For the City of Fort St. John, last week’s North Central Local Government Association meeting was a success in which most of its motions were approved and passed.

The City had brought forward several different motions to the Association’s three-day meeting held in Prince Rupert, including asking for the Province to pay for more of the costs of having to keep prisoners at the local detachment, says City Councillor Bruce Christensen, who is also the second vice president of the Association.

Christensen says the City currently has to subsidize any extra costs associated with keeping a prisoner. He also says the funding provided to transfer prisoners has been reduced and the City is now asking to have both the Province and the federal government raise that amount to its previous level. Although Christensen says he does not know how much the City is subsidizing prisoner costs, it varies on a case by case basis.

The City also had four other resolutions passed, which involve allowing online voting for the 2014 local municipal elections, making winter tires mandatory on rental vehicles, having the Alaska Highway 4-laned and providing municipalities with some of the provincial revenue from liquor sales.

The online voting resolution is expected to allow anyone who is unable to make it to a polling station to still vote in an election. The resolution for making winter tires mandatory for rental vehicles was passed with an amendment that stated ‘acceptable’ winter tires, which can include all-weather radials.

The City also asked that the Province “implement a comprehensive and phased program to 4-lane the Alaska Highway/Highway 97 North” to accommodate the large number of vehicles travelling along the highway each year. Furthermore, the City asked that five per cent of the provincial revenue from all liquor sales be returned to the municipality in which it was purchased.

However, the City had brought forth one resolution that was not passed. It involved raising the amount residents can reclaim for bottle and can deposits to further encourage recycling. Christensen says this resolution was not passed because the Association believed the result would be an increase in the cost of bottles and cans, providing no net benefit for consumers.

Christensen says once a resolution is passed at the NCLGA, then it is brought forward to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities meeting in the fall, when all five provincial regions meet. Then, if the resolutions are passed there, they are then presented to either the Province or the federal government.