The Suffield Township Board of Trustees met on Tuesday July 13th.  The meeting was dominated by a long discussion on some re-alignment staffing issues at the Fire Department, but other issues were also discussed. 

The Fiscal Officer said that the Portage County Land Bank has taken possession of the old church on Waterloo Road.  Complaints were received about the new trash hauling business, Zehnder Disposal, LLC.  The complaints from a neighbor were concerning an influx of mice and/or rats at the company's garage.  Seventy-fifth State Representative Gail Pavliga stopped by the meeting for an informal chat. 

The trustees agreed to spend $4,150 to have the interior of the historic Town Hall painted by Barto Decorating.  They also approved an amendment to the recycling contract between the township and the Portage County Solid Waste District to increase the monthly fee for each resident to $5.50. 

Fire Chief Bob Rasnick made a passionate appeal for the trustees to allow him to begin the arduous process of increasing the number of full time firemen from one (the chief) to seven.  Initially the Fire Department would go to a configuration of having three full time paramedics.  Currently they have no full time paramedics.  The three paramedics would work one 24 hour shift, then have 48 hours off and then repeat this process.  The men or women filling these three positions would be hired at the Chief's discretion after interviews with the command staff officers.  The new full time paramedics could come from within the existing cadre of personnel or hired from outside of the department.  The goal is to have six full time paramedics on the department, with two paramedics woring on each 24-hour shift.  The plan does not increase the actual number of employees, just their assignments.  The trustees and Rasnick agreed that a very large percentage of the Fire Department's calls for service involve paramedic issues.  The trustees asked Rasnick to come back in the middle of August with a more detailed plan.

The trustees meet next on Thursday July 22nd at 7:00 AM.  The Zoning Commission is skipping their regular meeting in July and meeting on Wednesday August 11th at 7:00 PM.  A Board of Zoning Appeals hearing is scheduled for Thursday July 20th at 8:00 PM. 

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Fire Department To Hold Open House

The Suffield Township Fire Department will hold its annual Open House on Sunday October 10th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.  Come out and meet your neighbors and members of your local Fire Department.

 

Field Is Blasted 48-0 At Cloverleaf, Mogadore Welcomes St. Thomas Aquinas To The Portage County League, Whipping the Knights 41-7

In week number five,the four high schools that have some of their district in Suffield finally played all their games without succumbing to the Covid-19 game stopper.  Mogadore (4-1) hosted the St. Thomas Aquinas Knights (0-5) of Louisville and beat them 41-7.  It was the Knights first game in the newly formed league.  Field (0-4) went to Lodi to play the Cloverleaf Colts (2-2) and was blasted 48-0.  Springfield (1-3) lost 50-8 at Coventry (1-4) and the Hartville Lake Blue Streaks (4-0) kept the once powerful Louisville Leopards (0-5) winless by beating them 38-7. 

Next week on Friday September 24th, Springfield (1-3) hosts your Field Falcons (0-4) in what may be the Falcons best chance for a win this season.  Mogadore (4-1) travels to Warren John F. Kennedy (3-1), and in a battle of undefeateds, the Jackson Polar Bears (5-0) come to play Hartville Lake (4-0) in a Federal League game that will figure big in league standings.  

Historical Society Looking For Old Field High Yearbooks

The Suffield Township Historical Society is hoping to complete their collection of old Field High School, and old countywide yearbooks.  These were originally known as "Speedometers".  Needed are books from the following years: 1916, 1917, 1918, 1923, 1924, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965.  Call or e-mail Elizabeth Vence at 330-354-3625 or "suffieldtwphistory@gmail.com" to donate old books or to learn more.

 

Crafts Bazaar Slated For Saturday November 20th

The annual Crafts Bazaar at the Suffield United Church of Christ is set for Saturday November 20th.   The church is located at 1115 State Route 43.  For more information, call 333-699-4342.

 

Card Bingo Returns On Sunday Evenings

After a log absence, the very popular "Card Bingo" will make its return to Suffield Township on Sunday July 11th.  The games will be played at the Suffield Community Room at 1256 Waterloo Road.  Doors will open a little before 6:00 PM and the games begin at 6:00 PM.  Bring your neighbors and a couple dollars in change and enjoy the evening. 

 

BZA Grants Two Variances

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals met on Tuesday September 7th to consider two separate variance requests.  Doug and Jill Dickey of 350 Garner Drive asked that they be allowed to build an eight foot tall privacy fence along their side property line. The Zoning Resolutions allow a six foot maximum height.  No one opposed the request.  Board member Brian Cheshire motioned that the variance request be approved.  Bryon Wine seconded the motion and it passed 5-0.  The second hearing was much more contentious.  Mark Wake of 1227 Martin Road asked a variance to be allowed to add a third accessory building on his property.  This third building would violate the Zoning Resolutions as only two accessory buildings are permitted and the total square footage of the three buildings would exceed the amount allowed for a lot the size owned by Mr. Wake.  Brian Cheshire motioned that the variance be permitted with the condition that no more than two animals be housed in the new structure.  The motion carried by a 3-2 vote.

 

Suffield Township Website Passes 765,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of September 21, 2021, Suffield Township's website had 765,082 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 479.40 per day (thirty day moving average).  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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