The newly formed city of Brookhaven has spent $40,000 paying an attorney who helped draft the city’s sexually oriented business ordinance, according to a report by The Brookhaven Post.

The Post obtained the data via an open records request. The Post provided documents, republished here, that show the city attorney’s office made the payments to Chattanooga attorney Scott Bergthold. Bergthold has worked around the country drafting anti-strip club ordinances for cities. Brookhaven’s recently-adopted ordinance bans the sale of alcohol in businesses that employ nude dancers. The local Pink Pony strip club has sued the newly-formed city, saying the ordinance is intended to put the club out of business. The case is pending.

Here are the documents obtained by The Post.

$40,000 in Payments from the City of Brookhaven, GA to Scott D Bergthold.

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