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.

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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!

 

Falcons Improve To 3-1 With 42-14 Win Over The Ravens, Mogadore Wins Again

The Field Falcons are off to a great season as they beat the Ravens (2-2) in Ravenna by an impressive 42-14 count.  The Falcons are now 3-1 and play at home next Friday against the Cloverleaf Colts (3-1) who were whipped on Friday September 18 by a 49-28 score to Streetsboro (4-0).  The Mogadore Wildcats improved to 3-0 with a 29-7 win over previously unbeaten Southeast (3-1).  Mogadore hosts Garrettsville (4-0) next Friday.  The G-Men beat Warren JFK (3-1) this Friday by a 27-21 score.

 

BZA To Hold Hearing On Variance Request

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals has set Tuesday October 6th at 7:00 PM to hear a request from Tim Swallen for a variance to allow him to build an accessory building, which would be larger than the Zoning Resolution allows.  Swallen's property and proposed accessory building are located at 2479 Lansinger Road.  The meeting will be held in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. 

TIRC Votes To Continue Tax Abatements

The Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) met on Thursday August 6th in a meeting that had been postponed from its normal date in March.  They reviewed data and information from Diana Fierle of the Portage County Development Board on three Suffield businesses that received tax incentives for things such as:  adding or retaining employees and property improvements.  Hamrick Manufacturing, GP Tree Service and Bednar Properties (Hunter's Manufacturing) received the recommendation from the TIRC that these incentives be continued for another year.  The incentive is a reduction in county property tax.  The Portage County Commissioners make the final decision whether to continue the incentive or not, but the local TIRC's input has a substantial bearing the the decision.

 

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 585,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of September 20, 2020, Suffield Township's website had 585,118 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 476.73 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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