New Dollar General store to open
The village’s second Dollar General store is slated to open this coming week at 2900 West Delmar. This location will join the other Godfrey Dollar General located in Monticello Plaza, which Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick says dates back to at least the 1990s.
Plans include a soft opening planned for this Sunday with a grand opening to be determined later.
The Dollar General Corp. bought out the P.N. Hirsh stores in 1983 and currently has more than 11,000 U.S. stores. The chain offers discount name brand and generic merchandise in a smaller, “hometown” style. The new Godfrey location follows a trend the corporation has begun to follow with more free-standing stores as opposed to indoor and outdoor mall locations.
Whisler celebrates service milestone
The month of April marks 30 years of service by Village Clerk Pam Whisler. The mayor and the Village Board recognized the event during this week’s board meeting.
“Thank you for your service, Pam,” Mayor Mike McCormick said.
Whisler has served 35 years in government, 30 of those years as a public official and 24 years as the village clerk. She was elected to serve the township in 1985 and elected village clerk in 1991.
“I have really enjoyed my 35 years of service to my community, and I look forward to serving additional years,” Whisler said.
New budget passes
Godfrey Township passed its fiscal year 2016 budget this week by a vote of 5-2. Trustee Mike Stumpf and Township Supervisor Doug Mueller voted against the budget.
Mueller says he is concerned the new budget could cause an increase in taxes.
“The real problem is the rapid rise in expenses in our assessment function, so this is just a case of a disagreement between me, the assessor and several of the trustees over where we are going to spend the money,” Mueller said.
Look for more on the village budget and plans for the upcoming year soon in the pages of AdVantage News.
Parks and recreation committee welcomes new member
The Godfrey Parks and Recreation Committee has added a new member.
Mark Lorch of Godfrey has lived in the village for eight years and was approved this week as the newest member of the committee.
“Mark is an avid user of our park and I think his experience with our park as well as parks in the surrounding communities is going to bring a lot to the table,” Director of Godfrey Parks and Recreation Kimberly Caughran said.