Limited government business will be conducted via video conference and by appointment only again this week as local officials adjust to the impact of coronavirus precautions.
In Meriden, the school board will assess its distance learning plan to date, while in Wallingford the Public Utilities Commission will discuss suspending interest and late fees for overdue payments. Meanwhile, the Finance Board could vote on a town budget in Southington.
Here’s the complete list of six things to know as you begin your week. Stay safe, folks.
1.Meriden BOE to discuss distance learning
The Board of Education will hold a remote meeting on Wednesday to discuss the school district’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the “distance learning” plan the district is using while schools remained closed. The virtual meeting is scheduled to begin 6 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the agenda, the meeting can be accessed through the following link: meet.google.com/whd-fmcn-zox
2.Utilities meeting in Wallingford
The Public Utilities Commission is slated to hold a special meeting 4:30 p.m. Tuesday via teleconference to discuss the temporary suspension of monthly interest for overdue water and sewer bills and of late payment fees on electric bills from April 1 to June 30. The public may call into the meeting by dialing 866-266-3378, conference ID: 4756758434, password 3621.
3.Wallingford departments limit access
The Town Clerk’s office is allowing in-person transactions by appointment only. Call 203-294-2145 or email email@example.com.
The Tax Collector’s office is limiting visitors to two at a time. To conduct business by phone, call 203-294-2135 or use the drop box on the Prince Street side of the Town Hall, next to the sliding glass door. Checks only, no cash in the drop box.
The Senior Center plans to remain closed through April 17.
Wallingford Public School are slated to reopen April 20. Schools will be closed on the rescheduled date of the presidential primary election on June 2.
4.Budget deliberations continue in Southington
The Southington Board of Finance will convene a special tele-meeting Monday night, during which the board will vote on whether to adopt the town’s proposed fiscal 2021 budget.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m.
Members of the public who would like to listen in it can call 1-877-309-2073. Upon dialing that number, callers will be asked to enter an access code, 821-364-205, to access the meeting. Officials request that after connecting, callers place their phones on mute.
After the Board of Finance adopts a budget proposal it is forward to the Town Council for adoption.
Board of Finance chairman John Leary said that during the board’s official budget meeting last Wednesday the group agreed to postpone an official vote on the budget.
It has been reduced from a previous budget proposal. The spending request as currently proposed totals just under $160.14 million. It calls for a 1.5 percent mill rate increase, from the 30.64 mills to a proposed 31.09 mills.
Leary said because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the board had to “think a bit harder” about how much of a tax increase taxpayers would be able to shoulder.
“The entire board wanted to come in very very low with its spending increase,” Leary said.
5.Cheshire takes a break
The town will not be convening public meetings.
6.Cheshire food pantry seeks financial donations
Leaders of the Cheshire Community Food Pantry are asking would-be donors to make online financial donations. The donation webpage can be found at: https://www.cheshirefoodpantry.org/donate/.