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

Things to know this week include continued discussions in Meriden and Wallingford around the use of federal funding under the American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA.

In Southington, the Planning and Zoning Commission will consider two applications for industrial buildings on Burritt and Spring streets.

Here’s the full list of seven things to know locally as you start your week.

1. Meriden council swearing-in ceremony, ARPA funding

Meriden’s newly elected and re-elected city officials will be sworn in during the city’s inauguration ceremony to be held Monday, Dec. 6 at Platt High School. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m.

It will be followed by the City Council’s first meeting of the new term. That meeting, which will be held in a hybrid in-person and remote format, is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. 

During the meeting the council is scheduled to confirm new standing committee appointments for the upcoming term. The council is also scheduled to consider adoption of several resolutions, including American Rescue Plan funding allocation requests for the fire department’s purchase of a fire pumper and to create the position of Meriden Application Assistance Administrator. The council is also scheduled to consider a resolution to authorize City Manager Timothy Coon to sign a grant agreement with the state for the purchase of property at 0 Park Drive in Berlin. 

2. Industrial development in Southington

Southington town planners will consider applications for industrial developments at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7.

A 9,000 square foot building is proposed for Burritt Street while a 12,600 square foot building is proposed for Spring Street. Both properties are in industrial areas.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to consider those proposed buildings during Tuesday’s meeting. It’s planned for 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

3. ARPA funding in Wallingford

The Wallingford Town Council is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall council chambers to discuss how to disburse the town’s federal American Rescue Plan Act award and the hiring of a consultant to advise town officials on reporting and accounting for ARPA expenditures.

4. Finance board, BOE in Southington

In Southington, the Board of Finance is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8 and the Board of Education at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9. Finance board meetings take place at Town Hall, 75 Main St., while education board meetings take place at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

5. Cheshire Town Council kicks of new term

The Cheshire Town Council will elect its chairperson during a special meeting on Monday at 7 p.m.  The council will also review its rules of procedure, announce committee and liaison assignments and approve a schedule for regular meetings for 2022.

6. School curriculum, standardized tests in Wallingford

The Wallingford Board of Education instructional committee is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss new and changes to existing curriculum and district policies, and hear a presentation on district student achievement on standardized tests.

7. Cheshire school board

The Cheshire Board of Education will hold a regular business meeting on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The board agenda had yet to be posted prior to publication. The meeting will be held at the Town Hall.

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