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

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

The Meriden City Council meets on Tuesday due to Presidents Day. The council will discuss a change to the rules for public comment and appointments to a panel overseeing fundraising for the annual fireworks display.

Also in Meriden on Wednesday the council’s Economic Development, Housing and Zoning Committee will hold a hearing on changes to an ordinance designed to make it easier for people to raise chickens.

Meanwhile in Southington, an apartment building proposed for downtown with some units designated as affordable could be voted on by Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday.

In Wallingford, a discussion on the practice of Voduo in Haiti is set for Wednesday held in conjunction with the public library’s One Book One Wallingford program.

Here’s the complete list.

1.Presidents Day closings

State, federal and municipal offices are closed today in observance of Presidents Day. Schools, courthouses, public libraries, most banks, post offices and the Department of Motor Vehicles are also closed. 

2.Hearing on chicken ordinance in Meriden

The City Council's Economic Development, Housing and Zoning Committee meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for a public hearing on the keeping of live poultry in residential and commercial zones.

The meeting is in Council Chambers.

3.Possible vote on proposed apartment building in Southington

The Planning and Zoning Commission could vote on an apartment building plan at its Tuesday meeting.

Proposals for “Center Pointe Crossing” call for 30 apartments on two acres near Liberty Street, Eden Avenue, Columbus Avenue and Bristol Street. Some of the units will be priced affordable as defined by the state.

Neighbors and property owners of the proposed development have opposed it, saying it creates too much density in the area.

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

4.Meriden council to vote on fireworks panel, public comment

The City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to create a committee that will be charged with raising private donations for the city’s annual fireworks show. The council will also vote on whether to eliminate a 30-minute time limit on public comment currently enforced in the council’s meeting rules.

The meeting will start at 6:30 Tuesday in the council chambers of City Hall.

5.Vodou presentation in Wallingford

The Wallingford Public Library’s One Book One Wallingford program presents “The Saints In The Mirror: The Vodou Religion Of Haiti,” exploring the historical and current Vodou beliefs and practices at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 200 N. Main St. Presented by Dr. Leslie Desmangles, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford. No registration required.

6.Public Utilities Commission in Wallingford

The Public Utilities Commission is planning to discuss and possibly approve the 2019-2020 Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and an amendment to the water budget for new water meters. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

7.Rex Forge cleanup in Southington

Conservation Commission members plan to visit Rex Forge to get a better understanding of cleanup the company hopes to do along the Quinnipiac River.

Oil spilled during a 1998 accident and a 2012 fire has contaminated soil on the riverbank. When the water is high, it can have a sheen from the oil.

As part of an ownership transfer, Rex Forge is looking to remove contaminated soil.

The commission, which must approve the work near the river, is meeting at the 355 Atwater St. site on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.

8.Inland wetlands in Cheshire

Cheshire's Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission will meet Tuesday at Town Hall. An agenda for the meeting had not yet posted.

According to the minutes of the IWWC's previous Feb. 4 meeting, the  commission is expected to continue discussing a permit application for the proposed construction of a medical office building on West Johnson Avenue. FIP Construction, Inc. is seeking the permit.