Brookhaven City Council has authorized an emergency contract for the maintenance of the 11 parks the city will take over from DeKalb County Sept. 3.

At City Council’s Aug. 27 meeting, City Manager Marie Garrett said the city would need the additional help to mow grass, clean bathrooms and maintain park facilities until a full-time parks director is hired.

“Your community has very high expectations of their parks,” Garrett said.

As part of negotiations with DeKalb County, the city agreed to take on the parks maintenance two months earlier than initially planned, putting the city in “triage,” Garrett said.  The city began the search for a parks and recreation director this month, and Garrett is currently interviewing the top candidates for the position, officials said.

City Council voted to give Garrett the authority to authorize a parks maintenance contract that would last through the end of the year, not exceed a cost of $22,000 per month.