[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lumberton 12-17-1973 by Ord. No. 1973-19 as part of Ch. V of the 1973 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall pursue the business or occupation of keeping any billiard room or poolroom in the township until the proprietor thereof shall have first obtained from the Township Committee a license to carry on and conduct the same and shall have paid the required license fee.
In addition to any other information required, the application for a pool- or billiard room license shall state the number of tables to be licensed.
All licenses under this chapter shall be granted by the Township Committee and issued by the Township Clerk/Administrator. All such licenses shall be valid from February 1 of the year in which the license is issued until January 3 of the following year, unless sooner revoked.
The fee for a license to carry on and conduct any billiard room or poolroom shall be $50 for each pool or billiard table.
A minor under the age of 18 years shall under no circumstances frequent, loiter, go or remain in any hall licensed under this chapter at any time unless he is on some lawful errand and sent under the direction, consent and knowledge of the parent, guardian or other person having lawful custody of him. It shall be unlawful for the proprietor of any hall so licensed to allow or permit any minor to frequent, loiter or remain within the hall in violation of this section.
Every place of business licensed under this chapter shall not open before 9:00 a.m. and shall be closed at 1:00 a.m. every day, except Saturday, when it shall close at 12:00 midnight and remain closed until the following Monday morning.
Maximum penalty. For violation of any provisions of this chapter, the maximum penalty, upon conviction, shall be a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or such combination of punishments as the Municipal Judge may, in his or her discretion, deem appropriate and just.
Separate violations. Each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this chapter exists shall constitute a separate violation.
Application. The maximum penalty stated in this section is not intended to state an appropriate penalty for each and every violation. Any lesser penalty, including a nominal penalty or no penalty at all, may be appropriate for a particular case or violation, except in those instances where state law mandates a minimum penalty to be imposed.
Minimum penalty. There shall be a minimum penalty of a fine fixed at an amount not exceeding $100.