Dredge job end in sight, Sandau says

The owner of the company hired to dredge Mirror Pond predicted today that his crews would complete the dredging work this week, possibly by Friday.

The work began over two months ago, but mechanical problems and a sna.fu involving a replacement engine cost Don Sandau and his crew about three weeks of work.

Other delays, caused by vandalized equipment and the Cascade Festival of Music concerts, also slowed the dredge operation.

The delays worried city officials because ~e project has to be completed by the July 31 cutoff date established by the State Land Board.

Sandau was concerned because his company stood to lose money if the delays continued. The project initially was planned to take about 30 days.

Last week a water pump coupling on the footbridge split, but Sandau was able to find a part at a local hardware store.

Standing on the footbridge over the pond this morning, Sandau said he hoped his company would make some money on the project.

“I don’t know how much we’ll make,” he said. “But if you don’t lose any, then that ain’t bad.”

The ex-Navy pilot summed up the project another way: “Any landing is a good one if you walk away from it. I think we’ll walk away from this one.”

Source: The Bulletin ©1984

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