Town of Griswold, CT
New London County
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Resolved by this Assembly, That all that part of Preston lying within the following limits, viz., Beginning at the mouth of Broad brook, so called thence a true east course to the division line between the first and second societies in said town; thence on said division line to the town of North Stonington, thence on the line of the town of North Stonington to the line of the town of Voluntown, thence on the line of Voluntown to the line of the town of Plainfield, thence on said line to the town of Canterbury, thence on said Canterbury to Quinebaug River, thence on Quinebaug River to the place of beginning, together with all the inhabitants residing in said limits, be and the same hereby is incorporated into a distinct town by the name of "Griswold," and the inhabitants thereof shall have and enjoy all the powers, privileges and immunities of other towns in this state, with the right of sending one Representative to the General Assembly of this state, and said town of Griswold shall pay its proportion of all charges, expences and debts, already accrued by and now due from said town of Preston, also its proportion of the expence, cost, and charges of building one and that the next new bridge over Shetucket river, at such time and place, as is or may be directed by the proper authority, which proportions of expences, debts, costs and charges, shall be ascertained by the list of 1815, perfected in 1816. And the poor now supported by said town of Preston, who belong to that part now incorporated into the town of Griswold shall be deemed inhabitants of said town of Griswold and be maintained accordingly.
And the Town and Freeman's meeting of said town of Griswold, shall be holden at the meetinghouse in said limits belonging to the Ecclesiastical Society therein, and the collector of the State tax for the year 1815, already appointed by the town of Preston, is hereby authorized to collect of the inhabitants of said town of Griswold, their proportion of said tax, according to the list on which it was laid in the same manner as if this resolve had not passed.
And the first town meeting in said town of Griswold, shall be holden at said meeting house on the last Tuesday of November next, and Andrew Huntington of said town of Griswold, shall be the moderator of said town meeting, and said town shall have and enjoy at said first town meeting, and at all other meetings, the powers and privileges of other towns, and the officers chosen at said first meeting, shall hold their offices until the next annual meeting, and said Andrew Huntington shall warn said first meeting by setting up a notification thereof on the public signpost in said Griswold, at least eight days before said last Tuesday of November, and in case of absence, death, or incapacity of the said Huntington, the duties hereby assigned to said Huntington, may and shall be performed by Moses Lester, Esquire, of said Town of Griswold.
Provided always, that said town of Griswold shall be liable to maintain all such town poor of said town of Preston as are or may be now absent therefrom, who may hereafter be chargeable, provided such poor person or person, when he, she, or they left said town, resided or dwelt in such part of said town of Preston, as is by this resolve hereby incorporated.
Passed October 1815.
Resolved by this Assembly, That the line which divides the towns of Preston and Griswold, shall hereafter be the dividing line between the first school society in Preston and the school society in Griswold; and that so much of the first school society in Preston as lies within the town of Griswold, be, and the same hereby is annexed to the school society in Griswold.
Passed May 1832.
Resolved by this Assembly, That the Selectmen of Griswold, be, and they hereby are authorized to meet at the dwelling house of John Johnson in said village, on the twentieth day of June, A.D. 1832, then and there to enlist a Fire Company, which shall be called The "Jewett City Fire-Engine Company," and shall consist of not more than sixteen persons, twelve of whom only shall be taken from the ranks of the militia, and all shall be residents in said Griswold, and within the distance of three-fourths of a mile from the meeting house in said village; with power to fill all vacancies that may happen, by voluntary enlistment, which Company when so enlisted, shall have power to appoint the necessary officers for said Company; with power of making by-laws respecting the times and places of meeting, and other concerns of said Company; and said Company shall be entitled to all the powers and privileges which are granted to Fire Engine Companies in this State, except the members thereof shall not be excused from their poll tax.
Provided, that this grant shall be subject to be altered, amended or repealed, at the pleasure of the General Assembly.
Passed May 1832.
Resolved by this Assembly, That a certain island in the Quinebaug river, containing about twenty-two acres, more or less, situated in the town of Griswold, and county of New London, and owned and occupied by Sylvester B. Woodmancy, of the town of Lisbon, in said county, be and the same is hereby set to the town of Lisbon, aforesaid, so that the boundary line between the aforesaid towns of Griswold, and Lisbon shall be and remain on the east side of said island as the main channel of the said Quinebaug now runs, instead of on the west side as formerly.
Approved June 14, 1867.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
SECTION 1. That the town of Griswold, in New London county, be, and the same hereby is, divided into two voting districts for the accommodation of the electors therein at electors' meeting, and also for the purposes of the annual town meetings for the choice of town officers, as follows namely: said division line shall commence at the Preston town line on the road westerly from the residence of George D. Palmer in said town of Griswold thence following said road in a northerly direction to the road leading easterly by Shepard Brown's thence following said road easterly and northerly by the Woodword school house to the four corners westerly of the house of the late Calvin Woodward thence westerly and northerly by houses of David A. and Samuel Geer, the Brewster school house, the houses of John D. Geer and Dwight T. Corey to the Plainfield town line east of the house of Joseph Rood.
SECTION 2. All that part of the territory of the town of Griswold lying southerly and easterly of said above described roads, shall be and remain the first district, and the electors dwelling upon said territory shall vote at Pachaug. All the territory of said town lying northerly and westerly of said above described roads shall be and remain the second district, and the electors dwelling upon said territory shall vote at Jewett City.
SECTION 3. The annual meetings of said town for the choice of selectmen, town clerk, registrar, treasurer, treasurer of the school fund, collector of town taxes, constable, grand jurors, school visitors, assessors, board of relief, and registrars of voters, shall be held on the first Monday of October in each year, and said officers shall be chosen by ballot on one general ticket. At said annual town meetings, after the ballot boxes are closed in both districts as hereinafter provided, a town meeting shall be held at the place of voting in the first district, by the voters of the town of Griswold there present, for the purpose of electing such officers as are not required by law or a vote of the town to be chosen by ballot, hearing the annual accounts, laying taxes, and for transacting the ordinary business of the town. The ballot boxes at the annual town meetings for the election of the officers by ballot, shall be open in said districts for the reception of ballots at eight o'clock in the forenoon, and shall be closed at two o'clock in the afternoon, and at electors' meetings the ballot boxes shall be opened in said districts at eight o'clock in the forenoon, and shall be closed at five o'clock in the afternoon.
SECTION 4. The selectmen shall provide a suitable and convenient place for voting, and the necessary ballot boxes for the use of the voters in each of said districts at said electors' and annual town meetings, and shall in the warning of such meetings give in addition to the notice now required by law, that ballot boxes be opened in each of said voting districts for the reception of votes, and shall specify therein the particular place of voting in each district, together with the boundaries of each district and the time of opening and closing the ballot boxes; and such warning shall be posted at the place of voting and also on the public sign-post nearest the place of voting in each district, or if in either of said districts there shall be no public sign-post, then in some public and conspicuous place in said district.
SECTION 5. At said annual town meetings those persons only may vote who were registered on the revised registry lists of voters as entitled to vote at electors' meetings in said town, last completed according to law, and every person so registered shall be permitted to vote; provided, that in addition to being otherwise qualified, he shall have statedly resided in the district in which he offers to vote, and shall have had his regular lodging place therein for thirty days previous to his offering to vote; provided, that no one shall lose his right to vote in the district of his last previous residence in less than thirty days from his removal, if he still resides in the town. And every person so offering to vote may be challenged as to his said residence and lodging place in said district, and in such case he shall, before he votes, prove his said residence and lodging place in said district, by the testimony, under oath, of at least one other elector. And any elector of said town may challenge for said causes and the moderator of the poll and the district registrars, or a majority of them, shall thereupon hear said party challenged and all such witnesses as may be offered for or against his right to so vote, under oath, and shall decide upon the right of the person so challenged to vote, and said moderator and said registrars, and each of them, are hereby empowered to administer the oath to said party and such witnesses as may be offered; and any person who shall swear falsely in such examination shall be deemed guilty of perjury.
SECTION 6. The registrars of voters chosen at said annual town meetings for said voting districts shall be electors entitled to vote in the district for which they are elected. It shall be the duty of each registrar, immediately after his election, to appoint a deputy registrar; and in case said registrar shall from any cause be unable to perform the duties of his office, then the deputy registrar shall perform the duties of the office of registrar, during the time of inability of the registrar to act, and not otherwise; and in case of the death or resignation of the registrar, then said deputy registrar shall become the registrar, and shall immediately appoint another person to the office of deputy registrar; and in case of the death or resignation of any deputy, the registrar shall immediately appoint another person to the office of deputy registrar; all which said appointments shall be immediately deposited with the town clerk, and by him duly recorded, provided, that the registrars and deputy registrars now in office in said town, or their successors in office,with the assistance of town other deputy registrars which such registrars are hereby empowered and directed to appoint for that purpose in the mode now prescribed by law for the appointment of deputy registrars of voters, shall discharge the duties prescribed by this act for district registrars, of said town, until the first Monday of October, 1871; and said registrars shall make said appointment of two other deputy registrars and the town clerk and the selectmen shall assign the districts in which said registrars and deputy registrars shall serve respectively to wit; three in each district, at least thirty days before said first Monday of October, 1871.
SECTION 7. At said annual town meetings for the choice of officers, there shall be appointed by the registrars in each district from the electors in said district, a ballot box tender and a substitute ballot box tender in said district, which officers, as well as the district registrars aforesaid, shall be duly sworn to a faithful discharge of their duties; and said box tenders or substitute box tenders in their respective districts, shall at such annual town meetings, receive and deposit or permit the voters to deposit in their respective boxes, the votes offered in accordance with law, and said votes, if folded when offered, shall not be opened by the box tender or any person until counted, and said votes shall not be counted until the ballot box is closed, and said registrars shall, in their respective districts, choose either the box tender or the substitute box tender for said district to be the moderator of the poll in said district, who shall be sworn and have and exercise the powers and duties of presiding officer in like cases. In case said registrars shall name different persons for box tender, for substitute box tender, or for moderator, and cannot agree in designating the same, they shall be assigned by said registrars by lot from the persons so named. No person shall have charge of any ballot box during the taking of any vote except the particular persons appointed thereto, and no person who is known to be a candidate for any office, except said registrars, shall be put in charge of the box in which said candidate is to be voted for, or take part in the count of the votes in such box, and any violation of this section by any candidate for office shall render the votes cast for him void.
SECTION 8. The town clerk of said town shall, at least thirty days before the day of holding such annual town meeting for the choice of town officers, prepare (from) the registry list of the electors of said town, as last completed, written or printed copies of the list of electors in each district, with the boundaries of said district specified and annexed thereto, which shall be certified to by him as correct copies one of which shall be delivered by him to each of the registrars in each of said districts, to be used by them as check lists at said annual town meetings; and said registrars shall check thereon the names of all persons voting at said annual meeting, and said list so checked shall, within twenty-four hours after the ballot box is closed in each district, be lodged by said registrars in the office of the town clerk, and there preserved; and said town clerk, for his services in preparing said copies, and said registrars for checking the same, shall be paid a reasonable compensation by said town.
SECTION 9. Immediately after the ballot boxes are closed at said electors and annual town meetings the registrars in the second district shall, with the assistance of such other persons as they may select, proceed to sort and count the ballots which have been given, and said registrars in said district shall make a true certificate of all the ballots given in their said second district for the respective officers voted for, and shall forthwith transmit their said certificate, together with the ballots received, and the boxes containing the same, with the list of voters as checks, to the moderator of the first district, who, having ascertained the result of the ballots in the whole town, as given in the two districts thereof, shall declare the same in open town meeting in said first district, and shall make such return thereof as the law directs.
SECTION 10. If any person shall, without just or reasonable cause, neglect or refuse to perform any of the duties required of him by this act, appertaining to said annual town meeting, or if he shall be guilty of fraud in performing such duties, or if any person shall make any alteration by addition, erasure, or otherwise in the registry lists herein provided to be used at the annual town meetings for the choice of officers; or if any person in charge of a ballot box shall neglect or refuse to receive and deposit in such box any vote offered at said annual town meetings, as provided in this act, or shall receive and deposit, or suffer the voter to deposit any vote not duly offered, he shall for each and every offense be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars or by imprisonment in a common jail for thirty (days) or by such fine and imprisonment both.
SECTION 11. Nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent said town from filling any vacancy that may occur at a time other than the time of the annual town meeting for the election of officers as provided in this act, and in case of such vacancy so occurring the same may be filled, except vacancies in the offices of registrar and deputy registrar, in the same manner as if this act had not been passed.
SECTION 12. All acts and parts of acts, so far as they may be inconsistent herewith, are hereby repealed.
Approved July 15, 1871.
Resolved by this Assembly:
SECTION 1. That hereafter, at all electors' meetings in the second voting district in the town of Griswold, the ballot boxes shall be closed at four o'clock in the afternoon.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.
Approved July 2, 1875.
Resolved by this Assembly:
SECTION 1. That Alfred A. Young, James O. Sweet, Adelbert R. Young, John E. Phillips, Arthur C. Ladd, George H. Jennings, Alfred A. Young, Jr., and James H. Finn, with all such persons as may hereafter associate with them for the purpose of supplying the town of Griswold with water for public and domestic use, their successors and assigns, be and they are hereby incorporated by the name of The "Jewett City Water Company, and by that name shall be and are hereby made capable in law to have, purchase, possess, and enjoy to them and their successors, lands, tenements, and effects of what kind and quality soever necessary for the specified purpose of this company, and the same to sell, grant, demise, and dispose of, to sue and to be sued in all courts of this state and elsewhere; also to make such by-laws as may be necessary for the government of said corporation, not contrary to this act, the laws of this state or the United States, and to do all and singular the things which to them may or shall appertain, subject to the provisions hereinafter prescribed.
SECTION 2. The capital stock of this company shall be forty thousand dollars with the privilege of increasing the same from time to time, to seventy-five thousand dollars to be divided into shares of the par value of such amounts as said company may determine, which shares shall be deemed personal property, and be transferable only on the books of the company, as provided by the by-laws of the company, and may issue bonds for an amount not exceeding seventy-five per centum of it capital stock, and bearing a rate of interest not exceeding six per centum per annum, and may secure the payment of the same by a mortgage or mortgages of its property.
SECTION 3. School District No. 12 of the town of Griswold, including the village of Jewett City, is hereby authorized and empowered to contract with The Jewett City Water Company for a supply of water for the protection of any or all property situated within the limits of said district, whether owned by said district or not, and for water for other purposes; and they are hereby authorized to include in the taxes of each year, and to assess on all the property, both real and personal, such sums as they may require to meet their respective liabilities under said contract or contracts, exempting therefrom all property lying south of a line running east and west thirty rods south of the house of Shubel Meech.
SECTION 4. The persons named in the first section hereof shall open books to receive subscriptions for the capital stock of said company, at such times and places as they, or a majority of them, may direct, and shall give such notice of the times and places of opening of such books as they may deem reasonable, and shall receive said subscriptions under such regulations as they may adopt for the purpose.
SECTION 5. The office of said company shall be located in the town of Griswold, and the stock, property, and affairs of said corporation shall be managed and conducted by not less than three nor more than seven directors, the number of said directors to be determined by the by-laws of said corporation, to be chosen by a ballot from among and by the stockholders, which directors first chosen shall hold their offices until the next annual meeting of said corporation.
SECTION 6. The directors of said corporation shall elect from among their number a president, who shall be president of the board and also president of the corporation, and shall also appoint a secretary and treasurer, and such clerks and agents as shall be deemed by them advisable for conducting the business of the company, and require such security to be given as they may think proper; and in case any vacancy shall occur in the board of directors, the remaining directors may choose a director or directors from among the stockholders to fill such vacancy, who shall hold the appointment until another is chosen.
SECTION 7. The persons named in the first section hereof, or the major part of them, are hereby authorized and directed to call the first meeting of the stockholders of the company in such way and at such time and place as they may appoint, to organize under this charter, by the election of directors; and the annual meeting of the stockholders for the choice of directors shall be holden at such time and place and upon such notice as the by-laws of the company may prescribe.
SECTION 8. The directors shall have full power to make and prescribe such by-laws, rules, and regulations as they shall deem needful and proper, touching the business, management, and effects of said company, not contrary to law; also for the election and meetings of said directors, and other matters connected with the business and concerns of said company.
SECTION 9. The directors of said company may require the payment of the sum or sums subscribed to the capital stock of said company at such times and in such proportions and upon such conditions as they may deem proper; and in case any stockholder shall neglect or refuse to make payment pursuant to the requisitions of the board of directors, the stock of such stockholder, or so much thereof as shall be necessary, may be sold under the direction of said board at public auction after the lapse of sixty days from the time the payment became due, and all surplus money remaining from the avails of such sales, after deducting the payment due the company, the interest thereon, and necessary expenses of said sale, shall be paid over to such negligent stockholder.
SECTION 10. Said company is hereby authorized and empowered to open the ground in any streets, lanes, avenues, highways, and public grounds, for the purpose of laying down and sinking, or for repairing such pipes or conduits as my be necessary for conducting water to and distributing the same within and in the immediate vicinity of the territory specified in the first section hereof, and said company may, for the purpose aforesaid, carry and conduct any aqueduct or other works by them to be made and constructed under or over any watercourse, street, turnpike, road, railway, or other way, or public grounds; provided such water-course, street, turnpike, road, railways, highway, or other way be put as speedily as possible in as good condition as before laying and constructing said aqueduct or other works.
SECTION 11. Said company is hereby authorized and empowered, under the provisions of this chapter, to construct, maintain, and prepare such reservoir or reservoirs as may be deemed expedient and necessary, and to take and use the water of any spring or springs, stream or streams, or other waters within the limits of the town of Griswold to such extent as may be deemed necessary and expedient in carrying into effect the objects of this act; also to construct, repair, and maintain such canals and aqueducts as may become necessary and convenient for the retention and conveying of water at or to such points as they may desire, and be entitled to retain or convey the same; also to take and hold by purchase or gift, in the manner hereinafter provided, any real estate or easements necessary for the purpose of this act, or for laying and maintaining aqueducts and reservoirs for holding, conducting, and distributing water, and for all buildings and structures necessary for the most perfect and complete supply of the territory specified in the first section hereof with pure water for public and private uses, and for preserving said lands and water for the uses of said company pure and free from all contaminations and nuisances, drains and sewers; and the company may make, establish, and enforce all necessary and proper regulations and by-laws for the preservation of the same, provided such regulations and by-laws shall not be contrary to the laws of this state or of the United States.
SECTION 12. Said corporation shall pay all damages that shall be sustained by any person or persons or corporation in their property or estate by the taking of any real estate or easement, or by the taking of water from any spring or springs, ponds, lakes, or brooks, or from any other source, or by constructing or laying any pipes, aqueducts, reservoirs, or other works for the purposes of this act, which damages, unless the same shall be agreed upon by the parties, shall be assessed by a committee to be appointed by the superior court for New London county, upon application made to said court by said corporation, or by any person or corporation sustaining such damages, within three years after the time of actual taking, which application shall be accompanied by a summons served upon the owner of the property as in case of civil process before said court; but if no application is made within three years, as aforesaid, the party claiming to have suffered damages shall be deemed to have waived his claim therefor. The committee appointed by said court shall consist of three disinterested men, who, after being being sworn and giving reasonable notice, shall hear the parties, view the property in question, assess just damages, if any to the respective owners or parties interested in the premises or property so damaged or required and proposed to be taken for the purpose of this act, as the case may be, to the party or parties, and report their doings to the court; and such report may be rejected in the discretion of the court. The acceptance of the report of such committee shall be final as the amount of damages and other facts found therein, and said court may make any order necessary for the protection of the rights of all persons or corporations interested in said property or sustaining such damages.
SECTION 13. The occupant of any house, tenement, or building who shall take the water of said company shall be liable for the price of the rent of the same, and the agents of said company intrusted with the superintendence of the works may at all reasonable times enter the premises so supplied to examine the pipes and fixtures and to prevent unnecessary waste.
SECTION 14. Any person living within the limits of the territory specified in the first section hereof, and within reasonable distance of the mains of said company, shall be entitled to have and use water from the said mains, upon complying with the by-laws of said company and paying a reasonable compensation therefor.
SECTION 15. All property, real and personal, of said corporation and its capital stock and bonds shall be exempt from taxation by a majority vote of the said town of Griswold at any town meeting legally and specially warned for that purpose.
SECTION 16. If any person or persons shall wilfully, wantonly, or maliciously divert the waters or obstruct the same, or any part thereof, from or in any aqueduct, reservoir, stream, or spring, or other place which shall be taken or used, or constructed by said company, or shall corrupt the same by committing any nuisance therein or otherwise, such person or persons so offending shall be liable to said company in triple damages therefor.
Approved May 25, 1893.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
SECTION 1. The town of Griswold is hereby divided into two voting districts for the accommodation of the electors therein at electors' meetings and also for the purposes of the annual town meetings for the choice of town officers, as follows, namely: The division line shall commence at the Preston town line on the road westerly from the residence of George D. Palmer in said town of Griswold; thence following said road in a northerly direction to the road leading easterly by the residence of Fred S. Brown thence following said road easterly and northerly by the Woodward schoolhouse to the four corners westerly of the house of the late Calvin Woodward, thence westerly and northerly by houses of David A. Geer and Samuel Norman, the Brewster school-house the houses of Samuel Geer and the late Dwight T. Corey to the Plainfield town line east of the house of Joseph Rood.
SECTION 2. All that part of the territory of the town of Griswold lying northerly and westerly of said above described roads shall be and remain the first district, and the electors dwelling upon said territory shall vote at Jewett City. All the territory of said town lying southerly and easterly of said above described road shall be and remain the second district, and the electors dwelling upon said territory shall vote at Pachaug.
SECTION 3. The annual town meeting of said town of Griswold for the purpose of electing such officers as are not required by law or by vote of the town to be chosen by ballot, and for the purpose of hearing the annual accounts, laying taxes, and for transacting the ordinary business of the town, shall be held at Pachaug in the second district on the last Monday in September in each year.
SECTION 4. The selectmen shall provide a suitable and convenient place for voting and the necessary ballot boxes for the use of voters in each of said districts at said electors' and annual town meetings, and the warnings of such meetings shall specify the particular place of voting in each of said districts.
SECTION 5. The registrars of voters chosen at said annual town meetings for said voting districts shall be electors entitled to vote in the district for which they are elected.
SECTION 6. No elector shall lose his right to vote in the district if his last previous residence is less than thirty days from his removal, if he still resides in said town.
Approved May 29, 1901.
Section 3 of a special act approved July 15, 1871, entitled "An Act Relating to Electors and Elections in the Town of Griswold," is amended to read as follows: The annual election of said town for the choice of selectmen, town clerk, registrar, treasurer, treasurer of the school fund, collector of town taxes, constables, grand jurors, school visitors, assessors, board of tax review, registrars of voters and other elective town officers shall be held on the first Monday of October in each year. On said day at a time designated by the selectmen, a town meeting shall be held at the place of voting in the first district, by the voters of the town of Griswold there present, for the purpose of hearing the annual accounts, laying taxes and for transacting the ordinary business of the town.
Approved April 29, 1955.
Beginning with the election to be held in the town of Griswold on the first Monday in October, 1957, the board of finance of said town shall consist of seven members. At said election four members of the board shall be elected to hold office for two years and three for four years from said date, and biennially thereafter members shall be elected for a term of four years each to replace those whose terms expire. When the number of members to be elected is even, no elector shall vote for more than half the number; and when the number to be elected is odd, no elector shall vote for more than a bare majority of the number. The terms of the members of said board in office at the time of the passage of this act shall expire the first Monday in October, 1957.
Approved June 17, 1957.
Number 86 of the special acts of 1955 is amended to read as follows: The election of said town for the choice of selectmen, town clerk, registrar, treasurer, treasurer of the school fund, collector of town taxes, constables, grand jurors, school visitors, assessors, board of tax review, registrars of voters and other elective town officers shall be held on the first Monday of October in the odd-numbered years. On the first Monday of October in each year, at a time designated by the selectmen, a town meeting shall be held at the place of voting in the first district for the purpose of hearing the annual accounts, laying taxes and for transacting the ordinary business of the town.
Approved June 16, 1959.
The board of assessors of the town of Griswold is hereby abolished, and the duties of said board shall be assumed by a department of assessment of the town of Griswold, which shall consist of one assessor and such clerical assistants as may be necessary to carry out the duties of the assessor. Such assessor shall be appointed by the chairman of the board of selectmen after competitive examination and he shall serve as long as he faithfully performs the duties of his office at a salary fixed by the board of selectmen. Such assessors shall have all the powers and shall perform all the duties imposed on assessors by the general statutes.
Approved June 14, 1961.