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City of Hudson, WI
St. Croix County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hudson by Ord. No. 1-81 as Ch. 13, Secs. 13.03, 13.05, 13.06 and 13.11 of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 5-1-2000 by Ord. No. 9-00]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Any coin-operated machine or device, the operation of which involves a skill feature and which is operated by coins of any denomination.
MECHANICAL MUSICAL DEVICE
Any mechanical phonograph, nickelodeon or other musical device operated by the use of coins or similar tokens.
B. 
License required. Every person being an owner of amusement devices or mechanical musical devices, as herein defined, shall make application to the Council for a license. The license fee for the owner's license shall be $25 per year and shall be paid to the Clerk at the time of filing the application for such license. A person keeping such device only on premises in his possession shall not be required to pay the initial fee but shall pay the registration fee for each machine. Such license shall be granted only to persons qualified to do business within the state. The license shall run from July 1 to June 30 in each succeeding year. The Clerk shall provide appropriate forms of licenses and keep and maintain adequate records of the issue thereof hereunder. No license shall be issued if the applicant is delinquent in payment of any taxes, assessments, forfeitures for violations of City ordinances, utility bills, or any other claims owed to the City.
[Amended 5-19-2008 by Ord. No. 3-08]
C. 
Registration of devices.
(1) 
Every person owning any amusement device or mechanical musical device and having obtained a license under this section permitting the ownership of such device, in addition to the license requirements, shall register such device with the Clerk. The registration fee shall be $10 per device or machine. Such registration fee shall be paid to the Clerk at the time of registration. The Clerk shall require the registrant to submit such information as may be necessary to identify the device registered. If he is satisfied that the device is entitled to be registered, he shall issue to the registrant an appropriate certificate of registration and a registration symbol so designed as to permit secure attachment to the device and to remain thereon for the license period, except as otherwise provided.
(2) 
Such registration shall remain in effect until June 30 following the date of registration, at which time every such device shall be reregistered. The registration fee for each year or part thereof shall be $10.
(3) 
No person shall be entitled to register any amusement device or mechanical musical device under the provisions of this section unless he is of good moral character and a citizen of the United States.
(4) 
The Clerk may authorize the transfer of a registration symbol from one such device to another when satisfactory evidence is presented showing that the use of the device previously registered has been discontinued and that the new device to which the symbol is proposed to be attached is an amusement device or mechanical musical device.
(5) 
The Clerk shall keep an appropriate record of the registration of each amusement device and mechanical musical device, showing the name and number and such other information as he shall deem necessary concerning each device registered, and shall also keep a similar record of the devices for and to which transfers of symbols have been authorized hereunder.
D. 
Counterfeiting symbol; unauthorized transfer; false statements. No person shall counterfeit or falsify a registration symbol or shall transfer a registration symbol from one amusement device or mechanical musical device to another without having previously registered such transfer with the Clerk, and no person shall make any false statements in any application for registration under this section or in any registration statement required hereunder.
Any person owning and offering for use by the public a pool or billiard table which is not coin operated shall pay a license fee for each such table of $10 per year.
The owner of any bowling alley or alleys offering such for use by the public shall pay a license fee for each such alley of $5 per year.
[Amended by Ord. No. 26-88]
Except as otherwise provided, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, § 1-18 of this Municipal Code.