[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Grafton as Title 5, Ch. 5.20, of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following terms, as used in this chapter, shall be construed as follows:
- AMUSEMENT DEVICE
- Any coin-operated machine commonly referred to as shooting (electric ray) games, bowling games, miniature pool and hockey, ski-ball games, and baseball games and other similar devices, the operation of which involves a skill feature and which are operated by coins but do not deliver, pay out, or emit coins, tokens, coupons, tickets, receipts, chips or other thing which may be redeemed or exchanged for money, merchandise, or other thing of value.
- GAMBLING DEVICE
- Any machine, instrument, device or thing which for a consideration affords the player an opportunity to obtain something of value, the award of which is determined by chance, even though accompanied by some skill, and whether or not the prize is automatically paid by the machine, instrument, device or thing.
- MUSIC DEVICE
- Any instrument or device which is operated by any insertion of any coin or token which may entitle the operator to music or entertainment.
It is unlawful for any person to set up for operation, lease or distribute for the purpose of operation any gambling device within the Village.
Any person owning any amusement or music device or maintaining or permitting the maintenance of any such amusement device on premises owned by him or under his control shall register such amusement or music device as provided in this chapter. Every amusement or music device shall be registered with the Village Clerk by the owner or possessor thereof.
[Amended by Ord. No. 007, Series 2011]
The registration fee for each amusement or music device shall be $25 per year effective July 1, 2011.
The Village Clerk shall require the registrant to submit such information as may be necessary to identify the device. If the Village Clerk, upon consultation with the Village Attorney and the Chief of Police, is satisfied that the amusement or music device is entitled to be registered, he shall issue to the registrant an appropriate registration symbol so designed as to permit secure attachment to the device registered. No person shall be entitled to register any amusement or music device unless he is of good moral character. Such registration shall remain effective until the next succeeding July 30.
The Village Clerk may authorize the transfer of a registration symbol from one amusement or music device to another when evidence is presented showing that the use of the device previously registered has been discontinued and that the new device to which the symbol is proposed to be attached is an amusement or music device within the definition of this chapter. A fee of $1 shall be charged for each transfer.
The Village Clerk shall keep an appropriate record of the registration of each amusement or music device, showing the name and number and such information as he shall deem necessary concerning each machine registered, and also keep a similar record of any registration transfers authorized by him.
The Village President, Chief of Police, any police officer of this Village may seize or cause to be seized any gambling device, slot machine or any amusement or music device to which there is not affixed a registration symbol as required by this chapter and shall forthwith cause a complaint to be issued against the owner or possessor thereof for violation of this chapter, and the court shall order the device so seized to be destroyed.
No person shall counterfeit a registration symbol or shall transfer any such symbol issued by the Village Clerk from one amusement or music device to another without having previously registered such transfer with the Village Clerk.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
Any person who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the general penalty in Chapter 1.08 of this Code.