The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday March 26th at 7:00 AM before a crowd of five citizens.  Most the business discussed was mundane and of the routine nature.  Chairman Jeff Eldreth announced that the annual Township Clean-Up Day will be on Saturday April 20th from 8:00 AM until 12:00 AM.  It will be held at the township Road Department garage, which is on State Route 43 to the rear of the historic Town Hall.  The Portage County Solid Waste Management District has provided the township with rules on what will be accepted.  These rules are:

1.  A strict limit of 10 tires per vehicle will be accepted at the collection event.

2.  Passenger tires with rims will be accepted.

3.  Tractor tires, with rims, will be accepted.

4.  Cut (sheared) tires will NOT be accepted.

5.  Tires that are muddy of filled with dirt will NOT be accepted.

6.  Semi tires will NOT be accepted.

7.  We CANNOT accept heavy equipment tires or treads from mini excavators.

8.  We CANNOT accept chunks of rubber.

9.  We CANNOT accept inner tubes.

10. Tires will NOT be accepted from commercial businesses.

11. Batteries will be accepted.

12. Electronics will be accepted, however, NO TV's WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Fiscal Officer Lori Calcei reported that NOPEC has okayed two grants to Suffield Township for 2019.  One was for just shy of $19,000.  NOPEC has agreed that using this money to pay towards the new electronic sign would be appropriate.  The other grant for $1,500 is to be used for a community based event.  There is also $400 worth of leftover NOPEC grant money from 2018 that the township can use.  The trustees discussed some options on this.  Tom Calcei said that the Suffield League has decided not to have the annual Suffield Music Festival in 2019, but instead is considering a "community picnic" at Wingfoot Lake State Park.  This grant money could be used for that event.  Jeff Eldreth talked about a Christmas decorations competition in which residents would nominate and vote on the best decorated house.  A small portion of the NOPEC grant could money be used as prize money.  No decision on spending this grant money was made.

The new electronic sign is up and running.  Community based organizations are encouraged to advertise their events on BOTH the Suffield Township website and on the electronic sign.  Call Jeff Childers at 330-819-8905 to provide website information and call Shannon Eldreth at 330-807-0384 to provide information for the electronic sign.

Jeff Eldreth reported that the annual street sweeping has been completed.  Buckeye Sweeping was the contractor this year.  There was some discussion on the proposed new salt barn.  Jeff Eldreth hoped that the new salt barn would be about 54' by 40' and would hold about 900 tons of material.  Since that amount of salt is about twice the amount used annually, Eldreth said that he wanted a shed large enough to shelter both the salt and grit that the township uses.  Keeping the grit out of the weather will prevent it from freezing into chunks that won't go through the spreader apparatus.

The trustees next meet on Tuesday April 9th at 7:00 AM (this time is correct, meeting time was changed).  The Zoning Commission meets on Wednesday April 10th at 7:00 PM.  No Board of Zoning Appeals hearings are scheduled.

 

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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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