On Tuesday February 12th the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met in special session to review the final draft of the long awaited "Land Use Plan".  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey and Zoning Commission chairman John C. Yeargin gave a power point presentation of the document that the Zoning Commission has worked on for almost a year.  About twenty people showed up for the hearing.  

The trustees then held their regular meeting.  Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei read a letter from Judy Calcei of the Historical Society thanking the township for leasing the township's oldest fire station to the Society for use as their museum.  Judy Calcei also outlined some of the Society's programs and activities that benefit the Suffield Township community.  Chief Bob Rasnick gave the fire report for the month of January.  The department handled 59 call for service.  They also received a grant for $9,062.50 from the Bureau of Workers Compensation to replace washer/extractors.  The township will have to match that grant with $1,812.50.  This was certainly good news.  Rasnick also congratulated three of his firefighters for being January's Summa Health System Stemi Team award winner.  The firefighters were Captain Keith Emhoff, Sean Barber and Ben Feeman.

On the zoning report by Adam Bey, the zoning inspector said that the Board of Zoning Appeals had three hearings in the past couple weeks.  Tim Thomas was granted a conditional use permit to operate a car lot at the old township administration building.  John Kassinger was granted a conditional use permit to operate a construction company on the property at 1188 State Route 43, and Transitional Healthcare Solutions was granted a variance to operate a senior care facility at 2094 Randolph Road.  Road Department foreman David "Pete" Einloth was introduced to the crowd.  He stood and told of his many years in Suffield and his love for the community.  Trustee Jared Phillip said that the new wiring for the new electronic sign is in place and that the sign will be installed as soon as the temperature climbs above the freezing mark.

The trustees passed a resolution approving the "Land Use Plan".  They also voted to lease the old Administration building to Tim Thomas for one year. 

Many of the twenty people that had shown up for the "Land Use Plan" hearing had stayed on for the regular trustee meeting.  In a slight change from the past, trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth announced early on that those in the audience were to hold their comments and questions until after the trustees had conducted their normal business.  For the most part, his request was honored.  When the time arrived, Jay Abercrombie mentioned that he thought an electronic sign in front of the historic Town Hall was incongruent with the residents desires to keep Suffield a rural farming community.  Jeff Eldreth acknowledged that he had once harbored the same sentiment, but the need to get information out to the public was just too important to not go with the advanced technology.   Concerning the sign, the trustees voted to spend up to $1,000 to buy a laptop computer dedicated for use with the electronic sign.  

The subject of the recycle program was broached.  Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth explained that the cost of the program has not changed.  Each resident is charged $27.00 for a year's service.  This is paid through the homeowners county tax bill.  Each half the resident is billed $13.50.  Some received a tax bill at some point in the past that had a $6.75 charge.  Eldreth said that this was due to the first year's service being pro-rated.  He said that the Suffield Township has about two years left on their five-year contract with the county.    

It was good to see some old faces in the crowd.  Mary Lohr, Laura May, Margee Kimmel, Marco Massoli and Janelle Albertoni sat in tonight. 

The trustees next meet on Tuesday February 26th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday February 13th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals scheduled.

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Suffield Township Is Accepting Bids For Road Materials

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees is accepting bids for road materials to be used in 2019.  A "Notice to Bidders Letter" and "Bid Sheet Forms" are available on this website in the "Roads" section, or by stopping by the Suffield Fire Department or from Road Department foreman Pete Einloth at 1225 State Route 43.  To see Pete Einloth, you'll need an appointment.  He can be reached at 628-4974.  Bids need to be received by the end of the business day Monday April 22, 2019, as they will be opened at the trustees meeting on April 23rd..

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Grants Two Variances

On Tuesday March 19th the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met to hear two requests for variances.  Pete Alexander of 1745 Waterloo Road requested a variance to build an oversized accessory building on his property.  The Board heard his request and voted 5-0 to grant the variance.  After that issue came another variance request from Mel and Patti Colegrove.  About 40 persons had come to hear this request and voice their their comments, of which most were to deny the request.  The Colegroves bought a nine acre parcel of land at the corner of Bolender Road and Portage Line Road with the intentions of dividing the property into six one-point-five acre lots.  The plan was moving forward until Portage County announced that the thirty-three foot right of way for Bolender Road was county property and thus couldn't be counted as land toward the one-point-five acre parcels.  This made the original lot division plan faulty as the township zoning resolutions require one-point-five acres for a building lot and the land the county took away left  these lots with approximately 1.34 acres.  There was plenty of discussion and after all were heard, sometimes several times, a motion was placed before the Board to deny the variance request.  No one seconded the motion.  A second motion was made by Andy Grow to allow the variance and it was seconded by Pete Einloth.  The motion to grant the Colegrove's their variance was ratified 4-1.

 

Suffield Lions Club To Hold Reverse Raffle

The Suffield Lions Club is holding their annual Reverse Raffle on Saturday April 27th at the Randolph Knights of Columbus Hall.  The cost is $50 per person.  Call David Kuntzman at 699-3401 for tickets.

 

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 315,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of March 24, 2019, Suffield Township's website had 315,117 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 398.80 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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