Northfield’s Wastewater Treatment Plant will undergo a review from an engineering firm to update city staff and city council on necessary improvements to the facility. At last week’s city council meeting, the council approved a $150,000 addition to their budget to update their Capitol Plan and do a full operational audit. The wastewater plant will be independently reviewed aside from other city departments. There have been a couple of recent incidents with the wastewater plant in regard to discharge of wastewater in the Cannon River. Although the amounts discharged were of no danger to the public, an independent review was deemed necessary. That process should begin August 5 with the review to happen in September.
A Faribault man is charged with possession of narcotics in a school zone. According to a complaint filed in Rice County District Court, Blake Arthur Brinkman, age 32, was arrested on July 24 in the Faribault Walgreen’s parking lot. The complaint states that a member of the Cannon River Drug Task Force was staking out a residence following information that Brinkman, who had a warrant out for his arrest, may be at the residence. The officer noticed a man matching Brinkman’s description get into the back seat of a car and followed it to the Walgreen’s. On his person, the complaint states, Brinkman had a pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 0.52 grams. Brinkman has been convicted of three prior controlled substance crimes in Le Sueur County and currently has two pending cases for sale and possession in Rice County. The Walgreen’s location is across from Faribault Lutheran School, which puts it in a school zone. The residence where the officer first spotted Brinkman shares a property line with McKinley Early Childhood Center, also in a school zone. Crimes committed in school zones can be more severe and result in harsher punishment. No court date involving this current incident has been set.
According to a source, the Tavern Restaurant and Tavern Lounge will be closed for up to six months. The restaurant sustained extensive water damage after a fire in the Chapati kitchen above broke out on June 30, 2019. The restaurant has been gutted. The upstairs lounge, while not involved in the damage, isn’t able to serve food, which is required by Minnesota Law. Chapati will re-open sooner but no definite date has been announced.