6 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire

6 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire



Things to know this week include two Republican primaries in local House districts, in addition to Tuesday’s statewide presidential primary.

Meanwhile, the Planning Commission in Meriden will consider a request for a downtown package store and the Town Council could vote on the future of the Columbus statue outside the Municipal Center.

In Wallingford, the Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold three public hearings on special permit requests.

Here’s the complete list of 6 things to know this week.

1.Republican primary in Meriden-Middlefield district

A Republican primary will be held in the 82nd House District Tuesday. Middlefield resident Michael Skelps, the party's endorsed candidate, is being challenged by Meriden resident the Rev. Ernestine Holloway.

Voters will have the option to vote at the city's polling locations or by absentee ballot. 

2.Republican primary in Southington-Berlin district

A Republican primary will also be held in the 30th House District Tuesday. Berlin Town Councilor Donna Veach, the nominated candidate, is being challenged by Southington resident the Rev. Jim Townsley.

Voters will have the option to vote at the town’s polling locations or by absentee ballot.

3.Possible decision on Columbus statue in Southington

The Town Council could vote on the future of the Christopher Columbus bust in front of the John Weichsel Muncipal Center Monday (Aug.10).

The council is scheduled to meet via video conference at 7 p.m. Aug. 10. For more information on how to attend visit www.southington.org.

Town leaders and residents are divided on whether or not to remove the statue depicting the Italian explorer. It was set up several years ago after the council gave permission for local Italian-American groups to put it in front of the muncipal center on North Main Street.

4.Downtown liquor store in Meriden

The Planning Commission at a virtual meeting Wednesday is scheduled to discuss an application to open a liquor store in the downtown transit-oriented development district. Applicant Rajesh Patel is applying to open the liquor store in the former Deli & Grocery Store at 57 W. Main St. across the street from the police station. The virtual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. For instructions to access the meeting go to www.meridenct.gov.

5.Special permit requests in Wallingford

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet remotely at 7 p.m. Monday (Aug. 10). The agenda includes three public hearings on separate special permit applications for 1191 N. Colony Road, 4 Barker Drive and 3 Buel St.

The meeting can be accessed through https:/global.gotomeeting.com/join/979581381. You can also dial in by calling 1-646-749-3112 (toll free) using the access code 979-581-381. The meeting is being livestreamed and can also be viewed on the town’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/wallingfordgovernmentelevision.

6.Cheshire budget committee

The Cheshire Town Council and its budget committee are scheduled to meet Tuesday, Aug. 11. Agendas for those meetings have not yet posted. In keeping with statewide executive orders, the council and other public bodies have convened their meetings remotely, by video conference. 


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