By Teri Knight, News Director
A Faribault man was sentenced Friday for 1st degree drug sale of a hallucinogen. In June of last year, Cannon River Drug Task Force agents investigated 23-year-old Mark Joseph Johnson and his supplier, a juvenile. Agents conducted two controlled buys of psilocybin mushrooms totaling nearly 55 grams. Johnson was previously convicted of 3rd degree drug sale in January of 2017. Rice County Judge Jeffrey Johnson gave him 7.5 years in prison; however, his sentence is stayed for 10 years providing he adhere to conditions including treatment through Teen Challenge and complete Treatment Court (formerly called Drug Court).
Northfield Council talks budget, reminds public of open house for 246 and Jefferson Parkway
Last week the Northfield City Council looked over its wish list for budgeting purposes. City Administrator Ben Martig called it an “information dump,” adding the takeaways were to keep resident utility rates the same and set them early in September. For now, despite the flow of dollars into the wastewater treatment plant, city staff believes they can hold off on increases. The maximum tax levy must be set in September; that number can go down but not up. The council’s plan from the work session is to have a better idea in November of where they want to be. Public hearings will take place in December. A reminder that on Wednesday, August 21, that there is an open house at City Hall regarding the roundabout options for pedestrians and bicyclists at Highway 246 and Jefferson Parkway. Martig said, “Even if you filled out the survey, we’d like people to come in so that we can explain the options a little bit more because we’re looking at the roundabout, which will definitely be in the project, but then we’re trying to figure out on pedestrians and bicycle crossings: what’s the design that we should look at having and a lot of that cost on that decision’s really going to bear on the local. Fortunately the roundabout’s largely being financed through state funds.” Adding any features will be a local cost. Martig added that it’s a long-term decision and it’s important to have as input from the public as possible. The Open House is in Council Chambers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Comments open for Northfield Council meeting
The Northfield Council will hold several public hearings and related action tomorrow evening. Two agenda items regard the sale of property by Northfield Hospital and Clinics and three are about tax abatement related to street maintenance facility roof replacement and Spring Creek Road improvements. On the regular agenda is a resolution to accept a donation from the local Lions Club of $10,000 for playground equipment at Riverside/Lions Park and items related to the city’s proposed 2020 mill and overlay projects. You can comment on the city’s website through noon tomorrow on any item on the agenda.
Chip sealing starts today
MnDOT will be chip sealing on several highways in southeast Minnesota beginning today. Motorists will take turns using single open lanes while being directed by flaggers. Work is expected to be completed before Labor Day. Some of the highways impacted include Highway 3 and Highway 21 in and near Faribault and Highway 14 east of Interstate 35 in Owatonna. The full list of impacted roadways is on our Community News page.