[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Poolrooms and Bowling Alleys
Article II Coin-Controlled Amusement Devices
[Adopted 4-9-1930 by Ord. No. 36 (Ch. 79 of the 1970 Code)]
No person or persons shall set up, keep or maintain, or permit to be set up, kept or maintained, for gain within the Borough of Runnemede, any ball alley, bowling alley, billiard table, pool table, bagatelle table or shuffleboard, without having first obtained a license for that purpose as hereinafter mentioned and prescribed.
No license shall be granted for that purpose except upon application in writing to the Mayor and Borough Council, setting forth the place and premises where said alley, table or board is proposed to be set up and maintained, and the number of alleys, tables or boards proposed to be kept, with an affidavit of the applicant that the matters set forth in the application are true. Upon receiving the application the Mayor and Borough Council shall set a date, not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days from the date application is received, to consider the said application. The applicant, upon receiving notice of the time and place of said hearing, shall post five notices in the vicinity of the place where the proposed alleys, tables or boards are to be operated, said notices to contain the date and place of said hearing and shall further state that any citizen of the Borough that may object to the granting of said license shall be given an opportunity to be heard at that time. The Mayor and Borough Council shall then meet at the time and place designated as above, and after hearing the objections, shall determine and pass upon the application as submitted. The Mayor and Borough Council shall have the sole right and power to grant or reject any application for such license.
Every license granted under this article shall expire on the 31st day of December in each year, and it shall contain the number of the license, the location of the place or the premises, the number of the tables, alleys or boards proposed to be kept, and the time for which the licenses are granted, and shall be signed by the Mayor and Borough Clerk.
The license fee for each ball or bowling alley, billiard table, pool table or shuffleboard shall be at the rate of $50 per annum, which shall be paid to the Clerk before any license shall be issued.
The licensee of any table, alley or boards proposed to be kept as aforesaid, before he, she or they shall set up or maintain, or permit or suffer to be set up or maintained, any ball, bowling alley, pool, billiard or bagatelle tables or shuffleboard under this article as aforesaid, shall place his, her or their license certificate in a conspicuous place in the room where he, she or they propose to carry on business under such license, and any omission to do so shall be presumptive evidence that he, she or they have no license under this article.
If any citizen or citizens of the Borough of Runnemede shall have a complaint against any individual person or persons, corporation, copartnership, association or joint-stock company holding a license under this article, he, she or they may appear at any time before the Mayor and Borough Council and present the complaint. Thereupon, the Mayor and Borough Council shall designate a time and place to hear and pass upon the complaint and shall notify the said licensee of said hearing. The Mayor and Borough Council shall then proceed to hear the complaints and shall allow such licensee to present his defense, and after such hearing the Mayor and Borough Council shall have the sole right and power to revoke such license or allow it to remain in force, as determined by the Mayor and Borough Council after hearing all persons who wish to be heard on such complaint.
[Amended 3-17-1970 by Ord. No. 238]
Any person or persons violating any provision of this article shall be subject, upon conviction thereof, to the penalty as provided in § 1-15, General penalty, of this Code.
[Adopted 8-7-1951 by Ord. No. 106; amended in its entirety 4-6-1982 by Ord. No. 396 (Ch. 37 of the 1970 Code)]
No person shall place or maintain or permit to be placed, operated, used or maintained in any public or quasi-public place or in any building, store or other place wherein the public is invited or may enter, including premises used as a clubhouse or clubroom, within the limits of the Borough of Runnemede, any coin-controlled amusement or music device, without having first obtained a license for each such device.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- COIN-CONTROLLED AMUSEMENT OR MUSIC DEVICE
- Any machine, device, instrument, apparatus or contrivance which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug or other consideration, operates or may be operated for use as a game, amusement or contest of any description and/or for the purpose of playing or recording music.
- Includes any individual, corporation, firm, association, partnership, trustee, receiver or other entity.
The license for the placing, operation, maintenance or use of such coin-controlled amusement or music device shall be issued by the Clerk of the Borough of Runnemede to and in the name of the person who shall have such device in his possession. All licenses issued hereunder shall expire on the 31st day of December of each year. The license fee shall be $100 for each coin-controlled amusement or music device. Where the license is obtained on or after July 1 of any year, the fee for the license for the remaining portion of the year shall be the sum of $50. A separate license shall be obtained for each such device and shall be affixed thereto.
Applications for licenses hereunder shall be made to the Borough Clerk of the Borough of Runnemede upon a form furnished by the Borough of Runnemede and shall contain the following information:
No coin-controlled amusement or music device shall be placed, operated, maintained or used or permitted to be placed, operated, maintained or used in the Borough of Runnemede until the license required hereunder shall be affixed thereto in a conspicuous place so that the same may be easily identified. Any such device which shall not have a license as required herein affixed thereto shall be deemed to be an unlicensed device. Any person having supervision or control over any building, store or other place where the public may enter or any clubhouse or clubroom wherein any such device without a license is affixed thereto is placed, operated, used or maintained shall be deemed to have permitted such unlicensed device to be placed, operated, used or maintained therein in violation of the provisions of this article.
Every license issued hereunder shall be numbered and shall disclose on its face the name and post office box address of the licensee to whom it was issued and the address of the establishment wherein the licensed device shall be located.
No person shall use or permit to be used any coin-controlled amusement or music device regulated by this article, for the purpose of gambling.
The purpose of the enactment of this article is to regulate the licensing and use of coin-controlled amusement and music devices, as well as to defray the costs of regulation.