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.
July-September 1949: Council would protest to the Delaware Liquor Commission against more liquor licenses being issued in Newark. North and south side sewer installations were progressing. Speed limits were set at 15 mph in George Read Village, but the rest of town would remain at 25 mph. Some residents on the south and west sides protested open drainage ditches fronting their property.
Tar and chips would be applied to numerous streets in town after water lines were installed. The capacity of town water tanks would be increased. The combination of the office safe was changed. The town police car was wearing out batteries too rapidly, so a new generator was ordered. It also needed new tires.
The Delaware National Guard invited all residents to Newark Day at Fort Miles. Stiltz Bus Co. would run a bus to Fort Miles at $2.25 per person. Annabelle Street was missed for two weeks of garbage pickup.
The Bio-Chemical Lab on Academy Street was not maintaining their grounds properly. John Singles wanted to build a shop at the rear of his East Main Street property. Mr. Biddle, a bacteriologist who did water testing for Newark, was authorized to purchase any new equipment needed as the old was unsatisfactory. The Pennsylvania Railroad would give free fill for Courtney Street if town would haul it from the PRR Station. A three-man committee was formed to address grievances involving hourly employees.
Cash on hand Aug. 31 was $28,353. Fluoridation of water authorized. The Episcopal Church was given permission to hang banners on Main Street advertising an antiques show. A development company deeded its streets to the city. S & S Engineering Company was burning rubbish with objectionable odor.