Emmet County Administration
200 Division St., Petoskey, MI 49770
John Calabrese, Administrator
Michael Reaves, Assistant Administrator
State of the County Reports as prepared for the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce annual “State of the County” events:
Facilities and Assets
Michael Reaves, Director
Julia Langer, Director
The State of the County of Emmet
2018 was a year of great change and positive results for Emmet County. Inside county operations, a new county administrator was hired (John Calabrese), along with: a new finance director (Pam Gibson), Director of Parks and Recreations (Marci Schmiege), Communications Director (Stacy Cox), Assistant County Administrator/Facilities and Assets Director (Mike Reaves); Internal Controls Manager (Julia Langer) and a new EMS director (Randy Weston) were brought on board. Also, a new Register of Deeds was elected (Karen Cosens).
Inside the County Building new security measures were put into place. Metal detectors are now operational at the Lake Street entrance, and a security firm provides screening for the safety and security of all who work, conduct business, or visit the Emmet County Building.
In 2018, the Emmet County Board of Commissioners acted on a long standing issue in Emmet County. The Board voted to greatly expand public transit in Emmet County. Starting January 2, 2019, the county is providing through contracted services with Straits Regional Rides, multiple new routes inside the county to provide more transportation options for Emmet County citizens and visitors.
Also in 2018, the Emmet County Board of Commissioners voted to put a millage proposal on the November ballot. The millage was for an upgrade to the emergency radio communications system provided through the Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet County consolidated dispatch Center (CCE). The proposal passed, and the switch to the upgraded 800 MHz system will begin in 2019. This new system will greatly enhance emergency communications for all law enforcement, fire, EMS and other first responders in the three county area.
The County owned Senior Care Facility, Bay Bluffs, located in Harbor Springs, is in need of renovations. The Board of Commissioners voted in December 2018 to approve a 1.1-million-dollar renovation to the aging building. These improvements will enhance the safety and security of the seniors who are residents of that facility. Upgrades should begin sometime in mid-2019.
The County, through actions taken by the Board of Commissioners, took action to increase efficiencies in county government, while increasing transparency and information sharing with our citizens. BOC full meeting agenda packages are now available through our website and Novus Agenda. Other software upgrades have enhanced our operation, making the processes more effective and transparent.
Emmet County EMS continues to deliver high quality emergency medical service to everyone in the county. Operational changes within Emmet County EMS resulted in a savings on personnel costs, while not affecting response times or the excellent care that our citizens enjoy.
- The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office had another busy year, providing high quality law enforcement services in our county.
- Planning and Zoning and Construction Resources both had extremely active years, dealing with a very high demand for services.
- Parks and Recreation expanded and enhanced programming at the Headlands Dark Sky Park and other facilities.
Overall, 2018 was a very busy year for Emmet County government and operations. My sincere thanks to all of the county’s dedicated employees and elected officials who make Emmet County one of the best places in the country to work, live and play!
John Calabrese, Emmet County Administrator