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

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

Record-Journal staff

Things to know this week include President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration amid increased security on Wednesday and the federal holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Local, state and federal offices will be closed in observance of MLK Day.

In Meriden, a presentation regarding open space and the downtown Meriden Green, along with lease renewal for Violi’s Restaurant at Hunter Memorial Golf Club, are scheduled for Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Here’s the complete list of seven things to know this week. 

1. Honoring MLK

Ceremonies Monday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be muted by the pandemic with the cancellation of the MLK-Albert Owens Scholarship Breakfast in Meriden and an annual tribute in Wallingford. King’s message, however, resonates with renewed urgency and imporantance to our nation. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, according to americorps.gov. To make a commitment to serve in your community on MLK Day and throughout 2021, go to https://americorps.gov/newsroom/events/mlk-day

2. Presidential inauguration

Joseph R. Biden Jr. will become president at noon on Wednesday in a scaled-back inauguration ceremony. While key elements will remain traditional, many events will be downsized and “reimagined” to better adapt the celebration to a nation battling the coronavirus, The New York Times reports

3. Meriden Green, golf course restaurant

The Meriden City Council will conduct a remote special meeting, through video conference, on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the public can access the meeting at https://tinyurl.com/y2skcaxs.

According to the meeting’s agenda, the council will hear a presentation from city officials regarding open space expansion of the Meriden Green, along with discussion regarding a resolution to renew the current lease of Violi Restaurant at Hunter Memorial Golf Course.

4. Oakdale late charges, sewage treatment upgrades

The Wallingford Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss late charges for the Toyota Oakdale Theatre and hear an update on the sewage treatment plant upgrades project. For information on how to access the meeting, visit www.wallingford.ct.us and scroll to the upcoming meetings and events calendar.

The Wallingford Board of Education is scheduled to hear a presentation on the proposed 2021-22 budget 6 p.m. Wednesday at a special Operations Committee meeting. The remote meeting can be viewed live at www.youtube.com/wpsconnections/live.

5. Plantsville crash magnet

In Southington, town planners will decide whether or not to recommend that the town purchase a corner lot in Plantsville for safety and aesthetic improvements. Owners of the lot at 766 S. Main St. have agreed to a $40,000 price, lower than the property’s appraised value. 

In recent years several cars have gone through the intersection, through the corner lot and into the Hop Haus building. Town officials believe adding features to the vacant corner could prevent accidents.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. and decide on a recommendation. The meeting will be held via video conference and information on how to attend can be found at www.southington.org.

6. Town attorney hire in Cheshire, warehouses

The Cheshire Town Council will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to discuss the hiring of a Town Attorney. Since the matter involves contract negotiations, it will largely be held in executive session. The Economic Development Commission will also meet on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. to examine a zone text amendment to allow “storage, warehouses and distribution centers with trucking facilities incidental to main use in the Interchange Zone.” The meeting will also include a discussion with small businesses.

7. Cheshire education budget

The Board of Education will hold a review and discussion of the superintendent’s proposed budget on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. The Board will also convene on Thursday for a business meeting, however the agenda had yet to be posted as of Sunday.

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