Brookhaven, GA, April 21, 2016 – by Trey Benton – According to a City of Brookhaven “Sexually Oriented Business Public Safety Assessment” report, the cost of addressing the “primary and secondary impacts of the operations of a sexually oriented business on a community” totaled nearly $72,000, for the first 3 months of 2016.
The City says the Pink Pony pays $225,000 annually ($56,250 quarterly) as part of an “Exit Transition Agreement” to defray the cost of “enhanced policing” through what is called a Neighborhood Enforcement Team or N.E.T.
According to the City’s report that covers the period from January 1 – March 31, 2016, the costs of policing the Pink Pony was $71,905.48, or $23,968.49 per month. This leaves a deficit of $15,655.48, the City’s numbers show.
Of the almost $72,000 in expenses, the City says $66,965.29 was for the cost of 3 Brookhaven Officers and K-9 services. Gasoline and Communications costs totaled $2,346.18 and overhead costs were $2,594.01.
Back in November of 2014, Brookhaven and the Pink Pony settled on a six year agreement payable to the Brookhaven Police Department to be used to pay for the “added cost of policing, enforcing the agreement and controlling any potential negative secondary effects of the club.”
Part of the “Exit Transition Agreement”, the Pink Pony had to pay all legal fees associated with the widely publicized legal battle between the club and the City, after Brookhaven adopted it’s Sexually Oriented Business Ordinance. Those legal fees were capped at $283,000, the amount the City spent in the litigation and drafting the agreement.
The club was also required to “donate” land along the Peachtree Creek that runs along the club’s property, as well as pay up to $75,000 for the City to build a linear park, plus a portion of the surveying costs.