County roundup: Randolph praises township storm response, plus Suffield, Mogadore, Atwater and Brimfield updates

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Township Trustee Sue White said the road crew and fire department did an outstanding job with the storm and all the electrical difficulties it brought.

“Nick Reynolds, one of our trustees, is also a fireman,” White said, “and he had to sit in a truck with another volunteer fireman for six hours because there were no signs, everybody was out of signs. Nick and the other fireman had to let people know not to go on the roads with the wires down and stuff. People don’t realize how much work the road crews and fire department do. They do an amazing job. We’re appreciative of that.” 


Some generators were installed in the community buildings.

“With all of the electrical issues and everything,” White said, “if there’s an emergency and some of our residents who are on oxygen might need to plug in somewhere, we’d have somewhere for them to plug in.”


A Randolph resident was quite upset when she went to the Randolph Recycling Center at 3596 Waterloo Rd. and found a recliner and a mattress in one of the bins. The recycle bins are for plastic and cardboard, not for trash.

“I explained to the woman in an email that rules are to keep honest people honest and townships have only so much power,” White said. “The one thing our county does do a nice job with is the recycling center. They do send trucks around to make sure that items are not being contaminated, and our road crew cleans that area up every day, so it looks really nice. They’re doing a nice job. We do have cameras, so even if people think they’re getting away with things, they’re not. People are watching.”


The township wants to install restrooms and a pavilion at the middle school park.

“Township Trustee John Lampe has been working with an architect, trying to get drawings,” White said, “but the architect keeps having computer issues, and we’re not getting it as fast as we want.”


The gazebo in the center of town has been torn down. A new gazebo will be built.

“Because of not having electrical due to tearing down the gazebo,” White said, “the sign next to the gazebo will be off until we can get the new electrical run with the new gazebo.”


The Randolph Fire Department hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 2. The event was quite a success. Besides the Easter Bunny making an appearance, there were fire truck rides and prizes for every age group.

“There were a ton of kids there,” White said. “It was quite nice, it’s a pretty big doing.”


The township accepted the bid from 4 Guys for a brand-new fire truck.

“Some of the money is going to come out of one fund, and we’ll probably have to get a loan for the difference,” township Chair Jeff Eldreth said. “The truck probably won’t be done for two or three years, so we have time.”


The Suffield League held its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 10 and under April 2 at Wingfoot Lake State Park.

“We gave out 225 bags of candy, so it was a very successful event,” township Trustee/Suffield League member Tom Calcei said. “We put a bunch of eggs out in the field, and the kids found them and traded them in for candy. The kids had their picture taken with both the Easter Bunny and live bunnies they also played with.”


The Suffield Lions Club will have its annual carnation sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 13 at Town Hall.


Village council passed a resolution authorizing the village clerk/treasurer to advertise for bids to fix the water lines and sanitary sewer lines and to replace the infrastructure of the roads for Dick Street and Fenton Avenue. The village received an approximately $1 million grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission that will pay for about half of the work.

“We foresee the work starting in the fall and being done by June 2024,” Mayor Mike Rick said.


Village council passed a resolution authorizing the repaving of Mogadore Road and Randolph Road from Gilchrist Road to Martin Road. The village received an $800,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation that will pay for 80% of the job.


There will be pavement repairs and chip-and-seal repairs that could start today. Geauga Highway Paving won the bid for the job.


The Testa Company has owned the old West’s Mogadore Country Club property on North Cleveland Avenue for eight years. Testa is planning on building houses and townhouses there. A planning and zoning commission meeting, open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at the Russell Pry Community Center. The topic will be Testa’s filing of its final preliminary plan for the development, and that the company also filed to get its Phase I of the project started.


The township passed a noise ordinance due to some complaints about loud partying at night. Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. for allotment areas.

“Without that resolution, whenever the sheriff was called they couldn’t really do anything because we didn’t have a noise ordinance. Now we do,” township Chair John Kovacich said.


A resolution was passed by the township to get ODOT salt bids for next winter, and the chip-and-seal bids will be going to the engineer’s office possibly this week.


The township held its second annual community breakfast April 2 at Town Hall.

“We like to do that for the people of the community so they can get to know the trustees,” Kovacich said. “We had about 60-70 people attend.”


The annual Township Cleanup Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Community Center at Lions Community Park, located at 4484 Edson Rd.

“Residents can bring trash that they can put in a big dumpster,” township Trustee Nic Coia said. “We won’t accept wet paint, tires and things such as fluorescent light bulbs and batteries, things with asbestos and biohazards.”


The township’s annual Touch-a-Truck event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, the day before Father’s Day, at Lions Community Park.

“It’s a big event,” Coia said. “We bring out all of the township vehicles like school buses, trash trucks and military equipment. The SWAT team brings in some of its armored personnel vehicles. Children can climb inside and touch all of the vehicles, we usually have some craft events, and there will be food trucks. It’s a place for dads to bring their kids to hang out. There is no fee to participate.”


The parks and recreation department will hold an animal walk through the woods at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 19 at Cranberry Creek. Parks and Recreation Director Cassie Weyer will lead the hike. There is no fee to participate.

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