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.

March-April 1949 – Work was ongoing to establish a city employee pension fund, job evaluations, and wage rates. Paper Mill Road was undermined due to a spring under the roadbed. Holes on Annabelle Street and Wyoming Road needed attention. Demonstration of a new street sweeper was needed before purchase.

After 14 years, Councilman Ramsey offered his resignation due to ill health and urged the town to build sewer on south side before cesspools polluted water table. Electric service upgrades needed and streets repaired; also said when he came on council town owed $300,000 and was now debt free. He said Newark had always been noted for clean streets and good water and he hoped the city remained a good place to live.

Residents of Manuel Street agreed to pay for extending sewer to them if the city removed trees. Some inaccuracies on city assessment books were corrected. A new health code stated milk bacteria count not to exceed 50,000 and butter fat must be 3.5.

Fluoride treatment of water was still under study. North side residents must connect to sewer within 90 days. All wells in town limits to be tested and if unsafe, to be posted as such. All water main dead ends to be flushed once a month. Level of chlorination must be made tamper-proof. Problems with privies had been corrected; all those outside of town were under state supervision. Zimmers, McBerty, Pusey, Sheaffer, Squier and Tibbitt building permits authorized.

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