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.

November-December 1950: Garbage collector requested garbage be in closed metal containers, unwrapped, which met state board of health regulations. Alderman’s collection of unpaid parking meter violation fines needed clarification.

Signs on order to explain Friday night parking meter use. Temporary red tags would be used in meantime. Some decision on the continued use of parking meters needed as trial period was about to expire. The six months trial period had generated about $4,000. Trash could not be mixed with ashes, as ashes were used for fill in streets Council wanted Aetna Fire Company to set up bookkeeping procedures for the Ambulance Fund. Fluoridation of town water started Nov. 28. Apparently, there was no town police coverage midnight to 8 a.m., relying on state police in emergencies. The mayor, Dr. Wallace Johnson, personally contributed Christmas cards for inclusion in December electric bills.

January 1951- Parking meters were made permanent after a satisfactory trial period. Coins from meters necessitated purchase of a coin counting and wrapping machine. University president, Dr. Perkins, promised a solution to student parking problem, given a little more time. Social Security Administration personnel would be in town two days a month to aid workers.ATO Fraternity wanted “Residential” electric rate; request passed to Electric Commission. Drawing up a building code was being considered. New regulations in force for Police Department. Long-range planning was needed in respect to major growth expected in town. New town offices about ready for occupancy.

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