The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday June 28th.  Actually, they met twice.  Once for some review and revision of the township's "Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual", and then for the regular semi-monthly meeting.  A number if issues were discussed, but it was the recycling issue that drew the most attention from the twelve residents in attendance.

Recycle Poll Card 06 30 2016 A.JPG DTrustee Jeff Eldreth mentioned that the Portage County Solid Waste Management had sent out mailings on the recyle issue to all Suffield residences.  Included was a card (see photo on the left) that allowed the resident to "vote" on whether they would like to go to curbside recycling or keep things as they are now.  If you have not received a card, contact Dawn McIntyre at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Eldreth mentioned that in Rootstown, a similar poll was conducted and about 1,200 of the 8,000 residents responded.  In Suffield there are about 6,311 residents, who live in about 2,400 residences.  The cards will be counted at the Portage County Solid Waste Management facility in Brimfield and Eldreth said that he would be there watching the count.  No date has been set for calculating the results.  Trustee Dave Vartenuk suggested that a public hearing on the matter would likely be needed before the trustees made a final decision.  It should be noted that there are plenty of questions that need to be answered.  

In other matters, three residences will be getting a visit from the Zoning Inspector Adam Bey in the very near future.  The houses at 1535 Whitehall Drive, 1560 Carriage House Drive and 1470 North Polen Avenue have yards in which the grass has been left unattended for the entire year.  Initally, these houses will receive a written notice to mow the lawn within  seven days, or the township have it mowed at the owners expense.  The trustees established a minimum cost of $500 per mowing.  This was not the first time that the house on Carriage House Drive has been mentioned.  For several years the neighbors have complained about it.  Construction of the house began in the middle 1990's and soon thereafter stalled.  Over the years the neighbors have had to look at an unfinished house and a lawn that was typically mowed once a year.  Two years ago, the township began the arduous process of condemning the property and attempting to have the house demolished, but various court actions by the original owner, and now the bank that foreclosed on the property, have slowed the process.  The house on North Polen Avenue likewise has been an eyesore several times over the past years.  One of the problems there is determining the owners name and address.

Fire Chief Robert Rasnick attended the trustees meetings.  He asked that the trustees allow appointment of Christopher Dinkins as a new firefighter.  Dinkins has previously been a Suffield Fire Department employee in 2013 & 2014, but had to give up his position here when he hired on as a full-time fireman in Akron.  Rules there prohibited him from working part-time elsewhere during his probationary period, which is now over.  He will work here as a probationary employee for his first year.  The Chief also asked the trustees for up to $6,800 to buy a new "Jaws of Life" hydraulic metal cutter".  This new cutter will exert up to 200,000 pounds of pressure when cutting metals.  Previously, Chief Rasnick had learned at a conference in Indianapolis that the newer cars have metal framework that our current "Jaws of Life" devices will not cut.

The water level of Wingfoot Lake was discussed and it was decided that trustee Eldreth would attempt to learn the actual water level.  The old Trellborg property came up again and court documents were presented by Trustee Chairman Tom Calcei that show the State of Ohio Attorney General's Enviromental Enforcement Section has begun litigation against the owner of the property, Howard J. TrickettIMG 0203Another truck (see photo on left) got stuck on Shaffer Road at Waterloo Road last week.  The trustees discussed possible solutions to prevent this somewhat common occurrence.

The trustees will meet again on July 12th at 7:00 PM for a 2017 budget hearing, followed at 8:00 PM for the regular trustees session.  On Thursday July 7th at 8:00 PM, the Board of Zoning Appeals will hear from Gary R. McFarland of 1738 Meander Way about an accessory building that he'd like to build, but his plans call for it to be closer to the lot line and 28 square feet larger than zoning rules allow.  The Zoning Commission also meets, but not on its usual time.  The have moved the meeting to Wednesday July 20th at 7:00 PM.      

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Zoning Hearing Postponed Until January 26th

The Suffield Township Board of Trustees have postponed their public hearing on Zoning Resolution changes from January 12 to January 26th.  The meeting will convene at 7:00 PM in the Suffield Community Room.


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!


Suffield Township Website Passes 635,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of January 15, 2021, Suffield Township's website had 635,252 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 391.36 per day.  Thanks for taking a look at "".  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:

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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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