Brookhaven, GA – UPDATE: The Brookhaven City Council deliberated and voted unanimously to approve a consent agenda, which places Parks and Police IGA’s in the books. The final number was as we reported earlier, $3.2 million. City says Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May, was instrumental in getting this finalized.
During Tuesday’s DeKalb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Meeting, the BOC approved an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for Brookhaven’s Police and Parks services dating back to Brookhaven’s first day in existence, December 17th.
At the time of this post, the exact details of the IGA’s are not known for sure, but if they track with the July 24th letter sent by DeKalb County to Brookhaven’s Interim City Attorney, Bill Riley for the City’s approval, the terms of the IGA’s are explained in the letter below.
The letter explains that the County will provide Police services until midnight on July 31, 2013, at which time the County’s statutory obligation to provide Police services ends, and thereafter the City of Brookhaven will provide all Police services in Brookhaven.
On Parks, the County will provide Parks services until midnight on September 3, 2013, at which time the County’s statutory obligation to provide Parks services ends, and thereafter the City of Brookhaven will provide all Parks services in Brookhaven. This letter seems to confirm rumblings of the City announcing that they are taking over Parks from DeKalb County on or around Labor Day.
The Carl Vinson Institute Feasibility Study for Brookhaven estimated an annual parks budget of $1,376,492 – up from $480,140 spent by DeKalb County in 2011, as reported by The Dunwoody Crier in this article written by Brookhaven’s District One Councilwoman, Rebecca Chase Williams.
Included in Brookhaven’s 2013 budget is $328,133 for Parks.
The Mayor and Council of Brookhaven will have to vote to accept the final terms during a regular City Council meeting. That could be as soon as tonight – Tuesday, August 13th.
To retrace the steps of how the negotiations reached this point, please see our previous coverage of this topic: