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said, it shall take effect in the same manner as if he had approved it; so much of the act to which this is a supplement as gives the said mayor a casting vote in the city council, be and the same is hereby repealed.

25. And be it enacted, That section five of the "Act to Part of establish the city of Elizabeth,” be and the same is hereby amended. amended so as to read after the words " township elections” in the fifth line, as follows: "and the officers of said elections shall be eligible to any office to be voted for at such election."

26. And be it enacted, That the mayor and city clerk be oath of and the same are hereby authorized severally to administer missioners. the oath required to be taken by the school commissioners, in the same manner as the judges or clerk of the late borough court were authorized and required to do.

27. And be it enacted, That no part of section five of the Assessors act entitled "An act to establish the city of Elizabeth,” formberto de shall be so construed as to authorize or empower the assessors and collectors of the respective wards to sit as mem. bers of the “board of city canvassers."

28. And be it enacted, That in cases where the city council Council may are authorized to make or levy any assessment for any of money. the said improvements under this act, they shall be author. ized to borrow the amount of any such assessment in anticipation of the collection thereof; to be expended only in payment of said improvements; provided, that nothing Proviso. herein contained shall confer upon the said city council power to increase the general indebtedness of said city for other purposes, beyond the limit fixed by the act to which this is a supplement.

29. And be it enacted, That this act shall go into effect on Act, when to the first day of May next.

30. And be it enacted, That this act shall not go into effect Supplement until the electors of the said city of Elizabeth, at public mitted to meetings called in the respective wards for the purpose of an election, approving or rejecting the same, shall by a vote of a majority of the electors present, and voting by ballot, determine to adopt the same; such meeting shall be called forth with

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by the mayor of the said city, to be held under the direction of the officers at the last annual state election held in said city, and at the same places and during the same hours, of which time and places, the mayor aforesaid shall give at least one week's previous notice by advertisement in the newspaper of said city, and posting it in the respective wards; and the electors entitled to vote, who are in favor of this act, shall each deposit a ballot with the word "supplement" written or printed thereon; and those who are opposed shall each deposit a ballot with the words "no supplement” written or printed thereon; and a canvass and a return of the votes shall be made by the judges of election, to the mayor of said city, who shall lay the same before the city council at their next meeting, whereupon said council shall by a resolution declare the result.

Approved March 15, 1859.

CHAPTER CXXIV.

An Act to set off from the township of East Windsor, in the county of

Mercer, a new township, to be called the township of Washington.

Boundaries of township.

1. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, That all that part of the township of East Windsor, in the county of Mercer, lying within the following boundaries, that is to say: beginning in the line between the townships of East Windsor and West Wind

sor, in the middle of the new road leading from Dutch Neck to the Bordentown and South Amboy turnpike, and running from thence along the middle of said new road to the middle of the Bordentown and South Amboy turnpike, and corner to David Gordon, senior's, land; thence along said Gordon's line and a line late of Joel Pullen, deceased, David Silvers, Jonathan Hutchinson, and others, to a stone in the public road leading from Windsor, to Chamberlain's corner, near Ezekiel Dillon's house; thence along said road to a stone in said road near the Allan school house, and corners to lands of James P. Allen and Isaac Pullen; thence along the line between said James P. Allen, Isaac Pullen, John M. Allen, Leonard Hulit, George H. Allen, and others, straight to the Assanpink creek; thence up said creek the several courses thereof to the Monmouth county line; thence along the line of the county of Monmouth to the Hamilton township line; thence along the Hamilton township line to the West Windsor township line; thence along the line of the township of West Wind. sor to the place of beginning, is hereby set off from the said township of East Windsor and erected into a separate township, to be called and known by the name of the township of Washington. 2. And be it enacted, That the inhabitants of the said Inhabitants

incorporattownship of Washington are hereby constituted a body 'ed. politic and corporate in law, and shall be styled and known by the name of the inhabitants of the township of Washington, in the county of Mercer, shall be vested with and entitled to all the rights, powers, authority, privileges and advantages, and subject to the same regulations, government and liabilities as the inhabitants of the other townships in the said county of Mercer.

3. And be it enacted, That the inhabitants of the said First town township of Washington shall hold their first annual town meeting at the public house now kept by Elizabeth Miller, in the village of Windsor, on the second Tuesday of March next, and afterwards on the second Tuesday of March annually, at such places in the said township of Washington

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as the inhabitants shall determine, in the manner herein

after provided. Officers to be

4. And be it enacted, That the inhabitants of the said township of Washington are hereby authorized and required to elect by ballot, and not otherwise, at said town meeting, and at their annual town meetings thereafter, the following officers, until otherwise required by law, whose qualifications shall be the same as are or may be fixed by law, that is: a township clerk, a judge of election, an assessor, a collector, two chosen freeholders, two surveyors of the highways, three commissioners of appeals, one over. seer of the poor, a town committee, consisting of five persons, a town superintendent of common schools, as many justices of the peace as the said township may be constitutionally entitled to elect, one constable, and such

other officers as are needed for said township. Money for 5. And be it enacted, That at the above named town highways, school pur- meeting, and at the annual town meetings thereafter, the

inhabitants of said township shall, upon the same ballot with the township officers, vote for the amount of money to be raised for the highways, for school purposes, the amount of dog tax, and for the places of holding the next annual town meeting, and the election of state and county

officers. Mode of 6. And be it enacted, That the election for the township

officers above designated shall open at ten o'clock in the morning and close at four o'clock in the afternoon of the same day, and shall be conducted in the same manner, and subject to the same rules, as elections for state and county officers are or shall be; the board of election shall take the same oath or affirmation, as far as applicable, be invested with the same powers, and liable to the same penalties, the same qualifications for voters shall be required, and the result ascertained in the same manner and stated according to law.

7. And be it enacted, That a plurality of votes shall be sufficient to elect any officer, but a majority of the whole number shall be required to determire an amount of money

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to be raised or specified; and in case there shall be a neg. lect or failure to elect any officer by the said town meeting, or in case of the refusal of any person elected to accept the appointment, or a vacancy from any other cause, or in case two or more have an equal number of votes for the same office, the town committee of said township shall, at their next meeting thereafter, fill such vacancy, determine upon such place, and elect between those having an equal num. ber of votes, unless they shall deem a special meeting for those purposes most advisable.

8. And be it enacted, That James Nutt, Jonathan Hutch- Board of inson, and James G. West shall constitute the board of election for said township at the next annual town meeting after the passage of this act, with power to choose a clerk, by whom due notice of the holding of such town meeting shall be given; and that thereafter the judge of election, assessor, and collector, for the time being, shall constitute a board of election for all future annual town meetings.

9. And be it enacted, That the board of election appointed Board of by this act to hold the first annual town meeting are hereby procure

ballot box. required and directed to procure, at the expense of the county, a ballot box for the use of said township.

10. And be it enacted, That the town committees of the Town comtownships of Washington and East Windsor shall meet on divide prothe Monday next after the annual town meeting, at the house now kept by Elizabeth Miller, in Windsor, at the hour of ten o'clock in the forenoon of said day, and shall then and there proceed, by writing, signed by a majority of the township committees present, to allot and divide between the said townships of Washington and East Windsor all the property and moneys on hand or due, in proportion to the taxable property and ratables, as valued and assessed by the assessor of the township of East Windsor at the last annual assessment; and the inhabitants of the township of Washington shall be liable to pay their just proportion of the debts, if any there be, and if any of the town committee shall neglect or refuse to attend the meeting, as aforesaid, those present may proceed to make such

perty.

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