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(a) Purpose. That the purpose of this chapter is to establish reasonable and uniform regulations to minimize and control the negative effects of amusement arcades within the City in order to promote the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City. It is not the purpose or intent of this chapter to restrict or deny access to recreational and skilled-based amusement machines.
(b) Findings. The State of Ohio currently allows certain games of skill while games of chance are deemed illegal. Based upon experience within the City, certain arcades identified as operating games of skill, have generated various complaints by citizens involving thefts, questionable pay practices, considerable sums of cash being transacted, food management concerns, fire code and access, and other issues of compliance with local and state laws.
These businesses are located throughout the City in general business districts, in areas which attract adults and children. It is the specific finding that games of skill operated electronically, may easily be altered to illegal games of chance. Further, that the City has a duty to its citizens to require businesses open to the public to maintain safe ingress and egress, to maintain adequate security where a considerable volume of cash is transacted, and to otherwise operate within the bounds of the law.
(Ord. 22-2007. Passed 4-12-07.)