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

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



Things to know this week include the Meriden school superintendent’s contract, the city budget in Meriden and digital billboard spacing in Meriden.

In Southington, the Planning and Zoning Commission continues to review an application for age-restricted senior housing on Laning Street. In Wallingford, the Public Utilities Commission will possibly adopt proposed electric rates. 

Here are six things to know locally as you start your week.

1. Meriden school superintendent contract

On Tuesday, the Board of Education is scheduled to discuss its contract with School Superintendent Mark Benigni. That discussion will be held in executive session. The agenda does not list whether the board is scheduled to vote on a new contract. 

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and can be accessed by the public through Google Meets: meet.google.com/zpg-hrru-pts.

2. Age-restricted affordable housing in Southington

Southington planners are still considering a local developer’s application for an age-restricted, affordable housing project on Laning Street.

Business owner and developer Frank Fragola is looking to put 30 houses on an 11-acre Laning Street property. Some of the houses will be priced affordable as defined by the state while the majority will be market-rate.

Fragola has submitted and withdrawn plans for a Laning Street project several times.

The Planning and Zoning Commission could take up the issue at its meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 18. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. via video conference. For more information on how to attend, visit www.southington.org.

3. Meriden city budget, digital billboards

The Meriden City Council will vote on the city’s fiscal 2022 spending plan of $203.3 million when it meets by video conference Monday. 

The meeting, which can be viewed on the city’s website at https://www.meridenct.gov/, starts at 6:30 p.m.

Also listed on the agenda is a requested zoning regulation amendment that would reduce the allowed spacing between digital billboards. That amendment is expected to be referred to the council’s Economic Development, Housing & Zoning Committee for a public hearing. 

4. Electric rates in Wallingford

The Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing and then to act on proposed electric rates during a meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 315 of Town Hall. The meeting will be conducted both virtually and in-person. For a full agenda and instructions for remote access go to the town’s website https://www.wallingford.ct.us/ and click on upcoming events and meetings. 

5. School board to meet in Cheshire

The Cheshire Board of Education will meet on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for a regular business meeting. Though the agenda has not been finalized yet, the board is expected to examine the district’s audit and receive a presentation on the teacher of the year. Though board members will be meeting in person at the Town Hall, public participation is still virtual. A live stream of the meeting will be available at Youtube.com/channel/UCULDbVCqppiY_3egBVDA-mw.

6. Economic development in Wallingford

The Planning & Zoning/Economic Development Liaison Committee is scheduled to hold a special virtual meeting Monday at 8:30 a.m. Topics include an update on 5 Research Parkway and expanded uses in the I-5 zone. To access the meeting click on https://global.gotomeeting. com/join/210326685 or dial in using 1-877-309-2073 and the access code 210-326-685. A full agenda is available at https://www.wallingford.ct.us/minutes-and-agendas.


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