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 the appointment of a new city councilor in Meriden and a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.

Also this week is a public hearing on water and sewer rate increases in Meriden, the continuation of a hearing on age-restricted housing for Laning Street in Southington and the latest round of budget workshops in Wallingford and Cheshire. The Meriden school board will also consider waiving attendance requirements for students with enough credits to graduate.

Here’s the complete list of 8 things to know as you start your week.

1. Block grant funding, new councilor in Meriden

The Meriden City Council tonight is scheduled to convene a virtual meeting taking up a resolutions recommending Community Development Block Grant appropriations and  declaring racism a public health crisis.

The council is also scheduled to take a vote to appoint Democrat Chad Cardillo to replace Majority Leader David Lowell, who is resigning his seat. The council meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and can be viewed on the city’s website https://wwww.meridenct.gov.

2. Age-restricted housing in Southington

Southington town planners will again take up a local developer’s proposal for a 30-unit age-restricted affordable subdivision on Laning Street.

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the project last month. The commission continued the public hearing to its meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Local developer and business owner Frank Fragola owns the land at 295 Laning St., an 11-acre parcel.

His development of the property was complicated by the lack of sewer access for the land.

For more information on how to attend, visit www.southington.org.

3. Attendance waivers for Meriden students

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet in person Tuesday with members of the public able to view the meeting in real time via the school district website, https://www.meridenk12.org/.

The board is slated to discuss a proposed temporary policy to provide attendance waivers to high school students who have exceeded prescribed attendance limits in one or more classes but are receiving passing grades in those classes. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

4. Budget workshops continue in Wallingford

The Wallingford Town Council is scheduled to conduct a remote budget workshop 6:30 p.m Tuesday on Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr.'s proposed 2021-22 town budget, with the heads of the following departments: Conservation Commission, Inland Wetlands, Planning and Zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals, Building, Animal Control, Health. 

The Town Council also has a meeting for motions on changes to the mayor’s proposed budget scheduled for Thursday. 

For information on how to access the meetings, visit www.wallingford.ct.us and scroll to the upcoming meetings and events calendar.

5. Water, sewer rate increases in Meriden

The Meriden City Council’s finance committee will hold a virtual public hearing on proposed water rate and sewer rate increases. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m tonight and can be viewed on the city’s website: https://wwww.meridenct.gov.   

That hearing will be followed by a special virtual meeting of the finance committee to discuss resolutions regarding the proposed rate increases.

6. Budget workshop in Cheshire

The Cheshire Town Council and town Budget Committee will hold a budget workshop on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The virtual meeting with examine the operating budget, capital budget and five year capital expenditure plan.

Previous budget workshops focused on the operational funding requests from individual departments, with a focus on capital requests to come in later meetings.

Public comments can be submitted by email at Comments@Cheshirect.org or by voicemail at 203-271-6638.

The meeting will be streamed live at youtube.com/c/CheshireChannel14.

7. School board honors retirees in Wallingford

The Wallingford Board of Education is scheduled to hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight for the recognition of retirees.

BOE remote meetings can be viewed live at www.youtube.com/wpsconnections/live.

8. Wallingford library’s virtual trivia night

"Are You Smarter than a Librarian?" is the Wallingford Public Library's virtual trivia night, scheduled for 7-8 p.m. Thursday.

Registration is required, one registration per team or individual participant.

Contact Leah Farrell, 203-284-6425 ot LFarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org.


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