[CC 1976 §640.010; Ord. No. 888 §1, 1-11-1966; Ord. No. 1681 §1, 2-10-1987]
As used in this Chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this Section:
- AMUSEMENT TABLE
- Any machine or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disc may be operated by the public generally by manipulating special equipment whereby a score is established, the object of which is to score a special number or numbers, or a high total score, whether a prize is offered or not, when the element of skill in such manipulation predominates over chance or luck. It shall include the games of shuffle-board and so-called table pool, bowling table, and any other similar table games.
- JUKE BOX
- Any music vending machine, contrivance or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate, disc, or key into any slot, crevice, or other opening, or by the payment of any price, operates or may be operated, for the emission of songs, music or similar amusement.
- MECHANICAL 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 marble machines, pin-ball machines, skill ball, mechanical grab machines 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 which owns any such machines, the person, firm, corporation or association in whose place of business any such machine is placed for use by the public; and the person, firm, corporation or association having control over such machine; provided however, that the payment of such fee by any person, firm, corporation or association enumerated herein shall be deemed a compliance with this Section of the Chapter.
- VENDING MACHINE
- Any contrivance or device which upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate, disc or key into any slot, crevice or other opening, or by the payment of any price, operates or may be operated for vending of service, food, drinks, cigarettes, confection or merchandise.
[CC 1976 §640.020; Ord. No. 888 §2, 1-11-1966]
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 State of Missouri.
[CC 1976 §640.030; Ord. No. 888 §3, 1-11-1966]
Any person, firm, corporation or association displaying for public patronage or keeping for operation any vending machine, juke box, mechanical amusement device or amusement table as herein defined by Section 625.010 shall be required to obtain a license from this City upon payment of a license fee. Consideration shall not be given to the amount of gross receipts derived from any machine and consideration shall not be given as to the location of any machine or premises whose occupant is engaged in a tax-exempt operation.
[CC 1976 §640.040; Ord. No. 888 §4, 1-11-1966]
Applications for such license shall be made to the City Clerk upon a form to be supplied by the City Clerk for that purpose. The application for such license shall contain the following information:
Name and address of the applicant, age, date and place of birth.
Prior convictions of applicant, if any.
Place where machine or device is to be displayed or operated and the business conducted at that place.
Description of machine to be covered by the license, mechanical features, name of manufacturer, serial number.
No license shall be issued to any applicant unless he/she shall be over twenty-one (21) years of age and a citizen of the United States.
[CC 1976 §640.050; Ord. No. 888 §5, 1-11-1966]
Application for license shall be made out in duplicate, one (1) copy being referred to the Chief of Police.
The Chief of Police shall investigate the location wherein it is proposed to operate such machine, ascertain if the applicant is a person of good moral character, and either approve or disapprove the application.
No license shall be issued to any applicant unless approved by the Chief of Police.
[CC 1976 §640.060; Ord. No. 888 §6, 1-11-1966; Ord. No. 2384 §1, 12-11-2003]
Every applicant, before being granted a license, shall pay the following annual license fee for the privilege of operating or maintaining for operation each vending machine, juke box, mechanical amusement device or amusement table as defined in Section 625.010 of this Chapter.
[CC 1976 §640.070; Ord. No. 888 §7, 1-11-1966; Ord. No. 2742 §1, 11-19-2013]
All license fees shall be paid on an annual basis and shall become due and payable the first day of April of each year and shall become delinquent if not paid by the last day of April of each year. Before issuance of a license that is in a delinquent status, the licensee shall be required to pay an additional ten percent (10%) of each license fee due for the first month and one percent (1%) per month for each month or part of month thereof that said delinquency shall thereafter continue, in addition to any other penalty prescribed herein.
[CC 1976 §640.080; Ord. No. 888 §8, 1-11-1966]
The license or licenses herein provided for shall be affixed permanently and conspicuously displayed on the machine.
Such license may be transferred from one (1) machine or device to another similar machine upon application to the City Clerk to such effect and the giving of a description and the serial number of the new machine or device. Not more than one (1) machine shall be operated under one (1) license and the applicant or licensee shall be required to secure a license for each and every machine displayed or operated by him/her.
If the licensee shall move his/her place of business to another location within this City, the license may be transferred to such new location upon application to the City Clerk, giving the street and number of the new location. The new location shall be approved by the Chief of Police in the same manner as provided in Section 625.050 of this Chapter.
[CC 1976 §640.090; Ord. No. 888 §9, 1-11-1966]
No person, firm, corporation or association holding a license under this Chapter shall permit persons under sixteen (16) years of age to play or operate any mechanical amusement device or amusement table as defined in Section 625.010 of this Chapter unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No person, firm, corporation or association shall permit disorderly or offensive conduct on the premises upon which any vending machine, juke box, mechanical amusement device or amusement table is located.
No person, firm, corporation or association shall permit any conduct or condition contributing to juvenile delinquency on the premises upon which any vending machine, juke box, mechanical amusement device or amusement table is located.
[CC 1976 §640.100; Ord. No. 888 §10, 1-11-1966]
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 vending machine, juke box, mechanical amusement device or amusement table contrary to the provisions of this Chapter, the ordinances of the City, or the law of the State of Missouri. Said license may be revoked by the Board of Aldermen after written notice to the licensee, which notice shall specify the ordinance or law violations with which the licensee is charged, if after a hearing the licensee is found to be guilty of such violations. Ten (10) days notice of the hearing shall be given the licensee. At such hearing the licensee and his/her attorney may present and submit evidence of witnesses in his/her defense.
[CC 1976 §640.110; Ord. No. 888 §11, 1-11-1966]
If the Chief of Police shall have reason to believe any mechanical amusement device or amusement table is used as a gambling device, such machine may be seized by the Police and impounded and if upon trial of the exhibitor for allowing it to be used as a gambling device said exhibitor be found guilty, such machine shall be destroyed by the Police.
[CC 1976 §640.120; Ord. No. 888 §12, 1-11-1966]
If the Chief of Police shall have reason to believe that any person, firm, corporation or association is guilty of a violation of, or failure to comply with any provisions of this Chapter, he/she may notify the person, firm, corporation or association having control of the machine or device, and if said person, firm, corporation or association has not, within five (5) days of such notice, ceased such violation, the Chief of Police may seize and impound all of the coin-operated machines, devices or tables located on the premises where said violation is, and hold the same pending the trial of such person, firm, corporation or association for such violation. If such person, firm, corporation or association is found guilty, the court trying the case may assess, in addition to the fine, an additional sum of ten dollars ($10.00), which shall be paid for the recovery of each machine, device or table so impounded, to cover the cost of the impounding.
[CC 1976 §640.130; Ord. No. 888 §13, 1-11-1966]
Any persons, firm, corporation or association violating any of the provisions of this Chapter, in addition to the revocation of his/her or its license, shall be liable to a fine or penalty of not less than five dollars ($5.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each offense.