Eleven people came out to the view the Suffield Township Board of Trustees conduct their bi-monthly business on a cold and dreary Tuesday evening on December 8th.  The meeting kicked off on a somber note as trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth called for a moment of silence in order to honor the passing of Fire Department Captain Matt Moulton.

Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei reported that the township has received another adjustment in the CARES Act appropriation, this time to the tune of $8,892.  The trustees must spend this money by the first of the year or forfeit it.  No precise decision on how to expend the money was made this evening.  After Lori Calcei's rendering of communications, the trustees went into executive session for about ten minutes and came back to resume the regular meeting.  Fire Chief Bob Rasnick thanked the public for their support during these hard times following the death of Captain Moulton.  He said that the family would hold a private service and that on Sunday December 20th the public would have the opportunity to drive through the Fire Department to offer condolences to the family.  Rasnick said that there were 62 call for service in November.  He also asked the trustees to re-instate Matt Leidel to the department.  Since Leidel recently served on the department and according to Rasnick will be a welcome addition, no restrictions or probation will be required for him.  The Chief asked for $6,000 to build a privacy fence along the south border of the Fire Department property.  The trustees voted in favor of the $6,000 purchase order.  Rasnick said that 297 people showed up for free Covid testing at the Fire Department on November 24th.

Trustee Tom Calcei said that the format for Christmas With Santa has changed this year.  There will be a drive through at the Fire Department on Saturday December 12th from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  Children will be allowed to speak to Santa.  Santa will stand next to the cars and the children will speak though the car windows.  Expense money for this event is provided by a grant from NOPEC and funds from the Suffield League. Cars are asked to enter the township complex from the driveway next ot the Historical Society Museum on Route 43.

Jared Phillip said that the gas company is extending a gas line along Martin Road near Etter Road.  He reported that there is nothing new to report on the Route 224 mining operation.  Zoning Inspector Adam Bey said that the Hamrick Manufacturing Company is paying for a traffic study along Route 224 in hopes that ODOT will allow them to widen the right-of-way from that road to a property they want to relocate to.   He also said that the Dry Dock is expanding their storage facility by adding one new building.  Bey reminded the trustees that there will be a public hearing by the Zoning Commission on an amendment to the Zoning Resolution on Wednesday December 9th at 7:00 PM.  This amendment, entitled "Temporary Use Permit," is geared mostly toward regulating food trucks and similar short term sales events.

The Suffield Light Up The Night contest has attracted 20 houses to be judged in Suffield.  Go to the township's Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/Suffield-Township-779053555578841/ ) for more info. Jeff Eldreth said that the new salt barn is well under way.  The concrete walls and concrete floor has been poured.  The driveway and hoop roofing will be installed shortly.

The next trustee meeting will be on Tuesday December 22nd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday December 9th at 7:00 PM for the above mentioned public hearing to be immediately followed by the regularly scheduled Zoning Commission meeting.  These meeting at the the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  The Christmas With Santa event is Saturday December 12th from 5-7 PM at the Fire House.  The Memorial Drive Through for Captain Moulton will be on Sunday December 20th beginning at 1:00 PM at the Fire House.

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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.


Annual Historical Society Plant Sale Is On For May 7th & May 8th

The Suffield Township Historical Society will have their annual plant sale on Friday May 7th (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM) and Saturday May 8th (9:00 AM to 2:00 PM) at the Historical Society Museum.  To donate plants, call or e-mail Elizabeth Vence at 330-354-3625 or "suffieldtwphistory@gmail.com".  Hearty plants and great bargains will be available.  The museum will also be open to the public during the same times that the plant sale is occurring.


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!


Tax Incentive Review Council Approves Three Business Property Tax Abatements

The Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council met on Thursday March 4th and approved continuing property tax abatements for Bednar Properties (Hunter's Manufacturing), GP Tree Service and Hamrick Manufacturing.  Each resolution passed by a 5-0 vote.


BZA Tables Variance Request To Build Accessory Building Before House

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals heard a request from Collin Kunkle to allow him to build an accessory building on his lot at 1460 Saxe Road before building the primary residence.  The Board tabled the request at Kunkle's request to allow him time to get the Health Department to issue a permit, or at least approve the location of a septic field.  No date was specified on when the hearing will continue.


BZA Issues A Variance To Allow Wine Making At A Private Residence, But Denies Permission To Allow On-Premises Wine Tasting

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals heard an appeal from Richard Rohr of 1353 Brookwood Drive to grant a variance that would allow Rohr to make wine on his R-1 zoned property.  They approved this measure by a 4-0 vote.  The Board, however, denied a variance to allow a "wine tasting room" in his basement.  The Brookwood Estates residents that came to the hearing were fairly evenly split on their opinions.

Suffield Township Website Passes 670,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of March 30, 2021, Suffield Township's website had 670,058 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 421.16 per day.  Thanks for taking a look at "suffieldtownshipohio.com".  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:  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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