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

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

Municipal offices are closed on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day, with ceremonies planned in all our towns. 

Other things to know this week include the presentation of a Route 5 traffic study covering sections of Meriden and Wallingford, a recount in a Board of Education race, the Wallingford teachers contract coming before the Town Council and the opening of a Polish restaurant in Southington.

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

1. Traffic study of Rt. 5 in Meriden-Wallingford

Transportation officials will hold a public informational meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Maloney High School to present findings in a new traffic study of Route 5 in Meriden and Wallingford – from Wilbur Cross Parkway interchange in north Wallingford to the Berlin Turnpike interchange in north Meriden. 

2. Recount in race for Meriden BOE seat

A state-mandated recount will be held Wednesday in a special election for a Board of Education seat. Republican Joshua Broekstra received 3,807 votes, 57 votes more than Democrat Sheri Amechi’s 3,750 votes.

The 57-vote difference automatically triggers a recount because the margin is less than one-half of a percent of the total votes cast. in last week’s election, according to information from the Secretary of State’s office.

3. Opioid lawsuit, teachers contract on Wallingford council agenda

The Wallingford Town Council is slated to discuss the town’s pending opioid lawsuit, the Wallingford Education Association contract for 2020-2023 and the establishment of a taxpayer credit fund. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall council chambers.

4.New Southington council swearing-in

The new Town Council will get sworn in at its meeting planned for Tuesday.

Voters elected councilors during last week’s election, giving Republicans six of the nine seats. Democrats hold a majority currently with five of the nine seats.

The council will hold its organizational meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St. Councilors will be sworn in and will elect a chairman, vice chairman and minority leader. The council will also appoint a town attorney along with an assistant town attorney according to the council meeting agenda.

5.Housing lots in Cheshire

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing and special meeting Wednesday night to discuss several applications, including a continued discussion on a proposal by local construction management firm A.M. Napolitano to subdivide a 27-acre land parcel at 1675 Marion Road, into 15 single family home lots. 

The public hearing starts at 7:30 p.m., in council chambers at Town Hall, 84 S. Main St. 

6.Wallingford school board committees

The Wallingford Board of Education has two special meetings scheduled for Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m. at WPS central offices, 100 S. Turnpike Road. The board is slated to hear presentations on school/department improvement plans for adult education, science and technology, CTE, wellness, Moses Y. Beach Elementary School and pupil personnel services at the instructional committee meeting. Immediately following, the board is slated to hold its operations committee meeting and hear reports on financials, food services and facilities maintenance.

7.Polish Plate in Southington to open on Saturday

Polish Plate, an ethnic restaurant serving Polish favorites, is slated to open on Saturday at 1095 West St. Owners Radek and Margaret Kopacz said they’ll focus on ready-to-eat and prepared foods for busy families on the go looking for quality, healthy meals.

The couple grew up in Poland and will be serving classic Polish foods, such as potato pancakes, pierogi, mashed potatoes with different kinds of meat, and golumpki, a stuffed cabbage dish.

The restaurant is opening in a new West Street plaza that includes Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. It’s next to the new Courtyard by Marriott.

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