The Knox City Police are investigating damage done to the Knox Community Center after a Saturday event at the facility. During Tuesday night’s Knox City Council meeting, Clerk-Treasurer, Jeff Houston, told the Council that 112 chairs were damaged, the dance floor was ruined and 25 of the 32 tables were damaged. The carpets were stained and the walls had marks on them.
According to Houston, the people who rented the Community Center Saturday night for a wedding are taking responsibility for their actions. Houston told the Council that while a damage estimate has not been reached at this time, he estimates the cost of the damages to be in the thousands. The carpet cleaners have already been in the facility to clean damages to the carpet.
While Starke County Posse members, or some type of police security, are required to be present at the Community Center when alcohol is being served, the damage was done after the officers had left for the night. The Council expressed their frustration with the destructive activity and talked about increasing security measures at the Community Center.