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CHAPTER CVI.

An Act to provide for the grading and lighting of the streets, and pre

serving good order in the town of Bridgeton.

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Annual meetings of township committees,

in case of failure to

1. Be it ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, That the township committees of the townships of Bridgeton and Cohansey, in the county of Cumberland, shall meet together at the court-house in Bridgeton, on the first Monday of April in each year, at the hour of two in the afternoon, and shall then organize themselves into a board for grading and lighting the streets and preserving good order in Bridgeton, and shall appoint one of their number president, and a suitable person clerk of said board; and that a majority of the members of each of said committees shall be necessary to constitute a quorum, without which no business shall be transacted but the

appointment of an adjourned meeting. Proceedings 2. And be it enacted, That in case the said board shall fail

to meet and organize on the first Monday of April in any meet on day prescribed. year, it shall be lawful for them to meet and organize at

any subsequent time that may be appointed, by a notice in writing, signed by a member of each of said committees, and set up in three public places in each of said townships, and published in the newspapers printed in Bridgeton, at least three days before the time so appointed; and such board, when organized, may hold adjourned meetings upon their own appointment, or special meetings at any time appointed, by notices signed, set up, and published as afore.

said. Duties and 3. And be it enacted, That the said board shall have power board.

to regulate the grade of the streets of the said town, and to authorize and require the overseer of the road in whose district any street or part of a street shall be, to alter the existing grade of any street or part of a street as they shall direct; and the said board shall have power, by a vote of

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two-thirds of the members present, to require any owner of property in said town, adjoining any street thereof, to alter the grade of the side-walk along his said property at his own expense, as they shall direct; and in case any owner shall refuse or neglect to do so one month after notice in writing of the order of said board, signed by the president and attested by the clerk, shall have been delivered to him, then the overseer of the road in whose district the same shall be may be directed by said board to make said alteration; and the said overseer shall and may recover the expense of said alteration of the said owner by action in any court of competent jurisdiction.

4. And be it enacted, That the said board shall have power Board may to establish and define light districts in each of said town- light disships, and to set up, establish, maintain, and regulate gaslights in said districts and on the bridge, and to appoint and compensate a superintendent or superintendents of lights; and to defray the necessary expense thereof, and of the other objects contemplated in this act, the said board may, by a vote of two-thirds of those present at any meeting held previous to the twentieth day of May in any year, order such sum to be levied and raised by tax as they shall think necessary, and shall apportion the said sum between the light districts in each of said townships of Bridgeton and Cohansey, respectively, according to the ratio of the taxable property within each of said districts, as ascertained by the last assessment of taxes therein, and shall direct by writing, signed by the president and clerk of said board, and delivered to each of the assessors of the said townships, which said writings shall specify and define the boundaries of each light district, what sum shall be levied and raised in each of said districts; and the said assessors shall each of them assess the said sum on the estates of the inhabitants of said respective districts, and on all lands liable to be taxed therein, in the same manner as township taxes are assessed, and shall set down the amount assessed to each person in his duplicate in a separate and distinct column; and said sums of money shall be assessed, levied, and col

lected in each of said districts at the time and in the same manner as township taxes are or may be assessed, levied, and collected; and it shall be the duty of the respective collectors of the said townships to pay over all moneys by them received, which shall have been assessed by virtue of this act, to such person or persons as may be authorized to

receive the same by said board. Clerk to keep 5. And be it enacted, That the clerk of said board shall record of proceedings. have the custody of the papers, and keep a record of the

proceedings thereof; and the said board may allow such compensation to the said clerk and to superintendents, or other persons by them employed, as they shall deem reasonable; but no compensation shall be allowed, directly or indirectly, to any member of said board, except to the pre

sident, for services in criminal cases. Duties and 6. And be it enacted, That the president of said board shall powers of president. take an oath or affirmation, before the clerk of the court

of common pleas of the county of Cumberland, that he will faithfully, impartially, and justly perform all the duties of the office of president of the board for grading and lighting the streets and preserving good order in Bridgeton, according to the best of his abilities and understanding, and shall have power to see that the laws of this state are faithfully executed, to maintain peace and good order within the county of Cumberland, to suppress all riots and tumultuous assemblies, and to arrest, or cause to be arrested, without process or warrant, and to commit for trial, all persons violating, or whom he has reason to believe have violated, the laws of the state, and shall possess the same powers and authority in criminal cases within said county with which

justices of the peace are invested. Duties and 7. And be it enacted, That the said board shall have power

to appoint a town marshal, who shall take and subscribe an oath or affirmation before the president of said board, or some justice of the peace, that he will faithfully, justly, and impartially fulfil the duties of the office of marshal of the town of Bridgeton according to the best of his abilities and understanding, which shall be certified to and filed by the

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clerk of the court of common pleas of the county of Cumberland, and thereupon the said marshal shall bave all the powers and duties in civil and criminal cases within the county of Cumberland that any of the constables therein have, and shall be entitled and required to execute any process directed to a constable, and shall have the same fees, and be subject to all the liabilities that the constables of said county may have or be subject to; and the said board may allow and pay to the president and marshal such fees for services in criminal cases as they shall deem reasonable.

8. And be it enacted, That this act shall take effect immediately.

Approved March 10, 1858.

CHAPTER CVII.

An Act to authorize Betsey Ayre to make a will.

WHEREAS, Betsey Ayre by the bequest of her first hus. Preamble.

band, Jonathan M. Meeker, late of New Providence, New Jersey, and otherwise, holds in her own right certain real and personal estate, and a deed of separation between her and her present husband, Richard Ayre, has been duly executed, in which each of the parties is left in sole possession of all his or her property, and each also relinquishes all claims whatsoever upon the real and personal estate of the other, it being expressly named in said deed

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of separation that Betsey Ayre shall be at full liberty to dispose of her estate by will or otherwise—therefore,

1. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, That the said Betsey Ayre be, and she is hereby authorized and empowered to devise and dispose of her property by will, and that the same shall be of like force and effect as if she were single.

2. And be it enacted, That this act shall take effect imme

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diately.

Approved March 10, 1858.

CHAPTER CVIII.

An Act to authorize the trustees of the Second Presbyterian Church of

Orange to assess sums of money as a tax or rent on the pews of their church.

Trustees authorized to

pews.

1. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of assess rent of the State of New Jersey, That the trustees of the Second

Presbyterian Church in Orange be, and they are hereby authorized and empowered to assess such sums of money as a tax, or rent, upon the pews of their church as may be necessary to defray the annual current expenses of the congregation, to be made payable in such manner as the said trustees, by their by-laws, may direct, and in default of the payment of the said tax or rent so assessed as aforesaid, for the space of one year, the said pew or pews may be sold for the shortest period of time practicable, under the direction of the said trustees, to pay all arrears thereon.

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