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tracts and liabilities of said town, and for the purpose of defraying expenses of building a town honse for the use of said town, and for no other purpose whatsoever.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect on the day of its passage.

AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF MIDDLETOWN TO LOAN ITS CREDIT TO THE

NEW YORK AND BOSTON RAILROAD COMPANY.

PASSED 1851.

Upon the application of the town of Middletown, praying for liberty to loan its credit to the New York and Boston Railroad Company:

Resolved by this Assembly, That the town of Middletown be and is authorized and empowered to purchase, take, hold and receive of and from the New York and Boston Railroad Company, the seven per cent. bonds, which may be issued by said company, to such an amount, not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars, as shall hereafter be determined by a meeting of said town, warned and held for that purpose, by a vote of two-thirds of the electors present, and voting on said question ; and that said town be authorized and empowered to issue, in payment for said bonds which shall be so purchased as aforesaid, scrip or certificates of debt bearing not more than six per cent. interest per annum, under the corporate name and seal of said town, in such manner as said town shall see fit, to such an amount, not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars, as shall in like manner be determined at a meeting of said town, warned and held for that purpose, upon a vote of two-thirds of the electors present and voting upon said question; and the moneys derived from or by means of the issue of the bonds of the New York and Boston Railroad Company, in exchange for the bonds of said town, shall by the directors of said company be applied to or expended upon their road, in such manner as they may deem most expedient, for the purpose of forming any portion of said railroad; and said scrip or certificates of debt which may be issued and delivered by said town, in pursuance of this resolve, shall be obligatory apon said town and the inhabitants thereof.

Resolved, That the interest which shall be collected by said town, upon the bonds purchased of said company as aforesaid, shall by said town be applied, so far as the same may be required, to the payment and satisfaction of the interest which may from time to time become due upon the scrip or certificates of debt issued by said town as aforesaid ; and the balance of the interest upon said bonds, not necessary for the purposes aforesaid, shall be irrevocably pledged and appropriated as a sinking fund, for the payment and satisfaction of the bonds so purchased by said town of said company, as aforesaid; which said balance of interest, so pledged and appropriated as aforesaid, shall not be less than one per cent. per annum of the aggregate amount of said bonds outstanding.

Resolved, That the treasurer of the town of Middletown and the treasurer of the city of Middletown shall be constituted trustees of said sinking fund, who shall be called trustees of the Middletown sinking fund, whose duty it shall be annually to collect and receive from said town of Middletown, the balance of interest so appropriated and pledged as aforesaid ; and to hold, manage and invest the same in such manner as shall best conduce to the interest of said fund, for the purpose of canceling the indebtedness of said railroad company to said town. And said trustees are empowered in their own names to institute and prosecute any and all suits in law or equity, which, in the opinion of said trustees, may be necessary in conducting and managing said sinking fund.

Resolved, That before the said town of Middletown shall be allowed to exercise the powers conferred by this act, subscriptions shall first have been made to the capital stock of said company, to the amount of one million of dollars, and five hundred thousand dollars at least shall have been expended in the construction of said road. And the bonds which may be issued by said company, as aforesaid, shall be secured by a priority of lien upon said road, and upon the equipments thereof.

NAUGATUCK CONSTITUTED A TOWN

PASSED 1844.

Upon the petition of William De Forest and others, praying for the incorporation of a new town, as will fully and at large appear by their petition on file, dated the 16th day of February, 1844; which petition having been duly served on the towns of Waterbury, Bethany and Oxford, was returned to and entered in the office of the secretary of this state according to law :

Resolved by this Assembly, That the parts of the several towns of Waterbury, Bethany and Oxford, lying within the following limits, to wit: beginning at the northeast corner of the society of Salem, in the town of Waterbury, and where the same adjoins the northwest corner of the town of Prospect, and thence running southerly by the line of said society to the town of Bethany, at a point called the Three Brothers; thence by said society line southerly to the southeast corner of said society, at a point in Bethany called Beacon Cap; and thence westerly in said town of Bethany in a straight line to Naugatuck river, at the mouth of Spruce brook; thence northwesterly in the line of said society in the town of Oxford to Bartis' Corner; thence northerly in the line of said society as it now runs, to the northwest corner of said society; and thence easterly in the north line of said society, as it now runs, to the place of beginning, with all the inhabitants residing therein, be and the same hereby are incorporated into a distinct town, by the name of NAUGATUCK. And the inhabitants aforesaid and their successors forever, residing within said limits, shall bave and enjoy all the powers, privileges and immunities which are enjoyed by other towns in this state, with the privilege of sending one representative to the general assembly of this state.

Said new town shall support all bridges within their bounds, (except such as belong to turnpike companies or individuals to support,) and be released from snpporting any bridges without the limits of said new town; shall pay their proportion of the present debts of Waterbury, and be allowed the same proportion of its credits, including their share of the town deposit fund and their proportion of the alms house land; and shall take and support their proportion of the present town poor of said town of Waterbury, the proportion of the said new town in all respects aforesaid being as the list of that part of the new town taken from the town of Waterbury for the year 1843, bears to the whole list of said town of Waterbury in the same year. And the selectmen of the said towns of Waterbury and Naugatuck are hereby empowered to apportion and divide the present town poor, the debts, credits, town funds and alms house land aforesaid, according to the rule aforesaid; and in case they should not be able to agree, then such apportionment shall be made by Samuel H. Nettleton, Esquire, of Watertown, whose decision shall be final. And said town poor when so apportioned, shall be settled inbabitants for all purposes, in the respective towns to which they are set; and said new town shall pay their share in like proportion of the expense upou a petition now pending for a road up Hancock's brook to Plymouth line; also their share of the expense of building said road and a bridge across said brook, including land and other incidental expenses: provided the town shall be ordered to build said road on the present petition or any other petition brought before the middle of November next. Said new town shall take and support such proportion of the present town poor of the town of Bethany, as the list of 1843, of the part of the said new town taken from said town of Bethany bears to the whole list of said town of Bethany in the same year. And the selectmen of said towns of Bethany and Naugatuck are hereby empowered to apportion the present town poor aforesaid, according to the rule aforesaid ; and in case they should not be able to agree, then buch apportionment shall be made by James D. Wooster, Esq., of Middlebury, whose decision shall be final. And said town poor when so apportioned, shall be settled inhabitants for all purposes, in the respective towns to which they are set; and said new town shall pay annually to the town of Oxford, such proportion of the sum of four hundred and twenty dollars, (which is the expense of supporting the paupers of said town of Oxford,) as the list of 1843, of that portion of said new town taken from said town of Oxford, bears to the whole list of said town of Oxford for the same year, during the life of some one of the present paupers of said town of Oxford, to be hereafter named or agreed upon by the selectmen of said new town and the selectmen of said town of Oxford. And said new town shall be liable to maintain all such poor of the towns from which it is taken as are or may be absent therefrom. Provided such person or persons at the time of their departure, belonged to either of those parts of said towns hereby incorporated, or were residents therein.

Resolved further, That the collectors of the state and town taxes of the respective towns of Waterbury, Bethany and Oxford, aforesaid, are hereby

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authorized to collect their respective taxes already laid in the same manner as though this act had not passed.

The first meeting of said town of Naugatuck shall be held on the third Monday of June, 1844, on the green, between the two churches in said Naugatuck, and John Peck, Esq., (and in case of his failure, Richard Hine, Esq.) shall be moderator of said meeting, and shall warn said meeting, by setting up a notification of the same on the sign-post in said Naugatuck, and at such other place or places as said persons may deem proper, at least five days before said meeting. And said town of Naugatuck shall at said first meeting have all the powers incident to other towns in the state, and full right to act accordingly; to elect town officers, and the officers so elected at such meeting shall hold their offices until others are chosen and sworn in their stead.

ESTABLISHING THE MILEAGE OF NAUGATUCK.

PASSED 1845.

Resolved by this Assembly, That the mileage of the town of Naugatack, in New Haven county, to Hartford, be thirty-five miles; and to New Haven, seventeen miles.

MILEAGE OF THE TOWNS OF NEW BRITAIN AND SEYMOUR,

PASSED 1851.

Resolved, That the distances for the towns of Seymour and New Britain be and hereby are fixed as follows: from Hartford to Seymour, forty-four miles; from New Haven to Seymour, twelve miles; from Hartford to New Britain, ten miles; from New Haven to New Britain, thirty miles.

DECLARING REPRESENTATION OF NEW BRITAIN.

PASSED 1858.

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the town of New Britain is justly entitled, under the constitution of this state, to two representatives in the general assembly.

ESTABLISHING DIVISION LINE BETWEEN TOWNS OF NEW HAVEN AND

ORANGE

PASSED 1849.

Resolved by this Assembly, That the division line between the towns of New Haven and Orange, shall hereafter be, and the same is hereby established, as follows, viz: commencing at the sound, and extending through the harbor to the point of the beach; thence in a straight line north, eighty degrees west, to the center of West river; thence in a straight line north, twelve and a half degrees west, to the New York and New Haven railroad, at a point thereon in the center of said river; thence up said river, in the center thereof, to the bridge on the Derby Turnpike road; thence in a straight line westerly, to Mix's north line, so called ; thence in said Mix's line to Woodbridge line.

AN ACT ENABLING THE TOWN OF NEW HAVEN TO PAVE THE STREETS OF

SAID TOWN IN CERTAIN CASES.

PASSED 1856.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Assembly convened, Sec. 1. That the inhabitants of the town of New Haven be and they hereby are authorized and empowered, by a vote of the inhabitants of said town, to authorize and direct the selectmen of said town, whenever the selectmen are about to proceed, under a vote of said town, to macadamize any street or highway, or portion thereof in said town, and they shall be requested, by application in writing, signed by the proprietors of at least three-fourths in quantity of the land fronting on such street or highway, or portion thereof, to pave such street, high

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