7 things to know in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, Cheshire



Things to know this week include affordable housing plans before two local boards, continued talks and possible action on a hotel proposed for the Plantsville section of Southington and a closed door discussion of the Meriden school superintendent’s contract.

Also in Meriden, the City Council will consider a resolution to make the Juneteenth federal holiday, commemorating the end of slavery, a paid holiday for city employees. 

Here’s our complete list of seven things to know as you start your week.

1. Juneteenth holiday, board appointments in Meriden

A resolution making the federal Juneteenth holiday a paid holiday for city employees comes before the Meriden City Council on Monday. That recognition “furthers the City Council’s commitment to inclusivity while acknowledging Meriden’s diverse population,” according to draft language of the resolution.

The council is also scheduled to take up Mayor Kevin Scarpati’s recommended appointments to three city boards — the Commission on Aging & Disabilities, the Meriden Linear Trails Advisory Board and the Parking and Transit Commission.

The meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., will be held in-person in the council chambers, and can be accessed online through the city’s website, meridenct.gov.

2. Affordable housing, parking lot, hotel in Southington

Southington planners are scheduled to consider an affordable housing plan, a municipal parking lot in Plantsville and a hotel proposal for West Street at a meeting Tuesday.

The Planning and Zoning Commission comissioned an affordable housing study and could vote on adopting it at the meeting.

The commission is also considering appliciations to build a 39-lot parking area in Plantsville downtown as well as a hotel on a long-vacant corner on West and West Main streets.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

3. Westfield Road, Kensington Ave. zone changes in Meriden

On Tuesday, the Meriden City Council’s Economic Development, Housing and Zoning Committee will meet in person in the council chambers at 5:30 p.m. That meeting can also be accessed by video conference through the city’s website. 

The agenda includes a hearing on Stephan Gashi’s requested zoning amendment to add a former convalescent home at 65 Westfield Road to the Adaptive Reuse Overlay Zone.

The hearing will also include discussion of another zone change reqest for 525 Kensington Ave., changing it from general commercial to a Planned Development District. A third item on the hearing’s agenda is discussion of the city’s affordable housing plan. 

4. Wallingford 350th Jubilee Parade 

The parade committee for the Wallingford 350th+2 Jubilee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the East Wallingford Fire Department on Kondracki Lane. The panel will discuss details including the order of the parade, signage, volunteers, floats, security, entertainment and more. 

5. Meriden school superintendent’s contract

The Board of Education is also scheduled to meet Tuesday, at 6 p.m., in the board’s meeting room at 22 Liberty St. According to a posted meeting agenda, the board will discuss its contract with Superintendent Mark D. Benigni during executive session. According to the current contract, the board is scheduled to vote on a new three-year agreement prior to July 1, 2022.

6. Cheshire schools ‘Next Generation Plan’

The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. in the Highland School Cafeteria, 490 Highland Avenue, to hear a presentation from School Superintendent Jeffrey Solan on the Cheshire Public Schools “Next Generation Plan.”

7. Zoning Board of Appeals in Wallingford

The Wallingford ZBA is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall Council Chambers, 45 South Main St. The agenda includes a variance request from Chick-Fil-A, 1098 North Colony Road



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