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

Things to know this week include local elections and referendums, Board of Education discussions in Meriden and Wallingford and a look at the history of slavery in Wallingford and surrounding towns. 

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

1. Library referendum in Southington

Southington voters will decide on Town Council, Board of Finance, Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Education candidates on Tuesday as well as a $17 million plan for a new public library.

The library referendum has been preceded by a campaign in support of a “yes” vote. Library supporters say the existing library is inadequate and needs replacement. Plans include more space for programming and building a new library on the same site.

2. Bartlem Park referendum in Cheshire

Cheshire voters will consider two referendum questions Tuesday, funding for a Bartlem Park expansion and townwide road improvements.

The Bartlem project would extend the park to the south and turn it into a multi-use town field and center.

The $14.87 million plan was presented to the public back in January. For this referendum, however, the public will be voting on whether to allocate $7.9 million for phase one of the plan.

The second referendum question on the ballot is for road improvements totaling $1.7 million in cost to the town. They include restoration, milling and paving, chip seal, microseal, crack seal and other surface treatments, as well as the implementation of a concrete curb replacement program, and associated project costs.

3. Hiring, finances, dress code before Meriden BOE

The Meriden Board of Education will meet in person Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Edison Middle School, 1355 N. Broad St. According to a meeting agenda, Superintendent Mark D. Benigni is scheduled to deliver a biannual report on the district’s hiring and recruitment efforts. The board is also scheduled to take up a report from its finance committee, which had discussed the use of federal COVID-19 relief funds at its Oct. 21 meeting. 

At 5 p.m., prior to the meeting of the full board, its policy committee is scheduled to discuss the district’s current dress code policy for feedback. 

4. Public input at meetings, masks in schools 

The Wallingford Board of Education’s instructional committee is scheduled to meet remotely at 6:30 p.m. Monday to discuss new and revised district policies, including a first read of a revised policy on public participation during Board of Education meetings and a revised policy on use of face coverings in schools. BOE remote meetings can be viewed live at www.youtube.com/wpsconnections/live.

5. History of slavery in Wallingford

After a long hiatus, the Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust has reopened the Franklin Johnson Mansion and the American Silver Museum, 153 S. Main St., and is offering tours 1-4 p.m. Sunday of the entire seven-room Victorian-era home. COVID-19 safety practices will be enforced — visitors are requested to have been fully vaccinated, to wear a face mask and to utilize the hand sanitizer provided. Each tour will last approximately 30 minutes.

6. Cheshire convenience store

The Cheshire Zoning Board of Appeals will consider a requested variance that would allow an application for a Cumberland Farms at 626 Maple Ave. to go forward. The variance would allow a 311 square foot storage box to be located around 38 feet of the property line, rather than the required 50 feet. The board is scheduled to hold a public hearing and potentially take action on Monday, with the meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

7. School administrator hire, teachers’ contract

The Cheshire Board of Education could choose a new director of pupil personnel services during its Friday meeting, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Norton Elementary School. The board could also take action on approving the renewal of the district's contract with the Education Association of Cheshire.


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