The Suffield Board of Trustees met on Tuesday March 10th before a crowd of 15 interested parties. Fire Chief Bob Rasnick reported that Jordan Stansberry has resigned from the Fire Department. The trustees accepted his resignation and wished Stansberry the best in future endeavors. Not much was going on in zoning issues as zoning inspector Adam Bey said he had issued just three permits. Trustee Jeff Eldreth asked the trustees for a purchase order in the amount of $4,000 to pay for two engineering studies in conjunction with the soon-to-be-built salt shed. When asked by David Vartenuk what the cost for the salt shed would be, Eldreth said that the project was likely come in under $70,000. Trustee Tom Calcei noted that the expenditure of $70,000 was within the "planned for" capital budget and that the shed would be with us for fifty years. The trustees agreed in principle to hire a new part time road department worker, but postponed the actual hiring until the next trustee meeting. The trustees also agreed to advertise for bids for this year's road materials. As soon as the forms are available, they will be posted on this website. Eldreth said that the township is planning to pave about seven miles of roads in 2020.
A lot if time was spent talking about septic systems. As the township ages and grows, the need to add or at least upgrade septic systems seems to draw a lot of interest. Trustee Jared Phillip, whose day job includes operating a company that installs and works on septic systems, led the discussion, and was remarkably able to answer a lot of the nagging questions that always seem to surface. A more contentious issue appears to be again on the horizon, as the mining operation along State Route 224 near the railroad tracks is about six months away from the end of mining operations. After early October 2020, the operators of Suffield Aggregate will no longer be able, according to a Federal Court agreement, to mine for sand and gravel, but will have two years to sell off any materials already excavated. Over the last fifteen years there have been many meetings, discussions, court cases and even a referendum vote on this mining site. At tonight's meeting, tempers flared and battle lines seemed to form on the issue, which is sure to be revisited for the next six months, or two and half years, or......longer.
The trustees next meet on Tuesday March 24th at 7:00 AM. The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday March 11th at 7:00 PM. There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings scheduled. Keep in mind that the evening trustee meetings will change time from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The first 8:00 PM meeting will be Tuesday April 14th. All meetings are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. All are welcome to attend.