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Ar act to incorporate the city of Rahway.
Boundaries of city.
1. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, That all that part of the several townships of Rahway, in the county of Union, and Woodbridge, in the county of Middlesex, in this state, beginning at the stone bridge, over King's creek, where said creek crosses the road leading from East Rahway to Trembly's Point; thence in a northwesterly direction on a straight line to the brook which crosses the road leading from Kinsey's Corner to Florence's mill, intersecting said brook two hundred yards to the eastward of said road; thence in a southeasterly direction to the road which leads from Rabway to Westfield, and known as the Westfield road, intersecting said Westfield road at a point where the road which leads to Madison Hill intersects it; thence in a southwesterly direction, on a straight line, to the road leading from the six roads to Mount Pleasant, intersecting said Mount Pleasant road at a small bridge, about two hun. dred yards to the northwest of the house owned and occupied by Moses B. Bramhall; thence in a southwesterly direction along the line of said Mount Pleasant road to the road which leads from Kinsey's Corner to Woodbridge, and known as the Old Woodbridge road; thence along the line of said road to the bridge which crosses the south branch of the Rahway river; thence, in a southeasterly direction and nearly due east, to the road leading to New Blazing Star, and along the line of said New Blazing Star road, to a point where the lands of Walter Fuller and Aaron Wilkinson adjoin, and thence in a northeasterly direction in a straight line to the place of beginning: and all citizens of this state who now are or hereafter may
be inhabitants within said limits, shall be and are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate by the name of the
Boundaries of first ward,
“the mayor and common council of the city of Rahway,” with all the powers incident to a municipal corporation and necessary for the purposes of carrying out the objects of this act.
2. And be it enacted, That the said city shall be divided into four wards, in the manner following—to wit, all that part of said city beginning at a point in Main street, in Lower Rahway, where the centre of said street and the New Jersey railroad intersect; thence following the centre of said street to the centre line of the road leading from Leesville to Woodbridge; thence down the centre of said road to the middle of the south branch of Rahway river, where the Leesville bridge crosses said branch; thence following the said branch in the centre thereof to its confluence with Rahway river; thence along down the centre of said river to the point where the city boundary crosses said river; thence along the boundary line of said city to the stone bridge, over King's creek; thence still along the boundary line of said city to the centre of the line of the New Jersey railroad; thence along the centre of said rail
road to the place of beginning-shall constitute the first Boundaries ward of said city: and all that part of said city beginning
at the intersection of the New Jersey railroad with the centre line of Main street, in Lower Rahway, and running along the centre of said street to Centre street; thence along the middle of Centre street to the centre of Mechanic street, in Upper Rahway; thence along the centre of Mechanic street to the road leading to Westfield; thence along the centre line of said road to the boundary line of said city; thence following the said boundary line in a northeasterly and southeasterly course to the centre line of the New Jersey railroad; thence following the centre line of said railroad to the place of beginning-shall constitute
the second ward of said city: and all that part of the said Boundaries city lýing west of the centre line of said Main, Centre, and
Mechanic streets, and west of the centre line of said road leading to Westfield, and north of the centre line of said New Jersey railroad-shall constitute the third ward of the
of second ward.
said city: and all the residue of the said city shall constitute the fourth ward thereof.
3. And be it enacted, That the city officers shall consist of City officers. a mayor (who shall be the keeper of the city seal), a clerk of the city, a treasurer, one assessor, one collector of taxes, and one collector of arrears of taxes.
4. And be it enacted, That the ward officers shall be, for Ward of each ward, three judges of election, a clerk, who shall be clerk of election and perform all the duties required by law of clerks of townships not inconsistent with the provisions of this act, two councilmen, one constable, and one commissioner of appeal in cases of taxation.
5. And be it enacted, That all of the officers aforesaid shall Terms of be elected at the annual elections hereinafter provided for, and shall severally hold their offices for one year, and until others shall be elected and duly entered into office in their stead: the official term of the officers who shall be appointed by virtue of this act shall commence on the second Monday of May in every year, and they shall continue in office until the end of their term and until others are appointed and qualified in their place, unless removed as herein pro. vided, and no appointment for the full term shall be made more than one week prior to the commencement of the said official term.
6. And be it enacted, That the mayor and councilmen of Meetings of said city shall constitute the common council of said city, council. who shall hold an annual meeting in said city on the first Monday of May, yearly and every year, and such other meetings as they may appoint: the mayor shall preside at said meetings and shall have a casting vote only, and, if he be absent, one of the councilmen may be appointed by the members present chairman pro tempore, and in case of the absence of the mayor from the city, such chairman pro tempore shall be acting mayor during such absence of the may. or, and a majority of all the members shall be a quorum to transact business: it shall be the duty of the mayor, when necessary, to call special meetings of said common council, and in case of his neglect or refusal, special meet
ings may be called by any two members of said council at such time and place as they may designate by written or printed notices, to be served personally on the members of
said council, or left at their residences. Manner of
7. And be it enacted, That the city election shall be held, asongal elec- by ballot, on the third Monday of April next, and on the
third Monday of April in every succeeding year thereafter, between the hours of nine o'clock in the morning and six o'clock in the evening, at such place in each ward as the common council shall appoint, of which places the said council shall cause notices to be published in one or more newspapers printed and circulated in the city, and by notices, either printed or written, signed by the clerks of the several wards, and set up in three of the most public places in each of the wards of said city, at least one week before the day of election. All persons who are or may be qualified to vote at town meetings shall be entitled to vote at such elections in the ward in which they shall actually reside at the time of such election. The name of such elector voting at such elections shall be written in a poll list, to be kept at such elections by the clerk of each ward, After the poll shall be closed, the judges of election in each ward shall count the votes given for the several candidates, and certify who are elected to the respective offices, under their hands, and deliver the same to the ward clerk, who shall, within three days after such election, deliver the same to the city clerk, who shall lay the same before the common council at their first annual meeting thereafter, and the said council shall, at said meeting, in a public manner, proceed to canvass the number of votes given for the respective candidates, and the persons having the highest number of votes shall be declared elected; the original certificates of the officers of the several wards shall be filed by the city clerk in his office; the result of said canvass by the said council shall be recorded in the book of minutes of the said council, and a certificate thereof shall be filed by the city clerk, and the persons so declared elected to the offices for which they have been voted for respectively, shall enter into and
continue in office, as is hereinbefore in that behalf provided; provided, however, that the first election for such officers, to Proviso. be held on the third Monday of April next, shall be held in the first ward, by and under the direction of Joel Clarkson, Francis La Baw, and Stephen Jackson, residents of said city, or a majority, or the survivor of them; in the second ward, by and under the direction of Jeremiah 0. Tunison, William Gibby, and Enoch M. Ayres, residents of said city, or a majority, or the survivor of them; in the third ward, by and under the direction of Jacob L. Woodruff, Henry Platner, and James McKelvey, residents of said city, or a majority, or the survivor of them; and in the fourth ward, by John Woodruff, Augustus Coddington, and Charles C. Hoff, residents of said city, or a majority, or the survivor of them, who are hereby appointed commissioners for that purpose, and who, or a majority, or a survivor of whom shall, for their respective wards, designate the place in their respective wards for holding such election, and give such notice thereof as is before prescribed by this section, said notices to be signed by said commissioners. The said commissioners, in each ward, are hereby authorized to appoint some proper person clerk of such election, and they and said clerks, so by them appointed, sball conduct such election, and certify the result in all respects as herein prescribed by the regulation of subsequent elections so far as
8. And be it enacted, That in case of death, resignation, Vacancies, inability, disqualification, removal from office, neglect or plied. refusal to act, or removal out of the city, of any of the officers thereof, or, in the case of a ward office, in case of removal out of the ward for which he was elected, it shall be lawful for the common council to appoint others in their stead until the next regular election, or, in the case of appointed officers, until the regular period for appointment, who shall during the said time perform the like services, be entitled to the same fees and be subject to the same responsibilities, as though elected at the annual election or appointed at the regular time.