Topics at Minneapolis City Council meeting: Northern Metals settlement funds, Final Four

January 18, 2019 12:55 PM

The Minneapolis City Council is set to discuss recommendations in a settlement case with Northern Metals as well as whether to approve a block event permit for the NCAA Final Four.

Council members will discuss both topics during a meeting Friday.

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The city is receiving about $600,000 in a settlement case with Northern Metals after state regulators found the company was contributing to poor air quality in North and Northeast Minneapolis.

The Northern Metals Advisory Committee, made up of community members, has recommended the funds be used to educate the public and help with access to air filters and blood testing for families.

RELATED: City of Minneapolis has plan for using Northern Metals funds

Committee member Sam Grant said the funds will help place "money directly into the hands of families to directly benefit people impacted by the lead and asthma overburden. There are a lot of people in the community that are really concerned."

Outreach efforts are expected to begin in the spring. Northern Metals will also move out of its North Minneapolis facility by the end of the year. Until then, the company is being monitored for compliance.

Meanwhile, the city council will also discuss approving a "large block event permit" for the NCAA men's basketball Final Four to be held in Minneapolis.

Organizers want permits to block off streets for events along Nicollet Mall and around the U.S. Bank Stadium during the first few days of April.

RELATED: Fan schedule for Final Four in Minneapolis released

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