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

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Things to know this week include respecting the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., possible action on the Board of Education budget in Meriden, the future of the old Wallingford station and funding requests Federal under the American Rescue Plan Act in Meriden.

Federal, state and municipal offices are closed Monday for MLK Day.

Here is the list of seven things to know locally to start your week.

1. Remembering MLK

The City of Wallingford is scheduled to hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday at 10 a.m. in the Robert F. Parisi Council Chambers at City Hall. The program includes student artwork, essays and readings, and a performance by the “New Ensemble” choral group. Anyone present who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required to wear a mask.

2. Request for an education budget in Meriden

On Tuesday evening, the Meriden Board of Education will meet in person, with members of the public able to watch the proceedings remotely, via Google Meets. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

According to a posted agenda, the board is expected to discuss a new pilot program, courses for the upcoming school year, as well as a first reading of a proposed policy regarding the approval of textbooks and digital content. , and vote on the finance committee. recommendation to approve the School Department’s 2022-2023 budget request.

3. Wallingford council vacancy, station, audit

On Tuesday, Wallingford City Council is due to hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert F. Parisi Council Chambers at City Hall. The agenda includes filling a vacancy on council due to the resignation of Gina Morgenstein, the future of the city’s historic train station, electoral district reviews, and the city’s comprehensive annual audit.

4. ARPA Funding at Meriden

The Meriden City Council will meet on Tuesday remotely, by videoconference. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and can be accessed through the city’s website, https://www.meridenct.gov/. The board must vote on recommendations from the US bailout steering committee to approve three requests for the use of ARPA funds: for additional staff at the Department of Health and Human Services; support services for victims of domestic violence; and part-fund a marketing campaign to support small businesses impacted by the pandemic.

5. Solar panel at Rogers Orchards in Southington

The owners of Rogers Orchards are looking to install a solar panel on their farm to help offset energy consumption. The plan is before the Planning and Zoning Commission, which must vote on it on Tuesday.

The solar array could be built behind some of the farm buildings on Long Bottom Road.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Civic Center, 200 N. Main St.

6. Economic development in Cheshire

The Cheshire Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday to receive a number of updates on the city’s plans, including digital marketing firm Rebel Interactive Group moving its headquarters to the former location of Furniture Barn on West Main Street. The commission will also receive an update on the Ball & Socket project and grant applications. The meeting will start at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom. The public can join using the link: us06web.zoom.us/j/81680391525.

7. Wallingford Police Station Project

The Wallingford Police Station Steering Committee plans to hold a special meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. in Room 315 at Town Hall. The committee is overseeing plans to move the service into an existing building at 100 Barnes Road. The agenda includes the hiring of a construction manager and the naming of the building as “Wallingford City Police Services Department”.

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