Hery Patel, who manages the Knights Inn, testified he raised rates after the city filed the complaint in an effort to change the clientele. Patel also testified since his family bought the hotel in 2017, they have put about $200,000 into remodeling or improving the rooms.
On Aug. 14, attorneys for the Knights Inn filed a memorandum in opposition to Vandalia’s motion to close the hotel, saying the city did not provide formal written or verbal notice that the city considered the hotel a nuisance.
During the preliminary hearing, the defense attorneys showed the hotel instituted a “do not rent” list, for “unruly” guests.
Vandalia Interim City Manager and Police Chief Kurt Althouse said the police department has responded to the hotel more than 250 times from the first of the year through July 27. The call log from that time period, obtained by the Dayton Daily News, shows calls for disorderly conduct, drug overdoses, auto theft, domestic incidents and other crime.
Patel did not deny there were a lot of calls for service to his hotel and said he has made some calls himself.
The police department often sends two officers when it responds to the Knights Inn because there is a potential for violence, making the property a drain on police resources, Althouse said.
A Vandalia police officer testified he saw “swingers club” parties at the Knights Inn.
Patel said during testimony there is a swingers group that has used the hotel’s conference room and rented rooms on the second floor of the hotel. Patel maintained that the group we consenting adults and they were not doing anything illegal. He said he has even let the swingers group use a storage unit on the property.