Dredge work to resume after search for engine

A spokesman for the contractor the city of Bend hired to dredge Mirror Pond said the work on the project should resume by Monday, despite another delay in finding a replacement engine for the disabled dredge.

Meanwhile, a city official said he was still optimistic that the project would be finished by the July 31 deadline set by the state Land Board.

Dick Turnow of Bend, project superintendent for the Salem-based Sandau Dredging, said the company is bringing in a rebuilt, 16-cylinder diesel engine with a full warranty from Phoenix, Ariz.

It will replace one that failed April 30, only five days after the dredge began operating. The rebuilt engine was to have left Phoenix Tuesday, Turnow said.

After the breakdown, the company ordered a replacement engine from a company in Hibbing, Minn. But when it arrived earlier this month, it was discovered to be the wrong engine.

After contacting the supplier, the right engine was located and shipped to Salem, where it arrived the middle of last week, Turnow said.

But after mechanics “tore into it” and found it had undergone much wear and tear, the company decided not to use it, he said.

Once a few minor modifications are made to  the new engine and it is shipped to Bend, “We’ll have it together and hooked back up in a day,” Turnow said. “We hope to be going by Monday.”

City Manager Art Johnson said he’s not overly concerned about the delay yet.

“Of course, we wish we wouldn’t have the delay. We would like to get the project accomplished. And I feel sorry for the contractor,” he said. “But we still have until July 31. I’m optimistic we’re going to get the job done (by that date).”

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Snafus plaguing dredging project

The head of the Salem company hired to dredge Mirror Pond says he’s beginning to think Murphy’s Law is at work in the project.

Murphy’s Law says, “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.”

Don Sandau, owner of Sandau Dredging, said today he’s received a newly rebuilt engine to replace one that broke down April 30, but it’s the wrong one. It’s just another in a series of snafus plaguing the project.

Sandau ordered the replacement engine from a company in Hibbing, Minn.

“It’s the same model (as the one ordered), but it’s not the right engine… Someone made a goof in the shipping and it’s causing us a penalty in time lost,” he said.

“We thought we would be in a position to get started right away this weekend, but it looks like we aren’t going to get started (then),” he said.

Sandau speculated that the operations might resume sometime next week, but there’s no way to tell “until we have legal counsel or get the problem rectifies.”

The engine would work in the dredge, but Sandau said the fact that it’s a rebuilt motor he didn’t order means there could be hidden defects in it that could cause another breakdown and another delay.

Sandau said he hasn’t stopped to figure out how much the idle time is costing his company each day, but if the delay goes on much longer, it could amount to a cost of $10,000.

The engine problem is not the only problem the company has had to contend with.

Since the company began setting up the dredge and other equipment in mid-April,vandals have shot bullet holes through the plastic pipeline used to pump the dredged material and have stolen headlights from heavy equipment.

Sandau said he’s reported the problems to Bend police.

“It’s very frustrating,” he said.

The company’s project superintendent, Dick Turnow of Bend, said earlier this month that the company won’t make a profit on the Mirror Pond job.


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Dredging hit by another delay

Dredging operations on Mirror Pond along Bend’s Drake Park apparently won’t resume this weekend as the dredge company had hoped.

The company, Sandau Dredging of Salem, still has not received a replacement engine for one that broke down April 30, halting the work, owner Don Sandau said today.

The company has ordered a new 16-cylinder diesel engine from a supplier in Hibbing, Minn., which shipped it Tuesday, Sandau said. He expects to receive it “any day now.”

Sandau had hoped to put the idle dredge back to work by this weekend. It will take a day or two from the time the company receives the engine to bring it to Bend and install it in the dredge, he said.

Meanwhile, the 70-foot-long black, orange and yellow vessel, a floating fuel barge and a dredge tender lie quietly near the east bank of the pond next to the Drake Park footbridge.

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Pond dredging will resume soon

The dredging of Mirror Pond may be under way again in less than a week, the project’s contractor said today.

“If everything clicks for us, we may have it going again by this weekend,: said Don Sandau, owner of Sandau Dredging of Salem.

The company, which began the project April 25, was forced to stop April 30 because of a mechanical failure. The 16-cylinder, 1,500-horsepower engine that drives the 70-foot-long dredge suffered what one city of Bend official called a “massive internal failure.” the nature of the failure is still isn’t known, Sandau said.

He is buying a replacement engine from a company in Hibbing, Minn. He would not disclose the cost of the new engine, but added that it won’t cost as mush as th $60,000 he was considering paying for an engine in Phoenix, Ariz.

Once the operation starts again, he has said, the project should be finished within 30 days.

The city of Bend, which hired the company to do the job, has given Sandau Dredging until July 31 to finish it.

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Engine woes to delay dredging of pond

Mechanical problems will delay the dredging of Bend’s Mirror Pond for at least a week, and perhaps as long as 30 days.

A 1,600-horsepower diesel engine on the 70-foot-long dredge being used on the pond suffered a “massive internal failure” Monday, according to Tom Gellner, the city’s public works director.

Sandau Dredging, the Salem firm that owns the equipment  called in a Troutdale diesel mechanic Tuesday to assess the situation. The mechanic estimated making repairs could take as long as 30 days, company owner Don Sandau said.

But Dick Turnow of Bend, the company’s project superintendent, said the company has found a possible replacement engine in Phoenix, Ariz., with a price “in the $60,000 range.” It could be imported and put to operation in about a week, he said.

Even if repairs did take a month, the city would not be concerned, said Gellner.

“They’ve still got three months to finish the project,” Gellner said, adding that the company has “plenty of time, with that big dredge.”

The city has given Sandau from April 1 through July 31 to get the job done. The company began work on April 25.

Asked if he knew what caused the breakdown, Sandau said, “No, not completely- not without tearing the engine apart and inspecting it visually throughout the whole area.”

He called the breakdown “highly unusual.”

“I guess it’s the first time in this man’s years in working with these engines he’s seen anything like it,” Sandau said of the mechanic from Troutdale, who he declined to name.

Sandau said he bought the engine new in August 1981.

The engine failure isn’t the only trouble the project has seen. Sandau said some sections of the 8,000-foot plastic pipeline he is using to pump the dredged material to an upstream holding pond has split lengthwise because of defects in manufacturing.

Because of the breakdown and problems with the pipeline, the company won’t make a profit on the Mirror Pond job, Turnow said.

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Pond dredging won’t affect PPP

Fear not, Pole Pedal Paddle competitors, you won’t have to dodge dredging equipment during the race.

Marilyn Karnopp race coordinator, said Tuesday she has been assured by Bend city officials that the dredging of Mirror Pond will not in any way interfere with the event.

Karnopp also sends out a plea for volunteers to help with traffic control on race day. Approximately 30 people are needed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12. All volunteers will receive a free race official’s T-shirt.

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