With snow covering the lawns and trees and a thin layer of ice on the roadways, the Suffield Board of Trustees met before a dwindling crowd of four people on Tuesday November 27th. Those hearty enough to come out at 7:00 AM were witness to the trustees discussing and in-general principle agreeing to buy a new electronic sign for in front of the historic Town Hall. Randy Snyder, of Graphic Detail, Inc, had come to the last trustee meeting to offer some ideas, and on Friday November 16th Snyder brought an actual sign to the Town Hall so the trustees could examine it. A cost estimate was presented to Jared Phillip in the amount of approximately $26,000. While the trustees seemed poised to accept the bid and move toward installation of the sign, chairman Tom Calcei postponed the final vote of accepting the bid until the next trustee meeting. The trustees have several community based organizations that have indicated that they will contribute to the cost, but as if this date, no money has exchanged hands. Calcei said that they would gladly accept contributions from organizations or individuals to help pay for it.
Trustee Jeff Eldreth said that the project of eliminating water leakage on the "Nine Foot" section of Martin Road has been completed and that the culvert recently replaced under Palm Road will be paved with asphalt as soon as the weather allows. The current fill over the culvert needed time to settle before the paving phase. Eldreth also announced that Road Department superintendent Scott McBroom suffered a stroke and is likely to leave the township's employ. With that eventuality in mind the trustees voted to allow McBroom to use four weeks of vacation that he has already earned, but would not be credited to him until January 1, 2019. Everyone in the crowd wished McBroom the best.
Jared Phillip and Jeff Eldreth spoke on some ongoing discussions with the Ohio Department of Transportation. Suffield Township and ODOT are looking into the possibility of ODOT sharing the use of the proposed new salt barn. Along those lines, Eldreth said he hasn't yet made a final decision on the size, location or configuration of the proposed salt barn.
The trustees also revised the dates of several trustee meetings. In December, there will be three meetings. They will be: Tuesday December 11th at 8:00 PM, Friday December 21st at 7:00 AM (mostly a bill paying session), and Friday December 28th at 7:00 AM (the annual re-organizational meeting). Other important township dates are: December 7, 8 & 9th from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM is Toys For Tots at the Goodyear Blimp Base 1, Sunday December 9th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM is the Suffield League's Christmas With Santa at the historic Town Hall. The Suffield Township Historical Society will meet at 2:30 PM for planning and elections on Sunday December 9th at the Historical Society's museum. The Zoning Commission will meet at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room on Wednesday December 12th.