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City comparing impact fees

The City of Macclenny is conducting a survey of area counties and municipalities to see how its current impact fees compare and if, as alleged by some contractors and developers, they stifle growth.

The review sought by City Manager Phil Rhoden grew out of a give-and-take meeting at city hall the evening of July 16 during which parties affected by the fees voiced opinions on both sides.

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Teen birth rate dropping, but still hovers above state

Births to teen mothers in Baker County have fallen in recent years — down about 35 percent since 2010 — but public health officials believe there’s more to be done.

To that end the health department sought a grant from the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and its Teen Pregnancy Task Force for project its calling “Parent Perspectives in Baker County.”

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Arrested for fleeing from deputy

A Lake City man who sped off in south Macclenny from a deputy sheriff, then nearly collided head-on with another, off-duty officer was arrested on multiple charges the evening of July 27.

Three others in an raucous crowd that gathered at the scene of the arrest off W. Minnesota Ave. were also taken to jail for refusing several requests to calm themselves and disperse.

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Glen’s reserves dwindling

An audit of Glen St. Mary’s finances for the fiscal year that ended last September was recently presented by the Macclenny CPA firm of Lyons and Lyons.

Some highlights:

√ Though the town’s overall net assets jumped by $287,436 with the addition of a central water system north of US 90, Glen’s unrestricted assets (cash and certificates of deposit) continues to dwindle, resting at year’s end at $107,038. A $60,000 CD is restricted by Glen’s bonded indebtedness for past loans for utilities.

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