The Knox City Council members held discussion on the use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center by area church groups.
The request was to use the facility free of charge once a week to provide enough space to serve meals to community members in need. The great room or executive room would be used along with the kitchen in order to prepare the meals for service. A different church group would use the facility once a week to host the meals and four hours would be set aside for preparation, service and clean-up.
While the idea is a positive one for the community, the council members opted to table a decision until more information is given in terms of cost and liability. If anything is broken or any damage is incurred, the city would need to pay for the repairs. The way it is now, there isn’t enough money coming in from the use of the community center per year to keep up with expenses.
Non-profit groups usually pay a discount when using the community center for any purpose.
More statistics will be researched and the council will discuss the use of the facility again when they meet on Tuesday, Sept. 9.