9 things to know this week include Meriden library overhaul, Southington municipal center buy, Wallingford Elks’ 75th

9 things to know this week include Meriden library overhaul, Southington municipal center buy, Wallingford Elks’ 75th



Things to know this week include a public hearing and possible vote on the purchase of the municipal center building in Southington, the selection of library renovation plans in Meriden and “Coffee with a Cop” in Wallingford. 

The Wallingford Elks continue to celebrate their 75th anniversary, while in Southington wellness and mental health training is being offered to first reponders during an event at Hawk’s Landing Country Club and in Cheshire Whole Foods is looking to expand its warehouse. 

Here’s the complete list of 9 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire.

1.Municipal Center purchase in Southington 

Residents can tell Town Council members whether Southington should buy the municipal center building on North Main Street or continue leasing it at a public hearing scheduled for Monday.

The town can buy the John Weichsel Municipal Center for $2.9 million or continue to lease the building from Borghesi for $3.6 million over the next 10 years. Buying it with town funds would save $400,000, according to Town Manager Mark Sciota, or $200,000 if the purchase was funded through borrowing.

The Town Council approved the sale of the former school to Borghesi Building and Engineering in 2011. Under the plan, Borghesi paid $1 in exchange for making upgrades and renovations. The town then entered a lease with Borghesi with the first option to buy the building in late 2020.

The council must vote whether or not to send the purchase to a November referendum.

The public hearing is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at the municipal center, 200 N. Main St.

2.Meriden library renovation plan

The Library Building Review Committee will vote Wednesday to recommend one of three options for multimillion-dollar renovations to the public library. The committee will choose between three renovation options presented earlier this an architectural firm. 

Committee members have said they’re leaning toward selecting a $9.3 million renovation that would add a 9,000-square-foot addition to the library over the other options, estimated to cost $7.8 millions and $5.3 million, which would renovate but not expand the facility. 

The meeting will take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the library, 105 Miller St. 

3.Elks anniversary time capsule opening

Wallingford Elks Lodge #1365 plans to open a time capsule from the lodge’s 75th anniversary in 1994 during an event open to all Connecticut Elks lodges, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge, 148 S. Main St.

4.Whole Foods warehouse expansion in Cheshire

Whole Foods is looking to expand its warehouse and distribution center on East Johnson Avenue and needs approval from the Water Pollution Control Authority. 

The Authority is taking up the application at its meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 84 S. Main St.

5.Solar carport for Cheshire Police Department

The Energy Commission will meet on tonight and get an update on a solar carport project slated for the Cheshire Police Department.

Greenskies Renewable Energy was approved by town planners in April to build the 36-car carport in the back of police headquarters on Route 10. It’ll provide 100 kilowatts of energy when running at full.

The Energy Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Town Hall, 84 S. Main St.

6.Wellness training for first responders

On Tuesday, June 25, first responders will be at Hawk’s Landing Country Club for wellness and mental health training.

The program for police, firefighters and paramedics will be conducted by the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcment, Honor Wellness, Believe 208 and Geisinger Marworth. The groups provide mental health, addiction rehabilitation and other resources to first responders.

7.Fire department demonstration in Wallingford

The Wallingford Fire Department plans to give a presentation of on-scene decontamination wipes, which firefighters and first responders use to remove toxins and carcinogens from their skin. The department received $350 from the Carney Strong Initiative to purchase the body wipes. The presentation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at fire headquarters, 75 Masonic Ave.

8.Coffee with a cop at Wallingford Starbucks

The Wallingford Police Department’s community police division is scheduled to host a “Coffee with a Cop” public coffee and conversation event, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Starbucks, 893 N. Colony Road.

9.Wallingford Town Council discusses land lease, drainage repair

The Wallingford Town Council is slated to discuss a drainage repair in the rear parking lot of Simpson Court and leasing town-owned land on Young Apple Orchard Road to EIP Communications, LLC for five years. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall council chambers.


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