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.

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The Suffield Township trustees met Tuesday evening.  Trustee Tom Calcei reported that he had spoken with Portage County Solid Waste Management superintendent William Steiner and learned that on the first two days of recycle pickup in Suffield (January 30th & 31st) that approximately 80% of the residents put their recycle carts out for pickup.  While this was a remarkably good start for the program, the complaints to the trustees continued.  One resident is upset that the recyclers will not drive their truck down his lane due to the size of their vehicle and another resident complained that the recycle truck driver would not pick up their clear-plastic recycle bags, even though they were placed along the street.  Suggestions were made by some in the audience.  Trustee chairman Dave Vartenuk said that these and other concerns will be addressed to Steiner this coming weekend at the quarterly Portage County Township Association dinner in Randolph.

The trustees voted to accept the revisions to the township's Personnel Policies & Procedures Manual after it had been reviewed by Chris Meduri of the Portage County Prosecutor's Office.  They also heard from Zoning Inspector Adam Bey, who reported on the progress on the former Monarch Teledyne/Trellborg property, the prospective demolition of the properties on Sunnybrook Road and Carriage House Lane, the situation developing at a derelict dwelling at 60 Saxe Road, and the unsightly conditions at the old Copeland's Landing property.  While none of these situations were resolved at this meeting, there appears to be progress towards a satisfactory conclusion in each case.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that he has received calls on the rough road conditions on Mishler Road. He wanted to remind everyone that in Suffield there are several roads that are maintained by the Portage County Engineer's Office, and that Mishler Road is one of them.  Others include:  Randolph Road, Congress Lake Road, part of Swartz Road, Waterloo Road, Martin Road and Portage Line Road.  Eldreth also said that the constant freezing, then thawing of the roads is causing quite a bit of damage this year.  Salt supplies are sufficient to see the township through this winter.  Eldreth said that the Road Department crew has done some pothole work recently and has nearly completed their project of putting reflective strips on all sign posts, as well as placing new signs at nearly all places where culverts cross under the street.

Dave Vartenuk said that he and Jeff Eldreth met with people from the Dominion East Ohio Gas Company on the possibility of extending gas lines to some of the township areas that currently have no gas.  The gas company will look into this and at some point in the not-so-distant future, residents may be able to have natural gas.  More on this later.

The trustees meet again on Tuesday February 28th at 8:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

Eugene K. Roberts

 

 

 

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F. Robert Treichler

The Suffield Historical Society's Speaker Series continues on Monday February 20th at 7:00 PM in the Fire House Community Room, when local pottery and stoneware expert F. Robert Treichler will speak on "A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware".  Of special interest will be the pottery and potters from the Mogadore and Springfield areas.  He will have his books available for sale.  If you have piece of stoneware, bring it along, as Treichler may be able to tell where it came from and other interesting facts regarding the item.

Coordinated by Gino Calcei, the acclaimed Speaker Series is now in its seventh year.  F. Robert Treichler is the featured speaker on February 20th, Jeff and Dustin Kisamore will speak about their hunting adventures in Newfoundland and Suffield on March 20th.  On April 17th Portage County historian Brian Ebie will speak on his travels around the country to play organs.  And on May 15th, Suffield Fire Department Chief Robert Rasnick will speak on the history of the Suffield Fire Department, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. 

Doors at the Fire House Community Room open at 6:30 PM.  There is usually a very short business meeting that begins at 6:45 PM and the speakers take the stage at 7:00 PM.  Light refreshments are available.

In other Historical Society news, several showcases in the lobby of the Portage County Recorder's Office were filled with items from the Suffield Township Historical Society's museum.  These items were loaned for display after Recorder Lori Calcei suggested that the showcases could be rotated among the various township's historical organizations.  Pictured below are Society President Judy Calcei, Vice President Bev Persons and Pat Mettle, and photos of the items displayed.  

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On Tuesday January 24th the Suffield Township Trustees held their bi-weekly meeting before a typical crowd of twelve concerned citizens.  Some small changes to the 2017 Re-Organizational minutes were made and approved.  Dana Heffner, Director of External Affairs for First Energy Corporation, came to talk about several issues that are relevant to Suffield residents.  She explained how any person could go about notifying First Energy Corporation that a streetlight was either burned out or not working properly.  In a capsule, it you see a streetlight that needs attention, either call 1-888-544-4877 or go online to First Energy Corporation (www.firstenergycorp.com) to report it.  For best results, try to give a street address nearest the non-working streetlight.  Heffner also spoke on choosing the supplier of your electricity.  First Energy Corporation will distribute your power but you have a choice on which company will supply that electricity.  She suggested that residents check on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio website (www.PUCO.gov) for the names and rates of companies that are authorized to sell you power.  The choice is yours.

The Trustees learned that some repairs are needed at the Fire Department due to some water that is leaking from the roof to the interior wall.  No estimate was given for a solution to the problem.  Chief Robert Rasnick, in his written report, said that 2016 was the busiest yet with a total of 743 calls, including 525 EMS calls.  The Trustees approved a contract between the Fire Department and Nimishillen Township for fire dispatch for 2017 at a cost of $1,957.83.  The Trustees also made some final changes to the Suffield Township Personnel Policies And Procedures Manual.  They will send this document to County Prosecutor Chris Meduri for his legal thoughts before actual approval.

The Trustees are all going to the Ohio Township Association Winter Conference in Columbus beginning January 25th through January 27th.  The next meeting for the trustees will be Valentine's Day, February 14th at 8:00 PM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday February 8th at 7:00 PM.  There are currently no hearings scheduled for the Board of Zoning Appeals.

It is certain that a few residents of the township were unaware of the newly instituted curbside recycle program that began on Monday January 30th.  Sometimes things simply slip between the cracks.  While this program has been advertised on this website, on the township bulletin board, on Facebook, in the 95lb cartRavenna Record Courier and by word of mouth for several months, some may have missed these announcements.  No doubt there were some who didn't receive the questionnaire that preceded the trustees vote on the issue of whether or not to go with curbside recycling or continue with the recycle dumpsters along State Route 43.  But now that the program has begun, it would be very hard for anyone to miss the blue recycle cart that turned up at their drive about two weeks ago, and it would be just as hard to have not seen them sitting along the roadways on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Now that the program is fully in stride, it is noteworthy to remind residents that the next pickup for recycles will be Monday February 13th for those who live WEST of State Route 43 and on Tuesday February 14th for those who live EAST of State Route 43.  While no actual numbers are available, it appears that about 50% of the residents put their recycle carts out along the street during the first two days of pick up.  This seems like a very good start to a worthwhile environmental program.  It should also be noted the ugly dumpsters that were sitting along State Route 43 across from the Road Department are now gone.  Thanks for your community support on this matter.

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SUFFIELD EVENTS

 "Intro To The Soap Box Derby"

On Sunday March 5th at 3:00 PM there will be a presentation by Portage County Soap Box Derby director Dean Olson at the Fire House Community Room.  Several former racers and race cars will be on hand and there will be discussions on how to build a soap box derby race car.  Olson will explain how the derby process works.  Over the years the derby has been expanded to include racers from age 7 to age 20.  While this program is geared toward that group in particular, people of all ages are invited to the program.  Any questions, call Dean Olson at 330-351-3035.

Mogadore Girls Bow Out Of OHSAA Tourney

On Saturday afternoon the Mogadore girls went to Rittman and played well in the first quarter, then fell apart, bowing to the Rittman Indians 39-30.  The Wildcats end the season on a five game losing streak, finishing a once promising season at 13-10.  Both the Field and the Mogadore girls are now out of the tournament.

Later that afternoon, the Mogadore boys played Crestwood in a game to determine the championship of the Portage Trail Conference County Division.  Back on January 20th, Mogadore beat Crestwood by one point 76-75 in Mogadore.  Today, Crestwood returned the favor, beating the visiting Wildcats, also by one point 51-50.  Thus Mogadore and Crestwood share the title with 9-3 records.  The Wildcats enter the OHSAA playoffs at 16-6.

On Thursday evening the Field Falcon girls basketball team put up a good fight against the Tallmadge Blue Devils, the Uniontown District's #1 seed.  However, they closed out their 2016-2017 season with a 42-28 loss to finish with a 13-11 record overall, and 6-8 in the Portage Trail Conference.  It also marked the end of the Nettleton years at Field, as Craig Nettleton announced last Saturday that he was retiring from basketball after 31 years of coaching.

The Field boys are seeded 11th in the Canton District Division II playoff bracket.  They will play the winner of the game between #1 seeded Akron St. V-M and #10 seeded Canton SouthField's game will be on the winner's home court on Friday March 3rd at 7:00 PM.  Last year Field's season ended at Akron St. V-M 78-48.

The Mogadore boys are seeded #3 in the Barberton Division IV bracket.  They will play #6 seeded Hillsdale in Mogadore on Tuesday February 28th at 7:00 PM.  Hillsdale High School is in Jeromesville in Ashland County, and is a member of the Firelands Conference

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Zoning Boards Elect 2017 Officers

The Suffield Township Zoning Commission held its 2017 Re-Organizational Meeting on January 11thJohn C. Yeargin was re-elected as the Chairman for 2017.  Jeff Childers was elected Vice Chairman.  The Zoning Commission decided to continue having their monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month in 2017.  On the same evening, the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals also held their 2017 Re-Organizational Meeting and elected Andy Grow as Chairman for 2017.  Vicki Vincent was elected Vice Chairman.  The Board of Zoning Appeals will continue to hold their meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month as needed during 2017.  See photos of these personnel in the "current personnel" folder of the photos section.

 

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 55,397 Visitors in 2016

In 2016, Suffield Township's website had 55,397 visitors, or average of 151 per day.  This is an increase over the 104 visitors per day average in 2015.  In the last 90 days the website visitor average is 176 per day.  Thanks for taking a look at "suffieldtownshipohio.com".

 

 

 

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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