Brimfield Township, Portage County, Ohio
|Brimfield Township, Portage County, Ohio|
Interstate 76 passes through the wooded hills of Brimfield Township
Location within Ohio.
Location of Brimfield Township in Portage County with Brimfield CDP outlined in gray
|• Total||21.4 sq mi (55.3 km2)|
|• Land||20.5 sq mi (53.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)|
|Elevation||1,148 ft (350 m)|
|• Density||387.7/sq mi (149.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||44240, 44260, 44278, 44266|
|Area code(s)||330, 234|
|GNIS feature ID||1086823|
Located in the southwestern part of the county, it borders the following townships and cities:
- Franklin Township - north
- Kent - north
- Ravenna Township - northeast corner
- Rootstown Township - east
- Randolph Township - southeast corner
- Suffield Township - south
- Springfield Township, Summit County - southwest corner
- Tallmadge - west
- Stow - northwest corner
In addition, parts of two neighboring cities overflow into land that was once part of the township:
- Part of the city of Kent, in the north
- Part of the city of Tallmadge, in the west
Formed from Town 2, Range 9 of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Brimfield Township covers a total area of 21.4 sq mi.
Name and history
Named for the town of Brimfield, Massachusetts, it is the only Brimfield Township statewide. It was known by a succession of different names early in its existence, due mostly to the swampy land within its borders. It was known as Swamptown, Beartown, Greenbriar, and Wylestown, before town leaders agreed to name it "Thorndike" at the establishment of the township government in 1818 after Israel Thorndike, one of the original proprietors (along with John Wyles), who had agreed to donate land for a town square. Thorndike never followed through on his agreement, so residents petitioned to have the name changed to "Brimfield" in honor of John Wyles, Jr., who had inherited his father's land interests and at the time resided in Brimfield, Massachusetts.
The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer, who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Portage County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
- Brown, R.C; Norris, J.E. (1885, 1972 revision). History of Portage County Ohio. Chicago, Illinois: Warner, Beers, and Company. p. 405. Check date values in:
- §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.