The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday February 9th before a gathering of eight people. Fire Chief Robert Rasnick gave a brief report of January's activity. A total of 62 calls were handled, of which 52 were EMS runs. Zoning Inspector Adam Bey gave a report in which he said the derelict property at 2412 Sunnybrook Road had jumped to near the top of the list of properties that the Portage County Land Bank planned to demolish this year. The Land Bank acquired a demolition permit from Bey and it now seems likely that the structures on the land will be removed sometime in March. Bey also gave a report on zoning activity in 2020. Fifty-five permits were issued, including eight for new homes. The total value of improvements to the township was $4,860,814, which is about ten percent more than in 2019.
Some discussion was had on record retention. The trustees seem to want to consolidate all the old records in one location than then have some at the old administration building and some on the second floor of the original Fire Station. Jeff Eldreth spoke of building out a room in the Road Department garage where the salt used to be stored. Tom Calcei mentioned that some of the older records could be destroyed after a careful review by the Record Review Commission and the Suffield Township Historical Society. No final decision was made on this matter. The trustees spoke of the new "Temporary Vendor's Permit" resolution that had its first public meeting two weeks ago. Some changes were suggested and these changes will be considered by the Zoning Commission on Wednesday February 10th at the regular monthly Zoning Commission meeting, John Yeargin complimented the Fire Chief and his department for the kind and professional manner in which the EMS crew operated on January 31st when Yeargin's wife Judy needed transportation to the hospital.
The big news was that the trustees voted to go forward with purchasing a new Road Department dump truck to replace the township's 2000 International dump truck. A dealership in Wapakoneta has been selected and has in stock just the truck that the trustees are looking for. The cost is about $145,000 which the fiscal officer said the township could afford.
The next trustee meeting will be on Tuesday February 23rd at 7:00 AM. They will meet again that same day at 7:00 PM to continue their public hearing on the "Temporary Vendor's Permit" issue. The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday February 10th at 7:00 PM. All meetings are open to the public and are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.