WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV) -- One month into construction of Wentzville’s water park, the city has hit rock bottom.
Almost as soon as the city started construction, it hit a ton of rock. It’s a $6 million project and, as with any construction, there are unexpected complications. So the city set aside about $300,000 just for that purpose. But it’s already spent most of that extra money on excavation, and the project is only a month in.
City officials on Friday said the engineers told them the ground wouldn’t be a problem, and all the city could do was trust that information and move forward.
Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione said the project will be done on time and under budget without using more taxpayer money.
Officials said they will investigate how they could get spend the contingency this early in the project.
“Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they don’t,” said George Kolb, Wentzville interim city administrator. “That’s why you have a contingency.”
“Some members of the board are upset and they have a right to be,” said Guccione. “We’re going to get to the bottom of it and do our due diligence.”
There’s been some talk about abandoning the site all together and starting over somewhere else.
But Guccione, Kolb and the Wentzville Board of Aldermen have no plans or desire to do that.