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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.

July – Septem­ber 1939: Pride of Delaware, a B.P.O.E. lodge, asked for the open­ing of a new street on its prop­erty to be known as Church Street and asked for util­ity ser­vices. The re­quest went to the town engi­neer for study.

Coun­cil granted per­mis­sion to place road signs di­rect­ing traf­fic to the New Cas­tle-Pennsville Ferry. Lovett Av­enue res­i­dents wanted street shoul­ders paved, as traf­fic had in­creased greatly. Haines Street house num­bers were not in se­quence and needed re-num­ber­ing.

The cham­ber of com­merce wanted a new street opened par­al­lel to Main Street and “to be lo­cated in rear of north side of Main Street, en­trance to be from Cen­ter Street.” This never hap­pened, as coun­cil was re­luc­tant to build more streets re­quir­ing main­te­nance. Decades prior, a pe­ti­tion was pre­sented to coun­cil ask­ing to have New Street opened all the way to North Col­lege Av­enue, but it was tabled.

The state san­i­tary engi­neer urged that pri­vate and town wa­ter sup­plies be to­tally sep­a­rate to pre­vent any con­tam­i­na­tion flow­ing into town sys­tem. The Ne­wark Inn had in­ter­con­nected ser­vice and was told to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion or town wa­ter would be shut off.

Re­ports of reck­less driv­ing were made, and Chief Cun­ning­ham com­plained that Mag­is­trate Eubanks was not co­op­er­at­ing in his ef­forts to curb the of­fense.

A no­tice was to go into lo­cal news­pa­pers giv­ing sched­ule of rub­bish col­lec­tion in var­i­ous ar­eas. July 19-20 were monthly Clean-up Days.

Chief Cun­ning­ham asked for “No Park­ing” signs for a short dis­tance on New Lon­don Av­enue west of B&O tracks.

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