[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township of Howell by Ord. No. 0-90-59 (§ 4-10 of the 1974 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees — See Ch. 139.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- POOL OR BILLIARD HALL OR PARLOR and LICENSED PREMISES
- Any place of public assemblage in which the game commonly known as "pool" or "billiards" or games of a similar nature are played
No person shall operate or conduct a pool or billiard hall or parlor without having first obtained from this municipality a license so to do and upon payment to the municipality of an annual license fee as set forth in Chapter 139, Fees.
Applicants for a license under this chapter shall file with the Township Clerk a sworn application, in writing, which shall include the following information:
Name and physical description of applicant.
Complete permanent home and local address, if any, of the applicant.
Two recent photographs of the applicant, which shall be approximately two inches by two inches, showing the head and shoulders in a clear and distinguishable manner.
Appropriate evidence as to the good character and business responsibility of the applicant as will enable an investigator to properly evaluate such character and business responsibility.
A statement as to whether or not the applicant has been convicted of any crime, misdemeanor or violation, including the nature of the offense and the penalty or punishment therefor.
The applicant shall be fingerprinted, which fingerprints are to be recorded and processed immediately for classification and identification.
No license shall be issued until the application is approved by the Township Council, allowing adequate time for investigation of the facts set forth in the application. The Township Council shall have 45 days from the filing of the application within which to complete its investigation.
Applications for partners shall be signed by all partners with the foregoing provisions of this section answered in detail as to each partner. Applications for corporations shall be signed by all officers, directors and shareholders owning 10% or more of the corporation with the foregoing provisions of this section answered in detail as to each officer, director or shareholder.
The licensee shall further submit to the Township Clerk a statement containing all of the information required under this section as to each employee hired to be employed in the licensed premises. The information as to initial employees shall be submitted prior to the issuance of a license, and any employees hired subsequently shall be reported to the Township Clerk within five business days of their employment.
The Township Clerk shall immediately upon the filing of an application institute such investigation of the applicant's qualifications for a license, including moral character, business responsibility and other information, which shall be reasonably necessary for the protection of the public welfare, and if the application is approved, then upon payment of the appropriate fee he shall issue the license.
Licenses issued hereunder may be revoked by the Township Council after notice and hearing for any of the following causes:
Fraud, misrepresentation, or a materially incorrect statement contained in the application for license.
Fraud, misrepresentation, or a materially incorrect statement made in the course of carrying on his business.
Any violation of this chapter.
Conviction of any crime or misdemeanor.
Conducting the business in an unlawful manner or in such a manner as to constitute a breach of the peace or to constitute a menace to the health, safety or general welfare of the public.
Notice of the hearing for revocation of a license shall be given by the Township Clerk in writing, setting forth specifically the grounds of complaint and the time and place of hearing. Such notice shall be mailed postage prepaid to the licensee at his last known address at least 10 days prior to the date set for hearing or shall be delivered by a police officer in the same manner as a summons at least three days prior to the date set for hearing.
Any person aggrieved by the action of the Township Clerk in the denial of an application for a license as provided herein shall have the right to appeal to the Township Council. Such appeal shall be taken within 14 days after notice of the denial of the application has been mailed to such person's last known address. The Township Council shall set a time and place for hearing on such application, and notice of such hearing shall be given to the applicant in the same manner as provided in § 68-5 for notice of a hearing on revocation.
No licensee, nor any agent, servant, or employee of a licensee, shall allow or permit, or cause to be allowed, suffered or permitted:
The licensed premises to be or remain open for business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on a weekday, 2:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, and between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on a Sunday.
A minor under the age of 16 years, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, to play in or at the licensed premises the game commonly known as "pool" or "billiards," or games of a similar nature, or to frequent or lounge or congregate or gather therein or in or about the front of said premises.
A minor over the age of 16 years and under the age of 18 years to play in or at the licensed premises after the hour of 9:00 p.m. the game commonly known as "pool" or "billiards" or games of a similar nature, or to frequent or lounge or congregate therein. However, any minor 16 years or older and under the age of 18 years may be permitted to play in the licensed premises until 11:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and on legal holidays and during school vacations.
Any gambling in any form in or at the licensed premises.
Any person under the age of 18 years to be employed in any capacity in or at the licensed premises.
Any intoxicated or disorderly person to be admitted to the licensed premises or to remain therein or to loiter in front of said premises.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises.
No card playing shall be permitted on premises licensed under this chapter even if card playing is for social purposes.
The license to operate a pool hall or billiard hall shall be conspicuously posted and displayed in any premises licensed under this chapter.
No billiard or pool hall shall be licensed to sell or be permitted to have a liquor license for the sale of packaged goods and/or dispensing of alcohol on the premises.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine or not more than $500 or to imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 90 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. In addition thereto any such violation may result in the suspension or revocation of the license.