Things to know this week include a new police chief in Meriden, discussion of racial equality measures called for by a Meriden City Council resolution, and a virtual author visit hosted by the Wallingford Public Library.
Meanwhile, the newly rebuilt track is available for use at Platt High School in Meriden.
Here’s the complete list of seven things to know as you start your week.1.New police chief in Meriden
New Police Chief Roberto M. Rosado will start Wednesday, replacing 15-year chief Jeffry Cossette. Rosado, a city native, and most recently police chief in Willimantic, will work under a 5-year contract. The city announced his hire earlier this month following a search process.2.Meriden racial equity panel to hold first meeting
The City Council’s “Racial Equity Ad Hoc Committee” will hold it’s first virtual meeting Monday to discuss three proposed reforms introduced in resonse to recent police killings.
The three proposals scheduled to be discussed include: the mayor and councilors taking a new oath of office to include an explicit commitment to promoting racial equality; creation of a “cultural diversity and racial equity council;” and development of a “racial impact metric” that would be used to evaluate resolutions prior to passage.3.Discussion on police policies, proposed reforms in Meriden
The council’s public safety and personnel committees are also set to take up seperate racial and policing reforms in the coming months. The virtual meeting will begin 5:30 p.m. Monday and can be accessed through the city’s website. 4.Virtual author visit in Wallingford
The Wallingford Public Library is hosting a virtual author visit 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with former town resident Sarah Prager, who will share true stories of historical queer figures featured in her new middle grade book, “Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People Who Made History.” This event is friendly to middle schoolers, teens, and adults. To be held virtually through Zoom, register to receive a link to participate at www.wallingford.lioninc.org.5.New track open at Platt High School
This week will mark the first full week that residents can use the newly constructed track at Platt High School. The tracks at both Platt and Maloney were replaced as part of a $4 million project approved in 2018. Platt’s track opened to the public on June 25, according to a Facebook post by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. 6.Public works, Conservation in Southington
In Southington, town meetings this week include the Public Works Committee and Conservation Commission.
The Public Works Committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1. On Thursday, July 2, the Conservation Commission will meet at 7 p.m.
The meetings will be conducted via video conference. For more information, visit www.southington.org.7.Low interest rate program ending
City residents are reminded that the Low Interest Rate Program ends on June 30 for taxes and water/sewer bills that are currently delinquent. As of July 1st, the interest rate will revert back to the statutory 18%.
City Hall has restricted access due to the current emergency. Residents are urged to mail payments, pay online, or use the drop slot located outside the Tax Collector's office.