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.