[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bridgeton 1-18-1983 by Ord. No. 82-15. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AMUSEMENT DEVICE
- Other machines which may be operated by the public for entertainment or amusement, whether the machine is coin-operated or not, which provides a ride, sensation, electronic reading or wave, photograph, lamination, or item of merchandise provided at random, among other items of merchandise for use by and to the amusement of the public and further includes those machines commonly known as jukeboxes.
- MECHANICAL AMUSEMENT DEVICE
- Any machine which may be operated by the public for entertainment or amusement, whether the machine is coin-operated or not, and whether or not it registers, scores or tallies. Examples of mechanical amusement devices are pinball machines, bowling machines, mechanical grab machines, Skee-Ball machines, pokerino machines, video game or video tube machines and other similar devises. This enumeration is intended to be typical and shall not be construed as exclusive.
- Any person in whose place of business any amusement device or mechanical amusement device is placed or kept for operation by the public.
No person shall operate an amusement device or a mechanical amusement device within the City, without having first obtained a license and paid the required license fee.
Applicants for operator's license which are associations shall supply the information required by § 200-2 for all members of the association. Applicants which are corporations shall supply the information required by § 200-2 for all officers and directors and for all stockholders of the corporation who own more than 10% of its issued and outstanding capital stock. Corporations shall also supply the name and address of their registered agent. Applicants for licenses under this chapter shall not be required to supply the physical description and photographs required by § 200-2, but shall be required to supply a description of the machine or devices sought to be licensed.
Use of machines by persons under 16 years of age shall not be permitted during normal school hours.
Where there are not over three mechanical amusement devices they are permitted subject only to the general licensing requirements of Chapter 200 of this Code of the City of Bridgeton.
Where there are more than three mechanical amusement devices on premises this shall be deemed a mechanical amusement device complex, unless said machines are located within any establishment holding a plenary retail consumption liquor license, provided that persons under 21 years of age are not permitted to utilize said machines, and thus subject to the following requirements:
Submission of plans to City Council demonstrating that there is sufficient space for such machines to prevent overcrowding of users or interference with pedestrian circulation on the rest of the premises; that traffic circulation and parking can be adequately accommodated; and that there is no undue concentration of such complexes or adverse effects on young persons utilizing schools and churches.
Mechanical amusement device complexes shall be located at least 1,000 feet from school buildings, school playgrounds and church buildings, and at least 1,000 feet from each other.
The complex shall be located in a separate room from other uses on said premises and from pedestrian circulation to and from such uses. The room shall be arranged so that there is a management attendant within the room or within visual access to the room so as to supervise the interior of the room.
In each complex space shall be provided for each machine so as to allow its use without overcrowding. A minimum of width of two feet shall be provided per machine where the machine is designed for use by one player and 3 1/2 feet where the machine is designated for use by two players. The depth of the space in front of the machine shall be a minimum aisle width beyond this five feet of an additional three feet. Fire Underwriter's Code requirements shall be complied with.
Readily visible signs shall be installed (their location, size and text to be shown on the plans submitted to Council) indicating that the use of machines by persons under 16 years of age shall not be permitted during normal school hours.