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-May 1950: Mrs. Cyrus Rittenhouse expressed appreciation to the police department for help at the time her husband passed away. Workman’s Comp insurance was continued for another year. Quick work was needed to get required rights-of-way for extension of East Cleveland Avenue. Already, traffic from the proposed new stadium was of concern.
Well No. 1 needed servicing and well professionals said the town needed to dig a new well, too. James Hall wanted to build several houses facing Ritter Lane, receiving assurance water and electricity would be available. A loose manhole cover on South College Avenue turned over and damaged William Lynch’s car; the $200 bill would be paid after negotiations. Efforts still underway to open Haines Street from Lovett Avenue to East Park Place.
Certain statistics would be gleaned from electric meter books and ledger sheets for 1945-1948. Some occasions found where electric service had been connected ahead of the meter. An ordinance was proposed to control licensing of electricians in Newark to forestall this tendency. Eight reflective street signs ordered at $9.50 each. After election, the councilmen were Battersby, Durnall, Diehl, Coverdale, Rankin, Johnson and Levis. The chamber of commerce reacted strongly about installing parking meters, wanting to know if the purpose was to alleviate parking problems or raise money. The chamber was told it was either meters or raise taxes.
The Kiwanis Club was granted permission to hang a banner advertising a horse show, and a city electric truck would install it. UD deposited $6,400 with the city to cover any discounts on electricity and water.