The Suffield Township Board of Trustees had another two for one meeting day.  They met on Tuesday February 11th and during the first meeting okayed a resolution allowing a 13 acre parcel at 863 State Route 43 to be rezoned from Industrial to Residential.  The Zoning Commission had approved the measure, if only reluctantly, and forwarded it to the Board of Trustees, who voted 3-0 to allow the change.  The property owner has already subdivided the land into four lots and houses will be built in all likelihood this summer.

The regular Trustee meeting followed and much was discussed.  Fire Chief Bob Rasnick said that the Fire Department had handled 71 calls for service in January and that the staff participated in five continuing education classes.  He also asked for and received the trustee's blessing to apply for several grants.  Rasnick said that he hoped to get money from four separate grants.   The Chief also said that Dean Chinrock and Road Department superintendent Pete Einloth had been working with the newer firefighters in order that  they learn the township and routes to the various facilities that they might have to go to.  Trustee Jared Phillip said that the dam work at Wingfoot Lake has been completed and that ODNR is now refilling the lake to its normal levels.  He said that there is some renewed interest in the purchase of the old Suffield United Christian Church on Waterloo Road. 

Lori Calcei said that the Board of Elections is looking for pollworkers (see the article below), and that the U.S. Census Bureau is also looking for workers to conduct the 2020 Census.  Tom Calcei said that the first annual Chili Cook Off held this past weekend at Lions Park was a huge success and that plans are already in motion for next year's event.  The proceeds from this year's event were donated to the Suffield,Randolph & Atwater Food Shelf.  Calcei also mentioned that the Memorial Day Parade is changing the starting times.  The memorial service in front of the historic Town Hall will begin at 9:00 AM and the parade will step off at 10:00 AM. 

Trustee Chairman Jeff Eldreth asked for $6000 to hire H. Luli Construction Company to put in one culvert and two catch basins at Arehart Drive and Bixler Road.  He explained that the depth of this project will reach about twelve feet and proper boxing is necessary to do the job in a safe manner.  The trustees voted 3-0 to issue the purchase order.  The trustees also talked about the house at 1560 Carriage House Lane that was the source of so many complaints for years and years.  A resident came to the meeting and complained that the new owners have allowed their building permit to expire and that the renovation of the house seems to have come to a stop.  Jeff Eldreth said he'll look into the situation.  Howard Coomer complained that the residence at 387 Waterloo Road has become an eyesore with junk and junk cars, and he believes the place is being used as a business.  Trustee Jared Phillip said he's look into that situation.  The trustees also talked about the new salt shed that is getting closer to reality each day.  They talked about purchasing a new pickup truck for Road Department use.  The new truck would allow the road workers to use the department's twenty-year-old one ton dump less, in hopes of making it last a little longer.  Estimated costs for a new completely outfitted dump truck is in the $150,000 range.  A new pickup, on the other hand, is in the $35,000 range.

Long time, no see.  In the crowd of ten were old friends Bernie Trares and Ed Vincent.  Welcome back!

The trustees next meet on on Tuesday February 25th at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday February 19th at 7:00 PM.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings on the calendar.  All meetings are at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  All are welcome.

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Girls Basketball

Falcons End Season With OT Loss To Triway, Mogadore Girls End Season With Loss

The Field girls opened the OHSAA tournament with Triway on Saturday February 15th and came away losers by a 39-38 score in overtime.  Not much seemed to go right for the Falcons, who played their second game without the vacationing Sydney Kline. Cassie Spaite got the start and did hit two three pointers that were sorely needed.  Maria Sziva scored 22 points, but shot about a million times to do so.  She was 11 of 14 at the free throw line.  Field closes out the season at 13-10, while Triway moves on with a 9-14 record.      

Mogadore (7-16) had some ups and downs this year.  Last year they won two games, this year they won seven and had several games in which a basket here, or a basket there might have produced more wins.  They surprised many by getting a home tournament game, but there is where the magic ended.  On Wednesday February 19th Jeromesville-Hillsdale came to town and managed to end the Wildcats year by a 42-39 score.  The game was tight throughout, as one might expect from a number 8 and number 9 seed, thus the game wasn't really decided until the last two minutes when some sloppy play by both teams dictated the outcome.  Hope Murphy, Mogadore's only senior, finished her career with a 14 point effort, while junior Sami Karasek got 10 points, including 6 for 6 from the charity stripe. 

 

Boys Basketball

Gilmour Academy Ends Field Boys Year 73-30, Lake Center Edges Mogadore 81-78

The Field Falcons (3-20) opened and closed their OHSAA tournament run on Tuesday February 25th by losing 73-30 to Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills.  Well no one really expected that the Falcons could beat Gilmour, who was seeded #4 in the Stow District bracket, but most hoped for a little closer game.  The loss ends Field's season with their 20th loss against three wins.  On the bright side, the Falcons graduate just two seniors, Nevada Lowden and Mason Campanelli.  So as the fans look to next year for better results, these same fans will hope that the returning lettermen and JV's will work hard during the off season.  The fans will also wonder if the coaching staff will be back, or will Field have to endure another one-and-done season for Ben Swinerton, Cliff Gulley and Mariah Siedler?  Go Falcons! 

Mogadore's (18-4) 10 game win streak came to an end at home on Friday February 21st when the Tigers of Lake Center Christian School went home with a hard fought 81-78 win.  Mogadore jumped out to a 19 point first quarter lead and must have felt they had things in hand, BUT, LCCS simply outplayed the Wildcats for the next three quarters.  Lukas Swartz led the Wildcats with 25 points, but he struggled from deep.  Dylan Jones and Aaron Morris had 12 each and Nate Stephenson dropped in 11.  The biggest play was an odd technical foul on Morris late in the fourth quarter that greatly helped LCCS to maintain their momentum.  The Wildcats open OHSAA tournament action on Friday February 28th at home at 7:00 PM against Rittman, who beat Cuyahoga Heights 56-42 in the opening round.

The boys OHSAA tournament drawings were held on February 9th and the Field Falcons were the #13 seed in the Stow Division II District.  They will open the tourney at #4 seeded Gilmour Academy on Tuesday February 25th at 7:00 PM.   Mogadore drew the #2 seed in the Norton Division IV District and will open with a home game against the winner of the Rittman (#7 Seed) and Cuyahoga Heights (#10 seed) game.  Mogadore's game will be on Friday February 28th at 7:00 PM.

 

Trustees Name Bryon Wine To Tax Incentive Review Council

A longtime figure in Suffield Township politics, Paul Young, recently moved from the township to Hartville and has resigned his seat on the Tax Incentive Review Council.  The Suffield Township Board of Trustees on January 14th appointed Bryon Wine to fill Young's vacant seat.  The TIRC meets yearly, or as needed, to review tax abatements that have been negotiated between a business and the Portage County Board of Commissioners.  

 

BZA Elects Andy Grow Chairman For 2020

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday January 21st  for their annual Re-organizational Meeting and elected new officers for 2020.  Taking some sound advice from long-time member Don Monroe, the BZA elected Andy Grow as chairman and Vickie Vincent as vice chairman.  A hearing on property located at 1205 Martin Road followed with the Board granting a variance to Gerald Altizer, allowing him to purchase property from his neighbor and combine it with his lot, thus creating one larger parcel.  The BZA voted 5-0 in favor of this matter.

Zoning Commission Re-Organizes For 2020

The Suffield Township Zoning Commission met on Wednesday January 8th for their regular monthly meeting and for their annual Re-Organizational meeting.  The Commission elected John Yeargin as its Chairman and Jim Lutz as their Vice Chairman.

 

License Plate Renewals

When buying new license plates, or renewing them, be sure the registrar at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles knows that you live in Suffield Township.  If you simply state your address as Mogadore, the road tax funds, which should go to Suffield Township, will go to Mogadore Village, due to your zip code.  Keep your tax money in the township!

 

Suffield Township Website Passes 490,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of February 25, 2020, Suffield Township's website had 490,194 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 736.23 per day.  Thanks for taking a look at "suffieldtownshipohio.com".  Tell your friends about us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wingfoot Lake State Park

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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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