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9 things to know this week including 2-way traffic in Meriden, municipal spending

9 things to know this week including 2-way traffic in Meriden, municipal spending

Here’s what you need to know for the coming week:

Two-way traffic​​​​​​

Restoring two-way traffic to several downtown Meriden thoroughfares is the subject of a public information meeting Tuesday.

The proposal is a modification of the city’s original plan to create two-way traffic along East and West Main streets, which the state Department of Transportation said would impact downtown railroad crossings. The new plan would still make two-way traffic on some major roads, including Cook Avenue between Hanover and West Main streets and Hanover Street between Cook Avenue and South Grove Street.  

“Plans are going to semi-final design shortly, and as part of ConnDOT's requirements, we are holding a public information meeting to inform the public,” Public Works Director Howard Weissberg said in an email. 

The meeting will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Room 28 of City Hall, 142 E. Main St. 

​​​​​​Meriden Daffodil Festival​​​​​​

The Daffodil Festival is this weekend in Meriden's Hubbard Park.
The city's annual Daffodil Festival will be held at Hubbard Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information about parking and entertainment, visit the festival’s website

Southington hearing

The John Weichsel Municipal Center in Southington.
Residents can weigh in on the town’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year at a Town Council public hearing Monday night.

The Board of Finance proposed a $153.8 million budget recommendation earlier this month that would require a 1.3 percent increase in the tax rate.

The public hearing is scheduled for Monday night (April 22) at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St., at 7 p.m.

View the finance board proposal online here:

Wallingford workshops

Wallingford Town Hall.
In Wallingford, the Town Council is scheduled to hold a workshop on the Board of Education’s proposed budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year Thursday.

Other departments to be discussed include Cafeteria, Youth & Social Services and Parks & Recreation. The meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall council chambers.

Another Town Council budget workshop is scheduled for the Animal Control and Health departments on Tuesday, immediately after the regular council meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Wallingford Town Hall council chambers.

Cheshire school budget

Cheshire Town Hall.
The Town Council will discuss the Board of Education’s budget request at a meeting Tuesday and will hold final budget discussions on Wednesday.

The council must vote on a spending plan for the upcoming year by the end of the month. Town Manager Sean Kimball proposed a budget for the upcoming year that increases spending by nearly 4 percent, adds four emergency dispatchers and uses less money from town reserves than previous budgets. It totals $115.6 million for general government, education, debt and other spending, an increase of $4.4 million over the current fiscal year's spending plan.

Tuesday and Wednesday’s meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Cheshire Town Hall, 84 S. Main St.

Clintons at the Oakdale

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are scheduled to make a stop at the Oakdale Theatre. The event is described as an opportunity to hear about some of the most memorable moments in American history through the perspective of the Clintons, who were front and center in American politics for three decades. “An Evening with the Clintons” is slated for 7:30 p.m. April 26. Tickets range from $59 to $399 and were still available as of Friday on the theater’s website.

Steakhouse in Southington

Owners of a planned LongHorn Steakhouse on West Street in Southington are going before the Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday for an application to allow liquor sales. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the restaurant at 200 Executive Boulevard last month.

The ZBA is scheduled to meet Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

Wallingford Aldi reopens

Wallingford ALDI at 1248 S. Broad St.
The newly renovated Aldi supermarket in Kohl’s Plaza, 1248 S. Broad St., Wallingford will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday at 8:30 a.m., followed by its Golden Ticket giveaway offering gift cards to the first 100 customers. Shoppers can also enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a year’s supply of Aldi produce.

Art for first responders, vets

Cheshire Artist Hannah Jung.
On Wednesday, the Voice of Art gallery at 2 Town Center in Cheshire is holding a therapeutic art program for veterans and first responders. The non-profit art gallery opened last year and owner Hannah Jung said she hoped to showcase are that “speaks, heals and influences.”