The Suffield Township Board of Trustees had another two for one meeting day.  They met on Tuesday February 11th and during the first meeting okayed a resolution allowing a 13 acre parcel at 863 State Route 43 to be rezoned from Industrial to Residential.  The Zoning Commission had approved the measure, if only reluctantly, and forwarded it to the Board of Trustees, who voted 3-0 to allow the change.  The property owner has already subdivided the land into four lots and houses will be built in all likelihood this summer.

The regular Trustee meeting followed and much was discussed.  Fire Chief Bob Rasnick said that the Fire Department had handled 71 calls for service in January and that the staff participated in five continuing education classes.  He also asked for and received the trustee's blessing to apply for several grants.  Rasnick said that he hoped to get money from four separate grants.   The Chief also said that Dean Chinrock and Road Department superintendent Pete Einloth had been working with the newer firefighters in order that  they learn the township and routes to the various facilities that they might have to go to.  Trustee Jared Phillip said that the dam work at Wingfoot Lake has been completed and that ODNR is now refilling the lake to its normal levels.  He said that there is some renewed interest in the purchase of the old Suffield United Christian Church on Waterloo Road. 

Lori Calcei said that the Board of Elections is looking for pollworkers (see the article below), and that the U.S. Census Bureau is also looking for workers to conduct the 2020 Census.  Tom Calcei said that the first annual Chili Cook Off held this past weekend at Lions Park was a huge success and that plans are already in motion for next year's event.  The proceeds from this year's event were donated to the Suffield,Randolph & Atwater Food Shelf.  Calcei also mentioned that the Memorial Day Parade is changing the starting times.  The memorial service in front of the historic Town Hall will begin at 9:00 AM and the parade will step off at 10:00 AM. 

Trustee Chairman Jeff Eldreth asked for $6000 to hire H. Luli Construction Company to put in one culvert and two catch basins at Arehart Drive and Bixler Road.  He explained that the depth of this project will reach about twelve feet and proper boxing is necessary to do the job in a safe manner.  The trustees voted 3-0 to issue the purchase order.  The trustees also talked about the house at 1560 Carriage House Lane that was the source of so many complaints for years and years.  A resident came to the meeting and complained that the new owners have allowed their building permit to expire and that the renovation of the house seems to have come to a stop.  Jeff Eldreth said he'll look into the situation.  Howard Coomer complained that the residence at 387 Waterloo Road has become an eyesore with junk and junk cars, and he believes the place is being used as a business.  Trustee Jared Phillip said he's look into that situation.  The trustees also talked about the new salt shed that is getting closer to reality each day.  They talked about purchasing a new pickup truck for Road Department use.  The new truck would allow the road workers to use the department's twenty-year-old one ton dump less, in hopes of making it last a little longer.  Estimated costs for a new completely outfitted dump truck is in the $150,000 range.  A new pickup, on the other hand, is in the $35,000 range.

Long time, no see.  In the crowd of ten were old friends Bernie Trares and Ed Vincent.  Welcome back!

The trustees next meet on on Tuesday February 25th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday February 19th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings on the calendar.  All meetings are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  All are welcome.