Ruler Foods seeking workers, has opening date
Following months of anticipation (and years of rumors), it looks as if the village’s newest grocery store, Ruler Foods, is working its way through the express aisle.
“They are wrapping up and will probably be done (with construction) by the middle of August, where they will then begin stocking the shelves,” Building and Zoning Administrator Laura Dixon said.
5771 Godfrey Road is the former location of Hoods and before that, a Park ‘N Shop grocery store. In a similar vein to the Aldi locations model, Ruler Foods will carry a high inventory of Kroger products and will charge a 25-cent cart rental, allowing customers to bag their own groceries in an effort to keep costs low.
JayC Food Stores was purchased by Kroger in 1999, which then attained Ruler Foods.
Other local Ruler Foods locations include Collinsville and Granite City. Ruler Foods in Godfrey is tentatively scheduled for a Labor Day opening date. For information on job openings, visit www.jobs.kroger.com.
Sewer rates to rise
Last week, the Village Board approved a $2 per month increase in the flat sewer rates for both residential and commercial, the first increase in five years.
Commercial usage will be increased by 14 cents per 1,000 gallons. Rates go into effect beginning Aug. 1.
Village trustees Sarah Johnes and Eldon “Twirp” Williams voted against the increase.
“Over the next five years, there will be approximately $4 million needed to upgrade our sewer plant,” Trustee Mike Stumpf said. “The rate of increase is 1.4 percent per year over the last four years.”
Natural gas switch
The board also approved a motion to allow Mayor Mike McCormick to enter into a natural gas procurement agreement with Good Energy, based out of New York.
McCormick said this move is not for the residents as of yet but will save the village approximately $4,000 per year.
“This is another opportunity for us to save money for the village of Godfrey,” Trustee Mark Stewart said.
In April 2014, the village contracted with Homefield Energy to be the electrical aggregation partner from June 2014 through June 2016. Homefield Energy guaranteed a rate of $0.04646 per kilowatt hour.
“The deregulation of the electricity on the average saved 700 homes over $750,000 that residents have in their pockets to spend on gas, groceries or whatever,” McCormick said.