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9 things to know this week include recycling fines in Meriden, school name change in Southington

9 things to know this week include recycling fines in Meriden, school name change in Southington

This week’s things to know includes a rally to save the name of Plantsville Elementary School, recycling education in Meriden along with fines for non-compliance and a new opioid addiction prevention program by Southington police.

1.Southington police unveil recovery program.

Police and town officials will announce the start of a new opioid addiction prevention program Monday that will be run with local hospitals and surrounding towns.

Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education is a new approach that allows police officers to forgo an arrest for drug users and instead direct the person to recovery and other services.

There will be a press conference about HOPE at 11 a.m. at the Southington police station.

2.Recycling education, fines in Meriden.

A representative from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will give a presentation on what residents should and shouldn’t recycle at the library Wednesday. The city is encouraging residents to be mindful of what they recycle because the city is putting its recycling contract out to bid next year and higher rates of unacceptable recycling materials could cost the city more per load.

Residents who violate recycling guidelines will get three warnings before recieving a $100 fine per violation, Public Works Director Howard Weissberg said. DEEP has been giving the recylcing presentation in municipalities around the state as part of the agency’s “What’s IN, What’s OUT” public outreach effort. The presentation will be given from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Room of the library, at 105 Miller St.

3.Southington school name change.

On Tuesday, parents from Plantsville Elementary School will hold a rally in front of the John Weichsel Municipal Center at 4 p.m. to support keeping the school’s name.

The Board of Education is considering renaming the school after a former board member. Parents started a petition to keep the Plantsville name.

4.Valedictorians in Wallingford.

The valedictorians for Sheehan and Lyman Hall high schools are scheduled to be presented at the Wallingford Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m. Monday at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School.

5.Funding for airplane hangers at Meriden Markham.

The City Council will vote at a meeting Monday whether to approve bonding $600,000 for a new hangar at Meriden Markham Airport. The new hangar would be in addition to two new hangars previously approved by the council. The previously-approved hangars have room to store around 16 new aircrafts, while the third hangar has room to store about eight. CIty officials say the amount of revenue the city generates from leasing the hangars out to pilots will exceed the cost of construction in the long run. 

6.Sewage treatment upgrades in Wallingford.

The Wallingford Town Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would bond $60 million for the planning, acquisition and construction of the phosphorus removal project at the town wastewater treatment plant. The council is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall council chambers.

7.Meriden housing project overhaul.

The Meriden Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will vote Monday to authorize Executive Director Robert Cappelletti to accept $5.7 million in state funds to close on the financing for the Yale Acres renovation project. 

The $26 million renovation includes revamping 161 units with geothermal energy and rooftop solar technology, resulting in net-zero energy consumption. The project also includes a community room and a greenhouse. The authority has planned to construct a micro-grid in the rear of the community room to generate more electricity. If approved by the state Department of Energy, the microgrid could supply electricity for the two schools closest to the project and businesses on Broad Street.

The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the MHA, 22 Church St.

8.Hartford Healthcare building in Cheshire. 

Hartford HealthCare officials will outline the new services that’ll be coming to town with the opening of the hospital group’s building in the center of town.

The Cheshire Chamber of Commerce is holding a meeting with Hartford HealthCare and local providers on Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Shef’s Bagels, 1040 S. Main St.

Chamber members and non-members are welcome to this free event.

Work is underway on the 50,000 square-foot building that’s projected to cost $15 million. The building at 254 S. Main St. replaced a 7-Eleven and a vacant lot that was formerly Cheshire Cinema. Primary care, special care and radiology are some of the services that will be provided.

9.Cheshire tax incentive.

On Tuesday, the Economic Development Commission will discuss tax increment financing, an idea that’s considered for an area of the town’s north end.

When a developer builds shops, restaurants or makes other improvements, the taxes on a property go up. In a tax increment financing district, the town can set aside a portion of the increase in taxes to reimburse a developer for infrastructure improvements. The arrangement was created by state statute.

Town officials hope such incentives could encourage development between Johnson Avenue and the Southington town line.

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