Project on pond delayed

Bend’s scenic Mirror Pond will not be dredge this year.

The city commission Wednesday rejected all three contractors’ bids for dredging the pond and decided to rebid the project for completion as late as next May.

The pond is actually a swollen mile-long stretch of the Deschutes River between Galveston Avenue and Newport Avenue bridges, created by a Pacific Power & Light Co. dam.

Over the years, the pond has been filling slowly with sediment and vegetation, a condition that many local residents think looks and often smells bad.

Monday, city officials learned that three bids submitted by contractors to dredge the bottom of the pond were far above the $239,000 estimated cost.

Contractors saw too much financial risk in agreeing to do the work in cold fall weather on a schedule that would have required completion of the project in six or seven weeks, siad Tom Gellner, public works director. That conclusion, he said, comes from talking with 12 of the 15 contractors who had obtained bid specifications.

The rejected bids were from Marine Construction & Dredging, Mt. Vernon, Wash., $426,040; Jackson Marine Co., Vancover, Wash., $496,500; and Chinook Pacific Corp., Salem, $547,500.

 Source: The Bulletin ©1983