[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Tonawanda 7-15-1974 as Chapter 22 of the 1974 Code of the Town of Tonawanda. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 215.
No person, firm, corporation or association shall operate, maintain or conduct a public information bureau or service in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County, New York, unless a license permitting such operation has been previously issued to such person, firm, corporation or association upon application therefor in writing, filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of Tonawanda. The Town Clerk is hereby authorized to issue such license if such person, firm, corporation or association shall fully comply with the provisions of this chapter.
The fee for such license is hereby fixed at the sum of $300 per annum, or any part thereof during which said license is in effect, and such license shall expire upon the first day of January following the date of issuance thereof.
No license shall be issued to any person to operate or conduct a public information bureau or information service or to act as a guide or solicitor in connection therewith unless such person is a citizen of the United States and has not been previously convicted of a crime.
No person shall engage in soliciting business for such public information bureau or service, nor shall any person operate as a guide therefrom or work as an employee therein, unless such person shall previously obtain a solicitor's license to be issued upon written application therefor by the Town Clerk of the Town of Tonawanda.
The license fee for such solicitor's license shall be $50 per annum, or any part thereof during which time said license is in effect, and all such licenses shall expire on the first day of January next succeeding.
Each applicant for a solicitor's license shall furnish two recent photographs with his application, one of which shall be attached to the license by the Town Clerk.
No person shall, while engaged as a guide, solicitor or employee of any such public information bureau or service, represent himself as an employee of the Town of Tonawanda or of any other town or municipality, nor shall be wear any uniform, badge or insignia so as to indicate that he is a constable, police officer, employee or official of the Town of Tonawanda or of any other town or municipality.
No public information bureau or service shall be conducted in the Town of Tonawanda except from and within a building erected upon premises within a business district, as defined by the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Tonawanda, which building shall be not less than 16 feet by 16 feet by nine feet high and constructed in accordance with the provisions of the Building Code and Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Tonawanda and shall be located not nearer to any public highway than the established setback line of buildings set forth in the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Tonawanda.
No solicitor, guide or employee of such public information bureau or service shall solicit business or engage in the occupation of furnishing information to the public at any point or place within 20 feet of the paved portion of any public highway in the Town of Tonawanda.
No sign other than such sign as is permitted by the ordinances of the Town of Tonawanda shall be erected or maintained by the licensee of any public information bureau or information service.
No person to whom a license shall have been issued as herein provided shall give false or misleading information concerning travel routes, business establishments, tourist homes, hotels, tourist cabins or other tourist accommodations or as to their rates, facilities or service.
Any licenses issued under the terms and conditions of this chapter shall comply with all of the provisions of this chapter. All licenses shall be revocable at any time by the Town Board of the Town of Tonawanda after conviction for violation of any of the terms and conditions herein set forth.
[Amended 5-21-1984 by L.L. No. 8-1984]
Any violation by a person, firm or corporation of any provision of this chapter shall be deemed a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both.
Any person who takes part in or assists in any violation of this chapter shall also be subject to the penalties provided herein.
Each day that a violation of this chapter is committed or permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.