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

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

Things to know this week include further discussion of parking lot resurfacing projects in Wallingford, a scheduled vote on the school budget in Southington and an update on the Bartlem Park project in Cheshire.

Meanwhile, the Use of Force Committee in Meriden will continue its work Monday in determining whether to recommend a permanent oversight panel for police use of force incidents.

Here’s the complete list of eight things to know as you start your week. 

1. Wallingford center parking lot debate

The Wallingford Town Council is scheduled to hear an update on the local COVID-19 situation, discuss funding parking lot resurfacing projects at Simpson Court and Wallace Avenue and renewing a series of leases for public parking in Simpson Court’s rear lot at a remote meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. For information on how to access the meeting, visit www.wallingford.ct.us and scroll to the upcoming meetings and events calendar.

2. Education budget in Southington

In Southington, the Board of Education may vote Thursday on a budget recommendation for the upcoming school year.

School Superintendent Tim Connellan unveiled a budget last week that includes $3.3 million in additional spending to cover contractual wage increases, new positions and projects. The current budget approved by the Town Council last year includes more than $100 million for the school district.

The board will hold its meeting via video conference at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. For more information on how to attend visit www.southington.org.

3. Use of Force Committee in Meriden

An ad hoc committee considering whether further oversight is needed regarding police use of force is scheduled to meet virtually Monday at 5:30 p.m. The agenda consists of four items: Nomination of a vice chair; discussion of Department of Justice models for citizen review boards; a timeline for final recommendation to the City Council; and public input.

To access the meeting follow the instructions posted at the top of the city’s homepage, https://www.meridenct.gov.The public can comment on agenda items by emailing councilcomment@meridenct.gov.  Live comments will be available in the Q&A portion of the meeting.

4. Electric school buses, teacher hires in Wallingford

The Wallingford Board of Education is scheduled to move forward with pursuing a grant for electric buses, discuss new teacher hires and adopt new administrative policies at a remote meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting can be viewed live at www.youtube.com/wpsconnections/live.

5. Meriden Housing Authority

The Meriden Housing Authority meets via video conference Monday at 5:30 p.m. No agenda details were available Friday. To attend the Zoom conference go to meridenct.gov.

A meeting of the MHA’s development arm, the Maynard Road Corp. follows the MHA meeting.

6. Update on Bartlem Park project in Cheshire 

The Cheshire Town Council hold a special meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to receive an update on the status of a proposal to expand Bartlem Park onto a town-owned parcel on its southern end along Route 10. The council will also consider authorizing the town to apply for a CARES Act grant of $2,500 for pandemic services for older adults. An executive session is also scheduled to discuss the appointment of a town attorney.

7. Energy efficiency in Cheshire

The Energy Commission will convene on Monday at 7 p.m. to receive updates on energy efficiency projects throughout the town. It will also examine opportunities for additional solar car ports. The commission will have its election of new officers and a disclosure of conflicts of interests during the meeting.

8. Ball & Socket Arts, coffee shop drive-thru in Cheshire 

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special meeting and public hearings on Monday starting at 7:30 p.m. Hearings include applications for a coffee shop with a drive-thru at 944 S. Main St., activation of buildings for Ball & Socket Arts, Inc at 493 W. Main St., and subdevelopments on Marion Road and Highland Avenue. The Commission will discuss the applications after the hearings.

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