Port Townsend City Council members address chamber on visions of community’s future

PORT TOWNSEND — The City of Dreams will remain a viable community if it can educate its young adults locally and provide affordable housing, members of the City Council told Chamber of Commerce members Monday.

Mayor Kees Kolff and council members Michelle Sandoval, Freida Fenn and Joe Finnie delivered that message Monday during the chamber’s weekly luncheon meeting at the Point Hudson Marina Room.

“I know that’s been a concern — keeping our young adults here and them having jobs,” Sandoval said.

She pointed to the recently released Community Health Assessment Update, which stated that one in five of Jefferson County’s 3,224 people between the ages of 18 and 34 live below the poverty level and many lack a high school diploma.

For about 30 minutes Monday, council members told the chamber how the city’s Comprehensive Plan is addressing poverty and housing problems.

“Job skills training and higher education are planks in the city’s Comprehensive Plan,” Finnie said.


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