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10 things to know this week include Vietnam novel talk, final budget votes, vacancies filled

10 things to know this week include Vietnam novel talk, final budget votes, vacancies filled

There’s a turnover theme to this week’s Things to Know as local officials expect to fill several key positions.

Meanwhile, the budget process wraps up in Southington and Wallingford, discussion of a sweeping school restructuring plan continues in Wallingford and the Midstate Chamber of Commerce hosts a job fair at the Westfield Meriden mall.

Here’s the full list of things to know this week.

1. Meriden Economic Development Post

1. The city of Meriden expects to hire a new economic development director this week to replace former director Juliet Burdelski. Candidates have been interviewed for the vacancy, which city officials have expressed a sense of urgency to fill since Burdelski abruptly resigned in February.

2. Wallingford Rec Director

2. On Monday, John Gawlak will take over as recreation director in Cheshire after leaving a similar position in Wallingford.

Gawlak, 54, retired from Wallingford earlier this month. He replaces Cheshire’s former recreation director Josh Medeiros, who left in February.

Town leaders said they appreciated Gawlak’s decades of experience with recreation in Wallingford.

3. Southington Budget

3. The Town Council will take a vote on a proposed budget Monday evening that includes more firefighters, increased education spending and a stipend for a deputy town manager position.

The Board of Finance approved a $153.8 million budget recommendation last month that would require a 1.3 percent increase in the tax rate. The council can adjust the finance board’s budget before passing a spending plan.

The mill rate to fund the budget would rise from 30.48 to 30.87. The mill rate is the number of tax dollars levied on every $1,000 of assessed property value.

The vote is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 196 N. Main St.

4. Wallingford Budget

4.The Wallingford Town Council is scheduled to vote on adopting a revised 2019-20 budget. The council is slated to meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall council chambers.

5. School restructuring in Wallingford

5.The Wallingford Board of Education operations committee is scheduled to hear a presentation and possibly take consensus on the facility study community survey. The board is slated to meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the central office, 100 S. Turnpike Road.

6.The Midstate Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting a job fair at the Westfield Meriden mall on Friday May 17 from noon to 3 p.m. 

The fair is open to all industries at Westfield Meriden mall including retail, manufacturing, health care, tech, IT, financial services and more. The Westfield Meriden Mall will be transformed into an employment networking space and will feature 25 employers or more.

7. Wallingford BoE hire

7.The Wallingford Board of Education is scheduled to hold a special meeting to interview candidates for pupil personnel services director. The board is slated to meet 5 p.m. Thursday at the central office, 100 S. Turnpike Road.

8. Vietnam War book in Cheshire

8.Author Charles McNair, a Vietnam veteran and author of “Soldiers of a Foreign War” will hold a talk Tuesday at the Cheshire Public Library. His novel tells the story of young soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

McNair’s talk is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the library in the Mary Baldwin room.

9. Meriden Cemetery Task Force

9.Two Meriden City Council subcommittees will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., at City Hall to review a status report submitted by the Cemetery Task Force. The council voted to create the task force in August 2017 to determine the future of East Cemetery. The cemetery, located at the end of Miles Place, has been owned by the city since 1845. 

10. Southington Care Center Garden

10.On Wednesday, Southington Care Center on Meriden Avenue will unveil its new second-floor garden room and garden patio.

The expansion was funded by a grant from the Bradley H. Barnes and Leila U. Barnes Memorial Trust which is managed by the Main Street Community Foundation. Grants from the trust go to fund projects or organizations furthering health in Southington.