[CC 1976 §7-1; Ord. No. 1807 §1, 6-8-1981; Ord. No. 2195 §1, 8-12-1985]
The City of Overland hereby enacts and adopts the St. Louis County Amusements Code, as amended, which was adopted by the County of St. Louis on October 20, 1984. A true copy of said St. Louis County Code is incorporated herein by reference.
[Code 1961 §10-32; CC 1976 §7-11]
As used in this Chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following words shall have the meanings set out herein:
- AMUSEMENT TABLE
- Any machine or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disc, or by the payment of any price, may be operated by the public generally by manipulating special equipment whereby a score is established, the object of which is to score a number or numbers, or a high total score, whether a prize is offered or not, when the element of skill in such manipulation predominates over chance or luck. It shall include the games of shuffleboard and so-called table pool, bowling table, and any other similar table games.
- JUKE BOX
- Any music vending machine, contrivance or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate, disc or key into any slot, crevice or other opening, or by payment of any price, operates or may be operated for the emission of songs, music or similar amusement.
- MECHANICAL AMUSEMENT DEVICE
- Any machine which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disc, or by the payment of any price, may be operated by the public generally for use as a game, entertainment, or amusement, whether or not registering a score. It shall include such devices as marble machines, pinball machines, skill ball, mechanical grab machines, and all games, operations or transactions similar thereto under whatever name they may be indicated.
- MERCHANDISE VENDING MACHINE
- Any automatic vending machine used for the sale of cigarettes, food, drink or confections, or any other merchandise, and controlled by the insertion of a coin or coins.
- Shall include the following: Any person who owns any such machines; the person in whose place of business any such machine is placed for use by the public; and the person, having control over such machines; provided however, that the payment of such fee by any person enumerated herein shall be deemed a compliance with that portion of this Chapter requiring a license fee.
[Code 1961 §10-34; CC 1976 §7-13]
Any person displaying for public patronage or keeping for operation any merchandise vending machine, juke box, or mechanical amusement device shall be required to obtain a license from the City upon payment of a license fee to the City Clerk. Application for such license shall be made to the City Clerk upon a form to be supplied by the City Clerk for that purpose.
[Code 1961 §10-39; CC 1976 §7-14]
Not more than one (1) machine shall be operated under one (1) license and the applicant or licensee shall be required to secure a license for each and every machine displayed or operated by him/her.
[Code 1961 §10-35; CC 1976 §7-15]
The application for a license required by this Chapter shall contain the following information:
Name and address of the applicant, age, date and place of birth.
Prior convictions of applicant, if any.
Place where machine or device is to be displayed or operated and the business conducted at that place.
Description of machines to be covered by the license, mechanical features, name of manufacturer, serial number.
[Code 1961 §10-35; CC 1976 §7-16]
No license shall be issued to any applicant unless he/she shall be over twenty-one (21) years of age and a citizen of the United States.
[Code 1961 §10-37; CC 1976 §7-17]
Application for license under this Chapter shall be in duplicate, one (1) copy being referred to the City Clerk and the other copy to the City Marshal.
The City Marshal shall investigate the location wherein it is proposed to operate such machine, ascertain if the applicant is a person of good moral character, and recommend to the City Council either approval or disapproval of the application.
The Director of Public Works shall determine if the same complies with the Electrical Code of the City, and shall recommend to the City Council either approval or disapproval of the application.
[Code 1961 §10-38; CC 1976 §7-18]
Every applicant, before being granted a license, shall pay the following annual license fee for the privilege of operating or maintaining for operation each merchandise vending machine, juke box, mechanical amusement device or amusement table.
[Code 1961 §10-38; CC §1976 §7-19; Ord. No. 1936 §1, 11-8-1982]
Each license issued under this Chapter shall expire on July thirty-first (31st) of each year.
[Code 1961 §10-36; CC 1976 §7-20]
The Clerk shall prepare and furnish to the Director of Finance each month a complete record of all license fees collected under this Chapter by said Clerk during the preceding month, which said report shall set out the information required for an application.
[Code 1961 §10-39; CC 1976 §7-21]
The license or licenses herein provided for shall be posted permanently and conspicuously at the location of the machine in the premises wherein the device is to be operated or maintained to be operated.
[Code 1961 §10-39; CC 1976 §7-22]
A license issued under this Chapter may be transferred from one (1) machine or device to another similar machine upon application to the City Clerk to such effect and the giving of a description and the serial number of the new machine or device.
[Code 1961 §10-39; CC 1976 §7-23]
If the licensee shall move his/her place of business to another location within the City, the license may be transferred to such new location upon application to the City Clerk, giving the street and number of the new location. The new location shall be approved by the City Marshal and the Director of Public Works in the same manner as provided in Section 635.080.
[Code 1961 §10-40; CC 1976 §7-25]
No person holding a license under this Chapter shall permit the playing of juke boxes between the hours of 1:30 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. of any day.
[Code 1961 §10-40; CC 1976 §7-26]
No person shall permit the playing of juke boxes, or mechanical amusement devices, within two hundred fifty (250) feet of any church, public or parochial school or playground.
[Code 1961 §10-41; CC 1976 §7-27]
Every license issued under this Chapter is subject to the right, which is hereby expressly reserved, to revoke the same should the licensee, directly or indirectly, permit the operation of any merchandise vending machine, juke box, or mechanical amusement table or device contrary to the provisions of this Chapter, or other ordinances of the City, or the laws of the State of Missouri. Said license may be revoked by the City Council after written notice to the licensee, which notice shall specify the violations with which the licensee is charged, if after a hearing the licensee is found to be guilty of such violations. At such hearing the licensee and his/her attorney may present and submit evidence and witnesses in his/her defense.