Stage and washrooms available to groups

Vanderhoof users will have first call on the district’s new portable stage and washrooms

At the March 26 meeting, council adopted a policy

Vanderhoof users will have first call on the district’s new portable stage and washrooms

At the March 26 meeting, council adopted a policy on the use of the facilities, as presented by deputy administrator Tom Clement. The policy sees two types of users: those eligible for free use and those which have to pay a fee for use. It also establishes when council approval is required by a group, as well as some general provisions for all users.

Service groups or non-profit organizations located within the district will be granted free use without council approval on a first come, first served basis. That use includes set-up and take-down. If the group is using the facilities outside Riverside Park, it will be responsible for ensuring a power supply compatible with the equipment.

Any other organization or group operating in the district, or individuals residing in Vanderhoof, may apply to use the facilities for events in the municipal boundaries, but council will have to approve the request.

An organization, group or person can also request use of the stage outside the municipal boundaries with council approval.

Any applicants who do not qualify for free use are responsible for the rental fees as set out in the policy as well as costs associated with the electrical requirements, sound technician and sound set-up. District employees will be responsible for the set-up and take-down of the equipment in all cases.

All users are required to have liability insurance, submit a damage deposit, and provide security while the stage is set up.

Walk for Justice

The new policy on the use of the portable stage got its first use later in the meeting, when a group looking to hold a Walk for Justice requested its use.

In a letter to council, Cathy Malo said she was holding the Walk for Justice – An Ear to Hear and Death to Violence event on April 28.

“I am hoping to have guest speakers attend this event to talk about drugs and violence,” the letter said, “and how we can start to educate people and children of the dangerous people destroying the lives of our families with missing and murdered people.”

The walk will start at noon in the area of the ball diamonds, go over the overpass, down Highway 16 to Burrard Avenue, along Burrard to Stewart Street and back to the ball diamonds.

In presenting a report to council, deputy administrator Tom Clement noted that closing Recreation Avenue could present problems for emergency vehicles, if they were required. He suggested the walk only use half of Recreation Avenue.

Council approved the use of the portable stage for the event at no charge, and also moved to waive the damage deposit.