[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport 10-6-1942 by Ord. No. 170, approved 10-6-1942 (Ch. 45 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
From and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firms or corporations, either as principal or agent, hereinafter called the "operator," to have, keep and maintain for purposes of operation, cause to be available for operation or permit to be operated within his or their control anywhere within the Borough of Bridgeport, whether on public or private property, any pinball machine, machines operated as games of skill or other machines played for amusement, if a fee is charged for the privilege of using such machines or games, without first having obtained a license therefor from the Borough Secretary.
[Amended 2-14-1984 by Ord. No. 475, approved 2-14-1984; 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 505, approved 12-13-1988]
The operator shall pay for said license the sum as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council for each machine for each calendar year or fraction thereof; provided, however, that said license shall not be transferable from one owner or operator to another and provided further that an operator shall not be required to secure a new license when one machine is replaced by another, so long as the operator is licensed to operate the total number of machines he may have under his control for purposes of operation.
Editor's Note: This ordinance removed specific fees from the Borough's Code; the current fees resolution of the Borough is on file in the office of the Borough Secretary.
The Borough police, under the direction of the Mayor, shall make periodical inspections of machines so licensed.
Licenses granted under this chapter shall at all times be exhibited conspicuously in the place or establishment where such machines are kept or maintained.
The Mayor, after affording a hearing to any such licensee, of which said hearing said licensee shall have at least 48 hours' notice, may suspend any license herein granted either temporarily or for the balance of the license year, when he deems it to be of benefit to the public health, safety or morals. Whenever any such license shall be suspended for the balance of the licensed year, the unearned license fee shall be returned to the operator.
[Amended 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975; 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 507, approved 3-14-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.