[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 11-12-1991 by Ord. No. 9-91-0181 as Ch. 8, Art. III, of the 1991 Code]. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- AMUSEMENT DEVICE
- Any machine which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disc, may be operated by the public generally for use as a game or amusement, whether or not registering a score, and whether its operation demands skill or chance, or both. It shall include but not be limited to such devices as marble machines, pinball machines, skill ball, mechanical grab or displayed games, air games such as air hockey, and all games, operations or transactions similar thereto under whatever name they may be called.
Any violation of this article shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100.
It shall be unlawful for any person to own or keep amusement machines or devices for public use without first having obtained a license therefor. Application for the license shall be made to the Town Clerk. The fee for the license required by this chapter shall be the fee listed in the license schedule in Chapter 122, Fees.
The fee for an amusement device license shall be as provided in Chapter 122, Fees. Licenses shall commence on June 1 of each year and expire on May 31 each year. The Town Clerk shall issue a sticker to be attached to licensed machines on a yearly basis.
All amusement machines in existence on adoption of this chapter will be entitled to a license upon payment of the license fee provided for in this chapter until June 1, 1982. Thereafter, any unlicensed machine or any new machine which seeks to be licensed must receive the approval of the Town Council after filing an application fee as provided in Chapter 122, Fees. The Town shall forward each new application to the Chief of Police for his report to the Council and a public hearing will be held, after notice in a local newspaper for three weeks, at a regular or special Council meeting, for the granting of the license.
Any amusement device license, whether issued prior to the enactment of this chapter or subsequent thereto, shall be subject to suspension or revocation after due notice to the owner or operator of the amusement device and after granting the owner or operator an opportunity to be heard.
A temporary amusement device license, not to exceed seven days, may be issued to any charitable organization upon application as set forth in § 93-3, but there shall be no fee for such temporary license.