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.