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.

May-Au­gust 1927: A new dump truck cost $630. Coun­cil re­fused to is­sue a per­mit to Leo Noyes for ex­hi­bi­tion of his Metropoli­tan Shows in Ne­wark.

A bond is­sue of $150,000 was au­tho­rized, co­in­ci­den­tal with ex­tend­ing town lim­its, for ex­pand­ing util­ity ser­vices and en­larg­ing the sewer dis­posal plant. A con­tract at $30,395 was awarded to Fer­now Con­struc­tion Com­pany to ex­tend sewer ser­vice.

Ge­orge Mur­ray, of Cleve­land Av­enue, was or­dered to lay pave­ment in front of his prop­erty or face fines. The street com­mit­tee was look­ing into needed work on Ker­shaw Street. Coun­cil had an agree­ment with B&O Rail­road to make re­pairs around the sta­tion and bids were sought. Frank Walker was au­tho­rized, and paid $50, to take a town cen­sus. The tax rate for 1927 was $1.10/$100.00 val­u­a­tion.

Prior to award­ing con­tract to W. G. Fritz Com­pany for ex­ten­sion of wa­ter lines, a com­par­i­son of cast iron vs. cen­trifu­gal (sand-spun man­u­fac­tur­ing process) pipe was held and the work would be done with sand­spun pipe sav­ing $2,019. Cost of a horse and cart for street work was $2/day.

One hun­dred twenty traf­fic sig­nal lamps cost $40.80. Al­fred Stiltz was paid $5.00 for con­vey­ing a pris­oner to the County Work House. Harry Cleaves warned not to fill the storm-drainage ditch on his prop­erty. VanSant & Sons were no­ti­fied to re­move trash back of their garage as it was a fire haz­ard. An elec­tric fan for the of­fice was pur­chased. Houses in town were to be num­bered.

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 302-7375792 for an ap­point­ment. Fam­ily friendly, hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble and al­ways free.

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