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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 can be summed up by continued uncertainty over the coronavirus crisis and the impact of the governor’s statewide shutdown on municipal operations.

Any meetings on this list are subject to cancellation or postponement.

Here are six things to know as you start your week. 

1.Meriden meetings on hold

City Manager Tim Coon announced last week that all municipal meetings are canceled until the city develops an "infrastructure that allows us to conduct meetings remotely” and meet criteria in Gov. Ned Lamont's executive order allowing municipalities to hold meetings without the public present.

Chief among those requirements is allowing the public to watch or listen in real-time by telephone, video or other technology.  

Coon last week was optimistic that the new technology would be ready to use some time this week.

2.Meriden schools consolidate lunch pickup

Starting Monday, the Board of Education is reducing the number of school lunch pickup sites. The new sites are: Bus Loop at Lincoln Middle School, Bus Loop at Maloney High School, Bus Loop at John Barry School, Bus Loop at Pulaski School.

Families will “grab” the day's lunch, as well as the next day's breakfast, to eliminate the need for multiple pickups. Families will not be permitted to remain on the premises to eat. Hours are from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All K-5 supplemental learning packets and 6-12 online learning options will be available at the meal sites. They are also available on the Meriden Public Schools website.

3.Wallingford council to consider mask purchase

The Town Council is slated to discuss a $37,681 bid waiver to purchase N95 facial masks and other medical supplies, and a $18,900 bid waiver for Sageview Advisory Group to provide services for the town’s deferred compensation plan. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall council chambers.

4.School administrator hire in Southington

The Board of Education plans to meet this week to interview candidates and appoint a new pupil services director.

On Tuesday, the board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St., for a candidate interview.

The board plans to meet at the same time and location on Thursday to appoint a pupil services director.

The current director is Margaret Walsh, hired in 2014.

5.Library project slated for discussion in Southington

The Town Council plans to meet on Monday for an executive session presentation from library officials and an architect on a proposed new library building.

Last week, the library board recommended spending $13.9 million on a new building. It’s planned for the south portion of the library property. The existing library will be demolished when the new one is completed.

6.Cheshire devising plans to broadcast meetings

Most public meetings in Cheshire have been canceled. The only commission whose meeting will still go on is the Public Building Commission, which will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The meeting agenda notes that “due to the pandemic commission meetings are not open to the public.” The agenda further states that video footage of the meeting will be made available on TV channel 14 and on the town's website. 

Other meetings, including a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting and a Town Council budget workshop previously scheduled for Tuesday, have been canceled. Other meetings scheduled for later in the month likely will be canceled too. Assistant Town Manager Arnett Talbot said the town is working on other arrangements, including ordering additional video equipment that would enable meetings to continue and comply with state public meeting laws. 

“We're looking at a variety of different ways to do business now,” Talbot said.