While Emmet County’s main focus is on housing, transportation is also on their minds.
With not enough housing in areas like Petoskey, the fact that workers don’t have reliable public transportation is also contributing to short staffing.
Commissioners are currently trying to figure out if creating a transit authority would be the right way to go. However, it’s been a slow process on deciding on what to do.
“For us a transportation system would have to be focused on people living in Emmet County going to a job in Emmet County so there are some constraints and it’s complex in a rural area but all these problems can be solved,” said Charlie MacInnis, Emmet County Commissioner.
Transportation is certainly something the commission is trying to solve, but housing remains their top priority.