The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday November 12th.  They discussed a number of topics, but the discussion of recycling was once again the top item.  The township's contract with the Portage County Commissioners that deals with our current recycling program comes to a conclusion at the end of 2020.  While that seems like a long way off, the subject has drawn a lot of traction around the county, especially since other township and cities are currently having discussions with the Portage County Solid Waste District.  And those talk have hinted at higher monthly or yearly costs to residents.  It appears to be a foregone conclusion that the $2.25 fee per month that Suffield residents now enjoy for the biweekly recycle collections is going to increase beginning in 2021.  The question that begs to be answered is by how much.  Naturally no decisions were arrived at tonight, since there have been no actual negotiations with Bill Steiner or the Commissioners, but how the County handles the other townships during the next several months is sure to have an impact on Suffield.

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick said the Fire Department responded to 81 calls for service in October, the staff attended five training sessions, and the need to replace thirty firefighter helmets has arisen.  Trustee Tom Calcei motioned that the township spend up to $9,000 for new helmets.  Chairman Jeff Eldreth seconded the measure and it was passed 2-0.  Trustee Jared Phillip was absent.  The Chief also asked for permission to allow Captain James Taylor and himself to attend the annual Firefighter Conference in Indianapolis in 2020.  Traditionally, Suffield has sent firemen to this conference every other year.  Last year the Department's Explorers raised money for the trip and represented the township.  Rasnick asked well in advance so that he could secure reservations at a reduced price of $620 per person.  The trustees agreed that both firemen could attend this event.  The Chief also said that there will be a controlled burn of the house at 2378 Sunnybrook Road on Saturday November 23rd.  The fire crews will arrive about 8:00 AM and the actual burning is to begin about 9:00 AM.

Gail Pavliga, a Republican hoping to unseat 75th District State Representative Randi Clites, stopped by to introduce herself and explain her qualifications and goals for the position, which will be on the November 2020 ballot.  Pavliga, who is an impressive speaker, is from nearby Atwater Township.  Adam Bey, zoning inspector, said that the Zoning Commission had voted to increase the size of accessory buildings and to allow a height increase to 25 feet for such buildings.  They then forwarded the change to the Portage County Regional Planning Commission, who will hear the issue on Wednesday November 13th.   After Regional Planning approves the changes, as they are expected to do, the issue will come before the Suffield Township trustees for a final hearing and vote, in all likelihood on December 10th.  

The trustees also set the meeting schedule for the last two months of 2019.  The second meeting for November will remain the same, that being Tuesday November 26th at 7:00 AM.  The December meetings for  trustees will be on Tuesday December 10th at 7:00 PM and Tuesday December 24th at 7:00 AM.  They have set Tuesday December 10th at 6:30 PM for the above mentioned Zoning Resolution change, and have set Tuesday December 31st at 7:00 AM for the annual re-organizational meeting.  The Zoning Commission next meets on Wednesday November 13th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearing set at this time.

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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:  suffieldtwphistory@gmail.com.

 

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 "suffieldtownshipohio.com".  Tell your friends about us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wingfoot Lake State Park

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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:  http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/wingfootlake

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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