Ed­i­tor’s note:

Newark Post - - OUT OF THE PAST -

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.

Jan­uary-April 1941: The bal­ance in the town trea­sury was $7,934.85. Coun­cil ap­proved con­struct­ing a storm sewer on Kells Av­enue and en­larg­ing a wa­ter­way on Wil­son Street. The storm sewer on Academy Street was not ad­e­quate to han­dle stormwa­ter from univer­sity grounds, but no ac­tion was taken.

Rit­ten­house Mo­tors re­quested a per­mit to build a dis­play room and garage on Academy Street, but there was some dis­cus­sion be­cause of the or­di­nance against garages in cer­tain parts of town. At the Fe­bru­ary meet­ing, the school PTA spoke against the garage, but a cit­i­zens’ group spoke for it.

Law­son Street was des­ig­nated one-way east­bound with no park­ing either side. John Cham­bers was again turned down for per­mis­sion to build a liquor store. The town of­fice was told to al­ter­nate work­ing Wash­ing­ton’s and Lin­coln’s birthdays. The san­i­tary sewer would be ex­tended to the Bon­ham prop­erty or Or­chard Road.

Eigh­teen street lights were ap­proved for Elk­ton Road. Winslow and Sun­set Roads were in line for curbs and gut­ter, and Townsend Road sur­face would be grav­eled. Two new Mes­sick dwellings on Court­ney Street needed wa­ter ser­vice. The Board of Health re­ported un­san­i­tary con­di­tions on Wil­son Street, and prop­erty own­ers were given 20 days to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion.

Fines up to $25 were in­curred by owner if a dog run­ning loose bit some­one. William Hamil­ton was for­bid­den to have a dog run loose on his prop­erty af­ter sev­eral peo­ple had been bit­ten by his dog. Des­ig­nated trees would be re­moved on West Main Street if abut­ting prop­erty own­ers would put in side­walks.

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