[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Robinson 11-9-1966 by Ord. No. 368-1966; amended in its entirety 8-14-1989 by Ord. No. 16-1989 as Ch. 13, Part 1, of the 1989 Code. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Mechanical or electronic amusement machine or apparatus. From and after the passage and enactment of this chapter, no person or persons, firm or corporation shall at any time have in his, her, its or their possession within the Township of Robinson any mechanical or electronic device, machine or apparatus whatsoever for the playing of games, amusement or entertainment which is played through the insertion therein of a coin or any metal disk, slug or token whatsoever without first having procured a license therefor as hereinafter provided.
Jukeboxes or other similar musical devices. No person or persons, firm or corporation shall at any time have in his, her, its or their possession within the Township of Robinson any jukebox, music box, phonographs or other similar musical device, machine or apparatus which is played through the insertion therein of a coin or any metal disk, slug or token whatsoever without first having procured a license therefor as hereinafter provided in this chapter.
Any person or persons, firm or corporation desiring to procure a license, as provided in § 90-1, shall apply therefor in writing to the Township Manager. Said application shall set forth the name or names, the residence or residences of the person or persons, firm or corporation so applying, together with the present and previous occupation of the applicant or applicants and the length of residence at the present address of the applicant and at the previous place of residence; the name of the owner of the premises upon which the aforesaid machines are to be used and installed and, if the owner of the premises is not the applicant, then the applicant shall set forth the length of time for which the premises has been leased. The applicant shall also set forth the manufacturer and nature of the machines to be installed and used.
The information hereby required shall be furnished over the signature of the applicant or applicants and shall be made under oath or affirmation.
No license shall be granted until a period of seven days shall have elapsed from the date of application, during which time the officials or employees of the Township of Robinson may, at their discretion, investigate the facts set forth in the application. No license shall be transferable.
Nothing in this chapter shall in any way be construed to authorize, license or permit any gambling device whatsoever or any mechanism that has been judicially determined to be a gambling device or in any way contrary to law or that may be contrary to any present or future laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
No license shall be issued until an annual fee shall have been paid to the Township Manager. The amount of the fee shall be set by the Board of Commissioners pursuant to resolution. Each license shall expire on December 31 of each year.
License fees shall not be prorated but shall remain the same for the whole or portion of any one year.
The Chief of Police, or any other officer the Board of Commissioners may designate, may in his discretion put a lead (or any other type) seal upon any device for which no license fee has been paid, and when the proper license fee has been paid for such sealed device, said seal shall be removed by the Chief of Police or other designated officer of the Township of Robinson.
While said unlicensed device is under seal as aforesaid, the owner, proprietor, manager or person in charge of the place where said device is located shall be responsible for the device and for any unlawful use thereof while such mechanical device is unlicensed.
Upon payment of the license fee, the Secretary shall issue a metal disc or plate setting forth the number of the license for each machine. Such disc or plate shall be attached and fastened to the respective machine or device so that the same shall be clearly observable and readable.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not more than $600 and, in default of payment, to undergo imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.