Early in the morning on a rainy and rather dreary Tuesday, March 27th, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before a crowd of about ten interested citizens. Business was fairly fundamental. The Board hired local resident Dave Einloth as the new full-time Road Department worker. The position had been advertised in the Record-Courier and this website and had drawn a lot of interested parties. Einloth will start working next week on Monday April 2nd.
The trustees also announced that their second meeting next month will be changed from Tuesday April 24th to Monday April 23rd at 7:00 AM. They also agreed to advertise for bids on road materials to be purchased and used this year. They directed Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei to place the necessary ads in the Record-Courier. The sealed bids will be accepted until 7:00 AM on April 23rd. Jeff Eldreth asked for a $4,000 purchase order to pay H. Luli Construction Company of Suffield to replace a culvert across Shafer Road. The Board postponed again the final decision on purchase of a trailer and mowing equipment to be used for mowing the cemeteries and township property. They plan to make the final choices at the next trustee meeting.
In an interesting turn of events, the trustees talked about the future of the old church at 1292 Waterloo Road. The church, which was built in 1875 and is perhaps the oldest commercial structure in the township, has been vacant for several years and its condition has deteriorated each year. Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei suggested in reviewing the situation with Portage County Prosecutor Chris Meduri on options for its removal. The property is current owned by John & Adale Ceroni and was last used as a school for massage therapy.
Also brought up at the meeting was the May Primary Election to be held on Tuesday May 8th. The polling places will remain the same as the last election, that being; Precincts A & B will use the Suffield United Church of Christ building at 1115 State Route 43, while Precincts C, D & E will use the Suffield Elementary School at 1128 Waterloo Road. Township Clean Up day is Saturday May 12th from 8:00 AM until noon at the Road Department. As part of this monthly report, Scott McBroom, Road Department chief, said that they used 380 tons of the estimated 400 tons of salt purchased this year. Fire Chief Robert Rasnick was not available, as he was out doing what the Fire Department does best: fighting a house fire in Randolph Township. The Portage County Engineer's Office certified that Suffield now has 41.204 miles of roads. The owners of some property along Randolph Road are looking to annex their land from Suffield Township to the Village of Mogadore. The trustees are seeking the advice of the Prosecutor's Office before making a decision on how to respond. Several options are available.
It was also mentioned that long time resident and the longest serving elected township official Paul Young and his wife Dolores will be relocating to nearby Hartville. Paul was township clerk (now known as Fiscal Officer) from 1985-2007, a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals from 1972 to 1981, a member of the Zoning Commission from 1981 to 1983, and the temporary Zoning Inspector for a short period in 1983. He served as an assistant to the current fiscal officer for several years and is one of the original members of the Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council. His presence and leadership around Suffield will be sorely missed.
The Suffield Township Board of Trustees next meet on Tuesday April 10th at 8:00 PM. The Zoning Commission meets of Wednesday April 11th at 7:00 PM.