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.
January-February 1950: Cash on hand Jan. 1 was $17,509. Dr. Wallace Johnson was sworn in to replace Clarence Hopkins on council. Newark Branch AAUW presented a recreation program for approval and hoped to get federal funding. Mrs. Augustus Able, a resident of East Main Street, questioned council’s authority to require sidewalks installed by property owners.
City water pumps could be made automatic for $560, with a one-year guarantee. Two new typewriters were need to replace 14 and 16-year old models, and a new billing machine was needed.
New facilities were needed to house the police department. Perhaps the city office could remain open Friday evenings to allow residents to conveniently pay bills, but would be closed Saturday mornings. Motion tabled for present. Ordinance proposed for paid sick leave. The fire company would get two new water connections on the Delaware Avenue side of building. William Warwick was building a funeral home on West Park Place at the edge of town because he wasn’t allowed to put the business at his home.
UD was willing to grant land for widening South College at Main Street, providing Council bore all costs to do so. Town employees were awarded six paid holidays per year providing they work the day before and day after unless on regular vacation. After one year of service, all employees would have two weeks paid vacation.
Men could ride on running board of town trucks, but only on trash pick-up days and after a safety chain is installed. Police officers would be provided with white gloves to wear while directing traffic.