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.
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.
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