ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Raises are coming to the City of Rockford's non-union workers. Aldermen unanimously approved a two percent raise for about 170 city workers. That will cost the city about $270,000, coming out of the Departmental Operating Budgets. Many of those non-union employees make less than their counterparts in other cities. This raise should help even things out.
In other business, Meijer cleared another hurdle in its bid to come to Rockford's northeast side. Aldermen passed an ordinance allowing for the construction of a superstore at the corner of Perryville and Rote roads. Council also got an update on changes Meijer has agreed to make after hearing concerns from people who live in the area.
"What is tentatively being agreed to is to place a small berm with the capacity to convey water drainage from the front of the property using drainage tubes and then putting an 8 foot fence on top of this small berm," First Ward Alderman Tim Durkee, said.
Alderman Durkee says Meijer has also agreed to plant evergreens at the back of the property blocking neighbors’ view of the building.
There is one more ordinance aldermen need to vote on before Meijer gets the green light to start construction.