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

Monday is Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Government buildings will be closed. President Joe Biden on Friday issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, lending the most significant boost yet to efforts to refocus the federal holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus toward an appreciation of Native peoples, according to the Associated Press. The day will be observed today, along with Columbus Day, which is established by Congress.

Meanwhile in Meriden, discussion of a retail cannabis store continues, Wallingford councilors consider an agreement that would allow public use of YMCA pool facilities and Cheshire officials consider a petition to allow chickens on residential property.

Here’s the full list of nine things to know as you start your week.

1. Retail cannabis store in Meriden

The Meriden Planning Commission will meet in-person in the Griffin Room of the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller St., Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. According to a posted agenda, the meeting will include a public hearing regarding a special permit application Blue Leaf, LLC/BGE to establish a retail cannabis store at 28 W. Main St. The commission is also scheduled to discuss Blue Leaf’s application during the regular meeting session following the close of the public hearing. The commission is also scheduled to discuss a proposed zoning amendment that would allow cannabis micro-cultivators as a permitted use in industrial districts. The commission is further scheduled to discuss an application for renovations to the library. 

2. Y pool partnership in Wallingford

The Wallingford Town Council is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall Council Chambers to discuss youth programs and intervention, a potential partnership between the town and the YMCA for public aquatic facility access and the recreational use of the Tyler Mill Preserve.

3. Wallingford zone changes

The Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet 7 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall council chambers to hold public hearings for special permits and a zoning text amendment to allow data centers in zones IX and I-5. A special meeting of the Wallingford Aquifer Protection Agency is scheduled for immediately following the PZC meeting to discuss a permit modification for Executive Kia, 1164-1174 N. Colony Road.

4. Chicken petition in Cheshire

A petition to change Cheshire's regulations around keeping chickens will be discussed by the Planning and Zoning Commission during its Wednesday meeting, which will be held at the Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. The commission will also consider an application for a zone change to convert 200 Old Towne Rd., 168 S. Main St. and 29 Wallingford Rd. to a special development district and actions related to the construction of an age-restricted subdivision at 648 Wallingford Rd.

5. Waste collection program in Meriden

The Public Works and Parks & Recreation Committee of the Meriden City Council is scheduled to convene a remote meeting through videoconference on Tuesday. The meeting, which can be accessed from the city’s website  meridenct.gov, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

According to a posted agenda, the committee is scheduled to discuss a proposal to establish a co-collection pilot solid waste hauling program facilitated by the South Central Regional Council of Governments and funded by a $40,000 grant from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. According to the agenda, that program is intended to address a lack of landfill space in the region.

6. Leaf removal, roof replacement

The Southington Town Council plans to take up leaf removal and fire department roof replacement issues at its meeting Tuesday.

The council also has a presentation from the Southington Chamber of Commerce.

The council plans to meet Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

Other meetings scheduled for this week include the Board of Finance at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Town Hall, 75 Main St. and the Board of Education at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

7. Blight ordinance in Cheshire 

The Cheshire Town Council could adopt a blight ordinance designed to empower the town to levy fines against property owners. Council chairperson Rob Oris said it would target only the "most egregious blight issues."

The meeting will be held at the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The council will also discuss a policy for the recording of council meetings, which are currently live streamed online. The council will also have a special meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss school modernization.

8. Teaching positions in Wallingford

The Wallingford Board of Education is scheduled to hold two remote meetings Monday. At 6:15 p.m., the board is slated to discuss candidates for teaching positions and staff leave of absence, a tentative agreement with the Wallingford Paraeducators’ Union and a pending legal matter. At 6:30 p.m., a special operations committee meeting is scheduled to hear financial report, cafeteria reports and maintenance/facilities projects update. BOE remote meetings can be viewed live at www.youtube.com/wpsconnections/live.

9. Park fee waivers, advertising, pickleball

The Wallingford Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Parks and Rec facility, 6 Fairfield Blvd., Room 1, to discuss the outcome of recent Town Council ordinance committee meeting regarding the parks fee waiver appeal process, advertising in parks, possible options for the Community Pool property, pickleball at Harrison Park, Lufbery Pavilion reconfiguration and Community Lake clearing.

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