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.
November 1948 — John Slack was remodeling 92 and 183 East Main Street and wanted permission to put all electric meters in basement meter rooms. Council would abide by recommendation of town engineer.
Charles Walters wanted to build a free public parking lot behind 181 E. Main St. for the convenience of patrons to that building. Permission was granted with specific entrance and exit requirements.
Mrs. Carrie Grier, a Gold Star mother, lambasted council for allowing the Honor Roll of dead in World War II to fall into disrepair. She said the men whose names appeared on the Honor Roll carried out an order when received and she thought immediate action should be taken to restore or remove the roll and not leave it “as a pile of bones.” Council passed a motion to begin immediate work on repairing the Honor Roll, located in front of Old Academy Building, even hiring two additional carpenters.
A permit was issued for renovations to the Cornog property at Main and Chapel streets. Recommendations to add a side car to the city motorcycle were tabled. Renard George wanted permission to enlarge his laundry business on North Street. The city zoning ordinance was being changed with much discussion and/or objections.
Delaware Power & Light received permission to extend gas service line to developing areas in town. Phillips Packing Co. asked to deed Ritter Lane as a public street. Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity needed to provide off-street parking for members.