9 things to know in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, Cheshire

Things to know this coming week include Wallingford Town Council discussion of plans to consolidate the two existing town high schools into a single, new building. Sheehan High School would close under the proposal.

The Board of Education in Meriden will take the job description for an athletic director, while the Meriden ARPA review committee considers the latest requests for federal pandemic relief funding for businesses and non-profits.

Here’s our complete list of 9 things to know next week.

1. High school consolidation in Wallingford

The Wallingford Town Council will meet Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall council chambers, when it is scheduled to begin its discussion on the Board of Education’s recommendation to consolidate the town’s two high schools into one central high school.

2. Latest ARPA funding requests in Meriden 

The American Rescue Plan Act Steering Committee will meet Monday at 6 p.m., in the City Council chambers. The hybrid meeting can also be viewed online, through the city’s website. The committee is scheduled to deliberate on funding requests from the Meriden-Wallingford NAACP for the organization’s youth division program, along with requests from Maloney’s Publick House and Gallery 53, the latter of which was previously an ARPA funding recipient and now seeks additional funds for roof and elevator replacement. 

3. Meriden athletic director post

On Tuesday night, the Board of Education’s finance committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at 22 Liberty St. The committee will take up a request to approve the job description for an athletic director position. That position, responsible for overseeing the district’s grades 6 through 12 athletic programs, would receive a $130,522, and would be classified as a Meriden administrators’ union position, according to board materials.

4. Southington Board of Finance meets on town budget

Southington finance officials will vote to recommend a budget for the upcoming fiscal year on Wednesday. The budget plan has prompted discussion since it includes a tax increase of more than 6.6%.

Republican town officials cite inflation and rising interest rates as the cause for increased town costs. Democratic town officials say Republicans, who hold a majority, have created a fiscal cliff by using pandemic relief funds on operating expenses. Those pandemic relief funds are mostly used up.

The Board of Finance plans to meet on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 75 Main St.

5. Warehouses in Wallingford 

The Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special meeting Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in room 315 at Town Hall. It’s agenda includes discussions on town-wide warehousing regulation changes for all zones, the reduction of minimum parking requirements in the Town Center district and town-wide reasonable accommodations and accessibility regulation amendments.

6. ARPA review committee in Wallingford

The Wallingford ARPA Application Review Committee will meet Wedensday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at HUBCAP, 128 Center St., to consider 13 applications for federal pandemic grants.

7. Adult ed agreement between Wallingford, Cheshire

The Wallingford Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at Town Hall. The board will discuss an agreement with the Cheshire Public Schools adult education program.

8. Car dealer, mixed-used development, ice cream parlor in Cheshire 

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a series of public hearings on Monday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Cheshire Town Hall. Applications include a special permit for a motor vehicle dealership with repair shop at 1405 Highland Ave. Also on the agenda are several permit and zone change requests by Apex Realty 242 LLC for a mixed retail and residential development at 242 South Main St. 

Also on the agenda are zone change and permit requests related to a proposed ice cream shop at 500 South Main St.

9. Interfaith dinner marking Ramadan in Meriden

On Saturday, Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque, at 410 Main St. in South Meriden, will hold an Interfaith Iftaar Dinner, to share a universal message of peace and security during the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan. The dinner, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those who seek to attend can reserve seats by visiting http://tinyurl.com/2023IftarDinner.


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