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REPEALING THE CHARTER OF THE BRANCH TURNPIKE COMPANY.

PASSED 1851.

Upon the petition of the town of Easton, praying for the repeal of the

charter of the Branch Turnpike Company, as per petition on file, dated the 17th day of April, A. D. 1851, will appear:

Resolved, That the charter of the Branch Turnpike Company be and the same is hereby repealed, and that said company is forever released from all obligations to keep and maintain said turnpike. And that so much of the same as lies within the several towns through which said turnpike is laid out, shall be assumed and kept in repair by said towns respectively as public highways, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.

Resolved, that the owners of said turnpike shall have a right to remove their toll house and fixtures from said turnpike, provided the same shall be done within a reasonable time from the passage of this act.

DISCONTINUING A PART OF THE BRIDGEPORT AND NEWTOWN TURNPIKE

ROAD.

PASSED 1849.

Upon the petition of the Bridgeport and Newtown Turnpike Company,

praying for the discontinuance of so much of their road as lies within the limits of the city of Bridgeport; and also so much of said road as lies within the limits of the town of Newtown, north of the point at which the Housatonic railroad crosses said turnpike road; also so much of said road as lies within the limits of the town of Brookfield, in Fairfield county, and the bridges on said road, within the limits aforesaid, for the reasons set forth in said petition, dated the first day of April, A. D. 1848: this assembly finds the facts set forth in said petition to be true, and that legal notice has been given and due service made, upon all the

parties interested in said petition : And whereas, the act incorporating said turnpike company contains

no clause empowering the legislature to amend, alter or repeal the same; and whereas, said turnpike company has consented that the legislature may, at any time, exercise the power of so amending, altering or repealing said act of incorporation, in the same manner and to the same extent as though said power had been reserved in said act: thereupon,

Be it resolved by this Assembly, That so much of said road as lies within the limits aforesaid, be and the same is hereby discontinued as a turnpike road; and the turnpike gate, located and established thereon, is also hereby discontinued, and said company is hereby discharged from all obligations hereafter to repair and maintain the same, and the bridges thereon; provided said turnpike company shall, within sixty days from and after the passing of this resolution, pay to the town of Brookfield the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars.

And be it further resolved, That the towns of Bridgeport, Newtown and Brookfield shall hereafter repair and maintain such parts of said road, so discontinued, and the bridges thereon, as lie within the limits of said towns respectively.

And be it further resolved, That the real estate belonging to said company, situate on that part of said road so discontinued within the limits of said Newtown, consisting of about one fourth acre of land, and the toll house thereon, shall remain the property of said company; and said company is hereby authorized and empowered, by their agent, to sell and convey the same, by proper deed.

DISCONTINUING THE CANAAN AND LITCHFIELD TURNPIKE ROAD.

PASSED 1853

Upon the petition of the Canaan and Litchfield Turnpike Company, showing to this assembly that said turnpike company has become unproductive in consequence of the travel being diverted by the construction of the Housatonic and Naugatuck railroad, and praying for liberty to surrender their charter, and be released from all liabilities on account of said road: therefore,

Resolved by this General Assembly, That said road be and hereby is discontinued as a turnpike road, and said corporation is discharged from all future liability or charges for the maintenance of said road; provided, that the right of said company shall be retained to collect their dues and close up their concerns, and said road shall hereafter be and remain a part of the public highway, in the respective towns in which it is situated, to be maintained and treated in all respects by said towns respectively as public convenience and necessity may reqnire, in the same manner as though said road had been originally laid out and made by said towns according to the provisions of the statute laws of this state in such cases made and provided.

Provided further, that no liability which has been incurred by said company, under and pursuant to any bond or other contract, written or unwritten, shall in any way be affected by the passage of this resolution, and said company shall be holden in the same to the same extent they would have been, provided this resolution had not been passed.

DISCONTINUING THE CENTER TURNPIKE ROAD.

PASSED 1858.

Upon petition of the Center Turnpike Company, showing to this assembly that said company was duly incorporated by the general assembly of this state, and that they are proprietors of a turnpike road called the Center turnpike road, leading from Tolland court house to a place in the sonth line of Massachusetts, at Dudley, and running through the easterly part of the town of Tolland, and the northerly part of the town of Willington, in Tolland county, and through the northerly part of the towns of Ashford, Eastford, Woodstock and Thompson, in Windham county, praying that said road may be discontinued as a turnpike road, and that the same may hereafter be and remain a part of the public highway in the respective towns in which it is situated : Resolved by this Assembly, That said road be discontinued as a turnpike road, and said coinpany be dissolved and discharged from all future liability, charges or expenses for the maintenance of said road.

Provided said company shall retain the right to collect their dues and to close up their concerns, the same as though this act had not been passed. And said road shall hereafter be and remain a part of the public highway, in the respective towns in which it is situated, to be maintained and treated in all respects by said towns respectively, as public convenience and necessity may require, in the same manner as though said road had been originally laid out and made by said towns according to the provisions of the statute laws of this state in such cases made and provided.

ANNULLING CHARTER OF CHESTER AND KILLINGWORTH SECOND TURNPIKE

COMPANY.

PASSED 1846.

Upon the petition of the Chester and Killingworth Second Turnpike Company, showing that said company was incorporated in 1834, and that the road was soon after completed at an expense of two thousand three hundred dollars; that said road has been ever since kept in repair by said company, and that all they have received therefor, during the whole period, is $1.30 on a share of the capital stock of $100 each; that said road is necessary to be kept up for the public accommodation; that the same is situated in the towns of Killingworth and Chester, in Middlesex county; and that the same may be surrendered to the said towns as a town road, to be maintained by them:

Resolved by this Assembly, That said company be and they are hereby discharged from all future liability, charge or expense for the maintenance of said road, and that the same be discontinued as a turnpike road, and that it shall hereafter be the duty of the several towns through which said Chester and North Killingworth second turnpike road passes, to support and maintain said road as a public highway, according to the

general provisions of the law relating to highways. And the said charter is hereby repealed.

CHESHIRE TURNPIKE COMPANY AUTHORIZED TO ERECT HALF TOLL-GATES

IN TOWN OF HAMDEN.

PASSED 1856.

Upon the petition of the Cheshire Turnpike Company, showing that by their act of incorporation, a committee was appointed by the general assembly, with power to establish two toll-gates on their road for the collection of the tolls therein prescribed, and with authority, if said committee should find it would tend to the accommodation of the public and the more just and equal collection of the toll, to divide said gates or either of them; that all the persons composing said committee have long since deceased, and that although by reason of changes in the course of business, it would now better accommodate the public, and tend to a more just and equal collection of the tolls, to divide the gate established in the town of Hamden, and erect two half gates in lieu thereof; yet, by reason of the death of the persons composing said committee, no provision of law exists by which the same can be lawfully done, therefore

Resolved by this Assembly, That the commissioners appointed on said road, with one of the county commissioners for the county of New Haven, upon application in writing made to them by said turnpike company, may, after due notice in the manner prescribed in the fiftieth section of the fourth chapter of the act concerning highways, if they shall find it will best tend to the accommodation of the public and a more just and equal collection of the toll, divide the gate or said road in the town of Hamden, and establish in lieu thereof, at such places on said road, in the town of Hamden, as they may deem proper, two half gates, at each of which half of the authorized rates of toll at the present gate of said company in said town may be taken ; and the commissioners on said road, with one of the county commissioners, may from time to time exercise in regard to said half gates, or either of them, and the location thereof, all the powers conferred by law on the commissioners on turnpike roads, and a county commissioner in relation to toll-gates and the establishment and alteration of the location thereof.

DISCONTINUING THE CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND TURNPIKE ROAD.

PASSED 1851.

Upon the petition of the Connecticut and Rhode Island Turnpike Compa, ny, showing to this assembly that said company was duly incorporated by the general assembly of this state, at its May session, A. D. 1806, for the purpose of constructing and keeping in repair the “ Connecticut and Rhode Island Turnpike," running through the towns of Killingly, Pomfret and a portion of Ashford, (now Eastford ;) that said company was soon thereafter duly organized, and, at an expense of about twelve thousand dollars, constructed said road, that the same has at no time been the source of any considerable income beyond the expense of keeping the same in repair, and that for many years last past the receipts from said road have been insufficient to make the necessary repairs on the same; and that there is now no prospect that the company will be able to keep and maintain the same in such condition as the public convenience and necessity require ; praying that said road may be discontinued as a turnpike road, and that the same may hereafter be and remain a part of the public highway in the respective towns in which it is situate :

Resolved by this Assembly, That the prayer of said petition be granted, and that the said road be discontinued as a turnpike road; and said company be dissolved and discharged from all future liability, charge or expense for the maintenance of said road. Provided, that said company shall retain the right to collect their dues and to close up their concerns, the same as though this act had not been passed.

And said road shall hereafter be and remain a part of the public highway in the respective towns in which it is situate, to be maintained and treated in all respects by said towns respectively, as public convenience and necessity may require, in the same manner as though said road had been originally laid out and made by the said towns according to the provisions of the statute law of this state in such case made and provided.

REVOKING THE CHARTER OF THE CORNWALL AND WASHINGTON TURNPIKE

COMPANY.

PASSED 1839.

Resolved by this Assembly, That the act of incorporation of the Cornwall and Washington Turnpike Company be and the same is hereby repealed ; and all the powers and privileges granted to said company, are hereby rescinded and declared null and void.

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