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.

Demboski James A. from old websiteFormer Suffield trustee James A. Demboski passed away on February 16th at the age of 90.  Demboski had served a total of twelve years as trustee on two different occasions; from 1966 to 1973 and then again from 2010 through 2013.  He also served on the Suffield Township Zoning Commission from 2006 through 2009.  As a man about town, he belonged to almost every civic organization and at one time or another was president of each.  

Demboski was born in Ellet, but he lived in Suffield most of his life and graduated from Suffield High School. Jim served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired from Demboski Milk Transport after 11 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Korean War Vets, Mogadore VFW Post 8487, Lions Club (charter member), Knights of Columbus, Suffield Euchre Club, and was past president of FFA. Jim’s hobbies included boating, fishing, hunting, playing cards and Euchre. He played football and basketball in high school, and was a Cleveland Cavs and Browns fan. He also enjoyed dinning out.

Preceded in death by his parents and siblings, he is survived by his wife of 67 years, Josephine E. (Biltz); sons, James (Peg) of Akron, John of Randolph, Steve (Elise) of Marietta, Ga., and Paul (Bonnie) of Dublin, Ohio; daughters, Peggy (Scott) Granger of North Canton, Teresa (Steve) Shanafelt of Tallmadge, Kathy (Bob) Garlow of Kernersville, N.C., Annette (Jack) MacEwen of Stow and Rita (Matt) Furino of Uniontown; 28 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2643 Waterloo Road, Mogadore, Ohio 44260 with Father Thomas Acker, S.J. presiding. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, where Mogadore VFW Post 8487 will provide military honors. Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday prior to the service, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church and Lourdes Grotto.

   

On Tuesday February 13th the Suffield Board of Trustees met before a crowd of ten residents.  Mostly routine matters were discussed or acted upon.  They accepted a one dollar check from the Suffield Township Historical Society for use of the township's original Fire Station, which now houses the Historical Museum.  Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei also read a letter from Historical Society president Judy Calcei in which she thanked the trustees for their continued support and spoke of improvements that the history group has made to the building in the past year.

Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked that Edwin Hanna III be hired as the new year-round part time employee for the Road Department.  Plans are still in the works to hire a part timer for summer work.  No one has been chosen for that position.  Trustee Jared Phillip was absent, but Tom Calcei and Jeff Eldreth voted to hire HannaTom Calcei said that the fight for more Local Government Funds from the State of Ohio is still ongoing.  He and Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei will be meeting with the Portage County Budget Commission to outline Suffield's financial situation.  This will play a part in the Commission's decision on how to divvy up the tax money to the local county subdivisions.

The new owner of the derelict property at 1560 Carriage House Drive is moving forward with his quest to rescue that house from the wrecking ball.  The owner has an engineer working on new drawings and, according to Zoning Inspector Adam Bey, will be applying for a county building permit in the very near future.  Bernie Trares, a neighbor to the house, said that the new owner has started some improvement, such as mowing the property.

Jeff Eldreth said that a representative of the Portage County Health Department asked to speak at the next trustee meeting.  The trustees also voted to reduce load limits on township roads by 35%, which is a yearly procedure.  Eldreth said that he had attended a meeting with other township officials and the County Engineer Mickey Marozzi.  He felt the meeting went well and more meetings are planned.  Some discussion was had on the status of the township cemeteries.  While no firm decision was adopted at this meeting, the trustees appear to be headed to making a formal resolution that would bar any further burials in any the the three township-owned cemeteries.  In the crowd was former trustee Ron Mishler, who recalled that in about 1997 during his 14-year tenure as trustee, the trustees had closed the cemeteries to further burials, but Mishler could not recall if a formal resolution was made at the time.  Trustee Tom Calcei said that he would confer with the county prosecutor on this matter before any further action was taken.  

The next trustee meeting will be on Tuesday February 27th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday February 14th at 7:00 PM.  No Board of Zoning Appeals meetings are scheduled.

 

Early in the morning on Tuesday January 23rd the Suffield Board of Trustees met before an unusually large crowd of fourteen concerned citizens.  Among the crowd were six firefighters.  The meeting started off with Road Superintendent Scott McBroom reporting on what his department had been doing for the past month.  Predictably, he told of their efforts to keep the roads clear of snow and ice. He also reported that they have used a "little more than half their quota of salt" for this year.

Fire Chief Robert Rasnick reported that they had responded to 62 calls for service in December and had ended 2017 with a total of 746 calls, up from 743 call in 2016. He also reported that the department's 2012 ambulance was now back and in service after some body work to remove rust and be repainted.  Rasnick said that the warranty work was done by Horton Manufacturing and that they did the repair and painting at no cost to the township.  The cost of renting an ambulance to use while this work was done will be paid out of fees collected from insurance companies for hospital runs, thus no real out-of-pocket expenses to the township.  He also asked the trustees to accept the resignations of two of his valued firefighters, Randy Porter and Chris Dinkins.   

The Chief asked the trustees for $7,000 to purchase five new ballistic vests for EMS responders to wear when they respond to calls where violence is likely.  Rasnick turned to EMS Coordinator Tim Hinkle to explain the need for vests and further explanations to the trustees.  After some discussion Tom Calcei motioned that the trustees expend $7,000 to buy the vests from Southeastern Emergency EquipmentJared Phillip seconded the motion and all three trustees voted to spend the money.

A short discussion was again had on the Carriage House Lane situation.  This is moving ahead as planned.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey said that he hoped a "walk through" of the house at 1560 Carriage House Lane could be done sometime next week, but admitted it was hard to coordinate schedules of the four departments involved, plus the new property owner.  In zoning matters, the trustees appointed Adam Bey as the primary representative for Suffield Township to the Portage County Regional Planning Commission and Dave Vartenuk as the alternate representative. 

Some discussion was had on the use of our now closed cemeteries.  While no grave sites are available, the trustees are going to have to determine a policy on allowing the burial of cremation urns in plots where a casket is already interred.  They agreed that a new policy on cemetery use is needed and plan to work on that in the very near future.

Suffield Seal 01 23 2018.JPG croppedAlso on the table for discussion was the proposed new signage for the Suffield Community Center.  Trustee Jared Phillip has been working with sign maker Graphic Detail, Inc of Brimfield to design signs and graphics for the building and the driveway entrances from both Waterloo Road and State Route 43.  Of particular interest to the assembled crowd was a circular sign that some feel is destined to become the "seal" for Suffield.  To the left is this "seal", which incorporates the idea of community, giving attention to the Field Schools, the local farming industry and Suffield's blimp heritage. As stated, this is just a proposal that will be further discussed in the near future.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday February 13th at 8:00 PM in the Suffield Community Center.  The Zoning Commission continues its work on the new Land Use Plan on Wednesday February 14th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearing scheduled.

The New Year came blowing into Suffield like a lion a couple weeks ago. Some of the coldness in the air abated, but some of the chilling effects of the past week persisted as the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on January 9th before a crowd of about twelve.  Mark Russell of the Ellerhorst & Russell Insurance came to the meeting to provide trustees with information on this year's casualty insurance.  The trustees voted to reduce the speed limit on Rhodes Avenue from 55 MPH to 25 MPH.  This vote followed permission from the county and was enacted after a suggestion from Suffield Elementary principal Shawn Bookman.  The speed limit change affects Rhodes Avenue from Waterloo Road to State Route 224.

Since the move of township meetings at the beginning of December 2017 from the old Administration Building to the present location, a question has arisen on what exactly to call the new location.  For several years, this meeting room was known as the Fire House Community Room.  It appears that the new name of the meeting hall will be the "Suffield Community Room".  With this in mind, the trustees have embarked on a project to put up new signs on both State Route 43 and Waterloo Road to direct persons to this location.  Of course, this same location is also the new home to the offices of the Fiscal Officer and the Zoning Inspector, thus another bridge to be crossed.  Thus, how should the signs on the building be worded so that people would know that the community room and the administrative offices are within the same building.  While no final decision was accorded this date, the trustees plan to have sign-maker Craig Lemasters come to a trustee meeting next month to discuss what types of signs are available.  They will then decide on the exact verbiage to be used.

The Trustees next meet on Tuesday January 23rd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday January 10th at 7:00 PM for its Re-Organizational Meeting and its regular meeting.  No Board of Zoning Appeals hearings are scheduled.

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees conducted their annual Re-organizational meeting on January 1st before a small, but interested crowd of five residents.  Tom Calcei, entering his ninth year as trustee was elected Chairman of the Board for 2018 and Jeff Eldreth was re-elected Vice Chairman.  Newly sworn trustee Jared Phillip sat at his first meeting as a trustee and showed some great poise and understanding.  Most of the items discussed were random, run-of-the-mill issues that are so mundane that no report of them seems necessary.  However, the trustees voted to keep the meeting schedule the same as the past four months, that being their first monthly meeting will be on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM and the second meeting will be on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 AM.  Both meetings will at the Suffield Community Room.  (formerly referred to as the Fire House Community Room)

Robert Rasnick was hired again as Fire Chief with a small pay increase.  A roster of Fire Department employees was approved and those serving will receive a forty cent per hour increase in pay.  Scott McBroom was retained as Road Department superintendent and Tim Fox was rehired as Road Department laborer, both at small pay increases.  These three are the township's only full-time employees.  Adam Bey was reappointed as Zoning Inspector, Jeff Childers reappointed as Webmaster and Shannon Eldreth was again re-tasked as Town Hall Administrator.  Current Zoning Commission Chairman John C. Yeargin was reappointed to a new five year term on the Zoning Commission.   William Evans and Mason Kisamore were named as alternates to the Zoning Commission for the year 2018.  Mark Frisone of the Board of Zoning Appeals has moved to Edinburg and in his place David G. Duma was appointed to a five year term.  For 2018, the Board of Zoning Appeals alternates will be David (Pete) Einloth and Matt Loos.

Zoning fees will remain unchanged for 2018.  There are some very minor changes to the rules for renting the Town Hall.  The trustees voted to enact a Temporary Appropriations budget of $2,143,102.

Jared Phillip sworn in by Lori Calcei 12 29 2017

In other trustee news, the trustees also met on Friday January 29th.  The trustees were told by Fiscal Officer Lori L. Calcei that the property insurance for the township in 2018 was going to increase to $19,909 from $19,474.  The Fire Department handled 46 calls for service in November 2017.  The Fire Department's ambulance that was sent to Columbus for repainting will beTom Calcei sworn in by Lori Calcei 12 29 2017 returned about the middle of January, and the township's other ambulance was damaged in an accident at an Akron hospital when a private ambulance collided with it.  No estimates of damage were mentioned.  Adam Bey said that they were still on track to demolish the house at 1560 Carriage House Lane.  He also said that for the year 2017, there was $1,873,175 in new added-value to the township, which was $231,675 more than in 2017.  This inclued six new homes.  He also said that the township received $3,499 in zoning fees.  The high point of the meeting was when Tom Calcei and newly elected Jared Phillip were sworn into office as trustees by Portage County Recorder Lori Calcei.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday January 9th at 8:00 PM.  The Board of Zoning Appeals next meets on Tuesday January 2nd at 7:30 for their Re-Organizational Meeting to be followed at 8:00 PM for a hearing on a lot-splitting issue.  The Zoning Commission continues its work on the Land Use Plan on Wednesday January 10th at 7:00 PM.  All meetings are at the Suffield Community Room.

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Spring S.T.H.S. Newsletter Has Been Published 

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First Energy Gives Reminder Of Energy Assistance

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Local High School Basketball

Mogadore Survives Late G-Men Run, Field Wins Fourth In A Row, Downing Ravenna 62-59

On Friday evening the Garrettsville G-Men came into Mogadore a decided underdog.  The Wildcats allowed the G-Men to hang around, a cardinal sin in basketball.  With about a minute to go in the game the G-Men, who had gotten hot from the field, closed to the score to 71-69, but four free throws by junior Kyle Coffman and one by Lukas Swartz iced the game.  Coffman had 21 points, Swartz 19 and Conner Kerr 17.  The Wildcats closed the regular season 17-5 and 14-0 in the PTC-County Division.  They play their first tournament game next Friday (March 2nd) at home at 7:00 PM.   Also on Friday evening, the Field Falcon boys closed out the regular season in fine fashion by beating the home-standing Ravenna Ravens 62-59 in overtime.  It was Field 's fourth win in a row and brings their record to a more respectable 10-12 overall and 6-8 in the PTC-Metro Division.  They open the post-season at Norton on Tuesday February 27th at 7:00 PM.  The Field Falcon girls ended their season with a 40-30 loss to the Northwest Indians in Canal Fulton.  They posted a 3-9 Portage Trail Conference-Metro Division record and were 4-18 overall.  The Lady Falcons were seeded 11th in the Uniontown District and Northwest was seeded 6th.

Paige Halliwill Leads Wildcats Past East Canton 58-47    

The Mogadore Wildcat girls beat the East Canton Hornets 58-47 on Saturday afternoon as Paige Halliwill scored a career high of 28 point, including 12 of 15 at the charity line.  They advance to play the winner of the Dalton/Lake Center Christian School game.  That game will be in Wednesday February 28th at 7:00 PM at the faraway Norwayne High School.             .....   Click here to see the schedules and scores.

 

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Suffield Township Website Has 180,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of February 23, 2018, Suffield Township's website had 180,214 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 209 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

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