Southington residents can weigh in on the future of the statue honoring Christopher Columbus in front of the Municipal Center during a public hearing Monday night. Chris Palmieri, a Democrat and Town Council minority leader, suggested the hearing, which was unanimously approved the council. “We’ve received a lot of communication from the public. It’s not unique to our community,” Palmieri said. “I think it’s important to offer the public an opportunity to speak for or against the statue.”
The council unanimously approved the placement of a Columbus bust in front of the Municipal Center on North Main Street in 2015. When the bust was set to be erected two years later, some residents protested. Local Italian-American civic groups raised the money for the bust.
Here are details on the meeting along with the complete list of 5 things to know as you start your week.1.Public hearing on future of Columbus statue in Southington
In Southington, the Town Council will meet via video conference Monday to hear from the public on whether or not to take down a Christopher Columbus bust in front of the John Weichsel Municipal Center. Residents on both sides of the issue have contacted council members and created petitions.
The meeting is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on July 13. For more information on attending, visit www.southington.org.2.Hazel Drive development proposal in Cheshire
Cheshire's Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss a Stratford-based developer's proposal to redevelop the site of a vacant nursing home on Hazel Drive when the group convenes a remote meeting Monday night.
The commission will hold a public hearing on Lamp Realty's proposal for the property at 50 Hazel Drive and others prior to a special meeting Monday. It is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., according to agendas for both the public hearing and special meetings. Members of the public can view the meeting live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4_xey3QjJmwe57R_6K94Dw. Public comments can be emailed to Comments@cheshirect.org or left by voicemail by calling (203) 271-6638.
The following night, the Cheshire Town Council will convene a public hearing and meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. The public can access that hearing and meeting through the same YouTube link.3.Electric vehicles, neighborhood assistance in Wallingford
The Wallingford Town Council is slated to discuss a $12,150 bid waiver for the Electric Division to implement an electric vehicle pilot program initiative and conduct a public hearing on the 2020 Neighborhood Assistance program during a remote meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting can be accessed through https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/442332293 or calling 1-866-899-4679 and using access code 442-332-293. A live stream of the meeting is planned on the Wallingford Government Television YouTube channel.4.Water, sewer rates in Wallingford
The Wallingford Public Utilities Commission is slated to hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the water and sewer rates 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall council chambers, 45 S. Main St. If the commission decided to hold the meeting remotely instead, it will be announced at least 24 hours before the meeting.5.Meriden Parks & Rec., Conservation Commission
The City Council’s Public Works and Parks & Recreation Committee is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting 5:30 Tuesday.
The city’s Conservation Commission is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. For details on viewing and public comment go to meridenct.gov.