August-October 1950: Motion approved to hire someone to type up ordinance book. Town solicitor would look into updating the peddlers’ ordinance. Mr. Nardo complained of noise coming from the jailhouse behind the police station. James Bell was allowed a credit for excess water usage, as New London Avenue children used his swimming pool. Possibility raised of asking for state help in maintaining certain streets that were used by through-town traffic.

The ordinance setting Alderman’s fee was being updated. Sunday movies would now be legal, and and an ordinance was drawn to regulate them. A list of equipment available to state in emergencies was prepared.

George Walton, president of Newark N.A.A.C.P., requested consideration of hiring an African-American as a town policeman. Employees in the town office were asking for pay raises. Cash on hand Oct. 1 was $26,103. Permission was denied to build a trailer camp at corner of Benny and Chambers Streets. Irvin Crowe wanted permission to build a gas station on East Cleveland Avenue, but he would need OK from neighbors.

Nottingham Manor residents wanted improved water service for fire protection, but pipe was still very hard to obtain due to post-war building boom. Engineering of the job would proceed awaiting pipe availability. Snow removal equipment would be purchased and attached to town truck. A $375 traffic light would be installed at Main and Academy streets.

Traffic congestion at junction of East Main Street, Capitol Trail and Ogletown Road needed to be controlled. Faculty and student parking around the university was causing problems, but the university administration was not cooperating on a solution.

The Pencader Heritage Museum has been digitizing old Newark City Council meeting minutes and shares excerpts with Newark Post readers in a weekly column. The museum, at 2029 Sunset Lake Road, is open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Wednesday noon to 4 p.m.

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