Things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire

Things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire

Government offices and buildings will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Parades are cancelled this year due to the coronavirus, but smaller, private ceremonies can be viewed online.

Also this week, police chief interviews are scheduled to continue in Meriden and the Wallingford Town Council is expected to discuss high school graduation plans, as well as a COVID-19 update and establishing a Community Pool committee.

Meanwhile, Meriden considers changes to transfer station fees, Southington takes up $2.5 million in funding for a well project and Cheshire holds its last budget workshop followed by a vote on the budget.

Here’s the complete list of 6 things to know this week.

1.Memorial Day observances move online

Local leaders and veterans groups still plan to pay respect to the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, with small events that are not open to the public, but will be televised and aired online.

In Meriden, American Legion Post 45 is planning a small Memorial Day ceremony at its building on Hanover Road on Monday. You can watch the ceremony live on the Record-Journal Facebook page beginning at 10 a.m. Photos and the video will later be posted at

In Southington, American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 will live stream, via Facebook, a small ceremony in front of its building, at 64 Main St., at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

In Wallingford, the town's Veterans Memorial Committee will hold a televised memorial service that will air on Memorial Day at 1, 4 and 7 p.m on the WGTV YouTube channel.

The Cheshire Veterans Council is also still planning to hold small events, including a private wreath-laying ceremony on the Cheshire Congregational Church Green.

The wreath-laying ceremony will be video recorded and aired later on social media, as well as on channel 14.

2.Police chief interviews continue in Meriden

The Police Chief Search Committee will continue conducting the first round of candidate interviews virtually this week. Thirteen candidates are being interviewed in the first round. City officials have said they hope to have a new hire begin as close to July 1 as possible. Outgoing chief Jeffry Cossette is set to leave the city at the end of June.

3.Wallingford council takes up graduation, pool committee

The Wallingford Town Council plans to hold a remote meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting can be accessed through or calling 1-866-899-4679 and using access code 857797557. Agenda items include several monetary transfers to fund Fire Department purchases, reports from the Health and Economic Development offices on the local impact of COVID-19, discussion of the creation of a Town Council Pool Committee and discussion of the reopening of Wallingford and outdoor graduation.

4.Transfer station fees in Meriden

The City Council's Finance Committee is expected to discuss and vote on proposed changes to the fee schedule at the city’s transfer station. A resolution being taken up by the committee proposes reducing the fee for smaller vehicles and increasing the fees for larger vehicles. It would also impose a $20 fee for mattresses that do not meet the requirements for recycling, and charge collectors a $100 fee per vehicle. 

The virtual Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for 5:30 pm Tuesday and can be accessed through the city website. 

5.Well project in Southington 

In Southington, the Town Council will hold a public hearing on a $2.5 million well project. The meeting will take place via video conference on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. More information can be found at

6.Cheshire town budget workshop, vote

In Cheshire, discussions on the town's proposed Fiscal 2021 operating budget will continue. A workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 26. On Thursday, May 28, a special Town Council meeting has been scheduled for the purposes of adopting that proposed budget. 

The special meeting will be held via video conference. Agendas, which would include a link for public access to the those meetings, have not yet been posted. 

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