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.
Miss Etta Wilson and Maj. Gen. John W. O’Daniel expressed gratitude for the welcome home and the watch given to Gen. O’Daniel, who was veteran of European Theater during World War II. Wilson and her sister had reared Gen. O’Daniel here in Newark. Etta J. Wilson School was named for Wilson, a lifelong teacher in Newark.
A new police car and uniforms for the police officers were needed. A new car would be difficult to locate as the auto industry was just converting back from military vehicles. A machine to paint lines on streets was needed.
Southern States Co-op wanted to build an animal slaughtering and freezer locker plant on Elkton Road. Council was OK with the freezer plant but objected to the slaughtering operation due to blood being washed into sewer. After lengthy discussion, it was agreed to give permit for freezer plant, but the slaughtering operation would have to wait until improvements were made to the sewer system.
West End Dairy was given permission to sell milk in Newark, joining five other dairies with permits. It was agreed to get aerial photographs of town, after leaves had fallen, to aid in planned zoning in the near future. A traffic light was needed at East Park Place and Academy Street because drivers were ignoring the stop sign there. Homer VanSant got a $2 per week raise for tending furnace in the council office.
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