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

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



Things to know this week include votes scheduled on the proposed banquet facility at Hunter Golf Club and the school budget in Meriden.

Meanwhile, the Planning and Zoning Commission in Southington will continue discussing an application for a 30-unit downtown apartment building and the Town Council will consider an ordinance imposing fines for motorists who block certain intersections.

Here’s the complete list of nine things to know this week. 

1.Vote on golf course banquet facility

The City Council is expected to vote Monday on a proposal almost a year in the making to build a banquet hall next to Violi’s Restaurant at the municipally owned Hunter Golf Club. The facility would replace a temporary 2,400-square-foot tent structure where events are currently held. 

The council could also opt not to go forward the project. Mayor Kevin Scarpati recently proposed replacing the existing tent with a “bigger, better” tent, however, it’s unclear how much support that idea has received. 

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Room 206, Council Chambers, City Hall, 142 East Main St.

2.PZC workshop on changes to town center zone in Wallingford

 

The Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission is slated to discuss possible changes to the Town Center Zone and the IX and I5 districts at a special workshop meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at HUBCAP, 128 Center St.

3.Southington PZC to continue discussing plans for downtown apartment building

On Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission will continue discussion of an application for a 30-unit housing subdivision downtown. Proposals for “Center Pointe Crossing” calls for one and two-bedroom apartments on two acres near Liberty Street, Eden Avenue, Columbus Avenue and Bristol Street.

Some of the units will be priced affordable as defined by the state.

Neighbors and property owners of the proposed development have opposed it, saying it creates too much density in the area.

The commission will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

4.One book, One Wallingford

The Wallingford Public Library kicks off its One Book, One Wallingford program series with “All About Autopsies,” 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at 200 N. Main St. Presented by Amanda Masters and Emily Barkley from the Autopsy and Morgue Service at the Yale School of Medicine. No registration required.

5.Driving with autism discussion in Wallingford

The Next Street Driving School in Wallingford is scheduled to host motivational speaker Andrew Arboe and his “Driving with Autism Spectrum Disorder” presentation 6 p.m. Monday at 950 Yale Ave. The event in free.

6.BOE budget vote in Meriden

The Meriden Board of Education will vote to send the Finance Committee’s $104.7 million proposed budget to the city finance director when it meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Board of Education building on Liberty Street. The request is 4.12 percent over the 2019-2020 appropriation.

7.Meriden church concert series

The First Congregational Church of Meriden located at 62 Colony Street will host the “Old Church Concert Series” on Friday, Feb. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A home cooked dinner will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The concert series will be held every first Friday of each month until the beginning of the summer outdoor season. Mike Wilcox originally founded the “Old Church Concert Series” in Rocky Hill in March of 2016 with the goal to provide a unique venue for Connecticut-based acoustic singer/songwriters. A $5 donation is suggested.

8.Don’t block the box ordinance in Southington

The town’s ordinance committee will consider a “don’t block the box” law that will allow the town to fine drivers who block marked intersections. Town leaders pursued the measure after concerns from Plan b restaurant on Spring Street. The restaurant’s driveway is often blocked by traffic waiting to turn onto Queen Street during busy hours.

The ordinance committee is scheduled to meet on Monday at 4 p.m. at Town Hall, 75 Main St.

9.School building tours continue in Cheshire

The School Modernization Committee will tour its second school building, Cheshire High School, on Monday when the group meets again.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m., In addition to touring the high school building, the committee, which is tasked with developing a plan for moderning the town's public school buildings by September, will also review a draft request for proposals, to hire a consultant to assist in that process.


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