Out of the Past
Editor’s note: Volunteers at the Pencader Heritage Museum have been digitizing old Newark City Council meeting minutes. They share excerpts with Newark Post readers in a weekly column.
February-May 1923: Choate Street residents wanted street repairs. A $5,000 note at Farmers Trust was paid off. Specifications for resurfacing New London Avenue and East Delaware Avenue were ordered. One more street light near the Pennsylvania RR station was OK’d, provided Levy Court would pay for electricity at $1.50 per month.
Aetna Fire Company was given a $1,000 appropriation for 1921-1922. A bid of $11,018 was accepted for a “new street on Cleveland Avenue,” but the entry is unclear as to extending or rebuilding. Sol Wilson was paid $1 for “fixing policeman’s coat.” The community Christmas tree fund was short $12.30, so council covered it. A new fire siren cost $615, with a 5 percent discount when paid on delivery.
After the April election, councilmen were Widdoes, Patchell, Frazer, Grier, Beals, Wilson and Colmery. Beals announced he was in favor of a capitation tax (a fixed tax levied without regard to income or personal worth) on every citizen of voting age. Mr. Shew the only electrician on the town payroll, was kept busy repairing meters, running service wires, etc. A new man was needed to read light and water meters.
Feeding a man in lock-up cost $4.60, length of time unspecified. Western Union was being encouraged to keep their office in Newark. A lawn mower was needed for the grounds at the electric light plant. Citizens petitioned to extend Academy Street through to Cleveland Avenue. No money was currently available, but feasibility interviews would be conducted with affected property owners, Dr. Dunlevy and J. Wilson.
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