Brimfield Township, Portage County, Ohio

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Brimfield Township is one of the eighteen townships of Portage County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 7,963 people in the township.[3]

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Geography

Located in the southwestern part of the county, it borders the following townships and cities:

The census-designated place of Brimfield is located in the center of the township.

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.[4]

Government

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,[5] 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.

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