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As act to divide the township of Bergen, in the county of

Hudson.

WHEREAS the free holders and inhabitants of the township of prombie

Bergen, in the county of Hudson, in public meeting assembled, have resolved that it is expedient, and will be productive of mutual benefit and convenience, to divide said township into two separate townships, and have prayed legislative aid in the premises—therefore,

Sec. 1. BE IT ENACTED by the Council and General Assembly of this State, and it is hereby enacted by the uuthority of the same, That the township of Bergen, in the county of Hud- Boun son, be, and the same is hereby divided into two separate and Northi Bergen. independent townships : and all that part of the said township of Bergen which lies north of the centre of the railroad belonging to the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Company, shall be, and is hereby set off into a separate township, to be called and known by the name of “the Township of North Bergen;" and all that part of the said township of Ber- o:

ber; Boundaries of gen which lies south of the centre of the railroad aforesaid Bergen. shall be, and hereby is set off into a separate township, to be called and known by the name of “ the Township of Bergen."

Sec. 2. And be it enacted, That the inhabitants of the said township of North Bergen shall be, and they are hereby con- Township of stituted a body politic and corporate, and shall be styled and North Bergen

incorporaled: known by the name of the Inhabitants of the Township of North Bergen, in the county of Hudson ;" and that the inhabitants of the said township of Bergen shall be, and they bereby are constituted a body politic and corporate, and shall be styled and known by the name of “the Inhabitants of the Township of Bergen, in the county of Hudson;" and shall respectively be 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 Hudson are or may be entitled or subject to by the existing laws of this state.

Sec. 3. And be it enacted, That the inhabitants of the said Time and place township of North Bergen, shall hold their first annual town of first annual meeting at the house of Michel Saunier, innkeeper in the said town mootingdi township of North Bergen ; and that the inhabitants of the said towhship of Bergen shall hold their first annual town meeting at the house of Jacob M. Vreeland, in the said township of Bergep; and that each of said townships of North Bergen and of Bergen shall hold their first and all subsequent annual town meetings on the day appointed by law for hold

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ing the annual town meetings in the other townships in the county of Hudson.

Sec. 4. And be it enacted, That all paupers who may be

chargeable to the township of Bergen at the time this act shall Allotment of go into operation, shall be chargeable to, and supported by paupers to be that one of the townships created by this act within the bounds maintained by each township. of which they have acquired their settlements, respectively,

or in which said paupers may have resided at the time of acquiring their respective settlements; and all persons whose present settlement is in the township of Bergen, and who shall hereafter become chargeable as paupers, shall be supported by that one of the said new townships hereby created, within the bounds of which they respectively resided at the time of acquiring their respective settlements, or within the bounds of which the respective settlements were acquired.

Sec. 5. And be it enucled, That the poor-house farm, now

vested in the overseers of the poor of the township of Bergen, Township farm, with the buildings and improvements thereon, shall be vested ed in the town.

hin, and remain to the townships of Bergen and North Bergen, ships of Bergen in their corporate capacity, as townships in common, in the and North Ber

same manner and form, in all respects, and to all intents and gen.

purposes, the same as they are now vested in the said overseers.

Sec. 6. And be it enacted, That all the moneys, on hand or Monoyto due, belonging to the present township of Bergen, shall be be divided be- divided between the said township of North Bergen and the twoen the town. ships.

township of Bergen, now created by this act, in proportion to the taxable property and ratables, as taxed by the assessor, within their respective limits at the last assessment; and that all the debts and liabilities of the present township of Bergen, shall be paid and satisfied by the townships created by this act, in like proportion.

Sec. 7. And be it enacted, That the township committees of Meeting of

the township of North Bergen and the township of Bergen townships' shall meet on the third Monday of April next, at ten o'clock'in committees

the forenoon, at the house of Rachel Riker, innkeeper at the for division of moneys. Five Corners, in the township of North Bergen, and shall then

and there proceed to allot and divide between the said townships all the money on hand or due, and all the debts and liabilities belonging to the present township of Bergen, in proportion to the taxable property and ratables, as valued or assessed within the respective limits of the said two townships at the last assessments; and may adjourn the said meeting from time to time, and to such time and place as a majority of them assembled may think proper : and if any of the said township committees shall neglect to meet as aforesaid, then those present may proceed to make such allotment and division, and their decision, or the decision of a majority of them, shall be final and conclusive.

Sec. 8. And be it enacted, That the freeholders, inhabitants Time and mode of each of the said townships of North Bergen and Bergen, of election of

trustees of the respectively, shall, on the first Monday in May next, and on freeholders. the first Monday in May in each and every year thereafter, by a plurality of votes of the said freeholders then met and assembled, elect and choose, out of the whole body of the said freeholders, four persons out of each of the townships created by this act, as trustees of the freeholders, inhabitants of the said townships respectively; which said eight persons, so elected, shall be styled and known by the name of “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen and of the township of North Bergen;" which said eight per. sons, so elected and chosen, shall be and continue in office for and during the term of one year, and until others are chosen or elected in their stead; and shall be invested with, and hold and enjoy all the rights, privileges, powers, and authorities whatsoever, which are now vested in, or of right belong to “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen."

Sec. 9. And be it enacted, That the persons heretofore cho- Former trustees sen or appointed, - Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of to act until otla

ers aro chorea. the township of Bergen," and now acting as such trustees, shall be and remain trustees for the purposes for which they were chosen and appointed until other trustees are chosen in the manner prescribed by this act.

Sec. 10. And be it enacted, That all deeds, mortgages, Dende more bonds, bills, notes of hand, securities, engagements, and con- gagas, bonda, tracts, of every nature and kind whatsoever, and all interest, the

atsoever and all interest real estate, &c.,

a whatsoever, and all merest, to be vested in property, and estates, real and personal, of every nature and the township, kind, given, granted to, had, held, possessed, and enjoyed by MOPST

Y North Bergen. “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen," shall be vested in and remain to “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen and of the township of North Bergen," in the same manner and form, in all respects and to all intents and purposes, the same as they are now vested in or held, possessed or enjoyed, by the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen;" and that all grants, conveyances, mortgages, bonds, notes, contracts, and engagements, of every nature and kind, given, made, done, and entered into by “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen;" and that all legal claims and demands, by any person or persons, body politic or corporate, of every nature and kind, against them, the said “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the

township of Bergen," shall be binding upon, and valid and effectual, against the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen and the township of North Bergen;" and that they, the said the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabi. tants of the township of Bergen," and the township of North Ber. gen," may, in their corporate capacity, sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, for or on account of any cause or causes of action whatsoever, now accrued or hereafter to accrue, in favour of or against the said “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen," in like manner, and as fully to all intents and purposes, as the said “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen" might have sued or been sued, impleaded or been impleaded, in case this act had not been passed ; and, to preclude all misconception, it is hereby further provided, that nothing in this act con. tained shall in any way prejudice, impair, or destroy any right, claim, or demand, of any kind whatsoever, which may now exist in the townships of Jersey City and Van Vorst, or either of them, against the present township of Bergen, or against “ the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen," for or on account of any estate, real or personal, by this act vested in the townships of Bergen and North Bergen, or in “ the Trustees, inhabitants of the township of Bergen and of the township of North Bergen;" and the like remedies and rights of action are hereby reserved to, and vested in the said townships of Van Vorst and Jersey City, against the said townships of Bergen and North Bergen, and against “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen and of the township of North Bergen," as now exist against the present township of Bergen, or against “the Trustees of the Freeholders, inhabitants of the township of Bergen," for or on account of the said estate, real or persona).

Sec. 11. And be it enacted, That the election of all the town. ship officers, in each of the townships created by this act, shall

be by ballot; and that the inhabitants of each of the said town. Election of offi- ships, qualified by law to vote at town meetings, shall, by balcers to be by lot, determine the amount of money to be by them raised for

such purposes as are or may be authorized by law.

Sec. 12. And be it enacted, That at the first annual town meeting, to be held in each of the townships of North Bergen

and Bergen, on the day appointed by law for that purpose in Judge, inspecto

ballot.

the other townships in the county of Hudson, the judge, inor, and clerk, spectors, and clerk shall be chosen viva voce; and at all sub

sequent elections, in each of said townships, for the election of township officers, the judge, inspectors, and clerk elected at the next preceding township election shall be the officers; and it

how ehosen.

absent, others shall be chosen in their stead, in the same man. ner as vacancies are supplied by law at the annual election.

Sec. 13. "And be it enacted, That the judges, inspectors, and clerks, for holding any annual or special township election, shall severally be entitled to the sum of one dollar and fifty

Compensation cents per day for their services, to be paid by the township of officers. committee of each of the townships created by this act.

Sec. 14. And be it enacted, That the poll shall open at ten o'clock in the forenoon, and close at four o'clock in the afternoon, at the place appointed for holding the annual town moet- Mode of conings in each of the said townships; and all persons who by law ducting elec

tion. are or may be qualified to vote at town meetings, shall be entitled to vote at such election; and after the poll shall be closed, the ballots shall be forth with canvassed, and a return thereof made by the officers conducting such election, to the clerk of each of the townships for the current year, to be by them recorded and filed; and that the officers conducting any township election shall not be disqualified from being elected to, or holding any township office.

Sec. 15. And be it enacted, That this act shall take effect Act, when 10 on the second Monday of April next, and not before. • Passed February 10, 1843.

take effect.

A supplement to the act entitled, “ An act to create the county

of Hudson.”

reamble.

WHEREAS, in and by the twelfth section of the act entitled,

"An act to create the county of Hudson," passed February twenty-second, eighteen hundred and forty, it is, among other things, enacted, “that the militia of the said county of Hudson shall form a separate brigade, to be called the Hudson brigade, and shall be attached to the first division of the militia of this state,” and “ the militia of the county of Bergen shall form a separate brigade, to be called the Bergen brigade, and shall be attached to the first division of the militia of this state;"--and whereas it appears that the said first division of the militia of this state is composed of brigades which are not contiguous to the said Hudson and

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