Township of Ross, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 2225, 3/26/2007, § 1; as amended by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
1. 
No proprietor shall set up, allow to be set-up, establish or cause to be set up or established, exhibit, display or maintain on the premises of a business establishment within the Township, for the purpose of gaining advantage or profit, any mechanical or electronic device, machine or apparatus of any kind for the playing of games or otherwise used for the purpose of amusement or entertainment by the insertion therein of any currency or a coin or any other metal disc, slug or token, credit or debit card without first obtaining a license from the Building Code Official. A license fee shall be paid for each machine. This provision shall be applicable to proprietors who charge fees for the use of pool tables on their premises although such pool tables do not operate through the insertion of currency, coin; metal disc, slug; token, credit or debit card.
2. 
Upon the payment of the license fee provided by this Part, and if the application fully complies with this Part, the Ross Township Building Code Official shall issue a placard setting forth the number of machines/devices licensed by the Township. Said placard shall be displayed in a clearly observable and readable location at the place where the machines/devices are installed and used. All placards issued by the Township for video and mechanical amusement devices shall clearly state that the video or mechanical amusement devices are for amusement purposes only, that they are not gambling devices and that only games and not money may be won on the machines/devices.
[Ord. 2225, 3/26/2007, § 1]
1. 
As used in this Part, certain terms are defined as follows:
BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT
Any retail, manufacturing, wholesale, institutional, educational, religious, governmental or other nonresidential establishment, whether or not in operation.
ELECTROMECHANICAL GAMBLING DEVICE
Any electronic amusement device which:
(1) 
Is activated by the insertion or exchange of consideration such as a coin, token or currency.
(2) 
Is a game of chance not requiring any skill or manual dexterity in order to receive a reward as extra playing credits.
(3) 
Has the ability to, or be converted to, knockdown or eliminate playing credits.
(4) 
Is a similar type, brand or model, of an electromechanical video display device which simulates the game of poker utilizing the rules that govern the card game of poker; or simulates slot machines consisting of rolling wheels stopping on numbers, foods, fruits, X's and O's, animals or other items which offer a winning line combination of the aforementioned; or simulates the game of bingo; or any other type of games of chance used in casino style gambling.
PROPRIETOR
The person who owns the business establishment and controls the ingress and egress of the business establishment in which any mechanical or electronic device is placed for the use, patronage or recreation of the public or of persons in or about the place.
[Ord. 2225, 3/26/2007, § 1]
1. 
The following information is required:
A. 
Premises.
(1) 
Name and address of premises owner.
(2) 
Name, address and telephone number of business establishment owner or proprietor where machines are to be installed and used and lease term, if applicable.
B. 
Devices.
(1) 
Name, address and telephone number of owner of each device:
(a) 
A list provided by the device owner on January 1 of each year of the names and locations of each mechanical device and jukebox located within the Township.
(b) 
If the owner is a corporate entity or partnership, name, address and telephone number of each individual owning in excess of 5% of the corporate entity or partnership, and each individual lending in excess of $500 to the corporate entity or partnership.
(2) 
The type and fee for each machine, video or mechanical device, pool table, juke box or apparatus pursuant to this Part to be located on the premises.
C. 
Certification.
(1) 
A certification by the applicant, owner and proprietor that the facts set forth in the application are true and correct to the applicant's, owner's and proprietor's personal knowledge, information or belief, and that any false statements therein are made subject to the penalties of the Crimes Code, 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4904, relating to unsworn falsification to authorities.
(2) 
That applicant, owner and proprietor, have been provided a copy of this Part and that the applicant, owner and proprietor have read and agree to be bound by all terms and provisions hereof.
(3) 
That Ross Township shall notify the appropriate law enforcement officials of the use or possession of modified or other illegal gambling devices, whether or not such devices are licensed.
[Ord. 2225, 3/26/2007, § 1]
1. 
Nothing in this Part shall authorize, license or permit any gambling devices, or any mechanism that has been judicially determined to be a gambling device, or that is in any way contrary to present or future law.
2. 
No person shall permit any mechanical or other means of amusement to be located on the premises of any establishment if such amusement device shows any specified anatomical area or specified sexual activity as set forth in the Zoning Ordinance, § 27-906, Subsection 4Y.
[Ord. 2225, 3/26/2007, § 1; as amended by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
1. 
The annual fee for the issuance of a license to maintain a mechanical or electronic amusement device that is not a ride or a juke box or an electromechanical gambling device shall be in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
2. 
The annual fee for a juke box shall be in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
3. 
The annual fee for an electromechanical gambling device as described in § 13-402 shall be in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
4. 
The annual license fee for proprietors with places containing pool or billiard tables shall be in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
5. 
Licenses shall be obtained and posted prior to or simultaneous with establishing or maintaining any device described in this Part. The license term shall be from January 1 through December 31. A late fee in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners shall be assessed for each device on the premises if the license is not obtained prior to January 1 of each year, or prior to or simultaneous with the first date establishing or maintaining the mechanical or electronic device.
6. 
The Board of Commissioners shall be empowered to reevaluate these fees and make necessary adjustments which shall not be considered as an amendment to this Part, and may be adopted at any public meeting by resolution.
[Ord. 2225, 3/26/2007, § 1]
1. 
The responsibility to insure that each premise containing the devices is licensed shall be joint and severable. Where the owner of the premise or the proprietor of the business establishment fails to acquire the proper license, the owner of the device shall bear the responsibility to either acquire the proper license or remove the device.
2. 
The owner of each device shall prominently display on each device through a decal or other method, his company name and business address.
3. 
The licensee, upon applying for and being granted such license, thereby permits all Ross Township inspectors the right to inspect the premises for violation of any law, statute or ordinance.
[Ord. 2225, 3/26/2007, § 1]
In the event an owner of a device, or person listed pursuant to § 13-403, Subsection 1B(1)(b), or owner of the premises, or applicant/proprietor of the business establishment is convicted of having a mechanical or, electronic device that is in violation of any gambling laws of Pennsylvania, the license officer shall revoke each Township license which had been issued to such person and each Township license for machines owned by such person.
[Ord. 2225, 3/26/2007, § 1; as amended by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
Any person, proprietor, partnership, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.