[Ord. No. 702 §1, 12-18-2003]
A "mechanical amusement center (video arcade)" is defined as any establishment which provides five (5) or more mechanical amusement devices for use or operation by the public as a recreational services; and the term "mechanical amusement device" is defined as any machine which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plat, disc or any other insertion device, may be operated by the public for use as a game, video or other entertainment or amusement of any kind or description whatever.
[Ord. No. 702 §2, 12-18-2003; Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or to permit to be operated on any premises in the City of Dardenne Prairie an amusement center without first securing a license duly issued by the Board of Aldermen as set forth herein. An application for the operation of an amusement center or video arcade in the City of Dardenne Prairie shall be obtained from the City Clerk. Each application shall be filled out in full with all information being accurate and truthful. Such application shall be accompanied by accurately scaled and fully dimensioned plans of the premises showing the location of the machines. An application fee of two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225.00), no part of that shall be returnable due to the administrative cost involved, shall accompany each application. A regular business license is also required in addition to the amusement center license. The City Clerk shall refer each application to the Police Department and the Police Department shall investigate the character and fitness of the proposed operator as well as any other persons listed as having an interest in the proposed license. The term of the license shall be for one (1) year from the time of issuance and may be renewed. Each applicant will be notified by mail or by hand delivery of the issuance or non-issuance of a license by the City Clerk.
[Ord. No. 702 §3, 12-18-2003]
A license shall not be issued if any of the following conditions occur:
Material misstatements or misleading statements of fact in the application;
The proposed operation would be within two hundred (200) feet from property line to property line of a residence, or any business (from unit to unit) selling liquor by the drink, or not otherwise in compliance with all applicable City ordinances;
Any parties interested in the proposed business have been convicted of any violation of State Statute or City ordinance involving moral turpitude or have previously had a business license suspended or revoked. No license shall be issued except to a person of good character approved by the Board of Aldermen;
Failure to pay the required application fee.
If the City of Dardenne Prairie does not issue a license, the reason therefor shall be set forth in writing and accompany the notice of non-issuance.
[Ord. No. 702 §4, 12-18-2003]
Within thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the license, a licensee may apply to the City for renewal of the license. The City Clerk shall provide the form of renewal application to the licensee. The renewal fee shall be one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00), no part of which shall be returnable. If the City does not renew the license, the procedure set forth in this Chapter shall be followed.
[Ord. No. 702 §5, 12-18-2003; Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020
The Board of Aldermen may suspend for a period up to (90) days, or revoke a license heretofore issued, if they find one (1) or more of the following:
Material misstatements or misleading statements of fact in the application, not discovered until after the issuance of such license;
Failure to comply with conditions imposed on license or applicable zoning restrictions;
Failure to cooperate with the instructions of the Police Department or the Board of Aldermen;
Permitting such conduct as would constitute a violation of any Section of this Chapter, any Statutes or ordinances pertaining to consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor, or any Statutes or ordinances pertaining to possession of controlled substances;
Failing to prohibit disorderly activity, peace disturbance or gambling.
[Ord. No. 702 §6, 12-18-2003]
No person under the age of fourteen (14) years shall be permitted on the premises of an amusement center or video arcade unless accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian.
[Ord. No. 702 §7, 12-18-2003; Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020]
No alcoholic beverages or non-intoxicating beer, no tobacco products of any kind, no firearms or paint ball guns of any kind, no gambling or wagering of any kind shall be permitted on the premises of any amusement center. The licensee shall assist the Police Department in law enforcement on the premises. The term "premises", as used in this Chapter, shall include the parking areas adjacent to and within one hundred (100) yards of the amusement center.
[Ord. No. 702 §8, 12-18-2003]
At least one (1) supervisor of at least twenty-one (21) years of age employed by the licensee shall be on duty at all times and be present on the premises for every twenty-five (25) persons present in the amusement center. No amusement center may operate between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 10:00 A.M. of the following day.
[Ord. No. 702 §9, 12-18-2003; Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020]
The amusement devices shall at all times be kept and placed in plain view, and the Police Department shall be permitted to inspect the premises at any reasonable time. Only one (1) person at a time will be permitted to be in each bathroom facility on the amusement center's premises at any time.
[Ord. No. 702 §11, 12-18-2003]
The provisions of this Chapter shall not be applicable to any person having set up in his/her private residence one (1) or more mechanical amusement devices when employed for his/her own private use or for the use of his/her family nor to business establishments or other public places which may have five (5) mechanical amusement devices for use or operation by the public, but whose gross revenue from the operation of such mechanical amusement devices does not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of its total gross revenue.