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

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

Things to know this week include a school climate forum in Cheshire, the mayor’s cleanup in Meriden and a proposal to building age-restricted housing off Laning Street in Southington. 

Extensive work begins early in the week to repair damage to the linear trail in Cheshire. Town officials say the trail will remain open and signs will be posted urging caution.

Meanwhile, planning continues for Wallingford’s 350th Jubilee with a meeting of the float parade committee on Wednesday.

Here’s the complete list of 8 things to know as you begin your week: 

1.School climate forum in Cheshire

The Board of Education will convene a follow-up forum on school climate Monday night. The forum is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in council chambers at Town Hall. 

The forum will address bullying in Cheshire schools and concerns over the process for reporting complaints. It follows up on a March meeting that concluded with both parents and school board members voicing joint frustration over how the district has dealt with bullying issues in the past. After a presentation from the school superintendent, members of the public will have the opportunity to address board members.

2.Mayor’s cleanup in Meriden

The city will hold its biannual “Mayor Community Cleanup Day” from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Volunteers will gather at the Meriden Green Amphitheater around 9 a.m. before heading out to “clean up designated neighborhoods across our city,” an event flyer states. The first 100 volunteers will receive a free cleanup day t-shirt, and volunteers will be served a light lunch on the Meriden Green following the cleanup. In addition to the mayor’s office, the Meriden Police Department and Council of Neighborhoods help put on the biannual cleanups.

3.Age-restricted housing in Southington

A local developer is proposing an age-restricted affordable housing development on Laning Street. The project is on the Planning and Zoning Commission’s agenda for its Tuesday meeting but the PZC won’t take action on it.

Frank Fragola, a local developer and business owner, has been working on plans for a housing development at 295 Laning Street for years. Under state law, it’s more difficult for a town to deny affordable housing projects. The commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

4.Wallingford 350th Jubilee float parade discussion

The Wallingford 350th Jubilee Parade Committee is slated to discuss updates to the plan for jubilee float parade next year. The committee is scheduled to meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at East Wallingford Fire Department, 2 Kondracki Lane.

5.Trail repairs begin in Cheshire

Work to patch cracks on the Farmington Canal Linear Trail will begin Monday. 

The work will take place on the stretch of trail between Cornwall Avenue to the Hamden-town line. 

Town officials say the trail will remain open and signs will be posted urging caution. Signs will advise bicyclists to walk — not ride — their bikes near active work zones.

“Cones with cross bars will be placed to keep people from crossing over the open excavations or soft asphalt.  None of these shallow excavations will be left open overnight, and work will be limited to weekdays,” read a news alert announcing the repair work. 

6.Wallingford zoning board to review application procedure

The Wallingford Zoning Board of Appeals is slated to review its application procedure and a variance request for front yard landscaping at Creative Beginnings Learning Center/KLA Schools, 3 Technology Drive. The board is scheduled to meet 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall council chambers.

7.Brewery joins Southington chamber

Scheduled for Tuesday is a ribbon cutting for Kinsmen Brewing Co, a new Southington Chamber of Commerce member. The brewery recently opened Clark Hall, an event venue in the former bolt factory building at 409 Canal St. Kinsmen opened in 2017. The chamber has grappled with a decline in membership in recent years.

8.School security improvements in Cheshire

The Cheshire Town Council is set to meet on Wednesday after two postponements. That meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Town Hall.

That agenda includes discussion and a possible vote on a contract for the town’s school security improvement project, and a possible vote on a proposal to establish a townwide School Modernization Plan Study Group.