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

Things to know this week include continued discussion of plans to build 40 units of age-restricted housing on a Cheshire estate, while in Wallingford, the school board is expected to appoint a replacement for former Assistant Superintendent Danielle Bellizzi, who was recently named superintendent.

In Southington, the Board of Police Commissioners will review efforts to fill vacant officer positions in the department.

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

1. Age restricted housing plan in Cheshire

An application for a 40-unit age-restricted subdivision on Wallingford Road will be discussed by the Cheshire Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday. The proposal has been met with environmental and traffic concerns from neighbors. The meeting will begin with a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council's Chambers at the Town Hall.

2. School administrator position in Wallingford

The Wallingford Board of Education is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the central office conference room, 100 S. Turnpike Road. The board is slated to appoint a candidate to the assistant superintendent for personnel administrative position, as well as approval contracts for three assistant superintendents.

3. Police officer hiring in Southington

Southington police board officials are looking to fill patrol officer vacancies caused by a spate of retirements this summer.

On Tuesday, the Board of Police Commissioners are holding a special meeting and will discuss personnel issues in executive session. The meeting’s agenda shows the commission will take action on officer vacancies in open session.

The meeting is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27 at the Police Department, 69 Lazy Lane.

The department has a budget for 70 officers but only has about 65 due to retirements. Police Chief Jack Daly said the department has slots in an upcoming police academy class for new officers.

4. Cheshire council to discuss school upgrades, budget

The Town Council will convene a special meeting to discuss school modernization on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The town is considering numerous proposals to upgrade the schools and expand capacity for an influx of students that are expected in coming years.

The council will also hold a joint special meeting with the Budget Committee on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to review and discuss the proposed capital expenditure plan, which is the portion of the municipal budget that covers major infrastructure upgrades.

5. Meriden finance committee 

The Meriden City Council’s finance committee will convene a remote meeting, held through video conference, on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and can be viewed on the city’s website at https://www.meridenct.gov/. An agenda has not yet been posted. 

6. Wallingford library hosts story of lost masterpiece

The Wallingford Public Library is scheduled to host the virtual program “The Discovery of a Masterpiece” 7-8 p.m. Tuesday with Mallory Mortillaro, the curator of collections for the Hartley Dodge Foundation in Madison, New Jersey. Mortillaro discovered a lost sculpture by by Auguste Rodin, which became one of the biggest art finds in recent history. For information on how to access the program, go to https://wallingford.lioninc.org.

7. Meriden Housing Authority 

The Meriden Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will convene a remote meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m., through video conference. Details on attending the meeting, which will be conducted through Zoom, can be found on the city’s website: https://www.meridenct.gov/. An agenda had not yet been posted as of Sunday evening.


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