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

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

Things to know this week include a public hearing on the municipal budget in Meriden, possible increases to water and sewer rates in Meriden and outdoor dining on Simpson Court in Wallingford.

The Inland Wetlands board in Wallingford will also hold a public hearing on development planned for 5 Research Parkway in Wallingford, the former Bristol Myers property.

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

1. Public hearing on Meriden city budget 

On Thursday, the City Council will convene a remote public hearing on the proposed spending plan for fiscal 2022. Details on the proposed $203.56 million spending plan can be found on the city’s website. Like the council meeting, the hearing can be accessed through the city’s website https://www.meridenct.gov. Those who wish to provide public comment during the meeting can do so by calling in to the meeting. That number is 1-877-876-9173. Those who call that number will be prompted to enter a meeting code. That code is 46297. 

The council will also accept emailed public comment, which can be sent to councilcomment@meridenct.gov. Comment sent through email will be closed one hour prior to the start of the hearing to allow them to be distributed to council members, according to the hearing’s agenda. Members of the public will also be able to provide live comment, via the remote meeting’s Q&A chat box. 

2. Water and sewer rates in Meriden

The Meriden City Council will take up resolutions recommending increasing the city’s water and sewer use rates during a remote meeting Monday night. Members of the public can view the meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m., by following instructions posted on the city’s website

According to the language of the water rate resolution, the Public Utilities Commission had approved increasing the rate from its current rate of $4.50 per one hundred cupid feet to $4.81 “to support operating expenses.” 

The sewer use rate charge would increase from the current rate of $4.69 per one hundred cubic feet to $5.01 to support city Sewer Division operating expenses, according to the proposed sewer resolution. 

According to both resolutions, the proposed increases, if approved, would become effective on June 1 of this year, and apply to bills due on Sept. 1. 

3. School enrollment increase in Cheshire

Cheshire residents will be able to learn more about the School Modernization Committee's work to identify how to prepare for an anticipated increase in school populations during a joint meeting of the Town Council, Board of Education and the modernization committee on Monday at 7 p.m. The committee will deliver the report and the three bodies will discuss next steps.

Public comments can be made via email at Comments@cheshirect.org or by voicemail at 203-271-6638. The meeting will be streamed live at Youtube.com/c/CheshireChannel14.

4. Outdoor dining on Wallingford’s Simpson Court

The Wallingford Economic Development Commission is slated to meet remotely 6:30 p.m. Monday to hear an update from School Superintendent Sal Menzo about an educational and business interface and discuss and possibly take action on support for Simpson Court outdoor dining. To join the meeting, go to https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/608700909. For meeting agenda, visit www.wallingford.ct.us and scroll to the upcoming meetings and events calendar.

5. Cheshire school budget review 

The Cheshire Town Council will review the Board of Education's budget during a joint meeting with the town Budget Committee at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The meeting will be streamed live at Youtube.com/c/CheshireChannel14.

6. Food truck in Southington

Southington planners will decide on a food truck location request at their meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

Martin DiVito is looking to locate a food truck at 2156 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike and needs to get town approval to do so.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be held via video conference. For more information on how to attend, visit www.southington.org.

7. Research parkway development in Wallingford

The Wallingford Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission is scheduled to continue a public hearing on the proposed development at 5 Research Parkway, the former Bristol Myers Squibb property, via remote meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday.

To join the meeting, go to https://global.goto meeting.com/join/900717509

Application plans and documents can be viewed at the Environmental Planning office at Town Hall and are available on the town website, www.town.wallingford.ct.us.

8. Mixville Park upgrades in Cheshire

The Cheshire Parks and Recreation Committee will convene on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for an update on upgrades at Mixville Park and to discuss a policy for park entrances, vehicle parking and access to amenities at town parks during the winter.

Public comments can be submitted to recreation@cheshirect.org or by voice mail message to 203-272-2743.

The meeting will be live-streamed at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL_K7b38cCJpv-606Vk7vpA/live

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