Friday marks the end of the 2009 North Central Municipal Association convention in Dawson Creek.

The NCMA is an association of local governments whose mission is to address issues, and to move forward initiatives for the benefit of its members.

Resolutions that were passed during the conference will be tackled at a provincial level.

The NCMA covers municipalities from Williams Lake, West to Port Edward, all the way North to the Northern Rockies Regional District.

On Thursday, 17 resolutions were passed including a mandatory snow tire bylaw, along with two Measuring up the North bylaws. In addition to this, Peace River Regional District chair Karen Goodings was announced NCMA President for 2009-2010. Fort St. John Councilor Lori Ackerman says it’s wonderful to have someone representing the Peace on a provincial level.

The three day convention concluded with several resolutions passed on Friday. Ackerman reported some of the passed resolutions, including:

– A bylaw which would reflect the supplementary assessment rolls completed after July 1 will be the properties’ assessment for the subsequent year. This resolution was brought to the NCMA by the City of Fort St. John.

– Three separate bylaws, each worded differently, that would give businesses a vote within municipalities. All of the passed resolutions will be brought up in the legislature later this year.

Meanwhile, the NCMA hosted numerous workshops ranging from climate change to sustainability in BC’s Beef Cattle Industry.

On Thursday, former BC Premier Mike Harcourt spoke about sustainable communities.

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