County to spend $136,000 to repair vandalism damage to St. Luke’s Community Center

This is the amount Georgetown County Council is expected to approve to repair damage to the St. Luke’s Community Center. Damage caused by vandals.
The recommendation is on the agenda for tonight’s Georgetown County Council meeting. Being on the consent agenda means that it will be approved, without any discussion once the meeting agenda is approved.
“This contract is for the renovation or repair of damage caused to the center by vandalism,” reads the published agenda.
The documents say $100,000 of the money came from the Sales Tax Fund for Capital Projects. Excess Proceeds The remaining balance of $36,196.61 is to be drawn from the Office of Aging Services fund balance.
According to Beth Goodall, chief of the county’s parks and recreation department, the damage to the facility – located near the community of Rose Hill – is extensive.
The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office has been called to the center several times over the past two years due to vandalism, according to information provided after a request by GAB News.
On April 2, 2021, it was reported that the building had been broken into and extensive damage had been done. There were broken pool cues, pool balls had been thrown against the walls, an administrative office was ransacked and exit signs were smashed. Other equipment was also destroyed.
On May 12, 2021, a deputy met with a county employee who said “a multitude” of items had been damaged by vandals. Items damaged included a pool table, furniture and chairs.
The building’s windows were also destroyed, but the worker said the suspect may have had a key and entered through the back door. At the time, the damage was estimated at $25,000.
On May 19, 2022, it was reported that someone broke the glass in one of the doors to get inside the building. There were bullet holes in the plywood that covered the building’s windows. Plywood was placed over all doors and windows after vandals smashed all the glass.
There were no arrests in any of the vandalism cases.

Jill E. Washington