[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of South River 4-8-1917 (Ch. 71 of the 1977 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person or persons shall keep a billiard saloon within the limits of the Borough of South River unless such person or persons shall have first obtained a license for such purpose.
The keeping of any table upon which billiards, pocket billiards, the game called "pool" or any other similar game is allowed to be played shall constitute the keeping of a billiard saloon under this chapter; provided, however, that this chapter shall not prohibit any person without license from keeping, using and maintaining a table upon which billiards, pocket billiards, the game called "pool" or any other similar game is played in or upon his residence or place of abode for his own use; and provided further that this chapter shall not apply to any corporation, association or club not established or existing for pecuniary profit and not affording admission to the public.
[Amended 2-9-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6]
The Borough Council is hereby authorized to license any person or persons to keep a billiard saloon at any regular meeting of the Council. Before any license so granted shall be delivered to the applicant or applicants for the same, the license fee and costs shall be paid to the Borough Clerk, who shall pay the same to the Borough Treasurer. All licenses granted hereunder shall be signed by the Mayor and Clerk. Every license granted under this chapter shall bear even date with the day when the same is signed by the Mayor and Clerk, and unless sooner revoked by lawful authority, all licenses granted under the provisions of this chapter shall expire and be utterly void and of no effect on the first day of May in each year.
No license to keep a billiard saloon shall be granted unless the applicant therefor is a citizen of the United States and unless there is presented to the Borough Council a written application signed by the applicant or applicants, setting forth the place or premises where they wish to keep their table and the number and kind of tables which they propose to use. Each application shall also be signed by at least 10 reputable citizens and freeholders of the Borough of South River recommending the granting of such license and certifying that the applicant is of good repute and is in their judgment a proper and fit person to have such license. There shall be attached to the said application, and form a part thereof, an oath or affirmation of the applicant, before some person authorized to administer the same, setting forth that the applicant is a citizen of the United States and that each and every person who has signed recommending the granting of a license is a citizen and freeholder of the Borough of South River; provided, however, that where the application is for a renewal or continuation of such license, then such application may be signed by the applicant only and the recommendation of the citizens and freeholders and the oath relating to the freeholders shall be dispensed with.
[Amended 2-9-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6]
The fee for a license to keep a billiard room wherein billiards, pocket billiards, the game called "pool" or any other similar game is played shall be as provided in Chapter 155, Fees.
[Amended 2-9-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6; 4-18-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-27]
Every person who may be granted a license hereunder shall close his billiard saloon on weekdays and Saturdays at 2:00 a.m. and shall remain closed until 7:00 a.m. of the same day except on Sundays when the billiard saloon shall close at 2:00 a.m. and remain closed until 12:00 noon on the same day. The entire interior of such billiard saloon, during all of the prohibited hours, shall be opened to full view from the public street.
No license shall entitle any licensee to keep a billiard saloon in any other place than that which is designated in said license, nor shall such license be assignable or transferable.
Any person or persons granted a license under this chapter shall cause the license certificate issued to be kept in a conspicuous part of the licensed place of business.
[Amended 10-4-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-26]
No person or persons licensed under this chapter to keep a billiard saloon shall suffer or permit any person under the age of 18 years to frequent or loiter in, upon or about such licensed premises, unless said person is accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or spouse who has attained the age of 18 years. This prohibition shall not apply to persons who are bona fide employees of the licensee, during the hours of their employment.
No licensee shall suffer or permit any dice throwing, crap shooting, gambling or disorderly conduct of any kind whatsoever in, upon or about such licensed premises.
A true and correct list of all licenses which shall be granted under this chapter shall be kept by the Borough Clerk in a book to be provided for that purpose, which book shall at all times be open to the public for inspection.
Every license to keep a billiard saloon shall be substantially in the following words: "License to keep a Billiard Saloon. This license expires May 1, 20___. The Borough Council of the Borough of South River, by virtue of the laws of the State of New Jersey and the ordinance of the Borough of South River relating thereto, and by these presents, does grant to __________________________ a license to keep a billiard saloon in the house located on _______________ Street in said Borough of South River, from the date hereof to May 1, 20___, unless sooner revoked, wherein the said licensee may keep, use and maintain ______ tables upon which billiards, pocket billiards, the game called 'pool' or any other similar game is played, upon condition nevertheless that the said licensee shall, during the said term, keep and observe all the laws of the State of New Jersey and ordinances of the Borough of South River of the Borough Council relating to the license and regulation of billiard saloons in said Borough of South River, now existing or that may be passed during the term. Dated at South River, N.J._________ 20___, Borough Clerk __________________ Mayor."
Licenses shall be renewable annually on or before the first day of May.
[Added 2-9-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-6]
All complaints of violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be made before the Judge of the Municipal Court of the Borough of South River, and the fine or penalty arising under this chapter, as hereinafter prescribed, may be recovered before such Judge in the manner provided by law, and when recovered, shall be paid into the Borough treasury.
In addition to the fine or penalties hereinabove mentioned and prescribed for a violation of the provisions of this chapter, the Borough Council may revoke the license so issued, if it deems it proper so to do, if, after due notice to the licensee and an opportunity is given to said licensee to be heard thereon, the Council is satisfied that the said licensee has offended against any law of the state applicable to such licensed place or that the provisions of this chapter or any section or part thereof have been violated.