[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Girard 1-10-1955 by Ord. No. 295 (Ch. XV, Part 1, of the 1974 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
On and after January 1, 1955, no person or persons, firm or corporation shall at any time have in his, its, or their possession for use within the Borough of Girard any device, machine, or apparatus whatsoever for the playing of games and amusement, said devices, machine, and apparatus being machines upon which football, baseball, and other games are played through the insertion therein of a coin or other metal disc, slug, or token, or otherwise without first having procured a license therefor as hereinafter provided.
Said license shall be procured by filing with the Secretary of the Borough Council a written application, duly signed and sworn to, setting forth the name, residence, occupation and citizenship of the applicant, together with the length of said residence, the name of the owner and location of the premises on which said machine is to be installed and the manufacture and nature of said machine or machines. If the owner of the premises is not the applicant, then the applicant shall set forth the length of time for which the premises have been leased.
[Amended 12-9-1957 by Ord. No. 315; 12-11-1961 by Ord. No. 338; 5-18-1992 by Ord. No. 607]
If, after due investigation, the Borough authorities shall have determined that the application is proper, a license may be issued for the calendar year in which application is made, and a fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council will apply for each and every such device installed within the Borough, provided that no license shall be issued to a person not a citizen of the United States, and provided further that such license shall be renewable on January 1 of each and every year after that in which originally issued by payment of a like sum (as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council) into the Borough treasury. A license is not required for jukebox machines.
A license in proper form is hereby required for such machine so licensed, which shall be attached to or posted in the immediate vicinity of each such machine so that the same may be clearly observable and readable.
Nothing in this chapter shall in any way be construed to authorize, license, or permit any gambling devices whatsoever or any mechanism which has been judicially determined to be a gambling device or in any way contrary to law.
[Amended 7-15-1974 by Ord. No. 446]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Borough before a Magisterial District Judge, pay a fine of not more than $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by the Borough in the enforcement of this chapter. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of the violation by the Magisterial District Judge. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Borough may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Borough are hereby authorized to seek equitable relief, including injunction, to enforce compliance herewith.