[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Rocky Hill 2-2-1981 by Ord. No. 92-81. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees — See Ch. A249.
The regulation by licensing of mechanical amusement devices, including pinball game machines and other machine games of skill, and the constant supervision of the operation of such machines are hereby declared necessary for the protection of the health, safety and morals of the Town of Rocky Hill.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A. Any mechanical pinball amusement device which is so constructed that the result of its operation depends upon chance, or upon the skill of the operator, or upon both;
- B. Any mechanical device which in its operation shoots or propels an electric light, ray or impulse to a target;
- C. Any table bowling, shuffleboard or other mechanical table game or amusement device involving the propulsion of spheres or other projectiles, mechanically or by hand; or
- D. Any coin-operated or coin-in-the-slot table amusement device or game.
- An individual, partnership, corporation, club or association.
No person shall have in any place within a permanent structure open to the general public or occupied by any club or association any mechanical amusement device without first having obtained a license therefor.
Application for a license shall be made to the Town Clerk upon a form furnished by him and shall contain the following information under oath:
The name of the applicant; if a partnership, the names of all partners; if a corporation, club or association, the names of the officers.
The residence of the applicant.
The place and state of birth; if a corporation, club or association, the date organized and under the laws of what state, and the place and date of birth of the officers.
The location of the place where licensed business is to be conducted.
The type of business.
The citizenship status of the applicant or of the officers, if the applicant is a corporation, club or association.
Whether the applicant or, if a corporation, club or association, whether the officers have ever been convicted of a crime.
The number of mechanical amusement devices for which the license is sought.
The application shall then be referred to the Chief of Police for approval of the character and record of the applicant or, in a case of a corporation, club or association, of its officers. Each applicant or each officer, if the applicant is a corporation, club or association, shall be not less than 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States. The applicant shall be the actual owner of the business for which the license is sought. The Chief of Police shall issue each license in the name of the applicant, and he shall not approve said application or issue a license unless he finds that the requirements for such license have been fully met and satisfied.
[Amended 8-18-1986 by Ord. No. 139-86]
The license fee shall be that which is established by Council resolution, and which may be modified when the Council so determines.
The license shall be conspicuously posted in the place of business of the licensee.
Each licensee shall maintain good order in his place of business and shall not permit his mechanical amusement devices to be used by persons under legal age or used for gambling. A violation of this section by an agent or employee of a licensee shall be deemed a violation hereof by the licensee.
[Amended 1-6-1992 by Ord. No. 171-92]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined $25 per day for each violation, with each day counting as a separate offense.
The police shall have the power to revoke any license issued hereunder for cause after due notice, in writing, to the licensee. Cause shall be deemed to include, but not be limited to, conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude subsequent to the granting of the license or false information knowingly given in the application for a license, or for any violation of this chapter.
Any person aggrieved by any order of the Police Chief issued in the administration of this chapter may appeal from said adverse decision within 10 days thereafter to the Director of Public Safety, and if this decision is adverse, within 10 days thereafter to the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Hartford/New Britain on the next return day to which such appeal can be made returnable.