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

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

From gun violence in Meriden, to electronic devices in Wallingford schools to adding a public bus route in Southington, there are some interesting and important policy discussions on tap this week.

Meanwhile, the Southington Apple Harvest Festival continues over the weekend with a scheduled performance by the Spin Doctors.

Here’s the complete list of seven things to know. 

1.Gun violence discussion in Meriden

The City Council’s Public Safety Committee is expected to address recent shootings and shots fired incidents at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, according to Mayor Kevin Scarpati. Police officials will present crime data and discuss what the department is doing to address the incidents, Scarpati said.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in council chambers of City Hall, 142 E. Main St.

2.Electronic devices in Wallingford schools

The Wallingford Board of Education is slated to discuss the use of electronic devices for high school students during passing time at its instructional committee meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the board’s central offices, 100 S. Turnpike Road.

3.Bus service in Southington

The Commission on Disabilities is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, and may discuss efforts to increase public transportation in town.

Commission members have advocated an expanded local bus route through Southington, saying it would bring paratransit for the elderly and disabled near the route as well.

State officials are considering switching a bus route from Bristol to Southington. It would run from Bristol to Queen Street. Town councilors are looking to get more details on the proposed route.

The commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Fire Headquarters, 310 N. Main St.

4.Road paving reallocation in Meriden

The City Council on Monday is expected to refer a resolution to its Finance Committee that would increase the city’s road paving budget by $406,000 for this year. The resolution seeks to move the $406,000 from an account for a new banquet hall at Hunter Golf Course.

The $406,000 would augment $500,000 already budgeted for road paving this year. The new funds would allow the city pave an additional 2.5 miles of roads.  

The council meeting on Monday will be held at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers of City Hall, 142 E. Main St. The Finance Committee will take up the resolution at a meeting later this month.

5.Possible zone changes in Wallingford

The Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission is slated to discuss possible changes to the I-5 and IX zones and transit-oriented development at a special meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Town Hall Room 315.

6.Apple Harvest continues in Southington

The town’s Apple Harvest Festival will continue this weekend, ending on Sunday. The festival includes a parade, vendors, rides, games, music and more. The Spin Doctors band is scheduled to perform at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the main stage.

7.Cheshire historic panel considers requests

The town’s Historic District Commission will 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Town Hall. 

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. The commission will discuss requests for a “certificate of appropriateness” for two businesses on South Main Street — one for new signage, another for new window lighting.