The Suffield Township Board of Trustees again met behind locked doors on Tuesday June 9th. The meeting was accessible to the public thanks to the wonders of Facebook.
Chief Bob Rasnick said the Fire Department had responded to 66 call for service in May, and are now ahead of last year's pace. The department has been doing training by utilizing Zoom. A grant was received and this money will fund buying some new fire hose and paying for boots and some new "turn out" gear. The chief also said that there will be a drive-by parade on Thursday June 18th to honor Captain Robert Dudley for his 50 years of service to Suffield Township. Captain Dudley will assume a position in front of the Fire House and cars can drive by beginning about 3:00 PM on Thursday June 18th, which happens to be the anniversary of his hiring date with this township. Both the Chief and Trustee Jeff Eldreth pointed out that the fifty year milestone is one that is very rarely achieved.
The Road Department has been mowing, and will shortly be done with that task. They will then do some road patching in preparation for the annual "chip & seal" program. Trustee Jared Phillip wanted to publicly thank the Portage County Engineer's Office, but no explanation was given. It was mentioned that former resident Mary Denny will be turning 110 on Wednesday June 10th. She currently lives in a nursing home in Hartville, but had been a Suffield resident for 102 years of her life. Trustee Jared Phillip asked for clarification on the leaf dump. Jeff Eldreth said that the leaf dump is just that - a place to dump leaves in the fall. The township does not have a dump where residents can dump trash, such as grass clipping and tree trimmings.
Jeff Eldreth also expressed the desire to have a car show on or about July 10th to be held at the township's municipal facility. He also mentioned that a fireworks show would be nice for perhaps the Labor Day weekend. Both these adventures are merely in the planning phase.
Regarding the "parade" for Captain Robert Dudley, the Fire Department posted the following on their Facebook page: June 18th the Suffield Fire Department will be honoring Capt. Robert Dudley’s 50 years of service to our community. Unfortunately, due to social distancing, we are unable to throw the party that he deserves. However, we will be hosting a “drive by” tribute to Bob that will be open to the public. If you would like to show your respect to Capt. Dudley, please be at the Suffield Elementary School by 2:45 p.m. on June 18th and remain in your vehicle. Bob and his family will be in front of the Suffield Fire Station to greet you as you drive by. We plan on starting at 3:00 p.m. Have questions, call the Fire Department at 628-9240.
And lastly, the next trustee meeting will again be held on Tuesday June 23rd at 7:00 AM. The public will again be excluded, but the meeting will be aired live on Facebook. The trustees hope to open the meetings to the public on perhaps Tuesday July 14th at 8:00 PM. The Portage County Health Department and guidelines from the governor's office are the stumbling blocks. The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday June 10th at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room.