee Tom Calcei was absent, Jared Phillip and Jeff Eldreth approved he hiring and imposed the usual one year probationary period for both new firefighters.  Rasnick also said that at the August 24th meeting he will submit three names to the trustees to be considered for the one new full-time paramedic position. 

The trustees postponed updating the Employee Handbook until Mr. Calcei returns.  Several small changes need to be made to bring the book up to current times.  Jared Phillip said that the address for the salt barn property is 1216 State Route 43.  The trustees will accept a grant of $500 from the Celebrate Portage Committee.  This money will be spent on the upcoming event to be held at Suffield Elementary School on August 30th at 6:30 PM.  This is an event that is meant to welcome the children back to school.  More to come on this later.

Jeff Eldreth announced that the Henry Luli Company will soon begin this year's Chip & Seal program.  The township plans to pave about 7.1 miles of roadway.  The streets to be paved are: Saxe Road from State Route 43 to the dead end, Martin Road from State Route 224 to Saxe Road, Griggy Road from Waterloo Road to Swartz Road, Swartz Road from State Route 43 to Congress Lake Road and Trares Road from State Route 43 to Congress Lake Road.  Cost will be in the $130,000 range.  Eldreth said he hopes to have this done before the schools open.

The trustees also authorized the fiscal officer to apply for grant funds offered through the American Rescue Plan, which are funds that would come from the federal government.  It was agreed that there will be a lot of strings attached and rules to be adhered to by the township in order to get and use this money, which was estimated to be about $634,000

The trustees next meet on Tuesday August 24th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday August 11th at 7:00 PM.  There is a Board of Zoning Appeal hearing in the works, but no date has been set.  The Portage County Fair begins on Tuesday August 24th and runs through August 29th.

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Historical Society To Hold Open Houses

The Suffield Township Historical Society will be open to the public on Sunday October 10th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  They will again be open to the public on Friday October 15th from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  Then on Sunday October 24th the museum will be open again to the public from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  All are welcome.

 

Field Loses 28-20 To Coventry, Mogadore Comes Back to Beat Rootstown 29-12, Lake Wins And Springfield Loses

In week number nine on Friday October 15th, the Field Falcons (1-7) hung in there for a while and even made a spirited comeback attempt, but lost in the end 28-20 to the Comets of Coventry (2-6).  Mogadore (7-2) was tested from beginning to end, but prevailed 29-12 over Rootstown (4-5).  Lake (5-3) went to overtime to nip the Perry Panthers (2-7) by a 28-27 score, and the Springfield Spartans (1-7) were again walloped, this time by Ravenna (6-3) by a 50-7 score.  This was an odd week for Springfield as they played two games.  On Tuesday, the Woodridge Bulldogs beat the Spartans 46-6, and then Springfield lost to Ravenna 50-7 on Friday.

On Friday October 22 week ten will arrive and the season will end for Field and Springfield.  Field (1-7) is at Norton (8-0), Springfield (2-6) hosts Streetsboro (7-2), Lucas of Richland County (7-1) comes to Mogadore (7-2) and the Green Bulldogs (6-3) host the Lake Blue Streaks (5-3).   Field and Springfield are mathematically eliminated from the 16 team playoff field.  Mogadore and Lake are in the hunt.  Mogadore appears to be the fourth seed on Region 21 and currently Lake is the 11th seed in Region 7.

     

Historical Society Looking For Old Field High Yearbooks

The Suffield Township Historical Society is hoping to complete their collection of old Field High School, and old countywide yearbooks.  These were originally known as "Speedometers".  Needed are books from the following years: 1916, 1917, 1918, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.  Call or e-mail Elizabeth Vence at 330-354-3625 or "suffieldtwphistory@gmail.com" to donate old books or to learn more.

 

Crafts Bazaar Slated For Saturday November 20th

The annual Crafts Bazaar at the Suffield United Church of Christ is set for Saturday November 20th.   The church is located at 1115 State Route 43.  For more information, call 333-699-4342.

 

Card Bingo Returns On Sunday Evenings

After a log absence, the very popular "Card Bingo" will make its return to Suffield Township on Sunday July 11th.  The games will be played at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  Doors will open a little before 6:00 PM and the games begin at 6:00 PM.  Bring your neighbors and a couple dollars in change and enjoy the evening. 

 

BZA To Hold Hearing On October 19th

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Tuesday October 19th at 8:00 PM.  Tom Templin of 1188 State Route 43 is requesting a variance to operate a landscaping business at that address.   The hearing is at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road, and is open to  the public.

 

Suffield Township Website Passes 770,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of September 8, 2021, Suffield Township's website had 770,200 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 405.60 per day (thirty day moving average).  Thanks for taking a look at "suffieldtownshipohio.com".  Tell your friends about us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.  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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