Stormwater improvements at the Schulze Industrial Park have hit a snag, delaying the project about 100 days.
Washington Community and Economic Development Director Sal Maniaci Tuesday told the city council construction of the stormwater retention basin at Frick’s Quality Meats is behind schedule due to a miscalculation during construction.
“They were about 98 percent from being completed, and the swales at the new dam were put in a foot too high,” he said, “so they have to go back in and reform and rebuild it.”
Pangea is the contractor which constructed it at the wrong elevation.
“Most of it was too high,” Maniaci told The Missourian. “They will be correcting the mistake and reconstructing.”
The new estimated completion date for the work is Oct. 7.
The city received a $678,075 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the work which will allow for an expansion at Frick’s Quality Meats which will create 40 new jobs.
“It’s going to meet the plans that were submitted to the state because this is a state program,” Maniaci said. “We are going to get what we applied for; it is just going to take a little longer.” He added that the work is far enough along that it won’t be impacted by large amounts of rain predicted to fall over the next several days.
“With the rain coming, it will still function,” Maniaci added. “We shouldn’t have any problems downstream because they have gotten far enough along that it should be able to hold back water.”
Frick’s Quality Meats broke ground last year on an 18,000-square-foot expansion to its existing 120,000-square-foot facility at 360 M. E. Frick Drive.
Frick’s Quality Meats is a family-owned and -operated company that has been located in Washington for five generations. Frick’s makes artisan smoked meats and sausages with distribution to grocery retailers in 44 U.S. states.