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

Things to know this week include a presentation of options for the Southington Public Library project, as well a discussion of establishing a fair rent commission in Southington as required by state law.  

In Meriden, the Community Health Center and Restore with the Arts are the latest organizations seeking funding under the American Rescue Plan Act, while in Wallingford the town will consider applying for a $3 million grant to rehabilitate the former train station on Hall Avenue.

Here’s our complete list of seven things to know in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire.

1. Options for Southington library project

The Library Building Committee will hold a special meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the library, 255 Main St. The committee will hear reports from the construction manager and project architect for a proposed new library including options for a scaled-down project.

2. Fair rent commission in Southington

Southington’s Town Council will take up the creation of a fair rent commission, a state requirement for towns of Southington’s size. Residents of local mobile home parks have attended recent council meetings concerned about rising rents and asking for town action to curtail increases.

The council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center, 200 N. Main St.

The council also plans to take action on recommendations for Recreation Park improvements as well as scheduling a public hearing on an industrial infrastructure improvement tax abatement.

3. ARPA funding in Meriden

The Meriden American Rescue Plan Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Council Chambers of City Hall. 

The committee is scheduled to receive an update on the status of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 relief funds and review applications from Restore with the Arts Inc., which has submitted a five-year growth plan for which it is seeking assistance, and from Community Health Center of Meriden, which has requested $478,724 in ARPA funding to establish a pathway to medical assistant career program for city residents.

The meeting can also be accessed remotely, through the city’s website at meridenct.gov. 

4. Grant for historic Wallingford train station

The Town Council will consider applying for up to $3 million in state grant funding for interior and exterior rehabilitation of the former train station on Hall Avenue. The agenda for the council’s Tuesday meeting includes discussion and action authorizing Mayor William Dicksinson Jr. to apply for the Communities Challenge Grant administered by the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall council chambers. 

5. Pensions, skate park, former hospital in Meriden

On Tuesday, the City Council’s Finance Committee will meet in-person in the council chambers. That meeting will start at 5:30 p.m., with a hearing regarding proposed language changes to the city’s police and fire pension plans.

The Finance Committee will later discuss those proposed changes along with a proposed reallocation of $43,584 in Public Works funds to assist the Parks Department to design and build a new city skate park. The committee will also take up the city’s request to apply for state grant funds for the partial demolition of the former Meriden-Wallingford Hospital building at 1 King Place. 

That meeting can also be accessed remotely via the city’s website, meridenct.gov.

6. Further review of Cheshire subdivision

The Cheshire Planning and Zoning Commission will continue its review of a 20-lot cluster subdivision at 648 Wallingford Road on property owned Lauren and Earl Kurtz.

The controversial project by Southington-based Lovley Development has been scaled down from its original version and changed several times. It has gone from 34 townhouse units, to 40 age-restricted houses, to its current incarnation: a cluster subdivision of 20 homes without age restrictions, sized between 2,700 and 3,400 square feet and priced between $700,000 and $925,000.

7. Pending litigation in Cheshire

The Cheshire Town Council is scheduled to hold a closed-door executive session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for the purpose of discussing “pending litigation,” according to the agenda. The agenda includes no further information about the nature of pending litigation 

The meeting, which must be convened and adjourned in public session, can be viewed live at youtube.com/c/CheshireChannel14 or on Channel 14. Public comments can be made virtually via email at Comments@cheshirect.org, and by voice message prior to the meeting at 203 271-6638.


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