8 things to know in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire

8 things to know in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire

Things to know this week include local elections in all our towns, a review of plans for the golf course banquet facility in Meriden and a fire department anniversary in Meriden.

Voters in Southington will decide whether to purchase the John Weichsel Municipal Center building on North Main Street or continue leasing the facility. 

Meanwhile in Cheshire, the symphony orchestra opens its 33rd season on Friday.

Here’s the full list of 8 things to know this week:

1. Election Day is Tuesday to decide municipal office holders

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Tuesday municipal elections. For more information on the races in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire, as well as sample ballots and a list of polling places, check out our voter guide by following the link on our home page. 

2. Designs for Meriden golf course banquet facility

A committee overseeing designs of a proposed banquet facility at Hunter Golf Course will present schematics recently submitted to the committee by an architectural firm. 

The Meriden Banquet Facility Committee will present designs for the facility, expected to cost between $1.3 million and $1.5 million, at the meeting, and also give members of the public a chance to weigh in. The meeting will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of City Hall, 142 E. Main St.  

3.Referendum on municipal office building in Southington

Voters will vote to fill a host of town offices on Tuesday as well as decide whether to buy a building currently leased by the town for municipal offices.

The Town Council currently has a Democratic majority while other boards and commissions are held by Republicans.

Town officials of both parties support buying the John Weichsel Municipal Center on North Main Street which has been leased for the past decade. The purchase from town reserve funds would save leasing costs according to town leaders.

The purchase is the only referendum question on this year’s ballot.

4.Fire department anniversary in Meriden

The Fire Department, specifically Engine Company 3, will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a community event Saturday. The event will be held at Fire Station 3, 561 Broad St., which is the department’s headquarters and houses Engine Company 3.  Between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, the public can stop by to “to tour the firehouse, see the apparatus and take a look at an important part of Meriden’s rich history,” a press release said. 

“This fire station is the oldest active firehouse in the state of Connecticut and retains much of its original charm,” the release said. 

At 2 p.m., the department will dedicate a plaque to the seven individuals that have given their lives in service to the city. The plaque dedication will include guest speakers.

5.BOE instructional committee in Wallingford

The Wallingford Board of Education’s instructional committee is slated to discuss 2019-2020 school and development plans for grades 6-12 in humanities and global awareness, and a proposed revision of the school district regulation on homeless students. The board is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at WPS central offices, 100 S. Turnpike Road.

6.Wallingford sewer rates

The Wallingford Sewer Division is slated to hold a workshop to discuss a draft financial forecast, retail cost of service and retail rates for the Sewer Division. The special meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Wallingford Water and Sewer Divisions offices, 377 S. Cherry St.

7.Wood carving in Cheshire

Local wood carver Steve Durkee still demonstrate how blocks of wood become finished carvings depicting birds in motion, perched on branches and more during a an event Wednesday night at the Cheshire Public Library.

The free event, sponsored by the Cheshire Art League, runs from 6 p.m. To 8:15 p.m.

According to CAL, Durkee will show off finished carvings, including his collection of song birds, shore birds and more, and review the stages from cutting to carving, including carving out small features, like feather markings and eyes.

8.Classical concert by Cheshire symphony

On Friday, the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra will open its 33rd season with a concert at St. Peter's Church on Main Street, performing selections by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Mozart and Antonin Dvorak.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. More information can be found on the symphony's website: www.cheshiresymphonyorchestra.org.