Boro Incorporated

CHAPTER 107

An Act to incorporate the borough of Westville, in the county of Gloucester.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. The inhabitants of that portion of the townships of Deptford and West Deptford, in the county of Gloucester, hereinafter mentioned and described, are hereby constituted and declared to be a body corporate in fact and in law by the name of "The Borough of Westville," and as such shall be governed by the general laws of this State relating to boroughs.

2. The boundaries of said borough shall be as follows: Beginning at a point in the middle of Great Timber creek, in range with the property line between lands formerly of William C. Allen; thence (1) southwestardly between lands formerly of George W. Gardner, now belonging to the Westville Land Company, and lands of R. Cooper Beideman on the right and lands of formerly William C. Allen and lands formerly of Samuel H. Ladd on the left, about four thousand four hundred and seventy-five feet to a large stone corner to said Beideman and Ladd lands and in line of lands formerly Howell's, now of Gloucester County Realty Company; thence (2) northwestardly along the line between lands of said R. Cooper Beideman on the right and lands of said Gloucester County Realty company on the left, about one thousand four hundred fifty-six feet to a stone corner to lands of Joseph W. Brooks thence (3) northwestardly at right angles to the Gloucester turnpike, between lands of Joseph W. Brooks on the right and of the said Gloucester County Realty Company on the left, five hundred thirty and fifty-five hundredths feet to a corner in the middle of the Gloucester turnpike aforesaid; thence (4) northeastwardly along the center line of said turnpike six hundred eighty-eight feet to a corner; thence (5) at right angles to said Gloucester turnpike or nearly so, westwardly along the middle of the roadway crossing the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad between lands formerly of Rebecca Adams, now of Frederick Dorior, and lands of Charles Kesting on the right and lands of Gloucester County Realty Company, Agnes Hoffman, and others on the left of the estate of Wilson Fitzgerald, deceased, about two thousand two hundred and fifty feet to a corner in the middle of the Crown Point road; thence (6) northeastwardly along the middle of the Crown Point road about three thousand eight hundred feet to a corner in range with a line one hundred fifty feet southwestardly of the southwesterly line of Woodbine avenue on the plan of Newbold; thence (7) along the rear line of lots fronting on Woodbine avenue (courses hereinafter recited being deflected from true meridian) north forty-six degrees and thirty-nine minutes west, four hundred eighteen and fifteen-hundredths feet to the westerly corner of lot No. 321 on said plan; thence (8) along the northwesterly line of lot No. 320 on said plan, north forty-three degrees and twenty-one minutes east, one hundred fifty feet to a corner in the southwesterly line of Woodbine avenue; along which it runs (9) north forty-six degrees and thirty-nine minutes west, one thousand five hundred feet to the extension of the line between lots Nos. 283 and 285 on the aforesaid plan of Newbold; thence (10) along said line, north forty-three degrees and twenty-one minutes east, two hundred ten feet to the southerly corner of lot No. 286 on said plan; thence (11) along the rear line of lots fronting on Highland avenue, north forty-six degrees and thirty-nine minutes west, two-hundred fifty feet to the westerly corner of lot No. 293; thence (12) along the northwesterly line of lot No. 293, north forty-three degrees and twenty-one minutes east, one hundred fifty feet to the south-westerly line line of Highland avenue; thence (13) along the southwesterly line of Highland avenue, north forty-six degrees and thirty-nine minutes west, one thousand feet more or less to the Delaware River; thence (14) northeasterly up said river to the middle of Great Timber creek aforesaid; thence (15) up the middle of said creek the various courses and distances thereof to the place of beginning.

3. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, it shall not operate to affect the incorporation of the territory above described as a borough of this State until it shall have been accepted by a vote of majority of the legal voters included in said territory residing in the townships of Deptford and West Deptford, respectively, voting separately in each township thereon at a special election to be held within said districts in each township respectively within thirty days from the approval of this act, and within the hours of six A.M. and seven P.M. of the day fixed for the election, at places within said territory, to be fixed by the clerk of said townships of Deptford and West Deptford, respectively. The clerks of said townships of Deptford and West Deptford shall each cause public notice of the time and place of holding such elections to be given by advertisements signed and set up in at least ten public places within said districts in the respective townships and published in one or more newspapers printed or circulating therein at least ten days prior to such election and said clerk shall provide for each elector voting at such election ballots to be printed or written, or partly printed and partly written, on which shall be printed the word "For" and the word "Against" above and immediately preceding the title of this act; and if the word "For" be marked off or defaced upon the ballot it shall be counted as a vote against the acceptance of said act; if the word "Against" is marked off of said act; if the word "Against" is marked off or defaced upon the ballot it shall be counted as a vote in favor of the acceptance thereof; and in case neither the word "For" or the word "Against" be marked off or defaced upon the ballot it shall not be counted either as a vote for or against such acceptance.  Such election shall be held at the time and place so appointed, and be conducted by the officers of the election district of the said respective townships, except that no special form of ballot or envelope need to be used.  The officers holding such election shall make return to the township committees of said townships of Deptford and West Deptford, respectively, of the result thereof by a statement, in writing, under their hands, and the same shall be entered at length on the minutes of said township committees; and thereupon and upon such adoption by a majority of the legal voters of each of the said districts so voting separately, but not otherwise, this act shall in all respects be operative.

4. The registers of voters of the voters within said districts respectively used at the general election next preceding the holding of such special election shall be used for the purpose of conducting such special election.  It shall not be necessary for the board of registry and election conducting said election in said districts, respectively, to make a new registry of voters for such special election, but only to revise and correct the registers made for the last general election, and for that purpose the said boards shall meet such place within said districts respectively as shall be designated by the clerk of the said townships respectively at lease one week next preceding said election.  Notice of the place so designated shall be given by the clerk of the townships respectively by posting in at least five of the most public places in said district.  Said meetings of the said boards of registry and election in their respective of the said boards of registry and election in their respective townships shall begin at one o'clock in the afternoon and continue until nine o'clock in the evening of that day for the purpose of revising and correcting register and adding thereto the names of all persons entitled to vote within said district at said special election, who shall appear in the person before them and establish to the satisfaction of the majority of the board that they are entitled to vote at said election, or who shall be sworn by a written affidavit of a voter residing in the said district to be entitled so to vote.  A separate affidavit shall be required for each person so registered, which shall contain the address of the affiant and shall be signed by him; and on the following day one copy thereof shall be delivered to the chairman of the county board of elections of Gloucester county , to be filed by said boards, and one copy shall be retained for use by the said board of elections respectively at such special elections.

5. Immediately after the statement of the result of such elections shall be make to the township committees of said townships of Deptford and West Deptford respectively a copy thereof, certified to by their respective clerks, shall be forthwith filed in the office of the county clerk of said county of Gloucester.

Approved April 7, 1914.


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