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. 


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Trustees Set Trick Or Treat For Sunday October 25th

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees have set Sunday October 25th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM as the time for this year's Trick or Treat event.  Turn on your porch lights and welcome the kids of our community.


Trustee Meetings Now Open To Public

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees will hold their regular meetings at the normal times.  These meetings will still take place at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  Social distancing will be required, but otherwise they will be open to the public.  Because of distancing guidelines, access to the meetings will on a first come, first serve basis.  Welcome back!


Falcons Improve To 3-1 With 42-14 Win Over The Ravens, Mogadore Wins Again

The Field Falcons are off to a great season as they beat the Ravens (2-2) in Ravenna by an impressive 42-14 count.  The Falcons are now 3-1 and play at home next Friday against the Cloverleaf Colts (3-1) who were whipped on Friday September 18 by a 49-28 score to Streetsboro (4-0).  The Mogadore Wildcats improved to 3-0 with a 29-7 win over previously unbeaten Southeast (3-1).  Mogadore hosts Garrettsville (4-0) next Friday.  The G-Men beat Warren JFK (3-1) this Friday by a 27-21 score.


BZA To Hold Hearing On Variance Request

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals has set Tuesday October 6th at 7:00 PM to hear a request from Tim Swallen for a variance to allow him to build an accessory building, which would be larger than the Zoning Resolution allows.  Swallen's property and proposed accessory building are located at 2479 Lansinger Road.  The meeting will be held in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. 

TIRC Votes To Continue Tax Abatements

The Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) met on Thursday August 6th in a meeting that had been postponed from its normal date in March.  They reviewed data and information from Diana Fierle of the Portage County Development Board on three Suffield businesses that received tax incentives for things such as:  adding or retaining employees and property improvements.  Hamrick Manufacturing, GP Tree Service and Bednar Properties (Hunter's Manufacturing) received the recommendation from the TIRC that these incentives be continued for another year.  The incentive is a reduction in county property tax.  The Portage County Commissioners make the final decision whether to continue the incentive or not, but the local TIRC's input has a substantial bearing the the decision.


Suffield Township Historical Society Meetings Are Canceled, BUT The Museum Is Open On Selected Dates

As of September 22, 2020, thanks to the Covid virus and Health Department orders on limiting attendance at meetings, the STHS is still canceling meetings indefinitely.  However, people who wish to view the museum and all of its treasures can still go there on the four following dates:  Saturday October 10, Sunday October 25, Saturday November 14 and Sunday November 22.  The museum will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on those days.   For more information please contact Elizabeth Vence at 330-354-3625, or contact her at the new STHS e-mail address:


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 585,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of September 20, 2020, Suffield Township's website had 585,118 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 476.73 per day.  Thanks for taking a look at "".  Tell your friends about us.








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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:

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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