On Tuesday April 9th the Suffield Board of Trustees met before about eight people. Fire Chief Bob Rasnick gave his monthly report which outlined the 62 calls for service that the Fire Department had responded to in March. He said that this year's call totals is about the same as this time last year. He also reported that this coming Friday six of his Fire Explorers and three adult advisers will be going to Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual Fire Department Instructors Conference. Cost of the trip, which includes renting a van and hotel accommodations, is being paid from money earned at last fall's fundraiser. The Chief also said that the Suffield Fire Department and the Mogadore Fire Department pooled money in order to get six thermal imagers for the price of five. These imagers have come significantly down in cost over the years. The first one our department ha, which the manufacturer had loaned to the New York Fire Department just after the September 11th disaster, cost $14,700, while these new imagers were $542 each. The new ones are also much smaller than the older units.
On March 20th there was a statewide Tornado Alert Safety Drill. At that time the Code Red system that Suffield Township participates in was activated. About 5,000 phone numbers in Suffield were called to advise of the drill. The system recognized that only about 1,800 of the phones actually received the notification. Chief Rasnick said that there are a lot of phone numbers for persons in Suffield that still need to be added. He suggested, for those who have not yet registered for Code Red Weather Alerts, that they go to the Suffield Township website and click on the Code Red logo on the right side of the home page and sign up for the alerts. It is free and confidential. Remember that this alert system can be added to your home land line and to any cell phone.
Lori Calcei mentioned that the Portage County Board of Elections is in need of poll workers for the upcoming primary election. The caveat is that someone who wants to work at the polls needs to receive training beforehand. The last training date before the May 7th primary is April 19th. Call the Board of Elections at 330-297-3511 for further info.
In a move that made a lot of commonsense the trustees voted to remove an addendum to the Zoning Resolution that prohibited dangerous dogs. Since the township has no authority to enforce such a ban, the document, which was added to the Zoning Resolution on 2002, was removed. Dangerous dogs are handled by the Portage County Dog Warden. Trustee Jared Phillip asked for and received a purchase order in the amount of $1,500 to pay Hammond Tree & Associates for shooting elevations at Wingfoot Lake. He said that the actual cost would be between $800 and $1,500. The water level there is supposed to be no higher than 1147 feet above sea level according to a 1916 court case. Once the elevation is determined, three markers are planned to memorialize the level.
Road Department foreman Pete Einloth told the trustees of what his department has been doing and what they plan to do in the near future. Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth motioned that the trustees accept the report for the Suffield Township Tax Incentive Review Council. It was received unanimously. Eldreth also motioned that the trustees accept an annexation agreement with the Village of Mogadore for seven tenths of an acre in the old West Country Club property. This issue also passed. Eldreth postponed any discussion on the proposed new salt barn until trustee Tom Calcei could be there.
The next trustee meeting is on Tuesday April 23rd at 7:00 AM. The Zoning Commission will not meet on April 10th, but on Wednesday April 17th at 7:00 PM. No Board of Zoning Appeals are scheduled. These meetings will be at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road. The annual Suffield League Easter Egg Hunt is this coming Sunday April 14th at 1:00 PM at the Wingfoot Lake State Park. The event is for children twelve and under.