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Brookhaven takes over parks and recreation department Tuesday
by Sarah Anne Voyles
svoyles@neighbornewspapers.com
August 28, 2013 01:54 PM | 1197 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Brookhaven City Council unanimously voted to pay DeKalb County $3.2 million for park and police services at the Aug. 13 council meeting.

“We feel that the city and the county have agreed on a fair and reasonable price for the services provided,” Mayor J. Max Davis said in a statement. “We appreciate DeKalb assisting us in serving our community while we got our city up and running.”

The city will take control of the parks Tuesday – earlier than the city originally planned when reaching an agreement with the county. Also in the agreement, the city will reimburse the county for police patrols from December 2012 to July 31, when the city’s police force started patrols.

According to the agreement, the county will provide police SWAT team, K-9s and other specialized services to the city.

“This agreement allows DeKalb County and Brookhaven to look to the future concerning our respective public safety plans,” interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said in a statement.

Currently, the city is still working to establish the parks and recreation department. City Manager Marie Garrett said the city has received more than 50 resumes and is reviewing them for the park director position. She also said top candidates are being interviewed.

“We are looking for someone who can build a parks and recreation department from the ground up,” Garrett said. “It is important that candidates be able to develop quality programs and services to meet the recreation needs of the community.”

Brookhaven will control 11 parks. Garrett said the city will benefit from the opportunity to control its own parks and recreation program. Once a director is put in place, he or she will take the responsibility of creating a master plan for the growth and policies of the park.
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