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He also asked that the trustees hire Benjamin Humphrey. The trustees hired Humphrey and subjected him to the usual one year probationary period. The trustees also discussed Christmas lighting around the historic Town Hall and decided on using Greensmen, Inc for the job.

The lights are to be up and on by Thanksgiving and will be on through the first of the year. Other residents could then check the list to see the locations and several township officials would then judge the decorated houses. This list of locations will likely be added to this website. There will be gift cards, in amounts yet to be determined, for the winners. Tomorrow night the Zoning Commission will have a public hearing. The Commission is proposing to allow larger accessory buildings on smaller lots. The majority of hearings before the Board of Zoning Appeals in the past several years has been for residents who ask to build larger accessory buildings than the Resolutions currently allow.

Following the hearing the Zoning Commission will continue with their regular business meeting. Another important announcement was made at the trustee meeting.

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Township residents will again be allowed to dump their leaves at Etter Road. Several reminders must be made. The Road Department will also be on hand to display their equipment and to allow children to sign their names on the snow plows. And, of course, there will be a cloud of dust when the Medivac helicopter stops by.

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Mark your calendars for two events this Halloween season. There will be a lot of activities packed into those four hours. The trustees next meet on Tuesday October 22nd at AM.

There are no hearings scheduled for the Board of Zoning Appeals. Adv ertise yourself, your business or where you work by sending us your business card. We will put it in the section above on the title bar that is entitled "Business Cards". There is no cost to you, and the card will remain there until you ask that it be taken down, or when you ask us to replace an old card with a new, more up-to-date card.

You can e-mail the card to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth asked for a purchase order to pay for road striping.

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All three trustees voted to expend this money. Trustee Jared Phillip said he had had an inquiry into the property at Waterloo Road. This is a property on which the township had demolished a delinquent house several years ago. All agreed that the township has no further legal interest in the property and the person wanting to purchase it needs to contact the property owner, who appears to be current in their property taxes. Zoning inspector Adam Bey told the trustees that the Zoning Commission has revised the allowable square footage for accessory buildings and will be holding the necessary hearings on the matter.

The Commission wants to hold off on printing the new Zoning Resolution books until this new matter can be included in the book. According to Bey, requests for variances on accessory building sizes is the most prevalent matter coming before the Board of Zoning Appeals in the past year. It should be noted that these suggested changes will not become effective until the entire hearing process is completed. Due to time requirements in each step of the procedure, the soonest the changes will become effective is probably January or February of The trustees also talked briefly about the Christmas lighting for the Town Hall.

Trustee Tom Calcei said that the cost of lighting has gone up. The trustees postponed any further discussion until other lighting contractors could be approached. The trustees next meet on Tuesday October 8th at PM. A public hearing on zoning resolution changes will start the meeting, followed by regular zoning business.

There are no Board of Zoning Appeals hearings scheduled. All are welcome to attend. Most of the meeting was purely perfunctory in nature. Trustee Tom Calcei read the Fire Department's monthly report. August totals included 71 total calls for service. The Chief also asked that the trustees allow him to hire three new firefighters.

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They will be required to serve the normal one year probationary period. Trustee chairman Jeff Eldreth said that the Road Department has completed the chip and seal program for this year and that the roads will be striped very soon. He also reminded the other trustees that Halloween is near. They voted to keep Trick or Treat times the same as in the past.

Bill Steiner from the Portage County Solid Waste Management was on hand to speak about the potential upcoming contract between Suffield Township and his agency.

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His talk hinted that a modest increase in fees would be likely in order to maintain services that are now provided. He blames foreign markets for this increase in costs. Steiner also suggested that part of the problem in costs is that too high of a percentage of users are putting non-recyclable materials in their recycle carts.

Oddly enough, Steiner could not provided an estimate on how many Suffield residents used his recycle services. He also mentioned that it is okay to leave the caps on bottles, which is directly opposite of what the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

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He said that how Portage County recycles is quite different that how Summit County does it. The trustees meet again at AM on Tuesday September 24th. No Board of Zoning Appeals hearings are scheduled. This is a yearly grant that must be used for safety equipment. Chairman Jeff Eldreth motioned that the Suffield Township Historical Society be allowed to mount a four foot by eight foot sign on the south side of the museum.

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Tom Calcei seconded the motion, which passed by a vote. He also was happy to report that Michael Morrison has been re-instated to the Fire Department with no probation. Morrison had resigned in July to work full time at another department, but now finds it possible to also work part time here.

They will serve a one year probationary period. They have no fire cards, but are enrolling in the fire school later this year. Jeff Eldreth said that a lot of Suffield Township residents showed animals at the Randolph Portage County Fair last week, and many came home with first place ribbons. He congratulated them on their achievement. These senior banners are not of old folks, but rather seniors at Field High School.

There are forty banners to be hung. John Yeargin said that the Dollar General store on State Route 43, just south of the Road Department garage, has been open for about two weeks, but will have their official grand opening on Saturday August 31st. We will post more details as they become available.