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More game room regulations discussed
by Tim Delaney
Oct 17, 2013 | 50 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Game rooms line the north side of Woodsboro's town square on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Proposed amendments to the game room ordinance would prohibit future establishments to be next to each other if approved.
Tim Delaney photo Game rooms line the north side of Woodsboro's town square on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Proposed amendments to the game room ordinance would prohibit future establishments to be next to each other if approved.
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WOODSBORO – The Woodsboro City Council reviewed proposed amendments to the city’s ordinance regulating game rooms Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Proposed amendments include a 1,500-foot distance between game rooms.

Currently, game rooms abut each other, and those game rooms would be grandfathered in. However, if they let their permits lapse or cease business, the new regulation once passed would be enforced.

Another proposal was requiring no locked doors.

City Secretary Ruby DeLaGarza said the “no locked doors” proposal is a fire safety concern, especially during the game rooms’ operating hours.

Another proposed amendment would require game rooms to clearly display their address and name of business.

The council also is considering increasing the distance a game room can be from churches, schools and day care businesses from 300 to 500 feet.

Still another proposal is to require game room operators to turn in permit stickers on machines that are broken or being replaces in order to get a new sticker.

The amendment would state if a game room operator cannot produce a permit sticker, then he or she would have to pay for a new permit.

None of the proposals for amendments have been adopted.

The council is expected to consider action on the game room ordinance amendments in early November.

The council also approved prorating 34 gaming machine permits for Ray Niehal, owner of Scores Game Room.

Niehal had 91 days left on the lost permits, so he was charged a prorated fee of $124.66 per machine. He had bought the permits when the fee was $500 a machine.

The current gaming machine permit fee is $1,000 for each machine.

The council also approved its 20-13-15 depository, granting the First National Bank of Woodsboro the designation.

The council also approved a 5 percent raise for its employees. Only three employees base salary was raised, including Viola Mesa, Jimmy Lewis and DeLaGarza.
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