[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Montville as indicated in section histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Upon the Memorial and Petition of the Inhabitants of the North Parish in New London in New London County, the North part of Chesterfield Society in said New London the North East Part of the Town of Lyme in said County, and the South East Corner of the Town of Colchester in said County Shewing to this Assembly that from their Local Situation and Circumstances they are in a great Measure deprived of all Town Priveleges, and are also subjected to many other Inconveniences and disadvantages Praying that they may Incorporated into and Constituted a distinct and seperate Town as per Petition on File &c.
Resolved by this Assembly that the said Inhabitants living within the Limits aforesaid be and they are hereby Incorporated into and Constituted a Town by the Name of the Town of Montville, and the Bounds of said Town of Montville shall be as follows viz, Beginning at the Mouth of Trading Cove, so called, which divides the Town of New London, and Norwich running Westerly with the said dividing Line to the Bounds of the Town of Bozrah then by and on said Bozrah Line to the Great Pond so called, thence across said Pond a streight Line to the North end of Asa Worthingtons Saw Mill Dam thence Southwesterly to the North West Corner of the Glebe Land or Ministers Lott so called in the Parish of New Salem in said Colchester, thence Southerly to John Loomiss' Barn in said Lyme, thence Southerly to the South West Corner of Col. Jonathan Lattimer's Land a few Rods below said Lattimers Grist Mill, thence Easterly a streight Line to the Head of Stebbins' Cove so called on Norwich River thence through the Center of said Cove to the Mouth thereof, and to the Channel of said River, and thence with said River and Channel to the first mentioned Bounds. And said Town of Montville shall be Entitled to and shall have and enjoy all the Rights Priveleges and Immunities that the other Towns in this State have and enjoy, and shall have Liberty to elect and appoint all Officers necessary and proper for a Town to lay Taxes and Collect the same and do and transact all Business and Matters proper and necessary for a Town in the same way and manner as other Towns in this State are by Law Authorized and Impowered to do. And the Inhabitants in said Town of Montville which belong within said Town of New London shall pay their Part and proportion of all the Debts of said Town of New London already incurred in proportion to the List of that part of the said Town of Montville, which belonged to the List of the Town of New London for the Year 1785, and said Town of Montville shall take upon them the Charge and support of their Part of the Town Poor of said Town of New London according to the Rule and proportion aforesaid, and the Taxes already laid shall and may be Collected for the Payment of the Debts and expences of said Town of New London already incurred as aforesaid And the same being paid and discharged said Town of Montville shall be entitled to and receive their Part and proportion of the overplus if any be to be ascertained by the Rule and proportion aforesaid, And the Inhabitants in said Town of Montville which belong within said Town of Lyme shall pay their Part and proportion of all Debts of said Town of Lyme already incurred in proportion to the List of that part of the said Town of Montville which belonged to the List of the said Town of Lyme for the Year 1785, And said Town of Montville shall take upon them the Charge and support of their Part of the Poor of said Town of Lyme, and receive their part of the Town Stock to be ascertained according to the said Rule and proportion. And the Taxes already laid shall and may be Collected for the payment of the Debts and Expences of said Town of Lyme already incurred as aforesaid, And the same being paid and discharged said Town of Montville shall be Entitled to and receive their Part and proportion, of the Overplus if any be to be ascertained by the said Rule and proportion, And the Inhabitants in the said Town of Montville, which belong within said Town of Colchester, shall pay their Part and proportion, of all Debts of said Town of Colchester already incurred in proportion to the List of that part of the said Town of Montville, which belonged to the List of the said Town of Colchester for the Year 1785, and said Town of Montville shall take upon them the Charge and support of their part of the poor of said Town of Colchester, and receive their part of the Town Stock to be ascertained according to the said Rule and proportion, And the Taxes already laid, shall and may be Collected for the Payment of the Debts and Expences of said Town of Colchester, already incurred as aforesaid, and the same being paid and discharged said Town of Montville shall be entitled to and receive their part and proportion of the overplus if any be, to be ascertained by the said Rule and proportion, And the said Town of Montville shall hold their first Meeting at the Meeting House in the North Parish Society in said Montville on the second Monday of Novembr next at nine oClock in the forenoon when they may Choose such Town Officers as by Law are required, who shall remain in Office untill another Meeting shall be held in and for said Town in the Month of December next, And said Meeting shall have Power and Authority to transact all Matters necessary for a Town and to adjourn to a future Day if necessary said Inhabitants who are legal Voters being duely warned five Days before said Meeting by Written Notifications signed by Joshua Raymond Esqr and Col. Jonathan Lattimer, one of which Notifications shall by said Joshua Raymond Esqr be set up on the Sign Post in said North Parish, One shall be set on the Meeting House Door in said Chesterfield by said Col. Jonathan Lattimer, One shall be served upon the Inhabitants taken from the Town of Lyme who are legal Voters by reading the same in their Hearing, or a Copy thereof left at their usual place of Abode by Stephen Billings five Days before the Time of holding said Meeting, And one other such Notification shall be served in the same manner upon the Inhabitants taken from the Town of Colchester by Asa Worthington, And the said Joshua Raymond Esqr or in Case of his Absence, said Col. Jonathan Lattimer shall preside at said Meeting as Moderator, And the Select Men of said Town of Montville shall make out and Certify to the Treasurer of this State on or before the setting of the General Assembly in May next the Amount and Sum Total of the List of said Town for the Year 1786, and also the Name of the Collector they shall appoint at their Meeting in December next to Collect the Public Taxes, And the Select Men of said Towns of New London Lyme and Colchester shall also Certify to the Treasurer the Amount of their several Lists after the deduction of the Lists of said Montville are made and the Treasurer is to Issue his Warrants accordingly,
Always provided that said Town of Montville be restricted to One Representative only to represent them in the General Assembly, anything in this Act to the contrary notwithstanding.
Resolved by this Assembly, That all those parts of the towns of Colchester, Lyme and Montville, lying within the following limits, viz: beginning at the southeast corner of East-Haddam; thence running easterly by the southerly line of the late forfeited lands of William Brown, to the line that formerly divided the towns of New-London and Lyme; thence northerly by said line, and the former east line of Colchester to Gardner's lake, and still northerly through said lake to the west line of town of Bozrah; thence still northwardly by the west line of Bozrah to Lebanon corner; thence westerly by the south line of the first society of Colchester, to the east line of East-Haddam; thence southerly by said East-Haddam line to the place of beginning, with all the inhabitants residing in said limits, be, and the same are hereby incorporated into a distinct town, by the name of "Salem;" and the inhabitants aforesaid, and their successors forever, residing within said limits, shall have the enjoy all the powers, privileges and immunities, which are enjoyed by the other towns within this State, with the right of sending one Representative to the General Assembly of the State.
And said town of Salem shall pay its proportion of all debts, charges, expenses, suits, petitions and claims, already due and accrued, commenced or existing against said towns of Colchester, Lyme and Montville respectively, or for which the said towns may respectively be made liable hereafter, by force of any claim now existing. And the poor now supported by said respective towns, who belong to such part of said towns respectively, as is hereby incorporated into the town of Salem, shall be deemed inhabitants of said town of Salem, and be maintained accordingly.
And said town of Salem shall take of the poor persons now maintained by said towns of Colchester, Lyme and Montville respectively, such proportion as (counting on the grand list of the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred eighteen) the list of such part of said respective town hereby embraced in the town of Salem, shall bear to the whole list of said towns respectively, and no more, except as is provided in case of absentees.
And the select-men of the respective towns, with the select-men of said Salem, associating with them Sylvester Gilbert Esq., of Hebron, in case of disagreement, are hereby empowered to apportion the poor according to the rule aforesaid. And said town of Salem shall be liable to maintain all such poor of said respective towns as are, or may be absent therefrom; provided such poor person or persons, at the time of departure, belonged in such part of said respective towns as is by this resolve hereby incorporated into the town of Salem.
The collectors of the State taxes for the year 1819, already appointed in said respective towns, are hereby authorized and empowered to collect of the inhabitants of said town of Salem their proportion of said tax, according to the lists on which the same was laid, in the same manner as though this resolve had not passed.
The first town meeting in said town of Salem, shall be holden at the Presbyterian meeting house in NewSalem society, on the third Tuesday of June next; Mumford Dolbear Esq. shall be the moderator of said meeting, and shall call said meeting by setting up a notification thereof on the public sign post in said NewSalem society, at least eight days before said first meeting; and in case of the death, incapacity or absence of said Dolbear, the duties assigned to him shall be performed by Joseph Morgan Esq. aforesaid; and said town of Salem, at said first meeting, and at all other successive meetings, shall have all the powers, privileges and immunities incident to other towns in Connecticut. The officers elected at said first meeting, shall hold their offices respectively, until the next meeting of said town, prescribed by law, for the choice of its annual officers. And the town meetings, and meetings of the electors, shall be holden at the meeting house in the said society of New-Salem.
Resolved by this Assembly:
That Henry A. Baker, David Hillhouse, Raymond N. Parish, Augustus A. Parker, James H. Manwaring, James Allyn, [and] Calvin Allyn be, and they are hereby, incorporated by the name, style and title of "The Raymond Library Company," and that they, and such others as shall be duly elected members of the said company as hereinafter provided, shall be and remain a body politic and corporate by the same name, style, and title forever, for the purpose of receiving, holding, investing, and managing all such funds or real estate as may from time to time be given or bequeathed to either or all of the above named persons, or others in trust for the use and benefit of the said Raymond Library Company, and also for the purpose of keeping and maintaining a library for the use of the inhabitants of the town of Montville.
The said corporation may have a common seal, which they may change or renew at pleasure; may sue and be sued, defend and be defended, answer and be answered unto, by their corporate name in all courts and places whatsoever; may purchase, receive, hold, and convey all kinds of property requisite or convenient for the purposes of a public library; may elect a president and such other officers and agents as they shall deem necessary, and may make and carry into effect such bylaws, rules and regulations relative to the use of the books belonging to their library, and to any injury to or loss or widue detention of the same, and for promoting, securing, and carrying out the objects of their incorporation as they shall judge expedient; provided that the said by-laws, rules, and regulations shall not be contrary to the provisions of this act or inconsistent with the general laws of this state. And the property of said corporation, including all trust funds, shall be exempt from taxation.
The said corporation shall hold a meeting annually in the month of October, and at such other times as they shall judge expedient; and at any meeting so held seven members of said corporation shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
The said corporation shall at their annual meeting elect their president and other officers and agents, and the president and other officers and agents so elected shall continue in office one year, and until others are elected in their stead. Vacancies occurring in any of the offices of the corporation may be filled at a special meeting called for the purpose.
Whenever the number of members shall be reduced below ten the said corporation shall elect any other person or persons to be members thereof, so that the whole number of members shall at no time be less than ten.
Henry A. Baker, David Hillhouse, R. N. Parish, A. A. Parker, and J. H. Manwaring, or any two of them, may call the first meeting of said corporation by causing a written or printed notice of the time and place of holding the same to be posted on the public sign-post near the first Congregational meeting-house in said town of Montville, and also a copy of such notice to be left with or at the usual place of abode of each member of said corporation at least rive days before the day appointed for said meeting, and at said meeting the said corporation may elect officers, who shall hold their offices until the next annual meeting of said corporation, and may transact any other business necessary to the well ordering of their affairs.
This act may be altered, amended, or repealed at the pleasure of the general assembly.
The board of water commissioners of the City of Norwich may lay mains and pipes and establish hydrants in the towns of Bozrah, Franklin, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Montville and Preston for the distribution, supplying and selling of water in said towns; but said water shall not be supplied to the detriment of the inhabitants of said city, nor at lower rates than are charged to persons within the city.
Number 436 of the special acts of 1949 is repealed.
The second sentence of section 89 of An Act to revise and amend the Charter of the City of Norwich, approved July 5, 1871, is repealed.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Ralph H. Melcer, Howard Palmer, William H. Reeves, and Frederick P. Latimer, and such other persons as may be associated with them, and their successors and assigns, are hereby created a body politic and corporate, under the name of The Palmer Memorial Association, and by that name shall have perpetual succession, may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, in all courts of this state and elsewhere; may adopt a common seal, and use and alter the same; may take by purchase, gift, devise, bequest, and otherwise, and have, hold, and enjoy, to themselves and their successors, real and personal estate, and may sell, grant, alien, invest, use, and dispose of the same and the income thereof as they may deem appropriate for the purposes hereinafter set forth.
The purpose for which said corporation is hereby created is to promote, establish, and maintain free public instruction in literature, science, manual training, domestic economy, music, and art, or any of these, and in its discretion to establish and maintain a reading room or public library, for the benefit of the inhabitants, especially the children of the public schools, of the town of Montville. Said corporation may also extend such advantages to other persons living near by.
The incorporators, or a majority of them, shall call the first meeting of said corporation and they may adopt, alter, and amend by-laws, rules, and regulations for its government, and for carrying into effect the provisions of this act.
Such corporation shall be located in the town of Montville, but it shall not be necessary that any of the meetings of said corporation shall be held in said town.
The town of Montville is hereby authorized and shall be bound by a vote of its legal voters in any meeting duly warned for that purpose, to appropriate and pay such sum or sums annually or otherwise as may be deemed proper, to the treasurer of said corporation for the purposes hereinspecified.
The property of said corporation shall be exempt from taxation to an amount not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars.
The Palmer Memorial School maintained by the town of Montville in conjunction with the Palmer Memorial Association, an educational corporation organized by number 119 of the special acts of 1915, shall be deemed a public school of the Town of Montville for the purpose of applications for grants under chapter 77 of the general statutes, as amended.
No party to have majority representation on any board.
Beginning with the election to be held in the Town of Montville to be held the first Monday in October, 1955, no party shall nominate and no elector shall vote for more than one-half of the total number of members to be elected in said town to any town board having an even number of members, or for more than a bare majority of the total number of members to be elected to any town board having an odd number of members.