City of Norwich, NY
Chenango County
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This Act shall be known as the Charter of the City of Norwich, and is hereby declared to be a public Act.
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The citizens of the State of New York, from time to time, inhabitants of the territory now known as the Village of Norwich, which is hereinafter bounded and described, are continued a municipal corporation in perpetuity under the name of the City of Norwich.
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Succession of liabilities. The corporation now known as the Village of Norwich is hereby dissolved, subject to the provisions of this Act. The City of Norwich shall succeed to and be vested with all the rights and the property, both real and personal, of the said Village of Norwich, and it shall succeed to and be liable for all the obligations of said Village of Norwich, of whatever name or nature, except as herein otherwise specially provided. And every suit, action or proceeding commenced by or against said village, and pending at the passage of this Act, may be continued by or against and in the name of said village, or, at the option of the parties thereto, the name of said city may be substituted in the place of the name of said village, and in the name of the said city all suits, actions or proceedings may be continued. The ownership and control of all property and effects pertaining to or connected with the Fire Departments of said village, shall, by virtue of this Act, vest in the said City of Norwich and in the Fire Department, in the same manner and to the same extent in all respects as the same are now vested in said Village of Norwich and its said Fire Department.
The city has power to receive by gift, grant, devise, bequest, purchase or condemnation proceedings, and to hold and convey, such personal property and such real estate within or without the limits of the said city as the purposes of the corporation may require, and it may receive by gift, grant, bequest or devise, and hold, real personal property in trust for any purposes of education, art, charity, health or amusement, for parks or gardens, for the erection of statues, monuments, public buildings, or for any other public use or purpose, upon such terms as may be prescribed by the grantor or donor and accepted by said corporation, and may provide for the proper execution of said trust; to contract and be contracted with; to sue and defend; and to be sued in any court; to make, have, use and alter at pleasure a common seal; to have and exercise all other rights and privileges conferred upon it by law or necessary to carry out its corporate functions and duties.
All that tract or parcel of land in the Town of Norwich, Chenango County and State of New York, embraced within the following limits, that is to say: Beginning at a point on the west bank of the Chenango River on the division line between the lands of William Ransford, and the lands of Haskell Ransford in 1857, thence running westerly on said division line and said division line continued westerly to the east bank of the Canasawacta Creek, thence southerly along the east bank of said creek, as it winds and turns, to the west line of the Chenango canal lands, in 1857; thence southerly along the west line of said canal lands to the north line of the lands of the Norwich Cemetery Association; thence west on said north line of the lands of the Norwich Cemetery Association to the west line of said lands; then south along the west line of the lands of the Norwich Cemetery Association to the south line thereof; thence easterly along the south line of the lands of the Norwich Cemetery Association to the west line of the highway leading from Norwich to Oxford; thence along the west line of the said highway and said line continued northerly to the north bank of the Canasawacta Creek; thence along the north bank of the Canasawacta Creek, as it winds and turns, to the west bank of the bank of the Chenango River; thence northerly along the west bank of the Chenango River, as it wind and turns to the place of beginning, shall constitute the territory to be known as the City of Norwich.
The Town of Norwich shall, on and after the passage of this Act, consist of all that portion of said town not included within the boundaries of the City of Norwich, and the territory embraced within the boundaries of the City of Norwich as hereinbefore described shall not constitute or be a part of the Town of Norwich.
The city shall be divided into six (6) wards, bounded respectively as follows:
First Ward. The First Ward shall include all that part of said City bounded on the north by a line running from the westerly boundary line of the City of Norwich easterly along the center of West Main Street to the point where Main and Broad Streets intersect; on the east by a line running from the above point of intersection southerly along the center of South Broad Street to the intersection of Division Street and South Broad Street; thence easterly along the center line of Division Street to the intersection of Division Street and the railroad tracks; thence southerly along the center of the railroad tracks to Hale Street; thence easterly along the center of Hale Street to the easterly boundary of the City; thence southerly along the easterly boundary of the corporation; thence northerly and westerly along the south and west boundaries of the City of Norwich to the place of beginning.
Second Ward. The Second Ward shall include all that part of said City of Norwich bounded on the south by a line running from the westerly line of the City of Norwich, westerly along the center line of West Main Street to the point where Main and North Broad Streets join; thence westerly along the center of Pleasant Street to the westerly boundary line of the City of Norwich; thence southerly along the western boundary of said City to the place of beginning.
Third Ward. The Third Ward shall include all that part of the City bounded on the south be a line commencing on the westerly boundary line of the corporation; thence running along the center of Pleasant Street and Rexford Street to the intersection of Lee Avenue; thence northerly to the intersection of Waite Street and Lee Avenue; thence running easterly along the center of Waite Street to the center of Silver Street; thence running northerly along the center of Silver Street to the northerly boundary of the said corporation; thence running westerly along the northern boundary line of the City; thence northerly along the boundary line to the northern boundary line of the City of Norwich; thence westerly along the northern boundary line of the City to the western boundary line of the said City; thence southerly along the westerly boundary line of the City to the place of beginning.
Fourth Ward. The Fourth Ward shall include all that part of the City bounded on the west by a line commencing at the north boundary line of the City in the center of the extension of Silver Street; thence southerly along the center of said extension of Silver Street to the intersection of Silver and Waite Streets; thence westerly along the center of Waite Street to the intersection of Waite Street and Lee Avenue; thence southerly along the center of Lee Avenue to the intersection of Lee Avenue and Rexford Street; thence westerly along Rexford Street to the intersection of Rexford Street and North Broad Street; thence southerly along the center line of North Broad Street and South Broad Street to the intersection of South Broad Street and Front Street; thence easterly along the center line of Front Street to the intersection of Front Street and North Front Street; thence northerly along the center of North Front Street to the intersection of North Front Street and the ConRail Railroad right of way; thence southerly along the center of said railroad right of way to the intersection of the railroad and Front Street; thence easterly along the center line of Front Street to the intersection of Front Street and North Front Street; thence northerly along the center of North Front Street to the intersection of North Front Street and the ConRail Railroad right of way; thence southerly along the center of said railroad right of way to the intersection of the railroad and Front Street; thence easterly along the center line of Front Street to the intersection of Front Street and Birdsall Street; thence northerly along the center line of Birdsall Street and Silver Street to the intersection of Silver Street and Gold Street; thence easterly along the center line of Gold Street to the former right of way; thence northerly along the center line of the former railroad right of way to Rexford Street; thence easterly along the center line of Rexford Street to the easterly boundary of the corporation; thence northerly along the easterly boundary line of the corporation to the place of beginning.
Fifth Ward. The Fifth Ward shall include all that part of the City of Norwich bounded as follows: Beginning on the easterly edge of the City of Norwich in the center of Rexford Street; thence running westerly at the center of said street to the center line of the former 0. & W. Railroad right of way; thence southerly along the center line of the said former right of way to Gold Street; thence westerly-along the center line of Gold Street to Silver Street; thence southerly along the center line of Silver Street to the intersection of Silver Street and East Main Street; thence easterly along the center line of East Main Street to the intersection of Midland Drive and East Main Street; thence southerly along the center of Midland Drive to the intersection of Midland Drive and Hale Street; thence easterly along the center line of Hale Street to the easterly boundary of the corporation to the place of beginning.
Sixth Ward. Beginning at the intersection of Midland Drive and Hale Street; thence northerly along the center line of Midland Drive to East Main Street; thence westerly along the center line of East Main Street to the intersection of Birdsall Street and East Main Street, thence southerly along the center line of Birdsall Street to the intersection of Birdsall Street and Front Street; thence westerly along the center line of Front Street to the intersection of Front Street and the railroad tracks; thence northerly along the center line of the railroad right of way to the intersection of North Front Street and the railroad track; thence southwesterly from the intersection of the railroad tracks and North Front Street along the center line of North Front Street to Front Street; thence continuing westerly along the center line of Front Street to the intersection of Front Street and South Broad Street; thence southerly along the center line of South Broad Street to the intersection of Division Street and South Broad Street; thence easterly along the center line of Division Street to the intersection of Division Street and the railroad tracks; thence easterly along the center of Hale Street to the place of beginning.
The said City of Norwich shall be considered a town for the purposes specified in the Judiciary Law, Article 16, Chapter 30, of the Consolidated Laws, and the Acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto, respecting the selecting, drawing and procuring of jurors, and the Supervisors and the Assessors, together with the City Clerk of said city, shall execute the duties of the Supervisors, Town Clerk and Assessors of the town, as prescribed by said Article, and a duplicate list of jurors selected by them shall be filed in the office of the Clerk of said city. The said City of Norwich shall also be considered a town for the purposes specified in the Poor Law, Chapter 42 of the Consolidated Laws, and the Acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto. And the poor of said city shall be received and cared for in the county almshouse in the same manner and on the same terms and conditions as the poor of the other towns in the County of Chenango.
The wards hereinbefore described shall until otherwise lawfully changed constitute the election districts for holding all elections other than special held in the city. The Inspectors of Election shall be appointed by the Mayor as provided by the Election Law of this state and shall in said city possess the powers and qualifications and discharge the duties as prescribed by said election law.