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 in an open meeting on Tuesday October 12th before a gathering of seven concerned residents.  Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei told the trustees that they must come up with a plan to spend $282,360 of CARES grant funds.  The caveat is that this money's use must have some relationship to the COVID 19 pandemic.  It could go toward EMS expenditures, which would include supplies and EMS wages.  It could be "sub-granted" to various local agencies that are in financial need and some other less understandable expenditures.  If the township is unable to spend the entire amount, the remainder would be returned to he County Commissions, who would acquire 20% of it for their own spending uses.  The remaining 80% would be divided between the county governments and agencies.  It was unknown if this second round of spending would be limited to COVID 19 expenses, or could be used as general fund money.  This will be discussed at greater length at the next meeting.  Most expenditures have to be made by November 20, 2020.

Tom Calcei reported that the Fire Department handled 62 calls for service in September.  He also said that Mogadore VFW has donated a trailer to haul the Fire Department's UTV and have bought a new rescue stokes basket, which will be used with the UTV.  Many thanks to the VFW for their continued support of Suffield Township.  Calcei also reported that the complaint of junk vehicles at 1476 Trares Road has been resolved.  The residents there moved and took the vehicles with them. 

Jared Phillip said that he had a talk with someone from Spectrum and learned that there may have been some movement in getting cable service to the people in Carriage House Estates. 

The meeting changed tone as the issue of mining by Suffield Aggregate along U.S. Route 224 came up.  The trustees have received a request to be allowed to mine that area for another ten years.  The Federal Court approved agreement with the township and the mining company specified that mining be stopped on October 5, 2020, and that for two years, until October 2022, after the mining has ceased, sale of the material be allowed, and further that the site be completely reclaimed by October 2022.  While no decision on the fate of this request was voted on tonight, Jared Phillip spoke on the issue and appears to be in favor of extending the mining operation.  On the other hand, Tom Calcei was very opposed to this.  A couple of people representing the mining company were going to attend the meeting and present their request, but due to the meeting's change of date, they were unavailable tonight.  This is an issue that just keeps coming back and back. 

Tom Calcei mentioned that Trick or Treat is still on for Sunday October 25th, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday October 27th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday October 14th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings set.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a small gathering of six interested citizens on Tuesday September 8th.  The evening meeting featured social distancing, some discussions of issues and some small talk. 

As expected, the trustees approved a measure referred to them by the Tax Incentive Review Council that recommends the continuation of tax breaks to G.P. Tree Service, Hamrick Manufacturing and Bednar Properties, better know as Hunter's Manufacturing,  Their approval will be forwarded to the Portage Development Board and ultimately to the Portage County Commissioners.  It turns out that Hamrick Manufacturing merited further discussion as they are in need of more space and would like to build a large building behind their current facilities, but they need of some assistance from the Ohio Department of Transportation.  They would like to build a driveway on Route 224 about 1400 feet east of Martin Road that would service this proposed new structure.  The problem is that Route 224 is a controlled access highway and ODOT is very reluctant to allow a private drive to enter or exit to the controlled access road.  Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the has written a letter to ODOT expressing support for allowing this proposed driveway.

Some progress has been made in the clean-up of the old Monarch/Trellborg property.  Eldreth congratulated the Suffield 4-H kids who participated in the events at the Portage County Fair.  He said that the Suffield contingent fared very well.  Chief Robert Rasnick reported that the Fire Department responded to 71 calls for service in August, and are ahead of last year's record pace for calls.  Sadly, Rasnick said that the annual Fire Department Open House, which is usually about the second week of October, as been canceled for this year, thanks to the Covid 19 virus.  On the Zoning front, Adam Bey said that he had issued three accessory building permits in an otherwise routine month.  Trustee Jared Phillip said that he and Road Superintendent Pete Einloth are working to draft some rules and a form to regulate driveway culverts and ditching along the township's public right-of-ways.

The trustees meet again on Tuesday September 22nd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday September 9th at 7:00 PM.  Both meetings are at the Suffield Community Room, 1256 Waterloo Road.  A Board of Zoning Appeals hearing is in the works, but no date has been set.  The trustees evening meetings return to 7:00 PM with their November 10th meeting.

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The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday August 11th.  For the first time in a long time, residents were allowed to be personally attend, provided they adhered to the socially distancing guidelines as set forward by the State of Ohio.  This wasn't too much of a problem as only five people attended.

The trustees voted 2-0 (trustee Tom Calcei was absent) to expend $21,000 to Liberty Concrete and $36,000 to General Concrete Construction Company in order to get the new salt barn construction underway.  Chairman Jeff Eldreth reminded everyone that the census for this year was been extended to September 30th, so if you haven't already completed your census form, you still have plenty of time.  The more people that claim Suffield Township as their home, the more money that the township stands to collect, for things like the Local Government Funds apportionment, etc.

It was reported that the Fire Department responded to 65 calls for service in July.  Eldreth said that the "chip & seal" program by the Road Department has been completed for this year, and that the Road Department has mowed along the township roads three times so far, and hope to mow one more time this year.  The trustees voted to pay JD Striping $9,660 for road striping.    From the audience Bryon Wine complimented the Road Department for doing an especially good job of mowing this year.  Nothing seems to be happening with Zoning, except that Adam Bey issued a permit for a new house to be built on Martin Road.  Permits were also issued for one accessory building and one very large deck.  A complaint of junk vehicles at 1476 Trares Road was received and trustee Jared Philip said he'd look into it.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday August 25th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday August 12th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearing in the works at his time.  Said meetings will be open to the public and are held at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday June 23rd for one of those in-and-out eight minute meetings.  Basically three issues were discussed.  The township will apply, through the Portage County Auditor's Office, for emergency funds available thanks to Jeff Eldreth mug 01 08 2019the Ohio Cares Act.  This money will help to offset the additional money that the Fire Department expended for Covid-19 pandemic expenses.  The Trustees also chose to not oppose the change in liquor licensing status for the old Burnzee Drive-thru at 1395 State Route 43, which has been sold and a new owner wishes to open another drive-thru there.  And finally, the trustees set the annual Budget Hearing for Tuesday July 14th at 7:30 PM (just prior to the regular trustee meeting that date).  Additionally, Trustee Chairman Jeff Eldreth is still hopeful that the Trustee meeting for July 14th can be held with members of the community in physical attendance.  We'll report on this when more facts are known.

The Trustees next meet on Tuesday July 14th at 8:00 PM.  As mentioned they will meet at 7:30 PM that date to hold the Budget Hearing.  The Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday July 8th at 7:00 PM for their regular monthly meeting.  The Board of Zoning Appeals swings into action with a hearing on Tuesday July 7th at 7:00 PM.

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Trustees Set Trick Or Treat For Sunday October 25th

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees have set Sunday October 25th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM as the time for this year's Trick or Treat event.  Turn on your porch lights and welcome the kids of our community.

 

Trustee Meetings Now Open To Public

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees will hold their regular meetings at the normal times.  These meetings will still take place at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  Social distancing will be required, but otherwise they will be open to the public.  Because of distancing guidelines, access to the meetings will on a first come, first serve basis.  Welcome back!

 

Annual Crafts Bazaar At The Suffield United Christian Church Has Been Canceled For 2020

The annual Crafts Bazaar usually held during the first week of November at the Suffield United Christian Church has been canceled for this year.  The organizers of the event hope to return next year.

 

Wildcats Beat Columbia Station 28-7, Field Is Eliminated From Playoffs by Covid 19

The Field Falcons (4-2) were set to host the Chagrin Falls Tigers, but Covid 19 reared its ugly head, causing their game to be canceled.  In a statement by Field High School, "The health and safety of our students, staff and spectators are of the utmost importance to us. For this reason, the game tonight against Chagrin Falls has been cancelled.”  And so it is, the OHSAA advanced Chagrin Falls to the next round and ended Field's rather stellar season in the process.  The Falcons end the playoff season with a 4-2 mark.  They do have a non-playoff game scheduled against the Red Devils of Crestwood to be played at Field on October 30th. 

Mogadore (5-1) hosted Columbia Station Columbia (5-3) on Saturday October 17th and prevailed 28-7.  Up next for Mogadore is Andover Pymatuning Valley (7-0), who will come to Mogadore on Saturday October 24th at 7:00 PM.  Pymatuning Valley has outscored their competition this season by a 298-22 margin.  They've given up three touchdowns all season and have four shutout victories.  Seating will be limited, so contact the Mogadore Athletic Office for tickets.

 

BZA Okays Variance Request

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday October 6th and heard a request from property owner Joseph Young for a variance to allow him to build an accessory building, which would be larger than the Zoning Resolution allows.  Young's property and proposed accessory building are located at 2479 Lansinger Road.  After a quick review of the facts, board member Dave Duma motioned to approve the variance request.  The motion was seconded by Pete Einloth and approved by a 5-0 vote. 

Suffield Township Historical Society Meetings Are Canceled, BUT The Museum Is Open On Selected Dates

As of September 22, 2020, thanks to the Covid virus and Health Department orders on limiting attendance at meetings, the STHS is still canceling meetings indefinitely.  However, people who wish to view the museum and all of its treasures can still go there on the four following dates:  Saturday October 10, Sunday October 25, Saturday November 14 and Sunday November 22.  The museum will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on those days.   For more information please contact Elizabeth Vence at 330-354-3625, or contact her at the new STHS e-mail address:  suffieldtwphistory@gmail.com.

 

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!

 

Suffield Township Website Passes 595,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of October 14, 2020, Suffield Township's website had 595,347 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 407.10 per day.  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

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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