The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday August 14th before a group of about fifteen residents. A whole range of topics was discussed, from Fire Department issues to Local Government Funds.
Chief Robert L. Rasnick gave the fire report in which he said the Fire Department had responded to 57 calls for service in July, and 454 for the year. He said that the men and women of the department had done their regular continuing education courses, concentrating most notably on water rescue and fire truck pumping operations. Rasnick reported that the department had received the ballistic vests that were authorized and ordered a couple months ago, and had to actually use them on two EMS calls in July. Some of the good news on the vests is that, because the vests were delayed in arriving, the vest were discounted $2,000. This made the final cost to the township $5,410. The original projection for the vests was $7,000. Rasnick also said that the annual Fire Department Open House will be Sunday October 7th. A "Flu Clinic" is to be included that day.
Trustee Jared Phillip complimented that Suffield League on a great Suffield Music Festival, which was held last weekend at Wingfoot Lake State Park. He also said that the new signage on and around the Community Center is to be done next week. This will include the lettering on the building, the doors and the signs along the road near the Road Department and in front of the Community Room. In zoning matters, Adam Bey said that the resident at 557 Waterloo Road would be coming in for a yet-to-be-scheduled Board of Zoning Appeals hearing. The resident wants to add a large addition and garage to his existing house. Bey also said that last month some of the property at the corner of Bolender Road and Portage Line Road was auctioned off and the new owners want to sub-divide a nine acre plot into five lots. This brought up a long discussion on the flow of water along Bolender Road and the continental divide. Another multi-faceted discussion was had on the yet-to-be-official coming of a Dollar General Store on State Route 43, just south of Waterloo Road. A neighbor to this proposed site David Parker had some questions on this matter, of which Zoning Inspector Adam Bey pared by saying the nothing about the Dollar General Store is "official" at this point.
Trustee Jeff Eldreth mentioned that AT&T is planning on installing fiber optics underground on Bolender Road, Lawnhaven, Oakhaven, Deer Crossing, Kapity Drive and Ruth Circle. AT&T will give the township three days advance notice before starting. No preliminary date was given. Eldreth also said that the "Chip & Seal" program for this year was completed today. They will wait about a month before striping the roads. He said that the Road Department guys will be power washing the historic Town Hall (built in 1908) and painting the cupola in the couple weeks.
Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei talked about the distribution for 2019 of Local Government Funds. There will be a meeting for all the political subdivisions next week to try and work out an agreement on splitting these funds, which come from the State of Ohio. The final decision rests with a panel composed of the Portage County Auditor (Janet Esposito), Prosecutor (Victor Vigluicci) and Treasurer (Brad Cromes).
The trustees next meet on Tuesday August 28th at 7:00 AM in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. The Zoning Commission has the month off and there are currently no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings scheduled. Of note, it was pointed out that the Welcome Back Celebration at the Suffield Elementary School on Monday August 27th was originally listed as starting at 5:30 PM and running until 7:00 PM is wrong. The actual times are 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM. Don't forget that the Portage County Fair starts next Tuesday, August 21st, and runs through Sunday August 26th.