Pleasant Valley Horse club receives partial funding from District of Houston

In the story “Pleasant Valley Horse club requests refund” published in the Houston Today April 26 issue, it was reported that the Pleasant Valley Horse club (PVHC) requested to be refunded for Pleasant Valley Days and the B.C. Barrel Blitz and a waiver for this and subsequent years. Houston council directed tabled the request and directed staff to aquire more information.

At the District of Houston council meeting on May 16, staff recommended to council that they approve the PVHC requests for a refund of special events fees for the 2016 Pleasant Valley Days event, but to deny the PVHC request for a refund of special event fees for the 2016 B.C. Barrel Racing Association event.

“We are refunding the special event fees for the 2016 Pleasant Valley Days event, as the 2003 Policy which had been followed until 2014 stipulated that Pleasant Valley Days (Victoria Day Long weekend) would be exempt from special event user fees,” said Gerald Pinchbeck, Corporate Services officer for the District of Houston, to Houston Today. “The 2016 BC Barrel Racing Association event is not being refunded as it occurred from August 26-28, which was outside the exemption period stipulated by the was outside the exemption period stipulated by the policy.”

“Part of the discussion last meeting was for staff to investigate a user agreement or lease, so I just want to make sure that the intent the is still there and will be presented at the next meeting,” said counsellor Jonathan Van Barneveld.

Houston mayor, Shane Brienen, said that what he would like to see come out of this is a table discussion where council members, district staff, and the PVHC sit down to discuss the alleviation of fees and user agreement will look like.

“What I would like to see is somewhere in June we sit down with PVHC and district staff and work out a new agreement of understanding and review all those rates and fees,” said Brienen.

Van Baranveld said in addition to that he would like to have it formally written what tasks the PVHC oversees at the Four Seasons ground and what staff at the District of Houston cover.

“I really believe that this is one club that puts a lot of work in [to Four Seasons] and we have to factor that in somehow in the user agreement,” said Brienen.

Don Hounsell, manager of operations and engineering at the District of Houston welcomes the help of the PVHC.

“We are under a tremendous amount of pressure right now to do a lot of things with a very few people, with very few dollars,” said Hounsell.

Houston council resolved to approve the recommendation of refunding PVHC for special event fees for the 2016 Pleasant Valley Days event, but to deny refund for the 2016 B.C. Barrel Racing Association event. The club will be refunded a total of $337.16.

Just Posted

New transit service to connect Terrace with the Hazelton area

New transit services will start running on Nov. 20, 2017

Search ends for Frances Brown

Smithers RCMP announce end to search for Brown, who went missing mushroom picking Oct. 14

RCMP officer cleared in Prince George arrest

A suspect’s leg was fractured in 2015 incident

Safe grad 2017 raises $520

SAFE GRAD FUNDRAISER Houston secondary students pump gas and wash windows at… Continue reading

Age and disability friendly sidewalk expansion begins

Construction to expand the sidewalk on the north side of Houston, between… Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘Lyle the singing pig’ searching for home

SPCA say the pig is ‘not opera-ready’

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek farm search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld published the comments on his Facebook page

B.C. couple hope boat drone becomes first to cross Atlantic

Colin and Julie Angus of Victoria to have drone collect environmental data en route

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Opponents of LGBTQ program to file human rights complaint against Surrey School District

District denied Parents United Canada right to rent Bell Performing Arts Centre for rally next month

Ex-employee describes alleged sexual assault by B.C. city councillor

Complainant was a teen during the alleged 1992 incident

Amazon gets 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Submissions were due last week. Online retailer has said tax breaks and grants would be factors

Most Read