Wright City, MO
Warren County
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Section 620.010 Definition.

[Ord. No. 155 §2, 2-11-1982]
A "mechanical electronic amusement center" is defined as any establishment which provides five (5) or more mechanical electronic amusement devices for use or operation by the public. The term "mechanical electronic amusement device" is defined as any machine which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plat, disc, or any other similar device, may be operated by the public for use as a game, entertainment, or amusement, of any kind or description whatever.

Section 620.020 License Required.

[Ord. No. 155 §3, 2-11-1982]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate,or to permit to be operated on any premises in the City of Wright City, Missouri, an amusement center, without first securing a license duly issued by the City Clerk as set forth herein. An application for the operation of an amusement center or penny arcade in the City of Wright City, Missouri, shall be obtained from the City Clerk. Each such application shall be verified and shall contain the name of the proposed operator (if a partnership, the names of all partners, and if a corporation, the names of all officers and stockholders), the proposed location of the amusement center, and the number and types of machines to be provided. Such application shall be accompanied by accurately scaled and fully dimensioned plans of the premises, showing the proposed location of the machines. Each application shall be accompanied by an application fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). Each application shall be referred by the City Clerk to the Wright City Chief of Police, who shall investigate the character and fitness of the proposed operator as well as any persons listed as having an interest in the proposed license. The term of said license shall be for one (1) year from the date of issuance, and may be renewed as provided herein. Each applicant shall be notified by mail or by hand delivery of the issuance or non-issuance of a license by the City Clerk.

Section 620.030 License Issued — Exceptions.

[Ord. No. 155 §4, 2-11-1982]
A. 
A license shall be issued by the City Clerk, unless he finds one (1) or more of the following:
1. 
Intentional misstatements or misleading statements of fact in the application.
2. 
The proposed operation would not comply with all applicable City ordinances.
3. 
Any parties interested on the proposed business have been convicted of any violation of Statute or ordinance involving moral turpitude, or have previously had a business license suspended or revoked. Provided that if the City Clerk shall find that the conduct of such parties subsequent to the aforesaid conviction, suspension or revocation, has been such as to indicate fitness to operate a business, and that permitting such applicant to conduct such an operation would not be contrary to the public interest, the City Clerk may issue said license.
4. 
Failure to pay the required application fee. If the City Clerk does not issue a license, the reasons for not doing so shall be in writing and shall accompany the notice of non-issuance. The City Clerk's determination of non-issuance may be appealed under the provisions of Section 536.150 RSMo., 1969.

Section 620.040 Renewal.

[Ord. No. 155 §5, 2-11-1982]
Within thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of the license, a licensee may apply to the City Clerk for renewal thereof, on such applications as shall be provided by the City Clerk. Renewal applications shall contain name, address and license number of the licensee's operation, and further, licensee shall indicate any changes from the information furnished to the City Clerk at the time of the original application. An application for renewal shall be accompanied by renewal application fee of five hundred dollars ($500.00). The City Clerk shall renew said license if he shall find that said operation shall have been conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and ordinances. If the City Clerk does not renew said license, the procedure set forth in Section 620.050 of this Chapter.

Section 620.050 Suspension.

[Ord. No. 155 §6, 2-11-1982]
The City Clerk may suspend for a period of up to ninety (90) days, or revoke, license heretofore issued, if the City Clerk finds one (1) or more of the following: Intentional misstatement of misleading statements of the fact in the application, not discovered until after the issuance of such license; or, permitting such conduct as would constitute a violation of any Section of this Chapter, any Statutes or ordinances pertaining to consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor, or any Statutes or ordinances pertaining to possession of narcotics. In the event the City Clerk revokes such license, licensee shall be entitled to a hearing before the Board of Aldermen upon notice duly given ten (10) days prior to the date of such hearing. The decision of the Board of Aldermen, and the reasons therefor, shall be sent by certified mail or hand delivered to Licensee.

Section 620.060 Age of Persons Permitted On Premises.

[Ord. No. 155 §7, 2-11-1982]
No persons under the age of fourteen (14) years shall be permitted on the premises of an amusement center or penny arcade unless accompanied by his parent or legal guardian. No persons between the ages of fourteen (14) and seventeen (17) years shall be permitted on the premises without having on his person an identification card issued by the operator, containing his name, age, home address and telephone number. No such identification card shall be issued by the operator unless he has received the written permission of the parent or legal guardian. The operator shall maintain a permanent record of the names of the parents or legal guardians who have granted such permission and the names of the persons for whom they have granted such permission. Such record shall be available for inspection at all times by the City Clerk and the Wright City Police Department.

Section 620.070 No Alcohol Permitted On Premises.

[Ord. No. 155 §8, 2-11-1982]
No alcoholic beverages or non-intoxicating beer shall be permitted on the premises of any mechanical electronic amusement center; No firearms shall be permitted on the premises of any amusement center; No gambling or wagering of any kind in the premises of any mechanical electronic amusement center.

Section 620.080 Supervisor To Be On Duty At All Times.

[Ord. No. 155 §9, 2-11-1982]
At least one (1) supervisor of at least twenty-one (21) years of age, employed by the operator shall be on duty at all times and be present on the premises of any amusement center; and mechanical electronic amusement centers may not operate between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. of the following day except on Fridays, Saturdays, when they may not operate between the hours of 12:00 Midnight and 12:00 Noon the next day, and they may not operate on Sundays, all times official time.

Section 620.090 Restrooms Required.

[Ord. No. 155 §10, 2-11-1982]
Every amusement center or arcade within the City which is licensed pursuant to this Chapter shall have two (2) separate restrooms, one (1) for male patrons and one (1) for female patrons.

Section 620.100 Penalty.

[Ord. No. 155 §11, 2-11-1982]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any provision of this Chapter may be punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) or by serving a sentence of not more than ninety (90) days in a County Jail, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Section 620.110 Chapter Does Not Apply To Private Use.

[Ord. No. 155 §12, 2-11-1982]
The provisions of this Chapter shall not be applicable to any person having set up in his private residence one (1) or more mechanical amusement devices when employed for his own private use or for the use of his family, nor to business establishments or other public places which may have five (5) mechanical electronic amusement devices for use and operation by the public, but whose gross revenue from the operation of such mechanical electronic amusement devices does not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of its total gross revenue.