Seat replacement project begins in Wallingford Town Hall auditorium

Seat replacement project begins in Wallingford Town Hall auditorium

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WALLINGFORD — Public works crews have removed the century-old cast iron and laminated wood folding seats from the Town Hall auditorium.

The seats of the Robert F. Parisi Town Council Chambers are slated to be replaced with padded seats that the town acquired earlier this year from the former Bristol-Myers Squibb facility.

In addition to the new chairs, the floor of the auditorium is slated to be refinished.

Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said Monday he expects work to be completed by Aug. 20, which is the date of the next scheduled Town Council meeting.

He said there’s “bound to be some noise” from construction in the auditorium, but “not enough to prevent work from being done.”

Auctioning old seats

The seats were probably installed more than 100 years ago, when the building served as the original location of Lyman Hall High School, town officials said earlier this year.

Town Purchasing Agent Sal Amadeo said Monday that the old seats will be made available to the public through sealed bids in a surplus sale.

“Normally when we put out a purchasing bid, we co-mingle with other equipment from town offices,” he said, “but this will be a stand-alone sale of the chairs.”

Meetings held elsewhere

Public works waited until summer to begin the project because the town boards and commissions that utilize the auditorium meet less frequently in the summer, so there’s a longer period of time to get the work done, town officials said.

Upcoming meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission are slated to be held in Town Hall Room 315.

The Board of Education is planning to meet Tuesday at school district central offices, 100 S. Turnpike Road, and return to council chambers for its August meeting.

Meetings are recorded of select town boards and commissions, including the groups that meet in council chambers.

Scott Hanley, Government Access Television manager, said Monday that meetings held in Room 315 will be recorded with handheld cameras.

There may be a longer turnaround time in archiving the meetings on YouTube, he added, from one day to two days.

The seats project is one of two updates to the Town Hall auditorium. The Town Council approved funding in the 2019-20 budget for a new camera system to be installed.

Hanley said he’s researching cameras now, and is trying to time the installation for the winter holidays, when there’s also a lull in town meetings.
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