The Pencader Heritage Museum has been digitizing old Newark City Council meeting minutes and shares excerpts with Newark Post readers in a regular 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.
June-July-1951: Every effort would be made to connect to the county sewer system instead of having a city-owned treatment plant, as it would be more economical. The planning board should be consulted before an OK is given on any large-scale development that might interfere with opening new through streets. Council wanted final say on large developments before permits issued.
Traffic had been tied up at B&O railroad tracks for 25 minutes recently, which was against ordinance passed in 1911 limiting blocked tracks for more than five minutes. A letter would be sent to B&O. The city solicitor said a law passed by the General Assembly regarding loyalty oaths pertained also to municipal workers and city should abide by it.
Mrs. Vernon Casey and the Pomeroy Railroad would be required to clean up their properties. The State Highway Department agreed to assume permanent maintenance of East and West Main Street, Elkton Road, South College Avenue, New London Avenue and North Chapel Street. There were some delinquent sewer service accounts turned over to the solicitor for action.
The July 17 council meeting was first held in the historic Old Academy Building, which was now “city hall.” More builders were coming forward with requests to develop areas of the city and its suburbs. A timely final payment was made on the parking meters, thereby receiving a 5 percent discount. City employees’ Social Security numbers were recorded so payments could be made in their name. The city police car would have a reconditioned motor installed due to ongoing problems.