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8 MPH--It's the Law

easywayThe Summit Record of May 24, 1902 reported that Common Council disputed an additional payment of $125 to the Secretary of the Board of Health because of extra work caused by cases of smallpox in Summit. Proponents of the motion claimed that Council could not control the Board's spending; opponents said that the Board was too free with taxpayer money, and that the $125 amounted to a gift, not salary. A motion was passed to refer the matter to the City Solicitor. The Editor commented that the Health Secretary was paid a "handsome salary" of $300 per year, and that a few months of hard work did not justify a larger payment.

Councilman Wood brought up the growing problem of automobiles speeding on Summit streets. He suggested placing signs on every street within city limits, announcing the legal speed limit of 8 miles per hour. The motion was passed. The Editor praised this motion, suggesting that if speeders refused to stop for police, as happened in some other cities, barriers could be erected at certain intersections to force them to stop.

In the Classifieds: For sale, a rubber-tired runabout and a "sound, kind and speedy" horse. For sale, a new milch cow. Lost, a strawberry roan horse. Return to Martin's stable.

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