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10th day of July, 1854, at two o'clock, afternoon, and Samuel M. Tulley, or in case of his failure, William R. Clarke, shall be moderator thereof. And said meeting shall be warned by the said Tully or Clarke, by setting up a notification of the same on the public sign-post within the limits of said new town at least five days before said meeting; and said new town shall have all the powers incident to other towns in this state at said first meeting, and full right to act accordingly. And the officers elected at such meeting shall hold their respective offices until others are appointed and qualified in their stead.

Sec. 8. This act shall take effect and be in force on and after the eighth day of July, A. D. 1854.

MILEAGE OF THE TOWN OF ESSEX.

PASSED 1855.

That the mileage of the town of Essex, in Middlesex county, shall be and hereby is declared to be thirty-seven miles to the town of Hartford, and thirty-eight miles to the town of New Haven.

ANNEXING PART OF THE TOWN OF FAIRFIELD TO WESTPORT.

PASSED 1842.

Upon the petition of Moses Taylor and others, of the parish of Greensfarms, in the town and county of Fairfield, praying to be annexed to the town of Westport, in said county, as per petition on file, dated the 10th day of February, A. D. 1841, will more fully appear:

Resolved, 1st. That the parish of Greensfarms, in the town of Fairfield, in the county of Fairfield, be and the same is hereby annexed to the town of Westport, in said county, and shall become part and parcel of said town of Westport, and entitled to the same rights, privileges and immunities as the town of Westport.

Resolved, 2d. That the Parish of Greensfarms aforesaid, shall pay such proportion of all debts and claims now existing against the town of Fairfield, as the list of said parish of Greensfarms as aforesaid, of 1841, bears to the whole list of the town of Fairfield, for said year: that the selectmen of the towns of Fairfield and Westport are hereby authorized and empowered to liquidate and adjust such đebts and claims, and in case they cannot agree upon the amount thereof, then Henry Dutton, Esq., of Bridgeport, in said connty of Fairfield, is hereby authorized and empowered to determine the same, upon application of the selectmen of the town of Westport, on or before the first day of October next.

Resolved, 3d. That the poor of said town of Fairfield, within the limits hereby annexed to Westport, shall be deemed inhabitants of the town of Westport, and maintained accordingly; and said town of Westport shall be liable to maintain all the poor of the town of Fairfield that are or may now be absent therefrom: provided such poor now belong to said parish of Greensfarms, as aforesaid.

Resolved, 4th. That the collectors of the taxes of the town of Fairfield are hereby authorized to collect the taxes of said town already laid, in the same manner as though these resolves had not passed; but if the taxes collected from said

parish of Greensfarms as aforesaid, shall exceed the whole amount of such debts and clainis as the parish of Greensfarms is bound by this act to pay to the town of Fairfield, then said town of Fairfield shall pay over the surplus into the treasury of the town of Westport; but if the whole amount of the taxes so collected shall not equal the amount that may be determined to be justly due to the town of Fairfield, from the inhabitants of the parish of Greensfarms, hereby set off to the town of Westport, then the selectmen of the town of Fairfield for the time being, shall have power, and authority is hereby given them, and they are hereby directed to levy a tax for the balance that may be found to be due, according to the second section of this act, from the inhabitants residing in the part hereby set off to the town of Westport, upon the polls and ratable estate of said inhabitants, according to the list of 1841, and cause a warrant to be issued for the collection thereof, signed by a justice of peace,

and directed to the collector of the taxes of the town of Fairfield for the time being, who shall proceed with and collect said tax, and pay over the same into the treasury of the town of Fairfield, in the same manner as town taxes are now collected and paid over.

Resolved, 5th. That the agent of the town" deposit fund” of the town of Fairfield pay over to the agent of the town * deposit fund” of the town of Westport, such proportion of the town “ deposit fund” of the town of Fairfield, as the parish of Greensfarms as aforesaid is justly entitled to, according to the act of distribution, entitled "an act accepting the deposit of a portion of the surplus funds belonging to the United States, providing for the safe keeping thereof, and appropriating the interest accruing therefrom for the promotion of education and other purposes. The proportion of the fund to be paid over as aforesaid, shall be determined between the towns of Fairfield and Westport by the agents of the town deposit fund of said towns, according to law. And when said proportion as is ascertained to be justly due to the town of Westport, shall be paid over as aforesaid, then the agent of the town deposit fund of the town of Westport shall forward his receipt for the same to the treasurer of this state; and said receipt shall be in full discharge of the town of Fairfield, for the amount so paid over, and shall authorize the said treasurer to give the town of Fairfield credit for the same, and to charge the amount thereof over to the town of Westport; and said money shall thereafter become a part of the town deposit fund of the town of Westport, and shall be used and managed according to the statute in such cases made and provided.

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SETTING OFF A PART OF THE TOWN OF HAMDEN TO THE CITY AND

TOWN OF NEW HAVEN.

PASSED 1887.

Upon the petition of Lyman Atwater, showing that he resides in the

southeast corner of the town of Hamden, near to the town and city limits of New Haven; that he is much nearer to the state house and place of holding town and electors' meetings in New Haven, than to the place of holding town and electors' meetings in Hamden; that the road to the place of holding town meetings in Hamden, besides the inconvenience of the distance, is rough, inconvenient and in some seasons very difficult to travel; whereas the roads to every part of New Haven are always easy and convenient; that he has always belonged to the first ecclesiastical society in New Haven, and his business is principally in New Haven : praying that a small portion of the territory where he resides, and on which no other family resides, may be annexed to the town and city of New Haven, as by his petition on file, dated the 22d of April, 1837, will more fully appear,—which petition has been legally served on the town of Hamden, and on the town and city of New Haven:

Resolved by this Assembly, That so much of the present territory of the town of Hamden as lies south of a line beginning at Quinipiack river, the boundary between Hamden and East Haven, at the mouth of Dike creek, and following the course of said creek thirty-five rods, to the end of a ditch opening into said creek; thence south 814° west one hundred fifty-eight rods, to the line between Hamden and New Haven, in the gap of East Rock, be and the same is hereby annexed to the town and city of New Haven, and shall hereafter to all legal purposes whatever, be deemed a part of the town and city of New Haven, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.

Provided always, that the rights of the town of Hamden or the inhabitants thereof, to the navigable waters of said river, and to pass and repass to and from the same, or to take fish therefrom or therein, shall remain the same in every respect as if this resolve had not been passed.

ANNEXING A PART OF NORTH HAVEN TO HAMDEN.

PASSED 1846.

Upon the petition of Willis Churchill and others, inhabitants of the town of North Haven, in the county of New Haven, praying that a certain part of North Haven, with the inhabitants thereof, be annexed to the town of Hamden, in said county, as per petition on file, dated April 23d, 1845, duly served and returned to the last session of the general assembly of this state, and duly continued to the present session thereof, will more fully appear :

Resolved by this Assembly, That all that part of the said town of North Haven lying within the following described limits, viz: commencing at the point where the dividing line

between said town of North Haven and Hamden crosses the Cheshire turnpike road, in the center of said road, thence southerly in the center of said turnpike road as it now runs, about three-fourths of a mile, until it intersects the town line which now divides said town of Hamden from said North Haven, thence westerly upon said last mentioned town line to Mill river, so called, thence northeasterly by said river to the place of beginning, with all the inhabitants thereof, be and the same hereby is annexed to and incorporated with and made part of said town of Hamden, and entitled to the same rights, privileges and immunities as the town of Hamden, and shall be and constitute a part of said Hamden.

Resolved, That the collectors of taxes of the town of North Haven are hereby authorized to collect the taxes of said town of North Haven already laid, in the same manner as though these resolves had not passed.

ANNEXING A PART OF THE TOWN OF WINDHAM TO THE TOWN OF HAMPTON.

PASSED 1854,

Resolved by this Assembly, That on and after the passage of this resolve, all that part of the town of Windham lying northerly of a line drawn from the southeast corner of the town of Chaplin, to the southwest corner of the town of Hampton, be and the same hereby is annexed to the town of Hampton.

CONCERNING TOWN MEETINGS IN MANSFIELD.

PASSED OCTOBER, 1842.

Resolved by this Assembly, That a resolution passed by the general assembly in May session, 1801, relating to the town of Mansfield, requiring the electors of said town to hold their town and freemen's meetings alternately at the meeting houses in the north and south societies, in said town, be and the same is hereby rescinded.

AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF MERIDEN TO ISSUE BONDS.

PASSED 1854.

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Resolved by this Assembly, Sec. 1. That the town of Meriden, in the county of New Haven, be and said town is hereby authorized and empowered to issue bonds, scrip or certificates of debt, by the name of said town of Meriden, to an amount not exceeding thirty thousand dollars, and bearing interest at no greater rate than seven per cent. per annum; the principal of said bonds, scrip or certificates, shall be made payable at the Meriden Bank, in said town of Meriden, at some certain time or times, within fifteen years from the issuing of the same; and the interest thereon shall be payable semi-annually, at said Meriden Bank; and no less than two thousand dollars, in amount of said bonds, scrip or certificates so issued, shall mature and be payable, every year, till the whole issue be paid; and said bonds, scrip or certificates, may be sold by said town, or by the agent of said town thereto duly authorized, at a price or prices less than the par value thereof.

Sec. 2. The selectmen of said town shall call a special town meeting to determine the amount of such bonds, scrip or certificates said town will issue, not exceeding the amount specified in the first section of this act; and said special town meeting may confer upon the treasurer of said town, or other proper person or persons, authority and power to prescribe the form of said bonds, scrip or certificates, and to execute the same for and in behalf of said town; and said special meeting shall also determine the rate of interest said bonds, scrip or certificates shall bear, not exceeding seven per cent. per annum as aforesaid; and when so issued and executed, and delivered or sold as aforesaid, the said bonds, scrip or certificates shall be obligatory upon the said town and the inhabitants thereof, in the same manner and to the same extent as debts lawfully contracted by towns in this state, according to the purport of said bonds, scrip or certificates, and the tenor of the same.

Sec. 3. Said bonds, scrip or certificates, or the avails thereof, may be expended in the payment and discharge of any of the existing debts, con

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