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

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

Municipal offices are closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In Meriden, the annual MLK & Albert Owens breakfast is set for Monday morning at Maloney High School, while in Wallingford a ceremony honoring King is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Town Hall. 

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is scheduled to attend the Meriden breakfast.

Meetings this week include Wallingford Town Council, a hearing on Meriden’s Plan of Conservation and Development and the middle school enrollment panel in Meriden.

Here’s the complete list of 8 things to know this week: 

1.MLK breakfast in Meriden

The 35th annual Martin Luther King & Albert Owens Scholarship Breakfast will be held Monday from 8 to 10 a.m. at Maloney High School.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children under 12. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more info or tickets, contact organizer and founder, Rhudean Raye at 203-235-5571 or City Councilor Sonya Jelks by email sjelks@meridenct.gov.

2.Wallingford honors MLK

Wallingford’s annual ceremony honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in Robert F. Parisi Town Council Chambers at Town Hall, 45 S. Main St. 

The ceremony is slated to include student essays, artwork, and musical performances.

3.Hearing on Meriden’s master plan

There will be a public hearing Wednesday on a final draft of the city’s new Plan of Conservation and Development, a state-mandated document that outlines the city’s development goals for the next 10 years.

The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room on the third floor of the Board of Education’s building at 22 Liberty St. A copy of the final draft can be found at meridenpocd.weebly.com.

Those who cannot attend the hearing can submit comments to City Planner Renata Bertotti at rbertotti@meridenct.gov. 

4.AutoZone on PZC agenda in Southington

Discussion of a proposed AutoZone location at 1776 and 1784 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike is scheduled for an upcoming Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Local builder John Susco, who owns the land proposed for the store, said development of that section of Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike will be a “shot in the arm for Southington.” He’s owned the two properties on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike for about five years. He tore down two dilapidated houses to make way for Auto Zone, a national auto parts chain. The property is adjacent to The Home Depot and across the street from the AMC.

The commission plans to meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

5.Wallingford council considers bid waiver for police vests

The Wallingford Town Council is slated to discuss a $25,000 bid waiver to purchase six ballistic vests for the police department and an ordinance that would amend the tax abatement amounts for volunteer firefighters at its meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall council chambers.

6.Middle school enrollment panel meets in Meriden

An ad hoc committee formed to look at middle school enrollment and facilities will hold its first meeting Tuesday. The Board of Education voted earlier this month to form the Middle School Ad Hoc Committee, comprised of administrators, union representatives, and school board members. The meeting Tuesday will be held at 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Board of Education Building. 

7.Cheshire council to hold closed door session on contracts

The Town Council has scheduled a "non-meeting," according to a public notification, for the purposes of discussing strategy for collective bargaining agreements. 

That meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Town Hall. Under state law, agencies are required to convene in public session before voting to go into a closed-door executive session, which is still considered a meeting. No votes can occur in executive session and board members must return to public session to adjourn the meeting. 

The town has five collective bargaining agreements with employee groups, including the Cheshire Police Union, that are slated to expire on June 30. 

8.Southington library project information session 

On Thursday, library officials will hold public information sessions about options for a new library building. Architects have been working on various configurations for a new library that include additions and renovations to the existing building or a new building on the library propert.

The sessions are scheduled for Jan. 23 at the library. The first will be held at 11 a.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m.