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

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

Things to know this week include proposed ordinance changes in Wallingford that would affect funding procedures and local laws on littering. Meanwhile in Southington, the Planning and Zoning Commission is being asked to sign off on the town’s purchase of development rights to Karabin Farms on Andrews Street, with half the funding coming from the state. 

In Cheshire, three options for improvements to Bartlem Park will be the subject of a public input session, while the Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss plans for the adjacent town owned Chapman property.

Here’s the complete list of seven things to know as you start your week. 

1. Ordinance changes on spending, littering in Wallingford

The Wallingford Town Council ordinance committee is slated to discuss and possibly act on advancing to the full council amendments to the town code on the Capital and Non-recurring Expenditures Reserve Fund and on littering, and a cap on the amount of money in the town’s general fund. The remote meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Instructions on how to log in are on the meeting agenda, posted at www.wallingford.ct.us.

2. Karabin Farms development rights in Southington

The Southington Planning Commission will meet virtually Tuesday to discuss whether it will recommend the Town Council approve spending $397,000 on development rights for Karabin Farms. If approved, the state will pay the other half. 

To attend the meeting go to www.southington.org or by phone at 1-408-418-9388. Access code: 179 265 5464 

3. Former Bristol Myers site, 7-Eleven in Wallingford

The Wallingford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission is slated to schedule a special meeting for a public hearing continuation on a development plan for 5 Research Parkway, and discuss industrial and commercial development including the proposed 7-Eleven at 1033 N. Colony Road. The remote meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday. Instructions on how to log in are on the meeting agenda, posted at www.wallingford.ct.us.

4. Meriden schools health presentation

The Meriden Board of Education will meet via video conference on Tuesday. The meeting, which can be accessed through the platform Google Meet, meet.google.com/zpg-hrru-pts, by entering a meeting ID, or by viewing it in real time on the Meriden Public Schools website: https://www.meridenk12.org/videos/board-of-education-meetings/. According to the meeting’s agenda, the items for discussion include a presentation by city health officials. 

5. Former Stop & Shop in Meriden

The Meriden Zoning Board of Appeals is also scheduled to meet via videoconference Tuesday night. That meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., and can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/y3umgl8k. Listed on that meeting’s agenda as an “application to be heard at a later date” is a request to develop a self-storage facility on property that formerly housed a Stop & Shop grocery store at 502 W. Main St.

6. Public input on Bartlem Park project in Cheshire

Proposals for expanding the Bartlem Recreation Area will be discussed during a virtual public input session scheduled for Thursday. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a presentation from the design firm contracted by the town, which will unveil three blueprints for adding a town green, recreation area and veterans memorial to the park.

Parks and Recreation Director John Gawlak said the public’s input has already shaped the direction the plans are being formed in and additional thoughts on what the future of the park should look like are welcomed. The proposals are still fluid and could change entirely based on public comments before a final presentation is given to the Town Council for consideration.

The meeting will be streamed to the town’s profile at Youtube.com/CheshireChannel14. Comments can also be sent to the town by email at Comments@cheshirect.org or via voicemail at 203-271-6638.

7. Chapman property in Cheshire

The Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commission will also be discussing the 10-acre parcel under consideration during its Dec. 4 meeting at 7 p.m. Known as the Chapman Property, the town acquired the land in 2016 and hopes that improvements made to Bartlem Park during the expansion could improve drainage issues on the athletic fields that have occasionally made hosting games difficult.

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