Early on a beautiful spring-like morning the Suffield Township Board of Trustees met to discuss business and pay the bills.  Also on hand was Becky Lehman and several others from the Portage County Health Department, pitching the upcoming countywide health levy and reminding the township that low interest loans for failing septic systems are available again this year.  Bob Rasnick, the Fire Chief, gave his report and all is well at the Fire Department.  He said that they had an unusually high volume of calls (75) in January.  They also had six training sessions and that he has applied for FEMA grants for a new pumper truck and firefighter turnout gear. 

Road Superintendent Scott McBroom also reported on road happenings.  Full-time road department employee Tim Fox has left the department, necessitating the search for a replacement. McBroom also said they had problems with water on the roadway in several locations, due largely to heavy rains and the warm temperature that quickly melted away the last snow falls.  This flooding occurred on Manning, Palm, Congress Lake  and Trares Roads.  

Adam Bey, Zoning Inspector, reported that the Zoning Commission was well on its way to rewriting the Suffield Township Land Use Manual.  As part of this procedure, input from the community is both requested and appreciated.  Beginning on March 1st, the township is looking for residents to complete a survey that will help the Zoning Commission to understand how the residents would like to see the community unfold in the next twenty year cycle.  An online survey will be up and running on Thursday March 1st.  A link to that site will posted on this website and well as several of the local newspapers.  For those who would prefer doing the survey the old-fashioned-way, copies of the survey will be available at the Fire Department or by contacting Adam Bey.  The duration of the surveying will be through the end of March.  The survey is quick and easy, only twenty multiple choice questions. 

Some discussion was had on the water level of Wingfoot Lake and how to get the railroad, the Wingfoot Lake State Park administration and the Portage County Health Department all on the same page, so that the water level of the lake is maintained in order to prevent flooding in the southwestern portion of the township.  Trustee Jared Phillip noted that this has been a yearly problem and seems to go away as summer arrives and people tend to forget the spring flooding.  He said that he helped to clear out a drainage ditch along Mishler Road, just south of Spring Valley Drive, but other work is necessary, and determining the level of the lake, and keeping it at an acceptable level is equally important to solving the yearly water problem.

The next trustee meeting will be on Tuesday March 13th at 8:00 PM in the Suffield Community Center, 1256 Waterloo Road.  The Zoning Commission meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday March 14th.  There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings scheduled.     

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BZA To Hold July 7th Hearing

The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Suffield Township Administration Building, July 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM. This hearing is to hear a request from Mark Lake to add an accessory building that exceeds allowable square footage on his property. The request is in a Residential District, at 1227 Martin Rd, Suffield Ohio. This request requires approval of the Board of Zoning Appeals, per Sec. 30.2.K.

In response to the Governor’s Executive order, members of the community will be prohibited from physically attending the July 7, 2020 hearing of the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals. The Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals has opted to broadcast this meeting via Microsoft Team Virtual Meeting.

Physical attendance for this meeting will be restricted to members of the appeals board, the Zoning Inspector, the Appeals Board Secretary, 1 trustee, the court reporter and the applicant. If you would like to attend this hearing through Microsoft Team, please send your email address to suffieldtownship@yahoo.com and an invitation to the hearing will be sent to you.

For more information, please call Lori Calcei at 330-819-6947.

All interested parties are invited to attend this hearing through Microsoft Team Virtual Meeting.

 

Trustee Meetings Are Indefinitely Closed To The Public, But Will Be Aired On Facebook

Effective with the trustee meeting set for Tuesday March 24th at 7:00 AM, the trustee meetings will be closed to the public.  They will be streamed live on the township's Facebook page, which is https://www.facebook.com/Suffield-Township-779053555578841/.  This is in response to the corona-virus crisis and in particular to the order by Governor Mike DeWine to limit public gatherings to ten persons or less.

Annual Township Clean-Up Day Canceled For 2020

The Portage County Solid Waste Management District and the Suffield Township Board of Trustees announced that the annual "Clean-Up" Day for 2020 has been canceled.  You can bet that the COVID-19 coronavirus played a major part in this decision, but trustee Jared Phillip speculated that the Solid Waste District has been considering doing away with the collection of old tires as another likely reason.  Regardless, these governmental agencies are hoping to have a "Clean-Up" Day in 2021.

 

Saint Joseph's Cancels Annual Festival

The annual Saint Joseph's Festival has been canceled for 2020.

 

Suffield Township Historical Society Cancels All Events Until Further Notice

In accordance with Governor DeWine's decree to cancel all meetings, the Suffield Township Historical Society has canceled all future meetings until Governor DeWine lifts this ban. We will advise when future meetings are scheduled.    Thank you for your past support and please keep safe during this trying time.   For more information please contact Elizabeth Vence at 330-354-3625.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Okays Conditional Use Permit

Kyle Conrad came to the Suffield Township Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday April 21st and asked for a conditional use permit to allow a tenant to use his building at 1137 State Route 43 as a Electrical Supply business.  The Board limited itself to three members due to the Covid-9 corona-virus and voted 3-0 to allow the conditional use. 

 

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 550,000 Visitors Since April 1, 2015

As of July 3, 2020, Suffield Township's website had 550,136 visitors since April 1, 2015.  Since the "new" website was adopted, the daily viewership has risen from about 40 per day to over 302.73 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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