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Lawsuit: Received support of former councilman Continued from A1 cussed this with city planners.� Kelly has received the It requested the judge determine the damage support of former Port Townsend City Councilman amount. Its move to federal dis- Geoff Masci, who said in a trict court at the city’s Feb. 11 declaration that the request means the cost of city chose the location of the the award will be deter- Thomas Street roundabout mined at trial if it occurs, “before the necessary studSeaman said. ies justifying its location were performed.� Improvement Masci, who chaired the Ken Kelly built the Vic- Public Works Committee torian-style building espe- during the time the roundcially for his business, relo- abouts were approved, said cating from California, and 12 alternatives were winmade about $300,000 in nowed down to four without improvements required by any input from his committhe city to Fifth Street at tee. his own expense, he said in “The City Council went a court filing. from presentations of alter“Had I known the city natives at one [meeting to was going to tear out my vote] for approval at improvements and cut off another meeting with no my direct access to Sims intervening studies or analWay three years later, I ysis,� Masci said in his decwould never have agreed to laration. improve and install Fifth Street as required,� Kelly City: Case has no merit said in his Jan. 5 declaraCity Attorney John tion. “Through the permitting Watts said the Kellys’ case process, the design and the has no merit and that the substantial discussions city has operated within the with the city regarding this law. “A municipality has the project, it was always my belief that Fifth Street was authority to change traffic our parking lot with a direct configurations and close access to [state Highway] streets, and does not owe 20, and I personally dis- abutting owners any com-

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Prior to the construction of the Thomas Street roundabout, Vintage Hardware customers could drive up to the store on a through street, but the construction blocked that access. pensation so long as reasonable access remains,� Watts wrote in an e-mail to the Peninsula Daily News. Watts said Fifth Street in front of Vintage Hard-

ware is a city street that the city controls and is not a private parking lot. “The Kellys are not entitled to control the design of a public road project. That

design was approved by a majority vote of elected representatives following several years of process and review of alternatives,� Watts wrote.

__________ Jefferson County Reporter Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at charlie. bermant@peninsuladailynews. com.

Virus: Flu often causes fever, cough, headaches Continued from A1 cases we are seeing,� Walker said. The state Department of Neither Olympic Medical Center nor Jefferson Health said the flu virus Healthcare has seen a dra- has been circulating in most matic spike in flu-like ill- communities during the nesses including serious past few weeks, sometimes colds, OMC spokesman Jeff at increasing levels, and Anderson and Jefferson will likely continue to circuHealthcare Infection Pre- late throughout March. Flu often causes fever, ventionist Cynthia Walker cough, sore throat, muscle said. “We are seeing a gradual aches, headaches and incline in the number of fatigue.

People at high risk for complications of flu include those younger than 5 years old but especially children younger than 2 years old, those 65 years or older, pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions, including being severely overweight. Those at high risk for complications who have flu symptoms should contact their health care pro-

vider immediately. Antiviral medications can decrease the likelihood of complications. Treatment works best when started early. People who have flu symptoms should stay away from others, cover their coughs and wash their hands frequently to avoid spreading the infection. Since flu is likely to circulate for several weeks, it

is still beneficial to get the flu vaccine if you haven’t already. Clallam County Health & Human Services is not providing seasonal influenza vaccinations to adults this year. Shots are offered at many pharmacies and other locations. Jean Baldwin, director of Jefferson County Public Health, said the vaccine is still available at Safeway

and at doctor’s offices. For more information on Jefferson County immunizations, visit www.jeffersoncounty publichealth.org.

________ Managing Editor/News Leah Leach can be reached at 360-4173531 or leah.leach@peninsula dailynews.com. Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-417-3536 or at paul.gottlieb@peninsuladaily news.com.

Cuts: Fisheries program to be eliminated now Continued from A1 in enrollment will be made through the loss of the fishNo faculty cuts would be eries and massage promade at the college’s loca- grams, as well as reductions tions in Port Townsend and in spaces available with the college’s “adult special Forks, he said. Cuts to enrollment and interest courses,� such as classes come at a time when basic computer classes. more people, mostly unemployed, are seeking a com- Massage program munity college education, No new students will be Keegan acknowledged. accepted into the massage “My preference is to program. serve every citizen of ClalThe program, which lam and Jefferson counties would technically be suswho wants to come here,� he pended, has 13 students, said. each of whom will be The 3-percent reduction allowed to finish their

classes, said Aleilah Lawson, program coordinator. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Program would be eliminated immediately. The program’s one faculty member, Jack Ganzhorn, will teach other science classes, Keegan said. Some fisheries-related classes will still be offered under other programs, but there won’t be a degree or certificate. Ganzhorn is on sabbatical, and none of the program’s classes have been taught this year.

The fisheries degree has been offered at the college for decades, at least since the 1970s. Keegan said those two programs were selected because they have a “higher cost,� in terms of the ratio of students to teachers, than others. While the massage program has had solid enrollment, the fisheries program has languished, with only seven students enrolled last year, he said. “It’s pretty much been in single digits in the recent history,� Keegan said. Keegan said the cuts will go into effect in July, the beginning of the budget cycle. But one employee has already received her pink slip.

Lila Morris said she was notified last Wednesday that she has two weeks left as assistant to the director of the Bachelor of Applied Science program. “We knew that somebody, that people were going to get laid off,� she said. “We didn’t know who. “I was hoping it wasn’t me, but I guess it was.� Keegan said Morris’ job is one of the five part-time positions being eliminated and the only immediate layoff. The BAS program’s director is retiring, and that position won’t be filled, he said. Those duties will be handled by other staff, Keegan said. The other four part-time positions being eliminated

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Continued from A1 Michelle Sandoval said they could have proceeded Then, a bronze sculp- last summer, but merchants ture, “Salish Sea Circle,� by requested the street not be artist Gerard Tsutakawa closed during tourist seawill be installed at the corson. ner of Water and Madison The work was scheduled streets. to begin last Tuesday but was postponed until MonLong time coming day because of a forecast of The repairs and renovations are a long time com- extreme weather. “The improvements to ing. At this week’s Jefferson Water Street are making it County Chamber of Com- better for our community,� merce luncheon, Mayor Sandoval said.

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________ Reporter Tom Callis can be reached at 360-417-3532 or at tom.callis@peninsuladailynews. com.

Man, utility at odds over cat service The Associated Press

MEDICAL LAKE — Aaron Lawrence finally called Inland Power after watching for four days as a cat sat atop a power pole in his neighbor’s yard outside Medical Lake. He told KHQ he worried the cat would touch a live wire and damage the transformer. He called Feb. 12, and a dispatcher told him he’d be billed if linemen were sent out. Lawrence said he asked about options. The utility said he used offensive language and threatened to get a truck of his own. Either way, a crew was dispatched on a Saturday night. They arrived, found the pole and started up their truck. The sound apparently scared the cat off the pole; the animal vanished into the night. But that’s not the end. Lawrence was charged more than $385. He said he’s thinking about whether he’ll pay; KHQ said the utility is considering what it will do if he doesn’t.

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are in the massage program. Three would lose their jobs in July, Keegan said. One would stay on until the last of the students graduate, likely in spring 2012, Lawson said. Lawson said she was more saddened than disappointed to hear her program would be suspended. Massage therapy, she said, has shown to be a good career for the unemployed. “You can train for a great job in nine months,� Lawson said.

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