12 things we liked this week, 1 we didn’t

12 things we liked this week, 1 we didn’t



We liked this week

Meriden Public Works Director Howard Weissberg said the Meriden Green flood control project “functioned exactly as planned” during Tuesday’s flash flooding along Pratt Street, but future work will further mitigate flooding in the area. Weissberg said the flooding on Pratt Street was caused when Harbor Brook water levels rose above the height of the culvert located downstream beneath the Cook Avenue Bridge. About 4.3 inches of rain fell in Meriden Tuesday, causing flooding and road closures on Pratt, Grove, Center and Summer streets. There were also a few calls for flooded basements and temporary road closures in Wallingford and Cheshire.

The Champagne family, longtime contributors to the Southington Apple Harvest Festival, will serve as grand marshals of the annual parade Sunday. The honorees include Jim Champagne, who served as the festival coordinator for 10 years until 2017; his daughter Tracey Bentz; and Jim’s wife, Rosemary Champagne, who died on Sept. 18.

A city teen, Jay Agli, who drowned while trying to save his sister last year in the Connecticut River, will be honored posthumously by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Agli, 17, was with friends at Haddam Meadows State Park in June 2017 when his sister, Kishana Rivera, and another girl were swept into the cold, rapidly moving current. Agli and another man dove into the river to save her but Agli, who couldn’t swim, never resurfaced. His body was recovered two days later by a state police dive team.

Southington expects more than $300,000 from the state for a reconfiguration of the Curtiss Street, Hart Street and Farmington Canal Heritage Trail intersection. Announcement of the money was a “pleasant surprise” to Public Works Director Keith Hayden, who said a previous grant application had been delayed due to the state’s financial problems. Work is almost entirely complete at the intersection.

The Wallingford Town Council reacted favorably Tuesday evening to a proposed renovation of the Community Pool property with an estimated price tag of $4.5 million to $6 million. Town officials have been considering the future of the 7.1-acre pool property because of growing maintenance cost and fluctuating yet overall declining pool attendance in recent years. The pool was last renovated about 20 years ago.

A new environmental report says Long Island Sound’s water quality is improving. The Long Island Sound Report Card 2018 released Monday by environmental groups includes 10 years of data and an assessment of how water quality is trending in each region of the Sound. In most regions, the water quality improved. The study grades areas based on oxygen levels, water clarity, the amount of phytoplankton in the water and levels of dissolved organic carbon.

State officials have unveiled a plan to strengthen Connecticut’s election cybersecurity infrastructure. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Monday said the new blueprint focuses on procuring additional voter equipment and upgrading local hardware security. The cost of the stepped-up efforts will be covered by a $5.1 million federal grant.

The Meriden City Council’s finance committee has approved bonding $1.8 million for renovations of the aged tracks and athletic fields at Platt and Maloney high schools. The project will cost a total of $4 million, but the city plans to use about $2.2 million left over from renovations at Platt and Maloney to offset the costs. The city is also expected to receive some reimbursement from the state, bringing the renovation’s total additional cost to about $1.5 million, officials said.

Runners took part last weekend in the fourth annual Strides Against Violence 5K at Hubbard Park in Meriden to benefit Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services. The event was held in memory of Loredana Nesci.

State legislative leaders announced a new, more detailed sexual harassment policy Friday after a survey found roughly half of respondents didn’t know how to file a complaint and more than one-fifth had experienced a hostile environment. The survey also found that 17.3 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that “sexual harassment is a pervasive problem” within the General Assembly.

In an effort to help local manufacturing companies bolster their ranks with top-notch job applicants, the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce held a manufacturing career fair at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre last weekend. Almost 200 job seekers networked with 20 local manufacturing firms seeking qualified job candidates.

The Meriden Police Department is celebrating its 150th anniversary with public events, a Policeman’s Ball and a display of historical artifacts by the Meriden Historical Society that will be open to the public on Sundays through October at the Andrews Homestead. When the department was founded, on Sept. 29, 1868, it started as a night watchmen group of four and has since evolved into a department with about 120 members. “To look back at our history to see what police work was back then to what it is today ... it’s pretty amazing,” said Police Chief Jeffry Cossette.

We didn’t like this week

Workers clearing the Mills Memorial Apartments in Meriden for demolition discovered more asbestos than expected, leading to an estimated cost increase of $110,311 so far, with city officials expecting additional costs. Workers started the $3 million demolition earlier this summer and plans call for all five buildings to be razed at once.


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