The Vernonia City Council negotiated and approved a Settlement Agreement and a Memorandum of Agreement with the Vernonia Ridge Riders equestrian group for use of the Equestrian Arena at Anderson Park.
Council is awaiting final approval from the Ridge Riders legal representative, but both parties have agreed in principle to the terms of both agreements.
The Settlement Agreement concerns the dispute between the two parties over the validity of the most recent lease from August 2006 which has regulated use of the site.
The Settlement Agreement document mutually rescinds the 2006 lease and all prior agreements between the parties. It also dismisses all claims in the matter that were scheduled to be heard in Columbia County Circuit Court. In addition, the Settlement Agreement states that use of Anderson Park Equestrian Arena will now be governed by the new Memorandum of Agreement between the two parties.
The new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) calls for the Ridge Riders to receive twelve days of use at the arena per calendar year which begins February 1. Scheduled clean-up, preparation and maintenance days are exempt. The Ridge Riders will also have two “community benefit days” per calendar year. All other days of use will be subject to general equestrian permit and fees adopted by the City Council. Read More