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.

Old and lingering items took center stage at the Tuesday June 14th Suffield Township Trustees Meeting.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department has completed its "crack sealing" program for this year and now has moved onto once again mowing along the roadways.  He asked for $3,220 to pay General Concrete Construction Company for work to be done in the next several weeks to replace some curbs and gutter and fix a catch basin on Rivermoor Drive.  Eldreth said that the "chip & seal" program is about to start and he presented a list of roads that the township hopes to "chip & seal" this summer.  A copy of this list is on the Road Department page of this website.  In addition, the township is hoping to pave Palm Road from Randolph Road to Ranfield Road.  This paving is contingent on pricing, which will be known on July 12th, when the bids for the project are opened.

Trustee Dave Vartenuk advised that the Zoning Commission meeting had been postponed from last week until Wednesday June 15th, and it will be at 8:00 PM, rather that the usual 7:00 PM start.  Vartenuk noted that there has been some progress to the clean-up of the Copeland's Landing property, including the removal of several submerged boats.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey commented that the clean-up on the lake-side of the Copeland property is still being investigated and run by the State of Ohio.  On other property clean-ups, it was also mentioned by Bey that Jack Trickett, the owner of the old Trellborg property, is pushing for a Board of Zoning Appeals hearing in hopes of being allowed to operate an automobile dismantling business on the property.  The County Prosecutor's Office has stated that no local hearing can be held on this matter until a case pending between the Ohio Attorney General's Office and Trickett is resolved.  In what may be the world's longest standing fight to get a condemned house demolished, some progress was reported on the house at 1560 Carriage House Drive, which is now owned by a bank. 

1470 North Polen 05 29 2016Some discussion was had on a house at 1470 North Polen Avenue (see photo on left), which has been vacant for some time and the yard has not been mowed yet this year.  One of the problems that the township has run into on this and several other properties is the ability to locate an owner.  Once an owner is located, warning letters can be sent to the owner mandating that they mow the property.  If they fail to do so, the trustees may elect to have the property mowed and ask that the County Auditor add the cost of mowing to the owners tax bill.  In the meantime, the township is forced to front the mowing costs.  Several other properties in the township have needed prompting by the township officals in order to come into compliance.

From the smaller-than-usual audience, Dave Polen asked about the status of the recycling bins.  Trustee Tom Calcei said that the Portage County Solid Waste Management would be sending out cards to all residences in order to get input from the residents on whether they would prefer to recycle as they do now, by using the dumpsters across from the Road Department, or by having curbside recycling.  Once these cards have been filled out and returned, the trustees will make an informed decision.  The Suffield Historical Society has sent a letter to the trustees outlining their plan for shrubs and flowers for the front of the historic Town Hall.  The trustees voted to accept the plan and allow the Historical Society to go forward with the project.  Project committee person Vicky Vincent acknowledged that the plantings will cost around $500 and will the project completed in the next couple weeks.  The Historical Society used the design services of the Canton Road Garden Center and will bear the cost of the project.

The trustees will meet again on Tuesday June 28th at 7:00 PM for further review of the township's Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, and then the regular business meeting at 8:00 PM.  Of other interest to the township, the trial of Samantha Moseley in the death of township Road Department employee William Knapp has again been postponed until July.  The pre-trial is on July 14th at 10:00 AM and the Jury Trial is July 19th at 9:00 AM, both in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.  Since April 1, 2015, when the township website changed to its current personnel and format, there have been 50,301 visitors.  Thanks for your interest and support!

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At the Tuesday May 24th Trustee's meeting, two new firefighters were added to the Fire Department's roster at the request of Fire Chief Robert RasnickRandy Porter, who served with the Suffield Fire Department in 2010 and 2011 was rehired.  He is currently a full time fireman for the City of Green Fire Department.  Also hired was William Apitz, who began his interest in firefighting by William Apitz James Taylor 05 25 2016joining Suffield Fire Department's Explorer program.  He is the third member of the department to come from those prestigious ranks.  Kyle Knapp and Michael Morrison are the other two.  Apitz already completed his firefighter level two class and his basis EMT class, so he is ready for duty.  Pictured are William Apitz on the left and Captain James Taylor

During the discussion of Fire Department matters it was noted that Chief Rasnick has applied for a federal grant to hire some additional personnel.  This particular grant would allow the department to hire two new firefighters and would pay their salary and fringe benefits for two years.  This was noteworthy for several reasons, most notably the rise in the number of multiple call-outs, and the disproportionate number of mutual aid runs that Suffield and Mogadore share.  Multiple call-outs are when one crew of firemen are called out and a second call comes in before the first crew has completed its call.  Chief Rasnick noted that so far this year, Suffield has been called out to assist or handle calls in Mogadore on three occasions, while Mogadore has sent fire crews to Suffield 13 times.  While mutual aid is a good thing, it also lessens the home community's ability to respond to their own calls in a timely manner.  Ultimately, Chairman Tom Calcei suggested that the township should continue pursuit of the aforementioned grant, and look for other means to increase staffing.  

It was mentioned that the somewhat controversial waterline from Brimfield to the water station in the Rivermoor Estates allotment has apparently been put on hold by the County Commissioners.  Jeff Eldreth said that the line has been completed as far south as Sunnybrook Road and Old Forge Road.  Also discussed were several properties that need mowing.  Fiscal Officer Lori L. Calcei said that she is having a difficult time in locating addresses for some of the property owners of vacant houses.  Trustee Dave Vartenuk said that the residents of Suffield are part of NOPEC, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, and that we are eligible to purchase electricity for .635 cents per kilowatt hour through them.  If your rate with another supplier is higher, it might be worth your while to check into using NOPEC as your supplier.  See www.nopecinfo.org for more information.

The Trustees voted to advertise for bids to pave Palm Road from Trares Road to Randolph Road.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that this portion of Palm Road has never been properly paved and that the current road base is only about an inch thick.  The sealed bids must be presented to the township by July 12th and the winning contractor must be able to complete the project within 60 days.  Actual advertisement and specs will be posted in the Record Courier.  One resident, in the crowd of twelve people, wondered about the unsightly conditions of the property behind the recycle bins on State Route 43.  Tom Calcei suggested that the township should renew its efforts to get the property owner to clean up the site.  Jeff Eldreth said he would make contact with the owner and try to get them to remove some old equipment and the partial cinder block building that still stands there. The township had considered trying to get County Landbank funds to demolish the old garage, but those funds were only available for residential properties.  In the meantime, Eldreth is going to try and get the owner to install a fence behind the dumpsters as he had apparently promised in the past.  This would help keep trash from the recycle bins from accumulating on the vacant property.

On the upcoming calendar, the Trustees will hold a 2017 Budget Meeting on Tuesday July 12th at 7:00 PM, followed by the regular Trustee Meeting at 8:00  PM.  The Suffield League's Memorial Day Parade will be held next Monday at 2:00 PM along Waterloo Road near State Route 43.  This event will be held RAIN OR SHINE.  Since the chance of rain is present in the forecasts for the next 14 days, it was suggested that bringing an umbrella to the parade might be a wise idea.  Also, Boy Scout Troop 267 will again have a Pancake Breakfast at the historic Town Hall on Memorial Day from 8:00 AM until 12:00.  The Suffield Historical Society will sell hot dogs, pop and other snacks next to the Town Hall from about noon until the end of the parade.  The Trustee next meet on Tuesday June 14th at 8:00 PM.

Upcoming Township Events

Vacation Bible School Starts Next Monday

Vacation Bible School starts next Monday June 27th at the Suffield United Church of Christ. The yearly event runs through Friday July 1st from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. The church is located at 1115 State Route 43. For questions, call 628-4038.

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Suffield Music Festival Is Coming Soon!!

The Suffield League's 15th Annual Suffield Music Festival is just around the corner.  The regionally known event is again at the Wingfoot Lake State Park on Friday & Saturday August 5th & 6th.  Check back for more info.

 

Field Class of 1981 Re-Union

The Field High School Class of 1981 is holding a re-union at the Sunnybook Golf Club on Saturday August 6th at 6:30 PM.  For more information, e-mail MES0701@roadrunner.com or cmkunkle1@aol.com.

In conjunction with the re-union, there will be a mixer for ALL 70's & 80's Field classes on Friday August 5th starting at 6:30 PM at the Sunnybrook Golf Club.

 

St Joseph's Festival

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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 recently published.  At the bottom of this page, click on "Society Newsletter" to see the latest volume and past volumes.

 

 

 

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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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