City of Woodson Terrace, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 873 §1, 9-5-1978]
As used in this Chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates:
AMUSEMENT TABLE
Any machine or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate or disc, or by the payment of any price, may be operated by the public generally by manipulating special equipment whereby a score is established, the object of which is to score a 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 shuffleboard and so-called table pool, bowling table, and any other similar table games.
JUKEBOX
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 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, or by the payment of any price, 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, pinball machines, skill ball, mechanical grab machines, and all games, operations or transactions similar thereto under whatever name they may be indicated.
PERSON
Includes the following: Any person who owns any such machines, the person in whose place of business any such machine is placed for use by the public, and the person having control over such machines, provided however, that the payment of such fee by any person enumerated herein shall be deemed a compliance with that portion of this Chapter requiring a license fee.
[Ord. No. 873 §3, 9-5-1978]
Any person displaying for public patronage or keeping for operation any jukebox, or mechanical amusement device shall be required to obtain a license from the City upon payment of a license fee to the City Clerk. Application for such license shall be made to the City Clerk upon a form to be supplied by the City Clerk for that purpose.
[Ord. No. 873 §4, 9-5-1978]
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.
[Ord. No. 873 §5, 9-5-1978]
A. 
The application for a license required by this Chapter shall contain the following information:
1. 
Name and address of the applicant, age, date and place of birth.
2. 
Prior arrests or convictions of applicant, if any, for any felony or misdemeanor.
3. 
Place where machine or device is to be displayed or operated and the business conducted at that place.
4. 
Description of machines to be covered by the license, mechanical features, name of manufacturer, serial number.
[Ord. No. 873 §6, 9-5-1978]
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.
[Ord. No. 873 §7, 9-5-1978]
A. 
Application for license under this Chapter shall be in duplicate, one (1) copy being referred to the City Clerk and the other copy to the Chief of Police.
1. 
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 recommend to the Board of Aldermen either approval or disapproval of the application.
2. 
The Director of Public Works shall determine if the same complies with the Electrical Code of the City, and shall recommend to the Board of Aldermen either approval or disapproval of the application.
[Ord. No. 873 §8, 9-5-1978; Ord. No. 1071 §1, 4-4-1985]
Every applicant, before being granted a license, shall pay the following annual license fee for the privilege of operating or maintaining for operation each jukebox, mechanical amusement device or amusement table.
Jukebox
$10.00
Mechanical amusement device
$50.00
Amusement table
$10.00
Coin-operated vending machine
An annual license fee of ten dollars ($10.00) is hereby assessed on each coin-operated vending machine located in the City of Woodson Terrace. A "vending machine" shall mean any machine which provides any goods, wares, beverages, food, cigarettes or other merchandise at a cost in excess of ten cents ($.10).
[Ord. No. 873 §9, 9-5-1978]
Each license issued under this Chapter shall run from July first (1st) through June thirtieth (30th).
[Ord. No. 873 §10, 9-5-1978]
The Clerk shall prepare and furnish to the Finance Manager each month a complete record of all license fees collected under this Chapter by said Clerk during the preceding month, which said report shall set out the information required for an application.
[Ord. No. 873 §11, 9-5-1978]
The license or licenses herein provided for shall be posted permanently and conspicuously at the location of the machine in the premises wherein the device is to be operated or maintained to be operated.
[Ord. No. 873 §12, 9-5-1978]
A license issued under this Chapter may be transferred from one 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.
[Ord. No. 873 §13, 9-5-1978]
If the licensee shall move his/her place of business to another location within the 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 Director of Public Works in the same manner as provided in Section 615.060.
[Ord. No. 873 §14, 9-5-1978]
No person holding a license under this Chapter shall permit persons under eighteen (18) years of age to play or operate any mechanical amusement device.
[Ord. No. 873 §15, 9-5-1978]
No person holding a license under this Chapter shall permit the playing of jukeboxes between the hours of 1:30 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. of any day.
[Ord. No. 873 §16, 9-5-1978]
No person shall permit the playing of jukeboxes, or mechanical amusement devices, within two hundred fifty (250) feet of any church, public or parochial school or playground.
[Ord. No. 873 §17, 9-5-1978]
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 jukebox, or mechanical amusement table or device contrary to the provisions of this Chapter, or other ordinance of the City or the laws 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 violations with which the licensee is charged, if after a hearing the licensee is found to be guilty of such violations. At such hearing the licensee and his/her attorney may present and submit evidence and witnesses in his/her defense.