1941 LEWES ANNUAL CITY REPORT
MAYOR THOMAS H. CARPENTER
Mayor Carpenter, going into his second year as mayor of Lewes, gave the city annual report at the Lewes Rotary Club dinner in the Caesar Rodney Hotel on January 13, 1941.
He said that the town had experienced an unexpected growth the past year in which Lewes Beach led other sections with 38 new homes, one store, four apartments, and twenty tourist cabins.
Pilot Town Road has 11 new homes and deVries Circle added six homes, making a total of 50 new structures, 22 built in 1939 and 28 in 1940.
The town finances are stable, the town having a bonded dept of $64,000 at 3-1/4 %, due April 1st, 1967, and $20,000 at 6% due 1941. The mayor is seeking a lower interest rate on he dept through the State Legislature.
Street improvements include re-surfacing of 2000 yards of stone roads and 8,550 yards of dirt
roads. There have been placed $260 worth of street markers. This years plans are to construct a new road through the marsh to the beach. A new road roller was purchase for $250 at a sheriffs sale, a 1-1/2 ton truck and police car were purchased.
He mention that both the beach and town are supplied with lights and adequate sewer service, and that the city owned electric plant holds a value of between $500.000 and $700,000.
Wednesday, January 15, 1941 , Wilmington Morning News, 1941