Dredging bill adds up

Ray “Bubba” DuPuis chuckled when he heard what bystanders thought he was doing by a dredge in the Grand River earlier this week.
Becky Vargo
Jul 19, 2013


DuPuis, a deckhand for the King Co. of Holland, said he was actually pulling a stump free from the cutting blades of the dredge.

“There’s great big teeth on that thing,” the Ferrysburg man said. “We’re hitting metal and old pilings. I had a great big log and yanked that stump out of there.”

King Co. employees have been busy in the Grand Haven harbor since June. First, they dredged the harbor entrance.

They were expected to complete their work in the current section of the channel this week before going back out to the pier heads to work on another spot for a couple of days, according to Tom O’Bryan, area engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The dredging company’s work would have been done at that point, but engineers discovered a shoal had been created farther upriver, the result of spring flooding.

O’Bryan said the area near the VerPlank docks, just west of the railroad swing bridge, was last dredged three years ago.

“We didn’t plan on dredging (that area) at all,” he said.

The extra dredging will add $200,000 to the project that already cost $540,000.

O’Bryan said the money is available in the corps' budget due to low bids received for the original project.

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On Tuesday night of this week, my family was hosting visitors from out of state who were really looking forward to seeing the musical fountain. However the King Co dredge was parked right in front of the performance area. We were shocked that the dredging continued DURING the entire performance. I cannot fathom why this would be permitted. Noise and fumes so bad it disrupted the show and eventually we walked away. (Along with other viewers) Talk about disgusting!

If King Co and Army Corps of Engineers cannot be considerate of our visitors, then the GH Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Fountain Show managers really need to pay attention to the dredger's planned route. The dredger couldn't turn off the motor for just 30 minutes? It couldn't plan to be in another place that night? If not, why wasn't the fountain show cancelled for any night when the dredger is in the way?

It was so gross! Really left a horrible impression and made GH seem like a backwater dump. The city has to realize that visitors come to GH all summer long - not just during Coast Guard week. We love the fountain, want it to look its best and to get as many donations as possible. No one in their right mind would contribute money after that kind of experience. YUCK! and a big thumbs down!


so what now bud, are going to sue the city because you had a bad time that night, sorry your company had a bad time, maybe next time


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