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.

Oc­to­ber – De­cem­ber 1945: A civic or­ga­ni­za­tion was still try­ing to get the town to build recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties, but coun­cil said this was a large prob­lem that needed fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion.

Ed­ward Sobolewski wanted to start a stock­ing-knit­ting busi­ness be­hind his house and was told to con­tact his neigh­bors for any ob­jec­tions. Frank Skill­man wanted to do elec­tric weld­ing at his garage on Cleve­land Av­enue, but cir­cum­stances would have to be in­ves­ti­gated be­fore per­mis­sion given.

Coun­cil would con­trib­ute $2,000 to­ward a new am­bu­lance for the fire com­pany, and Aetna would match the grant. Ne­wark wanted busses to move off Main Street be­fore col­lect­ing fares, as this blocked traf­fic. Tax­ing com­pa­nies do­ing busi­ness from ve­hi­cles on town streets was un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

No Park­ing signs would be moved back from the cor­ner of South Chapel and Main streets, as park­ing there for the pool­room and Frank Smith’s At­lantic Gas ser­vice sta­tion was caus­ing con­ges­tion. The pool­room was on the sec­ond floor of the build­ing on south­west cor­ner.

Per­mis­sion was granted to the fed­eral govern­ment to build a “War Food” stor­age build­ing on South Chapel Street. Wel­don Waples wanted per­mis­sion to build a Ready-mix Con­crete plant along the Pomeroy Rail­road ad­ja­cent to Main Street. Coun­cil agreed and would sup­ply wa­ter and elec­tric­ity for plant. Driv­ers were park­ing too close to cor­ner of New and North Chapel streets, so the curbs needed yel­low paint mark­ings.

Pa­trol­man James Smith was pro­moted to cor­po­ral at a salary of $42. per week. Cash bal­ance on hand end of 1945 was $73,017.

See the orig­i­nal min­utes at Pen­cader Her­itage Mu­seum, 2029 Sun­set Lake Road. (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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