Over that past several months, the Suffield Township Board of Trustees have talked about how the Local Government Fund would distribute state funds to each of the political subdivisions in Portage County.  Our trustees appointed Tom Calcei to be the point man on this important adventure.  Calcei has joined with trustee Jack Groselle of Hiram Township and trustee Mike Kostensky of Brimfield Township to form a committee to represent the townships in their quest for a more fair approach to the distribution of about $3,722,533 (2017's total amount) that the State of Ohio releases to Portage County.  In Portage County there are eighteen townships, four cities, six villages, and, of course, the county itself.  Each of these twenty-nine governmental entities gets a slice of that $3,722,533 pie.

For the past ten years, Portage County has received about 39.8% of the money, which is essentially money that the State of Ohio collected in sales taxes and partially returns to local governments, county-by-county.  The townships equally split 14.34% of the money, thus each township got $29,487, or about .79%.  The four cities got 37.12% and the the villages got 8.74%.  The City of Kent got the yeoman's share by collecting $742,774. (click here to see the funding chart for 2017's Local Government Funds)

How these funds are distributed come under the direction of the Portage County Office of the Budget Commission.  This commission is made up of three members:  Portage County Treasurer Brad Cromes, Portage County Auditor Janet Esposito and Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.  The commission is to hold hearings during the first half of 2018 with the various subdivision classifications and then make a decision on how to divide the money in each of the next ten years, beginning in 2019.  Naturally, the various groups have different ideas on how to spread the wealth.  All eighteen of the townships have signed off on a plan that would give each township, city and village $15,000, and would then divide the remainder of the available funds according to population.  Based on this plan, Suffield Township would benefit by about $60,000 annually.

In the meantime, the meetings and conversation has continued.  Last Sunday (November 19th) the editorial staff of the Record Courier published an editorial suggesting essentially that the funding method remain unchanged. (click here to read that editorial)  In response to that editorial, Tom Calcei has written a response, which is supposed to be published in the Record Courier next weekend.  (click here to read this response)

Sixty thousand dollars to a lot of money to anyone, even a township.

 

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Fire Department To Hold Open House

The Suffield Township Fire Department will hold its annual Open House on Sunday October 10th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.  Come out and meet your neighbors and members of your local Fire Department.

 

Field Picks Up First Win, Beating Springfield 28-0, Mogadore Survives Warren JFK 16-14 And Lake Falls From the Unbeaten Ranks

In week number six on Friday September 24th, the Field Falcons went to Springfield and beat the Spartans 28-0 for their first win of the 2021 season.  Field's record goes to 1-4 and Springfield drops to 1-4.  Mogadore took their show on the road to Warren and outlasted the John F. Kennedy Eagles 16-14.  The Wildcats are now 5-1 and the Warren JFK squad drops to 3-2.  In a battle of unbeatens, Federal League rivals, Lake and Jackson, played Friday night in Hartville and the Jackson Polar Bears prevailed 30-28.  Jackson goes to 5-0 on the year, while Lake drops to 4-1.  Lake plays at Canton McKinley (3-3) next week.    

Historical Society Looking For Old Field High Yearbooks

The Suffield Township Historical Society is hoping to complete their collection of old Field High School, and old countywide yearbooks.  These were originally known as "Speedometers".  Needed are books from the following years: 1916, 1917, 1918, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.  Call or e-mail Elizabeth Vence at 330-354-3625 or "suffieldtwphistory@gmail.com" to donate old books or to learn more.

 

Crafts Bazaar Slated For Saturday November 20th

The annual Crafts Bazaar at the Suffield United Church of Christ is set for Saturday November 20th.   The church is located at 1115 State Route 43.  For more information, call 333-699-4342.

 

Card Bingo Returns On Sunday Evenings

After a log absence, the very popular "Card Bingo" will make its return to Suffield Township on Sunday July 11th.  The games will be played at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  Doors will open a little before 6:00 PM and the games begin at 6:00 PM.  Bring your neighbors and a couple dollars in change and enjoy the evening. 

 

BZA Grants Two Variances

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday September 7th to consider two separate variance requests.  Doug and Jill Dickey of 350 Garner Drive asked that they be allowed to build an eight foot tall privacy fence along their side property line. The Zoning Resolutions allow a six foot maximum height.  No one opposed the request.  Board member Brian Cheshire motioned that the variance request be approved.  Bryon Wine seconded the motion and it passed 5-0.  The second hearing was much more contentious.  Mark Wake of 1227 Martin Road asked a variance to be allowed to add a third accessory building on his property.  This third building would violate the Zoning Resolutions as only two accessory buildings are permitted and the total square footage of the three buildings would exceed the amount allowed for a lot the size owned by Mr. Wake.  Brian Cheshire motioned that the variance be permitted with the condition that no more than two animals be housed in the new structure.  The motion carried by a 3-2 vote.

 

Suffield Township Website Passes 765,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of September 21, 2021, Suffield Township's website had 765,082 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 479.40 per day (thirty day moving average).  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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