Township of Union, PA
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Union 7-7-1982 by Ord. No. 68. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 77-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
LICENSEE
The person, firm, corporation or association receiving one or more licenses hereunder.
MECHANICAL AMUSEMENT DEVICE or ELECTRONIC AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Any machine which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disc, may be operated by the public generally for use as a game, entertainment or amusement, whether or not registering a score. It shall include such devices as pinball machines, skill ball, electronic skill games and all games, operations or transactions similar thereto under whatever name they may be indicated.
PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION or ASSOCIATION
Any person, firm, corporation or association in whose place of business any such mechanical or electronic amusement device is placed for use by the public. This definition shall include private clubs or organizations.

§ 77-2 Gambling devices.

Nothing in this chapter shall in any way be construed to authorize, license or permit any gambling devices whatsoever or any mechanism that has been judicially determined to be a gambling device or in any way contrary to law or that may be contrary to any future laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

§ 77-3 License required.

Any person, firm, corporation or association displaying for public patronage or keeping for operation any mechanical or electronic amusement device as herein defined by § 77-1 shall be required to obtain a license from the Township of Union upon payment of a license fee. Application for such license shall be made to the Township Secretary upon a form to be supplied by the Township Secretary for that purpose.

§ 77-4 Application.

A. 
The application for such license shall contain the following information:
(1) 
If an individual, the name and address of applicant; age, date and place of birth; if a partnership, the same information as to all partners; if a corporation, the same information as to all officers and directors.
(2) 
Prior convictions of any of the above persons of any criminal law.
(3) 
Place where mechanical or electronic amusement device is to be displayed or operated and the business conducted at that place.
(4) 
Description of mechanical or electronic amusement device to be covered by the license, including name, name of manufacturer, serial number, and name and address of owner and/or lessor.
(5) 
The hours of operation of said mechanical or electronic amusement device.
B. 
No license shall be issued to any individual applicant unless he shall be over 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States.

§ 77-5 Inspection.

Application for a license shall be in quadruplicate, one copy being located with each of the following: Zoning Officer, Chief of Fire Department serving the area where business is located, Township Secretary and Chief of Police.
A. 
The Union Township police shall investigate the location where the applicant is operating or proposes to operate such mechanical or electronic amusement device and ascertain if any applicant has a criminal record. The Zoning Officer shall determine if the operation of the mechanical or electronic amusement device will be in compliance with applicable zoning regulations.
B. 
The Fire Chief shall inspect the premises where the mechanical electronic amusement device is being operated or will be operated to determine if the building and/or buildings comply with all applicable fire codes or ordinances.
C. 
No license shall be issued to any applicant unless the location meets the above requirements as to zoning and fire regulations.
D. 
No license shall be issued to any applicant if the applicant or any person involved therein has been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving force, violence or moral turpitude.

§ 77-6 License fees.

A. 
Every applicant, before being granted a license, shall pay an annual fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors for each mechanical or electronic amusement device to be licensed.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Should any mechanical or electronic amusement device be installed and licensed after August 1 of any year, the license fee shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors for each mechanical or electronic amusement device for the balance of the license year.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
Each license shall expire on the 31st day of January of each year.

§ 77-7 Display of license.

A. 
The license or licenses herein provided for shall be posted permanently and conspicuously at the location of the mechanical or electronic amusement device in the premises wherein the device is to be operated.
B. 
Such license may be transferred from one mechanical or electronic amusement device to another similar mechanical or electronic amusement device upon application to the Township Secretary, the giving of the information required in § 77-4D above, and payment of a transfer fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Not more than one mechanical or electronic amusement device shall be operated under one license, and the applicant or licensee shall be required to secure a license for each and every mechanical or electronic amusement device displayed or operated by him.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
If the licensee shall move his place of business to another location within the Township of Union, the license may be transferred to a new location upon application to the Township Secretary, giving the street and number of the new location, and payment of the transfer fee. The new location shall be inspected as provided in § 77-5 of this chapter.
D. 
If the business of a licensee is sold or transferred, license(s) of such licensee may be transferred to the transferee, upon furnishing the information required by § 77-4A and B above, compliance with this chapter, and the payment of the transfer fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 77-8 Prohibitions and restrictions.

The licensee shall be responsible at all times for supervision of the licensed premises and the operation therein of the licensed amusement devices.

§ 77-9 Revocation of license.

Every license issued under this chapter is subject to the right, which is hereby expressly reserved, to revoke the same should the licensee, directly or indirectly, permit the operation of any mechanical or electronic amusement device contrary to the provisions of this chapter, other ordinances of the Township of Union or the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Said license may be revoked by the Township Supervisors if, at a hearing, the licensee is found to be guilty of such violations. Ten days' notice of the hearing shall be given to the licensee. The notice shall specify the ordinance or law violations with which the licensee is charged.

§ 77-10 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Every day that a person fails to comply with any notice or order to repair, vacate or demolish any dangerous structure shall be deemed a separate violation of this chapter. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township are hereby authorized to seek equitable relief, including injunction, to enforce compliance herewith.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).