The city of Brookhaven has offered DeKalb County $3 million for interim police and parks services in response to a letter from the county threatening legal action if the city did not pay for the services it has received since incorporation.
In a June 27 letter to DeKalb County Manager Zach Williams, Brookhaven City Manager Marie Garrett said she is hopeful the county would agree to the offer so the two governments could “complete this transaction immediately.”
“We stand ready upon your agreement with these figures as described above to pay the $3,000,000 in full. It is my intent to place both the Police and Parks and Recreation [Intergovernmental Agreements] on the July 9, 2013 City Council agenda for their approval of this offer,” Garrett wrote in the letter.
Also in the letter, Garrett said the city would continue using county police services until July 31, when Brookhaven will launch its own police department. She said the city plans to use the county’s parks and recreation services until November.
“Prior to November 2013, the city will move forward to purchase all parks and their improvements located within the city limits in order to ready the city to offer parks and recreations services to our citizens,” Garrett wrote.
The city and county have been negotiating for months over the costs of the interim police and parks services the county is providing until the city is able to establish its own departments. But the two jurisdictions have yet to sign an intergovernmental agreement over the services.
In a June 19 letter to Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, DeKalb County Attorney O.V. Brantley said the county is prepared to take legal action if the city doesn’t pay the amount discussed in earlier negotiations for the services. The county asked for $525,000 per month for police services and $400,000 for 11 months of parks services.
The county asked for notification by June 28 if Brookhaven intended to pay the amount requested for interim services.
“Last week, you informed the county that Brookhaven did not intend to pay anything for parks services, and only intended to pay a total of $500,000 for six months of police services,” Brantley wrote in the letter. “This is not a tenable legal position, and is contrary to the parties’ negotiations and previous course of good faith dealing.”