This Saturday, British Columbians will head to the polls to choose their mayors, councillors, regional district directors and school trustees, but in the Merritt area, there are some jobs that won’t be up for grabs.

Robin Smith was acclaimed as Logan Lake’s mayor after no other candidates stepped forward to run in the election.

She had been acting mayor for the District of Logan Lake for about a year since the town’s previous mayor took a leave of absence before subsequently resigning.

Smith told the Herald that community has several projects on the go at the moment. Two examples include the construction of a fire hall and a waterpark, similar to the one Merritt has located at Rotary Park.

Currently, Logan Lake’s fire department shares space with the district’s municipal building.

“It’ll be really nice to see them have their own space and something to call theirs,” Smith said.

She said construction on the fire hall should begin in 2015.

Upgrades to Logan Lake’s campground will continue in phases, she said.

Smith said the upgrades will help improve Logan Lake’s tourism — the town’s second biggest industry.

More residential development is also on its way, she said.

“We got a lot of big stuff on the go right now,” she said, “so there’s really a lot to look forward to over these next four years and a lot of work that’s got to be done.”

Health care continues to be one of the biggest challenges for the community, and the District of Logan Lake has been working hard to recruit a physician, she said.

It launched a website — loganlakedoctor.com — targeted at physicians to showcase the benefits of serving the town.

She also said a group in the community known as the Logan Lake Health Care Support Society has established some funding to assist with short-term accommodations for a physician.  

She said there are a number of senior residents in Logan Lake and many of them are finding they need to leave the community to find the health services they need.

Smith said she’s in contact with the Interior Health Authority on a regular basis, but at the end of the day, it is up to the physician to make the decision to come to the community.

Smith said there has been a lot of interest from physicians who want to come to Logan Lake, but getting a commitment has been difficult. 

TNRD directors acclaimed

Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area N (Beautiful Nicola Valley South) director Herb Graham was acclaimed for the next four years. He said he plans to work toward more transportation services in Area N.

Graham also said he plans to continue to bring services to the rural area while trying to keep taxes as low as possible.

“That’s a tough one because service and taxes all go together,” he said.

One task Graham said he’d like to see through to fruition is a widening of Coldwater Road to ensure safety of those who walk along it.

He said communication is the key to successful local government and he intends to continue to communicate with the public and understand their concerns.

TNRD Area M (Beautiful Nicola Valley North) director Randy Murray was also acclaimed to his former position for the next four years, but could not be reached for comment by press time.