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Glance at the Past 10-9-13

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Glance at the Past

Ten Years Ago...

The South Bend City Hall saw major improvements after an earth quake in February of 2001 damaged the building severely. The damage was enough to merit a completely new establishment in late 2003. Architects Mike Kabush and Anthony Stoppiello designed the 3,000 square foot structure with all the bells and whistles in mind. The new city hall was built by Rognlin's Construction and made to withstand up to 100 mile per hour winds and another earthquake. The building contains a court/council meeting room equipped with space for private lawyer and client meetings as well as officers for court clerk, city clerk/treasurer, the mayor, city superintendent, and the assistant clerk/treasurer. To the west, the city police department will be attached to the building containing a secure evidence holding room, laboratory processing, a separate restroom, and an office for the police chief. When the new building was finished, the old one was torn down and cleaned up as it was predicted to be the site of a new fire hall as well.

Twenty Years Ago...

Many of the area's roads were renamed, combined, or changed in some way. Much of the change was to create more efficient address labels to improve the emergency system. Duplicates and excessive names were to be removed and renamed. All in all this was to be a very beneficial and promising plan. However, some residents were a bit upset over the possible loss of history. Willapa-Monohon Landing Road was said to be shortened to Willapa Road. Bob Monohon, the great grandson of the man the road was named after thought the change unfortunate. The first Monohon's moved to the area in the 1890s, creating a homestead that helped shape the area. Other roads such as the Marshall Roads were to be renamed as they were located within a 3-mile radius of one another. The city hoped to begin the project by March of '93 and quickly begin the safety improvement to benefit the whole area.

only 12 graduated, which highlighted the efforts and dedication of the two firefighters. They were required to drive to classes in Aberdeen, Portland, Chehalis, and Vancouver totaling over 10,000 miles on the road.

The two became certified in emergency medical techniques used to keep people alive on their trip to the hospital. A major part was their cardiac emergency training. As a result of the older population of the area, many of the emergencies were cardiac related and time sensitive so it was an asset to have people specializing in keeping those individuals alive.

Their tuition costs were paid for by the North Pacific County Ambulance District, which encompassed those that they served. They hoped to get two more people trained so as to have an emergency technician on staff at all times.

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