Out of the Past

Newark Post - - Local News -

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.

See the orig­i­nal min­utes at Pen­cader Her­itage Mu­seum, 2029 Sun­set Lake Rd. (Rt. 72 south of Ne­wark.) Reg­u­larly open first and third Satur­days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other times by ap­point­ment. Con­tact the web­site pen­cader­her­itage.org or call 302-737-5792 for an ap­point­ment. Fam­ily friendly, hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble and al­ways free.

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