[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Northvale 11-12-1975 as Ord. No. 410-75 (Ch. 27 of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Within the limits of the Borough of Northvale, no person, firm or corporation shall conduct or carry on the business of the operation, storage, maintenance or exhibition of any mechanical game of skill or entertainment which is operated or set in motion by deposit therein of a coin, token, slug, wafer, disc or other like article except a pool, billiard or snooker table operated in compliance with Ordinance No. 300 of the Borough of Northvale, or work in, occupy or, directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever utilize any place or premises in or at which such business is conducted or carried on unless and until there shall be granted by the borough, after written application therefor in accordance with the terms of this chapter, and shall be in force and effect a license to conduct said business for the place or premises in or at which said business shall be conducted and carried on.
Said license shall be applied for in writing, signed by the applicant, addressed to the Mayor and Council and filed with the Borough Clerk. Such application shall set forth the full name and address of the applicant, a particular description of the mechanical game or games to be operated, stored, maintained or exhibited and the location of the place and premises in or at which the business is to be conducted or carried on. Said application shall also be accompanied with a deposit in cash to cover the license fee for the current year in the amount hereinafter provided.
[Amended 4-13-1983 by Ord. No. 410]
The license fee for said business and for the place or premises in or at which the same is to be conducted or carried on shall be the sum of $100 per year for each such mechanical game or games to be operated, stored, maintained or exhibited at such place or premises. In the event that the application for such license is filed after July 1 of any year, the license fee to be paid shall be 1/2 of the amount hereinabove provided.
All licenses shall expire on December 31 of each year.
No more than two mechanical games as described in this chapter shall be licensed for operation on or at one business premises.
No mechanical amusement device shall be located in any premises within 200 feet of a church or other religious institution or a public or private school. The distance shall be measured from the nearest entrance of the church or school to the nearest entrance of the premises on which the mechanical amusement device is located or is sought to be located along the route that a pedestrian would normally walk.
Before any license is issued hereunder, upon the filing of said application, the same shall be investigated and the premises inspected by the Chief of Police or such other person as may be designated by the Mayor and Council, who shall render a report of such investigation to the Mayor and Council.
Upon receipt of such report, the Mayor and Council shall act upon said application and may refuse to grant a license in any and all cases where it shall determine that a person who has been convicted of a crime is interested, either directly or indirectly, in the application for such license or in the operation of said business or the place or premises in or at which said business is proposed to be conducted and carried on under said license.
All licenses granted by the Mayor and Council shall be signed by the Borough Clerk and shall be impressed with the Seal of the Borough of Northvale and shall set forth on the face of the license the amount of the fee paid, the name and address of the licensee and the address of the place or premises where the business is to be conducted or carried on and the number and kind of mechanical games of skill or entertainment to be operated, stored, maintained or exhibited at such premises. Such license shall at all times be prominently displayed by the licensee at the place or premises where the licensed business is conducted or carried on.
Licenses issued hereunder shall, with the consent of the Mayor and Council, be transferable from one place or premises to another; provided, however, that any licensee desiring permission to effect such transfer shall first make application, in writing, setting forth the facts to the Mayor and Council.
The Mayor and Council may revoke any license for sufficient cause after notice and hearing. It shall be sufficient cause for the revocation of any such license if such mechanical game of skill or entertainment shall be used for the purpose of gambling, wagering or betting, whether with or without the knowledge of the licensee thereof.
Any person or persons, firm or corporation who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalties. Each day that a violation of a term or provision of this chapter shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.