The Concerned Citizens will no longer be renting out KP Hall for youth parties, according to director Dorris Vick.
The nonprofit organization, which runs a tutoring program as well as a food bank for the community, has rented out its building for parties in the past, but after a situation that occurred Friday night at a party, Vick said that won’t be happening any more.
“They called me about 3 a.m. to come out there because there was a fight going on,” Vick said. “It was outside in the street, not inside the Hall, but we just don’t want to be involved with anything like that.”
The police were called out, but Vick said no one was arrested or seriously injured.
Vick said that she had been told the party would be for a 16-year-old girl, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.
“This turned out to be a young adult party,” Vick said. “They had hired professional security and everything. This was something they had planned and they fraudulently told me it was going to be for a 16-year-old party.”
Vick said that she will be looking into pressing charges against the individuals who hosted the party.
In the meantime, any youth parties that take place at KP Hall will only be those sponsored by The Concerned Citizens.
“They still need to have something to do, so we’ll do some more parties up there ourselves,” Vick said.
Vick said that KP Hall will be available for adults - age 30 and over - to rent for their gatherings, but wild parties thrown by young adults will be off limits.
In the past, there has not been much identification needed to rent out the KP Hall for a party, but that will no longer be the case.
“It is our hope and desire that this ban will free the local police force to patrol other areas needed, rather than having to waste time controlling unruly parties,” Vick said. “The concerned Citizens will adhere to its mission to provide a clean, safe place for our youth so anyone securing the building under false pretenses will be subject to prosecution.”