The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met before nine people on Tuesday January 12th. The evening meeting featured the fire chief's monthly and yearly reports. Chief Rasnick said that December' calls for service totaled 86, which was higher than usual. The calls for service in the year 2020 set a record for calls, with the Fire Department responding to 862 calls. EMS response calls weighed in at 71% of the total. Rasnick said that the Fire Department has purchased a UVC light, which will help to eliminate germs and viruses from their ambulances. New phones were discussed and the trustees decided to switch from AT&T to Spectrum. The subject of getting internet service to the Road Department also merited some talk, and ultimately, it was decided that a "hard wire" connection would be made from the Historical Society Museum to the Road Department office. Chief Rasnick also asked the trustees for permission to look into getting a new chassis for a 27-year-old truck. The stainless steel body is still very serviceable and does not need to be replaced, but the cab and the under chassis does. Lori Calcei, fiscal officer, said the township has money set aside for this sort of matter. To re-chassis the fire truck will be in the $250,000 range.
Jeff Eldreth motioned for the trustees to accept and set aside the money ($1,500) that NOPEC is willing to grant us for 2021. This money is to be used for community events. Some discussion was had on signs that are in the township right-of-way, specifically those nailed to utility poles.
The trustees next meet on Tuesday January 26th at 7:00 AM for a regular meeting. Later that same day the trustees will hold the postponed Zoning Resolution Change hearing at 7:00 PM. The only change to be considered pertains to "temporary permits" for things such as food trucks, etc. The Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday January 13th at 7:00 PM. They hold their own re-organizational meeting, immediately followed by their regular monthly meeting. No Board of Zoning Appeals hearings have been set. As usual, all meetings are open to the public and are subject to social distancing. All meetings listed are in the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.