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Mid-week end to water boiling

Macclenny utility workers repair a water main break on South 6th Street June 25.

City of Macclenny utility workers repair a water main break on South 6th Street June 25.

A water main break on South 6th Street interrupted water service to several hundred homes and businesses in southwest Macclenny this week and prompted city officials to issued a boil water notice about 1:30 pm on Monday.

The notice was rescinded late Wednesday afternoon after testing demonstrated the water was safe to drink.

More than 800 customers were affected by the break according to data from the city’s CodeRED system, which notified about 87 percent of the customers impacted about the need to boil water.

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Dump dividend of $230K included in landfill’s new 2013-14 budget

Baker, Union and Bradford counties will split $790,000 as their dividends from a profitable New River Landfill when the new fiscal year begins on October 1 — though not equally. Union County will get an extra $100,000 because the regional landfill is located there.

Each county will receive one third of the remaining $690,000 — $230,000 each — in “host fees.” The fees were included in a new $7,012,120 budget approved by the New River Solid Waste Association’s governing board on June 13. The new budget represents a slight decrease of $37,910 from last year.

Some highlights of the budget include projected revenues totaling $5.2 million in tipping fees from New River’s largest refuse-generating customer, Alachua County, an increase of $46,500 over last year. Alachua County is expected to haul about 155,000 tons of trash to the landfill next year at a rate of $33.55 per ton.

Other anticipated revenue includes $1,008,000 from the three host counties, each of which pays a tipping fee of $24 a ton, and $610,470 from New River’s fifth customer Levy County, which pays $32.30 a ton.

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Oldcastle strikes 50-year deal with city for ‘grey’ water

In its bid to obtain a permit to mine sand in southeastern Baker County where DuPont has been mining for decades, Tampa-based Oldcastle Southern Group picked up a key ally last week: the City of Macclenny.City commissioners unanimously approved a deal with Old Castle on June 11 that enables the company to use reclaimed water from the city’s sewage treatment plant in its operation instead of pumping millions of gallons of water from the aquifer.

“Through much negotiating we’ve put together a win-win for the city and for Oldcastle,” said City Manager Phil Rhoden after he presented the 11-page, 50-year contract to commissioners at the board’s monthly meeting.

Mr. Rhoden quickly added that the proposed partnership would be more helpful to Oldcastle than to the city since the company’s plans have drawn opposition from numerous local residents committed to halting any further mining in the county.

Further, he noted, the city has a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection allowing the discharge of treated wastewater into Turkey Creek and probably would be allowed to continue with that method of disposal for several years to come.

“But they (FDEP) are very much in favor of our entering into this contract if at all possible,” he said.

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Meth lab in shed off Clete Harvey

Cops- meth Oralls

Jason Oralls

A tip to police that originated as a complaint to the Department of Children and Families led to the arrest on June 12 of four Baker County men for operating a meth lab off Clete Harvey Rd.

Several deputies went to the address about 6:45 and spotted a man later identified as Jason Oralls, 38, running from behind a shed near the residence and tossing a plastic jug onto the top of a grape vine. Investigator Matt Yarborough said Mr. Oralls  ran back to the shed, then to a burning fire into which he tossed several other objects.

Meanwhile, Lt. Scotty Rhoden nabbed the remaining suspects as they exited the shed and walked hurriedly toward the residence.

They were identified as Russell Rooker, 35, and Allen Yonn, 33, both of Macclenny, along with Jason Dupree, 34, of Glen St. Mary.

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